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Moscow Spa by Algotherm

Spa by Algotherm, the gem at Mamaison Hotel Pokrovka, ranks among the top wellness destinations in Moscow. A luxury hotel par excellence, Pokrovka offers some of the most photographed, elegant, suites in the capital, and exclusive amenities, fit for blue-blooded royalty. Along Pokrovka’s industry acclaimed facilities, Spa by Algotherm meets all the requirements, when it comes to luxury, pampering, and style.

The spa is an urban oasis, with excellent natural algotherapy treatments for face and body, thalassotherapy, hammam, Russian sauna, and even a Moroccan Rhassoul steam room, alongside 8 treatment rooms and other facilities. There’s nothing more rewarding after an active day in the city, than to get pampered at Mamaison’s exclusive Spa by Algotherm.

Ultimate Pampering in Moscow: Spa by Algotherm

This sanctuary of elegance and serenity follows all the treatment principles that made Algotherm a preferred world brand for algotherapy and marine cosmetics. As you walk in, you are embraced by discrete aromas that enhance the tranquil atmosphere of the spa, and provide the ideal environment, essential to set the mood that will help you regain harmony between body and soul.

Spa by Algotherm: swimming pool with hydromassage

With focused attention on all-encompassing wellness, Spa by Algotherm brings mind, body and spirit into balance with natural European and Asian spa treatments, luxurious pampering packages, and even natural beauty treatments for your hair. All spa treatments are designed by expert therapists, with a better you in mind. Based on your individual needs and wishes, you will enjoy signature treatments and mini-packages for total relaxation and stress relief, while toning, shaping up, rejuvenating and detoxing in the exclusive tropical Polynesian corner, with original Oriental SPA massages and other programmes, just for you.

Massage parlor - Spa by Algotherm

Spa by Algotherm is the perfect retreat for a summer of beauty and wellness. The comprehensive range of treatments includes body shaping, anti-cellulite wraps, couple’s rituals, classic and exotic massages, and beauty treatments with professional marine cosmetics.

During your visit at the spa, don’t miss the bio bar, which serves herbal teas, fresh fruit juices and smoothies, and even cocktails.

Spa by Algotherm bio bar

For your health fix to be complete, we offer some of the best yoga therapy sessions in the city, to help reach the ultimate physical and spiritual harmony, based on ancient practices. Book a private lesson with a professional master at the spa, to take advantage of the full health benefits of the individual programs and classes, planned according to your level of training, health and physiological features.

Tandem skydiving

UPDATE: Now a Private Label Hotels group property, Mamaison Business & Conference Hotel Ostrava changed its name back to Imperial Hotel Ostrava in 2015, to reflect the long history and tradition of the hotel. While it no longer operates under the Mamaison brand, the hotel remains in the CPI Hotels family, which includes Mamaison Hotels & Residences hotels, four-star Clarion congress hotels, Spa & Kur Hotels, Buddha-Bar Hotel Prague, three-star Fortuna hotels, and the Private Label Hotels group.

Ostrava is not the usual candidate for “active travels.” In fact, the second largest urban agglomeration after Prague in the Czech Republic is more known as a laid back family retreat, or is known for lively nightlife. But the picturesque countryside surrounding the city opens a world of possibilities for active travelers. Beyond its superb professional golf courses, Ostrava has all the conditions for year-round active holidays.

Below, you will find a few excellent recommendations for our guests at Mamaison Business & Conference Hotel Imperial Ostrava, but also for any other city visitors, interested in discovering the active side of Ostrava without the traditional travel guides.

The sports complex Ostrava-Poruba offers excellent conditions for aquazorbing. The complex is also a favorite of the locals for swimming, volleyball, miniature golf, beach volleyball, badminton, netball, football and other leisure sports.

Location: Rekreační 74/236, 708 00 Ostrava – Poruba
Phone: +420 736755999

MOTOranch provides professional gear and accessories for Quad bike fans, as well as fans of all-terrain vehicles. Additionally, the company offers helicopter rides, trips and excursions with various all-terrain vehicles around Ostrava, rentals, and a number of other services for companies and leisure travelers.

Location: Mariánskohorská 58, 702 00 Moravská Ostrava
Phone: +420 602 77 44 56

Albrechtičky kart hire centre is a great choice for karting. It is located at the former parking area of the airport Mošnov, between Albrechtická and Petřvaldík. The track was converted to allow six go-karts to race at once. This is also a great place for team building events, and for private parties.

Phone: +420 603 517 006

Check out Xfly.cz for paragliding in Ostrava. The company offers tandem flights above the beautiful Moravian–Silesian Beskids, which are located a short hour drive from the city center. You will fly with some of the most experienced pilots in the country.

Phone: +420 608 435 430

Air Hit Morava is one of the most popular choices for tandem skydiving. The company offers jumps every Saturday and Sunday from April to late October. You’ll jump in tandem with Vlastimil Blaha, inspector for tandem jumps, with more than 30 years experience in the field.

Phone: +420 607 150 150; +420 602 775 235

Another excellent choice for parachute jumps is Paraklub Ostrava, which offers everything from training, to tandem skydiving, and even physical examination performed by medical doctors.

Location: Na Břížku 367, 747 66 Dolní Lhota (20 minutes from Ostrava)
Phone: +420 777 122 233

If you are looking for the perfect family activity, choose horseback riding, at one of the stables offering lessons and trips around Ostrava. Sk Mušketýr, for example, is quite popular in the Summer, when most of its horses take tourists to explore the countryside. But you can also count on Sk Mušketýr for weddings, and other special events.

Location: Vlčkova 391/40, 710 00 Ostrava – Slezská Ostrava
Phone: +420 733 760 300

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Cherry blossoms in Budapest

When Nature puts on a coat of green, Budapest shows off her true colors under the blissful sun, while the locals get together, to celebrate a new season, as well as ancient traditions, alongside cheerful new festivals that lift up the spirit, and transform the city into a joyous stage of dance, music, culture and art.

The local Húsvét traditions, the Hungarian Easter, attract thousands of tourists, especially at the Easter Market on Vörösmarty tér, where you can buy seasonal treats, authentic crafts and souvenirs, all while enjoying traditional Hungarian foods, specific to this holiday.

Hand painted Easter eggs from Budapest

Hand painted Easter eggs from Budapest (Image © mirtya – Fotolia.com)

Some of the most popular attractions continue to be the Buda Castle, where you can enjoy the finest of Hungarian traditions, art, culture and gastronomy; as well as the Budapest Zoo and the Museum of Hungarian Agriculture, both very close to Mamaison Hotel Andrassy and Mamaison Residence Izabella.

After Easter, Budapest continues a sun seeking quest with the Cherry Blossom Festival (Sakura) at the Füvészkert Botanical Gardens (officially ELTE Botanical Garden). The festival takes place the second, and the third weekends in April. Pick your date, and enjoy the sun, the blossoms, and the early Spring breeze.

May Day is a public holiday in Hungary, as well as most Eastern and Central European countries. In Budapest, this is an occasion to gather and celebrate together at the Városliget city park, where you will enjoy traditional foods, local beers and refreshments, music, contests and many other fun, entertaining activities.

After May Day, don’t miss the Budapest International Wine Festival, Rosalia (May 9-11 at Gesztenyés kert); the sun safeguards the boatmen on the Danube as they race in the European Dragon Boat Championship on May 11-12, and their fans gathered on the Rákóczi Bridge to watch the race.

Rosalia

Rosalia – Rosé Festival (Image credit: Budavári Borfesztivál)

Floralia, is a must for sun seekers in May too. A celebration of Flora, the goddess of flowers and Spring, the festival is an opportunity for you to feel and party like a Hungarian. Add the Museum of Aquincum to your itinerary if you happen to be in Budapest on May 24-25.

FLORALIA 2012 - Római tavaszünnep Aquincumban

Floralia is one of the most interesting Spring festivals in Budapest.

It’s easy to find the sunniest spots to enjoy the Spring in Budapest, but don’t forget that the best way to celebrate is by meeting the locals, and getting to know them. Just like the brightest stars in the skies, Bulgarians are kind-spirited, welcoming, and warm, with beaming sunshiny smiles during this season. Welcome to Budapest!

The Budapest Spring Festival celebrates its 34th anniversary this year. It is the largest cultural festival in the city, and counts among the most prestigious in this part of Europe.

Held from 21st March to 6th April 2014, the festival invites visitors to enjoy excellent programmes, and show, by acclaimed Hungarian and international performers. Among the stellar performers of the festival, we’d like to count the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hungarian Radio Symphonic Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and many individual performers, like Leila Josefowicz, Piotr Sałajczyk, Alison Balsom, Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Andreas Scholl, to mention just a few.

The festival counts concerts, dance, folk music, and theater performances on its schedule, and employs over 50 venues, including the Palace of Arts – Béla Bartók National Concert Hall, the new Budapest Music Center, Centrál Theatre, Radnóti Theatre, the St. Francis Parish Church, the Palace of Arts – Festival Theatre, and many others.

Among the programmes for young audiences, the most interesting are offered on the World Puppetry Day, with many free performances at several spots in the city.

For lovers of art, there are several exhibitions during the Budapest Spring Festival:

  • SPRING – Contemporary Arts Exhibition
    Venue: Balassi Institute, Budapest Somlói út 51. district I., Tel: (+36 1) 381-5124
    Date: 16th March – 30th April
  • Muses on Theatre Square
    The Pest German Theatre (1812-1849) was founded 200 years ago
    Venue: Budapest History Museum, Buda Castle, Szent György tér 2., building “E”
    Tel: (+36 1) 487-8800
  • 30th Hungarian Exhibition of Press Photography
    Venue: Hungarian National Museum, Múzeum krt. 14-16., district VIII.,
    Tel: (+36 1) 327-7773
    Date: 24th March – 6th May
  • Art Deco and Modernism, Interior design in Hungary 1920–1940
    Venue: Museum of Applied Arts, Üllői út 33-37. district IX:,
    Tel: (+36 1) 456-5107
    Date: 16th March – 30th September

There are two Mamaison hotels in Budapest, which offer excellent conditions for travellers visiting Budapest during the festival: Hotel Andrassy and Mamaison Residence Izabella.