Some things in life are intended to evoke pleasure and relaxation.
Vacation for example! Or maybe a day trip to the spa. Right with you there, naked friends, but I gotta say… even for a seasoned naturist, baring it all for the first time in a new environment can be anything but relaxing. What if I walk into the wrong changing room? Am I allowed to be naked here… or there?
And what do all those red s in a foreign language say? Put on your flip flops? Flip flops will get you expelled from the premises? Amidst random, but persuasive, bouts of total relaxation, this would pretty much summarize my first but certainly not my last visit to Thermen Bussloo on the outskirts of Amsterdam. Knowing that Addie has a deep affinity for the Therme Erding chain in Germany, I assumed that if she said this place was spectacular, it must be spectacular. And naked! It was both! I should note, at least for the sake of fkk campingplätze niederlande unfamiliar with the European spa culture, that there is quite a wide variance in the opinion as what defines a proper and refined spa experience.
To that end, it seems Thermen Bussloo lies somewhere on the middle of the spectrum, as there is no swim-up bar or evening entertainment that I know ofbut the amenities are plentiful and interesting. And is it just me, or are spa-goers in Holland simply more comfortable with naked? But more about that later.
Which is generally OK as most everyone from the Netherlands speaks nearly perfect English, including most of the employees at Bussloo Therme. So riddle me this? They only have maps, facility guides, and dining menus printed in Dutch.
There is a German version of the map, which saved the day for me! All age is in Dutch. All schedules are in Dutch. That would work here, if you were allowed to use your phone anyplace outside of reception. That makes sense.
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Lots of naked people around. Put your phones away!
Even in the dead of winter when the weather was near freezing outside, the locals at Bussloo seemed quite happy to wander about the grounds completely naked. Addie tells me that in the summer, the sweet spot is one of the numerous wooden lounge-chairs out in the gardens, where the wait staff will serve food and beverages right to your seat, and as many as not are completely naked.
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That makes sense to me. On that point, I saw exactly ZERO humans wrapping themselves in towels while sweating in the saunas, and as mentioned above, not much concern about covering up while moving about the facility, except in the lounge and the restaurant where there was a clear expectation that you will wear a robe. Final verdict? Addie was right!
Berlin and Munich have always been good options given their proximity to Vabali and Therme Erding, respectively. Images for this post were found by Google search and are believed to be in the public domain. If you find an image that requires attribution, or should be removed, please advise accordingly and I will do so at once. Say Hello! A few more tips for your first visit to Bussloo?
I wondered what would prevent me from just getting dressed and walking out the door at the end of my stay, until they handed me a very specific coin at check-out that would open the gate to the parking lot so I could get out with my car.
Not sure what they do to keep public transportation people honest, but it must not be a problem. On that topic, I was only in Amsterdam for a day on a long airport layover. When I worked out the on buses and trains, it was going to be more than two hours from the airport to Bussloo in each direction, so I gave up on that and rented a car. Well worth it as I had little margin to deal with a missed connection.
Once you check in, the changing area is coed with gender specific toilets. I arrived early, and it was essentially me and fkk campingplätze niederlande few partially naked women. Later in the day, the changing room was quite crowded with an expected gender mix, all completely oblivious to the various stages of nudity around them.
Again… all age is in Dutch, including those warning s I mentioned that I think were trying to tell me not to slip on the ice or the slippery floor. Not complaining — just thought you should know.
Naked in the netherlands: bussloo spa near amsterdam
In fact, they give you a smallish semi-transparent plastic bag at check-in for the things you want to keep with you. Not a good end to the evening. On the less pragmatic side, you want to make sure you have allotted enough time to really enjoy the place.
The crown attractions seem to be the Hammam pool, the Geyser Sauna, and the salt-water cenote, where you float on your back with ears submerged while Zen music resonates through the water. Absolutely magical! I was also fond of the rest area in the Kelohouse with warmed tiled loungers. Perfect for an early afternoon nap. Tested and approved! It looks lovely, but I was only there for a day visit.
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