We travelled to Cologne and were told by German friends that we had to experience a spa, as Germans love their thermes. Having forgotten to pack swimwear, we chose the Mauritiius as it was the only spa we could find where nudity is compulsory, which suited us fine.. Despite being British, we are not prudish about our own nakedness thankfully.
Having had a long day schlepping around the various tourist attractions and a few of the shops, we pottered to the Mauritius Hotel, which is located centrally, just 5 minutes walk from Neumarkt tram stop. The receptionist was very friendly and for a small fee, loaned us towels, dressing gowns and slippers to wear. It may be a nude spa, but you will need them in the spa for periods of rest.
The changing rooms are mixed, but that's not an issue as we noticed they tend to separate sexes into areas. It was clean and the lockers were very large, enough to take our coats, clothes and the few items we had bought along the way.
Once in the therme itself, it's set out into a small village of sauna rooms, steam rooms, whirlpools, a larger (but not huge) pool indoors and a smaller outdoor salt water pool that was so warm, I didn't want to get out of it. There are also rest areas a-plenty and a cafe/restaurant, should you want to eat; hence the need for dressing gowns.
The minimum stay was for up to 4 hours and the time whizzed by. I could have stayed for longer. The mix in there was about 70% males/30% females on the day we went, but it felt very relaxed. A female member of staff sauntered around the area on occasions, but was inconspicuous and as a man, I didn't feel uncomfortable at all with this. The rooms and pools were immaculate and the atmosphere in the place was quiet and restful.
Etiquette does dictate a dress code of sorts. The sauna requires you to take a towel in to sit/lay on, the steam room requires total nudity and the pools do allow you to wear a bathing costume, although no-one did on the day we visited. When resting in the area, it is considered correct to wear your dressing gown, although if you wish to remain totally uncovered, no-one would mind.
In summary, I loved this place. As a person who is not often naked in public, it gave me a sense of freedom, of being at ease with myself and my body in a non sexual environment. I don't have the greatest self esteem in the world (it's not bad, but could do with a nudge now and then) and this place helped me relax not just because of the healing and restorative powers of the heat/waters, but in allowing me to cast off the shackles of my outerwear and strip myself back to what's underneath. If you're thinking of taking the plunge and are a little nervous, you would do well to give this place a try........and if you've seen it all and done it all before, then I would heartily recommend this place.
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