Las Caldas, situated in beautiful countryside, just outside Oviedo, the capital of Asturias, first opened its doors way back in 1776. It’s a classic Spa Resort and people have been coming for its healing waters ever since. Its period features were comprehensively refurbished in 2008.
In fact there are two separate establishments, on either side of the road, connected by an indoor bridge. The Las Caldas Grand Hotel is the historic part while the Las Caldas Enclave was completed in 2011 and is bang up to date. You choose between classic or contemporary style but the spa and fitness facilities are open to all.
This is not just for those couples or singles who enjoy luxurious spa pampering but also for families with children who want to take part in outdoor activities.
The Grand Hotel has 79 classic rooms. All have double beds or two singles, LCD TV, DVD player, minibar, individual air conditioning, Wi-Fi, safe, bathrobe and slippers and fully equipped bathroom with shower and bathtub. The 77 rooms in the Enclave are more modern and functional but have similar facilities to the Grand.
Food and Drink
The Viator Restaurant serves high class traditional cuisine in a classic setting. In line with the wellness theme, all products are 100% organic, seasonal and natural. Be aware that meals are served on Spanish time, later than you’d expect in the UK. If you’re feeling peckish then a coffee shop, near reception, serves burgers, salads and sandwiches all day.
And after the children have gone to bed, you’ll find a classy bar, located in the Grand Hotel, modelled on an English pub. This is the place to unwind, over a custom cocktail, and enjoy Saturday night’s piano sessions. Just don’t request “Y Viva España” – it’s a Belgium song.
The Grand contains the historic spa El Manantial, in the 1776 old Bath House, with swimming pools, saunas, steam baths, and relaxation areas. For something more intimate there’s the Columns Hall, built to resemble a Roman villa, where you can relax with your family or small group of friends.
The Wellness Clinic focusses on rebalancing body and mind using nutrition, physical exercise and natural therapies.
Across the road, next to the Enclave, is the new Sci-Fi Aquaxana spa complex. It’s housed in a flying saucer shaped bunker, sculpted into the natural landscape, and features an indoor pool covered by a 15m high dome.
At regular intervals, there’s a sound and light show with fountains shooting up to the roof. It’s pretty impressive but there’s also a huge heated outdoor pool, perfect for sun bathing, surrounded by nature and mountains.
Wi Fi available?
Yes, it’s free throughout the property.
Rooms from 146€.
Water is a feature here and the River Nalón runs right past the hotel, perfect for a kayak trip. Along the banks there are isolated beaches where you can pull up and picnic. Don’t forget to take advantage of one of the natural bathing pools for a refreshing dip.
If you fancy venturing further afield, then borrow a bike, but don’t forget the supplied GPS route planners. A popular trip follows the route of an old railway line, bringing you to the centre of Oviedo in less than an hour. Visit the 13th century Cathedral, surrounded by a charming network of medieval streets with shops, restaurants and a huge covered market.
The “Bear’s Trail” goes in the other direction, through a landscape of green hills and steep valleys. Just past Tuñón, you’ll find Cercado Osero, home to three rescued female Cantabrian brown bears – Paca, Tola and Molina. A children’s delight.
On two feet, rather than two wheels, get a hiking map and venture into the surrounding hills. If that’s too much then, 10 minutes away, is the Municipal Golf Course. It opened in 2000, has 18 holes and covers a distance of over 5 kms.
How to get there
Vueling flies direct to Asturias from Gatwick three times a week. The airport is around 40 minutes from the hotel and they can arrange transfers.
For more information about Asturias visit www.turismoasturias.es