Touch down in Budapest and head west to the Hungarian countryside where the beautiful Castle Hotel Batthyány is your first port of call. The neo-baroque property, set in a 300 year old park, is an incredibly peaceful haven, specialising in spa treatments.
But it wasn’t always this way. Since the first foundations were laid in 1490, the property has been remodelled in grand style several times. The Batthyánys took ownership in the mid 1800s, expanding and renovating the castle until it was rebuilt in the current style in 1913.
The 20th century proved to be tumultuous. After World War 2, Hungary fell under Soviet rule for 44 years, bringing tough times for former aristocratic properties.
Castle Hotel Batthyány became a foster home, its internal walls and furniture dramatically damaged or lost. It wasn’t until the end of the Cold War that the property was refurbished to its former glory, a project that was finished in 2000.
The end result is a luxury spa hotel, in which you can enjoy an array of treatments. Choose from an Indian chakra massage or harmonising back massage before relaxing in a Cleopatra milk and honey aromatic bath with a glass of champagne.
Visit the nearby historic city of Keszthely on the western shores of Lake Balaton for tranquil charm, impressive architecture, intriguing museums and the lavish Festetics Palace, one of the three largest country houses in Hungary.