Exploring the Biggest Spa in Southern Europe

Last updated: Jun 5th, 2024

The first thing that strikes you when you gaze over the Andorra la Vella skyline is a piercing, glass, dagger structure, shard-like in its construction. Radiating the sunlight during the day and showcasing an impressive neon light show at night, this spectacular building is home to the amazing Caldea INUU spa complex in the heart of Andorra la Vella.

I’ve always enjoyed the occasional spa visit with my girlfriend back in England, and when I was told I’d be visiting Caldea (the biggest spa in Southern Europe) to get a better understanding of what they could offer our ski groups, I jumped at the chance.

Caldea Spa, a luxury après option

Since opening in 1994, Caldea has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors through its doors – doors which contain a whopping 65,000 square feet of spa indulgence. The spa itself is split into two very distinct sections: Inúu & Origins, which is adults only, featuring Aztec baths, Japanese grapefruit pools, outdoor hot tubs and more; and Thermoludic & Likids, which is more suited to children and families with its outdoor lagoon, Indo-Roman baths and saunas.

It’s not unusual for Caldea to put on giant parties in the main pool for groups, with music and lightshows, which would be absolutely perfect for our school groups looking for an après ski option in Andorra.

Exploring the Spa

Following a full tour of the facilities on offer, I was given free rein to explore the spa myself. After changing into my complimentary robe (which everyone is provided with upon entry to Inúu only), I decided to head straight to the Inúu & Origins section of the spa, jumping into the Thermal Water Space first. Styled to represent three separate lagoons, complete with waterfalls, jets and water seats, this was the perfect area to relax after a busy day on the slopes.

Next on the agenda was the outdoor lagoon and Jacuzzi, both showcasing the magnificent views of the Andorran Pyrenees. As my visit was in the evening, I was treated to a magical light show of the building itself whilst in the comfort of 33°C water – absolute bliss.

It was time to move across to the Origins zone, home to the Aztec bath, outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna, water bed and aquatic bar. My first point of call, however, was the Grapefruit bath. Set in the centre of a Japanese garden, this ancient Japanese-inspired bath is filled with floating grapefruits that are used to exfoliate as you rub the peel on your skin.

This was one of my favourite pools in the whole of Caldea, second only to the Aztec bath, a pool with a slight current, filled with stones that massage the soles of your feet as you walk around. Designed to release tension in the feet, this was a truly relaxing experience and I spent a fair amount of time here.

The verdict is in…

All too soon it was time to leave, and although I didn’t get the chance to experience the Thermoludic Space myself, it looked mighty impressive for children. And it’s handy to know that all pools are governed by lifeguards, ensuring a safe and secure environment for your group whilst you enjoy the adult only areas*.

All in all, I really enjoyed my time at Caldea and I’d like to say a big thank you to the staff who showed me around. It’ll make a perfect addition to our après portfolio in Andorra and I have no doubts that groups will enjoy their time here. It comes highly recommended from me!

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*Please note you will need to upgrade your entry to visit the Inúu area of Caldea