Following Britain’s momentous Brexit vote, the Australian dollar has appreciated against the euro – which is good news for Australians visiting the Czech Republic and wanting to sit in a vat of beer while drinking litres of the same brew.
The venue is the Prague Beer Spa.
The Prague Beer Spa procedure begins with the spa itself, in which visitors “bathe in hand-made, thousand-litre, whirlpool royal oak tubs filled with the natural extracts used to brew Czech Krušovice beer”. While they are doing this, they can enjoy “unlimited consumption of light and dark Krušovice beer”, the spa’s website explains.
Presumably, the spa has people on hand to prevent accidental drowning. After emerging from the spa, dripping with beer inside and out, you get to relax in a “genuine wheat straw bed by a warm fireplace”. An added bonus: you can eat as much home-made beer bread as you desire.
The Czech Republic uses the Czech koruna as currency but accepts euros and the spa sets its prices in euros. The beer spa (for one hour, one tub and one person) costs EUR 70, according to the website.
The exchange rate helps here. At the start of June, an Australian dollar bought less than 65 European cents, whereas now it buys slightly over 67 European cents, effectively making the beer spa cheaper, though how much cheaper can become confusing while sitting in the spa.
In the spa, selected varieties of hops, brewer’s yeast and malt work their wonders: “The high hop oil content contributes to overall vitality and helps open pores on the skin. The high dose of vitamin B and active enzymes in brewer’s yeast have a salutary effect on skin regeneration. This unique combination of natural ingredients and the magical effect of royal oak, for ages a symbol of longevity and immunity, stimulate metabolism, help remove harmful substances from the body and ease fatigue and stress, thus resulting in ideal mental and physical relaxation. During the beer spa, guests can draw and enjoy an unlimited amount of genuine Czech Krušovice beer.”
The site continues: “There is no need to bring anything along – we provide guests with cotton towels and sheets, linen blankets and basswood slippers. The entire Beer Spa facility will be exclusively yours during the procedure; after an introduction by our staff, you will be left in privacy during the actual treatment.”
Further tips: “To achieve the optimal effect, we recommend that you do not bathe or shower for several hours after this procedure. You do not have to worry about an undesirable odour, as after the beer bath your skin is scented with a mixture of hops and brewer’s yeast, which also impart softness and smoothness to your skin.”
Finally, people allergic to proteins, yeast and hops are advised to “consult their physician prior to the beer bath”.
Additional hours in the spa are available at a 25% discount (maximum capacity four persons).
Written by Peter Needham