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Opening Ceremony of the most modern balneotherapy centre in Slovakia 
Piešťany, 10. 4. 2014

9 million Euro investment, five months efforts of building company and spa personnel, healing and therapeutic processes and procedures reorganised and rearranged to the benefit of the spa guests, and the vast reconstruction of Danubius Health Spa Balnea in Spa Piešťany successfully completed! 

According to the General Director of the Spa, there were several reasons for the reconstruction of balneotherapy after its successful 40-year operation. It was necessary to conform with the guests’ requirements, medical and therapeutic methods as well as the international competition, which has changed over the years.

Two pavilions were completely refurbished, plus the pools in the third pavilion, which was mostly renovated already in 2011. “We reconstructed about 7 thousand square meters, laid approximately 6 thousand square meters of tiles. The wiring, ventilation and air conditioning were replaced completely”, said Ing. Ivan Satina, Technical Director of Slovak Health Spa Piešťany.

“The reconstruction brings much more comfort both for our clients and our staff”, MUDr. Rastislav Gašpar, Medical Director, describing the refurbishment.

Since March 31st 2014, guests visiting Spa Piešťany may enjoy the comfortable and modern treatment areas, providing the most popular and sought-after treatments with natural healing sources – thermal mineral water and sulphur mud.

In order to provide the best care, the thermal pools - the so called Mirror pools - were split to pools with warmer and colder water, and thus patients so far contraindicated due to high temperature of water may also enjoy this treatment. The premises for dry wraps and massages also went through a face-lifting process and look very modern.

Rehabilitation centre received the state-of-the-art rehabilitation machines supporting rehabilitation of knees, arms and joints with rheumatism and post-operative conditions. A small kitchenette and a car were added to ergotherapy to learn and train in everyday activities.

For a better orientation, all doctors´ offices were moved to one location with its own medical reception desk. Full medical personnel is now situated in the balneotherapy centre to ensure a smooth operation and better timing for medical check-ups, which will also decrease the waiting times.

New Danubius Premier Fitness centre covering 300 square meters with own reception is available to the spa guests as well as to the general public. For the convenience of guests, there is also sauna with unique showers and relaxation zone, entrance to the pool and water bicycles and a beauty salon.

Danubius Health Spa Balnea opening ceremony was held on April 9th 2014, with almost 300 guests present, including diplomats and ambassadors and many others from social, industrial and political sphere. Mr. Klaus Pilz, General Director of Health Spa Piešťany expressed its gratitude to Ms. Iris Gibbor, Chairperson of CP Holdings the majority shareholder of Danubius Hotels Group who financed the investment, to architects Messrs. Tursunov and Rajnic, and interior designer Ms. Gina Zarski. Representatives of Energy Technologies handed over a symbolic key to the Danubius Health Spa Balnea to General Director Mr. Klaus Pilz and Mudr. Rastislav Gašpar, Medical Director. Finally they all together officially cut the ribbon.

After showing around all the premises, Spa Piešťany awarded their best business partners with the Business Awards for their achievements in year 2013.

Ján Riapoš, the Chairman of Slovak Paralympics Committee arranged for the surprise of the afternoon when expressing their gratitude to the Spa representatives for long cooperation and their support at the Paralympics in Sochi, where they won 7 medals.

The highlight of the after-party was Ambassador Band, an exclusive music band of ambassadors and their friends, who entertained the guests with great rock ‘n roll music. His Excellency, the Ambassador of the USA to Slovakia Theodore Sedgwick played the keyboards, Romania chargé d’affaires Florin Vodita and Israeli diplomat Gad Amir played guitars and sang. Grigorij Mesežnikov, the famous political sciences expert, played acoustic guitar, and Shar Saadon, the analyst, played bass guitar. Klaus Pilz, General Director of Spa Piešťany, sat behind the drums for a short moment, replacing the Mayor of Banská Bystrica Peter Gogola.

The guests welcome the improvements with enthusiasm. „Danubius Health Spa Balnea is the nicest, most modern and surely a balneotherapy and rehabilitation centre of the highest quality in Central Europe”, expressed Klaus Pilz, General Director and added that his vision of the spa´s future is in healing rheumatism, active rehabilitation services but also in preventive care.

Construction works are making rapid progress.
Piešťany, 17. 02. 2014

Reconstruction of Danubius Health Spa Balnea at Health Spa Piešťany is progressing as originally planned. Management of Health Spa Piešťany confirmed that the most modern balneotherapy centre in central Europe will be opened in time at the beginning of April 2014.

Since 1 November 2013, the mud department, mirror pool and rehabilitation centre of Danubius Health Spa Balnea at Spa Piešťany undergoes an extensive reconstruction. The reconstruction will cost approximately 9 million EUR, which makes it the biggest investment of Health Spa Piešťany in the last 8 years.

The Technical department director Mr Ivan Satina is convinced that the reconstruction will be finished in time at the end of March 2014. “We are progressing as planned at the moment and thanks to the good weather some construction works were finished earlier than planned," he says with satisfaction. Together with the architects Mr Tursunov and Mr Rajnic and the project manager Mr Liška, Mr Satina keeps an eye on the compliance with the plans. In the meantime, the designer Mrs Gina Zarski fine-tunes the interior design plan.

The medical director of Spa Piešťany Mr Rastislav Gašpar together with his 250-strong team eagerly awaits the opening of the centre. One of the challenges is to move the doctors to their new premises in the Danubius Health Spa Balnea. Due to the reconstruction and increase of capacities, the workflows have to be re-defined. The medical director is particularly pleased that the thermal water pools will be split into sections with hot water and cooler water. Patients, who could not use the mirror pool due to the high temperature of water, can be now successfully treated. The rehabilitation centre will use the most advanced medical methods, including a small kitchen and a car, for the rehabilitating patients to practise and improve everyday life skills. The advanced rehabilitation equipment supports the rehabilitation of knees, shoulders and joints in rheumatic disorders and in post-operative patients.

According to Mr Gašpar, new application programmes will be implemented, so that also medical preventive care is included in the offer: the radial shock wave therapy helps patients with pain to restore their mobility; the vacuum compression therapy is used especially to improve the blood circulation, to strengthen the muscle tissue and relieve leg pain.
The area of the fitness centre will increase to 300 m2 with indoor swimming pool and its own rehabilitation pool and sauna. Changing rooms for ambulant guests will be built in this area in the future.

Join us in our excitement about the opening and operation of the most modern spa centre in Slovakia as of April 2014.

Danubius Health Spa Balnea refurbished to new splendour!    

After 40 years of successful operation, the mud department, mirror pool and rehabilitation centre of the Danubius Health Spa Balnea in Health Spa Piešťany undergoes an extensive renovation.

As in our previous projects, the well-known Austrian designer Gina Zarski will be in charge of the interior design. The realisation projects come from the workshop of the architect Christo Tursunov, who was also the author of the original design in the late 1970s.

The renovation will cost around 9 million EUR and will start on the 1st November 2013. A novelty will be the premises for doctors’ offices; they will start moving to their new premises directly in the Danubius Health Spa Balnea from the end of March 2014. The renovation will extend the capacity of the mud department and the mirror pool. 

Because many of our patients are contraindicated to warm water in the mirror pool, after the renovation the pools will be divided into pools with warmer and colder water. 
The rehabilitation centre will be built in accordance with the up-to-date standards of medical care, including a kitchen unit and a car, where the patients of the rehabilitation department will have the possibility to practice their normal everyday activities.

The fitness centre will be extended by 300 m2, new indoor swimming pool with hydrotherapy pool and saunas will be installed. In the future, own changing rooms located in these areas will be available for our guests. The pools for gymnastics in water will also undergo renovation and this section will be extended by a Kneipp stepping bath.

You can start, together with us, looking forward to the opening of the most modern balneology centre in Slovakia in April 2014.

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