“Were going for a spa and sauna experience tomorrow” these were not the words I expected to hear whilst on my stag do
The replies from the group consisted of ‘That’s a bit outside of the box’ to ‘Nah I don’t believe you. What are we really doing?’
The next morning we ended up at a thermal spa in the mountains north of Zagreb. Upon arrival it looked liked a typical mountain holiday resort with quite a few outdoor pools and water slides.
The spa zone and sauna world consisted of a multitude of saunas and steam rooms, relax rooms, water beds an outdoor sunbathing area and hot tubs and plunge pools.
Now I am all for relaxing so I have to say I was pretty much looking forward to this – I was impressed that my best man had actually thought to pamper me rather than tie me to a lamppost naked or take me to a strip club which is how so many other many stag dos turn out.
However I got quite a shock upon entering the first sauna room! The room was rather thin and long and the walkway between benches either side was only as wide as the entrance doorway.
I pulled the door, stepped inside and was quite surprised by my first sight……lots of naked men with legs spread wide.
In this situation I did wonder what to do but I strolled to the back of the sauna and decided to embrace it all! I have often been to other saunas where just a towel is used and I’ve heard about the naked saunas all over Europe but this was the first time I had actually experienced one.
I spent the next three hours naked and sauna and steam room hopping – I even jumped in the ice cold plunge pool which let me tell you is not conducive to helping a man look good down below. I also spent some time on the roof terrace and sunbathed naked for the first time ever.
The sauna that actually most impressed me was the salt one. You rub this coarse salt over your body before sitting down in a dark hot sauna whilst continually rubbing the salt into your skin. Interestingly this is one of my friends lasting memories of the experience – in his words ‘I cant forget that image of Tom standing in the light from the doorway and rubbing salt on his naked body’
To be honest it was all great liberating experience and I’m thankful to my best man for arranging something a bit different. Luckily I’m old enough now to have no hang ups about my body so was comfortable in this situation and I will never forget how soft my bum felt after the salt sauna!