From the Czech Republic to the Ukraine, quality (and unusual) health treatments can be found at a fraction of western Europe prices
For 800 years the waters around Cieplice have treated the cream of central European society as well as US ambassador (later president) John Quincy Adams. Such folk demanded frescoed dining salons, broad parks and splendid swimming pools, all of which remain. The thermal springs are particularly rich in sulphur, iodine and radon. Among the 70 treatments, the focus is on rheumatology, urology and dry-eye syndrome (common in our screen-led world), and each therapy is a no-nonsense bargain. A 15-minute paraffin session is £3.50 and eye rinsing with thermal aerosols £3; but a peat enema is an eye-watering £12. Recover at the Ceiplice Aquapark (£7), with outdoor jacuzzis, lazy rapids and waterslide.
• From £266pp for a week in a double room including three treatments a day, full-board, uzdrowisko-cieplice.pl