Kehida Thermal in western Hungary is a huge contrast to the Heviz thermal Lake, just a few miles down the road. The purpose-built bath complex prides itself on being family friendly and it’s good fun for all ages.
When you buy your ticket you will have a choice of fun pools, fun pools and thermal pools, or fun pools and thermal pool and sauna. It is a little misleading as all of the pools at Kehida thermal a thermal, but the thermal bath ticket only costs an extra hundred ft and lets you into the two hottest pools which are 32 to 36°C. A 2 hour adults ticket costs just 1600ft (about £5), which considering the size and quality of the Bath is truly outstanding. When you pass through the entry turn style turn left down the stairs to the changing rooms. The signs are only in Hungarian and German so if you can’t read either it can be a little confusing. At the bottom of the stairs you’ll find a touch by on the wall, where you can touch your wristband to be allocated on a locker number. Once you have changed, you must pass through the shower rooms and go up the stairs on the other side to reach the pool complex.
The polls are clean and recently well presented, and contrary to what you might expect the main fun pool isn’t full of rowdy children, but full of people of all ages having a good time. It’s not huge but there’s plenty of space, with excellent bubble and massage jets, a separate Jacuzzi and a very powerful lazy river.
There is also a large water slide with a little surprise halfway down. The outdoor pools are a little cooler but pleasant though best enjoyed in the summer months when all other pools are open and the outdoor poolside areas can be enjoyed. The hottest baths are separated from main fun pool by a turn stile and are hot enough that once you might want will ever get out. A short massage jets they aren’t particularly powerful they seem to hardly ever switched them on. The best jets are actually in a smaller pool tucked away behind the wall at the back, where you will also find and row of 2 metre deep wells at the edge to submerge your full body in the thermal waters.
The family friendly atmosphere makes the fun time for all.
The Worst Thing
The jets in the thermal pool aren’t well maintained and are far too infrequent.
Go in the summer months to make the most of the outdoor thermal baths, which effectively double the size of the complex and no extra cost.
Rating:Setting: 2/5 Architecture: 2/5 Ambience: 4/5 Facilities: 3/5 Value: 5/5
TOTAL: 16/25 (4 stars)
Where to Stay
Luxury – Rogner Hotel & Spa Lotus Therme *****
Midrange - Hotel Napsugar ***
Budget - Hotel Sante ***