According to scientifically proven studies, Porto Santo and the waters that bathe its coast are rich in iodine, calcium and magnesium. These elements help offset the deficiency in mineral salts that stress and fatigue cause in the human body, thereby contributing to the nervous system’s speedy recovery.

The word "thalasso" comes from the ancient Greek and means "sea".

Thalassotherapy is one of the oldest, most natural and most effective anti-stress treatments in the world. Fully compatible with the human organism, the treatment is based on baths with sea water heated to 37ºC, which allows the marine elements, present in large quantities in the sea water, to be absorbed through the skin. Thalassotherapy also helps prevent or alleviate many diseases related to rheumatism and arthritis, as well as bone and muscle problems.

The Baleira Thalasso & Spa is currently the only thalassotherapy centre on the island of Porto Santo. The spa is not inside the hotel but it is within the Vila Baleira Complex and is the largest and one of the best-equipped in the country in terms of balneotherapy. It offers a vast range of showers and massages, as well as pools, sauna, Turkish bath, a water-walking pool and more. The high quality of the treatments offered to users of the Baleira Thalasso & Spa Centre, and the variety of combined programmes are a delight for our guests.

Take advantage of your holidays to take care of yourself. Visit our centre and choose one of the programmes on offer. Make your stay even better by pampering your body.

THE PORTO SANTO SANDS

The history of the Vila Baleira Resort is intrinsically connected to the therapeutic properties of the Porto Santo sands, this being the reason for our resort’s existence.

The beach on the island of Porto Santo is made up of carbonate biogenic sand, whose physical, chemical and thermal properties allow it to be used, with proven success, in naturotherapy process. Indeed, these sands have been used successfully for centuries in the treatment of rheumatic and orthopaedic diseases and other physical conditions.

At the Vila Baleira Resort, we have put together a sand therapy programme for you, which includes medical supervision and a specific section of the spa entirely dedicated to sand bathing and psammo therapy in a totally relaxing ambience.

BALNEOTHERAPY

The therapeutic properties of bathing help prevent and cure the health problems we encounter in our increasingly agitated and busy society.

At the Baleira Thalasso & Spa centre you can choose from a vast range of treatments and programmes.

Pamper yourself and appreciate the gentle touch of the sea water on your skin;

VITAPOOL Sauna and Pool Circuit – The Vitapool circuit is recommended as it allows our guests to use our balneotherapy facilities to their best advantage. Guests are “invited” to use the various facilities in a specific order and for a specific amount of time, in order to obtain the maximum benefit from the sea water. This circuit includes: sauna, hammam, Turkish bath, a water-walking pool, a relaxation pool and an animated pool. Our suggested combination is indicated for: body relaxation, anti-stress, rheumatism, poor circulation, and muscle, skin and balance problems. It also helps combat cellulite.

INHALATION

Sea water nasal sprays that are beneficial for colds, asthma, sinusitis, respiratory problems and smoking.

THALAXION

Energetic and vitalising, this shower has a beneficial effect on muscles and joints. It is recommended in rheumatism treatments.

THALASENBAIN

This treatment involves applying Plasmalg gel, rich in algae that activate perspiration and stimulate circulation, all over your body, followed by a hydromassage with small marine crystals, simulating a bath in the natural marine environment. A truly relaxing and stress-relieving treatment.

VICHY SHOWER WITH EXFOLIATION

An innovative experience that combines the benefits of a massage of the back of your body with simultaneous jets of sea water and exfoliation and moisturising of the body. Algotherapy – This treatment uses a paste made with three different algae (Fucus, Laminaria and Lithothamnion) enriched with sea salts. It promotes intense re-mineralisation and helps you feel in good shape again. It is perfect for those who enjoy natural treatments and thalassotherapy.

"LAKE BATH" HYDROMASSAGE

An extremely relaxing, stress-relieving hydromassage. Rich in blue algae from the Pacific, it helps moisturise the body.

VICHY SHOWER

A manual massage combined with a sea water shower over your legs and back. The effect is very relaxing and stress-relieving. This treatment is indicated for bone and muscle problems.

CIRCULAR SHOWER

This shower gently massages your whole body, helping you relax, and is also good for rheumatism and muscle problems.

ALGOTHERAPY

This treatment uses a paste made with three different algae (Fucus, Laminaria and Lithothamnion) enriched with sea salts. It promotes intense re-mineralisation and helps you feel in good shape again. It is perfect for those who enjoy natural treatments and thalassotherapy.

JET SHOWER

Energising and vitalising, this shower has a beneficial effect on muscles and joints. It is recommended in rheumatism treatments.

PROGRAMS

TWO-DAY PROGRAMME

149

Per MonthIncludes: daily circuits in a dynamic pool with heated sea water, Turkish bath and two individual treatments daily (hydro-pressotherapy, Vichy shower, exfoliation and algae body wrap).
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THREE-DAY PROGRAMME

199

Per MonthIncludes: daily circuits in a dynamic pool with heated sea water, Turkish bath and two individual treatments daily (hydro-pressotherapy, Vichy shower, hydromassage, exfoliation, algae body wrap and a relaxing massage).

FOUR-DAY PROGRAMME

249

Per MonthIncludes: daily circuits in a dynamic pool with heated sea water, Turkish bath and two individual treatments daily (hydro-pressotherapy, Vichy shower, jet shower, hydromassage, exfoliation, algae body wrap, relaxing massage and a facial).

CONDITIONS FOR USE

To ensure you get the best possible benefit from your visit to the Thalasso Porto Santo facility, we recommend the following procedures, which will help enhance your enjoyment of our centre.

CLOTHING

We recommend that you bring only your bathing costume with you. For your comfort, it will be available in the towel and sell slippers and cap the amount of € 4.00 and € 3.00 respectively, exclusive for its treatments.

MORE INFORMATION

Our receptionists will be pleased to advise you if you need any further information about your treatment or any preparation you need to make beforehand.

AGE

Balneotherapy treatments at the Thalasso are for guests aged 16 and over, although 14- and 15-year olds can be admitted if accompanied by a responsible adult.

SAFETY AND PERSONAL BELONGINGS

The Thalasso Porto Santo cannot be held responsible for items stored in the lockers. Valuables and items of sentimental value should be left in the safe in your room. Please note that personal belongings may not be taken into the balneotherapy and treatment areas under any circumstances.

ARRIVING FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT

We recommend that you arrive 10 minutes before the time booked for your treatment. This will ensure you have enough time to change your clothes and shower (compulsory) before your treatment. Please remember that if you arrive late your treatment time will be shortened.

OTHER QUESTIONS

In order to establish a good relationship with your therapist, do not hesitate to speak up if you feel uncomfortable about anything. This will ensure we can offer you personalised treatment, appropriate to your needs. We want to give you a genuine and unique experience of harmony and relaxation for body and mind.

CANCELLATIONS AND RE-BOOKINGS

We would be grateful if you could give us as much advance notice as possible if you need to change or cancel the dates or times of your treatments. You can do so by contacting our reception direct or through the hotel’s Commercial Department, if you are a guest at the Hotel Vila Baleira).

QUESTIONNAIRE

When you arrive for your first treatment, you will be asked to fill in a short questionnaire about the lifestyle and health. It is very important that you tell us if you are taking any type of medication or have undergone surgery.

BOOKINGS

In order to secure your preferred time and date, bookings should be made as far in advance as possible, in person, by telephone or by e-mail. If you have a particular preference for a male or female therapist, let us know when booking. Please bear in mind that this option may not be available for your particular treatment.

RESTRICTIONS

Smoking is prohibited throughout the Thalasso, as is the use of mobile phones, camcorders and cameras.

RESTRICTIONS

We ask you to be as quiet as you possibly can in order not to disturb other guests’ tranquillity and privacy.