Back in August I had the pleasure and the privilege to ride with Carlos Barredo following an invitation from my friend Pepe who runs www.roadcycleasturias.com. I met them at The Hotel Las Caldas Villa Termal where Carlos will be carrying out Training Camps next year. Whilst there, I had the pleasure of meeting Fernando, the Director of the Hotel and he kindly invited me back to take a tour of the hotel and its facilities.
Two weeks later I returned to visit the hotel and after chatting with Fernando for a while I was taken on a personal tour of hotel and spa by the lovely Marina, the hotels coordinator.
Now I’m not easily impressed but Wow! In itself the hotel is amazing but the facilities it has for cyclists are really quite mind blowing. It was easy to see why some of the Top teams stay there when they are in Asturias for the Vuelta a Eapaña .
I was first taken to the medical/physical analysis centre to look at the facilities they provide. The facilities are state of the art and geared specifically toward the sportsman/woman. In the centre they have the means to test every aspect of your physiology and condition including an assortment of machines to test your heart, lungs, posture, positioning on the bike and anything else you could think of.
Highly trained staff are on hand to test every aspect of your physiology, offering professional advice on how to improve your performance.
We then went to take a look at the Gym. I was expecting a smallish room with a few machines but it turned out to be probably one of the biggest and best equipped gyms in Asturias and even has a balcony for exercise.
Marina then proceeded to show me the spa, pool and bath/sauna facilities. Unlike most people, I’m personally not a great lover of spas. However, following our tour I seriously wanted to stay there. The spa and other water facilities are truly impressive. The domed pool is truly unique and pools also lead to the heated outside pool without having to get out of the water.
For the cyclist they have everything you need. There are special cold water pools for after a ride next to the sauna or heated ones if you prefer. There is even a special room with a sculpted heated marble tiled bench where you can sit to heat the muscles. Indeed, every possible aspect of your fitness, recovery and comfort has been catered for; from Turkish baths to steam rooms.
Following our visit to the spa Marina took me to see the bike storage, workshop and cleaning bay facilities. Once again the facilities were top class, providing everything you could possible need. If that wasn’t enough the hotel will also rent you bikes and a gps device if you haven’t got one, with 28 road routes and 28 mtb routes. Alternatively you can just download them to your own gps device.
There are two parts to the hotel. The newer 4 star part of the hotel is where most of the bike facilities and medical testing facilities are located and where most of the above photos are taken. The older, original 5 star part of the hotel is on the other side of the road, accessible via a lovely corridor (see first photo). Marina kindly showed me around the quite stunning 5 star facilities and spa before we headed back to reception.
The visit was great, far beyond what I expected and I was really taken aback at just how good the facilities are. I doubt you will find a hotel anywhere in Europe which could provide such a complete Bike friendly environment and it would be hard to find a hotel/spa as impressive as Las Caldas. It is located just outside of the capital Oviedo but is situated in a beautiful valley, surrounded by countryside. It’s a perfect location as there are hundreds of cycling routes which start from the door of the hotel. It’s not very far from the L’Angliru either if you are really feeling adventurous and Los Lagos de Covadonga is not too far away.
One of the best things about the hotel is that it caters for all the family, so you can go out on a ride and there are plenty of things for rest of the family to do while your out.
So of course all this must cost an arm and a leg right? well no! It’s actually very affordable.I know you would end up paying twice as much in the UK, if not more for a hotel of this quality and with a spa and pools etc. Better still, if you are up to it you can take part in a Cycling Training Camp run by Carlos Barredo (for details see www.roadcycleasturias.com) which are based at and run from the hotel. Taking part in a training camp and staying at Las Caldas really would be a cycling dream holiday but an affordable one at that.
For prices go to: http://www.lascaldasvillatermal.com and for prices for training camps and cycling holidays visit http://www.roadcycleasturias.com
To read testimonials from cyclists who have stayed at Las Caldas visit: http://www.roadcycleasturias.com/testimonials
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