I have been lucky enough to visit a few different Dutch saunas in my time here. I have to say these places are amazing. They are normally set on their own grounds with beautifully appointed changing areas mixed of course. Everyone gets issued with a bathrobe and slippers or you can take your own. In the public areas, most people will keep their robe on, and only disrobe to actually go into the sauna, steam room, pool etc.
The Dutch sauna experience
So You’ve Never Been to a (Naked) Dutch Spa? – Casteluzzo
They are normally set in their own grounds with beautifully appointed changing areas mixed of course , a huge varieties of swimming pools, steam rooms, jacuzzis, and of course saunas finish, infrared, salt, asian, four elements, himalayan etc. Though you do get the odd few who like to walk around the whole time in their birthday suit, but for me it can get a little chilly walking from sauna to sauna especially as many are set over huge grounds outside. Just imagine tucking into your portion of bitterballen knowing your own bitterballen are hanging free. Win Win! Plus the age range in these spas tends to average more in the higher figures, many of whom who still have no clue how to work a Nokia let alone the latest camera phone.
Saunas in the Netherlands: what is going to a naked sauna really like?
If you can muster some nude courage among strangers, then hit a soothing Dutch sauna. Expatica offers insight into the group Dutch sauna experience and a list of saunas near you. The Finnish invented the sauna 2, years ago and despite the popularity of saunas in hotels and spas worldwide, going to the sauna on evenings or weekends with company is a typically northern European activity. For the uninitiated, getting naked to go to a sauna with family members, friends, or even colleagues may seem unusual. Yet numerous Dutch nationals grow up going to the sauna with their families and continue the practice of going in groups the way some of us might go to the movies with friends or colleagues.
You see, unlike in the UK, saunas in the land of windmills and tulips operate a no-swimwear policy. My boyfriend warned me, worried that I might get distracted by other men, that the one faux pas you can commit is to ogle other bodies. The thought of swimming and saunering completely starkers with strangers with filled me with a slight dread but I was willing to investigate, as I love saunas and needed of a bit of relaxation. We ventured to Sauna Ridderrode, which is around a minute drive from Amsterdam and called on the way to make a reservation. After stripping off in the mixed changing room, I donned my robe and wandered into the sauna area.