January 18, 2005
Go to the Oceade. The Oceade is a tropical paradise located in Bruparck (a big amusement park area with Mini-Europe, Kinepolis...) in the Heysel area. One of the biggest aquatic parks in the country, this domed swimming area has it all: wave pool, whirlpools, kiddie pools, outdoor pool, 10 slides (my favourite being the kamikaze (80 meters slide in 18 seconds... whew)), a solarium, and a Finnish sauna. If you are travelling with kids, they will love it.
For those who are over 18 years old, there is a sauna (included in the price for adults).You'll find a Jacuzzi, two saunas at 80°C, one outside sauna at 90°C, a hammam, a cold tub and tanning beds. The first time I was there, you had to go in the buff... yes, naked.
I didn't expect it (my first time in a sauna, too), but hey, it was fun. My friend and I were embarrassed of being embarrassed.
On Sundays, swimsuits were allowed. That was a few years ago, and their website mentions that now you have to wear a swimsuit everyday.
And if you are hungry, there are also several restaurants and snacks on the premises.
Oceade can be reached with the Metro Line 1a, direction Roi Baudouin/Koning Baudewijn. Stop at Heysel/Heyzel.
For more information, such has opening hours: http://www.oceade.be
From journal Must-See Brussels