Some of the most beautiful gay saunas in the world

No matter which city, country or continent you are in: in a gay sauna every gay man feels right at home. Most of the gay saunas in the world are similar: There is usually at least one dry sauna, and most of the time you will find a steam room, a hot tub, a bar lounge, a cruising area and often screens that show pornos. In terms of size and cleanliness, there are differences. I’d like to state that I have never visited a really dirty gay sauna. As a matter of fact each one was pretty clean. Nonetheless, some gay saunas are more beautiful than others. Therefore, I would like to present some of the best international gay saunas in my blog post today:

Babylon Sauna in Bangkok

Probably the biggest and most beautiful gay sauna I have ever visited is the Babylon Sauna in Bangkok. Immediately after entering the visitor is in a true wellness paradise. Everything is clean, there is a feel-good atmosphere – and the noise of the Thai city seems very far away. In addition to the usual facilities the Babylon sauna has a large swimming pool, an excellent restaurant, several bars, a top-equipped gym and not only you can get a massage: even a hairdresser offers hiss services.

‘t Bölke Gaysauna in Enschede

My favorite sauna is in the Netherlands. Not in the popular gay metropolis Amsterdam, but in the enchanting Enschede. The city is located directly behind the German-Dutch border and is a popular destination for shopping on Saturdays. My husband and I like to associate this with a visit to the ‘t Bölke sauna, an extremely well-kept and luxurious oasis of tranquility. In the beautiful ambience you can relax wonderfully. I particularly like the pool area, whose roof can be opened in summer, so that visitors can relax in the open air in the Jacuzzi. Highly recommended is the restaurant with a small but delicious menu. The staff is super friendly. By the way, you also find a club in the sauna complex, so that on weekends you can switch directly from the gay sauna to the club.

Nova Bruc in Barcelona

In Barcelona, there are a variety of gay saunas. Due to their individual flair (and the clientele) I like the sauna Nova Bruc best in the city. It is especially popular with gay bears, their admirers and older men. Your are reminded of that at the cash register. I also like the rather traditional Nova Bruc sauna: it reminds me of a historic bathhouse. Especially the natural light in pool area is very nice.

Sauna Labyrint in Prague

In the Karlín district of Prague you will find the sauna labyrinth. This gay sauna in the Czech capital offers the usual equipment as a small bar, darkrooms, playground and numerous cabins, which you can rent on several floors. The wellness area with Finnish sauna, bio sauna, steam labyrinth and large whirlpool are also very nice. The only drawback: There is no natural light in the entire sauna.

SunCity in Paris

When doing research for this article, I was surprised by the many negative reviews of this sauna on the internet. Do not let that put you off on your next city break in Paris. The SunCity sauna is quite large, very clean and offers a fantastic pool area with a large swimming pool and right next to a very large jacuzzi. By the way, the entire gay sauna is designed in Indian style, which makes it quite unique internationally.

Mario

Mario runs the travel blog beingboring.de. It originally started as a music blog, the blog is named after its favorite song by the gay pop duo Pet Shop Boys. Meanwhile, Mario reports on his blog mainly about travel, which he undertakes together with his partner. He writes about gay-friendly hotels, vacation packages, city breaks and cruises from a gay point of view and gives tips for interesting clubs, bars and cruising areas on site.

Mario betreibt das Reiseblog beingboring.de. Ursprünglich als Musikblog gestartet, ist das Blog nach seinem Lieblingslied des schwulen Popduos Pet Shop Boys benannt. Mittlerweile berichtet Mario auf seinem Blog hauptsächlich über Reisen, die er gemeinsam mit seinem Partner unternimmt. Dabei schreibt er über schwulenfreundliche Hotels, Pauschalreisen, Städtereisen und Kreuzfahrten aus einem schwulen Blickwinkel und gibt Tipps für interessante Clubs, Bars und Cruising Areas vor Ort.

Your Gay Guide to Delhi

So you are travelling to India? It is very likely that you will start your tour from Delhi, the capital of India. And if it is your first travel to India, be prepared for a culture shock in more ways than one. I had recently befriended a person online who was visiting from the UK. He said although he had assumed Delhi and India would be quite different, nothing had prepared him for the culture shock still. The noise, the chaotic traffic and the honking of cars takes some time getting used to!

But once you are here, there are several interesting gay spots and places that you can explore. But before moving to those, let me just quickly jot down some of the popular tourist spots that you must visit if you are in Delhi. You will probably also find them in any tourist guide map of the city – Lotus Temple, Jama Masjid (old Delhi), Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb, Lodhi Gardens, Nizammudin Dargah (next to Humayun’s Tomb), India Gate, Delhi Haat, Bangla Sahib Gurudwara and Qutub Minar.

Coming back to the focus of this article, here’s your gay guide to the city:

Connaught Place: Located in the heart of Delhi, Connaught Place is a popular place that houses many restaurants, brands, cafes etc. The place is always swarming with people, especially on weekends. Palika Park, which is just above Palika Market parking, is also a popular meet up point for Delhi’s LGBT community. You will find the park teeming with gay people on Sunday evening, when many people descend to the park to meet friends and hang out.

Palika Bazar in Connaught Place, Delhi

Nehru Park: Nehru Park is a famous gay cruising area/park in Delhi once the sun sets. You will find many people cruising here in the evening, and the bushes and trees of the park give ample opportunities too. But beware of criminal gangs who are known to loot people.

Spa: Mykonos Spa is a famous gay spa in Delhi, that operates in Lado Sarai, close to Qutub Minar. They offer a variety of services, including spa, Steam bath, Dry Sauna, Jacuzzi, Gym, shower. They also offer accommodation and rent out rooms to guests. Check out their website for more. Apart from Mykonos, there are a couple of other gay spas like the G-Spa at Green Park. Their Saturday dark nights are pretty famous. Check out their website. You also have Mens-Spa (website) providing a host of services. Some other popular spas are Aarogya Health Care And Spa and Kalph Kaya Spa.

Chez Jerome G-Cafe – Located on the terrace of the building that houses Mykonos Spa, this is Delhi’s only LGBT cafe that is maintained by Sambhav Sharma and Jerome. You not only have some really friendly staff and great food and ambience, but also have a wonderful view of Qutub Minar. Sunset at the place is absolutely mesmerising. Check out their facebook page (and the pictures of the cafe below).

Chez Jerome Cafe
Chez Jerome Cafe, Delhi

Parties: Gay parties happen every Saturday, and is often hosted in some club in Connaught Place. Unlike Europe or America, there are no fixed gay bars in India, and information about these parties are often circulatd via SMS or Whatsapp. Kitty Su at The Lalit too hosts parties on Thursday.

In case you are worried about the legal status of homosexuality in India and the implications for you as a visitor, read this post of mine.

Sukhdeep Singh

Sukhdeep Singh is the Founding Editor of Gaylaxy magazine which is India’s largest English language LGBT magazine. He grew up in Kolkata, in a Sikh family and in a liberal atmosphere. While studying in college he launched Gaylaxy magazine in 2010, which is now also available as an App. His message to the world is: “Treat everyone equally, with love and dignity.”

„Ich bin ein Berliner“: Berlin gay city tips

This above mentioned quotation, spoken out by U.S. President John F. Kennedy in June 1961 and well-known all over the world, really figures out Berlin‘s unbelievable charisma.

My own love story with Berlin has began in 2008, since I moved here. As it‘s called Germany‘s gay capital, even the gay capital of Europe, belonging to the country´s biggest gay community makes me a bit proud.
Both in the 1920s and nowadays Berlin‘s gay scene is characterized by freedom, adventure and emanzipation.

One important reason for that is the city´s multicultural society, which also has emphasized this very diverse, lively and colorful gay scene. People from all over the world come here to find the perfect place to fulfil oneself. Berlin is gaining in popularity as one of the world´s most tolerant and open-minded (gay) hot spots.
Although there are no restricted gay districts the most popular gaybourhood can be found in Schöneberg, where also ebab‘s main office is located. However, cool gay locations are spread all over the city. In addition to Schöneberg, you can dance, celebrate, love and cruise as well in Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, Neukölln and Kreuzberg at any time.

My top 3 gay locations in Berlin which shouldn‘t be missed:

#TheBoiler – Berlin‘s best known gay sauna with a both steamy and relaxed atmosphere.
#Schwuz – the gayest party location offered in Berlin, with a very long tradition.
#MonGay – Each Monday an LGBTIQ movie is played in the Kino International, the most famous cinema of the former GDR (next to Alexanderplatz).


Besides its high number of gay locations all over the city, Berlin is a hot spot where so many popular events for the gay community are held. Learn more about Berlin‘s gay pride ‚Christopher Street Day‘ (CSD), Folsom Europe, the Stadtfest and more in one of my next posts.
Until then enjoy your next bed and breakfast in one of our Berlin accommodations, available on ebab.com.

Steven

Steven has been part of ebab.com since 2013. He is the man for social media and the ebab gay travel blog. As you can see, he also likes to write a blog article himself.

German version: Steven gehört seit 2013 zum Team von ebab.com. Er ist der Mann für Social Media und unseren ebab Gay Travel Blog. Wie ihr seht, schreibt auch er gern einmal einen Blogartikel selbst.