Piestany, in Slovakia's Trnava region, is the most famous spa town in the country. The first spa opened in 1889, but Piestany itself dates to the early 12th century. That said, a famous statue, the Venus of Moravany, discovered in an adjacent village, is deemed to come from the year 22,800 BC, and archeological records suggest that there have been humans settled in the area for more than 80,000 years. Meeting venues in Piestany are accordingly diverse.
On the pretty Vah River, Piestany is 48 miles north of Slovak capital Bratislava and is also on the country's principal freeway that, south, continues to Austrian capital Vienna. There is an airport immediately adjacent to the town, but it receives no scheduled flights, so most visitors arrive via Bratislava's Milan Rastislav Stefenik Airport (BTS), which quite naturally is referred to more often as Bratislava International Airport. It is approximately 40 miles southeast of Piestany. Czech Airlines is the main carrier here, but also present is Irish cut-price airline, Ryan. Trains connect Piestany with Bratislava.
There are no large convention venues in Piestany; the nearest thing is the 257-room Danubius Health Spa Resort, which almost is a city to itself, on an island in the Vah with three hotels—Thermia Palace (111 rooms), Balnea Esplanade (257) and Balnea Splendid (143)—and oodles of spa-related facilities and a congress center able to host 400 persons. Many groups are here to conduct meetings in the morning and partake in the healing waters in the afternoon. Most of Piestany's other hotels usually are attached to spas, too, and include the 270-room Magnolia, which can host up to 200 persons for meetings; 48-room Satelit, which can cater to 150 persons; 21-room Panorama, and 16-room Sandor Pavillon, which has six function rooms with names guaranteed to have your attendees thinking and feeling better—Beauty, Golf, Heritage, Pampering, Weekend and Wellness.
Outside Piestany, venues include the wonderful Chateau Krakovany, four miles east of Piestany, which has private dining rooms and a spacious courtyard; Tematin in the aforementioned Moravany; the very respected Furman, which can put on an array of corporate functions and team-building exercises and contains buildings on the edge of the forest that stares down at Piestany; Rybarsky Dvor, which is perched on the edge of the reservoir-lake immediately to the south of Piestany and has a conference room for 18 persons, a restaurant for 50 and a summer terrace for 150, and Kaviaren, which has a lakeside setting, a restaurant and outdoor seating.
Fine restaurants in Piestany itself include Caffe Eden at the Eden Hotel, which has spa facilities, a very brightly designed restaurant and a summer terrace; lakeside Linea, which has a 64-seat restaurant and a 42-seat, traditional Slovak "Koliba" hut (wood stove and folk music); the 96-seat restaurant at the Hotel Maj Piestany Spa & Wellness, another colossal spa hotel-facility.