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Sopot-A Modern Health Resort
July 29, 2009   
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What is that turns a holiday destination turn into a health resort which enthralls you and makes you want to return over and over again? Sopot is a perfect example of a sleepy fishing village whose natural beauty combined with commitment and investment transformed it one of the most popular seaside resorts in Poland.

The history of Sopot as a health resort dates back to the 1820s when Georges Haffner, a enterprising French physician with the Napoleonic army, opened a bath house in the village. The first vacationers were individual families, but by the end of the century, Sopot evolved into a famous health resort visited by crowds of both Polish and foreign tourists. The most alluring thing about Sopot was its location, ideal for both swimming in the sea and sunbathing, and the therapeutic potential of the town was discovered in no time. As soon as that happened, Sopot started attracting numerous investors who undertook projects in tourism, sports and recreation. New facilities and buildings sprouted up in the area, including tennis courts (1897), a horseracing track (1989) and a lavish new Dom Kuracyjny (Spa House, 1912). The new projects transformed Sopot, but the unique ambiance of the health resort remained unchanged. As years went by and Sopot became famous across Europe, people came here not only to enjoy the sun and the sea, but also to get a taste of international sophistication.

Today is no different and projects carried out over the past several years have lent a whole new quality to Sopot. The largest project currently under way in Sopot is the Dom Zdrojowy, an immense project that continues the tradition of the Dom Kuracyjny spa house and scheduled for completion in the latter half of this year. The building houses an operational Conference Center, the largest facility of its kind in the Tricity (Gdańsk-Gdynia-Sopot), and a spa, both run by Sheraton Sopot. This newest, five-star hotel and conference complex makes contemporary Sopot far more than just a pleasant place to spend your summer vacations. The professional Conference Center is suitable for professional meetings of small groups of people as well as large conferences, training sessions and conventions. All conference halls are equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, which coupled with top-quality accommodation enables the Sheraton in Sopot to hold the biggest events.

One of the biggest attractions of the Conference Center and Spa is the elegant Marco Polo ballroom sized 360 square meters with a ceiling 15 meters high. The large surface area allows for a wide range of space arrangements, so alongside balls, the ballroom can host conventions and private concerts.

The Conference Center consists of ten spacious, fully equipped conference halls with a total surface area of over 4,000 sq m. It also encompasses a multimedia auditorium named after Christopher Columbus, sized 560 sq m and capable of seating 650 people. There are also seven smaller conference rooms and a professional boardroom. The site provides convenient conditions for organizing anything from a private meeting for a dozen people to all-day-long seminars and conferences.

Iva Trifonov, the director of the Sheraton Sopot Conference Center and Spa, says the variety of comprehensive services provided by the facility is its greatest asset. "Most people associate the Sheraton brand with exclusive hotels," Trifonov said. "Meanwhile, the Sheraton Sopot is not just a hotel, because it is also a modern conference center, a luxurious spa and offers exclusive restaurants. I believe this combination of a business and conference center with recreational and entertainment facilities makes our services versatile and attractive."

Sopot is a notable and unique town where the essence of its spa traditions is combined with modernity, warmth, elegance and the best service, for which the Sheraton Hotel and the Conference Center and Spa are famous.

Monika Siatecka
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