The best known travel web portal Lonely Planet, belonging to the biggest publisher of travel guides of the same name, ranks the Slovak spa Piešťany among 20 best European spa with natural thermal springs.It describes Piešťany as the largest Slovak spa town where everything is based on the healing mud. It thus accentuates its location amidst lush greenery of the forest park known as the "spa island". It also points out big spa hotels.
Piešťany has gotten into the company of for instance idyllic spa Blue Lagoon (Iceland), elegant Swiss spa Therme Vals, romantic Thermal Bath Spa, Bath (Great Britain), calming Karlovy Vary and others.
Piešťany has the statute of spa town of international importance since 1956.