The Best Spa Hotels in Estonia

Guests have flocked to Hedon Spa in Pärnu since the 1920s
Guests have flocked to Hedon Spa in Pärnu since the 1920s | Courtesy of Hedon Spa and Hotel / Expedia.com
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25 February 2021

Estonia is known for its traditional spa rituals, mixing native herbs to rejuvenate weary visitors and locals alike. Just like in neighbouring Finland, saunas are incredibly popular, especially during the cold Northern European winters. Try a traditional Estonian smoke sauna –complete with a juniper whisk – followed by an icy plunge pool dip at these spa retreats.

Arensburg Boutique Hotel and Spa

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Arensburg Boutique Hotel & Spa
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An eclectic mix of modern furnishings embedded within a 300-year-old building make up the Arensburg Boutique Hotel, located in Kuressaare on the island of Saaremaa. Start the day with a healthy breakfast at the Lounge Muusa restaurant, then book a Saaremaa Silk massage treatment in the spa. You can even take the spa experience back to your room with a Juniper Bath before drifting off to sleep.
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Grand Rose Spa Hotel

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Grand Rose Spa Hotel
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Wellness rituals are a key part of the routine here at the Grand Rose, also located in Kuressaare. Inside the expansive Asian-style spa, salt, whisk and shea-butter rituals are held at specific times each day. Rotate between seven saunas, including one infused with juniper and another with salt crystals. There are also 30-minute hot yoga sessions available – if you can stand the 50C (122F) heat. Unwind afterwards in the spa bar with an ice cold homemade Pihtla beer.
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Schlössle Hotel

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For a genuine Estonian sauna experience, book yourself into the Schlössle Hotel in Tallinn. This hotel has a private sauna located in the basement of the idyllic 13th-century building. Book the Cleansing Sauna Ritual, which includes a face mask and body peel (designed to remove toxins) followed by a full-body massage. Afterwards, glide upstairs to the cosy lobby with its roaring fireplace for a G&T, made with award-winning Estonian craft gin, Metsis.
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Kalev Spa Hotel and Waterpark

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Fun for the whole family, the Kalev Spa Hotel & Waterpark in Tallinn boasts six pools and four waterslides as part of the hotel complex. For adults, there is a two-storey wellness centre housing a hot Japanese bath, private sauna, hot spring and pearl bath. Rotate between hot and cold showers, before heading to the relaxation pool, which offers an underwater massage. There’s also a 50m (165ft) pool for those feeling energetic.
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Hestia Hotel Kentmanni

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Hestia Hotel Kentmanni is perfect for an intimate hideaway for couples wanting a quiet weekend in Tallinn. Take advantage of the small private spa with a Finnish sauna, regular sauna and huge 12-person hot tub. In between, relax on the heated spa lounge beds. There’s also a fully equipped gym that is open 24/7. Upstairs, the hotel restaurant serves an excellent brunch – try the croissant with poached eggs, smoked salmon and hollandaise sauce.
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Hotel Telegraaf

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Treat yourself to a stay in the quirky Hotel Telegraaf, a four-storey building that was converted into a five-star hotel. The spa is a real highlight. Stroll through the candlelit reception to the 10m (33ft) lap pool located beneath a glass ceiling. There’s also a whirlpool, sauna, steam room and extensive menu of Elemis spa treatments. Afterwards, wine and dine in at the Telegraaf’s exquisite Restaurant Tchaikovsky.
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Castle Spa Wagenküll

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Live out your dream of sleeping in a castle at the Castle Spa Wagenküll in Valga County, southern Estonia. This country retreat is a well-deserved escape from the city. The spa complex is truly enormous, featuring a cold water oasis, hydro-massage pool, Japanese bath and variety of saunas (aromatherapy, salt, Finnish and amber). Treatments are suitably quirky – we recommend the home-brewed beer bath, designed to relieve joint pain.

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  • Hedon Spa and Hotel

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    Hedon Spa & Hotel
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    Historical mud baths have long been a symbol of the seaside resort of Pärnu. Guests flocked to Hedon Hotel in the 1920s to reap the health benefits. Today, it remains one of Estonia’s top wellness retreats. Packages range from the Silent Spa (two hours of complete soundless bliss) to the Sun Spa (where light rays are used to mimic natural sunlight from Miami, Mauritius and beyond). If you’re lucky enough to stay during the summer, make the most of the outdoor pool.

    Georgi Hotel

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    Georgi Hotel is a quintessential Estonian hotel in Võru. Once a post office, now it is a boutique hotel featuring a cosy mini-spa and beauty salon. Whether it’s a massage, hair treatment or manicure you need, you can find it all here. The spa itself has three saunas with different temperature levels to suit all: steam sauna at 45C (113F), aroma sauna at 70C (158F) and the Finnish sauna at 90C (194F).

    Hotel Palace

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    The glamorous Hotel Palace has been named Estonia’s leading hotel five times since 2016 by the World Travel Awards. Within this spectacular Tallinn building, the relaxation area is reserved for guests only. Take a dip in the indoor pool, complete with underwater massage jets, before flopping down in the sauna or steam room. Upstairs, the gourmet Restaurant Konrad is popular both with residents and visitors – don’t skip dessert, each one is like a work of art.
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    Estonia Resort Hotel and Spa

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    Estonia Resort Hotel & Spa
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    Also located in Pärnu, the Estonia Resort Hotel does its best to rival the Hedon Spa. Inside, try an original Estonian spa treatment, including a herbal massage using traditional sage techniques, as well as a unique heated salt table therapy. There’s even a spa menu for kids, featuring a 20-minute strawberry face mask and massage. As a hotel guest, you’ll have exclusive morning access to the health centre with eight saunas, a jacuzzi and a Dead Sea pool.
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