Escape to an island spa on Saaremaa, surf the waves of Pärnu or explore Tallinn’s popular waterparks at these must-visit Estonian hotels with pools.
With more than 1,500 islands and a lengthy coastline, it’s no surprise that Estonia has a multitude of hotels for avid swimmers. This Baltic nation really does love waterparks, pools and spas. Get your trunks and bikinis ready to dive into these hotel pools across Estonia.
The Arensburg Boutique Hotel & Spa is an Estonian island escape, located in Kuressaare. Start with a healthy breakfast at the Lounge Muusa restaurant before enjoying a Saaremaa Silk massage in the spa. There’s an indoor pool, jacuzzi and three saunas to rotate between. You can even arrange a juniper bath in the comfort of your own hotel room to unwind before bed.
The Kalev Spa Hotel & Waterpark is a super family hotel in the capital, Tallinn. Swimming enthusiasts will love the 50m (164ft) pool, while kids can lap the water slides. The two-storey spa complex features a relaxing Japanese bath, private sauna and hot-spring jacuzzi. Don’t miss the breakfast buffet and fully equipped fitness centre for early-morning workouts.
All conference centres should be like the Tallink Spa and Conference Hotel, which sits close to Tallinn harbour. Relieve tension at the Aqua Spa, which has a range of saunas, hot tubs and a hammam, alongside a year-round outdoor pool, indoor pool with swim-up bar and shallow children’s lagoon. Inside the hotel, rooms are simple featuring Scandinavian-style design. The Nero restaurant downstairs serves sushi and steak.
With four pools, a stay at the Braavo Spa Hotel in Tallinn’s old town means you’re spoilt for choice. Take your little ones for a dip in the Libero baby pool or lap the 25m (82ft) lane pool, while the children’s pool is decked out with jets and waterfalls. Sauna-wise, choose between infrared, Japanese and traditional heat. Book the Family Room, which sleeps up to six people and includes a kitchenette and lounge.
If you’re looking for a luxury stay in Tartu, book the Lydia Hotel on Toomemägi Hill, just behind the old town square. Rooms are cosy, with knitted bed throws and wooden floors – choose the Superior Suite with views over Pirogov Park. Head down to the intimate basement swimming pool followed by a session in the sanarium, sauna and steam room. The onsite restaurant Hõlm specialises in recipes from the local 1920s chef Lydia Grünmann Holm.
Couples should book a romantic getaway to the Grand Rose Spa Hotel in Saaremaa. Each deluxe suite is named after a different rose variety, one even includes its own fireplace. The heated indoor pool is flanked with no fewer than seven saunas, plus daily rituals that you can take part in, including the traditional juniper whisk session. The hotel has its own beer, Pihtla, and can whip up a decent cocktail, such as the ice cream and blueberry liquor option.
Luxury meets simplicity at the Johan Spa Hotel, located in Kuressaare on the island of Saaremaa. There are indoor and outdoor pools plus a children’s pool, steam sauna and Finnish saunas to ensure a tranquil stay, away from the Estonian mainland. Beauty treatments use organic, eco-friendly products from French brand Sothys.
This family-friendly hotel boasts a large waterpark, 25m (82ft) pool and hot tub, overlooking Kuressaare castle. Rooms are simple and pared back, although it’s unlikely you’ll spend much time there, especially if the kids are begging to go back down the waterslide. Retreat to the spa, where Chinese medicine techniques are used alongside traditional Estonian mud baths and herbal oils to relieve bodily tension.
If you crave a seaside escape, then Estonia Resort Hotel & Spa in Pärnu is the place to stay. Listen to the waves crash on the beach as you lap the heated outdoor pool. If the weather turns inclement, retreat to the indoor pool, sauna and steam room, which is open exclusively to guests until 10am each morning. A highlight is the Salt Table treatment, and the Dead Sea pool which is said to ease skin ailments.