Two of the biggest staples of Finland are its magnificent lakes and its famous saunas. You can find and experience both of these at one of the country’s many lake spas, which provide luxury health and beauty treatments within the rustic Finnish countryside. These are some of the best and most beautiful lake spas to visit in Finland for relaxation and rejuvenation in peaceful surroundings.
Hotel Anttolanhovi is located on the shore of Lake Saimaa, Finland’s largest lake, putting it right in the centre of some of Finland’s most idyllic nature. As well as the sauna and pool complex, the resort also has fishing, sports, restaurants, and a range of accommodation to choose from, including lakeside villas and the Art and Design Hotel. The wellness holiday package for couples includes accommodation in one of the superior suites, access to all of the spas and activity rentals, and breakfast with champagne served in the hotel room.
Far up north in Rovaniemi, the Arctic Forest Spa at the SantaPark Arctic World resort (which also includes the Arctic Treehouse Hotel) provides traditional sauna treatments in the heart of the arctic forest. The spa has three different saunas: the traditional sauna, a smoke sauna, and a modern infrared sauna. It also has a jacuzzi for relaxing while watching the night sky or the northern lights. In the sauna lounge, a homey wooden cabin, you can enjoy a post-sauna meal next to a cosy fireplace, ideal for warming up in the Arctic winter.
Imatra is a spa resort that caters more to families with both relaxing spa treatments and family pool and sports facilities. The waterslides and waterfalls of the tropical-themed pool areas are highly appealing to children, while parents can enjoy the water massage spouts or the privacy of the spa with treatments such as massages, herbal baths, hot stone treatments, and facials.
One of Finland’s most popular hotel spas, Järvisydän has been serving travellers since 1658. The sense of tradition is still felt at the hotel with the old-style sauna and spa treatments in near untouched scenery, but still with some modern activities such as concerts and yoga pilates. The best way to take this all in is to book a stay in one of the scenic suites with wide windows overlooking Lake Saimaa.
Kaisankoti is located in a sublime former manor house near Espoo, a short drive from Helsinki. It was founded by Kaisa Kallio, the wife of a former Finnish president, as a rejuvenating countryside escape from the capitol. The manor is still managed by the Kaisa Kallio Foundation to provide a luxury break for city residents to de-stress with high-class restaurants, beautifully manicured grounds, and a spa centre.
Hotel Kalevala is unique not only for its antique wooden exterior but also for some of the unusual treatments you can get in the spa. As well as the traditional sauna, infrared sauna, and jacuzzi, these also include Finnish bonesetting, reiki healing, an aromatherapy bath, and a peat sauna. It may seem odd to sit in a sauna while covered in peat, but it is excellent for the skin and for people with allergies.
This spa hotel and resort on the outskirts of Kuopio is located in a former lumberjack lodge and still contains a lumberjack show and restaurant. Also in the complex is a pool and spa, a lakeside beach, three saunas, plus miles of countryside to stroll through. There are a number of different accommodation options at the resort, including holiday apartments with private saunas.
The Rokua Health and Spa Hotel is located in the Rokua geopark, a UNESCO global geopark that still contains geographical formations left over from the last ice age. This provides a relaxing natural environment for a luxury spa treatment. On offer at the hotel spa are cosmetology treatments, hairdressing, whirlpool baths, and peat baths.