Healing holidays in Estonia

Source: Visit Estonia

Healing holidays in Estonia

Estonia has a long tradition of healing treatments, with many local resorts dating back for decades, if not centuries. Resorts have historically offered treatments to ease chronic illnesses and to boost the immune system, using local ingredients from the neighbouring landscape, such as mud, peat and herbs. In this article, we dig a bit deeper to explore what's special about these resorts and what to expect.

Värska Spa in Setomaa is known for freshwater medicine, using mud deposits sourced from the bottom of the Värska Bay and mineral water pumped out of Värska. Freshwater baths are known to with joint and skin problems. Värska is also known in Estonia as a popular soft drink, stocked widely across the country. At Värska Spa, guests have access to an unlimited amount of Värska mineral water for free and can soak in a jacuzzi filled with water sourced straight from the ground. The healing effect of treatments used in Värska Spa is scientifically proven.

The resort town of Pärnu has a long history of spas offering holiday treatments. Today, guests flock to Estonia Medical Spa & Hotel offering more than a hundred medical treatments, including heat and cold therapy, hydro and electrotherapy. Tervis Medical Spa is a local institution and Estonia's largest 3-star treatment spa. It's also a recipient of Green Key, a label granted to environmentally friendly hotels in Europe. Viiking SPA Hotel caters for families with its sizeable water park as well as offers a range of traditional rehabilitation procedures for those looking to improve their health while on a family holiday. Some of the signature treatments to look out for are vibro-acoustic chairs, massage chairs and health capsules.

A bit smaller in size, Haapsalu is yet another traditional spa town in Estonia. One that even the composer Tchaikovsky once visited during his summer holiday. The healing traditions here stretch far and wide. Hestia Hotel Haapsalu Spa is perhaps best known among the older generation as the go-to place for medical treatments. Located right by the beach, the spa offers generous views across the Baltic Sea and is especially known for its mud baths. A slightly newer addition to the resort town is Fra Mare Thalasso Spa, located a short drive away from the spa. In addition to a lengthy treatment menu, the spa is also great for those looking to take long walks in the nearby forest and beach.

Estonia's capital Tallinn and its nearby locations are also featured on the medical spa map of Estonia. LaSpa Laulasmaa, located only 30 minutes away from the capital's city centre, on the white sandy beach of Laulasmaa, offers various medical and wellness procedures and also features Restaurant Wicca which has often been listed in the 50 best restaurants of Estonia. There is also the Viimsi Spa Hotel, located in the beautiful Viimsi Parish, a 15-minute car ride away from Tallinn's medieval Old Town and offering a wide array of therapies from classic mud, water and electric therapy to rehabilitation procedures such as deep tissue massage.

Last but not least, Toila SPA Hotel is perhaps the most popular medical spa on the northern coast of Estonia. Located right next to the stunning Toila Oru Park and overlooking the sea, it's worth a visit just for the surrounding landscape alone. Toila SPA Hotel attracts visitors of all ages with health packages that include procedures and unlimited use of the pool, sauna, and gym.

Feel like booking a healing holiday to soothe your body and mind? Choose your medical spa treatment already today!

Last updated : 10.03.2022

In category: Health & Wellness