Uniquely Estonian spa treatments

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Uniquely Estonian spa treatments

Estonia's love for pure and local doesn't end with food. The herbs, algae, sand, peat and even rocks found in Estonia's vast fields, forests and the coast can go a long way in terms of wellness and beauty. Discover some of the most unique treatments at spas across the country that offer a feel of Estonia's many simple luxuries.

Juniper body peel and massage

Estonians simply cannot have enough juniper. You can find juniper knives, candle scents and even juniper smoked cheese on sale in many shops and markets. Juniper trees are distinctly associated with Estonian island culture and are used in this body peel to extract toxins. The accompanying massage is focused on the abdomen to accelerate metabolism. The Saaremaa Juniper scent invigorates while the mind is calmed and body cleansed.

GoSpa, located at the Georg Ots Spa Hotel on the island of Saaremaa, offers a range of massages and baths under the name KENA body treatments. Kena (meaning "nice" or lovely" in Estonian), is a beautiful word that originates in Saaremaa and is a slogan for local beauty treatments, so expect to feel "väga kena" ("very nice").

Herbal treatments

GoSpa has been providing treatments by professional therapists for 12 years using the finest natural ingredients from the island of Saaremaa. 

Photo by: GoSpa

Home-brewed beer treatment for men

Here's an experience for all the gentlemen looking for something local and refreshing. In addition to adding that special nuanced flavour to your favourite craft beer, hops also soothe joints. This body treatment will leave the skin fresh and radiant with good complexion and a pleasant scent.

Saaremaa Thalasso Spa, also on the island of Saaremaa, offers authentic treatments using juniper, mud and home brews using local raw materials and herbs sourced rom the unspoiled Sõrve Peninsula. Thalassa Spa will have you feeling in touch with the pristine surroundings, because it bases its services on "the rhythm of changing seasons which influences people's behaviour, moods, needs and wishes".

Peat and honey body wrap

Peat from Estonia's many magical bogs take you back to the wild. It contains a humid bioactive substance which absorbs into the skin to removes toxins from the body. Beekeepers have been utilizing the power of honey in Estonia for over 2,500 years, and honey heals the skin and allows peat to absorb deeply. This body wrap will improve circulation and fight cellulite, leaving you feeling silky soft and ready for a good night's sleep.

Estonia Resort and Spa is located in Estonia's summer capital Pärnu, a town where bathing and body pampering has been happening for centuries. When here, look for treatments including local spring water, peat and even power trees that are inspired by Estonian nature and knowledge passed down from ancient herbalists.

Saunas in Kubija Spa Hotel

Sauna is the oldest form of spa in Estonia and modern day spas are not complete with at least one indoor or outdoor sauna. 

Photo by: Oliver Pütsep

Honey, kama and calendula oil facial

You can't go more Estonian than this. Kama is a traditional dessert made from cooked, dried and ground rye, barley and peas, while honey and calendula have for centuries been used in most local remedies and continue to be popular in the modern day. This facial cleanses and nourishes delicate skin.

Kubija Spa Hotel hides between a scenic pine grove near the small southern town of Võru. Specialising in all things natural and healing, Kubija is the place to go for some traditional Estonian pampering.

Spa culture in Estonia is very versatile and you are more than welcome to bring your juniors and seniors with. Many spas boast water parks, saunas and local mud therapy, which is recommended for elderly visitors with joint pains. While Estonian-style treatments are one off and unique, Estonian spas offer a range of internationally renowned luxury cosmetic brands such as Kalahari, Elemis, La Biosthetique, Sundari, Cinq Mondes, Babor and many others.

Last updated : 16.05.2018

In category: West Estonia, Health & Wellness

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