I don’t know about you, but I’m always up for a wellness treat! On my birthday back in April, I had the pleasure of visiting the majestic Baltic Beach Hotel, which is located only half an hour from the capital of Riga. This is the place to go if you’re in need of a little self-pampering.
Enjoy the Latvian Riviera
Have you ever been to Latvia? If not, here’s another reason to go: the Latvian Riviera! Along the coast you’ll Jūrmala - a resort town stretching 32 km. The special thing about Jūrmala is, that it offers some of the best beach areas in Latvia. 33 km stretch of white-sand beach, which is obviously most attractive during summer. On the same stretch you’ll find Baltic Beach Hotel - a hotel resort offering various restaurants, bars, conference facilities, 165 rooms and, of course, a spa & fitness area with an extensive program for both day-visitor’s and staying guests. The hotel was nominated Latvia’s leading spa hotel this year - a quite understandable fact when you look at the spa menu and endless facilities. From a large selection of cosmetic treatments, body treatments and classic spa facilities such as steam bath, sauna and swimming pool to the more advanced Hydrotherapy, Mud therapy and physical therapy; there’s hardly anything this hotel can’t overcome in terms of spa and wellness! With that ind mind - and a great deal of excitement - I went to the changing rooms to experience my first spa day on Latvian ground.
A glamourous spa experience
Our program was already set; a Day Spa of two hours followed by 30 minutes of aroma massage and 1 hour of salt therapy. Yes, salt therapy. I had no idea what to expect and I had never tried anything like it before. The spa area was impressive offering a large pool surrounded by different sauna’s, steam bath’s and other wellness facilities to make you relax 100%. Some like their spa simple and minimalistic while others prefer it to be a cornucopia of glamour and glittering gold. While the spa at Baltic Beach Hotel is definitely the latter, it’s only fair to say that every single detail is well-considered. From the impressive crystal chandeliers to the glittering light bulbs in the changing rooms - you’ll most certainly feel like a princess here!
After relaxing at the spa, it was time for a 30-minute massage, which - in my opinion - was a rather trivial experience. I’d recommend going for the day spa program instead of just a massage, however, both things can be combined for a little extra self-indulgence. To top it off, we completed our spa day with a visit to the salt chamber. It’s not as dangerous as it may sound, in fact it’s just a square room completely covered in salt and decorated with neon lights and lounge chairs for guests to take a nap. I stayed there for approximately 25 minutes, but less restless souls would probably be able to enjoy the whole experience for an hour. The salt is said to have a very positive effect on your respiratory system and general well-being due to its high level of essential minerals.
Should you be able to pay Baltic Beach Hotel a visit, it would be a shame not to enjoy a lunch in one of the restaurant’s as well. A light lunch at the Italian restaurant ‘Il Sole’ was included in our package, and so we could end our day enjoying a glass of Prossecco while over-looking the beautiful Baltic Sea. The food here is definitely worth a try!
For more information go to www.balticbeach.lv