Estonia is rightfully proud of its 200-year-old spa culture, but how many people know that the cradle of Estonian spa culture is in Tallinn? Georg Witte's swimming establishment, which opened in 1813 in Kadriorg, quickly became a favourite summer holiday spot for the Russian Tsar. That year is considered the beginning of the Estonian sanatorium tradition.
Now, a few hundred years later, you can find several small, sweet spas while walking around the Old Town or the city centre of Tallinn. For a more luxurious and private experience, visit the Telegraaf Spa at the five-star Hotel Telegraaf. They offer a wide range of high-end treatments with a tranquil sauna and pool area. The spa at another five-star hotel, Swissôtel, is called Pürovel Spa, which, in addition to an indoor pool and spa treatments, boasts a well-equipped gym. The Hilton Tallinn Park hotel, known for its quality, is home to the Eforea Spa, where you can start at the gym and continue with spa treatments, saunas and swimming pools.
If you prefer to relax and enjoy the beautiful view of Tallinn's Old Town, Nordic Hotel Forum's Leisure Centre is the perfect place. The leisure centre on the top floor of the hotel is a real water paradise: there is an indoor pool, a jacuzzi, steam saunas and a gym.
Only a short distance from the Old Town, at the foot of Toompea, von Stackelberg Hotel Tallinn welcomes its guests in a small and cosy Zen Spa. This small wellness oasis offers a variety of treatments, saunas and a Japanese-style hot tub. Park Inn by Radisson Meriton Conference & Spa Hotel Tallinn, located across the road, features the Meriton Sport sports centre with swimming pools, saunas and spa treatments. In addition to the gym and group workouts, there are also water aerobics classes, which are very popular.
Bonus tip: The beautiful Laulasmaa resort is located about half an hour's drive west from the city centre. It is a popular summer resort by the sea as well as an ideal holiday resort all year round. At Laulasmaa Hotel LaSpa, visitors can relax in the water and sauna centre with plenty of options and let themselves be taken care of in the spa and beauty centre.