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Finnish sauna, Lake Saimaa

There is nothing more Finnish than sauna

Many Finns think you can not grasp Finland or its culture without bathing in a sauna. By the Lake Saimaa it is possible to enjoy the atmosphere of a traditional Finnish sauna. In addition to a traditional sauna you can pamper yourself for example in an exciting smoke sauna. Enjoy also the refreshing Lake Saimaa by swimming in summer as well as in winter!

Almost all holiday homes have their own sauna and some also have their own hot tub outside, where you can relax between bouts of steam. Per capita, Finland has the highest number of saunas in the world.

Sauna tips for the beginners

1. Sauna is a place for physical and mental cleansing, and many suggest one should behave in a sauna as they would in church. That is not to say you shouldn´t relax – just kick back and take it easy.

2. Getting invited to a sauna is an honour. It is said that in Finland, more important decisions get made in saunas than in meetings.

3. Yes, Finns go to sauna in the nude even with strangers. In groups, women and men go to sauna separately, but families go together. Don´t worry, Finns will understand if you want to wear a swimsuit or a towel.

4. There are no rules for how often you should throw more water on the stove. Whenever you feel like another wave of steam, go for it.

5. The Finnish sauna tradition is not complete without the sauna whisk made of birch twigs, with which you can give your skin a refreshing work-over during a sauna.

6. Another big favourite is the scents sold in various shops, for putting into the sauna water basin. These will fill your sauna with aromas such as tar and birch.

7. You will be sweating heavily in a sauna, so be sure to drink plenty. Water is probably best for you, but beer and cider is what Finns enjoy the most.

8. The most important thing is to relax, socialise, have a couple of drinks and enjoy the blissful post-sauna feeling of having cleaned both your body and your mind.


SOURCE: visitfinland.com


Lappeenranta Spa

The history of the Lappeenranta Spa goes back as far as the 1820s when the Pikkala spring was found. Word of its health-promoting waters travelled far beyond the country´s borders, attracting visitors from as far as the court of the Russian Tsar. The charming and unique spa has a long tradition and is set along a boulevard that runs beside Lake Saimaa, right in the city center of Lappeenranta. Lappeenranta Spa offers accommodation in two separate buildings. The magnificently restored Art Nouveau building called Wanha Kylpylä, Old Spa is protected by Finland's National Board of Antiquities and it was built in 1912. The rooms offer great atmosphere of former times. The Spa Hotel on the other side of the street offers comfortable and spacious rooms decorated in Scandinavian style.

Wanha Kylpylä (Old Spa): This magnificently restored 100-year-old building has 28 new rooms with a distinctive elegance on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The rooms vary in size and shape and are decorated in a style suitable for a distinguished building. As the old spa building is located on the waterfront boulevard, about half of the rooms offer stunning views of Lake Saimaa. Wanha Kylpylä has De Luxe rooms and some mini-suites and the possibility of a spare bed in some of the rooms. All rooms have room-specific air conditioning, a refrigerated mini-bar and a wireless Internet connection, as well as a kettle, hairdryer and bathrobes. Wanha Kylpylä also houses the facilities for our treatment services, such as massage, spa treatments, luxury baths and a salt room.

Spa Hotel: The Spa Hotel has 24 tranquil rooms decorated with elegant colors and materials. The rooms have everything you need, including room-specific air conditioning, a refrigerated mini-bar and a wireless Internet connection, as well as a hairdryer and bathrobes. Half of the rooms also have their own balcony with views of Lake Saimaa and the Port (Superior rooms). Some of the rooms with a balcony can be joined to make a large family suite if required. The saunas, recreational pools and the fitness training room located in this building are freely available to all hotel guests. Our restaurant Bistro Lähde is also located in this building.

Our treatment facilities: Our idyllic, beautifully renovated treatment facilities are the place to go when you want individual service and to look after your health or just pamper yourself. You can relax in a bath, or enjoy various types of massage to help your muscles relax. Our salt room offers gentle relief for problems with the skin or respiratory organs. When you want to add a touch of luxury to your everyday, take one of our pre-planned pampering, health or theme holidays. Alternatively, you can design your own dream holiday full of pampering, with all the treatments that appeal to you. Our spa holiday is a city holiday at its best!

Our services:

  • Hotel
  • Restaurant
  • Meetings
  • Saunas and recreational pools
  • Fitness training room
  • Weekly exercise classes with an instructor
  • Luxury treatments
  • Salt room

Treatments for the whole gang! Birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties, work-related recreation… Book our spa facilities and luxurious water treatments exclusively for your group. A suitable group size is 4 persons per hour. Towels and bathrobes are included as well as trying out the salt room. You can also order some nibbles to be served in our recreational facilities. Enjoy a relaxing time together!

Lappeenranta Spa
Ainonkatu 17
Tel. +358 (0)20 761 3761


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