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Riga’s old town from the top of St Peter’s Church and Kurshi Hotel & Spa in Jurmala.
Riga’s old town from the top of St Peter’s Church and Kurshi Hotel & Spa in Jurmala.

Photo: Clément Morin / Kontinent and Kurshi Hotel & Spa

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Live the spa life in Riga

As autumn turns to winter, there’s no better time for a warming spa visit. Fly to the Latvian capital of Riga or the coastal spa town of Jurmala for a perfect weekend break.

Chocolate body masks, amber stone massages, almond peelings and body wrappings – these are all part of Latvian spa life and the selection of rejuvenating and ­relaxing treatments is endless. Latvia is sprinkled with spas, particularly at the hotels in the capital of Riga and in the nearby coastal town of Jurmala, one of Europe’s oldest spa cities.

Jurmala is a seaside resort with pine forests, therapeutic sulfur springs and a 26km white sand beach that has been attracting bathers for centuries. But while summer is short here, visitors can indulge in indoor spas and pools at any time of the year.

You’ll find everything you need at most spas which provide towels, bathrobes and slippers as well as showers and lockers for your valuables. If you want a massage or other treatments, it’s best to book in advance. Give yourself a good 20 minutes before your appointment to prepare and wind down. Allow yourself time after each treatment too, so you can revel in the moment, relaxing and sipping herbal tea in a tranquil relaxation room. 

Both Riga and Jurmala are just a short hop away from each other (about a 30-minute train ride) and close to Riga International Airport. Prices for spa treatments, food and accommodations are generally very affordable compared to spas in other European countries, so why ­hesitate, when you can enjoy the good life at a good price!

Photo: Clement Morin

Grand Poet Hedonic Spa

The Grand Poet Hotel offers spa treatments, a pool and ­saunas. Hotel guests enjoy free access to the Hedonic Spa ­facilities, which include a dry sauna, steam room, salt sauna and an ice fountain for cooling off. Opened in the spring of 2018, the spark­ling new facility with a wellness center is a peaceful place to ­relax after a day of work or sightseeing. Try the Detox ­Marine body wrap treatment with a full body massage to ­eliminate toxins.

Grand Poet Hedonic Spa

Raiņa bulvāris 5/6, Riga

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Taka Spa

Unilke most of Riga’s best spas, the Taka Spa, across from Kronvalda Park, is not located in a hotel. This is a place solely dedicated to the spa experience. Taka offers spa rituals and treatments for men and women, couples and mothers-­to-be. Pamper yourself with a manicure and hand massage or a pedicure and salt sea scrub followed by a nourishing milk bath for your feet. As with most of Riga’s spas, they prefer if you make an appointment prior to showing up for a treatment.

Taka Spa

Kronvalda bulvaris 3a, Riga

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ESPA

The ESPA spa center is located in the Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel. This popular spa caters to both members and day guests. It includes an 18m-­swimming pool, saunas, steam rooms and an open-air ­vitality pool. ESPA skincare products are used for the treatments, which include a two-hour Baltic Body Treatment with a detoxifying wrap and a lava seashell massage treatment that uses heated seashells and aromatic oils. ­Expect slightly higher prices at this sleek, centrally-located spa.

ESPA

Elizabetes 55, Riga

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Balta Pirts

For a real Latvian sauna ­experience, head out to the 100-year-old Balta Pirts and experience a traditional wood-fired sauna or pirt. You’ll get a broom-like birch or oak slota to channel the heat with. This spa includes steam rooms and a swimming pool and offers massages and other treatments. Balta Pirts was originally a place for the locals to bathe, have a sauna, revitalize and chat over tea. People still come to Balta Pirts to do just that.

Balta Pirts

Tallinas iela 71, Riga

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Baltic Beach Hotel & Spa

The five-star Baltic Beach Hotel is one of Jurmala’s largest hotels, with 165 rooms and suites and a prime location in the center of Jurmala. The spa is also a certified medical spa center. Here, they take health and beauty seriously and you can expect to be wrapped in a waterbed, rejuvenated with a cleansing facial treatment or worked over on the massage table. Baltic Beach offers a ­traditional, no-nonsense, ­Eastern European spa experience. Choose from a number of reasonably-priced spa packages and services for a couple of hours or a full day.

Baltic Beach Hotel & Spa

Juras iela 23/25, Jurmala

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Hotel Jurmala Spa

Hotel Jurmala Spa was recently renovated with a minimalistic, northern design feeling – Estonian design to be exact. There’s plenty of wood and natural materials and some 200 different spa treatment combinations to choose from, including treatments for children. Try one of six different saunas, ­including a salt or steam sauna. You can also get exfoliated with an amber stone massage, guaranteed to leave you fresh and tingling. Enjoy a healthy, three-course lunch in their restaurant or pop up to the 11th floor bar for a gorgeous view over the Gulf of Riga before you leave.

Hotel Jurmala Spa

Jomas iela 47-49, Jurmala

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Kurshi Hotel & Spa

Select your favorite scent from a wide range of natural products for a soothing facial and body aroma massage at the cozy Kurshi Spa. The spa is ­located in a fully renovated ­traditional wooden Jurmala house, a sharp contrast to the glass and steel Kurshi Hotel next door. You can expect to come away feeling completely relaxed and rejuvenated after a facial and body aroma massage or a classic Ayurveda massage to help eliminate toxins and increase blood flow. Treatments take 30 minutes or more and, as with most spa treatments, it’s best to pre-book.

Kurshi Spa

Dubultu prospekts 30, Jurmala

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Amber Sea Hotel and Spa

The Amber Sea Hotel and Spa, just a few minutes’ walk from Jurmala’s vast sandy beach, is surrounded by pine trees. This low-key spa offers therapy treatments including peelings and body masks with names that sound delctable. Try, for example, a honey-­almond peeling mask for relaxation and harmony, a cinnamon therapy for warmth and joy, a chocolate body mask for ­anti-stressing, or how about a red wine mask for recovery and ­energy? If none of those appeal to you, then go for one of Amber Sea’s traditional Thai massages.

Amber Sea Hotel and Spa

Dzintaru prospekts 68, Jurmala

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Last edited: September 20, 2018

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