Old meets new at the spa
30. June 2014
The luxurious Hedon Spa & Hotel was opened in Pärnu’s historic mud spa in June.
The symbolic mud baths were built between 1926-1927, as the old spa building was burnt during the First World War. In Soviet times, the beautiful building was a workers care institution, but in the 90s, it was left empty, for ruin.
Thus, this thorough renovation could be considered an act of cultural preservation, in particular, because the original spa part has been restored in all its old glory. Original ceiling fixtures and floor tiles have remained the same.
A modern spa operates in the old part. Guests can enjoy a variety of saunas and pools. In addition, the courtyard is a secluded terrace with a small pool to cool off in, in summer. The beauty salons have also remained in the same place. Especially fun are the curtain-lined waiting rooms, where you can enjoy the light and heat from a sun lamp.
The silent spa is in a separate part that offers the opportunity to bathe and go to the sauna peacefully. Its specialties are low-temperature (35-65 degrees) saunas and a calm atmosphere. Children 14 and older can visit the spa.
The modern hotel and restaurant are combined seamlessly with the old spa building. The colours of the hotel lobby are dominated by black and white, lines are clean and simple. The same style also continues in the hotel rooms.
The hotel offers a great view of Estonia’s best swimming beach and beach park. Plus, there is also the opportunity to enjoy the warmth of the summer on the spacious balconies, which can be found in each room.
Raimond Restaurant strives to use local ingredients. The menu includes, for example, fresh daily fish and tasty rabbit liver pate with ramsons mayo. The restaurant’s terrace is located beside the promenade, where you can sit and watch beach life.
TEXT AND PHOTOS BY MIKKO VIRTA