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Melissa Vinelli’s Summer Holiday Diaries

Thanks for your tips everyone! For all you spa junkies check out this new blog for spa news, musings and inspiration. According to them, “Relaxing is a serious business” – I couldn’t agree more!

I’m not sure if it was your description of the eucalyptus scented steam bath and wood-fired sauna, or the image of a strapping Nordic spa therapist called Hans which it conjured, but I decided to plump for Pädaste Manor on Muhu Island. With Hans in mind, I left the Chef in London and invited my friend Aurelie. A true Parisian, she’s on holiday for the whole of August too and appreciates a spot of pampering.

Reached by a 20 minute ferry ride from mainland Estonia, Muhu Island is a totally unspoilt island in the Baltic Sea. A 16th century haven, the hotel is grand but homely, and the spa offering is second to none. With the voice of Spa Confidential echoing through my mind, Aurelie and I repeated our mantra “Relaxing is a serious business” and threw ourselves into two days of rigorous spa-ing. After sweating it out in the sauna and plunging ourselves into the icy “Siberian” tub, it was time to sample the treatments. Pädaste Manor use centuries-old Estonian herbal traditions in their spa treatments – but it’s not bearded hippy territory – one of their spa packages includes a glass of Chardonnay and a hot tub session with a bottle of Laurent Perrier – my kind of Spa!

We both opted for a Scandinavian Salt Body Scrub and then The Ultimate Skin Treatment which comprised all of the below treats –

The Ultimate Skin Treatment, full day

Seawater hot tub at the bay

Rest & relax

Oatmeal & yoghurt scrub

After-treatment full body goat milk butter crème nourishing

Light lunch

Aloa vera & cucumber wrap

Rest & relax

Body & Soul, Traditional Swedish massage with essential oils

Afterwards we slung on our party dresses and had dinner at Alexander, the fine dining restaurant which opens into the gardens – D.I.V.I.N.E!

No sign of Hans though – oh well, a girl can dream!

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. All the information really increadable and nice information to all every one need to stay in good hotel u have getting loads of lovely information through your ‘s blogs thanks for sharing such a nice post….

  2. Awesome website! And I agree totally, a glass of Chardonnay and a hot tub session with a bottle of Laurent Perrier – ALSO my kind of Spa… The place to live a dream with warm weather and friendly people. 🙂

    Ansious to see you there. 🙂

    Please let me share this website with hotels in portugal.

  3. Anne Mellino #

    The perfect day!


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