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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 www.spa-confidential.co.uk 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….

    05/10/2012
  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.

    26/07/2012
  3. Anne Mellino #

    The perfect day!

    07/09/2011

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