I’m not generally a huge fan of hotel saunas. They always feel a little sterile, generic and the focus tends to be on the spa treatments rather than the sauna experience. You’ll also be paying top dollar. But they do offer central locations in any city and you know that the place will be impeccably clean, quiet and with friendly staff.
After a boozy weekend in the capital of Lithuania – including an evening on a beer made from tree sap (very drinkable!) we searched around for a recovery sauna and came across the Kempinski Hotel in the centre of Villnius.
The spa was a lovely little space. No natural light but bright, airy and peaceful. All the key facilities are there: steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi, cold showers, drinking water and a lounging area, plus a nice little swimming pool. The area was compact but clever design made it feel bigger than it was, such as a sauna wall acting as a one way mirror looking onto the pool.
A bit of pool time, a few hot and cold cycles and a long nap later and we felt like we were ready to start on the tree sap beers again!
Vilnius is a relaxing city and the Kempinski spa is a relaxing place within the city.
If I was going back to Lithuania I’d really like to try their ‘Pirtis’. These are traditional sauna cabins in the countryside that you can rent for the weekend. They pay a nod to Finnish saunas but the difference is the ‘pixie hats‘ you wear. These hats, made from thick cotton, are aimed at keeping the sweat out of the eyes. A group of friends, some beers, traditional sauna and pixie hats – sounds fun!
Summary: Worth going to even if you’re not a guest at the hotel.
Overall sauna experience: Cold, Warm, Hot, Top Sauna!
Facilities: Basic, Standard, Excellent
Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g274951-d4521314-Reviews-Kempinski_The_Spa-Vilnius_Vilnius_County.html