Recently I explored the town of Narva right on the Estonian and Russian border, just a few miles away from the Baltic Sea but several kilometers north of the town is the resort of Narva-Jõesuu. This part of Estonia reminds me of the resort of Jurmala near Riga, Latvia with its white sandy beaches, spa hotels dotted everywhere with quiet restaurants and bars hidden away in the trees. Because of the location and needing some relaxation from the road trip I was doing, I booked up a stay at one of a few spa hotels along the seafront here. Meresuu SPA & Hotel was the one I chose and whilst it was a short stay, I sure came away feeling relaxed and ready to take on the world again.
Meresuu Spa & Hotel is pretty easy to reach by car and has plenty of car parking spaces (as long as other drives park correctly then you be fine). Looking at the facade of the building I was a little bit worried as it did look like something from Soviet times and a bit dated. However don’t let the outside appearance fool you. Inside the main lobby there were plenty of funky seats dotted around with an electric campfire which brightens up the place. The front of house staff were very informative, spoke good English (and if you don’t speak English, Russian is your next best bet), and was checked in within minutes.
One of the flaws I really hated in this hotel especially when it was busy is the elevator operating system. The hotel had three but one of those is not in use when it comes to certain times of the day where staff need to use it. Sometimes I could be waiting several minutes for the elevator to come.
We stayed on the sixth floor and I love the decor of the main hall and corridors here. The yellow and black shaded carpet really stands out and the sunlight coming in through the glass roof really does brighten up the place.
The room was OK. For me personally I just wanted somewhere to crash because I was here for the Spa more than anything. It does look a little bit dated with the wooden furniture however the comfort of the bed makes up for that and I got a perfect night’s sleep. There is plenty of storage space and room to move about. The washroom was big and the shower powerful so I was very pleased with this. As the building was a little bit dated I was worried about hearing noise from the corridor or other rooms where people would be moving about or talking away but this wasn’t the case. A perfect night sleep it was indeed.
We decided to have dinner here (which wasn’t included in the price) and for a set price there was a lot of delicious food to choose from the buffet. There are certain hot drinks and cold drinks included in the price but if looking for wine and beer, these cost extra. The hotel bar is also located just inside the restaurant. There were plenty of seats and tables inside and outside so not a problem here. Also in the morning, the breakfast buffet is located here and again, plenty of choice of food and drink to choose from. Our booking came with breakfast as I find it’s cheaper to book it in advance than pay at hotels on arrival.
Now the main part of the stay, the Spa centre. With a young child and a baby it was hard to really enjoy the facilities but we did have the mother-in-law with us which really helped. So when she wasn’t using the sauna or the pools, she would keep an eye on them. The changing rooms were a little bit small compared to other spas I am used to around the world however they were very clean and the lockers were secured.
There were four swimming pools in the main building. A couple of them were for children or chilling in and one big one with water fountains and a whirlpool. Amelie really loved the main children’s pool with its animal water fountains and slide. To one side of the hall is an outdoor area with a hot tub (really great and highly recommended). It was just nice to sit in there, relax and see the high trees above me. Nature was all around me. Behind the hut tub were two sauna rooms and they are built like the ones in Finland. Wooden, comfortable and steamy. Just the way I like it. On the other side of the pool is the infrared sauna and a bar (which we took full advantage of and even had drinks delivered to our poolside table). One thing we did hear (we didn’t see it as the sauna was pretty full when we found out what was going on), is that at certain times of the week, a ritual in the Finnish sauna is held. Not sure what was going on but it sounded wonderful. I found out that other rituals are held in the sauna during the week and this seems to be an Estonian tradition. My advice is that if you get to stay here, find out from staff when these rituals are held. One last note, there is a treatment centre here offering beauty treatments and massages but book early as they sell out quickly especially during high season.
As I mentioned earlier, the resort is next to the Baltic Sea. We took a walk to the water one evening and found the beach to be beautiful, clean and very sandy. Despite it being cloudy that evening it was still pleasurable to see the sea and have fun. If staying for a few days and the sun is hot, temperatures are high, then have a few hours to relax on the beach.
Overall, I enjoyed my stay here at the Meresuu SPA and Hotel and came away feeling good. I had a good night sleep, was treated well by staff and enjoyed my time in the pools and sauna. I know Narva may seem flung well out of the way in this part of Europe but for a few days, it’s a great place to check out. Even when doing a road trip from Saint Petersburg in Russia to Tallinn.