My travels for the past five years or so have been either with the whole family or alone on work trips. I and my wife haven’t got the chance to spend some quality time together abroad since our trip to Amsterdam probably eight years ago.
So the expectations were quite high last weekend, when we dropped off children to my younger sister and headed to Viimsi Spa in Estonia. We took a fast Tallink ship to Tallinn and then drove with taxi ten kilometers or so to Viimsi peninsula north of Tallinn.
I must have been quite loyal customer to Tallink, as they send me a coupon to redeem business lounge seats for two people with eight euros per person per direction. The price without the discount would have been whopping 410€ and now it was merely 32€ – the discount was around 92%!
The business lounge is a secluded space in the ship with surprisingly plentiful and tasty buffet food and drinks service. And it was quiet, no announcements from PA. Especially on the return trip the lounge was extremely nice, as we were travelling on a brand spanking new ship Megastar – that had been sailing less than two weeks. Very airy and light compared to the old ships, way better looking materials and design – overall, not just in the business lounge.
In Viimsi Spa we had a normal hotel room, which was too cold and dark. I tried to set the thermostat a couple of times with no luck. The room also lacked lights, big time. There was one ceiling lamp in the corridor before the actual room and then two bedside lamps. Nothing else – except a led strip in ceiling that shoned indirect light through the ceiling and factually did not help at all. I’ve always wondered who designs the lightning in hotel rooms, as the rooms are almost always too dark and the light sources are far and between. I need to turn on all lights and still the result is mediocre at best.
Despite the room, we had excellent time in Viimsi. The normal spa is quite small but okay. There are several saunas which is always plus. There is also adults only spa that has more serene atmosphere – no kids splashing and screaming. The entrance costs 20€ per person for hotel guests, but it is worth the experience. I can also recommend participating in sauna rituals, had very fun and also surprisingly intense moments in sauna during a ritual.
We also visited restaurant Noa, a couple of kilometers from the spa. Highly recommended! Very good food with affordable prices. They should have a nice sea view, but unfortunately we arrived so late that it was dark. Maybe next time.
All in all, very good trip and a lot of activities – jogging, sushi, going to movies, etc. – squeezed in less than 48 hours.