Autumn has arrived. Days are getting shorter (and busier), dark and rainy, and there is no sign of snow in southern Finland. A little relaxing break felt like a good idea. Luckily we found Långvik – a relaxing spa hotel near Helsinki.
Långweekend didn’t feel long at all, but it was definitely needed!
*Our stay was provided by Långvik. The content and thoughts are provided by me.*
“Is there really a spa in Kirkkonummi?”
The question very often asked prior to our trip, so I thought it would be a good idea to start from the very beginning. Kirkkonummi is not widely known as a spa destination, but yes, there is one.
Nowadays the word ‘spa’ immediately creates an image of a huge indoor waterpark with slides, wave machines and kids screaming for joy. And they sure are great destinations for a quick weekend holiday, especially for families with children, but not necessarily the first choice for someone looking for a peaceful and relaxing getaway, the unwinding feeling of all worries blowing away with the wind.
Daniel and I were longing for the above mentioned feeling, so on Friday last week we started our journey to Långvik spa hotel in Kirkkonummi. Such a hotel where you don’t need to step outside even once during the whole holiday unless you really want to.
Quite often we travel to Europe for a quick weekend escape, but to be honest, those trips are far from relaxing! Once we have two days in a new city, maybe even a completely new country, we wouldn’t spend our holiday hanging out in a hotel room but exploring the streets and attractions of our travel destination. We only book a hotel room for sleeping, and therefore we are not very demanding for the quality. Of course the basics need to be there, but we don’t care about the star rating. The luxury we value lies somewhere else than in five-star penthouses.
This time we wanted something more. We still didn’t require a penthouse, but apart from short refreshing walks we wanted to be lazy with permission. We wanted to ignore the life outside the walls, ignore the time and just enjoy the weekend that we deserved. Therefore this time we didn’t want to stay in a hostel or budget hotel, even if that is what we would normally do – go wherever we get the cheapest deal. This time wanted to try something different.
A few weeks earlier I took part in a travel event where I met one Långvik Spa representative. We discussed about a possibility to pay a visit to Långvik later this autumn, and the time was now perfect. I had just finished a long and rough working period and we both had a free weekend. I felt the walls in my home office slowly starting to lean towards me and I wanted to get out of the way before the collapse completely. And the cherry on top, it was the campaign weekend called Långweekend in Långvik Spa.
What Långweekend means?
Every spring and autumn Långvik Spa has campaigns called Långweekends, which differ a little bit from regular weekends. On top of the basics the guests are able to enjoy some movies, Champagne tasting events (additional cost), DJ playing music at dinner… My personal favourites were Moët & Chandon Bubbling Hours, late breakfast and the possibility of having late check out on Sunday.
The two last ones don’t require any further explanation, but Bubbling Hours was a mystery to us until last weekend. The Långvik pool section consists of two separate areas; the first one contains a big swimming pool, and the adjoining room is the place where you can really drown your worries, a wide space with jacuzzis, pool bar and cozy sofas around a fireplace. On Långweekend Saturdays the jacuzzi section will be banned from under 18 years old starting from 3 pm. This is what Bubbling Hours means. You won’t get free drinks, but you will be able to spend an atmospheric and kid free Saturday evening.
The age limited Saturday during Långweekend is good to take into consideration if travelling with children. While sipping our drinks in a jacuzzi we couldn’t help noticing how confused some of the mums looked after being left on the other side with kids when daddies headed for the pool bar. Oh well, we visited the spa on Father’s Day weekend, so we’ll let the daddies have this one.
Friday night fever in our private bathroom
We arrived to Långvik on Friday evening exactly at 8 pm, the same hour the pool area closes its doors. At first we were a bit disappointed with our bad timing, as we would have loved to finish the long working week in a sauna and a jacuzzi already on Friday evening. Our disappointment disappeared in a blink of an eye on the second we opened the door to our room.
Our room was huge, probably one of the biggest ones in the hotel. I don’t deny it, it was a really nice surprise that we definitely didn’t expect, but in the end the size of the room had very little meaning to us. The most pleasant surprise was found in the bathroom; a private jacuzzi bath tub big enough for two adults and their wine! As I mentioned earlier, the luxury we value consist of little things; good company, relaxing feeling, air bubbles in the bath and a nice glass of red wine.
We would have the whole Saturday to enjoy the pool area after all.
Our original plan for Saturday was to have a little biking trip along the seaside, but due to rainy weather we ended up wandering the nearby areas by foot.
Why to get wet in the rain when we can do it more comfortably in the pool area, right?
Who cares about the plans, the whole purpose of this trip was to spend an extremely relaxing weekend without any urge to race with time as you often end up doing in your everyday life. Thinking afterwards I feel we nailed it quite well, as we spent five hours in the spa without even realizing it.
Besides normal saunas Långvik has special saunas and showers separately for men and women. I spent good 25 minutes in the infra red sauna laughing, thanks to an episode of How I Met Your Mother that I haven’t seen for a long time (yes, you read it right; there is a television in the sauna!). My timing in the steam sauna was perfect as well; I was all alone in the sauna area, and I got to take over the whole steam sauna by myself. While enjoying the menthol flavoured warmness, I felt there was absolutely no one else in the whole world, and to be honest, I think I even fell asleep for a few minutes.
The Shower World really crowned my special sauna tour. I was still alone, so I was changing the colours of the lights in the shower and kept mixing the pressure and temperature of water from waterfalls to cool mist and dripping rain, trying out different combinations. I have to admit, I really felt like a kid in a candy store during my playful shower moment, but it made me feel nicely refreshed after saunas.
After returning to the pools the jacuzzis were a bit crowded, but the beverages and complimentary snacks from the pool bar kept us busy. We sat down on the comfy sofas next to the fireplace, enjoyed some nuts and fruits and had marshmallows to roast, spent an atmospheric and peaceful Saturday night in our robes…
This must be the luxury everyone is talking about.
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*We want to thank the personnel of Långvik Spa for the great hospitality during our visit. Even if this post has been created in co-operation with the spa, the experiences and thoughts belong to me.*
You can find the English site for Långvik Spa in www.langvik.fi/en
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