Join renowned wellness expert Sophie Benge on an enlightening trip to the Baltic State
While researching her book, 'Healing Sources – Spas and Wellbeing from the Baltic to the Black Sea', author Sophie Benge experienced many natural resources to heal and unusual treatments for balancing our mind and body.
Sophie is always on the lookout for ways in which to enhance her sense of wellbeing and shares her experiences with bespoke, hand-tailored tours to places not easily found on the spa map.
If you like to blend your interest in wellbeing with some cultural experience to untrodden places, Sophie's next four day trip to Latvia this September is just for you.
Four day cultural and wellness trip to Latvia September 15-18th 2016
On the trip you will discover just how good mud, mineral water and being tapped with birch branches in a high heat makes you feel, while getting a taste of the colourful history of this Baltic State.
Your four-day trip kicks off with a four-hour banya ritual at the leading boutique hotel on Latvia’s Baltic coast in Jurmala. Get wafted with linden branches in 100 degree heat, doused in cold water and scrubbed with pumpkin, all in the hands of expert ‘banshiks,’ who have been caring for guests in their banya for more than 10 years. Take it all at your own pace and intersperse your bouts of hot and cold with organic food while you recline and unwind in the banya’s relaxation area. You are guaranteed to sleep like kittens after your day of travel.
After some morning exercise, the following morning, on Jurmala’s 33-km stretch of sandy beach - and some breakfast, you will pick mushrooms in the pine forest that the award-winning chef at Amber Spa Boutique Hotel will prepare for your dinner.
The rest of day takes you with an expert guide on a roam round Riga, the country’s capital, with a stop to see the city’s famous Secessionist architecture and lunch at another award-winning cafe, back in time for a talk on the healing properties of amber and dinner - with mushrooms if you wish, in the hotel restaurant.
On your third morning, after optional morning exercise, your local guide will lead you on an exploration of Jurmala, the famous Baltic coast resort town, once known as the St. Tropez of the North. This pretty town is an architectural gem of wooden summer houses from the 19th century blended with contemporary architecture in the woods where the air is clean and everywhere is green.
You will have unique access to Jurmala’s only surviving sanatorium built in the Soviet era and unchanged in brutalist architectural style to this day. Here you will have a private lunch in Brezhnev’s dacha (summer residence) in the grounds, which still houses his bank of telephone hotlines to the Kremlin! You will also have a tour of the sanatorium’s facilities and museum of history and healing.
This is followed by a selection of traditional treatments using the natural resources of the area, which has made this stretch of Latvia a famous health destination since the reign of Tsar Nicholas I: mineral water bath, mud wrap, salt cave and herbal inhalation experiences. You will get a taste of the power of natural resources to detox and relax your body and mind.
Supper will be at a fisherman’s tavern behind the beach. Food on this trip is guaranteed to be fresh, local, organic and delicious.
You will have time on Sunday after optional morning exercise on the beach, to enjoy optional spa treatments at Amber Spa Boutique Hotel, or walk through the woods and relax before your afternoon flight to London.
Sophie has personally curated this short and packed tour with all the unusual experiences she particularly enjoyed when researching her book.
Prices for the above trip with four days and three nights at the Amber Spa Boutique Hotel, which is a member of Healing Hotels of the World, also includes a gift of Sophie's wonderful Hungary Mud!
Single occupancy: £780
Price excludes flights to Riga and added ‘optional’ spa treatments at the hotel.
For more information and to book, contact Sophie Benge: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sophie Benge is an Eastern European wellness expert, journalist and author of ‘Healing Sources, Spas and Wellbeing from the Baltic to the Black Sea’ visit Sophie's website Being Sophie