Porosalmentie 313, 58900 Rantasalmi, Eastern Finland
¡ This post includes a review of our spa experience at Spa Resort Järvisydän, we did not stay at the hotel !
On our 2-day trip to the South Savo region, it was almost continuously raining. I read about this Spa on a tourist brochure and decided it’s going to be a spa day. A quick look at their website and seeing that they have the Nordic ecolabel, we thought it was a good choice! The Porosalmi area where it is located, was about 40min from Savonlinna by road and that was the easiest way to get there. There are no bus stops within 3km. The drive was very pleasant and the road was surrounded by forest and lake views.
Upon arriving, the eco lodges are visible and we could see that there were different types of accommodation. We parked at the free parking and headed to the Spa building. Tickets for an adult are priced at 30€ and the spa is open Mon-Thu 10-20, Fri-Sat 10-21, Sun 10-18. Entrance after 6pm is only for adults, which is a preferable time if you’re without kids. We were there around noon and had a coffee at the reception before entering the spa. Found out that there is free coffee/tea and snacks at the Spa’s bar!
Inside the spa – I loved the ambience, in line with the theme of the resort – earthy wooden and rocky interiors. The roof is also built with wooden logs. The shower rooms were cosy and neat. The lighting was dim which was relaxing. There is the central pool, a whirlpool, a couple of kid pools at the side as well as outdoor pools, a salt room and a silent room. The day spa offers different treatments and massages that need to be booked in advance.
There are 5 special saunas – stone, steam, infrared, hammam saunas and the sauna with a view on the balcony. The saunas are mixed, for everyone, and thus we need to keep our swimsuits on all the time. Climb a set of stairs on the left side of the spa and head out, there’s a large sauna with glass windows on top of a boulder. A flight to stairs that leads to the lake, which I dared to dip in twice and ran back to the sauna. I think it was our favourite sauna ever!
A plus point of this spa was that snacks were included in the price, which spas usually don’t offer. What’s more – the snack was actually just a delicious fruits and nuts platter that you can pick with some black tea at the bar. You can purchase other drinks at an additional cost.
Although it wasn’t a warm or sunny day, the lakeside was refreshing and after going back to sauna and showering up, we felt totally relaxed. This was probably my favourite spa experience in Finland so far (we have been only to a few others like the Amethyst Spa Luosto in Lapland and Flamingo Spa in Helsinki).
Spa Resort Järvisydän
The good things about Järvisydän Spa:
- Sauna with a view! Large sauna with glass windows
- Access to the lake
- Earthy ambience and dim lighting
- Eco-friendly materials and products
- Relatively small spa area with cosy saunas
- Healthy snack included in price
- Towel included
- Spa is in a separate building from hotel
- Surrounded by nature
Later in the afternoon, we continued to the resort’s restaurant for lunch.
A tavern like Savonian restaurant serves up some local and seasonal dishes with a salad buffet, a bistro lunch menu and, not sure why, a menu with pizzas and burgers. Needless to say, most of the dishes aren’t vegan here. The menu did not clearly mention which dishes were vegan but listed all the ingredients used. We asked the staff directly for the vegan mains and they actually had one on the lunch menu. Vegan pizza was also an option. It certainly would be more environment friendly if they offered fully plant based dishes without needing to shoot local wildlife or pull out fish from the lake, the main food of the endangered Saimaa ringed seal. But let’s face it, humans haven’t moved on from that stuff yet.
As we waited for our main dish to be served, we helped ourselves to the salad buffet. I somehow had the idea that the main food was going to be soup and piled my plate with lots of salad, warm roasted veggies and bread. It turned out that the main dish was a proper meal consisting of crispy tofu blocks, boiled potatoes and grilled veggies. It was a great struggle and I didn’t manage to finish everything.. Anyway, the food was alright, pricey but included the salad buffet and coffee/tea.
A notable place to also visit while you’re at Järvisydän is the wooden logs village [HakoApaja] – only walking distance away. The logs here have all been carried out from the lake. Note that it is open for public only in the month of July and can be otherwise booked for private events. The cafe with a view is very nice and we could visit the terrace if we purchase something.
A surprise, when we asked for any vegan snacks, was a blueberry pie just made and waiting for us. Even though I had just stuffed myself for lunch, couldn’t resist it. And it was delicious!
It was a nice end to our spa day!