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Lap up the Luxury on Muhu Island’s Pädaste Manor
Slow down your pace at the Padaste Manor, in #Estonia. I was able to find #relaxation at its finest #spas and gentle #active excursions are the way of life. Set in the depth of the country side you are in a retreat of #luxury over all levels.
Estonia isn’t just about the city of Tallinn, which albeit a beautiful and historical stop, won’t give you the rich textures and diversity of Estonia’s culture or people. Enter the natural and beautiful destination of Muhu Island.
Enter the natural and beautiful destination of Muhu Island
Those who are flying in straight from New York City and operate at a fast pace most of the time, may need a stop between urban life and this small island, a short ferry ride away. Things do not move quickly on Muhu, although that is precisely it’s beauty, its charm and the reason to spend time there.
While Muhu Island is largely about fishing villages, nature and rural settings, there is a pocket of luxury tucked away on the southern tip of the island, a small resort known as Pädaste Manor, once the home of Barons’ riding-horses and caleches.
The property which dates back to the 16th century, has a handful of seaside buildings, a small spa and the renowned Alexander Restaurant.
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You can choose to stay in the Manor House, the Carriage House or rent out the entire Farm House (ideal choice if you’re a family or traveling with friends).
rent out the entire Farm House
Frankly, it would even make a great corporate retreat. Four rooms and eight suites adorned with antique furniture are renovated into a countrified style, complete with Eastern throw rugs on hard wooden floors.
I stayed in the Carriage House, which had a small living room seating area on the lower level with the bathroom and on the upper level was the bedroom, carpeted and cosy, the bed couching below slanted off-white washed walls.
Every split-level suite can accommodate two extra guests on a pull-out couch on the first floor.
If you opt for a suite in the carriage house, you’ll enjoy a private balcony overlooking the park and sea. While there isn’t a kitchen downstairs to make yourself a cuppa tea, you can call for a delivery to your room or choose to sip away while relaxing in their quiet lobby area, which has a working fireplace and grand piano, which I took great pleasure in playing the moment arrived.
Others took off on bikes and country walks for a stint before we re-convened in the sauna, which we reserved for our group.
While the spa is small, they offer most of the traditional services you’d expect, such as facials, massage and access to a steam room and sauna. There is a sea water hot tub as well, however it is a bit of a walk from the main house, as it is located down by the sea. Not as tempting when the weather is cooler, however, that distance also provides more seclusion from the main buildings, making it a more romantic alternative whether you’re with a partner or simply want to take in the starry sky above you.
simply want to take in the starry sky above you
For the more adventurous, they have a Siberian cold tub to freshen you between sauna visits. I for one, chose the shower, but it’s there for the taking for all of my cold weather loving friends.
At the spa, they also have something called the Muhu haybath, which is a special oatmeal and yogurt scrub or you can choose one of their mud treatments. They plaster your body with mud, and then wrap you in plastic so that you’re completely covered. Once this process is done, they lower you into warm water while the mud does its detoxification magic, leaving you feeling relaxed and renewed.
its detoxification magic, leaving you feeling relaxed and renewed
After a treatment, I’d recommend taking in the Roman steam bath, which has natural herbal extracts or the wood burning sauna, which I didn’t want to leave since the smell was so lovely – fresh birch and juniper keg make their way through your senses.
Below is the main house, which is where the main restaurant is housed, as well as small lounge and bar area at the entrance of the house should you want to hang out with friends and family before bed.
We love this place and would recommend it to those wanting a quiet and relaxing getaway in natural surroundings. While the Estonia Tourism Board hosted me for my stay, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.