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Aqua Spa at the Tallink Spa & Conference Hotel offers a luxurious pause in the busy world about one kilometer from the Tallink terminal. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Greek statues greet the visitor just a short stroll from the Tallink harbor in front of a tall conference hotel. After the formalities, which include picking up the wristband that will not only lock the door of the storage cabinet but will also store all data of the drinks you could consume, you are ready for indulgence and relaxation.

It’s Saturday morning, but it’s quiet. Under the guarding eyes of the naked statues, the visitor dips into the pool in swimwear. The water is warm, and the surrounding walls of glass rise very high. The massaging waterfall is nice. The mind is relaxed with a Mojito in the pool by the bench that rises under the water. Say that again? The mind is relaxed w . . . —yes! We are abroad. In Finland, there’s no drinking in the pool.


After downing a beer, it’s time to float and crawl. The pool extends outside where a father and son play catch with a beach ball in the bright sun.

In the Turkish bath, it’s steamy and the tiles are warm. The Finnish sauna is very large and relatively hot, almost as good as in its native country.

Aqua Spa is a great way to start the day during a weekend getaway in Tallinn.

Beer in the pool? Sure. A Kir Royal? They can do that, too. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
The outside pool is open year round. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
The Romanesque decoration makes you forget that you are visiting the capital of Estonia. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Aqua Spa is located at the first floor of the conference hotel. During our trip the hotel was full so we were offered an option to book a room at the Tallink City Hotel at the heart of the capital.

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After an easy walk, we accommodated a Business Class room at the ninth floor. The room was cozy and offered amenities such as a bathrobe, slippers, a coffee machine and a flat-screen TV. From the window we saw the backyard of the city center. The walls between the busy streets added to the peace and silence of the room.

The hotel building was built in the ‘70s. In 1974, during the Soviet reign, it was known as Tallinn Service Centre. It offered a wide range of services from a personal tailoring shop to a beauty parlor, including the biggest hat boutique in town.

After a peaceful night, the room included a lush buffet breakfast at the first floor with the usual salads, bread and good cheeses.

And the service?

Cheerful. Kind. Professional.

After such a nice morning, we were thinking of visiting the spa again . . . .

Tallink City Hotel is located in the city center. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
The hotel lobby offers a piano bar, where the visitor can relax to the sound of smooth jazz. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
Restaurant Sume serves breakfast and à la carte dishes such as ‘Lemongrass roasted cod with Jerusalem artichoke gnocchi, glasswort and citrus sauce.’ Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Tallink is the leading shipping operator on the Baltic Sea. In 2017, the company celebrates the tenth anniversary of the operation of shuttle vessels on Tallinn-Helsinki route. Within this period, the high-speed vessels have transported 30 million people between the two capitals. The trip from Helsinki to Tallinn takes between two or three and a half hours, depending on the ship. In 2016, AS Tallink Grupp transported a record number of passengers: nearly 9.5 million people.