ESPA spa, Riga
Not content with outposts in some of the world’s most exclusive hotels, British-born ESPA has opened its first standalone spa, interestingly, in Riga. Hidden behind a restored Jurgendstil façade, the spa is a six-floor haven of intimate spaces, with an arsenal of facilities that will put most good spas to shame.
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In contrast to its traditionally Latvian frontage, the spa interior has been given the full 21st century treatment. The ground floor houses an impressive 18 metre swimming pool accompanied by a granite pool bar and a spacious Sanarium, encased in full height glass windows. Changing rooms, treatment suites and relaxation areas are spread over the third, fourth and fifth floors, while the top floor houses steam and sauna facilities, as well as a heated outdoor jet pool.
Each treatment room is equipped with elliptical glass showers that gently emerge into the undulating walnut corridors, while relaxation areas feature ergonomic recliners for ultimate comfort. To bring the sprawling spa together, a black tile spiral staircase runs through the spa, with a dynamic, 22 metre wire installation of glass crystals by Eva Menz cascading through its core.
Amidst these sumptuous environs, guests can partake in a range of Ayurvedic-inspired face and body treatments. The spa offers a selection of signature therapies, including a chakra balancing body treatment, which incorporates Baltic amber stones to reach an unadulterated state of inner harmony.