Health and Beauty in Vasilyevsky ostrov

Visiting St Petersburg needn't just be about visiting historic sites, fascinating as these are. After a long day sightseeing, take some time out to rest your weary bones in one of the many spas that have sprung up in hotels across the city.

No new St Petersburg hotel is constructed these days without an extensive luxury spa attached. These are usually open to visitors as well as hotel guests, are finished to the very highest standards (with a price tag to match), and offer a full range of treatments such as Finnish (dry) and Turkish (wet) saunas, hydro- and other dry massage treatments, swimming pools, son-et-lumiere shows while you wallow, and poolside restaurant and bar service. Less luxurious but no less exotic, a trip to the banya will give you an insight into a centuries-old Russian tradition not to be missed. So hang up your neuroses alongside your clothes in the dressing room and step into a world of birch branches, funny hats, searing heat and icy plunge pools. This truly is one of those never-to-be-forgotten experiences!