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Flamingo Spa is only a few minutes away from Helsinki Airport. It is a perfect spot for stopover travellers. There spa is located at the basement of Flamingo Hotel.

Helsinki Spa Guide - Which One Is the Best?

  • By Finnoy Travel
  • July 06, 2021

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Finnish Spas - Saunas and Pools

The term spa has many definitions in Finland. Quite often, a place called spa has pools for relaxing and different kinds of saunas. Treatments are also available but they don´t play the main role in Helsinki spas. When a Finn tells you that she/he is going to a spa, it usually means only relaxing in saunas and pools. A natural reason is that the treatments are quite expensive and Finns prefer sauna to treatments.

In Helsinki, there are also a few day spas that focus more on giving treatments. Usually, they are smaller and do not have pools but they offer massage, beauty treatments and sometimes also saunas. Such services are offered especially by Finnish spa hotels targeting travellers.

Saunas play a major role in the Finnish spa culture. A Finnish spa has naturally a Finnish sauna but quite often, there is also a steam sauna to accommodate non-Finnish customers who prefer milder temperature and more humid atmosphere. In Finland, public saunas are more popular than day spas.

Helsinki Spas with Swimming Pools

Helsinki area has 4 cities: Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa and Kauniainen. The public transport network is good and travelling between the cities is fast.

Flamingo Spa

Flamingo Spa is the easiest choice for a family. It has a waterpark for children and a closed spa area for adults. In the adults' area, there are many saunas, warm pools and a restaurant from which customers can buy alcoholic drinks and snacks. Treatments can be bought separately with an extra charge.

Entrance of Flamingo Spa
The entrance to Flamingo Spa can be found at the bottom of Flamingo shopping mall. The mall can be reached by bus or car. There is free parking.

Guests may eat in the restaurants of the mall or inside the spa. There is a small restaurant in the adult area of the spa, another on the waterpark side and a fast-food restaurant called Hesbuger. You do not need your wallet but you pay when leaving the spa.

Hesburget in Flamingo Spa
In the adult area of Flamingo Spa, there is a small restaurant where you can buy drinks and snacks. However, if you prefer saving money, we recommend eating in the waterpark side. There is a Finnish fast-food restaurant, Hesburger, that serves meals under 10 euros.

Flamingo Spa is a place for a whole family. Children are not allowed to enter the adult area but they can enjoy themselves on the waterpark side. Adults are free to stay on any side. There are lifeguards on duty in the waterpark side.

Waterpark in Flamingo Spa
Flamingo Spa has also a waterpark that is popular among children. The spa ticket entitles using both the spa and the waterpark but the adult spa area is forbidden from people under 18 years old.
A lifeguard in Flamingo Spa
There are many children on the waterpark side. Even though lifeguards are continuously supervising guests, it is recommended to keep eye on young children.

Flamingo Spa is just next to the Helsinki Airport and it is an excellent choice for a Helsinki stopover guest. The spa is housed in the basement of the Flamingo Hotel building.

Streams in Flamingo Spa
The waterpark has slides which cause strong streams to the pools. Swimming against the streams is good exercise.

The atmosphere in the adult area is peaceful. Because the privacy of people is important, we couldn't shoot photos there.

  • Price: 25 to 39 euros + treatments
  • Location: In Vantaa, a few minutes from Helsinki Airport

We recommend Flamingo Spa for stopover guests, families and couples who love saunas and warm pools.

Allas Sea Pool

Allas Sea Pool is perhaps the best choice in summer and an exotic choice in winter. It has a heated (+26 degrees) open-air pool, a heated pool for children and a non-heated seawater pool. All the pools are open all year round.

Allas Sea Pool
While Allas Sea Pool is a great choice in summer, there is also a magical atmosphere during cold nights.

There are separate saunas for males and females and also a unisex sauna. Allas Sea Pool has a restaurant serving food and alcohol. Treatments like massage, are not available. In Allas Sea Pools saunas, it is accepted to wear swimwear.

  • Price: 15 euros
  • Location: In Helsinki Centre

We recommend Allas Sea Pool on sunny days. Though going there for an evening swimming in winter is also a unique experience that this open-air spa offers.

Helsinki Spas without Pools

Kämp Spa Hotel

Kämp Spa is located in Kämp Hotel which is one of the best 5-star hotels in Helsinki. This day spa is a natural choice for people staying in the same hotel. No pools are available but the spa has a Finnish sauna and also a steam sauna.

Kämp Spa is a modern and fresh day spa in the middle of Helsinki. It is a good choice to receive treatments or just to relax in the middle of Helsinki.

  • Price: depends on treatments
  • Location: Helsinki Centre

Kämp Spa is suitable for those who are looking for a high-quality Helsinki day spa.

Helsinki Day Spa

Helsinki Day Spa is similar to Kämp Spa focusing on spa treatments. This spa neither has a pool nor a sauna. It shares the premises with Klaus K Hotel.

Helsinki Day Spa serves snacks like bananas and peanuts in the lounge which can be accessed before and after treatments. The spa is meant mainly for relaxing by receiving treatments. Helsinki Day Spa is a stylish place to unwind just in the middle of Helsinki.

We recommend Helsinki Day Spa for guests who are happy just to get treatments in a central location without the need for a sauna.

  • Price: depends on treatments
  • Location: In Helsinki Centre

Siluetti Spa

Siluetti is not just a spa but also a hospital providing aesthetic consultation and surgery. Still, it is possible to book a visit there if you intend to only use their spa services.

  • Price: Depends on treatments
  • Location: In Helsinki Centre

We recommend Siluetti Spa for people who wish to have also aesthetic consultation.

Beauty Salons and Massage Parlors

It is easy to find beauty salons and massage parlours in Helsinki. If you do not wish to try a sauna but just to have a treatment, one of these salons can be a good choice. Be aware that especially some Thai massage parlours may offer massage with unwanted extra services.

If you wish not to try Finnish sauna (which is sad), we recommend heading to a regular beauty salon or massage parlour.

Saunas in Helsinki

Instead of visiting a spa, why not try a public sauna. Even though there are about 2 millions home saunas in Finland, public saunas have become popular again. People like gathering together and having a sauna. In Finland, a sauna is a place where shy Finns tend to discuss also with strangers.

Saunas in Swimming Halls

Public saunas do not need to be fancy. With a small budget, you can visit any public swimming hall where there is at least one sauna, usually many more. The price of a single ticket to a swimming hall is about 5 euros. If your budget is higher, there are brand new public saunas with restaurants but older traditional public saunas are also available. New ones are more pricey so visiting an older sauna may be a good choice. They are also more authentic.

Pool in Flamingo spa
While you relax in the adult area of Flamingo Spa, you may leave your old enough children to play in a pool on the waterpark side.
Jacuzzi of Flamingo Spa
Also adults can buy a cheaper ticket only to the waterpark of Flamingo Spa. There are jacuzzis too.

Which is the Best Spa in Helsinki?

There is no a single answer but we can give tips for finding your favourite spa.

Flamingo Spa is the best place if you just wish to try different saunas and relax in warm pools. The spa has everything you need and the quality is good. This spa is also family-friendly and offers a place for everyone, adults and children. Unfortunately, the quality comes with the price.

Pools
Swimming in natural waters is enjoyable only in summers in Finland. Still, Finns love swimming all year round and heated inside pools are the solution.

If you prefer treatments, we would advise you to head to Helsinki Day Spa.

Instead of heading to Helsinki Day Spa to receive treatments, you may wish to try a sauna only. If the budget is the main concern, try to visit a public sauna with an affordable single entry ticket (5€ - 6€) in any public swimming pool in the Helsinki region. Sauna is a famous Finnish way to relax so don't miss it.

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