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- First time experienced Thai massage and it was wonderful! Place is very authentic, with relaxing music and friendly personnel.Written 28 July 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Really Good experiance at the Lotus Spa. The woman were nice and friendly and really great at their jobWritten 25 October 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The best salon I’ve been in Europe!
Best manicure and pedicure, wax - everything is made in high quality and with big love.
Thanks a lot for your service, I’ll come back for sure ❤️Written 21 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- We booked through facebook, it was very fast and easy. The employees speak good english and are very kind. We booked facetreatment and 60 minute massage and we are very happy with our appointment. Reccomend this very much.Written 24 September 2021
- Nice International Yoga place in Tallinn. Great location in the old town, right next to some of the main attractions in the town.Written 25 February 2020
- So, I was in Tallinn for a few days and spent some time debating whether I wanted to try Kalma out after reading the reviews here. I went this afternoon and had a fine experience, but it would have been more relaxing from the start had I known the things I'm going to list here. I should add that I'm a woman: no knowledge of the men's side here, sorry.
1. Whisks: I love sauna-ing, and I'd never tried it with a whisk before, which is why I decided on Kalma after a couple of rather sterile no-whisk saunas at the hotel where I was staying. You can buy whisks at Kalma's front desk. There was a language barrier, though, and I thought I had paid for a whisk that I'd then pick up upstairs at the sauna. Not so. If you buy a whisk at the front desk, they will hand it to you right there and you will take it to the sauna with you. Eventually, after much confusion, I gave 2.80 euros to the sauna attendant and she went down and got a whisk for me.
2. More on whisks: the whisk I ended up with was a traditional birch whisk. Very nice, but the woman next to me the first time I went in the sauna had an oak whisk, and it smelled even better. The third time I went in, a couple of women were at it with some kind of fabulous custom fresh whisk that smelt of lemon verbena. Basically, I had whisk envy. If you go to the central market, there's at least one guy selling whisks: eucalyptus, oak, and who knows what else. I wish I'd bought one. You are more than welcome to bring your own whisk--you don't have to buy it at Kalma.
3. Even more on whisks: once you have your whisk (made of dry leaves), you need to soak it in hot water for 10 minutes before you can use it. So here's what you do, as I found out. Take your all clothes off in the locker room. In your towel and flip-flops, go into the next room, which is the shower room, and find a plastic tub. If the tub is upside down, it means it's free for you to use. If it's right-side up, it means someone's using it. Using the taps (which are hot only) in the middle of the benches, fill the tub with hot water. Put the whisk in it. Then do something else for 10 minutes. I went back to the locker room and read a book; if you want to sit on a bench and soap yourself for ten minutes, giving your hair a leisurely wash and rinsing from another plastic tub filled at the tap, go for it. There were a lot of people doing that. The showers are of the kind where you press a button and get 20 seconds worth of water, so don't try for a proper wash under the shower.
4. The sauna itself: when my whisk was finally ready, I betook myself to the final door, which opened onto a surprisingly small sauna with surprisingly wonderful, not over-powering, steamy heat. The sterile sauna at my hotel was MUCH hotter and much drier and actually rather unpleasant. This was lovely, and smelled great (especially when the people with the fragrant whisks were in there!). The women with the lemon-scented whisk really went to town with the steam, pouring water on the rocks with abandon, but it still felt great. I was a bit self-conscious about starting to whisk myself (what if I was doing it wrong?), but I watched the pros and then thwacked away--legs first, then arms, shoulders, stomach, back, everything you can reach. It smelt good, it felt good.
4. The cool-down: I'm used to staying in the sauna for about 15 minutes, then doing a 10-second freezing cold plunge or shower, and then taking a 15 minute rest. This system doesn't work here, and it's the only thing I didn't really like about Kalma. I had to re-jig my system. I noticed that people were only staying in the sauna for 5-7 minutes at a time, and I eventually ended up doing that as well, because there is no water that is cold enough to properly give you that jump-start cold shock. The showers run hot to cool-ish; the plunge pool is just sort of cool, not cold. No matter how long I stayed in it, I never quite got rid of that slightly weak, slightly over-heated feeling that comes from not doing a proper cold plunge after a sauna. By the way, it becomes perfectly obvious why you should shower before entering the cold pool. You come out of the sauna covered in bits of leaf from your whisk, which they don't want in the pool. That's all.
5. Relaxation: there are a few places to sit in the locker room, and one little bench where someone else managed to lie down on her back with her legs hanging off. So there's not much lounging to be done, but I managed to relax well enough on one of the seats. I noticed some people were just cycling between the sauna and the "cold" pool without a rest period. I suppose that might work, though it's not what I'm used to. Note, too, that while you're welcome to drink or eat what you like in the locker room, you can't buy anything in there: I would have liked some water, but found out after I was already naked that water (and beer, snacks, etc.) could only be bought down in the lobby where you pay your entrance fee. Oh well. I filled my water bottle repeatedly at the sink in the toilet room off the locker room, and got by with that, feeling very thrifty. Next time, I'd go prepared.
6. Hygiene and the like: a few of the reviews here ("dirty and smelly") had me wondering, so this is worth a few words. Kalma is clean. The sauna itself smelled fantastic; the shower room and the locker room were odourless. So was the little toilet room. Nothing looked, felt, or smelt gross or grubby. The place is shabby and old-fashioned to the point of existing in a time-warp, but dirty and smelly it is not.
So, I hope that helps the next would-be Kalma-tourist to make up her mind. I don't know anything about the matter of men and women switching between saunas (i.e., the women getting a go at the wood-burning sauna) depending on the day of the week, as I read in one review. I was in the upstairs women's sauna, with a "women" sign on the door, and saw nothing posted (then again, there was no English to be seen and very little to be heard) about different schedules. But even the women's sauna was great, other than the not-so-cold water. And bring a really nice-smelling whisk!Written 30 May 2019
- This is really effective massage! Strong and stretching! Lovely service!
I recommend classic Thai massage for lovers of strong massage ;)Written 15 January 2020
- I've had classic massage here many times and it is just perfect. I like the athmosphere in this place and the therapists are really professional. Also prices are reasonable.Written 26 July 2020
- Just don’t expect an amusement water park here:). The only thing I cannot understand is why they don’t offer towels (I guess towels offered not free of charge as well as robes).Written 26 February 2020
- They were great...friendly from the beginning to the end.
Massage was great; deep tissue and relaxing at the same time. She know what she was doing and it felt great. Worth every penny/Euro!Written 25 May 2017
- Last minute decision to have a couples spa treatment on New Year’s Eve, and they didn’t disappoint! Spacious facilities, relaxing massage, and then private use of the sauna, steam room and Japanese pool, with fresh fruits and a bottle of bubbly.
Thanks for making the end of the decade and our trip to Tallinn extra special! (And great value too)Written 1 January 2020
- Went for a facial with friends. Got super rude service. The lady was treating me and my friend at the same time, meaning that most of the time both of us were laying there for no reason waiting for something to happen. She used products that were not suitable for my skin. At the end I told them this is not worth of what I was paying - since it was the most disappointing experience I ever had in a salon, got an answer that I don’t wash my face at home, therefore I had such a problematic skin (my skin is pretty good actually) and it took long time for the product to work for my skin etc. Rude.Written 29 September 2018
- The place was nice and the Thai Massage was perfect i love it ,also my friends.
They are professional with massage.Written 7 August 2020
- Wonderful teacher, wonderful room best yoga classes ever. Also the location is very central in Tallinn. Thank you so much. Wish you guys all the best.Written 8 September 2022
- Very good thai massage. Ayo is very strong and knows the stiff spots. If you want strong massage, this is the place for you(of course they ask you if you want medium or strong massage)Written 6 July 2020
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