EN: I don’t know how it would be possible not to like a wonderful resort located right in the heart of the forest, with a fabulous SPA and fine Romanian or Szekler restaurants? I have been very much awaiting to reserve a room at the hotel, but we have not managed to get here until now for a number of reasons. As it is never too late, here we are, somewhere between Băile Tuşnad and Târgu Secuiesc, close to Saint Ana Lake, in a complete formula. Now that I have seen how cool this place is, we decided to add a reservation for two other weekends, one in August and one in November whoop whoop. We just hope that something unpredictable does not appear until then and that we won’t have to delay such an opportunity to relax ourselves once again.
We left the amazing place in a mega relaxed and energized mood after only two days of continueous play and swim in salty or spring waters. It’s really cool to go there with the kids, the small indoor pool for the little ones being very safe and offering you the chance to stay relaxed on the loungers right next to it. Especially if you are the parents of children older than 3 years who can enjoy the fun in the pool with other little ones. I have seen some very small babies in the swimming pool with their parents, so age is certainly not an impediment.
Centrul SPA/ SPA Center
EN: The Grand Santerra SPA relax center includes in-house pools – with spring water, hydromassage pool (salt or spring water), Kneipp pools, many saunas (World Saunas), terrace, fitness room, café bar and saline room. The fabulous center also features a jacuzzi and outdoor pool, which is currently under renovation and is due to be reopened to the public after 24 July. Spaces for the treatments offered to SPA guests are located right at the entrance to the relaxation area.
EN: The catalog of services provided by the SPA center is available in every room or online so you can reserve various treatments at least 24 hours before performing the ritual or the massage. Prices of facial or body treatments / massages range from € 25 to € 85 depending on their duration and type of the procedure.
Have you ever heard of “mofeta” procedures? :))) I know, it sounds very old school. The “mofetas” in the Covasna area, for example, are unique in Europe due to the concentration of CO2 in the gas. The mofet procedure is usually done in mofetars, a kind of “amphitheater” in which patients stand up. The body is exposed to gas only at the bottom in order to avoid poisoning. Therapies are only recommended by a doctor, and the duration of a session should not exceed 20 minutes. If you want to try the treatment you can do it at Santerra SPA.
The entrance to the SPA is included for guests but access is also available for those who come here just to enjoy the services of the center. An entry for 3 hours costs 60 RON per person on Fridays and Sundays, the kids over 7 years pay 40 RON. On Saturday the entrance is not allowed to outside guests.
EN: The rooms are very welcoming, both from the perspective of the rustic yet modern design as well as the views. You can choose the standard room with nice views over the forest or a room with balcony, obviously according to your needs and availability. The rooms also vary in size, the standard one having 22sqm whilst the superior one coming with the advantage of the space offered – 30mp. We stayed in a standard room without a balcony because we did not book early enough but the space was spacious enough for 2 adults and a kid. The Panorama Villa, which is also part of the wonderful resort, offers apartments with one, two or even 4 bedrooms for larger families or groups of friends who want to share the common spaces. And these rooms offer a direct superb view of the Bodoc Mountains 🙂
The room price starts at 420 RON per double room (via Booking.com) with breakfast and full access to SPA included. Due to the location of the hotel, the services offered and the whole experience in itself, it seemed to us a reasonable price. The feeling of calm and happiness after leaving the facility is anyhow priceless :).
That was our feeling and Mara’s at the same time, who desires to come back to this wonedrful hotel.
MÂNCARE /THE FOOD
EN: Breakfast is made up of varied dishes including omelette, poached eggs, cheese and local sausages, fresh vegetables, eggplant / hummus salads / local cheese, jams, pastry products and various dairy products. The juices offered are also interesting – apple and carrot juice, orange juice, detox juice (we think it was lucerne juice), lemon and elderflower juice. Not exactly freshly squeezed juice but close to it as a texture.
The resort has 3 restaurants, Grand Hotel Restaurant (where breakfast is served), Fork Restaurant offering a gourmet menu and Gastrolab located right in the outdoor courtyard. This time we enjoyed dinner and the next day lunch at Gastrolab and I think it was a great choice. The menu is very cool, the ingredients 100% local, offering great Szekler specialties. We’ve served grilled trout, homemade sausages with mashed potatoes, forest mushrooms dumplings with matured cheese sauce joined to a pickle cucumbers salad. Everything was fantastic. I was saying that I feel like home where Mugur always cooks something good using local ingredients. It’s quite rare to eat anything as good as home these days.
EN: The hotel bar is great (Lobby Bar), unfortunately we did not have the opportunity to taste the drinks they offer, we promise to do it the next time when we come back to the wonderful place.
EN: For the fun and adrenaline fans, the hotel offers a wealth of activities: bike rental, adventure park, hiking, off-road, multifunctional sports ground, escalation wall, archery. It’s obvious you can not get bored around.
What’s interesting is that the resort is often visited by furry wild animals 🙂 And I am reffering to the bear families living around the woods :). Some extra attention is needed when walking around the area, especially in the woods surrounding the hotel and its facilities. We didn’t see any bear this weekend, but we were told that they visited the area of the hotel a few days before we got there.