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“Another delightful stay at Fra Mare”
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Fra Mare
Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Haapsalu
Pornainen
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“Another delightful stay at Fra Mare”
Reviewed 19 October 2013

Last week I spent three pleasant days at the Fra Mare spa in Haapsalu, Estonia. This was my third visit, in 2011 my husband and I even spent the whole Christmas week there. The location is great, by the beach (Baltic Sea), amidst lovely pine woods, suitably outside the town center for a walk there.
This was a trip with 5 class mates from my graduating class of 1958! I.e. rather old people. Some of us had never been there before, we all liked it equally well and enjoyed the services and the facilities. Spacious, not too crowded even when full (as it was at Christmas). good food and service.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Helsinki
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

Stayed in Fra Mare in August, it was fully booked and popular among Finnish pentioners. Very peaceful and quiet place, a walking distance from the town center by the sea.

Facilities adequate for a spa, range of wellness treatments.

Restaurant, lobby bar and cafeteria sufficient for the purpose.

Friendly staff, clean facilities.

Building itself a little bit outdated, rooms reminded me of the 1980's student dormitory. A very big negative side is that there is no elevator so for older people this might really be a problem, we had to help some of them to climb upstairs ourselves. Rooms hot during hot summer days.

Definately would come back when I'm over 70 years of age.

Room Tip: No lift even if full of older people, ask a room in the first floor.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Turku, Finland
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Reviewed 1 July 2013

We were very impressed about the hotel:
- the arrival and the reception was perfect
- the room is spacious, airy, the bed is comfortable, enough tv-channels, environment clean and beautiful, only 1,2 km far from the central Haapsalu - relaxing walk or you could rent a bike from the hotel
- only minus-point is the shower/WC because it was a bit smelly and outdated

Room Tip: The risotto in the a la carte restaurant was very bad, glue but the taste was good. The salads were...
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Southern Finland, Finland
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Reviewed 29 December 2012

I spent the Christmas Holidays ( 3 nights ) in Fra Mare and it was relaxing time even though the hotel was fully booked. The swimming pool was never too crowded and saunas had always enough space to enjoy the heat. Food was tasty, only this time the low lactose products were not as well marked as before.

The Christmas evening buffet was not carried out the best possible way, they had only one banquet and the tables were too close to each other and there was not enough tableware for everybody and also long queue for buffet table ( there were 2 tables, but I believe, over 200 persons dining the same time ). However, food was delicious and even Santa Claus paid a visit after dinner.

Weather was cold but rooms were comfortably warm. There was skis and skiing shoes to rent and a lit ski track quite near the hotel but this time I didn´t have suitable clothes for skiing.
I took parafin-therapy and it was suprisingly nice care and the person taking care of these treatments really amiable.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled solo
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Tallinn, Estonia
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Reviewed 21 November 2012

Really nice place to stay and relax. If you are into finding some peace and quiet, it is the place you need to visit. SPA is situated on the seashore (I guess in summer it is very nice place to walk), surrounded by forrest, isolated from any kind of disturbing sounds of town and everyday life.

Pros: Sauna friends will be pleased with sauna choice, health procedure choice is large, quality of procedures is well. Absolute quiet and very peaceful surrounding helps you to switch off from real life. Clients are mostly 50+ finnish couples, who won't disturbe your privacy. Buffet breakfast is very OK!
Cons: Buffet dinner's choice is very limited (not to say poor). Some health procedures are quite expensive for local people.

In conclusion would like to say, that if you want to enjoy some peaceful staying by yourself or you are in couple and would like to relax, not party, Fra Mare is a perfect place to visit.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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london
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Reviewed 23 August 2012

We have visited Fra Mare since about 2002 just after it opened and have gone back about 4 times. We go there for a bi-annual body re-tune at the Spa Centre and tend to stay for about 10-14 days, partaking the daily ritule of mud-baths - for which Haapsalu is famed and whence the Czars had a trainline built from St Petersburg in the 19th century - massages and sessions in the salt chamber.

We have also tried and vsiited other health resorts in Estonia but a big plus is the mud since it originates locally and which is a v. good treatment for all sorts of ailments. By contrast whilst the cente in Parnu is like Heathrow airport and one ends up walking Kms along endless corridoors, Fra Mare is reasonably compact (although they have extended in recent years) and all the treatment rooms literally 20m away.

The hotel is located in a beautiful part of the bay and sorrounded by pine trees but faces the water, with a small sandy beach within 30m where one can also hire boats. There are ample walking and cycling paths and one can hire bikes for about 2 Euros each.

Its a 3 star hotel and the accommodation is reasonable. WIFI is freely available although slow but there are 2 on-site computers with Internet available for free, as well as a library of books. There is a small swimming pool but has a number of different saunas which is fun.

The food is OK with a heayy premium on salads although the main courses can be a bit off. There is another commercial restaurant available on site.

Downsides? No lift and no assistance with baggage. At night time there is only 1 attendant and who cannot leave the desk which can be a problem (we had a window banging which could not be attended to).

Estonia is now a part of the Eurozone and there is a genuine sense of price convergence to the rest of the EU - both generally and for the main therapies at the Centre. So its not as cheap as it used to be for Europeans and this will be the big test for us in the future - not least given the price advantage now proffered by competition particulalry in Lithuania, which also has a Soviet tradition of providing such centres.

We used to come with our daughter when she was young and we were the only family then but the hotel is definantely more focussed on families. In general the custom base is predominated by elderly Finns and families tend to be Russians - particularly from Moscow.

Haapsalu is a small sleepy town and its a perfect place to recharge one's batteries amongst the peace of nature...but then this is true also for most of the other resorts in the Baltics. There's enough to do in terms of walks and a few of the local restaurants.

We'll be back no doubt..

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lappeenranta, Finland
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

We spent the Easter at Fra Mare. The weather was terrible but in spite of that we enloyed our stay. The surroundings may be at the best in the summertime or during autum. The hotel is very clean and we found the personnel extremely friendly. We ha full board and the food was tasty. We were very delighted of the coloured eggs and little bunny bakeries at the Easter morning! The service was good and flexible. We'll return Fra Mare and we warmly recommend this hotel to those who want rest and enjoy of lovely therapies

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: Fra Mare
Address: Ranna tee 2, Haapsalu 90403, Estonia
Region: Estonia > Laane County > Haapsalu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 8 Hotels in Haapsalu
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Hotel Class:4 star — Fra Mare 4*
Number of rooms: 74
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