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“Idyllic Latvian Countryside Retreat”

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Jonathan Spa Estate
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Amatas Novads
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“Idyllic Latvian Countryside Retreat”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

My partner and I stayed at Jonathan Spa Estate for 2 nights in early August 2014. This is a small boutique hotel in a traditionally-designed Latvian cottage with thoroughly modern interiors. The hotel is situated right in front of a lake which makes for a beautiful view. Every aspect of the hotel right from the rooms, bathrooms, terraces, the spa and the restaurant have luxurious and yet local touches.
The restaurant served delicious food at really reasonable prices and as the hotel is quite far away from the nearest town, we chose to dine in on both nights of our stay. However, these were both very long dinners as the restaurant is a bit understaffed and every course took a great deal of time to arrive but since we were 2 adults enjoying dining outdoors in their balcony over looking the lakes on a warm summer's evening, we did not mind.
Breakfast was very simple and this was a surprise given how luxurious the rest of our stay was. There was only a limited quantity of a few items and there were hardly any waiters around to bring tea or coffee. It would be much more fitting if the range and quantity of food served at breakfast was increased.
The hotel has a small row boat which we borrowed one evening and used to go around the lake. This was a blissful experience as the waters are very calm and clean. Eventually, we ended up jumping out of the boat and swimming in the cool water which was delightful. The only problem is that there is no ladder to climb back on to the pier and so it was quite strenuous getting back on shore. The hotel really needs to build a ladder at the pier to get in and out of the water as the lake is such a joy to swim in and currently people are hesitant to do so due to the trouble with getting back on the pier.
Also, while the hotel does provide free wifi, it didn't work very well in our room. So we had to go out to the common areas of the hotel to use it. We didn't mind this too much as the hotel really feels like a large cottage which you are sharing with a few other families.
All in all, a wonderful, idyllic, rural retreat which allowed us to see the Latvian countryside in all its summer glory. Do visit the nearby town of Cesis to see their castle and the lovely park attached to it. If you have a car, its wonderful to drive around Cesis as there are many lakes which are great to swim in. So do carry a swim suit and towels.
Areas for improvement:
1. Better wifi in the rooms
2. Faster service in the restaurant, especially in terms of bringing out the food faster. Better service and more options for breakfast.
3. Must build a ladder to get in and out of the lake.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Palermo, Italy
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Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

We are 8 person and eat 8 different plates. All were at highest level. We reccomend this restaurant. 35 euros each for 2 plates and wine. Tagliata, fillet, salmon, escalope, grilled beef, soups, tartare, paté, carpaccio, desserts.... All very bell!

Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
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Riga, Latvia
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Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

The hotel is located in a very unique place. It is not far from Riga (about 1 hour drive) but you get into the world where nothing cares you. I guess that the landscape is artificial, but it is so outstanding and beautiful! The staff of the hotel makes you feel at home from the entrance to the hotel and this feeling doesn't leave you till the end of the stay. Spa, restaurant, fishing, bikes and boat everything is done to relax and run away from reality! There are also home clothes in every room and slippers just near the entrance door! It makes the atmosphere like you are at home. As there are only about 8 rooms in the hotel it is not overcrowded and cosy!
I personally spend my birthday there together with my husband and I would be very happy if every day of my year will be like that!

Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Tallinn, Estonia
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7 reviews
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Reviewed 25 June 2014

This is absolutely fantastic small SPA Hotel close in Cesis / Latvia.
Wooden country side style outside and modern look inside with all conveniences.
There could be a little pit more outdoors activities available, specially in the summer time, but if you have a car, no problem to drive to the closest attractions.
Surprisingly good restaurant in the house !

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cesis, Latvia
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

Thanks to all staff to make a perfect SPA afternoon. Thats a great place to escape from city and enjoy high quality care ans service. Masseuse Diana did a very good job. Felt there as a special quest and will return for another massage very soon :)

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Ikskile, Latvia
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Reviewed 1 March 2014

It was my birthday trip with husband and 2 sons (2.3 years & 6 month). EXCELLENT! Location an hour drive from Riga, away from any possibility to be disturbed. Spa facilities are exact the size you can enjoy: pool with UV cleaning (no chemicals used), couple of saunas, warm towels.Ok, jacuzzi is missing...:) Restaurant, menu and waiter Lina, OUTSTANDING! Ok, table a bit too large if your spauce wants to hold your hand:) Breakfast buffet AND a la carte for your hot dish choice. FANTASTIC spa treatment made by Diana. Kids corners to play and so friendly attitude towards them since owners family has 5 kids and youngest is 3 years old. Value for money 500% and best recommendation!

Room Tip: All rooms have spa access, all of them are spacy and comfortably equipped.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Jonathan Spa Estate
Address: Ezerputni, Drabesu pagasts, Amatas Novads LV-4101, Latvia
Region: Latvia > Vidzeme Region > Amatas Novads
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Amatas Novads
Number of rooms: 11

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