From relaxing at the all-season resort to watching a spectacular performance: what you can do in two days in St. Petersburg
To go to St. Petersburg for the weekend or holidays has become commonplace for Muscovites. Four hours by train “Sapsan” — and here you are in the capital of Peter’s luxury and balls Catherine’s era. Today, however, St. Petersburg is not only trips to countless museums, boat trips along the Neva river and excursions to the luxurious Imperial palaces. Peter is rapidly developing, becoming more and more modern: now they go to the Northern capital for the sake of modern Spa resorts, unique hotels, new gastronomic sensations. Passion.ru tells where to stay, eat, relax and spend a couple of days in the city on the Neva river and its surroundings.
Where to stay
The latest trend among tourists is the choice of accommodation is intimate and cosy hotels. If you also want something new and unusual, then boutique hotels are the best option. They are usually located in the buildings of old mansions with a rich history. Each room is a unique design project. One of these hotels, which we found in St. Petersburg – DOM BOUTIQUE HOTEL on Gangutskaya street, a few minutes from the Summer Palace of Peter I. It is located in a former Apartment building of the XIX century. Dom BOUTIQUE HOTEL received its first guests in 2016, and despite the fact that the building was renovated, every corner of it seems imbued with history.
The design of the hotel, as well as rooms, where each piece of furniture was created by a special sketch, was developed by London professionals. In the lobby of the hotel guests pass on the real marble floor, and in rooms — on a parquet from natural breeds of a tree. Each room has its own highlight: a bright yellow wardrobe, or red chairs, or elegant black tiles in the bathroom. Someone may think that the decor of the hotel and rooms is quite defiant and too bright, but undoubtedly it is impressive.
Where to eat
One of the most popular questions that arises during each trip (and no matter where you go — to St. Petersburg, Kaluga or Rome) — where to eat in the city. In St. Petersburg for an answer feel free to go to the restaurant “Block”. The institution is located on the top floor of the “Leningrad-center”, in the Tauride garden. Through the panoramic Windows of the restaurant all day the sunlight breaks, in the evening it is replaced by a huge chandelier, the lamps of which are reflected in the mirror surfaces of the walls. But the main “trump” of the Block is not the design, but the meat menu, which presents more than 60 dishes: from veal cheeks to numerous steaks. The meat is cooked, fried, steamed, served with juniper, onion confit or oranges… It is such a modern classic. Almost all recipes are rooted in the native Russian cuisine, but the restaurant chefs have not forgotten about the modern highlights. The team of the restaurant “Block” every season starts with new dishes and improves those that are loved by customers. The owner of the “Block” — Alexander Rappoport, one of the most famous restaurateurs in the country. Its establishments are always of excellent quality: starting with the layout of the room and ending with the most important — the menu.
Where to go
If you are not the first time in St. Petersburg and have already visited the whole Hermitage, saw filigree works in the fabergé Museum and enjoyed modern art in Erarta, then it’s time to go to the same “Leningrad-center”, which took in its mansion restaurant “Block”. In General, this is a modern show space, in the halls of which there are theatrical performances, performances, film screenings, and expositions are exhibited in the halls. By the way, “Leningrad-center” is located in the building of an old mansion, where a few centuries ago the secular life of St. Petersburg was raging.
Show performances in the “Leningrad-center” are striking in their entertainment. The action takes place around the viewer, a few millimeters from him. This is a real challenge for those who want to look at the theater from an unusual angle and become a full participant in the performance. For example, recently presented his monomusic called “I looked around to see” the artist of the famous bit-Quartet “the Secret” Maxim Leonidov. Another new show “Leningrad Center” is a theatrical Revue “Portfolio” with the participation of actress Daria Moroz.
Where to relax
If you are tired of the frantic rhythm of the metropolis and still want to escape from the city for a few days, forget about all the worries, then you should definitely go to the resort “Igor”, which is only an hour’s drive from St. Petersburg. It works all year round and provides the best recovery services — the problem of a complete “reset” of the body is solved on click.
One of the main advantages of “Igora” is a multifunctional Spa complex, where about 250 procedures are carried out: from hydrotherapy and pearl bath to massage. The resort even has special anti-stress tours, which are aimed at improving the nervous system after serious physical and psychological stress. The restoration is carried out under the supervision of a Spa therapist, who makes an individual program for each vacationer. In addition to water treatments, “Igor” you can try different types of massage: simple relaxing and therapeutic. In the warmer months, try the hardening procedure to strengthen your immune system. In “Igor” there is a special air cryosauna with a temperature of minus 85 °C. It cools the body for a few seconds, thereby preparing it for severe weather conditions.
Holidays in summer and winter
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“Igor” is not only a Spa complex. It is also a great place for skiing and snowboarding. The resort is one of the highest mountains in the Leningrad region. They form trails of varying difficulty (10 ski, 2 cross-country skis and 1 for tubing). It will be interesting for both beginners and established riders. You will easily pick up special equipment, so you can come here without huge suitcases with things, and take only the most necessary. On the territory of the complex there is a whole ice Palace with special areas for figure skating, hockey and Curling. Famous athletes often hold master classes here.
Summer on the “Igor” is still full of life. The complex becomes a real salvation from the city noise and dust. The resort has a pine forest, where you can lie on the sun loungers, swim in the nearby lake or just walk. But lying in the sun all day is unlikely to work. In the warmer months, there are numerous beach volleyball, mini Golf, football and badminton courts. You can ride a catamaran, boat, go fishing on the lake or try your hand at the Wake Park under the supervision of an instructor.
Well, have you already chosen where you will go one of the summer weekends?