SPA hotel Borvikha — a place to relax

If you want to relax your body and free your soul from worries and stresses of this world, one of the best places in Novosibirsk, in my very personal view, is Spa Hotel Borvikha with a swimming pool and a complex of saunas.  Just two hours there and you will feel a new  man!

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The hotel is situated outside of Novosibirsk, in the satellite town called Berdsk http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berdsk on the river Berd. Berdsk itself is an old town founded in 1716, but today ther is nothing left here to remind us about its long history, because in the middle of the 20th century nearly all town had to go under water due to the construction of the Ob reservoir, which we now call the ‘Ob Sea’ thanks to its vast area. During the soviet era Berdsk was known for the big factory producing radios and spare parts for them, but now, when the factory never recovered after the perestroika,  the town is just a satellite of Novosibirsk, lying only 4 km to the south of the Siberian capital. Thanks to its favorable location on the shore of the river and the Ob reservoir the town’s main activity is recreation and wellness. There are numerous hotels, holiday camps, sanatoriums around the town and on the outskirts of it, including the one here.

http://hotelborviha.ru/ is situated on the edge of the town, right on the shore of the river, where it flows into the reservoir. It is easily accessible by car and public transportation with a bus stop right at the gate, so it is no problem to get there, though it may take a long time, if you stay in Novosibirsk, as it is about 50 km from the city center.

Once you get there, you find yourself in the forest, amidst pine trees. If you stay at Borvikha as a hotel guest, you are happy to enjoy perfectly calm mornings and evenings. If you come just to have a swim in the pool, be sure not to go straight inside, but walk along the lonely paths and breathe fresh air you can never experience in the city.

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You can enjoy beautiful landscape and, if ordered in advance, a grill area can be prepared for you. But just a walk is wonderful, too, and after having enough fresh air you can proceed to the swimming pool.

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The pool is not big, still, you can have a good swim, and your kids can feel pretty safe swimming in the shallow area. Besides, there is a whirlpool with even warmer water, though water in the main pool is about 29 C, which is warm enough even for those who are used only to hot southern waters.

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Visitors are offered two saunas, a hot Finnish type and a hammam. The saunas are separate for men and women, so no need to doubt if you want to take your kids with you. Out of the window you have a nice view, and after two hours, which is a standard stay,  you feel completely relaxed. If you want to stay longer, it is no problem, you pay for extra time when you get out.

However, this kind of pleasure is pretty expensive in Siberia. A two-hour stay costs 950 rubles for an adult and 600 rubles for a kid up to the age of 12. But due to so high prices the swimming pool is never really full of visitors, so you can enjoy quiet time and no hectic. There is no need to take a towel with you, you will be given one there.  You just need a pair of special shoes and a bathng suit.

 

 

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