Located on the stunning Snagov Lake, less than 40 minute drive from Bucharest, Country Spa, Health & Beauty Retreat, Snagov is heaven on earth. The family-owned luxury resort boasts two separate buildings, one dedicated to accommodations and dining and a second one entirely dedicated to the Spa. Uniquely, the retreat also has its own farm, which supplies the most diverse organic products, from milk to honey, vegetables and meats.
The resort is under the spell of the dandelion. In the mornings, the sun rises glowing over the lake. Its rays enlace the field and the trees. It gives flowers the power to get up and smile. But most of all, it is the dandelion that smiles. The story says that God sent an Angel to all plants to ask them how they wanted to look. Only the dandelion did not know how it would like to be, and the angel allowed it another day to think it through. On that day, the dandelion, while praying, met the sun, and decided this is how it wanted itself to look like, yellow and beautiful.
Then, it saw the moon and changed its mind. It wanted to look like the moon. To be yellow, round and beautiful. Then it also saw the stars and liked those too. When the angel came, it did not know what to say to him: its wish was that it should be like the sun, like the moon, like the stars. But God understood such wish. That is why the dandelion is initially yellow like the sun, then white and round like the moon, and if you blow on it, it spreads away like the stars.
Every single detail has been carefully conceived, with two distinct outdoor swimming pools, each built with the inlay of large stones. The smaller swimming pool is dedicated to families and children. The outdoor swimming pools are chlorine-free with electrolysis filtration system. There is also a generous outdoor foyer for all-day dining, meters from the main pools. The swimming pool will mesmerise you, with an all wild greenery in the proximity.
The relatively small mansion which houses the boutique hotel is located on a large piece of land which is rife of superb gardens and greenery – the various types of roses and abundant lavender will mesmerise you in their simplicity. There is a VIP room for small events, furnished with limited series classical furniture. There is a tartan sports ground, suitable for practicing football, tennis, basketball and functional training with dedicated trainer. A campfire and a barbecue area complete the offering of the main building.
The retreat is also most serene and secluded, surrounded by nature – the freshness of the air is truly unique. The access to the lake is less than 100 meters – one can just stroll around the greenery by the lake or can take a boat to explore the lake. The biggest highlight of the lake is the Snagov Monastery which was built in 1418 on a remote island on the lake. The painted monastery which can only be reached by boat is said to house the burial site of Vlad Tepes (Dracula).
On the site of the current location of the center, to the east of the village of Ciofliceni, on the lake shore, in Snagov commune, Ilfov County, towards Orzar valley to the east and Lake Snagov to the north, several human settlements, Bronze Age ceramic objects, pits and Hallstatt dwellings were discovered. These are dwellings of farmers who occupied the same terrace on the shore of Lake Snagov, almost 2000 years earlier.
Thus we have the certainty of a continuous inhabitance since the Bronze Age, 2500-3000 years ago, the people of the small community living here in huts built of wood and clay, covered with reeds. The food was housed in pits dug out into the ground. Their occupations were animal husbandry, plant cultivation, hunting. Later (900 years ago, the early medieval age – the migration age), another community of people founded another village. Most of the archaeological finds belong to the daily usage ceramic-ware.
Rooms and suites are generously spaced with all the amenities of an international luxury resort – beds are extremely comfortable, with high thread satin cotton linen and a selection of pillows. All accommodations have been exquisitely maintained, again with a lot of attention to details. Bathrooms have high-water pressure separate walk-in showers and feature amenities from Rituals. You will be impressed with how ‘crisp’ the rooms are. Housekeeping service is careful, efficient and bespoke.
The main restaurant is all day dining, with a dedicated indoor space but also a larger outdoor terrace. The quality of ingredients, dishes and service are truly impressive. Every single dish is prepared on the spot – do not miss the variety of fish but also the various meats. Depending on the season and availability, milk, cheeses, meats and some vegetables come from the own production, where they were cultivated with care and respect for nature and health, without using harmful substances. Nutrition schemes are available, depending on the choice of programs you may decide to pursue.
At any time of the day and regardless of the type of meal, food is of exceptional quality and it is beautifully presented. The most simple dishes are the tastiest – speciality Romanian cuisine from all regions of the country is impeccable. Whether at breakfast, in-room dining or by the pool, food is superlative in every way. Many of the staff have been with a property for a while and you will appreciate the heartfelt service. The hotel is also hosting events or small groups but with the utmost attention of not disturbing the broader number of guests.
Psychotherapeutic consultations have a determining role in establishing the causality of disequilibria, in diminishing pathological manifestations and in psycho-emotional rebalancing. Phyto therapeutic remedies for which active substances are used to treat a wide range of conditions. Natural remedies include: tea therapy, aromatic herbs therapy (aromatherapy), oil therapy (oleo therapy), herbal therapy (gemmo-therapy), extract therapy, decoction, maceration, etc. The Spa also features the Young Living essential oils – I was fortunate to try the incredible biblical oils therapy, as part of my concerns about my sleep patterns.
There are also expert hair treatments using Simply Zen, but also ayurvedic treatments performed with the Lakshmi range of products. For classic beauty procedures like body hair removal the choice of the Spa has been Lycon. which is Australia’s #1 Wax. Formulated with the finest resins, pure Australian beeswax and sensuous aromatherapy and natural plant oils, LYCON is the world leader in quality waxes which deliver superior results. The low temperature, pliable and gentle waxes provide a nurturing and skin conditioning treatment for extra client comfort on even the most sensitive skins.
The Spa is open for outside guests too (non-residing at the hotel). Yoga retreat detox, yoga retreat tranquility, fit & slim, anti-aging and detox are among the most diverse packages which you may find at the hotel. There is also a wealth of activities on Lake Snagov, from taking a boat trip but also to explore various attractions. The largest indoor wellness & entertainment park, Therme, is within a 20 minutes drive.
Oliver Petcu in Snagov
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