This visit was a present from my husband and one the nicest presents I have ever received. While I was in the banya I completely forgot about the outside world and its stresses. I had never been to any kind of spa so I was a little nervous going in but the staff were so friendly and inviting. The lounge is a fantastic aspect of the experience – very comfortable booths to sit, read and drink tea. So peaceful. The treatments were expertly done and I can’t wait to have another parenie. The smell of the leaves! Gorgeous. Felt so nice to be taken care of. It was a very busy day so I had to wait a long time for my first treatment – not a problem as I got to relax with a book and lovely tea, but it would have been nice to have an idea of when treatments would start, especially as it was my first time and I didn’t know what to expect. That said, even though it was busy it did not feel crowded. And to top it all off, I got to have one of my favourite foods, pelmeni (meat dumplings)! A wonderful time and I will come again as often as I can afford!