A stay on the flawless Estonian island of Muhu in a luxury country retreat is the essence of relaxation. The unspoilt village of Koguva is now a living museum and haunting Teutonic ruins evoke the island’s ancient past. In winter, Muhu is connected to the mainland by an ice road, but in the warmer months it remains in beautiful, Baltic isolation – ideal for a sense of escape.
Relax amongst juniper-scented woods as sea eagles soar above you.
Things to do
Considering its diminutive stature, Muhu is rich with landmarks. The fairy-tale fishing village of Koguva is populated mainly by descendents of the original 16th-century inhabitants and is preserved as an open-air museum. Going further back in time you can soak up the atmosphere at Muhu Stronghold, an earthen ring now rich with greenery where the pagan Estonians made their last stand against a force of 20,000 Christian knights.
At your luxury hotel you can enjoy uniquely invigorating spa treatments based on ancient Estonian herbal traditions. With the ever-present sound of the sea in the background, relax and feel the benefits of a Peppermint Energy scrub or Muhu Hay bath.
FOOD & DRINK
Again, Muhu defies its size by offering a delicious variety of food and drink, from the homely and authentic to flawless fine dining at local luxury hotels. Don’t leave without trying the superb local catches.
While exploring the island, pop into Eemu Tuulik. This working windmill sells bread freshly baked from its own flour.
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