IDW Esperanza is a small resort and spa, away from the hustle of the city, nestled among 27 acres of trees and a private lake near Trakai. The hotel is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and you’ll feel that luxury not only in the location but in the many activities and spa services. The hotel may be small but they offer many treatments to help your mind and body relax.
If you are not into booking the extra spa services you will still have use of the pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, vitamin D, infrared and collagen light therapies. Those treatments alone will leave you relaxed and wanting to extend your stay. The spa building is overlooking the lake so you’ll never be far from nature. During the summer you can lounge on the private beach and in winter you can walk across the frozen lake — the two best times to experience this magical place.
In the restaurant, La Esperanza, located right next to the spa overlooking the lake, the food is fresh, never frozen. In the summer the gardens provide a bounty. In the winter, regular deliveries stock the restaurant with organic food and specially selected wines so you are sure to have delicious food and wine pairings at every meal. The flavor fusion of these meals is incredible and will leave you wanting seconds, but you’ll be so full you’ll have to save it for another night. In the dining room we were also able to listen to an impromptu piano serenade from one of the talented and friendly staff members.
Between the spa and the meals I was not able to enjoy the large game room on site. I was really excited to see two bowling lanes, foosball, air hockey and a pool table. If I wasn’t keeping up my activities by wandering in the forest and along the lake I would have also enjoyed the gym. This place truly has your best interest at heart with all the activities and treatments. You’ll never have time to miss the busy city as you’ll be finding peace and tranquility at this private retreat.
I wished I was planning my destination wedding as this would be the perfect oasis for the ceremony and the honeymoon. It’s also a great place for a corporate retreat. But alas, though I only had one gloriously relaxing night, it was the perfect refresh in the middle of my European trip.