The 7 best open air pools and baths

Saint Petersburg is notorious for its gloomy weather. If it weren’t for the climate, it would probably be the most magical city in the world. However, sometimes, the weather does generously spoil its citizens and visitors. These are the days when you should take advantage of some the outdoor pools the city has to offer. In the winter these same locations offer sauna, banya and spa services, making this quick guide worth noting irrespective of the season.

In the city

Bateninskie Baths

The services offered by this bathhouse include an open-air pool with a waterfall and air volcano; Russian-style wood-fired banya (sauna in Russian); Turkish and Finnish saunas and a spa tub. You can book a VIP room to enjoy hydrotherapy with just friends or family, (accommodates 8 people max).

Address:

20 Ulitsa Aleksandra Matrosova

Hours:

9 AM – 11 PM

Admission price:

from ≈$6 per hour

 

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Kruglye Baths

A rounded building with an open-air heated pool in the center, the Kruglye Baths were built here almost a century ago! Since then the place has been renovated, of course, and provides such services as various saunas, including Russian-style (you can even ask a special helper to massage you with dried branches of oak or eucalyptus, just like Russians do – this improves blood circulation).

Address:

29A Ulitsa Karbysheva

Hours:

9 AM – 11 PM

Admission price:

from ≈$7 per hour

 

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Moskovskie Baths

They have a heated open-air pool and plunge tubes with freezing water (jumping in one of those immediately after Russian or Finnish sauna will give your body a temperature shock that will unlock new sources of energy). A special treat for the football fans in this establishment is an area called “Sport class Zenit”, where you can watch sports events on large screens in the private rooms, while enjoying saunas and food served from the in-house cafeteria (it’s men only, though).

Address:

22 Ulitsa Gastello

Hours:

8 AM – 10 PM

Admission price:

from ≈$6 per hour

 

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Ozerki

This bath complex includes Russian and Turkish saunas, indoor pools and an outdoor pool in the yard, 6 x 5 meters in size. The owners also cut through an ice-hole in the winter — this is how contrast treatment was done in the ancient times. VIP rooms and luxury cabins to have a birthday party or other celebrations are provided too.

Address:

84 Ulitsa Bolshaya Ozernaya

Hours:

9 AM – 10 PM

Admission price:

from ≈$7 per two hours

 

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Outside the city

Okhta Park pools

10 km away from Saint Petersburg, this health resort has a huge pool complex located outdoors. There are 4 pools in total: two for kids, one for swimming and another one for sports. You can rest in the sunbathing area between swims: there are enough sunbeds and umbrellas for everyone! After that, visit “Zen” spa complex to relax in a hot tub, try the aroma treatment or get a perfect suntan in the tanning room.

Address:

Ulitsa Lyudmily Kedrinoi, Mistolovo

Hours:

pools – working days 9 AM – 9 PM, Saturday, Sunday 9 AM – 10 PM; spa – 10 AM – 11 PM

Admission price:

pools – ≈$21 per day; spa – ≈$30 per hour

 

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Scandinavia Country Club

Heated open-air pool, outdoor hot tubes, Russian, Finnish and Turkish saunas – everything included in the “A day by the pool” plan. If you’re staying in the hotel overnight, you can use these services for free. These services are also available to non-guests in the summer.

Address:

16 Ulitsa Parkovaya, Sestroretsk

Hours:

pools – Monday-Thursday 10 AM – 11 PM, saunas – working days 10 AM – 6 PM; Friday-Sunday – guests only

Admission price:

≈$41 per day

 

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Terijoki Country Club

This club offers a fabulous view over Gulf of Finland from the indoor pool and a 23 meters long outdoor pool with heating (+28 С° throughout the year). Both are filled with salty water, so it’s almost the same as bathing in the sea! Additional services include a Turkish hammam, Finnish sauna, and a gym. SPA lovers can even buy unlimited passes for 1, 3, 6 months or 1 year.

Address:

1A Gavannaya Ulitsa, Zelenogorsk

Hours:

9 AM – 11 PM

Admission price:

Monday-Thursday ≈$26 per day; Friday-Sunday ≈$34 per day

 

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