The banya (russian sauna)
at Auberge Les Liards
We have lived for a couple of years in Russia and we loved going to the Banya: the russian sauna. We have discovered the big public banyas in Moscow and the small private banyas at the farm in the countryside. We wanted to reproduce such a rural banya: a small shed where one washes him/herself, where one get warmed up and where a nice time together is spent. The whole thing is heated on wood, one washes him/herself with buckets of cold water or with the water heated on the woodstove and gets cooled down in the snow.Very simple and nothing to do with these energy wasters which spa usually are.
So, what is a banya? You can compare it with a finnish sauna, woodheated, with a more natural warmth and more place to sit together to eat and to drink. The difference is also the use of "veniks": a bundle of branches with leaves to stimulate the bloodcirculation. Or the use of chapka! To eat zakuski.
Best is to come and experience it yourself!
The use of the banya for free in April and Mai 2015
In order to let you find out about the banya, the use of it is for free during the public hours in April and May 2015. The public hours are 9-11h and
16h-18h. You have to book in advance, because the access is limited to 8 persons, and we have to preheat it. You can wear bathingclothes, but traditionnally one should be naked. That's why we provide you with a linen sheet. We will also let you use a chapka (a felt hat to protect your head from the heat) and sandals. Herbal tea will be ready to be served from a samovar and there is coffee residue to rub your skin.
It is possible to use already the banya in private during these two months: the whole banya is for hire between 12 and 15h and between 19 and 22h.