Belarus has long been popular as a great place for holidays and recreation. Belarus boasts:
Belarusian sanatoria offer mineral water and therapeutic mud treatments, salutary air of pine and mixed forests, organic natural food and, of course, highly-efficient physiotherapeutic procedures.
Belarusian sanatoria are unique in many ways. For example, sapropelic mud at the Radon sanatorium cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Radon water from the local springs has similar medicinal properties as that of Tsqaltubo in Georgia or Matsesta in Russia. Mineral water of the Porechie sanatorium is identical to the healing springs of Lithuania’s Druskininkai.
The CIS only speleotherapy chamber is located in Belarus. It offers treatment in special underground facilities in what earlier was a mine. Many sanatoria in Belarus also operate speleotherapy chambers which walls are made from salt blocks from the ancient Starobin deposit.
Near Lake Naroch, which is the biggest lake in Belarus, there is the country’s biggest balneotherapeutic and climatic health resort. The only Belarusian health resort area, Naroch, is also located here.
Belarusian sanatoria are situated in eco-friendly zones such as pine forests and banks of rivers and lakes. Many of them are located near or directly in the territory of landscape protection areas, including the largest state nature reserves:
Although Belarus is a land-locked country, recreation has centuries-long traditions here.
The history of health resort treatment in Belarus dates back to the mid-19th century though prototypes of sanatoria had existed here even earlier.
In the 16th century healing springs of Barkovshchina (today’s Ushachi District, Vitebsk Oblast) were marked on the maps of Europe. By 1830 there was a kind of hospital there that offered baths and mineral water. In 1855 doctor Nemirovsky opened a private sanatorium there. The sanatorium was popular with Europeans. Today the Lesnye Ozera sanatorium is located in this ancient health resort area.
In 1892 a talented Belarusian physicist, doctor and inventor Yakub Narkevich-Yodko opened the Nad-Neman sanatorium in his Nadneman estate (today’s Uzda District, Minsk Oblast).
This sanatorium practiced the most cutting-edge methods of health improvement: medicinal baths, special gymnastics, mineral water and healthy diet. The main feature of the sanatorium was electrotherapy and electro massage that were invented and patented by Narkevich-Yodko himself. In 1986 a special health institution that used mare's milk, or kumis, to treat people was opened at the sanatorium. People from Bashkortostan came to help local doctors prepare special medicinal kumis for patients.
The Podyelniki sanatorium is now located near the former estate Nadneman.
In the early 20th century there was a number of summer health resorts in Belarus such as the one in the Novinki (1904) and Smorgovka (1913) villages near Minsk. The first sanatoria in the Belarusian Soviet Socialistic Republic were opened in Ushachi District (1919). They were Sosnovka (1921) and Chyonki (1922).
Most of the sanatoria in Belarus have been built in the latest decades. They are constantly renovated to meet the requirements of the most demanding customers.
Currently Belarus operates:
Treatment and recreation methods in the Belarusian sanatoria have been elaborated taking into account the latest advances in medicine. The illnesses of the following organs are treated here:
Nearly all sanatoria now offer comprehensive SPA programs including baths with sea water and salt, a dozen types of massage (both classic and Oriental, mud and algae treatment, wrapping and stone therapy.
Such SPA centers and salons operate in the Priozerny and Yunost sanatoria as well as in Belarusian health resorts abroad.
Belarus’ biggest resorts include Naroch, Zhdanovichi, Rogachev and Ushachi. Minor resorts are also popular including Bobruisk, Lyottsy and Chyonki.
As many as 11 sanatoria and health centers are located in the Belarusian health resort area in the Naroch region. Among them are such sanatoria as Naroch, Sosny, Belaya Rus, Narochansky Bereg, Priozerny, Sputnik and Zhuravushka along with the tourist complex Naroch, the national children’s education and recreation center Zubrenok and recreation camps Lesnaya Polyana and Rusalochka.
The state program for the development of the Naroch region resort area for 2011-2015 is currently underway in Belarus.
Work is carried out to modernize the sanatoria and tourist infrastructure. New services are offered, entertainment facilities introduced and new tourist itineraries planned. Everything is done to make the Naroch region a world class resort.
Belarus is a land-locked country but since the times of the Soviet Union Belarusian sanatoria operate in famous health resort areas of the Black and Baltic seas.
These well-equipped sanatoria are popular with tourists from all over the world.
Prices vary for the Belarusian and foreign citizens.
The price depends on the season, comfort level of the room, number of days of stay and a set of basic and additional services. The Belarusian sanatoria have a flexible discount system and last-minute offers.
Approximate prices in the Belarusian sanatoria for foreign citizens in summer 2016 are as follows:
A double standard room including meals and procedures (daily cost per person):
Extra pay is needed to get extra treatment procedures.
Upon arrival guests must pay a visitor's tax which amounts to two or three percent of the cost of stay.
Health improvement in the Belarusian sanatoria can be combined with an excursion and entertainment program. Tourists who stay in the sanatoria are offered tours to famous sights of Belarus. It is also possible to visit theaters or participate in interesting and unusual festivals.
Active lifestyle enthusiasts can go hiking, take a car tour or simply go fishing or hunting.
Another alternative is shopping. Tourists can buy famous Belarusian brands and exclusive souvenirs.