There is only one cost-free hot spring in the Arabat Spit. The natural pool with healing water is located near the unfinished clinic of Dr. Koziavkin. It’s planned to open a rehabilitation center, where patients will be treated according to authorial methodology.
Until there is no need to pay for visiting the hot spring, vacationers enjoy healing in the water. Both summer and winter, you can boost your immunity in the iodine-bromine brine. What’s so special about the hot spring and how to get to the health resort? Learn in our article.
The hot spring was established in the 1980s when construction began on the rehabilitation center for athletes. Probably, builders have drilled hot mineral water well. Back in those days, the rehabilitation center wasn’t finished, as the development was kept frozen. Dr. Koziavkin has been recommencing development in the 2000s. At the moment, the clinic is in its final stages. There’s only a need to put pavilions in service. But the clinic requires investments.
For now, tourists have a great opportunity to improve their health in the thermal bath near the clinic free of costs. Overhang mineral water is drained in the hot spring. The depth of the spring (borehole #25) is about 1 meter. You can take a bath in the hot spring even in the winter, as the water temperature reaches +65 ℃ all the time.
There is a modicum of comfort near the clinic’s hot spring, as it’s an uncontrolled place to boost your health. There are free toilets, simple changing rooms, and benches within the territory. You can take a long cascade shower or completely relax with a massage.
There is a fish market near the hot spring. Besides the fish, you can buy vegetables, fruits, or even swimming gear here. Also, you can have lunch in food spots within the market, or have a square meal in a tourist camp nearby. Admission to the hot spring is free. You can enter the territory on both the sea and clinic sides.
The medical properties of the hot spring
All the hot springs in Strilkove village have the same composition. It’s highly mineralized water with iodine, bromine, chloride, and sodium chemical elements. Taking baths in the hot spring has a positive impact on human-being. But you should follow some recommendations. Some of them are below:
- One session should last no more than 10 or 15 minutes.
- The maximum number of sessions per day is 5.
- It may be required approximately 10 sessions to feel recreational benefits. Remember everyone’s body reacts differently.
Both adults and children can take baths in the hot spring. But pay attention that there is no first-aid post on the territory, and the nearest ambulance is located in Henichesk. So, if you feel unwell, get out of the water. If you have infections or an acute exacerbation of chronic diseases, do not go to the spring. Moreover, pregnant women shouldn’t take baths with high levels of iodine and bromine in the water. If you took alcohol, refrain from bathing.
Where is the hot spring located
All hot springs in the Arabat Spit are situated close to each other. The related borehole is just 3 miles south of Shchaslyvtseve village, on the road from Henichesk to Strilkove.
How to get to the hot spring
There is only one road. It goes through the Arabat Spit, in the direction from Henichesk to Strilkove. Just follow the route to reach the hot spring near the clinic. You can do it:
- By public transport. Buses regularly go on the Henichesk - Strilkove route. You should get off` a bus in Shchaslyvtseve. There is a stop near the rehabilitation center. If you need help, just ask a bus driver. One more name of the stop is “hot spring #1”.
- By car. Follow the Henichesk - Strilkove route. When you reach Shchaslyvtseve, you’ll see the pavilions of the clinic. They are clearly visible from the road, so there is no problem to find the right place. If you travel in summer, you’ll see tailbacks. It means you’re here.
There is no parking near the village, but you can park your car by the side of the road, on the outskirts of Shchaslyvtseve.
Where to stay
As the clinic is still not working, you can find a place to stay for the night near the village. Some housing options are below:
- “Atlas” Recreation Center. A clean and cozy room, restaurant, swimming pool, and children’s playground await you. The address: 11, Naberezhna Street, Shchaslyvtseve village, Kherson Region. Phone number: +380661353549
- “Express” Guesthouse. 2-, 3-, or 4-bedded rooms are here. The address: 13, Naberezhna Street, Shchaslyvtseve village, Kherson Region. Phone number: +380504801734.
- “Without a car” Camping. It’s the closest point to the hot springs, located on the seashore. There is one more auto camping, further south. It’s called “The Dawn”.