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[:en]Things to do in Sweden: Ystad Saltsjöbad[:sv]En fristad för kropp och själ: Ystad Saltsjöbad[:]

[:en]Things to do in Sweden: Ystad Saltsjöbad[:sv]En fristad för kropp och själ: Ystad Saltsjöbad[:]

Beauty & grooming, Lifestyle, Travel

[:en]My friends abroad often ask me how we survive the long, cold and dark winter here in Sweden. Quite frankly, we barely do, but we have our ways to keep ourselves afloat (pun somewhat semi-unintended as this is going to be an article about a spa). You might not believe it, but Sweden is actually quite a huge country compared to for example the UK. The distance between the southernmost point of Sweden to the northernmost is as long as the distance from the southernmost point in Sweden to France. I’m from Stockholm which is halfway up the country, but moved down to the south of Sweden to study four years ago and that’s when I discovered the beauty and diversity we have in Sweden. You might have heard about a huge trend (at least in the UK) called “hygge”. That’s Danish and means having a good time and enjoying the small things in life. We Swedes know to have a “hygge” as well, it’s just that we call it “mys”. “Mys” is what this post is all about as it not only means having a good time and appreciating the small things in life, but extends to feeling really good inside and out, often in company of others, or just by yourself when sorting your thoughts out with a good book or something else you enjoy doing.

After the somewhat long introduction I haven’t even got to the main part of the article yet. It’s all about my stay at Ystad Saltsjöbad, a hotel, spa and conference centre that has been in existence for 110 years which is (literally) right by the Baltic Sea at Ystad in Österlen, the most beautiful part of the coast of Skåne (where I live). What it offers is an experience which has healing capabilities to both body and soul and both the interiors and surroundings are breathtaking. I’ll actually tell you about my stay in chronological order so you can see how 24 hours of pure mindfulness, happiness and enjoying life (mys, remember) in my life look like. So join me and welcome to a real Swedish gem well worth visiting.

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The rooms (as well as the entire hotel section of the complex) is decorated in a wonderful New England meets Scandinavian interior and you feel the presence and close proximity to the sea at all times. My room had a wonderful jacuzzi in it as well, but when you’re at a spa… well, there just wasn’t the time or need to use it quite frankly. The room was fully equipped with all the amenities one would expect from a 4-star (four and a half according to tripadvisor and 5 star if you ask me) hotel.

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But let’s face it though. A hotel room, however enchanting and cosy it is, is still just that. A hotel room. That’s why I always bring something of my own to make if feel more like home. Most of the time it’s a scented candle as that enhances my experience and also has a soothing effect on me.

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So having unpacked and sorted my luggage out I quickly changed into my bathrobe which would be the only thing I wore until dinner (well, I DID have shorts on too, so no worries). I see now that I look somewhat scared in the pool (out of which there were two), but that’s just because I’m a short little shrimp and I had to stand on my toes in order to actually reach above water level. Story of my life, really. Apart from the pools there are hot tubs and heated pools outdoors as well. I’m somewhat of a chicken so it was too cold for me to do that. I mean I seriously tried it out, but thankfully my photographer Hugo didn’t have his camera with him at the time. There are also three different kinds of saunas in the pool area.

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Like I said. It was all about being in your bathrobe. In the two story building the upstairs was dedicated to total relaxation in front of the fireplace enjoying the silence and some calming music and all the snacks you could eat. Here I’m saying cheers to my wonderful assistant Barbora (who you’ll see more of later on in coming posts) for a good day so far.

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Before dinner I had a cup of tea and was observing the view from the French balcony in my room and as you can see, Ystad Saltsjöbad (I dare you guys to pronounce that!) is built on the beach. Just hearing the waves made me realize that the sea is my happy place in life. By the sea I can l put all worries aside and just go into true serenity.

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Ystad Saltsjöbad also hosts two restaurants out of which one is a French-American styled bistro whereas the other one is best described by the hotel itself on their homepage where they describe it as “Our Swedish-American seafood restaurant, seating 200. Think East Coast America, Österlen and JFK. A timeless classic – a luxurious summer residence with an enviable culinary tradition. The love of food is matched only by the culinary skills. Produce with a strong local presence, combined with meticulous preparation, gives the food a consistent sense of freshness. The emphasis is on seafood and vegetables. The presentation is modern, with honest main ingredients and a coastal feel. The name alludes to the sea outside the windows, and our restaurant being the most vital location in the hotel – our safe harbour.” I think that says it all. And oh, the waiter being cute didn’t hurt either.

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After dinner I chose to relax in one of their small hideaways reading a book for a while. Wherever you are in the hotel, nature is always just a window away, just as you can see in the picture below.

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After a night well slept I woke up really early in order to see the sun rise. I’m not a morning person, but somehow I was still in a good mood as by some magic order they played Goldfrapp’s movie/concert on TV that very night. It was 2 hours long and made me feel like the happiest guy on earth with all pieces in my life falling together. It’s not often that I say this, but thank you Swedish Public Television for that broadcast that coincided with my stay, haha. (If you have no idea of who Goldfrapp is, here’s a clip)

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After a nice morning walk on the beach watching the sun rise and it getting light I could have attended a yoga class which was held in the same area where we were chilling the night before, but I had more important things to attend to, that is…

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…my mourning routine. I won’t go into the details here as this is not a beauty post, but the must needs for my hair and face are always with me when I travel.

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After getting dressed it was time for breakfast. Despite all the goodies they had on display there’s one thing I can’t live without when it comes to hotel breakfast and that’s waffles! Especially when I get to make them myself. Top that with some cream and blueberry jam and I’m in heaven (tip to anyone trying to seduce me). That’s kind of weird as I’m not a breakfast person really, but at hotels I turn into one.

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What would a day be without some photo shoots? Some of them you have already seen in previous posts, without knowing they were from here, but some are yet to come. As you can tell, the surroundings are equally stunning as the place itself.

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20161029-dsc03109-redigera20161029-dsc03110-redigeraRight about here the sun began to set and that marked the end of my 24 hour long stay at this retreat of tranquility and utter and complete relaxation. So to answer all your worries about how we survive the long autumn and winter here in Sweden: By doing things that grant us serenity and by enjoying the small things in life.

Photos: Hugo Hofverberg
Check out all pictures from our visit on his photography page as I couldn’t fit all beautiful pics in one post! You can see them by clicking here.[:sv]Innan jag flyttade ner till Skåne för att plugga var jag som typisk Stockholmare högst omedveten om vad Skåne ens var och det närmaste jag kommit Skåne var tennisveckorna i Båstad och min bästa väninnas hus i Torekov. Nu är det här en grov generalisering och jag ber om ursäkt för alla Stockholmare som även känner till Skanör-Falstersbo samt Österlen… Sanningen är dock att flytta ner var något av det bästa jag kunde göra, på många sätt och vis. De andra orsakerna hör inte denna artikel till, men framförallt har jag lärt mig att Sverige har så otroligt mycket att erbjuda och att Skåne är ett fantastiskt vackert landskap med otroligt mycket kultur, historia och hiskeligt vacker natur. Att det även ligger nära Danmark och har en broförbindelse till Köpenhamn gör att vissa danska influenser smugit sig in här nere. Just nu är “hygge” en stor trend ute i världen och för den som inte vet vad hygge är så är det på ett ungefär vad vi kallar mys, men minus “myset”. Det går ut på att göra något trevligt och uppskatta de små sakerna i livet. Vet inte varför danskarnas hygge trendar istället för vårt svenska mys som borde vara högst exportvänligt, men en bidragande orsak är nog att danskarna listas som världens lyckligaste folk år efter år enligt någon vetenskapligt tvivelaktig studie.

Nog om detta då det egentligen inte har mer att göra med min artikel än att den handlar om Ystad Saltsjöbad som ligger vid Österlen alldeles intill stranden i Ystad. Ystad är för övrigt en otroligt pittoresk och mysig stad även den. Ystad Saltsjöbad är ett hotell-, spa- och en konferens-anläggning som funnits i 117 år. Jag hade den stora glädjen att bo i den äldre längan av anläggningen och kunde rentav känna historiens vingslag och fantiserade om vem som bott i samma rum som jag gjorde. Det Ystad Saltsjöbad erbjuder är en unik upplevelse som har helande egenskaper för både kropp och själ, något jag var i desperat behov av. Dessutom är det precis lika naturskönt i omgivningarna som det är vackert inomhus. Jag kommer att skriva om min 24 timmar långa vistelse i kronologisk ordning så att ni kan hänga med på hur ett dygn i mitt liv fyllt av mindfulness, glädje och mys ser ut.

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Rummen (precis som själva anläggningen i sig) är inredda i en härlig mix av New England möter Österlen och man kan känna av närheten till havet under hela vistelsen och detta återspeglas även i inredningen. Mitt rum hade även en härlig jacuzzi, men i ärlighetens namn, jag var på ett spa och det fanns helt enkelt vare sig tid eller behov av att ligga i sin privata jacuzzi på rummet. Hade jag haft en hjärtevän hade det såklart varit en helt annan sak. Rummet var allt man kunde förvänta sig av ett fyrstjärnigt (4,5 enligt tripadvisor och 5 stjärnor om du frågar mig) hotell.

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Oavsett hur mysigt eller fantasifullt och ombonat inrett ett hotellrum är så återstår dock faktum i att det är just ett… hotellrum. Därför ser jag alltid till att ta med mig något för att göra det mer personligt och få det att kännas mer som hemma. Oftast är det faktiskt ett doftljus jag tar med mig då det förstärker min hotellupplevelse och har en lugnande effekt på mig.

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Så efter att jag snabbt packat upp mina saker och prydligt lagt dem i garderoberna på mitt rum bytte jag om till badrock vilket är så gott det enda plagg du har på dig under hela vistelsen förutom till kanske just middagen då. Eller tja, jag hade badshorts på mig ifall moralmaffian nu fick panik. När jag ser mig själv på bilden ser jag smått rädd ut, men det beror på det faktum att jag är en liten räka och att jag helt enkelt fick stå på tå för att ens nå ovanför vattenytan. På området finns det två pooler inomhus och en stor utomhuspool som dock är mer för sommarbruk. Det finns även tre bastun (varav en ångbastu) samt uppvärmda relaxpooler utomhus. Som den evigt frusna och något räddhågsna (njae, där överdrev jag allt, jag har faktiskt badat i isvak!) så var jag inte i utomhuspoolerna så mycket även om jag testade dem. Som tur var hade min fotograf Hugo inte med sig kameran just då.

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Som jag nämnde så är man så gott som iklädd badrock under hela vistelsen. I det två våningar höga huset var andra våningen helt och hållet tillägnad torrfota avkoppling. Här kan man ligga och njuta av utsikten mot havet eller titta ner i eldstaden som ligger mitt i rummet medan man dricker något gott och äter nyttiga snacks. Här skålar jag även med min underbara assistent Barbora (som ni kommer att bli bekant med senare på bloggen och kanske även sett en skymt av på mina Instastories).

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Innan middagen drack jag en kopp te och såg ut över havet från min franska balkong på rummet. Som ni kan se så ligger Ystad Saltsjöbad bokstavligen  stranden. Att höra vågornas brus fick mig att inse att havet verkligen är något jag hämtar kraft ifrån och återhämtar mig vid. Jag kan se och lyssna på havet i en halv evighet och helt tömma hjärnan på alla tankar. DET, mina vänner, är en magisk känsla.

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Ystad Saltsjöbad har två restauranger varav den ena är en fransk-amerikansk bistro, medan den andra nog bäst beskrivs av hotellet självt i ett citat från deras hemsida då de beskriver den som “en svensk-amerikansk seafoodrestaurang med 200 platser. Tänk amerikansk östkust, Österlen och JFK. Ett klassiskt tidslöst lyxigt sommarresidens där mat-mor stått i köket lång tid tillbaka. Kärleken till maten och hantverket är stor. Stark lokalförankring i produkterna och hanteringen i förberedelsen av maten gör att den alltid känns fräsch.” Jag är beredd att hålla med. Att sedan servitören var ruskigt söt sänker ju inte betyget heller.

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Efter middagen satte jag mig ner en stund för att njuta av en god bok. Något jag inte gjort på evigheter och något jag saknat. Jag älskar historia och just nu är jag inne på att läsa om skånska slott och herresäten, vilket ju passade miljön rätt så bra. Var man än befinner sig på Ystad Saltsjöbad så är närheten till naturen bara ett fönster ifrån som ni kan se på bilden nedan.

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Efter en god natts sömn lyssnandes till vågorna vaknade jag riktigt tidigt för att vara jag, bara för att se den vackra soluppgången. Jag är ingalunda en morgonperson, men vaknade konstigt nog ändå till sinnesro. Dels på grund av havet, dels på grund av var jag var, men dels även tack vare SVT (ja, hej SVT, ta åt er då jag inte säger detta så värst ofta) som samma kväll jag skulle lägga mig visade Goldfrapps 2 timmar långa film/konsert Tales Of Us som är något bland det mest makalösa jag vet i musik- och videoväg och att det skulle sammanträffa med min vistelse är bara bortom all logik.

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Efter en mysig morgonpromenad på stranden medan solen gick upp kunde jag lagom till att det blev ljust deltagit i ett morgonpass i yoga i det vackra avkopplingsrummet vi var i dagen innan, men jag hade andra saker för mig, nämligen…

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…att ta hand om min morgonrutin. Vart jag än reser så följer mina favoritprodukter med. Det här är inget skönhetsreportage i sig, så tänker inte gå in på detaljer, men dessa är alltid med mig (och även orsaken till att jag måste checka in bagage när jag flyger).

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Efter att återigen ha klätt på mig var det dags för frukost. Trots alla läckerheter som var framdukade så är jag i ärlighetens namn ingen frukostperson. Ge mig ett glas Berocca så är jag liksom nöjd med det. På hotell förvandlas jag dock till något helt annat, nämligen en bindgalen våffelgräddare. Det är så mysigt att få grädda dem själv och sedan överösa dem med grädde och blåbärssylt. Jag tog nog två. Kanske. (Tips om någon har planer på att ragga på mig: fixa våfflor till frukost.)

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Självfallet ingår outfitplåtningar i dagsschemat när man är på en så naturskön plats som stranden utanför hotellet. Vissa av bilderna har ni redan sett utan att ens veta att de är härifrån och andra kommer att publiceras längre fram i tiden, men jag kunde inte motstå att plåtas i denna magiska natur.

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Ungefär där började solen så sakteliga gå ner och det markerade slutet på min 24 timmar långa vistelse i denna tillflyktsort för sinnesro, självkännedom, och ett fullkomligt renande av både kropp och själ. Så, mina kära landsmän i vårt avlånga land. Har ni inte upptäckt Skåne och dess pärlor än så kan ni börja med denna då den erbjuder något unikt oavsett tidpunkt på året då naturen ständigt är föränderlig, men alla årstider är vackra på sitt sätt.

Foton: Hugo Hofverberg
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å det var omöjligt att få med alla fina bilder i ett inlägg så kan ni ta en titt på Hugos bilder genom att klicka här. 
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93 Comments

  1. Iliana
    December 2, 2016 at 5:50 am
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    Thomas!!!!!! You make want to pack my bags take a red eye flight right now!
    Loveee all the photos! That bedroom is perfection! That wallpaper ??? view, breakfast, I mean EVERYTHING! Definitely added to my bucket list!

  2. Jenelle
    December 2, 2016 at 7:04 am
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    I LOVE Goldfrapp!!!! YES!! haha, One of my favourites. I was just reading an article about the concept of hygge. I feel like I am going to have to write about it now. Given that I was already going to write about why I am reading more, taking time out to just do those little things that make me happy etc.
    xx Jenelle
    http://www.inspiringwit.com

  3. Hannu koskinen
    December 2, 2016 at 7:16 am
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    Vilken fin artikel!
    Nästa spahelg för oss blir i Ystad??

  4. Yvonne Roobol
    December 2, 2016 at 7:19 am
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    Det låter verkligen inbjudande och härligt. Trevlig med olika aktiviteter. Efter den fina artikeln längtar jag efter att få upplena Ystad Saltsjöbad

  5. Darci
    December 2, 2016 at 7:40 am
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    What an amazing detailed post! I loved those places to stay, just looks so great and I am loving all those amenities! I cannot wait to make it back to Sweden one day! xo Darci

  6. Linh Dao
    December 2, 2016 at 8:40 am
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    OMG can I seriously hang out with you! You do so many cool things and I love seeing it all through your blog posts! These pictures are amazing and the place look so COMFY! Take me with you next time! Happy December!

    Linh
    http://xcapewithlinh.com/make-up-off/

  7. Cia Barwén
    December 2, 2016 at 12:44 pm
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    Så bra beskrivning av Ystad Saltsjöbad & så fina bilder. Jag älskar deras frukost, speciellt att dom har eggs benedicte 🙂

  8. Evgenia Rouge
    December 2, 2016 at 12:59 pm
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    Amazing photo!:) Have a nice day!

  9. Evgenia Rouge
    December 2, 2016 at 1:01 pm
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    And really yummy waffles!! I like it!:)

  10. Ana
    December 2, 2016 at 1:15 pm
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    This sounds soo amazing! My best friend studies in Stockhom and I cant wait to come this January!

    Amazing photos!

  11. Morgan Klein
    December 2, 2016 at 2:04 pm
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    This post was so informative!!! I def want to go now! You go to the best places!

  12. Lisa mao
    December 2, 2016 at 2:50 pm
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    Oh my goodness, this entire vacation looks like a dream!! Thank you for a super informative guide on what to do there, because quite honestly I want to visit ASAP now!
    The hotels are beautiful – and you are so right!! What’s a pretty hotel if not for the amenities and activities around it. Food looks delicious, the views and beautiful. Can’t ask for a better vacation. Need to go there !

    http://www.wanderlustts.com

  13. Danielle
    December 2, 2016 at 3:05 pm
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    WOW! Everything looks so incredibly amazing. I love the hints of rustic decor and the design style of the hotel. Such an insanely beautiful and seemingly relaxing place to stay!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

  14. Open Kloset By Karina
    December 2, 2016 at 3:08 pm
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    Hey Thomas:)
    Beautiful Photos and Loved everything:)
    That Sweet Idea too that you bring something from home to the places:)
    Amazing Post as Always:)
    Love Kisses
    Open Kloset By Karina
    New:http://openklosetfashion.blogspot.pt/2016/12/adlib-restaurante-and-art-de-noel.html?m=1#more

  15. Mariann Yip
    December 2, 2016 at 3:38 pm
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    Thank you so much for sharing this! I am actually planning to go to Sweden. The place you stayed at looks amazing! Was it expensive?

    http://WWW.MARIANNYC.COM

  16. Josie
    December 2, 2016 at 3:38 pm
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    Wow what a gorgeous place to stay in for a while! I’m obsessed with how pretty the sky is in some photos! I loved reading you Thomas and I laughed out loud too haha ( swimming pool scene and how you had to reassure us you were actually wearing an underwear lol )
    I’ve been to a nordic inspired spa here too and it was the best experience … it was so healing for me and a doctor was there too to explain how the thermal circuits were excellent for the heart too!

    Thanks for sharing your time there!

    Bisous, Josie
    http://www.petiteandbold.com/minimal-gift-wrapping-ideas-a-free-printable/

  17. Samantha Mariko
    December 2, 2016 at 3:41 pm
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    really enjoyed reading these tips on Sweden! I’ve actually never even been to Europe yet (shocking I know) but now I know you’re the guy to go to if I ever visit Sweden. Looks so beautiful!

  18. Kirsten Thyra
    December 2, 2016 at 3:41 pm
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    whaatt that spa hotel looks amazing! I’m coming to visit you in Sweden soon to go there haha.
    X

  19. Anthony @oh_anthonio
    December 2, 2016 at 5:09 pm
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    You outdid yourself with this post! The photos are amazing and I feel as though I lived your experience through this post. The whole setting reminds me of visiting Montauk or The Hamptons here in the States.

  20. Stephanie
    December 2, 2016 at 6:15 pm
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    I think I’ve just become the biggest fan of your longer posts. I completely tuned out everything around me to read what you wrote about your stay. It sounds (and looks) like an absolutely magical location to relax for a little while. If only I could teleport there for some R&R right about now! Also, the photography here is especially stunning, so props to your photog (and to you for being such a handsome model hehe). I look forward to the rest of the outfit photos from your stay as well! 🙂

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

  21. Jenny
    December 2, 2016 at 6:19 pm
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    WOW what a great post!! Thank you so much for sharing this! I am definitely going to visit Sweden soon!!!

  22. Kusum
    December 2, 2016 at 6:54 pm
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    What a wonderful location to stay at, you have captured the essence of the place so beautifully through your pictures and description. Haha tell me about having to stand on my toes when I get into the pool. Give me a heated pool and I am sold. I have always wondered the same about places like Sweden, glad you clarified it for me that its not easy just because you were born and brought up there. I have always wanted to visit Sweden, when I do I know who to go for tips and suggestions 🙂

    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  23. Christine Kong
    December 2, 2016 at 6:55 pm
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    Thomas please take me there now! I have never been to Sweden although it is one of many places on my list to go visit. I hate the cold but this looks so dreamy, relaxing, and actually sounds lovely for the holidays. What a gorgeous property and the amazing amenities are too perfect! I would love to visit one of the baths there and would even brave the outdoors. Haha. The food and restaurant looks luxurious and delicious and the facilities for pool, reading, and yoga are wonderful! I will definitely keep this place in mind if I find myself in Sweden sometime too! Thanks for sharing your beautiful overnight stay. Xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

  24. francesca
    December 2, 2016 at 6:55 pm
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    been dying to go visit! This is awesome now need to bookmark it. Love your long posts also!
    francesca
    Frank Vinyl : A California Fashion Blog

  25. Kusum
    December 2, 2016 at 6:58 pm
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    What a wonderful location to stay at, you have captured the essence of the place so beautifully through your pictures and description. Haha tell me about having to stand on my toes when I get into the pool. Give me a heated pool and I am sold. I have always wondered the same about places like Sweden, glad you clarified it for me that its not easy just because you were born and brought up there. I have always wanted to visit Sweden, when I do I know who to go for tips and suggestions 🙂
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  26. Ed from My Dapper Self
    December 2, 2016 at 7:08 pm
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    Okay, Sweden here I come! Seriously, why am I even wasting my time over here when I could live in such a wonderful country full of amazing stuff to do everyday? Do you really recommend Sweden as a nice place to live? I would love to know because I am serious when I say one of my plans is living there. Just want an honest opinion. by the way, great shots throughout the blog post, Thomas!

  27. Jo
    December 2, 2016 at 7:18 pm
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    Hahaha, I laughed so hard on “waiter being cute” and “standing on your tippy toes in the pool”! You are something else, Thomas! You told me about your wonderful stay at this location but I didn’t expect this hotel/spa could be this gorgeous, simply breathtaking. You know nothing can change my mind about visiting Sweden next summer especially after reading this beautiful review. Thank you so much for letting us into your world and experience all the beautiful things through your eyes…

    Love,
    Jo

  28. Michelle
    December 2, 2016 at 7:33 pm
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    What a perfect stay! I have to confess I really don’t know anything about Sweden – thanks for a peek inside your world. And these photos are beautiful!
    XO
    http://www.lehoarder.com/

  29. Bryanna
    December 2, 2016 at 10:05 pm
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    I’ve been wanting to go to Sweden so bad to have some ygge haha. I love how you incorporated the culture and lingo of Sweden into your post. I’m totally going to blend in now, when I go. That spa, though, looks absolutely incredible! I could stay there all day…

    -Bryanna

  30. Brittany
    December 2, 2016 at 11:06 pm
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    Everything about this looks amazing!!!

    xx
    outofofficeny.com

  31. Jennifer Quattrucci
    December 3, 2016 at 12:52 am
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    First of all , I’m not surprised that you wrote about ‘mys’ or as the Danish would say “hygge” – enjoying the little things in life and finding peace and serenity within yourself. I feel that your whole blog and Instagram is all about enjoying the beauty and diversity all around us and is always so inspiring. This spa, which I do believe is styled Scandenavian/ New England is extraordinarily fabulous! I wish I was there standing tip toe in the water with you and enjoying Goldfrapp ( thanks for including the link ) and I’d love one of those waffles right about now ! I’ll be sure to have some with blueberry sauce when you visit Rhode Island !!

  32. Helen Chik
    December 3, 2016 at 1:49 am
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    OMG this place looks so incredible! Totally living it up in luxury Thomas! That pool is gorgeous and that jetty looks like a dream to shoot on! I’ve only ever driven through Sweden but never been properly but will need to add a stop at this place FOR SURE!!

    Helen xx
    https://ch1k.com/contiki-asia-16-part-one

  33. Eric k
    December 3, 2016 at 3:09 am
    Reply

    OK Thomas, I don’t know what was your goal in this article, but I want to be there now. This is the place for a total relaxation and be with Me, Myself, and I… On a serious note, i would actually turn my phone off completely in this place. The room, Spa, Food looks exceptional.
    Thank you so much for this amazing journey you took all of us.
    http://www.erickfashion.com

  34. Leila D.
    December 3, 2016 at 3:17 am
    Reply

    Very informative post, I would love to visit one day. Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

    Wwww.leilaandvanya.blogspot.com

  35. Maggie
    December 3, 2016 at 3:59 am
    Reply

    Dang all the photos are taken so beautifully! I’ve heard so many great things about Sweden and have yet to visit. 24 hours is way too short though! That pool is freaking divine!

    xoxo,
    Maggie S.
    ❤Clothestomidnight.com

  36. Jen
    December 3, 2016 at 4:01 am
    Reply

    This spa looks like a dream!! Those photos made me want to jump right in there and have a relaxing weekend getaway. It looks like there were soooo many awesome “relaxing” things to do like yoga and well…. Chilling!! Hahaha! I want to visit Sweden so badly now! You have the most beautiful photos to show your experiences!

  37. Darlene
    December 3, 2016 at 4:40 am
    Reply

    WOW!!!! CAN SOMEONE TAKE ME TO SWEDEN??? I WANNA MOVE THERE NOW. haha
    but seriously I know what you mean when it comes to surviving the cold. I love your photography and your room is fabulous! and now I want some of that bubbly after doing a class of yoga. I need to find something like this here in Canada. Great post Thomas! I super love this review

    x
    Darlene/thenewgirldar

  38. Sharon Wu
    December 3, 2016 at 5:39 am
    Reply

    Thomas, can you please take me with you to all your travels?! I am seriously getting FOMO seeing all your amazing pictures especially the one of you in the robe relaxing haha I really wish I was there relaxing with you and sipping on tea! We’d have quite a good laugh and conversation. Haha 🙂 The place looks divine! Enjoy your weekend! xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com/fashion/feeling-festive-maison-jules/

  39. Aldora
    December 3, 2016 at 6:18 am
    Reply

    Oh wow! You’re simply making me so envious of you Thomas! The hotel looks so luxe with the English / Scandinavian decor and the good food you had is insane! You make me wanna visit Sweden badly now but I will first go to IKEA in Singapore to dine at their cafeteria *LOL

  40. Tania
    December 3, 2016 at 6:19 am
    Reply

    Such a great post. I’ve ALWAYS wanted to visit Sweden, but I am a bit terrified of the cold. Still, this hotel looks absolutely amazing. I love the way the room is furnished especially. But then, Swedish design is the best! I don’t think we Americans have a concept similar to hygge or mys. But maybe it’s a bit like “YOLO” or “you only live once.”

    xx freshfizzle

  41. Martin
    December 3, 2016 at 8:28 am
    Reply

    I can certainly relate to the long winters. Sweden i would image is even rougher than Scotland in terms of daylight hours? Looks like you had a fantastic time. I love that you took a morning Yoga session. More hotels need to offer these sorts of services.

  42. frank lin
    December 3, 2016 at 11:35 am
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    Oh my god. These photos are stunning.
    I mean Sweden is on my list since years but
    now I definitely want to go there asap :O

    xx frank

  43. Jessie
    December 3, 2016 at 1:50 pm
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    Holly!!! That place looks so heavenly but yet so cozy and warm! I definitely would love to stay there next time when I go Sweden! Thanks for sharing and you have taken amazing photos for the place! I heard winters in Sweden can get quite nasty and cold, but I guess staying in a nice hotel like that would definitely compensate the cold weather =)

    xx, Jessie
    http://4evajessie.com/winter-meets-summer/

  44. Hadasah Love | Style To Love
    December 4, 2016 at 1:41 am
    Reply

    Love everything about this post! So cute!
    Love, Hadasah Love
    http://www.styletolove.com | Instagram @hadasahlove

  45. Megan
    December 4, 2016 at 1:51 am
    Reply

    Loving fall of your photos and pictures!! Ive heard the scented candle tip a few times to feel like you’re at home. Going to have to yry it on my next trip.

    Megan
    Sweet Sauce Blog
    http://www.sweetsauceblog.com

  46. AMC
    December 4, 2016 at 5:18 am
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    Okkkkkk i think I need to take a trip to Sweden! That spa looks divine and love that you took a scented candle with you to feel like home. Every holiday, I always take a perfume with me to remind me of the place I went to. Hopefully, this candle reminds you of your swedish adventures every time you burn it.

  47. Darya
    December 4, 2016 at 10:31 am
    Reply

    Thomas! I really want to go to Sweden after reading your posts!

  48. Lady Goldapple
    December 4, 2016 at 3:10 pm
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    Love this hotel with its wonderful New England meets Scandinavian interior. And after reading this blog I definitely want to visit Sweden. Especially in this time of year. Btw you look so lovely in the pictures with the waiter, Charissa from http://www.ladygoldapple.com

  49. Jo
    December 4, 2016 at 4:14 pm
    Reply

    Your stay sounded so blissful and perfect! That’s totally the type of getaway I would love to experience right now to getaway from the holiday bustle. I also love being by the sea because it truly is the most tranquil place to be. What a beautiful retreat! Thanks for sharing your experience and your lovely photographs. I will definitely put this on my ever growing list of things I want to experience. For now though I will stay in NYC, which I know is not a bad place to be, and appreciate the spirit of mys 😉

    xoxo, Jo
    http://www.cutandchic.com

  50. Sarah
    December 4, 2016 at 7:28 pm
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    Oh I love this blog post! It’s really beautiful, you have amazing photography. I would love to visit Sweden!

    Sarah | sarahtahami.com

  51. Shalini
    December 4, 2016 at 10:39 pm
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    Thomas, thank you for sharing this awesome posts! My husband and I are planning to visit Sweden next year and these are amazing tips. I will keep them in mind.

  52. Gina Diaz
    December 4, 2016 at 11:08 pm
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    This stay is pure luxury Thomas! I am so happy that you got to experience this beautiful place . Tell the Photographer that he did an amazing job with these gorgeous pictures and your post is excellent.

    Big Kiss, Gina

    http://www.artsyrunway.com

  53. Elizabeth Lee
    December 4, 2016 at 11:31 pm
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    Thomas,
    Your photos tell such a beautiful story! You’re stirring up my wanderlust and Sweden is high on my wish list when I get to travel again (right now, my kids are too small for long trips). If I do get to visit, I will definitely check out this hotel. It looks so beautiful and relaxing! p.s. hygge sounds like a great trend to me 🙂

    Love, Liz
    stylewich.com

  54. Warren
    December 5, 2016 at 1:05 am
    Reply

    I really like this post I will hopefully be heading up to Sweden soon 😉 so this sounds like a great place to go thank for the tips babe. XOXOWP

  55. Camille
    December 5, 2016 at 4:06 am
    Reply

    Definitely bookmarking this!! I would love to visit sweden someday, any chance you wanna trade places for a week or two? 😉

  56. Kathryn
    December 5, 2016 at 4:41 am
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    Everything about your stay sounds like it was just incredible! Love reading hotel reviews and yours makes me want to visit this one. So envious of all the pools — and heated pools outside? So neat! Thank you for sharing:)
    Xx, Kathryn
    http://www.jassamineelaine.com

  57. Jenn Hanft
    December 5, 2016 at 6:04 am
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    I’ve never been to Sweden but I definitely want to after picturing your exquisite stay! It’s always nice to learn new things, so now I can say I know what “hygge” and “mys” are if they ever come up. How tall are you? You actually seem so tall that I laughed when you called yourself a little shrimp because I have to tippy toe in pools too! How deep was the water? And I think my crazy self would actually venture outside for the experience of heated pools/spas. P.S. I’m a HUGE waffle fan too so I’m glad you got to have some during your stay xx. This looks like a wonderful, relaxing hotel! I can’t wait to maybe visit someday.

    Jenn | http://www.jennsemble.com

  58. samira
    December 5, 2016 at 8:24 am
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    wow what a great post thomas!! i love sweden, I have family there and always enjoy visiting! looks like you had a great time!!

    xo, Samira

    http://www.leathertolunch.com

  59. Ankita Bardhan
    December 5, 2016 at 10:31 am
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    Whoa!!! Breathtaking pictures!! Makes me wanna take the next flight to Sweden right now! Such a beauty the place is and the sunset, oh marvelous! The stay surely does look cozy and luxurious, you must have had a ball there 🙂

    xx
    Makeup, Style and Sugar
    https://simpliannie.wordpress.com/

  60. Bernice
    December 5, 2016 at 12:03 pm
    Reply

    This hotel looks like a perfectly warm oasis during the winter time! Those hard wood floors and luxurious white sheets are heavenly!

    http://www.bunnybernice.com

  61. Josefine, Ystad Saltsjöbad
    December 5, 2016 at 1:28 pm
    Reply

    Oh Thomas.
    Such a wonderful article filled with breathtakingly beautiful pictures. Thank you so much for this beautiful spread. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay with us – and hope to welcome you back to Ystad Saltsjöbad in the near future!

  62. Ines
    December 5, 2016 at 9:23 pm
    Reply

    I’m going to bookmark this too!!! Lovely post. I’m dying to visit Sweden and Norway. Can’t wait! Thank you for sharing. Xx

    http://www.inesinla.com

  63. Jacqueline
    December 5, 2016 at 9:48 pm
    Reply

    Dear god tom. This looks spectacular. Apparently I have a soft spot for Scandinavian decor. I’m so jealous. This whole post not only made me want to travel more but your entire stay sounds beyond amazing. Here’s to relaxation friend.

  64. Eva
    December 5, 2016 at 10:23 pm
    Reply

    Hello Thomas!!
    Such a beautiful post with many informations.
    Great photography, and love how many details are you posted. When you talked about spa I m just thinking should be pretty to try a similar place 😉
    XX
    Eva

    http://www.themermaidfashion.com

  65. ellen kim
    December 5, 2016 at 11:24 pm
    Reply

    WOW! I’ve never Sweden but if I ever visit, I definitely have to check out this hotel. It’s absolutely stunning!! Beautiful interiors!

    xo,
    http://www.spreadfashionblog.com/

  66. Stefanie
    December 6, 2016 at 12:54 am
    Reply

    wow this hotel & spa looks wonderful! & Sweden is so beautiful. I love the idea of bringing a scented candle to a hotel with you, they always have that stale old smell no matter how nice the hotel! great suggestion!

  67. Miki
    December 6, 2016 at 5:33 am
    Reply

    Loving this luxe spot! I love spa hotels and wish that I had a good camera back in Canada when I visited some of the best there because your photos are incredible! I like to add my own touch to a place too and love that you bring scented candles! 🙂 The food and experience looks really awesome. 🙂 I’ll keep this in mind when I finally visit Sweden! Thanks for sharing!

    Xo,
    Miki
    http://mikialamode.com

  68. Annelies
    December 6, 2016 at 12:32 pm
    Reply

    Oh I want to travel to Sweden so bad one day, thank for the tips! 🙂

    http://www.annelieshellem.com

  69. Mad CAt Fashion
    December 6, 2016 at 12:48 pm
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    Amazing pictures, great inspo!

    http://www.madcat.fashion

  70. Lolita Mas
    December 6, 2016 at 1:07 pm
    Reply

    Such a great post! Super useful information!

  71. gracie
    December 6, 2016 at 3:09 pm
    Reply

    Wow, looks like a great trip with fabulous food, accommodations,relaxation & views. Your pics are gorgeous too ! Well done !
    xx, gracie
    snappedbygracie.com

  72. Deddeh Howard
    December 6, 2016 at 4:55 pm
    Reply

    I don’t know how you guys live in the cold but lots and lots of respect to that because I wouldn’t survive for an hour lol. Any ways love these images!! And the yoga class! At the hotel! Ok I need more vacation time. Thanks for sharing Thomas.

  73. vanessa troset
    December 6, 2016 at 5:46 pm
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    wow this is a great post dear! I live one year in Norway and this post brings me a very nice memories. Is so complete and Immediately i feel i was in Sweden. Hope to be there one time again I enjoy all this beautiful places and very lovely tips! I specially love the super yummy breakfast. kisses babe!
    http://www.vanedresscode.com

  74. Candace
    December 6, 2016 at 6:46 pm
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    Looks like quite the hotel to stay! I felt like I was right there with you in these pics. The room looks comfortable, the food yummy and amazing other amenities. This hotel is one I would definitely consider traveling to Sweden 🙂

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

  75. Tandya
    December 6, 2016 at 10:43 pm
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    Wow talk about weekend getaway goals! This looks absolutely amazing! The rooms, the robes, yoga and champagne. All so perfect. I definitely want to visit Sweden one day.

    Ps! Your photo quality looks amazing! Fresh off of a magazine!

  76. Maryam
    December 7, 2016 at 4:39 am
    Reply

    These pictures are amazing! I wish I could travel more often. But one thing we have in common is taking a scented candle on a trip. Haha.. I’m glad I’m not the only one 🙂

    xo, Maryam
    http://www.glamandposh.com

  77. Manda
    December 7, 2016 at 5:13 am
    Reply

    Everything about this post is an absolute dream. I loved reading about Mys. Where you stayed is absolutely stunning and all of your images perfectly capture the essence of this hotel!

    Manda | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

  78. Laurelle
    December 7, 2016 at 5:54 am
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    Wow!!! The hotel and surrounding area are gorgeous!! You have no idea how much I wish I was on a weekend retreat there!! It’s be a long, busy and stressful fall, and if I had the money, I’d spend my Christmas break there!! Hope you had time to relax amongst all the photo taking and blogging work!
    -Laurelle
    http://www.bellebylaurelle.com

  79. Caprice Bianca
    December 7, 2016 at 5:55 am
    Reply

    Your photos are really incredible! They really help set the mood of this post. Hugo is an incredible photographer to say the least. This post makes me want to plan a trip to Sweden immediately. It looks so relaxing and exactly what I picture Sweden to be like. I wouldn’t even attempt to pronounce those Swedish words LOL! This really looks like a hygee! (Am I using it correctly?) thanks for sharing your wonderful experience! PS my favorite photo of you is in the water. I don’t think you look scared nor short !! 🙂 xx

  80. Rachel Holliday
    December 7, 2016 at 6:57 am
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    Ok I am actually craving a Swedish spa experience now! What an incredible spa- it’s insane that it is over 100 years old, as it looks so elegant and glam 🙂 That view is insane so I’m not surprised that you had to get up to see the sunset. Also, yoga looks like the best way to start a mindful day! I had no idea Sweden was so big (my geography is awful haha)- I have been too Gotenburg before and it was absolutely beautiful

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

  81. Lily
    December 7, 2016 at 7:49 am
    Reply

    THOMAS! I can’t believe your photos – this entire post just looks like a magazine, I’m in shock! You are so so so good at what you do! PS – I can’t believe your stay was just 24 hours, that’s amazing you were able to fit that all day. It looked so beyond dreamy. Xx

  82. Sofia
    December 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm
    Reply

    Har alltid velat åka dit, ser så himla mysigt ut! Själv har jag bara varit på Hagabadet i Göteborg vilket är såå mysigt 🙂

  83. Andreea Birsan
    December 7, 2016 at 8:06 pm
    Reply

    Such a great post! Loved all the pictures and the hotel looks stunning! You’ve done so many things in there! Never knew you were into yoga and loved finding out you are obsessed with waffles. I ADORE THEM, but with some dark chocolate and forest fruits. Have a nice week! <3

    Andreea,
    http://couturezilla.com/

  84. Yasmin
    December 7, 2016 at 9:51 pm
    Reply

    Wow! I want a weekend at the spa. This sounds like a dream. First, I love the Swedish words you described. I’ve heard of Hygge, but didn’t know its meaning. It sounds like a beautiful language. And bringing something from home to a hotel to make it feel more personal is such a great idea! If I didn’t always stuff my luggage to no end, I might try this. And I adore waffles too! Looks like a spectacular weekend!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  85. Rachel
    December 7, 2016 at 10:32 pm
    Reply

    Sweden is actually on of my favorite country that i’ve visited. This place look so so amazing, definitely will keep in mind if i return for another visit.
    xoxo, Rachel Vogt
    
http://www.rachelvogttrends.com

  86. Lacey
    December 7, 2016 at 10:39 pm
    Reply

    Sweden has always been on my travel list! And you just encouraged it that much more with this amazing post. Can we just talk about how amazing your pictures turned out??? Wow! So stunning and captured every essence of this beautiful place. All I truly need in this life is beach, yoga, skincare, and food. So this place is most definitely for me!

    xoxo,
    LACEY | http://WWW.STATEOFLACE.COM

  87. It's Goldie
    December 8, 2016 at 9:33 am
    Reply

    Wooow, these photos look so nice! I really want to visit Sweden soon! Best wishes xx

  88. Sarah
    December 8, 2016 at 10:21 am
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    Wow Thomas your photographs are incredible and the whole weekend sounds absolutely perfect. I have never visited Sweden, but it on my list of places to visit soon. Choosing the perfect Hotel is always so important for me, so I am in love with the breathtaking views from the Hotel. It also has such luxurious amenities and the restaurants look fantastic. I will definitely keep this Hotel in mind whenever I do visit Sweden. Thank you for sharing all of this information, I think i need to share this post with my husband, so he is inspired to book us a holiday to Sweden.

    xxx

    Sarah

    http://www.sarahatiq.com

  89. Stephanie
    December 8, 2016 at 6:05 pm
    Reply

    I definitely need to follow this guide if I ever get another chance to visit Sweden!!!

    Stephanie | laminlouboutins.com

  90. Atsuna Matsui
    December 9, 2016 at 5:00 am
    Reply

    I’m just drooling over how yummy your meal looks here and you seriously always find the most beautiful hotels Thomas. The interior of this place is soo exquisite and seriously you’re giving me the urge to travel again. I will definitely need to visit Sweden when I plan my next Euro trip.

    xoxo
    http://www.atsunamatsui.com

  91. Ravayna
    December 9, 2016 at 8:03 am
    Reply

    This looks like such an amazing and luxurious stay! I’d love to visit this amazing spa!

  92. marcy
    December 10, 2016 at 9:38 am
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    OMG definitely adding the to my bucket list place stop stay!!! Thomas you are making my bucket list to growth hahaha!! It looks like you had wonderful time!!
    xx
    Marcy

  93. Jordan Chapman
    December 14, 2016 at 4:34 am
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    I don’t live in the UK, but all my friends keep asking me about hygge! This spa looks like a great place to find a new experience and relax a bit and looks picture perfect, literally! I love everything that it’s about and may have to head there myself!
    Jordan xx
    http://www.thehatlogic.com

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