Just last week I had planned a two-day tour down the southern coast of Sweden with a night at the historical and very sougth-after Ystad Saltsjöbad. Initially we had actually planned to bike the 100 kilometres from Copenhagen to Ystad, but luckily Audi came to the rescue, so we drove the very windy tour in style.
For some reason I was expecting the spa hotel to be a lot smaller than it is. It is huge! 140 rooms, 2 suites (I had the pleasure of sleeping in one of them) and 10 mini-suites. The hotel is right on the coast and many rooms face the endless Baltic sea.
Since 1897 Ystad Saltsjöbad have been a classic among the Swedish beach hotels. It has always been a place where people would go both to relax and work – and is still one of the most visited spa hotels in Sweden. When you first arrive, it doesn’t scream luxury. You arrive to a parking lot and the building towards the street is actually not very pretty. This quickly changes when you enter the lobby and walk to the relaxing spa area.
I got the key to room 740 and didn’t know until I stepped into the elevator that something spectacular was waiting for me. I mean, when there is a button for room 740 in the elevator, it can only be good. And so it was. I got one of the suites. Lucky me. Huge room or rather, huge apartment. Bedroom with shower and balcony. Hallway, dinning space and sofa area – and of course a huge second balcony facing the ocean. Nothing blocking the view, so I got both sunset and a breath-taking sunrise. Not totally sure what the huge dining space is for and the kitchen, as I guess everyone would eat in one of the restaurants.
After check-in we were booked for a spa treatment, the Creek Experience. This takes you through different saunas, Hammas and clay treatments. All though we had a lot of fun, relaxed in the steam room and just talked every minute of the 2,5 hours experience; I was a tiny bit disappointed. Not sure why, maybe because I had the ultimate Hammam experience in Dubai. I was just not expecting to do everything myself, maybe I’m just being lazy, but the price is somewhat steep, so more than a person telling you what to do would have been great I think. Next time I would definitely book a proper treatment or just relax in the adjacent pool area and outdoor heated steam bath.
I got up pretty early to hit the morning buffet. Normally I am not a fan of buffets, but this one. Out of this world. I ate more than I should and then some. Bacon, eggs, waffles covered in Nutella, cheese and then more bacon.
I highly recommend visiting Ystad Saltsjöbad for any occasion that requires relaxation, one-on-one time or just a nice weekend with friends. I am definitely going back, next time when then water is warmer.
– I was invited by Ystad Saltsjöbad for this experience, which means they covered all expenses in relation to my stay –
Photos © Allan Torp, Bungalow5