Luxurious and Unusual Hotels in Scandinavia
When travelling the world, all standard hotels will largely look the same, offer the same and feel the same. This is why we, at Hadler DMC Scandinavia, have gathered a shortlist of a few unique, creative, inspirational, and unusual luxury hotels from our destinations.
Located in one of Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens, lies one of the city’s best-kept secrets – Nimb Hotel. This boutique belle offers 17 individually styled rooms and suites fusing clean lines, beautiful art and antiques, luxury fabrics and high-tech perks such as Bang & Olufsen TVs and sound systems. All rooms except three also feature a fireplace, while all bar one come with views over the amusement park.
Nimb Brasserie is amongst the hottest restaurants in Scandinavia with its French-inspired kitchen. The newly opened restaurant Nimb Gemyse offers its guests a unique 100% organic menu, consisting primarily of vegetables and exotic spices, executed in a Michelin worthy precision and style.
Artistic, eccentric, and justifiably “colourful,” Görvälns Slott offers the perfect antidote to anything remotely mundane. This cultural treasure is nestled in Swedish nature with the lake Mälaren as its closest neighbour.
Görvälns Slott offers 38 unique hotel rooms – all of them are housed in old buildings with a large helping of built-in charm. Every detail from their colours, flooring, décor to their furniture and bathroom tiling has been handpicked and carefully selected.
At Galleriet, the hotel’s new restaurant, head chef Stefan Ekengren, restaurant manager Josefin Carlsson and owners Maria and Johan Eklund combine food and art as one. Known for their artistic edge, Ekengren’s dishes are served in a space that also doubles as an art gallery.
“My philosophy is that great gastronomy is developed through food that touches people, and for me that springs out of the flavours from my upbringing,” says Ekengren, who has put together a menu made up of classic Swedish dishes.”
Juvet Landscape Hotel – a synthesis of raw Norwegian nature, cultural history and modern architecture.
The first landscape hotel in Europe is situated in the farmstead of Burtigarden farm at Alstad in Valldal, on a steep, natural levee amongst birch, aspen, pine and age-old boulders. It quickly became known, for its appearance in the movie Ex-Machina.
“Today’s concern for sustainability in architecture focuses almost exclusively on reduced energy consumption in production and operation,” says Knut Slinning, the owner of Juvet Landscape Hotel. “We believe that conservation of topography is another aspect of sustainability that deserves attention. Standard building procedure requires the general destruction of the site to accommodate foundations and infrastructure before building can commence. Conserving the site is a way to respect the fact that nature precedes and succeeds man.”
In the same way that the hotel brings their guests closer to nature, the restaurant brings the guests closer to other guests staying at the hotel. Dinner is served at 20:00 every day in the barn, where all guests sit together at a long table over a hearty meal. Conversations are known to get lively around the table, as the guests talk openly about jobs, hobbies, family, and travels.
Fire and Ice. Hot and Cold. Rebirth. An abandoned inn turned boutique hotel in Iceland.
Less than an hour outside of Reykjavik, on the edge of Þingvellir National Park, in a landscape of lichen and long-dormant lava fields, ION Luxury Adventure Hotel has the otherworldly landscapes angle covered.
The hotel is also totally sustainable, built largely from reclaimed and renewable materials and heated geothermically, even the hot water is collected underground at 190°C.
The restaurant, Silfra Restaurant and Bar, serves an inventive yet accessible pan-Nordic cuisine, and the spa sees to your body’s need for restoration. The chefs at Silfra also emphasize in what is called “slow food” that can be simplified as food made from the freshest ingredients available that are originated in the neighbourhood of the hotel.
A book can be defined by its chapters and its chapters by book as a whole. The five-star hotel Hotel St. George is set to open on in the first weeks of 2018, and even though the hotel is still writing its last few chapters, the central elements of the hotel concept have already taken shape.
Through a combination of art, design, and architecture, every room of the hotels comes to life in a bold, colourful but inspiring way. From the White Dragon in the lobby to the six-metre brass bird nested under the glass roof of the Wintergarden.
With new ideas of what it means to be luxurious and healthy, the hotel is one of the first who has adopted the Hintsa Performance as a key part of its design. The Hintsa model has developed its holistic approach to health and wellbeing for more than 20 years. The aim is that everyone can be a little better, one day at a time. This can be achieved by doing small things consistently well. Good sleep, adequate exercise, healthy nutrition and positive mindset help us reach a more balanced life and better tomorrow.
To be well is to be whole.