Grand Hôtel: Find the Nordic calm
Text: Malin Norman | Photos: Grand Hôtel Nordic Spa &Amp; Fitness
The renowned Grand Hôtel in Stockholm is something quite special and, inspired by the natural beauty of the archipelago, its Nordic Spa & Fitness is considered one of the best in the world – well worth a visit, for hotel guests or day spa visitors in need of pampering.
The classic Grand Hôtel in Stockholm has been home to celebrities, high-profile events and everyday bon-vivants since 1874. Overlooking the Royal Palace and Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town, the hotel is also home to the popular Swedish Veranda restaurant, famous for its traditional smörgåsbord, award-winning restaurants and the renowned Cadier Bar.
The spectacular Nordic Spa & Fitness at Grand Hôtel celebrates its tenth anniversary in October this year. For its hotel guests, exclusive club members and day spa guests, it offers specially designed pools, a wide range of treatments, sauna, gym and much more. “With this spa, we wanted to create something in line with Grand Hôtel’s exclusive atmosphere,” says Anneli Falk, spa manager. “So, we have nothing but pioneering treatments, products and forms of exercise.”
Deep sleep for travellers
The spa has a Nordic concept, which means closeness to nature and a healthy, sustainable lifestyle. “When entering the spa, you will find the Nordic calm,” ensures Falk. “You will see it in the wooden details, in the granite from Grythyttan, in the Rauk stones from Gotland found in the sauna, and in the contrast between outdoor chill and indoor warmth.” The bath rituals and treatments include Nordic products exclusive to Grand Hôtel, with ingredients such as cranberries and cloudberries.
New this year is a treatment with a vegan facial product by Joanna Vargas Skin Care, popular among celebrities, models and influencers in New York and Los Angeles. The spa also has two exclusive suites, for those wanting a bit more privacy. With a view of the waterfront and the Royal Palace, this is a true treat.
Those brave enough can dive into a cold bath. “Cold baths are healthy, healing and have a long tradition of being used to increase blood circulation. Lots of people have a cold bath before their treatment; it’s a bit like diving into the sea from a cliff,” says Falk. A ground-breaking treatment is the Nordic Deep Sleep, helping travellers with jetlag, perfect for far-away guests who have just checked in at the epic hotel.
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