Stufvenäs Gästgifveri: A genuine wellness experience for all your senses
By Malin Norman | Photos: Stufvenäs Gästgifveri
At Stufvenäs Gästgifveri, you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Kalmarsund, relax in the renovated spa, and enjoy fantastic food and wine. This timeless inn is a treat for all your senses.
Stufvenäs Gästgifveri is a classic inn, dating back to an old settlement in the late 18th century. Here, right next to Kalmarsund, history meets the future. The modern hotel has 52 elegant rooms, a well-attended conference facility and congress rooms, a renowned restaurant and an award-winning wine cellar. Recently, the inn has renovated its spa, added a lounge bar, opened a summer café and extended the programme of activities.
The guests are greeted with a personal welcome, showing both warmth and care in a harmonious and inspiring environment. ”Our vision is to become Sweden’s best inn,” says Anna Emrin, vice president and marketing director. “Together, we will bring Stufvenäs Gästgifveri into the future, with heaps of courage, joy, love and commitment.”
The renowned wine cellar is re-born
The much-praised wine cellar was built by the hotel’s founder in 1990 and consisted of nearly 6,000 bottles including treasures such as Chateau Lafite-Rothschild from 1900, Chateau Pétrus from 1949 and Chateau Margaux from 1878. Unfortunately, during a burglary in 2007, the entire cache of valuable wines was stolen. The wine cellar was forgotten for many years, but has been brought back to life and today consists of about 3,500 bottles and 600 unique labels.
The wine cellar has received several awards over the years, such as Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence 11 times between the years 1995-2006. In 2022, it received Wine Spectator’s Best of Award of Excellence again and, in 2020, it won the highest form of recognition from Munskänkarna, which is proof of a step in the right direction. Impressively, in 2022 the wine cellar was also listed in Star Wine List.
The restaurant is a treat, too. Everything is cooked from scratch with local produce from farms in the area, explains Emrin. “We work with sustainability in mind and offer combinations for the conscious guest who is looking for relaxation but also a first-class gourmet experience. For instance, honey from our bees is used in cooking and baking, as well as in the spa.”
A spa with interesting contrasts
Stufvenäs spa is a place of contrasts, a place of relaxation in the middle of the hustle and bustle of busy everyday duties, a modern centre nestled in tranquil nature. “We experience the world through contrasts and contradictions,” means Emrin. “Without darkness there’s no light, without noise there’s no harmony. In our spa, you can experience the contrast between outdoors and indoors, warm and cold, near and far.”
Autumn is peak season, a time to go for a stroll along the sea or in the woods, breathe in the fresh air, and afterwards to snuggle up by the open fire, try a relaxing spa treatment and enjoy good food and wine. “Autumn is a great time of year to pay a visit, with fantastic colours outside and tasty local produce such as root vegetables and game in the restaurant. And there’s lots to do both indoors and outdoors – to enjoy those important contrasts.”
The spa has a range of head-to-toe treatments by trained experts. It has a fabulous view of the sea and Kalmarsund, whilst enveloped by luscious countryside nature, yet lies in easy reach of town. “Our guests often say that they start to relax as soon as they arrive,” concludes Emrin. “That’s what we want to provide: relaxation so that people can continue to perform and enjoy their everyday life.”
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