Sturebadet is a renowned spa in the centre of Stockholm. Built during the latter part of the 19th century by doctor Carl Curman, the spa boasts a rich history, and its mission remains firm: to provide a calm oasis in a big city, and to make Stockholm healthier.
By Nina Bressler | Main image: Sturebadet provides wellness for both body and soul. Photo: Henry Moshini
Sturebadet is located in the middle of Östermalm in central Stockholm, and provides a hidden spot for wellbeing in the shape of a spa as well as a gym, a doctor’s reception, and event facilities. The spa was built by doctor Carl Curman and opened to the public in 1885, during a time when running water was still considered a luxury. Curman was well aware of its healing properties and was on a mission to increase access for the wider public, believing in the holistic connection between physical and mental health – that if you treat your body well, your mind will follow.
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Today, Curman’s vision and heritage remain at the very core of the business and in everything they do – from treatments and architectural details to suppliers and food. The newly appointed CEO, Sunniva Fallan Röd, eagerly describes the reason why spas are more important than ever. “We believe that everything is connected – if you feel happy and content as a human being, you will work harder to create a better life for yourself as well as the world around you. It begins with the individual, and with being mindful of how you treat your body and mind. We believe that spas have a big role to play in this, and we want everyone who leaves our premises to feel more vitalised than when they entered,” she says.
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Holistic treatments and activities
Sturebadet offers a multitude of treatments and activities, where the connection between mental and physical wellbeing always stays in focus. One of their most special, and allegedly life-changing, treatments is the Sami Zen treatment. Inspired by the Sami culture, you will spend 80 minutes in a Sami tent underneath a starry sky, getting scrubbed and massaged with hot lava stones – leaving you rested, soothed and at peace. The products used are made by Kerstin Florian and famous for their carefully selected ingredients, designed to provide nutrition to both body and soul.
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Sturebadet also has its own gym, with experienced trainers available for personal training sessions in addition to a wide range of group training alternatives, where you can train both your physical strength in the fitness classes and your mental agility in one of the meditation classes. To honour its roots, Sturebadet also works in conjunction with a doctor’s reception, enabling experienced doctors to offer a greater variety of care thanks to the collaboration with the spa, located next door. Instead of a prescription of tablets, perhaps a workout or a hydro massage bath would be more beneficial?
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Vistiors are encouraged to enjoy the restaurant, too. It serves classic Swedish dishes with an international twist, prepared with the finest ingredients to provide nutritious, enjoyable meals to complement a day full of spa activities, where pleasure and relaxation are always in focus.
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Listed building connecting the past with the future
The building has been preserved to look exactly the same as when it was built in the 19th century. Despite a devastating fire in 1985, they managed to reconstruct it to its original state, and today it stands proudly with exquisite architectural details that perfectly encapsulate the grand era of when it was built. The building is listed, and every detail has been created using natural materials to make for a relaxed environment that injects a sense of calm and serenity. Enjoy the magnificent pool, overlooked by perfectly recreated Art Nouveau decor, or spend time in the Turkish bath, where every detail looks exactly the same as when it was built two centuries ago.
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The spa also provides the perfect spot for events and corporate meetings in a relaxed environment, where the top floor is a designated events area available for private hire, entirely decorated by the classic Swedish design brand, Svenskt Tenn. Membership provides greater access for regular visitors, with an already loyal group of members – a testament to the spa’s importance as an institution among Stockholm dwellers, providing a sanctuary to recharge and revitalise. Reflecting on the future, Fallan Röd concludes: ”I believe that we are moving towards a more holistic view on health – we want to find ways to feel good without artificial additives, and we are looking for mindful ways to do that. Sturebadet provides a unique and historic environment where the focus is on a sustainable approach to health – from the inside and out.”