The Lodge: a life less ordinary
By Emma Rodin | Photos: The Lodge
With 22 luxurious hotel rooms, fantastic food, a spectacular spa and views for days, The Lodge resort promises a relaxing experience for all the senses. And with its personal approach that has room for everyone, The Lodge is a welcoming getaway for pleasure-seekers and conference guests alike.
A stone’s throw from Malmö in Sweden’s south, The Lodge Resort and Spa is perched on the top of the picturesque Romeleåsen hillock. A secluded location with eye-pleasing surroundings, the location was originally home to a small hunting lodge, the Romele hut, which drew visitors keen to explore the unique nature.
The Lodge was founded by three friends and adventurers who travelled the world together, including the North American east coast. This trip fuelled the inspiration to start their own venture back home on Romeleåsen, 167 metres above sea level. In an otherwise flat landscape, this above-the-treetops spot provides miles of unbeatable views over the fields below, as well as glowing sunsets over Lund city.
The three friends acquired the site with a little bit of luck and good timing. Built in the New-England style, The Lodge welcomed its first guests to Romeleåsen and its historic hunting grounds in 2006. “We think it’s important to cherish the area’s history as part of what The Lodge stands for,” says hotel manager Tove Gejde. “The old hunting lodge’s original flooring has been reused in our reception and we’ve also kept an old log burner, all adding a sense of soul.”
A fairly recent addition to The Lodge, the (already) award-winning Honulele Spa is an oasis of calm and relaxation. Its name means ‘the jumping turtle’ in Hawaiian which, according to legend would lead sailors back home. The idea is to replicate this sentiment within the spa, allowing guests to feel home even when they’re not.
The spa also offers an outdoor infinity pool 12 metres long and heated to 38 degrees. Here, guests can soak up the surrounding views before or after visiting the cold bath and sauna.
Ideal for day visitors, the Honulele Retreat Spa package includes a four-hour entry and Aloha Spa Ritual. This entails 90 minutes of pure restoration through seven different treatments, inspired by Polynesian knowledge and unique techniques. A dedicated host offers guidance throughout each treatment, and afterwards, all guests are welcomed into the VIP section to relax on comfortable daybeds while gazing out over the treetops through large, panorama windows.
“Our spa is open to everyone, whether they’re staying the day or an entire weekend. We have a lot of returning guests who love coming here to make the most of their days off, many of them from Copenhagen, which is only an hour away,” explains Gejde.
Stairway to Heaven
Aptly named Heaven, The Lodge’s on-site restaurant offers great food inspired by the surrounding area. Keep an eye out and you might even spot one of the chefs foraging for ingredients in the nearby forest, such as spruce shoots and sorrel.
Indeed, sourcing local ingredients and collaborating with local producers is key, and so is maintaining a seasonal approach to the menu which changes every seven or eight weeks. With every change, the high quality remains, pleasing both palate and eye. Like the spa, Heaven is a popular destination in its own right. However, there are superb package deals available too, that combine all the very best The Lodge has to offer.
Made for meetings
The Lodge has many strings to its bow; it’s also a popular hub for conference guests, who use it to come together and focus away from all the hustle and bustle. “Our proximity to nature together along with the relaxed yet creative atmosphere makes us an ideal choice for all sorts of external meetings and team building. We can host smaller groups of 2-25 guests in our modern, bright conference rooms. We offer package deals to suit any needs, including food and drinks, plus access to our Spa where attendees can unwind after a long day of meetings,” says Gejde.
There are also plenty of walking trails around, ideal for meeting breaks or just to explore the rich flora and fauna of the nearby area. Those who enjoy cycling will appreciate the surrounding nature as well.
In fact, The Lodge sits on the Skåneleden trail (a 1250 km long walking trail in Skåne’s countryside). The trail markers literally run next to the hotel and into the wilderness, guiding walkers to beautiful forests, valleys, streams and viewpoints.
A life less ordinary
At The Lodge, every detail is carefully considered to give guests an overall experience they’ll want to come back to. “With everything we do, we ask ourselves ‘does this give our guests a life less ordinary?’ If the answer is yes, we know we’re on the right track,” concludes Gejde.
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