Check in, breathe out
TEXT: MALIN NORMAN | PHOTOS © VANN SPA HOTEL CONFERENCE
Bliss for the soul. This is how a stay at Vann Spa Hotel Conference is best described. The hotel, designed by famous architect Gert Wingård, offers well-deserved peace and quiet as well as some amazing views of Gullmarsfjorden.
Vann Spa Hotel Conference is located 23 kilometres north east of Lysekil, in a beautiful nature reserve next to Gullmarsfjorden. “The setting is absolutely fantastic,” says CEO Susanne Åhlund. “We’re in the middle of the forest, yet right by the beach, and with spectacular panoramic views. This gives such a sense of peace and quiet, it’s pure bliss!”
Opened in 2009, the hotel was designed by prominent Swedish architect Gert Wingård, who has successfully managed to reflect elements of nature and its colours throughout the building. For instance, with the clever use of colours such as vibrant orange representing sea buckthorn, grey for the granite landscape and lush dark green for the nearby forest.
For an active life
The hotel has 151 comfortable rooms and five suites, a conference facility for up to 300 people and a relaxing spa of 1,000 square metres, with treatments and saunas. Indoors, guests can enjoy the large pool, which is divided into big and small ‘tjärn’, separated by a fireplace, and five smaller pools with different themes, sounds and aromas – for instance, Forest Pool, Ice Pool and Devil’s Pot. Outdoors, a large swimming pool, open in spring and summer, plus two heated tubs, await guests.
In addition to its many spa treatments, Vann Spa Hotel Conference organises plenty of activities on land and on water for body and mind. “We want to inspire movement, health and harmony,” says Åhlund. She recommends in particular the outdoor gym and mindfulness trail, and why not try forest floating with hammocks displayed amongst the trees? Also, this autumn offers various theme weekends including the opportunity to train with fitness coach Lovisa ‘Lofsan’ Sandström.
Following all the exciting activities, the restaurant offers a popular menu with freshly caught fish and shellfish, as well as high-quality meat and vegetables from the area. It is KRAV labelled and certified by Smaka på Västsverige (Taste West Sweden), and Vann Spa Hotel Conference also has its very own bakery, producing delicious bread and pastry – for yet another well-deserved treat.
Next year, Vann Spa Hotel Conference celebrates its tenth anniversary, with updates to the spa, as well as a number of activities planned, throughout the year.