Just a few days left until we leave for our US road trip!
And before we spend a couple of weeks in a car and relentlessly on our feet to explore the Historic South, we thought we needed some serious relaxing.
So we headed over to Sweden for a night at Falkenberg Strandbad, and a visit to their famous spa.
Falkenberg Strandbad is a hotel and spa located in the coastal town of Falkenberg in Sweden. It takes about 2:15 hours to get there by car (either via the Øresund bridge or a ferry from Helsingør to Helsingborg). or about three and a half hours by train.
We received a one-night stay with spa access and dinner as a birthday present and had scheduled our visit for a Sunday.
We were greeted with warm smiles and a lot of Swedish words that I didn’t understand in the beautiful lobby of the hotel.
We checked in and hopped up the very dramatic staircase into our room, which wasn’t too shabby at all.
I immediately took about one gazillion mental notes for interior design inspiration – but in all seriousness, how luxurious is a four-poster-bed?! I want.
The style of the entire hotel and spa is reminiscent of the Hamptons and other fancy seaside towns – dark woods, crisp white linens, a bit of blue here and there, some paisley patterns. The walls were adorned with dark framed black-and-white photography of preppy sports, like rowing and sailing, and beach scenes featuring beautiful people.
We wasted no time in getting clad in our giant robes (they kindly gave us a Large and XX-Large!) and slippers and headed down to the vast spa area.
The spa at Falkenberg Strandbad is truly massive. There’s a big indoors area with a poolside bar, cozy chairs and lounge beds, a shallow warm water bassin with a view to the beach, a traditional wooden sauna, various massage and treatment rooms, and the “Eldrelax”, a darkened room with about a dozen giant lounge beds arranged in a semicircle around a huge fireplace. This is where you come after your treatment to relax with some tea and fruit, watching a crackling fire.
Lucky as we were, the day was sunny and balmy, so we got to enjoy the outside area as well, with its warm-water pool, soft-bubble hot tub, and more lounge beds to relax on.
We hadn’t booked any treatments, but I’ve put this down as a must-do for our next visit. Especially the Ivory Treatment seemed to be very popular. It consists of a number of different treatments, like a salt scrub and hot and cold baths, and it starts off with a glass of champagne, so all in all sounds like an excellent idea!
We did give the sauna a go, and after a quick cold shower headed down to the beach to soak up the last rays of sun and the cool sea breeze on the long wooden pier.
The beach is close enough that you can opt for a dip in the sea after your sauna experience, but the tide wasn’t our friend that day, so we decided not to.
After a few hours of thorough relaxation (we dozed off a few times on the many lounge beds and chairs), we went upstairs to get ready for dinner.
There are two restaurants at the hotel. “Famille” is a classic family-style restaurant with a heavy lean on French cuisine, whereas the concept of “Köket” (the kitchen) is “damn fine social dine”. Alas, Köket isn’t open on Sundays, but it’s also on the list for next time.
But before dinner, we took a few minutes to explore the hotel and especially the cozy reception area with its leather armchairs, old books, and vintage board games.
Again, a roaring fireplace wasn’t too far away.
And again, I took about a million cues and mental notes for home decor – turns out that vintage Solitaire game with marbles costs 300 EUR on Amazon, so I’m going to skip that for now!
Dinner was a lovely experience, too. While I wouldn’t drive two and a half hours for the restaurant alone, everything was very tasty and well executed. Service was friendly and super duper fast – I guess that’s how you can tell that it’s a hotel restaurant that lives off of a high turnover. We had literally just taken the first sip of our wine when the starters arrived!
Starters: beetroot carpaccio with deep-fried goat’s cheese, and cured duck breast with orange marmalade.
Main courses: Phyllo dough with mushrooms and chestnut puree, and steak with potato fondant and beer-cooked onions.
Dessert: Caramel-fried apple with vanilla cream.
To sum up the experience: Falkenberg Strandbad is more than definitely worth your visit. It didn’t take us more than 10 minutes in the spa to say “we should really come back for a whole weekend soon!” Especially during the winter, the place must practically ooze coziness and relaxation – I can see cups of hot chocolate (or maybe an Old Fashioned) by the crackling fireplace, a walk in the freezing cold along the beach, and hours spend soaking in warm pools and tubs.
Pro tip: Sometimes you can find special offers for a stay at Falkenberg Strandbad on deal sites like sweetdeal.
Have you been to Falkenberg Strandbad? What did you think?
Falkenberg Strandbad | Havsbadsallén 2A, 311 42 Falkenberg, Sweden | strandbaden.se
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