When in Stockholm, you must take a trip to the Stockholm Archipelago. There are approximately 30,000 islands in this glacier-formed body of water, but we'll share with you one of our favorites, and funnily enough, it's technically not an island, but has all the qualities of one. Nynäshamn is a wide peninsula with its own lovely island-like geography, including villages, verdant farmland, woods, and gorgeous sand-and-pebble beaches framed by gnarled pine trees. Nynäshamn is a popular holiday hamlet for Stockholm’s well-to-do people, largely because it is picturesque, boasts an excellent foodie scene, has some lovely hotels, and is connected to the city by road and rail—it’s a mere 35 minutes from Stockholm.
Baltic babes who are in-the-know head to Nynäs Havsbad, a modern waterfront hotel with unobstructed sea views and the best spa weekend on offer. No one does spa like the Swedes, and there is no better place to try it than this! Havspaviljongen is the hotel’s bathing and spa section. Newly renovated, it is the best part of the entire property, and worth visiting even if you’re not actually staying at the hotel. Imagine chilling on the deck, wrapped in your fluffy robe with a cup of tea, as a very expert and obliging therapist gives your feet a soak and a salt scrub (Maria Åkerberg’s organic products are used for all treatments).
The only thing to cap off this dreamlike state is to step into the giant hot tub, which is right on the jetty that juts out into a glass-like sea, dotted with distant sailboats. Of course, you must try the quintessentially Scandinavian wood-fired sauna, if only for a few minutes, because it’s built right into the rocky promontory. For something very sensual, take a glass of champagne and your main squeeze into the indoor pool. If it all gets too relaxing, take a nap upstairs in the spa lounge, and gaze out onto the horizon. Relaxing doesn’t get better than this.