Villa Strandvägen

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Villa Strandvägen – world class intimicy

Sometimes, you just need to get away. Most everyone needs a little distance from everyday life once awhile. The only question is how far you need to travel to be able to zoom out from mundane chores, catch your breath and treat yourself to some quality time. Like you can do at a really good spa.

In Scandinavia, we’re not overly spoiled with beautifully located spas that offer the same high class and wide range of treatments that you’ll find at many dedicated wellness resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico, Bali and Thailand.

When the more than 100 year old seaside resort, Ystad Saltsjöbad, in the southern Swedish province of Skåne, went through a massive makeover a few years ago, the new owners focused on creating a resort that would offer an experience on par with the highest international standards found at exclusive spas like the Aman Resorts. 

In addition to offering facilities in which spa and wellness treatments were obvious key ingredients, their ambitious recipe for success also included providing food, drink and comfort of uncompromising quality. And it’s this commitment to quality that essentially characterized my entire stay at Ystad Saltsjöbad. Nothing is left to the unpredictable here. 

This for Sweden somewhat unique attitude is particularly clear at their latest endeavour – Villa Strandvägen – a gently and thoughtfully restored wooden villa surrounded by lush greenery and located just a few hundred meters from Ystad Saltsjöbad’s main entrance.

Villa Strandvägen has seven generously sized rooms, an intimate dining space with a new, rustically styled kitchen, a large living room and in front of the villa, a small pool and lounge deck. Just as in the resort’s rooms and public areas, all interior design, decor and fabrics at Villa Strandvägen are saturated with an aesthetic from New England a la Ralph Lauren. Each room is unique but always tastefully color synced and fitted with furniture that’s been combined to be both functional and comfortable. My room was as gorgeous to look at as it was to be in. You simply just don’t want to leave.

Quiet and Delicious

Villa Strandvägen is an excellent option if you, like me, yearn for a slightly quieter and more discreet stay at Ystad Saltsjöbad. But just as in the busier main resort, where both smaller and larger conferences are organized year round, the villa’s staff offer an international level of service – without being stiff or impersonal. 

This was particularly evident in the villa’s bistro where we were served one amazing culinary experience after another. We ate a divinely flavoured 5 course set menu accompanied with the recommended collection of wines. In addition to excellent flavours, each plate’s visual composition and the eloquently way they were presented, was absolutely spot on.

Of the dishes that stood out the most were unequivocally the carpaccio of cod with lobster, avocado, grapefruit and fennel and the filé of Sole with cauliflower, horseradish and roe from Älvdalen in northern Sweden.

In retrospect, the dinner will be remembered as a well-planned culinary expedition where nothing was left to chance. And even though not overly exotic or foreign, I can say with some confidence that I’ve never experienced a more balanced and harmoniously composed menu. Fact is, I’m fairly sure if I’ve never experienced such good food and felt so well taken care of during a restaurant visit in Sweden as during our three hour dinner at Villa Strandvägen.

Time at the spa by the sea

Salt Creek Spa is the aptly named spa (a direct translation to English of “Saltsjöbad”) where. besides massage treatments, you’ll find several cozily furnished relax rooms with plush sun beds, several smaller pools, baths and even a fully stocked cocktail bar.

One of the bigger relax rooms – with space for several dozen guests in couple-friendly beds – faces the beach. Here’s where you’ll find a spectacular, front-facing view of the Baltic Sea and a long pier jetting out from the shore just below the windows. Parallel to the beach is a both a bicycle and jogging trail that starts in Ystad and continues past the resort heading north toward the pictoresque Österlen.

Most all guests walk around Ystad Saltsjöbad in beautiful, zinc white bathrobes. It’s quite the site, really. But after just a few minutes, I actually enjoyed walking around anonymously between the sea, the spa and the pools. Reminded me of the hundreds of orange clad monks in tow that you see at dawn on the streets of Luang Prabang in northern Laos. 

I felt the most comfortable – at least during my visit to the spa – when I laid down on one of those wide sun beds with a sea view, loosened the bathrobe belt a little and just let myself doze off for a while. Which was quintessentially the reason I was there in the first place – to get away and relax.

And it’s precisely the combination of Villa Strandvägen’s intimate, relaxed homely atmosphere and Ystad Saltsjöbad’s extensive spa facilities and beautiful seaside location that make this a truly unique destination that delivers a high international spa standard. A place to yearn back to with all your senses.

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Contact: info@villastrandvagen.se
Website: www.villastrandvagen.se | www.ysb.se

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