With many citizens of the world working hard, perhaps a little too hard, it’s fair to say that some recuperation is much needed and much deserved. The rising popularity of spa breaks as an affordable luxury has seen a huge increase in the number of facilities offering treatments and beauty services. But with so much choice, where is the best place to take your ultimate spa holiday?
Although there are many spas within cities in the UK, anything that resembles your working life needs to be eliminated; your spa break is about relaxing and giving your neglected self some ‘me time’.
Spa holidays in Sweden can be the perfect tonic for the overworked, stressed-out soul, after all the country is home of the ‘classic’ massage, one which aims to reduce pain and stiffness and is recommended around the world as an alternative treatment. One of the most tranquil hot spots for a spa break is the countryside of Skåne. It is here where you will find complete escapism from daily life.
Spa Trollstugan, Skåne
Spa Trollstugan offers spa weekends like no other. With just two cabins sleeping up to eight and a spa, both set by a river you can take your friends or family and make this a personalised break with no bustling hotel complexes in sight. Spa Trollstugan is a back to basics spa holiday with amenities such as a dry sauna, steam room and hot tubs while the area is completely natural with an array of wildlife and even a river which you can explore via private jetty with just your fishing rod to hand.
Ystad Saltsjöbad on the south coast of Skåne is perfect for those whose idea of the ultimate escape includes a beautiful beach setting. This huge hotel complex offers creature comforts for those who need mod-cons and a little materialistic luxury to relax. The huge resort is home to a sensational spa which offers free entry for use of the sauna, steam room, pool, Jacuzzi, cold bath and relaxation area.
Treatments are available within numerous spa packages and, as you can only expect from a luxury resort, slippers and robes are provided as standard. Accommodation is contemporary and families are welcome.
Ystad Spa & Konferenshotell
Also on the south coast of Skåne, but located in a more ideal spot for exploring, is Ystad Spa & Konferenshotell. Be sure to combine your spa break with some cultural sightseeing, as the hotel is perfectly situated for discovering Ystad town. Ystad Spa & Konferenshotell prides itself on using the freshest ingredients for their spa treatments as well as offering popular alternative massage options such as hot stones. The hotel also provides a relaxation area, sauna and Jacuzzi.
Granliden Conference Centre
Teaming your holiday with a spell of spa indulgence is a great way of getting the best of both worlds. Granliden conference centre is closely nestled near to the breath-taking lake västra Ringjön and has a small spa. Combining the viewing of the lake with a visit to this modest retreat is a tranquil way to spend a day where you can enjoy the whirlpool bath gardens and the sauna as well as choose from a selection of facials with a Swedish or aromatherapy massage.
For a true taste of Sweden, Möllans KM-SPA could be for you. Centrally located within Skåne, the charming wooden lodge accommodation is harboured next to a water mill which encourages visitors to enjoy the rural spa experience. The main attraction at Möllans KM-SPA is an open wood-fired hot tub, in which you can enjoy drinks and fruits at your leisure. The spa also offers day packages which include full body massages and, despite its central location, is a truly charming escape for couples, families and friends alike.