Spa Business issue 2 2021

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FIRST PERSON

Packages and prices There’s a wide range of spa and accommodation options at Yasuragi with yield management strategies in place according to time of day, day of week, concessions for seniors and children and treatment and food addons. Loyalty cards are available too.

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Finland. Other properties in the portfolio include the Ice Hotel and Farris Bad. The prime attraction at Yasuragi is the bathing area which was renovated and extended in 2017 and covers around 2,200sq m. Architects DAP Stockholm AB spearheaded the overhaul with EnviroProcess, a partner of Klafs, installing multiple thermal rooms by Klafs and supporting and supplying the treatment system for a wide range of pools. Located off the entrance to the baths is one floor for skincare treatments and another for body therapies. There’s a choice of four eateries, from a teppanyaki dining room to an informal snack bar by the baths. Perhaps restaurants have been the biggest victims of COVID restrictions as all were closed except one and Yasuragi has taken the opportunity to renovate the other two.

Guestrooms have futon-style beds and simple furnishings. Some are pet friendly

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There are many options for quiet relaxation and contemplation

There are almost too many choices, making selection over the internet difficult, but it’s nice to have options. A day spa package starts at SEK990 (US$120, €98, £84) and includes access to the baths, snacks, lunch or dinner and a choice of distinctively Japanese daily activities such as zen meditation, yoga and sound bowl sessions. The price goes up to SEK1,630 (US$197, €161, £139) when a 20-minute treatment is bundled in. An overnight stay with breakfast, including all of the above except for a treatment, starts at SEK1,750 (US$211, €173, £149). For those wanting just a treatment, a 50-minute classic massage is SEK1,275 (US$154, €127, £100) or additional activities such as origami, calligraphy and tea ceremonies carry a fee of SEK210 (US$25, €21, £20).

Upon arrival So… the key question is, would you want to stay in a 20-year-old converted conference centre that has a Japanese theme set in the Swedish countryside? In