Scan Magazine, Issue 92, September 2016

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Scan Magazine  |  Special Theme  |  The Best Spas in Sweden

Pure enjoyment, west coast sunshine, and business as unusual Putting music, pleasure, and the desire for renewal first, Hotel Tylösand presents a new kind of spa experience. Forget all about rules and dolphin music. This is where relaxation and wellbeing meet entertainment, in west coast style. By Linnea Dunne | Photos:

“As an entertainment hotel, why would we be telling our spa guests to be quiet? It makes no sense,” says Elisabeth Haglund, CEO at Hotel Tylösand. “Our spa is a place to really relax, but we also want our guests to enjoy themselves. We do spa our own way.” Anyone who has heard the music of Gyllene Tider, the Swedish band with singer Per Gessle, one half of Roxette and also one of two owners of the hotel, knows that it is indeed possible to combine complete relaxation with a great time – and perhaps that is what the Swedish west coast does best. For those who have yet to familiarise themselves with the songs of the Swedish band, they make one of the options when selecting 34  |  Issue 92  |  September 2016

background music for a massage or another treatment. “You don’t have to listen to dolphins or whale music!” promises Haglund.

Sea, art and quality food Located on the Tylösand headland with uninterrupted views of the sea, Hotel Tylösand offers somewhat of a paradise getaway. Expect beautiful beaches, swimming opportunities in both the sea and a number of pools and Jacuzzis, live music and other entertainment on the beach as well as in the venue, and a generally welcoming, laid-back atmosphere. With around 450 pieces of art, including plenty of photography adorning the walls of the

hotel, it is Sweden’s largest gallery; and the design and décor have been carefully considered throughout in order to make everything flow well and interact with the stunning scenery in a positive way. “When you walk through the doors, you are greeted by a colour scheme and floral arrangements that will run as a theme throughout the entire hotel, and there’s just that feeling of this being a place where you can really enjoy yourself,” says Haglund. “People often say that it’s hard to put your finger on it but that we’re just not an ordinary hotel. And we’re not: we’re a spa and entertainment hotel with a consistent four-star quality in everything we do.” Foodies are spoilt for choice with two restaurants that are open all year round and a total of four during the summer. The hotel has its own bakery and the breakfast pulls

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