Scan Magazine, Issue 92, September 2016

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Photo: Badhotellet

A classic wellness retreat For more than 100 years, Badhotellet has been dedicated to the health and wellbeing of its many guests. With a tranquil atmosphere and award-winning spa ritual, this classic spa hotel holds its ground as a top-rated sanctuary. By Malin Norman | Photos: Johan Lindqvist

Badhotellet is located in a beautiful park next to river Svartån in Tranås, within easy reach of Jönköping and Linköping. Open for more than 100 years, this is one of Sweden’s oldest spa and conference hotels and a popular destination for relaxation and recreation. The spa first opened its doors in 1899. Axel Andersson, who suffered from ill health and had visited many retreats in Sweden and abroad, believed that the fresh air and peaceful surroundings of the small town of Tranås would provide the ideal setting for a spa. The aim was to offer healing water treatments according to the ethos of German priest Sebastian Kneipp, one of the forefathers of the naturopathic medicine movement. Already in its first year of business, Andersson’s spa attracted around 300 44  |  Issue 92  |  September 2016

guests. Celebrities such as author Astrid Lindgren, former prime minister Tage Erlander and TV-show host Lennart Hyland were amongst the visitors in need of relaxation. Even King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden came to stay here during the spa hotel’s 100th anniversary celebrations in 1999 .

Prized spa ritual Over the years, the spa hotel has been continuously updated and it now offers a mix of fine old traditions and modern facilities as well as a first-class service and cuisine. “We have maintained the history and environment of Badhotellet and carefully carried out renovations to stay true to our heritage,” says marketing manager Regina Hamilton. In 2015 the spa reopened following extensive renovations, offering a wide

choice of spa experiences such as the famous Badhotellet spa ritual. It is based on the healing powers of Kneipp’s hydrotherapy with a modern touch, and has been awarded Best Spa Ritual 2016 at the Spa Awards. Through a preset procedure the body gets used to the contrast between hot and cold springs, which is believed to increase the healing effect. Guests can also enjoy other relaxing treatments such as pedicures and massages with organic products from renowned spa brand Maria Åkerberg. This is an attractive retreat in particular for couples on romantic getaways, but also for family celebrations and weddings as well as conferences and meetings. In addition to its comfortable guest rooms, modern meeting facilities and exclusive spa, Badhotellet offers a number of packages for days, evenings and weekends with luxurious treatments and activities. For more information and bookings, please visit:

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