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New hotels debut every year with exciting amenities to entice travelers around the globe, but the new floating hotel in Swedish Lapland may be the coolest property to debut so far in 2020. Arctic Bath is a floating luxury hotel and spa that opened in January near the village of Harads on the icy waters of the Lule River. If the thought of a floating hotel made you want to immediately book a room, there’s even more intriguing elements to this unique property than its buoyancy.
The Arctic Hotel’s overall focus is on wellness and its main building is a circular centerpiece that serves as the hotel’s spa and wellness facility. The floating building is accessible only by a wooden walkway and its unique design is made to look like a cluster of lumber, which pays homage to the Lule River’s history of transporting timber and nods to the beautiful wooded landscape surrounding the property. The facility houses several saunas, a hot bath, a spa treatment room, and a large open-air cold bath for the ultimate relaxation under the northern sky.
The hotel has 12 rooms, with six floating cabins that can accommodate two people and six elevated cabins on shore, some of which can sleep up to five people. The floating cabins offer private access by wooden bridges and feature outdoor decks, perfect for relaxing under the midnight sun during summer or watching the northern lights in winter. On shore, the larger elevated cabins all feature glass walls for taking in the stunning surrounding landscape.
But the focus on wellness doesn’t end with spa treatments and luxurious accommodations. The on-site restaurant offers nutritious meals using fresh, local and sustainable ingredients with menus inspired by the resort’s natural surroundings. Meanwhile, you can keep up with your regular exercise by booking any of the arctic activities like husky sled tours, cross country skiing and more.
Sweden is no stranger to unique accommodations. The team behind the concept and design for Arctic Bath also designed the famous Treehotel, which is known for its Bird’s Nest, Mirror Cube and other nature-inspired accommodations. Meanwhile, Sweden is also home to the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi, which is built entirely of ice blocks each season and looks like something out of a Disney fairy tale. From floating hotels and treetop suites to a resort built of ice blocks, Sweden has no shortage of distinctive dwellings.