Gotland, Sweden

The trip to Gotland was one of those things that you don’t know what came first, finding out about this special island off the coast of Sweden or hearing about an extremely unique hotel, set on a former gravel quarry. With that combination it was impossible not to plan a visit. A secret well kept by the Swedes, and it doesn’t surprise me as this is the kind of place you don’t want many people to know about.  To get to Gotland you need to take a ferry in Nynäshamn which will take you to Visby, the capital city. Check http://www.destinationgotland.se/

When you arrive to Visby, it will take you about 45 minutes by car to get to Lärbro. The island is incredibly beautiful, the sea is freezing (it was April) but with a turquoise color you could not imagine.

And on the way you think, is it possible that on this place in the middle of nowhere there is going to be this really cool hotel? Well, the moment you spot from afar the mountains of gravel then you know you are coming somewhere special: Fabriken Furillen.

And there you are, in the most amazing location by the sea, an ultramodern hotel, full of scandinavian minimalism, warm and elegant. And they have an excellent restaurant for dinner, which is such a relief as there is not much around you can go to. But you really won’t feel like it anyway. End of the evening you get into your Hästens bed, have a good night sleep and wake up to a great breakfast.

Take one of the bikes they have at your disposal and just ride around the area or take a walk along the sea.

One of the most unique hotels ever. And there is now also a hermit cabin, so if you want/need to get away from it all surrounded by the most stunning nature, this is the place. But also make sure you buy a little wool carpet for under your bed. Visit the Bageri Cafe and take a short ferry to Färo, worth spending 1/2 day.