Built as a conference hotel in 1979 the four-star island paradise Djurönäset on Värmdö is today one of Sweden’s largest – but these days the hotel is not just for conferences (although you’re always welcome as a conference guest!) – now you can come for the night, the weekend, an after work, or even hold your wedding here.
“On Djurönäset you can enjoy the archipelago in an incredibly comfortable and inviting environment,” says Pia af Rolén, Head of Marketing at Djurönäset.
The island-inspired guest rooms are designed with light woods such a birth, with grey granite detail, and you can book a double room for the weekend with the Archipelago Package, which includes yoga classes, as well as access to the sauna, gym, and swimming pool. With the Archipelago Package you’ll also enjoy a three course dinner, breakfast, and refreshments.
On Djurönäset you can enjoy the archipelago in an incredibly comfortable and inviting environment
– Pia af Rolén –
The After Work Package gives you the evening’s main course, after work prices at the bar (which features a DJ until 1 am), and if you want to spend the night you’ll also have access to a double room and the sauna area. And you can get here fast from Stockholm. You reach the hotel from Stockholm by boat, car (35 minutes) or bus (50 minutes from Slussen).
The sauna area is the latest edition to this island paradise and features experience showers, a ‘saunarium’, dry and steam saunas, and a soothing view of the surrounding nature. There is also a gym and a pool. Just next door, in the Archipelago Pavilion, is the Djurönäset Spa, where you can enjoy facial and body treatments, such as a hot stone massage and the Skarsgard scrub, which includes exfoliation, seaweed baths, and massages. A small distance away, at the pier, you can rent a sauna and two hot tubs.
For us, the best activity is to just ‘be’
– Pia af Rolén –
The dining room serves locally produced food, with flavors from the north and the archipelago, with a panoramic view of the rocks and water. Lunches feature a meat, fish, or vegetarian option, as well as soup, freshly baked break, and a full salad buffet. Before beginning preparations of the evening meal the chef creates a seasonal three-course menu. The dishes are classic Swedish with a modern twist.
At Vinoteket a highly knowledgeable sommelier is on hand to help you choose the perfect wine to accompany your dinner: you can also enjoy a glass of wine before dinner in the lounge atmosphere. Vinoteket also holds wine tastings, where you can learn more about flavor combinations.
From late June to mid-August the dining room terrace is open, allowing you to enjoy an a la carte menu in the evening sun. The boathouse also opens during the summer months, and on Tuesday and Thursday evenings there is a barbeque buffet with live music.
Summer entertainment features Swedish artists in the People’s Park (‘Folkparken’), and the Archipelago Festival (‘Skärgårdsfestivalen’), which is held here on the second Saturday in July is not to be missed. The People’s Park is also available for rental for your special event.
For the restless guest there is always something to do on Djurönäset. During Spring a walk on the nature trail is both tranquil and invigorating. You can also borrow a bicycle and pedal to Djurö Church, which has a history dating back to the 1600s. You can also venture over the bridge to Stavnäs and visit the archipelago museum or bakery.
During the summer months try your hand at boules, tennis, or volleyball, on land, or, if you’d rather be on the water, try canoeing, rowing – or ride the submarine! Or just relax by the dock or on the sandy beach.
“For us, the best activity is to just ‘be’,” says Pia.
Sponsored article in collaboration with Djurönäset.