Scandinavia is on the wish list of most infrequent flyers. If you get as far as Finland, check out Naantali – we’ve been reliably informed that this day spa and hotel resort on the beautiful Turku archipelago is one of Northern Europe’s “best kept secrets”.
If you’re looking to drive or take the train as far as Scandinavia, getting away from it all may be high on your list of priorities. Located in the Turku archipelago on the south western coast of Finland, the tranquil Naantali Spa is set within a unique and naturally unspoilt landscape.
A traditional Finnish spa resort, Naantali takes advantage of a picturesque seafront location. It has heated pools overlooking the ocean and outstanding spa facilities throughout the complex. Guests are promised family-friendly accommodation, an extensive treatment menu, five therapeutic saunas, over 40 treatment rooms, a hair salon and beauty boutique, a bubbling Roman bath and a heated outdoor pool maintained at 30 degrees so you can still swim outdoors when snow blankets the surroundings.
You can choose from over 100 treatment options but, when you’re not in the spa, visit the historic and charming maritime village of Naantali with its cobblestone alleys and chic boutiques, and take a trip to nearby Turku, previously the capital of Finland. The archipelago itself offers island hopping by boat, cycling tours, sailing, ice skating on frozen water, and cross country skiing.
If you want to extend your visit, the Naantali Spa resort houses 251 guest rooms in its entirety including a luxury hotel and a variety of suites and appartments, some with private saunas. Dining options are extensive and include Le Soleil restaurant, the oriental Thai Garden, relaxed TK’s Brasserie and the poolside Havana bar.
And, for families with young children, there are even Moomin-themed story rooms available – MoominWorld adventure park is just across the waters of the archipelago.
How to get to Naantali without flying:
The easiest way is to travel to Stockholm by train and then take a ferry direct to Turku. The route will take you through Hamburg and Copenhaagen if you wanted a multi-destination experience and you could also stop in Brussels and Cologne on the way there or back.
Alternatively, you can drive. The trip takes 40 hours in total (or 38 if you choose to travel through the Eurotunnel, rather than the Dover-Calais xar ferry): you could break up your journey with city stop-offs in Berlin and Riga, the capital of Latvia.
Writer: Johanna Payton for Feet on the Ground
Images: Naantali Spa/Spider PR