Cold makes pretty. And Frozen.
Where: Lapland January 23th 2019.
During my recent bleisure (= a bit of business + a lot of self care) trip to Helsinki, I stayed a night in Hotel St. George. And now I may also say it’s the best hotel I’ve ever stayed in Finland.
Of my stay, I have to highlight few things especially. First of all, the excellent bread in breakfast (also available in the St. George Bakery, in where you find also Nordic’s first Monocle shop). Then, the enchanting spa experience with Finnish and Turkish sauna, a pool and ice bath (the sauna is very needed after a stroll out in the almost brutal arctic winter & windchill, see the outfit of the day).
Third, I enjoyed the decor and art all over the place (also the architecture is worth noting) and the excellent beds and bathroom essentials (definitely new luxury). And the day of travel, business and spa ended well in Wintergarden with their signature zero-waste (!) cocktails. In there, I chose the smoky one for a little cold I managed to get on my way. And because it contained salt, which I really needed after sweating my worries away in the sauna.
Last but not least, the holistic well-being concept by Hintsa Performance was exactly of what I think every quality hotel of today should have. It’s not fifty shades of grey, but fifty shades of taking care of your body mind & soul, for optimal quality of life and performance.
St. George says to be #forbetterstay and I have to say I really stayed well. The stay provided me all the solutions I needed for my problems at the moment, and the ultimate self-care and relaxation.
Exactly the kind of enchanting experience I’m looking for this year and more than a good example for others concept designers.
May I already go back?
Where: Hotel St. George, Helsinki, Finland
One of those. My favourite Lapland rituals. xc-skiing. Skating style.
It’s good to be back in Lapland and on cross-country tracks. Even though, I clearly notice that I haven’t trained enough for the season of one of the toughest, if not toughest, sports in world.
“It requires the endurance of ultrarunning, the sprint speed of mountain biking, the mental toughness of open water swimming, and, at times, can put skiers in situations of real exposure.––– To be successful, athletes must maintain unparalleled cardiovascular fitness in addition to muscular strength and coordination. “
Yes, it’s tough, and if not born skis attached to your feet like I kinda did, it’s better to get a good amount of (technique) lessons and good gear before gliding away.
Nevertheless, it’s nice and more than worth it. And humbling.
Exercise, meditation (kind of) and fresh air (one of the purest in the world). All in one. And when it’s crispy cold, sauna afterward melts.
On top of it all, you really earn your beer skiing nordic.
Where: Ounasvaara, Rovaniemi, Finland