• FINLAND
  • Well-Staying in Hotel St. George Helsinki

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

    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?

    Tiina Kivelä Hotel St. George

    Tiina Kivelä Hotel St. George Helsinki

    Tiina Kivelä Hotel St. George

    Tiina Kivelä Hotel St. George

    Tiina Kivelä Hotel St. George

    Tiina Kivelä Creative

     


    Where: Hotel St. George, Helsinki, Finland

     

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  • Good Place To Sleep in Rovaniemi – Arctic Light Hotel

    Tiina Kivelä

    The title of one of my favorite songs, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out, could describe this hotel quite well. However, Arctic Light hotel is not my style. I’m not luxury like it. Almost the opposite. Normally, my go-to option is everything nordic cool, or hipster, as my friends would say. But the older I get the more I like posh, or rather I would say I like taking care of me. In other words, I’ve now found myself liking the 5* hotels, expensive smelly candles and even spa’s. More adventure but even more comfort.  Or, as this sentence from here sums it: play hard, rest hard.

    In places like Arctic Light hotel I like especially the 5* service and design with an Arctic twist. Oh boy it’s nice and I love it. Why wouldn’t I? As the title suggest, the beds are especially good for sleep. Breakfast is famous and delicious (worth waking up early) and the most important thing in Finland, sauna, both the in-room and the separate hotel sauna (which you can reserve for yourself only from the reception) is excellent as well. The sauna works extra well when paired with the hotel toiletries by Rituals (with whom I have a long complicated history by now) and if you are lucky, you may also share your bath with a polar bear (but please note that polar bear isn’t native in Lapland really). And for the interested (and enough earning ones), hotel is one of the few in Finland offering Concierge service.

    I wish I’d have more money to stay here more often. It’s not my style but I love it enough still. And if you can, check it out. Go have a good sleep or stop by for a breakfast, after work drinks, or dinner.

     


    Where: Arctic Light Hotel, Valtakatu 18, 96200 Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

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    Ps. An insider tip: I just looked flights for December (I just can’t keep myself away from the best Christmas markets) and noticed it’s time to hurry up, if you plan to visit Lapland in December, especially during the holiday season. The flights are pretty expensive already, and some days fully booked even.

    I’ve been myself quite devastated that Germania didn’t continue their direct seasoned flights between Lapland and Switzerland after last winter. Those flights were kind of a selling point for me when I was thinking is it worth to move back north this winter and now I do feel a bit trapped in here (or should earn a bit more to afford the Finnair flights). However that’s just my personal catastrophe, and there are other flights still for you and me even – fewer and more expensive, but still. Just make sure you are on time when booking your trips to and from Lapland – it’s busy up here around Christmas.