• 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

     

  • Finland
  • Helsinki, finally !

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    Finally !* because of a good selection of unique and even luxurious hotels in the Helsinki city centre.

    First in Helsinki opened the St. George by the Kämp Collection Hotels, then next week there will open Lapland Hotels Bulevardi (awww for Arctic Luxury below Arctic Circle) and already before this ones like Lilla Roberts (my current favourite) and Clarion Hotel Helsinki – a bit out of the city centre – have paved the way for Helsinki to be a city with a good selection of quality and vision to choose from when it comes to good night sleep.

    Next week, I’m myself going to Helsinki for business – Matka Travel Fair is waiting – and since the wellness theme, thinking of taking one or two of the above mentioned into closer inspection.

    Hear more about Helsinki after that, and soon more about Lapland, where I’m currently keeping in from a very arctic winter storm. It’s cold and stormy but oh so beautiful.


    Where: Helsinki


    * Could also be the snow Helsinki too has now.

  • BLOG
  • When Tiina Goes Hel(sinki)

    Tiina Kivelä

    I spent last weekend in Helsinki, meeting friends, tasting wine and browsing books. It was very snowy the first day – of course I bring snow with me – then it was very rainy – perfect reason to spent day in hotel bed – and all in all, it was an ok weekend. Helsinki isn’t my favorite city, quite the opposite, but it works well enough for short visits like this.  And why wouldn’t it, for that price…

    And an ok trip can give a lot too. Here’s my takeout from the weekend, in random order. Contains  references to wine, coffee, cheese, literature, personal history and struggles, and athleisure. Like any good trip.

    Helsinki Lessons

    • It could be Girl of the North Country – but I’m not changing the title right away.
    • New Zealand makes excellent sparkling, champagne method – until now I’ve been mostly Marlborough pinot noir & sauvignon blanc kinda girl, but now I have bubbly for the holiday season too – by Lindauer.
    • I remember drinking Spy Valley Riesling somewhere in good company and I’m pretty sure it had something to do with Stockholm and one American… It was good then and it was good this weekend too.
    • The best strangers remember your jewelry, even if and when they don’t sparkle like diamonds – greetings to the Vinum guys, for remembering and for the excellent wine and service.
    • There is a difference between 4 CHF Swiss pinot noir, 20€ Californian pinot noir and 50€ Californian pinot noir. I really wish I could afford the last more often. And accompany it with a road trip and surfing in California. Lucienne, you took my heart.
    • Swiss gruyere is still the best cheese ever – and Italian truffle pasta is an excellent invention as well.
    • Vegan cook books and self help for women are so trendy, when it comes to literature – while I stick to Tove Jansson – she  was an awesome writer, artist and I can easily resonate with her thoughts and writings, especially when it comes to traveling and human nature (and I like the fact that she’s illustrated a version of Hobbit, which has literary references to my Swiss home region too
    • Helsinki weather sucks. Therefore, you should go really north or stay south. Leave Slush for people trying hard to be cool (while they could come North and see how authentic cool looks like) or enjoy the sun for me too.
    • I should use hotel gyms more often. I don’t really like going to a gym, but I don’t travel enough to get bored in hotel gyms. And if and when the Helsinki weather, gym is better than run.
    • Deat Poet is an excellent drink (and suits literary theme of early winter / holiday season) but so is El Matador as well – both from Chapter.
    • Understanding which ticket to buy to Helsinki City Centre from Helsinki Airport is impossible. Though, with more time and energy, it could be made as an extreme sport. How to not get lost or not get fined for traveling in Finland.
    • If you have the time and energy, go and get your coffee in Helsinki Airport from Johan & Nyström, even if it’s far from your gate – it will be as expensive as coffee generally is in Helsinki Airport (it’s HEL for a reason, it seems – though a very beautiful hell), but it’s definitely worth the money and effort, compared to others in there –  and it also gives you a nice opportunity and reason, if you even need one, for a  little workout between flights – but watch out for the crowds and toilet lines, which makes being on time and surviving the journey without a bruise kind of an a challenge.

    In other words, Helsinki is not a leisure destination. It’s an extreme resort. Cheer’s for that.

    I’m now back to North, where it’s snow and around -15°C . That calls for Nordic skiing and sauna after work. Writing and pics will follow. And like always something is already in here and here. For more Helsinki and Lapland tips, you may also check #tiinagoeshel and for lapland #tiinagoeslapland.

    Keep yourself warm and enjoy Halloween safely!

     

    Tiina Kivelä