Centralbadet, Drottninggatan 88
Tel: 08 5452 1300 www.centralbadet.se
Open: 6am-8pm Mon-Fri; 8am-10pm Sat; 8am-5pm Sun
Although it’s right on Drottninggatan, one of Stockholm’s busiest shopping streets, it’s easy to walk past the entrance to Centralbadet and not see it. It’s set back from the street, behind a small garden area. Inside, it offers a range of treatments in a wonderfully old-fashioned building. The swimming pool is an Art Nouveau gem, complete with artificial seagulls overhead.
Skepparholmen, Franckes väg, Saltsjö-Boo
Tel: 08 747 6500 www.skepparholmen.se
Open: 9am-7pm Fri-Sat; 9am-5pm Sun
Set inside a large houseboat with wooden decks to sit out on in summer, Skepparholmen is within 20 minutes of Stockholm’s hustle and bustle. It’s a useful countryside retreat even if the spa doesn’t interest you, but the spa is what made its name and the facilities are more carefully designed than the hotel itself. It focuses on comfort. Pad around in towelling flip-flops and a robe for a day or weekend, and then retire to enjoy the spectacular views from your room. Facilities include a swimming pool and gym, but the real treats are the treatments and massages.
Sturebadet, Sturegallerian 36, Östermalm
Tel: 08 5450 1500 www.sturebadet.se
Open: 6.30am-10pm Mon-Fri; 9am-7pm Sat-Sun
Stockholm’s most celebrated spa, with a restaurant so good that it even attracts those not interested in the facilities and a list of treatments that never ends. It’s also perfect for the flying visitor, since you needn’t be a member to book a same-day appointment. Drop in for a traditional Swedish massage and relax in a Moroccan-inspired setting. The pool area is decorated with light-blue tiles and is the focal point of the spa.
Yasuragi, Hasseludden, Hamndalsvägen 6, Saltsjö-Boo
Tel: 08 747 6400 www.hasseludden.com
Functioning as a hotel and conference centre as well as spa, it is hard to know whether to visit Yasuragi for a day or week. As your taxi pulls up to this countryside retreat 15 minutes outside the city centre, don’t be disheartened by an uninspiring exterior. Inside, the décor adheres faithfully to its Japanese theme, from the teppanyaki restaurant to minimalist bedrooms, with rattan mats on spacious, uncluttered floors and futons. It’s worth spending a weekend here to reap the full benefits, but if a day is all you can spare, you’ll still get something special out of it. The food, although intended to be healthy, is so delicious you won’t be able to stop eating (which may slightly defeat your original purpose). However, treatments are definitely less luxurious than those of Sturebadet – they want you to feel cleansed and detoxed by the end, rather than more beautiful. If you have time, try one of the yoga or meditation lessons.