Just a swift 30-minute drive from Gothenburg, in West Sweden, this vast cotton mill turned hotel with a resort-like feel had us dreaming away as we soaked in our bathtub with views over the scenic Sävelången lake.

The whole property flirts with a warm take on Scandinavian minimalism, though opulent touches such as the heads-turning, gilded statement fireplace in the foyer have been handled with indulgent flair – as have a range of swanky on-site salons, delis and boutiques, selling Swedish and international fashion and interior design brands.

Our superior double, a room much like an oversized cosy corner, burst with thoughtful comforts and generous amenities that made all the difference: from Egyptian-cotton sheets and floor-to-ceiling windows to, oh well, a humongous private rooftop terrace overlooking the pristine lake in its woody embrace. We had it, so we’re flaunting it.

The Fabriker’s staff were attentive and polite, if a little reserved perhaps, although this can be forgiven, considering the unholy hours we took our breakfast at, all so we could squeeze in 30 minutes in the property’s 2018-opened Badhus, a beautiful spa that has interior-design aficionados positively drooling with admiration.

In fact, if Nääs Fabriker had a single raison d’être, we think it would be the impressive Badhus. You just have to ask the omnipresent, bathrobe-wearing locals sipping detox juices outside the steam sauna or those flip-flopping from the heated outdoor baths towards the icy waters of the lake. We’re sure they’d be inclined to agree. 

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While you’re Out There
You might be tempted to stick around Nääs Fabriker’s immediate surrounds during your stay (after all, it’s hard to wave goodbye to the hotel’s considerable comforts), but those going on an extended walk around peaceful Sävelången lake will be rewarded with pristine nature and – if the sun is out – pure bliss.

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Photography courtesy of Nääs Fabriker, Marie Ullnert and Steffen Michels