The Vibe: Art, design, food – what else does one need?
The Area: In Skåne, the south of Sweden, just an hour and a half from Malmö and Copenhagen.
The DNA: Surrounded by The Wanås Foundation sculpture park, Wanås Restaurant Hotel is a destination for design, art, and architecture fanatics. Located in an 18th century building, the mesmeric hotel features 11 rooms that combine contemporary Nordic design with mid-century classics and oodles of art. Small, intimate and personable, sustainability is key throughout the hotel and restaurant, the former sourcing materials to produce furniture and the property’s stunning oak floors; the latter looking to the estate’s forest to forage mushrooms, grow vegetables, and produce dairy and meat at its organic farm. A seasonal menu dependent upon availability pairs its zero-mile farm-to-table produce with that of small-scale artisanal producers from the immediate area. Behind the almost metre thick walls of the imposing Wanås hotel, contemporary art hangs on the walls, whilst the lobby—complete with regal fire place—is an inviting spot to plan explorations around the sculpture park (The Wanås Konst Center for Art and Education was established in 1987) with its contemporary site-specific installations and permanent works that come from names such as Yoko Ono, Nathalie Djurberg & Hans Berg, and Jenny Holzer.
Suite-Me-Up: No two rooms are the same, and each is a show-stopper. Quality over quantity seems to be the mantra – there are no televisions, coffee machines, or minibars (and rooms feel more relaxing for it). Sustainability is embedded throughout, including championing local makers – lights by RUBN, bathtubs by Ifö and limestone floors by Naturstenskompaniet – and any oak and leather used are from the estate. Ample natural light and minimal furnishings make the double rooms feel spacious while the three Junior suites are vast.
Accolades: Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2018
✅ free WiFi • size matters: 11 rooms • hotel opened: 2018 • architecture & interior design: Kristina Wachtmeister ✅ free on-site parking • pets allowed on request