As one of the most luxe destinations on the Baltic Sea, Stockholm in the Fennoscandia area of Sweden is rich with the cosmopolitan beauties and dramatic scenery that only a royal capital can offer. In this old city, nature intersects with sophistication and the 14 islands that make up the area offer a blend of multi-lingual residents, medieval streets, museum-quality art on the streets, posh shopping and a prosperous bohemian culture. The next time that you find yourself in the Scandinavian area of the world, be sure to make a stop at the Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN) in your private jet.
Where to Sleep
With a modern color palate that’s influenced by the Nordic royal capital (blues with slate gray, deep browns and stark whites), the Nobis is a luxury hotel designed by the renowned Swedish architect studio Claesson Koivisto Rune. Centrally located near some of Stockholm’s most popular shops, museums, restaurants and attractions, the hotel is famous for the Italian restaurant Caina and the glamorous Gold Bar. For the best view of the city from a Juliet balcony, book room 355. (http://www.nobishotel.se/default-en.html)
If you’re a hipster, or just like the scene, Lyndmar is the perfect boutique hotel for you. Located near the National Museum, the Lyndmar Hotel brings you everything that you love about edgy and cool designs with ribald art everywhere you look. The rooms, once a part of the National Museum archives, feel like homey apartments. For the best views of the Royal Palace, stay in room 201 or 401. Or, for a luxury attic-like feel, try room 500 for its exposed wooden beams. (http://www.lydmar.com/)
Located opposite the Royal Palace, overlooking the harbor and Gamla Stan, the Grand Hôtel has been a favorite among celebrities and socialites—from Greta Garbo to Justin Timberlake—since 1874. The Grand has everything that you seek in a luxury hotel, but part of its popularity comes from the two Mathias Dahlgren restaurants, which each have Michelin ratings. When booking a room, ask for at least a deluxe suite because the extra space it offers. (http://www.grandhotel.se/en)
Where to Eat
When you charter a private jet to Stockholm, don’t miss out on the fare offered by the Mathias Dahlgren’s Matbaren (one Michelin star) and Matsalen (two Michelin stars) restaurants at the Grand Hôtel. Each offering Swedish cuisine, the Matbaren is great for lunch with its casual feel and open kitchen. Go to the upscale Matsalen for dinner and get enveloped in local fair and the velvet furniture. (http://www.mathiasdahlgren.com/index.php?lang=En)
Wärdshuset Ulla Winbladh
Housed in a former historic Gustavian-style, 19th century inn, the Wärdshuset Ulla Winbladh prepares traditional Swedish cuisine that changes with the season. The charm of this eatery is in its charming style—arched doorways, a garden patio that looks out on the Rosendalsvägen, white walls and long, farm-style tables. (http://www.ullawinbladh.se/Engelska.html)
You’ll find the Operakällaren in the 19th century Stockholm Opera House, which offers the haute cuisine of Stefano Catenacci. The Art Nouveau dining room at the Operabaren (Opera Bar) will remind you of an aristocratic gentlemen’s club with its stained-glass ceiling and leather chesterfield armchairs. A popular hangout among local high society, relish in the Operabaren’s cultural ambiance as white-suited waiters bring you hearty dishes. (http://www.eng.operakallaren.se/page.asp?pageID=1197)
As the most popular museum in the country, the Vasamuseet (Vasa Museum) on Djurgarden is home to the warship Vasa. The Vasa is the oldest known completed ship that was built during the reign if King Gustavus Adolphus II in 1628. The warship sank after only sailing 1,400 yards. After spending 333 years under water, the museum crew resurrected and restored the ship. The Vasamuseet explores life aboard a warship in the 1600s and the different elements discovered on and around the Vasa. (http://www.vasamuseet.se/en/)
Gamla Stan is Stockholm’s Old Town and the location of the Kungliga Slottet, the residence of the royal family. Founded in 1252, Gamla Stan is one of the best preserved and largest medieval city centers in Europe. Take a tour through the Royal Palace (one of the largest in the world) and browse the boutiques, antique shops and art galleries situated along the cobblestone roads. Keep an eye open for Mårten Trotzigs gränd, the narrowest alley in Gamla Stan. (http://www.visitstockholm.com/en/To-Do/Attractions/gamla-stan/1856)
When you come to Stockholm, bring extra pieces of luggage for all the goodies that you’ll want to bring home. These goodies aren’t souvenir Viking hats. And, forget H&M and IKEA. Stockholm is a haute couture destination for upscale fashion items, home décor, leathers goods and more. Palmgrens is the Swedish version of Hermès. NK is the Swedish counterpart to London’s Harrods. To make sure that you don’t miss out on anything, hire a personal shopper to take you to best fashion and design houses, like Svenskt Tenn and Odd Molly. (http://www.visitstockholm.com/en/To-Do/Shopping/)
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