So, about that floating sauna, a two-floor boat that is decked out with not only a sweat room, but also a bedroom, full bath, living room, and a top deck for sunbathing and sightseeing. Upon request, you can enjoy some or all of these amenities as the boat cruises along the coastline. A mini-spa cruise, if you will.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that the price tag currently limits to it to large groups for day use and special occasions for an overnight. While guests can use the sauna when it is docked for $23, the price jumps to over $1,800 as soon as the boat leaves the dock. The price is what it costs to sauna and sail for two hours because you have to rent out the whole thing and pay for the hire of the captain -- clearly an experience the hotel is reserving for groups and special occasions.
We were really excited about the floating sauna concept upon arriving at the hotel, and you can imagine our disappointment to find out we wouldn't be able to sail. It’s a shame to see something so unique – and so heavily advertised – not realistically available to individual travelers. The Salt & Sill is still relatively young, though, and we hope they soon find a way to remedy this, even if it’s something as simple as anchoring somewhere just offshore from the hotel.
That feedback aside, find and stay at this cozy, floating getaway with confidence as a one or two night add-on to any trip that brings you to Gothenburg. Or better yet, road trip around the western coast as Tjorn is only one of many small islands in the region. Island hopping in Sweden? You betcha.
Rates for the Salt & Sill start at $350/night during the summer months.
Disclaimer: We were on assignment for another publication when visiting the Salt & Sill, but all opinions are our own.
[Photos: Salt & Sill/Will McGough]