Top stays in Finlands South & Helsinki
Our top places to stay in the wonderful Finland. Our MD has recently been to stay in the stunning Javri Lodge in the Finnish Lapland, and as we have spoken so much about Javri, we thought it right to let you know about some of the other fabulous places to stay when travelling to Finland. We are going to start with Central and Southern Finland, then go on to Helsinki, with our next post taking you to the heart of the Finnish Lapland. Central Finland is one of the 19 regions in the country and despite its name it is actually fairly southern within the country.
The Bear Centre is a must see or stay, with over 29 different hides in which photographers and wildlife enthusiasts can sit and watch bears and wolves in the ultimate in Scandinavian wildlife experiences. From April to October every year, you can stay overnight (or more nights, if so inclined!) at this amazing place and hopefully see some of the rarest and most endangered wildlife species on the planet (wolves and wolverines) as well as the more common but nevertheless magical species such as bears, foxes, eagles, and owls.
If you’re looking for something a bit more private and secluded, especially those seeking to travel and stay with friends of large family groups, then Villa Cone Beach is the place for you. This stunning and exclusively private use villa in southern Finland is a short flight, then drive from Finland’s capitol Helsinki. The whole of Villa Cone Beach is made up of a main building, a lakefront sauna, garage space for 1 large car (the garage has enough space for 2 cars, or 1 large car), a private land area of about 4 hectares including a stunning garden of about 1 hectare and around 500 metres of lakefront exclusively for you. Villa Cone Beach was originally built for the owner’s family home and comprises 3 bedrooms all of which can be made into doubles or twins with two en-suite bathrooms and an extra one downstairs. From here your time will be spent on adventures with huskies, snowmobiles, and fat bikes – as well as the optional nights at the nearby Bear Centre in the hopes you might see bears, wolves, and other fabulous wildlife. Alternatively, you can book brewery tours of the Vuokatti – highly recommended!
Now for our top stays in Finland’s capitol, Helsinki. We will start with Hotel Haven. This wonderful hotel was so deservedly the first Finnish hotel to make it into the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group. Its charming and welcoming and offers absolutely everything you could need to have a relaxing yet exciting stay in Helsinki. Breakfasts here take place in the Sunmans’ building which is the second oldest stone building in the whole of Helsinki. The restaurant for lunches and dinners has incredible views of the famous Market Square and the harbour of Helsinki.
Another two of our top stays are the Lilla Roberts and Klaus K Hotel. Lilla Roberts is a stylish, yet elegant hotel set between the business district and the most desired residential area in Helsinki. The rooms are simple yet luxurious and comfortable – book one of the suites as they are wonderfully huge and very high end. The building itself has a history to it which is fascinating, making you feel as if you are staying in a part of the ‘real’ Helsinki. The Klaus K Hotel is the epitome of a modern and stylish Finnish city hotel. Every room has its own accents and touches, and the quirky art deco nature has a wow factor not experienced anywhere else. Located in the centre of Helsinki, Klaus K Hotel is the perfect place to explore the city from on foot. The luxury restaurant Toscanini (Italian) and the Klaus K Bar & Lounge mean that evenings in are a real highlight when staying here.
Our final must stay is the Hotel Kamp, which was the first 5* hotel in Helsinki and is all about timeless effortless elegance. The rooms and suites are grand and sumptuous. Every suite offers a relaxing drawing room and is as spacious as it gets. The hotel has all the hallmarks of a grand luxury hotel, and the concierge is efficient, friendly and knowledgeable. Hotel Kamp Brasserie has a dramatic view of Helskinki’s Esplanadi Park, and the food is sensational. The Kamp Spa is well worth a visit and the perfect way to unwind before or after your more adventurous luxury Finland holiday.