For a day spent ashore, these are the places to be pampered, the sights to see, the shopping districts to delve into, the activities to indulge in, and the gourmet treats to discover.
The Grand Hotel
Boasting one of the best locations in the city, The Grand Hotel sits majestically on the harbour with fabulous views of the Old Town and Royal Palace. Currently home to a brilliant Health Club featuring first-class massages and treatments for the face, hands and feet, late 2009 will see the hotel opening exclusive new spa facilities in the Burmanska Palace section of the hotel in collaboration with the international spa consultancy Raison d'Etre, focusing on luxurious seclusion and unbeatable waterfront views.
Sturebadet is one of Sweden’s most exclusive day spas and welcomes non-members to use its premier facilities. From indulgent spa services such as massage, bath cures, and facials, the centre also offers exercise, relaxation and nutritional counselling.
For any real nautical enthusiasts, a visit to the Vasa Museum should not be missed. The 17th century ornate wooden ship sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 and has been fantastically well-preserved. The museum itself details the ship’s intriguing history from its sinking to its salvage operation.
Continuing Stockholm’s penchant for excellent museums is the world’s first open-air museum, Skansen, which is particularly perfect for travellers with children. Containing historic Swedish houses, a native zoo, and actors dressed in period dress. Contagious in vibrant atmosphere and Swedish charm, this museum makes for a delightful day ashore.
It will come as no surprise that Stockholm is the home of absolutely astounding design. From clothing and jewellery to furniture and homewares, this city is a shopping paradise. The best street for intriguing 20th-century design is Sibyllegatan, where Jacksons, Modernity, and Asplund are home to excellent contemporary furniture collections.
Götgatan is another excellent shopping strip, especially as it houses the mini-mall Bruno Götgatsbacken, where some of the country’s biggest designer names can be found.
The most elegant department store in the city is undoubtedly NK (Nordiska Kompaniet), where fashion, homewares, cosmetics and jewellery are first-class. All the biggest Swedish brands are found here, as well as the best from the international scene.
The two-storey Gallerian shopping complex is arguably the favoured shopping destination of Swedish locals, offering everything a major department store does but without the touristy trinkets.
Geocity is the perfect place to head for exotic mineral crystals, Scandinavian gems and Baltic amber. The onsite gemmologists will cut and set any gem from the collection, which includes those from Greenland, Madagascar, and Siberia.
Escape the city for a day and take your yacht to explore the Swedish archipelago. The island of Vaxholm is lovely for a picnic lunch, or spend a day strolling the delightful beaches and pretty harbour at Sandhamn on the island of Sandön.
Fjäderholmarnas Krog is a wonderful restaurant situated on the Fjäderholm Islands, a short boat ride from the centre of Stockholm. Whether you choose to dine on the veranda, at a table in the loft or in the main dining room, the cuisine is guaranteed to impress, as will the wine list. Fish dishes are a specialty here, while traditional meat dishes like Swedish meatballs are also cooked to perfection.