the story of stenungsbaden
Ever since the 1870’s the affluent people, royalty and celebrities have enjoyed the good life on Stenungsö island in the lovely mansions and society clubs. A bathing house was built to cater for a good retreat for the island society. The owner of “Triangel coffee”, Herman Lindqvist, built his magnificent summer residence “Villa Stensäter” in 1902, exactly where Stenungsbaden is located today, with a superb view of the sea and the main land. In 1963, the hotel Stenungsbaden opened with 20 hotel rooms. A few years later, the hotel was expanded with several conference rooms and more hotel rooms.
Stenungsön in general, and Stenungsbaden in particular, have a lot of exciting stories to tell. The island’s history as an alternative to Marstrand for affluent city folk during the late 19th century – with a bathhouse for seaweed bathing and scrubbing among the facilities – makes for an interesting contrast to modern forms of wellness treatment. Today, the island is home to one of Sweden’s most well known conference and entertainment hotels – Stenungsbaden.
With the sparkling Hakefjord just outside the hotel, outdoor activities as sailing and other water sports, are a natural part of the resort, and became more popular in the mid seventies when the hotel was bought by Tomas Wallin, Klas Hammar and Anders Personne. The owner Tomas Wallin had a dream of America’s Cup and led a major challenge for the hotel during 1977 to 1992. And as a part this challenge the hotel become Stenungsbaden Yacht Club in 1986 Since 1999, Stenungsbaden is owned by the Stordalen family. Nordic Choice Hotels. has almost 200 hotels in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and the Baltics.