We’re not talking somewhere that’s slightly off the beaten track; we’re talking an island surrounded by hidden rocks, that was once deemed ‘inhabitable’ because of its barren landscape.
The island of Hamneskär, off the coast of Sweden, historically served as a location for a lighthouse to warn incoming ships of the jagged hidden rocks below.
A house was built on the island and for hundreds of years, it served as the home for lighthouse keepers and their families, as well as a rescue stop for shipwrecked sailors.
Nowadays, the house and its surrounding buildings have been restored and transformed into a chic nine-bedroom hotel. The property also includes a restaurant serving up some delicious local fare (seafood is on the menu of course).
It’s got all of the modern amenities you need for a comfortable stay, but the isolated setting makes it ideal if you want to escape the daily grind.
The hotel is described “a place for seafarers from near and far, for nature lovers and pleasure seekers, for those who are seeking tranquility or good company”.
In fact, it’s promised that “the light is brighter and the wind is wilder, the ocean saltier and the seafood fresher”.
The lighthouse has been inactive since the 1970s, but there are tours so you can learn more about its fascinating history.
The barren island sits on the far end of Sweden’s west coast archipelago, and can only be reached by boat or helicopter – provided the weather conditions are suitable. (It’s definitely one for the more adventurous holidaymaker!).
Starting to think it could be ideal for your next getaway?
Rooms at the Pater Noster hotel start from £442 per person, which includes breakfast and dinner.
At the time of writing, the Foreign Office doesn’t ban travel against Sweden, and Brits won’t need to quarantine for 14 days when they get back from the country.
However, with travel restrictions under constant review during the pandemic, you should always check the latest FCDO Sweden advice before booking, planning or going on a trip.
If you don’t want to travel abroad, but still like the idea of going off the grid, we’ve got you covered – we’ve rounded up some of the UK’s best remote Shepherd’s Hut stays for a dose of inspiration.
If Sweden has always been on your bucket list, then it’s also worth checking out Visit Sweden for heaps more inspiration and tips on some of the best things to see and do in the country.