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For centuries, the tiny and remote island of Hamneskär on the west coast of Sweden has been feared for its extremely hazardous waters. Sailors and fishermen would often read The Lord’s Prayer, or Pater Noster in Latin when ships approached the dangerous reefs around it. That’s why, when in the late 19th century, a lighthouse and a house for its keeper were built on the island, the lighthouse was called Pater Noster as a tribute to the seamen’s prayers. For over a hundred years, the house would shelter generations of lightkeepers who braved the extreme conditions on the barren island and called it their home.
And now, a group of Swedish hoteliers and designers have turned the old house into Sweden’s new luxury destination hotel.
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The property has nine guestrooms that can accommodate up to 18 guests, a restaurant, a bar, and an outdoor café. The award-winning Swedish hospitality design studio Stylt is behind the stylish, marine-inspired interiors. Bulkhead lighting, painted wood-paneled walls and ceilings, and rustic furniture pieces hint at the hotel’s fascinating history. Custom wallpaper and art prints are displayed all over the property.
In the summer café, guests can enjoy freshly baked goods while the restaurant’s menu is all about local seafood (including seaweed).
Access to the island is possible via a RIB boat or a helicopter from the island of Marstrand or Gothenburg. Deep-sea fishing (and cooking your catch), sailing, scuba diving, and meditation are just some of the activities that will keep you busy during your stay.
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“During my 30 years within the hospitality business, I have rarely come across such a unique destination”, says Stylt’s founder and partner in the project Erik Nissen Johansen. “It’s all there—the remote location, the fantastic nature, the extreme weather conditions, the thrilling history—and soon, great hospitality with a dash of roughness and low-key luxury.”
Prices start at $560 per night.