With cosy cosmopolitan cities and sublime landscapes, Sweden shares the best of both worlds, providing a unique getaway tailored to your mood. Spend time exploring hiking trails through thick forests or wander picturesque medieval towns. Explore an archipelago of islands or relax in an indulgent spa. A luxury holiday in Sweden puts you at the centre of the action.
Sweden is a Scandinavian land of opportunities and nowhere shows this best than the capital city of Stockholm. Known lovingly as 'beauty on water', Stockholm bathes at the edge of the Baltic Sea, harbouring an archipelago of almost 30,000 islands and islets. The city itself is home to countless museums, famous art galleries and the iconic Gamla Stan old town, where brightly coloured buildings line medieval streets peppered with palaces and cathedrals.
On the west side of Sweden, opposite Denmark's northern tip, Gothenburg is another city with endless appeal. Here, you'll find Dutch-style canals, neoclassical architecture and an enclave of quaint islands. The city boasts a botanical garden and several museums, including the internationally renowned Gothenburg Art Museum, which has a collection of works by Gauguin, Monet, Munch and Van Gogh.
On the southern tip of Sweden, Karlskrona offers well-preserved fairytale architecture that spreads out across an archipelago of islands seemingly as one. It's a unique city that sits almost level with the waters, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site to boot. Take time to stroll the area and soak up the atmosphere. With interesting little museums, large decorative cathedrals and a host of pastel-coloured houses, it's an easy pleasure to lose yourself in your wanderings.
With four distinct seasons, Sweden is a country worth visiting any time of the year as each passing month creates a different atmosphere. If you like warm, sunny weather, then visit from May to August when there's little rainfall and long daylight hours.
September brings golden autumnal hues and cosy evenings. To see the snow, wrap up warm and travel during the months of November to March. In December, you'll find a winter wonderland with charming Christmas markets. April then brings blossoming flowers and the joy of longer days.
As with any holiday, it's a good idea to carry some identification with you and to keep a photocopy of your passport. British passport holders don't need a visa to visit Sweden and can stay for up to 3 months. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.
On your luxury getaway, expect Swedish fine dining dishes cooked with a twist of international flair – or international cuisine with a Scandinavian touch. Your hotel's brasserie or bistro will serve up sumptuous food with waterfront views on the side.
Must-try eats from Sweden include the famous smorgasbord, a mouthwatering buffet with fish, meatballs, breads, mustard, and dill-scented sauces. This is perfect snack food after a day of discovery as you unwind in the hotel bar with a classic cocktail, hot chocolate, scotch whisky or craft beer in hand.