144 The Win­ner Takes It All

Serene, so­phis­ti­cated and blessed with spec­tac­u­lar views of Swe­den’s cap­i­tal city, the Grand Ho­tel Stock­holm’s Princess Lil­ian Suite is fit for roy­alty.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Con­tents - By Renyi Lim

Grand Ho­tel Stock­holm has hosted No­bel Prize lau­re­ates since 1901, in set­tings as grand as the Princess Lil­ian Suite (RM42,800 per night).

Even with its rep­u­ta­tion for ground­break­ing con­tem­po­rary de­sign, neoNordic cui­sine and cut­ting- edge fash­ion, there are tra­di­tions that Swe­den proudly ad­heres to - most no­tably, the an­nual No­bel Prize awards.

Fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of this year’s No­bel lau­re­ates at the be­gin­ning of Oc­to­ber, Stock­holm will play host to some of the world’s great­est minds and lu­mi­nar­ies on 10 De­cem­ber for the No­bel Prize award cer­e­mony and ban­quet.

The 143- year- old Grand Ho­tel Stock­holm - an iconic land­mark on the city’s wa­ter­front - will wel­come roy­alty, heads of state, artists, and No­bel Prize lau­re­ates and their fam­i­lies, as it has done since 1901.

Its re­fur­bished Princess Lil­ian Suite, lo­cated on the top floor of the ad­join­ing Bur­man­ska Palace (which dates back to 1871), is the per­fect ad­dress from which you can bear wit­ness to some of the world’s great­est achieve­ments.

Two bed­rooms, a sit­ting room, a li­brary, a kitchen, a spa area and an in-suite cin­ema make up this 360sqm re­treat (from 80,000

The 143- year- old Grand Ho­tel Stock­holm is a land­mark on the city’s wa­ter­front.

Swedish kro­nor, RM42,800 per night), which boasts panoramic views of Stock­holm.

In­te­rior de­signer Sanna Nathanson has worked her magic with a re­fined colour palate of grey­blue, cream and gold.

Although the Princess Lil­ian Suite is a pic­ture-per­fect ex­am­ple of con­tem­po­rary Scan­di­na­vian style, it doesn’t shy away from lux­ury. The spa­cious liv­ing room and welle­quipped kitchen make host­ing a din­ner for 12 peo­ple a breeze, while a fully-stocked bar trol­ley and grand pi­ano lend them­selves ever so well to a merry cock­tail hour.

Not only is the spa sec­tion fit­ted with new ex­er­cise equip­ment, there’s also a tran­quil re­lax­ation zone that in­cludes a deep mo­saic soak­ing tub, mas­sage and wa­ter­fall show­ers, and a steam or dry sauna.

Res­i­dents won’t have to travel far to ex­plore the city - af­ter all, Grand Ho­tel sits next to the Na­tional Mu­seum, and the Old Town and Royal Palace op­po­site are vis­i­ble from the Suite’s two ter­races. Nev­er­the­less, a per­sonal but­ler ser­vice and ac­cess to the ho­tel’s fleet of lim­ou­sines will help guide you through Stock­holm.

Per­haps the most mem­o­rable

In­te­rior de­signer Sanna Nathanson has worked her magic with a re­fined colour palate of grey- blue, cream and gold.

ad­ven­tures you’ll have will be in Grand Ho­tel it­self: its his­toric in­te­ri­ors, such as its Spegel­salen or Hall of Mir­rors ball­room, have been recog­nised as na­tional trea­sures.

Its fa­mous Nordic Spa in­tro­duces spa-go­ers to the plea­sures of pine-scented saunas and dip­ping into a beau­ti­ful, late-sum­mer warm pool, sur­rounded by gran­ite from Gry­thyt­tan and Rauk stones from Got­land. A mar­vel­lous respite from the fierce win­ter winds out­side, the Nordic bathing rit­ual is not to be missed, and well worth walk­ing down­stairs in your bathrobe for - even if you’ve just re­ceived a No­bel Prize. www.grand­ho­tel.se ≠

Grand Ho­tel Stock­holm was founded by French chef Regis Cadier as the first Swedish ho­tel to live up to the renowned con­ti­nen­tal-style ho­tels around Europe.

From top: Spegel­salen was in­spired by its name­sake, the Ga­lerie des Glaces in Ver­sailles; Nordic Spa & Fit­ness is staffed with ther­a­pists, coaches and spe­cial­ists.

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