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The city of Lahti in Southern Finland isn't just a centre for winter sports but also a culinary hotspot as I've outlined in my last post. First and foremost, however, the Lahti Region with all its lakes is all about nature and views, and it truly was a winter wonderland when I visited in January.
Of course, if you're going to go all the way to Finland, you want to stay somewhere that gives you the chance to really immerse yourself in nature and the landscapes around you, right?! These 5 places surely have the views - and much more!*
Aurinkoranta Villa Estelle
Granted, Villa Estelle is not your ordinary holiday cabin. However, if you fancy a wedding with just your closest friends and family, this place is perfect! And nooo, I'm not actually hinting at my boyfriend right now...
Nah, I really don't have any wedding plans but if I had, I'd sure like to celebrate it at this place. Situated at Lake Vesijärvi, a half hour drive from Lahti, this villa truly has an amazing view no matter the season! And if that's not enough, I'm sure you'll love the sauna in the villa... or the pool table...
There are 7 double bedrooms with private bathroom and one suite (for the happy couple) available, as well as a huge kitchen and dining room with space for everyone. Whether you're actually hosting a wedding here or just want to celebrate the big 30 with your mates, Villa Estelle surely won't disappoint!
You can learn more about Villa Estelle and find rates here.
Solo Sokos Hotel Lahden Seurahuone
If you're looking for a place that's more centrally located in the Lahti Region, Solo Sokos Hotel Lahden Seurahuone is a great one! Situated in downtown Lahti, this place has a view of Lahti's rooftops and makes it perfect for a weekend trip if you're attending one of the many winter sports events in town, or just want to experience Lahti's culinary scene!
The rooms are very spacious and cosy but the best thing about them is the bathtub! Is there anything more relaxing than a hot bath after a day out in the cold going skiing (or in my case, snowmobiling)? Trust me, there is isn't! Except for maybe a trip to the sauna.
Lucky for you that the Lahden Seurahone has its own sauna in the basement of the hotel - and not just any sauna. This sauna has its own TV, so if you're a real winter sports fanatic, you can continue watching competitions at the hotel - from the comfort of a steaming sauna!
Another thing I really loved about my stay at the Seurahone was the food! I mean, a hotel that has a candy buffet for breakfast?! What a treat! There isn't just candy to be had, though.
Both, the breakfast and lunch (salad) buffet come with an enormous variety of options and all include delicious Finnish rye bread and yummy cheese, which had me in foodie heaven! I also had salmon for lunch there and it was very tasty.
Oh, and did I mention that the hotel was chosen as the "World's Best Hotel" of the World Luxury Hotel Award in 2015? If I'll ever come back to Lahti, you'll know where to find me!
You can learn more about Solo Sokos Hotel Lahden Seurahuone and find rates here .
If you've seen my video from Lahti, you might have noticed the preparation of salmon on a bonfire. Well, we did this at the Lehmonkärki Hunting Lodge after a snowshoe hike in the forest and it was just a fabulous evening!
Basically, Lehmonkärki is a resort of holiday cabins at Lake Päijänne, a 45min drive from Lahti. They have several villas but also B&B rooms to choose from and if you'd like to really splurge one day (or celebrate a wedding?), the villas even come with their own pier and beach!
Don't worry if that's a bit out of your price range, though, as the rooms of the Bed and Breakfast have access to an outdoor spa which is equally glamorous. I mean, sweating it out in a sauna or hot tub with a view of Lake Päijänne really isn't too shabby, is it?!
The best about Lehmonkärki has got to be the food and activities though. Like I said, nothing quite as romantic as a snowshoe hike at night (though, you can also go snowmobiling, dog-sledding or fishing during your holiday) and a delicious meal from the open fire an hour later.
The owners of the resort really went above and beyond with their buffet at the hunting lodge and I'd say that you'd have to stay at Lehmonkärki just to stuff your face with the best of Finnish cuisine!
You can learn more about Lehmonkärki Resort and find rates here.
Iso-Naappila is another resort, offering cottages in the small town of Vääksy, half an hour's drive from Lahti. I've personally only been to the main building, the old farmhouse from 1930 - which is absolutely lovely - however, the owners also offer a couple of different cottages in different sizes.
Most of them come with its own beach and boat, so if you're up for a fishing trip or just a lazy summer week with friends in the Lakeland of Lahti, Iso-Naappila is a gorgeous option!
On our winter visit, we spent most of our time inside, preparing fresh fish, deer, oven vegetables and a blueberry dessert for dinner, but also got to enjoy the lovely outdoor hot tub in the forest right next to the old farmhouse. It was an amazing night and a great introduction to what winter in Finland really is all about: food, views and "hygge"!
Messilä Ski Resort
As you could expect from a major winter sports centre like Lahti, the city also has a ski resort! At Messilä, a mere 15min drive from downtown Lahti, you can rent a hotel room or an entire cabin with a view, right off the ski track!
The Kartanohotelli Messilä has rooms in an old farmhouse, as well as a couple of cottages for 3 to 12 people. There also is a swimming pool and sauna for you to relax after a long day on the ski slopes. Likewise, Messilä Camping offers cottages for 6-7 people - and as you would expect from Finland, each cottage comes with its own sauna!
CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF FINNISH NATURE & CUISINE? WATCH MY VIDEO FROM LAHTI FOR MORE OF THE GOOD STUFF!
When visiting Lahti, would you rather rent a cabin or enjoy the amenities of a hotel?
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