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This last weekend I had a wonderful time celebrating my dear friend Linda’s birthday at Falkenberg Strandbad. A lovely hotel and spa at the west coast of Sweden in Falkenberg. A little more than an hour south of Gothenburg (Göteborg).

Falkenberg Strandbad

Falkenberg Strandbad

We had booked a Gold-package that included a small private VIP suite and massage at the spa. Curled up in cosy bathrobes with a view over the warm water pool and beach, we could see out but others couldn’t see in! Perfect!

The Retreat Club - SPA

The Retreat Club – SPA

And of course we enjoyed some champagne served with complementary fruit and a snack tray. The spa has a relaxing atmosphere where sounds from Africa are playing softly. Perfect for catching up, relax and sipping bubbles!

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte

Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte

For dinner the host had reserved a wonderful table by the window with a lovely view of Kattegat, the water between Sweden and Denmark. Perfect for sipping more champagne and celebrate!

Champagne with a view of Kattegat

Champagne with a view of Kattegat

For starter we ordered the slow baked veal with an emulsion of marrow. Served with an egg yolk, shaved cauliflower, salsa verde and topped with watercress.

Slow baked veal with marrow and shaved cauliflower

Slow baked veal with marrow and shaved cauliflower

Our main course was a lovely butter baked plaice fillet filled with finely julienne carrots and asparagus. A well balanced bleak roe vinaigrette and smooth beurre blanc gave a perfect buttery topping to the fish.

Butter baked plaice fillet

Butter baked plaice fillet

And as it is in season, it was served with dill tossed new potatoes!

Dill tossed new potatoes

As we are not big on sweets but love cheese, we exchanged the dessert for local cheese – Kattegat Vit from Skreaost (Skrea cheese). Served with homemade seaweed crispbread and tomato marmalade. To the cheese they served Kleine Zalze, a South African Cabernet Merlot Blend from 2010 that had smokey note to it.

Kattegat Vit Local Cheese

Kattegat Vit Local Cheese

The hotel interior design brings back memories of New England resorts as well as the colonial style found at hotels in South Africa and Singapore. I adore the warm feeling of wooden furniture with the tan fabrics.

Falkenberg Strandbad Lobby

Falkenberg Strandbad Lobby

Falkenberg Strandbad Room

Falkenberg Strandbad Room

The beach was right outside! Perfect for a swim or just walking by the shore.

Skrea Strand Falkenberg strandbad

Skrea Strand Falkenberg strandbad

I truly recommend Falkenberg Strandbad for a relaxing time with good food and peaceful atmosphere. I though would say it may be more suitable for couples, as majority of the other guests were, but we certainly had a lovely time!

Remember Life is too short to not eat and drink well!
And enjoy life!