Subterranean sleepSala, Sweden
If you’re looking to escape the crowds, sun and everything green, why not head underground? The single suite at Sala Silvermine is located 155 metres below the surface in a former silver mine out in the Swedish countryside. Guests are given a guided tour of the caverns, on arrival – winter woolies are a necessity because the temperature hovers at around 2ºC – before being escorted to the suite to enjoy the peace and complete silence.
The accommodation is surprisingly plush for an underground suite. There’s a bed tucked into one chamber and a dining area where wine, cheese and fruit await. The space is appropriately decked out in silver-hued furniture and candlelight adds a touch of romance. There are a couple of down sides: no mobile reception, although there’s an intercom to communicate with the world above; and the loo is down a dark tunnel (plumbing is a bit of an issue this far underground).
- Listening to the knowledgeable staff who make the whole experience quite exciting
- The basket of goodies that will greet you on arrival
- The chance to have a technology detox – no phone reception means you’ll enjoy the piece and quiet in your own private cave room
- A walk down a dark tunnel when you need to use the loo at midnight sounds like the start of a horror film
- The showers and lounge are above ground, so it’s a long way to go if you want to freshen up before breakfast
Fly with Qatar to Stockholm and take a bus or train to Sala.
- Intercom to communicate with those up above
- Showers and lounge can be found above ground
The Sala Silver Mine suite costs about US$550 a night.
A staff member can be contacted via the intercom at any time, so you’re not locked away in the soil completely solo.