The island is only accessibly by helicopter or boat.

By Meena Thiruvengadam
October 15, 2020
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Erik Nissen Johansen

Sweden is taking the idea of a socially distanced vacation up a notch.

A team of Swedish hospitality professionals has come together to create an island escape at the site of the Pater Noster lighthouse off of Sweden’s rugged western coast. The group has converted what was once the home of a lighthouse caretaker on a tiny island into a boutique hotel complex, complete with a restaurant and bar. The property can accommodate up to 18 guests.

From above, the property looks like a collection of small red buildings on an island surrounded by treacherous waves. But inside those buildings, you’ll find hardwood floors, elaborate wallpaper, and furniture meant for lounging with an epic view as your backdrop.

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Visitors can choose to rent a room or the entire island. Stays include breakfast, guided island tours, lighthouse visits, the chance to fish for your own dinner, and access to hot tubs filled with warm seawater. Cars are prohibited, making the island a paradise for walkers and bikers.

Prices start at around $560 per night for individual rooms. Just don’t plan to drive yourself there — the island of Hamneskär is only accessible by boat and helicopter. It’s a 10-minute boat ride from Marstrand, the nearest town, which is home to just 1,300 people.

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The island of Hamneskär was once considered inhabitable, but has housed lighthouse keepers and their families for more than 100 years since a lodge was built at the site in 1868. “The spirit of the old lighthouse master is all over the place,” the property’s operations chief, Mirja Lilja Hagsjö, said. “This is a home...filled with history.”

The lighthouse itself got a makeover in 2002 when it was taken to the Swedish mainland to undergo what ultimately became a five-year restoration project. It made its way back to Hamneskär in 2007.

Meena Thiruvengadam is a Travel + Leisure contributor who has visited 50 countries on six continents and 47 U.S. states. She loves historic plaques, wandering new streets, and walking on beaches. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.