SANDwindandweather – that’s probably the best way to describe the feeling of freedom that comes over you when you can visit the Baltic Sea in autumn and winter.
The sea is rough and vast, the wind forms imaginative shapes in the clouds, the fresh breeze buffets the isolated groups of walkers exploring the beach, wrapped up in cosy clothing and warm hats, all huddled together. It touches the soul, allows thoughts to develop and promotes genuine relaxation.
It’s even better when you can go back to a chilled place afterwards. The SAND lifestyle hotel in Timmendorfer Strand is one such place: 75 rooms and suites bearing a design that’s cosmopolitan and down to earth, featuring soft, natural colours and carefully considered details. SAND stands for Sand Aspires Natural Design. Guests can expect laid-back luxury in a sustainable and cool setting.
Stylish swing seats, reeds in tall vases, wide candles and lanterns on the window sills also adorn the new SANDlounge. This is a real highlight, especially for the autumn and winter months. Large glazed areas offer a clear view of whatever the weather may be outside while you’re enjoying a delicious cocktail or hot drink in convivial surroundings. It’s even hotter on the top floor: the rooftop sauna on the roof terrace with its open-air relaxation area provides a far-reaching view of the locality and out to sea. It can also be booked for exclusive use by couples wanting extra time together at SAND.
“If you visit us by the Baltic Sea in autumn and winter, you can look forward to an experience immersed in nature,” comments Yvonne Bork, the manager of the SAND. She always has a tip or two up her sleeve for SAND guests: “It can get stormy, but that’s what we like here in the north.
Weatherproof outdoor clothes should be at the top of your packing list so there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying a relaxing hike along the long sandy beach. There are lots of great cafés and restaurants on the coast that are really worth a visit.” For those who would prefer something more urban or cultural, the Hanseatic cities of Lübeck and Hamburg are two top destinations within easy reach. In December in particular, they attract visitors not only with their Christmas markets but also their pedestrianised zones for a spot of winter retail therapy.