Långvik Congress Wellness Hotel
Story: Luxurious spa hotel for relaxation
Location: Tanskarlantie 9, 02420 Kirkkonummi
How to get there: by taxi, by car 30 km / 30 minute drive from Helsinki city center or train to Kirkkonummi and taxi from there
Bookings: Långvik Web Shop
Last year we got feedback from one #heleater saying he would like to see foodie stories and what people eat outside of Helsinki. We have been thinking about this idea for a while now and decided to kick off the series of foodie getaways from Helsinki. We’ve been exploring destinations and points of attractions for foodies within let’s say roughly one hour reach from Helsinki. Places where one could go for a day trip to experience tasty treats. We already have couple of places in mind but you are always welcome to recommend us new places which we should visit. The most important criteria for these places besides easy reach is of course the food. The place has to be worth visiting only because of the food (or why not beverages as well) they offer.
Långvik Congress Wellness Hotel was our first foodie destination located only 30 minutes from Helsinki city center by the bay in the middle of wintery forest landscape. We had heard lot of good things about the food in LÅNGVIK and one of us had even been there for a breakfast earlier. We expected quality food and use of local products in an elegant setting. Not too many years ago LÅNGVIK has been renovated into a luxurious congress and wellness hotel.
We read some reviews on Tripadvisor and some booking sites to see what people are saying about LÅNGVIK and their food. We were little bit surprised to see there were so many different opinions about the food in Långvik. Some people absolutely loved it and some not that much. We’ve learned to really know what the place is like you need explore it yourself no matter what the reviews say. There are as many people as there are different tastes so the reviews can give you a totally wrong impression as well.
It is really easy to find your way to LÅNGVIK with the help of a navigation system and the location seems very peaceful. The place is surrounded by beautiful nature though the building itself seemed like a flash from the past. Once entering the hotel whole another world opens up with fancy luxurious decor. The entrance hall led all the way to the restaurant ending to huge windows facing the water front.
It was winter holiday week when we visited LÅNGVIK in February and it turned out there were lot of people enjoying their holiday with us. Restaurant was getting packed so the receptionist kindly advised us to book a table for the dinner. Check-in was smooth and there seemed to be plenty of staff reserved for the busy weekend. We were a party of four people and LÅNGVIK had booked us a Standard Room and a connecting Business Suite. We were pretty psyched about our weekend getaway at that point while checking in so we kind of missed some of the information provided while checking in. By having said this we did wander around a little bit the long corridors of LÅNGVIK. The place is huge and the decor is cool. There seemed to be an art exhibition in the corridors of the ground floor which was a nice touch.
The rooms reserved for us were superb and comfy. Standard Room was stylish and would be excellent for a one night stay. Business Suite had a large living room and it was nice to relax a bit before the activities. Bathroom featured a small jacuzzi which we of course had to try out. Once we had made ourselves to feel like at home it was time to head to the spa and pool area before the dinner.
Spa and pool area was crowded by holiday people so we decided to head to the pool bar after a short swim. The eye catcher of the pool bar is a portrait of a former president of Finland Urho Kaleva Kekkonen. The portrait suits well the surroundings giving the space a personal touch. Drinks and it was time to go prepare ourselves for a dinner.
Tasting by the Open Fire
The dinner restaurant LÅNGVIK Bistro was a wide space with open fireplace located in the center creating a warm atmosphere. There was no other option but to start the dinner with a glass of sparkling. As the reception had told the restaurant was full of couples and small parties.
We ordered couple of tasting menus and two of us decided to go with the tastes from à la carte -menu. Tasting menus were accompanied by wine packages to go with the dishes and the waitress promised to choose matching wines with the dishes ordered separately. Beer has been and is bubbling in Helsinki and Finland, especially artisan beer, and there wasn’t too many beer optionS available. Luckily there was a couple of nice beers from a Finnish microbrewery Vakka-Suomen Panimo. We did not give a through look to the wine menu because sometimes it is amazing just to be led by a professional through the flavor journey.
We all agreed food and the recommended wines were in a great balance. The wine package with the tasting menu accompanied the dishes admirably and as an example the New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc was really nice with the first starter Goat cheese with basil. The dinner actually started already with a greeting from the kitchen which was salmon cooked in soy. There was also both dark and white bread available and the waitress told the bread is baked in house. After all the bread was delicious with slightly browned butter so we ended up eating couple of portions of bread.
Tastig menu continued with a lobster soup which was to die for. LÅNGVIK Toast Skagen from the menu was excellent and cep mushroom soup with apple was delicious too. The main course of the tasting menu was marbled fillet of beef with parsinp and the combination was good. The beef itself was cooked well being medium or even medium rare. Slightly smoked lavaret with wheat and lobster sauce from the menu was tasty and the fish skin could’ve just been a bit crispier.
Dark chocolate and elderflower dessert divided our opinions being extremely sweet. The dessert was to hate it or love it and one of us loved it and the other not so much. The dessert from the menu vanilla pudding with blueberry sorbet and raspberries was said to be delicious. After dinner we headed for some winter holiday fun in the game center to release our inner children to play some billiard, ping pong and table curling which were available free of charge.
Bubbles and Brunch
Regular Sunday breakfast had been upgraded to a brunch which is also available for walk in guests not staying over until end of April. This was absolutely fine by us and before the brunch starting at 9 we had just some time to go relax in the bubbles. Spa and pool area were empty and we got the jacuzzis all to ourselves which made the early morning relaxation perfect. Relax, bubbles, sauna and time for a brunch.
Brunch was served in a restaurant space next to the LÅNGVIK Bistro. The buffet was full of delicious and fresh treats. There were plenty of breakfast items accompanied by brunchy sweet cake selection. The salty options included lunch-like options like hash browns and overcooked pork. Scrambled eggs seemed like it was made from real eggs which is great after seeing so many powder scrambled eggs in different hotel breakfasts in Finland. There were rustic looking yogurts, different types of bread, cold cuts from dry cured ham to salami, cheese and fresh fruits. American pancakes were one of the highlights of the brunch.
Brunch food was of high quality and delicious. There was good selection of juices and the juice was made in a funny way by using an iPad. We would really want to see Finnish hotels offering freshly squeezed juice some day. Coffee was pretty basic and there was soy milk available as well. As an idea it would be cool to go to LÅNGVIK for a brunch some other time as well and have a bath in bubbles. Brunch is available on Sundays for the walk in guests 39€ per person including spa and pool area access and other activities as well.
Foodie getaway to LÅNGVIK was a pleasant surprise and great foodie experience. After the brunch we did go quickly to get sweat on at the gym after going home. We warmly recommend foodie and relaxation weekend to LÅNGVIK. LÅNGVIK sponsored accommodation and dinner for 4 people. Opinions are our own.