THE ICONIC ONE-OF-A-KIND MOUNTAIN RETREAT, HOTEL UNION ØYE, HAS NOW REOPENED FOLLOWING A MAJOR TRANSFORMATIVE REFURBISHMENT
1 JUNE 2022 – Hotel Union Øye, part of leading experiential travel company 62ºNORD, is delighted to re-open its doors, following an extensive transformation. A hidden jewel, located by the remote and beautiful Norangsfjord in the Sunnmøre region on the north-west coast of Norway, it has been a firm favourite with mountaineers, artists, writers and royals since its origin. Following its transformation, 62ºNORD is delighted to announce that this is the first hotel in Norway to be welcomed into the Relais & Châteaux collection.
More than just a hotel, Hotel Union Øye, embodies the soul of this tight-knit community, with many locals working at the hotel today including General Manager, Mariann Øye, who grew up in this small fjord village and has visited the hotel since she was three years-old. Each night, guests will be taken back in time through storytelling which is hosted by a different member of the team during which, the storyteller will recount the history of the hotel whilst using personal experiences and anecdotes to bring it to life.
Over the last two years, meticulous care has been taken to ensure the new spaces are in keeping with the playful charm of this historical treasure. Every detail, from the fabrics and furniture to the artwork and curated book collection, has been handpicked and overseen by Line Flakk, Creative Director at Flakk Group, in collaboration with Corniche Interior Design. Together, they have artfully blended past and present, offering a hotel with all of the luxuries and comforts guests would expect, whilst retaining the whimsical charm and sense of curiosity of the past.
Where to sleep
All of the suites are individually designed and named after previous esteemed guests including notables such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Roald Amundsen. The three new suites include the King’s Suite, after King Olav; William Cecil Slingsby’s Suite, after the famous mountaineer and the Queen’s Suite. Each boast a separate lounge, open fireplace and private balcony with uninterrupted views of the surrounding mountains. Guests staying in the Queen Suite can make the most of the Press for Champagne button whilst those staying in the Kings Suite will enjoy the Press for Gin & Tonic feature. Additional accommodation can be found in the new Cluster Farm, which is made up of five standalone guesthouses. Designed to reflect that of a traditional Norwegian farm settlement, these guesthouses are more rustic in their look and feel and range in size from one to four-suite units, the latter is great for larger groups or families to use exclusively.
Where to dine
When it comes to wining and dining, the emphasis is on serving seasonal dishes using fresh local produce from surrounding farms and the onsite vegetable garden. Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are served in the main restaurant which has seen the addition of The Conservatory, a light and airy space which brings the outdoors in. In the summer months, guests have the option to dine alfresco.
When not out and about discovering the beauty of the region, guests will find an oasis of calm in The Palm Room, an all-day lounge and bar which boasts beautiful views of the surrounding gardens. Think palm-fringed lampshades, floor to ceiling glass windows, elegant, yet comfortable seating and a delectable menu of teas and coffees by day and classic cocktails by night.
Oenophiles will love the addition of the new Wine Cellar, which is home to an extensive collection of wine from around the world, spanning two separate rooms, one dedicated to red wine and the other dedicated to white wine. Here, guests can enjoy bespoke wine tasting experiences with the resident sommelier as well as the chance to host private dining for groups along a long communal wooden table.
Where to play
The remote location in which the hotel resides makes it a wonderful, limitless playground for guests. With a plethora of hiking trails and cycling routes directly from the front door, guests can spend their days exploring this mountainous region either solo or accompanied by an expert local guide. Additional activities include boat trips on the fjords, croquet on the lawn in the summer months and ice skating on the lake in the winter. The extensive gardens are also a magical place to explore. Guests can lose themselves meandering through the paths which lead through different areas including the formal garden at the front of the property, the vegetable garden, which will serve the kitchen and the French and Victorian gardens. The resident gardener has planted a range of plants and trees to ensure the garden is in bloom, whatever the season.
Those looking for some R&R can retire to The Library, which is home to a thoughtfully curated collection of antique Alpine Journals and contemporary coffee table books, in addition to The Game Room which serves as a space to relax and unwind or to enjoy a glass of whiskey from the small bar, after active days in the mountains.