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A warm welcome to Orbaden Spa & Resort
Helene Åkerström Hartman
Orbaden has been known as one of the most beautiful seaside resorts in Sweden for almost 100 years. Already in the 1920s it was widely known that at Ljusnan's valley there was a beach that was something out of the ordinary. According to the first tourist brochure, even the most famous beaches on the west coast could not "endure a comparison".
A Dalmas named Borgfeldt opened a bathing restaurant "located only seven hours' journey from Stockholm". This was in June 1926. At first there were cheap rooms for rent in nearby farmhouses and villas.
Borgfeldt found his way to Orbaden thanks to his camaraderie with the theatre brothers Henrik Olsson, Elis Ellis and Axel Janse. Henrik Olsson, who was from Söderala, had taken the company up to Orbaden one summer. This first visit led Borgfeldt, who already ran a restaurant in Stockholm, to start and run Orbaden's bathing restaurant and associated camping and dance floor during the years 1926-1934.
In 1934, Elis Ellis took over the restaurant. Elis Ellis was a well-known actor in Stockholm and had a large network of contacts among theatre people and celebrities. Under Elis Ellis' rule, operations grew in Orbaden and the site became a watering hole for the big city's cultural elite. The parties relieved each other.
There were those who thought Orbaden had become too liberated a place. In particular, the Church urged resistance in the 1940s, arguing that Orbaden had become a "nest of sin." Especially the baths upset. Two-piece swimsuits were used, which was prohibited by law, in addition to nude baths. It got to the point where the county sheriff had to investigate. However, he chose to look through his fingers and let the festivities continue. He even went so far as to make an exception and allowed both full- and half-nosed baths in Orbaden, an exception that only applied elsewhere in the country. Orbaden became one of the great Swedish tourist magnets.
Everything was rebuked for the tourists. Ellis expanded and started running boarding houses. He built a slide from the slope below the restaurant straight into the lake. Every week there were several concerts and sing-along evenings, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays there was dancing. A rest cottage and a viewing tower were built on Åsberget. On the beach, coffee was served and the villagers went and sold long milk and sandwiches to the sunbathers. Orbaden was at all a festive place to spend your holiday. There were at most three restaurants, three guest houses and five kiosks in Orbaden, in addition to the restaurant.
In the late 1940s, Ellis sold the restaurant. The next restaurateur had problems with the rights and eventually sold the plant to Arbrå municipality, which in turn sold it on to Korsnäs.
For many years, the resort was used as a holiday home for their employees. You could also come here on a GP holiday – an opportunity for the housewives to relax from household chores and have a time of peace and quiet, without children. The more children you had, the longer you had to stay.
In 2002 Helene Åkerström, a relocated Hälsing with extensive experience in the hotel industry, decided to move back home. She began a new era in Orbaden's development into a modern spa town with a focus on well-being with high demands on food, environment and service. Here you will get luxury and flair at Hälsingevis!
Under sportlovet har vi aktiviteter och bra rabatter för barnfamiljer.
Fira påsken i Orbaden med spa, god mat och underhållning. I paketet ingår middag och underhållning båda kvällarna, tillgång till spa på ankomstdag och mellandagen, frukostbuffé samt logi. Passa på att spendera dagarna i Järvsöbacken eller ute i våra trevliga skidspår.
Njut av en helg fylld med yoga, god mat och dryck tillsammans med Malin Berghagen .
Detta ingår, logi i 2 nätter, frukost, spaentré, 2 middagar, champagneprovning, träningspass samt föreläsning.