Båstad on the southwestern tip of Sweden has long been a popular getaway and party capital to many Swedes and visitors from around the world. Over a two-week period, with it's (actual) sandy beaches, hotels and b&b's, beautiful countryside and the SkiStar Swedish Open (Men's 7/10-7/17) and the Ericsson Open (Women's 7/17-7/24), it's a relaxed atmosphere where top tennis professionals come after the gravity of Wimbledon, where one can kick back and enjoy themselves.
There are many attractive options for lodging in and around the area, from the many quaint and cozy b&b's to small inns to larger more luxurious hotels, most notably Hotel Skansen, which is located in the middle of the tournament grounds in Båstad.
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The SkiStar Swedish Open is one of those unique venues that affords an intimate experience viewing top players close up in competition. Hotels, shops, the marina and scenic beaches are a 'no-brainer' when it comes to a destination that thinks outside the tourism 'box'.