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Seaside Glass Villas: the World Luxury Hotel Awards 2017 Winner

The Kemi SnowCastle complex has received manifold recognition as a unique tourist adventure destination. A year ago the SnowHotel won the World Luxury Hotel Award as a unique luxury over-night stay adventure on a Global level, as on the other hand the SnowRestaurant was awarded for a unique restaurant experience on a Continental level. And now the Seaside Glass Villas, operating already for a year, brought yet another award to Kemi on a Global level. The hotel won in the category of Luxury Small Hotels. The Villas, as also the SnowHotel, won the award as Eco/Luxury-Hotel on earth-level also. "The excellent contribution of the whole personnel is rewarded once again,” delights Susanna Koutonen, the Chief Executive of the Kemi Tourism Ltd. ”We have listened carefully to our customers, and developed our service products according to their wishes. We offer unique adventures combining the elements of the sea, snow and ice.” 

See the video of the Seaside Glass Villas here.

Hotels of quality service awarded in Switzerland

The World Luxury Hotel Gala was celebrated the 11th time, this time in Switzerland in Europe. Quality hotels providing excellent service are awarded annually. The World Luxury Hotel Award is given in ten different categories of hotels providing quality services worldwide. The hotel is selected to the contest by customer suggestions. After the acceptance for the contest, the hotels are voted on the World Luxury Hotel web pages.

Villas are situated in the SnowCastle area on the shores of the frozen sea

Staying over-night in a Seaside Glass Villa is a unique experience not only because of the villa’s special qualities but also due to the location. The small villas are constructed of glass, including the roof. The other building material is Finnish quality log-wood timber. The villas are built in Yli-Kiiminki Mammuttikoti, and are situated in the Kemi SnowCastle area. In the winter, right next to them, rises the world-renowned snow and ice art-work of SnowCastle of Kemi, by now the 23rd time. The Castle is built solely of snow and ice. The Castle consists of handsome snow and ice sculptures, a huge SnowRestaurant, SnowHotel and SnowChapel. By the end of next year a year-round SnowCastle construction will be opened in the area, where travellers from around the world can experience the adventure of snow and ice both in the winter as well as in the summer. In addition to the SnowRestaurant, the building will also include an indoor restaurant as well as other services of additional value to traveller.

City of Kemi, offering adventures of the sea

Yet another factor for the uniqueness of the Seaside Glass Villas, as opposed to other hotels, is their location on the shores of the sea; there are not too many places in the world where the sea stays frozen half the year, and the ice-covered sea is within a walking distance from the city centre. In addition to the Kemi SnowCastle the city has gained great recognition for its Icebreaker Cruises. By now for over thirty years the Icebreaker Sampo has provided unforgettable icebreaking cruises for travellers from over 60 different countries. Customers staying over-night at the Villas visit of course both the SnowCastle and participate on the Sampo Cruises. The unique combination works well and has brought great praise from our customers. Kemi Tourism Ltd. aims to develop the operation benefiting from both the Lappish nature and the seaside location of Kemi year-round. The villas have had great demand, and even the awards speak for the fact that travellers are looking for over-night stays of great adventure. The Kemi Seaside Glass Villa area will grow with additional five larger villas this winter. And, now there is also a more spacious choice with a sauna-room.

Luxury Hotel Awards 2018 Winner

First snow and frosty days have arrived to Kemi so the mind is set to the winter season and next SnowCastle. The construction work of this winter wonderland will start by making the snow out of the sea water in December when the temperature stays below 7 C minus. The actual building time is in January and everything is made only from natural materials - snow and ice. 

SnowCastle Season Will Be Longer Than Before

Winter tourists from all over the world arrive to the City of Kemi in Finnish Sea Lapland in the beginning of December to accommodate the Seaside Glass Villas by the sea in the SnowCastle area. During they stay they can witness the process of building a huge snow castle. Hotel guests and also other willing travelers have the possibility to also visit the castle under construction  in January and get a close look at how the castle is built and sculptors creating their art. SnowCastle will open it´s doors on 20th of January at 10 am and it will stay open until 14th of April. 

Traditionally the castle is open for daily visitors every day at 10-18, but this year we will arrange some evening visits also to get a chance to show how the SnowHotel rooms are prepared for the overnight guests and the ice tables set for dinner time in the SnowRestaurant. Also visitors can get a glimpse of the work done by our maintenance team. Service Point building with cafè and lounge serves the customers 24 hours during the winter time. 

Fascinating Animals and Forest Landscapes 

The theme of the castle changes annually and next year`s theme will be SnowCastle - Animal Wonderland. We want to highlight the pure nature, forests and interesting wild life in Finland and in Sea Lapland. We have the purest air in the world and more than 70 % of our area is forest. Finland offers peace, space and quiet. Because our nature is quite different than elsewhere we want to bring the animals and landscapes from all over the world to the castle also. Animals interest all people regardless of age or culture. 

Frozen Innovations is in charge of the design and construction of the castle, Mr Rauno Ruonansuu continues as the architect and the design of the snow and ice sculptures is done in co-operation with Kemi Tourism Ltd. and the sculptor team. 

All-year-round tourism in SnowCastle area

SnowCastle, this great annually built masterpiece of snow and ice, will be built in Kemi for the 23rd time and second time to the new area. Kemi Tourism Ltd. is in process of developing the area all-year-round. The Seaside Glass Villas already accommodate guests throughout the year by the sea that freezes over in winter. Villas are mostly made of glass so the guests can admire the sea and sky view through the glass roof and huge floor-to-ceiling windows. The Seaside Lodge and Hut are excellent choices for cozy dinner, Lappish tapas by the fire or sauna experiences. In order to make the incredible winter experiences available throughout the year, Kemi Tourism Ltd. will start the construction work for the all-year-round SnowCastle soon, and it will be ready in the end of the year 2018.​ 

Beside of the SnowCastle Northern lights and autumn colors, frozen sea and snow in the winter and midnight sun in summer attract visitors to Kemi. The city is also famous for the one an only  Icebreaker Sampo that has been operating as a touristic icebreaker for 30 years. 

First snow and frosty days have arrived to Kemi so the mind is set to the winter season and next SnowCastle. The construction work of this winter wonderland will start by making the snow out of the sea water in December when the temperature stays below 7 C minus. The actual building time is in January and everything is made only from natural materials - snow and ice. 

SnowCastle Season Will Be Longer Than Before

Winter tourists from all over the world arrive to the City of Kemi in Finnish Sea Lapland in the beginning of December to accommodate the Seaside Glass Villas by the sea in the SnowCastle area. During they stay they can witness the process of building a huge snow castle. Hotel guests and also other willing travelers have the possibility to also visit the castle under construction in January and get a close look at how the castle is built and sculptors create their art. SnowCastle will open it´s doors on 20th of January at 10 am and it will stay open until 14th of April. 

Traditionally the castle is open for daily visitors every day at 10-18, but this year we will arrange some evening visits also to get a chance to show how the SnowHotel rooms are prepared for the overnight guests and the ice tables set for dinner time in the SnowRestaurant. Also visitors can get a glimpse of the work done by our maintenance team. Service Point building with cafè and lounge serves the customers 24 hours during the winter time. 

Fascinating Animals and Forest Landscapes 

The theme of the castle changes annually and next year`s theme will be SnowCastle - Animal Wonderland. We want to highlight the pure nature, forests and interesting wild life in Finland and in Sea Lapland. We have the purest air in the world and more than 70 % of our area is forest. Finland offers peace, space and quiet. Because our nature is quite different than elsewhere we want to bring the animals and landscapes from all over the world to the castle also. Animals interest all people regardless of age or culture. 

Frozen Innovations is in charge of the design and construction of the castle, Mr Rauno Ruonansuu continues as the architect and the design of the snow and ice sculptures is done in co-operation with Kemi Tourism Ltd. and the sculptor team. 

All-year-round tourism in SnowCastle area

SnowCastle, this great annually built masterpiece of snow and ice, will be built in Kemi for the 23rd time and second time to the new area. Kemi Tourism Ltd. is in process of developing the area all-year-round. The Seaside Glass Villas already accommodate guests throughout the year by the sea that freezes over in winter. Villas are mostly made of glass so the guests can admire the sea and sky view through the glass roof and huge floor-to-ceiling windows. The Seaside Lodge and Hut are excellent choices for cozy dinner, Lappish tapas by the fire or sauna experiences. In order to make the incredible winter experiences available throughout the year, Kemi Tourism Ltd. will start the construction work for the all-year-round SnowCastle soon, and it will be ready in the end of the year 2018.​ 

Beside of the SnowCastle Northern lights and autumn colors, frozen sea and snow in the winter and midnight sun in summer attract visitors to Kemi. The city is also famous for the one an only  Icebreaker Sampo that has been operating as a touristic icebreaker for 30 years.