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Sandhamn Yacht Hotel

Award Category 
Drupal Version 
This website looks great on mobile devices!
Brief Overview 

Sandhamn Yacht Hotel offers a very high end design experience with big photos, image sliders and background images, boosted with subtle parallax effects and scroll fades. But the website is also technically fullfilled with a very flexible and easy to use blurb/ads block system throughout the website, PDF viewer that enables visitors to view restaurant menus without the browser PDF-plugin, and perfect responsiveness. An additional quick access menu appears when viewed on a smartphone to help people headed towards the hotel with ferry information, harbor info and other location specific needs.

Launch or Publication Date 
Friday, September 14, 2012
Key Modules, Theme, and Distribution Used 
The website is a Drupal 7.19 install, built with the Versatile theme which is based on Panels and Panels Everywhere. This setup let us build flexible and dynamic page variations. We also built a user friendly interface for the editors, adding one custom module. They can easily place internal ads/blurbs all over the site and change their size, color and behavior. The module Pdf is used for rendering Pdf's in the browser without any third party program (on the user side). External javasript libraries were included to build the Parallax effect on the front page. Most of the logic is done by Panels and Views.
Why these Modules, Theme, and Distribution were Chosen 


We chose this setup because we wanted to build a solution with particularly high flexibility and with Panels we were able to solve this with minimal custom code and modules. Using these popular and stable modules will make it easier to maintain and keep the site updated.
The flexibility and easy to use backend was highly appreciated by the editors and this was the single most important part for the succesful launch of this site. 
Owner's Name 
Sandhamn Seglarhotell, Viamare Group
Development Company 
One of Sweden's absolute leading Drupal focused agency. Working with the whole process from concepts and creative, to design, development and maintenance. Medium to large sized clients, both in the private and commercial sector.
Why Drupal Was Chosen 
The client had experience from Drupal 6 on previous websites and wanted to continue using Drupal as Drupal 7 looked good and promising enough.
Describe the Project (Goals, Requirements, and Outcome) 

Sanhamn Yacht Hotel wanted to create an emotional website, that would also be a very smooth experience. No technologies that needed plugins, no limitations on mobile, no massive videos, but smart menus to let visitors go directly to the desired information and a flexible blurb/ads blocks system.

The style they pursue is the luxury hotel experience, with a full range of facilities. They did not want to spin on the fact that they are located on an island, although they sit in the middle of the gorgeous Stockholm archipelago. Their existing trusty target groups already know this and will come regardless. Instead they wanted to reach people who might be turned away by the fact that they have to go to an island far out, people who might think that they are in for a less fancy, as-good-as-you-can-get-on-an-island-experience. To make them realize they would be experiencing top city class standards at Sandhamn.

So there is a minimum of boat flags, sails, waves, ropes and the typical marine decorations on the website. Just the fantastic nature along with excellent dining, nice rooms, spa and even parties. 

Sandhamn has recieved great reviews since its launch and is accomplishing their communicational goals well. It has been finalist and silver winner in Swedish competitions, but now it is time for the international Drupal community to fully experience what Drupal can do and to vote it the winner of Best B2C website :) !

Type of Nomination 
Additional developers