A cosy weekend in Copenhagen – win a weekend break

There’s been a lot of talk about Hygge recently, the Danish word for those feel-good moments when you are snuggled up in front of the fire with a glass of mulled wine, or meeting friends in a café with candles flickering. If you’re considering a cosy weekend getaway to feel the warmth of good food and friendship, there’s no better place than Copenhagen. Read on to discover how you could win a weekend break in Copenhagen and get that Hygge feeling.

A cosy weekend in Copenhagen

Hygge – getting cosy in Copenhagen

When it’s cold and dark outside, you might like to curl up and read the bestselling book by Meik Wiking, The Little Book of Hygge, which is published by Penguin Books. It celebrates the small pleasures of life, from savouring a cinnamon bun fresh from the oven to having a relaxing meal with friends. In case you wonder Hygge is pronounced Huuu – dger with the soft dg of fudge.

To celebrate the Danish art of Hygge, Best Served Scandinavia have joined with Penguin Books and Visit Denmark to run a competition – you could win a weekend break for two in Copenhagen by answering a simple question about Hygge. The prize includes flights and two nights at the beautiful Hotel Kong Arthur in the heart of the city, enjoying a 72-hour Copenhagen Card for free public transport and admission to dozens of attractions.

You can find out more about the competition here

The Little Book of Hygge

The Little Book of Hygge

Winter break ideas for Copenhagen

I’ve been to Copenhagen a few times in both summer and winter and there are plenty of fun things to do on a winter break to get that cosy Hygge feeling. Here are just a few of my recommendations;

Stop for a bite to eat at Torvehallerne

The two Torvehallerne market halls are a buzzing place to stop and buy fresh food and lunch-time dishes. Most of the food vendors inside have some seating space and you can try everything from smorrebrod, the Danish open sandwich, to Sushi, to Paleo dishes as well as cakes and coffee from the legendary Coffee Collective. There’s also plenty of fresh and deli produce if the weather is warm enough for a picnic, with outdoor seating around the glass sided halls. I always love to stock up on the moreish chocolate Lakrids or licorice balls.

Torverhallerne in Copenhagen

Torverhallerne in Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

See the crown jewels at Rosenborg Slot

Visit Rosenborg Castle, set in the Kongens Have or Kings Garden, a popular spot for locals to go for a walk with a romantic formal garden and moat. The castle was built in the 17th century as the summer palace of King Christian IV and later became the home of the Royal collections. The rooms are a delightful walk through Danish history and the treasury in the vaults below the castle house the impressive Crown Jewels, including crowns and gorgeous jewellery that are still worn by the Danish royal family on state occasions today.

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Rosenborg Slot in Copenhagen

Rosenborg Slot in Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

The Winter garden at Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

The art museum of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek is a favourite place to visit at any time of year. Built to house the art collection of brewing magnate, Carl Jacobsen, you can wander through the spacious halls full of white marble statues from Danish neo-classical sculptors. I love the impressionist galleries with works from Renoir, Van Gough and Monet including the Degas “Little Ballerina” sculpture. At the centre of the building is a winter garden with glass roof and greenery with a cafe at one side that is a lovely place for lunch. The museum is free on Tuesdays or with a Copenhagen Card.

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen

Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Where to stay in Copenhagen

For a cosy place to stay for your winter break in Copenhagen, the Hotel Kong Arthur fits the bill perfectly. The hotel is set at the end of a cobbled courtyard, close to the Copenhagen lakes, in a historic building that was once an apprentice’s residence. If you are lucky enough to win the competition from Best Served Scandinavia, this is where you could be staying in Copenhagen for two nights.

Hotel Kong Arthur in Copenhagen

As you step inside you’ll find a fire burning in winter, comfy sofas, cushions to sit in the window seat with a stack of books on the shelves. The 155 rooms are all different, but all have a sense of luxury combined with modern style. Here, the atmosphere is welcoming but informal and there’s even a Cosy Hour between 5 and 6pm when guests are served a little something in the lobby.

Win a trip to Copenhagen

If you’d love to spend a weekend break in Copenhagen, enter the competition from Best Served Scandinavia, Visit Denmark and Penguin Books. The prize includes airfares, a 2 night stay at Hotel Kong Arthur and a 72 Hour Copenhagen Card for 2 people which can be taken in the next year, subject to availability.

The competition is open to UK Residents who are over 18 and closes at midnight on 31 December 2016 after which the winner will be drawn at random. All you’ll need to do is answer a simple question to say which Scandinavian country the concept of Hygge is most closely associated with – that’s an easy one!

Find out more about the competition here

Hygge moments in Copenhagen

Hygge moments in Copenhagen

About Best Served Scandinavia

Best Served Scandinavia is an independent, tailor-made tour operator specialising in holidays to Scandinavia. Their travel consultants have walked the cobbled streets of Copenhagen and personally stayed in the hotels they recommend, enjoyed wintry excursions and plotted their own paths on self-drive and independent tours.

To give you an idea of the holidays you could book in Denmark and Copenhagen, visit the Best Served Scandinavia site. You could find yourself on a tailor made break to Copenhagen, visiting the castles and charming towns of Jutland while staying in luxury boutique hotels, or following Denmark’s Viking trail on a self-drive holiday.

Enter the competition for a weekend break in Copenhagen with Best Served Scandinavia

For more information

You’ll find plenty of ideas on things to do in winter in Copenhagen on the Wonderful Copenhagen website

For more things to do in Denmark check out the Visit Denmark Website

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How to choose the perfect hotel for your European Weekend Break

I often get asked which hotel I’d recommend for a short break in Europe, which is a tough one since we all have different ideas about what makes the perfect hotel. Instead of reeling off a list of lovely hotels that I’ve stayed in (although you can see a few below), I thought instead I’d walk you through the process I use to find my ideal hotel. Using these tips you should be able to find the hotel that suits you best and enjoy a fabulous weekend away.

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Why is a hotel best for a European Citybreak?

Before I share how to find the perfect hotel for your European city break, let’s consider why I’d recommend choosing a hotel at all? After all you could book a friendly B&B or local apartment, as I have done myself on occasion. I’ve found that if you are spending a relatively short time in a destination and planning weekend breaks for couples or small groups then a hotel is usually best. Here’s why.

With apartments and B&Bs there’s less flexibility with the check in times. You may have to meet the owner or key holder at a certain time and there’s no opportunity to arrive earlier. With a hotel there’s always someone at reception, so you arrive at your convenience, drop off your bags if your room isn’t ready and get out to start enjoying your weekend break. If you prefer to relax there’s normally a hotel lounge where you can get a coffee, but either way you won’t be hanging around the streets with your luggage. I typically book an apartment when I am staying for a week or more, or am travelling in a large family group. Then those precious hours waiting to check in are not such a big issue.

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Have a coffee in the beautiful lobby of Intercontinental Budapest

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Finding a hotel that matches your budget

One of the biggest considerations for weekend citybreaks is how much you can afford to spend on a hotel and what it will buy you. Sometimes there’s a trade off between price and location but we’ll come to that in a moment. As an example, you might be planning a trip to Stockholm and want to check roughly what your budget will buy you. This is where it’s useful to do a quick check on the going rate for the price of different levels of hotels in Stockholm to see if we’re talking pleasantly affordable or need to take out a second mortgage.

I typically use a hotel comparison site like Hotels Combined that shows the best prices from a range of different booking sites; you can try this out on my Heatheronhertravels hotel booking page which is powered by Hotels Combined. By putting in your chosen city and dates (or tentative dates if you’re not sure) you can then filter on the 3 star, 4 star or 5 star hotels to see what you can get within your budget. For a further comparison you might change your search to another city such as Gothenburg and find that prices are lower than Stockholm which could influence your decision on where to go. Occasionally there’s a big event or conference in town that inflates the hotel prices, so if you have flexibility in your schedule, check the price for a few different dates.

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Elite Plaza Hotel Gothenburg

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Location Location

Having established what kind of hotel you’re likely to find within your price range it’s time to look at different locations in a city that work best for you. There are a few things that might influence you here such as:

  • A hotel that’s walking distance from the main sightseeing area.
  • A hotel that’s well located for a specific place you want to visit.
  • A hotel that’s well located for transport links, for instance close to the metro or main train line from the airport
  • A hotel that’s in a well lit, mainstream location if you’re a solo traveller.

Personally, if I’ll only be there for a few days, my first priority is to find a hotel close to all the main sights so that I can see as much as possible in the time I have. At this stage you could have a quick look at the destination’s official tourism website to establish where the major attractions are located, and if it’s a larger city perhaps to look at the metro or public transport map since there may be multiple areas for sightseeing. Having established where the main sites are, you can filter based on distance from a key tourist spot or just click through to see the hotels on a map.

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Riad Star in Marrakech was well located in the heart of the Medina

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Find a style that suits you

As everyone’s idea of a perfect hotel may be different, you’ll want to consider the style of the hotel. Some of you may like clean modern lines, others classic elegance or a trendy boutique style and I’ve enjoyed stays at hotels that offer all of these styles. Use the filters on the booking comparison website to see what’s available in different categories such as luxury, romantic, boutique/design. You may also want to do an online search for something like “boutique hotels in Stockholm” to see what hotel names keep popping up. This is the time to look at the photos on the hotel booking page or hotel’s own website to give you a feel for whether the style is right for you. After all, one person’s vintage charm is another’s outdated and shabby.

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What’s your style? Sleek and modern at Qube hotel in Heidelberg

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What facilities are important to you?

If certain facilities like a gym, spa or free wifi are essential to your enjoyment, now would be the time to put these into the filters of your hotel comparison website and make sure you are selecting hotels that have what you need. You may need to prioritise your wish list, as in smaller cities the perfect hotel with everything you require may not exist, or at least not within your budget.

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What facilities are important to you? Kurhotel Skodsborg in Copenhagen has a wonderful spa!

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Make a shortlist

Having considered price, location, style and facilities it’s time to make a shortlist of hotels. You should aim to have a list of 5-10 hotel names that would broadly match your requirements and jot them down somewhere with space to add comments beside them.

Read the reviews

Now it’s time to read the reviews. While most hotel comparison websites, such as Hotels Combined, have reviews I find the best place for this is Tripadvisor. Although there’s been a bit of discussion about fake reviews on TripAdvisor I’ve generally found that if you scroll through and scan at least 15 reviews posted over a few months, you will get a balanced overview of the hotel. Things that reviews will often cover are:

  • How well located the hotel is for sightseeing
  • The staff and service – is there one member of staff singled out for criticism or praise?
  • The style of hotel, decor and general upkeep.
  • Mention of any building work or renovation going on in the hotel or nearby. If so check the date as this may now be complete.
  • Mention of hidden charges, things that weren’t working, rooms that were noisy.

When reading the reviews take a balanced view to consider whether any concerns raised by reviewers would affect your enjoyment of the hotel or are just unfortunate one-offs. Note how the hotel management answer the reviews, especially any negative ones.

If you scan through the reviews for your shortlist of hotels, you will probably eliminate a few of them based on the comments and ideally get to a list of around 5 hotels to investigate in more detail.

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Check the travel reviews before you book – Absalon Hotel is one of the top hotels in Copenhagen

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Shop around for the best price

With your shortlist of five hotels I’d go back to a hotel comparison site such as my Heatheronhertravels hotel booking page powered by Hotels Combined and do a price check for the dates you require. The beauty of Hotels Combined is that it scours a wide range of booking websites to come up with the best price deals. Of course you need to be sure you are comparing like with like. Check whether breakfast is included, that you’re comparing the same standard and type of room and look out for extras like local taxes. If any of your shortlisted hotels don’t have availability for your dates, it may be worth e-mailing the hotel directly just to check.

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Moorland Gardens Hotel in Devon Photo:Heatheronhertravels.com

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Check the cancellation terms

Be sure to check the cancellation terms, which can be quite generous on hotel comparison and booking websites, but not always so generous when booking direct with the hotel. I was once in a situation where my plans changed before a hotel stay I’d booked and I found myself liable for the whole bill – read my article on how to avoid hotel cancellation fees. If there is a claim of ‘free cancellation’ check the small print to see what this actually means.

Get the maximum benefit

Perhaps you’re down to a much shorter list of just two or three hotels that meet all your requirements, so now it’s time to make sure you’re getting the most for your money. Scrutinise the deals on sites such as Hotels Combined to check whether there are any other benefits that would save you money, such as free parking. It’s also wise to check the hotel website to see if they have any special offers, for instance 3 nights for the price of 2, or packages that include extra benefits that would interest you. In the spring and autumn when hotels have to work harder to fill their rooms, they are much more likely to offer extra benefits to entice you.

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Hotel Weissen Rössl at St Wolfgang in Austria

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Make your booking!

I normally find that it takes around an hour to do the research I’ve described above, but for me that’s time well spent if I choose a hotel that’s perfect for my European City break. Now it’s time to make your booking, taking care to save or print off the confirmation, then relax until it’s time to go. Hope you have a great time!

Do you have a favourite approach to choosing the perfect hotel? I’d love to hear your tips in the comments.

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Kurhotel Skodsborg: A luxury spa hotel you’ll love in Copenhagen

Set between the ocean and the forest, Kurhotel Skodsborg just north of Copenhagen is one of the leading luxury spa hotels in Denmark and an easy 30 minute train ride from the city or the airport. Although close to the vibrant centre of Copenhagen, the hotel is seductively relaxing, with views of the ocean from the rooftop terraces and a private jetty where guests can swim all year round. With a fabulous spa and state of the art fitness and wellness facilities, this could be the perfect hotel if you are planning a spa break this year. Read on for my review of Kurhotel Skodsborg;

Kurhotel Skodsborg in Copenhagen

Kurhotel Skodsborg and the royal connection

In the 19th century, King Frederick VII of Denmark bought a country estate just outside Copenhagen and had a large villa built in what is now the grounds of the hotel. Since the king’s wife, Countess Danner was a divorcée and had risen from humble beginnings, their marriage was not popular in Danish society and so they preferred to spend time together at Skodsborg, away from the glare of the Danish court.

Villa Rex at Kurhotel Skodsborg, Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Villa Rex at Kurhotel Skodsborg, Copenhagen

Villa Rex, as it is now known, was built in 1857, set in lovely gardens and was used by the king to entertain and to hold meetings with his ministers during the summer months. The villa has been restored to its original appearance based on drawings of the period and is now used for special dinners and parties at the hotel. When we visited it was beautifully set out with pink roses for an engagement lunch.

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Because of its lovely setting, the hotel is popular with Copenhageners for parties and celebration events and there were three christenings and a birthday party going on the weekend we were there. There’s also a cookery school in Villa Rex, where Thomas Rode, a Michelin-starred chef, TV personality and fitness trainer runs cookery demonstrations with lunch in the Villa, combining delicious, healthy food with lifestyle advice.

Roses in Villa Rex, Kurhotel Skodsborg Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Roses in Villa Rex, Kurhotel Skodsborg

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Dr Carl Ottosen and the Skodsborg Sanitorium

In 1898 the hotel was founded as the Skodsborg Sanitorium by Dr Carl Ottosen who had studied health and physiotherapy in the USA. His belief in a healthy lifestyle for the prevention and treatment of illness was extremely modern for the time and the sanitorium was built around his principles of light, air, water, nutrition, exercise and rest. Read my article about finding a healthy holiday in Copenhagen.

Kurhotel Skodsborg, Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Kurhotel Skodsborg, Copenhagen

Man has more endurance when work is interchanged with rest” wrote Dr Carl Ottosen and at that time before antibiotics, rest and recuperation after illness were essential. Sea bathing was considered extremely healthy and many Badehoteller or bathing hotels were established along the Danish coast. Kurhotel Skodsborg also combines spa and wellness, with a health centre offering professional medical help for rehabilitation, convalescence and physiotherapy, with an acupuncturist, reflexologist, podiatrist and chiropracter available for consultation.

Dr Ottosen's healthy juice drinks at Kurhotel Skodsborg, Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Dr Ottosen’s healthy juice drinks at Kurhotel Skodsborg, Copenhagen

Inspired by Dr Carl Ottosen a different fresh juice drink is available each day in The Lobby, made from fruit and vegetables pressed by a slow juicing method to retain the vitamins and minerals in each glass. We enjoyed the performance-boosting combination of cucumber, celery, pear and apple while on other days you may be offered the anti-inflamatory beetroot, apple, watercress, lemon and ginger, created by top Copenhagen cocktail maker Gromit Eduardson to be delicious as well as healthy.

Where will you stay?

Last summer I stayed with my daughter at Kurhotel Skodsborg in a lovely room with a balcony looking towards the sea. The theme of understated luxury extended to the bedroom which had been recently renovated in a design scheme that is being rolled out throughout the hotel in 2016. The soft green décor reflected the royal forest of Dyrehaven behind the hotel with green-grey walls, a luxurious deep carpet and velvet curtains. I loved being able to see the occasional white sail drift across my view on Øresund, the stretch of sea that divides Denmark and Sweden.

Bedroom in Kurhotel Skodsborg, Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Bedroom in Kurhotel Skodsborg, Copenhagen

The bathroom was also luxurious, with a huge black sink, powerful walk in shower and plenty of delicious natural Karmameju toiletries in big bottles to avoid waste. In the wardrobe we found our towelling robes for the spa as well as a stylish rubber basket to carry all our things. When we visited in June many of the rooms still had the old style decor from a few years ago, but all are due to be redecorated in 2016, so it is worth checking when you book which style you will be getting.

Bathroom at Kurhotel Skodsborg, Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Bathroom at Kurhotel Skodsborg, Copenhagen

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Spa and fitness at Kurhotel Skodsborg

The spa is one of the highlights of a stay at Kurhotel Skodsborg, which is perfect for those looking for a relaxing spa weekend by the sea with easy access to Copenhagen.  The hotel spa fills one wing overlooking the courtyard and was built in 2012 to create a light, airy oasis of calm with sixteen different water experiences, as well as specialist wellness and beauty treatments.

The Spa at Kurhotel Skodsborg, Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

The Spa at Kurhotel Skodsborg, Copenhagen

The Danish artist, Malene Bach was commissioned to create subtle and delicate ornamentation around the spa. Look out for the handblown coloured glass panels set into the roof of the spa, geometric tile patterns inspired by a Moroccan hammam and the washed out stencils in a Japanese fish scale pattern on the walls. At the bottom of the pool the turquoise tiles have a pixel-like pattern to enhance the feeling of moving water, while in other places iridescent mother of pearl effects are used.

Spa at Kurhotel Skodsborg in Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Spa at Kurhotel Skodsborg in Copenhagen

With my daughter Sophie-Anne I wafted around the different pools and water experiences, our favourites being the tiled loungers in the small pool overlooking the main spa and the four season water experience with jets of hot and cold water and waterfalls to stand under, accompanied by the tweeting of spring birds and the thunderclaps of autumn. There’s even a snow dispenser so you can recreate that authentic Scandinavian experience of running out of the sauna to roll on the fresh snow!

Relaxing in the Spa at Kurhotel Skodsborg, Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Relaxing in the Spa at Kurhotel Skodsborg, Copenhagen

Be sure to book for the Sauna Gus, an aromatic group spa session managed by a “Gus Master” who gradually raises the temperature of the sauna to an almost unbearable heat, while telling you stories or jokes to take your mind off the heat. There are three spells in the sauna broken up by a break to cool down and shower, and after the final one you get the chance to run outside to the sea and jump off the jetty for an invigorating dip. For those who are a little squeamish about going naked in the German and Austrian spas, you’ll be pleased to hear that the Danes keep their swimwear on in the sauna! After your spa, we laid out in the relaxation areas, with a view of the outdoor Jacuzzi.

Cooling off after an exercise class at Kurhotel Skodsborg Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Cooling off after an exercise class at Kurhotel Skodsborg

For those who like to keep up a daily fitness routine, the hotel has a state of the art gym and is an accredited CrossFit centre, with fitness sessions being held in the gym, rooftop terrace or even by the sea or in the deerpark adjoining the hotel. While we were there we attended one of the morning fitness classes which ended up with us all running to the jetty and jumping in for a swim at the end of the class. Once the water has reached 16 degrees, usually by June, swimming and paddle-boarding classes are also on offer in the sea.

Bathers at the jetty at Kurhotel Skodsborg Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Bathers at the jetty at Kurhotel Skodsborg

Relaxing around the hotel

The gardens around the hotel are beautifully kept and the white rose bushes that lined the drive were wafting their perfume when we visited in June. There is a little summerhouse with a classical statue, a wild meadow area under the tree, pots of purple pansies along the paths and everywhere were wicker easy chairs to sit and relax. Across the coast road that runs outside the hotel are holiday homes and the hotel’s private jetty, and on a clear day you can see across to Sweden. The atmosphere is elegantly restful and many Copenhageners use the hotel for a relaxing spa weekend break away from the city.

Gardens at Kurhotel Skodsbourg Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Gardens at Kurhotel Skodsbourg

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Dining at Kurhotel Skodsborg – the delicious choice is the healthy choice

As you might imagine, with such an emphasis on health and wellbeing, the aim is to make the food both delicious and healthy. The chefs, who have experience from Michelin star kitchens, have created a menu of light, seasonal dishes, based on New Nordic principles of using the best local ingredients in mouth-watering combinations.

Dinner at Kurhotel Skodsbourg in Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Dinner at Kurhotel Skodsbourg in Copenhagen

On one evening I dined in the light and airy second floor restaurant with a view towards the sea with attentive and charming service. I chose a dish free-range pork with morels, green asparagus and cabbage sprouts  followed by a desert of rhubarb compote with bright green sorrel granitée and white chocolate crumble, all delicious. (Main dishes 250 DKK, Deserts 120 DKK)

The restaurant at Kurhotel Skodsborg in Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

The restaurant at Kurhotel Skodsborg in Copenhagen

Breakfast is also served in the restaurant with plenty of healthy choices such as rye and wholegrain bread, salmon, scrambled eggs, meusli, yoghurts and fruit compotes. (Breakfast is 250 DKK if not included with your room). The restaurant adjoins the roof terrace where you can sit on the white wicker sofas with a coffee and a view of the sea, shaded by a sail, almost believing you could be in Santorini.

Roof terrace at Kurhotel Skodsbourg Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Roof terrace at Kurhotel Skodsbourg

For informal dining, cocktails and snacks throughout the day, we loved The Lobby on the ground floor of the hotel with soft grey velvet sofas, marble tables and candles flickering in cut-glass holders – so restful and elegant. This is the heart of the hotel where guests can read, chat with friends or have a coffee outside in the courtyard when the weather is fine.

The Lobby at Kurhotel Skodsbourg in Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

The Lobby at Kurhotel Skodsbourg in Copenhagen

In The Lobby we tried the Tea with Georg, a healthy Nordic twist on afternoon tea, served on fine china from Georg Jensen, the Danish jewellery and lifestyle brand. Instead of scones and clotted cream, there was nutty paleo bread with thick slices of smoked salmon and creamy soft cheese, raw nutty cookie balls crumbly shortbread and dark chocolate cakes. We drank the fennel tea, a favourite with the Danes who love any licorice flavours. It was an unusual high tea that lived up to the hotel’s food philosophy of “the delicious choice is the healthy choice”. (Tea with Georg 130 DKK)

Tea with Georg at Kurhotel Skodsborg in Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Tea with Georg at Kurhotel Skodsborg in Copenhagen

On Sunday the main restaurant was closed, so we ate in The Lobby where I tried “The Meal”, a healthy dish of the day and Sophie-Anne ordered her favourite Caesar’s Salad. A selection of snacks and bistro style dishes are served in the Lobby throughout the day. (The Meal 175 DKK)

Dinner in The Lounge at Kurhotel Skodsbourg, Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Dinner in The Lounge at Kurhotel Skodsbourg, Copenhagen

New Nordic cocktails

In the elegant bar at Kurhotel Skodsbourg, we couldn’t resist trying some of the New Nordic Cocktails created by leading Copenhagen bartender, Gromit Eduardsen, creator of the award-winning Copenhagen cocktail. Sophie-Anne’s choice was the Clover Club, a feminine, frothy combination of Tanqueray gin, lemon juice and raspberry syrup while I tried the hotel’s classic New Nordic Whiskey Sour, the Nordic twist being the Frederiksdal cherry wine that is used to finish the cocktail. Read more about New Nordic Cocktails in Copenhagen with the recipes of the ones we tried.

Cocktails at Kurhotel Skodsborg in Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Cocktails at Kurhotel Skodsborg in Copenhagen

Who will enjoy staying at Kurhotel Skodsborg?

Kurhotel Skodsborg is very popular with Copenhageners who come to use the fitness and spa facilities and use the hotel as their weekend escape from the city. The hotel also plays host to conferences and business guests in the week and there are often parties and celebration events at the weekend. The hotel will suit couples and groups of friends looking for relaxing spa breaks close to Copenhagen. Older children are welcomed but it’s not really a family hotel.

The hotel would be ideal to stay for a couple of days once you’ve done your sightseeing from a hotel in the centre of Copenhagen – check out the similar style Avenue Hotel. It is also very well connected by train so that you can easily base yourself here and take the train into Copenhagen or head north to Helsingor to see the Hamlet castle. Being a luxury spa hotel the guests were mainly a 50+ crowd but I also noticed quite a few 30-something couples who love the spa and fitness facilities and use the hotel for weekend breaks. Checkout the Kurhotel Skodsborg spa weekend packages as well as their day packages if you are staying in Copenhagen and fancy a relaxing spa day to treat yourself and break up the sightseeing.

Are you a traveller who enjoys a bit of pampering and relaxation when you travel? Do let me know in the comments if Kurhotel Skodsborg sound like your kind of place.

Stay at Kurhotel Skodsborg

Kurhotel Skodsborg is situated just north of Copenhagen in the North Sealand region, with easy access to the city and airport by road or by train – you can be in the city within 30 minutes. There are 85 rooms and suites as well as meeting rooms and conference facilities, extensive spa and fitness facilities, a private jetty for ocean swimming, a rooftop terrace with sundeck and restaurant and lobby bar serving healthy Nordic cuisine and cocktails. Rooms at Kurhotel Skodsborg start from 1900 DKK (£180/€250/$280) per night for 2 people bed and breakfast with use of spa. Check the best prices for Kurhotel Skodsborg and other Copenhagen hotels on my Hotel Booking Page

Louisiana art museum near Copenhagen Photo: Heatheronhertravels.com

Louisiana art museum near Copenhagen

What can I see nearby?

If you’re staying at Kurhotel Skodsborg there are many things to do nearby that are easily accessible by car or on the train that runs along the coast. It’s worth mentioning that bikes are available to hire at the hotel and you can take them on the train, making it easy to get around. We recommend;

The Karen Blixen House: The home of Karen Blixen, the Danish author of Out of Africa, now open to the public and furnished as when she lived there. Take the train to Rungsted and then the house is a 30 minute walk or 15 minute cycle ride from the station. Read my article: Out of Africa and other Danish Stories

Louisiana Modern Art Museum: A seaside villa that has been enlarged to house a fabulous collection of modern art and sculptures in the gardens. There’s a large cafe with outdoor terrace or you can bring your picnic and sit on the grass overlooking the sea and even go for a swim from the shingle beach. The museum is open late on summer evenings too. Take the train to Humlebaek station, then walk 15 mins or take a short bus ride down the road following the signs to get to Louisiana. Read my article here.

Dyrehaven: Although the main entrance to Dyrehaven or the Deer Park is closest to Klampenbourg station, the park extends right up to Skodsborg and can be accessed behind the hotel for jogging, walking and cycling. There’s an amusement park in the centre of Dyrehaven at Bakken and you can also take a horse and carriage ride around the park.

Helsingør and Kronborg castle: Take the train north to Helsingør to see Kronborg castle, the one that Shakespeare made famous when he wrote about Elinore in Hamlet. You’ll find a picturesque old town and harbour, where ferries run across the Sound to Sweden, should you fancy a day trip. Check out the state of the art Danish Maritime Museum while you’re there.

Finn Juhl House: I wanted to see this but ran out of time, but if you enjoy art and design this is the former home of Finn Juhl, one of the leaders of Scandinavian design, which he built and furnished in the 1940s. The house is next to the Ordrupgaard Modern Art museum designed by Zaha Hadid and a joint ticket will get you in to both. The nearest station is Klampenborg or Charlottenlund but the museum is a little way from the station so you may want to take a taxi or cycle. More details here.

How to get to Kurhotel Skodsborg

For more information about things to do in and around Copenhagen, check out the Visit Copenhagen website as well as the Visit Denmark website for other parts of Denmark.

Heather and Sophie-Anne flew with Scandinavian Airlines from London Heathrow to Copenhagen. SAS fly several times a day to and from London to Copenhagen giving you a choice of times to make the most of your time in Copenhagen. On arrival take the train direct to Kurhotel Skodsborg on the coastal line stopping at Skodsborg and the hotel is a 5 minute walk from the station (turn right as you come out of the station).

Heather and Sophie-Anne used the Copenhagen Card which covers free public transport around Copenhagen as well as free or reduced price entry to many of the attractions in and around Copenhagen.

More things to do in Copenhagen

Light, Air, Water – finding a healthy holiday in Copenhagen – healthy tips for rest and relaxation on your spa break by the sea in Copenhagen.

In Photos – our weekend break in Copenhagen – Our winter weekend in Copenhagen, staying in hip Vesterbro, taking a gastro-cruise around the harbour and seeing the Danish crown jewels.

Like Mother Like Daughter – What we loved on our trip to Copenhagen – Sophie-Anne suggests some things to do in Copenhagen that mothers and daughters will both enjoy.

Thanks to Kurhotel Skodsborg who hosted Heather and Sophie-Anne for their stay at the hotel and Scandinavian Airlines who provided Heather’s flight.

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