Indulge yourself in the perfect combination of Danish design and luxurious spa treatments

From the cosmopolitan centre of Copenhagen to the beautiful sandy beaches of the North Sealand coast or the idyllic rural landscapes and forests of North Jutland, Denmark is dotted with luxury spa retreats. Each ones fusing quintessential Danish design with steamy saunas, soothing body treatments and hot aromatic baths to create a relaxing and rejuvenating Nordic spa experience. Here’s the pick of the best ones.
Monday, November 30, 2015

Royal North Sealand

Royal North Sealand is famous for its royal castles and stunning Rivera. It can now add to this an award winning spa in the form of Ilse Jacobsen’s new spa retreat KURBADET. Located in the charming seaside town of Hornbæk on the north Sealand coast it opened in 2014 as the latest addition to ILSE JACOBSEN HORNBÆK lifestyle universe, and takes a holistic approach to health with a spa area comprising a steam room, sauna and mud chamber as well as indoor and outdoor pools, both heated to 34 degrees. In between spa treatments take to the large sun terrace with its beautiful sea views or seek out advice on diet, physiotherapy and personal training plans from its team of professionals. 

Along the coast at Gilleje Badehotel the century old seaside hotel offers traditional Scandinavian design and a variety of spa packages to pamper both body and soul, from hot stones in the Turkish Hammam, to a warming steam bath and a mahogany sauna for guests to truly lean back and relax.

Alternatively, for a spa hotel with royal connections head to the Skodsborg Kurhotel which is situated outside Copenhagen and was the summer residence of King Fredrick VII and his wife, Countess Danner from 1852-1863. In 1898 it was converted into a spa hotel by Dr Carl Ottosen, who recognised the health giving benefits of physiotherapy and spa treatments for healthy living. Today, it’s still maintaining the health of its guests at its spa and fitness centre sitting alongside one of Denmark’s best beaches. Close by is Kokkedal Castle Spa by Sodisha, offering an equally regal stay at the 250 year old castle. Following a major renovation it reopened in 2014 and is the first and only one of its kind in Scandinavia to offer the 100% natural Australian spa and beauty brand, Sodashi. The spa boasts four exclusive treatment rooms, an elegant pool, sauna, steam room and a cold-water bath with well-established design names Piet Boon and Dornbracht having contributed to the splendid interiors and providing a luxurious and soothing setting for a relaxing spa experience. 

 

Copenhagen

Visitors to Copenhagen can combine a city break with a five-star spa experience at the ‘Amazing Space d’Angleterre’, situated at the luxurious five-star Hotel d’Angleterre. More than 15 specially selected spa therapists provide nourishing and healing treatments, ranging from soothing facials to Nordic spa treatments, sports massages, reflexology and acupuncture, plus body-balance and dietary advice from professionally trained spa staff. Meanwhile, cross town at the Hotel Kong Arthur the ‘Ni’mat Spa’ covers an entire floor of the hotel with 10 separate rooms dedicated to luxury wellness. With an exotic Eastern atmosphere of relaxation and calmness and a focus on providing guests with a genuine spa experience, visitors can use the Spa Senses room to float away using colours, senses and a relaxing atmosphere, or try the Spa Executive rooms with their own bubble baths. 

 

Jutland

The picturesque surroundings of Jutland are perfect for relaxing retreats. Hotel Vejlefjord on the east coast of Jutland is a unique historical building known as ‘The Castle in the Forest’. Located on the edge of the Fjord and set in over 40 hectares of grounds it offers one-night stays or spa packages with stunning facilities, including the largest spa and thermal baths in Scandinavia. Seven individual baths and sensory showers have been cleverly built in granite on the fringe of the beech woods, whilst large expanses of natural stone have been used to create pools, grottoes and paths through the thermal baths. Quirky design details include chaise longues shaped like falling leaves and specially-designed brass lamps that provide a warm light which is reflected in the granite pools. 

Situated on the west coast of Jutland, eco-friendly Blåvand Kurbad and Wellness invites guests into a relaxing world of spa treatments spread over several floors. Using ground source heat pumps and solar panels it offers steam baths, saunas, spa treatments, an ice well and even an outdoor pool with salt water as well as a soothing view of the sea. For those looking to combine a spa and golf break Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort, is Northern Europe’s biggest golf resort, located south of Aalborg. The fabulous spa facilities include a steam room, a saltwater and an invigorating outdoor plunge pool. There’s also a ‘bio sauna’ which is cooler than a traditional Finnish sauna but with higher humidity to relax the muscles and ease the joints. After relaxing in the spa, visitors can venture out on to the golf complex which features two 18-hole golf courses and a par-3 course, ending the day at a choice of hotel restaurants. 

 

North Jutland

The very top of Denmark is known as ‘The Land of Light’, and the town of Skagen is the perfect place to recharge. The ‘Seasons Spa’ at Ruth’s Hotel offers an authentic and relaxing wellness experience where visitors can indulge in its hot sauna and steam room. There’s a heated therapy pool with a view towards the surrounding sand dunes, or try out the more unusual experiences such as exercise bikes in the indoor pool or a specialised ‘ear candles’ treatment. 

Or for a truly Danish experience, the Hotel Viking Aqua Spa & Wellness Resort, Denmark’s biggest aqua, spa and wellness resort, offers 2,700km2 of spoiling luxury and well-designed facilities in the idyllic little town of Sæby on the north Jutland coast. The hotel is surrounded by a scenic landscape of both forest and beach and offers a wide variety of indoor and outdoor wellness treatments such as heated pools, a fabulous rooftop pool with a sea view. For night owls there’s late night gatherings over champagne and tapas at its midnight spa events. Alternatively in the beautiful capital of Northern Jutland, Aalborg, escape the hustle and bustle of city life at the luxurious Harmonie Wellness Center where guests can be pampered in the serenity of its aroma baths and sooth tired legs from the old cobbled streets with reflexology and a gentle pedicure.

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