If you're looking to combine treating yourself with a little Danish culture, come right this way! Denmark's spa traditions lean on hot and cold water therapies, with spa hotels along its beaches, and plenty of saunas to warm you up after an icy-cold plunge. Which will you choose?
This unusual subterranean spa in Carlsberg Byen, the former Carlsberg factory district, is set in a building dating back to 1881. It has a heritage-rich ancient baths feeling to it, and offers massages, Himalayan salt therapy and six thermal baths plus a variety of steam rooms and a salt exfoliation area to relax in.
Denmark's biggest spa has more than 60 different spa and wellness experiences to enjoy. It's all inspired by Nordic nature, light, water and forests, and includes age-old Nordic bathing rituals with their unique combination of water, heat and cold, alongside new and innovative spa and wellness treatments.
This Nordic oasis is in the historic Hotel d'Angleterre in the heart of Copenhagen, and offers a tranquil environment, large pool area, relaxation lounge and a fully equipped fitness studio. Inspiration is taken from Asian spa traditions, blended with a dash of Nordic magic. Access is free for hotel guests; you can also book treatments as a non resident.
CopenHot is more than a little unconventional. Yes, you can cruise the Copenhagen canals in a private hot tub boat, and get a prime view of all the city's sights at the same time. You can also indulge in its hot tubs on Refshæløen, enjoy their waterfront sauna and jump into the clean harbour to cool off too. It's certainly an experience to remember.
In Hørsholm, just up the coast from Copenhagen, this luxury spa offers treatments and a day spa experience for those not staying at the hotel, plus the option of booking the whole spa for an intimate and romantic spa night. Along with a pool, it has a sauna and one of Denmark's only SensorySky showers.
In the lovely town of Hornbæk 50 kilometres north of Copenhagen you will find the Kurbadet by Ilse Jacobsen, offering good opportunities for relaxation and self-indulgence. The spa has two heated pools – a large outdoor pool and a smaller indoor one – for pleasure and training - along with spa options for teens, couples and families.
Indulge yourself and let yourself be pampered from top to toe at Marienlyst, one of Denmark's most beautiful spas. The beachfront spa has more than 20 different spa facilities and experiences - both inside and outside, including hot tubs, whirlpool baths, beach saunas with direct access to the Sound, salt therapy, yoga, fitness, lounge areas, view terraces and a lovely spa-cafe.
The sauna and wilderness bath at North Shore Surf in Løkken is an experience you can only have in Denmark. Both the sauna and the wilderness hot tub have great views of the local area and the sea and are a great addition to any beach trip, whatever the weather.
From nature to yoga, we've got plenty of ideas to keep you calm and carrying on.