Called 'badehoteller' in Danish, this type of seaside hotel is for you if you like the finer things in life. We're talking gourmet restaurants, luxurious settings, sea views at every turn and a spa too, if you're lucky.
These aren't your usual seaside hotels: Denmark's beach hotels have more in common with luxury and boutique hotels in The Hamptons and St Ives than anything you'd find in Torquay. It's all laid-back luxury and white sand beaches (and we'd like to come too, if that's OK with you...)
The wealthy upper class started visiting seaside hotels in Denmark in the 19th century as an escape from their busy lives. In recent years, the idea of the simple life at a Danish seaside hotel has enjoyed a huge renaissance for just the same reason.
Many seaside hotels are open all year. In summer, you can stroll along the beach and explore the cosy towns; while in winter, you might want to grab a book and snuggle up by the fire while listening to the weather and the sea outside (or even use it as an excuse to try winter bathing). Whatever time of year you come, you can be sure of a treat.
This selection of beach hotels is not exhaustive - but it's enough to get you started! To see where they are located across Denmark, just click on the map button.
Ruths Hotel in Skagen has been one of the most sought-after holiday spots in Denmark for more than a hundred years. The location is perfect: walk to the sand dunes and the sea for a quick dip, relax in the spa complex or indulge in a gourmet dinner at the hotel, which features in the White Guide for best restaurants in the Nordics.
Surrounded by windswept dunes just 200 meters from the sea, Svinkløv Badehotel in North Jutland has a wonderful laid-back atmosphere. Instead of TV and WiFi, you'll be treated to sea views and exquisite meals prepared by the world renowned chef and winner of Bocuse D’or in 2019, Kenneth Toft-Hansen.
On the sandy west coast of Denmark, you will find Henne Mølle Å Badehotel, designed by the famous Danish designer Poul Henningsen (PH) in 1936. The interior design is simple yet stylish and the whole place is romantic and indulgent. The 2-Michelin starred restaurant Henne Kirkeby Kro is only a short drive away.
Set between forest and water on the island of Als, you will find Dyvig Badehotel, with plenty of room for contemplation, pampering and relaxation. In a fairytale setting, you can enjoy the romantic design, gourmet food and cosy touches at this classic Danish seaside hotel.
Built in 1911 on the beautiful rocky coastline on the island of Bornholm, Stammershalle Badehotel was designed to be an extremely exclusive spa hotel for the upper class. Today, it's still very special, with sea and island views, a restaurant that features in the White Guide and an outdoor pool and the sea very close by.
Helenekilde Badehotel is in Tisvildeleje, an hour from Copenhagen, with stunning views over the sea. Here, you'll find a sense of laid back luxury in an authentic Danish seaside hotel that dates back to the early 1900s. The main street next to the hotel continues into the sand and transforms into a long stretch of beach.
Strandhotel Røsnæs was voted ‘Denmark’s Best Beach Hotel 2021’ by the Danish public, and for good reason. The hotel is located just outside Kalundborg in the most beautiful surroundings. Hills upon hills of oat fields and vines go all the way down to the waterside. This is a place that inspires you to be outside and experience nature.
With direct access to lovely bathing beaches by Ebeltoft Vig, Molskroen Strandhotel is an oasis in one of the most scenic parts of Denmark. The hotel has beautiful sea views with the Mols Bjerge National Park as the backdrop. The emphasis here is on indulgence: for the taste buds – its restaurant is also in the White Guide - and for the soul.
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