Valentine’s break in Copenhagen
Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens is renowned the world over for its beautiful illuminations, rides and unique architecture and for the first time in 2018, the gardens will be open from 2–25 February for the Winter in Tivoli event. Perfect for a Valentine’s break couples can take to the ice on its skating rink, cosy up in its range of restaurants before sitting back at the Tivoli Concert Hall with tickets to see Chess – The Musical.
Stay close by at the new Tivoli Corner. Due to be completed by the end of 2017 the Nimb Hotel will be unveiling 20 new luxury suites and a spectacular roof terrace featuring a heated pool, restaurant and bar. A one night stay over Valentines weekend costs £343 per room BB for two sharing. Or opt for the five-star luxury of Hotel D’Angleterre. Dating back to 1755 this legendary hotel was revitalised in 2013 balancing the tradition and style of a palace with exceptional modern touches. Prices from £220 per room for a one night stay over the Valentine’s weekend. Alternatively, for a truly unique and incredibly romantic experience be the only guests at the one bedroom Central Hotel & Café. Located on the top of a small café in the Vesterbro neighbourhood, the double room of Central Hotel has beautiful handcrafted details that will make even the pickiest boutique hotel aficionado feel right at home. Prices from £258 per room BB, two sharing.
Copenhagen’s bustling bar culture is legendary. After dark head for Reflections Ice Bar which opened in May 2017 at Copenhagen’s Generator Hostel. Get wrapped in cosy winter capes and feast on a menu of winter-themed cocktails whilst marvelling as the meticulously sculpted ice harvested from Jukkasjärvi – an incredible 200 km north of the Arctic circle in Northern Sweden.
Romantic castle breaks
Described as ‘Scandinavia’s most romantic hotel’ Dragsholm Castle is an hour’s drive from Copenhagen. With a range of packages and a Michelin Star restaurant, Slotskøkkenet, the 800-year-old castle also offers the chance to explore Denmark’s only UNESCO-designated Geopark, with opportunities to go on herb and mushroom walks with ranger guides, indulge in a wine tasting, or get active on running trails, go mountain biking, followed by a refreshing swimming. Price from £205 for two people sharing a standard room.
Or alternatively, on selected weekends throughout the year, the renaissance Holckenhavn Castle, near Nyborg on the east coast of Funen island, offers romantic weekend packages to guests and the chance for would-be Princesses to live the castle dream. With 18 double rooms and suites which have all been newly renovated and individually decorated a gourmet weekend here includes afternoon tea with homemade cake, four-course dinner with accompanying wine menu, coffee and dessert as well as accommodation in a double room and breakfast. A one night Valentine’s weekend break costs £281 per person dinner, BB based on two people.
Beyond the city take a trip out to the UNESCO World Heritage Dyrehaven (‘Deer Park’). Far from the madding crowd it’s a lush forest with small lakes and wide, open landscapes, renowned for its more than 2000 roaming deer. Spot the wildlife from a horse-drawn carriage or simply stroll in the spectacular grounds. And if the weather allows pick up a bike and use the online route planner from the Danish Cycling Federation to do as the Danes do and get out on two wheels.
Getaways by the sea
Stay at the luxurious Kurhotel Skodsborg where the forest meets the sea near Dyrehaven nature reserve. Swim from the private jetty or get out on the running tracks through the forest. The hotel offers a two-day ’getaway’ package with the perfect mix of wellness and indulgence, from complimentary access to the spa and fitness centre to afternoon ’Tea with Georg’ (where traditional English afternoon tea meets the new Nordic kitchen) and three-course meals with wine pairings. Price from £783 for two people sharing a standard room
Meanwhile in East Jutland the ‘Castle in the Forest’ Hotel Vejlefjord is the perfect retreat for couples seeking a weekend of pampering and wellness. Surrounded by beech forest, with beautiful views of Vejle Fjord, the hotel has the largest spa and thermal baths in Northern Europe. Work up an appetite for its locally sources cuisine with walks through 43 hectares of park and woodlands. A one night midweek spa break costs from £189 per person including access to the Thermal Baths and Thalasso Spa, dinner, bed and breakfast.
If the sound of the sea and the crashing of waves is your idea of romance, opt for a traditional Danish beach hotel. Dotted along the wildly romantic Denmark’s coastlines are a wealth of hotels, perfect for a romantic beachside break. An easy driving distance of Copenhagen Helenekilde Badehotel in North Sealand prides itself on being much more than a hotel. Originally built in 1904 as a private beach house with direct access to the beach for an early morning dip in the sea. Book a private yoga session and relaxing massage in the pavilion overlooking the water or hire a bike to explore the nearby area the Danish way. A two-night stay at Valentines weekend costs £220 per room on a BB basis for two sharing.