Explore Quiet Luxury at Helenekilde Badehotel
Discover the Danish Riviera
A 50 minute drive from the historic center of Copenhagen or a 1 ¼ hour train ride, you can immerse yourself in Helenekilde Badehotel, in the town of Tisvildeleje in North Zealand. The area is often referred to as the Danish Riviera or the “Hamptons of Denmark.” A hip beach town for Copenhagen creatives, it is also known for its untouched nature and pristine beaches. The 24-room property sits on a bluff with sweeping views of the Kattegat and a pathway leading down to the sea for your invigorating morning dip.
One might describe the experience at the hotel as staying in the home of a well-traveled friend. That friend would be owner Alexander Kølpin, former ballet dancer, whose inimitable style defines the atmosphere which is incredibly stylish yet entirely low key. Originally built by a construction magnate, Mr. Grüner gifted the summer house to his wife in 1896. In 1904, it was converted to a seaside boarding house in season and named Helenekilde Badehotel. Kølpin oversaw the restoration, carefully preserving and furnishing the building, transforming it into a hotel in 2008. The idea was to maintain the history of the place yet keep the natural surroundings as a key focus so as not overpower it with too much design.
Quiet luxury might best describe the overall vibe at the hotel, yet it delivers a rich experience. The accommodations are simply decorated yet furnished with everything you need. All of the rooms enjoy extraordinary light and have a private balcony. Most importantly, a stay at Helenekilde puts you in touch with the sea, forest, beach and the light that is unique to this part of the world. It takes no effort to disconnect with technology and reconnect with nature, arriving in a place that is actually known for healing powers.
Restaurant, Bar and Terraces
Public spaces are welcoming – the comfortable lounge area flows into the bar whose doors and windows open to the sea view and outside terrace. The garden offers a petanque court where you can enjoy a tall cool drink on a hot summer day. Private yoga sessions or relaxing massages in the pavilion are arranged upon request. Take time to breathe deeply and relax – you’re home.
The restaurant at the hotel serves modern Danish cuisine - food made from the freshest local ingredients varying with the season. Breakfast is healthy, hearty and homemade – from the bread to the jams, the spreads and granola. It will help start your engines for the day. In fine weather you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner on the terrace. As the night cools, wrap yourself in a soft warm blanket in the evenings as you watch the sunset turn into an incredibly starry night with a glass of bubbly.
Breakfast is included in the room rate and lunch and dinner are served daily. Lunch is served family style with generally 5 options DKK 275/person. The set three course dinner is DKK 450/person and also offers a wine pairing for DKK 425/person. The bar and restaurant serve a selection of classic cocktails, a carefully selected wine list and yummy snacks. Every afternoon freshly baked pastries and cakes are served – because cake makes people happy!
Tisvilde is a former fishing village whose houses are now used as charming summer residences. The beaches are known for their white sands and ever-changing soft dunes. Colorful bath houses make for a perfect photo op along the beach. Alternatively, take a hike through the nearby forest – Tisvilde Hegn, a nature reserve of rare fauna, flora and important birdlife. Dip into the incredibly clean and clear seawater, bike through the town to window shop its trendy boutiques or sit and contemplate absolutely nothing as you gaze at the seas views at Helenekilde Badehotel.
The Legend of Saint Helene
The legend originates with the beautiful Princess Helene who was famous for her beauty and piety and had a miraculous power of healing by laying on of hands. Accompanying King Sejr on his travel and war expeditions, he became injured and she led him to a spring where he miraculously healed. Helene’s kilde became a visited shrine like many other sacred springs in the country – and thus the name Helenekilde.