This Danish hotel will seduce you with its stylish decor and beautiful setting.
A hotel in the Danish Riviera mixes the glamour of the 1900s and the simple Scandi way of life.
Staying on the riviera brings to mind a period drama set in Italy or France, but once you realise that riviera means coastline, and that Denmark has 4,500 miles of it (in fact in Denmark you are never more than 30 miles from the sea), you understand why the Danish tourist industry began promoting the Danish Riviera. On that riviera is a small town called Tisvilde (with less than 1,500 people) in the north of the island of Zealand (about 45 minutes from Copenhagen). And in Tisvilde is a seaside house called Helenekilde. The name has great symbolism in this region, because legend has it that a Swedish girl called Helene was attacked and killed by robbers and her body drifted ashore in Tisvilde. When locals took
her body to the local Tibirke church for a Christian burial, a spring appeared where she lay (kilde means source) and her grave can be seen a few hundred metres from the shoreline. Many miracles are said to have happened here, and the source water’s healing power has attracted people since the 1200s. Helenekilde was built as a summer residence by a building magnate called Grüner, who presented the beautiful house as a gift to his wife in 1896. In recent years, Alexander Kølpin bought the house and determined to transform it into a hotel whilst retaining the ambience and features of a private house. Mr Kølpin is not your usual hotel owner; at age 21, he was appointed Principal
Dancer of the Royal Danish Ballet and in 1992 he was given the prestigious Benois de la Danse prize (for “Best Male Dancer in the World”). Born to a fashion designer mother, it is not hard to see why the hotel - both in terms of furnishings and concept - has genuine class and elegance. Since it is so close to the Kattegat (the strait that is between Denmark and Sweden), there is a real focus on outdoor, deck living, and so meals are often taken outside. The terraces are real sun traps. During the summer months various Danish artists visit the hotel and perform small, intimate concerts. This has been a tradition since 2009. The summer session starts with an aperitif on the terrace followed by a three-course menu, which sets the stage for an exclusive concert experience. In July, the hotel welcomes the singer Coco (who contributed to the sound track of The Great Gatsby) and, in August, Pernille Rosendahl (who is also a Danish singer) will perform for 2 nights. If you have a competitive spirit, then why don't you check in around 17 July when the hotel hosts a petanque tournament and at the end of the month the hotel will hold its Summer Festival which is an opportunity to welcome the friends and neighbours of the hotel. The fact that the hotel opens up the party to the whole village says much about the ethos of Alexander Kølpin who splits his time between Denmark and Los Angeles where he also has a film production and dance business. It is no surprise that during your stay you will be treated to some local produce and the style is modern Nordic. Make sure you taste the Koldskål which is a cold Danish buttermilk soup that is often served as a snack in the afternoon - but it is very refreshing during the hot summer and can also be had in the evening. Once you have spent a few days at Helenekilde, you will happily add the Danish Riviera to the more tried and tested rivieras.