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A SEASIDE RETREAT AT FREDENSBORG HOTEL
Set among lush forests and overlooking the craggy Bornholm coastline, Fredensborg Hotel is a picture of modernist chic with white interiors, Bornholm granite and furniture in classic Danish design.
Fredensborg Hotel is located in Bornholm, one of the most magical places in Denmark. I had the pleasure of staying there during a long weekend this summer, and it was wonderful. We did day trips to Hammershus, Rokkestenen and many other iconic sights – it was the perfect location.
Fredensborg Hotel is a traditional Danish beach hotel. Denmark’s beach hotels (badehoteller) are all about good food, great views, wellness and relaxation. They’re the perfect place for a relaxing seaside break in Denmark.
Like many other beach hotels, Fredensborg offers delightful accommodation, fine cuisine and a range of outdoor activities in a magnificent seaside setting. The hotel has free Wi-Fi, free parking and a restaurant with terrace. Also, in the garden there are two jacuzzis where you can enjoy the seaside view with a cocktail in hand.
Fredensborg is part of the Bornholm Hotels chain, together with GSH, an eco-friendly hotel, and Hotel Griffen, the biggest four-star hotel on Bornholm.
MY ROOM AT FREDENSBORG HOTEL
After a swift check-in, I was shown to my room on the third floor. The room was furnished in original, Nordic minimalist style. It had a Hästens double bed, a flat screen, a table and chairs. From the balcony, there was a stunning view of the Baltic Sea and hotel garden.
The hotel was recently renovated and redesigned by Danish designer Pernille Bülow. This included the bathroom, which featured a luxury overhead rain shower that was nothing short of rejuvinating.
As a bonus, there were the most amazing organic bathing products available. They were so delightful that I bought myself a shampoo, conditioner and body wash to take home. Overall it was a lovely bathroom and room – a wonderful place to relax after a day of sightseeing the Danish island.
PRIVATE SWIMMING BRIDGE
In traditional beach hotel style, Fredensborg Hotel features a private swimming bridge. Although the sea looks icy-cold – which it was – lots of the hotel guests still got in for a swim. I got up around 6am and saw the first morning bathers heading for a dip in the Baltic Sea.
We actually had an excessively hot summer in Denmark this year (some days hovering around 32-34 degrees), but I still preferred staying ashore sipping a light refreshment instead.
Breakfast is included in the room rate and consists of a Nordic buffet with a great selection of fruits, bread and cereals. For Danes, this is a little goldmine. A traditional Danish breakfast normally consists of cereal or oats with milk, bread, smoothies, pastry and skyr (a low-fat and protein-rich yoghurt with a thick texture) – and this breakfast buffet had it all.
The hotel has a lovely restaurant by the name of Restaurant FB where you can get traditional French bistro dishes. Try their welcome drink with rhubarb, strawberry and vodka or the homemade french fries with mayo if you’re in a snack mood – both are fabulous.
The crown jewel of the restaurant is the exquisite seafood buffet- an amazing selection of fish and shellfish with no shortage of choices for seafood lovers (yours truly included).
You can scoop up crab legs and peel-and-eat shrimp, as well as hearty options of fresh grilled scallops with pea puree, whole lobster and Norway lobsters (my favorite).
RØNNE BEACH AND NATURE TRAILS
One of the things I really liked about Fredensborg Hotel was the location. It’s only 3 km from Rønne (the largest town on Bornholm), yet it feels secluded, tucked away in the forrest near the beach. There are so many opportunities for walks, jogging or biking – and bicycles can be rented at the hotel.
Final thoughts on Fredensborg Hotel? I really enjoyed it. The service was outstanding and I felt welcome from the minute we arrived. I would gladly return – and most definitely on a Thursday, just in time for the delicious seafood buffet.
A thousand thanks to Bornholm Hotels for hosting me and making me feel at home in Bornholm. I was a guest, but all opinions are my own as always.
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