Copenhagen is an excellent choice for a luxurious getaway, with frequent, direct flights from many U.S. cities, excellent shopping and a great luxury travel infrastructure. The Danish capital is a beautiful city also rapidly becoming a must-visit for any foodie traveler. The new edition of the Michelin Nordic Guide 2016 has awarded 26 stars to 22 different restaurants across Denmark and chefs are starting to travel there to pick up skills and techniques. Here are five key tips to have a great luxury getaway in Copenhagen:
Norwegian’s Premium service, somewhere between Business Class and Premium Economy, offers a wonderful in-flight experience at a great value. With next-generation 787 Dreamliners doing direct flights to Copenhagen from Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Oakland, Fort Lauderdale, Boston and New York, you can arrive refreshed and ready to make the most of your getaway. The service offers luxury amenities like lounge access on both ends, priority check-in and boarding, fine wine and gourmet Norwegian food on-board and deeply-reclining comfortable leather seats with a lot of personal space.
Where to stay
For classic Danish luxury in Copenhagen, The D’Angleterre has been the city’s best hotel since opening in 1755. A total, ground-up renovation in 2013 has transformed it into a modern luxury palace. Go for the 1,700 square foot Royal Suite with what must be the city’s largest hotel suite balcony, offering sweeping views over the Kongens Nytorv square. The suite, used by royalty, rock stars and visiting heads of state, comes complete with champagne and flowers along with complimentary airport limousine transfers. The large bedroom features a king-size DUX bed and there’s a dining room, living room and a lot of luxurious space to unwind after exploring the city.
The ultimate in modern Nordic cuisine is Noma, whose global popularity brings a long, long, long waiting list for a reservation. The food, delicious, immaculately crafted and surprising unpretentious, is served in a 20-course set menu, dictated by the ingredients, produce and provisions the chef has procured each day. Dinner, without a wine pairing is $290 per person or $455 per person with the pairing.
Smart foodies also make time for a meal at Aamanns, a wonderful restaurant specializing in smørrebrød, a classic Danish open-faced sandwich. A modern take on this farmer’s favorite, Chef Adam Aamann uses artisinal, locally-sourced, organic ingredients to top his special rye bread. There are four locations in Copenhagen, including one at the airport.
The Copenhagen Philharmonic, or Copenhagen Phil as they’re known locally, is the city’s symphony orchestra. With regular performances in the ornate Royal Danish Academy of Music, they also feature dance and contemporary music styles as well. The orchestra provides film music for Hollywood blockbusters, including sequences for Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Revenant.”
Strøget is Copenhagen’s (and Europe’s) largest pedestrianized shopping street and it starts (or ends) at the Kongens Nytorv square, home of the D’Angleterre. At the square is Magasin du Nord (think Danish Harrod’s) which has an incredible selection of pretty much anything worth buying. For the best in Danish design, housewares and other cool stuff, head a few blocks down to Bolighus, considered the city’s best store for all things home-related.
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