With a matador-like swipe of the towel, our “GusMester” (Mist Grasp) Matthias, on the Kurhotel Skodsborg lodge directs a blast of scorching, scented air in direction of our perspiring limbs throughout the confines of the sauna cabin.
This type of aromatherapy is adopted by a dip within the chilly waters of the Oresund Strait between Denmark and Sweden, sending the endorphins into overdrive, giving an virtually instantaneous feeling of elation and renewed vitality.
That is ‘SaunaGus’, simply one of many signature actions accessible at Denmark’s main Spa lodge and a part of a holistic method in direction of their conferences and occasions portfolio.
Integrating wellbeing into a gathering and occasions programme, is an space of accelerating focus for firms eager to enhance their tradition, creativity and worker efficiency. It’s as eagerly debated as “new expertise” and “AI”, becoming a member of them as one of many key future traits to form the trade.
Kurhotel Skodsborg’s mix of Nordic design, traditions, location and wholesome dwelling ideas is very nicely suited to assembly planners and shoppers seeking to assist inspire, incentivise and increase bodily and psychological wellbeing.
The Danes are sometimes voted because the happiest folks on the planet. So it ought to come as no shock, that the Kurhotel Skodsborg, simply 20 minutes outdoors central Copenhagen, has built-in the age-old ideas of train, diet, nature, mild, air and general well-being, alongside their 23 conferences and occasions areas.
The lodge sits between the ocean and forest (‘Dyrehaven’ – the previous royal deer searching grounds grew to become an UNESCO Heritage website in 2015) permitting friends to swim, cycle, run and stroll or just admire from the lodge’s duo of high flooring decks; one used for yoga above the Spa & Health Centre and the opposite atop the lodge, each very best areas for cocktail receptions and al-fresco occasions.
The lodge’s grand white façade and colonnades, opens out to a fancy of buildings which have a powerful historic narrative. From 1852, it grew to become the summer time retreat of King Frederik VII, earlier than Dr Carl Ottosen based a Sanatorium in 1898, together with his ethos and philosophy on the coronary heart of the lodge to at the present time. All these components mix to create some very distinctive occasion areas.
Subsequent to the primary physique of the lodge is “Villa Rex”, a neo-classical constructing that oozes old-world regal attraction the place the King held banquets and State conferences. The villa’s important area accommodates as much as 70 members and is linked to a roundel room known as the “King’s Corridor”. Restored to its 19th century splendour, it’s well-liked for meals and wine tasting workshops for round 30-40 members, particularly with ‘Kitchen Rex’ under stairs able to cater for all; the present kitchen has room for 16 members as a cooking faculty.
If there may be one factor to not be missed, it’s a health and cooking workshop with the lodge’s ‘Useful Way of life Mentor’ Thomas Rode. The Michelin-starred Chef cum well being guru (innovator and observer of the Paleo weight loss program) encapsulates the lodge’s trendy focus in direction of conferences, health and diet. Following within the footsteps of his weekly group of excessive powered executives benefitting from Rode’s strategies, we stroll into the chilly ocean waters carrying 12kg Kettle bell weights and SUP’s (Stand-up Paddleboards).
The water’s resistance in opposition to the bells, blended with swimming and push-ups whereas balanced on the boards, works up a hearty urge for food. Thomas then, with our assist, cooks a hearty, wholesome and Paleo oriented dish, offering key information of the right way to maintain this life-style past our keep. It’s an incentive that “builds teamwork, encourages a aggressive edge and teaches wholesome dwelling ideas” he states.
Spa and health
While the spa and health centre’s 120 plus weekly programme of courses, is however a key fob and hall away from the primary areas of the lodge, the delegate can discover a lot luxurious, leisure and reward throughout the spacious bedrooms. As they may, throughout the Michelin starred ‘Restaurant by Kroun’ and a classy but comfy lounge with heavy espresso desk tomes that let you sink just a little deeper into the velvet sofas. High and tailing the lounge, bar and foyer are a number of state-of-the-art conferences room that may be configured and linked to host assorted assembly and occasion calls for.
Amongst a raft of awards obtained by the lodge final 12 months, together with “one of many 7 greatest spas on the planet for 2018” Tatler Journal Spa Information and first place within the Danish annual Confectioner’s Championships, the event of the lodge’s MICE efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. It not too long ago obtained the 2018 Danish Occasions & Conferences Award for ‘Greatest Low Value Assembly’; this pertains to an idea known as ‘Mai’s Monday Conferences’ (MMM) designed by the Kurhotel Skodsborg CEO Mai Kappenberger. MMM brings a choose group girls, on the primary Monday of every month, to expertise one of many newest train courses, adopted by a wholesome breakfast and speech on a present matter from a particular visitor.
Dr Carl Ottosen said “Man has extra endurance when work is interchanged with relaxation,” greater than a century in the past and as we speak his quote is much more related. The millennial technology are rather more conscious of their well being and wellbeing and organisers of conferences and occasions are paying attention to this rising pattern.