Scan Magazine, Issue 112, May 2018

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Scan Magazine  |  Attraction of the Month  |  Denmark

Attraction of the Month, Denmark

A spa experience to remember Sofiebadet in Copenhagen is focussing on ecology, sustainability and social responsibility and offers you a unique experience with its famous hamam treatments. By Nicolai Lisberg  |  Photos: Sofiebadet

You will notice it right away: Sofiebadet is not like any other spa you will ever set foot in. The tiles and floor are made of marble and the aesthetic decoration on the walls gives the place a special and authentic feel. The bath house dates back to 1909, and though it was renovated in 2009 it has preserved the original interior. People from all around the world have travelled to Sofiebadet, and many come to experience the well-known hamam treatment that they offer. “On the navel stone in the hamam, guests are resting on a bed of suds and completely covered by a layer of foam from the organic olive soap. The body is massaged and then scrubbed with a ‘kese’, before the body is finally rinsed. We have all kinds of people coming here just to try this special treatment. We’ve even had a woman from New York visiting, who said that Sofiebadet was one of her two favour108  |  Issue 112  |  May 2018

ite spa places in the world,” says Anne Poulsen, who has been working at Sofiebadet for over 12 years. “People are so relaxed after getting a hamam treatment. It’s difficult to explain, so you’ll have to come and experience it for yourself.”

“Other than these events and our hamam treatment, we also offer a more traditional spa experience with a sauna, steam bath and different hot or cold tubs. You can get an oil massage, lie in our tub with herbs, get a facial mask or try our classic mint-salt scrub, which exfoliates the skin. There is something for everyone,” says Poulsen.

Sustainability, concerts and private events Another aspect that makes Sofiebadet stand out is its sustainability and cultural profile. All toilets in the building use rainwater for flushing; the heat in the hamam room is reused as much as possible, and all cleaning products are organic. The bath house also hosts intimate concerts, lectures, midnight bathing and joined hamam sessions, and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, it is possible for guests to book the place for themselves for a few hours if they want to host a private event.

Web: Instagram: @sofiebadet_christianshavn

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