The white, stately and elegant Strandhotellet towers above the Sandvig waterfront. It takes little imagination to picture how it looked in 1907 when the newly-built hotel opened along the lovely beach promenade for expectant guests ready to enjoy their summer stay. Strandhotellet’s living history is a great source of inspiration for host couple Pia and Kasper Bajlum Müller, who started out by leasing the venue in 2017. Today, five years later, they are co-owners and have been the driving force behind the sweeping, stylish refurbishment of the buildings ever since.
The sea permeates the hotel’s ambience, because no matter if you’re in the conference room, foyer, bar or the impressive, spacious restaurant, the pervasive vistas provide a calming, levelling balance of blue on blue. Nature is a welcome guest, which is perfect because it’s right outside. Strandhotellet is within walking distance of Sandvig’s sandy beach and the Hammer peninsula’s lichen-covered rock formations and coastal path. In other words, a perfect venue for a holiday or your next work-related conference: stunning sunlight, refreshing sea air and informal atmosphere. All year round.
The food is an experience all its own. The kitchen staff have incorporated the distinctive Bornholm character by serving delicious dishes prepared with good, simple produce and ingredients, creatively and innovatively. You can either sit in the large outdoor area and enjoy a delicious lunch or visit the restaurant indoors for à la carte meals. It is even possible to be served a family-style meal, too.
A third component of Strandhotellet is the music. In the 1960s, the hotel’s banquet hall was the setting for live music and festive functions for the whole island. This is evidenced by the old posters that Pia and Kasper obtained from the Local Archives. The posters have been framed and are part of the lounge atmosphere. This is also where Kasper’s old reel-to-reel tape recorder, providing music for the bar, is located, for general use. Because the homelike ambience is intentional – and it works. You get the feeling of entering your own living room where you can kick off your shoes, sit back and read a good book relaxing on the sofa. The host couple’s highly prioritised homey atmosphere is reflected throughout the hotel in the blend of exquisite hand-made oakwood furniture and fine vintage finds.
The venue creates space for magical moments and natural, spontaneous get-togethers which can arise over breakfast, or at one of the hotel’s evocative events held at regular intervals on the illuminated half-shell stage in the restaurant. Present meets past – ‘and the rest is history’: a story of fond memories at Strandhotellet in Sandvig.