I was travelling a lot in January and February and have not had chance to upload a few of the articles I have had published recently – so here goes.

If you have a Times subscription you can click through on the link and read these pieces online.

HOW TO HAVE THE SWISS MOUNTAINS ALL TO YOURSELF THE TIMES

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VODKA, SAUNAS AND SNOW IN KYRGYZSTAN THE TIMES

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TOTALLY CHILLED: MY GYM CLASS IN THE ICY BALTIC THE TIMES

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MY HIKE THROUGH THE HILLS IN MADEIRA – WITH A WHITE RUM OR TWO THE TIMES

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THE 10 BEST NO FRILLS FLIGHTS THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

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When you think of a spa hotel destination, Copenhagen probably doesn’t spring to the top of your list.

But winter is a perfect time to hunker down in Skodsborg, an affluent seaside suburb of the Danish capital, just a 15-minute train ride from the centre of town.

I was at the Kurhotel Skodsborg last week to train and swim in the midwinter sea – bracing!! – (see photos below) and experience saunagus: short but intense bouts of increasing heat in the sauna over the space of an hour, sometimes to rock music, sometimes to mediative tunes.  Different aromatic oils are added, a sauna master twirls a towel or large fan to disperse the fierce heat around the room and it’s all interspersed with dips off the end of a private pier into the sea a hundred metres away. Invigorating!!! I suspect at some stage saunagus with will fill the pages of glossy mags and weekend newspaper sections in the UK as the next “big thing” when it comes to health.

The spa at the hotel is the largest in Denmark and there’s also a Crossfit training area, gym and massage rooms. Don’t be intimidated by tall, chiselled Danes; they’re a friendly bunch.

There are also two restaurants and paleo-inspired treats in the lobby.

The Danish concept of hygge (coziness) comes into its own around now, when long winter nights are made more bearable by flickering candles, log fires, warm blankets and soft sofas, and the hotel is fully hygge’ed up.

All in all it’s not outrageous to think of basing yourself here for a long weekend in Copenhagen. The Danes may think it’s out in the ‘burbs but to a Londoner, what’s 15 minutes on a train? And rather than run away from winter, Skodsborg is a lovely place to embrace it, sea bathing and all.

02.Kurhotel Skodsborg_Exterior 04.Kurhotel Skodsborg_The Lobby 11_Kurhotel Skodsborg_brunch i The Lobby 12.Kurhotel Skodsborg_superior_with a view 11.Kurhotel Skodsborg_juniorsuite 14.The Lobby_Kurhotel Skodsborg 08.SaunaGus_Kurhotel Skodsborg Thomas Rode and Rikke Hoerlykke at Skodsborg - photo Martin Kaufmann Thomas Rode and Rikke Hoerlykke at Skodsborg - photo Martin Kaufmann The private jetty at Kurhotel Skodsborg

www.skodsborg.dk