Luxury stay at sea, in the heart of the Randstad TEXT: KOEN GUIKING | PHOTOS: HUIS TER DUIN
It is easy to see what makes Huis ter Duin an attractive place to stay for the well heeled. A five-star hotel and spa located right on the beach with a restaurant that serves Michelin-star food, this gem along the Netherlands’ west coast has been the choice for celebrities, presidents and royalty since it first opened its doors in 1885. The old hotel effortlessly blends history with modernity to provide the most comfortable stay imaginable. It features 230 luxury rooms, 20 suites and four penthouses. The rooms in the historic part of the hotel – the Grand Hotel – have maintained their historic style, whereas most of the rooms in the adjoining 11-story Nouvelle Hotel, built in 1991, have recently been given a facelift. Later this year all the DeLuxe rooms in the Nouvelle Hotel will have been transformed into modern Charming rooms. 90 | Issue 29 | May 2016
Walk out of the hotel, cross the sandy dune and you are on the beach, where you will find the Breakers Beach House. This is one of the three restaurants that are part of the Huis ter Duin. The other two are the famous Michelin-star restaurant Latour on the first floor and Brasserie La Terrasse on the ground floor. Apart from decadent cuisine, the restaurants offer uninterrupted sea views to complete the dining experience. “There are four aspects that make Huis ter Duin unique. Its location directly on the beach, its close proximity to the cities of Amsterdam, The Hague and Leiden with their great museums, the excellent variety of restaurants, and the MC Wellness Centre,” says the hotel’s managing director Stephan Stokkermans. Wonder what MC stands for? Those are the initials of Marie-Claire, his sister-inlaw, who owns the spa. The fact that the
hotel, restaurants and spa are family owned makes Huis ter Duin truly unique. “The personal attention we give each of our guests, and the manner in which we fulfil their special requests makes us really stand out from the big hotel chains.” Stokkermans concludes: “There is no other hotel in the North West of Europe that can offer this package. You will have to go as far as Biarritz, in the South of France, to find something that resembles this.” www.huisterduin.com www.breakersbeachhouse.nl www.restaurantlatour.nl www.restaurantlaterrasse.nl
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