Tag: Weekend Getaway

Beach hotel in Cadzand-Bad – vacation by the sea

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Strandhotel, Cadzand, Knokke, Niederlande, Holland

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Strandhotel, Cadzand, Knokke, Niederlande, Holland

At the Strandhotel, nature lovers, gourmets, water sports enthusiasts and those seeking peace and quiet meet in a stylish setting directly on a dune in the beautiful village of Cadzand-Bad. The modern hotel has the sea at its feet and many modern room types. Children are just as welcome here as dogs, so every guest will find their oasis of peace here.

Domicile in the middle of the dunes

If you book at the Strandhotel, you can choose from many different stylishly furnished rooms, suites or apartment suites. These can also be booked with a sea and dune view, which is very worthwhile. The sea seems to begin boundlessly amidst the characteristic dune vegetation and reflects the warm sunlight that disappears on the horizon in the evening. This expanse before your eyes calms the soul and creates a feeling of romantic untouchedness.

The interior design was created by Studio Piet Boon and is characterized by timeless modernity. All rooms are equipped with comfortable box-spring beds, rain showers, smart TVs, an Illy espresso machine and bathrobes to create a cozy feel-good atmosphere for guests.

Every morning at the Strandhotel starts with a fantastic breakfast in the Pine House. The extensive buffet includes fresh pastries from the hotel’s own bakery, fresh fruit and hot and cold dishes to give guests a good start to the day.

Leisure activities in the surrounding area

The Strandhotel is ideally located for exploring the area by bike right from the front door. Cycling tours along the dyke or through the nature reserve “Het Zwin” are also suitable for inexperienced cyclists, as the paths are flat. With the sea breeze in their nostrils, hotel guests can enjoy the sheer endless expanse of beach from Cadzand to Knokke. Knokke is also just a few minutes away by car and is lively all year round. Magnificent villas characterize the townscape along the promenade and distinguish Knokke as a weekend and summer residence for many business people. Along the promenade, guests can take a wonderful stroll, browse through the boutiques, linger in the cafés or read in the many beach pavilions. If the weather doesn’t play ball, there is a pool and sauna at the beach hotel. With this time-out for body and soul, rainy days can be bridged in the cozy wellness area.

For an outing with children, we recommend the restaurant with the indoor playground Des Zes Bochten! Everyone gets their money’s worth here!

A stay at the Cadzander Strandhotel offers pure relaxation paired with the pure sea breeze of the Zeeland beach, which stretches endlessly in front of the hotel. Whether as a couple or as a family, everyone is welcome here and will feel at home. Walks, bike tours or excursions to the surrounding villages make your vacation varied and close to nature.

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Strandhotel, Cadzand, Knokke, Niederlande, Holland

The Tiny Hotel – idyllic accommodation with its own farm

Tiny Hotel, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Netherlands, Nistelrode

The Tiny Hotel impresses with its rural location just two kilometres from Nistelrode. The location in the middle of nature allows guests to experience pure relaxation. The forest surrounding the accommodation is perfect for long walks. The farm belonging to the Tiny Hotel with its many animals is particularly beautiful. Guests can stroke the animals, enter their enclosures or help look after them. The chickens provide fresh eggs every morning. The Tiny Hotel is a memorable experience, especially for children.

Tips for leisure activities

To get to the town of Nistelrode, a short journey by car is all it takes. Just a five-minute drive away are lovely cafés, a large, inviting shopping centre for errands and shopping and good restaurants. The cities of Nijmegen, Den Bosch and Eindhoven are only 30 minutes away by car. They are ideal for an exciting day trip. The staff at the Tiny Hotel are happy to provide their guests with carefully selected tips for visiting the cities.

A visit to the Vorstenbosch alpaca farm, which is just a few minutes’ drive south of the Tiny Hotel, is well worthwhile. Admission is free and it is a great experience, especially with children. The gentle alpacas can be fed and stroked. For a more active experience, guests can book a walk with the alpacas through the De Maashorst nature reserve. Each participant is given their own alpaca to accompany them through the marvellous landscape.

Tiny Hotel

The Tiny Hotel offers two different types of accommodation: the Sheep House and the Farm House. Both are surrounded by greenery. The quiet location guarantees relaxation. Children travelling with you can play right outside the accommodation houses and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings together with their parents.

The Farm House is suitable for up to four people and is decorated in warm colours. Many wooden elements blend in with the natural surroundings and create a cosy atmosphere. As the entrance area is separated from the living room, the Farm House has a cosy character. The fully equipped kitchen invites you to cook together and the large dining table is perfect for eating together, playing games or enjoying a glass of wine in the evening. When guests step onto the terrace, they are surrounded by nature. Every now and then, animals walk past and can be seen grazing in the meadow. As the accommodation has underfloor heating, the Farm House is equally suitable for the summer and winter months. In the outdoor area, guests can make their own campfire and relax in the hot tub under the stars.

Relaxation close to nature is guaranteed at the Tiny Hotel. Children get their money’s worth thanks to the proximity to the many animals and will never be bored. Nearby towns invite you to go on excursions and make it possible to organise a great day out within a short distance. The Tiny Hotel is recommended for nature lovers looking for fun activities to round off a relaxing holiday.

Inselhouse Norderney – Live and relax in style

Schon bei der Lage punktet das Inselhouse Norderney in jeder Hinsicht: Es befindet sich sowohl direkt in der Stadt als auch sehr nah am Meer. Dadurch können die Gäste

The Inselhouse Norderney scores points in every respect when it comes to location: it is both directly in the town and very close to the sea. This means that guests can enjoy both advantages and either plunge into the lively hustle and bustle or indulge in long walks on the beach. All the important sights of Norderney as well as the centre with shopping opportunities, restaurants and cafés are within walking distance. After about two kilometres, holidaymakers also reach Norderney’s harbour, which is well worth seeing and can be the starting point of a great boat trip.

Inselhouse Norderney: Living in style

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Norderney, Inselhouse

The entire holiday domicile on Norderney is characterised by soft colours, a bright design and harmonious decorations. Guests can immediately feel at home there. Thanks to the large windows, all the accommodation units are flooded with light and radiate the necessary tranquillity that everyone inevitably associates with the North Sea. 21 flats between 52 and 112 square metres are available and are suitable for couples as well as families of different sizes. Each room has a balcony, an open plan design and impressive interiors by Danish brand Carl Hansen & Son. Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas in case guests want to do a little work while on holiday.

The Inselhouse Norderney attaches great importance to sustainability. Solar panels are used to heat the domestic water, the underfloor heating can be controlled separately for each room and the roof is greened with regional materials. This attracts native birds to nest and the animals can breed in a protected environment. Some of the flats allow dogs, which means that guests with four-legged friends are also very welcome.

Inselhouse Norderney: Leisure activities for the whole family

At and around the Inselhouse Norderney there are many possibilities for leisure activities to choose from. From the house, guests can use surfboards, beach chairs, handcarts, sand toys as well as bicycles if needed. The island is perfect to explore by bike. Flat cycle paths lead along the beach and to all the sights. The inner city area is restricted to motor vehicles, making it pleasant for bicycle tours. There are always great playgrounds along the beach, so a bike ride with the whole family is exciting and fun for everyone. Everyone can fortify themselves with coffee, hot chocolate and cake at the beach restaurant “Weiße Düne” and enjoy the view of the North Sea and the seagulls flying by from the panorama windows.

Not far from the Inselhouse is the Junkmann riding stable, which guests can reach after a 15-minute walk. Pony rides are offered daily for the little ones. Should the weather not play along, the accommodation has a modern playroom for the children. Adult guests, meanwhile, will find a change of pace in the well-equipped fitness room and the wellness area with sanarium, relaxation room and a Finnish sauna. Those who feel like sports and exercise can borrow the utensils for table tennis and play a round together with the family or other Inselhouse guests.

An absolute recommendation for the physical well-being is the surf café, which spoils guests with culinary delights at any time of the day. For traditional Nordic cuisine, the “Schmuggler” restaurant is a wonderful tip – however, a table reservation is advisable, as the restaurant rightly enjoys great popularity.

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Norderney, Inselhouse

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Norderney, Inselhouse

Hotel Bachmair Weissach: Family holiday at Lake Tegernsee

Bachmair Weissach, Tegernsee, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Hotel Bachmair Weissach

The Spa & Resort Bachmair Weissach is located on the beautiful Tegernsee and is ideal for all families looking for a relaxing time out together. Due to the great location near the lake, guests can swim in Lake Tegernsee during the summer months and take advantage of its water sports facilities. Dog owners can bring their four-legged friends, as not only the resort but also its surroundings are extremely dog-friendly. Everyone will find the peace and quiet they need here to switch off and regenerate body and mind.

Living in style at Lake Tegernsee

The Spa & Resort Bachmair Weissach attaches great importance to regionality, which is also reflected in the design of the rooms. Materials such as reed linen were used to keep the interior as natural as possible. In soft shades, all rooms are bright, minimalist and modern, but are refined by traditional Tegernsee design. The clubhouses directly on the lakeside are particularly exclusive. With a great deal of privacy and comfort, guests can relax wonderfully while enjoying the lakeside sauna in winter and the adjacent lido in summer.

Culinary delights at the Spa & Resort Bachmair Weissach

The fresh and really delicious breakfast is served in the cosy atmosphere of the pavilion. In addition to sweet and savoury dishes, freshly squeezed juices and the option of à la carte ordering, there is nothing lacking. A special highlight is the healthy etagere, which together with the vitamin-rich juices and extras like chia pudding is ideal for nutrition-conscious guests. The great service with extremely friendly staff rounds off the culinary experience perfectly.

Bachmair Weissach, Tegernsee, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Hotel Bachmair Weissach

For dinner, guests can choose from three different upscale restaurants. From alpine cuisine to modern Far Eastern cuisine with sushi variations, everything is represented. Additional options for dinner can be found in the clubhouse, the Tegernsee Phantastisch as well as in Bad Wiessee.

Relaxation for the whole family

All resort residents enjoy proper wellness time-out in the Family Spa. This is designed so that children can play and slide in the pool, which is easily visible and heated to 28 degrees, while parents are pampered. A family whirlpool is available for shared bubbly experiences. Those who want to get some exercise can do a few laps in the 15-metre swimming pool, always keeping an eye on the children as they frolic in the water. For cosy moments of relaxation with the whole family, the 65-degree family sauna is available. In the relaxation room made of fragrant pine wood, the body can calm down afterwards. The soothing atmosphere, pleasant temperature and the many indirect light sources in the spa area ensure that guests relax completely and leave everyday life behind.

Those who fancy a round of wellness without a child can make use of the Kids Club. This looks after the little guests from the age of three.

Things to do in Tegernsee

Not only family guests of the Spa & Resort Bachmair can playfully learn and discover in the 2,700 square metre “TEGERNSEE PHANTASTISCH” adventure world. The region, landscape, environment, traditions as well as the art and sport of Lake Tegernsee are the thematic focus and entertain every age group – ideal even if the weather does not play along, because the entire area is indoor.

The Alpakahof Tegernsee is only a three-minute drive away and perfect for beautiful days. Pre-booked guests can get close to the animals, learn from and with them or hike together with them. In the midst of the alpine surroundings, unforgettable impressions are created with the gentle creatures.

Baayvillas – Living by the sea

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Baayvillas, Dutchen

Baayvillas is a newly built holiday park by Dutchen on the Dutch Lauwersmeer. The modernly equipped villas can be booked for six to eight people and are situated in the middle of the natural habitat of many animals and plants. The incredible tranquillity of nature is immediately transferred to the guests. If you are looking for relaxation and at the same time appreciate the excursion possibilities in the immediate vicinity, the Baayvillas are just the right place for you.

The spacious layout and size of the houses make them ideal when several friends or families with children want to holiday together. Everyone is to themselves and yet always together.

Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Baayvillas, Dutchen

Exclusive villas with that little extra

All Baayvillas in Dutchen Holiday Park are exclusive, of high quality and very attractively furnished. Due to the division into two floors, they are extremely spacious and yet comfortably furnished. The light-flooded rooms, in combination with the bright, natural colours, create an immediate feel-good atmosphere. Via the large glass front of the terrace, holidaymakers can reach the outside, where a fireplace makes cosy barbecue or campfire evenings possible all year round. Guests have direct access to the sea via their own bathing jetty or one shared with another villa, where a boat can also be moored. Each villa has a private whirlpool on the terrace – sufficient relaxation is provided at all times.

Activities in the immediate vicinity

For those interested in exploring the area surrounding Baayvillas, there are several options. Five times a day there is a ferry to the Wadden Island Schiermonnikoog, which is unspoilt and offers beautiful walks in the habitat of the diverse bird life. Nature lovers also get their money’s worth during mudflat walks in the Moddergat mudflats or interesting oyster walks. Not only are the oysters harvested and their living conditions explained, but they are also opened fresh on site and tasted.

At least as interesting is the Pieterburen Seal Centre – Europe’s largest hospital for seals and harbour seals. There, injured and weakened animals are taken in, nursed up and then, if they are strong enough, returned to their natural environment.

Guests who want to get a breath of city air or run some errands can visit the beautiful old towns of Groningen or Dokkum, an old fortified town.

Those travelling with children can visit a small playground within walking distance of only five minutes or take a trip to the covered DoeZoo. Experiencing with all the senses is a priority here: The little guests are allowed to get up close and personal with the animals. Kissing frogs, carrying snakes around their necks or stroking the cute skunks are guaranteed to make a visit to the zoo unforgettable. For nice-weather days, the Adventure Park Waddenfun is perfect. Whether it’s canoeing, climbing in the high ropes course, archery or laser games – action fans will get their money’s worth here. Skill and courage, paired with adrenaline, guarantee lots of excitement and fun. The Adventure Park is a great destination for guests who want to experience an unforgettable day together with their family or friends travelling with them.


Living on the beach in Bloemendaal aan Zee

Bloemendaal aan Zee, Bloemendaal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Poort Beach Boutique Apartment

It takes just under three hours from Cologne to Bloemendaal aan Zee. We have driven this route far too seldom up to now and have not appreciated it enough!

That’s why after our first tour to Ouddorp we now went to the corner of Haarlem and Zandvoort.

Here you can easily combine a city and beach trip!

Our apartment with sea view at Poort Beach Hotel

I haven’t been in Bloemendaal aan Zee for a long time. So, we were looking forward to the super stylish Poort Beach Hotel Apartments. The tasteful accommodations have so much to offer!

Bloemendaal aan Zee, Bloemendaal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Poort Beach Boutique Apartment

We had planned to spend 2 days on the beach, but when we came to the apartment, we immediately knew that all our time would be spent on the spacious terrace. From here, we could also watch the whole happenings on the beach along with the surfers. In the evening, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset with a delicious glass of wine.

The apartments are equipped with a lot of love for details. As always, you should think of bringing salt, pepper and oil, in case you do your own cooking. Otherwise, everything is on the spot! Even a Nespresso machine! I always bring my own milk frother for a delicious cappuccino in the morning.

In our apartment, 6 persons could have stayed overnight, and it costs about 250€ a night. You should book the apartments well in advance as they are almost always fully booked.

Bloemendaal aan Zee, Bloemendaal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Poort Beach Boutique Apartment
Bloemendaal aan Zee, Bloemendaal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Poort Beach Boutique Apartment
Bloemendaal aan Zee, Bloemendaal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Poort Beach Boutique Apartment
Bloemendaal aan Zee, Bloemendaal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Poort Beach Boutique Apartment
Bloemendaal aan Zee, Bloemendaal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Poort Beach Boutique Apartment

Things To Do     

You’ll never be bored in Bloemendaal aan Zee as there are countless things to do!

Beach Walk – Every evening, we took a drink from our apartment and walked along the beach with Chuck. Dogs are allowed to run around freely without a leash from 19 o’clock in the evening.

Water Sports – You only have to walk down the stairs to go to the beach and rent the surf equipment for surfing. Of course there are more water sports available right outside your front door!

City Trip – It’s only about 10 minutes by car to Haarlem. For a day trip, I would always prefer to go there. The beautiful city of Haarlem has its own charm with its small streets and canals. The place is also known as the “little sister of Amsterdam”. However, I would rather walk all the way to Haarlem because the parking spaces are very expensive. Anyway, the footpath to Haarlem has a lot to offer! You will pass the Kemmerland National Park and some great housing estates. Walking there is an absolute breeze!

Beach Club, Republiek – Right in front of the apartment door, you have the Beach Club, Republiek. If you prefer to have breakfast in the morning, I recommend you to visit the trendy and new Beach Club. I could have spent the whole day in the lounge chairs in the sand.

Bloemendaal aan Zee, Bloemendaal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Poort Beach Boutique Apartment
Bloemendaal aan Zee, Bloemendaal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Poort Beach Boutique Apartment
Bloemendaal aan Zee, Bloemendaal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Poort Beach Boutique Apartment
Bloemendaal aan Zee, Bloemendaal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Poort Beach Boutique Apartment

Zandvoort – Do you feel like a walk on the beach? Then you should consider going to Zandvoort! There are also a lot of modern beach clubs here! In the centre of Zandvoort, there is also a small shopping street to stay in. We made a stopover at the photogenic beach club “Ubuntu Beach”; a must-visit for Instagram lovers!

Bloemendaal aan Zee, Bloemendaal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Poort Beach Boutique Apartment
Bloemendaal aan Zee, Bloemendaal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Poort Beach Boutique Apartment

If you want to see more videos of my stay, have a look at the highlights on my Instagram account.

Bloemendaal aan Zee, Bloemendaal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Poort Beach Boutique Apartment
Bloemendaal aan Zee, Bloemendaal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Poort Beach Boutique Apartment
Bloemendaal aan Zee, Bloemendaal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Poort Beach Boutique Apartment
Bloemendaal aan Zee, Bloemendaal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Poort Beach Boutique Apartment
Bloemendaal aan Zee, Bloemendaal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Poort Beach Boutique Apartment
Bloemendaal aan Zee, Bloemendaal, Fasten Ur Seatbelts, Poort Beach Boutique Apartment