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  • Writer's pictureFernanda Matsuoka

Where Nature Meets Gastronomy: here are our Favorite Hotels for Nature & Food Lovers in the Netherlands

A bike ride on a sunny autumn morning in Brummen, Gelderland. When using this photo, attribution: Fred Rietvink / National Image Bank.

It's often overlooked that the Netherlands, renowned for its vibrant cities like Amsterdam and The Hague, is also a haven for nature enthusiasts. Now is the perfect time to uncover the country's hidden natural treasures. While famous for its bustling urban centers and iconic windmills, the Netherlands boasts breathtaking natural landscapes waiting to be explored. From lush forests and tranquil lakes to expansive dunes, picturesque villages, and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wadden Sea, the Dutch countryside captivates with its diverse beauty. This abundance of natural wonders not only provides a stunning backdrop but also yields fresh, local ingredients that enrich the culinary experiences of the region.

The Dutch passion for nature is complemented by exceptional properties that radiate personality and charm, ensuring a stay filled with memorable moments and unparalleled gastronomic delights. Here are our top recommendations for hotels that offer a unique blend of nature and gastronomy, ensuring that your stay is filled with both relaxation and culinary delight. At Sapiens Travel DMC, we believe that the best experiences come from a harmonious connection with nature and the enjoyment of exceptional food, and these hotels exemplify that philosophy perfectly.

Boutique Hotel De Durgerdam (Durgerdam)

Just a 20-minute drive from the heart of Amsterdam, Boutique Hotel De Durgerdam offers a serene escape in the charming village of Durgerdam. Nestled along the IJsselmeer, this boutique gem provides a tranquil retreat with stunning waterfront views. The surrounding area, characterized by quaint dikes and rustic countryside, is perfect for cycling and leisurely walks. The hotel's restaurant, recognized by Gault Millau, prides itself on using locally sourced ingredients, transforming the region’s best produce into culinary delights.

Op Oost (Texel)

Located on the enchanting island of Texel, Op Oost is a Small Luxury Hotel and a sanctuary for nature lovers and culinary enthusiasts alike. Texel’s diverse landscapes, from sandy dunes to verdant meadows, offer endless opportunities for exploration. The hotel’s restaurant, honored with a Michelin recognition, delivers an exceptional dining experience that highlights the freshest seafood and local produce. Guests can indulge in bird watching, cycle through picturesque villages, or relax on the pristine beaches, making it a perfect blend of adventure and relaxation. One of our favorite experiences is the oyster hunting tour with a seasoned oysterman.

Château st. Gerlach (Maastricht)

Located on the edge of the Ingendael nature reserve, just outside Maastricht city centre, the magnificent Château St. Gerlach has been sensitively restored to provide an exceptional, luxury hotel experience. A member of Relais & Châteaux, the historic buildings, including original estate farmhouse, convent and grain lofts, have been converted to accommodate 114 guestrooms, two renowned restaurants and a boutique spa.

Sterenberg Hotel (Hoge Veluwe National Park)

Located in the heart of Hoge Veluwe National Park, Sterenberg Hotel is a paradise for nature lovers. The park’s expansive woodlands, heathlands, and sand dunes offer a wealth of outdoor activities, from hiking and cycling to wildlife spotting. The hotel's restaurant, celebrated by Gault Millau, emphasizes sustainability and local ingredients, providing a dining experience that is both sophisticated and true to its natural surroundings.

De Wever Lodge (Hoge Veluwe National Park)

Also nestled within Hoge Veluwe National Park, De Wever Lodge offers an intimate retreat immersed in nature. The lodge’s rustic yet elegant design blends seamlessly with its environment. Guests can enjoy guided tours of the park, visit the Kröller-Müller Museum with its impressive art collection, or simply unwind in the serene setting. The lodge's culinary offerings focus on foraged and seasonal ingredients, creating dishes that reflect the natural beauty of the region.

Kasteel Engelenburg (Brummen)

Set in the historic town of Brummen, Kasteel Engelenburg is a 19th-century castle turned luxury hotel. The surrounding Gelderland region, known for its lush forests and scenic rivers, is perfect for leisurely strolls and boat trips. The hotel's restaurant, acclaimed by Gault Millau, showcases innovative cuisine that highlights the finest local produce. Guests can also indulge in wine tastings from the castle's renowned cellar, adding a touch of sophistication to their stay.

Landgoed Hotel Het Roode Koper (Leuvenum)

Nestled in the heart of the Veluwe forest, Landgoed Hotel Het Roode Koper offers a luxurious escape surrounded by nature. This beautiful Estate is in the same family for the past 75 years, and is a Relais & Chateaux property. Get a warm welcome at our own stables at the estate. There are many equestrian trails and bridle paths through the landscape of the Veluwe. Find out about all the flora and fauna of the woodland of the Leuvenumse Bos and join one of our nature guides for a day spotting wild boars or experience bellowing stags during a silent evening walk. And in the evening, enjoy an outstanding dinner in their 1-Michelin Star Restaurant.

De Lindenhof (Giethoorn)

In the picturesque village of Giethoorn, often referred to as the "Venice of the North," De Lindenhof offers a unique blend of tranquility and gastronomy. Giethoorn’s charming canals and thatched-roof cottages create a fairy-tale setting for this 2 Michelin-star restaurant and boutique 4-star hotel with only 12 suite and a chef's cottage. The accommodations are fully designed on luxury, comfort and offers a limitless view of the surrounding nature.


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Experience the Netherlands like never before—immerse yourself in its natural splendor and indulge in exceptional culinary delights. Whether you're drawn to the serene lakes, expansive dunes, picturesque villages, or the Wadden Sea, there's something for every nature enthusiast to discover. At Sapiens Travel DMC, we're here to curate your perfect journey for the best travel agencies worldwide. Send your enquiry to to start planning memories that will last a lifetime.


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