The 10 most beautiful spring and summer locations

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The sun is showing itself more often again, inviting us to go out. Read here the 10 tips for summery QL destinations, where each location guarantees a unique experience. From lovely sunny terraces to beautiful hotel rooms: here, you want to eat, drink, and sleep. 

 

Landhuishotel & Restaurant De Bloemenbeek | De Lutte, The Netherlands


Located in the Twente countryside, Landhuishotel & Restaurant De Bloemenbeek pampers guests and lets them experience the true meaning of Twente hospitality. That's the motto of this splendid historical hotel. Its accompanying restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star for 13 consecutive years and has received 17 points from Gault&Millau. The terrace is also noteworthy, having been named 'terrace of the year 2024' by Gault&Millau. The luxurious suites of the hotel feature private terraces offering expansive views of the vast estate. There's plenty to see and do in the surrounding area. Explore the vast landscape of Lutterzand or hop on a bike and discover the picturesque villages nearby.

 

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Hotel Flora Batava | Nieuwersluis, The Netherlands

In an idyllic location on the river Vecht lies Hotel Flora Batava. This charming boutique hotel is housed in a historic villa that is 175 years old. The rooms are chic and modern. The associated Restaurant Bloei is a delightful spot for a drink or an elaborate dinner. The tea house, shaped like a boat, is the ideal place to enjoy the passing boats on the Vecht. When the weather is nice, lunch and dinner are served on one of the terraces in the serene garden. On the nearby Loosdrechtse Plassen, it's wonderful to cool off on hot summer days. The surroundings of Nieuwersluis are stunning to explore by boat or bike.

 

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De Nederlanden Restaurant & Boutique Hotel | Vreeland, The Netherlands 

De Nederlanden Restaurant & Boutique Hotel is situated in a stunning location overlooking the Loosdrechtse Plassen. On warm and sunny days, it might be even more enjoyable to stay here. In the summer, hotel guests can easily get in and out of the water via a specially installed swimming ladder. Prefer to rent a boat? The friendly staff at De Nederlanden are happy to arrange that for you. The restaurant of the boutique hotel has been awarded a Michelin star and received 17 points from Gault&Millau. During your visit, be sure not to miss the oyster tasting (a specialty of the chef). Besides the various water activities, the picturesque town of Vreeland is also worth a visit.

 

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La Butte aux Bois | Lanaken, Belgium 

Nestled in the green surroundings of Hoge Kempen National Park lies La Butte aux Bois. Built in 1924 for Knight Lagasse de Locht, it was transformed into a contemporary hotel approximately 60 years later. La Butte aux Bois is a beautiful blend of historical charm and contemporary design. From the idyllic terraces to the landscaped garden with mature trees, ponds, and unique sculptures. The spacious and fashionable guest rooms are situated in the Manor, the opposite Villa, or in La Forêt. The charming location and array of facilities make La Butte aux Bois the ideal place to unwind. With its 'Shiseido Institute' Spa, the hotel offers an unparalleled spa landscape of 1350 m2, including a private fitness club, elevating the concept of wellness to a new level. The stunning spa garden seamlessly integrates into the landscape of Hoge Kempen National Park.

 

Augusta Hotel en Restaurant | Ijmuiden, The Netherlands

Near the dunes, not far from the sea, lies Augusta Hotel and Restaurant in old-IJmuiden. A charming town with a rich history. The hotel has been modernized but still retains its original, monumental allure. The brasserie has entered the Gault&Millau this year as a newcomer with 13 points. There's plenty to see and do in the area. The beach is just around the corner, and the vast Heerenduinen invite you to take a brisk walk or an extensive bike ride. Amsterdam and Haarlem are also nearby.

 

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De Havixhorst | De Schiphorst, The Netherlands

On the Drenthe countryside lies the 5-star Châteauhotel de Havixhorst on a beautiful estate with castle gardens. A wonderful place for a relaxed summer trip in your own country. Guests lack nothing at De Havixhorst; here, they know what gastronomy entails. It's delightful to relax on the tranquil terrace on a summer day. The restaurant enjoys cooking with ingredients from its own garden, combining local flavors with French cuisine, awarded 13 points in the Gault&Millau guide. When weather permits, lunch and dinner are served on one of the terraces or in the Courtyard. The luxurious rooms of the hotel exude atmosphere and history. Wake up in the heart of Drenthe and discover the beautiful nature in the surroundings.

 

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Hotel Nobel | Ballum, The Netherlands 

Hotel Nobel is a landmark on the enchanting Ameland. The hotel is located in the historic heart of the beautiful village of Ballum and is one of the oldest family businesses in the Netherlands. All rooms and suites are decorated with the utmost care and attention to detail. In addition to the hotel, there are suites in the former church of Ballum and lofts in a former farmhouse. The restaurant serves delicious dishes and has an excellent wine list. On sunny days, the award-winning terrace quickly fills up. Ballum Beach is a 15-minute walk away. Hotel Nobel is the perfect base for exploring this beautiful Wadden Island.

 

Waldhaus Ohlenbach | Schmallenberg, Germany 

The stylish 4-star hotel Waldhaus Ohlenbach is located in the wooded Hochsauerland, not far from Winterberg. An environment that invites you to undertake various activities. In the summer, the landscape of the German '1000 mountains' is a true outdoor destination, where hiking and cycling are popular. The hotel features a large wellness area, including a panoramic swimming pool with mountain views. The restaurant terrace also offers stunning views. In the kitchen, fresh and local products are used for cooking. Waldhaus Ohlenbach is an excellent place to combine relaxation and activity.

 

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Hotel Villa Ruimzicht | Doetinchem, The Netherlands

Hotel Villa Ruimzicht in Doetinchem is perhaps located in the best spot in the Achterhoek region. The hotel is housed in a stately monumental building. The hotel rooms are luxurious and come with nice extras, such as a bathtub in the middle of the room. The building is surrounded by an arboretum with centuries-old trees and beautiful gardens. From the peaceful terrace, you can overlook the large garden. The hotel's restaurant has been awarded a green Michelin star for sustainable gastronomy. It mainly uses local products, and in April and May, asparagus is back on the menu. Guests can sign up for a cooking workshop to further develop their culinary skills.

 

Kasteelhoeve de Kerckhem | Niewerkerken, Belgium

In the rural Belgian Limburg lies Kasteelhoeve de Kerckhem. This former castle farm has been transformed into a beautiful and unique farmhouse with 10 cozy and stylish rooms. In the kitchen, meals are prepared with fresh products straight from the own garden. The property and garden invite exploration, with features like a library, orchards, and nurseries. The owners of this family-run business are enthusiastic about sharing things to do in the stunning surroundings, perfect for long walks and bike rides. The charming city of Hasselt is not far from the hotel, and on weekends, various antique markets can be found in the area.

 

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