La Butte aux Bois

In harmony with nature

La Butte aux Bois

In the middle of National Park Hoge Kempen’s lush greenery, is La Butte aux Bois located. Originally built for Sir Lagasse de Locht in 1924, it was converted into a modern hotel almost 60 years later. The spacious and fashionable guest rooms are located in the Manor, the opposite Villa or in La Forêt. The ambience is of a large French Estate, with magnificent gardens and terrace. La Butte aux Bois’ unique location with many amenities create a relaxing atmosphere. The charming location and many facilities make La Butte aux Bois the ideal place to relax. With Spa 'Shiseido Institue', La Butte aux Bois has an unprecedented 1350 m2 spa landscape including private fitness club that takes the concept of wellness to a new level. The beautiful spa garden blends into the landscape of National Park De Hoge Kempen.

Service, atmosphere & craftsmanship

Restaurant Ralf Berendsen & Bistrôt Le Ciel

The gourmet Restaurant Ralf Berendsen holds two Michelin stars, a Gault&Millau score of 18 out of 20 points, and is one of Belgium’s 40 best restaurants. Chef Ralf Berendsen serves the finest haute cuisine creations to prove that opposites attract, and that global culinary influences can come together in perfect harmony. Restaurant Ralf Berendsen exquisite wine list currently features around 400 wines. Sommelier David Aerts is the man responsible for the exquisite wine list currently featuring around 400 super fine wines. Bistrôt Le Ciel has a Gault&Millau score of 13.5 out of 20 points, where chef Pieter Beurskens translates French-Belgian cuisine with global influences into dishes that are accessible and surprising.

Wellbeing in Harmony with Nature

Spa & Wellness Shiseido Institute

Indulge in a rich experience of nature and well-being at the 1350 m2 eco-chic Spa Retreat. The Shiseido Institute is immersed in a garden with terraces that blend in with the surrounding Hoge Kempen National Park, fading the barriers between the outdoor and indoor areas. Relax in the indoor pool, panoramic sauna, Hamam, outdoor jacuzzi, Yoga room as well as the use of first-class fitness equipment of daily activities in the gym. For guests who have booked spa treatments, the "Spa Lounge" is exclusively available. Here, delicious and light meals are served, healthy snacks, smoothies and also beauty food, which support the process of skin revitalization.


Bicycles available
Garden or terrace
Gault&Millau 18/20 - Restaurant Ralf Berendsen
Gault&Millau 13,5/20 - Bistrôt Le Ciel
Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice - Restaurant Ralf Berendsen
Belgium's Best Hotel Restaurant 2021, by World Culinary Awards
Exquisite wine list with 400 carefully selected wines
Two Michelin Stars - Restaurant Ralf Berendsen
At the entrance of Hoge Kempen National Park
An historic country estate
Eco-chique 'Shiseido Institute'

Special features in the region

Experience nature on the vast estate of La Butte Aux Bois. Or if the bustling city is more to your liking, the burgundian city of Maastricht is nearby. There is something for everyone.

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The Hoge Kempen National Park

The Hoge Kempen National Park, one of Europe's most romantic national parks

Wine Castle

Belgians produce exceptional wine and we recommend a visit to winemaker Jaap van… Read more

Maastricht, Liege and Aken

From the hotel, it is worth visiting the sights in Maastricht, Liège and Aachen


"Ralf Berendsen invites you to an experience that will not let you go at any time. Even before you have taken your first bite, you are overwhelmed by a special feeling. And then Ralf Berendsen comes into action, who rightly calls himself a perfectionist. The chef enriches recognizable flavors with delicate nuances and the subtlety of international palates. The amazing balance the chef manages to strike between intense flavors, just like the striking sauces, proves the talent of Ralf Berendsen. Sweet tooths will also love to hear that he has a past as a baker-patissier. The bread and cookie cart are to die for!"


"This restaurant in the luxury hotel La Butte aux Bois was already among the country's better culinary destinations. In the last few years, Chef Ralf Berendsen has stepped up a gear. Using the best seasonal products, he conjures up masterpiece after masterpiece on the plate: his cuisine has gained in delicacy and flavor intensity. Wonderful wine list and attentive service complete the picture. The four chef's hats get extra shine this year with an increased score, and Ralf Berendsen can count himself among the absolute culinary top!"

Gault&Millau 18/20

QL Unique Breaks


Quality Lodgings enjoy nothing more than pampering you thoroughly. That is why La Butte aux Bois has created a QL Unique Break. A QLUB is a full experience, often including an exceptional dinner, a wonderful overnight stay, an excellent breakfast and other great extras.

Timeless elegance and tranquility.

"Nestled in nature's embrace, La Butte aux Bois radiates timeless elegance and tranquility." - Mark Schellingerhout

Host: Mark Schellingerhout
Chef Restaurant Ralf Berendsen: Ralf Berendsen
Chef Bistrôt Le Ciel: Pieter Beurskens