La Butte aux Bois

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Airy French, exquisite spa

La Butte aux Bois

In the middle of National Park Hoge Kempen’s lush greenery, lies La Butte aux Bois. 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. Enjoy the new state-of-the-art 1,350 sq.m. The Wellness Area includes Spa, fitness and Health & Beauty. The spa garden merges beautifully into National Park De Hoge Kempen’s landscape.

Service, atmosphere & craftsmanship

Restaurant Ralf Berendsen & Bistrôt Le Ciel

The gourmet Restaurant Ralf Berendsen holds two Michelin stars and a Gault&Millau score of 17,50 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. The ambitious team at Restaurant Rald Berendsen is led by Louis Vyncke as Maître. 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 superb fine wines. At Bistrôt Le Ciel, chef Pieter Beurskens combines a French-Belgian cuisine with global influences that are translated into dishes that are accessible and surprising.

Wellbeing in Harmony with Nature

Spa La Butte aux Bois

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 Le Gym. For guests who have booked spa treatments, the "La Forêt 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.

KEY FEATURES AND SERVICES

Bicycles available
Garden or terrace
Fitness
Gault & Millau 17,50/20 - Restaurant Ralf Berendsen
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 with pine forests, heathland, streams, canals and small lakes, is situated nearby. Here you can enjoy fantastic horseback riding and mountain

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Wine Castle

Belgians produce exceptional wine. To try it for yourself, visit charismatic vintner Jaap van Rennes at his ‘wine castle’, Genoels-Elderen. His white wines are wonderful and a wine list must-have for all the top restaurateurs in Flanders.

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Maastricht, Liege and Aken

Domaine La Butte aux Bois is situated not too far form Dutch Maastricht (8 km), Belgian Liege (30 km) and German Aachen (40 km). Should you tire from the lovely woodlands, these cities offer plenty of cultural and recreational trips.

Reviews

Ralf Berendsen invites you to an experience that will never let you go. The journey to this sublime property in the woods, the modern class of the surroundings, the magnificent terrace and the luxury that can be felt in every detail. Even before you have taken your first bite, you will be overwhelmed by a special feeling. Chef Ralf Berendsen enriches recognisable flavours with delicate nuances and the subtlety of international seasonings.

Michelin

An impressive brigade led by maître Ylja Berends radiates class and professionalism. Chef Berendsen's kitchen seems to have gained in intensity and maturity. From the very first fine bites, he shows originality and technical mastery. We crown this sizzling experience with a higher score!

Gault & Millau

Recognisable flavours with delicate nuances.

"Chef Ralf Berendsen enriches recognisable flavours with delicate nuances and the subtlety of international seasonings." - Michelin 

Hostess: Kim Defaux 
Chef: Ralf Berendsen
Chef: Pieter Beurskens