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The taste of The Netherlands

Hotel Merlet

Merlet lies at the edge of the pleasant village of Schoorl, surrounded by the widest area of sand dunes in the Netherlands. You can explore the picturesque dunes, woodlands and beach from the hotel. This unique hotel is now run by a dynamic second generation of the Bourgonje family. All the luxurious rooms have balconies, and in the souterrain you will find a heated swimming pool, as well as a spa and beauty salon, sauna, steam room and fitness area. Merlet’s culinary heart is its completely restyled Michelin-starred restaurant. Diners delight in the dishes created by Jonathan Zandbergen and served in an interior by designer John Breed - you can see the chef and his team at work in the open kitchen. The menu changes along with the seasons and offers classic and inventive dishes. Picnics and walks with a forest ranger are available on request and there are countless cycle paths and bridleways through the pine woods that cover the dunes.

The heart of Merlet

Restaurant Merlet and Grand Café Bourgogne

The restaurant is the focal point of Merlet Hotel. It has an airy and Mediterranean feel with an open kitchen plan which offers a view of the chef’s activities. The classical and inventive menu changes with the seasons. Stefan Wierda, Maître & Sommelier, driven and passionate about his profession, is responsible for the wine. Since 1998 Restaurant Merlet has been awarded a Michelin star. The Bourgogne Grand Cafe, which is considered De Merlet’s living room, has a bar and offers a light menu. The lounge contains a small library. The Merlet Hotel and Restaurant’s terrace is situated at the foot of a pine covered dune. It offers a lovely view of the meadows nearby. Weather permitting, lunch and dinner are served on the terrace.

Enjoying rest and relaxation

Wellness & Beautysalon Oudtside

In the souterrain of the Hotel Merlet Restaurant, you can enjoy pure relaxation in the wellness area. Here you will find a heated swimming pool, a spa & beauty salon, a sauna, a steam cabin and a fitness room. Inge Oudt, with her beauty salon Oudtside, offers a wonderful range of delicious massage and beauty treatments.

Key Features and Services

Bicycles available
Cookery classes
Garden or terrace
Private Parking
Indoor pool
Michelin star since 1998
Tripadvisor' Travellers Choice Best of the Best
Gault&Millau 12/20 - Grand Café Bourgogne
Gault&Millau 17,5/20 - Restaurant Merlet
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Special features in de region

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Woody dunes

Hotel Merlet in Schoorl is situated in woody dunes, on the edge of the dune area in the Netherlands.

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Schoorl aan Zee

Schoorl aan Zee is a unique area and can only be reached by bicycle or by foot.



Merlet is centrally located in North Holland and from the hotel, you can visit cities like Alkmaar and Haarlem.


"Chef Jonathan Zandbergen is cooking more and more sophisticated dishes. From the delicious amuses to the dessert, you will be surprised by fantastic dishes in this beautifully located restaurant in the dunes owned by Martin and Carla van Bourgonje. The ultimate showpiece."

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"Merlet’s unique decor includes stunning features such as a dining room adorned with gold leaf, a moss wall behind the cosy fireplace, 3D effects and a glass wall filled with coloured sand shaped like dunes. The interior reflects the surrounding countryside, making this a fascinating setting in which to enjoy a meal."


Tradition and innovation.

‘’Tradition and innovation - international flavours, innovative French cuisine.'' - Martin & Carla van Bourgonje 

Host & Hostess: Martin & Carla van Bourgonje  
Chef: Jonathan Zandbergen