Do as the Romans do

Denise Mosbach, Monday, January 6, 2014 , 382 Views

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I started off by visiting a spa in the Beemster municipality. Beemster is a typically Dutch landscape, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site for a good reason, along with the spectacular century-old fortress located here. But it gets better - last year this fortress was converted into a stunning spa: the Fort Resort Beemster. The resort has the knack of blending the old with the new. I relaxed in the outdoor Jacuzzi, safely tucked away behind the old fortress walls, and paid a visit to the atmospheric bat sauna, formerly a cave in which the little critters used to sleep. It’s a small spa, but everything you could want is here. You can also sleep in the former guards’ quarters, which have now been transformed into comfortable suites.

I then went to Brabant, one of our southern provinces. People from Brabant are known for their hospitality and their Burgundian nature: real hedonists! And that’s something that’s reflected at Devarana. At around 5,000 square metres, it’s a much bigger spa than Fort Beemster, meaning that it’s all a lot more spacious. The interior is very much inspired by the Far East, and not only is the atmosphere relaxed, but it’s also incredibly beautiful. What sets Devarana apart from other spas is the incredible garden and the mini cinema. Sounds a bit odd for a spa, but I really enjoyed watching a film there.

As the best city spa in the country, Spa Zuiver deserves a spot in the Top 3. It’s located in Amsterdam, my home town, and it’s the perfect hideaway to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, as it is located in the tranquil Amsterdam forest. At the same time it reflects the hip, modern and luxury style that urban design lovers crave for. The absolute eye-catcher at the heart of this spa is the generously-sized interior and exterior pool, with a surrounding range of saunas, steam rooms and whirlpools. There are delicious barbeques during the summer, where you can doze off in a deckchair...I’ve gained a new favourite holiday destination, just a stone’s throw from home!

Devarana, De Eendenkooi 9, Den Bosch
Fort Resort Beemster, Nekkerweg 24, Zuidoostbeemster
Spa Zuiver, Koenenkade 8, Amsterdam

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