One of my first memories regarding the Netherlands is
Later came the fascination with all the great Dutch design, friendly faces, flowers and an abundant cultural scene. It admittedly was this way around, not the other (blame it on the sugar!). We were born and raised around an hour away from the Dutch border, so I frequently went to Holland for family or school trips and later as a teenager to some of the best concerts and parties with new and old friends. My affection grew. And even though I’d often to go visit Amsterdam, I somehow never made it to The Hague. Clearly it had been long overdue to pay
The Hague is the only major Dutch city by the sea and the perfect medley of important metropolis with inhabitants and visitors from all around the world, surfer’s paradise and calm beach gem. Just so up my alley! Lucky to be invited by
(Spoiler: I found it.)
Owner Leef and his family work hard for their visitors to fully enjoy a stay in one of the 20 gorgeous cabins directly at the beach in Kijkduin, around 8 km away from the cities’ centre. The wooden houses look all tiny and cute from the outside but are spatial miracles, feeling light and breezy once you enter.
You can see the love and care put into every detail and find everything you need: comfy beds for up to 4 people, a small but well-equipped kitchen, a light-filled bathroom and a big table to gather with friends and family, have a romantic candle light dinner (with a lover or yourself) or write down your deepest thoughts, while looking at the ocean through the giant windows.
If it’s warm enough (or if you’re just really tough) you can also hang out on your own little front porch and admire the nature around you. Or go for a swim or surf session. A life in sync with the ocean and environment around is very important to Leef and his guests. The houses are all built out of sustainably sourced materials and perfectly nestled into the dunes, as if the two were made for each other.
I only stayed for the weekend, but my little crib quickly drew me into its peaceful, pastel-blue spell, becoming a home and calming me down. Being able to step outside for a walk along the water right after waking up is just a precious experience. Every time.
(Favourite way to get around!)
To get into the city I rented a bike from
Downtown in The Hague is a perfect contrast to the quietness of the beach, all while staying accessible and friendly. There’s are metropolitan vibe with a tantalizing mix of languages and cultures which bring vitality to all the pretty coffeeshops, bars and restaurants. The Hague is, perhaps surprisingly so, a creative and diverse town. I also enjoyed some delicious food and next-level coffee, which never hurts. One of my favorites are
(Bookstor is combining books and coffee – all you need)
Other than that I was more than ready to pamper myself and load-up on all the veggie-goodness: the Hague is just so full of options. Places like
(Lunch at Foam)
For dinner I went to
If you seek to enlighten not only your tastebuds, but your imagination and creativity, too, The Hague has got you covered. During very busy times I always miss going to the museum or cultural events and just get inspired by all the great ideas and artists out there. Being home to the
Full of nature’s beauty, lovely encounters and fresh inspiration I finished my stay with a yoga class with the wonderful Anke, who founded
And just when I locked the door behind me a splendid rainbow was shining through the greyish clouds over the ocean. Thank You, The Hague, I’ll take that as a sign that you want me to return.
And maybe you should too.
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