Sustainable accommodations await you

Where you stay is one of the defining features of your vacation. It’s where you end each day, thinking and talking about what you’ve seen and done, and where you open your eyes every morning, ready for a new day of exciting experiences. Choosing beautiful, special or unusual accommodation can add an extra layer to your holiday. Of course, you also want your to be operated sustainably, so you can keep your impact on the environment as low as possible. Good news – the Netherlands offers plenty of extraordinary and environmentally responsible hotels, holiday homes and rentals. Plus, there’s a wide range of less traditional options – how about staying on a boat, a working farm, or a yurt in the deepest forest?

Staying close to nature 

The Netherlands’ rich and varied landscape is matched by the many different options you have if you want to immerse yourself in nature. The dense forests of Drenthe are home to the Winterwoods camping site, where you can stay in a beautiful yurt, take part in adventurous daytime activities, and spend the evening with a hot drink by the campfire. The Tiny Park on the little island of Tiengemeten in South Holland offers glamping with a festival vibe, surrounded by water. You can find chalets and eco-lodges in peaceful rural surroundings throughout the country. The long sandy coastline is home to lodges where you can sleep right in the dunes.

Urban, sustainable and elegant

More and more travelers are conscious of their environmental impact and want to minimize it. As the demand for environmentally responsible travel keeps rising, the Netherlands delivers; hoteliers and holiday homes are making sustainability a priority. Long gone are the days when eco-conscious hotels were a minor niche. Hotels such as the four-star, energy-neutral Hotel Jakarta in Amsterdam or the Conscious Hotels group make a glamorous, trendy setting to end an exciting day spent exploring the city.

A stay less ordinary

Staying in unusual accommodation certainly adds to holiday pleasure. Take your pick from ecologically responsible holiday homes in unusual buildings such as former churches, converted barns, historic farmhouses or architecturally remarkable new builds, or opt for a tree house or forest lodge – a great adventure for kids, a romantic getaway for couples. Another wonderful and thoroughly Dutch experience is a stay on a luxurious houseboat. If you seek accommodations serving sustainable, animal-friendly food, check out Veggie Hotels: options in the Netherlands include a former dairy farm in a village in Friesland, located right by the water, and a vegan bed and breakfast with a roof terrace in The Hague. Farm holidays are also gaining in popularity, originating from the Italian agriturismo concept. Help out the farmer, say hi to the sheep, and eat the freshest produce imaginable.

The possibilities are endless if you want to connect with nature in the Netherlands, and make your stay memorable and sustainable at the same time.

Staying in nature in the Netherlands; Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam. © WestCord Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam
Staying in nature in the Netherlands; Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam. © WestCord Hotel Jakarta Amsterdam.

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