End summer on a high with an exquisite Eid break immersed in Europe’s cultural and historical centre; Amsterdam. And where better to soak up a long and rich heritage than the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, comprising six monumental 17th and 18th century palaces built during the Golden Age and centrally located on the prestigious UNESCO protected Herengracht, or ‘Gentleman’s Canal’. The property offers GCC travelers an endless array of culinary, spa, shopping and cultural masterpieces that will allow the mind to wander and wonder and re-set ahead of another busy season.
Guests are welcomed upon arrival with the grand staircase attributed to Daniel Marot, the architect who bought the Louis XIV style to the Netherlands. And thus, the stage is set for a weekend of timeless Dutch history, matched with signature Waldorf Astoria service in each of the 93 spacious rooms and suites, decorated in soft and elegant colours, referencing the world of Holland’s own Vermeer. All sumptuous accommodations feature expansive bathrooms, complimentary WiFi, 42-inch flat screen TVs and attractive views.
A culinary highlight of the season can be found at the charming Peacock Alley and its wonderful Summer Afternoon Tea. Here, pâtissier Vipin Charly and Chef Sidney Schutte demonstrate their outstanding culinary artistry through their elegant ‘ice cream’ creations for this unique afternoon meal. Guests are invited to take a whirl on a merry-go-round of whimsical taste sensations that are savoury and sweet, refined and refreshing, light and elegant. What appears to be ice creams are actually cool delicacies that are not made of ice cream, but of a range of eclectic and unexpected ingredients. Real ice cream is used in the scrumptious welcome cocktail and the grand finale.
Gourmands can also book a table at the two Michelin starred restaurant, Librije’s Zusje Amsterdam, a space that pays tribute the world-class gastronomic tradition, and which
has enjoyed extraordinary success since opening its doors in early 2014. As head inspector of Michelin Benelux, Werner Loens said in an interview, “From zero to two”.
Michelin stars is truly unique; we haven’t seen this happen before in The Netherlands. Not with a new restaurant and a new team; this is extraordinary.”
Elsewhere, guests can retreat to the restful oasis of the hotel’s luxury spa, to pamper mind, body and soul in the ‘World of Guerlain’. Re-energize with a revitalizing facial or massage by an elite team of specialists, including the signature and exclusive ‘Fusion Experience’ treatment. Energize with a workout in the contemporary fitness centre or plunge into the indoor swimming pool.
Centrally located, the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam is perfectly positioned to explore the city’s illustrious history. Stroll along the Canal to the shopping district, or spend a day amongst the Vermeers and the Van Goughs in Amsterdam’s many museums, or take a leisurely boat trip on the network of canals.