Winter in Europe — Explore Amsterdam


Saudi Gazette

It’s that time of the year again and many Saudis are planning to spend their annual winter break in Europe next month. Amsterdam is one of the most popular destinations, owing to its festive feel, rich art diversity, major museums, fairy tale architecture and plenty of events for the whole family to enjoy.

Amsterdam transforms into a huge outdoor art gallery thanks to its annual Amsterdam Light Festival with whimsical light installations that adorn canals, streets and landmarks from November to January. The city looks like a scene right out of a movie when it’s dusted in snowflakes during the winter. Head to one of the larger parks like Vondelpark or Westerpark for an exciting snowball match and enjoy it with the kids. If you’re lucky enough to see the canals freeze, you can go ice-skating during the day. So wrap up and join the fun. Enjoy your stay at luxury hotels set in the heart of the city. Here are our recommendations for those looking for high-end luxury and affordable yet memorable stays in the city:

The Conservatorium

The Set’s Conservatorium is a five star hotel in the heart of Amsterdam boasting a selection of restaurants, lounge, and the 1,000 square metre luxury spa Akasha Holistic Wellbeing. The magic of Christmas comes alive in Amsterdam, and this year will be no different, with the capital’s Light Festival and local iceskating in front of the Rijksmusem. To celebrate Conservatorium is launching a host of seasonal offerings including an exclusive Christmas package with a VIP shopping experience and an indulgent festive feast for guests.

Conservatorium’s Brasserie and Taiko restaurant are launching Christmas and New Year’s Eve menus to commence 2019 with a gastronomic explosion. Guests can enjoy the contemporary international cuisine by Executive Chef Schilo van Coevorden with a menu that explores a culinary journey around the world. Highlights include the Wagyu roast, Royal Anna Dutch gold caviar, blood orange ponzu and Pheasant ‘en coffre’, with a ‘Winter wonderland in a globe’ concoction of roasted white chocolate, cranberry, almond and pear to finish.

The Perfect Gift

Beautifully presented gift vouchers are available to purchase for use throughout the hotel. Choose from a luxurious overnight stay and elegant dining or afternoon tea experience, to a gift voucher or relaxing spa day in Akaska Holistic Wellbeing, Amsterdam. Guests can relax with treatments such as the Hot Sea Shell Holistic Massage, Cocooning Scrub & Massage Ritual or even the Seven Chakra Experience. A selection of specially created treats and presents are also available to purchase in the in-house Van Baerle Shopping Gallery as well as hand-selected beauty products from Akasha.

Hilton Amsterdam, steeped in history and refinement, sits in the luxurious residential area of Amsterdam, a 10-minute walk from attractions like Rijksmuseum and Vondelpark. It is within proximity of art museums and other attractions including Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum and Art Zuid.

The hotel is home to elegant rooms such as the famous John & Yoko Suite which provide the comfort guests seek alongside amenities like the equipped Health Club. They can explore fine Italian cuisine at Roberto’s or creative cocktails and a spacious garden terrace at Half Moon Lounge overlooking the hotel’s private marina.

Enjoy a comfortable guest room with WiFi, an LCD TV and spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower. Opt for a spacious suite or executive room for panoramic views of Amsterdam, upgraded amenities, and access to the Executive Lounge, offering complimentary breakfast and refreshments.

Enjoy fine Italian dishes at the award-winning Roberto's Restaurant. Feast on authentic, seasonal specialties with fresh ingredients, creating classic Italian recipes. Discover the hidden gem of Amsterdam south, Half Moon Loungre- the place to relax and unwind from the busy city center. Start your morning with a coffee and enjoy delicious bites for lunch and dinner. Their garden terrace offers the perfect spot to enjoy stunning views of the canal.