Emilie Persijn

Belgium Travel Expert

A nation replete with breweries and enough confectionery to put Willy Wonka to shame. Belgium’s gastronomic roots run deep, but its intrigue stretches far beyond the moules-frites and Michelin-star dining. With Bruges’ enchanting medieval castles, the history laced through Brussels’ streets, Antwerp’s avant-garde fashion, and Ghent’s refreshing hipster spirit – this destination makes a stamp on luxury European getaways.

Emilie Persijn

Belgium Travel Expert

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Belgium Highlights

A nation replete with breweries and enough confectionery to put Willy Wonka to shame. Belgium’s gastronomic roots run deep, but its intrigue stretches far beyond the moules-frites and Michelin-star dining. With Bruges’ enchanting medieval castles, the history laced through Brussels’ streets, Antwerp’s avant-garde fashion, and Ghent’s refreshing hipster spirit – this destination makes a stamp on luxury European getaways.
Luxury holidays in Brussels

Tintin and Trappist beer in Brussels

Nothing says business in the front, party in the back quite like Brussels, having transitioned into a playground for creatives and foodies alike. Gastronomy takes a sizeable slice, with fine dining, master chocolatiers and beer cafés all showcasing artisanal methods. After a heritage fix, the sprawling murals of the Comic Strip Route are well-worth a visit. From Tintin to The Smurfs, the iconic characters created here highlight the capital’s creativity.

Luxury holidays in Belgium

Artistry in Antwerp

Antwerp is Belgium’s epicentre for art, fashion and textiles. This is where the Antwerp Six made a radical breakthrough in catwalk fashion and inspiring the designers of today. Het Eilandje, the city’s oldest port, now brims with architectural masterpieces, boutiques and trendy restaurants, some uniquely set within converted warehouses. Explore the exhibitions at Museum aan de Stroom (MAS) before heading upstairs for panoramic views paired with Michelin-star dining.

Cocoa and canals in Bruges

Bruges – a city where canals gracefully curve through its charming centre. Here you’ll find brewhouses neatly tucked away between grand castles and green parks surrounded by picturesque streets. Stroll through Market Square, the Minnewater Bridge and across the canal to Michelangelo’s statue of Madonna of Bruges before taking a detour to sample the world-leading artisanal chocolates and truffles. We hope you have your sweet-tooth ready.

Riverside romance in Ghent

Nowhere in Belgium has a personality quite like Ghent. The younger generation have greatly dominated its delicious layers of food and culture, championing trendy hangouts all over, from the former red-light district to the genever micro-distilleries. This traditional urban spirit pairs perfectly with Ghent’s fascinating history and béguinages. Spend an afternoon cruising along the waterways of the Old-Leie river before mooring by the quaint riverside restaurants for a spot of lunch.

Luxury vacations in Belgium

The Battlefields of Belgium

There is more to discover outside the cities of Belgium. Visit Ypres for the sombre WWI war memorial of Flanders Fields, and the battle of Waterloo, where Napoleon met his final defeat. Take a whirl on a Vespa around the villages and beautiful hills of Flemish Ardennes, or for thrilling motor sports, the town of Spa hosts the iconic Formula One Belgian Grand Prix.

Belgium Highlights

A nation replete with breweries and enough confectionery to put Willy Wonka to shame. Belgium’s gastronomic roots run deep, but its intrigue stretches far beyond the moules-frites and Michelin-star dining. With Bruges’ enchanting medieval castles, the history laced through Brussels’ streets, Antwerp’s avant-garde fashion, and Ghent’s refreshing hipster spirit – this destination makes a stamp on luxury European getaways.
Luxury vacations in Belgium

Luxury Hotels in Belgium

Belgium is far from shy of luxury and boutique hotels across the cities and beyond. From the grandeur of the 16th century mansions to sleek urban retreats, the textures and design offer an added layer of uniqueness to your trip. So, whether you wish to sleep within a medieval spire overlooking the world below or stay moments away from top dining destinations and nightlife – we’ve got it covered.

Luxury hotels in Belgium

Stay within Flanders cities

When it comes to Flemish cities, there’s an assortment of charismatic hotels nestled within the heart of the action. Directly set next to Brussel’s Grand Place is Hotel Amigo, boasting terrific city views. The antique, floral designs at Hotel De Witte Lelie and Hotel Julien’s crisp, understated rooms are superb choices for boutique hotels in Antwerp. Meanwhile, 1898 The Post presents a unique moody style within a grand 19th century post office in Ghent.

Escape to the Belgian countryside

If you’re looking to venture into other regions of Belgium, the countryside is must. For something different, stay at the impressive estate at Manoir de Lébioles in the elegant town of Spa, where the term ‘spa’ originated from.

  • Population Population 11.4 million
  • Capital Capital Brussels
  • Language Language French, Dutch, German
  • Currency Currency Euro
  • Time Difference Time Difference GMT +1 | ET +6
  • Expert Tip Expert Tip

    Get out of a town for an hour or two and cycle out of Bruges though the picturesque village of Damme and the rolling countryside of the low countries.

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