Stay in a luxury hotel in Belgium with Small Luxury Hotels of the World to visit half-timbered villages and waft around classical chateaux and gardens. Feast on endive au gratin or chicken waterzooi stew in a rural café or urban bistro, accompanied, of course, by a fresh local white wine.
Luxury City breaks in Belgium
More than half the world’s rough diamonds pass through Antwerp. The exclusive designs of Ann Demeulemeester and Dries van Noten are internationally known, but cutting-edge fashion from newer talent can be found in sidestreet boutiques. In Brussels, relish Art Nouveau’s sensuous curves and the surrealist impishness of Magritte before sampling a Flemish red beer in a relaxed estaminet or a seafood platter in a restaurant behind the Grand-Place. Boat tours pass quietly along canals lined with golden medieval houses.
Luxury beach holidays in Belgium
Knokke Heist is Belgium’s most exclusive beach resort. Hire a bicycle and find an idyllic picnic spot on soft white sand, bird-watch at the Zwin Nature Reserve and then, if nature palls, the world’s smartest names can be found in nearby boutiques. Ostend is busier, De Haan smaller but wherever you are, the moules frites are sure to be at their freshest.
Luxury Belgian countryside retreats
The 18th-century water gardens at Annevoie have 50 ingenious fountains, cascades and water jets that are powered only by gravity. At Beloeil, tall hedges create enclosed bosquets in a baroque garden which grew the first Bengal roses in Belgium. Rivers carve rocky outcrops among the forests and hills of the Ardennes where you can stop for beer and cheese produced exclusively by the Trappist monks of ancient Orval.
Book a luxury hotel in Belgium with Small Luxury Hotels of the World to visit in the elegant heart of classical Brussels, stay in a 17th-century boutique hotel in Antwerp or a former convent by Bruges’ Den Dijver Canal.