Deirdre O'Riordan, from our Customer Care team, has worked within RCI for 11 years. Deirdre and a group of her fellow RCI Guides were able to enjoy a tour encompassing various Landal GreenParks' resorts in the Netherlands. Here, she shares the highlights of their great outdoor adventures.
After a brief flight of only 80 minutes, my colleagues and I landed in Amsterdam on a beautiful sunny Monday morning in the spring. First things first, we sought out some lunch in the gorgeous little town of Harderwijk. Its quaint cobbled streets led us to a picturesque town square populated with restaurants and coffee shops. It was the perfect destination for a relaxing first stop.
After lunch, it was onwards to our first Landal GreenParks resort, Landal Waterparc Veluwemeer. If watersports and sailing are your thing, then this is definitely the place for you!
Next, we journeyed north to Landal Landgoed' t Loo where we drank coffee and strolled on the manmade beach, before making our way back to our cosy cottage for the night.
We began day two with a visit to the beautiful town of Giethoorn, where we went boating on the canals. Then, with the sun shining brightly on us, we headed off to the lovely Landal Twenhaarsveld, where we stayed in a thatched cottage with wonderful unobstructed views of the surrounding countryside. This idyllic resort also boasts a dog-friendly beach, for those who like to holiday with their four-legged friends.
Our afternoon was spent strolling through the beautiful forest of Sallendse Heuvelrug, which houses a Canadian war museum.
The following day we made our way to Landal Aelderholt, where despite the rain, we had a ball! The resort is so pretty, situated right on a lake with a multitude of activities for both adults and children. We visited in spring, and one can only imagine how amazing this resort looks in the summer time.
Having enjoyed our rural and rustic experience, we headed to the stylish Landal Hof van Saksen. The resort features a man-made beach, bespoke spa and wellness centre, five top-class restaurants which are as popular with the locals as with guests, as well as a supermarket reminiscent of Fortnum & Mason. The main draw is a children's activity centre where little ones and parents can get involved in dressmaking, model aeroplane or train making and much more. And for the teenagers (lest we forget about them!) there is a movies area complete with subdued lighting and soft cushioned seating.
The next evening we indulged in what was a delicious high point of our trip... Pancakes at De Deugniet in the pretty little town of Borger, about 10 minutes from the resort.
Early next morning we made a fond farewell and headed off once again, this time to Landal Heideheuvel. The sun shone once more and we were able to enjoy lunch al fresco. We had such fun chasing squirrels through the woods and watching birds flock to the impressive tree house.
Our afternoon was spent at the Kroller-Muller Museum, an absolute must for all art lovers. There is a wonderful collection of Vincent van Gogh paintings housed here, as well as an audio tour of his life and works. After our culture fix, we hopped on our bicycles and rode off into the countryside, it gave us all a wonderful sense of freedom.
Our final night was spent at Landal Coldenhove, a tranquil location only a couple of hours from Amsterdam. The weather was so balmy that we had our 'last supper' sitting outside, enjoying the pure country air.
We broke our journey to Amsterdam by stopping off at Arnhem Open Air Museum, the highlight of our trip. Each era of the Netherlands is represented in this magical place, from wartime hospitals to '70's interior decor and so much more, not forgetting the windmills!
The staff at each and every Landal GreenParks resort could not have been more hospitable to us, from the resort managers to the serving staff. We would return to any of the Landal resorts for that alone. This was such a memorable and happy trip for all of us.
Thank you Landal GreenParks and RCI. We will most definitely be returning!
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