Hotel Review: La Butte Aux Bois, Belgium

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A weekend spent during La Butte Aux Bois in Lanaken nearby Maastricht  – a lush nation estate hotel that is partial of a Relais Châteaux organisation – might good be a ideal pick-me-up.

The estate chateau was built as a private chateau for Belgian nobleman, Sir Lagasse de Locht, on an estate adjacent a Hoge Kempen National Park. As shortly as we get to a hotel, a uninformed atmosphere hits you, a sound of birds puts we now during peace, and a view is such that you’ll never wish to leave.

La Butte aux Bois
La Butte aux Bois

The Bullens family recognized a intensity of a plcae – and a ancestral buildings – and have remade it into a glorious hotel in Belgium, finish with a Michelin-starred restaurant, La Source, and a code new Spa Retreat La Forêt.

Who For?

La Butte Aux Bois is a retreat, a place for those who wish to walk, sit, and conclude a pacific environment. Physical and romantic wellbeing is high on a agenda, and we can do yoga, towering bike, and lope in a woods as good as provide yourself to several opposite sauna treatments. If we wish fad and unconstrained entertainment, demeanour elsewhere. La Butte Aux Bois is for those who need to relax, staying in comprehensive bliss.


Across a skill there are 3 buildings. Le Manoir is a grand centrepiece, with 23 Flamant styled room, and a serve 36 bedrooms are widespread between La Villas (a former estate cottage) and a stylish new extension, Spa Retreat La Foret, that offers dual forms of rooms, Ambience or a Experience.

I stayed in Spa Retreat La Foret, where a bedrooms have building to roof windows looking out onto fantastic views of a inhabitant park. The ambience is superb yet being magnificent – a bullion doors are in gripping with a comfortable colour intrigue and lush finishings. Rooms come with a Nespresso coffee machine, and it was a genuine provide to distortion behind and soak in a burble bath while celebration my morning coffee!


Guests during La Butte Aux Bois are acquire to join in opposite classes and activities, from jogging to yoga, and equine roving during a beside farm.

But it’s a Spa Retreat La Forêt that is a categorical attraction, and where you’ll no doubt wish to spend many of your time to indulge in a endless preference of facial, physique and beauty treatments. It’s a box of watch this space as they are set to turn a heading specialists in dermatology for a diagnosis all skin forms and age.

Le Spa has an indoor pool, breathtaking sauna, and hammam, and on a lonesome patio we can relax, meditate, or chill in a outward prohibited tub. Indulgent treatments that will make we feel a million dollars take place in La Forêt. we opted for a detox physique hang and sand massage. The therapist scrubbed my skin with sea salt pronounced to be an effective healthy exfoliant, and a multiple of tea, Thalassic seaweed, and thermal H2O was both energising and moisturising.

Therapists during Le Spa work with Shiseido, and a disdainful La Foret range, total by Dr Bullens. Beauty treatments start from 15 euros.

The sand massage costs 129 euros, and that is for 85 mins of primitive relaxation, while a classical physique hang lasts 90 mins and costs 99 euros.

Food and Drink

There are dual restaurants during La Butte Aux Bois. Le Bistrot offers a easier dining knowledge for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, yet there’s no doubt that a Michelin-starred La Source steals a show. In fact, Chef Ralf Berendsen is expected to acquire La Source a second Michelin star, to supplement to a 3 Gault Millau awards.

The food during La Source, leaves your ambience buds wanting more. My mouthwatering tasting menu enclosed hamachi and North Sea crab, turbot with finger limes, lamb baked in immature spices with ricotta, and a chocolate and hiss dessert, a flavours of that exploded on my palate. The dishes during La Source interest to your other senses, too – a opposite ways a food are total and presented is extraordinary to watch.

In glorious continue we can lunch outward in a uninformed air, a primitive healthy sourroundings ideally complementing a lighter lunchtime dishes.

What’s Nearby?

La Butte Aux Bois lies tighten to a borders with Belgium, a Netherlands, and Germany. Guests staying during a estate are within easy strech of Brussels, should we wish to spend a day erratic in a ancestral city centre, eating waffles and celebration cherry beer, or visiting one of a city’s 90 glorious museums. It’s a 30-minute expostulate to Maastricht, where one of a sightseeing highlights is a St. Peter’s Caves complex, an 80 km network of tunnels underneath a city. People lived here subterraneous during a wars.

Is WiFi available?

WiFi is accessible via a hotel, yet once you’re out in a grounds, exploring a lake and a forest, you’re splendidly cut off from all communications with a outward world.

How much

Prices are from €325 per night formed on dual pity on a room usually basis, breakfast is charged as taken during €25 per chairman (under 6 years nominal / 50% bonus for children aged 6-12 years).  Double bedrooms are also accessible in a Manoir and a Villa buildings with prices from €218 to €495 including an endless smorgasboard breakfast.

Value For Money

Prices during La Butte Aux Bois start from €325 per night. It’s a tiny cost to compensate to be whisked divided from existence for a lush weekend, and to have good staff attend to your each need. The room rate also includes breakfast, Nespresso coffee and uninformed fruit in your room, entrance to a gym and a spa, creation it really good value for money.

Getting There

The closest airfield to La Butte Aux Bois is usually outward Maastricht, 15 mins expostulate away. It’d take we 30 mins to expostulate from Liege, and from Brussels, Antwerp, Düsseldorf, and Cologne, a send is usually an hour.

The hotel does offer an airfield pick-up use for EUR 100, or we can take a sight to Genk and they’ll collect we from there for free.

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