Everyday is a good day for a walk on the beach. Come rain or shine. Although last Sunday lacked shine and there was a little bit of rain – a typical Dutch Sunday, indeed – we enjoyed a long walk on the beach in Noordwijk nevertheless. Start and finish at Hotel Vesper, right on the boulevard and a jump away from sandy grounds.
The walk was not without reason: a special dinner awaited us. Hotel Vesper’s Chef Henk travelled to the beautiful mediterranean island of Gozo to discover culinary treasures. He came back with the best and created the Vesper finds Gozo menu. Let’s find out.
A walk on the beach side
Each time I walk along the long Dutch coastline I wonder why I don’t do it more often. Noordwijk is not even a 45 min. drive from Amsterdam city center to the shore.
Both the beach and the dunes are of such a tranquil beauty that even the fact that we were not the only ones with outdoor activity needs – understatement – did not affect the joy of it.
We walked in the direction of Katwijk along the beach and returned through the beautiful dunes. Since the hotel is located at the far Southern end of the 13 km long and famous Noordwijk Boulevard, this part is not so crowded as the center. Like that.
The Vesper Boutique Hotel
This is the perfect place to unwind. Vesper is the first boutique hotel in Noordwijk. It has a touch of entering a friends (with great taste) living room. This feeling also reflects the manifesto where the pleasure of freedom is key:
Vesper is connecting with nature. It is jogging along the beach with the wind in your face. It is the sound of the sea murmuring in your ear and saying: “Relax, take your time, enjoy the sun as it sets.”
Speaking of taste, love the interior. Studio Akkerhuis renovated the existing building. Transformed from a run down place into a bright, open but yet cosy hotel. During demolition, old elements resurfaces like the stained glass roof window above the – now glass – staircase.
The lobby doubles as bar and restaurant featuring a characteristic large bronze shelving system. Filled with – a bit too much for my taste – bric-à-brac from France where also the vintage (Vitra) furniture in the lobby originates from.
Start with tea, merge seamless into cocktail hour and then enjoy the food…
Hotel Vesper style rooms
All rooms are designed to transport you into an environment made for leisure and that shows. Our luxury room (no. 203) is located on the corner, facing the sea, and done in white with vintage Vitra elements.
They all feature an espresso machine, tea maker, wi-fi, handmade beds by Dutch company Softline, separate toilet, Cinqe Mondes amenities and flat-screen TV. I really like the minimalistic style, no unnecessary distractions.
The white linen is crisp and is the salty sea air, back to nature in style.
Vesper Finds Gozo in February
The Gozo culinary heritage includes food and beautiful – organically grown – wines with a great history. Dating back some 4000 years. This island is part of Malta.
The Vesper team experienced this unique place by tasting, trying and feeling. The results now on the menu and prepared with love by chef Henk.
I loved the Pumpkin Risotto with walnut and sage oil, mr. B. enjoyed the Xlendi’s Rabbit. A gentle cooked rabbit leg in gravy with a cream of pies and fried onions. A colourful palette on the plate, see bottom left photo.
This special culinary collab is available until the end of February. I like the multiple choice menu, opt for 3, 4 or 5 courses to your liking. A matching Gozo wine menu complements the Maltese taste.
Make sure to leave space for the Ta’ Mena Dreams dessert: warm puff pastry with dates filling served with cinnamon ice cream and figs syrup. You see?
This was my first introduction to both Hotel Vesper ànd the Island of Gozo, and now I have an appetite for more.
this stay in Hotel Vesper was by invitation on behalf of Chapter Fifty. I only accept items or collaborations that answer positive to the question: “does it match my lifestyle?”. I will not promote anything that I would not wear, eat, sleep or see myself. Authenticity is very important to me. Words, photos (except the bottom photo) and opinions are my own.