Amsterdam and luxury aren’t always words that go together. Images of stag parties on wild weekends, budget hotels and late-night kebabs are a fair representation of one (but far from the only) side of the city. However, step outside the Red-Light District, turn your eyes away from Leidseplein’s all-you-can-eat spareribs meal deals and you will see that Amsterdam has some of the finest hotels, restaurants and luxury clubs and bars in Europe. Amsterdam is a city where everything is possible and given the city’s status as a business hub in a country with the world’s fourth richest population, it comes as no surprise that the city has a lot to offer the more discerning visitor! Whether you’re a romantic couple looking for that special weekend, a group of friends wanting to treat yourself to a really special trip, or you’re in the Dutch capital on business, here is our guide to visiting Amsterdam in luxury.
Luxury Boat Rental
A boat trip through the beautiful canals of Amsterdam, with a glass of sparkling wine in hand, and a selection of delicious charcuterie is a perfect way to see this stunning city in style. Onboard Starboard’s luxury, brand-new electric boat, you can glide along the canals and see all the sights in comfort and absolute luxury. Why cram your group into a tourist barge when you can sit back with top-quality food and drink, and enjoy the premium and personal service provided by a local host and professional skipper? With a variety of packages available and an emphasis on quality and flexibility, Starboard Boats can accommodate up to 40 people on their luxury cruise and, wherever possible, the arrangements can be tailored to suit the specific needs of your group.
Stay away from seedy tourist-trap bars and visit the city’s classiest clubs!
Amsterdam has some of the finest clubs in the world and a variety of stunning rooftop bars where you can enjoy expertly crafted cocktails and fine wines. From the W Hotel’s stunning sky bar just next to Dam Square, to luxurious clubs like Jimmy Woo and Supper Club, Amsterdam has so much to offer when it comes to high-end nightlife. For those wanting to enjoy a night out in the city’s most luxurious clubs without leaving anything to chance, our partners at We Are Amsterdam offer a couple of great options, organising a tour of the city’s best rooftop bars, and can also sort out VIP table service at one of the city’s finest premium clubs.
Enjoy a meal at one of Amsterdam’s best restaurants
Amsterdam has some truly world-class restaurants set in surroundings of opulence and luxury (16 of which have been awarded one or two coveted Michelin Stars). From top quality Dutch steakhouses to a variety of modern restaurants showcasing the best of international cuisine, Amsterdam has it all. Forget herring and stampots – when it comes to luxury and haute cuisine, Amsterdam has so much more to offer (although if you do want to check out some authentic Dutch restaurants, take a look at our partner’s blog, ‘Top 5 Authentic Dutch Restaurants in Amsterdam’).
Enjoy Amsterdam’s cultural highlights! From the Amsterdam Light Festival to the Van Gogh Museum, the Nationale Opera & Ballet or stunning outdoor concerts!
From world-class opera to some of Europe’s finest art galleries, Amsterdam has a wide variety of high-end cultural activities to enjoy in Amsterdam. Even a trip to the cinema can have a feeling of luxury in Amsterdam, if you go to the Pathe Tuschinski Theater. This stunning building was built in 1921 in the art-deco style, and designed to give theatre-goers the feeling that they are stepping into an illusion! It is widely known as one of the most beautiful cinemas in the world and is the perfect place to enjoy seeing a movie in sheer luxury. For those who wish to enjoy some music whilst in Amsterdam, the Concertgebouw is a beautiful concert hall where some of the world’s finest musicians can be seen performing throughout the year. Fantastic cultural performances and events are not restricted, however, to inside grand buildings in Amsterdam. The city hosts a number of fantastic events out in the fresh air, from the Prinsengracht concert to Vondelpark’s famous open-air theatre. The same can be said for art. Although Amsterdam is home to famous galleries and museums such as the Rijksmuseum (which even houses its own Michelin star restaurant – Rijks), a number of modern art galleries and most famous of all, the Van Gogh museum, Amsterdam Light Festival and other outdoor art exhibitions have brought the previously stuffy world of art into the beating heart of 21st century life in Amsterdam. To enjoy Amsterdam’s best art experience in real luxury, jump onboard Starboard Boats’ brand-new luxury electric boat and enjoy a glass of Glühwein whilst checking out the Amsterdam Light Festival in 2020. You can find out more about the Amsterdam Light Festival 2020 and how to get tickets here.
Travel in luxury, from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave
Nothing ruins a weekend spent in absolute luxury like getting onto a cramped, sweaty bus to the airport, fretting about missing your flight. Although Amsterdam’s public transport system is very good, it certainly wouldn’t be described as luxurious! Whether it’s just you and your partner needing to be whisked off in a stylish luxurious car or you need a hummer limo for a group of friends who want to keep the party going in style, travelling in comfort and luxury is an essential part of any weekend in Amsterdam. Our partners at We Are Amsterdam have all these options at their disposal and can ensure that your travel plans go smoothly and without a hitch.
Take the pressure off and allow the experts to organise your Amsterdam Luxury Weekend!
Amsterdam is fast gaining a global reputation as the perfect place to enjoy a luxury city break and is the ideal place to really treat yourself – after all, you’ve deserved it! To make sure your time in Amsterdam goes perfectly from touch down to take off, our partners at We Are Amsterdam are able to organise everything in a flexible way with the upmost professionalism. Check out their website here for more info.
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