15 UNIQUE WEEKEND GETAWAY SPOTS IN BELGIUM

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Looking for a change of scenery in Belgium (or simply visiting?): Whether you’re planning a family excursion, a friendly get together, a romantic holiday, or even a corporate retreat, you’re guaranteed to find the energy, fun, romance, or quiet that you’re searching for in this list. These are 15 of Belgium's most beautiful and unique getaways, concealed amidst luscious trees, historical cities, and sometimes even lakes.

  1. SLOW CABINS

    Unknown Location (usually 2 hours away from major cities in Belgium)

These cabins are huddled in secluded, secret rural locations so you can fully disconnect and indulge in the beauty and simplicity of the pristine landscape surrounding you. There’s also no internet, making it the perfect getaway if you're intent on fully disconnecting from the world. This statement is reinforced in their design: minimalistic Scandinavian touches surrounded by wooden floors and walls. One noteworthy thing is that they’re fully self-sufficient in water and electricity, so they are close to zero environmental impact. Slow cabins are aimed at three categories of guests: couples looking for a romantic retreat, families with children, and entrepreneurs, or artists who need a safe refuge to refine their projects and ideas.

Instagram: @slow_cabins

Main Information: No wifi or TV. Location of the cabin is secret and will get revealed to you 2 weeks prior your booking date, along with an essential guide of things to do around the cabin and its surrounding. Minimum stay of 2 nights* You can only check in on MWFs*

Capacity: Up to 4 people in one cabin

Pet friendly: No.

Contact: +32 465 02 14 00 / info@slowcabins.com

Starting: 195 € [230$]

Recommended booking site: Slowcabins.be



2.Studiomie One Room Hotel

Ghent

       Studiomie was inspired by Japanese pet architecture craze: These buildings squeezed into unused urban spaces are aimed to fit as many people as possible in crowded cities. Still, the creators behind Studiomie did it just for the fun of it rather than due to practicalities, and only allow two guests to stay at a time. Located in the center of Ghent, the studio was built using a repurposed sea freight container by perching it atop the original building. The interior reflects a fun and modern taste: walls made out of plywood, a tiny shower, a folding ladder leading to the bedroom, and accents of color in all crevices. There's also a huge glass window on one side of the container, which allows plenty of light to come in, and offers a lovely view of Ghent's skyline as well as a little private garden if you’re looking for outdoor space. Try booking during the weekends, as your reservation will come with a free breakfast.

 

Instagram: @studiomie

Main Information: Ghent Historic center is at a 5 minutes walking distance. 5/5 on Airbnb* Minimum stay of 2 nights*

Capacity: Up to 2 people

Pet friendly: No.

Contact: +32(0)497 432 642

Starting: 135€ [153$]

Recommended booking site: Airbnb.Studiomie

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3.Homeboat Westhoek Marina

Nieuwpoort

Homeboat Westhoek Marina is an unusual stationary boat off the coast of Nieuwpoort, 30 minutes away from Bruges. It is very spacious, with modern interior design and luminous terraces perfect for soaking up the sun. This floating habitat provides a 270-degree view of the surrounding water. You can enjoy gorgeous sunsets and sunrises from your sofa's comfort and even watch cute ducks pass by your windows. This place is quiet and peaceful, perfect for a quick and original break.

 

Instagram: N/A

Main Information: Activities: Sailing, Kayaking, Fishing, Boat trip, Cycling, Beach. Minimum stay of 2 nights* 4.75/5 + Superhost on Airbnb*

Capacity: Up to 4 people

Pet friendly: Yes

Contact: +32471067997

Starting: 150€ [171$]

Recommended booking site: Airbnb.Homeboat

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4.The Grand

ANTWERP

The Grand One Room Hotel is a tiny skinny renovated building dating back to the 17th century. It is a compact house, but the interior design and white color palette brightens it up and gives it a feeling of spaciousness; however, I wouldn't recommend it if you're claustrophobic. An open staircase flows all through the house and ends in the white patio overlooking the city. You'll immensely enjoy this house if you're a fan of quirky design and architecture.

 

Instagram: N/A

Main Information: Right in the heart of Antwerp, close to MAS museum. 9.4/10 on Booking.com* 75 m² house*

Capacity: 1 large double bed + 2 sofa beds

Pet friendly: No

Contact: N/A

Starting: 160€ [183$]

Recommended booking site: Booking.com


5.Guest House Nuit Blanche 

Bruges

Teleport yourself to medieval times by staying at Guest House Nuit Blanche in the heart of Bruges. With its gothic garden and authentic furniture and interior design, this unmatched 15th-century mansion will give you a real sense of the history of the city. The views are breathtaking, the rooms spacious, and the bathrooms are modern with a retro touch. Its proximity to the center and several Bruges landmarks such as St Bonifacius Bridge, the Groeningemuseum, the Church of Our Lady, and the Saint John’s Hospital museum make it the ideal place to discover the city by foot. Belgium’s royal couple Albert and Paola also spent a night there during their honeymoon, so this ought to tell you something about this romance of this place.

 

Instagram: Geotag

Main Information: Next to a lot of historical sights in Bruges. 9.6/10 on Booking.com*

Pet friendly: No

Contact: +32 494 40 04 47
Starting: 195€ [223$]

Recommended booking site: Booking.com


6.SLÔ-ESCAPE

Humain

Slô-escape is an off-the-grid cabin complex hidden in an eleven-hectare forest deep in the Belgian Ardennes. There are three different types of cabins that this getaway offers, which are sure to suit any needs: whether you're looking for a family excursion, a romantic trip, or a friendly get-together. The designs are luxurious yet minimalistic, with a low ecological footprint and equipped with a kitchen, living room, dining room, and a bathroom with a toilet and shower. Perched atop impressive trees, the cabins are accessible through staircases, some are very high, and some are closer to the ground; if you are afraid of heights, fear not for one of their designs is fully grounded.

 

Instagram: @slo_escape

Main Information: 1-hour drive from Brussels, 11 hectares of forest, numerous historical villages nearby (Durbuy, Rochefort, Hotton, Nassogne, … ).

Capacity: Their biggest cabin can host 5 people.

Pet friendly: No

Contact: info@slo-escape.com

Starting: 200€ [229$]

Recommended booking site: slo-escape.com


7.Le Val de L’aisne

ARDENNES

Le Val de L’aisne is a camping site located in the middle of a green valley in Erezée between Durbuy and La Roche-en-Ardenne, the most picturesque area of the Belgian Ardennes. You can rent tents, motor-homes or caravans, bungalows or chalets for your convenience and depending on your budget. There are two cool tents in the campsite worth staying in; the bubble tent, and the raindrop ten - as their fun and odd design, are worthy of the experience. The campground is very clean and neat, and the owners are amiable and helpful. You can enjoy an array of outdoor activities like fishing in the pond, hiking in the nearby forest, mountain climbing, canoeing, and biking! 

 

Instagram: Geotag.

Main Information: Activities: Fishing, camping, hiking, canoeing, mountain climbing, mountain biking, paintball, archery, …

Pet friendly: Yes

Contact: +32 (0)86 47 00 67 / Contact

Starting: 50 to 70 € [58 to 81$]

Recommended booking site: levaldelaisne.be

 8.NE5T Hôtel & Spa

NAMUR

Located in the residential area of the impressive Namur citadel, NE5T hotel has four suites and two duplexes that you can reserve. The ambiance is calm, peaceful, and luxurious. Since it is a small hotel, you will immediately feel your experience is personalized to the last detail. The interior is a pleasure to the eyes; brick walls, soft lighting, design furniture, and white hues all around. The exquisite high-quality spa is the cherry on top, making NE5T hotel ideal for a romantic getaway. 

 

Instagram: @maisongersdorff

Main Information: City centre of Namur is a 5-minute drive away. 2 swimming pools. 9.4 on Booking.com*

Pet friendly: No

Contact: +32 (0)81 58 88 88

Starting: 260 € [302 $]

Recommended booking site: Booking.com



9.Blauwpoort

Heuvelland

Blauwpoort is an ideal location for big groups of people: friends, family, or even co-workers. It’s a beautiful full-fledge vacation home with several modern-designed rooms, including a party space, a sauna, a lush garden, and a swimming pond. A day at Blauwpoort always starts with a delicious breakfast prepared using locally-sourced ingredients and ends with a bio-dynamic meal at the OFRY grill, perfect for a warm and cozy gathering. Activities can be arranged depending on your needs and vary among discovering a vineyard, visiting the Ypres museum, enjoying a lookout, or lunching at a lovely picnic spot.

 

Instagram: @blauwpoort.be

Main Information: Activities tailored to your needs.

Capacity: up to 36 people

Pet friendly: N/A

Contact: +32 475 871 303 / hello@Blauwpoort.be

Starting: 19 people for 490 € [569$]

Recommended booking site: Blauwpoort.be

10.Woning Van Wassenhove

Sint-Martens-Latem

Van Wassenhove house is an architectural masterpiece. This impressive structure is located in the middle of the wild forest of Sint-Martens-Latem. Its overwhelming design is the masterpiece of Belgian architect Juliaan Lampens, and was built between 1972 and 1974. Art and architecture aficionados have the chance to book two nights there, anytime from May to the end of October. If you're a fan of Brutalist architecture - which involves the use of functional reinforced concrete, standard elements, lack of decorative components, and an overall practical feel - you will adore your stay here. The style features concrete walls and ceilings, with wooden and glass accents scattered around it, softening the atmosphere and warmer. The interior is divided into basic geometric shapes: the bedroom is a circle, the kitchen a triangle, and the office space is a square. The house is also located near many restaurants and shops, making your stay convenient in every sense.

 

Instagram: Geotag

Main Information: Part of the international Iconic Houses network. Protected as a monument by the Belgian government.  4.95 + Superhost on Airbnb*

Pet friendly: No.

Contact: Airbnb.

Starting: 250 € [290 $]

Recommended booking site: Airbnb.Vrijstaande

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11.Domaine de Ronchinne

Maillen

Domaine de Ronchinne dates back to 1884 and is one of Belgium's many hidden gems. It offers beautiful historic rooms, a restaurant, a lounge, a brand-new spa, and a breathtaking garden and terrace with picturesque views of the Belgian Condroz region perfect for a relaxing breakfast. Domaine de Ronchinne is composed of the main castle with different properties scattered throughout the estate, including Château & Écuries, which resembles a country house, Maison Du Jardinier, a renovated stone house. There are also more eccentric accommodations available for rent on the grounds. The Domaine houses a game room and offers several fun activities like table football, billiards, air hockey, tennis, and mini golf.

 

Instagram: @domainederonchinne

Main Information: Game room, football, golf, ... Activities tailored to your needs. 8.8 on Booking.com* 42 hectare estate*

Pet friendly: No.

Contact: +32 81 411 405

Starting: 221 € [257 $]

Recommended booking site: Booking.com: [1]Château et Ecuries [2]Maison du Jardinier [3] Insolites

12.ECHO LODGE

Ypres

Echo Lodge is a unique place for your getaways and private events. The bedrooms have a simplistic white interior and are composed of natural materials like wood and metal that emanate peace. The lodge is environmentally conscious, using recycled and upcycled materials integrated into its design. You can enjoy the soothing lush green atmosphere by lounging around the chairs or socializing next to the fire pit. If you’re in the mood to party, you can also discover their “Black Box” room, where you can connect your phone and host your little private club. The lodge organizes many different events tailored to your needs, be it a business meeting, weekend stay, event, private party, walking dinner, or team-building exercises.

 

Instagram: @echolodge_ieper

Main Information: Wine tasting, photoshoot, team building exercises, pool, spa. Activities tailored to your needs.

Capacity: 32 people

Pet friendly: No.

Contact: +32 499 75 45 73 / hello@echolodge.be

Starting: Please see Rates.

Recommended booking site: echolodge.be

13.LOOF CABIN

Haspengouw

Another place with no WiFi on this list: Loof is a charming home huddled between the trees and wilderness of Haspengouw pastures. The high black walls of the house have multiple glass windows inserted into them, allowing guests to enjoy views of the forest, the little animals that inhabit it, and the fields of long grass surrounding it. It’s a 4-person holiday home with a two-night minimum reservation rule, perfect for a family holiday away from the city.

 

Instagram: @loof_cabin

Main Information: Minimum stay of 2 nights. And minimum stay of 4 nights if booking during the months of July and August.

Capacity: Here.

Pet friendly: No.

Contact: +32 479 81 04 57 / hello@loof-cabin.be

Starting:  165 € [191 $]

Recommended booking site: loof-cabin.be

14.Warredal

LIMBURG

Warredal domain constitutes of 30 cabins scattered around a huge forest. The cabins vary in size; you’ll find small treehouses, hobbit homes, Tipis, and cozy tiny cabins. Besides relaxing in the serenity of nature around you, you can enjoy several activities such as horseback riding, swimming in the pond, zipline, cycling, and hiking in the nearby Nature Reserve Bergerven. It’s an ideal place to get in touch with nature for people of all ages.

 

Instagram: @warredal

Main Information: Equestrian center, Climbing park, wellness center, bumperball, Archery, Laser Tag. No wifi in cabins*

Pet friendly: Yes.

Contact: +32 89852316 / info@warredal.be.

Starting: Prices.

Recommended booking site: warredal.be

Similar getaway: nutchel.be

15.B&B De Corenbloem

BRUGes

B&B De Corenbloem is a luxurious hotel dating back to 1738 in the heart of romantic Bruges, 500 meters away from the famous Grote Markt. The mansion features five spacious rooms available for adults only. Their interior is period-style with wooden floors and high ceilings, fitted with modern facilities making your stay as comfortable as possible. A traditional private garden adorns this domain with a 19th-century conservatory hosting numerous remarkable plants and trees, and if the weather permits, you’ll be lucky enough to enjoy your meal outside.

 

Instagram: Geotag

Main Information: Center of Bruges. 9.6 on booking.com

Pet friendly: No

Contact: +32(0)50330042 or +32(0)479999003 / info@decorenbloem.eu

Starting: 170 € [197 $]

Recommended booking site: Booking.com


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