For four generations the hospitality of Nobel has been legendary on the Dutch Wadden island Ameland - and far beyond. The historic hotel is in the heart of quaint historical Ballum. Nobel successfully merges history and contemporary luxury. A few years ago the entire hotel was renovated but the café was kept in its original state. Throughout the years hotel guests and island dwellers have come together to play cards, celebrate or just have a beer.
Most of the uniquely designed hotel rooms have a private patio or balcony. Lunch or dinner are very enjoyable here too. The enthusiasm for local produce is mirrored on the menu. The chef creates skilful compositions with beautiful ingredients and elegant, original flavour combinations. The island is a true paradise of nature with forests, dunes, salt marshes, polders, mud flats and 25 kilometres of beach.
Nobel’s Restaurant is located in the stylish annexe. The modern and charming restaurant with its friendly staff will ensure a pleasurable culinary experience. Chef Mark Westerweel creates elegant and innovative dishes sourcing the finest produce. The hotel’s wine list is outstanding, so you can enjoy a great atmosphere as well as good food and wine.
Father Willem and son Barend Nobel decided to leave the hotel’s cafe unchanged during the 2010 extensive renovations. The cafe, they agreed, is the heart and soul of the business and has been for years. It is here that island dwellers and hotel guests come together to play cards, celebrate or just have a beer; maybe even to buy a bottle of Nobel’s famous liqueur.
The kitchen opens at 18.00h, and guests are welcome to arrive until 20.30h. The restaurant, café, and terrace are opened every day for diner.
Hotel Nobel’s terrace is where you can sip, dream and drift. The comfortable lounge chairs are very inviting.
The island’s history goes back hundreds of years, including the illustrious whaling period. History is vividly present on Ameland. There are many quaint villages with picturesque cottages. Ballum in particular preserves a uniquely authentic atmosphere featuring centuries old charming dwellings. Several museums on Ameland are dedicated to show you in interesting detail the island’s history of years gone by.
But there is more than history that makes Ameland a wonderful destination. It is a true paradise for nature lovers with its woodlands, sand dunes, marshes, beaches, polders and tidal flats. Ameland boasts 25 km of beaches and an extensive network of beautiful walking trails and bicycle routes. A great diversity of plant and bird life adds to the interest. Nature Reserve Het Oerd on the island’s east side, featuring a large expanse of dunes and beaches, is home to more than 60 species of nesting birds. And if that isn’t enough, Ameland is also well-known for a wide variety of interesting and trendy shops. Ameland is certainly well worth a visit.