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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

hotels

De Tuilerieen

Charm and luxurious intimacy beside a picturesque Bruges canal in is what dreams are made of. At De Tuilerieen you may find it hard to wake from this dream. Facing the pretty Den Djiver Canal, De Tuilerieen is an elegant hotel with luxurious furnishings, vast crystal chandeliers, and palatial marble bathrooms, all in a 15th century mansion in the centre of Bruges. Indulgent breakfasts with champagne and a chocolate fountain are an absolute treat!

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 View Map ... Dijver 7, Bruges, Belgium
Die Swaene

In Bruges’ historical centre on a canal near the city’s most photographed corner, Die Swaene is romantically charming with many surprises. An indoor swimming pool nestled in a Japanese-style garden, a new spa and hammam and a glass waterfront restaurant form a pleasing contrast to the old-world charm of this 18th century townhouse.

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 View Map ... Steenhouwersdijk 1, Bruges, Belgium
Hotel Oud Huis de Peellaert

The Hotel Oud Huis de Peellaert is a luxury property situated in the historical centre of Bruges, within walking distance of the Markt Square. Restored to its original grandeur, this impressive early 19th century building also houses a light-filled breakfast room looking onto the calm of the canal. To assist you burn the extra calories from all the delicious Belgian chocolates you may have consumed, the hotel also has a sauna and Turkish steambath. Relaxing and very romantic.

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 View Map ... Hoogstraat 20, Bruges, Belgium
Martin’s Orangerie

Experience classic Belgian opulence at this boutique hotel in the heart of Bruges. Striking interior design cleverly highlight the historic legacy of this residence located in a charming waterside setting close to the picturesque Den Dijver Canal. Hotel Martin's Orangerie has 20 rooms and suites that have all been magnificently renovated and furnished. Enjoy tea on a cosy lounge by the open fire or in the warmer months, take it on the terrace and lose yourself in the magic of the canal.

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 View Map ... Kartuizerinnenstraat 10, Bruges, Belgium
Relais Ravestein

Relais Ravestein is a classy, trendy hotel with 16 luxurious suites. In addition to its envied location on one of Bruges’ picturesque canals, it also boasts an enormous outdoor terrace, the perfect place to sip a glass of bubbly and watch the boats on the canal cruise past. Excellent service and a personal touch will leave you feeling very special.

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 View Map ... Molenmeers 11, Bruges, Belgium

what we think

You won’t need a map in Bruges – half the fun is getting lost in the narrow streets and the maze of canals. Bruges is enchanting, charming and thoroughly romantic. It is so quaint, it’s almost as though time has stopped and preserved this medieval town. For the culinary hedonist, it offers delicious chocolates, mouth-watering moules and frittes and the most extensive selection of beers in the world. Its main square is one of the most charming in Europe, especially when the Christmas markets are in full swing. Another reason to visit Bruges in the winter is to enjoy the traditional experience of ice-skating in the main square and rewarding your exercise with a cup of steaming mulled wine. Bruges is the most visited city in Belgium – once you’ve been there you will understand.