Travel: 48 hours in Amsterdam

Thursday, 9am After a relaxing one-hour KLM flight, arrive at Schiphol Amsterdam Airport and enjoy breakfast at the brasserie restaurant. Europe’s fifth-largest airport is the opposite of many others in that it invites one to stay to explore its attractions, such as the world’s first airport library and a museum.

2pm Check into the super-chic Canal House (; rooms from e220, inclusive of breakfast) in the heart of Jordaan, Amsterdam’s cultural centre and a stone’s throw from the Anne Frank House (

4pm Step back into the 1920s at the Deco Sauna ( After a traditional massage, unwind in the sauna cabin and Turkish steam bath.

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8pm Discover “wellness from within” in the home of Dutch nutritionist Vardit Kohn (, who serves up a plethora of carefully crafted courses to demonstrate how you can eat healthy food with “minimum input, but providing maximum output”.

Friday, 10am Enjoy a leisurely walk through the streets and over the canal bridges, taking in some of the city’s cultural highlights, including the 17th-century Royal Palace (

3pm Unwind further with a free yoga session at the Sahaja Meditation Centre (

6pm Dine back at the hotel, where dishes include duck confit with white bean cassoulet.

Saturday, 10am Indulge in the best pre-flight preparation with a full-body massage at Schiphol’s XpressSpa (; from e65).


Return flights from Edinburgh (or 14 other airports in the UK) start from £79 ( Two-night breaks flying from Edinburgh or Glasgow from £189pp,