After a long day of shooting, my model (and friend), Marissa and I decided to reward our hard work with some beach side relaxation at Whoosah. Like we needed an excuse.
There are dozens of beach clubs in Schevenigen, but this one came highly recommended by Marissa. I asked her what made it so special. She promised "chilled out" vibes, tables on the sand, great food and even better night life. I was intrigued.
Around 3:30 pm, we found a great spot on the sand. Rustic wooden furniture, check. Over-sized cushions in primary colors, check. Reggae playlist that put me back to my days at UC Santa Cruz, check. Adorable waiter, check. So far so good.
We started with latte macchiatos, a few small bites: nachos and a veggie pizza. The latte was great. The veggie pizza was like nothing I've ever had - super thin and crispy (almost like a wood fired tortilla or lavash bread) with aioli, fresh greens, avocado and what I think were paper thin slices of beet root. It was more like a salad on crispy bread. I absolutely loved the pizza, really, I would be happy eating it every day.
My only comment about the nachos is that the Netherlands seriously needs to step up its Mexican-food game (but chips are really nice to have when you're sipping cocktails all day). If any Dutch restaurant is reading - I will literally come in and teach you to make legitimate pico de gallo, guacamole and yes, nachos. You business will boom. Email me.
Back to Whoosah. Our not so little spot on the sand was the perfect place to soak up the sun, people watch and sip on their delicious cocktail of the day - mint, ginger ale, lime and vodka (I subbed whisky, of course). The service was also really friendly and prompt.
Around 5 pm, more and more people trickled in to stake out a spot for the Give Soul event happening that evening. We moved from the sand to spot on the sloped patio. During this time the music changed from reggae to something like 90's hip hop mixed in with house. The crowd was growing and the energy was turning up.
By 8:30, I believe I was on my 5th whisky concoction. If I were 5 years younger and wasn't plagued by pesky thoughts of hangovers, deadlines and navigating public transport - I absolutely would have stayed for the music. However, my inner 70-year old reigned victorious and Marissa and I embarked on our long journey home.
I will absolutely be back to spend another day at Whoosah. If you're visiting Schevenigen check it out to enjoy a sunny afternoon with excellent food and drinks or a late evening with dancing, great music and beautiful people.
What are some of your local gems? On the beach or otherwise? I'd love to add them to my travel list