Turning fifty is not just a milestone; it’s an achievement wrapped in wisdom, laughter, and a fair share of delightful memories. Celebrating this golden jubilee amidst the charming canals of Amsterdam, I found myself embarking on a quest for luxury, privacy, and a tad of extravagance, because why not? Let’s dive into the heart of my adventure, shall we?

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Luxury Suites Amsterdam

First stop, Luxury Suites Amsterdam. Imagine waking up to the serene view of the canals, reminiscent of Venice but with a Dutch twist. This place was my slice of heaven for a very private celebration. Why? Because sometimes, celebrating in your PJs with your closest friends is the opulence you need. The suite, with its self-catering facilities, became our cozy nook—our little secret from the bustling city outside. It’s like throwing a party, but with class, intimacy, and a side of luxury. They’ve seen me at my best and my “just woke up” worst, and still, they managed to make my stay extraordinary.

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Amsterdam canals

Kimpton De Vitt

Next, the Kimpton De Witt penthouse was where space met grace. This isn’t just any penthouse; it’s a realm where friends gather to share stories, laughter, and perhaps a drink or two… or let’s be honest, more. Its sprawling balcony offered us the luxury to bask in Amsterdam’s skyline, which felt like holding the city in the palm of our hands. And the bath? Oh, the bath! It was not just a place to soak but to reminisce about the years gone by, a time capsule if you will, enveloped in bubbles and serenity. You can read my review here, Kimpton De Witt Penthouse.

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Kimpton De Vitt Penthouse bath

W Amsterdam

Amsterdam was the epitome of “go big or go home.” A fusion of party vibes and luxe, this spot was where my inner social butterfly fluttered amidst the electrifying energy of Amsterdam. Here, fashion wasn’t just about dressing up; it was about making statements, and my olive green dress did just that. It was my banner of hope in these tumultuous times, a color that mirrored my journey and the resilience it took to navigate it.

WAmsterdam rooftop swimmingpool

WAmsterdam rooftop swimmingpool

Roof Top Bar

Celebrating a milestone like turning fifty demands a locale that’s as spectacular and full of life as the occasion itself, and the WAmsterdam rooftop bar is the quintessential spot for such festivities. Picture this: you’re basking in the glow of the setting sun, cocktail in hand, surrounded by friends and the panoramic beauty of Amsterdam’s skyline. This isn’t just a celebration; it’s an experience—a declaration of all the joy, challenges, and triumphs that have led you to this moment.

The WAmsterdam’s rooftop bar is a dream venue for several reasons. First, the cocktails. Imagine sipping on meticulously crafted drinks, each with its own story, mirroring the chapters of your life. From classic concoctions to modern mixology marvels, these beverages are not just drinks; they’re liquid artistry, designed to elevate your celebration and toast to your next chapter.

WAmsterdam Roof Top Bar

WAmsterdam rooftop swimmingpool

Then there’s the infinity pool, a stunning feature that adds an element of luxury and exclusivity to your celebration. Overlooking the historic and vibrant city of Amsterdam, the pool offers a serene escape, blending the thrill of the party with moments of reflection and tranquility. It’s a space where you can float on the brink of the horizon, immersed in the beauty of the city and the significance of turning fifty.

The backdrop of Amsterdam only enhances the allure of celebrating at the WAmsterdam rooftop bar. With its rich history, stunning architecture, and dynamic culture, the city itself becomes a part of your celebration. As you gaze out over the rooftops, canals, and bustling streets below, you’re reminded of the journey that life is and the endless possibilities that lie ahead.

Moreover, a rooftop celebration brings a sense of freedom and expansiveness—essential feelings as you mark half a century. It’s a reminder that, even at fifty, the world is vast and ripe with opportunities for adventure, growth, and new experiences. The open sky above and the cityscape below serve as metaphors for the limitless potential that each year brings.

In essence, celebrating turning fifty at the WAmsterdam rooftop bar, with its intoxicating mix of cocktails, dreams, and an infinity pool overlooking Amsterdam, is more than just a birthday party. It’s an affirmation of life’s beauty, a moment of gratitude for the years passed, and a hopeful gaze into the future. It’s a declaration that at fifty, you’re not just getting older; you’re getting better, bolder, and ready for whatever comes next, with Amsterdam as your witness and the sky as your limit.




WAmsterdam rooftop swimmingpool


The spa here was my sanctuary. A private oasis where the weight of the world—and the years—melted away in the sauna, the jacuzzi, the pool… It was a haven for my soul and a much-needed respite for my muscles. In a former bank vault, the experience is amazing.

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WAmsterdam rooftop view

Olive Green

Olive green also resonates with a sense of calmness and stability. Turning fifty is often a time of reflection, a moment to appreciate the storms weathered and the calm seas navigated through the years. This color mirrors the peace and serenity that come with understanding life’s ebbs and flows, embodying a tranquility that’s been earned over decades.

Moreover, olive green is versatile and flattering for a wide range of skin tones, ensuring that anyone can wear it with confidence. It’s a hue that complements both bold and subdued outfits, allowing for personal expression while maintaining an air of elegance and sophistication. This versatility makes olive green an ideal choice for those wishing to celebrate their fiftieth in style, offering a bridge between classic elegance and contemporary chic.

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Furthermore, in the language of colors, olive green symbolizes hope and renewal. What better way to step into the next chapter of life than adorned in a color that speaks to the promise of new beginnings? Wearing olive green as you turn fifty is a nod to the future, a gesture of optimism for what’s to come, while still honoring the journey thus far.

Lastly, olive green stands out in a crowd without demanding the spotlight. It’s perfect for someone who, at fifty, knows themselves well enough to appreciate subtlety over ostentation, yet still desires to make a statement about their presence and their journey. It’s a color for those who have found their own unique path in life and are proud to walk it with grace and wisdom.

In essence, choosing olive green for a fiftieth birthday celebration is about marking a milestone with elegance, embracing the richness of life’s experiences, and looking forward to the future with hope and confidence. It’s a color that beautifully encapsulates the journey of fifty years and sets a stylish tone for the adventures yet to come.


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Endless Eating

Amidst this celebration of half a century, my taste buds embarked on their own journey of discovery. The cauliflower dish—oh, the cauliflower dish! It wasn’t just food; it was an adventure on a plate, a delightful surprise that tickled my palate in ways I hadn’t imagined.




And Dordrecht, with its quaint boutiques and vintage treasures, offered not just a meal but an experience, one that was organic in essence and opulent in taste.

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Crotchet Dress

My handmade crochet dress, a labor of love and patience, became a conversation starter, a bridge connecting me to people across cultures. It was more than a garment; it was a story woven in threads, a testament to the beauty of craftsmanship and the universal language of style. In celebrating fifty, I didn’t just look back on the years gone by; I embraced them. Each hotel, each moment, each bite of that unprecedented cauliflower dish was a chapter in my book of life, a narrative filled with passion, luxury, and a dash of humor. Because at fifty, I’ve learned that life isn’t about the breaths we take but the moments that take our breath away. And Amsterdam, with its canals, its luxury, and its endless capacity for surprise, did just that. So, here’s to fifty—a celebration not just of age, but of life, love, and the unapologetic pursuit of happiness and luxury, in every form it takes.

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