BENEN-DIKEN-HOF®

Historical aerial view from the year 1918.

History

The history of BENEN-DIKEN-HOF begins in 1841. 1949 the Johannsen family acquires the former farm in Keitum on Sylt; farmer Claas Johannsen takes over the farm from his father in 1963. Ten years later he and his wife Sara, who has a special feeling for beautiful things, develop the old stable and barn into a hotel. Easter 1973 the small hotel garni BENEN-DIKEN-HOF opens with just 18 rooms – and a philosophy very special for the time.

After inspiring journeys through Germany and Scandinavia the Johannsens set up four basic rules for their hotel, which are still valid today:

1. a guest may never stand before locked door, he is always cordially received.
2. the hotel should always be cuddly and warm.
3. the light must always be switched on.
4. breakfast is served until one o’clock at noon

With their farm, the Johannsens run one of the first hotels in Keitum. The small Sylt village is only just being discovered, tourism took place in Kampen and in Westerland in the 1970s. The BENEN-DIKEN-HOF becomes famous for its warm, unaffected hospitality. The Johannsens are hoteliers with heart, self-taught people full of inquisitive enthusiasm for the new.

While Sara Johannsen gives every room in the BENEN-DIKEN-HOF a very special ambience, Claas Johannsen stands at the bar in the evening, chatting and discussing with the guests. You want to be an ‘island on the island’. And this island is growing. Plots of land in the immediate vicinity are being added, on which further houses are being built. First the KapitänsHüs, then the NorderHüs, later the WesterHüs, DikHüs and SüderHüs will be built on 20,000 square meters. 18 rooms become 40.

In 1996 Claas Johannsen passes on his enthusiasm for the BENEN-DIKEN-HOF and its guests to his son Claas-Erik, who takes over the hotel with his wife Anja. The next generation carefully continues the history of the hotel, contributing their ideas and experience without changing the character of the farm. With good taste and attention to detail, Anja and Claas-Erik Johannsen begin to renovate room after room, a large, modern swimming pool is created, along with extensive wellness and beauty areas. Behind the WesterHüs they build the TerpHüs, where guests in a smaller circle can also meet or celebrate. The BENEN-DIKEN-HOF will also have a restaurant, which will initially be available only to the house guests and will later develop into a popular fish restaurant with an impressive wine cellar as RESTAURANT KØKKEN.

The entire SPA area – from now on WOLKENLÖN SPA – under KapitänsHüs, WesterHüs and NorderHüs is renewed and extended to 700 sqm; a milon® circuit and a modern swimming pool with 75 sqm surface are added. The hotel’s offer of rooms, suites and apartments now includes 48 units.

In parallel, the HOLIDAY HOMES sector is growing, and today, with 52 units – exclusive houses and apartments – it is impossible to imagine the HofGeschehen without it. It offers the owners of vacation apartments in Keitum the possibility of handing over their property for letting into discerning, reliable hands. Anja Johannsen has played a major role in the development of this business area, which is an attractive addition to the hotel’s range of services. What is unusual about this constellation for Keitum and the whole of Sylt is that the guests of the HOLIDAY HOMES can optionally use the general services of the hotel: the now famous late riser breakfast, the RESTAURANT KØKKEN in the evening, the wellness area with swimming pool and sauna, the fitness area with its milon® circuit and the WOLKENLÖN SPA with a wide variety of massage offers, many treatments and its beauty – provided timely registration.

On Sylt today there are countless hotels and guesthouses, but only few originals like the BENEN-DIKEN-HOF, which has remained an ‘island on the island’. Even if Sylt is sometimes turbulent or hectic – those who want to retreat will find their place here. The people at BENEN-DIKEN-HOF keep their traditions alive, but at the same time offer enough space for new things and maintain a balance between modern service and warm hospitality.

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BENEN-DIKEN-HOF GmbH & Co. KG  Keitumer Süderstraße 3 – 5 . 25980 Sylt . Keitum . Germany
T +49 . 46 51 . 93 83 0 . F +49 . 46 51 . 93 83 183 . info@benen-diken-hof.de

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