Five years after the landing of the later king, William I, on the beach at Scheveningen, Jacob Pronk established the first bathhouse in Scheveningen with royal consent. This gave rise to the first seaside resort in the Netherlands. Pronk gained inspiration for the four cubicles with bathtubs and a sea view during his trips to France and England. Guests were also taken into the sea in bathing carriages. The carriages were fitted with a large hood to allow the guests to bathe without others catching sight of them. In particular, guests with rheumatic ailments and nervous disorders benefited from bathing in seawater and often did this on the advice of doctors. Ten years later, the first bathhouse built by Pronk was replaced by the municipal bathhouse Grand Hôtel des Bains, which was a great success. It would lead to an expansion including hotel rooms and the final Kurhaus that opened in 1885. The cachet of the Belgian and French bathing resorts served as an example, whereby entertainment also began to play an important role in Scheveningen. The Kurhaus became the stage for chic gala dinners, opera, theatre and concerts. Scheveningen was teeming with wealthy families, German nobility and prominent industrialists. During the twentieth century, the bathing resort developed further, with the arrival of the icons, transport to Scheveningen, beach and surfing sports and as a vibrant nightlife centre.