Destination Malaysia A modern capital with history, a jungle town rose on the back of the tin mining trade in the mid-19th century, attracting settlers from Britain, China, India, and from within Malaysia itself. Easy to catch fusion of cultures, every street representing a little slice of its colorful past. The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia belongs on every bucket list. Located in a funky area, a nice example of Islamic architecture, with light flooding the rooms and detailed ceiling domes above the galleries. Malaysia’s main…Continue Reading “Cities we like – Kuala Lumpur – the modern capital city of Malaysia”

Contributed by Jens Hoffmann Set across from the Royal Palace, is one of the great hotels of the legendary Grand Tour of Indochina. Embraced by 15 acres of beautifully landscaped French gardens, this legendary meeting place combines old-world grandeur with peace and tranquillity in one of the world’s most spiritual destinations Truly a royal receception, an elegant cage elevator adorns the lobby, gracefully carrying guests upwards as if it was 1932 all over again. Overhead, ceiling fans gently beat a rhythm and move the still…Continue Reading “Grand Hotel Raffles, Angkor Wat”

A capital that checks the must vist boxes Contributed by feauture reporter Jens Hoffmann Everyone knows Berlin is hot. A great city will lure you in with its deep history, rich cuisine and inspired art & club secene. The hotel “Ellington” is one of my favourite places, a historical hotel in the western part of booming Berlin. It is where Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington played in the legendary “Badewanne” club, where David Bowie, Romy Haag and Lou Reed celebrated, where heroes of…Continue Reading “A metropolis is booming – Berlin”

Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais Contributed by Kathrin Sion Costa do Sol – Coast of the Sun, a great place to be The beautiful coastline with its picturesque seaside resorts and picturesque villages offers sandy beaches and rugged cliffs. In Lisoba you will find pure culture, architecturally masterpieces, beach, excellent restaurants and a lot of things to discover. If you want to spend a long weekend or your vacation here, you are spoiled for choice between small, large and luxury hotels – and lovely holiday homes that…Continue Reading “Places we love – Costa do Sol”

Cities we love: Miami a highlight in every sense of the world. Contributed by lifestyle and feature reporter Jens Hoffmann Do you like the South Beach? The South Beach of stylish new hotels like Gale, Lord Balfour, SLS South Beach and special restaurants like Yardbird, Southern Table & Bar, Khong River House, Tongue & Cheek? I like the the South Beach of yesterday with Art Deco buildings, museums and monuments? But Miami can be whatever you want it to be — laid back, decked out,…Continue Reading “A food and culture trip to Miami”

Come on Aussie, come on. We come from a land down under, where women glow and men plunder, we had a perfect time in Australia. By Yunus Cetin The sun is shining, we enjoyed an occeaside pool where people and octopods swim naked and free. Worth a try is the QT, a beautiful down under hotel. Not to far away from Bondi beach, preserving two of the city’s most iconic buildings, QT Sydney is a new landmark by reviving a rich and colorful past of…Continue Reading “Cities we love – Sydney”

Singapore – a city in the garden By Yunus Cetin At Gardens by the Bay – Super Trees Light and Sound Show. A world tour brought me to the garden city, full of tropical plants all over the island. Now, with the help of ovative environ­ mental technology, this lush foliage will be encouraged to grow skywards, adding a welcome touch of green, inside and out, to an increasing number of high-rise buildings in this metropolis of millions. Spectacular architecture and abundant vegetation are not…Continue Reading “Singapore – Asia’s green city”

Destination Mallorca Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann Palma de Mallorca, a beautiful vibrant city with a wealth of architectural gems, superb art collectios and a exquisite gastronomy. A press trip brought me to Mallorca. On my research list was the saline “Flor de Sa d’Es Trenc” and the restaurant FERA by Chef Simon Petutschnig. Both produce joyful amazing culimary fine dining compositions. In the center of the city, hidden down cobbled streets, in a Old Town palace you will find the FERA restaurant. Three…Continue Reading “Mallorca, me gusta!”

The “Taste Corfu Festival” 2019. Contributed by Jens Hoffmann What could be better than a trip to the “Taste Corfu Festival”? Not very much. Arrival in Kerkyra (Corfu-City). According to the Odyssey, Homer’s classic poem, Odysseus, naked, lost – with no sense of how to return home, was washed ashore in Corfu, the island of the Phaeacians. The locals offered him their hospitality, treating him like a king. They offered him food and wine, performed music and dance and organized events to please him. Through…Continue Reading “Magnificent Corfu – Hotel Domesmiramare (Luxury Collection)”

Destination Alentejo Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann. There is something about the Alentejo (nick-named “California of Europe”). Modern wine hotels co-exist with ancient farmhouses, imposing modern architecture with century old barns, and peasants cooking with gourmet restaurants. The landscape mingles with the vines, cork trees and cereal crops – an ever-changing canvas of colour, the colour of straw at the end of spring. Beautiful. We visited many wineries in a few days. Although certain wines stand out because they agree with my personal taste,…Continue Reading “Bom dia Alentejo – California of Europe”

A luxury trip to Costa Navarino Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann 25 degrees the sun is shining. The exclusive hideaway is perfectly situated on Southwest Peleponnese. Costa Navarino-Peleponnes is framed by spectacular scenery. The resorts founder was Mr. Constantakopoulos, a shipping tycoon who wished to give back to the region where he was born through sustainable tourism. After his death his sons took over the Costa Navarino project – truly a extraordinary development in one of the most attractive parts of Greece. Its offering…Continue Reading “Kalimera, I love Costa Navarino”

New York, New York – big city The Renwick Hotel Curio Collection by Hilton By global feature reporter Jens Hoffmann The Renwick Hotel New York City, Curio Collection by Hilton is a “One-of-a-kind” property pays homage to the building’s creative heritage. The Renwick Hotel is located at 118 East 40th Street. Once home to John Steinbeck, Thomas Mann and other writers. The Hotel is a historic property in the heart of midtown Manhattan, now open as part of Curio collection. Housed in an iconic 1920s…Continue Reading “New York – New York – The Renwick Hotel”