Travel the globe. Today Dominican Republic Me gusta. Santo Domingo was 1498 founded by Bartholome Columbus, the brother of Christoph Columbus, it was the first seat of the Spanish colonial rule in the New World Its the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic. The 5-star InterContinental Real in Santo Domingo, was my hideaway on time. Location, Location, Location. Placed in the business area, not far away from the old town. Even the president of the Dominican Republic attended the opening-party of the hotel…Continue Reading “Cities we love – Santo Domingo”

Namaste – First of all India is incredible Contributed by Jens Hoffmann We landed in Delhi and travelled to Mumbai. Huge red buses, massive green cricket ground and the azure sea. All coverage on the canvas of this city. Skyscrapers and Victorian heritage. Mumbai presents past and and present in elegant ways. The “Gateway of India” was built in 1927 to commemorate Queen Mary and King George V, it is also the place from which the last of the British army troops left a independent…Continue Reading “Incredible India”

Destination Marrakech Contributed by J. Hoffmann It is not very original to attempt a comparison of a hotel in Marrakech as “a fairy tale of 1001 Nights”. But in the “Royal Palm Marrakech” all the clichés about the orient seem to come true. Only a few minutes by car from Marrakechs center you will find a stylish oasis. The six-star resort offers 137 suites and villas on a spacious and perfectly maintained golf course. In addition to a gym, there is also a spa building…Continue Reading “Luxury days in Marrakech”

The Trump administration has ordered Marriott International to wind down hotel operations in Communist-run Cuba extinguishing what had been a symbol of the U.S.-Cuban detente. The hotel Four Points by Sheraton, now owned by Marriott, four years ago became the first U.S. hotel company to sign a deal with Cuba since the 1959 revolution amid the normalization of relations pursued by former President Barack Obama. But the administration of President Donald Trump has unraveled that detente, tightening the decades-old U.S. trade embargo on Cuba and…Continue Reading “Donald Trump orders Marriott International Group to stop Cuba hotel business”

Contributed by Jens Hoffmann Welcome to South-France – year around sunshine, beaches, charming landscape, I love the French riviera. Gorgeous views are compliments at Club Med Opio, France. I understand if you need a moment. I enjoyed the 4 Trident resort in Opio, it is located in the heart of the Cote D’Azur, perfect for families and couples who want a taste a bit of the french paradise. The newly renovated resort is set in the French countryside on the idyllic French Rivera, a few…Continue Reading “The French riviera in style”

Where natural beauty meets luxury style Contributed by feature reporter and blogger Jens Hoffmann Just a 35-minute seaplane flight from the capital, Male you will find the perfect “Robinson Crusoe” Indian Ocean experience, away from the whole world. The idyllic tropical 6-star hideaway Conrad Maldives on Rangali Island lies in South Ari Atoll not far away from the equator. The Republic of the Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean consisting of a double chain of twenty-six atolls. The Conrad resort gives you…Continue Reading “Barefoot luxury on Maldives”

A stay in a boutique capsule hotel, exclusively for women! Wow! The hotel (the name is a reference to a type of flower that also carries connotations of female beauty) is designed exclusively for females. Avatar, sex toys, capsule hotels are one of the most iconic things about Japan and a demonstration of entrepreneurial spirit. The capsule hotels are an increasingly rare breed now since their old business model started to be undercut by all-night internet cafes. They are also largely a male affair, since…Continue Reading “Cities we love – Tokyo”

White summer nights in the Sofitel So St. Petersburg Contributed by Jens Hoffmann Here’s what it was like to stay there. The Sofitel So hotel (former W Hotel) provides an integrated contemporary lifestyle experience. A highly-anticipated hotel in St. Petersburg. It offers 137 stylish guest rooms, a signature restaurant, bar and rooftop lounge by three Michelin star chef Alain Ducasse. Designed by Milan-based Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners who were inspired by the architectural ancestry of the city and jewel-tones of the famous Fabergé…Continue Reading “Hotel review: Sofitel So in St. Petersburg – White Night Festival”

Destination Indonesia. Bamboo village in Ubud. Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann The sun slips into the sea, leaving behind a dreamy wash of peach and violet. A breathtaking location, add a relaxing treatment and lovingly prepared food, and you have the ingredients for a perfect holiday. Far away from 5star plus, nestled among the lush forests of Bali, near the hill town of Ubud, is one of the island’s most remarkable villages. It’s not just that each of the 18 homes of Green Village…Continue Reading “Retreat yourself on Bali”

Oman – Tradition and luxury combined Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann Photos by Matthias Dikert If you are looking for special places, you must visit Oman. The travel industry is always looking for hideaways for the “Happy Few”. This target group is in the focus of investors, luxury brands and travel agents. There are two thousand billionaires and twenty million millionaires in the world. Wow! Some of them should travel to Oman. That’s why I looked at the Sultanate, saw and experienced a lot….Continue Reading “Luxury escapes in Oman – Hotel Dunes by Al Nahda”

Ottawa – The Fairmont Château Laurier hotel and the the look to experience the best of Canada. Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann Ottawa is a nice destination, Canada’s capital has undergoing a great renaissance by spending time, efforts and money on sports, culture and lifestyle. As a travel journalist I travel the globe. I always lookout for great events (like the Happy Canada Day) and great hotels. the Château is the grande dame, an iconic building in the city’s skyline, opened in 1912 with…Continue Reading “Ottawa – a very Canadian city in a truly beautiful setting”

The company “Holycrab” brings invasive delicacies to the menu Berlin is a city of culinary adventures, inspired from all over the world. The culinary focus is shifting more and more to regional products and other aspects of sustainability, especially in upscale and fine dining gastronomy. More and more chef de cuisines are thinking about how they can avoid waste and improve their ecological balance – modern cooking techniques such as sous vide cooking with an avalanche of plastic bags are in need of explanation, ingredients…Continue Reading “eat! Berlin 2020 – GASAG honors culinary newcomers”