My “AquaX” food experience Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann. I had a lovely 4-Hands Dinner by two three Michelin star cooks. Sven Elverfeld & Rasmus Kofoed at the “Aqua” in Wolfsburg. 4-Hands Dinner with Rasmus Kofoed from restaurant Geranium in Copenhagen, Denmark as a guest chef at restaurant Aqua. On the occasion of holding three MICHELIN stars for ten years in a row, Rasmus Kofoed and Sven Elverfeld prepared a unique eight-course menu. Amazing. Since its opening the luxury hotel has been enchanting me…Continue Reading “4-Hands Dinner by Sven Elverfeld & Rasmus Kofoed in the restaurant Aqua in Wolfsburg”

London by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann Amazing, elegant, funky; London attracts me always. Many people get stuck on London and carries them aplomb. It’s all down to the people, the gentlemen of Mayfair, hipster from Camden Town, celebs from High Gate, macchiato mummies and curling parents from Kensington and foodies from everywhere. It was a long time ago, more than 2000 years that this city started out on its story. That was when the Romans founded their settlement of Londinium on the banks of River…Continue Reading “London Calling – The Laslett Hotel in London”

Destination Hong Kong. Contributed by Jens Hoffmann HK is not only one of Asia’s funkiest cities for a break – it can be also one of the most affordable if you know the city. Particular when you know some people you bring you to caraoke and free outdoor entertainment adds an extra sheen for guests keen to enjoy a brilliant (foodie) breal without breaking the bank. We went through the airport and then straight escorted into our taxi, there’s not a better way to arrive…Continue Reading “The charms of Hong Kong – Conrad Hotel”

Culinary delights at the Grandhotel Petersberg in Bonn / Königswinter Just like a castle, the striking Steigenberger Grand Hotel Petersberg stands tall over the Siebengebirge and the Rhine. The 5-star Steigenberger Grandhotel Petersberg in Königswinter is a place of true grandeur and passionate about hotel culture. Guests from all over the world associate with this Grandhotel fascinating history, amazing architecture and the view of the Rhine Valley. The former guest house of the federal government offers a culinary offer, which is characterized by versatility and…Continue Reading “Culinary delights at the Grandhotel Petersberg in Bonn/Königswinter”

Hotel Mira Moon Hong Kong, China Contributed by Ben Harris. Great to be here, a stylish and functional airport and a great place to check-in. A fairytale design themes, secret garden lounge, and an amazing in-room cocktail treasure chests, the latest player in the rapid revitalization of Wan Chai is a whimsical newcomer to this former red-light district. The 91-room hotel is the first project by nascent hotelier Martin Lee, and with it he entrusted creative reign to international design team Wanders & Yoo, who…Continue Reading “48h in Hong Kong – Hotel Mira Moon Hong Kong, China”

Destination London Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann. We had a lovely father & son week-end in London. My son wrote a great editorial about the “Tower of London” and I invited him to spend a week-end in the British capital. Built by William the Conqueror in 1066, this uncompromising slab of a building has been many things—including the site where Henry VIII ordered the execution of two of his wives. Now the Tower is most famous as the home of the Crown Jewels. A…Continue Reading ““Father & Son” getaways to bond over – The Trafalgar St. James London, Curio Collection by Hilton.”

Avantgarde-Style in Berlin. Contributed by Jens Hoffmann. Berlin is ready for great food and an appropriate domicile. A highlight in every sense is the “White Truffle Menu by „Paco Pérez 5-Cinco“ and the stylish 5-star Softel So (Located in the “Tiergarten”). The restaurant by Catalonian Chef Paco Pérez is his first outside of Spain. ‘Cinco’, means five in Spanish, tickles all five senses, from eyes to tongue, and also represents the five fingers of the hand, symbolizing the handcrafted flavours of Pérez’s culinary art. Paco…Continue Reading “Berlin, Berlin : “Das Stue” is now a Sofitel “So””

Readers Choice Awards by House & Hotel: The Mandarin Oriental define the destination. Contributed by Jens Hoffmann A lovely (culinary) experience in BKK. Mr. Sauthier was delighted to share his culinary passion with us.For sure he takes Le Normandie’s diners to new heights of fine dining excellence and delights and introduces a new generation of culinary explorers to the sophistication of his native haute cuisine. I used to live and worked in the “city of angels” for three years, I love it. Of course I…Continue Reading “Readers Choice Awards by House & Hotel: The Mandarin Oriental”

Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann Konnichi wa, Chubu region! Nagoya, the fourth biggest city in Japan is well-known for its amazing cuisine, onsen, style and culture. Indeed, the local restaurants in the region leaves no culinary wishes unfulfilled. The local restaurants beguile even the most pampered palates. Placing great value on fresh ingredients and products you can enjoy, kobe beef, tofu, miso, Unagi (eel), tebasaki chicken, red miso dishes like miso katsu the kishimen noodles, amongst others. Fantastic. My personal highlight was the restaurant…Continue Reading “Big in Japan – Lovely days Chubu region Nagoya”

I am a fan tour. My 48 hours in Barcelona. Contributed by Jens Hoffmann. Barcelona, me gusta. I am travelling since years to Barcelone and I still love the city. As club culture gives way to easy cafe & bar culture and more startups take root, the inhabitants take a new pride in their city as one of the most unique place in the world, a truly vibrant, hot, open and tolerant oasis in southern Europe. Today Barcelona is coming into its own as a…Continue Reading “48 hours in Barcelona – Check-in @Mandarin Oriental”

Douoc ao day Vietnam. Contributed by Britt Freyberg Hanoi is Vietnams small capital city, serving as the entry point for visitors drawn to the country’s mountainous north and the craggy islands of Halong Bay. With a French accent and a old heart, largely spared from American bombings it is for me more attractive than sprawling Ho-Chi-Minh City / Saigon in the south. The focal point is Hoan Kiem lake, a green oasis with an island pagoda, steeped in legend and caressed by the fronds of…Continue Reading “Sweet Hanoi – Hotel Sofitel Metropole Hanoi”

Destination Brazil. Contributed by Joan Leao. Arriving in Brazil sets the stage for pure relaxation. Sun, streets swinging to samba, sizzling beaches and waterfalls as wide as a morning’s walk: this is Brazil, and there really hasn’t been a better time to visit. The Brazilian real is at an all-time low, the World-Cup have brought much-needed infrastructure, as well as greater security. This is a big country — bigger than Australia, and far too large to try to cover in one visit — so we’ve…Continue Reading “Bom dia Brazil”