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”

Hotel and restaurant stories by Jens Hoffmann. Restaurant Beat by José Manuel Miguel Today: Melia & Cookbook Hotel Calpe. If you speak in the hotel industry of a hideaway, it is mostly a romantic hotel in an idyllic location. The Meliá Villaitana Hotel is located in Benidorm near Alicante, based on a mountain, truly a seafront hideaway. The “Beat” is a gourmet restaurant, which is not (yet) decorated with a star, but the Chef de Cuisine José is an experienced 2-star cook on the stove….Continue Reading “Wintertime in Spain – Meliá and Cookbook Hotel”

No stress – The Cabo Verde Island Sal Contributed by Jens Hoffmann The Cap Verde are exotic. In addition to glorious white sandy beaches, volcanic landscapes, they offer 10 islands. The islands are a popular destination for travellers. More and more guests come to the archipelago, which lies five hundred kilometers away from Senegal, in the solitude of the Atlantic Ocean. Ten islands all of them are volcanic origin, belong to the archipelago, but only nine of them are inhabited. Thats why there are 10…Continue Reading “Grand opening cerenomy Cabo Verde Sal Resort by Hilton”

Contributed by Jens Hoffmann I am in love with romatic Lisbon, unfortunately, this time I spent only one night, because the object of my desire was Sal on Cabo Verde. The Tejo, Lisbon’s river, was bathed in a colorful sea of colors. The “Cais the Colunas” has turned into a promenade with many beautiful cafes. From here Marques de Pombal rebuilt the city in 1755 after the strong earthquake. For me a fascinating city, there is a touch of nostalgia. The city is gracefully framed…Continue Reading “Stop-over in Lisbon – The Hilton Double Tree Hotel”

Club Med opened its new 4 trident ski resort in Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon (Haute Savoie). Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann. The French Alps has another pretty resort, a one hour drive away from Geneva. I enjoyed the days in the French Alps, perfect for families and couples who want a taste a bit of a french paradise. The new resort in the French countryside is an oasis of recuperation. The Grand Massif ski area is the fourth largest ski region in France but…Continue Reading “The new Club Med Resort in Samoëns Morillon – Dreamland in Grand Massif”

Berlin is growing. Ideas, new concepts and creativity – in society, economy, culture – and last but not least in gastronomy. For the third time, GASAG is partner of the Gourmet Festival. GASAG supports the festival because it is an important trend and it makes the city even more attractive and enriches the lives of all citizen. From February 23 until March 4th, 2018, the German capital will experience a culinary explosion. The ten days of the festival will provide food and wine aficionados with…Continue Reading “GASAG supports the eat!berlin Gourmet Festival 2018”

Phuket by Jens Hoffmann. Sawasdee, the Southern Tip Peninsula of Patong is to be the stunning location for a the Crest five star property. “Where Nature Heals” Crest is an inspiring and radical luxury eco-designed resort catering to discerning travelers seeking a reviving and rejuvenating weekend getaway, relaxing long stay, honey moon hideaways, adventure filled family vacations, and even refreshing corporate meeting sessions. Perched on a gentle hillside, on the beautiful Tri Trang Beach, just outside Patong, surrounded by tropical rain forest and stunning 240°…Continue Reading “Where nature heals – Crest Resort in Phuket”

Destination Marrakesh. Contributed by Jens Hoffmann I am in love with the red city. We stayed in the La Mamounia. No need to introduce the legend, one of the most famous hotels in the world. It is located in the legendary city Marrakesh. In the red city the sky is a Wagnerian celebration: indigo with pinpricks of starlight, deep sapphire, cerulean, its colors are funneling down through the horizon in the wake of the setting sun. The vivid sounds of the medina are borne towards…Continue Reading “The 1001 secrets of Marrakesh – La Mamounia”

Destination Florida. Contributed by Jens Hoffmann. Going on one means being away from everything familiar and allowing your brain to idle into a kind of cleaning bliss. Miami is becoing a green, ecological city and a weekend in South Beach is always fun. Do you long for the South Beach of vegan culture, frozen margaritas and electric neon? 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…Continue Reading “I am a fan – Mandarin Oriental Miami”

Destination Shanghai Contributed by Asia-Pacifique Correspondent: B. Harris After a happy landing I enjoyed the nice ride with the airport express train (455 km/h, wow!!!). 10 minutes later I arrived. Yes, I love it to be in Shanghai. My hotel, the Shangri-La Jing An is located on the Puxi side of the Huangpu River. Truly amazing, it features a design inspired by Shanghai’s past, present, and future. The 508-room hotel is the centerpiece of the Jing An Kerry Centre. Upon entering the lobby, guests are…Continue Reading “Selected breaks in Shanghai – Shangri-La Hotel”