Yes, I am a fan. Spending three years in Asia, since this time I love the Mandarin Oriental Group. Review contributed by lifestyle influencer & reporter Jens Hoffmann I just love this great hotel on the Ramblas, a street in central Barcelona, popular with both tourists and locals alike, between Bari Gòtic and El Raval, connecting Plaça de Catalunya in the centre with the Christopher Columbus Monument at Port Vell. Barcelona offers fine dining and a couple of good typical spanish taverns with excellent tapas….Continue Reading “Mandarin Oriental in Barcelone – I am a fan”

The luxury hotel Steigenberger Wiltcher’s belongs on every Brussel bucketlist By Jens Hoffmann Located on the exclusive promenade Avenue Louise in the heart of Brussels, nearby the European Union government district, the city center with the Manneken Pis and Grand Place (2 km), as well as the train station. The 267 hotel rooms and suites feature stylish interiors and high-class comforts. These include air conditioning, flatscreen TV, iron, desk, safe, minibar, coffee and tea making facilities. Leading Belgian chef Kevin Lejeune is set to open…Continue Reading “Luxury Hotel news: Steigenberger Wiltcher’s in Brussels will achieve a Michelin star”

A beautiful South Pacific Island on Vanuatu archipelago will become a cryptocurrency paradise Vanuatu is a South Pacific Ocean nation made up of 80 islands. For the past 12 years Anthony Welch and his partner Theresa have been living a Robinson Crusoe life alone on a South Pacific island mostly untouched by humanity. Welch, a retired property investor, hopes the tranquility will soon be shattered by cryptocurrency investors he is trying to convince to move to his island and form a regulation-free “crypto utopia”. Under…Continue Reading “The “Crypto Paradise of the World” in South Pacific”

Destination Colombia Amazing beautiful country. The Click Clack Hotel is a funky place to stay while visiting the city of Bogota. It might be just the coolest hotel you may “stumble upon”. With a fresh interior and a and imposing façade, Click Clack adds a touch of class to your trip. For me it is Bogotá’s 11-story hotel, it offers stylish design touches in nearly every detail, from the Space Invader-patterned elevator to the closet door handles, porcelain animal heads. A vertical garden wall and…Continue Reading “Hotel Click Clack in Bogota”

Don’t cry for me Argentina – Hotel The Pulitzer in Buenos Aires “The Pulitzer”, located in plaza San Martin fits perfect with the Buenos Aires identity. Nestled between Microcentro and the leafy old-world charm of the Recoleta – a well-heeled district known to locals as “Little Paris”. The hotel offers a unique vantage from which to take in the city. The place is housed in a contemporary construction by acclaimed architect Guillermo Roitenberg, its design elements subtly harken back to the deco heritage of Argentina’s…Continue Reading “Cities we like – Buenos Aires”

Indonesian government under pressure – Return of quarantine-free travellers soon. Bali has for many years been Australia’s second most popular overseas destination after New Zealand. Jetstar aims to be first off the blocks, with the airline’s Boeing 787 jets poised to take off from Melbourne to Denpasar (capital city and main hub of the province of Bali) on 14/2/22. Flights from Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide will follow in March. Qantas lists the resumption of its flight from Sydney and Melbourne-Denpasar’s on March 27/28/2. Their flight…Continue Reading “Pandemic update : Bali wants Australian visitors back”

Sao Paulo is home to the largest Japanese population outside Japan and along with the people come the food, the produce and myriad aspects of Japanese cultures. The district Liberdade in Sao Paulo has been established as a Japanese community “Japantown” since 1950s and authentic, quality Japanese restaurants can be found nearly everywhere in Sao Paulo. The only distinction, it seems, is that due to its tropical “one-season” climate Japanese cuisine in Brazil does not have the abundance of seasonal produce or is restricted by…Continue Reading “Cities we love: Sao Paulo – Brazil”

Joy is possible eveywhere even pandemic times, especially in South Africa Contributed by Jens Hoffmann Check in the grand dame of local hotels, the Oyster Box, is about to step back on the stage. The Oyster Box Hotel splashes of colour, elegant bedrooms, a cool blue terrace, exotic detail and attentive staff like porter Smanga Mthethwa. Originally opened in 1947, The Oyster Box has long been one of Africa’s best loved and most distinguished hotels, with an abundance of ambience and a breathtaking seaside setting….Continue Reading “The grand dame – Hotel “The Oyster Box” in South Africa”

Destination Marrakech “La Mamounia” and “Royal Palm Marrakech” Contributed by journalist and influencer Jens 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 “La Mamounia” and also 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…Continue Reading “Marrakech – a fairy tale of 1001 Nights”

Ski and all kind of delights in Westendorf – Tyrol Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann Tradition and modernity in the Kitzbühel Alps An ambitous joy on skis throghh two amazing skiareas. We drive by train via Munich, direction Bologna (Italy) to Westendorf, quickly checked in the train, the pandemic seems far away. Our hideaway is the hotel Jakob Wirt in Westendorf. It is located in the Kitzbühel Alps. A charming cosy hideaway. The region has managed to maintain its originality and yet continue to…Continue Reading “The real Brixental – different types of joy in Kitzbühel Alps (Austria)”

A city of hope and heaven of peace in Switzerland Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann Geneva is nestled in the foothills of the Alps with views overlooking Lake Geneva and stretching as far as Mont Blanc (4807m), Geneva promises a city experience like no other. Easy to find interesting things from the international to local fun. During the day it’s a bustling city filled with students, businesspeople, UN- diplomats flown in for a day’s meeting and frontaliers who work in Geneva but live over…Continue Reading “Cities we love – Geneva”

Sawasdee – Destination Thailand From Phuket, Khao Lak, Khanom, Krabi to Khao Sok. Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann Most of the people coming to Thailand to go to the beaches (like me) and miss sometimes the urban, true beauty of the country and the unique experiences it has to offer eg. natural breaks at Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp in Southern Thailand. A trip to one of Thailand’s most spectacular rainforest lakes in the Khao Sok National Park is georgous. The Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp…Continue Reading “Different luxury experience – Khao Sok Nationalpark”