Destination Brazil 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, not sure if the World-Cup have brought infrastructure and greater security. The nightlife and the vibrant life style leaving plenty of time to chill out. It’s a big country — bigger than Australia, and far too large to…Continue Reading “Brazil, Brazil”

If you are looking for a special destination, you will find it in Sri Lanka Contributed by Jens Hoffmann. A country in which earth, water and air are spiritually combined. My journey started in Colombo. The capital, with its two million inhabitants, is not a metropolis of international standing, but a beautiful place. Colombo is full of life, modern, colonial and relaxed. A fascinating mix of different ethnic groups and cultures, the blend of old and new makes Colombo so unique On February 4, 1948,…Continue Reading “Ayubowan Sri Lanka – A spiritual destination”

Berlin – Café am Neuen See “Grillen with the Chefs” Contributed by Jens Hoffmann I enjoyed a fantastic food event with Chef de Cuisine James Baron. He is a legend on the Austrian culinary scene, as one of the top chefs in the Tyrol, awarded at the five-star superior hotel “Tannenhof” numerous culinary accolades, including being awarded exceptional 18 points out of a possible 20 by the highly respected Gault Millau restaurant guide. He was the main reason for my visit to the “Café am…Continue Reading “Berlin, Berlin – James Baron – “Grillen with the Chefs””

Destination Bodrum. Stay in a luxury hideaway – The Marmara 5-Star Resort in Bodrum Contributed by Jens Hoffmann. Bodrum is nick-named the “St. Tropez of Turkey”, if you look for a special and luxury destination you should travel to Bodrum. Travel means living twice. Indeed. We spend fantastic days in Bodrum. The Bodrum Peninsula lies opposite the Greek island of Kos. With its marinas, clubs and citizens from Istanbul, the feel of the peninsula is truly European. Development is carefully monitored, and much of the…Continue Reading “Get in touch with the Billionaire’s club – Luxury hideaway – The Marmara in Bodrum”

“The Roosevelt” in New Orleans. Contributed by travel writer by Jens Hoffmann Architecture and music is everywhere. The name – which for nearly a half-century meant the finest luxury accommodations, entertainment and dining, as well as world-famous beverages and celebrities – returned to New Orleans, reborn as a Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
 The luxury 5-star hotel was opened in 1893, later on the hotel was purchased by a group of investors and renamed “The Roosevelt Hotel” (in honor of former president Theodore Roosevelt). The Grand Hotel…Continue Reading “I miss New Orleans – Waldorf Astoria The Roosevelt”

Singapore – a city in the garden Contributed by Jens Hoffmann. A foodtrip brought me to the garden city, full of tropical plants all over the island. Now, with the help of innovative 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 the only arms in a combat to counter Singapore’s reputation as a…Continue Reading “Asia’s new marvel in green – Singapore”

Sawasdee, my lovely Bangkok – Review Millennium Hilton Hotel Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann Bangkok can be as bewildering as it is bewitching. There are few things to do to make the most of Thailand’s exuberant capital, filling your days with luxury feelings, massages, street food, impressive temples and lively bars. “The City of Angels” began as a trading centre and port community on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River some 200 years ago. Today, while the city is up to speed…Continue Reading “Smooth as silk – Review Millennium Hilton Hotel in Bangkok”

Destination Tuscany – My #Chianti Classico experience Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann A trip through Tuscany is all about wine and food. Aromas and colors in the heart of Tuscany, lovely weather, cypress and olive trees, fine food and lovely “Chianti Classico” wines. Tuscany is not in Italy, Italy is the Tuscany, Johan Wolfgang Goethe wrote this in his famous travelstory “Italienreise”. The Chianti Classico region is home to the Black Rooster (#Chianti Classico), the epitome of the Italian way of life with beautiful…Continue Reading “The European Art of Taste – Chianti Classico / Tuscany”

Travel Iliinois Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann Ilinois is located in the Midwest, the US-state offers a lot of agriculture, a wide, flat “fly-over-land”. But Ilinois is also a place for explorers and connoisseurs with scenic corners, interesting places, over 300 golf courses and Abraham Lincoln as the most famous citizen, he lived here 30 years before he was elected US President and moved to Washington in the White House. Great River Road in Illinois in the heart of America. It represents four centuries…Continue Reading “Travel Illinois – Great Rivers Ilinois”

Destination Monaco. Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann Monaco is considered a place of bourgeoisie, the rich and famous enjoy it here, the sun shines 300 days a year, the helicopters hover over the city-state and fly every minute between Nice and Monaco. Once a year the Grand Prix of Extravaganza takes place here. Formula 1 is not without reason station in Monte Carlo. No race is like the classic in Monte Carlo. Ferraris everywhere, cheap lifestyle does not exist, diamonds and pearls, luxury shopping,…Continue Reading “Unsurpassed luxury : Visiting the “PokerStars” event in Monte Carlo”

Destination Marrakesh. Contributed by travel writer Jens Hoffmann I am in love with Marrakesh the “red” city. 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. We checked 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. The vivid sounds of the…Continue Reading “La Mamounia & the 1001 secrets of Marrakesh”

Destination Sylt. By feature reporter Jens Hoffmann I was on Sylt, the island is a unique spot with natural beauty and singular culture. The 5* Superior Hotel Landhaus Stricker is located in Tinnum, between Westerland and Kampen. The Landhaus Stricker is since years one of the Relais & Chateaux hotels. Holger Bodendorf started a traditional restaurant in 2001 with his wife and extended it later on with a small five-star hotel. Holger Bodendorf serves a cuisine with Southern French accents in a Mediterranean setting. His…Continue Reading “Rest in style – Landhaus Stricker on Sylt”