Destination Paris. Text by Jens Hoffmann. When you arrive in Paris the feeling to be in the city of love starts. Tourist facts, Pont des Arts: Paris-City removes the world famous ‘love locks”. What a pity. Pont des Arts is famously known for symbol act of affection and love. Its a pity, but doesn’t matter. There can be a lot of more fun pressure to make an romatic evening out in Paris. Finding the perfect restaurant is a particularly difficult choice in a city also…Continue Reading “Paris, mon amour”

Incredible India. From Vadodara to Nalanda. Contributed by Jens Hoffmann Our experience started in Vadodara. We visited Laxmi Vilas Palace in Vadodara. On our way to explore the ancient Maharaja Palaces we stopped in Vadodara, Gujarat. This building the Lukshmi Vilas Palace, an extravagant building of the Indo-Saracenic Revival architecture, was built by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III in 1890. Nowadays it has 127 rooms. It is reputed to have been the largest private dwelling built till date and four times the size of Buckingham Palace….Continue Reading “Walking with Lord Buddha – Incredible India”

If you’re looking for a great time go to Venice. Contributed by Jens Hoffmann. If you are looking for a luxury modern, fresh, minimalist hotel in Venice, check in here. There are two ‘Bonvecchiati’ hotels in Venice, next door to each other: the ‘standard’ hotel so called Bonvecchiati Hotel and the deluxe ‘Palace Bonvecchiati’. Make sure you know which you’re going to, as it may mean arriving at the wrong entrance, our water taxi dropped us, quite literally at the front door, we climbed from…Continue Reading “Bella Italia – Lazy days in Venice”

Destination Poland. Poznan a charming European town with a gorgeous city square, a 1,000-year plus history full of horrific wars and destruction, a Catholic bent and a surprising cosy athmosphere. I’m here to visit the hotel Blow Up Hall 50/50, one of the most unique hotels in Europe. Entering in the front door, you’re immediately struck by the grand entrance hall, complete with its four levels of brickwork and artworks ranging from the giant “Red Dwarf” at the back of the hall, through a number…Continue Reading “Dzien dobry! House & Hotel Magazine features Poland”

Garden eden of Italy – Welcome to Italy where joy is practicall a religion. Firence is an epicentre for food, art and culture. “The Villa La Massa”, is a fascinating Medici dwelling of the 16th century on the outskirts of Florence. It was turned into a luxury hotel in 1948. After a complete renovation by the Villa d’Este Group in 1998 it reopened and its five hundred years of history live on, telling us tales of Renaissance splendour and the lifestyle of Florentine aristocrats in…Continue Reading “Bella Italia – “The Villa Massa” – Firenze”

Sawasdee Bangkok. Contributed by John Harris. The arrival on Suvarnabhumi Airport was smooth as silk with Thai Airways (Airbus A 380): 36 degrees, hot, humid, a perfect day. Back to Asia and a lovely invitation by the Sofitel So Bangkok in the city of Angels. Forget about the “must-see” experiences. For sure it is nice to take a look at the Grand Palace, eat some thai food, make a Chao Phraya river cruise and go for a hot walk on the Chatuchak Weekend Market. But…Continue Reading “Song Kran in Thailand”

The third finger, my Athos experience. Contributed by Jens Hoffmann Go off the beaten track in Athos and discover mountains, monasteries, and perfect white sand beaches Here you will find Greece’s beautiful beaches, ancient culture and hospitality without going to the islands, the mainland region of Halkidiki is the answer. A peninsula made up of three ‘fingers’ – Kassandra, Sithonia and Athos – it has more than 300 miles of coastline edging the Aegean sea, and the beaches that go with it are beautiful. Athos…Continue Reading “The Mount Athos experience / Greece”

Experience Biarritz Contributed by Francois Jobard I enjoyed Napoleons III. summer residence in Biarritz. The Hôtel du Palais Imperial is an historic luxury hotel in the centre of Biarritz, overlooking a large stretch of beach on the Biarritz coastline. The 19th century residence of Napoleon III, has been all the time a symbol of prestige for Biarritz for more than a century. This 5-star hotel is located 24km from San Sebastian-Donosti Airport. From the moment you get your key you feel a bit special. You…Continue Reading “Experience the summer residence of Napoleon”

Destination Shanghai Contributed by our Asia-Pacifique Correspondent: B. Harris Yes, I love it to be in Shanghai. After a happy landing I enjoyed the nice ride with the airport express train (455 km/h, wow!!!). 10 minutes later I arrived. My hotel, the Shangri-La Jing An is located on the Puxi side of the Huangpu River. 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”

Singapore by feature reporter Ben Milner. Singapore is a small country. If you are in hurry (and have a budget) you can enjoy it quick by helicopter, listen to the pilot and enjoy it with a panoramic view. Usually the tour includes; Marina Bay Sands, the Garden by the Bay, Marina Barrage and the business district, a bit of Sentosa with the Universal Studios and Sentosa Cove. Furthermore some of the Southern Islands like Kusu Island, St John’s Island & Sisters’ Islands and the world…Continue Reading “The new marvel – Booming Singapore!”

Hong Kong – Art that inspires By Jens Hoffmann. Just after arrival at HK International Airport Hong Kong welcomes me with a elegant kind of style. I love this city, some people say something was missing into one of Asia’s buzzzing new hives of innovation and finance. One this was hard to find. The fun. Unlike other world booming cities, where the opening of new theaters, hotels, bar could barely keep up with the demand, HK was always focudes a bit too much on work…Continue Reading “Hong Kong – Art that inspires”

London Contributed by Jens Hoffmann. The set up minmalist design – think NYC loft space I checked in at “The Ace Hotel” in Shoreditch, already a London legend. Beautiful located in East London. In the lobby, there is a long and busy shared table. Elegant library-style reading lights run down the middle; to either side there are two dozen plain wooden chairs. Most of them are occupied throughout the day by people with laptops – young, or youngish, and carefully dressed in casual clothes. Some…Continue Reading “Living the high life in London”