Destination Thailand. Contributed by Jens Hoffmann Bangkok can be wild and smooth, especially when you stay at the Sofitel So in Bangkok. The Sofitel So, the city’s first truly urban design hotel, a masterpiece of high fashion dedicated to the high life inspired by legendary couturier Mr. Christian Lacroix. Offering an unparalleled discovery experience and an extensive range of benefits. In a design-driven hotel, Club Signature is, as the name suggests, exemplary of Sofitel So Bangkok’s taking interior design to a new level that heightens…Continue Reading “Sawasdee Thailand – relaxation in Bangkok”

Destinationreport Northern Greece. Kalo Heimona – Thessaloniki. Contributed by Jens Hoffmann The average gives the world its substance, the special things its value. Even a short visit to Thessaloniki feels like stepping into a different world. In 2005 I felt in love with the city. To understand why the city is special only takes not long: Check in at The Met Hotel or walk from Roman Arch of Galerius to the Rotunda. Let’s start with the hotel: The Met Hotel Thessaloniki – sophisticated design style…Continue Reading “Kalo Heimona – Thessaloniki”

Destination San Sebastian. Contributed by Jens Hoffmann. Northern spain and San Sebastian is a shy spot, but a extraordinary story telling place. For us San Sebastian is the perfect summer place, treated for extraordinary moments. The fabulous surroundings and culinary delights simply have to be explored. It’s a culinary paradise and it shows straight away that it has much more to offer. As the Basque beauty celebrates it was European Capital of Culture (2016), large-scale artworks will populate public spaces, the San Telmo museum will…Continue Reading “Food trip to San Sebastian, me gusta Spain”

Barefoot luxury meets style at the Conrad Maldives on Rangali Island. Contributed by Jens Hoffmann. Just after a quick 35-minute seaplane flight from the International Airport Malé we reached the “Robinson Crusoe Island”, my joyful Indian Ocean experience. It is away from the whole world, the idyllic tropical 6-star hideaway lies in South Ari Atoll not far away from the equator. The Republic of the Maldives is an island nation (1200 islands) in the Indian Ocean consisting of a double chain of twenty-six atolls. The…Continue Reading “Dheebu Dhivehi Mee – Maldives”

Meet & Greeet with Pierre Gagnaire. Text: Jens Hoffmann Meeting with the Berlin star cooks at the Presidentual Suite Waldorf Astoria. Often called the “Picasso of French cuisine,” chef Pierre Gagnaire is the creative genius behind many restaurants around the globe, from London’s Sketch to Tokyo’s Pierre Gagnaire. Les Solistes by Pierre Gagnaire, was an elegant white and marble gem tucked on the first floor of the Waldorf Astoria Berlin. I sat down with the chef to chat about his global locations from Ryad, London,…Continue Reading “Waldorf Astoria in Berlin”

Sawasdee. Thailand. Contributed by 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 with modern times, the grandeur and glory of its…Continue Reading “Thailand for runaways”

Destinationreport Punta Cana. by Jens Hoffmann. Welcome to Dominican Republic – year around sunshine, immaculate beaches, spectacular landscapes a great country located on Hispaniola (Antilles archipelago). Punta Cana has everything that discerning travelers could wish for in the Caribbean region. We enjoyed the Zen Oasis Club Med Punta Cana. It offers a special relaxing area and select hotel & resort experience. Since years Club Med has a privileged location, probably the best location on the island. The resort is located all the way down the…Continue Reading “Dom Rep – Zen Oasis in Punta Cana”

Destination Israel. Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann Swim in the Dead Sea better to float in the salty water, was a new experience for me. The Dead Sea is actually not a sea at all, but a lake that’s made up of about more than 30 percent salt. It is the lowest place on earth at 423 feet below sea level. Its properties have been known to cure skin conditions and its mud is used in spa treatments world-wide and in the many hotels…Continue Reading “Sleepless in Tel Aviv”

Destinationreport Mexico. Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann. From New York to Cancún. Here where the Caribbean Sea converges with the Gulf of Mexico, ancestral voices keep whispering old tales with the winds that refresh Holbox. They tell the stories of the Spanish galleons that disappeared in these waters, they also tell the stories of the pirates who took their treasures, pirates like Francisco Molas. The ferry ride to Isla Holbox (a 20 mile-long sliver of mostly mangrove and beach in the vast Yum Balam…Continue Reading “Me gusta Mexico – from Cancun, Holbox to Mexico-City”

Let`s do Indonesia Destinationreport “My Taman Bali” (Garden of Eden). Contributed by Francois Jobard. The locals call the island “Taman Bali”, indeed it is a “Garden of Eden” what we found here in the healing hotel COMO. Eden is now believed to be a joyful stay in fruitful, well-watered location. This fantastic hotel is set amid the tropical Ayung River valley. Beautiful, relaxing days, we shaked up our chakras at Bali’s most luxurious health retreat. The estate combines spiritual, luxury and holistic wellness deep within…Continue Reading “My taman Bali”

Destination Norway Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann Rich in breathtaking nature, oil, fishindustry an impressive destination. It is always astonishing how much enthusiasm the country has on those who know it only from hearing. Even greater is the pull, the rough nature, fantastic fjords and the sea, if you really experienced it. The city of Bergen is a special Scandinavian experience. Bergen, the second largest city in Norway, with a population of almost 400,000 inhabitants, the cityscape is characterized by colorful houses and the…Continue Reading “Norway – the home of the salmon”

Salam, the tower of the arabs is a stunning luxury hotel in Dubai. On the coast of the United Arab Emirates you will find this 321 m high buliding which is the fourth tallest hotel in the world. The price for a suite 1.000-30.000 US$ per night. The hotel Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m out from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. It is an iconic structure whose shape mimics the sail of…Continue Reading “Dubai has undergone an incredible transformation”