London by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann Amazing, elegant, funky; London attracts me always. Many people get stuck on London and carries them aplomb. It’s all down to the people, the gentlemen of Mayfair, hipster from Camden Town, celebs from High Gate, macchiato mummies and curling parents from Kensington and foodies from everywhere. It was a long time ago, more than 2000 years that this city started out on its story. That was when the Romans founded their settlement of Londinium on the banks of River…Continue Reading “If you had one day, three or five hours to explore London, what would you do?”

Contributed by Jens Hoffmann Can there be any Kempinski world-wide whose history compares to the historic San Clemente Palace Hotel? I would say no, every stone recalls a fascinating history. The hotel is set on the private island of San Clemente within the Venetian lagoon. It is surround with lush gardens, stylish antique courtyards and a beautiful 12th century church. We arrived on a hot July morning on San Clemente. Easy to get there, just ten minutes by a complimentary boat from Piazza San Marco….Continue Reading “Bella Italia – Kempinski San Clemente Palace Hotel”

Australia’s borders will open by Christmas, that means international travel will be off the cards until sometime in 2021. The PM’s comments appear to validate Qantas’ decision to remove the bulk of its overseas flights until at least March 2021, with the airline sending more of its international jets off to the desert for storage while CEO Alan Joyce doesn’t expect the international network to restart “in any real size from July next year”, when “we may start to see some international services and that…Continue Reading “Corona – Australia: Overseas flight ban to remain until 2021”

Sawasdee, Thailand’s first luxury hotel, the Mandarin Oriental got a new look. By Jens Hoffmann Somerset Maugham used his hotel room for a hospital when he came down with malaria. John Le Carré wrote much of The Honourable Schoolboy in one of the suites. And Noël Coward would spend hours gazing down at the Chao Phraya, delighting in the river’s varied comings and goings, in particular those of one agile old lady who did a little skip as she punted her craft against the current….Continue Reading “Places we love – Mandarin Oriental Bangkok”

Soulful Spiritualism. By feature reporter Jens Hoffmann India has always been on my wish list of countries to visit, I met many people who had been to India and they seemed to either love it or hate it. I can say that I definitely love India. Arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport. The mayor hub for the National Capital Region of Delhi, the planned expansion program will increase the capacity to handle 80 million passengers. It was a intime arrival, a happy landing and a…Continue Reading “Buddhist Conclave India”

Travel the globe. Today Dominican Republic Santo Domingo was 1498 founded by Bartholome Columbus, the brother of Christoph Columbus, it was the first seat of the Spanish colonial rule in the New World Its the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic. The 5-star InterContinental Real in Santo Domingo, was my hideaway on time. Location, Location, Location. Placed in the business area, not far away from the old town. Even the president of the Dominican Republic attended the opening-party of the hotel which is…Continue Reading “Cities we love – Santo Domingo”

Namaste -India is incredible Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann We landed in Delhi and travelled to Mumbai. Huge red buses, massive green cricket ground and the azure sea. All coverage on the canvas of this city. Skyscrapers and Victorian heritage. Mumbai presents past and and present in elegant ways. The “Gateway of India” was built in 1927 to commemorate Queen Mary and King George V, it is also the place from which the last of the British army troops left a independent India by…Continue Reading “Incredible India”

Destination Marrakech Contributed by J. 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 maintained golf course. In addition to a gym, there…Continue Reading “Luxury days in Marrakech”

The Trump administration has ordered Marriott International to wind down hotel operations in Communist-run Cuba extinguishing what had been a symbol of the U.S.-Cuban detente. The hotel Four Points by Sheraton, now owned by Marriott, four years ago became the first U.S. hotel company to sign a deal with Cuba since the 1959 revolution amid the normalization of relations pursued by former President Barack Obama. But the administration of President Donald Trump has unraveled that detente, tightening the decades-old U.S. trade embargo on Cuba and…Continue Reading “Donald Trump orders Marriott International Group to stop Cuba hotel business”

Contributed by Jens Hoffmann Welcome to South-France – year around sunshine, beaches, charming landscape, I love the French riviera. Gorgeous views are compliments at Club Med Opio, France. I understand if you need a moment. I enjoyed the 4 Trident resort in Opio, it is located in the heart of the Cote D’Azur, perfect for families and couples who want a taste a bit of the french paradise. The newly renovated resort is set in the French countryside on the idyllic French Rivera, a few…Continue Reading “Vivre la France – The French riviera in style”

Where natural beauty meets luxury style Contributed by feature reporter and blogger Jens Hoffmann Just a 35-minute seaplane flight from the capital, Male you will find the perfect “Robinson Crusoe” Indian Ocean experience, away from the whole world. The idyllic tropical 6-star hideaway Conrad Maldives on Rangali Island lies in South Ari Atoll not far away from the equator. The Republic of the Maldives is an island nation in the Indian Ocean consisting of a double chain of twenty-six atolls. The Conrad resort gives you…Continue Reading “Barefoot luxury on Maldives”

A stay in a boutique capsule hotel, exclusively for women! Wow! The hotel (the name is a reference to a type of flower that also carries connotations of female beauty) is designed exclusively for females. Avatar, sex toys, capsule hotels are one of the most iconic things about Japan and a demonstration of entrepreneurial spirit. The capsule hotels are an increasingly rare breed now since their old business model started to be undercut by all-night internet cafes. They are also largely a male affair, since…Continue Reading “Cities we love – Tokyo”