A short trip through one of my favourite countries, the most exciting country in the world Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann Vietnam offers really everything: A glorious coastline, fantastic landscapes beautiful islands and amazing people. Beeing in Southeast-Asia is always great but to explore this romantic island – listed in the top ten most joy and peaceful places is just fantastic. Especially after a few days in the humid funky city of Ho-Chi-Minh (Saigon). We travelled to Con Dao, south-east of Vietnam, part of…Continue Reading “Countries we love: The new Vietnam”

Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann Happy landing at Suvarnabhumi Airport. Everyone knows that the “City of Angels” is smooth as silk, cool, hot, contempary style and joyful. For the following story I spend a few days at the lovely 5-star Kempinski. I used to live for three years in BKK, Sathorn. Since these days my favourite destination, the city to be for joy & living, working and fresh starts. The Siam Kempinski Hotel, is part of Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, Kempinski Hotels. The…Continue Reading “Cities we love: Bangkok”

Bellissimo Venice Contributed by Jens Hoffmann If you are looking for a luxury modern, fresh, minimalist hotel in Venice, check in at ‘Palace Bonvecchiati’. 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 the boat using the hotel’s handrail…Continue Reading “36h in Venice – Luxury hours @ Palace Bonvecchiati”

The legendary “Black Forest” Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann We landed at the Airport Basel / Mulhouse. The “Euro-Airport” is an international airport near Basel, located in France just an hour drive away from Hinterzarten. Treasures await you here in the beautiful 5-star Parkhotel Adler in Hinterzarten. The family owned 5-star luxury hotel is located in the southern part of the Black Forest, is rich in tradition and suitable for guests seeking relaxation or an action-packed break. We had been before to this lovely…Continue Reading “Hotels we love: Parkhotel Adler (Black Forest in Germany)”

Destination Shanghai Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann After a happy landing in Hong Qiao International Airport (SHA) I enjoyed the drive with the airport express train (455 km/h, wow!!!) to Pudong. 10 minutes later I arrived. Yes, I am a fan and love it to be in Shanghai. Pudong or Puxi boy Shanghai is unique in its cultural division between Pudong and Puxi, the city’s two main neighborhoods. These opposing parts of town—named after their location in relation to the Huangpu River, with “dong”…Continue Reading “Cities we love: Shanghai”

Raffles Hotel by Jens Hoffmann Cambodia is amazing (Siam Rep & Angkor Wat) belongs on every travel bucket list. The luxury Grand Hotel D’Angkor hotel offers personalized pampering at the award-winning Raffles Spa, as well as an array of fine dining choices, from exotic Khmer cuisine at the Restaurant Le Grand to the Elephant Bar where fine wine, champagne and cocktails, including the signature Airavata is served. For a one-of-a-kind dining experience, opt for private dining at one of the magnificent temples of Angkor. Spread…Continue Reading “Places we love: Cambodia”

From the series “Cities and hotels we love” Contributed by feauture reporter Jens Hoffmann In a nutshell if you’re a JW Marriott fan, welcome in Berlin. I enjoyed the stylish opening of JW Marriott Hotel and would say it should be on every traveller’s bucket list. JW Marriott, part of Marriott Bonvoy’s global portfolio of 30 extraordinary hotel brands rent the location from one of the leading hospitality investment companies named Al Rayyan Tourism Investment Company (ARTIC). This announcement marks the completion of the first…Continue Reading “The new JW Marriott Hotel in Berlin”

Contributed by Jens Hoffmann HK is not only one of Asia’s funkiest cities for a break – it can be also one of the most affordable if you know the city. And full of fun and joy. Particular when you know some people you bring you to caraoke and free outdoor entertainment adds an extra sheen for guests keen to enjoy a brilliant (foodie) breal without breaking the bank. We went through the airport and then straight escorted into our taxi, there’s not a better…Continue Reading “Places we love: Hong Kong – Year of the rabbit”

From the series: Cities we love by Jens Hoffmann The superstitious can rest easy: The 18th-century bronze sculpture of Rome’s protector, St. Michael the Archangel, is back where it belongs, atop the Castel Sant’ Angelo, after more than two years of restoration. The effort to preserve Rome’s monuments is herculean and varied, but it seems to follow a certain rhythm. Autumn this year offers a window of opportunity from which to see some recently restored works and to Rome – bella Italia The Trevi Fountain,…Continue Reading “48 hours Rome – Hotel St. Regis”

Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann Photo: ASX Mitsubishi Chubu region! Nagoya, the fourth biggest city in Japan is well-known for its amazing cuisine, onsen, style and culture. Indeed, the local restaurants in the region leaves no culinary wishes unfulfilled. The local restaurants beguile even the most pampered palates. Placing great value on fresh ingredients and products you can enjoy, kobe beef, tofu, miso, Unagi (eel), tebasaki chicken, red miso dishes like miso katsu the kishimen noodles, amongst others. Fantastic. My personal highlight was the…Continue Reading “Big in Japan”

Relaxation at the Chayo Praya River 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 (joyful, 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 over 200 years ago. Today, while the city is up to speed with modern times,…Continue Reading “Cities we love: Bangkok – Millennium Hilton Hotel”

The Grandhotel offers a glamorous journey through time Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann The Leo Grand is characterized by luxury contemporary interior design, great sensitivity in combining historical architecture with modern lifestyle. It’s a glamorous, elegant place – sparkling and exciting, stylish yet natural. It offers very intimate and individual breaks from everyday life in its 98 double rooms and 54 suites. With The Leo Grand, the Austrian capital has gained a new attraction. With foundations that go back to Roman times, the building…Continue Reading “Rock me Amadeus – The Leo Grand in Vienna”