White summer nights in the Sofitel So St. Petersburg Contributed by Jens Hoffmann Here’s what it was like to stay there. The Sofitel So hotel (former W Hotel) provides an integrated contemporary lifestyle experience. A highly-anticipated hotel in St. Petersburg. It offers 137 stylish guest rooms, a signature restaurant, bar and rooftop lounge by three Michelin star chef Alain Ducasse. Designed by Milan-based Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and Partners who were inspired by the architectural ancestry of the city and jewel-tones of the famous Fabergé…Continue Reading “Hotel review: Sofitel So in St. Petersburg – White Night Festival”

Destination Indonesia. Bamboo village in Ubud. Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann The sun slips into the sea, leaving behind a dreamy wash of peach and violet. A breathtaking location, add a relaxing treatment and lovingly prepared food, and you have the ingredients for a perfect holiday. Far away from 5star plus, nestled among the lush forests of Bali, near the hill town of Ubud, is one of the island’s most remarkable villages. It’s not just that each of the 18 homes of Green Village…Continue Reading “Retreat yourself on Bali”

Oman – Tradition and luxury combined Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann Photos by Matthias Dikert If you are looking for special places, you must visit Oman. The travel industry is always looking for hideaways for the “Happy Few”. This target group is in the focus of investors, luxury brands and travel agents. There are two thousand billionaires and twenty million millionaires in the world. Wow! Some of them should travel to Oman. That’s why I looked at the Sultanate, saw and experienced a lot….Continue Reading “Luxury escapes in Oman – Hotel Dunes by Al Nahda”

Ottawa – The Fairmont Château Laurier hotel and the the look to experience the best of Canada. Contributed by feature reporter Jens Hoffmann Ottawa is a nice destination, Canada’s capital has undergoing a great renaissance by spending time, efforts and money on sports, culture and lifestyle. As a travel journalist I travel the globe. I always lookout for great events (like the Happy Canada Day) and great hotels. the Château is the grande dame, an iconic building in the city’s skyline, opened in 1912 with…Continue Reading “Ottawa – a very Canadian city in a truly beautiful setting”

The company “Holycrab” brings invasive delicacies to the menu Berlin is a city of culinary adventures, inspired from all over the world. The culinary focus is shifting more and more to regional products and other aspects of sustainability, especially in upscale and fine dining gastronomy. More and more chef de cuisines are thinking about how they can avoid waste and improve their ecological balance – modern cooking techniques such as sous vide cooking with an avalanche of plastic bags are in need of explanation, ingredients…Continue Reading “eat! Berlin 2020 – GASAG honors culinary newcomers”

By feature reporter Jens Hoffmann I love Sylt, the island is a unique spot with natural beauty and singular culture. If a man’s home is his castle, a island is his kingdom. And while you don’t have to be uber-wealthy to enjoy an island try Sylt. The trend to own a slice of paradise dates to the 60s when the late shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis married former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on his Greek island Skorpios. There are about 1000 islands for sale worldwide. ‘Islomania’…Continue Reading “An island can be a kingom – Sylt”

Contributed by Jens Hoffmann We flew in from Bangkok to Phnom Penh. I am happy, it is always great to land in Phomh Penh, a bit different than 10 years before but still lovely. Natural life, joy, Buddhism encompasses a variety of traditions, beliefs and spiritual practices. Here in Phnom Penh in the capital of Cambodia it is different. Located on the banks of the Tonlé Sap and Mekong River, Phnom Penh has been the national capital since French colonization. Once known as the “Pearl…Continue Reading “Relaxation in style – Myanmar & Cambodia”

Contributed by feature reporter & travel writer Jens Hoffmann Salam, the tower of the arabs is a luxury hotel in Dubai. On the coast of the United Arab Emirates you will find this 321 m high building which is one of the tallest hotels in the world. Talk about money: The price for a suite is up to 25.000 € 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…Continue Reading “Different strokes for different folks – The Hotel Burj Al Arab in Dubai”

Destination Malaysia – Kuala Lumpur – the modern capital city of Malaysia A modern capital with history, a jungle town rose on the back of the tin mining trade in the mid-19th century, attracting settlers from Britain, China, India, and from within Malaysia itself. Easy to catch fusion of cultures, every street representing a little slice of its colorful past. The Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia belongs on every bucket list. Located in a funky area, a nice example of Islamic architecture, with light flooding the…Continue Reading “Today: Cities we like – Kuala Lumpur”

Contributed by Jens Hoffmann Set across from the Royal Palace, is one of the great hotels of the legendary Grand Tour of Indochina. Embraced by 15 acres of beautifully landscaped French gardens, this legendary meeting place combines old-world grandeur with peace and tranquillity in one of the world’s most spiritual destinations Truly a royal receception, an elegant cage elevator adorns the lobby, gracefully carrying guests upwards as if it was 1932 all over again. Overhead, ceiling fans gently beat a rhythm and move the still…Continue Reading “Grand Hotel Raffles, Angkor Wat”

A capital that checks the must vist boxes Contributed by feauture reporter Jens Hoffmann Everyone knows Berlin is hot. A great city will lure you in with its deep history, rich cuisine and inspired art & club secene. The hotel “Ellington” is one of my favourite places, a historical hotel in the western part of booming Berlin. It is where Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington played in the legendary “Badewanne” club, where David Bowie, Romy Haag and Lou Reed celebrated, where heroes of…Continue Reading “A metropolis is booming – Berlin”

Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais Contributed by Kathrin Sion Costa do Sol – Coast of the Sun, a great place to be The beautiful coastline with its picturesque seaside resorts and picturesque villages offers sandy beaches and rugged cliffs. In Lisoba you will find pure culture, architecturally masterpieces, beach, excellent restaurants and a lot of things to discover. If you want to spend a long weekend or your vacation here, you are spoiled for choice between small, large and luxury hotels – and lovely holiday homes that…Continue Reading “Places we love – Costa do Sol”