We stayed one night in Hotel Des Balances last weekend, a discreet hotel situated directly on the beautiful Reuss River in what must be one of the most postcard-perfect cities in the entire world: Lucerne, Switzerland.
Located near Cascais, one of the most richest municipalities in Portugal, The Oitavos Hotel is only a 20 minute drive from Lisbon. One reads, on the hotel website, that the Oitavos seeks to “embrace rather than compete with nature,” and it succeeds in doing just that — the ambiance of the hotel seamlessly merges ultra modern interior design with the wild natural surroundings, including the lush Oitavos Dunes golf course and the rippling Atlantic oceanfront.
Venture into Amsterdam’s ‘de Wallen’ quarter, also known as the red light district, in order to find the Anna restaurant. Among other. The gourmet restaurant is located in two spectacularly renewed monumental buildings and offers relaxed yet stylish and tasty fine dining. Here’s what we had for dinner…
Corteinfiore – an excellent seafood restaurant and stylish bed & breakfast – is set in the old Palazzo Laghezza, located only a few steps from the tourist harbor in Trani. The Palazzo from the 16th century is built on the ancient city walls in a quiet and peaceful area. Here’s why we would rather call it a Boutique Hotel instead of a B&B…
On the invitation of Richard Guyon of Relais & Chateaux Hotels, we rumbled for three days through Romandy on three Harley Davidson choppers to savor the gourmet menus of four of his luxury hotels.
From its prominent site on the shore of Lake Geneva in Vevey, the Relais & Chateau Grand Hotel du Lac looks out upon a magnificent panorama of lake and Alps.
Las Balsas Gourmet Hotel & Spa — a member of Relais & Châteaux — is located south of Patagonia’s Villa La Angostura; which overlooks the picturesque Lake Nahuel Huapi. This exclusive hotel features a private garden, a beach with an adjoining pier and a state-of-the-art spa facility. Chef Lucas Dabrowski further enhances the experience with hands-down the best food we tasted in Patagonia. It is absolutely the perfect place to spend a romantic respite.
The chalet-style, four star superior Hotel Matthiol sits in quiet surroundings on the outskirts of Zermatt. Rustic and trendy, traditional and modern or even Alpine chic – the Matthiol is a study in contrasts that blend into a very accomplished whole. And as for the restaurant… Well, read on…
The hotel’s website is okay and its photo gallery was one of the reasons why we booked the hotel. But when we arrived we were completely blown away! The hotel lobby, restaurants and the hotel room are much more stylish than we expected. The stylistically confident selection of items, materials, colours and lighting effects is awe-inspiring.