Hotels

A Farewell weekend at The Surin, Phuket

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The bellboy who is opening our taxi door doesn't blink an eye as we get out. Even though we look like proper... travelers. My face is makeup free, my hair is still tangled from weeks in the saltwater and our luggage consists of a disorderly array of backpacks, shoulder bags, and something that resembles a bodybag - my dive equipment. To give him credi[...]

Hotels We Love: Inselloft Norderney

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Like a lot of German 90s kids, I have a special relationship with the North Sea in Germany’s northwest. My family spent a beautiful summer holiday there, surrounded by baby seals, legendary tidal flats and tons of sandy shells that all made it home (to my mother’s dismay). The North Sea is known and loved for its fairly rough climate; it’s often windy, cold[...]

A weekend at Forsthofgut: hitting reset on your sanity

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Snowfall and a swim in an outdoor pool were not two things I would have necessarily connected until now but this past weekend I was taught that this is very much a winning combo. The Forsthofgut in Leogang, Austria is not your average spa hotel; it is very much a full-body experience, making it incredibly easy to treat oneself with all the goodness li[...]

4 Mind-Nourishing Retreats To Book Right Now

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I used to cringe at the words all-inclusive and retreat. They rendered images in my mind of souvenir-filled cruise ship passengers and mid-day Mexican mai-tais. I imagined all-inclusive retreats to be selling myself short, or copping out of the true travel experience. But, the words have evolved in the travel industry and now expand to all variations of expe[...]

Lagen Island Resort: A honeymoon getaway in the Philippines

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I should probably begin with letting you know that I am not married, nor am I engaged. And I don’t even have any plans to get hitched anytime soon! But I recently visited a special tropical retreat on it’s own little island, floating in Bacuit Bay in the Philippines. And boy, am I already planning a faux honeymoon for a wedding that isn’t on the cards, just [...]

How best to travel the Riviera Maya with kids

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It's the same every winter. As soon as January rolls around and temperatures routinely drop below 0 I simply have to pack my bags and board a plane to somewhere far away, hot and sunny. This year that destination was designated to be Mexico. It was a spontaneous booking, because when you stumble across $200 return flights from Amsterdam to Cancun, you simply[...]

Mayakoba : Mexico's finest escape

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It all started with this (unfiltered) view. Imagine starting your holiday with a Class A lunch in a beautiful, open aired restaurant with this as your backdrop. The coming days were bound to be wonderful. But let's go back to the start. 6 years ago, after listening to many people about the beauty and wonders of Mexico I finally booked a ticket and [...]

My Dream Alpine Retreat: Family Hotel Löwe in Serfaus, Austria

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In the two years since my little girl was born, I've travelled many times; but thinking about it nearly all of them had been to visit family or friends, or to go to events like weddings, and I was ready for a real family holiday, just the three of us. I have always loved the Tirolean Alps, and I have an enduring fascination with mountains, snow and crisp col[...]

The one that got away: my weekend in Zurich

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I had high hopes for Zurich. After all I’d only ever come through the airport before, it was merely a transfer town to get to one of Switzerland’s outstanding ski resorts like Laax, Adelboden or Zermatt. This time around I decided to stay an extra 2 days before heading on to Gstaad, another reputable ski resort town I had not yet been to before. (More on Gst[...]

Traveling with kids: the Candia Park Village in Crete

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Crete is a place I have somehow always connected to my grandparents who've been swearing by it for 20 years. I pictured my grandma getting ultratanned on a rocky beach and ending each day eating souvlaki and drinking shots of ouzo. Lots and lots of ouzo. Needless to say I had been dying to see it for myself ever since. Naturally I jumped at the chance when [...]