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Lana - a slice of paradise in the heart of South Tyrol

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Gorgeous sunny weather, stunning nature, incredible food, luxurious hotels, friendly locals. I'd say these are the five pillars that any wonderful holiday is based on. Added bonus points for great wine and lots of things to do. South Tyrol is exactly that to me which is why I keep going back nearly every year. It's Europe at its best because it effortlessly [...]

19 little things that made me fall in love with SALT Resort, Mauritius

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"Salt enhances everything", the PR lady at Salt Resort in Mauritius tells me, as I ask her about the meaning behind the unusual name and I immediately see the connection. Within minutes of arrival SALT resort has enhanced my Mauritius trip by a mile and my four days here were the perfect ending of 3 weeks spent on the island in the Indian Ocean. SALT [...]

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[...]

Hotels we love: Cotton House, Barcelona

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„My god, this place! “ was the single thought that kept popping into my mind for the whole of the 48 hours I spent here. Whoever ran this place clearly knew what they were doing. There was a single feeling that prevailed the entire time I was here. I felt… spoiled. Avocado with my eggs and bacon? No problem! Fresh raspberries and cream with my crepe? Por su [...]

Get Lost in the Laneways of Melbourne

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The laneways of Melbourne are a wondrous thing. Embark on a trip into the colourful and bustling CBD of Melbourne, and wander amongst the tall skyscrapers anonymous in the crowds. Look up to the twinkling glass of the swish offices high above your head, look across the road to the heritage facades of the buildings, and keep your eyes peeled for the plethora [...]

Hotels We Love: Kata Rocks, Phuket

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For a while now, I've been fighting Phuket's corner. I lived there for nearly three months in 2012 and it featured heavily in the Southeast Asia leg of my RTW travels in 2011. It may not be idyllic Thailand and it certainly doesn't offer a break away from it all but it does have some great advantages. Here are some of them: 1. It's easy and relatively aff[...]

Summer Getaway: the Swiss Engadin Valley

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It's already summer half-time (or is it early late end already?) and all I can think of is what kind of trips I'd like to squeeze into the remaining weeks of this always too short season. I'm thinking white sandy beaches on Greek islands, bustling seaside cities like Barcelona and endless party nights spent in romantic rooftop-bars in Istanbul. The invitatio[...]

Visiting Hamburg to eat ice cream (but not only)

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There are lots of reasons to visit a city - you could be seeing an old friend, maybe you have a job interview, you heard there is some great shopping to be done or you simply want a change of scenery from your hometown. Or maybe you could have a craving for a particular type of ice cream (anyone who's had gelato in Italy will know what I mean).... When I [...]

Testing the waters in Madeira

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I can feel the tender warmth of the sun on my back, from very far I hear the waves bashing against the rocky coast. My lips are still salty from swimming this morning. Lazily, without moving a bone, I open my eyes to discover, that I am not the only sluggish being around. Only a few centimetres away is a gecko - sunbathing. Motionless, like myself, it is lin[...]

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