Hotel Thinggaard – The Best Hotel in Thy

I’ve been surprised many times in my travels, and recently got a big surprise again. Hotel Thinggaard in Hurup, Thy. Thy is the area of Denmark where I was born and grew up, but I had never visited Hotel Thinggaard until recently. Room The room was comfortable with fast complimentary Wi-Fi, Tv, bed and standalone[…]

Belmond Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons

Location: Great Milton, near Oxford, England. Raymond Blanc’s 15th-century manor opened in 1984 and has since earned itself a global reputation for fine gastronomy. I arrived excited at this world-famous hotel located in the village of Great Milton near Oxford. Le Manoir is a member both a member of Relais & Châteaux and Belmond, formerly known[…]

Le Jardin Malanga

Location:60 Route de l’Hermitage, Trois Rivieres, Guadeloupe. Notes About My Experience: Stunning location in the south of Guadeloupe. Beautiful villa with comfortable bed and bathtub in the bathroom. Wi-Fi connection very weak in the room, but working at the reception/restaurant/pool area. Lovely infinity pool with stunning views. Friendly service by Claire. Great breakfast before leaving[…]

Barnsley House

Location: Barnsley, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 5EE. Notes About My Experience: Friendly staff. Beautiful room with a charming design, comfortable soft bed, freestanding bathtub and REN amenities. WiFi speed not impressive. Good risotto at their restaurant by their Italian chef. Beautiful building and garden where I had a walk in the morning. Duration of Stay/Visit: One night. Why[…]

French Guiana for the Second Time

I visited French Guiana in 2012, but only the border town of Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni. Recently (end of November 2017), I went back. French Guiana is a French territory in South America with Suriname and Brazil as its neighbours. Why was I back in French Guiana? It was cheaper getting to Guadeloupe via French Guiana than flying[…]

South Georgia Island: 30 Photos

Earlier this year I visited South Georgia Island in the Atlantic Ocean as part of my Cape to Cape-cruise with Silversea. It is one of the best travel experiences I’ve had and was by far the highlight of the cruise. Below are 30 of my best photos from the island.

Seven Tips for Comoros

Introduction: Comoros is one of the least developed countries in the world and has no tourism due to its political situation in the past years. I arrived in Moroni International Airport with low expectations, but after my visit, I can honestly say, everything exceeded my expectations. Fantastic people and incredible beaches. It started with the[…]

Hostellerie La Butte Aux Bois Review

Location: 3620 Lanaken, Belgium. Notes About My Experience: Arrived late after nearly 1,000 kilometres of travel from the South of France. I was too late for dinner, but I was very thankful for the help from the friendly receptionist and the chef that allowed me to have dinner even after the regular kitchen hours. Their restaurant, La[…]

Hôtel Ithurria

Location: Ainhoa, France. Notes About My Experience: Warm welcome from the Argentinan receptionist. Comfortable room with an “old school” design. Beautiful location close to the French/Spanish border. Friendly owners (two brothers). One of them is a Michelin-starred chef that showed me around the property. Complimentary high-speed internet access. Excellent dining experience at their Michelin-starred restaurant. Worth[…]

Château Cordeillan-Bages

Location: Pauillac, North of Bordeaux, France. Notes About My Experience: A warm welcome followed by a site inspection of this beautiful property. Homely feel at the public areas. Very clean. 28 rooms total. I stayed on a weekday and it felt like I was the only guest at times. I stayed in a contemporary room with a[…]

La Grande Maison de Bernard Magrez

Location: Bordeaux, France. Notes About My Experience: Friendly and attentive welcome as soon as I arrived by car to this beautiful property. I stayed in a beautiful room with a stunning design. Comfortable bed, freestanding bathtub and rain shower. Very friendly service at the reception at all times. Complimentary mini-bar with high-quality drinks, even one organic[…]

Five Tips for Rwanda

  Rwanda is one of my favourite countries after a wonderful visit in 2013, travelling across the country and experiencing the wonderful countryside in the land of a thousand hills. Last year, I went back to Rwanda as I had to stopover in Kigali between getting from Johannesburg to Brazzaville. It was great to be[…]

Le Relais Bernard Loiseau

Location: Saulieu, France. Notes About My Experience:  World-famous hotel with one of the world’s best restaurants for years. Today the restaurant has two Michelin stars. A new massive spa is being built and is set to be ready later this month. I had a site inspection, and it looks very impressive. My experience started with a[…]

Château de Fére

Location: 02130 Fere-en-Tardenois, France. Notes About My Experience: A beautiful castle located next to ruins of a ruined 13th-century fortified castle. 29 rooms total. I stayed in a charming room with comfortable bed, freestanding bathtub, complimentary high-speed internet access and rain shower. Great service by the receptionists. The restaurant is Michelin-recommended. I enjoyed parts of the dining[…]

La Côte Saint Jacques

Location: 89300 Joigny, France. Notes About My Experience: I stayed in a comfortable room with rain shower, bathtub, comfortable bed, and free internet. Good service at the reception. Helpful with my requests. The hotel has an indoor swimming pool, but I had a lot to do during my stay and didn’t get to try it.[…]

Château de Jalesnes

Located in Pays de la Loire, Château de Jalesnes is a bit different than the other castle hotels I stayed in my recent trip to France. Instead of being a place for great food, it is apartments making it more fit for longer stays than the usual night or two at gourmet castles. My experience started[…]

Manoir de Lan Kerellec

Location: 22343 Trébeurden, France. Notes About My Experience: A small Relais & Châteaux with 19 rooms and a Michelin-starred restaurant. This family run hotel has classic rooms, beautiful views, rain shower, bathtub and complimentary high-speed internet access. What makes this place great is the food at their Michelin-starred restaurant and the service. Very friendly and service minded[…]

Château de Noirieux Review

Location: 49125 Briollay, France. Notes: Beautiful chateau with classic rooms, a one Michelin-starred restaurant and a swimming pool. Complimentary high-speed internet access, shower within the bathtub and flat screen Tv in the room. One thing I didn’t like was that staff entered my room despite a do not disturb sign on the door and touched my computer[…]

Château d’Audrieu

Location: 14250 Audrieu, France. Notes About My Experience: Beautiful 18th-century castle now a 5-star hotel. Warm welcome from the staff. Stunning room with a rain shower, bathtub, comfortable bed. Complimentary high-speed internet. Beautiful gardens. Good for walks. Great service from English-speaking staff. Excellent dining experience at their Michelin-recommended restaurant. It deserves a Michelin-star in my opinion. The[…]

Château la Chenevière Review

Location: 14520 Port-En-Bessin, France. Notes About My Experience: Stunning building and good first impression of the hotel. Lovely contemporary room with freestanding bathtub and rainshower. Friendly service at the reception. Nice garden where I took some walks. Good food and service at their Michelin-recommended restaurant, Le Botaniste, but don’t expect Michelin-starred level. Located close to Omaha Beach[…]

Le Château de Beaulieu Review

Location: 62350 Busnes, France. Notes About My Experience: Warm welcome from the receptionists before one of them escorted me to the room. The room was nice and comfortable, but the shower wasn’t separate from the bathtub making it a quite a different shower experience, to say the least. They have a nice garden where I took[…]

Parkhotel de Wiemsel

Location: 7631 HX Ootmarsum, The Netherlands. Notes About My Experience: A beautiful, contemporary Relais & Châteaux, unlike most of them. Feels more corporate than the average Relais & Châteaux. Maybe the only of the R&C-associated hotels where you have to pay for high-speed internet access, but the basic internet is free. It’s fast enough for videos[…]

Gutshaus Stolpe Review

Location: Stolpe, a small village in Germany. Notes About My Experience: Located in the small village of Stolpe, but completely quiet and feels like a very remote countryside hotel. Warm welcome from the receptionist. She escorted me to the room, somehow tried to say she didn’t speak much English, so I got the introduction in Germany.[…]

Örenäs Slott Hotell & Konferens Review

Location: Near Glumslöv, Sweden. The experience in short: Friendly receptionist. Not escorted to the room. Contemporary room, but not located at the castle itself. Bad smell of a strong product, probably being used to clean the room. I liked the castle itself, it’s a beautiful building, and I really enjoyed my walk through the property. The dinner[…]