LUX* South Ari Atoll, Maldives

Location: South Ari Atoll, Maldives. LUX* is a newer brand which has re-branded some high-quality resorts in The Indian Ocean. LUX* Maldives used to be known as Diva and is a member of Kiwi Collection, has 193 rooms and are located on the Dhidhoofinolhu Island in the Ari Atoll. My experience started at their beautiful, contemporary[…]

Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands – A New Favourite

Cocos (Keeling) Islands is an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean with a population of just 544 according to the latest number on Wikipedia. After visiting Australia’s other territory in the Indian Ocean, Christmas Island, I expected something similar, but I must say Cocos (Keeling) Islands was a completely different experience. My experience started at the[…]

Fun Island, Maldives

Fun Island is a 3-star private island resort in the Maldives I recently visited for a site inspection. Fun Island has 75 rooms total including some that are newly renovated. There is approximately 150 staff working on Fun Island with an approximate 20 per cent foreigners according to one of the staff. Fun Island is[…]

COMO Cocoa Island, Maldives

COMO is a small collection of luxury hotels and resorts with COMO Cocoa being my seventh in their portfolio. Their brand is among my favourites for their design, service, locations and food. COMO Shambhala in Bali is one of the best resorts I’ve stayed anywhere in the world, and after reading great things about COMO[…]

Columbia Beach Resort, Cyprus

Columbia Beach Resort is a 95-room resort located right on Pissouri Bay Beach, approximately 30 minutes by car from Limassol. The resort is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and has a high rating of guest satisfaction with 4.5/5 on TripAdvisor and 9.2/10 on booking.com. My experience started with a warm welcome[…]

Landgoed De Wilmersberg

Landgoed De Wilmersberg is a Dutch country hotel located in beautiful surroundings near the German/Dutch border. My experience started with a warm welcome before arriving in a clean and comfortable room with a nice decor. Landgoed De Wilmersberg is not your typical country hotel. With 59 rooms total (12 small rooms, 43 Royal rooms, 2[…]

How to Visit North Korea

One of the questions I get asked quite a lot is: Have you been to North Korea? The answer is, of course, yes, as I have been to every country and it’s not that difficult to visit. You don’t even need to visit an embassy to get your North Korean visa. All you need is[…]

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.

A Return to Kasteel Engelenburg

In late 2011, I had the pleasure of experiencing Kasteel Engelenburg for a night. More than six years later I went back to Kasteel Engelenburg, near Brummen, the Netherlands, experience more. Kasteel Engelenburg is a member of Relais & Châteaux, a French marketing organisation, with a high quality of food as a big priority. My experience[…]

Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg

Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg is an estate with more than 100 years of age with a Michelin-starred restaurant as the main attraction. In 2002, the hotel opened for the general public, and they established the restaurant, De Vrienden van Jacob. Less than five years later it was awarded one Michelin star and has kept it ever since.[…]

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[…]

St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas, Crete

St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas is, overlooking Mirabello Bay, is a beautiful Cretan seafront resort with suites and villas. The resort is a 5 Star Diamond resort awarded by The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. The resort is also a member of the prestigious marketing organisation, Small Luxury Hotels of the World and[…]

Hit the Road Cambodia is Out Now

CLICK HERE TO RENT OR BUY THE DOCUMENTARY My friend, Richard Gazarian who interviewed me for this podcast Counting Countries has just released his second documentary in the series Hit the Road. Hit The Road: Cambodia is a travel adventure documentary following Richard and his friend, Keith as they participate in a 2-week-long rickshaw rally across Cambodia. Above[…]

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[…]

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[…]