Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg

One of the things I have learned from travelling the world is when it comes to the hotel star rating system. Many three and four-star hotels are better experiences than some of the 5-stars. How come you may ask. Well, stars are set after different criteria in different countries, and often facilities are one of[…]

Hampton by Hilton Cluj-Napoca

As part of my Nomad Mania project, I returned to Romania to do the Northwest region of the list. After a comfortable (and cheap) flight from Billund, Denmark, I arrived in Cluj-Napoca where I had selected Hampton by Hilton as the place to stay. I chose it as it’s smoke-free and I generally find that[…]

The Efendi Hotel, Acre

When researching the best hotels in Israel, The Effendi Hotel came up, and as it is located in the UNESCO World Heritage Site-city of Acre, I decided to go for it. An impressive score of 4,5/5 on Tripadvisor and 9,2/10 on Booking.com at the time of writing this article tells you this is a hotel[…]

Valdepalacios (Relais & Châteaux)

Relais & Châteaux is one of my favourite hotel brands, being the marketing organisations I trust the most in finding authentic hotel experiences with great food. Valdepalacios is a 5-star hotel with a membership of Relais & Châteuax, located near Oropesa, around 170 kilometres southwest of Madrid. I recently stayed here for a night and really enjoyed the experience.[…]

Ibis Graz Hotel

Ibis is Accor’s budget brand with more than 1,000 hotels in 60+ countries as of the end of 2018. I have stayed at quite a few Ibis hotels in my travels and must say I am impressed. You get what you usually get at chain hotels, a comfortable, contemporary room with a private bathroom. Some[…]

Les Paletuviers, a Lovely Senegalese Lodge

Located at the Saloum delta (A UNESCO World Heritage site with amazing birdlife), Les Paletuviers is a beautiful Senegalese lodge in an obvious stunning location. Belgian Karolien has done a great job with the entire resort including the lovely, comfortable rooms. It’s not like your typical chain hotel room, but instead, it has that personal touch that[…]

Lamantin Beach Resort & Spa, Saly

One of the finest resorts in West Africa, Lamantin Beach Resort & Spa is a beautiful 146-room resort in Senegal. This 5-star resort has a large outdoor pool, two restaurants, a bar, a fitness centre, a spa and the resort offers direct access to the beach (photo above). Located in the tourist town of Saly,[…]

The White Horse Residence

The White Horse Residence is a small 8-room (“seven exclusive king size bedrooms and one family suite with two bedrooms”) resort in the Gambia I recently stayed for two nights after researching the best places to stay in the country. The White Horse Residence has an impressive 5/5 Tripadvisor guest satisfaction score and 9,2/10 on[…]

71 Nyhavn Hotel

As the name indicates, 71 Nyhavn Hotel is a hotel in Nyhavn, Copenhagen, with an attractive design and surprisingly quiet location. 71 Nyhavn Hotel is located in two recently renovated warehouse buildings from the early 1800s, at the end of the street with a view of the Nyhavn Canal and Nyhavn itself. The unique design,[…]

STAY Seaport

STAY Seaport is an apartment-hotel in Nordhavn, Copenhagen with 53 spacious high-quality apartments. After approximately 10 minutes walk from Nordhavn train station, I arrived at the property and was escorted to the apartment after check-in. STAY Seaport is located on a quiet street, and for me, it’s a big plus not getting disturbed with noise.[…]

Hotel Pat Inn, Ogasawara

Ogasawara is a Japanese territory in the Pacific. This island has approximately 2,300 inhabitants. About 3,000 live on the territory total including the other islands. I made some research on places to stay on the main island and decided to go for Pat Inn Hotel & Restaurant. After approximately 25 hours by ferry, I arrived on the island and[…]

Swell Lodge, Christmas Island

“Nestled in the jungle in the Christmas Island National Park, surrounded by wildlife and overlooking the ever-changing ocean, Swell Lodge is a single, glass-fronted, solar-powered, luxury eco-chalet offering all-inclusive stays with daily guided activities and even a private chef. It’s the world’s most exclusive eco-lodge.” – Swell Lodge’s website So far, it’s just one unit,[…]

Kurumba Maldives

  What I Liked: That you can count on Kurumba plus Thila is a good restaurant by Maldivian standards. What About the Service? I found the service to be great overall.  I found Kurumba to have more of a corporate feel than most Maldivian resorts. It felt a bit like Conrad, and it might have something[…]

The Hotel Captain Cook, Anchorage

Quick Introduction: Hotel Captain Cook is a 546-room business hotel with a history dated back to 1964, located in downtown Anchorage in beautiful Alaska. A member of Preferred Hotels and Historic Hotels of America, Hotel Captain Cook is named after the British explorer Captain James Cook, that explored Alaska’s coastline on his final major voyage[…]

Huvafen Fushi Maldives

Quick Introduction: Huvafen Fushi is a famous Maldivian 44-room resort with the world’s first and only underwater spa. I stayed here for some hours, on a day trip, with my own villa, back in June and liked it a lot. So much that I have included it in a top 10 list of my favourite resorts[…]

Fairmont Maldives, Sirru Fen Fushi

Quick Introduction: Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi opened earlier this year on a stunning Maldivian island as a 120 all-villa resort. Having stayed at some of their properties in the past, I arrived with high expectations. What I Liked: The stunning island and my villa. What About the Service? Great service, but not fantastic. Personalized butler service was great,[…]

Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives

Introduction: Find your tropical island paradise at the lagoon-facing Holiday Inn Resort ®Kandooma Maldives. Let speedboats ferry you across the turquoise waters from Malé International Airport to our contemporary Maldives holiday resort in just 40 minutes. Slip into island life from the moment you arrive at Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma Maldives, with world-class diving and surfing[…]

Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort

  Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort is a 255-room resort set on the shores of the Andaman Sea. My experience started with an arrival in the morning but had to wait for my room to be ready. I stayed in a comfortable room with a Thai feel, contemporary design and complimentary Wi-Fi. A random searched showed[…]

Canaves Oia Hotel, Santorini

Canaves Oia Hotel is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the world and one of the best hotels on the world famous island of Santorini. Canaves has a special location in the village of Oia. Only 17 rooms total, all suites, in six different categories; classic suite, junior suite, superior suite plunge pool, honeymoon suite[…]