Swell Lodge

“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[…]

La Vie, Osnabrück (Three Michelin Stars)

Update after my visit: La Vie has closed down.  La Vie was a three Michelin-starred restaurant located in Osnabrück, a German city with more than 150,000 inhabitants. I visited earlier this year before it closed down after Thomas Bühner successfully had been in charge since 2006, obtaining the third star in 2011. The restaurant was, unfortunately,[…]

Petasos Beach Resort & Spa, Mykonos

Petasos Beach Resort & Spa is a 93-room hotel in Mykonos on a private peninsula surrounded by the Aegean and with a membership of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The experience started with a warm welcome from the friendly receptionists at the modern lobby. There are different room types and rooms of different sizes[…]

Fushifaru Maldives

Fushifaru Maldives is a stunning new Maldivian-owned resort (opened back in October) with beautiful villas, great service and good food. My reason for selecting Fushifaru was easy. Beautiful photos and great reviews, as of the time of writing this article it’s 9,2 of 10 on Booking.com and an impressive overall score of 5 out of[…]

Hotel Huize Koningsbosch

Hotel Huize Koningsbosch is a great value hotel located approximately 27 kilometres from Amsterdam. If you are travelling alone, this hotel has a cheap single room, while the other room categories also have good value. Each room has a flat-screen TV and private bathroom with a bath or shower. Hotel Huize Koningsbosch is part of the[…]

Makunudu Island, Maldives

Located approximately 42km from Malé’s international airport on the North Male Atoll, Makunudu Island is a beautiful 4-star resort focusing on the natural experience. My experience started with a warm welcome by the Mauritian General Manager before being escorted to the room. I stayed in one of their authentic 36 beachfront villas that are crafted[…]

Strandhotel Glücksburg

Strandhotel Glücksburg is a 4-star hotel close to the Danish border, set on the beaches of Flensburg Fjord. I drove from North Jutland in Denmark to the hotel. A pleasant drive of just over three hours.  The first thing that impressed me about the hotel was the beautiful building. The history goes all the way back[…]

Amaya Kuda Rah, Maldives

Amaya Kuda Rah is a newer resort in the Maldives located in the Alifu Dhaalu Atoll of this fascinating country. Amaya Kuda Rah has 51 villas total, each with a private pool. I recently visited the island on a short day trip for a site inspection and got a great impression of the island. Villas, staff,[…]

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[…]