Hotel to Heart: Castle Bloemendal in Vaals

Last week I blogged about the exiting weekend trip to Limburg in the south of the Netherlands. Today, I would like to share more about that little escape that left me so rejuvenated. What makes or breaks a perfect getaway is in my opinion the hotel. And boy, we stayed in a hidden gem! The Kasteel Bloemendal, also known as the Hotel Van der Valk Vaals, is a gorgeous castle set in a green haven of tranquility. Driving up towards the hotel instantly makes you feel like nobility. An impressive white … [Read more...]

Hotel to Heart: The Corner Townhouse in Rome

Spring and autumn are in my opinion the best seasons to visit Rome. When I was there in spring I managed to find a perfectly located design hotel. The Corner Townhouse is a small, intimate boutique hotel that is only steps away from the Colloseum. It is, as the name already suggests, located on a corner in a Roman townhouse. It is an early 1900s palazzo, with high ceilings, gorgeous stuccos and marble details. The rooms are all unique, not one is decorated the same. I stayed in a room on the … [Read more...]

Hotel to Heart: Hôtel Le Delos on île de Bendor

Hotel Delos Ile de Bendor

During my latest trip to the Côte d'Azur I stayed in one of the most charming hotels I have ever stayed in. Hôtel Le Delos is located on the tiny island Bendor, 5 minutes ferry trip off the coast of Bandol's harbour. Bendor island, or île de Bendor, is owned by Paul Ricard, who is famous for his signature French liquor Pastis; an anise flavoured spirit. The small island has five restaurants, a beach, an artist village with shops, an art gallery and two museums. It's a traffic free island, … [Read more...]

Vacationing at The Paradise Inn in Key West

The Paradise Inn Key West

I'm back from my fantastic holiday in Florida, the sunshine state! It was epic. The first part of my holiday I spent in Key West and the second part in Miami. Both completely different yet both totally in my league. It was a perfect combo: the Keys for a good dose of a no fuss, chill and relax mode, and Miami to satisfy the foodie, and luxury loving fashionista in me. So be prepared for lots of blog posts about both destinations. Today I'm starting with a look back at the most wonderful B&B … [Read more...]

Hotel to Heart: The Caro Hotel in Valencia

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During my city trip to Valencia, I stayed in a very distinctive design hotel: the Caro Hotel. This monumental hotel is located right in the historical center, a stone throw away from the Valencia Cathedral and the Basilica. Interior designer Francesc Rifé has cleverly integrated the historical details and elements of the monument, with 21st century design and furniture, making it an interesting juxtaposition of heritage and present. Contemporary clean, geometric lines are merged with the … [Read more...]

Hotel to Heart: Hotel de Nell in Paris

Hotel de Nell

Earlier this month I went to Paris for the Paris Design week. And as always I stayed in a design hotel that exceeded my expectations. I stayed at Hôtel de Nell, located just a 5-minute walk from Grand Boulevard. The 5-star design hotel is the sister hotel of the Benkiraï hotel where I stayed in Saint Tropez. And like the Benkiraï you can expect top-end service, discreet luxury and a chic but very relaxed atmosphere. Intimate and quiet atmosphere Hôtel de Nell counts 33 rooms, which is … [Read more...]

Hotel to Heart: Hotel Benkirai in Saint Tropez

Hotel Benkirai

The last week of May, I traveled to the Côte d'Azur, a trip that I will not soon forget. It was one of my most enjoyable vacations, where I got to relax equally as much as explore new places. The weather was excellent beach weather, the food as always superb, and I stayed at the perfect locations. In Saint Tropez I spent a couple of days at the Hotel Benkirai: a charming four star design hotel with five star sophistication and service. Hotel Benkirai in Saint Tropez guarantees a sleek … [Read more...]