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...]

Inside the Tides South Beach Hotel

The Tides South Beach Hotel

By now you all know I have a soft spot and fascination for design hotels. So when you say South Beach Miami, the number one hotel that comes to mind has to be the Tides Hotel. This hotel is legendary, and has been around for decades as one of the most elegant and sophisticated beachfront hotels in the USA. It was constructed in the art deco era, to be exact in 1936, by legendary architect L. Murray Dixon. The art deco movement was characterized by simple clean lines and forms, pastels, black and … [Read more...]

Must-see in Miami: The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables

Biltmore Hotel Coral Gables

Old world glamour at its finest...that is the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Miami. Reason enough for me to pay it a visit and immerse myself in what was once the jetsetter's favourite go-to for flaunting and strutting in their bathing suits. The drive towards the Biltmore Hotel is also a treat. Coral Gables is a beautiful, upper-class suburban city with broad tree-lined streets, impressive mansions, and high-end shops. It is the Beverly Hills of Miami you could say. As I drove past the … [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: Greco Philia Hotel Boutique in Mykonos

Greco Philia Mykonos

During my vacation on Mykonos, in the first week of June, I stayed at the Greco Philia Hotel Boutique on Elia Beach. Perched on a steep hill overlooking the sunkissed waters of the Aegean Sea, it is the perfect luxury escape. The hotel consists of 30 luxury suites and villas, some with private pools or jacuzzi. All suites and villas have unique interior designs. The main theme of the boutique hotel is art. Each accommodation is named after a painter and you'll see beautiful art and statues … [Read more...]

Hotel to Heart: Kapari Natural Resort on Santorini

Kapari Natural Resort poolside

  Santorini has always been in my top 10 of travel destinations. After visiting Mykonos, my desire to visit the most famous Greek island only grew more. Last month, my dream came true. My trip to Santorini was one of my most memorable holidays; not only because of the heavenly infinite blues of the sea and pastel and white washed houses that are ingrained in my memory, but also because of the incomparable luxury experience I was treated to at the Kapari Natural Resort. A stay at the … [Read more...]