Villa Anna, Uppsala

A 11-room small city hotel located in a quiet part of Uppsala, the fourth biggest city in Sweden. There are three suites, seven double rooms and one single room at Villa Anna. I was lucky to stay in one of their stunning suites. Location: Uppsala, Sweden. Notes About My Experience: Amazing suite with comfortable bed, sauna,[…]

Villa Källhagen

A member of Countryside Hotels with 36 rooms. Location: Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden.  Notes About My Experience: Stunning room with a contemporary design. Two smart Tv’s, combined bathtub and shower and Molton Brown products. Comfortable bed. Not hard, not very soft. Something in between. Good food at their restaurant that has previously been featured in The White[…]

Rosersbergs Slottshotell

Location: Just under one hour by car from Stockholm, Sweden. Notes About My Experience: Beautiful historical castle. Now a hotel. Friendly service at the reception and the restaurant. Room better than expected. Beautiful. Video below. One of the best beds in my travels. Very soft and super comfortable. Combined shower and bathtub. Flatscreen TV. Very[…]

Salt & Sill

Location: Västsverige, Sweden Notes About My Experience: Located in a beautiful remote location in Vestsverige. (Western Sweden). Comfortable contemporary room. Free Wi-Fi with an acceptable speed. Flatscreen TV. Standalone shower. Could need better curtains. Can’t make the room dark in daylight. Good traditional food at their restaurant. Friendly service at both reception and restaurant. Nice little experience[…]

Villa Sjötorp

Location: Near Ljungskile, Sweden. Notes About My Experience: Friendly, active owner. Small, but comfortable room. Certified organic products in the bathroom. No TV in the room. The owner focus on organic produce. Almost 100% organic food at this property. 5-course dinner. Very good food, almost on Michelin recommended level. A dog is part of the dining experience[…]

Thorskogs Slott

Location: Near Västerlanda, Sweden. Notes About My Experience: Fast check in. Escorted to the room. Comfortable room with a soft bed. Nice natural Maria Åkerberg products. Great rain shower. Fast Wi-Fi. Noise issue in the room. You can hear people talk on the floor. Beautiful surroundings. I had a nice walk. Good food, but don’t expect Michelin level.[…]

Landhaus Stricker

Location: Sylt, Germany.  My Experience: A Relais & Châteaux-associated hotel located just outside the main town on Sylt, Westerland. I stayed in a beautiful room that included a soft, comfortable bed, separate sitting area, a good shower and complimentary high-speed internet access. Landhaus Stricker has a one Michelin-starred restaurant called Bodendorf’s named after the chef and[…]

Hotel Stadt Hamburg, Sylt

Location: Westerland, Sylt, Germany. My Experience: A beautiful Relais&Châteaux-associated hotel located in the centre of Westerland, the main town on the German island of Sylt. Classical rooms and design throughout the hotel. My room had a flat screen Tv, sitting area, bathtub, shower and hard bed. The service is kind, but with 70 rooms the service isn’t[…]

Da Vittorio

Location: Just outside, Bergamo, Italy. My Experience: Had I had a wonderful short stay at Da Vittorio the other day. It started with a warm welcome at check-in, a short registration before the receptionist escorted me to the room. A beautiful, comfortable room with high-speed internet access, nice welcome amenities and a bathroom with a separate[…]

Villa Crespi

Location: Orta San Giulio, Italy. My Experience: Located close to Lake Orta, Villa Crespi is a stunning property built in 1879 with beautiful gardens, arabesque architecture and a two Michelin-starred restaurant. The hotel is only around 45 minutes by car from Milan Malpensa Airport, while the nearest train station is less than 10 minutes walk from the property.[…]

Acajou Beach Resort, Seychelles

Location: Praslin, Seychelles. Notes About My Experience: Friendly staff. Especially Shirin. Better service than expected. Comfortable room, but not exactly luxury in my opinion. Surprisingly fast internet. A good place to stay for the price. Keep in mind the Seychelles is an expensive destination. 52 rooms total. Duration of Stay/Visit: One night. My Opinion: Good experience. I do[…]

L’Albereta

Location: Lombardy, Italy. My Experience: L’Albereta is a member of Relais & Châteaux, but with 57 rooms, it is a lot bigger than most members of this exclusive organisation. I recently stayed here for a night and had a great experience. The check-in was formal, and it felt like a corporate hotel compared to the smaller[…]

Beachcomber Seychelles Sainte Anne

Location: Seychelles. Notes About My Experience: It’s a private island resort located close to Mahé where you can relax at their lounge before the short boat ride. Beautiful villas. Some with private pool. The design could need an update. They put mint scent in every villa as the only property I have stayed in my travels.[…]

28 Photos From The Falkland Islands

I recently visited the Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas as part of my cruise with Silversea. I had a great time in this British territory where I experienced stunning nature and animals, but also hitchhiked twice near the “capital” of Stanley. Below are 28 photos from the Falkland Islands.

Where to Stay in the Seychelles?

After 31 nights in the Seychelles over three visits, I think it’s fair to say I have done this Indian Ocean-island-nation justice. Besides the main island of Mahe, I have been to the islands of Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette, North, Frégate, Bird, Desroches, Eden and Sainte Anne. Here are some notes based on my experiences:[…]

The H Resort Beau Vallon Beach

Location: Beau Vallon, Seychelles. My Experience: Is great value for money possible in the Seychelles? Yes. H Resort is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and is a great resort at a reasonable price with excellent value for money when you compare your options in the Seychelles. The rooms are some of the best[…]

Le Repaire Seychelles La Digue

Location: La Digue, Seychelles. My Experience: One of the best places to stay on the small island of La Digue. La Digue is usually the favourite island for the local people to go and it is indeed lovely. Few cars and short distances making many of the tourists renting a bike to get around.  Zenaida from[…]

A Third Visit to Lemuria

Constance Lemuria is a 5-star resort located on Praslin Island in the Seychelles. In 2009, I visited the place for the first time and had a great experience at this beautiful resort with an 18 hole golf course. In 2012, I got a one-night stay approved and really enjoyed the resort. In 2017, I returned[…]

Indian Ocean Lodge, Seychelles

Location: Praslin, Seychelles. My Experience: A comfortable mid-range resort, but with no internet in the room it isn’t for everyone. Food above average for the Seychelles. Duration of Stay/Visit: One night. My Opinion: Good experience. I do short write-up’s about my experiences. You can visit their official website for more information.

Algodon Mansion

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina. Notes About My Experience:  Friendly receptionists. Great rooms with a beautiful design. Rain shower and separate jacuzzi tub. They spray the lobby multiple times a day. Not sure if any other hotel does this, but I didn’t like it. Central location, but the lobby can smell of gasoline/petrol as the front door isn’t[…]

My Lunch at Restaurante Lua

A Michelin-Starred Restaurant in Madrid Location: Madrid My Experience: Great Michelin-starred tasting-menu-only-restaurant. Informal dining with a contemporary feel. Good service, friendly staff. At an average price of 60 Euros, this restaurant is great value for what you get. Duration of Stay/Visit: Around 90 minutes. My Opinion: Great experience. I do short write-up’s about my experiences. You can visit their[…]

North Island, Seychelles

Location: Seychelles. My Experience: North Island, Seychelles is perhaps the single most expensive hotel in the world. This article lists it as number one, and I arrived with expectations of an extraordinary experience. I arrived with a boat from Silhouette Island to a warm welcome before Lavinia from Guest Relations drove me to the villa on a[…]

Elite Residences, Eden Island

One of the best places you can book on Airbnb in the Seychelles. Elite Residences is a beautiful villa located on Eden Island in the Seychelles. The Seychelles is a very expensive destination, but with Elite Residences you can experience 5-star accommodation for eight people for the cost of two. To rent the villa will[…]

Fancourt, George

Location: George, South Africa. My Experience: Fancourt is a big corporate resort with a membership of The Leading Hotels of the World, located in George in the Western Cape of South Africa. 133 rooms and suites total and some private residences making it feel like a big resort. The service is formal. Some of the staff are[…]

Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa

Location: Ushuaia, Argentina. My Experience: Arakur Ushuaia Resort & Spa is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and is set in beautiful surroundings in Ushuaia, one of the most southern cities in the world. I have ranked Arakur as a great+ experience based on my one night stay because of the stunning location,[…]

21 Nettleton

Location: Cape Town, South Arica. My Experience: 21 Nettleton is a new small 4-room boutique hotel located in the Clifton area of Cape Town with extraordinary views. My experience started with a warm welcome before I arrived in the beautiful room. 21 Nettleton is much more than your average boutique hotel. It’s smaller with better service[…]

Photos: The Test Kitchen

*Location: Cape Town *One of my favourite restaurants in the world. The food was amazing, the staff very kind and the experience unique.  *No. 63 Best Restaurant in the World by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, 2017. *No. 1 Restaurant in South Africa by EatOut.  

Hotel Orfila Madrid

Location: Madrid, Spain. My Experience: A pleasure to be back at Madrid’s only Relais & Châteaux hotel. It is probably the closest thing you get to a country hotel in Madrid with its garden and quiet feel. The design is classical and old school which you find at quite a few Relais & Châteaux-associated properties. The[…]