After seven years, I finally could visit my favourite city in North Africa again. The red-clay walls, mosaic floors and wall decorations, fountains, bougainvillea all over, aromatic olive and orange trees, this place for sure is a surreal travel back in time in modern days and always worth coming back.
Today, I want to talk about the second hotel we have visited, and here is why you should also stay at Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski
Havana is a city like no other place on earth. A place where time stands still, where people live in poverty, but they still remain human and kind. However, this city still wraps you up in its magic as soon as you arrive in town.
Located in the heart of the majestic Old Havana, and surrounded by the main UNESCO World Heritage buildings, the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski is Cuba’s first luxury hotel. On entering, you are greeted by a modern interior and Ladies in Red.
Before stepping into the ultimate Cuba travel guide, I will start the journey with our first stay in Havana at one of the newest hotels in town.
The legendary capital of Cuba, is one of the most vibrant colonial cities I have visited. Strolling around narrow streets, surrounded with crumbling colonial façades, salsa live music everywhere, American vintage cars— it’s just like stepping back in time.
Behind the authentic and destroyed colonial façades, and only a few steps away from the National Capitol Building (El Capitolio) you’ll find the recently opened Gran Hotel Bristol by Kempinski.
Located in the heart of the Walled City, in an astonishing colonial-style building consisting of three houses— Restaurant Alma offers luxurious culinary experience, with quality seasonal products and a selection of different Colombian and international cuisine flavors.
Listed on the 48th place in the Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants— NUEMA was born as a culinary project of chefs Alejandro Chamorro and Pía Salazar with the purpose of expressing in their proposal the biodiversity of Ecuador under a contemporary and avant-garde perspective.
*NOTE: Unfortunately we are still in unusual times, and the COVID-19 regulations change rapidly. Please check here the latest information before making your journey to Portugal.
Another check off my bucket list! Over the past decade since I have started my blog, I was mostly focused on travelling within central Europe. Although Portugal was always on my wish-list, somehow I never made it. However as we know, for everything there is a season, a reason and time.
Thanks to my longtime friend and colleague Maria Ratzinger who had a brilliant idea to visit Lisbon in September, this trip was the best thing we have planned to start the fall season. Our journey started from Vienna to Lisbon, followed with a short trip to Sesimbra region.