After a month of travelling to South America, had seven flights in December and four flights in January, having a cold after all these travels and exhaustion— I was more than ready to spend 10-days of relaxation at Marienkron.
But what did I do there for 10-days? How was my stay, and how did I feel afterwards? Continue reading this post and learn more about my experience.
Crete is an island full of surprises. From cliffs, to white sand beaches, volcanic mountains to palm beaches— if you are looking for a laid-back island in Europe, where you can enjoy the nature and authentic towns of the Greek island— you’ll lose yourself, where time seems to stand still.
The south coast of Crete is less filled with tourism than the northern part of the island. A visit to villages is where you can sense an older, truer, more timeless Crete.
Where to stay, eat, drink, shop and swim at Portugal’s vibrant capital city
It’s a gloomy and rainy afternoon in Vienna, while I am uploading the images of my Lisbon trip. Never have I thought that Lisbon would take my breath away the moment I arrived in this beautiful coastal capital.
With approximately 4.5 million annual visitors, Lisbon has a lot of international fans who visit the city for its historic ruins, music, strolling around the old town, trams, great food and of course– pasteis de nata.
Our journey started from Vienna to Lisbon, followed by a short trip to the Sesimbra region. Today, I want to share some of my personal tips and suggestions by the locals who have recommended new places where to eat, drink and what to see.
*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.
New York is not a city, it’s a world! As it’s often referred to as “the Capital of the World”, it is the most culturally diverse cities in the world and no city on the planet possesses as wide a variety of world cuisine as New York City. Experiencing new restaurants, local recommendations, hotspots, meeting people for lunch or Sunday brunch, are few of my favorite things to do when I am in NYC.
From fancy dinner restaurants, to delicious fastfood takeaways, great brunch restaurants or dessert paradise, as well as hype places to take Insta-worthy pictures, here is a XXL list of my favorites. Take your time and scroll down: Continue Reading…
Get ready for the exclusive insights of my “Golden Twenties” experience at Vienna’s stylish hotel –Hilton Vienna Plaza. Located right in the heart of the famous Vienna’s Ringstraße, The Plazais in walking distance to St. Stephen’s Cathedral and other important sights of the city. The building was built in 1872 as a primer hotel (Hotel Austria) for the World Exposition, which was due to take place a year later (the Ottoman Foundation of Ahmed from Constantinople and an Egyptian assembly with mosque and minaret has been constructed at the same time). Continue Reading…
“The richest human isn’t the one who has the most, but the one who needs less. Wealth is a mindset. Want less and appreciate more today.”
I am always fascinated by the association between the way we enjoy happiness on a daily basis and how we choose to live our lives. There are choices that you make every day, some of which seem completely unrelated to your happiness, that dramatically impact the way you feel mentally and physically. In our daily lives it’s easy to miss the forest for the trees and completely overlook some of the small, simple things that can disproportionally affect our levels of happiness and general fulfillment in life.
Next to the Medici Chapel in the historic centre, Firenze Number Nine is a boutique wellness hotel that offers wonderful stay and a truly unique experience
I seem to be traveling non stop at the moment. With a few last minute plans thrown, that means sometimes I spend a week or two at home between trips. I am enjoying every second of the whirlwind and I couldn’t wait to visit for the first time – Italy’s most enchanting city, Florence.
Inspired by the wealth and diversity of Mediterranean culture, the Tiara Yaktsa Côte d’Azur is a splendid five-star boutique hotel with unique comfort of luxury and intimate atmosphere
Based on the latest post about Tiara Miramar Beach Hotel, I was also invited to visit Tiara Yaktsa Côte d’Azur, another of the hotel’s sister properties. Its magnificent views over the blue sea and the intoxicating scents of its manicured gardens gave me the real well-being.
Probably Europe’s most romantic hotel, has been already secured first place in the ranking of the most romantic hotels in Europe in January 2011, also awarded from TripAdvisor when they Travellers Choice Awards 2012 under 25 best hotels in France. The Tiara Yaktsa Côte d’Azur, is a boutique hotel with unique charm, nestled in the seaside town of Théoule-sur-Mer, it’s a haven of peace and tranquility.
Embraced by the vibrant blue colored Mediterranean sea and dominated by the Esterel range, the Théoule-sur-Mer region is a land of contrasts. Sea and mountains nestle naturally. For those headed toward Cannes, Théoule-sur-Mer is the first commune in the Alpes Maritimes. A former fishing port, the charming maritime enclave is now home to no fewer than 4 yachting harbors. Locals are highly attentive to the quality of life in this still relatively unknown corner of paradise thus assuring a prestige destination. In this unspoiled setting, delicate pine-wood scents surround The Hotel Tiara Yaktsa Côte d’Azur.
The 5-star Hôtel Tiara Yaktsa Côte d’Azur has 21 rooms and suites. All rooms are decorated in luxurious oriental chic decor and delightful touches. The Superior Rooms offer cosy and spacious surroundings. Every guest experience a wonderful scenery in Côte d’Azur flair of refinement and total relaxation. Every room has a wonderful sea overview and these are unforgettable picturesque views that will always stay on your mind.
Food and Drink
We were able to spend a day at the Hôtel Tiara Yaktsa Côte d’Azur, to sunbath by the hotel’s infinity pool and to enjoy the 5-star “L’or Bleu Restaurant“. This restaurant is a true celebration of the Mediterranean sea and sky, stunning tastes with unique ingredients. We had an unforgettable dining experience hosted by Chef Guillaume Anor.
With a spectacular bay view on the most glamorous terraces, the gourmet restaurant at Hotel Tiara Yaktsa Côte d’Azur was an unforgettable night. For dinner I choose the starter “Shrimps in Cocktail Style, with fruit tartar, basil and spicy Guacamole”, companioned with the main dish “Loin of Lamb wrapped in Kadaif and baby purple artichokes” – my personal favorite, and cherry on the top the sweet note “Roasted apricot, rosemary flavored, crunchy tuile with apricots”. Everything was mind-blowing delicious and a wonderful dinner experience!
Beauty Center & Fitness
The Hotel Tiara Yaktsa Côte d’Azur, ensures the well-being of the guests. The hotel’s beauty center is a perfect place to relax with a personalized selection of massages. With signature Sothys body care treatments sooth the spirit. You can choose from manicure, to waxing or a make-up session to complete your personal care. The fitness center faces the bay yet is shielded from the terrace overlooking the hotel pool.
Inspired by the beauty of the Orient, the Hôtel Tiara Yaktsa Côte d’Azur is heaven of tranquility.
Best view ver the cobalt blue Mediterranean sea.
Not just the hotel’s location is quite spectacular, but it is the serenity that I found here and that was the greatest thing I experienced after coming from the big noisy city.
Located just below a garden of Eden, the hotel’s pool is the jewel in the crown of Hotel Tiara Yaktsa Côte d’Azur surroundings.
Those who follow me on Instagram, have already seen this photo, but I can’t help it and show it again because this Tiara Burger and the mix-fruit-salad was beyond delicious. Oh, and this view tho!
This was our dinner table with a spectacular view over the sea and the Esterel foothills which are located between Saint-Raphaël and Mandelieu.
After dinner, we enjoyed the full moon and the wonderful view from the Hotel Tiara Yaktsa Côte d’Azur pool terrace.
Everything about my dinner outfit, I will show you in another post.
The midnight stunning view.
The moment I entered Hotel Tiara Yaktsa, I knew it’s a special place. Greeted by blue skies and yacht-dotted seas, there’s an earthy Moroccan theme in harmony of wood furniture and terracotta tiles. Impressed by its gorgeous gardens, the elegant restaurant, and staff who welcomed us like a family. Clearly, the “L’or Bleu Restaurant” was the best restaurant I have ever been before. The taste of the food and the visual setting of every dish was just spectacular. You should choose to spend your days and nights at Tiara Yaktsa , that will everyday take your breath away.