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Me, myself and I

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Having a passion for hotels and exploring new cultures. Giving advice to future guests is invaluable. In this blog, I will be writing reviews about quality hotels and I will be adding some pictures and videos. I will comment on the overall atmosphere, the architecture and the interior. A hotel is more than just a room to stay in: amenities such as the bar, the restaurant and the spa services are equally important. Everyone has their own opinion, but I will provide you with an objective impression to give you a general and clear idea of what is awaiting you.

Enjoy reading and travelling!

Christophe Delcroix

Christophe.Delcroix@gmail.com

Beau-Rivage Palace



Location: Lausanne – Switzerland
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official website: https://www.brp.ch/en/home/




Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne is one of the most luxurious hotels in Europe. Located on the shores of Lake Léman, it has a prime location. The hotel makes part of The Leading Hotels of the World. I had high expectations, but still was totally blown away by this property. Having stayed at many high end five star properties, this hotel was beyond words and I can’t say enough good things about this place.



Let me first share some historical facts. The hotel opened in 1861 and the current main building was constructed in Art Nouveau and neo-baroque style in 1908. Of course, Beau-Rivage has been renovated over the years and still is one of the most luxurious hotels one could imagine.

As mentioned before, the location is amazing. Lausanne is a beautiful town with high end shops and dining options. The boulevard in front of the hotel is the place for a relaxed evening walk while admiring stunning lake views. There’s a lot to do here. Still you are in a private gem with all the luxury amenities one could wish for. Guests are treated like royalty here and nothing is asked for too much here. The personal approach is highly appreciated and one of the key factors of Beau-Rivage Palace.



Once I stepped in, I was greeted by the most accommodating staff who made me feel at ease right from the first second. Entering this hotel is stepping into a true palace. I could have taken pictures here all day long. Behind each corner, a new surprise is waiting. I love the fact that they kept the historical touches of this palace. From the grand chandeliers to the wonderful art work, it is all there and maintained in an excellent way. It set the tone for the next 2 days.




After check-in it was time to explore our room. With only 169 rooms and suites, Beau-Rivage is able to offer a very personalized service. Walking around in the hallways is an experience itself.




We stayed in a Superior room and again were very satisfied. The room had a great size. No standard furniture here, all items (and I litterly mean every item/product/…) is of such a high quality. I fell at home here which is unique. The room had a nice cozy sitting area with the most comfortable couch. The king sized bed was to die for. Oh and I have to mention that every day a new surprise will be waiting for you. For example, they brought fresh flowers in the afternoon, some (yummie!) pastries and when I needed anything, I just had to dial 0 and a few seconds later they were happy to bring it to the room. The views over the lake were mind blowing!




Bathroom is very luxurious featuring an oversized bath tub and a fantastic walk-in shower. There are plenty of luxury Cinq Mondes toiletries offered. The mirror television was a treat!



One of the highlights of Beau-Rivage Palace is the recently renovated spa area, Cinq Mondes. No words can describe how beautiful this place is. It is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring Lausanne. It was so quiet and peaceful… and the décor is unique. Candles, soft relaxing music and luxurious leather lounges made me feel in heaven. There’s an indoor pool, a Finnish sauna and steam room. Cinq Mondes at Beau-Rivage Palace is one of the most luxurious spa’s I have experienced, anywhere. Be sure to check out yourself.






There’s also an outdoor pool with very comfortable loungers. The gardens are impressive We were lucky with the weather when we were there and enjoyed a chilling afternoon enjoying the sun. It was wonderful and staff made sure we had a great time.




Beau-Rivage Palace has several dining options: Brasserie Restaurant “Café Beau-Rivage” where guests can enjoy wonderful dishes prepared by Chef Emilien Windels. There’s also a Japanese Restaurant ‘The Miyako’ with a teppanyaki table. Fancy a more formal dinner? Gourmet restaurant “Anne-Sophie Pic” is the place to be. Rated with two Michelin stars and an impressive 18/20 at Gault & Millau it is fine dining at its highest level. Let me share some pictures of the dishes. They speak for themselves

Time to sleep! Turn down service is provided every night. They offer complimentary sweet treats to their guests which is the perfect way to start a comfortable night. It’s all about those small details that make Beau-Rivage Palace a special place to stay at.

Breakfast at Beau-Rivage Palace is something to look forward to! From the freshly squeezed juices to the pastries, I totally enjoyed every bite. Although every hotel offers breakfast obviously the products and ingredients they use here are of such a good quality that I actually was blown away. I happily skipped lunch because I enjoyed the breakfast that much 😊



It is all about service here. The staff is among the most professional and accommodating I have ever experienced.  As said before, after spending so many night at so many five star hotels, it is great to still be impressed by hotels like Beau-Rivage Palace. The place to be for a luxurious getaway in Lausanne, I am in love…

Royal Savoy – Lausanne



Location: Lausanne – Switzerland
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official website: https://www.royalsavoy.ch/en



Do you know the feeling when you walk into a hotel and immediately feel at home? I had this feeling at Royal Savoy Hotel! This top notch five star hotel only opened 5 years ago after a full renovation and definitely is one of my favorite hotels in Switzerland! The hotel is located on one of the prime locations in Lausanne. I explored the neighborhood and was surprised that Lake Leman is only a few steps away. All major things you should visit in Lausanne such as the Olympic park and museum are within walking distance. The friendly concierge gave me a map and some helpful tips on things I needed to see.

As mentioned before, I was impressed with this hotel right from the beginning. From the outside, Royal Savoy Hotel looks like a fairytale palace. The building is mind blowing! From the inside, the gorgeous lobby area is impressive with all its art work. This hotel is decorated with eye for detail. The grand central chandelier is impressive and is the key factor in the lobby area. I could spend a whole day here, lounging in one of the luxurious salons…



Everything is translated in the feel of 17th and 18th century luxury hotels combined with an up to date and trendy décor. Trust me, this is not just an ordinary hotel. It definitely is an Instagrammable place! From the luxurious glassed hallways to the Japanese garden retreats. Each inch resembles pure luxury.




Each room at the Royal Savoy Hotel is large and luxuriously appointed. All the amenities I would expect from a five star luxury hotel were there such as coffee making facilities and high quality furnishings. The bed was heavenly! I really appreciated the overall décor and style of the room with its wooden floors.




Marble bathroom was very large featuring a bathtub, a large walk-in (rain)shower and fancy Bulgari toiletries. Very luxurious bathroom! They are my favorite!




During our stay I explored the Spa du Royal, the one of a kind spa area at Royal Savoy Hotel! I was blown away. This spa area is ultra luxurious and guarantees a relaxed and exciting experience! An amazing indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, steam room, etc. It’s all there and maintained perfectly! For me, Spa du Royal is definitely one of the key factors of the hotel. At 1500 m², it is HUGE! There’s also a full fitness facility with the most up to date equipment. Although I didn’t experience a spa treatment myself, there’s an extensive menu to choose from! I bet the treatments are top notch!





Another highlight at the Royal Savoy Hotel is La Brasserie Du Royal, a fine dining restaurant with recipes from the region. This is also the place where they serve breakfast. Speaking of design, I’d rate this restaurant 10/10. It’s a beautiful restaurant. The quality of the food truly is outstanding! I received my eggs exactly as requested. Service was absolutely great!


A more casual experience would be the beautiful Lobby Lounge where they serve aperitifs and snacks in style.



I can’t say enough good things about the Royal Savoy Hotel. This well designed hotel is one of the most luxurious hotels in town with an intimate yet stylish design. This is not a hotel just for business travelers, also leisure travelers will appreciate the unique prime location and facilities. No wonder Royal Savoy Hotel is one of the best rated hotels in the area. Can’t wait to return to this jewel!

Hotel de Rougemont




Location: Rougemont – Switzerland
Classification: 4 Superior Hotel
Official websitehttps://hotelderougemont.com/

Hotel de Rougemont is a modern exclusive four star superior hotel in Rougemont. Located in the upper part of this cute town, the hotel offers stunning views over the Swiss Alps. The building itself is gorgeous with wooden details. The building gave me a true Swiss feeling. It is beautiful.




The reception staff made us feel welcome and were very professional explaining everything we needed to know about the hotel and facilities. I spent a little time in the lobby area by the lovely open fire place and was pretty fascinated with how many staff members the hotel has. And the best part: each staff member is friendly and will do their upmost best to serve you in an excellent way



We stayed in one of their Prestige Suites. I couldn’t have asked for a better room! It was mind blowing! The suite was very comfortable. It had a separate bedroom with king sized bed and a living room with comfortable couch. I appreciated the art in the room, it’s all about the details. The balcony offered panoramic views. I could have spent hours here reading a book. The thing I like about this place is the wooden touches which are noticeable throughout the entire hotel.






The suite came with two bathrooms: one with a bath tub and the other with an oversized walk-in (rain)shower. Fancy NUXE toiletries are offered.



I am in love with the NUXE Spa Area at Hotel de Rougemont. The place is just beautiful and has a beautiful indoor pool, sauna and steam room. While the hotel was nearly fully booked, it never was too crowded. The water temperature was excellent – not too cold, not too warm. This definitely is a nice place to spend some time with your loved ones after spending a day in the mountains. The adjoining fitness facility has up to date equipment and is quite large.




Another very cool feature at Hotel de Rougemont is the movie theatre room. That is right, they have a mini cinema in their hotel where you can watch great movies and documentaries in a comfy chair.

Other comfy chairs can be found on the large terrace overlooking the gorgeous mountains. It was great hanging out here!



We had dinner at Restaurant Le Roc, their signature restaurant and it didn’t disappoint! What a great looking restaurant with top notch service! Service truly was very personal and kind. The menu looked great and we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here! To be honest, the beef we ordered was one of the best ever! It was just delicious and exactly prepared as requested. Another must try is the meringue which came with double cream. It was to die for!!






Le Roc is also the place where breakfast is served. It truly is a great start of the day! Choices are endless and the food was of a very good quality.

Hotel de Rougemont is an impressive mountain styled hotel with luxurious rooms. Service is high level. The surrounding areas are wonderful. Highly recommended!

Hilton Vienna Park



 
Hotelchain: Hilton
Location: Vienna – Austria
Official website: https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/viehitw-hilton-vienna-park/



Hilton Vienna Park has recently undergone a complete make-over and truly is a hotel with a very good location in breautiful Vienna. You really can’t beat this location as it is within walking distance of the major attractions that this beautiful city has to offer. Right across the hotel is Wiener Stadtpark, the largest park in the city. Make sure to visit it, it is great for a nice walk or work out. Another must see is the Vienna State Opera which is just 1 km away from the hotel. Oh, and do not forget to visit Palace Schönbrunn. It’s only 15 minutes away from the hotel.

When I entered this hotel, I was blown away by the beautiful entrance and lobby area. This gave me a great first impression of the hotel. The lobby area is very large and luxuriously appointed with comfortable sitting areas all over the place. I appreciated the trendy and stylish look. It really is the perfect combination. Everything looked brand new and very well maintained.





Check-in was great and all the information was given in an efficient way



Hilton Vienna Park is a pretty large hotel and offers comfortable 663 rooms at very affordable rates. The contemporary rooms are decorated with high quality materials. The room had all the facilities I needed for a comfortable stay. We stayed in an executive room and had a great night’s sleep. The king-sized Hilton Serenity bed was very comfortable. Absolutely loved the mattress! There was also a comfy chair and an oversized working desk which makes this hotel ideal for both business and leisure travelers. Everything in the room was immaculately clean!




Modern bathroom had a great walk-in shower, single sink and toilet.



We had access to the executive lounge with is located on one of the lower floors. The executive lounge offers complimentary soft and hot drink throughout the day and some light snacks such as cookies and fruit. At night, a small buffet is offered with several hot items. It is a great value and you don’t have to leave the hotel to have dinner. They also serve alcoholic beverages such as wine and beer. Once again, do consider an upgrade with access to the lounge. Service was top notch by the way! It lounge itself has a trendy look and is really spacious.



The gym at Hilton Vienna Park is quite large and has up to date equipment. For ultimate relaxation, make sure to check out the Spa with sauna and steam room.



There are several dining options at Hilton Vienna Park. From in room dining to a fancy restaurant, it is all there. We totally enjoyed our visit at Selleny’s Bar. This bar is beautifully integrated in the lobby area and offers yummie cocktails. Make sure to try to out the New-Jito, their inhouse Mojito with fresh raspberry puree. I must highlight the level of service. The staff was pretty efficient and very knowledgeable about each drink.



Hilton Vienna Park is a jewel in Vienna. I was really impressed with the beautiful renovated and up to date interiors. Most importantly at any hotel is the service. Each staff member we met was very helpful and professional. Definitely one of my favorite hotels in beautiful Vienna! Highly recommended!

Burj Al Arab – Dubai

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Hotelchain: Jumeirah
Location: Dubai – UAE
Classification: 5 star hotel deluxe (some say world’s only 7 star hotel)
Official websitehttp://www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/burj-al-arab/

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Internationally renowned as world’s most luxurious hotel, I had the opportunity to experience the famous Burj Al Arab in Dubai. It is located on a man-made island, 280 meters from the Jumeirah beach. It is the flagship of the Jumeirah hotel group.  Only hotel guests (or guests with a reservation in one of the restaurants) can enter the hotel, so there is no sightseeing here.  This is a good thing, as I saw a number of people at the front gate taking pictures of the hotel.

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Location

Located at Jumeirah beach, Burj Al Arab is located between Dubai Marina and Business Bay. There’s a holiday vibe around the area.

When I approached the entrance, I was impressed with the height of the hotel… 321 meters above sea level… Trust me, it is HUGE!  As soon as you enter the Burj Al Arab, you will enter in a completely different world.  I truly was blown away… Gold everywhere.  It is reportedly the only 7 star hotel in the world and I can easily understand why.  After taking the escalator — with a huge aquarium – you can look up 200 meters. A lot of looking up!  Did you know that the Statue of Liberty would fit inside?  Also, there are dancing fountains all over the place with tons of different programs, so you’ll never get bored when watching!

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The suites

There are no rooms in the Burj al Arab, only suites. Starting at 170m² (1,829 sq. ft.), all of the rooms are duplex suites, each with the highest level of comfort one could wish for.  The Burj has 1600 staff members looking over “only” 202 suites.  So that’s… eight members for each suite? Yep! There is a private check-in and butler service for each suite. No waiting times here at the reception. They explain everything you need to know and will do anything you ask — like making reservations in one of the restaurants, booking day trips to the city, making sure you will get the dessert you want, etc.

Every suite in the Burj Al Arab is beautifully decorated. Although the hotel opened back in 1999, the suites look very up to date and brand new. From the marble entrance with large staircase to the oversized living rooms, you will feel like a king or queen while walking around. They have the world’s most expensive mattresses, which can be adapted to customer needs and preferences. These things are making this hotel truly unique; returning guests are assured they will have a wonderful night.

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The bathrooms are huge — they used Italian marble – and you will be so relaxed after spending some time in the oversized jacuzzi.  Oh, a great thing: did you know that Hermès produced a special edition of perfume for the Burj Al Arab?  That is right, full-size Hermès Burj Al Arab amenities (female + male) are offered to guests at no additional charge. Of course, you could take them home as a souvenir.

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Spa facilities

A full spa – the Talise Spa – is located on one of the top floors. I was not able to take pictures of the spa area, but there is an indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness, etc. Several treatments are offered and after a relaxing massage you can relax in the spa resting area, accessible for guests only, of course. From there, you can look straight down (200 meters!) to the ground level. Very impressive and not recommended when afraid of heights 🙂

Spa treatments are excellent! They exactly know how to make you feel at ease and so relaxed. Just tell them which pressure you prefer and you will enjoy every single minute. The soft music all over the place made it even more relaxing.

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There is also an outdoor pool area — and the Burj has its own beach across the bridge. The recently opened Terrace is stunning! For water fun, there is complimentary access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark, which is located across the bridge.

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The famous Burj Al Arab hotel is one of Dubai’s highlights and one of world’s best hotels… The hotel’s immaculate reputation is well earned and you will be impressed with every aspect of your stay!

Villa Dubrovnik

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Hotelchain
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Location
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Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websitevilla-dubrovnik.hr/en

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Villa Dubrovnik is one of the exclusive hotels in Dubrovnik and I couldn’t wait to explore this jewel. Making part of the Leading Hotels of the world, the hotel has a high standard. Villa Dubrovnik has ‘only’ 56 rooms and truly has a boutique feeling. The staff will do their upmost best to make you feel at home from the moment you enter this hidden gem. This ultra luxurious hotel is not just a ‘hotel’, to me it is a destination… Let me tell you why…

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First of all, Villa Dubrovnik has a prime location. Sveti Jakov Beach, one of the most picturesque bathing spots in the region is only a few steps away. The (beautiful!) old town of Dubrovnik itself is only a 15 minute walk away. We walked to the city center in no time!

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You reach the entrance of the hotel by taking an elevator. Upon arrival we were greeted warmly and we were really overwhelmed by the design of the lobby area. Very tastefully and attention to details. We couldn’t have felt more welcomed by the staff. The check-in staff were absolutely excellent, they could not have been more friendly and helpful. Check-in was seamless with zero wait.

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The Deluxe room we stayed in was absolutely breathtaking. It was spacious and decorated with style. The quality of furnishing was excellent. Prior to our arrival, I was asked if I have any special pillow/mattress preferences. I do prefer a soft mattress and informed them. Upon arrival I immediately noticed that everything I requested has been organized according to my wishes. Very impressive. The best thing about the room was the view. Each room at Villa Dubrovnik has a prime sea view.

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Bathroom had double sinks and a wonderful bath tub / shower combination. La Bottega toiletries are offered. They are among the best toiletries I have experienced. They smell amazing!

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A visit to the Villa Spa is a must do when staying at Villa Dubrovnik! The indoor pool area is stunning with one of the nicest swimming pool I have seen in Croatia. The doors can be opened so it actually feels as a semi open pool area. Sun loungers are of a very good quality and they provide bar sevice. Top service! There’s a separate tanning area where you can enjoy sunshine all day long. I loved the fact that the pool is open at 8AM as I love to swim before having breakfast.

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The spa itself is the place to relax after a day of excursions or quite simply because you want to. I let myself enjoy a pure moment of well-being and relaxation. I enjoyed one of their signature deep tissue treatments here. The treatment began with a more traditional relaxation massage. After my muscles were warmed up, my (excellent!) therapist began to work deep into my problem areas (my neck!). The therapist Stella really did an excellent job. I felt relaxed afterwards and my neck felt really good.

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Villa Dubrovnik offers several dining options, from lounges to fine dining restaurants… they have it all! Each night, we had dinner at Restaurant Pjerin where head chef Giuseppe Somma serves Mediterranean dishes which are to die for. The restaurant ifself is beautifully designed and service was top notch! The terrace overlooks the old town of Dubrovnik. This Michelin recommended restaurant only offers the best ingredients. From the prawn carpaccio to the most delicious desserts. The food really is of a great quality. You won’t be disappointed if you book a table here!

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Al Fresco bar Giardino is opened in the afternoon from 1pm – 4pm and is a perfect place for a lunch in style. Overlooking the beach, it has a relaxed atmosphere. This bistro has an outdoor grill. You can actually watch your orders to be grilled right in front of you.

At night, make sure to check out Prosciutto & Wine Bar, a perfect sundowner. This rooftop bar offers splendid views over the surrounding areas. I loved it. Sitting here while enjoying some delicious cocktials, watching the sun going down is a must do! Even if you’re not a guest of the hotel, you’re more than welcome to go up and have a wonderful evening. We enjoyed the sunset from up here more than in the old town.

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Last, but not least, there’s the Library Lounge where guests can relax and unwind all day long while enjoying a drink. Whether you are reading a book or a browsing the internet on your tablet, it is great to hang out here. By the way, each spot of Villa Dubrovik is clean. I should highlight the cleanness of the entire hotel. If you told me that the hotel opened just a few days ago, I would have believed it!

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Breakfast is served at Restaurant Pjerin and as you could expect from such a luxurious hotel, the quality of the food was excellent as was the service! The à la carte breakfast is a treat. It’s one of the most exclusive breakfasts I have been experienced anywhere. Again, service was top notch! Our server – Denis – is one of the best! He’s a true professional!

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Villa Dubrovnik is not just a hotel, staying here truly is an experience. If offers a perfect mix of elegance, history, spacious rooms, delicious food and the most attentive staff. No wonder Villa Dubrovnik is the most awarded Croatian boutique hotel. With its breathtaking position on the cliffs right at the sea and the most luxurious rooms all with stunning sea views, Villa Dubrovnik is one of a kind.

La Butte aux Bois

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Hotelchain: Relais & Châteaux
Location: Lanaken – Belgium
Classification: 5 star Superior Hotel – La Source Restaurant (Michelin **)
Official websitelabutteauxbois.be

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One of the best five star hotels in Belgium, la Butte aux Bois is nestled in peaceful Lanaken. As you approach this unique hotel, you’ll hear the sounds of birds and notice the beautiful surroundings. The hotel used to be a great manor house built in 1924. When the Bullens family moved into the manor, they opened a restaurant in 1986. A few years later, they opened the hotel. La Butte aux Bois has undergone several renovations and is one of the very best hotels in Belgium and a member of Relais & Châteaux. 2 years ago, a completely new building has been added with 20 gorgeous rooms and a brand new wellness center, La Forêt.

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As soon as you enter the hotel, you’ll feel a sense of luxury and details. The contemporary décor made a great first impression. There are designer elements all over the place. The wooden details match perfectly with the dark designer floors. The young woman behind the front desk made us feel very welcome and offered a glass of sparkling wine, always a good start! I knew this was going to be a great experience, this place truly has character. Sometimes you immediately feel at home and at La Butte aux Bois they welcome you with a great smile.

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We stayed in a brand new La Forêt room and we were very pleased when we entered the room. Again, the wood and designer elements are just gorgeous. The room had a great size and was built and decorated with eye for detail. The very comfortable couch was perfect for relaxing. I hate to lay on bed when reading a book, so I did appreciate the large couch. On top of that, each La Forêt room has amazing views over the forest. This factor really did make me feel more comfortable and added to the sense of prestige. Everything in the room is incredibly well finished from the furnishings to the art, styling and décor. The bed was very comfortable which enabled an excellent night’s sleep and added this, top of the line amenities are provided and immaculate cleanliness.

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The comfortable and modern bathroom had a tub and separate rainshower. They provide La Forêt toiletries and trust me, they do smell amazing! I must highlight the soft towels!

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La Butte aux Bois has 2 restaurants: Le Bistrot and La Source. We experienced La Source, a gastronomic Michelin rated (**) restaurant and we were blown away by the food. We thoroughly enjoyed our 8 course meal with wine pairing. Do believe me, I have been to many restaurants and I can honestly say that La Source is one of the best places I have ever been. Head chef Ralf Berendsen is an artist. He knows how to combine fresh ingredients. It seemed as if the courses would never stop coming. My favorite courses were the monkfish which came with Iberico Belotta, artichoke, basil and foie gras. Also, the Anjou pigeon was just delicious. Every course we had the most magnificent flavors you could possibly imagine. The pictures will speak for themselves.

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The service was almost unmatched and they really made you feel warm and cozy. Our La Source experience was the exhibition of art in food preparation and presentation. I loved every second of being there.

The next morning, I visited the spa area. I could spend here a whole day. Did you know that you can even visit the spa for a day without actually staying at the hotel. That is right, they have a day spa with a luxurious lounge with fruit and drinks. The relaxation area is absolutely gorgeous and so relaxing. They do offer the most magnificent spa treatments in the most comfortable spa suites. On top of that, the large indoor swimming pool is large enough for actually lap swimming and I’ve found the water temperature to be pretty pleasant. Next to the pool, guests can use a large Finnish sauna, infrared sauna and a large steamroom. The outdoor terrace is perfect for tanning. The outdoor jacuzzi is a treat. I spent a lot of time in there 😊

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Breakfast is served at Le Bistrot and as soon as you enter the restaurant they offer a delicious smoothy and fresh orange juice. The buffet-style breakfast offers a large selection of both hot and cold items and all products are of a good quality. Several à la carte options are available. Sparkling wine is offered to the guests as well. Very nice!

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La Butte aux Bois is a one of the few five star superior hotels in Belgium and I can honestly say I was blown away here. Everything they do, they’ll do it in style. Without being over the top. I could be me and again, I enjoyed each moment in this jewel. Highly recommended for a luxurious getaway!

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Lyra Hotel Plitvice

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Location: Licko Petrovo Selo– Croatia
Classification: 4 star hotel
Official websitehotelplitvice.com

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Located in a very interesting and convenient spot near the world famous Plitvice National Park, Lyra Hotel Plitvice is rated as one of the best hotels in the area. The hotel is only a short drive away from Plitvice National Park. If you are visiting Croatia, a visit to this National Park is a must do! It is one of the most beautiful nature parks I have ever seen. Walking around in the park is like walking in paradise. The water features are mind blowing! Also good to know is the nearby military underground airport Zeljava. This Airbase is only a few kilometers away from the hotel and we were pretty impressed.

Now let’s go back to the hotel. Lyra is a brand new four star hotel and offers only the best of the best! From the moment we arrived untill the time we left, we felt great. The staff is just wonderful and will do their upmost best to serve you in a fantastic way.

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Upon arrival, everything is explained in a friendly yet professional way. Good to know: complimentary parking here!

The lobby is stylish and trendy decorated. There are several cozy sitting areas where it is great to hang out and talk about the everyday’s life. Our keys were handed in just seconds before we headed to our wonderful room. Speaking of rooms, there are only 58 rooms at Lyra Hotel Plitvice which is why they can provide such personal service. Each staff member I met was friendly and each request was dealt with professionalism.

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The superior room we stayed in had a great size, trendy décor and is comfortably appointed. I enjoy the daylight and appreciated the floor to ceiling windows. Standard amenities are a Nespresso coffee machine, HD television and a safe. The small couch is a treat after walking all day long in Plitvice. The in room telescope was a fun feature which I loved very much!

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The bathroom had a nice sized shower, single sink and toilet. Fancy Rituals toiletries are provided in each room. Every spot in our room was spotlesly clean.

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We were booked in half board. The food here is delicious! Did you know that the hotel invited elderly ladies from the village who cooked for the first visitors to the park to teach the hotel’s chefs how to prepare the traditional local dishes. Again, the service provided was top notch!

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The next morning we had breakfast in the restaurant downstairs. Usually, it is a buffet style breakfast offering only fresh products. The time we were there it was during Covid and that’s why they served an à la carte breakfast at that time. We sat down and the very accommodating staff immediately wished us a very good morning. The mini buffet they offered at each guest truly was delicious and I appreciated the mix of sweet and salt. There’s just something for everybody.

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There’s a lot to do here so even on a rainy day, you won’t get bored. The fitness center is fully equiped. If you are not into working out, the wellness area with sauna and a spa menu is something for you. Especially after a day of walking in Plitvice, this is a treat!

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Our stay at Lyra Hotel Plitvice was wonderful and I can easily understand why it is rated as one of the best hotels in the area. From the personal approach to the comfortable rooms and amazing breakfast, Lyra Hotel Plitvice is top notch and I highly recommend to stay at this hotel when you are in the area of Plitvice national park. The up to date design and accommodating staff will please anyone!

Esplanade Zagreb

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Location: Zagreb – Croatia
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websiteesplanade.hr

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The famous five star Esplanade Zagreb is one of the very best hotels Zagreb has to offer! When we arrived, we were wowed by the beautiful building. It is such an amazing building… Since its opening in 1925, the hotel has been the most prestigious hotel in town, even in Croatia and I can tell why …

Let’s first speak about location. Esplanade Zagreb has a prima location in Zagreb. The most interesting sights are reachable within walking distance. I appreciated the fact that the hotel is located right outside the busy city center.

When they open the doors for you, you will be amazed by the most amazing lobby area. I immediately felt the grand feeling of this place which is unique. Did you know that Esplanade means ‘field’? They named the hotel that way as it was built on a vast plain to the west of the station. In the early days, the hotel was used for an elegant stopover for passengers traveling on the Orient Express.

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We were welcomed with a smile. The staff was so accommodating and professional. No impersonal check-in here, they do take their time to explain everything while we were seated in some very comfortable couches.

Again, the lobby area is spectacular. One thing I truly appreciated about the Esplanade Zagreb is that they kept almost every detail of the past, such as the beautiful grand staircase in the lobby. Walking around in this hotel is like walking in a grand castle. Behind every corner, a new surprise is waiting for you.

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We stayed in a Deluxe Suite and trust me, they are amazingly decorated with plenty of space! It has a separate living area with comfy couches and an oversized working desk. The bedroom had the best king sized bed ever!

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The marble bathroom had a good size and featured bath tub, toilet and a large shower with rain head. Amazing full size deluxe L’Occitane toiletries here and dental and saving kits are provided for your convenience. Loved it!

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On the lower level there is a full spa center with gym. If you are into relaxation, the use of the sauna and relaxing area is complimentary. For ultimate relaxation, you can book a spa treatment from the large spa menu.

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Esplanade Zagreb has several dining options, from casual dining to more formal. We thoroughly enjoyed a wonderful afternoon tea at Esplanade Bar 1925. The weather was great when we were there so we were seated on the gorgeous terrace overlooking the stunning building of the Esplanade Zagreb. The food was prepared and presented in a very nice way. Sparkling wine and tea are included. The sandwiches and sweets were of a great quality. Highly recommended for an exclusive afternoon treat!

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Zinfandel’s is Esplanade’s signature restaurant. Although we didn’t had dinner here, I only read and heard good things about this place. Next time, I’ll definitely check it out myself!

From the moment we walked in the door, until we stepped into our car heading home, everything was perfect here at the Esplanade Zagreb! Highly recommended for a luxurious getaway in Zagreb!

 

Brown Beach house

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Hotelchain: Brown Hotels
Location
: Trogir – Croatia
Classification: 4 star hotel
Official websitebrownhotels.com/croatia

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Let me present one of the cutest towns in Croatia: Trogir. While we were visiting Trogir, we stayed at one of the best hotels in town: the Brown Beach House.

I got the chance to explore this jewel in Trogir. It is a high class four star hotel and I was impressed, let me tell you why… First of all, the Brown Beach House is perfectly located near the center of beautiful Trogir. This boutique hotel has been designed with style. I could take pictures of this place forever, it is so beautiful and totally up to date.

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The lobby area is spacious and stylish full with modern art. Staff was very professional and check-in was done within a few minutes. It was bloody hot that day and they immediately offered a glass of sparkling wine which was very much appreciated. They also gave us a small city map of Trogir at check-in with all the information you need to know when exploring this beautiful city.

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Rooms at the Brown Beach House are luxuriously appointed and the feel brand new! Again, the mix new/old was very appealing. Our suite had a living area with comfy couches. The bedroom has heavenly beds. Truly, the beds are amazing. Again, the décor is very nice. It’s all about the details at the Brown Beach House, from the wooden floors to the great art work… the nautical theme is noticeable throughout the entire hotel.

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The bathroom featured a large vanity sink, toilet and a nice bath tub. Water pressure is excellent for the shower and complimentary toiletries are of an awesome quality.

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Again, after every corner you will find something interesting. I was walking through the hotel and suddenly found out some art work that I actually wanted to buy for my home. I loved it that much! 😊

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Besides all the beauty and design, the Brown Beach House offers a full spa area with nicely equipped fitness center. The spa area is the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring Trogir! A large sauna, hammam and ice fountain are there to enjoy. The place was immaculately clean. Bathrobes are in the room, by the way.

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I thoroughly enjoyed a spa treatment here. The whole experience was very pleasant and ultra relaxing. The massage rooms are nicely decorated and offer a relaxed atmosphere. The therapist did an excellent job. After the treatment I felt like reborn. I highly recommend to book a treatment here. You won’t be disappointed.

Make sure to check out the pool area. The pool itself is beautiful and offers stunning views over the sea. It’s wonderful to relax on one of the loungers, soaking up the sun.

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Cartina Restaurant is another highlight at the Brown Beach House. We had dinner here and I must admit, the food and service were impressive. Its Mediterranean cuisine is yummie. This is what I call fine dining. Not only did the taste of the food surprised us, also the presentation was excellent. The dishes looked like pictures. Clearly, the chef uses fresh local ingredients.

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Breakfast is served in the other part of the restaurant, it was – again – of a high quality and offered a good variety of hot and cold items.

I was sad to leave the Brown Beach House as I felt at home here! Can’t wait to visit this hotel again! Highly recommended!