Burj Al Arab – Dubai


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/


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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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!


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.


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.


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!

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok


Hotelchain: Mandarin Oriental
Location: Bangkok – Thailand
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websitemandarinoriental.com/bangkok


The famous Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is the flagship of the prestigious Mandarin Oriental Group. The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok was the first hotel in Thailand and is more than 140 years old, it was built in 1876. Today it is still one of world’s best hotels. Actually, it has been rated as world’s best hotel for 10 years and I can easily understand why. I was so fortunate to stay here and truly was and still am blown away by the service and comfort they provide.


You can’t beat the location, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is located right next to the Chao Phraya River and the most popular tourist sites are nearby. The public boat will take you to the Grand Palace in just about 15 minutes.

This ultra-luxurious five star hotel offers 324 rooms and 44 suites, a world-class spa and several high end restaurants which I will tell you more about later.

As soon as I entered this palace, I noticed the attention to details. The way they combined the elegant Thai style with seductive modern touches is just wonderful. Mandarin Oriental hotels are known for their hospitality and service. Several staff members actually remembered my name. Those are small things, but they make a world difference. Every single staff member I met, greeted me with a smile and took care of every request in a very kind and professional way. Upon arrival, we were greeted with a traditional Thai flower hand garland.



We stayed in a deluxe room and luxurious it definitely was. They decorated the rooms in a very elegant and very classy way. The leather couch was great for watching television. I could have spent here all day long 🙂 The view over the river and Bangkok’s surroundings was great. I watched the long tail boats floating by while enjoying some drinks. This is what a perfect hotel room looks like. Even the marble bathroom was an eye catcher featuring a separate bath tub and walk-in shower. The silk bathrobes were amazing. Another feature I appreciated very much was the in-room interactive entertainment system which allows iPod/MP3 integration. The high quality audio system was of a very good quality. All rooms at the Mandarin Oriental come with Butler Service, always a bonus! Did you know that the Mandarin Oriental has one of the highest staff to guest room ratio in the entire hotel industry (3 staff per guest room)!

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The recently redecorated rooms at the Author’s Wing are very stylish and the Royal Suite which I visited was the best and most luxurious suite I have ever seen, hands down!

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At night we had dinner at Sala Rim Naam offering an authentic Thai cuisine, but first we had some cocktails at the Bamboo bar. It was pretty hard to choose from the extensive cocktail menu but the very knowledgeable bartender gave us some good recommendations.   While we were enjoying the delicious Thai food (I LOVE Thai food!), we were enjoying a classical Thai dance show. We were in Bangkok for just a few days and this was the perfect evening to experience the true Thai tradition and hospitality. I thoroughly likes the Mussamun Nuea, the southern style beef curry with sweet potato and onion. The menu was prepared in an excellent way and service was top notch! Although there’s a smart casual dress code where they kindly request guests to wear elegant attire, the atmosphere was very relaxed and easy going.

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Pool area

The next morning I started my day with a swim in the stunning pool. There are two pools, a wading pool which is perfect for leisure and a 25 metre long pool which is ideal for swimming laps. As soon as I approached the pool area, staff member greeted me and gave me some plush towels and some water. Although the Mandarin Oriental is right in the middle of Bangkok, it felt like a hidden gem here. It was so quiet here… fantastic way to start my day! Beside the pools, a full fitness center is available 24 hrs. They offer complimentary fitness classes… After your work out you can relax in the sauna, steam room or jacuzzi. And if you are into tennis and/or squash, the Mandarin Oriental has two outdoor tennis courts and one squash court.

Spa facilities

If you just want to relax make sure you visit the Spa facilities which are located in a separate building across the river. The spa of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is one of Asia’s leading spa center offering several beautifully decorated treatment rooms and steam facilities. They even have a few ‘specialty suites’ for couples with private steam showers and vitality pools.

I enjoyed a after-jet-lag treatment and absolutely loved it! After selecting my favorite scent I felt so relaxed and almost fell asleep which is a huge compliment. Just take a look at their spa menu as they offer several kind of treatments.

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Then it was time for breakfast! Breakfast is served at the Riverside Terrace and believe me, having breakfast here with such a stunning view is just awesome! Quality of the food was outstanding! The riverside terrace offers stunning views. I enjoyed the long tail boats passing by. Service was great, never was asked for too much. Do try their home made yoghurt and pastries!


No wonder the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is well known for its service and overall facilities! The high reputation is well deserved and I can easily understand why this hotel is one of world’s leading hotels! From the personal printed writing paper with your name on it to the fresh flowers all over the room… The Thai hospitality is amazing and I can’t say enough good things about this hotel! Six stars all the way!

The Library Hotel – New York


Hotelchain: Library Hotel Collection
Location: New York – USA
Classification: 4 star Hotel
Official websitelibraryhotel.com


The Library Hotel is rated as one of the top 5 hotels in New York city. The Library Hotel Collection has 4 hotels in New York City. And guess what, they are all rated as one of the best hotels in town. This time I explored the Library hotel. I had high expectations, but still was totally blown away by this property. Having stayed at many high end properties, this hotel was beyond words and I can’t say enough good things about this place.

First of all, the location is amazing. Right in the center of Manhattan and within walking distance to the major attractions. 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 the Library Hotel. Also, Bookmarks is a must visit when you stay at the Library Hotel. This rooftop bar is one of the best we experiences in New York! The hotel also has its own restaurant Madison & Vine.


Once I stepped in, I was greeted by the most accommodating staff who made me feel at ease right from the first second. I immediately noticed the luxurious style of this hotel. There are many elements in the hotel which refer to the library theme. Over 6000 books are available so there’s no time to get bored.


As usual at any Library Collection Hotel, there’s a “Reading room’ on the second floor with complimentary sweets and hot drinks and water throughout the day. Each night guests can enjoy a complimentary Cheese & Wine reception. It is included in all rates and is one of the highlights of the hotel. It is great to hang out and meet new friends. We had so much fun and the food was delicious.


After exploring the living room it was time to explore our room. I stayed in a deluxe room and again was very satisfied. The room had a great size for New York standards. No standard furniture here, all items 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.


The Library Hotel offers many in room amenities such as extra blankets, pillows, etc. but also ear plugs and a space heater. They even offer SleepPhones which are like pajamas for your ears that block noise and play soothing music. I absolutely loved it! I just had to dial 0 and a few seconds later they were happy to bring it to the room.


Bathroom is very luxurious featuring a bath tub with shower. There are plenty of luxury toiletries offered.


Turn down service is provided every night. They offer complimentary water to their guests which is the perfect way to start a comfortable night. We requested the featherbed mattress topper which we really loved. It was like sleeping on a cloud.

The next day, we started our day with a delicious breakfast on the second floor. Do note that each guest can enjoy a wonderful breakfast which is included in each rate. From fresh fruit to yummie pastries, it’s all there and we loved it. On the top floor, there’s another ‘Living room’ where you can relax and enjoy and read a good book.


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 high end hotels in New York, it is great to still be impressed by hotels like the Library Hotel. I can’t wait to stay at another Library Collection property and will make sure to choose this hotel when I am back in town. After having stayed for ‘only’ one night, the Library Hotel is my home away from home. The place to be for a luxurious getaway in New York, I am in love…

Steigenberger Grandhotel & Spa Petersberg


Hotelchain: Steigenberger
Location: Königswinter – Germany
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websitesteigenberger.com/…/steigenberger-grandhotel-spa-petersberg


We all know Steigenberger as a luxury brand. They have hotels all over the world and are known for their high quality standards. I was very excited to explore and experience Steigenberger Grandhotel Petersberg in Königswinter. 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.

First of all, the location is amazing. The hotel is located on the hill of Petersberg. At a height of 360m the views over the surrounding areas are gorgeous! Watching the river Rhine from up here is so peaceful. The city of Bonn is only 15 minutes away by car. When you enter the hotel, 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 Steigenberger Grandhotel Petersberg.

The hotel wasn’t built as a hotel. It first was a guesthouse of the federal government in Bonn-Königswinter. The hotel has been completely renovated over the last years and now is a top notch five star palace where there’s a surprise waiting for you behind every single corner.


Once I stepped in, I was greeted by the most accommodating staff who made me feel at ease right from the first second. I immediately realized I was in a grand luxury hotel. The furniture feels very luxurious. It is all about the details here. Check-in was very efficient and after I received my key, I couldn’t wait to explore my room! There are 112 rooms at Steigenberger Grandhotel Petersberg. For such a large building, that’s pretty interesting and that’s why this hotel is able to provide a wonderful personalized service.


I stayed in a Grand Deluxe room with a Rhine view and again was 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 felt at home here which is unique. The room had a nice cozy sitting area with the most comfortable couches. The king sized bed was to die for. I loved the décor, this is how every five star hotel room should look like. Features I especially appreciated was the Pillow menu. I tried the ‘cool down’ and the ‘spelt lavender’ pillows and loved them! You should try them as well when you’re there 😊 I had a great view over the river Rhine which was just gorgeous!


Bathroom is very luxurious featuring a marble sink, a fantastic walk-in shower and a separate toilet. Of course, fancy toiletries are provided. The soft towels are among the best I have experienced. They were so soft. Do note that turn down service is provided each night which is always a bonus!


I did visit the Presidential Suite as well and loved it!


One of the highlights of Steigenberger Grandhotel Petersberg is the spa area. It is the perfect place to unwind and relax after exploring the area. It is so quiet and peaceful… and the décor is so relaxing. There’s an indoor pool, a Finnish sauna, a bio sauna and steam room. I loved the lounge chairs in the relaxation area offering stunning views. There’s a full sized fitness center as well with the latest technology equipment.


There are several dining options. From the more casual restaurant Charles Bistro and Café offering a classic French cuisine to the more formal Bill’s Restaurant & Grill. I must say I was blown away after my visit at Bill’s Restaurant & Grill. This is the place I had two dinners. First of all, the restaurant is beautifully designed. It’s really “2020” and is overlooking the Rhine. Fun fact, this restaurant is named after Bill Clinton. In 1994 he met with Chancellor Helmut Kohl on Petersberg. Not did I only like the food, the service was top notch as well. Speaking of food, this is the place for a fine dining experience. Let me share some highlights with you: the tomato variation was among the best I have ever had. The dessert ‘Gateaux of Ikatuja Chocolate’ was to die for, it tasted soooooo good. The next day I’ve had the pleasure to dine again at Bill’s Restaurant & Grill. I loved the cauliflower soup, mushroom risotto and strawberry pannacotta.


If you are into wine and champagne, make sure to visit Vinothek Wine & Champagne. Here you will find the adhacent and well-stocked wine collection. Served with snacks and hors d’oeuvres, an enjoyable night is guaranteed!


Breakfast is served at the Royal Gallery. I watched the sun come up while I enjoyed a delicious cappuccino. The buffet is large and offers something for everyone. I appreciated the many healthy options.


Don’t forget to have a look at the grand ballroom. The host a lot of weddings here. I can imagine that celebrating your wedding here is pretty unique!


It is all about service here. The staff is among the most accommodating I have ever experienced. Each staff member I met was a professional. As said before, after spending so many night at so many five star hotels, it is great to still be impressed by hotels like Steigenberger Grandhotel Petersberg. I can’t wait to stay here again and will make to choose this hotel when I am in the area. After having stayed for ‘only’ two nights, this hotel is my home away from home. The place to be for a luxurious getaway in Bonn / Königswinter, I am in love…

Dorint Sportresort Winterberg


Hotelchain: Dorint
Location: Winterberg – Germany
Classification: 4 star hotel
Official websitehotel-sauerland-winterberg.dorint.com/de


Dorint Hotel & Sportresort Winterberg/Sauerland is a top notch four star hotel located in the gorgeous Sauerland area in Germany. From what I had seen on pictures, this hotel is a jewel and it truly is…

You can’t beat the location. The surrounding areas are just gorgeous. I fell in love with the region the hotel is located in. It is oh so peaceful. Winterberg  is just a short drive from the hotel which is an excellent town for sightseeing and skiing. Right next to the hotel is a ski lift which will take you to Kahler Asten, a small ski area. Very convenient! Also, make sure to explore Rothaargebirge, a stunning nature park located near Dorint Hotel & Sportresort Winterberg/Sauerland.

The hotel itself is very stylish and cozy decorated. We were welcomed by the most friendly front desk staff. This is German hospitality and we love it! The lobby area is very nice and make you feel at home in seconds. The authentic atmosphere throughout the hotel is impressive and much appreciated. Although the hotel has been built several years ago, they almost completely renovated the hotel in 2017. It now is an up to date four star hotel with excellent facilities and the most comfortable rooms. It is impressive that being a hotel with 121 rooms, they are still able to provide a personal approach. Very impressive! Dorint Hotel & Sportresort Winterberg/Sauerland also has several apartments which can accommodate up to 5 adults.


The Comfort room we stayed in was absolutely stunning! What a great and cozy room this was! The wooden floors and ceilings add extra coziness. The room had all the facilities I expect from a four star hotel such as the Nespresso coffee machine, a very comfortable bed and the best feature: a cozy sitting area with the most comfortable chairs to relax. Do note that each room is also equipped with a tablet which I found very convenient. I used it a lot during my stay for browsing the web, checking the weather, etc. The balcony with a lovely view was a bonus!


Bathroom was spacious and featured a great walk-in shower. Fluffy bathrobes and towels are available as well.


Another highlight is the spa area. Located on the lower floor, this place is perfect for unwinding and relaxing after a day on the ski slopes. The modernized indoor swimming pool is gorgeous and pretty large! Next to the swimming pool is another area for relaxing with a steam room, traditional and infra red sauna. There are also many relaxation areas for chilling. The entire place was very well maintained and it was never too crowded.


There are several dining options at Dorint Hotel & Sportresort Winterberg/Sauerland such as Restaurant Fürst Richard which serves international dishes. Small dishes are available at the bar.

After a wonderful night in our romantic room, we were ready for breakfast. Having breakfast at Château St. Gerlach is something to look forward to! The buffet is very large and the overall quality of the food is outstanding. Salmon, fresh fruit, etc. It is all there.


I was very impressed with Dorint Hotel & Sportresort Winterberg/Sauerland and highly recommend staying there for a sporty getaway. There’s so much to do and I’m sure that during summer season you won’t get bored here either. I will be back for sure!