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
: Mytha Hotels
Location
: Dubrovnik – Croatia
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
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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!

Hotel Park Split

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Location: Split – Croatia
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websitehotelpark-split.hr

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Hotel Park Split is known as one of the best hotels in Split. I just had to explore and experience this jewel myself and I can definitely say that it deserves its good reputation. The hotel is located in the heart of the city. Whether you are in Split for shopping, sightseeing or businesses purposes, everything is nearby… Very convenient! Split is the 2nd largest city in Croatia and a must visit. The old town very authentic and takes you back in time.

From the outside, the hotel looks already like a grand hotel. When I entered Hotel Park Split, I immediately knew that our stay here would be a great one. The lobby is stylish with beautiful art works and furnishings. The hotel has a great history. Did you know that the hotel opened back in 1921? From then the hotel has been considered the apple of Split’s eye with its famous view over the gardens and sea.  Hotel Park Split has been renovated in 2015. And that’s clearly noticeable from the moment you enter the hotel.

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Staff made us feel welcome as we entered the hotel. From the comfortable seating areas to the efficient check-in procedure, everything went smoothly and ultra friendly right from the beginning. With a total of 72 rooms and suites, Hotel Park isn’t a very large hotel which is why they offer a very personal service to each guest.

Speaking of rooms, the superior room we stayed was stylish and ultra luxurious. It was decorated with high quality materials. The lines on the king sized bed were great! I appreciated the cozy sitting area with comfortable couch and a working desk. Our room had a great view over the gardens and sea.

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The large bathroom was very comfortable featuring a bath tub and an oversized (rain)shower. Complimentary toiletries were provided. The marble vanity sink was beautiful.

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Hotel Park Split has a wellness area with sauna, steam room and a complete fitness center. Always nice to be able to make use of those facilities after a day in busy Split. After the work out, I enjoyed some me-time in the outdoor pool, surrounded by the hotel’s garden.

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The hotel has one of the best hotel-restaurant in town, Restaurant Split, surrounded by its beautiful gardens. This fine-dining restaurant is the place to be for a delicious dinner. The Chef did inspire us with his creative dishes. For a fine-dining restaurant, the menu is quite large. There are a lot of options to choose from. I started with the beef tartar which was prepared right in front on my eyes. Pretty unique and I loved the show-cooking-factor. It gave our evening a nice touch. As a main course I ordered the catch of the day fish. And fresh it was! The staff did fillet our fish right at our table again, which was very much appreciated. The fish was to die for, especially with the grilled vegetables that came with the dish. You should definitely try this dish yourself. You won’t be disappointed!

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I must also highlight the top notch service and wine knowledge of the staff! They made us feel at ease right from the beginning until the end.

The next morning we enjoyed an à la carte breakfast with a great variety. Several kinds of cheese and meat are offered. If you need anything, the staff is more than helpful and will do their upmost best to serve you. This was like a perfect start of the day.

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Hotel Park Split is one of a kind! I love every aspect of this place. It truly is a ‘grandhotel’ and staying here is a guarantee of a flawless stay in an ultra luxurious environment. You will love it!

Lesante Blu Exclusive Beach Resort

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Hotelchain: Lesante Collections
Location: Zakynthos – Greece
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websitelesanteblu.gr

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Situated on the beautiful island of Zakynthos, Lesante Blu Exclusive Beach Resort is one of the top beach resorts on the island. This luxurious five star adults only resort has only opened a couple of years ago and everything still looks brand new. Location is great, Zakynthos town is only 7km away and is easily reachable. Lesante Blu Exclusive Beach Resort makes part of the Leading Hotels of the World so my expectations were high.

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The gorgeous entrance truly is spectacular. You enter the beautiful lobby area and immediately notice the fantastic view all over the resort. The floor to ceiling windows feature amazing views of the turquoise blue colored sea! I couldn’t believe my eyes, it is so beautiful… so peaceful and oh so romantic. When I think of a luxury resort, this is exactly what I would expect. Check-in was very efficient and personal.

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The brand is well known for its service and overall quality. When I entered the hotel, everything felt right here. After check-in we were escorted to our beautiful suite. The suite we stayed in was very spacious and I loved the contemporary and modern design. The beds truly were among the best I have experienced! The comfy couch in the suite was great. I also appreciated the large balcony with the perfect lounge chairs to relax.

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Actually, each room at Lesante Blu Exclusive Beach Resort is of a high standard. As mentioned before, there are no regular rooms here… only suites. They all have a great size with a minimum of 44 m² and offer upscale amenities. I should definitely highlight the Handy Smartphone. That is right, during your stay at Lesante Blu you can use this smartphone for unlimited local and international calls to 32 countries and complimentary 4G mobile internet. Very convenient!

Our Signature Suite even featured a private pool. That is pure luxury! No need to look for sun loungers as you have your own private place to relax and unwind! It was perfect!

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Bathroom with marble furnishings was also super nice with separate bath and a great walk-in shower and double sinks. Fancy toiletries were a treat! Bathrobes and slippers are provided for your convenience.

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There is so much to do here and even just walking around the resort is so much fun. It is almost unbelievable how well maintained this place is. I saw staff working and maintaining the gardens every time of the day. There are several main pools located right at the beach. The infinity pools are large and very clean. There’s a great laid back ambiance around the pool and beach area with a lot of comfortable loungers. No need to put your towels here to ‘reserve’ your spot in the sun. Pool service was great too, they greet you as soon as you approach the pool area and make sure you’ll have everything you need.

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There are several secrets spots to be discovered at Lesante Blu. Let me share some secrets: there’s a super nice Essence Wellness & Spa area. If the weather isn’t great, you can still enjoy a swim in the indoor heated pool. Relaxing spa treatments can be booked here at one of the 3 massage treatment rooms. There’s also a sauna and steam room available and a fully equipped fitness center.

Breakfast at Lesante Blu is something to look forward to each morning. At Gaia, a gourmet breakfast buffet was waiting for us each morning. The freshly prepared omelets are a must try! They are sooooo yummie! I also appreciated the fresh and unique contemporary design of this restaurant. The food was amazing, each item we tried was fresh and tasted excellent.

At night, we had dinner at Ostria with its Greek cuisine. The restaurant is located at the pool and beach and offers spectacular views. The food and service were outstanding.  Service was so friendly… They will make sure you are enjoying your time here and every single request has been taken care of with a smile! It truly is all about service here!
The food and service were top notch! There was even live music when we were there which made our evening even more perfect!

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Another great dining option would be Almyra Beach House for delicious sushi. I love the location of this place. In the large semi open area right at the beach, it’s great to hang out and soak up the stunning views.

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Our Lesante Blu experience was amazing! From the beginning to the end, everything felt right here! Highly recommended for a romantic getaway in paradise!

Athina Luxury Suites

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Location: Fira – Greece (Santorini)
Classification: 4 star luxury hotel
Official websiteathinasuites.com

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Situated in the one of the best spots of beautiful Santorini, Athina Luxury Suites is one of a kind and rated as one of the best hotels on the island! This luxurious boutique hotel blew me away, let me tell you why…

First of all, you can’t beat the location. Athina Luxury Suites is located in Fira, the capital of Santorini. Fira is known for the most spectacular views of the Caldera and trust me, from the moment you arrive you will be impressed. The views are among the best I have ever seen. You can see Oia from a distance and the sunsets from your private balcony are not to miss. Fira itself is a lovely place with the traditional cave houses and small streets. The village is built on the cliff and there are a lot of shops and amazing restaurants and bars to choose from.

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Athina Luxury Suites has been built in 1996 and recently has undergone a complete make over. The hotel only has 16 suites. This actually is the main advantage of Athina Luxury Suites. The fact that they ‘only’ have 16  suites gives them the opportunity to treat each guest as a king or queen and they surely did. Each time you leave or enter the hotel, a friendly front desk member will make you feel at home again offering a great smile and a nice hello.

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What I also appreciate about this hotel, is the fact that they combine modern and designer furniture with some traditional elements throughout the hotel.  I read somewhere that Athina Luxury Suites is a perfect ‘Instagram hotel’ and I can easily see why… I appreciated the elegant combination of modern/old and the artful play of colors and luxury fabrics. I could take pictures all day long!

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The hotel has a small lobby area where I was welcomed with a biiiiig smile! Loved it! Everything in the hotel is immaculately clean and decorated with style and charm. This is totally different than a big chain hotel, each suite at Athina Luxury Suites is different and unique.

Athina Luxury Suites offers mind blowing views over the Caldera. The romantic location does seem like a dream! This is what paradise looks like! Instead of the large hotels, Athina Luxury Suites is a hidden gem with the most tranquil atmosphere one could wish for. The outdoor infinity pool is overlooking the sea. The very comfortable sunbeds are the perfect spots to read a book or listen to some music while relaxing. I could spend my time here all day long, listening to music and admiring the surrounding areas.

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We stayed in the Honeymoon Suite which was like a dream coming true. This suite has recently been renovated and offers only the best of the best: a comfortable lounge area with sofa, an oversized desk, the most comfortable king sized bed.

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The best thing about the Honeymoon Suite is the private outdoor heated plunge pool with jets. Trust me, watching the views from your own jacuzzi is the best.

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Not only did we have a private outdoor jacuzzi… The Honeymoon Suite also has a luxurious bathroom with single sink and a large walk-in (rain)shower. Guerlain toiletries are provided and are one of my favorite!

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Breakfast at Athina Luxury Suites is one of the best breakfasts I have ever experienced. You can order from an à la carte menu and mention your preferred timing. The staff will do their upmost best to serve you right on your private balcony. That is right, we had breakfast while we enjoyed the surrounding views. Again, we were treated like royalty. The food tasted amazing by the way!

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Esperisma is one of the highlights at Athina Luxury Suites. This fine dining restaurant offers one of the best views of the entire island and the relaxed atmosphere is heavenly! We thoroughly enjoyed our wonderful dinner here. Not only did the food blew us away, also the service was top notch! The staff was very knowledgeable about each dish and wine. The food was to die for. Chef Zacharakis is a real star in Mediterranean and Greek cuisine! It was one of the best dinners we experienced during our entire trip through Greece!

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Our stay at Athina Luxury Suites is unforgettable! With only 16 suites, they are able to provide a very personal approach and service. Every staff member I met was very friendly and accommodating. Nothing is asked for too much. That makes Athina Luxury Suites so unique and unforgettable. The staff members are incredible. Can’t say enough good things about the staff. Every time I met someone, I was greeted with a smile, they all seem to be happy working here which is noticeable and very appreciated as a hotel guest. Highly recommended for a luxurious and romantic getaway in Santorini!

Stella Island Luxury Resort

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Hotelchain: Stella Hotels
Location: Hersonissos – Greece (Crete)
Classification: 5 star hotel
Official websitestellaisland.gr

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Let me present one of the best all-in experiences I have ever had. Stella Island Luxury Resort is a brand new 5 star adults only resort. From the moment we arrived, we felt at home. I immediately felt the laid back and relaxing atmosphere. Let me take you to paradise!

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First of all, location. Stella Island Luxury Resort is only a 15 minute drive from Heraklion Airport. The hotel is located near Hersonissos.

The semi-open lobby area gives a great first impression of the hotel. We were escorted to one of the comfy couches where the check-in was arranged. Everything about the resort was explained in a very professional way. I only saw smiling guests all over the place which gave me good vibes. From the lobby area you immediately have a great overview of the resort.

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We stayed in a over water bungalow which was a treat! It actually felt like we were on the Maldives. Those rooms are separate small houses with their own sun deck. We couldn’t have asked for a better room. The room has been beautifully decorated with high quaility materials. The wooden touches give that extra ‘island feeling’. As mentioned before, we had our sun deck with direct access to the pool… very convenient! No need to look for sun loungers around the pool.

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The open bathroom had double sinks, a separate toilet and a great walk-in (rain)shower.

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There are several packages when you book a dream holiday at Stella Island Luxury Resort: breakfast, half board and all-inclusive. I definitely recommend the All-Inclusive option as all drinks and meals are included. It really is a good value. I have stayed at several All-In resorts and Stella Island Luxury Resort is definitely one of the best! The overall quality of food and beverages are outstanding!

The pools all over the resort are stunning and maintained very well as well as all grounds of the hotel. It does look like paradise with all the palmtrees and water features.

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Now let’s talk about food!
Oceania was one of our favorite restaurant. Fish is their main ingredient and has been prepared in an excellent way. Even the look of the dishes is impressive.

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But even at lunch, Stella Island Luxury Resort has several options. I am in love with their steak sandwich. A must try when you are there! The other night, we went to Umami again for a delicious steak. I can not say enough good things about the food.  Quality at its highest level.

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My favorite bar at Stella Island Luxury Resort is Umbra! This is the place to be for a cocktail in style!

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Breakfast is served at the buffet restaurant, Kimata. Breakfast at Stella Island Luxury Resort is something to look forward to. There’s something for anyone!

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No dream holiday without a spa treatment. The staff was very professional and did a great job. Also, the spa area has been beautifully decorated and feature one of the nicest indoor pools I have ever seen!

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At night, there’s an entertainment program. Weather it is live music or a dj, there’s always something to do.

What a wonderful resort for a dream holiday! Stella Island Luxury Resort stole my heart and I can not wait to return!