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Hotels We Love: Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris

You know one of those “pinch me” moments when you’ve seen a place on Instagram or in the movies so many times and then you finally see it for your self and you can’t believe your eyes? Well this is how I felt the moment I walked onto the most romantic balcony in the world located inside the Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris. I had the opportunity to stay at both of the Parisian Dorchester Collection properties and although Le Meurice and Plaza Athénée, Paris offer two very different experiences, the staff made me feel right at home and both places offered unforgettable memories.

Whehter you’re into window shopping or serious shopping, the Plaza Athénée, Paris is located in the heart of Haute Couture Paris on the ritzy Avenue Montaigne with stores like Gucci, Armani and Christian Dior leading up to the popular Champs-Élysées avenue.


Rooms
The hotel caters to many styles by offering classic rooms in the French Regency style or the more modern Art Deco design. Nonetheless, the Plaza Athénée is known for being one of the most stylish hotels in the world so you can’t go wrong with either. Whether you stay in a suite or a deluxe/superior guestroom, you’re bound to have a ton of space and either a view of Avenue Montaigne or of the hotel’s stunning courtyard. iPads are also in each room making the 24/7 room service seamless.


La Terrasse Montaigne
Since our visit fell during the month of October, the courtyard terrace was closed and replaced by a beautiful art installation but we ended up having lunch on the terrace that lines Avenue Montaigne and it did not disappoint. Great for people watching and a light lunch, we ordered the sashimi which was super fresh and the club sandwiches.
 

Alain Ducasse
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I caught a glimpse of the hotel’s Alain Ducasse restaurant, newly redesigned by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku. It’s truly something out of a dream.

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All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. I was invited as guest by the Dorchester Collection. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Hotels We Love: Pulitzer Amsterdam

Designed by the brilliant Jacu Strauss. the Pulitzer Amsterdam, a member of Preferred Hotels dates 17th and 18th centuries and is made up of 25 old historic canal homes. Located in one of Amsterdam’s hippest neighborhoods in the middle of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Pulitzer is one of the best places to stay in Amsterdam.

Rooms
No two rooms are alike at the Pulitzer but every room will have you feeling like you’re staying in a local canal home with chic dutch design. I had the opportunity to stay in the Brass Founder’s House situated in canal house Keizersgracht 230, which was first owned by brass founder Volkert Jansz. The room was incredibly spacious and I especially apprecaited the strong attention to detail.

The suites are dedicated to the different forms of arts such as music, paintings, etc. I toured the Art Collector’s suite and it was nothing short of remarkable.

Standard rooms

The Garden
In the middle of the maze of glass hallways, the garden is the gem of a place to relax after a long day of sightseeing with a beautiful view of the church tower in the area.

Tours
I always love to see a city through a local’s eyes and the Pulitzer offers concierge tours and even offers a gorgeous private boat for canal tours around the city.

Pause Cafe
Surrounded by peaceful gardens, a view of the area’s church tower and casual breakfast / lunch options, Pause is the perfect place to meet or just hang out to do some light reading or get some work done.

Jansz
Dutch cuisine, clean and minimal space with colorful touches, excellent staff and the loveliest entry way in the form of an old apothecary shop.


Pulitzer’s Bar
Cocktails are inspired by the Great Gatsby and each tell a story without totally giving the ingredients away.

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All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. I was invited as guest by Pulitzer Amsterdam and Preferred Hotels. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Why Bora Bora Is my Favorite Island in the South Pacific

I’ve always been mesmerized by the islands of the South Pacific Ocean. They are true tropical havens that exude relaxation and tranquillity, perfect for immersing yourself in island time. While I consider all of them to be beautiful and unique in their own ways, the stunning island of Bora Bora has always been the one I dreamt of. Described as the most romantic island in the world, Bora Bora certainly has a unique charm that will make you fall in love with it at the first sight (I know I did).

 

Seeing the beauty of Bora Bora

I must have seen thousands of photos of Bora Bora, but once I arrived there, I realized that none of them could truly depict this island’s beauty. I will always remember those stretches of white soft sand so fine that it resembled dust. The blue sky dotted with white clouds perfectly reflected onto the deep turquoise waters. The island’s Matira Beach was the most beautiful one I have ever been to. I was lucky enough to visit it while it wasn’t so crowded, so I just relaxed there and listened to the sound of waves. Mount Otemanu also enchanted me with its towering, majestic beauty bathed in the sunlight. It looked a bit different, more beautiful by the day, if that’s even possible. 

 

Exploring the activities of Bora Bora

Although Bora Bora is a quiet island with a laid-back atmosphere, there was still plenty of interesting activities I could try. Of course, hiking up to Mount Otemanu was an experience that I didn’t want to miss. However, the most awe-inspiring of them all was a helicopter tour of the island. The view of Bora Bora from the aerial perspective is something that I will remember forever. The tour of Bora Bora Lagoonarium was also exciting, with lovely snorkeling opportunities – you can even swim with stingrays and sharks, but I didn’t dare. What I did dare is to try parasailing and it was thrilling! It got my adrenaline running in no time.

 

Having a taste of Bora Bora cuisine

While the food at my resort was truly exquisite, I wanted to try something a bit more different, so I went to a roulette for a quick bite and I ended up with a true gastronomic experience. The delicious dish of fresh tuna marinated in coconut and lime combined with the authentic local atmosphere left me full and satisfied. As for Bora Bora restaurants, I really liked La Villa Mahana, an art-inspired restaurant that combines local ingredients with exotic spices. The artsy ambiance gave the restaurant a unique character that I truly enjoyed. 

Drinking in Bora Bora

Bora Bora certainly has more than a few places where you can relax and have a delicious drink. Bloody Marys are definitely the most popular one and it charmed me with its island-inspired ambiance, white-sand floors and stools made of coconut tree trunks. I was also a regular guest at Mai Kai, locals’ favourite bar with live music and entertainment. However, there was nothing more relaxing and inspiring than sipping my refreshing Mojito in the tranquil atmosphere while admiring the setting sun.

Having a good night’s sleep in Bora Bora

I think I never slept so well in my life as I did during my vacation on this majestic island. Without a doubt, luxurious Bora Bora hotels are crème de la crème of accommodation options. Each resort offers a range of amenities, such as golf courses, private pools, and spa facilities. I was staying in a Le Meridien overwater bungalow with an awe-inspiring view right from my bed. I wanted to stay there forever, relaxing in my lounge chair on the deck and admiring the beauty of Bora Bora.

With its out-of-this-world beauty, laid-back tropical atmosphere and diverse activities, Bora Bora is truly a paradise that I will always go back to.

 

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Hotels We Love: Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard London

Located inside one of of London’s most striking modern buildings, at stay at the Shangri-La Hotel At The Shard London is surely a treat. The hotel is home to 202 rooms and takes up the 34th to 52nd floors of The Shard building.

Imagine staying in a hotel where you never have to worry about what sort of view you’re going to get because every room in the hotel offers a spectacular view! But it’s not just the rooms that boasts these views, the floor to ceiling windows line every amenity and restaurant in the hotel. offering tons of different angles of London City. You’ll see everything from St. Paul’s Cathedral to Borough Market to the iconic London Tower Bridge.

Start the morning feeling like you’re on top of the world with laps at the SkyPool followed by lunch and/or afternoon tea at TING and sunset cocktails or a night cap at GŎNG, the highest bar in Western Europe.

Premier City View Room
Super spacious with a desk view to die for, binoculars to view the sights form your room, a sitting area and a marble bathroom fully equipped with a heated toilet seat and heated floors.

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All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. I was invited as guest by the Shangri La Hotel At The Shard London. As always, all opinions are my own.

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Hotels We Love: Rosewood London

The timeless building that now houses the beautiful Rosewood London dates back to 1914 when it was once home to Pearl Assurance HQ. The moment you arrive to your temporary home and look up at the facade, you feel like you’ve just transported into a more glamorous era. I looked forward to entering the hotel through a stunning courtyard and gallery where I immediately felt a sense of calm away from the bustle of the city of London just outside its gates.



Contemporary artworks commissioned by Ruinart and various other artists decorate the hallways and grounds of the Rosewood, making this place more than a hotel but a destination within itself. Set in the heart of the hotel is a stunning 166-foot high cupola and and marble staircase that has an estimated value of £40 million!

Location
If you’ve been to London before and are looking for more of a local experience, London’s West End is the perfect place to stay and the Rosewood London is the gem located in the heart of this area. You’ll also be within walking distance from Covent Garden, Neal’s Yard and the Holborn tube station which can take you anywhere in London.

Rooms
262 guestrooms and 44 suites make up the Rosewood and each room is elegant, cozy and the perfect place to call home for a few days but the bathrooms are truly a treat. I felt like I was walking in a museum each time I walked in with its unique design with marble and silver touches.


Mirror Room
The staff truly make Afternoon tea in the Mirror Room an unforgettable experience. While the room is quite glamorous and can look a bit intimidating at first glance, the staff know exactly how to make you feel right at home. We were delighted to discover that we were among the first to try the hotel’s innovative take on tea time inspired by British artists and artists that have made a solid presence in the British art world. Each cake was inspired by the words of these artists but my favorite was the Banksy inspired cake pictured below!



Scarfes Bar
You know a hotel is doing something right when the local’s hang out at their bar. The cozy fire place, artworks covering the walls and velvet chairs make Scarfes an excellent place for a nightcap or just to enjoy some live music and beautiful craft cocktails.

Holborn Dining Room
While we didn’t get a chance to dine here, the vibe and atmosphere at the hotel’s restaurant is full of life and a great place to grab lunch and/or try Chef Calum’s famous British pies.

Matthew Curtis Hair Salon
A hidden gem of a hair salon hides in the lower level of the Rosewood where celebrity hair stylist creates magic in this Orient Express inspired space.

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All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. I was invited as guest by the Rosewood London. As always, all opinions are my own.

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