The moment we booked our latest holidays in Spain we made our reservation at Bibo Madrid, the new restaurant of Spanish Chef Dani García. We finally got a table at Bibo Madrid! It’s a long story: last Summer, when we heard this new concept, a mix of traditional classics and nomadic cuisine, was opening in Madrid we tried to book a table, but sadly we came back to Germany before it opened. Bad timing. Last Christmas we tried again, but couldn’t make it because it was fully booked for the whole holidays. So this time we were determined: we were going to make it! And we did! After all the waiting and failed attempts, Bibo Madrid did not disappoint. Quite the opposite, we were mesmerised by the incredible food, the attentive service, the fun atmosphere… and the bathrooms, graced by the sound of birds! They’ve thought about every detail to make a dinner at Bibo Madrid a delightful experience. Everything was perfect. We started with a cocktail, of course. The innovative menu in the form …
When we thought about visiting Edinburgh we had a very clear idea about how our accommodation should be: cosy, traditional and it had to involve tartan somehow. Because as much as we love design, when we travel we want to soak up the local vibes, traditions and hospitality. Whether it is an ancient palace in the Algarve coast or a renovated old building in Madrid, we love hotels that give you a sense of place. And we found The Howard, a luxury boutique hotel located in Edinburgh’s New Town. It’s classic, elegant and remarkably traditional. However, the atmosphere is absolutely relaxed and the service is genuinely kind. You can say that staying at The Howard is like visiting your dear great aunt’s house: you feel welcome, you want to curl up with a nice book under a blanket, wear soft socks and nibble some biscuits, but the atmosphere feels so special and different from your own house… because probably your great aunt has only cashmere blankets and serves biscuits imported from Holland. Homey but …
We usually try to avoid peak season and big hotels when we book a trip, but this Summer I dared the crowds and the high temperatures and headed to Valencia in July.
Today is Friday, the weather is crispy and there is a beautiful, faded sunlight that shines through the fog. Work has been hard this week but we’ve had great results and I’ve been able to balance all the crazynes with my French lessons. So after a couple of hard months, things are looking up. Besides, we are planning a little trip before Christmas so we are really excited. Our first thought was something like this, in fact one of the first posts of the blog, back in 2012, was about that fantastic resort. We were dreaming about a white Christmas, hot chocolate and soft blankets. But then we thought about other possibilities: what about a romantic train adventure? That’s when we remembered the most fabulous of them all, the Orient Express. This train has always been part of my travel phantasies: when I was a child I would see my mum reading old Agatha Christie novels and she would tell me about the misterious Orient Express, how sophisticated and elegant it was. Then it was …
A few days ago we read this article in the Spanish edition of Conde Nast Traveller. It talks about the new trends in luxury travel. And it all goes down to subtle exclusivity. And we can’t agree more. Even though most of the hotels, destinations and experiences featured on the article were quite expensive, we believe that in order to have a truly luxurious experience you don’t need that much. It’s the location, the detail, the adventure, the feelings … not the price tag. Well, we are not going to lie: when travelling we look for the finest hotels, restaurants and experiences we can afford, but most of the time you don’t need an exclusive resort to feel something truly special.
Mallorca is special for us as we got married in this beautiful island, that’s why we have chosen it as our next destination with Mediteranique. This week we want to recommend you the Son Brull Hotel & Spa.
Since we can’t stop thinking about Brazil lately (and the fact that the World Cup is all over the news doesn’t help), we have put together our winning Brazil team. Of amazing hotels, of course.
We are super excited to announce that we’ve partnered up with Mediteranique, a sophisticated website offering a selection of beautiful and unique boutique hotels, to introduce you to the best destinations and accommodations around the Mediterranean Sea. If you follow us by now you should know that even though we dream about travelling the world, we always choose the Mediterranean Sea for our holidays. The mild climate, the most delicious food and the rich historical and cultural background make this area the perfect place to spend your holidays. During the next months we will show you some of Mediteranique’s finest hotels that we are dying to visit! Let’s start with Principe Forte dei Marmi!
I’ve always wanted to visit Morocco. I remember my gradfather used to go there because of work and he used to bring me giant lollipops. That was my first impression of Morocco: they give you candy. That’s enough to make a child fell in love with a country.
So we are thinking about taking a few days off in May/June and prepare a nice trip. But where should we head to? New York is tempting… But we want sun and sea and sand and magazines and books and cocktails. We want a vacation. We need a vacation. Do we finally splurge on an all-inclusive Pacific resort? Well, the thing is that even though I still have to visit lots and lots of places, my heart always tells me to go to Italy. And if you continue reading you will discover a hotel that epitomizes almost everything that holidays in Italy mean to me.