My worldwide favourites

Throughout my world travel there are places which: I want to return to; that are unforgettable; offering incomparable enjoyment; known for breathtaking views; surrounded by eye-popping landscapes and unique designs.

My favourite hotels worldwide

Hotel Explora Rapa Nui
Wonderful hotel perfectly adapted to its environment; extremely original for its concept and offering greatest service and gastronomy

The Fortress Hotel, by Galle, Sri Lanka
Beautifully-designed hotel featuring breathtaking ocean sunsets

Amaya Lake, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
At Kandalama Lake, comprising 92 villas whose restfulness is perfection

Casa Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Twelve unusual, retro-chic, state-of-the-art colourful, suites perfect for relaxation

Torri Pepoli, Erice, Sicily, Italy
Enchanting Sicilian 12th-century castle hotel comprising six rooms atop of a hill; awaken to vistas of surrounding Sicily, forests, surrounding town and villages

Hotel Gates City West, Berlin, Germany
Wonderful four-star hotel off Ku’damm; WiFi, free TV, bicycles and quite affordable

Kanz Erremal, Merzouga, Morocco
Fabulous hotel fronting the Moroccan dunes, unforgettable sunsets

The Balé, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
The hotel for a sensual relaxing escape

Amanjiwo, by Yogiakarta, Java, Indonesia
Luxury timelessness hotel overlooking unique Borobudur

The Oberoi, Lombok, Indonesia
An exotic 50-suite property with many amenities and offering enchanting sunsets on the oceanfront

Hotel de la Paix, Siam Reap, Cambodia
Dramatically-designed hotel; a serene oasis hotel, amidst frenetic Siam Reap

The Sofia Hotel, San Diego, California, USA
Historic but state-of-the art hotel in San Diego city centre

East Hotel, Hamburg, Germany
Beautifully designed hotel, ultra-chic bathtubs, located in the part of Hamburg where all kinds of pleasurable entertainment for every taste is available!

La locanda del Mare, Ciaccia, Sardinia, Italy
Four-room pensione located on the ocean; rooms and hotel decorated with endless hues of blues; wonderful on-site ocean-view restaurant

Pousada Marlins, Praia da Pipa, Brasil
Featuring unforgettable breakfasts; guests can practically leap to the ocean from the simply-furnished, but immaculate, guest rooms.

My favourite spas worldwide

Bangkok Oasis Spa, Bangkok, Thailand

Samsara Spa, Bangkok, Thailand
Relaxation and beauty for body and mind

Leela Thai Spa, Bangkok, Thailand

Devarana Spa, Bangkok, Thailand
As the introduction says: ‘heaven for spa lovers’

Maya Ubud Spa, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Magnificent riverside spa; listen to water flow by while being pampered

Bimasena Spa, Yakarta, Java, Indonesia
The most exclusive private club in Yakarta

My favourite restaurants worldwide

Benjarong, Bangkok, Thailand
Pineapple filled with prawns are a specialty not to be missed.

A quintessential Thai dining experience by the river of Kings

L’Atélier de Joël Rebuchon, Las Vegas, USA
The endless and amazing tasting menu is enhanced by an artfully elegant red and black decor

Café des Amis, Hoy An, Vietnam
Very simple restaurant, with tasting menu (vegetarian, meat or fish) for a sinfully low price

Gary Danko, San Francisco, USA
Allow the chef to advise the plat du jour; unforgettable and offering the ultimate in service

Water Bar, San Francisco, USA
Beautiful decorated restaurant in a great location

My favourite places

Skywalk, Grand Canyon, Nevada, USA
This one-of-a-kind glass bottom, cantilever viewing bridge over the Grand Canyon sits at 4.000 feet above over the Colorado River.

Tikal, Petén, Guatemala
The most fascinating archaeological remains of the ancient Maya civilisation

Perhentian islands, Malaysia
Best small islands I’ve seen, fauna and flora, turquoise waters and white sands

Cape Cod, Masachussets, USA
Nearly 600 miles of windy white sand beaches, soaring dunes, four centuries of architecture, 15 distinctive towns, seafood, recreations, culture, 83 museums, 15 theatres, harbours, whales—it’s all there!

Melaka, Malaysia
Beautiful colonial city

Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Amazing island with white sandy beaches and great diving

Garrotxa, Catalonia, Spain
The volcanoes and mountainous up-country of Catalonia

Hamburg, Germany
My favourite German city, elegant, different, full of life and diversity; something for everyone

Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
The Chilean island in the South Pacific, with the Rapa Nui culture represented by amazing mythical Moais among incredible landscapes