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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
http://www.explora.com/rapa-nui_thehotel.php
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
http://www.thefortress.lk/
Beautifully-designed hotel featuring breathtaking ocean sunsets

Amaya Lake, Dambulla, Sri Lanka
http://www.amayaresorts.com/srilanka/lake/amayalake.htm
At Kandalama Lake, comprising 92 villas whose restfulness is perfection

Casa Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka
http://www.casacolombo.com/
Twelve unusual, retro-chic, state-of-the-art colourful, suites perfect for relaxation

Torri Pepoli, Erice, Sicily, Italy
http://www.torripepoli.it/
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
http://www.hotel-gates-berlin-west.com/
Wonderful four-star hotel off Ku’damm; WiFi, free TV, bicycles and quite affordable

Kanz Erremal, Merzouga, Morocco
http://www.kanzerremal.com/
Fabulous hotel fronting the Moroccan dunes, unforgettable sunsets

The Balé, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
http://www.thebale.com/
The hotel for a sensual relaxing escape

Amanjiwo, by Yogiakarta, Java, Indonesia
http://www.amanjiwo.com/amanjiwo/home.aspx
Luxury timelessness hotel overlooking unique Borobudur

The Oberoi, Lombok, Indonesia
http://www.oberoilombok.com/Hotel/Hotel-Overview.aspx
An exotic 50-suite property with many amenities and offering enchanting sunsets on the oceanfront

Hotel de la Paix, Siam Reap, Cambodia
http://www.hoteldelapaixangkor.com/
Dramatically-designed hotel; a serene oasis hotel, amidst frenetic Siam Reap

The Sofia Hotel, San Diego, California, USA
http://www.thesofiahotel.com/
Historic but state-of-the art hotel in San Diego city centre

East Hotel, Hamburg, Germany
http://www.east-hamburg.de/
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
http://www.lalocandadelmare.it
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
http://www.pousadamarlins.com.br
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
http://www.bangkokoasis.com/

Samsara Spa, Bangkok, Thailand
http://www.samsaraspathailand.net/
Relaxation and beauty for body and mind

Leela Thai Spa, Bangkok, Thailand
http://www.leelathaispa.com/

Devarana Spa, Bangkok, Thailand
http://www.devaranaspa.com/spa/introduction/spa0001/index.html
As the introduction says: ‘heaven for spa lovers’

Maya Ubud Spa, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
http://www.mayaubud.com/lang/en/spa.html
Magnificent riverside spa; listen to water flow by while being pampered

Bimasena Spa, Yakarta, Java, Indonesia
http://www.bimasena.co.id/
The most exclusive private club in Yakarta


My favourite restaurants worldwide

Benjarong, Bangkok, Thailand
http://www.dusit.com/en/hotels/thailand/bangkok/dusit_thani/restaurants/benjarong.html
Pineapple filled with prawns are a specialty not to be missed.

Salathip
http://www.shangrila.com/en/property/bangkok/shangrila/dining/restaurant/salathip
A quintessential Thai dining experience by the river of Kings

L’Atélier de Joël Rebuchon, Las Vegas, USA
http://www.joel-robuchon.com/
The endless and amazing tasting menu is enhanced by an artfully elegant red and black decor

Café des Amis, Hoy An, Vietnam
http://www.toursvietnam.net/default.asp?/=&loading=33&newsID=947
Very simple restaurant, with tasting menu (vegetarian, meat or fish) for a sinfully low price

Gary Danko, San Francisco, USA
http://www.garydanko.com/
Allow the chef to advise the plat du jour; unforgettable and offering the ultimate in service

Water Bar, San Francisco, USA
http://www.waterbarsf.com/
Beautiful decorated restaurant in a great location


My favourite places

Skywalk, Grand Canyon, Nevada, USA
http://www.grandcanyonskywalk.com/
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
http://www.parque-tikal.com/
The most fascinating archaeological remains of the ancient Maya civilisation

Perhentian islands, Malaysia
http://www.perhentianisland.info/
Best small islands I’ve seen, fauna and flora, turquoise waters and white sands

Cape Cod, Masachussets, USA
http://www.capecodchamber.org/
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
http://www.tourism.gov.my/en/destinations/item.asp?item=afamosa
Beautiful colonial city

Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo, Mexico
http://www.isla-mujeres.com.mx/english/introduction.htm
Amazing island with white sandy beaches and great diving

Garrotxa, Catalonia, Spain
http://www.turismegarrotxa.com/_en.html
The volcanoes and mountainous up-country of Catalonia

Hamburg, Germany
http://www.hamburg-tourism.de/en/
My favourite German city, elegant, different, full of life and diversity; something for everyone

Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
http://www.easterisland.net/
The Chilean island in the South Pacific, with the Rapa Nui culture represented by amazing mythical Moais among incredible landscapes