Hostal dos Reis Católicos/Parador de Santiago

Santiago de Compostela is a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site-town in North West Spain reachable with a direct train line from bigger nearby cities. Hostal dos Reis Católicos, also known by the name of Parador de Santiago is one of the best places to stay in this historic town. The hotel was constructed as religious work[…]

Hotel Praia Marina, Praia da Vitória, Terceira

Terceira is a beautiful island in the Azores in the Atlantic Ocean. It has stunning nature, a UNESCO World Heritage Site-town and extremely friendly people, but it does not have world-class hotels. Instead, it has a number of comfortable hotels and of these, Hotel Praia Marina, was one of my choices during my recent visit to[…]

Terceira: A Fantastic Island in the Azores

Terceira is one of the islands in the Azores, a Portuguese territory in the Atlantic Ocean and perhaps the best deal from mainland Europe at the moment. I paid only 14.99 Euros from Lisbon, and another 14.99 Euros for the flight back, but to Portugal’s second city of Porto. Low-cost airlines make a difference for people[…]

Convento do Espinheiro, Historic Hotel & Spa

Created from an 1834 monastery, Convento do Espinheiro is a historic 92-room hotel near the UNESCO World Heritage Site town of Évora. I recently stayed at this stunning property for a night and was very impressed. I stayed in a beautiful spacious room with a comfortable bed, flat screen TV, bathtub,  a rain shower and[…]

Carmo’s Boutique Hotel

Carmo’s Boutique Hotel is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World located in Northern Portugal and with a unique concept of 15 rooms and three tent suites, one of which I was fortunate to experience recently. Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a great marketing organisation with an impressive portfolio of participating[…]

Infante Sagres

Infante Sagres is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World and has a great central location within a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Porto, approximately 1 kilometre from the Douro River. The UNESCO World Heritage Site list is a great way to find extraordinary things to see and experience in this world, and staying[…]

Six Senses Douro Valley

Six Senses is a collection of hotels, resorts and spas, and is perhaps my number one favourite hotel chain because of their eco-friendly concept, design, service and overall experience. Six Senses Douro Valley is stunning 57-room hotel set in a UNESCO World Heritage setting. I stayed in a beautiful room with rain shower, double sinks[…]

The Third Visit to Hotel Orfila, Madrid’s Relais & Châteaux Hotel

Location: Madrid, Spain. My Experience: A pleasure to be back at Madrid’s only Relais & Châteaux hotel. It is probably the closest thing you get to a country hotel in Madrid with its garden and quiet feel. The location is amazing when you think about it. Great central location, but on a quiet street meaning you[…]

Valdepalacios (Relais & Châteaux)

Relais & Châteaux is one of my favourite hotel brands, being the marketing organisations I trust the most in finding authentic hotel experiences with great food. Valdepalacios is a 5-star hotel with a membership of Relais & Châteuax, located near Oropesa, around 170 kilometres southwest of Madrid. I recently stayed here for a night and really enjoyed the experience.[…]

Schloss Leopoldskron, Salzburg

One of the things I have learned from travelling the world is when it comes to the hotel star rating system. Many three and four-star hotels are better experiences than some of the 5-stars. How come you may ask. Well, stars are set after different criteria in different countries, and often facilities are one of[…]