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European Masters Editors Top 1010
Elements Arctic Camp12
The Kaprun Edition – Luxury Chalets16
Uve Rooms & Wine Bar20
Mykonos Princess Hotel 24
Casa Da Eira Boutique Houses 26
Prima Vista Boutique Hotel 28
Hotel Bretagne 32
Pino Di Loto Boutique Bed
And Breakfast 34
Maol Reidh Hotel 22 Four Doors Hotel30
Drinking Tour Of Europe36
Drinking Tour Of Europe 39
Greek Grape Wine Tours 42
Mysenses The Bar46
Brewers Of Europe49
Beach Holidays – The Fab 557
Alojamento Batata 62
Hyperion Oia Suites64
Salice Club Resort66
Kamp Galeb 68
Ile Ou Aile Catamaran 78
Bertoldi Boats 82
Luxury Catamarans 84
The One To Watch | Armenia 87
The Koelsch Guys Brew House Tours 52
Atlungstad Brenneri 54
Planning The Perfect Charter 71
Azure Ultra 76
Crete, The Island That Offers It All 95
History & Culture 97
Amazing Beaches & Bustling Cities 101
Smaragdi Boutique Hotel102
Santorini | The Jewel In The Crown
Of The Greek Isles109
Villa Arlene Boutique112
Santorini Five Top Tips115
Perivolas Lifestyle Houses120
Mykonos | Greece 122
La Maison Blanche Mykonos124
Karpathos | Hidden Gem 127
Althea Boutique Hotel128
Top Three Things To Do In Zakynthos131
Aurora Luxury Retreat 132
Athens | Greece134
18 Micon Str.136
Panorama Suites & Spa 140
Riverland Outdoor Adventures142
Umi Hotel 152
Arctic Adventures Whale Watching 158
The Hidden Gems Of Iceland161
Lónkot Rural Resort 172
Salt Eldhus Ehf156
The Algarve 177
10 Must Do Activities 179
Casa Da Baia – Centro De Promocao
Balaia Golf Village186
H10 Duque De Loule192
Sintra Marmoris Palace194
Sheraton Cascais Resort198
Private Villa Porto204
Solar De Oura206
Austria, The Power Of Three 211
Summer Adventure Austria 217
Austrian Mountain Getaways 225
Hallstatt Hideaway – Adults Only 226
Leogang | Austria 231
Looking Past Brussels 235
B&B Bergenhof 236
Bruges | Belgium 239
Biolandhaus Arche 222 Puradies 232
Istanbul – Stunning City Of Europe 245
Reis Inn Hotel 248
Ravouna 1906 – Special Category 252
Clarion Hotel Golden Horn 254
Casa Hermanas 258
Beyaz Villas 260
Hilton Marmara Region Bomonti250 Bodrum | Turkey257
The Enduring Appeal Of Italy 265 Transfer & Tours Cortona,
Tenuta Montemagno 276
Ben Carson 268
Hotel Le Fontanelle 270
Piedmont | Italy275
Rest Of Europe278
Barcelona And Beyond281 Mas Salagros Eco Resort 286 Ebike-Mallorca.com290
Sandra Tours 284 Palma De Mallorca | Spain 289
Hercex Zagreb 296
Sanda Baretic 298
Split | Croatia303
Heritage Hotel Antique Split304
Gaulos Dive Cove310
Top 3 Adventure Things To
Do In Slovenia 312
German Food Tour 317
Provence, Looking Past The Reviera 321
Le Chateau Du Bois 324
London | United Kingdom327
Sunborn London 328
Road Trip County Kerry 333
Kerry Experience Tours 336
Beautiful Slovakia 342
Excellence in service is an important category, as customer
service can often be responsible for guests returning year
after year. We look for the hotels and tour operators that
go out of their way to please guests, those that provide a
personal level of service and take the time to get to know
each visitor so that they might anticipate their every need.
This can be something as simple as a 24-hour concierge
desk, a hotel manager who offers a personal greeting or a
tour guide who is happy to create bespoke private tours –
what it is, we are always pleased when we encounter staff
that have been trained in the art of customer satisfaction.
It is no question that style and design plays a big part in
selecting our awards shortlist. A guest will form an opinion
about a hotel as soon as they arrive so it is important
to us that all our winners make those first impressions
count. We’re certainly not partial to a particular period of
architecture – but whether we’re judging a gothic castle or
an environmentally friendly lodge, the criteria remains the
same. We consider factors such as architectural features,
use of materials, creation of spaces, décor and the overall
feel. We love it when we find a hotel that tells a story
through its design and construction, or offers a design that
is sympathetic to the natural surroundings of its location.
STYLE & DESIGN
Knowledge of the local area is essential for any
organization, be it a hotel or a tour operator. The quality of
services takes a great hit when the quality of this element
is not up to the mark. Quite a few of our winners in this
category have displayed excellent knowledge about the
surrounding areas. The criteria for a hotel is slightly lenient
compared to a tour operator, as the latter is expected to
have thorough knowledge of the area in order to provide
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Award-winning guest rooms come in all shapes and sizes,
but they all have one thing in common, a home away from
home feel. The comfort of the facilities on offer are of vital
importance; we look for luxurious linens, stylish bathrooms
and a coordinated colour scheme that work together to
create a cohesive sense of relaxation. Additional touches,
such as complimentary toiletries, free wi-fi or tea and coffee
making facilities are always a bonus in making us feel
welcome. We’re always impressed to find hotel rooms that
embrace technology and offer amenities like tablets or smart
thermostat systems, but this does not always necessarily
trump the traditional – four poster beds, ornate fireplaces
or antique furniture that can add a touch of decadence to
a hotel stay.
Location is one of the most important factors, but also
one of the most subjective, as the ‘ideal’ is very much
determined by the type of visitor and the type of hotel
itself. However, there are a few factors we take into
consideration when determining the winners of locationbased
awards. The first is convenience; that is, hotels that
are easy to travel to. Many of our winners in this category
are in convenient locations, such as, adjacent to airports,
close to beaches or found in the heart of easy-to-navigate
cities. We are always impressed when hotels go the extra
mile to take the hassle out of traveling and offer such
additional services as airport shuttles or car hire services.
However, we’re always excited to come across a hotel
that is, to use a familiar phrase, off-the-beaten-track. A
hotel that can offer something a little different, in terms of
natural surroundings, can make the difference between a
good holiday and an incredible one.
In today’s modern age, a hotel or tour operator cannot
rely on word of mouth to get their message out into the
world. As social media has become a vital part of everyday
life, we like to see companies that go the extra mile to
engage with their guests, both past and future. Attractive
and informative websites and engaging and honest
content are what we look for when judging a company’s
use of marketing; how well they display their services, how
up-to-date their content is, how well they get their brand
message across, and, most importantly, how well their
marketing can tempt us to go and see what they have to
offer for ourselves.
What better way is there to know about an organization
than by getting first hand reviews? Customers are the best
judges of any service out there as they are the ones who
experience them and can assess whether they were up to
the mark or not. Considering reviews from hundreds of
customers gives us a fair idea about the general pros and
cons of any organization and also gives us valuable inputs
for the other criteria as well.
Diversity is one important aspect that needs to be taken
into consideration in the travel and hospitality industry.
It is essential to have with varying diversity to ensure
that the organization can properly connect with their
guests. Diversity is taken into account in terms of gender,
nationality as well as languages spoken among other
factors. Not only do we take the diversity of the staff into
account but even that of the facilities and services offered;
a hotel or tour operator providing a better range of service
always catches our eye.
It is of prime importance that an organization has thorough
industry knowledge. Without knowing the minutiae of the
industry, it is difficult to flourish and provide services which
are a class apart. Before any organization ventures into
the industry, it is essential that they know how the industry
is moving and how they should make changes to their
methodologies in order to remain relevant and also be a
EDITORS TOP 10
Elements Arctic Company | Norway
The Kaprun Edition | Austria
UVE Rooms and Wine Bar | Italy
Moal Reidh Hotel | Ireland
Mykonos Princess | Greece
Casa Da Eira | Portugal
Prima Vista Boutique Hotel | Greece
Four Doors Istanbul | Turkey
Hotel Bretagne | Denmark
Pino Di Loto | Greece
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Living like Urban Gypsies
Elements Arctic Camp offers accommodation in two rustic yurts that are best described
as modern nomadic tents. Each yurt has four comfortable beds with duvets and pillows.
Two extra guests can be accommodated by adding mattresses on the floor. In addition,
guests can also spend a leisurely time in the lounge area that is decked with cozy furniture.
Rebbenes, 9140 Rebbenes, Norway ♦ Tel +47 907 89 699 ♦ elementsarcticcamp.com
Do you often feel
your routine life? The frantic
cacophony and commotion of
modern living can take a toll on
your mental peace. A break from
this fast-paced urban lifestyle
brings you close to nature and
lets you enjoy the bliss of silence
and solitude. If you are craving
a rejuvenating getaway, head
straight to Elements Arctic Camp
Located on the island of
Rebbenesøya, north of Tromsø
in Norway, Elements Arctic
Camp welcomes you for a
unique adventure. Enjoy your
rendezvous with splendid natural
beauty and the exquisite marine
life of the Arctic coast. Experience
the thrill of sea kayaking, hiking
and snowshoeing during winters.
This is also the perfect spot for
witnessing the magic of the
The journey to this beautiful property is
nothing short of an expedition. You can
request the administration to arrange
for a pickup in Tromsø city. After a scenic
90-minute drive, you will embark on a
short ferry ride to reach Rebbenesøya.
Thereafter, you will have to walk through
the picturesque landscapes of the island
for 15-minutes to reach Elements Arctic
First-time visitors might be slightly taken
aback on knowing that the yurts aren’t
equipped with electricity or water supply.
However, the yurts are completely
insulated and fitted with kerosene and
wood-fired ovens to keep you warm as the
mercury dips. Pure water can be fetched
from a stream located just 200 meters from
Elements Arctic Camp. This is the closest
you will ever get to the adventure of living
like the early man.
Don’t be fooled by the rustic charm of
these yurts. They are fitted with fully
functional kitchens featuring state of the art
equipment such as a gas oven, refrigerator,
and a mini freezer. You will be tempted to
go fishing in the nearby lakes and prepare
a hearty meal with the day’s fresh catch.
Guests also get access to a bio-toilet in the
boathouse at Elements Arctic Camp. The
boathouse also offers drying and storage
facilities for clothes.
Prepare yourself to go off the grid as
modern facilities like Wi-Fi, radio, and
satellite TV aren’t available. It is the lack
of these distractions that guarantees a
completely rejuvenating holiday. The
secluded ambiance inspires you to spend
countless moments of introspection
and self-reflection. As you listen to the
serenading sounds of nature, you become
more self-aware and calm.
As you navigate through the pristine
seawaters on your kayak, you will be
mesmerized by the landscapes surrounding
you. Indulge in bird watching as you pass
many small islets and sheaves. One can
easily spot sea eagles, otters, and seals on
such kayak trips during the day. If you seek
a stronger adrenaline rush, go kayaking in
the dark. If you are lucky, the enchanting
northern lights will make your adventure
even more memorable.
During winter, guests can enjoy the
pleasure of snowshoeing and cross-country
skiing. You can go fishing at the scenic lakes
during the daytime. Spend the evenings
getting cozy around a campfire while
listening to the pacifying lullaby of nature.
The neighborhood also offers plenty of
hiking trails for the more adventurous.
Despite its remote and cut-off location, Elements Arctic Camp offers several opportunities
for outdoor activities. The property offers a few specially curated packages for sea
kayaking, bonfire, and culinary exploration. Guests can choose among trips of various
durations or request the courteous staff for a customized package.
Elements Arctic Camp curates a unique adventure experience that allows you to unwind,
relax and rejuvenate. You can simply spend your time stargazing and marveling at the
serenity of nature or you can explore various outdoor activities to explore the pictureperfect
surroundings. In either case, this getaway will charge you up and prepare you to
face any hardships that might come your way.
Schulstraße 15, 5710 Kaprun, Austria ♦ Tel +43 664 9416950 ♦ thekaprunedition.at
The quaint town of Kaprun in Austria is nothing short of a winter wonderland. Nestled
amidst the scenic Austrian Alps, it rests at the foot of the magnificent Kitzsteinhorn
glacier. During winter, this highly sought-after destination provides tourists with ample skiing
opportunities. The town also offers a plethora of upscale ski resorts, most exquisite of them
being The Kaprun Edition – Luxury Chalets.
Located just 300 m from the Lechnerberg Ski Lift, The Kaprun Edition – Luxury Chalets fills your
holiday with utmost luxury. The spacious and comfortable chalets let you enjoy modern facilities
in a homely ambiance. Picturesque mountains in the vicinity of this property are a feast for the
eyes. A river flows nearby, the sound of which lulls you to peaceful slumber.
Rustic Charm Meets World Class Facilities
The Kaprun Edition – Luxury Chalets offers
accommodation in the form of various
elegant wooden chalets built with natural
tree trunks. Don’t be fooled by the earthy
finish of these luxury chalets. They are
equipped with all contemporary amenities
such as temperature control, Wi-Fi, and a
The stylish chalets feature charming
wooden furniture to ensure a comfortable
stay for all guests. Hypoallergenic pillows
along with a pillow-top mattress and a
down comforter are provided in every
bedroom. Enormous glass windows let
you cherish the picturesque landscape
enveloping The Kaprun Edition – Luxury
Chalets. The experience feels straight out
of the pages of a fairy tale.
Each chalet has a spacious dining and
seating area where you can relish joyous
meals with your family. The chalets also
have a fully-functional kitchen fitted with
modern equipment such as a microwave
oven, toaster, refrigerator, coffee-maker,
and dishwasher. The units have multiple
bathrooms featuring a walk-in shower,
bidet, and a hair-dryer. Complimentary
toiletries and bath sheets are also provided.
The luxury chalets have their own terrace
with a private hot tub. You can enjoy
picture-perfect views of the river and
mountains while enjoying a relaxing bath.
The units also feature a cozy fireplace to
help you beat the winter chill. This property
turns your family outing into a memorable
Guests have the option to choose from
chalets with three, four, five, and seven
bedrooms. Depending on their size, these
units can accommodate between 12 and
24 guests. Free parking is available with
each chalet. Facilities such as a sauna and
BBQ can be arranged on request, at an
Abundant Skiing Opportunities
The Austrian town of Kaprun is every ski lover’s paradise. Apart from ultra-modern
amenities, The Kaprun Edition – Luxury Chalets also has a ski school and ski storage
space. Ski equipment is available for hire too. With the Lechnerberg Ski Lift located very
close to the property, you will be continually enticed to venture outside..
The bustling centre of Kaprun
is just a short walk away from
this property, where you can
find a few shops and eateries.
A 10-minute drive will take
you to Gipfelwelt 3000, the
excursion destination that lets
you experience the magic of
Kitzsteinhorn. For days when
you don’t feel like cooking,
you can walk down to nearby
restaurants for some lipsmacking
Other recreational facilities include a golf course and a tennis court. There’s even a public
soccer, volleyball and basketball court next to the chalets which is free to use for everyone.
The surrounding area also has a few delightful hiking trails and cycling routes. A church
and a museum are located close by too. You can also take a stroll down the road to reach
Burg Kaprun or Kaprun Castle. The charming 12th-century castle is located just 1.4 km
away from The Kaprun Edition.
The Kaprun Edition – Luxury
Chalets transforms all
your vacation dreams into
reality. You can experience
the unadulterated joy of
living amidst nature without
compromising on your
UVE ROOMS &
Hotel and Restaurant
Via Umberto I, 13, 12064 La Morra CN, Italy ♦ Tel +39 0173 50740 ♦
email@example.com ♦ www.uvelanghe.it
For lovers of Barolo, UVE
Rooms and Wine Bar is
a modern and stylish boutique
hotel located within the historical
and cultural centre of La Morra, in
the Piedmont region, at the heart
of the hilly landscapes of Langhe,
world famous for its vineyards of
ripened Nebbiolo grapes and
Listed as one of UNESCO’s
World Heritage sites, the Langhe
area has always been incredibly
important for wine growing so
much so that, in ancient times,
the cutting down of a vine was a
The UVE location is a fantastic
opportunity to discover the
charm of these listed heritage
hills, an area dedicated to wine
lovers with a significant number
of wine producers to visit and
the chance to taste, arguably, the
country’s most fabulous red wine,
The UVE offers eight unique and elegant
rooms, within a converted convent, with
original stone walls, arches and beamed
ceilings. A contrasting mix of contemporary
décor and soft furnishings designed and
created by local artisans, with sophisticated
lighting and accessories selected from the
most beautiful interior design companies in
Italy make this a relaxing space for formal
or informal visits.
The UVE wine bar and inner courtyard
is a perfect setting to enjoy the locally
sourced wines and cuisine including
cheeses, cold cuts of ham, white truffles
as well as traditional Italian sweet and
savoury specialities. Experience how the
characteristics of the local wines combine
with the delicious food with the help of the
Be prepared to be in awe at the beauty and
spirit of the Langhe region. UVE Rooms
& Wine Bar will make the trip even more
special, with its warm and welcoming
team, its romantic setting and atmosphere,
and perfect location for exploring the town
of La Morra and the entire region.
Tullycross, Renvyle, Co. Galway, Ireland ♦ Tel +353 95 43844 ♦
firstname.lastname@example.org ♦ www.maolreidh.com
The hotel finds itself on the beaches of the
Irish west coast, beneath the gaze of the
mountains of Connemara and Mayo boasts
a stylish restaurant serving all local produce.
Local white fish, Clare Island Salmon John
Wards Dooncastle Oysters, Killary Mussels,
Cleggan Crab and Scallops, Bernard Kings
Leenane lamb and beef sourced from
the wild Atlantic seaboard. The team is
always happy to oblige dietary or special
requirements. For those not wishing the
‘fuss’ of dinner a variety of dishes are
served daily in the bar.
The same bar is a haven of welcomes and
friendliness – chat, nap, eat, read or drink –
the choice is one’s own.
It may be cold outside, but a warm welcome awaits you at this contemporary boutique
hotel. Set on the stunning “Wild Atlantic Way” in the quaint village of Tullycross with its
traditional thatched cottages, this a perfect location to discover traditional Irish landscapes and
The hotel is family run with twelve spacious and modern en-suite rooms and free guest parking.
The rooms have everything you could wish for including flat screen television, DVD player and
a library of free films to choose from, tea and coffee and free Wi-Fi.
Local activities are plentiful including cycling and walking tours, fishing and boat trips, golf and
horse riding. The hotel is located ideally for exploring the Connemara National Park, Kylemore
Abbey and, of course, the spectacular sandy beaches that are just a short walk from the hotel.
Set yourself up for a day of exploring with the hotel’s hearty breakfast and take advantage of the
delicious and generously packed lunches that may be pre-ordered to take with you.
Traditional music and dancing are regular
events at the hotel where you can enjoy
Irish jigs, reels, banjos and hornpipes. Also
in the village are a further two traditional
Irish pubs where you will be sure of a
friendly welcome from the locals.
The hotel is a fine specimen of Cycladic architecture. The 39 rooms of the Mykonos
Princess Hotel are divided into nine room categories - but not one of them lacks on
amenities, which include, choice of pillows and a daily maid service! In addition, the
Front Desk is at your service round the clock. The rooms offer guests exceptional value
accommodation and magical views of the Aegean’s blue waters. All of the 39 rooms and
suites are decorated with subtle details of marine life with their colour scheme comprising
a natural palette of earthy tones, ideal for moments of relaxation and calmness - appealing
to children and adults alike!
Agios Stefanos, 84600 Mýkonos, Kikladhes, Greece ♦ Tel +30 22890 23806 ♦
Greece is a magical destination that has lured travellers from time immemorial. The
sublime climate, lip-smacking cuisine and abundance of things to do offer something
for everyone in the family. The Mykonos Princess Hotel, on the magical and mythical island
of Mykonos is no different. Situated at an ideal distance from the heart of the town, just a
minute drive. The location is perfect for couples, close to shopping centres and even closer
to the beach.
Speaking of pampering, the staff are more than willing to go the extra mile to make your
stay beyond comfortable. They are notorious for handing out free upgrades, especially for
honeymooners! Well, that is the famed Greek hospitality for you.
Speaking of gastronomic experiences, the
poolside Kapari Restaurant offers exciting
menu choices that you can feast on while
you absorb breathtaking, panoramic views
of the sea! A selection of sweet or savory
items will tempt any appetite, large or
small. For your breakfast, you can choose
from a wide range of à la carte options. The
restaurant is also offers vegetarian friendly
options. The wide range of facilities and
services, tailored to a variety of needs,
will turn your stay in Mykonos Princess
Hotel into a pleasant, comfortable and
CASA DA EIRA
Stylish Guest House
R. da Eira da Pedra 7, 7645-258 Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal ♦
Tel +351 283 997 001 ♦ villaeira.pt
Casa da Eira Boutique Houses is located in the peaceful town of Vila Nova de Milfontes
in the Natural Park of the Costa Vicentina. It is only 300 metres away from the beach and
a few steps away from the town’s historic centre. This project emerges from the desire to
offer a quality stay in Vila Nova de Milfontes, while standing out from other more mass
Casa da Eira has won
the European Travel
and Hospitality Awards’
Stylish Guest House of
the Year 2019- Alentejo
Portugal! This award was
only possible thanks to our
guests, who nominated
this guest house, through
their comments on several
platforms and the positive
reviews given to the service
and the clean but cosy
décor. The final decision
was made by a panel of
professionals in the tourism
sector, among which are
magazine editors and travel
bloggers, who compare
the several nominees to
determine who will be the
winner in each category.
The newly renovated guest house has 5 apartments and 6 double rooms with a clean,
minimalistic and contemporary décor, all of them come with a balcony. Casa da Eira also
offers a garden area, which will soon feature a swimming pool, and a roof top terrace.
To make your stay even more luxurious, they have a variety of activities and facilities in
the hotel. You can relax in the Jacuzzi or take a dip into their open air swimming pool.
They even have a special swimming pool for your kids to give your entire family a fun
Syvota 461 00, Greece ♦ Tel +30 2665 097056 ♦ primavista.gr
Tucked away on the coast of Syvota, Prima Vista Boutique Hotel provides you the
opportunity to live life king size in its amphitheatrically built suites with their lavishly
spread and furnished rooms. Situated right on the beach, the resort affords some splendid
views of the sea and the nearby Corfu and Paxos islands.
The hotel is built keeping ecology in mind and every single room in the hotel is built by
international ecological standards. They have a host of suites up for selection ranging from the
simple Junior Suite to the magnificent Presidential Suite. Every single suite features modern
amenities and plush furnishings to ensure a lavish and comfortable stay for you.
The hotel opens up to the beach where
there are loads of sunbeds specially for
you to sit back and relax while seeing the
sun kiss the horizon. For your gastronomic
indulgence, they have an in-house
restaurant led by experienced chefs and
maître to bring to you the finest of dishes.
Pair their exotic Mediterranean meals
with a glass of cool wine that comes with
a distinct and traditional flavour of Epirus.
If you’d like to have a drink, head to the
lounge bar or pool bar.
They take their services a step ahead by
providing a library and a fully-equipped
business center where you can carry out
your day-to-day business activities while on
your vacation. You can even keep up with
your fitness regime in their well-equipped
gym. Prima Vista truly gives you a boutique
experience throughout your stay by
matching its classy location with their
exceptional services and luxurious facilities.
FOUR DOORS HOTEL
Affordable Boutique Hotel
Katip Sinan Cami Sok No.34, Sultanahmet, Istanbul ♦ Tel +90 212 516 73 74 ♦
Located right in the centre of the historic district of Istanbul, Four Doors Hotel is among the
most popular accommodations for guests from all around the world. The hotel represents
luxury, comfort and convenience – all at the same time.
The hotel is equipped with 18 luxurious and luminous hotel rooms. Each room is classically
furnished with artistic interiors. The rooms are further adorned with blackout curtains to ensure
that guests receive maximum privacy. Basic amenities such as refrigerators, private minibars, a
32-inch flat-screen TV, and unlimited Wi-Fi access are made available to ensure that guests are
able to make the most of their time at the hotel.
If you’re travelling with your family then you
can opt for the Family Room which gives
you a magnificent view of the traditional city
horizons. If you’re looking to spend quality
time with your loved one then you can
opt for either the Superior or the Double
Room, which is designed in such a manner
that it allows guests to make the most of
the space available. Guests travelling on
a budget can choose to accommodate
themselves in the Budget room. The
rooms also come with amenities like
coffee/tea machines, in-room digital safes,
hypoallergenic pillows, cotton sheets, hair
dryers, slippers, a complimentary Dove
shampoo, hair-conditioning creams as well
as shower gel sets.
Breakfast is served in the winter garden of
the hotel where you can enjoy the buffet
consisting of fresh seasonal fruits, cheese,
pastry and delicatessen.
The major attractions of the city include
Hagia Sophia, which is the former Greek
Orthodox cathedral-turned museum,
which was built back in 537 AD. In addition
to this, Basilica Cistern, which represents
a subterranean structure commissioned
by Emperor Justinian, is also located at
800-metre distance from the hotel. If you’re
the kind who enjoys shopping, then you
can visit the bustling Grand Bazaar of the
city, which is a 5-minute walk away.
Whether you wish to explore the city or
want to just relax on your vacation, Four
Doors Hotel makes it all possible with its
affordable, yet luxurious amenities.
Sauntevej 18, 3100 Hornbæk, Denmark ♦ Tel +45 22 60 31 00 ♦ hotelbretagne.dk
The classic Bretagne Hotel
overlooks a beautiful lake
and Øresund Strait in the seaside
town of Hornbæk. Imagine
enjoying the beauty of Denmark’s
horizons from the comfort of your
room! This is just one of the many
enthralling experiences that you
can get while staying in Hotel
Bretagne. Transportation around
the region is easy as Hornbæk
Station is just a 2-minute walk
While it was standing empty
and worn out for years, after
undergoing extensive renovation,
it has got back its old charm and
elegant feel. The hotel is often
described as being a luxurious
version of a traditional Danish
bath hotel which is both bright
and simple by nature. The
hotel has been designed in the
Gustavian style and it features a
lake-view restaurant and a lobby
The 23 beautifully decorated rooms give
you stunning views of the city and the
Hornbæk Lake along with the sea. But apart
from the views, the rooms are elegantly
decorated to make sure that your stay is as
pleasant as the views around!
The hotel includes a Nordic and French
inspired restaurant that offers different
monthly menus. The restaurant is open for
both lunch and dinner while breakfast is
usually served in a buffet format.
It is merely a 15 minute drive away from the
Kronborg Castle, which is considered to be
one of the most important Renaissance
castles in Northern Europe and has even
been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage
Sites list. If you enjoy watching the sea
roar in its gloriousness, you can simply
walk towards the Hornbæk Harbour and
the beach, which are both a 10 Minutes’
The hotel takes part in arranging
Winemakers Dinner, where they typically
invite a wine producer, who shows specific
wines that are suited best for the guests.
Following this, the hotel’s chef Kasper
Larsen adapts the dishes to the wines.
This is the perfect choice for all the wine
Hotel Bretagne not only affords some
fantastic views but also gives you an allround
indulgent experience that will remain
etched in your memory forever. This,
combined with the beauty of Hornbæk will
truly make your trip unforgettable.
PINO DI LOTO
Boutique Guest House
Kini, Syros, Cyclades, Greece ♦ Tel +30 22810 71504 ♦pinodiloto.gr
Pino Di Loto Boutique Bed and Breakfast is situated on the popular Kini Beach which has
been awarded the blue flag for its spectacular beauty. The guest house is equipped with
six world-class suites that overlook the magnificent Aegean sea. You can expect maximum
convenience as the guest house also offers free private parking , access to unlimited Wi-Fi, at
no additional cost as well as Concierge Services.
The main highlight of the guest house are its rooms. They are spacious and manage to strike
a perfect balance between the traditional atmosphere of Greece and the advanced, modern
facilities. For instance, each of the rooms boasts a flat-screen TV, surround-sound speakers and
Nespresso coffee machines. The rooms contain unique interiors as well as exteriors.
The guest house also has a large private
pool as well as a sun terrace where you can
lay back and relax. If you wish to enjoy the
ultimate privacy , Pino di Loto offers two
Executive Suites too, with a private plunge
mini pool in front of each one!
If you’re planning on hosting a party or an
event, the guest house makes arrangement
for that as well (regarding availability!).
Refreshing drinks and light snacks are
made available as and when required.
Guests are happier with the privacy that
this Boutique B&B offers and that is what
this guest house is known for.
Greece is a tourist spot, therefore it is natural
for most prime locations to be crowded.
However, the staff at Pino di Loto ensures
that you receive an exclusive experience to
make your journey memorable.
Homemade traditional breakfast, a light
snack lunch or dinner can be made available
in the leisure of your own room.Since there
is no restaurant at the premises yet, if you
wish so the guesthouse staff will be more
than happy to deliver you the dinner that
you prefer directly from the restaurants that
are situated down at the beach of Kini!
There are a range of activities on the beach
as well as watersports activities that you
can take part in. All you need to do is get in
touch with the guest house staff and they’ll
arrange it all for you.
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DRINKING TOUR OF EUROPE
Organised pub crawls for those wishing to be guided around exciting European
cities offer great opportunities for solo travellers or small groups as they are a fun
and relaxed way to meet people and make new friends.
Recommended cities for guided pub crawls include Ireland´s Galway city. A gorgeous
city to visit especially on St. Patrick´s day and a pub crawl experience not to be missed.
Make sure to stop by the deceptively tiny O´Connell´s, a traditional Irish pub full of Irish
“craic” and the location for Ed Sheeran´s Galway Girl video. Situated in Eyre Square, it
has a sprawling yard at the rear of the pub where, even in winter, is a great place to drink
traditional hot whiskey.
Another hugely recommended
city for an exciting and vibrant
pub crawl is Rotterdam city,
especially when there are
special events such as the King´s
Birthday where everyone is
dressed in orange to celebrate.
Enjoy the vibrant nightlife and
make new friends in this iconic
A guided pub crawl brings
together locals and tourists for
a tour of traditional pubs and
Cologne in Germany is another stunning location to grab some friends and go on a
pub crawl adventure, starting at the vibrant Gaststätte Lommerzheim for a true taste
of Cologne. Sample the traditional and time honoured Päffgen Kölschl beer served by
grumpy waiters known as Köbes. Remember to put your coaster on top of your glass
when you have had enough beer, empty glasses are automatically renewed by the circling
Wine Tour Company
Visitors get to know the Kamp Valley wine
region, the Langenlois winemakers and
wines, while learning all kinds of interesting
facts about vine cultivation. The vineyard
topics are illustrated by some spectacular
installations and sculptures such as a metre
long earthworm burrowing through the
vineyard soil which accompanies the topic
‘tillage’, a ‘giant pupitre’ which becomes
a viewing platform, or a swing that invites
you to monitor the weather and many
Loisium-Allee, 3550 Langenlois, Austria ♦ Tel + +43 2734 2000 ♦
Visiting Langenlois means getting to know the charming essence of the Kamp Valley. To
discover a place whose gently contoured vineyards, gorgeous gardens and diversified
architecture court the senses of its visitors.
The WINE TRAIL Langenlois leads through the famous Langenlois vineyard sites Dechant,
Käferberg, Steinhaus and Schenkenbichl, taking you on a journey of discovery into the exciting
and challenging ‘vineyard workplace’. It lets visitors immerse themselves into the everyday life
and minds of the winemakers, thereby revealing what constitutes the work, joys and concerns
of a winemaker’s life.
The rental key to open those ‘wine safes’, as well as tasting sets is a convenient shoulder
bag that come equipped with Riedel glasses and a wine trail book.
Wine Tour Company
email@example.com ♦ www.greekgrapewinetours.com
Be prepared for the most memorable wine and food experience in Greece with Greek
Grape Wine Tours! Whether you are visiting Greece for the first or umpteenth time, it
would be a shame to not to explore its diverse and beautiful wine country.
Taste through the rugged villages of Northern Greece where the lush Xinomavro grape thrives,
down to the beautiful Peloponnese appellations of Nemea and Mantinia, and finally to the
stunning, wine-producing islands of Crete and Santorini where the beauty of the wines are only
rivalled by the stunning landscapes of these Cycladic islands.
Over 11 days, your own private certified
wine expert will guide your small group (no
more than 10 people per trip) through each
region as you experience a Greece rarely
seen. You will get to know the winemaker’s
histories and unique winemaking stories,
become experts in the indigenous varietals
of Greece and sample wines not available
anywhere else in the world! Throughout
the trip, you will enjoy these unique wines
paired with the different gastronomical
delights that capture the essence of each
In addition to wining and dining, you
will also visit some of the important
archaeological sites of Greece, including
the Acropolis and its must-see museum,
Ancient Nemea, the Royal Tombs in
Vergina and Knossos in Crete. They also
ensure that you have time on your own to
explore and savour each destination. This
is an incredible experience for any wine
lover, foodie, or history buff.
The “Greek Grape Tour” covers all these
wine regions and is currently held twice
a year in Spring and Fall. They can also
customize tours focused on just the North
of Greece or the Islands.
Whichever tour you may choose, you
can count on Greek Grape Wine Tours to
give you the best Greek wine experience
possible. For any wine connoisseur, this is a
trip you simply cannot miss!
Viale delle Forze Armate, 9, 20147 Milan, Italy ♦ Tel + 0245482571 ♦ enotecagatto.com
Are you looking for a traditional
wine experience in the beautiful
city of Lombardy? Enoteca Gatto is
your answer! Equipped with executives
who are knowledgeable in the field, the
wine tour company is known to provide
the much-required cultural touch to its
Located in the heart of Milan, guests
can buy and taste endless varieties
of wines. They have about 300 types
on the offer. Guests also receive the
opportunity to get a taste of numerous
artisan products of Italian food. There
are range of different options to
choose from, however, if you are not
well aware of the history of wine, the
guides at the bistro will help you to
make a wise decision on the basis of
your preference. The architecture of the
region, and the bistro itself, only adds
to the classic vibe that will definitely
make your experience fancier.
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MYSENSES THE BAR
Bahnhofstrasse 32, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland ♦ Tel +41 43 819 17 17 ♦ mysensesbar.ch
Switzerland is the playground of the
rich and famous and mySenses
The Bar is an excellent cocktail bar
for the cognoscenti in the bustling
city of Switzerland – Zurich. Located a
few blocks down from the Dubendorf
Bahnhof, in a office/ residential area,
mySenses’s location makes it a hot
favorite among the people of Zurich.
The place has specialty gin, rum,
whiskey and cocktails to cater to every
taste. The owner and staff greets you
upon entry with a welcoming smile.
The staff will come to your table or chair
to take your order and at the same time
bring a small plate of cheese chunks on
the house! And these accompaniments
keep changing with different rounds
of drinks. So it could be assorted nuts
with one and a small plate of sliced
salami with another. The warm scent
of wood as you enter the dining room,
the bouquet of wine or the powerful
spiciness of the exquisite cigars in the
humidor – make mySenses a multisensory
In case you want to stand behind the
counter and mix your own drinks or those
of your friends, the staff at mySenses
will enable you to do that as well – with
expert guidance. Thanks to state-of-theart
acoustic technology, the contents of
your conversations remain at your table.
They are accompanied only by gentle
musical sounds as well as the work of the
Then there is the focused lighting, but
floor to ceiling windows also offer natural
lighting, depending on the time of the
day when you visit and the season too.
The tasteful colour scheme of the interiors
is a feast for the eyes and yet creates a
cozy and welcoming ambience. Wood,
steel and glass dominate and leave an
impression of modernistic harmony. Sofas,
padded chairs, stools along the walls and
at the reverse L-shaped bar make seating
convenient and comfortable too.
There is a separate enclosed smoker’s
lounge with even more exclusive alcohol
in the case and cigars. The best is yet to
come! There is no dress code! Come as you
are – in jeans or dress. The place welcomes
you and treats you as a special guest.
BREWERS OF EUROPE
Europe has steadily been
experiencing a craft beer
revolution and is now flooded with
independent breweries in practically
every city producing a range of
innovative flavours and creative styles
in state of the art breweries, many
of which are open to a new wave of
appreciative and cultured palates.
Beer tours are arguably on a par
with wine tasting tours, perhaps if
not more enjoyable, as beer is a
far less pretentious beverage and
hence an exciting excuse to visit
areas renowned for beer traditions
and history. Every city in Europe
will have a locally brewed beer, but
we particularly recommend the
Berlin for serious beer enthusiasts is an opportunity to gain
a deeper understanding of German beer heritage. The
16th century German sour beer Berliner Weisse is a long
established beer that has witnessed a rise in appreciation in
recent years simply due to the brewing techniques involved
in its production and really should only be sampled in Berlin.
Berlin city boasts many speciality breweries and brewpubs,
trendy and modern but still maintaining established German
brewing techniques using wild yeast and other raw materials
that go into producing a quality unfiltered product.
Why not take the opportunity to drink
like a Viking in Iceland, where there
are a surprising number of avantgarde
micro-breweries in operation,
offering award-winning ales and
ice cold refreshingly well balanced
blonde beers brewed in traditional
Pilsner custom. There is even an
opportunity to go to “beer college” at
the oldest brewery based in Reykjavik,
the Ölgerðin Egils Skallagrímsson
brewery is equipped with 10 beer taps
and provides lessons in everything
beer related, from how to brew and
taste to how to serve beer correctly
English beer has never gone out of fashion, and in the capital there has been a resurgence
and momentum offering liquid tours at various cool and trendy craft alehouses and,
conversely, heritage London pubs, steeped in history and character, whilst the monks at
Leicestershire’s St Bernard Abbey recently comprehended the popularity of beer over
milk and diversified their farming production to create the quaintly named Tynt Meadow
beer. Using traditional British brewing methods, with a great deal of research and advice
from experts the finished product is a testament to the intrinsic vocation of hundreds of
years of the monastic labour of brewing beer. Beer lovers can now visit the brewery and
enjoy a tour of the Monastery, the only one of its kind in the UK.
Guests receive the opportunity to discover
Cologne’s unique beer culture with the help of
a local guide. The local guide will walk you to
four traditional pubs in one of Cologne’s most
traditional neighbourhoods. The tours usually
include four authentic German beers and have
a maximum group size of 20 people. However,
if you wish to drink more than the included
beers, the guide will make that possible.
Heumarkt 39, 50667 Köln, Germany ♦ Tel +49 221 65028302 ♦ koelschguys.com
The best kind of catching up
with friends can be done over
a pint or two of beers and we are
sure that you won’t deny that. Beers
are consumed widely, yet they are
prepared using different methods in
There is a lot of history involved
behind the origins and success of
the drink. It can get quite fascinating
to understand the process through
which beers are essentially produced
and distributed along the long run.
The Koelsch Guys Brew House Tours
of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
provide a culinary experience that is
sure to blow your mind away. The
company has been offering both,
private and public tours that provide
information about the beers of
Michael and Stefan, the founders,
gradually welcomed thousands of
guests on their tour and after receiving
amazing feedback, they decided to
expand their team. Their biggest aim
is to make the guests happy.
The company mentions three important
factors as being their top-most selling
points, in relation to their beer tours.
They promise to provide a fun experience
and bring guests to their favorite nightlife
destination after the tour. Lastly, they
plan private tours for both individuals and
groups, tailoring the plans as per individual
requirements, thereby offering maximum
amount of flexibility.
Regular public tours usually take a
maximum of two hours. Moreover, the total
walking distance on the tour is roughly one
kilometre. The length of the private tours
various according to your preferences.
If you’re a beer lover, the tour by the Koelsch
guys will definitely not disappoint you.
They will bring you closer to your beloved
drink and will give you the opportunity to
discover it more than you ever did!
Sandvikavegen 214, 2312 Ottestad, Norway ♦ Tel +47 62 33 00 55 ♦ atlungstadbrenneri.no
Culture is a strong part of people’s lives. It is through this phenomenon that most of our
lives are moulded. Atlungstad Brenneri of Norway is apt for anyone looking to gain a
cultural experience. The company is known to offer open guided tours to help visitors expand
their aquavit knowledge, further experience the atmosphere of an aquavit store and see the
impressive fermentation tanks in Norway’s only genuine potato liquor distillery, that is still
operational. Guided tours take place in the production plant for potato alcohol production and
the aquavit warehouse. The company makes use of these guided tours to tell and show the
whole process from potato to aquavit.
Atlungstad Brenneri was established back in 1855. Ever since then, thousands of visitors from
across the globe travel to the company to taste its aquavit. Guided tours including tasting have
a duration of about 1.5 hours.
The best part about the service is that it
can also be combined with many other
pleasant visits to Hedmark, including
Jernbanemuseet, Anno Museum,
Proysenhuset, Skibladner, Stange
Vestbygd, Mios Farms, Simenstad Farms
and the Pilgrim’s tours. The beautiful, redbrick
buildings of Atlungstad Brenneri
are idyllically situated at the edge of a
lake in Stange Vestbygd, also referred to
as “The Tuscany of the North”. The 30
meter high burner pipe can be seen from
Hamar, which is only a short bike ride away.
Atlungstad is a unique cultural monument
where you get to see both Norwegian
industrial architecture, burning history, and
Norwegian aquavit production in the last
The company customizes the program
based on your interests and wishes, and
tailor a package for you. In the program
they can offer guided tours with tasting,
aquavit lectures with tasting, drink lessons,
and lunch and dinner for groups of at least
Why not put the meeting day in historical
surroundings? At Atlungstad, there’s plenty
of room for strategic meetings, seminars
and business dinners. The company
offers meeting rooms for groups of up to
70 people. Together, they set up the day
based on your desire and create a program
that gives you a break from your hectic life.
BEACH HOLIDAYS – THE FAB 5
Polychrono Beach | Greece)
Cape Columbo Beach | Greece
Praia da Nazare | Portugal
Salice Beach | Italy
Velika Beach | Croatia
Beach Front Apartments
Polychrono 630 85, Greece ♦ Tel +30 2374 052089 ♦ villadespina.gr
As the mercury levels dip, do you find yourself craving for the warm rays of the sun?
Perhaps, you have a beach holiday on your mind? If so, head straight to the flawless
golden beaches in the Kassandra peninsula of Halkidiki in Northern Greece. While you are here,
book your stay at Villa Despina to make the experience truly memorable.
It features fifteen self-catering accommodation units that offer the perfect combination of
traditional Greek hospitality and ultra-modern comfort. The property is encapsulated in an
endless stretch of 3000 square meter olive grove. The icing on the cake is Villa Despina’s
proximity to the picturesque Blue-Flag awarded sea beach.
All the apartments and studios at Villa Despina are minimally decorated with earthy tones,
pastel hues, and distinct lines. Each unit has its own private balcony overlooking the garden
and the pristine sea beach.
Accommodation in Villa Despina is broadly
divided into three categories. The studios
can accommodate two adults and one
child. The apartments have two rooms
that can accommodate two adults and
two children. The suites, featuring two
bedrooms and a tastefully decorated living
room, demonstrate the epitome of luxury
at Villa Despina.
Every unit is furnished with a large queensize
double bed and a sofa-cum-bed.
A fully-equipped open kitchen with all
modern amenities and utensils is also
The friendly staff and crew are always on
their toes to make your stay relaxed and
pleasant. A fully equipped barbeque can
also be arranged on request.
The vast stretch of golden sea beach is
just a short walk away from the property.
You can also walk to the Mavrobara Lake,
located just 3 km away from the property.
Take time out to marvel at the traditional
houses with red-tiled rooftops and the
resplendent Orthodox churches.
Despite this exclusive experience, Villa
Despina is easily accessible from the
city of Thessaloniki. This ease of access
coupled with the impressive surroundings
and contemporary amenities make Villa
Despina the ideal base for a leisurely beach
Beach Front Apartments
Av. Manuel Remígio 84, 2450-172 Nazaré, Portugal ♦ Tel +351 919 245 867 ♦
Nestled on the west coast of the
Iberian Peninsula, Portugal is
one of the most alluring countries in
Europe. It is replete with expansive
vineyards, lush farmlands, pristine
coastlines, medieval towns, and a rich
culture that dates back by centuries.
Alojamento Batata offers an exotic stay
in their beachfront apartments located
on the bluewaters of the Silver Coast.
Whether you are on a romantic getaway
with your significant other or on a family
trip, they have fabulous beachfront
apartments which can host upto 7
people. You can even choose to stay in
one of their four independent rooms.
Apart from the enthralling sea views
from the balcony, the rooms provide
ultra-luxurious stays at budget-friendly
prices. The rooms are beautifully
decorated with regal paintings, antique
items, and classic furniture. Each
apartment consists of high-quality
bedding, spacious bathrooms, and
a fully equipped kitchen with oven,
microwave, electric teapot, and a coffee
The in-house staff are always on their toes,
catering to every whim and fancy of their
guests. Furthermore, Alojamento Batata
benefits from a privileged beachfront
location on the main avenue of Nazaré, in
the center of the historic village. Guests can
also indulge in several in-house recreational
activities such as yoga and water sports like
surfing and dolphin rides!
Nazaré is indeed a paradise in itself. It is
visited annually by thousands of domestic
and foreign tourists, and today it is known
to be the world reference of surfing with
massive waves near its beaches. While in
Nazaré, you can explore few of the most
mesmerizing beaches of Portugal, marvel
at some of the majestic surfers across the
globe, take the funicular from the beach
to the cliffs, witness traditional Portuguese
fishing, explore picturesque buildings and
treat yourself with lip-smacking seafood!
A luxurious stay in beachfront apartments is
on the bucket list of many, and Alojamento
Batata is transforming that dream into
reality. Every corner of Alojamento Batata
explodes with fun and frolic making your
holiday unique and memorable. It lends
a new perspective to your Portuguese
experience that remains etched in your
Beach Front Suites
You also get your very own, private-heated
outdoor cave swimming pool. Nothing
compares to the joy of relaxing in your own
pool after a long day of travel. Guests can
make optimum use of the hydro-massage
facility in each of these pools too. Apart
from the hydro-massage facility, the pool
also features an outdoor Albatross hottub
which is large enough to fit an entire
family! Imagine spending time with your
loved ones over a piping hot cup of tea or
perhaps, freshly-squeezed glass of grape
wine while sitting back here.
Santorini 847 02, Greece ♦ Tel +30 2286 021935 ♦ hyperion-oiasuites.com
Perched on a hill in Oia, Hyperion Oia Suites overlooks the breathtaking Caldera
and Aegean Sea. The suites here are modernly-decorated, yet let you get a taste
of the beautiful nature that they are surrounded with. Each of the units go on to feature
a separate living room, a master-size bedroom, a fully-equipped kitchen and a bathroom
with advanced-technology shower. However, the best part about the suites is their seating
area, which lays perched on the room’s private deck. Experience the absolutely beautiful
sea and caldera views from your own private balcony or while relaxing by the poolside.
If you’re looking to escape your day to day
life and kiss goodbye to your weekly woes,
then this is the perfect spot for you. The
staff at Hyperion Oia Suites ensure that
the spectacular views and large outdoor
spaces are provided to you with utmost
From your suites, you can enjoy the
panoramic, unblocked vision of the
extremely-popular sunset of Oia. You even
get to experience the magnificence of the
Aegean, Thirasia and Caldera Seas. Just
below your private deck is access to the
unique view to Ammoudi Bay too.
Hyperion Oia’s hearty and delicious
breakfast, lunch and dinner spreads are
absolutely mouthwatering. You have the
option of customizing your meals, as per
your wishes too. You can also enjoy a fine
selection of wines along with other types of
alcohol mixes. Enjoy Greek hospitality at its
finest with Hyperion Oia.
Via Ticino, 13, 87064 Salicetti, Corigliano Calabro CS, Italy ♦ Tel +39 0983851169 ♦
Located in the heart of the ancient Magna Graecia, Salice Club Resort is truly the place
to be owing to its beautiful location and impeccable services. If you’re looking for an
abundance of sun, beach and good food, you are sure to have a good time at the resort.
The property is located in the middle of centuries-old pine trees. The best aspect about
this resort is that it provides guests with private access to the sandy Calabro Beach, which
is located just 3-minutes away. Besides experiencing the abundance of nature, the place
also offers a magnificent swimming pool and other sporting facilities including tennis, and
fishing. While the resort specializes in Continental and Italian cuisines, guests can even opt
for the authentic Ionian Calabria spread of food. After a long and fruitful day spent exploring
the ancient Magna Graecia, guests can retire during the evenings by the piano bar.
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Beach Front Villas
Vukovarska ul. 7, 21310, Omiš, Croatia ♦ Tel +385 21 864 430 ♦ kamp.galeb.hr
Once you have settled down in your room,
you can enjoy a bunch of recreational
facilities at Kamp Galeb. These include an
artificial turf football field, a tennis court
equipped with night lighting, basketball,
volleyball, and handball courts.
If you are toying with the idea of a grand beach holiday, you must head to Kamp Galeb in
Croatia. Built in 1974, this three-star property is recognized as one of Croatia’s best camping
A 300-meter long sandy beach and exceptionally shallow water make it the ideal destination for
a holiday with children. This makes it a popular choice for family camping. Split, the largest city
on the Croatian coast, is just 25 kilometers away from Kamp Galeb.
Accommodation at Kamp Galeb consists of fully furnished mobile homes overlooking the blue
waters of the sea. Each of these energy efficient mobile homes can accommodate up to eight
people in three bedrooms. The mobile homes feature state-of-the-art amenities including airconditioning,
satellite TV, comfortable wooden furniture, as well as a fully-equipped kitchen.
They also have two bathrooms and a Jacuzzi tub on the terrace.
Young campers can have a blast at the children’s
playground, mini club, and mini disco. An outdoor
swimming pool is available, for both adults and kids.
This is also one of those few properties that allow
you to bring your pets, making your vacation all the
Apart from the luxurious mobile
homes, Kamp Galeb provides
camping pitches for those who
want to park their caravan or pitch
The picture-perfect beach features
a restaurant and bar. You can sip
on cocktails and munch on droolworthy
Croatian delicacies while
watching the waves lash on the
shore. The courteous and friendly
staff is always on their toes to
ensure that you have the ultimate
Whether you are a hardcore
adrenaline junkie or a hopeless
romantic, Kamp Galeb offers you
the perfect escape from your
PLANNING THE PERFECT CHARTER
Sailing in Europe.
What constitutes the perfect European sailing trip varies from person to person and
of course, depends upon many factors such as sailing experience, qualifications, and
If you hanker for the ocean, a skippered sailing vacation on board a yacht is a practicable
option to discover specific parts of Europe such as Croatia and Turkey. Various organised
boat charter organisations exist, catering to specific requirements such as age and
A unique, tranquil and relaxing option is to rent a barge boat. Moreover, renting a 50-
foot barge in France requires no formal qualifications or previous experience. After just
a 20 minute course required to familiarise yourself with the barge, you are at the helm
of a beautiful, four cabin, two-wheel floating house enjoying the freedom, fresh air and
scenic French landscapes. Quickly learn to navigate locks and seek out shady spots to
dock and explore the picturesque French towns and villages, stocking up on breakfast
provisions such as croissants and fresh French baguettes and, of course the obligatory
French wine and cheese.
For an excellent sailing vacation with no maritime experience, opt for a chartered
Mediterranean sailing holiday and take advantage of a local skipper where you are
in safe hands. Choose to relax with your feet hanging off the side of the yacht or gain
some useful sailing tuition. A reputable chartered boat organiser works with you to plan
your itinerary, or you might prefer to allow them to steer the flavour of the trip, to take
you to some of the best locations on the Mediterranean, picturesque towns, hidden
beaches, vibrant nightlife and great stopovers.
The same rules apply to a flotilla sailing trip around the Greek Islands. Sail the beautiful
South Ionian Islands solo, with family or with friends. A flotilla is a group of up to 12
boats all led by an experienced crew who plan exciting destinations, assist whenever
needed, keep a close eye on the weather thus allowing you to be confident and enjoy
the high seas. Flotilla sailing is a great way to meet like-minded, seafaring people, take
part in friendly regattas, and enjoy the social aspect of life on the ocean.
If the preference is a recreational day trip without the luxury of an on-board skipper,
catering and amenities, there a few exciting options available. For instance, Germany’s
northern Lake District of Mecklenburg has a myriad of natural inland lakes connected
via meandering rivers upon which day sailing is a prevalent method of travelling and
exploring. This peaceful and scenic region fondlyc called the “Land of a Thousand
Lakes” is popular with kayakers due to convenient routes and stop-offs along the way,
including campsites with picnic tables and small cafes.
Also in Germany are the Alster Lakes, located within the heart of the city of Hamburg.
The lakes date back to medieval times and comprise two large lakes, the Außenalster
and the Binnenalstar. Boat rental is very popular, everything from small one-hour cruise
boats with refreshments, chartered catamarans and sailing yachts, to simple pedal
boats, canoes, kayaks or stand-up paddleboards. Enjoy the magnificent backdrop of
architecture from the water including Hamburg City Hall, iconic churches, impressive
mansions and fountains, ancient trees and lush green parks. Sailing while the sun drops
over the city horizon provides a fantastic photo opportunity with the city lights reflected
on the lake surface.
What sets Azure Ultra apart is the
impeccable service provided by its onboard
staff and crew. They are constantly on their
toes, catering to every whim and fancy of
their guests. This unparalleled hospitality is
at par with any five-star property.
Guests can also indulge in several onboard
recreational activities and water sports.
The experienced professionals at Azure
Ultra offer suggestions on how to plan
your itinerary, including secluded beaches,
sea caves and other hidden treasures of
the Maltese archipelago. The destination
specialists also curate special packages
to other coastal gems in the central
Mediterranean region, including Sicily and
the Amalfi Coast.
Pontoon B, Grand Harbour Marina, Vittoriosa, BRG 1721, Malta ♦
Tel +356 2778 2500 ♦ azureultra.com
Malta gives you the perfect amalgamation of a pristine coastline, lip-smacking food, and
rich heritage. To make your Maltese rendezvous one of a kind, make sure you indulge
in a luxury yacht experience by Azure Ultra.
Azure Ultra offers luxury yachting getaways in the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The
best part is that they have both fractional ownership and private charter opportunities. This
makes the premium experience more affordable for many guests. The team of experts can also
design tailor-made packages for weddings, anniversaries, corporate events, team outings etc.
A luxury yacht holiday is on the bucket list of many and Azure Ultra is transforming that
dream into reality. Every corner of Azure Ultra’s premium yachts exudes luxury, making
your holiday a unique and memorable one. It lends a new perspective to your Maltese
experience. No wonder the company’s official slogan states “Beyond Ordinary”.
Guests can choose from a fleet of premium motor yachts belonging to the elegant
Sunseeker range, a favorite of many Hollywood A-listers. The company also owns a variety
of sports yachts, leaving guests spoilt for choice. All yachts feature fully-equipped bars,
spacious VIP cabins, overhead flybridges, salons and much more. In order to enhance
your experience, the company has introduced fully-accredited captains on all yachts. The
highlight of these boats is a hydraulic bathing platform where guests can soak in the
sunshine, while admiring the sea.
ILE OU AILE
France ♦ Tel +33 6 62 53 60 62 ♦ ileouailecatamaran.com
Whether you’d like to take a boat tour around the famous Fort Boyard from Oleron
Island or spend a peaceful evening by the Aix Island, Ile ou Aile Catamaran has a
personalized programme for you all. The sailing company specializes in delivering memorable
experiences for its guests. In their own words, they are the ultimate cruising specialists at Fort
Boyard on the island of Oleron from Boyardville.
The company was established over 13 years ago with the objective of helping its guests discover
their passion for sailing. The services are made available for interested guests with reduced
mobility and almost everyone can enjoy it! Those who sign up for the services will receive the
opportunity to enjoy the advantages of the navigation on the catamaran while travelling calmly
and in complete safety with the young sailors.
The catamaran features a surface of 100 m2
which gives the guests the charm of sailing,
flat on the water, without any lodging. For
more thrills, the more intrepid can jump onto
the vast net located at the front of the boat.
The famous Fort Boyard – which seems to
be accessible only by sea is accessible via
the catamaran! Thanks to its weak draft,
Aile is the ideal boat to approach the
mythical monument and go around in the
best conditions. Imagine a stroll in the sea
cradled by the sound of the waves. This is
the moment of great relaxation that guests
experience with the sailing company. Enjoy
the rich tranquil nature and succumb to the
charm of sailing with your loved ones.
As far as Fort Boyard is concerned, the
crossing lasts for over an hour. A drink is
also offered during the crossing. In case
you plan on bringing your children along
with you, they will be invited to participate
in the maneuvers. The programme is
designed in a specific manner, so that the
guests receive the opportunity to make
the most of their voyage en-route to
Ile ou Aile Catamaran provides you the
escape you need to get away from the
daily hustle and bustle of the city life and
takes you to magical lands where you can
relax and rejuvenate before returning back.
Várzea da Orada, 707-H, 8200-394 Albufeira, Portugal ♦ Tel +351 289 591 153 ♦
Portugal is famous for its outdoor
activities for the intrepid traveller.
And within this category, water-based
holiday experiences are rather popular.
AlgarExperience, a sailing company
that has been operative since 2006 is a
pioneer in sea and nautical activities.
Discover The Seas
A few of the experiences offered by
1. Caves & Coastline
During the three hours of this adventure,
cruising along the coastline between
Albufeira Marina and the Benagil Cave,
guests visit the emblematic rock formations
and sea caves famous for their unique
features. During the tour, guests can also
stop for a refreshing swim in the sea!
3. Beach BBQ
AlgarExperience’s Beach BBQ is an
adventurous and romantic activity lasting
six and a half hours! From Albufeira Marina,
the experience involves cruising along the
coastline and visiting the sea caves in the
region, before disembarking on a secluded
beach for a barbecue prepared by the crew
They even organize sunset BBQ,
parasailing, fishing and other corporate and
private events based on your preferences!
Within a little more than a decade, the
company has grown from being a oneboat
operator to a huge enterprise that
offers a variety of aquatic and nautical
experiences focusing on providing
high quality service and customer
Today, with the primary objective of
sharing the secrets of the natural beauty
of the magnificent coastline of Algarve,
AlgarExperience offers a wide range of
activities. AlgarExperience is not just
known for its wide variety of offerings,
but it is also known for complying with all
legal requirements for maritime tourism
and is registered with the Portuguese
2. Dolphin & Caves Catamaran
This very popular option amongst the
patrons of AlgarExperience is a two-hour
activity that combines two unforgettable
experiences on the Algarve coastline: the
observation of dolphins and a visit to the
most stunning sea caves and other rock
formations in the region.
If you would like to spend a different day
with family or friends and you are looking
for something more exciting and fun, do
try out the various water sports, such as
parasailing, water ski, and wakeboarding.
AlgarExperience offers a wide range of
activities in the field of recreational and
adventure tourism for all!
Lungolago Armando Diaz, 25019 Sirmione (Brescia) Italy ♦ Tel +39 030 7778527 ♦
Since 1891 Bertoldi Boats has organized tours, excursions and events on board to give
a different view of Lake Garda and to transform important moments in unforgettable
memories. Our distinguishing features are passion, experience, curiosity and friendliness: we’ve
always been doing our best to provide unique motorboat experiences for all our clients.
The long history of our company led our will to make something new and to innovate ourselves,
in fact we are steadily creating and updating our offers and our boats. In line with these idea,
in 2016 we designed and built the first electric boat on Lake Garda and in 2018 we bought
Virgilio, our luxury boat.
Our service proposal is extremely wide
and unique, as the “dinner on board”
or the “luxury service”. There are many
possible boat experiences in store for you!
Perhaps you’re looking for an original way
to celebrate your stag or hen party, or a
getaway for your birthday or graduation,
or maybe you’ve been dreaming about
a romantic trip to share with your loved
one… we are the right choice!
For all wishes there is a Bertoldi Boats
experience: every important event of your
life deserves to be celebrated properly
and on a Bertoldi Boats motorboat you
can experience a special moment, with
your friends, family or partner. All our boat
trips on the lake allow you to discover the
wonders of nature, safely on board with
expert captains, who can satisfy all your
Find the right itinerary and experience for
you around Lake Garda and remember that
all our tours can be personalized to match
Greece ♦ Tel +306978018355 ♦ luxurycatamarans.com
A plethora of impeccable catamarans are
available to navigate the Adriatic. From
Croatia, you can sail the historical region
of Dalmatia, starting in the exuberant Split,
the precious city of Dubrovnik, the idyllic
Hvar, the medieval Korcula, the vibrant
Makarska or the gorgeous town of Trogir.
If your idea of sailing beholds treasure
islands and reefs, the daily cruises and
charters around Caribbean waters have all
the ingredients for you to experience the
legends of the sea in a unique concept on
the British Virgin Islands .
If you are looking for the perfect
sailing holiday, Luxury Catamarans
is definitely your match. This Greek
leading catamaran chartering company,
with years of experience carefully
selects the best catamarans and helps
you plan every detail of your dream trip
for a unique experience crafted to suit
Luxury Catamarans offers an extensive
fleet of fine, luxury equipped bareboat,
skippered and crewed charters for up
to 12 guests from bespoke locations.
You can set out on the Aegean from
the Greek capital of Athens or from
the Cyclades, starting in the famous
Mykonos, the picturesque Santorini,
or Paros, the imperative island to visit
for adventure sports lovers. If instead,
you are on the west coast of Greece,
you will find plenty of charters to
navigate from the beautiful islands of
Corfu and Lefkada in the Ionian sea.
Shorter cruises to escape the hustle of
Santorini, Mykonos or Crete are also
arranged. Choose from a day cruise, a
sunset cruise or a full-day one, private
In case you are looking to celebrate a
special occasion, Luxury Catamarans will
be delighted to assist you in designing
the tiniest of details. A team of dedicated
staff and crew will cater to your every need
throughout the whole process.
Swim in crystal waters, admire astonishing
landscapes, enjoy beautiful sunsets with
a glass of wine, savour lavish fresh meals
or relax on board with five-star comfort
will make you feel at home. Whatever your
paradigm of a sailing holiday, rest assured,
Luxury Catamarans will deliver standards
and quality beyond your expectations to
create an unforgettable memory.
THE ONE TO WATCH | ARMENIA
2018 saw the number of tourists visiting Armenia increase further, year on year, with
figures believed to be in excess of 1,600,000. This was a 10.5% growth on 2017,
with the large share of visitors arriving from Russia, Georgia and Iran, each of the regions
actually having large Armenian communities.
There are a number of reasons for the increase in visitors to Armenia, a key one being the
aviation changes in 2013 which resulted in a substantial reduction in flight costs, and in
line with the airline changes, there has been an increase in holiday accommodation with
new hotels and other short term options being offered.
The road infrastructure is continually being enhanced and developed, to make access to
Armenia’s tourist attractions more accessible. There are many interesting attractions in
Armenia, below are a few of Armenia’s highlights:
1. Geghard, a medieval monastery dating back to the 4th century, listed as a UNESCO
World Heritage site, located in the Kotayk province, and partially carved into the
mountain and surrounded by cliffs.
Visa restrictions has also ensured travel to Armenia has become less arduous with many
countries having visas scrapped, including the EU, USA, Iran, Japan, UAE and several
other countries, with the purpose to improve Armenia’s tourism industry.
2. In the centre of Yerevan, the capital of
Armenia is the central town square,
Republic Square, although until 1990
was known as Lenin Square. With a
central roundabout, and surrounded by
five major buildings, the square also has
musical fountains and a pool.
3. Zvartnots Cathedral, translated to
“celestial angels cathedral” built in
the years 643 – 652, this 7th century
Cathedral is located on the outskirts of
Vagharshapat, but now, unfortunately is
4. Enjoy one of the world’s longest cable
car journeys and see breath-taking
scenery and landscapes travelling
through the Vorotan canyon where
some of the oldest and historic
monasteries can be found.
Travelling around Armenia has improved
in recent years, with the ever-developing
road infrastructure, although not all
roads are in the best condition. With the
option to hire a car, use the local buses
or share a taxi (marshrutkas), the travel
costs are inexpensive and allow you to
travel throughout Armenia and enjoy the
wonderful landscape and historic locations.
Armenia may not be many peoples first
choice when considering a new destination
to explore, but without a doubt, there
is more than enough on offer to see why
popularity in Armenia has continued to
grow in recent years.
Private Tour Company
7/11 Khanjyan 7 Street, Yerevan, Armenia ♦ Tel +374 55 0980 39 ♦ hostelandtours.com
HOSTELANDTOURS LLC believes that quality service begins with the smallest of details
and thus, works towards making your vacation experience as memorable as possible.
Offering a multitude of packages to choose from, the tour company acknowledges that it is
essential to make memories. The company further recognizes that while they are new in the
Armenian travel industry, they feel that their team of highly-trained professionals have done
their best to ensure top-quality service and promoting Armenia tourism with a touch of Filipino
In order to ensure that the guests are having a quality time, the company provides them with
high-quality transport, including cars, buses, and even mini-buses. Moreover, they guarantee
to send the most experienced of drivers, who are both great on the road and enthusiastic
about what they do, providing you with a safe trip. In order to ensure the traveller’s maximum
convenience, the company also offers transfers to/from the airport on demand.
If you have any special preferences, you
can simply let them know. Following which,
they make it a point to ensure that you
get to enjoy every single minute of your
time spent with them. The routes are also
tailored based on the requirements of the
The company consists of a separate
customer service department, which is
always ready to answer any queries that you
might have. They take the responsibility to
assist you with your concerns at any time of
the day. The customer service department
is capable of communicating in the
following languages: Tagalog, Armenian,
English, Russian, French, and Arabic.
If you choose to travel with this travel
company then you open yourself to the
possibility of traveling with experienced,
multi-lingual drivers, and guides. Guests
need not worry about anything else as the
company is actively partnering with several
reputable companies to meet the quality
They recognize that there are no two groups
of travellers with the same preferences and
thus, make sure that they offer a multitude
of packages to their guests. Therefore, it
doesn’t matter if you’re traveling solo or in
a group, there is something for everyone
The company also offers private tours so
that you can have an exclusive experience
with your close ones. Whatever may be
your requirement, HOSTELANDTOURS
has something for everyone.
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CRETE, THE ISLAND THAT OFFERS IT ALL
Crete has always been a
beautiful destination for
sun worshipers, food lovers,
history, culture, relaxation,
friendly locals, stunning
landscapes, architecture and
With so many activities on offer,
an excellent way to learn about
what Crete has to offer is by
taking a tour to visit exciting
landmarks including the
labyrinth situated at the palace
of King Minos in Knossos
and a visit to Heraklion’s
Archaeological Museum is
necessary to realise the richness
of the Minoan heritage.
Apart from Greek legends and
stunning coastline, Crete lends
history and wisdom to wellness
and spa therapies using locally
sourced organic ingredients
and skills handed down through
For culture lovers, visit upcoming trendy districts such
as Lakkos in Heraklion, a recently renovated and revived
area full of art and culture, join in the celebration of the
area’s colourful history.
Crete has always been a gastronomical delight, using
fresh, seasonal ingredients and herbs and, of course,
copious amounts of olive oil. Meat and cheeses from
nearby farms are typical, as is seafood cooked using the
simple method of a sprinkle of sea salt and extra virgin
olive oil. Enjoy the rich Cretan traditions and culture
evidenced through the food and live music.
When dining at local tavernas,
expect a warm welcome from
the hosts and complimentary
raki, the potent liquor created
from the by-product of
winemaking, often flavoured
with honey and spices.
Whatever your ideal holiday
activity, you will discover it in
Crete. In fact, if you are looking
for an unforgettable holiday
destination Crete will steal your
HISTORY & CULTURE
Crete is a perfect destination for those wishing to discover history and culture.
Witnessing everything that has survived from the Minoan period gives us an idea
of the culture that flourished in Crete, much of which remains today.
The main architectural settlements to visit are the palaces at Knossos, Phaistos, Malia
and Zakros. The extraordinary labyrinth palace of Knossos, the legendary home of the
Minotaur, emits a strong sense of Minoan mythology and a connection to the mythical
history of the Greek heroes. Whilst known as palaces, the complex structures appeared to
have been centres of local administration or religious gathering areas.
Mount Juktas, located close
to the wonderful ancient
village of Archanes, famous
for its outline resembling that
of a profile of a man, said
to be Zeus. The mountain
has a significant religious
importance in history as the
location of the Anemospilia
temple, and peak sanctuary
for Minoans where sacred
religious ceremonies and
rituals were carried out.
The ancient cemetery of Fourni was a necropolis in Minoan times, while not open to
the public, the guard will allow partial viewings. It is particularly interesting due to the
discoveries including the sarcophagus of a Minoan queen containing over 140 pieces
of jewellery. These interesting treasures from the cemetery and other artefacts from
the Minoan civilization including ceramics, beautiful paintings and frescoes, sculptures
dedicated to the gods and kings of the time, may be viewed at the Archaeological
Museum in Heraklion.
The excavations and research of art and culture of Crete during the Minoan civilisation
provides evidence of the beginnings of Crete society and how it has evolved and shaped
the rich and interesting society today.
The hotel features four spacious, superiordeluxe
rooms and two double-floored
family apartments for accommodation
purposes. The apartments are connected
to the couryard which, besides oozing
the luscious green nature, also packs a
Cafe and a Wine bar. For some relaxing
massages, you can head to the Spa in the
basement. In addition to all of this, you get
to experience endless in-room amenities
which will make your stay even more
The ornately designed structures of the
building make it pop out among the rest
and make it very pleasing on the eye. The
combination of Venetian and Ottoman
elements is done in a manner that will
charm you and captivate your attention.
N Kazantzaki 1, Iraklio 712 02, Greece ♦ Tel +30 281 034 4758 ♦ veneziano.gr
historic landmark architectural
structure, right at the heart of
Heraklion, Veneziano Boutique Hotel
provides you the finest hospitality in
the city. Known to be one of the most
elegant buildings in the city, it proudly
boasts of an interior courtyard that is
filled with sunshine and a lot of green
The hotel can never simply be spoken
about without mentioning its extremely
royal architectural elements. It will
remind you of the Ottoman era, from
which this structure has been inspired.
Endless nations and cultures that
might have been passed from Crete
are represented in the most vivid ways
through the exteriors of Veneziano
The history of this building began during
the period of the Venetian occupation
around 1510. The Aga of Heraklion once
used to reside in the main building of
this hotel. He made use of the beautiful
courtyard in the form of a stable. The
first floor was the Aga’s space where his
wives used to reside.
The hotel served as the meeting place of
the nobles back then but even today, you
can enjoy the same luxury and grandeur
in the hotel with its spacious rooms and
splendid services. The hotel even books
tours and travel packages for you on
request. This is your chance to discover the
history of Heraklion and live in it like never
AMAZING BEACHES & BUSTLING CITIES
Crete has some of the world’s most stunning beaches many of which
fall under European law protection. East of the island is Vai Beach,
famous due to its palm forest, clear waters and sandy beach. Further north
is Seitan Limania Beach. It is a hike to reach this small beach due to the
rocky location, but worth it due to the deep water, and the opportunity
to dive in from the rocks. Agios Nikolaos has stunning beaches located
in the heart of the city and therefore easily accessible, perfect for families
since local tavernas are nearby and facilities for showering and toilets. Also
situated near the town of Heraklion is Psaromoura Beach in Agia Pelagia, a
beautiful beach with clear shallow waters perfect for snorkelling.
From beaches to cities,
experience an authentic taste
of Crete with a visit to one
of its most attractive towns.
Chania offers a kaleidoscope
of various features including
ancient ruins, local culture,
and delectable local food.
We recommend you explore
the narrow and winding
streets and experience
the artisan shops, visit the
100-year-old market, eat
mezedes and drink raki with
Visit the romantic city of Rethymnon on the north coast, the third largest town in Crete. This vibrant and colourful
city, conquered many times over the centuries by pirates, Venetians and Byzantines, with evidence of various cultural
influences on display from grand Venetian mansions to catholic and orthodox churches, mosques, arches and cobbled
Journey south of the island to find the Red Beach, close to Matala.
The unique feature of this beach is that nudism is acceptable and very
common, as well as to swim out to explore the caves within the sea. The
sand at Elafonissi Beach is a beautiful shade of coral, and the waters are
clear and shallow. One can opt to stay close to civilisation and amenities
or walk further along the beach to find seclusion and quiet.
Sample traditional local snacks such
as koulouri, sip the strong thick Greek
coffee, sweet Cretan pastries, and try the
local cheese and olives on offer at many
of the tavernas
The capital of Crete and its biggest city,
the vibrant Heraklion is sure to impress
with its fortified walls providing fantastic
views of the town and birthplace of one
of the world’s most famous authors Nikos
Kazantzakis, son of Crete and author
of Zorba. Stay a few nights to benefit
everything Heraklion has to offer from
shopping, restaurants and nightclubs
to walks along the old fishing harbour
and waterfront. Heraklion is vibrant and
trendy, whilst remaining rich in culture
Eleytheriou Venizelou 41, Rethymno 741 00, Greece ♦ Tel +2831 042505 ♦
Situated in the heart of Rethymno, Smaragdi Boutique Hotel is truly mesmerizing. Guests
from all over the world are attracted to this hotel in Rethymno due to its beautiful Venetian-
Turkish architecture. This charming little hotel has been built in a 300-year-old building which
makes it a must-visit spot for history lovers.
Each of the rooms feature unique, modern touches both on the interiors as well as the exteriors.
The rooms come with basic entertainment amenities such as flat-screen, smart televisions with
satellite channels. You can enjoy the sunny environment by their windows, which also give you
views of the Ammos Sea.
The hotel also makes
arrangement for a Bridal Suite,
if need be. You can even feast
on a wide variety of food
options here. Further, special
items can be curated as per the
requirements of the guests
The location is a 5-minute
walk away from the Venetian
Harbour. The Municipal
Garden, which is among the
most-visited destinations in the
whole of Greece, is a 5-minute
walk away from the hotel.
Other basic facilities include
an option of in-room breakfast
service, an outdoor dining
arrangement and a special
snack bar which is stacked with
a fresh spread of bakery items
among others. You even have
access to a shared kitchen that
you can use at any given time
of the day. Leisure activities
that you can avail at the hotel
include fishing, horseback
riding and hiking. Enjoy a
relaxing time off from your daily
mundane life and escape into
the world of royal treatment
with Smaragdi Boutique Hotel.
You can enjoy a relaxing
ride through the city as a
bicycle rental service is readily
available at the hotel. The hotel
also provides you with facilities
such as an airport transfer, a
shuttle service as well as a car
rental service. For those who
enjoy reading by their room’s
sunny patio, the hotel has a
library which is well-stocked
Crete boasts many five star highly rated resorts on the beach, many of which are very
close to the capital city of Heraklion and a short drive from the airport in locations
including, Chania, Sissi and Rethymnon.
All inclusive, modern and luxurious resorts are becoming a popular option to make the
most of the stunning holiday destination. Depending on what vibe is required, that perfect
resort that ticks all the boxes exists in Crete, whether it’s spa facilities, beachfront dining,
direct access to stunning private beaches, spacious rooms with private terraces, sea views
and private infinity pools.
Image by: Sonnie Hiles
Vederi, Rethymno 741 00, Greece ♦ Tel +30 697 723 6533 ♦ vederi.gr
Crete, the largest island in Greece,
is an attractive tourist spot for all
the right reasons. If you want to explore
the beauty of this island, you must
choose Vederi Estate as your place of
Set amidst a picturesque olive grove
and lush green hills enveloped by
cypresses and oaks, Vederi Estate is
a complex of four luxury villas. The
split-level villas feature traditional
Cretan architecture. Three of the villas,
Alkioni, Kalypso and Kyveli have three
bedrooms and two bathrooms each.
One of these washrooms has a hydromassage
shower too! All the villas
come with their own private pool,
garden, balcony, and parking space.
The balconies offer mesmerizing views
of the surrounding natural environment.
A modern kitchen equipped with
toaster, microwave, oven, coffee
maker and other paraphernalia is also
available in each villa so that you can
cook your own meals if you wish to. A
BBQ can also be arranged on request
for al fresco meals.
What is also worth
mentioning is the
amicability of the host,
George, and his team.
They provide a fantastic
welcome pack to all
guests. It is of great help,
especially when you arrive
after a long journey. The
host and the staff do
everything to ensure that
you have a comfortable
The biggest villa, named
Melpomeni, is the most
luxurious one. This lavish
villa, spread across
three levels, features
five ensuite Jacuzzi
bedrooms. It also has
a big swimming pool
along with a children’s
pool. State of the art
facilities such as a private
gym, movie theatre, and
meditation space are
also available for your
Vederi Estate, a multiple awardwinning
property, is a fine example
of the signature hospitality, tradition,
and heritage of rural Crete. Its scenic
location gives you an excellent
opportunity to experience the thrill of
living amidst nature. Imagine waking
up to the charming sound of cicadas
and sheep bells, and strolling around
beautiful orchards! Staying here is
the best way to get a glimpse of the
Cretan way of life.
SANTORINI | THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN OF THE GREEK ISLES
There are many reasons why the small
Greek island of Santorini is so popular
as a holiday destination, with its stunning
turquoise waters and picturesque villages,
great activities including wine-tasting, trying
authentic Greek cuisine regular boat excursions
due to its ideal location for island hopping.
Santorini has less “resort” atmosphere
therefore you will not see many Brits behaving
badly here. Perhaps the luxury and high cost
attracts a more serious and discerning type
of traveller or a destination for small families
who wish to take advantage of the stunning
landscape and spectacular water activities
such as snorkelling and sailing.
The island certainly has some of the most
exceptionally luxurious accommodation and
hence it is a draw for celebrities. Santorini has
been a fashionable Greek island for celebrities
since the 1960s.
Fira is the capital of Santorini and has a
lively vibe and great shopping, restaurants
and night clubs. For relaxing, Firostefani is
secluded but not too remote. Oia is the most
well-known town, it has a traditional relaxed
and very romantic setting except for late
afternoon when the sun starts to set. The
sunsets in Oia are world famous and a draw
for nearly everyone on the island. Crowds
congregate everywhere vying for the best
spot, although that would be the castle of
Agios Nikolaos. However, any rooftop will
suffice in order to gaze upon, appreciate and
photograph this spectacular vision of the sun
setting during that magical hour when the
whitewashed Oia village becomes bathed
in a golden glow. There is even applause at
the final second when the event comes to an
Santorini is an active volcanic island,
and the most popular (and expensive)
accommodation has the views of the
legendary “Caldera”, the lagoon created
thousands of years previously when the
center of the island collapsed into the sea.
The lagoon is the most photographed and
magnetic draw for visitors to Greece.
The beaches around the island are
incredibly diverse, and have either red or
white sand while one beach, Parissa, is well
known for its black sand. Another beach
with a difference is Black Rock Beach, with
its tiny black pebbles. Due to its volcanic
history the sand on the beaches of Santorini
tends to be course and it is advisable to
wear beach shoes when walking.
Many people hire a car or moped to take
tours around the island and a particularly
unique type of tour has to be one of the
boat tours, that takes visitors around
the island, lunch on the boat and an
opportunity to swim in one of the hot water
spots created by the volcano.
Even during the winter months, although too cold to swim the Island can be appreciated
for its stunning natural beauty, architectural interests and that traditional Greek hospitality
and cuisine. For wine connoisseurs, Santorini has some of Greece’s top wine producers,
for example, Argyros wines have been growing grapes since the 1800s and, with unique
pruning methods, the same wines are produced from this volcanic earth that were
originally produced solely for the local Catholic sacramental wine.
The area is expensive, especially as
demand for the exclusive views of
the Caldera and the celebrity draw,
however, cheaper options exist and
are equally luxurious, close to the
main beaches and shopping. Areas
such as Perissa, Kamari and Perivolos.
Visiting from May to October is the
busiest season, with all the attractions
open and a great vibe all over the
island. August is the busiest month
with the island at over capacity.
Messaria, Thira 847 00, Greece ♦ Tel +30 2286 031263 ♦ arlene-villa-santorini.com
A delicious traditional breakfast is served
every morning which is sure to get your
The best part about this mesmerizing place
is its outdoor swimming pool and sun
terrace in the vicinity of Santo Winery. The
pool itself is surrounded by several colorful
flowers, creating an absolutely stunning
sight. The area around the pool is dotted
with sun beds and umbrellas.
You can also enjoy a stroll around the pretty
garden. Every corner of Villa Arlene reeks
of a hypnotizing charm. The warm and
hospitable hosts do everything in their
capacity to ensure a comfortable stay for
Are you looking to spend some quiet time in a countryside environment? Do the exquisite
islands of Santorini beckon you? How about witnessing the vast blue expanse of the
Aegean Sea with your own eyes? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then Villa Arlene
Boutique in Greece is where you should be headed to.
Located at the center of Santorini, in a small village called Messaria, Villa Arlene is a family run
hotel. This traditional Cycladic-style property consists of 19 guestrooms which are well furnished
to guarantee a comfortable stay. Signature whitewashed walls further enhance their beauty.
Each room opens to its own private patio where you can enjoy surreal views of the sea and the
swimming pool. Other facilities include a writing desk, mini-fridge, a rain shower and a bathtub.
If you are planning the ultimate
Mediterranean holiday, Villa Arlene
Boutique has to be a part of it. Comfortable
rooms, serene pool, and a picture-perfect
garden give you the chance to relax and
unwind. This place is best suited for
couples and families looking to get away
from the cacophony of daily life.
SANTORINI FIVE TOP TIPS
Traditions are everything to Greek people, and Santorini is no exception, the island
is full of life, laughter, and magical moments. It is an incredibly popular destination.
The ancient Thera Ruins are located 360 metres above sea level, and the hike is quite
arduous but incredibly worth the hard work as the ruins are vast and provide a unique
insight into how Santorini might once have looked thousands of years ago.
Break away from the bustling tourist vibe of Oia and visit the quieter side of Santorini.
The charming secluded village of Pyrgos is where traditional Greek life still exists
along with whitewashed village houses, impressive architecture and churches from the
Byzantine era. Visit the art galleries and artisan shops. Pyrgos has some of the most
stunning views on the island, and the climb to the castle fortress is definitely worth it to
take in the panoramic sea views.
1. Beaches and Water.
Take a boat tour to visit the volcanic hot spring, or visit one of the lesser-known beaches
such as Vlychada Beach, with its black sand and impressive cliff formations.
3. Eat and drink.
Eat at cave style tavernas offering delicious
Greek dishes including fava, a bowl of Santorini
beans blended with herbs to make a perfect
appetiser, or tomato keftedes, fried tomato
meatballs. Local staples such as vibrant Greek
salads with feta and locally grown tomatoes,
moussaka, roasted lamb, and kofta are readily
available. Wash down with the famous local
wines, unique in flavour due to the ancient
vines that are grown in the volcanic soil. Close
to Pyrgos are many of the vineyards such as
Hatzidakis Haridimos, where wine tasting is
essential to appreciate the unique flavours of
the wines grown in this region.
5. When to visit.
July and August are two extremely overpopulated months with prices at their highest.
During these months it is almost impossible to appreciate the island’s beauty, and
Greek hospitality will be scarce. It is recommended instead to visit during April and May
and maybe early June, late September early October. These are the months when there
are marginally fewer visitors to the island; therefore, quieter beaches and more bargains
to be had. Winter is a recommended season to visit, though many of the activities are
closed, the beauty of the island is easy to appreciate.
The village of Thera has the advantage of
the island’s largest bus station and is a great
way to explore the island. If you are feeling
adventurous, quad bikes are reasonably cheap
to hire by the day and provide an advantageous
method to traverse the island and reach those
steep hard to reach areas.
If you visit Santorini during early October 2019,
you will witness professional and amateur athletes
from all over the world competing for the fifth year
of the “Santorini Experience” a sporting event of
running and swimming. Three routes overlook the
Caldera and pass by the whitewashed villages of
Oia, Firostefani and Imerovigli. Races include the 5
km, 10 km and 15 km depending upon experience
and level of endurance, all designed by Greek
marathon expert and record holder Nikos Polias.
The swimming element of the event is a 2.4 km race
from the Caldera to the historic port of Fira in open
water and again is under the watchful eye of race
organiser Nikos Gemelos the Olympic and World
Champion marathon swimmer.
Near Saint George, Oía 847 02, Greece ♦ Tel +30 2286 072220 ♦ ambitionsuites.com
The greatest feature about these line of
suites is the intimate privacy that they
offer. Staff at Ambition Suites are especially
careful about the privacy that their guests
desire. Each of the suites feature some
fantastic artistic architecture. Giving you
the inherent sense of Oia, each suite packs
cave-styled exteriors. Meanwhile, the
interiors are planned to emit peace with
their mosaic tiles and posh, cushioned
seating areas. Let’s not forget the access
you will get to your private, furnished
terrace with an on-request barbeque
Located in the coastal town of Oia,
Ambition Suites offers the best
starting point for you to explore the
Cyclades island of Santorini. The most
beautiful highlight of this property are
its luxurious suites. Guests find their stay
at this quietly tucked-away hotel as the
most comfortable one. Luxurious facilities
paired with their hotel staff’s splendid
services ensure a relaxing and rejuvenating
stay for you.
All the suites are located on the edge of
the cliff from where you can get some
awe-inspiring views of the vast Caldera,
filled with sparkling blue water against the
everlasting horizon of Oia. You can enjoy
Oia’s beautiful sunsets from the comfort
of your own private deck! It’s a once in a
lifetime experience that every visitor must
Heighten your senses with the five-star
affair such as private access to an outdoor
hot tub. Imagine having your favourite
wine alongside your loved one in the hot
tub, while you watch the spectacular sun
of Oia set in its full glory. Staff at Ambition
Suites ensure that the hot tub is wellmaintained
Each guest is provided with their very own
host, who will ensure that no trouble comes
their way. The host is extremely empathetic
to the guests’ special needs and is readily
available at any given time of the day.
Ambition Suites ensures a complete
luxurious stay during your visit to Oia.
Perivolas, Oia 847 02, Santorini, Greece ♦ Tel +30 2286 071308 ♦ perivolas.gr
If all of that might not seem
enough, then each of the cave
houses have a personal touch
and also a private terrace that
give a sea view that it ever so
A complete disconnect from
what the world has in store,
this place is devoid of TVs and
DVDs for it is supposed to be a
place where you can recharge,
and live like you would have in
the olden times.
Talk about travelling to
Greece and you wouldn’t
want to miss out on all that this
traditional resort, the Perivolas
Lifestyle Houses, has to offer.
Play hide and seek with the
Aegean at this cliff top resort with
the infinite view of the horizon
that is built for an escape from
the hustle and bustle of daily life.
You can linger around all day in
their infinity pool, watching one
of the most beautiful sunsets as
the blue sky turns into a spectrum
It is hard to miss the craftsmanship
that has gone into building the
resort. What looks like a perfect
blend of local materials and
Cycladic style, it’s equally organic
in form and is as comfortable as
it gets. Showcasing old-school
living, the beds have alcoves,
rooms have handpicked flowers,
and the whitewashed walls have
The dining offers are as varied as they
can be and while mornings feature a
scrumptious buffet, the nights could offer
you a little romantic getway. Services you
can enjoy include the swimming pool, and
a fitness gym. For a bibliophile, this could
be one of the best resorts out there for it
also offers a small but cosy library.
You can take to some trekking or go for a
walk in the numerous vineyards around.
You could even head to the lake and have a
peaceful evening next to the serene waters
of the lake. The Perivolas Lifestyle Houses
will let you unwind, and at the same time
offer luxury in its purest of forms.
Mykonos | Greece
How to Get in
One of the most famous islands in the
world, Mykonos is a travellers dream.
Attractions & Sights
• Little Venice
• Folklore Museum
• Petros the Pelican
Things to do
• Visit Delos
• Shop at the Boutiques
• Try the Gyros
Find out more – https://
Agios Stefanos, Mikonos 846 00, Greece ♦ Tel +30 694 538 5404 ♦ lmbmykonos.com
Greece has enthralled
travellers from time
immemorial. The idyllic
climate, a rich historical legacy
and the unique cuisine makes
Greece an ideal destination
for travellers of all age groups
seeking relaxing and enriching
vacations. And whilst here,
La Maison Blanche Mykonos
offers the best possible
opportunities to enjoy a great
Perched on the rocks, these
villas are not only protected
from any kind of weather, but
also have the advantage of
being as private and secluded
as you can imagine a private
vacation spot to be. Having
said that, the architecture in
no way hampers the gorgeous
views of Mykonos Town (which
is only a 5-minute drive from
the villas), the breathtaking
sunrise and sunset on the
Aegean Sea as well as the
Cyclades Islands nearby.
You can either take in the sea from the
large windows and private terraces or
simply make the 700 meter dash to the
Agios Stefanos sandy beach. The interior
design and layout of the villas and suites
is in perfect harmony with the prevailing
minimal architecture of Mykonos – featuring
white washed walls, built-in large beds and
Crisp whites, warm beige, tranquil
turquoise and royal azure and blue hues
seem to bring the sea and the calm inside
the rooms. Each Villa can accommodate up
to six guests and consists of two bedrooms,
two bathrooms, a spacious living room
and a fully equipped modern kitchen.
Each Junior Suite can accommodate up
to 2 guests and consists of one bedroom
and one bathroom. The Executive Deluxe
Suite has its own private terraces and
can accommodate four guests. This suite
comprises a bedroom with a queen size,
one bathroom and an open plan kitchen
and living room, featuring a quality, double
Speaking of food, the kitchen is fully
stocked with the basic items to get you
started or to satiate midnight food or midnoon
coffee cravings. The grill, refrigerator,
cooker, toaster and kettle etc. allow you to
have a mini party within your room at your
convenience and whim.
Whether you wish to discover Mykonos or
want to just have a secluded vacation, La
Maison Blanche Mykonos is the place you
should choose for the ultimate vacation
experience in South Aegean.
KARPATHOS | HIDDEN GEM
The second largest of the Dodecanese and a very special island. This narrow strip
of beauty is only 49km long with a width of 3.3km in places, giving it a low key
vibe with a rugged backdrop of pine forests and jagged peaks. Karpathos is a sanctuary
for those seeking peace and quiet, with a quaint village atmosphere and draw dropping
views across the Aegean See.
A climb to the ancient village of
Olympos, only recently accessible
by car, situated 7 kilometres high
up in the mountains to experience
literally a living museum where
time has stood still for over 100
years. The women still wear the
traditional clothing and speak in the
old dialect, where the legendary
Greek hospitality still exists, food
and crafts are produced using
time honoured methods and, most
importantly, the area is unspoilt by
The beaches are certainly hidden gems,
some are only accessible by boat,
ensuring pristine sand and crystalline
waters perfect for snorkelling and also
surfing is a very popular sport here.
Diafani is the town located on the north
of the island and boasts the second
biggest port. The town lacks that tourist
resort atmosphere often found on the
Greek islands, but there are a number of
café bars to indulge in a thick Greek cup
of coffee and mix with the friendly locals
and take part in the lively conversation
known as kouvenda whilst listening to
live Greek music.
Local cuisine includes homemade
makarounes, a plate of delicious pasta
with caramelised onions, and melitzanes
paoutsakia, stuffed aubergine with
garlic and freshly made tomato sauce.
Fresh bread made in the time honoured
method using the local windmills to
grind the barley.
Amoopi Karpathos Island, Dodekanisos Greece ♦ Tel +30 22450 81152 ♦
email: firstname.lastname@example.org ♦ altheakarpathos.gr
Althea Boutique Hotel
can be found amidst
the beautiful bay of Amoopi
in Karpathos. As soon as
you enter the hotel, you are
greeted with a pleasant and
spacious reception area.
You can sit back and watch the
endless blue Karpathian Sea
while sitting by their enormous
room decks. Althea Boutique
Hotel offers furnished
apartments for rent along
with hotel accomodations as
well. A large courtyard is also
attached to the hotel space,
which overlooks the deep blue
sea of Karpathos. You can get
your breakfast served by the
courtyard while catching up on
old memories with your loved
ones. The hotel specialises in
rich, homemade breakfast with
geniune Karpathian cuisine.
Althea Boutique Hotel is situated in a prime
location and is only a five-minute drive away
from the hearty town of Karpathos. There
are several other tiny villages of Karpathos
that are easily reachable too. The hotel is
easy to reach as it is situated just seven
kilometres away from the International
Airport of Karpathos.
The reception area further extends into
a sophisticated bar where you can find
a variety of wines and liquors. You can
relax and enjoy the delicious drinks under
the sparkling stars of the dark skies. Not
only are the guests provided with highend
toiletries but they can also make use
of cosmetics that come at no additional
charge. If you’re in an urgent requirement
of a beauty parlour service then the hotel
makes that available too. Services such
as hair-dressing, massage, manicure,
pedicure and so on, can be made available
on request. For guests traveling with
kids, there’s a kids-friendly playground
at disposal to ensure that they are kept
There are a range of adventurous activities
that you can indulge in as well. The list
includes hiking, mountain biking, scuba
diving, and windsurfing to name a few. If
you are the athletic type, then the hotel
can make arrangements for you to rent
bikes through safe routes and experience
Karpathos in a totally different way.
TOP THREE THINGS TO DO IN ZAKYNTHOS
Zakynthos or Zante as it is also known is probably one of Greece’s most popular and
most visited islands. It is an island of many facets with a great deal to explore and
an abundance of activities on offer from the moment the ferry docks in Agios Nikolaos in
the North of the island. Prepare firstly to be blown away by the beauty particularly in the
North and the West far away from the tourist bars and shops.
Explore, Swim and Discover
For a full Zakynthos experience, it is recommended to take a tour and discover the
best bits about the island, including the famous shipwreck situated on Navagio Beach,
boasting the clearest waters in the world, and the Blue Caves set amongst breathtaking
white cliffs that reflect in the vivid blue ocean. The crystalline waters make this location
perfect for snorkelling, and there are a number of excellent scuba diving schools offering
excursions for the experienced and beginners. A good guided tour will provide some
interesting information about the area including the history, traditions and culture.
Visit the Keri cliffs and lighthouse 300 meters above sea level to witness the most
stunning sunset. The peaceful town of Keri is often referred to as “Turtle Island” due to
its outline resembling the shape of a turtle and it is the location for the National Marine
Park dedicated to protecting the Mediterranean ecosystem. Learn about the efforts to
defend the wildlife in the area, in particular, the Caretta-Caretta, or loggerhead turtles,
and the Monachus-Monachus, the Mediterranean seals.
Volimes, 29091, Zakynthos, Greece ♦ Tel +30 6978770759 ♦ aurora-villa.com
Keeping all the basic amenities and its
location aside, the villa is especially known
for its stylish as well as sustainable design.
There’s even a special pool area which is
spacious and absolutely breathtaking as it
overlooks the giant Ionian sea.
The weather remains pleasant all
throughout as this region usually
experiences mild winters and warm
summers coupled with gentle sea breezes.
Public facilities, including transportation,
tour guides, restaurants and markets are
located at a walking distance from the villa.
The extraordinary Aurora Villa can be found nested on the east sloping mountain
of Volimes. The property is built in such a manner that each of the rooms receive an
overarching view of the Northern seas of Volimes and the traditional port of Agios Nikolaos.
Every room at the villa is equipped with smart technology amenities such as tablet docking
stations, printing facilities, and a satellite TV. You can enjoy the mild winter climate of Zakynthos
by relaxing in your exclusive, in-room jacuzzi too. You can even watch the glimmering sunset,
while sitting in your private veranda that overlooks the sea. The rooms feature luxury-lined
bathrooms that include signature amenities such as a bathrobe, slippers, swimming pool
towels, hair dryers and an in-house laundry as well as a dryer.
The visitor enjoys luxury and privacy while
still within walking distance from all the
A large number of small beaches, feeling
like private, are within close proximity to the
property so that every day will be different
from the previous. Even for those looking for
a short getaway, the port of Agios Nikolaos
is ideal for both yacht owners and visitors of
the world-famous Shipwreck, Blue Caves or
the neighbor island of Cephalonia.
Visit Villa Aurora and get ready to
experience everything you have dreamt of.
Athens | Greece
How to Get in
• Drive in
The ancient vibrant capital
of modern Greece.
• Local Taxi
Attractions & Sights
• The Acropolis
• Ancient Agora
• Parnitha National Park
Things to do
• Visit the beach
• Enjoy Street Food
• Shop at the Monastiraki
Find out more – http://
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18 MICON STR.
Recreated into a boutique hotel from a historic storehouse, 18 Micon Str. is not just a hotel
but your gateway into the history of Athens. Moreover, the hotel is a unique destination
not for its facilities, but also for the location. It is situated right outside Esopou, where
there is a whole different world that you’d want to explore.
Esopou 14, Athina 105 54, Greece ♦ Tel +30 21 0323 5307 ♦ 18miconstr.com
Talk about Greece
and all we can
think about is Athens.
plays an important role
when you’re traveling,
and 18 Micon Str. is the
place that will satiate this
need of yours to feel at
home while in a different
country. Built with the 3
very basic elements of
cement, wood and brick,
the place ensures that it
perfectly resonates with
18 Micon Str. is a perfect
mix of modern and chic.
With spacious rooms,
king size beds and good
food, the hotel is a total
winner. All the amenities
are specially curated to
give you a completely
While 18 Micon Str. ensures
that it embodies its historic
past in its construction, it
has also ensured that luxury
is served just right. An
experience that is nothing
short of a memorable quality
stay, you will find a story
behind everything that’s
been done in here.
After your stay at this
boutique hotel, you will
know a little bit more about
Athens’ rich past, their
hospitality, and of course,
how perfectly the city is a
balance of extra-ordinary
coupled with the ordinary.
While boutique hotels in many parts of the world would give
you luxury, 18 Micon Street. gives you a lot more than that.
At the end of your vacation, your take away from this hotel
will be a feeling of content and delight.
Skala Kalloni, Skala Kallonis, 81107, Greece ♦ Tel +30 22530 22398 ♦
Email: email@example.com ♦ aegeon-lesvos.gr
Furthermore, it is vital to highlight that Aegeon Hotel is surrounded by stunning landscapes
such as the endless Gulf of Skala Kalloni, which is well known for a large number of rare
migrating birds. So if you’re a bird and nature enthusiast, you have a lot to look forward to
when you’re visiting our hotel. Every single room comes with huge windows to make sure
that you can get the stunning views of the natural landscape all around.
If it’s a relaxing vacation
you’re looking for, then
Aegeon Hotel is the perfect
place for you.
Aegeon Hotel offers, among
others, a pristine, and clean
accommodation. This, in
combination with the friendly
and hospitable staff makes the
residence an unforgettable
experience. We promise you
that your visit to Greece will be
nothing short of extraordinary
when you stay with us.
Apart from our unique staff,
our hotel also provides you
utmost peace and tranquility.
The atmosphere of the hotel
too is extremely family friendly
so you can have an amazing
vacation with your entire family.
The peace and calm gives you
a chance to relax and recharge
your batteries and feel the
good vibes on the island of
SUITES & SPA
Stomio, Stómion, Greece ♦ Tel +30 2495 091345 ♦ panoramastomio.gr
Panorama Suites and Spa, a lovely and small Greek boutique hotel, situated on the East
Coast of Central Greece, is an award winning accommodation known for offering comfort
and luxury at the same time. Gracefully nestled away at the foot of Kissavos Mountain, merely
50-meters from the turquoise beach of Stomio, the hotel faces the endless blue of the Aegean
The grand Halkidiki and Olympus seas also surround the magnificent structure that consists
of exactly seven different types of suites, catering to the needs of guests. The luxurious suites
come with private, heated mini-pools and beautiful gardens with exclusive access. Guests get
the golden opportunity to enjoy the indoor jacuzzi, private saunas, and the incredible views of
Greek landscapes from their glass windows.
This place is ideal for anyone looking for a glamorous retreat to rejuvenate and enjoy
the luxury, quality and well-being in the midst of nature. What’s more? Concierge
service is made available to make your holidays under the Greek sun a carefree, lush
and unforgettable experience. At the resort’s restaurant, ‘Avli,’ which is one of the most
beautiful restaurants in Greece, you will discover the unique flavor of creative Greek
cuisine accompanied by the Aegean vastness.
The lush landscape and the wide sandy
beach that come along with the tranquil
sound of waves are sure to create the
ideal setting for true recreation for guests.
Among other factors, the hotel is primarily
known for its spa services. Devoted entirely
to relaxation and rejuvenation, the hotel
provides massage and facial treatments
as well as nail spa in the privacy of your
own suite, using only the highest quality
products and ingredients.
Health refreshments like selected teas and
fresh fruit are available at all times during
your private spa treatment. Guests are free
to choose from the following given spa
treatments such as; Holistic massage, back
massage, reflexology, classic massage and
deep tissue massage to name a few.
In short, the hotel makes your holiday a
memorable experience with a multitude
of options, from a culinary journey in the
superb Greek cuisine to different kinds
of sports activities, beaches, private spa
and advice for excursions to discover the
incredible land of Greece.
The Award For Excellence
Toxotes Xanthi, Xanthi, Thrace, Greece, 67100 ♦ Tel +30 25410-62488 ♦ riverland.gr
Riverland Outdoor Activities is the
result of years of engaging in
alternative forms of tourism, combined
with upgrading quality. They guarantee
the best organization of outdoor activities
that guests would truly enjoy. With the tour
company, guests can join in the tours and
add value to the visits that they might plan
to do in their area. “Our goal is to meet
the natural wealth of our country through
attractive activities, corresponding to
the characteristics of each age and, of
course, ensuring maximum security,”
reads their official website. The company
hires executives that have a high level of
knowledge in the field of eco-tourism.
Further, the firm has special equipment,
which is suitable for ensuring the comfort
and safety required for every outdoor
One of Riverland’s objectives is to develop
and operate adventure centers in specially
selected locations in the region of East
Macedonia and Thrace to combine
possibilities of a wide variety of activities,
natural beauty, and ideal conditions for
the development of multiple services of
The following are the special destinations
at which, outdoor activities are usually
organized by the company:
i) Nestos Adventure Park
Operation of a central base for outdoor
activities in the village of Toxotes beside
the gorge of Nestos river. The purpose is
to offer a big variety of outdoor activities
such as zip line, archery, rappelling etc. for
everyone with a focus on the provision of
ii) Nestos Kayak Club
An adventure center at the valley Nestos
River, but also equally close to the
wonderful forests of Rodopi Mountain
Range. Stavropolis village is the most
appropriate place to begin your mountain
excursions with options such as Kayaking,
Rafting, Canyoning, Mountain Bike, Offroad
iii) Thassos Kayak Club
On the Platana beach, next to the Skala
Marion village, Riverland created the best
base for your escapes in Thassos island,
which certainly are not few. Sea kayaking,
SUP, 4X4 tours but also paths that drive
closer to the magic of nature, all at your
Whatever it is that you wish to do, an
adventure always awaits when you’re
traveling with Riverland Outdoor Activities.
Want more from your room? Worry not, new Suites with private pool are available for
you. With spaces up to 40m2, 1-bedroom and 1 living room, Families or couples can
enjoy their holidays in a comfortable and modern-design (as always) environment. And
the private pool is a welcome addition to your experience!
Other recreational facilities include sports activities such as mini golf, table tennis, and
chess. Bookworms will be drawn to the communal library. Children can spend a joyful
time at the outdoor playground. The plethora of entertainment options at Royal Hotel will
leave you spoilt for choice.
Polychrono, Polykhrono, 63085, Greece ♦ Tel +30 23740 51030 ♦ royalhalkidiki.gr
Looking for a holiday that is a perfect combination of sun, sea, food and ultimate relaxation
amidst nature? Without further ado, you must head to Halkidiki. Also known as Chalkidiki
or Khalkidiki, it is a group of three small peninsulas. Out of the three, Kassandra is a favorite
amongst travelers because of its pristine beaches and luxurious resorts. If you are tempted to
unwind in Kassandra, book your stay at Royal Hotel.
Situated in the idyllic village of Polichrono, Royal Hotel is just 300 meters away from the
picturesque sea beach. Encapsulated by lush green hills, the 4-star property is perfect for those
who prefer the silence and isolation of nature.
Accommodation units in Royal Hotel are broadly categorized into studios and suites. While the
studios can easily accommodate two to three people, the suites have a maximum capacity of
four. All units have a private furnished balcony overlooking the picture-perfect garden or pool
The Blue-Flag awarded sea of Polichrono is just a
short walk away from the Royal Hotel. Take a dive
into the cool blue waters of the Mediterranean
Sea. In the evening, head straight to one of the
many bars lining the sea beach.
In case you want to do some shopping, the main
market is just 200 meters away. The market is
also home to many tavernas and restaurants that
serve traditional street food and other dishes.
The highlight of your stay at Royal
Hotel will be dining at Symposium,
the brand new in-house restaurant.
Apart from serving traditional
Mediterranean cuisine, they also
make some drool-worthy local
dishes featuring signature aromas of
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Things to Do
maybe the most
country in Europe
but it has an abundance
– both natural and
Whether you are a fan of waterfalls or beaches, this
country has it all. The stunning vistas and dramatic
landscape has brought more and more avid travelers from
around the world to this amazing destination. There is
nothing that this much sought after European spot cannot
offer, whether you are a nature lover or not, prepare to be
blown away by Iceland.
The reason for this is simple – it has something to
offer to every tourist. If you love adventures, there are
numerous active volcanoes across the country including
the Eyjafjallajökull and hundreds of trekking trails with
vast hinterlands waiting to be explored. Moreover, you
can find geysers, black sand beaches and can even see
the continental plates pulling away from each other. What
makes this country even more unique is that it has had
no standing army since 1869. With such a wide range
of natural marvels, Iceland definitely has to be on your
The location of this island makes it possible to spot whales in the cold waters of the coast
during the summer months. With over 20 species of whales to be spotted, nature lovers
have a great chance to be up close and personal with these mammoth creatures in their
natural habitat. You can easily take a whale watching tour from Reykjavik and head out
into the deep blue with other enthusiasts. The best time to spot whales is between April
Iceland is truly a paradise for bird watchers.
Not only is it home to the largest population
of Atlantic Puffins on earth but there are
many other rare bird species that you can find
here including the Razorbill and Fulmar. The
birds can be spotted in abundance across
the country in special bird watching day
trips. Moreover, you could head over to the
Westman Islands where it is estimated that
more than 4 million puffins nest.
Iceland truly is an amazing destination
for all those who love to hike. Vast
open lands with rugged terrain make
for some great hikes and spectacular
natural scenery along with it only
makes the whole deal better for
thrillseekers. One of the most popular
trails is the Laugavegur trail that is
not just scenic but also has numerous
hot springs, glaciers and mountains
around to leave you in awe of the
beauty of nature.
With 4500 square miles of glaciers, Iceland is a great place for those looking to hike on
ice or have some adrenaline rush through the veins by climbing on it. The climate makes
it possible to climb glaciers all round the year and this should be reason enough for the
adventurer in you to head out to places like Snæfellsjökull and Sólheimajökull glaciers
with your gear.
Ever fancied entering a magma chamber? Iceland is the perfect place for you. Thanks
to its geological activity, this country has numerous underground caves with varied
rock formations that will leave you astounded. The most famous one among all is the
Þríhnúkagígur crater which is a dormant volcano that has a huge cavity and a magma
chamber that is located right at the heart of the volcano! This thrilling experience is unlike
any other and probably Iceland is the only place in the world to experience it!
Leirnavegur, Hvolsvöllur, Iceland ♦ Tel + +354 518 4001 ♦ hotelumi.is
The hotel offers a first-class restaurant
with a unique view of the Westman Islands
and the Southern coastline. There’s also
a lounge bar with a view of the famous
subglacial volcano Eyjafjallajökull and the
beautiful mountain terrain surrounding
it. The magnificent river Svaðbælisá
peacefully flows next to the hotel.
Meanwhile, the hotel bar is located by
the reception with a magnificent view of
Eyjafjallajökull. You can also snuggle up by
the fireplace during cold winter nights. This
is the perfect place to sit down, relax and
enjoy a good drink while sharing stories of
your Iceland trip.
Located by one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Iceland, UMI Hotel offers a strong
connection to nature. Guests at the hotel get to experience the peace and quiet of the
Icelandic countryside here.
The hotel features 28 elegantly designed rooms – each with majestic views of the subglacial
volcano – Eyjafjallajökul or the Southern coast line. Internet and parking are available as
complimentary additions to your stay package. The hotel offers both, double and twin rooms
with private bathrooms with a walk-in shower and a bathtub. The hotel’s complimentary
toiletries are domestically sourced and include organic soaps and creams from Soley Cosmetics.
Other basic amenities included in the package are a coffee and tea set, minibar, safety box,
wardrobe, and writing desk. On the other hand, superior rooms include slippers, Nespresso
coffee machine, Marshall bluetooth speaker and a wider selection of complimentary toiletries
from Soley Cosmetics.
There are a bunch of activities that you
can indulge in, around the hotel. You can
take the Northern Lights minibus to see
the stunning Northern Lights. Such similar
arrangements can be made by the hotel
staff, on request. Events such as a Christmas
dinner/party, etc. are also organized. If you
wish to host an event of your own for your
guests, arrangements for the same can be
made as well.
The starlit skies and Northern Lights
certainly won’t let anyone down, especially
during the winter months. Other regional
attractions include Eyjafjallajökul,
Skógarfoss, Skógar Cultural Heritage
Museum, Seljalandsfoss, Dyrhólaey,
Sólheimajökul, Vík í Mýrdal, Lava Volcano
and Earthquake exhibition and many more.
Stuck In Iceland
Tell us a little about Stuck in Iceland
Stuck in Iceland is an independent travel
magazine which I co-founded back in
2012. It contains hundreds of articles on
destinations in Iceland and interviews
with interesting people detailing their
experience and impressions of visiting
Iceland is becoming an increasingly
popular tourist destination, why do you
think that is?
WIthout a doubt it is the nature of the
country. Wide open spaces, waterfalls,
glaciers, lava fields, black beaches, geysers,
northern lights and so much more.
What would you say is the most common
misconception about Iceland?
Hard to say actually, but I suppose that at
least people think that Iceland is a covered
in in ice and snow all year.
As a local what is the best off the beaten
This is a tough one. There are so many
places. I want to mention the highland
hiking trails, Kjalvegur and Laugavegur.
Also glaciers like Vatnajokull glacier or
Langjökull glacier. Then there are the ice
caves in Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Let me know
if you want to arrange a tour to any of these
places and I will do my best to help.
How would you recommend getting
Based on the dozens interviews I have
done with travelers I would recommend
renting a car and go on a road trip.
Is there an ideal time of the year to
I would actually recommend mid to
late September. The weather is often
surprisingly good and there is a change to
catch the northern lights.
What is a traditional Icelandic dish
and where would one go to enjoy a
traditional Iceland meal?
I always say that you should try fermented
shark with a shot of ice cold Brennivin
Schnapps. But it is an acquired taste.
That is always a classic! I would also
recommending Messinn restaurant to
get great Icelandic fish for an affordable
price. Also try go the Icelandic lamb. I
recommend Schnaps restaurant. It is great
bistro with pretty affordable prices. If you
want a more excotic take on the lamb try it
at Sumac restaurant.
What does the future hold for Stuck in
I am looking for new ways to create value
for my readers. So I have added a way for
people for look for hotel deals in Iceland,
I have added a massive tour portal with
reviews, people can find rental cars from
reputable car rental companies and so
on. But the thing I most excited about
are the travel deals I have secured for my
readers with independent and highly rated
tour operators. So if you go on to the site
you will find promo codes that get you
discounts for their quality tours.
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SALT ELDHUS EHF
Þórunnartún 2 – 105 Reykjavík, Iceland ♦ Tel +354 551 0171 ♦ salteldhus.is
Salt Eldhus ehf offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself into Icelandic cuisine, food
traditions and culture through highly interactive cooking classes in the capital center of
Iceland, Reykjavik. There are different types of activities that the company conducts to provide
guests with an authentic Icelandic culinary experience.
If you’re on your way to Iceland, sign up for their popular, open ‘Cook and Dine’ class and enjoy
an Icelandic cooking class, tasting session and gourmet lunch or dinner, all in one package.
These culinary experiences are based on one primary moto, i.e. “Gastronomy is a great way
to connect people.” With the objective of bringing families closer, the company organizes fun
activities for friends and colleagues, making it ideal for team-building as well as fostering client
If you’re traveling in a group then this is
a great activity for you. Salt Eldhus pride
themselves for offering first class premises
with an incredible view of the Reykjavik
harbor side with great atmosphere, wellequipped
kitchen and a charming dining
area. The cooking classes are conducted
by skilled and interactive professional
chefs that guide you through each and
every step. Their classic Icelandic-style of
cooking class is ‘Icelandic Fish and Free
Salt Eldhus was established back in 2012.
Since then, they have been offering
varied cooking classes to Icelanders and
foreign visitors alike. They strive to keep
their classes on top of current trends and
offer classes that tend to cater to both,
the beginners as well as the experienced
guests. The classes are taught in Icelandic
but they also offer English-speaking classes
as per requirements.
The English-speaking classes are primarily
focused on Nordic cuisine and Icelandic
produce. The owner and CEO of the
company herself, Mrs. Sigridur Bjork
Bragadottir, is a chef, food writer and former
editor-in-chief of the leading Icelandic food
and wine magazine called Gestgiafinn.
With such experienced staff and owner, this
is the perfect place for tourists to get to
know Icelandic cuisine in a more intimate
manner and take back the memories and
the recipes home so that they can relive
their Iceland trip yet again!
Wildlife Tour Company
Reykjavik, Iceland ♦ adventures.is
Are you looking for an exciting whale watching tour from Reykjavik or Dalvik in the North
of Iceland? Arctic Adventures Whale Watching is just the ideal option for you! This
adventure company is conducts memorable tours where majestic sea mammals such as the
minke, humpback whales, dolphins, porpoises and other species can be spotted.
Arctic Adventures’ northern whale watching tours have a 98% success rate when it comes to
whale-sightings. If no whales are spotted, customers are given the option of partaking in a later
tour, virtually guaranteeing you the opportunity to see Iceland’s mighty ocean giants.
The Whale Watching Tour from Reykjavik departs from the city’s old harbor and sails out onto
Faxaflói Bay. The company employs qualified guides who will provide guests with all the
information and insights they need to know about Iceland’s marine life.
Each passenger on board will be provided
with a special wetsuit that will keep them
warm and dry. The company also offers
multi-day tours to experience as much of
the land of fire and ice as possible.
One of the most common whales to be
spotted on Whale Watching Tours in
Iceland is the Humpback Whale. They are
vigorously acrobatic and like to flap their
fins, jump up in the air and whip their tail
causing quite the scene and creating the
perfect moment for you to snap a picture!
The company also offers whale watching
day tours from Dalvik and they have met
with such amazing success in the recent
years that the tour is refunded, if whales are
not spotted during the tour.
All along Eyjafjörður, you will find small
villages specializing in whale watching
tours which isn’t much of a surprise given
that Eyjafjörður is an ultimate favorite of
many different whale species including the
rare Blue Whale!
Some of the other whale watching locations
in Iceland offered by the company include:
Ólafsvík, Grundarfjörður, Hólmavík and
As far as summers are concerned, you
can enjoy the warmer weather and even
experience the vibrant marine life including
possible puffin sightings. On the other
hand, winter pros include fewer tourists and
beautiful scenery that will create memories
lasting a lifetime.
Whatever the season, Arctic Adventures
will ensure that you get the best whale
THE HIDDEN GEMS OF ICELAND
Iceland has a ton of hidden gems for the discerning Arctic explorer. Aptly known as
the land of ice and fire, the opportunities are endless, erupting geysers, breath-taking
waterfalls, glacier lagoons, black sandy beaches and whale watching.
Hike the Svínafellsjökull Glacier in Skaftafell National Park. Located in the southeast of
Iceland, in a place called Öræfi, (literally translated as “Desert”). This exhilarating hike
traverses through crevasses and ice paths allowing an opportunity to absorb the stunning
rocky landscape and natural landscapes carved out by volcanoes and ancient rivers.
Do not miss an opportunity to indulge in an excursion to see the Icelandic whales from
the Dalvik coast situated on the Tröllaskagi Peninsula in the North of Iceland. The port
is primarily a fishing harbour but has many whale spotting tours on the Eyjafjörður fjord.
Prepare to spot many species of whales including humpback, mink and the majestic blue
whale. Also other wildlife such as dolphins and various fascinating bird species including
Explore centuries-old caves of ice under the powerful setting of the Vatnajökull glacier;
experience the vivid blues of the ice caused by ultraviolet rays. Use a tour guide to benefit
from expert advice and gain the ultimate experience but in safe conditions.
A visit to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon situated within the vast Vatnajökull is a visual
experience of a lifetime, and an opportunity to get close to the massive icebergs and
resident seals. A boat tour will ensure the best encounter of this area known as Iceland’s
“Crown Jewel”. Gently navigate and zigzag through static and moving icebergs
provides a unique opportunity for amazing photographs.
There are a vast number of waterfalls to visit in Iceland, most of which attract huge
amounts of tourists. Therefore, to find one that is perhaps less known is inevitably one
that is difficult to reach! Kvernufoss waterfall is one such waterfall and definitely worth
a visit. Situated in the South of Iceland close to the more popular Skógafoss waterfall
and often bypassed by visitors to the area due to the 20-minute hike required to reach
it. However, when you do eventually arrive at this breath-taking waterfall you are able
to walk around and behind it, and chances are it will be just you!
The North East of Iceland is unspoilt and
has a rich and natural beauty. Remote
and magical, long sandy beaches,
diverse animal life. Staying in specialist
farm accommodation allows a rare
glimpse into this captivating region.
A visit to Northern Iceland and Myvatn
Geothermal Lakes is a delight but should
be visited early in the day to avoid the
bus tours of visitors. The steaming
lakes, created following a volcanic
eruption over 2,300 years ago, provide a
particularly amazing sensory experience.
The scenery is very surreal, with naturally
bubbling geysers and steaming pools of
water dotted around a vast landscape
and a strong smell of sulphur. The area
is a natural haven for migrating birds and
ducks, and many fish thrive in the nearby
rivers feeding on the midges that occupy
the space in the summer months.
Also in Myvatn is the
Dimmuborgir Lava Fields,
an area of dramatic volcanic
rock formations, caves and
arches formed around 2300
years ago. Also referred
to as Kirkjan (church)
formations, due to the
Gothic church atmosphere.
Nordic Christian legend has
it that Dimmuborgir is the
place where Satan landed
when he was expelled from
heaven, and here he created
the “Helvetes katakomber”,
which translates as “The
Catacombs of Hell”.
Submerge yourself in awe-inspiring
gastronomic traditions of Iceland in the
in-house restaurant, which is a modern
and spacious restaurant, that can serve
up to 50 people at once. They offer an
exquisite assortment of delicious dishes
and take pride in using only top quality
ingredients from the local surroundings.
You can devour exotic wines, beers, sodas
and savor delectable cuisines.
Norður-Nýjabæ, 851 Þykkvibær, Iceland ♦ Tel +354 554 8800 ♦ hotelvos.is
Iceland or the ‘land of fire and ice’ is one of the most admired tourist destinations in the world.
The affectionate and friendly nature of the locals, startling views, awe-inspiring attractions,
lively nightlife, and rich culture and traditions make this country a must-visit for every traveler.
Located amidst the farms in Nordur-Nyibær in Þykkvibær, Hotel Vos is a small, cozy country
hotel run by a family. At Hotel Vos, you can rejuvenate your soul in a relaxing ambiance, which
is enclosed by a serene and authentic Icelandic farm.
All rooms boast a private entrance, private bathroom, television, free Wi-Fi and access to
hot tub. You can choose from the standard, superior double/twin or a superior triple/family
room. Here, visitors can have a peaceful stay with beautiful scenic views from the room and
can enjoy the tranquil sounds of the ocean right from the hot tub in the garden. You also get a
complimentary coffee and tea in the seating area.
Explore the breathtaking Icelandic glaciers
with a professional tour operator. Whether
you are a skilled glacier expert or just a first
timer that wants to go on a glacier walk, try
out the ice climbing, discover the ice caves
or sail on a splendid glacier lagoon that
you will discover during your dream trip to
Get away from the hustle and bustle of the
city and go for some soul-searching in the
4x4 super-jeeps to the Þórsmörk valley which
is a less explored nature reserve surrounded
by rough mountains, that offer exclusive
silence, perfect natural beauty and number
of popular hiking trails. An experience that
will remain etched in your heart forever-
Hotel Vos is truly a dream-stay!
The Award For Excellence In
Fiskislóð 45, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland ♦ Tel +354 419 0100 ♦ nicetravel.is
Iceland holds a certain
mystery and intrigue
for travelers the world over.
The nation has a lot to offer,
especially the undiscovered
regions that are off the beaten
path. It is also sometimes
as misunderstood a travel
destination as it is also very
beautiful. But one travel
service is changing all of
that and making Iceland
easy to embrace. Founded
in 2012 by three Icelandic
families, Nicetravel aims to
assist travelers to Iceland to
have a nice, enjoyable and
With ‘BE NICE’ as their work
motto, the company and those
that run it believe that travel
services that have a personal
and warm touch are always
better. This is the driving
force behind the outstanding
services that they provide to
their clients and customers.
With the purpose of never compromising
on individual attention and personal
touch, the maximum size of a group is 19
passengers. They offer pickup and drop
off from all major hotels and guest houses
(or dedicated bus stops within city centre)
in Reykjavik, round trip transportation and
professional tour guidance.
Nicetravel not only offers classic excursions
like Golden Circle, South Shore and
Snæfellsnes tours, but also a wide
selection of other activities like Glacier
Hike, Jökulsárlón Amphibian Boat Tour,
Puffin Watching Boat Tour or Lava and Ice
Caving combined with very picturesque
and interesting sightseeing trips. If you
want to try bathing in famous Icelandic hot
springs, you can also do so in tours such as
the ‘Golden Circle’, ‘Kerið Volcanic Crater’
and ‘Blue Lagoon’ and the Lava Cave,
KRAUMA SPA & Waterfalls. The team is
happy to customize tours and experiences
for intrepid travelers.
If a scheduled day tour is cancelled by
Nicetravel on account of unpredictable
situations such as bad weather conditions,
they can arrange for you to go on the tour
on a different day.
Language can be a major roadblock and
inconvenience in a foreign country. This is
the reason why all their tours are guided in
Nicetravel is doing a rather good job in
making Iceland truly a ‘Niceland’!
Travelling to Iceland this year to see the puffins? Or perhaps you prefer to explore
the vast hinterlands of the country, or even go for a little adventure to the volcanoes
and glaciers? Whatever maybe your aim for visiting this beautiful country, it is simply not
possible without the assistance of the omnipresent Icelandair. This airline makes it easier
for you to reach the island from Europe and North America by providing direct flights to
major destinations across the continents.
This airline is the main airline of the country and operates from the Keflavik International
Airport in the capital Reykjavik. It is also the first international airline of the country and is
currently among the two international carriers hailing from Iceland. With services to over
32 cities across 16 countries, this airline serves as the main mode of transportation for
Launched way back in 1937 as Flugfélag
Akureyrar, this airline has come a long way
to become one of the most well-known
aircraft carriers in the world today. To
really see the commitment of this airline
towards the country’s tourism, you can
go back in history books to 2011 when
the Eyjafjallajökull eruptions had wreaked
havoc in the tourism sector of Iceland.
Icelandair took the initiative and launched
the “Inspired by Iceland” campaign with
the government of Iceland to regain the
confidence of tourists.
Under the visionary leadership of the
CEO Björgólfur Jóhannsson, the company
has won many accolades including “The
Knowledge Company of the Year” and
“Marketing Firm of the Year in Iceland”
by the Icelandic business community
and Marketing Association of Iceland
The airline offers 4 classes – Economy Light,
Economy Standard, Economy Comfort and
Saga Class. You could choose to travel by
the Economy Light class for an affordable
travel experience or could choose the
Economy Standard and Comfort classes
for a little more comfort and baggage
allowance. The Saga Class provides you
with the most luxurious services like priority
check-ins and lounge access.
Icelandair is no ordinary airline company and it boasts some spectacular features that
make it a unique airline. Across years, the company has grown leaps and bounds; it
now offers attractive packages to visit Iceland and explore its beauty and is working
continuously towards creating better experiences for their customers.
From vacation packages to guided tours, on-board internet connectivity to flight bookings
from Facebook; Icelandair has ensured that it provides the finest services to their clients.
Guest House and Restaurant
Lónkot, 76, 566 Hofsós, Iceland ♦ Tel +354 453 7432 ♦ lonkot.is
Lónkot, a tourist retreat located in Iceland, by the magnificent Arctic Ocean, has quickly
become a popular tourist destination for guests. To explore and discover Lonkot like
never before, choose to stay at Lonkot Rural Resort.
Thanks to its flawless service and memorable experiences that it manages to provide its guests,
the resort has received endless praise. It used to be a farm and the farmhouses were only
converted into guest houses and restaurants in 1991-1995. The initiative was taken by a family,
who decided to turn sheep houses into rooms and barn lofts into different areas of the resort.
This is also one of the many reasons behind the rooms being cozy with a relaxing atmosphere.
Each part of the resort opens to views of the mountains and sea.
The resort offers you six rooms to choose
from. Three rooms provide guests with
access to private bathrooms that come
with basic amenities such as a hairdryer,
bathrobes, toiletries, bathroom slippers,
and towels. Even though the resort is
located amidst a beautiful, green landscape,
far away from metropolitan cities, it offers
unlimited internet connectivity to the
guests. Due to its stunning location, events
such as wedding ceremonies, birthday
celebrations or even a family get-together
will remain etched in your memories forever.
For your gastronomic requirements,
thoughtfully prepared local cuisine options
are served with high-quality freshly-sourced
ingredients. Imagine having the perfect,
authentic meal with a breathtaking view of
the mountains and sea? It is made possible
Hofsos is among the very few places that
hasn’t developed completely. It’s a friendly
little village that comes alive in the summer
with tourists, hikers and seasonal residents.
The resort itself is situated close to several
tourist attractions. Among these is the
Icelandic Immigration Centre, which is a
wonderful museum that details the mass
emigration of Icelanders to North America
in the late 1800s.
If you’re the kind who enjoys a quick cruise,
then you better hop onto the boat journey
on Skagafjörður. While you’re at it, you can
even indulge in fishing. You can also visit
the most beautiful infinity pool in Iceland
in Hofsós, which is 10-kilometers from the
Lonkot provides you with unlimited
experiences and gives you a chance to
explore the rural side of Iceland. Take a
break from your moribund routine and feel
nature like never before at Lonkot Rural
in association with
Image by: Luiz Felipe
The Algarve is the southernmost region in Portugal framed by a 200km coastline.
It is known for its promise of more than 300 days of sun per year, award winning
beaches, authentic cuisine and a range of outdoor activities that attracts thrill seekers and
nature lovers alike. For keen golfers, the region has a plethora of award winning courses.
However there is more to the Algarve than first meets the eye.
The Algarve is a region of hidden cultural delights; small, simple restaurants pull visitors
back time and time again while Michelin starred restaurants attract a globetrotting
international clientele. The sea is integral to the Algarvian way of life, one that is closely
bound to nature. Inland, old villages preserve a life that is historic and rich in culture,
and lived in harmony with the seasons. In villages of small cobbled streets, you will find
whitewashed houses and small local cafes serving bica (espresso), while sardines are
grilled openly on the streets, as they have done for years gone by.
All year round the region’s beautiful beaches, nature
reserves, picturesque villages, golf courses, castles and
fortresses can be enjoyed in all their splendour. Day or
night, visitors to the region have everything that they
need to enjoy the delights of the Algarve, whether for sun
and sea, or for sport, relaxation, history, culture, nature,
golf or local gastronomy.
10 MUST DO ACTIVITIES
1. Take a boat trip or snorkel in Ria Famosa
Natural Park, a unique coastal lagoon in
central Algarve, recently elected as one of
the 7 Natural Wonders of Portugal. You can
see the largest community of seahorses in
the natural environment here.
2. Visit Cape St. Vincent, the southwest
edge of mainland Europe, and enjoy
a scenic drive up the Vicentine Coast,
considered Portugal’s greatest coastal
3. Hike part of the Via Algarviana Trail.
The route crosses eleven of the sixteen
municipalities of the region, offering the
chance to discover the diverse natural
landscapes and culture by foot.
4. Learn to surf or body board with the
locals at Odeceixe Beach in Aljezur on
the west coast. Whether a confident
surfer or a beginner, the Algarve offers
beaches to cater for both, with surf schools
dotted along the coastline stretching from
Portimão to Aljezur.
5. Sip the finest local wines produced
across the region on The Rota Dos Vinhos
do Algarve (The Algarve Wine Route).
7. Enjoy an alfresco lunch of sardines or
fresh seafood in Portimão, at one of the
many riverside restaurants, or in Olhão,
next to Ria Formosa promenade. Heading
inland try the stews and dishes of rich game
and meat with strong, aromatic flavours.
For a sugar-fix, the almond, carob and
orange-based sweets are worth a try, as is
the classic Dom Rodrigo dessert. And when
in Monchique, the Medronho (traditional
fruit brandy) makes for a remarkable
digestif. For those with refined tastes, try
one of the 8 Michelinstarred restaurants,
where local produce goes hand-in-hand
8. Play a round of golf on one of the
stunning courses in the exclusive ‘Golden
Triangle’ of the Algarve: Vilamoura, Quinta
do Lago and Vale do Lobo. You will
discover why the Algarve was voted the
World’s Best Golfing Destination by the
IAGTO (International Association of Golf
10. Walk through Portuguese history.
The Algarve’s numerous white-washed
parishes bordered with greenery, like the
picturesque inland village of ‘Alte’ or the
shore-lined ‘Alvor’ offer a glimpse into
traditional rural and coastal living. The
region’s sixteen municipalities each carry
their own identity but are bound together
through religious and cultural heritage.
The Castelo de Silves is a great national
monument to learn about the Moorish
influence on the region, whilst the Church
of Lourenço in Amancil is a wonder to
behold with its vibrant interior of blue and
white azulejo tile.
6. Cycle on the Ecovia trail to discover the
natural marvels of the region. Highlights
include the lush greenery of the Costa
Vicentina Nature Park, the birdwatching
haven of the Alvor Estuary, and the majestic
cliffs of Sagres point, to name a few.
9. Enjoy a day relaxing on the beach. From
sandy beaches to deserted islands, and
award-winning beaches like D.Ana, Meia
Praia, Praia da Marinha and Falésia beach
(which was voted best beach in the world
by Trip Advisor), there is plenty of choice
to suit every taste. The majority have
even gained recognition in the form of
the EU “Blue Flag” for quality standards.
On a beach break in the Algarve, a trip to
explore the impressive Benagil Cave and
iconic Ponta da Piedade rock formations in
Lagos is a must.
CASA DA BAIA –
Avenida Luisa Todi, 468, Setubal, Setubal 2900-456, Portugal ♦ Tel +351 265 545 010 ♦
Casa da Baia - Centro de Promocao Turistica literally translates to The “House of the Bay
- Center for Tourism Promotion.” It serves as an authentic business card of the region of
Setubal. The space is located in an XVIII century building and gives you all the information that
is necessary to explore the region.
The cloisters of the building function as a winter garden, giving support to the cafeteria
where you can taste the famous Muscatel of Setubal. You can sit back and munch on some
delicacies along with a glass of Muscatel.
The staff leaves no stone unturned to give you all the information that you require.
Whether you wish to know about a local cafeteria or some trekking trail around, they’ll
find everything that you need to know. Even if they don’t have an immediate answer to
your query, they’ll look it up online or with their colleagues and give you the solution.
It includes a tourist service area and a wine
area, with a wine cellar where all the region’s
producers are represented. It’s a great place for
wine connoisseurs as there’s a shop where you
can choose from the vast range of local wines.
There’s also loads of information for tourists who
wish to explore the Setubal region. You can find
information related to tours, points of interest,
and learn about some amazing options for
tasting local food and drinks.
You can also get a map to Setubal so that you
can explore the entire region all by yourself. It
also features a whole lot of cultural exhibits
for tourists to enjoy and take in a little bit of
Setubal right there. If you’re tired after all the
exploration of the region, Casa da Baia serves as
a great place to unwind and relax. You can sit
back comfortably with a glass of wine and enjoy
the cool and tranquil environs of this historic
For those who wish to do some shopping, there’s a gourmet store where you can find the
best of local products along with the wines. Additionally, there’s outdoor seating available
where you can sit back and enjoy your wines and munchies.
History lovers have something to look forward to here as well. The Casa da Baia is built on
top of Roman ruins and so, you can see these historic structure right below you! You can
even find information on dolphins around the region.
While Casa da Baia - Centro de Promocao Turistica does give you information on Setubal,
it is nothing short of a tourist destination in itself. It’s got everything that a tourist would
want to see in a tourist attraction and that’s why, it’s the one place you simply cannot miss
out on during your visit to Setubal.
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Sitio da Balaia – Apartado 917, Portugal ♦ Tel +351 289 570 200 ♦ en.balaiagolfvillage.com
Blessed with pristine beaches, wonderful climate and scenic fishing towns, Algarve is the
perfect holiday destination one can dream of. It has magnificently varied landscapes and
appeals to an array of travellers be it kids, adults or honeymooners.
Balaia Golf Village is a four- star hotel acclaimed to be one of the most excellent golf resorts
in Algarve. The resort boasts a unique aura and a style that makes it one of the best spots in
Algarve to enjoy a soothing vacation by the stunning beaches with your loved ones.
The guests here get to choose from an array of apartments as per their desire and requirements.
These apartments are subtly decorated, spacious and are equipped with modern furniture. The
air-conditioned apartments have a balcony, a fully-equipped kitchen, coffee and tea making
facilities as well as ironing facilities.
The hotel offers 6 outdoor pools, gym with professional instructors, kid’s club, a playground, a
nine-hole golf course, a health club with wellness club, Jacuzzi, Turkish bathroom, and surreal
massages. There is an on-site supermarket for the convenience of guests as well. There is an
area reserved for business meetings or office work too. Guests can also rent bikes to explore
Algarve and Albufeira.
The hotel serves authentic South
Portuguese delicacies in its Le Club
Restaurant and Restaurant Veranda. Guests
can also devour some delectable cuisines
and munch on some snacks near the pool.
The unsurpassed hospitality by Balaia Golf
Village is at par with any 4 star property in
The hotels boasts a Golf Academy
which is designed for both professionals
and amateurs, and both can partake in
programmes hosted by the hotel. There is
an official golf teacher as well apart from
a Driving Range, Putting and Chipping
A luxury holiday is on the bucket list
of many and the Balaia Golf Village in
Portugal is transforming that dream into
reality. Every corner of Balaia Golf Village
shall make your holiday a unique and
memorable one. It lends a new perspective
to your Portuguese experience and lets you
experience something beyond ordinary.
Discover the side of Lisbon as seen through the eyes locals
“Feira de Lada” the Thieves Market, held twice a week, Tuesdays and Saturdays in
the historical and characterful district of Alfama, easily accessible from the Santa Apolonia
metro line. From its thirteenth century origins, the market has grown in popularity over the
centuries and is a treasure-trove of vintage clothing, curios and collectables.
Explore the higher areas on one of the three graphitised funiculars of Lisbon. This method
of travel offers cheap transport options to visit elevated and quiet locations. The oldest
funicular (or ascensor) in Lisbon trundles precariously up narrow lanes to the stunning
eighteenth century Jardim do Tore. This particular secret gem is a hidden park, where the
panoramic views are spectacular.
Discover one of the oldest and most charismatic neighbourhoods of Lisbon, Mouraria.
The birthplace of Lisbon’s famous folk music and steeped in fascinating history. Mouraria
is a fast-growing creative hub for eclectic cultural offerings with intimate cobbled streets,
providing a wealth of art galleries, artisan shops, trendy cafes and unique food experiences
such as community kitchens where local chefs cook and share their food in relaxed, open
spaces. An excellent and tasty way to connect with locals, practice Portuguese and, above
all, share quality food.
Up in the hills of Lisbon is Sintra, a UNESCO
site, with its traditional pastel coloured
castles, including the Castle of Moors and
the National Palace of Pena. Sintra itself is
a stunning mountain town approximately
14 miles from downtown Lisbon, reachable
via bus for a minimal charge. While the
city is a tourist attraction, there are some
secret gems including the incredible
ornate initiation wells at the hauntingly
architectural mishmash mansion of Quinta
da Regaleira. These subterranean towers
reach down 27 metres into the earth and
are accessible via a spiral stone staircase
with fascinating displays of symbols
depicting Alchemy, the Knights Templar
The ruins of the medieval Carmo Church
and Convent situated in the parish of
Santa Maria Maior provide a glimpse of
the devastating earthquake that rocked
Lisbon in 1755. This was once the largest
church in Lisbon but all that remains today
are the perfectly preserved stone skeletal
arches. What was once the altar now
arches impressively over an archaeological
ruins museum founded in 1964 holding an
extraordinary array of various periods of
Lisbon history including Gothic architecture,
Roman relics and symbols, intricate stone
carvings, a beautiful rose stained window
and some impressive tombs boasting
elaborate carving work, the grandest being
that of King Ferdinand I.
Av. Duque de Loulé 81-83, Lisboa, Portugal ♦ Tel +351 21 318 2000 ♦
firstname.lastname@example.org ♦ h10hotels.com
The hotel even has meeting rooms which
are fully equipped for holding both work
meetings and private events. All the rooms
offer luxurious amenities which provide all
the comfort needed for a pleasant stay in
the wonderful city of Lisbon. In the H10
Duque, you can enjoy a delicious fusion
of Portuguese and Spanish flavours in the
Azul e Branco restaurant and then relax
over a cup of coffee in the Equestre Bar
or take in the fantastic city views from the
hotel’s Chill-Out Limão terrace.
H10 Duque de Loule was established back in March, 2015. Since then, it has successfully
made a reputable name amongst top boutique hotels in Portugal. Located in a historical
building in the heart of Lisbon, this hotel makes it easy for you to access all the primary tourist
attractions of the city. Famous interior designer Lazaro Rosa-Violan can be accredited for
renovating and decorating the structure with stylish, yet elegant elements. Its beautiful 18thcentury
facade has been preserved, while its interior design is a fusion of traditional Portuguese
elements and contemporary modern and functional elements. The four-star hotel features over
89 unique rooms.
There are four different types of rooms that you can choose to stay in, namely Double Rooms,
Superior Double Rooms, Deluxe Rooms as well as Suites. All the rooms are brightly lit and
are decorated with very elegant, contemporary interior designs where blue and white tones
dominate the structures. The traditional Portuguese tiles – exclusively hand painted for the
hotel – create a captivating atmosphere. In addition, some Double Rooms and Superior Double
Rooms feature a cozy reading corner by the window.
Since the hotel is located in the Portuguese
capital of Lisbon, which in itself is a
cultural hub, one can find numerous
tourist attractions in and around the
space. You can wander through its diverse
neighbourhoods and discover why it
has been given the title, ‘City of Light.’
Gastronomy, art and hundreds of charming
spots make this a multifaceted city full
of contrasts where visitors can relax and
soak up the culture. It has something for
everyone and the best way to discover it is
by staying at H10 Duque de Loule!
Traditional Boutique Hotel
Av. Barão Almeida Santos 7, Sintra, Portugal ♦ Tel +351 21 923 4504 ♦ sintramarmoris.com
It is designed in such a manner that it takes
optimum advantage of the breathtaking
scenic views and natural gardens of
Sintra. The space, which is divided into
two buildings, offers nine individuallyappointed
guest rooms. Guests can choose
to stay in a Deluxe Double or Twin Room,
which includes a garden view.
Guests, who might be traveling with their
families can opt for the Family Suite.
There’s a Classic Room that comes along
with its private terrace access. Guests who
are staying in this room gain direct access
to the garden as well.
Guests will be offered a complimentary
welcome drink upon arrival. Every morning,
a healthy breakfast buffet is served with
a spread of the most authentic, fulfilling
dishes. The palace also features a shared
lounge that offers comfortable sofas,
where guests can relax, read a book or
enjoy channels on a flat-screen TV.
Sintra Marmoris Palace – a
structure surrounded by over
14,000 square meters of private
garden – is an ideal place for anyone
looking for quick unwinding from
their daily mundane life. There are
numerous activities that guests can
indulge in, all the way from exploring
wooded hiking trails to reading
a book. Enjoy the stunning views
of the Sintra Hills while you relax,
listening to the echo of the birds.
Based inside the protected Sintra-
Cascais Natural Park, the palace also
features a heated pool.
The panoramic views over the
Mourish Castle are also visible from
each room of the palace. The house
was re-built back in 1890’s and was
later restored lovingly by a family.
Since then, it has been kept updated
by different generations working
in the marble stone industry. The
decision of reopening the space as
a local lodgement was made only in
There are lots of tourist attractions located
closely to the accommodation, including
Park and National Palace of Pena, the
Quinta da Regaleira, the Moorish Castle,
the National Palace of Sintra, Park and
Palace of Monserrate, and Azenhas do
Mar. All of these attractions have historic
importance and are simply a beautiful sight
to look at.
Besides featuring a fully-equipped
swimming pool with the latest facilities,
guests can also get a massage. Basic
business facilities such as photocopying,
fax services and meeting facilities are also
readily available as per the convenience of
Lisbon by Light
Tell us a little about Lisbon by Light
Lisbon by Light is a visual diary about the
city and its locals and a place to showcase
my work as a photographer.
Since 2014, I’ve been telling the stories
of makers, artists, entrepreneurs... people
who give a true identity to the new Lisbon.
Most of them are Portuguese but lately, I
also include whoever started a creative
Lisbon is often an overlooked city in Europe
especially when compared to its more
glamorous counterparts such as Paris,
London and Barcelona to name but a few.
Why do you think this is? P o r t u g u e s e
people are not very skilled in promoting
themselves; the national character is
modest and humble. As a result, Lisbon
was until recently a hidden secret.
Would you say Lisbon is becoming an
increasingly popular tourist destination?
Lisbon has caught up so much with other
tourist destinations like Barcelona or
Bruges it is now at the brink of becoming
a victim of over-tourism, facing the same
challenges these cities have to deal with.
It will greatly depend on the decision
makers which direction Lisbon will choose:
towards sustainable high quality tourism,
or rather towards short term easy money
over-tourism. Let’s hope they balance
it well, since over-tourism would kill the
authenticity tourists are attracted by in the
What is the best off the beaten path
The Lisboetas, as the inhabitants of Lisbon
are called, are the main attraction of the
city. To meet them turns a tourist visit into a
Are there any attraction you think
tourists should avoid?
There are no real tourist traps in Lisbon, so
What is the most efficient way to get around?
Best place to grab a coffee and why?
Cafe da Garagem for its amazing view. a long time favorite
of mine and
Cafe A Brasileira is one of the oldest coffee bars in town.
A beautiful place where among others world famous
Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa used to go.
What does the future hold for Lisbon by Light?
Lisbon by Light will continue to focus on the city and the
locals -portuguese or not-, on supporting and encouraging
creative people, sustainable business and other initiatives.
In the future, and to translate my enthusiasm for the
authentic vibes of the city, I will develop curated
workshops and creative exchanges for curious and
demanding visitors, in collaboration with my colleague
and friend Lisboneye. We share the same passion and
have been living in Lisbon since long before it became
a tourist hotspot. We believe traveling is learning and
exploring new creative horizons.
Family Friendly Resort
R. das Palmeiras 5, 2750-005 Cascais, Portugal ♦ Tel +351 21 482 9100 ♦
Portugal is known for its archaic architecture, rich heritage, stunning landscapes, and
charming weather. However, a trip to this picturesque country is incomplete without a
visit to the scenic fishing town of Cascais. If you are planning a vacation to this quaint coastal
town, make it a point to stay at Sheraton Cascais Resort.
The lavish property offers premium luxury and comfort in the most exclusive setting. Situated
in the heart of Quinta da Marinha, the 5-star property provides accommodation in the form of
deluxe rooms and regal suites. These accommodation units are adorned with neutral colored
walls and elegant wood furnishings. Plenty of glass windows ensure that these units are bathed
in an abundance of sunlight during daytime.
The units all have contemporary amenities
such as air-conditioning, satellite TV, coffee
machines and Wi-Fi. While the rooms have
a well-equipped kitchenette, each suite
features a fully-functional kitchen with
modern equipment and utensils.
The rooms and suites have private
bathrooms and spacious seating areas. The
bathrooms feature deep tubs, overhead
showers, double sinks, and comfortable
robes. Recreational facilities at Sheraton
Cascais Resort include two outdoor
swimming pools (one heated and one not
heated), a wellness spa, Serenity – The Art
of Well Being, a modern fitness center, and
Glass Terrace restaurant. Younger guests
can spend a joyous time at Brave Kids, the
newly opened children’s club.
The world-class Serenity – The Art of Well
Being, located in the midst of a scenic
garden, allows guests to unwind and relax.
Pamper yourself with soothing beauty and
body treatments including hydrotherapy,
Turkish bath, and sauna.
The in-house restaurant lets you enjoy a
fine-dining experience with an elaborate à
la carte and the choicest selection of wines.
A short four-minute drive from the property
will bring you to the famed Guincho Beach.
The spectacular sight of the Atlantic Ocean
will calm your soul. The Cascais Center,
located just 5 km from the resort, is replete
with shops and cafes.
Sheraton Cascais Resort offers a plethora of
things to explore, both inside and outside
its premises. The variety of recreational
facilities appeals to guests of all age
groups. This is what makes it a familyfriendly
hotel, ideal for a getaway with your
One region with four world heritage locations
One region with four world heritage locations and much more to discover. In Porto and
the North of Portugal, history intersects with modern times, breath-taking landscapes
shine and provide unforgettable experiences.
The trip begins in Porto, which is served by a modern airport with connections to several
destinations. The Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport has direct and simple connections to the
metro and also buses to the centre of Porto.
Porto, the city that gave its name to Portugal, charms with its narrow streets in the historical
centre, classified as world heritage, with a view of the River Douro and Port Wine cellars,
and its vibrant and cosmopolitan city centre which, in recent years, filled with traditional
or bolder restaurants (where you must try a “francesinha”) and hotels. All of this makes it
an ideal destination for a city break.
Porto is also a city of culture which
has a world-class architecture,
recognised with two Pritzker
Awards, Siza Vieira and Souto
Moura, two architects from “Escola
do Porto”. An example of this is
Casa da Música, a “meteorite”
designed by Rem Koolhaas,
and the Serralves Museum of
Contemporary Art, designed by
A metropolis facing the sea, with
many restaurants specialising in
fish located on the seafront of the
nearby town of Matosinhos, Porto
also offers the opportunity to go
to the beach or even to learn to
surf in the tranquil sea of Praia
Guimarães, considered the European
Capital of Culture in 2012, offers
a programme that enhances the
city’s history while showing the
most exciting and new that is being
produced in terms of music, cinema,
visual arts, architecture, theatre,
among other creative areas.
Further north, in the Minho, we have Guimarães,
where, in the twelfth century, Portugal came to
be. It was in the medieval castle of Guimarães
where Afonso Henriques was born, the first king of
Portugal (the country became a republic in 1910).
The historical centre, where the castle is located, led
Unesco to consider Guimarães as a world heritage
site in 2001. Strolling around the historical centre,
where Largo da Oliveira is the heart, you find a rare
example of preservation. Taking the cable car up
to the Penha hill is rewarded with one of the most
beautiful views in Portugal.
85-93, Rua do Monte dos Judeus, União de Freguesias do Centro, Portugal ♦
Tel +351 934 607 622 ♦ privatevillaporto.pt
Private Villa Porto, as the name
already suggests, delivers the
essential exclusive accommodation
experience for those looking to
make the most of their stay in Norte
Region. The primary reason for
Private Villa Porto’s commendable
success is its proximity to all the
important tourist destinations in
the region. Located in the centre
of Porto, the hotel further offers
privileged views over Douro river.
The rooms at the hotel are designed
keeping the convenience of the
guests in mind. Every room at this
accommodation is air-conditioned
and comes with all the essential
amenities. Each of the rooms are
further equipped with a private
bathroom with all the luxurious
facilities. Depending on your
preference, you can choose to stay
in the Twin Rooms with the river
view. Similarly, Double Rooms also
come with alternatives where guests
can either be greeted by the river
view from their windows or the
street views. The room located on
the ground floor features a private
access to the terrace as well.
There are a range of outdoor activities that
you can enjoy at the hotel, including taking
a walk through the terrace and garden
located within the hotel’s vicinity. You can
also indulge in hiking. Basic facilities such
as grocery deliveries, daily maid service,
airport shuttle, luggage arrangements,
ticketing services and meeting/banquet
hall facilities can be availed as well. The
hotel specializes in making the best kind
of coffee. It is highly recommended that
you start your day with a piping cup of
hot coffee and some fresh baked goods.
Breakfast-in-bed is also available, on
There are multiple points of attractions
located close to the hotel. The Soares
dos Reis National Museum is situated
300 meters away from Private Villa
Porto. Housed in the Carrancas Palace
of Cedofeita, it is the first Portuguese
national museum that exhibits collections
of Portuguese art. The collection includes
work created by the famous Portuguese
sculptor, Antonio Soares dos Reis.
Private Villa Porto is a great place to
discover the city of Porto and enjoy the
exclusivity through its services as well. Get
a true home away from home feel right
SOLAR DE OURA
Historic Boutique Hotel
Rua do Olmo, 37 – 5425-206 Oura, Vidago, Portugal ♦ Tel +351 924 127 970 ♦
Solar de Oura is an eighteenth century house with natural beauty and ambience, located in
Oura, a picturesque village in Vidago, in the heart of Trás-os-Montes region.
The pure air that comes from the mountains, together with the warm silence of the nature
in its most precious state, makes Solar de Oura the perfect place to relax and to re-establish
The bedrooms feature natural elements combined with a contemporary design, blending
details such as rustic stone walls, minimalistic décor and linen bedding. All rooms contain a
modern en-suite bathroom.
Solar de Oura,
meets the sound
Everyday, we offer our guests a breakfast full of homemade and regional products. Upon
request and availability, it is also possible to enjoy regional cuisine in an intimate and
romantic dinner by candlelight.
Our guests can enjoy a free bike ride
around the village, upon availability.
Vidago Palace Golf Club and Vidago
Golf Club are only 1km from Solar de
Oura, and the Ribeira de Oura swimming
pools are just 500m from where we’re
located. Other near attractions include
Vidago, Chaves and Pedras Salgadas
Thermae Spas, three Natural Parks
(Alvão, Montesinho and Peneda-Gerês),
the Douro Valley, Chaves Casino and the
Camino de Santiago. The Sá Carneiro
Airport (Porto) is 90 minutes by car.
in association with
Image by: Paul Gilmore
AUSTRIA, THE POWER OF THREE
vibrant cast of culture, cuisine, and cool in a trio of Austrian cities.
Whoever coined the phrase “Good things come in threes” likely didn’t even
appreciate the truth this rings when applied to a round trip through Austria. While long
hailed as a premiere destination for its stunning natural settings, which offer a year-round
backdrop for outdoor recreation – world-class skiing in the winter, and a host of hiking and
lakeside pleasures in the summer – Austria’s enchanting cities are also worth a starring role
in this alpine country’s blockbuster visitor offerings. Salzburg, nicknamed ‘Stage of the
World’, with its baroque beauty and musical score which seems to thread through much of
its history, delights guests with some 4,500 cultural events annually. Graz, Austria’s second
largest city, surprises with its foodie flair, laid-back attitude, and eye-catching architecture
making many a self-guided sightseeing tour deviate off script to discover a hidden gem or
two. And, combining a young urban feel with a cool alpine vibe, Innsbruck truly lives up to
its billing as ‘Jewel of the Alps’ in its enviable location hugged by mountains that beckon
exploration and set the scene for this Tirolean capital city.
Attractively situated on the banks of the Salzach River, with its Old Town streets and
alleyways watched over by the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the largest, fully preserved
medieval castle in Europe situated on a hill high above the city, it’s no surprise that Salzburg
is well-deserving of its nod by UNESCO World Heritage. In summer, the soundtrack to this
city rings everywhere – from Mozart’s birth house at No. 9 along one of Salzburg’s most
famous pedestrian streets, the Getreidegasse, to the many cultural events that take place
during the summer months.
Salzburg has long been a favourite location of the cinematic world - with of course The
Sound of Music its most notable production – and one stroll around this walkable city
shows any visitor why.
Among the most well-known is the Salzburg
Festival, celebrating music and drama, and
this year in its 99th installment when the
curtain rises on 20 July, 2019.
It would be amiss not to also sing the praises
of this ‘green’ city with plenty of parks
and the natural oasis of local mountains,
pastures and forests that surround Salzburg.
Whether simply out for a fresh air ramble,
a leisurely cycle, or for those with the
endurance for a marathon, Salzburg offers
plenty of recreational diversion as well.
One of the best tips to make the most of
your stay is the cost-saving Salzburg Card
which offers free admission to a host of city
attractions, as well as complimentary use of
public transportation and a variety of other
discounts (valid for choice of 24/48/72 hrs).
There’s nothing better than being unexpectedly
delighted and thoroughly captivated on any
travel itinerary. In fact, maybe even left wondering
why you hadn’t known of this gem before. In
entertainment, it’s sometimes referred to as a
‘sleeper hit’. The southerly Austrian city of Graz
with its charming laid-back attitude firmly knows
that dining al fresco goes hand-in-hand with its
sunny Mediterranean-influenced climate; that
architecture is best contemplated through the
striking coming together of historical heritage
and avant-garde new designs; and that culture
transcends age with its calendar of events often
held at out-of-the-ordinary locations.
Much on the summertime programme also highlights Graz’s well-respected culinary scene - if food is a way to everyone’s heart then it’s hard not
to fall in love with this Styrian capital city. From restaurants helmed by internationally-recognised chefs, to local haunts, to enticing sidewalk cafes,
to festivals celebrating all things gastronomic, this UNESCO-recognised destination, with its landmark Clock Tower overlooking the city, knows
the recipe to the good-life and is happy to take all the time it needs to give visitors a taste.
The kind of mountains you well imagine in Austria ring the cool and chic city of
Innsbruck which sits at the heart of the Tirol. As the host city of two Olympic Winter
Games, this former imperial capital, once a favourite of Emperor Maximilian I, can
definitely be lauded for giving summer the royal treatment as well. In fact, you couldn’t
write a better summertime script if you tried – in the morning, explore this unique
and appealing city influenced by not only by nature and a strong tradition, but also
by its urban draws and sporting appeal which includes leisurely recreation as well as
many organised events from trail running to mountain biking to urban obstacle courses
(cool!) Then, in the afternoon, experience the futuristic vision of the late architect Zaha
Hadid on the Hungerburg Funicular which transports visitors from the city center to the
Nordkette mountain range in just minutes.
From here, easily connect to the mountain cable car system taking guests to its highest
point of 2300m from where the 360-degree panoramic views showcase this stunning
region dotted with holiday villages. Once back down on the ground, though perhaps
with your head still a bit in the clouds from the beauty of all of it, end the day in
atmospheric Innsbruck doing some shopping or taking a coffee break along the broad
pedestrian ways of Maria Theresien Street, and don’t miss a visit to Innsbruck’s most
famous sight – the Golden Roof, tucked away in the Old Town and a reminder of
Innsbruck’s rich imperial history.
Three amazing cities - all worth a viewing this summer, so…do the sounds of Salzburg lure as a cultural
A-lister? Will Graz tempt the palate and the soul with its laissez-faire attitude and sunny disposition? Or
does Innsbruck reign supreme with its cool, alpine feel? You can always return for a sequel…
SUMMER ADVENTURE AUSTRIA
Forget the stress of travelling in a car. For a truly relaxing holiday choose the tranquillity
of two wheels or two legs instead. Cycling or trekking will allow you to discover pure
nature, woods, meadows, farms and valleys, small villages.
Walking the Austrian Alps is a wonderfully enchanting experience, with clean, crisp air, perfect
mountain scenery, wildflowers, snow-capped mountains, blue lagoons, waterfalls, idyllic trails
and the soothing sound of tinkling cowbells. Mountain huts are strategically dotted around
the Alps. Although called huts these actually resemble small hostels, where visitors can book a
room, or simply enjoy a delicious plate of traditional home cooked food and traditional Austrian
beer. Easily negotiate the trails due to a well-appointed system of signposts directing the way.
The beautiful mountains of Austrian Tyrol, with
peaks, stunning landscapes, towns rich with history,
culture and traditions is a perfect location to explore
and discover the beauty of this region. Innsbruck
often referred to as the Capital of the Alps, is a city
dedicated to cycling with hundreds of kilometres of
trails to discover, from extreme mountain tracks to
easy, peaceful cycle paths along the picturesque Inn
Valley with imposing medieval castles, culture and
gastronomic stops along the way. Various types of
bikes are available to hire including environmentally
friendly city bikes and sturdy mountain bikes.
Passionate mountain bikers are in for a treat with
over 115 kilometres of varying levels of difficulty
MTB routes and heights of up to 2,250 metres, and
epic adrenalin fuelled gravity-defying purpose-built
Vöstlhof Leutasch not only brings you
closer to nature but also showcases the
beauty of the countryside of Austria. The
apartments may be furnished lavishly but
they bring with them a homely feel that
makes the guests want to keep returning
year after year.
Platzl 112, 6105 Leutasch, Austria ♦ Tel +43 676 6833865 ♦ voestlhof.tirol
Looking for a casual and furnished
holiday home in Tyrol? Look no
further than Vöstlhof Leutasch. Nestled
amidst Tyrolean mountains, it serves
as a cozy retreat for anyone looking
to unwind from their hectic schedules.
Not only do guests get to enjoy the
peace, recharge their batteries and
gather many beautiful memories, but
there are numerous sports activities
that they can indulge in, as well. These
activities include cross-country skiing,
sledding, hiking, biking and mountainclimbing.
Most of the apartments here feature
pinewood furnishings, giving the
space a regal feel. If you’re looking to
share space with your family members
or loved ones, then the “Hohe
Munde” is probably the best option
for you. Spread across 50m² of living
space, it even has its own balcony
where sun shines galore. Consisting
of a double-bed, built using pine
wood, you can make optimum use
of the spacious kitchen that comes
along with a pull-out couch.
The ‘Comfort’ and ‘Wetterstein’ apartments
can accomodate two to four people. The
apartments consist of a fully-equipped
kitchen, a cozy living room, bedroom, a
new bathroom with shower, toilet, and
amenities like hairdryer and satellite TV.
Guests can get their hands on the trail maps
which have 250 kilometers of well-marked
trails to explore around the apartments.
Bicycle rentals as well as properlymaintained
sports equipment are available
for the guests as well. You can make use
of the ski-room for grooming and the safe
storage to secure your valuable items. For
entertainment purposes, there’s access
to board games, magazines, books, CDs,
toys and much more at your disposal. A
game room with Lego, table football, and
pinball is accessible to all. Coffee lovers will
have loads to look forward to as there are
three types of coffee machines to choose
from: tabs, pads and filters. The hotel
also features a local bakery of its own that
supplies guests with delicious and fresh
Hotel and Restaurant
Image by: Daniel Frank
Dorf 11, 6351 Scheffau am Wilden Kaiser, Austria ♦ Tel +43 5358 44300 ♦ kaiserlodge.at
Looking for a place to indulge all your senses during your vacation? Kaiserlodge
Resort is the place for you. Overlooking the spectacular region of Wilder Kaiser,
the property is filled with an abundance of lake suites, penthouses, garden suites and
The structure is based on the traditional Tyrolean architecture and built with locallysourced
natural materials. A luscious green ski slope lies in front of the property. The
mountain hideaway is located in the village of Scheffau, not far from the Kitzbuhel Alps.
Each room in the resort boasts of modern and sophisticated interiors and amenities. Out
of the 44 apartments and penthouses, 14 give guests private access to the lake which is
located right next to the resort. You can also get some relaxing treatments and massages
in the resort’s state-of-the-art spa while taking in the beauty of the region around. The
spa even features a hammam and sauna for your indulgence. If you’re an outdoor person,
there’s the outdoor pool, and a relaxation area as well. You can find numerous hiking trails
around and can go skiing right from the front door! Kaiserlodge truly provides you with
the natural getaway you’ve been waiting for!
Eco Friendly Hotel
This hotel is a bolt hole set in a serene environment surrounded by nature. Perfect
for those wishing to escape the busy city life. The hotel has the advantage of a wellappointed
spa and wellness centre offering yoga and massage, and a grand library
boasting an extensive collection of books to suit every literary palate.
Vollwertweg 1a, 9372 Eberstein, Austria ♦ Tel +43 4264 8120 ♦ bioarche.at/de/
ground-breaking and award-winning family run eco hotel located in Carinthia, Southern
Austria, well-known for its mountains and lakes. The hotel has been thoughtfully
constructed using sustainable and recycled materials with an architecturally interesting design
to resemble the biblical Ark.
Expect a warm welcome from the owners, the Tessmanns, who are fully involved with the daily
running of the hotel. The chef is 81-year-old Rosalinde Tessman, a pioneering member of the
family who runs the kitchen. She is a disciple to fresh, healthy and certified organic vegetarian
cooking, using locally sourced ingredients to deliver delicious meals throughout the day.
Enjoy a holiday with a conscience as this hotel has empathy for the environment and your
health, providing a great night’s sleep due to its wonderfully peaceful location over 900 metres
above sea level providing the most wondrous panoramic views, to be enjoyed and admired
from many of the comfortable and spotlessly clean rooms.
The hotel is extremely family friendly and regularly hosts excursions and activities such as
lama petting, pony carriage rides and snowman building competitions plus so much more
for younger guests. For everyone there are numerous activities on offer all year round
including guided hikes, various snow sports for all levels of experience with instructors on
hand and equipment for hire.
Other benefits of the hotel include
conference facilities, free parking,
easy access for wheelchair users,
pets are welcomed at an extra
small daily rate.
There are a variety of rooms, all
non-smoking, including singles,
doubles, large interconnecting
family suites and three selfcatering
AUSTRIAN MOUNTAIN GETAWAYS
Austria offers an authentic winter
wonderland experience, with so many
activities on offer. Skiing is the most apparent
sport to enjoy with probably the best resorts
located in Heiligenblut and situated around
Austria’s most massive mountain, the aptly
named Grossglockner. However, there is so
much more to Austria than meets the eye,
such as climbing frozen waterfalls, organised
frozen lake luxury car drifting experiences,
snowboarding, sledging. For those requiring
a more relaxed experience or just some wellearned
luxury after a hard day of cross country
skiing, Austria offers romantic log fired chalets,
gondola trips up enormous mountains to view
rivers of snow and frozen gorges and cosy
horse-drawn sleigh rides.
A trip on the Nordkette funicular provides a
unique experience. Located in Innsbruck, also
known as the capital of the Alps, the funicular
is a 20-minute cable ride 2300 metres up to
the peak of the Hafekelar deep in the heart
of Olympic Skiing territory and numerous
professional and family-friendly ski resorts.
The surrounding villages offer mountain huts
blanketed by snow and excellent Austrian
restaurants, serving Italian inspired dishes.
Back down to earth in the city of Innsbruck,
enjoy a picture-perfect holiday atmosphere
due to the wealth of history and culture
and famous Christmas markets. Wander
around the magical medieval streets,
snack on traditional sweet doughnuts and
purchase the beautiful handmade local
folklore inspired Christmas ornaments and
The atmosphere is a mixture of excitement
and happy and the towering snow-tipped
mountains provide that extra special touch
to make this a real winter wonderland.
The hotel itself is pitched in with an array
of elegant and spacious suites that offer
the most supreme views of the lake and
mountains. Each of the luxurious suites
come with its very own seating area, an
iPad as well as a coffee and tea maker. The
bathroom comes with bathrobes, slippers
and a hairdryer with smart-technology user
interface. If you decide to stay in a high-end
suite, you will also get a private terrace,
kitchen, kitchenette, fireplace, and a private
library exclusively for your indulgence.
Guests can also order breakfast-in-bed.
Dr.-Friedrich-Morton-Weg 24, Hallstatt 4830, Austria
Hallstatt Hideaway offers panoramic views of Lake Hallstatt. Surrounded by high-rise
mountains, the hotel can be found located in the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage
town of Hallstatt.
The natural setting enables guests to kick back and relax, breathe in the fresh air and let go of
everyday life. The structure is packed with modern elements and smart technology solutions. It
represents a historic architecture, combined with sophisticated craftsmanship and contemporary
design elements, thereby making the stay at the hotel an extremely pleasant affair for the body
as well as the soul.
Since it is an Adults-Only accommodation,
children under the age of 12 years are not
allowed. What’s more? A shuttle service
to the hotel on arrival and departure is
available, absolutely free of any additional
The extremely famous Dachstein West Aki
Area is located roughly 20 minutes away
from the accommodation. You can even
unwind in the private relaxation area by the
The mini-market is located at a stone’s
throw distance from the hotel and groceries
can be arranged to be delivered to your
room too. Other sports activities such
as a tennis court are also included in the
package. For elders, there’s a cozy garden
available for walking. You can even go
fishing or skiing around the hotel with ease.
Hallstatt Hideaway takes you far away from
the hustle and bustle of the cities into the
countryside and relaxes and rejuvenates
you throughout your stay.
Another one of the primary highlights of Himmlhof are its spa facilities.The spa area
is deceptively large and very welcoming, perfect for relaxation. The spa area includes
saunas, a steam bath as well as a massage room. Guests can spend a long day touring
through the city and come back to the hotel to relax with a full-body massage. The hotel
further sports a summer terrace, which offers panoramic mountain views.
The open fireplace in the lounge area and completely wooden ‘Stuberls’ provide
fantastic, traditional public areas to relax in the hotel. In the afternoon and evening,
head to the cosy, homely lounge bar. Relax on the comfortable décor while you enjoy
the romantic atmosphere in front of the antique, open fireplace. The interior is warm
and inviting with high-quality Loden and heavy Persian carpets completing the cosy and
Im Gries 9, 6580 St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria ♦ Tel +43 5446 2322 ♦ himmlhof.com
Himmlhof is a luxury four-star
boutique hotel situated in
the heart of the vibrant resort of
St. Anton am Arlberg. With an off
street location that is quiet and
peaceful, you may forget that St
Anton’s bustling main street is just
a 30-second walk away, perfect for
enjoying all the delicious culinary
offerings in St Anton that you can
experience when staying at a bed
The amazing attention to detail
throughout the hotel creates
an intimate and cosy Tyrolean
atmosphere. Offering a multitude
of room styles and choices, this
cosy lodge-style hotel adopts a
combination of luxurious Tyrolean
design whilst staying true to the
region’s Alpine influences. Each
of these rooms are equipped with
entertainment facilities that provide
full comfort to the guests. If you
choose to stay in the superior suite,
then you will get access to your very
In the mornings, a rich
breakfast buffet with regional
products is served. Later in
the day, a sweet and spicy
après ski snack is offered in
the afternoon. Homemade
cakes, bacon, organic cheese,
homemade bread spreads,
hot deer sausages, Tyrolean
style meatloaf, delicious salads,
hot soups, and, now and then,
some European cuisine will
meet the needs of the hungry
skiers coming home.
Himmlhof gives you the finest
luxurious experience in Tyrol
and gives you access to the
very best of the area.
Leogang | Austria
How to Get in
• Drive in
• Fly in
The all season, all weather scenic
resort in the heart of Austria.
• On foot
• Ski Lift
Attractions & Sights
• Bikepark Leogang
• Bergbau &
• Sinne Park
Things to do
• Flying Fox
• Mountain Bike
Find out more – https://
Hotel & Chalet PURADIES, Rain 9, 5771 Leogang, Austria ♦ Tel + +43 6583 8275 ♦
Lots of timber and big panoramic windows
provide cosiness and the alpine flair of the
mountains. The modern designed baths
offer enough space and are equipped with
every comfort. And after a while you will
notice: The PURADIES is the place where
you will quickly feel like home. A retreat on
premium level that will remain etched in
your memory for a very long time.
The PURADIES is a stately
Pinzgau farmhouse from the
17th century. For more than 50 years,
this historic house has not only been
an organic farm, but also a small
hotel in Leogang with 20 rooms for
connoisseurs from all over Central
THE NEW PURADIES – with our
continued development, the
Embachhof has become part of the
heart of the PURADIES Hotel and
Resort. The new rooms and suites will
satisfy every need.
Alpine, modern and on the sunniest
spot of Leogang – this is how the
PURADIES presents itself to our guests.
A hotel with a feel-good factor that
puts the focus on the guest and meets
all the requirements of a high-class
hotel. Chosen for „Best Newcomer
2017“ from the Connoisseur Circle,
our PURADIES shows highest design
standards and offers a real and authentic
feeling of well-being. A unique world of
recreation which makes you forget the
everday life easily.
Wooden beam for
wooden beam, shingle
for shingle. Surrounded
by the picturesque
scenery of the Alps,
you will spend a superb
holiday in Leogang in
our luxury chalet village.
Hidden behind the rustic,
façades, the interiors of
our one- or two-floor
holiday chalets surprise
guests with intriguing
modern alpine design,
tiled stove and private
spa. We truly believe in
presenting the best of
the alpine region to our
LOOKING PAST BRUSSELS
There is more to Belgium than meets the eye, it’s not only about major cities like
Brussels, the capital of Belgium, there is the often overlooked towns such as
Hoogstraten and the surrounding area, that should really be explored too.
Take Hoogstraten for example, with a population of around 20,000, it lies in the Flanders
region on the northern borders of Belgium. Historically, it would have started out as a
small town but has developed and has become internationally known for its strawberries,
although tomatoes still remain its main crop.
Flanders, a particularly flat area, with part of the region bordering the North Sea, is
today known for its agriculture, yet is rich in history. Although not the largest area of
Belgium, it is the most populated.
Flanders saw one of the greatest losses on the Western Front in World War I, in particular
the battles of Ypres and with the well preserved and maintained wartime memorials, it
remains a popular location for visitors to admire the many historic sites, that bring back
memories of the historic and world changing events that have gone in years’ past
Other reasonably sized towns are located nearby such as Tilburg, Breda and Turnhout,
which are also worth visiting to see a different side of Belgium, away from the major
cities. These towns will give a true taste of Belgium, including the history, architecture and
culture, that has not been exploited for tourism like many of the major Belgium cities such
as Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent have.
Design Bed and Breakfast
Bergenstraat 17, 2322 Hoogstraten, Belgium ♦ Tel +32 468 43 93 34
A scrumptious continental breakfast (that
also comprises of fresh eggs from the hosts’
own chickens) is available every morning at
the property. Guests can also relax in the
lush garden amidst the fragrance of fresh
flowers and the soothing country breeze.
With a quiet and beautiful location that has
comfortable beds, clean rooms and the
most gracious host, who is fluent in German,
English, and Dutch, B&B Bergenhof is
the best way for all to enjoy a homely
environment away from home. The hosts
also give you special recommendations
regarding the best things to do in the town
of Hoogstraten, best restaurants, and travel
tips as well.
The hostess of the B&B Bergenhof is happy
to organise packed lunches for picnics,
should you require those for day trips away
All of Europe is renowned for its
gorgeous views, especially in the
countryside. Quaint cottages set amidst
verdant rolling hills, crisp breezes and
romantic environs have inspired writers
and poets from time immemorial.
One such place in the heart of chocolate
country is the B&B Bergenhof in
Hoogstraten in Belgium. Antwerp
International Airport is a picturesque 47km
drive from this charming abode. This
seemingly old-world property has all the
modern amenities that fulfil the material
needs of a comfortable family vacation.
But that doesn’t mean that couples, friends
and business travellers can’t have the time
of their lives here!
Set in Hoogstraten, B&B Bergenhof is a
comfortable accommodation with plenty
of sitting areas and spaces to lounge
around in. All of the units in this bed and
breakfast include a cable flat-screen TV, a
fully stocked kitchen with a microwave, and
a private bathroom with a shower and a
hair dryer. Some rooms in the abode have a
separate dining area that affords gorgeous
views of a typical European ‘village’.
The modern facilities even in the midst of
a rural area make B&B Bergenhof an ideal
place for an eclectic family vacation where
you can watch life go by as you put your
feet up in the comfort of homely facilities.
Bruges | Belgium
How to Get in
A one of a kind quaint preindustrial
town. A visit to Europe
isn’t complete without a visit to
this wonderful town.
• On foot
Attractions & Sights
• Basilica of the Holy
• Brewery de Halve Maan
Things to do
• Boat Tour
• Hot Air Ballooning
• Visit a Chocolate Shop
Find out more - https://
Family Friendly Hotel
Oosterlingenplein 4, 8000 Brugge, Belgium ♦ Tel +32 50 33 80 59 ♦ bryghiahotel.be
Eventually in 1965, after
several centuries of
uneventful existence, the
building was restored and
turned into the hotel which
led to a new exciting chapter
in its history.
In 2018 the property and the
hotel were acquired by the
Vanrenterghem family whose
programme aims to restore
the hotel to its former glory
in the next decade to come.
Romantic and exuding charm,
family-owned Bryghia Hotel
features 22 comfortable rooms,
many of which are renowned for
their unique and splendid canal
views. Praised for its intimate and
homely atmosphere, it has been a
firm favourite of travellers for years.
Bryghia Hotel, its building located
in part of the original “Domus
Osterlingorum” or “House Of The
Orientals”, has always been a very
important part of Bruges’ history.
Built during the Middle Ages
between 1478 and 1481 it was the
most significant of 4 trading houses
of the German Hanseatic League.
Due to changing circumstances
Bruges started to lose prominence
as a trading city which eventually led
to the merchants moving out of the
city around 1500 with only the coat
of arms of the Holy Roman Empire
hanging above the doorway as a
reminder of its rich past.
As a family-owned business, we expect our
guests to make themselves at home and treat
our hotel like their own family hideaway. We
take great pride in welcoming everyone from
newborns to great-grandparents and if you are
planning a break with all of the family, Bryghia
Hotel is the perfect place for gathering and
celebrating with all your nearest and dearest in a
warm and inviting atmosphere.
Though located in a very quiet part of the historic
city it still benefits from being very near to the
centre with the market being only a five-minute
Image by: Giuseppe Mondi
ISTANBUL – STUNNING CITY OF EUROPE
Located in the Marmara region of Turkey, Istanbul could be one of the coolest cities
in Europe. It is a city of culture and it was the European City of Culture in 2010.
It is Turkey´s largest city, with a population exceeding 15 million, making it the most
populated city in Europe, and the city continues to expand rapidly and develop due to
the vibrant economy.
Istanbul has stunning architecture, due it historically being a Roman, Byzantime and
Ottoman capital, it makes Istanbul a city to visit and never forget.
Istanbul is a colourful and vibrant city, with busy city shopping, attractions, museums,
nightlife, bars, restaurants and the many religious and historical sites. The spiritual
mosques and Ottoman Palaces, need to be visited to appreciate their grandeur.
The likes of Mark Twain and Agatha
Christie, all had clear connections with
Istanbul, and Orhan Pamuk was awarded
the nobel prize for Literature. Many
other creative individuals have openly
been inspired by Istanbul too.
Istanbul is different to all the other major
European cities, with architecture from
different ages, from Ancient Hellenic
sites to modern constructions, make the
city beautiful and awe inspiring. There
are many protected UNESCO World
Heritage sites covering over 650 hectares
of Istanbul, for example, Topkapi Palace
and Basilca Cistern.
The Ottoman Palaces, once the homes
of Sultans, are now for visitors to Istanbul
to enjoy. A number of Ottoman Palaces
are now luxurious hotels where guests
can enjoy high class residence and
restaurants, true luxury.
Hospitality within Turkey and Istanbul
is of the highest standard, with the
best in accommodation, service, food
and drink. The Turkish cuisine served is
appreciated worldwide, so where better
to enjoy than Istanbul.
With influences from the eight bordering
countries, some of the most unique food
in the world can be found here including
Kofte, Doner, Kumpir and Lahmacun,
There are so many attractions to see in
and around Istanbul, a few examples
include Aya Sofya, now a museum
but once a Cathedral, or the amazing
Topkapi Palace, built in the 15th century,
for hundreds or years inhabited by
The Hippodrome, construction
commenced AD 203 and
completed AD 330, was once full
of excitement as chariot races
and games took place. Very little
remain in place, but certainly a site
worth a visit.
Istanbul is a city like no other, and
a city that is a must visit for anyone
who wants to see a city with an
offering completely different to
the other major European cities.
REIS INN HOTEL
Award For Excellence
Atatürk Mah. Adnan Kahveci Bulvarı No. 7 Beylikdüzü /İstanbul ♦
Tel +90 212 426 36 36 ♦ reisinnhotel.com
Situated in close proximity
to the evergreen Istanbul
Ataturk Airport and Istanbul’s largest
International Fairground, Reis Inn
Hotel gives you access to the best
places in town with ease.
Owing to its central location, it is very
easy for the guests to go around town.
If you’re looking to get away from the
everyday routine of your life, Reis Inn
Hotel in Istanbul is the answer to your
problems. The hotel boasts of 139
Deluxe Rooms, 10 Deluxe Suites and
1 room for differently abled guests.
Each room is well-equipped with the
most modern amenities including
LCD screen television, work table,
minibar, direct-dial telephones in the
bathrooms and the rooms, as well as
a safety box, among other things.
The Deluxe Suites pack even more
luxury and are spread out across a
vast area of 50m 2 . Plush furnishings
and round the clock services ensure
an indulging and relaxing stay at the
You can take a Turkish bath, enjoy the
heat in the sauna, relax in the steam room
and jacuzzi or take a dip in the indoor
swimming pool. If you want to keep up
with your fitness schedule, you can head to
the fitness center which is equipped with
all the necessary gym equipment.
The Inci Restaurant will give you an
indulgent experience with its palatial
ambience and mouthwatering delicacies
from both Turkey and across the world.
Their team of chefs and the staff leave no
stone unturned to make sure that your
gastronomic requirements are not just met
but are exceeded by a huge margin.
The hotel also features meeting rooms that
are built on the mezzanine level. These
provide you with a relaxing environment
in your busy meetings with their special
billiards table and library, where you can
relax and take a break from the meetings.
You can even organize your own private
events at the restaurant including company
dinners, engagements, weddings,
birthdays and henna nights. Reis Inn Hotel
truly enhances your stay in Istanbul and
serves you the very best of what the city
has to offer.
Hotel and Spa
Silahsor Cad. No 42 Bomonti-Sisli, Istanbul, 34381, Turkey ♦ Tel +90-212-3753000 ♦
You can choose from their high-floor deluxe
rooms, elegant suites as well as separate
living rooms. Each and every space comes
with complimentary Wi-Fi, space for work,
HDTV and the all-famous Hilton Serenity
Bed, which will give you a good night’s
Located opposite the grand
Bomontiada, which was
also formerly known as Bomonti
Beer Factory, the Hilton Marmara
Region Bomonti can be found
nestled in the most colourful part
of the city of Istanbul. As soon as
you step out of the hotel, you are
met with a street that is lined with
the most popular entertainment
venues of the city. Transportation
couldn’t get better with the
bustling Osmanbey Metro Station
just a 10-minute-walk away from
Choose to stay in one of the
hotel’s 829 rooms, equipped
with some of the best amenities
in the country. Be it the grandeur
of Bosphorus or the stunning
Marmara Sea, the majority of the
rooms at the hotel feature direct
views through their windows.
The hotel also features the
2017 World Luxury Spa Awardswinning
eforea Spa on three of
The Globe Restaurant is helmed by some of
the most experienced chefs in the country.
The restaurant dishes out some exotic
Turkish, Mediterranean and grilled dishes.
You can enjoy a continental breakfast
each morning with an incredible view at
the hotel’s rooftop restaurant – Cloud 34.
Guests enjoy themselves, savouring
the sushi menu, Asian delicacies and
If you’re looking to make a business trip
then different equipment and facilities such
as audio/visual equipment rental, business
phone services, and cellular phone rentals
are made available. If you’re planning on
traveling with your children, the hotel
provides babysitting service, a special
children’s menu, and children’s video rental.
The hotel makes a special effort to enhance
the comfort of its guests by including things
like baggage storages, barber shops,
beauty salons, and much more.
If you’re looking for a luxurious and
indulgent trip to Istanbul, choose to stay
at Hilton Marmara Region Bomonti and let
yourself get pampered throughout your
RAVOUNA 1906 –
The Award For Excellence
İstiklal Cad. No.201 Tomtom Mah. Beyoğlu, İstanbul, Türkiye ♦ Tel +90 212 924 87 60 ♦
Istanbul is undoubtedly one of the most iconic cities in the world. Straddling between Asia
and Europe, it offers an interesting amalgamation of marvelous, rich architecture, and lipsmacking
food. If you have an upcoming Turkish holiday in your calendar, make sure you stay at
Ravouna 1906 – Special Category.
Located centrally on the bustling Istiklal Avenue, Ravouna 1906 offers accommodation with
lovely views of the sea and the city. The magnificent Ravouna Building was designed by C.P.
Kyriakides in 1894. It was meant to be an antique boutique and home for the Italian Ravouna
Ravouna 1906 – Special Category offers
accommodation in eight lavish suites
spread across four floors of the Ravouna
Building. Each suite has a distinct texture
and color palette. Elegant furniture and
woven fabric add to their beauty. It is
further enhanced by the use of special oak
flooring. While some of these suites offer
lovely views of the sea, others face the
vibrant Istiklal Avenue.
The rooms feature all modern amenities
to ensure that you have a luxurious stay.
The suites are also equipped with fullyfunctional
kitchenettes and dining tables.
Don’t miss the freshly ground coffee that is
considered to be their specialty.
The property doesn’t miss a chance to
exhibit grandeur, even in the minutest
details. This is evident from the use of
antique Carrera Marbles in the bathrooms.
They also feature a shower, hair-dryer, and
exclusive Turkish bathrobes. Each suite has
a private balcony that opens to the tranquil
sea or the busy street.
Ravouna 1906 – Special Category lets you
enjoy in-room dining facilities. Visit the onsite
restaurant to try some authentic Turkish
Owing to its strategic location, Ravouna
1906 allows guests to explore Istanbul to
the fullest. The Galata Tower, surrounded
by restaurants and cafes, is located just 600
meters away from the property.
Ravouna 1906 – Special Category offers
the perfect combination of regal interiors
and contemporary facilities. The property
lets you experience the spirit of Istanbul in
all its glory. It gives you a glimpse of the
fascinating history and culture that hides in
every corner of the extraordinary city.
The hotel is especially concerned about
its guest’s convenience and thus, provides
free shuttle services to Cevahir Mall and
Taksim Square, four times a day. It also
features a fitness centre and a restaurant
that serves international cuisines. However,
do give their Turkish meals a shot. They are
made extremely well and will give you the
authentic local flavors.
At the hotel, breakfast is usually served in
buffet style. However, you can get your
meal delivered to your room, on request.
Sivaseli Sokak No:10 Sütlüce, İmrahor Caddesi, 34445 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey ♦
Tel +90 212 314 04 44 ♦ clariongoldenhorn.com
If you wish to discover the very
heart and essence of Istanbul,
choose to stay at Clarion Hotel
Golden Horn. Located right on the
Golden Horn, this hotel provides
you fantastic facilities and a prime
location to start your exploration of
Being right on the waterfront,
it comes as no surprise that the
hotel’s rooms give you some serene
views of the water passing by. You
can witness the primary inlet of
Bosphorus into Turkey right here!
Each of the rooms are equipped with
bright interiors and plush furnishings.
Private bathrooms, equipped with
showers and all the bath essentials
are included. The rooms also come
along with their own safety box and
a high-quality extra-long bed for
maximum comfort of the guests. You
can organize and enjoy your very
own little private party on the room’s
terrace as well. Get mesmerized by
the Istanbul skyline, while you’re
sipping on your favourite drink right
on your private deck.
The famous Taksim Square is located
7-kilometers away from the hotel. If you’re
the kind who enjoys shopping, the side
streets of Takism Sqaure contains antique
boutiques. Other primary attractions
around the hotel include the Halic Congress
Centre, which is 1.9-kilometers away from
Clarion Hotel Golden Horn ensures
that every single need of their guests is
taken care of. The idyllic location and
splendid services make this hotel a perfect
destination for your next vacation to
Bodrum | Turkey
How to Get in
A city of two halves balancing ancient
ruins with a modern nightlife
• On foot
Attractions & Sights
• Bodrum Castle
• Karakaya Village
Things to do
• Water Sport
• Boat Tour
• Shop at the Bazaar
Find out more –
Torba Mahallesi, İnönü Caddesi No:64 Torba Bodrum, 48400 Bodrum/Muğla, Turkey ♦
Tel + 90 252 367 18 48 ♦ casahermanas.com
Located in the stunning
destination of Bodrum,
Casa Hermanas offers a unique
experience unlike any other.
Guests are offered the opportunity
to immerse themselves in the
breathtaking surroundings of nature
and the Aegean Sea. Golden sand
beaches can be found at a 5 minute
walking distance. Ports, bays, coves
or hills – there is an abundance of
scenery just a stone’s throw distance
from the resort.
The resort features 36 suites each
of which is designed to be kid
friendly. There are four different
types of suites for you to choose
from; Fantasia suites, Fiesta suites,
Amor suites and Corazon suites.
Fantasia suites are ideal for a couple
as they overlook the sea and consist
of spacious living rooms with an
exclusive jacuzzi. The rooms feature
extra large windows that allow
guests to stay indoors while also
getting adequate panoramic views
of the sea.
The Fiesta suites, on the other hand, offer
unmatched opulence and feature two
bedrooms and a separate living room. The
space is comfortably equipped with smart
technology solutions such as a fridge,
bathroom amenities, satellite TV and more.
Meanwhile, the Amor suites are 60-square
meters in size and have a separate living
room and bedroom areas for comfort.
The rooms also include a glass-enclosed
shower with all bathroom amenities. Lastly,
the Corazon suites are known for their
comfort and style. Sip a cup of tea or coffee
on your own private patio while taking in
the beautiful views around.
The resort is known to present rich, tasty
and colorful Mediterranean cuisine. It also
specializes in Mexican dishes. You can
choose to eat your meal at the main dining
room or at the exquisite beach bar, which is
surrounded by one of the best views in the
whole of Bodrum.
The resort includes spa facilities and a
fitness centre that offers yoga and pilates
classes. Art workshops as such the Clay
Therapy, are regularly organized for
children’s entertainment. If you’re looking
for a quiet getaway at an exotic location,
Casa Hermanas is your calling.
Family Friendly Apartments
Beyaz Villas, Gul Sokak, Dalyan, 48840, Turkey ♦ Tel +90 2522842729 ♦ beyazvillas.com
Apartments consist of a double or twin
bedroom, a living/kitchen area, a bathroom
and a balcony. You can also book a family
apartment with three bedrooms which can
accommodate 6-8 people. Facilities within
the grounds include free wifi, table tennis,
swimming pool , bar, alfresco dining and
After you enjoy a sumptuous buffet
breakfast of fresh produce, the only
dilemma is choosing between relaxing by
the pool or enjoying one of the many tailormade
organised private trips put together
by the staff.
Imagine a home away from home. A place where a holiday becomes more than a getaway;
and becomes an experience instead. Beyas Villas – a collection of family-friendly apartments
in Turkey is one such place.
This beautiful ‘apart-hotel’ is just about a 5-minute walk from the picturesque centre of Dalyan
and your indulgence begins with a homely welcome at the airport where you are collected by
private taxi and in less than 30 minutes, you are at the villas.
Get used to the ambience as you relax at the bar while your luggage is transferred to your room,
each of which has a kettle, a fridge, cooking essentials, fresh and soft bath towels, as well as
hair dryers, and a safe. A bottle of water, a carton of milk and a packet of biscuits are also there.
If you are a nature lover, you can walk
along the lakeside or on the beach. Across
the river from Dalyan is the historic city of
Kaunos. On the way up to Kaunos, you
pass the Lycian tombs, which have looked
over Dalyan for some 2500 years and can
also be spotted from the main town over
Iztuzu beach (also called Turtle Beach)
is accessible from Dalyan via boat and
dolmus (minibus). Wildlife aficionados
can be treated to gorgeous colonies
of loggerhead sea turtles, storks, and
If all the sight-seeing has left you fatigued,
come back to the comfort of your home
away from home to the Beyas Villas for an
evening of relaxed partying. A night-out
right within the comfort of your vacation
home will be the best way to round off a
day spent in the best possible way.
THE ENDURING APPEAL OF ITALY
What is it about Italy that enthrals? It is a fusion of many things, from fast cars and
world-class fashion design to the natural beauty of the rugged coastlines and
verdant green hillsides, spectacular lakes, poignant islands, impressive cities and striking
Italy boasts an incredible collection of history, art and culture from the Renaissance to
the ancient ruins including the ancient temple at Paestum and Agrigento to inspiring
masterpieces hanging at the Vatican and Uffizi Museums.
However, it is the people that draw
visitors back time and time again.
Italy is an extremely welcoming
country with an inexhaustible zest
for living and loving. Visitors have
an opportunity to experience the
famous “La Dolce Vita” in the
form of a kind smile from a smartly
dressed elderly gentleman, a firm
and genuine handshake from a
waiter, and invitations to join newly
made friends for lunch.
Some of the most stunning
architecture in the world is based
in Italy, Rome in particular. The jawdropping
movie scene of the Eternal
City with its Colosseum, fountains of
fresh drinking water and monuments
all possess the wow factor. Simply sit in
the Piazza Navona, sip a strong Italian
espresso and absorb the opulence
that is Rome. An experience never to
Of course, food plays a role in wanting
to return to Italy. The addictive Italian
cuisine, including pizza cooked that
way only Italians can cook it with the
classic thin crust, blend of Italian herbs
and mozzarella cheese, the worldclass
creamy gelato, Tuscan wines,
and olive oil, no other country can
replicate the flavours.
For romantic and breathtaking countryside visit Tuscany. This picture-perfect region boasts
one of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy and has a great deal to offer, from walled
villages and medieval fortresses, stunning coastlines, marvellous cities, cooking classes,
signature wines and food festivals. Tuscany offers an authentic Italian sensory overload.
Lesser known gems are waiting to be explored, for example, Lake Iseo located in the
north is an unspoilt nature spot, surrounded by the picturesque and historical “Borghi più
Belli d’Italia” villages set against the dramatic backdrop of the Monte Isola mountains.
In addition, the Puglia region
is luxury, elegance and rustic
perfectly combined with
history, architecture, vibrant
towns and enchanting
beaches. Located in the
heel on the map of Italy´s
famous boot, it has risen
up the ranks to become a
perfect destination due to its
diverse coastlines, with both
the Adriatic and Ionian on
either side and both easily
accessible. For history lovers,
visit the World Heritage
site of Alberobello, with its
gothic style Trulli houses that
date back to the Bronze Age.
Visit the cypress-lined region of
Val D’orcia, where the site for the
UNESCO World Heritage town of
Pienza is located with its amazing
architecture and wonderful markets
selling the famous pecorino cheeses,
homemade wines, olive oil and local
Also, Siena referred to as the “Little
Sister of Florence” a city full of charm
and history, with medieval brick
houses, and the famous Piazza del
Campo which hosts the biannual Palio
horse racing event.
Of course, Florence, the capital of
Tuscany, is a delightful city for lovers
of art and culture in abundance. After
all, the Renaissance period was born
here and that makes this city all the
Love from Tuscany
Tell us a little about Love from Tuscany
Love from Tuscany is an online travel guide
to one of Italy’s most enchanting regions.
We offer our readers a mix of practical advice
and immersive stories that help them plan
their trips. And we give them the knowledge
they need to choose the destinations and
experiences that match their interests.
Behind the scenes you’ll find us. Sabrina,
Florentine by birth, and Ben from Eng-land.
We met in Florence, got married and moved
around a bit, and today we divide our time
between England and our house in the
Sharing our love for Tuscany has given us the
chance to explore this incredible region in
depth; we’re always on the lookout for the
most charming destina-tions, hidden corners
and ancient tradi-tions that live on in the
towns and coun-tryside. We believe a travel
guide should capture the authenticity and soul
of a place, and that’s just what we are trying to
do with every post!
Why do you think Tuscany continues to be
such a popular tourist destination?
Tuscany is known for many things. Its
countryside is one of the most beautiful in
all of Italy, full of rolling hills, verdant valleys
and tightly knit vineyards. People come in
search of picturesque hilltop towns like San
Gimignano and Volterra, the impressive
Medieval architecture of Siena and Pisa.
And of course the Renaissance jewel that is
Florence, the biggest city in the region and
still its main drawcard. There’s a lot of wine
tourism here too as the Chianti area, amongst
others, produces some of Italy’s best loved
wines. Importantly Tuscany has both mountain
areas and a varied coastline, so there’s
something for every taste. Speaking of that,
the food in Tuscany is amazing, and reason
enough for a visit!
Tuscany is often romanticized in
popular culture. What are some of the
misconception’s tourists have of Tuscany?
The popular and clichéd image of Tuscany is of
sun-drenched vineyards, and warm evenings
spent on a terrace with a glass of wine in your
hand. This is true for summer, but of course
Tuscany gets cold in the winter (you can ski
in the mountains here) and its landscapes are
more varied than people might imagine. It’s
not all about vineyards. There are the marble
rich Apuan Alps which are great for hiking, the
beaches and lagoons of the Maremma, and
the ancient forests of Casentino which make a
great Autumn destination.
Tuscany is home to many artistic cities,
which would you say is your personal
favourite and why?
Florence really can’t be beaten as an art
mecca. Aside from the world renowned Uffizi
gallery filled with Renaissance masterpieces,
walking around in the city is a bit like being
inside an open air art museum, with ancient
statues round every corner. But our personal
favourites are Siena and Lucca. For us,
the Piazza del Campo in Siena is the most
impressive square in the whole of Tuscany
and the cathedral is jaw-dropingly beautiful.
We love Lucca for its friendly atmosphere and
delightful Medieval churches, not to mention
its massive tree-lined walls that you can walk
on top of.
Tuscan food has an excellent global
reputation, what dish would you
recommend to travelers? Could you give
us a restaurant recommendation?
Sabrina: I’m from Florence, and absolutely
adore a good Panino con Lampredotto, an
ultra-Florentine dish which is basically cow’s
stomach boiled in broth and served up in a
roll with salsa verde. Not for the feint hearted!
Ben: I love Ribollita. This is a hearty soup
made with black kale, Tuscan bread and
cannellini beans. It’s a winter dish, but it’s so
good I insisted on having it at our wedding in
the middle of summer!
What is the best off the beaten path
Anywhere in Southern Tuscany! The area
known as the Maremma is still relatively
untouched by mass tourism. It has otherworldly
hilltop towns like Pitigliano and Sorano, long
wild beaches and sunsets that melt the heart.
(We go here every year in late spring, before
all the Italian holiday makers arrive.)
Tuscany is a fairly large region, what would
you say is the best way to get around?
That’s easy. A car. If you really want to
experience the varied landscapes and be able
to stop at that small hamlet that you spy on
top of a hill, there’s no other way to travel. You
can get around with public transport, but miss
a lot of what makes Tuscany really magical.
What does the future hold for Love from
We’ve been doing this for two years now, and
we feel like we haven’t even scratched the
surface of everything Tuscany offers. So we’re
going to keep exploring and trying to find
more of these special places, experiences and
stories to share with our readers. We’re also
starting work on a book about Tuscany that’s
tailor-made for visitors to the region.
Km 14, Strada Provinciale 408 di Montevarchi, 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga SI, Italy ♦
Tel +39 0577/35751 ♦ hotelfontanelle.com
Hotel Le Fontanelle is popular for offering panoramic views from its exceptional location
in the Chianti Hills. The hotel’s main building itself dates all the way back to the 13th
century. In fact, The Hotel Le “Fontanelle” is named after the old “fountains, sources of stone
used to collect spring water.”
Being a part of an old country estate, the structure is truly a spectacular sight to view. The
elegant and refined rooms, characterised by their size and tasteful furnishings, are surrounded
by prestigious common grounds, where guests will always be able to enjoy the personalized
service of the staff.
The rooms further feature beamed ceilings and terracotta floors while each of them overlook
the surrounding vineyards, woods, and valley. The furniture and fittings are purely of Tuscan
tradition and the works of art that adorn the dwelling have been specially chosen by the owner
of the house and will amaze you by their dedication and attention to detail.
You can enjoy a refreshing swim along with
stunning views in the hotel’s outdoor pool.
The hotel also offers bikes, free of charge.
Indoors, you can work out in the gym.
There’s also an indoor pool with a hydro
massage area. Learn how to truly pamper
yourself at the wellness area of the hotel.
Relax in the sauna or the Turkish bath.
Guests are also free to request for one of
many beauty treatments offered by the
Le Fontanelle’s La Colonna restaurant has
a panoramic terrace and serves traditional
Italian cuisine with a creative twist. The
restaurant is headed by the popular chef,
Daniele Canella, who is known to create
menus in balance between traditional and
innovative refinement. The hotel has hired
a sommelier, whose responsibility is to
advise you in your selection of wine.
For daily lunches and snacks, the Hotel
Le Fontanelle presents its Al Fresco Pool
Bar which is located near the outdoor
swimming pool area.
The hotel is an ideal choice for a leisure
holiday, a romantic honeymoon, an
enchanted wedding, to experience wine
tasting tours, to host prestigious events,
or simply to enjoy a relaxing break in
an atmosphere of intimate wellness and
pursuit of your inner peace.
Italy ♦ Tel +39 348 40 23 501 ♦ transferandtourscortona.com
When it comes to travelling and
exploring a region what better
way to learn more about that area than by
mixing with the locals and experiencing an
authentic and gratifying connection.
Transfer & Tours Cortona are local experts
who have been organising travel tours in
Tuscany for many years, and they have finetuned
their trips to provide an authentic
experience, taking you places where no
traveller has been before! The service is
punctual, with spotlessly clean vehicles
equipped with water and umbrellas if
Plan your itinerary with Dejan, a polite,
knowledgeable and entertaining driver
who strives to ensure his travellers have
a Tuscan experience to remember for the
rest of their lives. From collecting you at
the train station or airport to taking you on
a journey through breath-taking scenery of
sunflower fields and Tuscan countryside.
He will take you to family-run wineries,
where you will lunch on fresh local Tuscan
delicacies such as locally reared Chianina
Beef or Cinta Senese cured meats and
farmhouse produced pecorino cheese.
Dejan will recommend restaurants and
cafes, where to go grocery shopping,
where the locals shop and not forgetting
the best gelato houses. The whole
experience is relaxed, with the opportunity
to take a break whenever, albeit to take
photos, stop for lunch or to visit one of the
beautiful nearby towns to explore.
There are many tours on offer including the
vineyards, where the drivers are aficionados
of this stunning area of Tuscany. Indeed,
the drivers know these wine trails like the
back of their hands. Off the beaten track,
away and far from the touristy routes to
selected wineries to meet the owners and
expert sommeliers and gain some insider
knowledge of winemaking and, of course,
sampling the finished product.
After the tour, the drivers are happy
to deliver you safely back to your
accommodation and help unload your
Piedmont | Italy
How to Get in
A culinary mecca at the heart
Attractions & Sights
• Egyptian Museum
• Lake Maggiore
• Basilica of Superga
• Villa Ottolenghi
Things to do
• Truffle Hunt
• Wine Tour
• Shop in Turin
Find out more – http://
Gentle slopes covered with vineyards
extend as far as the eye can see, flecked
by ancient hamlets and imposing castles:
our estate is the ideal place to stay for
relaxing holidays, comforted by heartwarming
landscapes, wine and food tasting
enhanced by the rays of sunset, and menus
studied to exalt local cuisine.
via Cascina Valfossato, 9 Montemagno, 14030 Asti Italy ♦ Tel +39 014163624 ♦
It is in this old 16th-century
estate, bordering on the
edges of the Montemagno,
Viarigi, Casorzo and Altavilla
districts, that our dream
became reality: to rediscover
a land protecting ancient
tradition, to new life in walls
that have witnessed so much
history and to produce wines
that will proudly represent
Monferrato but, through our
own interpretation, also leave
the mark of innovation brought
to the vineyards and cantina
thanks to the contribution
of skilled technicians and
oenologists with a lifetime of
Our dream is coming true: “a
place highly suitable for vines”,
as Tenuta Montemagno was
defined by maps of Napoleon’s
time is now a residence of
excellence where guests can
enjoy some unforgettable
Private rooms and comfortable apartments
are available for short or even very long
stays. Guests can also enjoy a stupendous
overflow pool in the tranquillity of estate
surroundings, as well as numerous
activities dedicated to the discovery of
the Monferrato district. After discovering
the complexity and harmony of the fruit
of the vine, the colours and fragrances of
the Monferrato area, you will be able to
delight your palate with our own chef’s
interpretation of local cuisine.
Image by: Javier Bosch
BARCELONA AND BEYOND
Barcelona is a beautiful cosmopolitan city, Spain´s second city and the capital of
Catalan. The city is vibrant, historic and cultured, ensuring visitors to this wonderful
city have an abundance of options during their trip.
Historic sites have been well preserved in the city, and it is essential to visit Roman
archaeological sites to fully appreciate their splendour. Museums are in ample supply and
other attractions of particular interest include the Picasso Museum, for example.
And with Barcelona being a major city and tourist destination, getting to Barcelona has
never been easier, enabling visitors to not only enjoy the city, but also the many interesting
locations and attractions in a reasonable proximity to the city, that are well worth visiting.
Some of the most popular destinations which are ideal for a day trip from Barcelona
include Montserrat, a stunning monastery and one of Spain’s key religious sites,
embedded within the mountains, and home to the famous Black Madonna, well worth
a day trip and the guided tour.
Another excellent day trip is to the beautiful
coastal destination of Sitges, known for the
mansions along the sea front, and a most
sought after suburb of Barcelona and known
for its restaurants and nightlife.
For more culture, the Dali Theatre Museum.
This has the largest collection of Dali
paintings in a single location, but this is
no surprise as the museum is situated in
Salvador Dali´s home town of Figueres.
If you want to see some of the most
spectacular mountain scenery, take a day
trip to the Pyrenees, and visit mountain
villages and enjoy traditional food and drink
whilst taking in the clean and fresh air of the
Another interesting location to visit is Vallromanes for a day trip,
with its own nature reserve and stunning views of the Parc de la
Serralada Litoral. This village is located approximately 25 kms from
the centre of Barcelona and can be accessed easily by car or public
The village is mountainous, with many pine and oak forests
surrounding the village. The area is quite sought after, with a
number of gated communities and the Vallromanes Golf Club,
ideal if you are a golf enthusiast.
The beauty of being based in a city such as Barcelona, is the
opportunities you have to see something a little different. With
many day trips on offer, whatever takes you interest is sure to be
just a short journey away.
Private Tour Company
Catalonia in Spain is one of the world’s leading tourist regions. As the 20th-most-visited
region in the world, it is rather popular too because of its several attractions - both
natural and man-made, including UNESCO World Heritage sites.
There is so much to see in Catalonia that it could all seem overwhelming if you don’t have
someone to guide you with the not-to-be-missed and the avoidable. Sandra Tours, run by an
affable and knowledgeable lady with the same name is the best bet. Sandra will help you see
Catalonia in a real yet magical way, essentially because her company is able to adapt to visitors’
interests, mood, and requests - and in several languages! She can also give information that
could be the basis for your independent exploration.
Get professional recommendations of the
best places to see, eat, and enjoy. Not just
that, Sandra Tours helps you with moneysaving
deals in the region! When you are
in a place as wonderful and complex as
Catalonia, it really helps to have some
guidance so you get much more out of your
visit. Sandra Tours makes this outstanding
region seem familiar with their expertise!
Riera de Vallromanes, S/N, 08188 Vallromanes, Barcelona, Spain ♦
Tel +34 935 65 60 60 ♦ www.massalagros.com
Are you craving a holiday that offers a combination of idyllic scenery, rich heritage, and
delectable cuisine? Spain, with its sun-kissed sea beaches, picturesque landscapes, and
numerous historical monuments, is a delight for every traveler. If you are planning a Spanish
vacation, don’t look beyond Mas Salagros EcoResort to book your accommodation.
Set in an ancient farmhouse dating back to 1497, Mas Salagros EcoResort is Spain’s first
completely eco-friendly resort. It is situated in a nature reserve in Vallromanes and offers
stunning views of the Parc de la Serralada Litoral. Despite its secluded setting, the property
is just a 20-minute drive away from the vibrant city of Barcelona. The Circuit de Barcelona-
Catalunya is also located very close to Mas Salagros EcoResort.
Mas Salagros EcoResort features spacious
rooms and suites with a private terrace or
garden. The rooms are equipped with all
modern amenities such as satellite TV, free
Wi-Fi, safety locker, and a minibar. Each
unit has its own private bathroom with a
shower, bathtub, toiletries, hairdryer, and
complimentary robes and slippers. Private
parking is also provided.
What sets this resort apart is its quest to
maintain a 100% sustainable operation.
This is evident from the eco-friendly
furnishings and building materials, energy
efficient power system, and sustainable
waste management. The property also
features two fine dining restaurants and
a wine bar. It also features the Stella Bar
which boasts of a glass roof so that you can
see the stars at night or the blue sky during
the day while sipping on your favorite
liquors! The restaurants serve impeccable
Mediterranean cuisine prepared with
organic and local ingredients.
The resort has two seasonal swimming
pools that allow guests to unwind in
a natural setting. It is also home to
the internationally acclaimed AIRE de
Vallromanes Wellness Centre offering a
plethora of natural treatments, rituals, and
massages. Organic cooking classes, wine
tasting sessions, art classes, and hikes can
be arranged on request.
A holiday in Mas Salagros EcoResort lets
you enjoy quality time with your family and
loved ones in the midst of nature.
Palma de Mallorca | Spain
How to Get in
• By Foot
Full of history, culture and
natural beauty, the capital of the
Balearics has it all.
Attractions & Sights
• Castell de Bellver
• Catedral de Mallorca
• The Bull Ring
Things to do
• Visit the Beach
• Boat Tour
• Rent a Bike
Find out more – https://
c/o Lozano, Hilgers & Partner, Carrer del Sindicat 67, E-07002 Palma de Mallorca ♦
Tel +49 (0) 176 / 60313247 ♦ ebike-mallorca.com
Gracefully nestled away
near the eastern coast
of the Iberian Peninsula, the
Balearic Islands of Spain are
known for their culture, cuisine
and natural beauty. Imagine
exploring the remotest spots
of this region with an eBike!
eBike-Mallorca works towards
ensuring that this vision turns
into a memorable reality for
you. Enjoy the scent of the
pine forests and the beauty of
the countless olive and orange
groves on a sporty ebike.
The idea of providing eBikes
on rent stems from the effort
of ensuring that cyclists
experience the island in the
best manner possible. A rich
vegetation awaits you with
more than 1500 flowering
plants from daisies, poppies,
oleanders, hibiscus, gladiolas
to more than 100 orchid
They recently introduced a new category
called the ‘Race Flat Bar.’ The eBike
combines speedy, sporty driving pleasure
with a comfortable seating position. Here
all the positive characteristics of a racing
bike are combined into one eBike with
a pleasant sitting position and straight
handlebars. The absence of a classic racing
handlebar makes the bike much more
comfortable and therefore also very well
suited for sporty older riders or sporty riders
without racing experience. All eBikes are
equipped with fresh 500Wh rechargeable
batteries and BOSCH Performance CX
motors, thus optimal ranges and maximum
riding fun are guaranteed.
A small wine fair is held as part of the “Festa
des Vermar”, where Mallorcan wines can
be tasted and purchased at various stands
by local producers. The freshly harvested
grapes of the Manto Negro or Prensal Blanc
grape varieties are trampled underfoot on
the church square as part of a traditional
The company organizes a stay of several
days with extensive eBike tours through the
vineyards. The trip consists of an overnight
stay at Bodega, a country hotel or a finca
hotel in and around Binissalem. This can
give you an intimate experience of the
festival as well! eBike-Mallorca makes sure
that every bit of your biking experience is
nothing short of extraordinary and adds
that fun factor to your vacation.
in association with
Image by: Ivan Ivankovic
Dalmatian dry-cured ham
Easter in Poreč
Pag island cheese
Croatia Boat Show
Lošinj Cuisine Festival
Luxury Tour Company
Ulica Bozhidara Magovca 153, Zagreb 10000, Croatia ♦ Tel +385 91 6013 777 ♦ hercex.com
Looking for premium and high quality transportation services? Look no further than Hercex
Zagreb. A luxury tour company that was established with the objective of becoming a
valuable addition to the transportation market, Hercex Zagreb has been upgrading its fleet with
premium vehicles for the past twenty years. They have gone on to include excursions, trips and
special amenities for their customers through their various offerings.
The company is built upon the fundamental principle of listening to the different needs of their
customers to provide them with more than just regular transportation. Not only have they spent
years traversing Croatian roads, but they have – with time – mastered the art of tailoring trips as
per the need of the customers.
The company offers a range of services,
including airport transportation, business
meetings, rental vehicles and business
transportations. Whether you require
transportation from and to the airport
or wish to arrive on time for a meeting
with a business partner – the services are
customized for all. You can rent your desired
vehicles and arrive at your location on time.
You can also ensure reliable and highquality
transportation for your partners and
employees alike. Cars are made available
as per the occasion. However, the client is
free to choose from the options offered by
Explore some of the most beautiful
locations in Croatia with the assistance of
the luxury tour company. Spend the day
vigorously exploring beautiful cities. Often
when you go on a one-day excursion to a
new city or place, you don’t have enough
time for sightseeing and visiting interesting
locations. This is exactly what Hercex
Zagreb specializes in. They ensure safe and
high quality transportation through the city
and provide you with the opportunity to
visit all the sightseeing spots and have an
Tell us a little about Croatian Experience
Croatian Experience with Sanda is an
online window into Croatia, where you
can watch inspiring and useful videos, nice
photographs and get first-hand stories,
experiences and useful information that I
share about Croatia.
I want to show people what Croatia
offers, and share tips for future travelers,
with my opinion on various Croatian and
travel – related subjects. Through Croatian
Experience with Sanda I also teach Croatian
language to English speakers, while its
sisterly culture and language project Curso
Aprende Croata is a platform for Spanish
My main focus is creating videos on my
YouTube channel on a weekly basis.
Your videos are very informative and
offer sound advice. Who would you say
is your target market?
Thank you. Croatia is a beautiful country
and it has rightly become quite popular
worldwide. I envision my Croatian
Experience with Sanda to connect and
communicate with various people around
the globe, giving them interesting
information about Croatia, presenting it
in a fun and personalized way. I publish
new videos every week because there is so
much to say about Croatia!
My target market are people who are
generally interested in Croatia and want
to get an insider’s experience, people who
already plan to travel to Croatia and want
to check things out or get ideas for their
stay here, and people who are looking for
the next best destination to visit. Another
more specific audience are the persons
who wish to learn Croatian language and
Over the last 20 years Croatia has grown
as a tourist destination, it’s now one of
Europe’s premier hotspots. Why do you
think this is?
First and foremost, Croatia is a beautiful
country with spectacular and breathtaking
nature. We have everything here:
mountains, hills, plains, rivers, lakes and,
of course, the wonderful Adriatic Sea with
more than thousand islands! Combine
that with hospitality, safety, delicious food,
history, beautiful architecture, and a lot of
amazing activities that you can experience
here, and you will get a top destination. You
can find something amazing for everyone
here, regardless of age. Croatia is relaxing,
beautiful, interesting and fun!
Split and Dubrovnik get a lot of attention.
Is there anywhere you’d recommend
that isn’t visited very often?
Of course! Croatia is full of hidden gems,
so I would really recommend tourists to
take time for their visit and to explore it.
It’s great to rent a car and experience
more of Croatia that way, or to take a
sailing tour that you’ll always remember.
Mediterranean coastal part, which is most
popular is a must, but also the continental
part of the country is really interesting, with
a very central European feel.
Together with Split and Dubrovnik, I’d
recommend the Plitvice lakes and Krka
river, both breathtaking national parks. The
whole peninsula of Istria is magical: in the
city of Pula you will find a Roman colosseum,
Rovinj is a beautiful and picturesque town,
a hidden gem in Istria is a village Bale, and
finally Hum, supposedly the smallest town
in the world. My favorite island is Cres,
Croatia’s biggest island whose northern
part has the most magical nature. The
locals maintain a tradition of having their
sheep running around freely, so wherever
you go, you will encounter those nice
animals, together with the protected and
endangered Eurasian griffons flying in the
blue skies. I must say that Cres is ideal for
hiking and for nature and adventure lovers.
My favorite place there is called Beli.
Further south, I’d recommend the islands
of Hvar, Korčula and Brač, and a hidden
gem Palmižana. Of course, impressive is
the Kornati national park, which consists of
89 protected islands in the open sea area.
In continental Croatia my favorite place
is the city of Varaždin, with its splendid
historical sites, and of course Zagreb,
Croatia’s capital city!
What is the best time of year to visit
The peak tourist season is in the summer
months of July and August, when the
temperatures are over 30°C, the sun shines
brightly, and the skies are among the bluest
I have ever seen. The sunsets in Croatia are
spectacular, too! Tourists love the summer
season in Croatia, because the sea is the
warmest then, and they can spend the
whole day at the beach.
In the months of June and September
it is still warm enough to enjoy the sea
and swim, and all the tourist facilities are
cheaper and less crowded.
If you care more about the nature and
sightseeing than spending your vacation on
the beach, I’d recommend visiting Croatia
in April and May, during springtime, as the
nature is blooming everywhere!
What advice would you give to tourists
when dealing with locals?
As a language and travel enthusiast myself,
my first advice is always to learn the basic
words in the language of the country
where you’re going! That is so simple and
easy to do, and it opens so many doors
and the locals will stop seeing you just as
a passing tourist and start seeing you as a
person who has a deeper appreciation of
their country. Naturally, they will feel your
friendliness and enthusiasm and will treat
you with even more hospitality, so you will
get an “insider” experience of Croatia! I
teach Croatian language online, so make
sure to contact me if you’d like to learn
some Croatian! Other than that, be friendly
and patient, as sometimes Croatian people
tend to be stubborn and grumpy (but
usually not towards tourists). It’s always
good to prepare yourself on time, so watch
my videos to find out all about Croatia, it’s
currency and similar things important for
One thing that isn’t very well known
is Croatian cuisine, what is a typical
If you are coming to the coast, you must try
fish and seafood, it’s amazing, tasty and so
fresh! There is a large variety of seafood,
fish, shrimp and shells with pasta, rice or
gnocchi. As a seaside dish, I would mention
dagnje na buzaru.
Croatia has excellent quality of meat
and cheese, too. You should try some
prosciutto, with sheep cheese, olives and
Typical meat dishes are also: čevapčići,
ražnjići, sarma and gulaš. For desserts I’d
recommend štrukli, fritule, međimurska
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Split | Croatia
How to Get in
A stunning Adriatic city built
around Diocletian’s glorious
Attractions & Sights
• Diocletian’s Palace
• Klis Fortress
Things to do
• Boat Tour
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Poljana Grgura Ninskog 1, 21000, Split, Croatia ♦ Tel +385 21 785 208 ♦ antique-split.com
family-run hotel that can
be found in the heart of
the historic Diocletian’s Palace,
Heritage Hotel Antique Split
is the kind of accomodation
that fulfills a guest’s desires of
living lavishly. The property on
which the hotel is located is of
high value, simply because of
the priceless monuments that
The hotel is built while keeping in
mind a combination of modern
and antique interiors. The original
rock stone walls blend seemlessly
with the modern handmade
furniture that occupies each
room. Each room gives you
some fantastic views of the city.
The rooms are equipped with
all the possible basic amenities,
including air-conditioning, LED
TVs, telephones, unlimited
access to free Wi-Fi, an exclusive
and private mini bar, a safety
deposit box, heaters, smart glass
windows and wooden floors.
As far as meals are concerned, they are prepared by top chefs from the town while strictly
following Health and Safety standards. Breakfast is ideally made available in a buffet-style
during mornings, however; guests are free to order bed-in-breakfast facility as per their
preference. All the local delicacies are prepared with utmost care to ensure that guests
enjoy the best of what the city has to offer.
The hotel is just a few steps away from the Emperor’s Square which is also called “Peristil”.
Thanks to its acoustics, it is used as a natural scene for several musical and dramatic
Apart from that, there’s also
the statue of Grgur Ninski
which is relatively closer to
the hotel. Grgur Ninski was
a Croatian bishop, who was
of great importance for the
Croatian language and culture.
Other tourist attractions that lie
close to the hotel include Riva
and Marjan. If you wish to go
shopping or even just grab the
delicious local dinner, Riva is
the way. The Marjan Hill, which
rises to a height of 178 meters,
is home to numerous types of
animals and natural institutes.
A stay at the beautiful Heritage
Hotel Antique Split is nothing
short of extraordinary. Not only
do you get all the comforts that
you may want but also get to
experience the rich historic
past of Croatia, and even live it!
Pionirska ul. 1a, 52440, Poreč, Croatia ♦ Tel +385 52 452 797 ♦ istra.hr/
Located in the north-west of
Croatia, Istria borders Italy and
Slovenia. Often compared to Tuscany,
and referred to as the undiscovered
Riviera due to its rolling hills, dense
pine forests, flowing streams and
deep valleys, whitewashed villages,
green meadows, olive groves and
However, this is a much less
touristy Riviera boasting a superior
infrastructure due to the ambitious
rebuilding of the country since the
end of the war of independence. With
no expense spared to create state
of the art roads and tunnels while
maintaining the history and culture
of the quaint towns and villages.
The area is famous gastronomically
including, but not limited to, truffles,
oils, asparagus, honey and lavender
with festivals held regularly for many
of the locally grown delicacies and
wine days allowing visitors to tour
the wineries of Istria and taste and
purchase the local wines and chat to
the wine cellar owners about wine
During the summer months, Istria takes
on a vibrant cosmopolitan vibe to rival
any other European city. Regular festivals
take place including the Summer Sensual
Days featuring top Latin American dance
artists and DJs from around the world
for a celebration of exciting beach and
pool parties with over 40 hours of dance
workshops, featuring top instructors
teaching a variety of dance techniques
including Salsa and Rumba.
The Pula Arena, the mesmerizing historical
Roman Amphitheatre based at the southern
tip of the Istria Peninsula, is the venue for
the Foo Fighters this summer, promising
to be a genuinely fantastic rock music
experience in this stunning architectural
arena where, in Roman history, gladiators
would fight to the death.
To cement the cosmopolitan ambience
of Istria is the 66th Pula Film Festival this
year featuring international films showing
at various locations and attracting film stars
from around the world.
How to Get in
• On foot
A small island nation with enough
attractions, natural beauty, culture
and history to compete with Europe’s
Attractions & Sights
• The Hypogeum
• St Paul’s Catacombs
• Mdina Old City
Things to do
• Scuba Diving
• Charter a boat
• Visit the Jazz festival
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Triq Ta Marziena, Il-Munxar MXR 0001, Malta ♦ Tel +356 7909 3169 ♦ gaulosdivecove.com
Gaulos Dive Cove is
situated in the tiny
village of Munxar only a few
kilometers away from Victoria,
Xlendi and Sanap Cliffs.
We treat our guests as an
important part of our day, not
only do we take great care of
our guests but we make sure
that the environment and
atmosphere is at its best in
making your stay in Gozo not
only a memorable one but also
We are a team of dedicated
divers who are not only trying
to show you the picturesque
blue waters of the islands but
also share our passion that
has been garnered with over
17 years’ experience. From
the saltpans of Xwejni, to the
interesting underwater and
on land geology from Dwejra
to Blue hole to the inland sea
tunnel and many more; witness
them first hand.
The dive sites are only about 10-20
minutes away, making Gozo very
convenient for travel. Every level
is held dear to our hearts. It does
not matter if you are a beginner
or a pro, there will always be new
experiences to uncover. To further
emphasize on our hospitality, we
hold door-to-door pick and drop
off services to the dive center. We
can also organize airport transfers
on arrival and departure.
Make 2019 your diving experience.
Quench your diving thirst with
Gozo’s amazing natural wonders.
TOP 3 ADVENTURE THINGS TO DO IN SLOVENIA
Slovenia, is known for its mountains, ski resorts and lakes, but there are many other
adventure activities that are on offer for all to enjoy, such as city adventure, sailing,
flying and bear spotting!
However, here are our top 3 adventure attractions.
2. Only 7 kms from Postojna is one of the largest equestrian centres in Slovenia. Situated
at Castle Prestranek, a wonderful location within 300 hectares of fields and forests,
on offer are a variety of horse activities including lessons, riding, camps and therapy,
using their Icelandic horses.
With accommodation also available, this is a great way to get close to nature and
enjoy an equestrian experience in this wonderful setting.
1. Postojna Adventure Park, located close to Postojna Cave, is a forest adventure course,
where it is necessary to navigate yourself across different routes. To succeed, you will
need to complete the 73 challenges which includes; ladders, ropes, nets, wires etc.
to get from one place to another in as quickest time as possible.
This is ideal for all, whether families, teenagers or companies on team building
3. Cave trekking is another exciting adventure to be had, also in the area of Postojna
where you can trek through the caves systems, beyond the typical tourist routes and
do a deep exploration of the Postojna and Predjama cave systems.
Visit networks of the caves rarely seen, but to do so, it is necessary to overcome some
difficult paths such as water sections.
Trg padlih borcev 5, 6230 Postojna, Slovenia ♦ Tel +386 40 122 318 ♦ visit-postojna.si
Postojna – a small town
nestled away in the
traditional region of Inner
Carniola, Slovenia, has much
more to it than meets the eye.
The town is rich in history,
having being populated since
the paleolithic era which was
found through the discovery
of a cave settlement near the
town called Betal Rock Shelter
or Betalov spodmol. There’s a
lot that Postojna has to offer
and in order to understand
it better, TIC Galerjia was
TIC Galerjia embarked upon
its journey with the objective
of helping travelers explore
Postojna region. Further, it
also helps in providing guests
with an insight into the local
tourist offerings, free tourist
publications, brochures, maps,
ideas and tips for amazing
experiences, suggestions for
accommodation, good local
food, and cultural events.
There are a range of tourist attractions for you
to explore. There’s the Postojna Cave, which
was discovered back in 1818. You cannot
miss the permanent exhibition Museum of
Karst in the Notranjska Museum Postojna.
One can view original treasure from the
Predjama Castle. You can choose to take a
walk through the beautiful mountain field or
the old city center of Postojna, where the
locals like to say that every house and street
conceals its own story.
You can walk on foot or go on a bicycle
and discover unspoiled forests and nearby
peaks. Relive the exploration of caves in a
completely unique way in the cave trekking
or boat tour. For those who love the clouds,
we recommend a breathtaking panoramic
flight above the region.
TIC Galerija provides information regarding
some of the best restaurants in town.
They ensure that they provide you with
information regarding culinary experiences
that will satisfy everyone who swears by
traditional Slovenian cuisine as well as
those who love good pizzas, fish lovers or
various meat and vegetable specialties.
In their region you can choose from various
quality accommodation at will – hotels,
youth hostel, boarding houses, campsites,
tourist farms or numerous private
accommodations, there’s offers about all of
these places that TIC Galerija can provide.
Each of the offers are tailored to fit your
budget and ensure that you get the kind of
experience that you expect.
GERMAN FOOD TOUR
German cuisine has a lot to offer apart from pretzels, sausages, and beer. German
classics are served in any good restaurant, café bar, colourful street food market
or festival. The best dishes can be found in all the major cities, and wherever you find
yourself there will be traditional food on offer, for example in the countryside a typical
German culinary feast will include Osso Bucco (wild boar), braised rabbit, fillet of venison,
and wild game sausages prepared using traditional rustic methods.
For a German food tour,
Munich is arguably the
ultimate location where
local Bavarian food
receives top billing.
The city is dotted with
café bars with outdoor
seating areas and
garden areas, perfect
for relaxing with friends
The ever-popular Schnitzel is incredibly tasty and with so many varieties on offer, it
is difficult to avoid. Schnitzel is veal or pork, pounded into a thin steak, coated in
breadcrumbs and deep fried until golden brown. This immensely popular German
plate of food comes in various forms, a firm favourite is served up with two fried eggs
and a side of chips, to be eaten hot with the egg yolk coating the crispy breadcrumbs.
Another wonderful version of Schnitzel is a thin layer of horseradish slathered over the
meat before dipping into the breadcrumbs so that when it is cooked and cut with the
knife you can see the beautifully thin steak cooked with the layer of horseradish, strong
enough to give the meat a kick, but not so hot that it burns the nose. Traditionally this
version of Schnitzel is served on the top of a potato salad with pickled cucumber, and a
squeeze of lemon. Locals will load up with tomato ketchup and mayonnaise, and wash
each mouthful down with a classic ice cold German pilsner beer. Prices vary and service
is generally relaxed after all a good Schnitzel is prepared fresh and cannot be rushed.
The next ultimate German food
to try on the tour has to be spicy
bratwurst served on a bed of
distinctive sour sauerkraut and a
side of creamy mashed potato.
The Germans know how to do
For food connoisseurs, roasted
Bavarian duck is a must.
Traditionally in Germany duck is
served on Christmas day, but it is
an excellent meal for any occasion.
Restaurants will cook this with a
side of Rotkohl, (red cabbage) and
Spatzle, (homemade noodles) or
Knodel, (homemade dumplings)
and is full of traditional German
Germans do amazing cakes, and for any
discerning sweet tooth the list includes
classics such as, Schnecken, which takes
its name from the same word for snail
due to the twisty style of this cinnamon
roll lookalike, the Berliner or krapfen, soft
donuts filled with jam and dusted with fine
sugar and, ultimately, the Schwarzwälder
kirschtorte, (or Black Forest Gateau) clearly
one of the most extravagant cakes you
will come across in Germany with layers
of chocolate, topped with whipped cream
and decorated with cherries.
PROVENCE, LOOKING PAST THE REVIERA
Give the more popular Riviera destinations such as Cinque Terre, a well-earned
break by visiting some of the lesser known towns and villages, such as Rapallo,
Chiavari, Zoagli, Sestri Levante and Lavagna.
If glamour and sophistication is on the list, Portofino offers bucket loads plus more. A
traditional fishing village retaining its popularity as one of the more famous Italian Riviera
villages due to its idyllic natural harbour boasting luxury yachts alongside humble fishing
Famous since the 1950s as a destination for the rich and famous, it still the place to be if
you enjoy a bit of celebrity spotting. Look beyond the plush boats and Ferraris however
and you will discover more to Portofino. It stands out in particular due to the untouched
natural beauty of its harbour, the lush green hills and parks and the picturesque village
with colourful townhouses. Take full advantage of the beauty by climbing the gentle but
long steps to Castello Brown to feast on the amazing views.
Zoagli is a small yet serene town
on the Italian Riviera and a nature
lover’s paradise. This charming
town is perfectly suited for those
wanting to avoid the characterless
chain hotels and hordes of tourists.
Located in the eastern side of the
Ligurian Riviera in the centre of the
Gulf of Tigulli. Zoagli is famous for
silk manufacturing, and is the site
of an ancient Roman settlement.
Thanks to its position, Zoagli
embraces the ocean and provides
some enchanting sites including
paths and trails that wind their
way through the most evocative
and pure nature walks. Of course
silk lovers are spoiled for choice in
the many shops selling hand made
goods, the blueprint for which
have remained secret and passed
down through the generations
within this small town industry.
Discover Sestri Levante, a headland
divided into two bays, the “Baia del
Silenzio” and “Baia delle Favole” the
latter bay named after the famous
author Hans Christian Andersen who
lived in the area during the 1880s. The
main attraction of this Italian Riviera
town is its serenity, charm and nature.
Quaint bed and breakfasts adorn the
coast and are dotted around the hills.
The main attraction of Sestri Levante
is the opportunity to mingle with the
locals and join in with how they live
their life in this Riveria paradise.
Finally, on our list of Italian Riveria´s secret gems is Ravello.
By far the highest located, most peaceful and virtually traffic
free resort. Ravello was a bolt hole for some of Hollywood´s
icons including Great Garbo and Jacqueline Kennedy and
the whole area still oozes that reserved sophistication and
understated glamour, as you would expect for a leading or
first lady. Visiting during spring time gives you a chance to
witness the lush blooms from the gardens, the bright purples
and pinks from the flowers that grow here from cyclamen,
bougainvillea to the enticing smells of herbs bursting from
the terracotta pots. The hills are abundant with rows of olive
groves and lemon trees. This particular location is Italy´s
perfect Dolce Vita!
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Provence, situated in Southeastern France, near the Mediterranean Sea, is known for
its distinctive landscape. The spectacular countryside of the region makes you feel at
home the moment you set foot. However, the biggest treasures of Provence are its picturesque
If you wish for a rendezvous with the finest lavender of this region, you have to venture to
the less accessible Haute-Provence. It is here that you will find endless stretches of authentic
lavender growing in abundance at the esteemed Le Chateau du Bois estate. The estate has
been continuing the tradition of producing fine lavender since 1890.
Nestled amidst the arid mountains of Provence, Le Chateau du Bois is a flourishing 350-hectare
estate, with 110 hectares of vibrant lavender fields. Apart from growing fine lavender, the estate
is also a pioneer in the field of organic cosmetics.
The quality of Le Chateau du Bois’
products has charmed consumers across
the globe. Four generations of the family
have devoted their lives to preserve
the tradition of growing and protecting
What sets their products apart is the effort
they put in so as to not compromise on
the quality of the lavender. This brand
philosophy is echoed in each one of
their products, from the essential oils to
the natural cosmetics and perfumes. In
fact, the family has been using the same
method for distillation of lavender oil since
the inception of Le Chateau du Bois.
It is not astonishing that these products
have the coveted Ecocert® certification
as a mark of their authenticity. In order to
further preserve this heritage, the family
inaugurated the Lavender Museum in
1991. It is located in Coustellet in the
Luberon region. The unique museum
allows tourists to enjoy a glimpse of the
rich history associated with lavender and
its essential oils.
The story of Le Chateau du Bois is not only
that of a successful estate that produces
fine lavender. It is the continuing saga
chronicling one family’s determination
to prevent a rich tradition from dying an
untimely death. The widespread adulation
and admiration for the brand is just an
outcome of the Lincele family’s sustained
London | United Kingdom
How to Get in
• Drive in
A vibrant, energetic and multicultural
mega city, London is a glorious space.
• Local Taxi
Attractions & Sights
• Trafalgar Square
• The Shard
• The Natural History
• Tate Modern
Things to do
• Watch a play in the
• Shop at Convent Gardens
• Try the food on Brick
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If you are a water baby, you would definitely want to be here during your stay in London.
It not only has the view of the dock and the river but is equally accessible to public areas,
which makes it just another favourite for many.
Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1AA United Kingdom ♦ Tel +44 203 714 8111 ♦
Experience a different side of London at the superyacht hotel, Sunborn London. An ideal
place for festivities or a romantic getaway, the Sunborn London provides luxury with a
picturesque view of the dock. While the guest rooms have a view of the river through a porthole
window the luxury suites come with a terrace to let the open air kiss your face.
What better luxury can there be than treating yourself with a spa massage? Post the refreshing
massage, you can walk up to the bar for a drink or to the restaurant for some soulful food. What
makes Sunborn London Hotel unique is the fact that it is the first of its kind in the world with a
concept of a floating hotel.
The view of Christmas being celebrated in
London from the Sunborn is a view to die for
because it will show you the London you’ve
only seen in the movies. Not that your
stay would be any less of a mesmerizing
experience during any other time of the
year, but Christmas would make it a tad bit
more exciting with all that the city and the
hotel has to offer during this time of the year.
The experience and the services you will get
here are unmatched to any other. If you wish
to make your vacation a memorable one,
you know where you should head to for
some adventure coupled with serenity. Just
a casual dinner by the river with city views
or a cosy stay in the room, Sunborn London
is worth every bit of your time and money.
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Located in the heart of the
ancient Magna Graecia, Salice
Club Resort is truly the place to
be, owing to its beautiful location
and impeccable services. If you’re
looking for abundance of sun, beach
and good food, you are sure to have
a good time at the resort.
The property is located in the middle
of centuries-old pine trees. The best
aspect about this resort is that it
provides guests with private access
to the sandy Calabro Beach, which is
located just 3-minutes away. Besides
experiencing the abundance of
nature, the place also offers a
magnificent swimming pool and
other sporting facilities including
golf, tennis, and fishing. While the
resort specializes in Continental and
Italian cuisines, guests can even opt
for the authentic Ionian Calabria
spread of food. After a long and
fruitful day spent exploring the
ancient Magna Graecia, guests can
retire during the evenings by the
ROAD TRIP COUNTY KERRY
favourite coastal road trip is the “Ring of Kerry”, so-called due to the 110-mile
circular route of around stunning coastal South West Ireland.
Along the route, there are some fantastic sites to behold; starting with the Skellig Islands.
A World Heritage, awesome site, set in the Atlantic Ocean. The larger of the islands is
Skellig Michael, recently made famous due to a Star Wars production, and also the 6thcentury
beehive shaped huts that form part of an ancient Christian monastery. Visitors
must climb over 600 feet high to witness the fantastic remains of this monastery.
Enjoy the rugged beauty of Valentia Island, a truly unique island and most westerly
point in Europe. Famous for its annual Valentia Regatta, Valentia has a population
of around 600 people and is approximately 11 kilometers long and 3km wide with
dramatic coastline and stunning views. A definite location to visit on route.
The 7th century Cahergall Stone Ringfort is another site not to overlook. A national
monument of Ireland, the Cahergall Fort is enormous, full of mystery and said to have
healing powers. Climbing the fort provides breath-taking panoramic views of green
fields and the Atlantic.
Bask in Irish history and admire the endlessly stunning Southern Irish scenery of
Cahersiveen. This town epitomises the raw beauty and history of this area. A great Irish
icon was born here, Daniel O’Connell, also known as the “Great Liberator” of Ireland.
Another town and another
excuse to stop and taste
the sea air! Caherdaniel has
stunning scenery and views
over the Atlantic. Soak up
the charm and be inspired
by the poets and writers who
lived here. A great place
to stop for refreshments,
Caherdaniel has some
wonderfully traditional cosy
pubs, great food, and a very
Make sure to sojourn at the
vast but peaceful Killarney
National Park. This 26,000-
acre deer filled parkland
boasts the ruins of a 15thcentury
abbey, an impressive
castle, the Lakes of Killarney,
Inisfallen Island with its
and Muckross House, an
enormous 65 room mansion
built around 1843. The estate
is now a thriving visitor centre
with restaurant, gardens, and
pottery. Save some energy to
visit the 20 meters high Torc
Waterfall also within the Park.
The sights and sounds of this
force of nature will fill you
For a lively and vibrant
atmosphere, visit Kenmare
town. This Heritage Town has
lots to do and see including
art galleries, traditional Irish
pubs serving excellent food,
live music and a beautiful
location at this “head of the
Private Tour Company
Looking to take a break from the driving for one or a couple of days? Kerry Experience
Tours offer spectacular private day tours that take you through the beautiful Southwest
of Ireland. Discover the mystic mountains, rough cliffs, narrow & bendy roads, ancient
treasures and colourful villages along the Ring of Kerry, the Dingle Peninsula, the Beara
Peninsula, Mizen Head and much more. All private tours can be tailored to suit your wishes.
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With Kerry Experience Tours, you will
discover, explore, and experience
the well-known highlights of Ireland as well
as the most beautiful hidden places off the
beaten track. The tailor-made chauffeur
driven vacations and private day tours will
truly show the myth & magic of Ireland. Walk
along secret beaches, visit ancient castles
and forts, explore tranquil villages and watch
the wild Atlantic Ocean from the top of
spectacular cliffs. Enjoy the warm welcome of
the Irish people, listen to their stories, soak
up the traditional music and enjoy a taste of
the finest local food along the Wild Atlantic
Kerry Experience Tours create vacations for
couples, families, friends and small groups
who are looking to enjoy Ireland at an
exceptional level. Just sit back and enjoy the
incredible scenery, history and culture. All
vacations are tailor-made and built around
your needs, desires and requirements.
Explore the Ring of Kerry, Dingle, the Cliffs of
Moher, the Burren, Galway, Connemara, Cork,
the Blarney Stone, Kinsale, Glendalough and
everything else that is on your Ireland bucketlist!
All is flexible, Kerry Experience Tours’ aim
is for you to have the time of your life.
Experience moments of magic, moments
to treasure and experiences that you want
to return to again and again. Join Kerry
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Main St, Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Ireland ♦ Tel +353 64 664 1368
Standard facilities such as tea/coffee
maker, iron, and Wi-fi are available in all
the rooms. The hotel has a 24-hour front
desk to address any issues guests might
be facing. What sets Lansdowne Arms
Hotel apart is the courteous and amicable
staff. It is a mark of the quintessential Irish
Your stay at Lansdowne Arms Hotel would
be incomplete without a visit to the inhouse
bars. The Bold Thady Quill Bar is a
traditional Irish bar that offers the choicest
selection of Irish beverages (both alcoholic
and non-alcoholic). Frequented by guests
and locals alike, it offers you a glimpse of
the signature Irish lifestyle and culture.
Ireland, with its picturesque
landscapes, spectacular castles,
and vibrant countryside reminds
you of dreams and fairy tales. The
breathtakingly charming town of
Kenmare is perfect for a tranquil
Irish escapade. If you have an Irish
holiday on your mind, don’t look
beyond Lansdowne Arms Hotel to
book your accommodation.
The family-run hotel is set in a
stunning Victorian style building
that dates back to 1970. The 3-star
property is situated in the heart
of Kenmare. This makes it the
ideal base for exploring popular
attractions such as the Ring of Kerry
and the Ring of Beara.
The vintage exterior of Lansdowne
Arms Hotel isn’t the only thing you
will admire about it. The property
offers accommodation in 26 spacious
rooms equipped with all modern
amenities to ensure that you have a
comfortable stay. Guests can choose
among double and twin rooms. All
rooms are decorated with elegant
and high-quality furniture.
For a more quiet and relaxed time, you can
grab a bite at the Poet Bar and Restaurant.
The bistro-style eatery offers a warm and
cozy environment, perfect for unwinding
after a hectic day of sightseeing.
It is time you book Lansdowne Arms Hotel
and tick Ireland off your travel bucket list.
How to Get in
A small island landlocked nation
waiting to be explored.
Attractions & Sights
• Bratislava Castle
• Spis Castle
• Gerlach Peak
Things to do
• Winter Sports
• Ride Steam Trains
• Try the local food &
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The company also offers a variety of tours
for Europeans including bus tours to
Russia, France, Italy, Germany and also to
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Randon Travel is a tour operator that offers a variety of sightseeing, adventure and hiking
tours in all Central Europe, which enable either individuals or groups to experience the
best of Slovakia, Poland, Czech republic and Austria. Through guided tours one can discover the
most beautiful places, explore the history of life in this part of the world, enjoy the adventures
and relax in nature. We offer a huge range of activities including cycling, hiking, sightseeing,
golf, wellness and many other activities. We appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting
new people as well as seeing new places. The company’s founder (Michal) has travelled the
world extensively and even lived abroad for more than 7 years in the past including England,
Australia and the US. Through his travels, he has been associated with tourism and worked in
many different positions including hotel managers, but also as a voluntary lifeguard in Australia
and also for Disney Cruise Line.
Most of the private tours usually last up to 5 days, however, one can extend the journey on
the basis of their requirements. The company only makes use of air-conditioned cars and
provides free mineral water on board to ensure maximum comfort for its guests. Airport
pick-up and drops can also be arranged, upon request.