Hotel Amigo Brussels

Trivia: Back in the 16th century, someone mistook the word ‘vrient’ — Flemish for prison — as ‘vriend,’ which eventually led to the name of Hotel Amigo.  Over 500 years later, the hotel bares no trace of its prison-past but its outstanding accommodations will make any visitor actually not want to leave. We cannot have picked a better …

The only rooftop terrace in town: Hotel Stari Grad

Although there are hundreds of accommodations available in Dubrovnik, there are currently only two hotels inside the walls of Old Town.  I thought choosing between the two options would be difficult but when I found out that only one of them had a rooftop terrace—the only rooftop terrace in the entire town—I knew there was …

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

It took all of 8 seconds for Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea to line up a welcome team for my husband and I.  The personal and warm welcome—the best I’ve had from a hotel—was but a start to an overall exceptional stay.   I almost had tears of joy at the gate of Kempinski Hotel Ishtar. …

Mövenpick Resort Petra

After driving for 4 hours from Madaba—almost half of which was through extremely dark, winding, cliff-edge mountain roads—arriving at the Mövenpick Resort in Petra was a very welcome site.  We picked the Mövenpick primarily for two reasons: Location: It’s right across the entrance to the ancient city of Petra.  Getting your tickets to the site …

Four Seasons Gresham Palace

After fully appreciating the hotel, one might wonder if the Four Seasons’ doors open to the magnificent Chain Bridge, or does the Chain Bridge lead to the spectacular Four Seasons? In most cities around the world, it is next to impossible to find a beautiful hotel that’s right across the landmark that the city is known for.  A …

Splurge in Hotel Arts Barcelona

When was the last time you splurged?  That long ago?  Cannot even remember? Let Hotel Arts Barcelona remind you what a splurge can look like.  Click the photos to enlarge: Booking a stay at Hotel Arts Barcelona is a sure-fire way of adding a bit or a lot of splurge to your itinerary.  Located in Barcelona’s beachfront, the …

Enoteca: Paco Pérez’s obra maestra

In the past decade, the Spaniards were able to achieve a level of distinction and authority in the culinary world that no other can rival.  Every year since 2002, a Spanish restaurant has placed as one of the Top 3 restaurants in the world.  In fact, Chef Ferran Adria’s El Bulli ranked No. 1 for 5 …

Fairmont Royal York Toronto

FAIRMONT FAN I’ve been a big fan of the Fairmont for many, many years.  During the very infamous (also insane, also irresponsible, also incredible) time that I travelled Canada thinking I was Mariah Carey, Fairmont’s 5-star luxury offerings were the only consideration.  I stayed at the Banff Springs in the Canadian Rockies and had a …

Getting a Noma reservation

Getting a reservation in Noma is almost impossible.  Almost, but not entirely.  I personally do not know anyone else in my network who has been to Noma, but I am testament to the fact that regular people—not just journalists or food critics—can secure a table.  With a lot of preparation and a little bit of …

Birthday Lunch in Noma

Tomorrow, I will be turning 30.  I am certain that every other 29-year old female out there will attest that this is a big number.  Not wanting to get into any bouts of depression or life crisis, I made a very conscious plan of distracting myself with even bigger gifts.  So instead of seeing the …