Should you wish to suprise your loved one and stay in a super romantic hotel you should really consider going here for a few nights. Hotel Chèvre d’or is located in one of the most charming villages of the Cote d’Azur in France. To start with, Eze is an absolutely gorgeous medieval village shining on a rock overlooking the Mediterranean sea… Walking through its streets you feel like going centuries back in time. The hotel is build in the same style as the village. There are several terraces, gardens and restaurants overlooking the sea and I spent several hours on the lounge beds with cushions right on the rocks towards the sea. You can have dinner in one of their 4 restaurants overlooking the sea or stroll around the village to have some dinner there. Both are super romantic options! The charming rooms are dotted around the castle-like place and are all different. Also, it is very near Nice airport so easy to get to. 6 Rue du Barri, Eze Village, France | +33 4 92 10 66 66 | €€€€ (prices from €300,-) | Website
I stayed in this hotel twice now and would probably stay here again when going to Capetown. I love the fact that the hotel has a very homely, personal atmosphere. The 13 rooms are all different and all incredibly charming. It is small and has a little courtyard with a tiny pool that is more for dipping than swimming but it enables you to at least cool of and have a glass of wine while siting on one of their deck chairs. If you do not necessarily wish to stay right on the coast when in Capetown than I would definitely recommend staying here. If you have access to a car you’ll be at the beach in 10 minutes anyway, so why not? 6 Stephen St, Cape Town 8001 | $$$ | +27 21 426 2373/4 | Website | Map
Wowzers this restaurant is good… I booked a table here well in advance (probably about 9 months or so ) and was given a superb VIP table with the best view for me and my family. It is unbelievable how amazing you can eat in this country for relatively little money.. I would go to this place if you have something to celebrate and want to have a delicate lunch with a spectacular view. The gardens on the estate are beautifully kept (with an impressive art collection/sculptures) and a treat on itself and you can also do wine tasting. Unfortunately for me I could not taste the wine because I was pregnant (actually could taste but could’t drink / swallow haha) but it is apparently really good…The estate also has lodges where you can stay but we (unfortunately) stayed somewhere else. The location is absolutely gorgeous though so I bet the lodges will be as well.
Unfortunately this hotel was already full when I tried to book it 10 months before we went to South Africa so we stayed somewhere else but we did have a High Tea here one afternoon and it was so amazing that I want to absolutely mention it as a place not to miss when you are traveling to Plettenberg Bay. The hotel lies close to the beach right underneath the green mountains of Plettenberg. It is fantastically decorated and utterly romantic. Think of rose gardens, country style interiors and delicious food. There is also a separate restaurant on the estate called Katerina and I had a snoop around but it was closed so we were unable to try the food. If I were you I would book Katarina’s for a lunch as it is more bistro style and the homestead restaurant for the evenings which looked superbly romantic. This hotel is too lovely to miss!! The Crags, Plettenberg Bay 6602, South Africa |+27 44 534 8082 | $$$ | Website
Just before Christmas I was able to stay in this awesome hotel in Amsterdam on the Museumsquare. This luxurious hotel is one of the trendiest in Amsterdam and opened in 2011 so still fairly new.
The location is awesome. I would always recommend tourists to stay either somewhere on the canals or on the Museumsquare. The hotel is very close to the recently reopened Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum as well as the Royal Concertgebouw. The hotel is set in a neo gothic very big building that was originally designed by the Dutch architect Daniel Knuttel and has 129 rooms, various restaurants and bars and is styled very tastefully in a contemporary modern fashion by the famous designer Piero Lissoni.
The hotel also has a spa with a delicious pool, sauna and more… Conclusion; should you want to stay in your hotel all day and night when you are visiting Amsterdam, you can. You can eat, drink, shop, relax and exercise within its walls. Obviously, you need to go out and see Amsterdam so go for a swim in the morning, have breakfast, go and explore Amsterdam, come back to the hotel for a high tea and a massage in the afternoon (after a long day walking through our beautiful city)!
Van Baerlestraat 27, Amsterdam | +31 20 570 0000 | Tram; Van Baerlestraat (2, 3, 5, 12) | €€€€ | Website
This Lodge north east of Port Elizabeth is like a dream come true. I love Africa and have done safari before in Serengeti park Tanzania and were lucky to spot the migration (so I am a little spoiled in terms of Safari) but should you not have time to travel to Kruger park or beyond Port Elizabeth when going to SA, this lodge is a great option because you can still enjoy a safari with chances to see the big five. You have your private small pool on the deck of your room / hut and the staff do all they can to make your stay as memorable as possible. Love the outside shower, the romantic set up of the tables for dinner in the lodge and the fact that each room has a view over the bush so you can spot animals from you bed! Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa | drive is 2,5 hours from Port Elizabeth but you can also book a 4 seat charter flight which is breathtakingly beautiful and will take only half an hour (don’t do this if you are not comfortable on bumpy flights / tiny airplanes / have fear of heights) | +27 46 603 3400 | $$$$$ | Website
To mix things up I will post some places in South Africa where I was late December of last year. I just love this country so much that I think writing about some of their best places would’t hurt.
This is one of the most charming places I have ever stayed in. On their website they say that staying in their guesthouse is not like staying in a hotel but more like staying with friends and that is exactly how I experienced it.
Augusta de Mist lies between the breathtaking mountains of Swellendam in the Western Cape and the drive to the hotel is already a great pleasure as the surroundings are absolutely beautiful. The hotel is owned by a lovely gay couple Michel and Hank who selected everything with great detail and love. We all had our own romantic garden cottage tastefully decorated with arts, crafts, vintage furniture and attention to detail. Michel was telling us they paint the walls of each room / cottage several times a year. All the cottages were super romantic and to be found in the beautifully kept garden with little pathways and a pool hidden amongst the trees. Hank prepared us a 5 course mouthwatering dinner after which he and Michel joined us for a glass of wine. The food was so perfect we even asked him for some of his recipes. We only stayed one night so I will definitely go back here to enjoy more of Hanks cooking skills, the amazing surroundings and romantic Hotel. The website gives a good impression of the quirkiness of the hotel… 3 Human St, Swellendam, South Africa | +27 28 514 2425 | $$$ | Website
New all day brasserie spot attached to the ACE Hotel in Shoreditch. I really like that it’s different from anything else I’ve seen lately. The restaurant is quite large and has a bit of a retro & scandinavian feel to it. Everything is very well designed including the newspaper-like menu, and the hipster staff run around in Nike air max. This place has got a cool vibe. Definitely go here if: 1. You need a place to work during the day – they have a little coffee bar as well. 2. If you’re planning a night with friends – start at the ACE Hotel bar, have dinner at Hoi Polloi and end up at the downstairs bar that’s open till late. 3. If you like pickled union rings. They are so good! The best thing, you don’t even have to worry about how to get home, you can just get a room! Ace Hotel |100 Shoreditch High St London | 020 8880 6100 | Tube: Old Street tube, Liverpool Street Station or Shoreditch High Street Overground | Website | £££
Love this hotel in Amsterdam where I have been coming for a few years now. Was recommended this once by a colleague who always stays here as well. The second time I came I was warmly received by their staff, welcoming me back in their hotel. The fourth or fifth time I came they were fully booked but upgraded me so they could offer me a room anyway. The hotel is located on the Herengracht in the heart of Amsterdam, near the Spui and in the middle of the 9-streets. The hotel has a very cozy, stylish and personal character and not a single room they have looks the same. I stayed in I think 5 different rooms here and all were very comfortable with an enormous bathroom. What I also really like is the fact you can rent a bike €15,- a day (and you really do need a bike in Amsterdam). Ps: I only stay here when I am in Amsterdam for business for which it is perfect. Herengracht 341, Amsterdam|+3120555 0222 | Rooms are €185 to €475 per night (the rates for their different room types vary according to season) |Website
There is always something going on this hotel. It’s one of my favourite places to stay. The rooms are very cool and unique from one another with fun gadgets, vintage furniture and lots of commisioned (wall) art. Last time I went I had turn tables and a fully stocked SMEG fridge in my room, wtf! The lobby is amazing with a cool trendy vibe and literally ALWAYS filled with locals and international hotel guests at the bar. The ACE is also home to one of the best coffee places in NYC; Stumptown Coffee! Staff is always helpful and friendly. They also have a gym, very cool shops (including Opening Ceremony) and 2 restaurants (one has a Michelin star!) that are connected to the hotel. Such a great combination of everything you need when in NYC. 20 W 29th St New York | Mid Town | +1 212-679-2222 | Website | Rooms from $170 – $2000