2017/06/23

A perfect Ecuador's highlands 9-day trip itinerary

Natural & cultural wonders in the Andean region

The Ecuadorian highlands were the vacation destination of my husband and I when being in South America for the first time some weeks ago. We wanted to tour the Galapagos Islands – my post after the next one will be about this –, but also visit Ecuador’s mainland. This is also the most visited region in the

2017/05/15

Where to stay and eat on a luxury stay in Hong Kong

2 of the best luxury hotels & 9 top restaurants

This time I will go into hotels for discerning travelers and restaurants for lovers of fine food in Hong Kong after having published two posts about things to do in this mesmerizing city (one for first-timers, the other for repeat visitors).

2017/05/13

7 things to do in Hong Kong that not everybody does

Collision of two worlds

After having covered what a first-timer to Hong Kong must do in my last post, I now want to outline what a visitor may do when having a bit more time or being here for the second time. I have recently revisited this intriguing city for six days after a ten-day stay two years ago. Out of the abundance of activities I have selected such ones that are worthwhile doing when already

2017/05/04

Review of Restaurant Alte Muehle in Olten/Switzerland

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Traditional restaurant with innovative food concept

Alte Muehle, an old-established restaurant in Olten’s old town, reopened under new management at the beginning of this month. Whereas the furniture remains more or less unchanged (old wooden tables and chairs), the food concept is new and original. For dinner only, you get a list with ingredients from

2017/04/30

7 things to do in Hong Kong that everybody must do

Crossover of tradition & modernity

After having spent six days in Hong Kong just recently and ten days two years before I feel confident about what to see in this fascinating city as a first-timer but also as a repeat visitor. I have identified must-do attractions and such ones you should do when having more time. This first post will be about things ever visitor has to put on its agenda when being in Hong Kong

2017/04/26

Review of Restaurant Arthaus, Davos/Switzerland

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Eat & art in small restaurant with inventive cuisine

An artist, Diegodo Clavadetscher, and his wife run Restaurant arthaus together with the arthaus Hotel and this shows. There is artwork everywhere you look. Also the restaurant is under the motto of art, the menus are called small and big art and the dishes served are also works of art.

2017/04/21

Review of Gasthaus Islen, Davos/Switzerland

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Well-made rustic food in a beautiful Davos house

This restaurant in a beautiful Davos house a bit away from Davos’ center has been known as a popular excursion restaurant for many years. Only recently, a young couple took over and since then you get seriously good food, mostly local classics and some contemporary dishes, at Gasthaus Islen.

2017/04/12

Where to eat in Davos in the Swiss Alps as a food lover

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10 restaurants from Michelin starred places to mountains huts

Davos in the Swiss Alps is the highest town in Europe and home of one of Switzerland’s largest ski resorts. It is also known as host to the World Economic Forum (WEF) and site of the Spengler Cup ice hockey tournament. Davos may not be the most beautiful place in the Swiss Alps, but it has a lot to offer for vacationers, in any case some highly recommended restaurants, also for a discerning clientele.

2017/04/06

Review of Restaurant Lampart's in Haegendorf near Olten/Switzerland

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Foodies' heaven at a beauty of a restaurant

Lampart’s near Olten is certainly one of the best fine dining spots between the cities of Zurich and Basle, and most probably also the most beautiful restaurant in this area, if not in Switzerland – at least Gault-Millau Guide said this and I think so too. The chef – he goes by the name of Lampart – is a genius at his profession, he was awarded with two stars

2017/04/04

Review of Restaurant Hotel Storchen, Schoenenwerd, between Olten & Aarau/Switzerland

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Casual dining, high quality food & kind hosts

When looking for a casual restaurant in the region of Olten/Aarau that never disappoints, then Bistro-Lounge at Hotel Storchen in Schoenenwerd is a safe choice. French influenced food and classics are served here, it is always open and chances are good to get a table even at short notice. All this makes this dining-spot a longtime fave of my family.

2017/03/31

Review of Restaurant Didi's Frieden, Zurich/Switzerland

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Perfect blend of rustic and fine food in stylish spot in favorable location

Restaurants are plentiful in Zurich, according to TripAdvisor there are more than 1,500 in this gorgeous city, undeniably the most cosmopolitan one in Switzerland. My favorite eatery here is Restaurant Didi’s Frieden and this has been the case for almost 20 years now. No other place onsite I am aware of combines that many advantages. First, this dining spot offers

2017/03/26

Review of Restaurant Casa Novo, Berne/Switzerland

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Wonderfully located with modern Mediterranean food

Berne, capital of Switzerland, has not only a beautiful historic old town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site –, but also a great number of recommended fine dining spots. After having had a great dinner at Restaurant Mille Sens with Asian inspired cuisine, I made another amazing culinary discovery, this time Restaurant Casa Novo with modern Mediterranean influenced food.

2017/03/21

Review of Restaurant Hotel Baeren, Suhr near Aarau/Switzerland

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High quality, Asian influenced cuisine in Swiss Mittelland

Aarau in Swiss Mittelland is no food heaven – with a few exceptions, all can be found on my blog. Therefore, it may be advisable as food lover to look for a restaurant in the surroundings of this small town. One recommended place is Restaurant Hotel Baeren in Suhr with its 3 restaurants. You find everything there from a gourmet restaurant to a rustic

2017/03/15

Review of Restaurant Netts Schuetzengarten, St Gallen/Switzerland

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Refined cuisine in hip brewery-style restaurant

The town of St Gallen in the eastern part of Switzerland is known for its World Heritage-listed Abbey, but there are also restaurants for food lovers. One of them and certainly one of the best known in town is Restaurant NettsSchuetzengarten. There is not only one of the oldest breweries in Switzerland onsite, but also gourmet cuisine on offer.

2017/03/14

Review of One&Only Royal Mirage Residence & SPA, Dubai

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Absolute perfection in oasis of calm at Jumeirah Beach

Dubai is an ideal destination when looking for a place for beach vacation in combination with sightseeing. In addition, the flight time from Western Europe is not long (6 hours) and the time zone difference is a mere 3 hours. When looking for a fine luxury accommodation on the beach not too far away from the city center, then Hotel Royal Mirage is a favorable choice. After 2 stays there, my husband and I decided to return again to this fantastic hotel at the Jumeirah Beach. Although Dubai has undergone a huge transformation since our first visit in 2001, it is still one of our fave for a few days in the sun.

2017/03/10

Review of Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury, Grand Baie/Mauritius

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Paradise in the Indian Ocean

Mauritius is best known for its gorgeous beaches, where the sand is powder-white and the water sapphire-blue. This makes it together with an abundance of top luxury resorts an ideal destination for ultimate beach vacation. One of the best hotels on this idyllic island is probably the Royal Palm, which my husband and I chose to spend some lazy days in the sun. It was our 2nd stay at this hotel and our 4th one in Mauritius. 

2017/03/03

Where to stay on a luxury trip on Borneo


5 first-class hotels in the Malaysian states of Sarawak & Sabah

The northern part of Borneo was the destination of a trip of two befriended families with an adult son each. What to do in the Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah was the subject of my last post. In this post, you find the reviews of the hotels we stayed at during our tour from Kuching to Kota Kinabalu.

2017/02/26

What to do on a 8-day vacation on Borneo


Touring the Malaysian states of Sarawak & Sabah

We – two families with an adult son each – had been looking for a destination in Southeast Asia for summertime. This undertaking had been complicated by the fact that the rainy season falls over the summer months. Finally, we settled for North Borneo as there is high season in July. In addition, we are nature lovers and wanted to spend some lazy days on the beach after exploring the sights. The Malaysian states of Sarawak and Sabah seemed to be the perfect choice for our needs.

2017/02/16

Review of Raffles Hotel, Singapore

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Oasis of old world elegance with top-notch service

The RafflesSingapore was the choice of our small group – consisting of two families, both with an adult son each – when visiting this stunning city for the first time. As lovers of colonial-style luxury hotels we had been very much looking forward to this stay and our expectations were fully met! Not only is this hotel a unique colonial property, but it is also impresses with a great old world charm and fantastic service.

2017/02/13

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2017/02/12

Review of Dolder Grand Hotel, Zurich

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Splendid hotel with great restaurant in idyllic setting

My husband and I chose the Dolder Grand to celebrate a special anniversary although living merely about one hour drive away. But as we had reserved a table at their signature restaurant for the occasion, we wanted to enjoy the evening without rushing home in the middle of the night. When looking for a luxury hotel in Zurich, which is situated a bit

2017/02/06

Personal experience report of one of the best hotels in the (Austrian) Alps

One day in the life of a hotel guest at Hotel Zuerserhof in Zuers-Lech/Austria

It is my tenth (!) stay at the splendid Hotel Zuerserhof in the Austrian Alps. Not only is it ideally located for skiing, but above all it also offers everything and more for the wellbeing of its guests. Every detail that might add to my satisfaction has been thought of.

I am here for skiing as most other guests. As of this year, the already impressive skiing area of Lech-Zuers-Warth has been enlarged. With the addition of St. Anton it is now the largest of the country and one of the larges five ones in the world.

2017/01/27

Review of Four Seasons Hotel, Hong Kong

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Unbeatable location, top facilities, flawless service

For our first visit to the absolutely stunning city of Hong Kong my husband and I chose the Four Seasons Hotel, a favorite hotel chain of us. We stayed ten days there and loved every moment spent at this wonderful place. We opted for a room that comes with access to the executive club, which is highly recommended. Service was spotless as we are accustomed to it when being in a Four Seasons Hotel.

2017/01/25

Restaurant reviews region of Olten/Switzerland

13 restaurants reviewed so far

As mentioned here earlier on, I am in the process of reviewing restaurants in the region of Olten. Up to now, 13 reviews have been published on this blog. More will follow later on. There are still a lot of eateries in the region of Olten worthwhile going to. 

As to the 13 ones already reviewed, most of them are favorites of mine, but there are also some places amongst them that were new to me. Can you guess what restaurants are pictured here?

2017/01/21

Review of Restaurant Zollhaus, Olten/Switzerland

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Wow, what a gem!

After being closed for almost five years the long-established restaurant Zollhaus reopened in September 2016. A young couple – both experienced in the field of gastronomy – had bought the building and had renovated it gently. Although having worked at top restaurants, the new hosts do not want to convert Zollhaus in a high-end eatery, but offer traditional Swiss and European food. At the same time, also fancier

2017/01/17

Review of Golfrestaurant Aarau-West, Oberentfelden near Aarau/Switzerland

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Good enough food at reasonable prices in contemporary setting

I had twice the chance to eat at Golfrestaurant Aarau-West over the last six months, once in summer on the terrace, the other time in late fall at the restaurant. Classic Swiss cuisine, sometimes with a slightly modern touch, is served there. Golfrestaurant Aarau-West has been open to the public for

2017/01/15

Review of Restaurant Bodega El Pato, Olten/Switzerland

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Spanish food in a rustic ambiance

Bodega in the old town of Olten has tapas and a small choice of other Spanish food on offer. Although this eatery is not new in town, my husband and I had not managed to eat there until this year. A befriended couple had been raving about it for years and so the four of us decided to go there on a warm summer evening.

2017/01/12

6 top restaurants south of Midtown in New York City

NYC as foodie heaven

When looking for fine dining restaurants in New York City, it is difficult to find your way through the abundance of dining spots. TripAdvisor lists more than 10,000 restaurants and even Michelin has nearly 900 eateries on its list! This fact makes it hard to decide which ones to choose.

As a gourmet who frequently travels to New York City, I am every time confronted with this question. For me a trip without culinary delights is a lost trip. Therefore, I invest considerable time and effort to find top restaurants. I do like contemporary cuisine and younger

2017/01/06

My first year of serious blogging

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Time to reflect and to look back as well as ahead! 

After having done my first steps towards a more serious blogging activity about luxury travel and fine dining it is time to think about my work as well as to look back to 2016 and to look ahead to 2017.