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Three Tips for the Maldives 1. I would recommend to visit in the summer instead of winter. It's a lot cheaper. 2. I would recommend to combine a visit to the Maldives with other countries. For example nearby Sri Lanka. If your budget can't handle two weeks in the Maldives, maybe it can handle five days and then 9 days on a low budget in Sri Lanka, which has a lot to offer. Alternatively, Air Asia has cheap flights from Kuala Lumpur. 3. I have stayed at more than 50 private island resorts in the Maldives and I must say there is a big difference between them. I would recommend to do a lot of research before selecting a resort. Tripadvisor, henriktravel.com, Kiwi Collection and Maldives Complete all have valuable information. Below are five of the resorts I visited on my last visit. You can read more about them and a lot more on henriktravel.com 1. Water Villas at LUX* South Ari Atoll. One of the bigger resorts (193 villas total), but a unique resort with a contemporary design. @luxsouthari 2. Amaya Kuda Rah South Ari Atoll, Maldives. I only did a day visit to this island but it's a great resort. I liked this bathroom a lot. @amayakudarah 3. Kurumba. A great value resort only 10 minutes from the international airport in Malé. Their Thila-restaurant is one of the highest ranked restaurants in the Maldives on TripAdvisor. I have been to this resort twice before and like it a lot. This time I stayed in a beautiful pool villa with this beautiful bed @kurumba_maldives 4. Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma. A good value resort unlike any other Holiday Inn I’ve stayed. @holidayinnresortmaldives 5. Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi. Fairmont recently opened this stunning new resort with amazing villas and butler service. @fairmont.maldives
La Vie, Osnabrück, just closed its door despite three Michelin stars. I had a great experience there earlier this year. Here are ten of the photos. Thanks and good luck to the chef, Thomas Bühner and his team.
Incredible Alaska. Took an Uber from Anchorage to Seward to catch a cruise. Can't think of a more scenic drive ever. Stopped several places to take photos including this spot. After a Kenai Fjords cruise, I went to Anchorage to stay at Hotel Captain Cook @hotelcaptaincook , a comfortable 546-room downtown hotel with good service. Have you been to Alaska?
Samsø, Denmark: World's First 100 Percent Renewable Energy-Powered Island. Less than 4,000 people live on Samsø. I can highly recommend travelling off-season and have sights to yourself. Well worth a visit.
Strandhotel Glücksburg @strandhotelgluecksburg stunning building and four star hotel next to the sea and close to the German/Danish border.
Reethi Faru Resort @reethifaruresort - One of the best value resorts in the Maldives. The Maldives is great value in the summer. Tip: Compare rates in July with rates in December and see the big difference.
Chichijima, Ogasawara. A Japanese territory in the Pacific. There are to my knowledge two ways of visiting this territory. Americans (only) can fly to the island of Iwo Jima. The other option is a ferry of approximately 25 hours from Tokyo. As I'm from Denmark I went with this option and had a comfortable journey with the ferry company, Ogasawara Kaiun. On Chichijima, I stayed at a comfortable little family-run hotel called Hotel Pat Inn @hotelpatinn in a Japanese style room with complimentary WiFi. I explored the island by a combination of hitchhiking and a lot of walking. A unique travel experience to the portfolio.
The blowholes on Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean. Flew to Christmas Island last month from Jakarta on a chartered flight. Much cheaper than flying from Perth. Christmas Island is a beautiful, unique place that is part of the Travelers' Century Club's list of 327 countries and territories.
Rosenborg Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark. Visited earlier this year and stayed at the great budget hotel, Wakeup Copenhagen Carsten Niebuhrsgade for the second time. @wakeupcopenhagen Copenhagen is one of my favourite cities. Have you been?
56 Private Island Resorts in the Maldives I have now stayed overnight at 56 private island resorts in the Maldives after my visit this year. Here are photos of the 10 resorts I stayed on my recent trip: Photo: 1: Huvafen Fushi. A fantastic overall experience. Excellent service, amazing water villas, great food and the first and only underwater spa in the world. @huvafenfushi_maldives 2: Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi. Fairmont recently opened this stunning new resort with amazing villas and butler service. @fairmont.maldives 3: LUX* South Ari Atoll. One of the bigger resorts (193 villas total), but a unique resort with a contemporary design. @luxsouthari 4: COMO Cocoa Island. Only 33 villas (all water villas). Impressive design and great attention to details. The food is comparable with the best places I've stayed in the Maldives. @comococoaisland 5: Fushifaru. A stunning newer Maldivian-owned resort with great service, good food and excellent villas. @fushifaru 6: Reethi Faru Resort. A great overall resort with excellent value for money. Recently opened and not perfect, but one of the best deals right now in the Maldives @reethifaruresort 7: Holiday Inn Resort Kandooma. A good value resort unlike any other Holiday Inn I’ve stayed. @holidayinnresortmaldives 8: Makunudu Island. An authentic experience focusing on the natural experience. Only 36 rooms. @makunuduisland 9: Kurumba. A great value resort only 10 minutes from the international airport in Malé. Their Thila-restaurant is one of the highest ranked restaurants in the Maldives on TripAdvisor. I have been to this resort twice before and like it a lot. This time I stayed in a beautiful pool villa: @kurumba_maldives 10: Palm Beach Island Resort & Spa. A great property with comfortable rooms, great staff and good food (much better than I expected) on a stunning island @palmbeachislandmaldives I also did site inspections at Amaya Kuda Rah @amayakudarah (Great experience) and Fun Island Resort @funislandmaldives (Good+ experience). I have now stayed overnight at 56 private island resorts in the Maldives. Might do more in the future as it’s a truly amazing place to relax and experience!
Five Great Dutch Country Hotels I recently had a great visit to the Netherlands and explored some of their great country hotels that I can highly recommend. Here are five photos and some quick information about each. Photo 1: Hotel Landgoed Het Roode Koper @roode_koper A massive 3,000-hectare estate with a homely hotel, a Michelin-starred restaurant, beautiful garden and an outdoor swimming pool. A well-deserved membership of Relais & Châteaux. Excellent staff and charming rooms make it one of the best places I've stayed in the Netherlands. Photo 2: Duin & Kruidberg @duinkruidberg A stunning location approximately 30 minutes by car from Amsterdam. Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg is an estate with classical rooms and more than 100 years of age with a Michelin-starred restaurant as the main attraction. In 2002, the hotel opened for the general public, and they established the restaurant, De Vrienden van Jacob. Less than five years later it was awarded one Michelin star and has kept it ever since. The food was a fantastic experience, better than some of the two Michelin-starred I have experienced. Photo 3: Kasteel Engelenburg @kasteelengelenburg A great Dutch country hotel with charming rooms, friendly service and great food that I visited for the second time. A member of @relaischateaux , but surprisingly no Michelin star. It's hard for me to understand as the food was much better than at some of the Michelin-starred restaurants I've experienced in Europe. The prices are excellent value, and I wouldn't be surprised if I make a trip to Kasteel Engelenburg again in one of the coming years. Photo 4: Landgoed de Wilmersberg @WilmersbergNL A bigger country hotel with 59 rooms, beautiful surroundings and a focus on high value. A Michelin-guide restaurant and facilities to match the size of the hotel such as a wellness-centre, tennis court and indoor swimming pool. Photo 5: Huize Koningsbosch @huizekoningsbosch A great value hotel located approximately 27 kilometres from Amsterdam. If you are travelling alone, this hotel has a cheap single room bookable for less than 75 euros per night. Each room has a flat-screen TV and private bathroom with a bath or shower.
Direction Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands. This uninhabited island has one of the best beaches I've ever seen. Cocos (Keeling) Islands is an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean with flights from Christmas Island and Perth. Add it to your list?
My Maldivian Adventures Continues. About to leave Palm Beach, Maldives @palmbeachislandmaldives after two nights. An awesome property with comfortable rooms, great staff and good food on a stunning island.
Ten Recent Properties Maybe some inspiration for some for the summer holidays? You can read about them all on my website in the near future. Photo 1: Fushifaru, Maldives. A stunning new Maldivian-owned resort (opened back in October) with beautiful villas, great service and good food. Mine had this view. @fushifaru Photo 2: Makunudu Island, Maldives. An authentic experience focusing on the natural experience. A unique design unlike any other of the 50+ resorts I've stayed in the Maldives. @makunudu Photo 3: COMO Cocoa Island, Maldives. One of the best resorts I've stayed here. The service is great, and the food is comparable with the best places I've stayed in the Maldives. @comococoaisland Photo 4: Hotel Pat Inn, Ogasawara. After approximately 25 hours by ferry, I arrived at Chichi-jima, Ogasawara and stayed at the beautiful Hotel Pat Inn where I stayed in a Japanese style room. A lovely and unique property I am glad to have discovered. @hotelpatinn Photo 5: Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort. I was back in Thailand for three nights and stayed at this 5-star resort with great value for money for a 5-star resort. Booking.com says "Prices for upcoming dates start at $93 per night" @outriggerresorts The next four properties are members of @smallluxuryhotels Photo 6: Petasos Beach Resort & Spa, Mykonos. My first visit to Mykonos. I liked the colours at the resort with great staff. @petasosbeach Photo 7: Canaves Oia, Santorini. This hotel has charming rooms, great staff, professional service, good food and stunning views. One of the best resorts I've stayed in this part of the world. @canavesoia Photo 8: St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas, Crete. Back in Crete after approximately 12 years! There's an exclusive private beach and some villas (including mine) have a private swimming pool. @stnicolasbay Photo 9: Columbia Beach Resort, Cyprus. Photo of the beautiful room view I had at this great resort. Out of the six properties I've stayed in Cyprus in my life, this this is the best! @columbia_beach_resort Photo 10: Kasteel Engelenburg, A great Dutch country hotel with charming rooms, friendly service and excellent food. @kasteelengelenburg
Back in the Maldives. Fifth visit. First night at the amazing COMO Cocoa Island, Maldives. One of the best resorts I've stayed here. Only 33 villas (all water villas) makes a difference. The design and attention to details are impressive. The service is great, and the food is comparable with the best places I've stayed in the Maldives. Having stayed at more than 50 hotels in the Maldives, I'm happy to say I have to update my top 10 list with COMO Cocoa included. New articles coming up soon on my website including one about @columbia_beach_resort where I had a great stay.
Probably my favourite sight in Denmark. Frederiksborg Castle, Hillerød, approximately 40 kilometers north of Copenhagen.
Probably the most famous sight of Denmark. Saw it for the first time in (I think) around 17 years earlier this year. Explored a lot of Denmark in the past months. Have you been to Copenhagen? If yes, what did you think of it?
Church of Our Lady in Kalundborg. One of the most impressive churches in Denmark. I have almost completed my Denmark Bucket List after travelling extensively here for the past months. Expect to travel to the Netherlands later this week.