Hotel Review: The Magnaura Palace Hotel (Istanbul, Turkey)

If you are traveling to Istanbul for the first time you will probably want to stay somewhere in the historical part of the city. While you cannot miss a lot with narrowing down your choice to Sultanahmed area, it is always great to aim for that cherry on the top of the cake. In my case that was the view from the terrace – I wanted the view of Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque. And since I stayed in a 3-star hotel in Istanbul a couple of months ago (I wasn’t happy with my choice), I wanted an upgrade this time. The Magnaura Palace hotel reviews promised to deliver it all, so I decided to give it a go.

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Hotel review: Bluesun hotel Afrodita (Tučepi, Croatia)

We have passed by Makarska Riviera several times but never found the time so stop there for couple of days and just enjoy what it has to offer. This September we decided to make a long weekend escape from Slovenia, combining some outdoor activities (hiking and bicycling) and catching some vitamin D on the beach. The primary goal was to be located on the beach and close to Biokovo National Park, which was the starting point for the bicycle tour. While I was hesitating between a rich offer of cheaper private apartments and rooms (September is not that crowded anymore), I rather chose a hotel in Tučepi with a higher standard of comfort and fantastic location. Here is my review […]

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Resort review: Vuyani Safari Lodge (Hoedspruit, South Africa)

After the decision about safari in South Africa was finally made, I started harassing different properties with the most important question: “Will I see the lions?” While some properties didn’t even bother to respond, most of them told me that they cannot guarantee lion encounter. Bernard from Vuyani Safari Lodge was a bit more specific: “I can’t guarantee you will see them; however, our guests are usually very lucky with lion spotting.” I already had my eyes on this property due to their good ratings and enjoyable sense of humor on their web page and social media accounts. Having discussed the details with Bernard was the ultimate deal breaker, so I booked 5 days in Vuyani Safari lodge honeymoon suite. […]

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Hotel review: Hotel La Grotta (San Marino)

We visited San Marino in the end of April during our Umbria road trip. Hesitating between booking a hotel in San Marino old town – where the offer is limited and the prices are higher – and cheaper options “outside the wall”, we decided to go for the first one. We wanted to enjoy the old town to the fullest, waking up just a step away from what we wanted to see. And have a bottle of wine without arguing who will drive back. Hotel La Grotta seemed a good place to stay in San Marino old town, offering a good combination of what we were looking for: good rates, reasonable price, pets welcome and good breakfast. If you don’t […]

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Hotel review: Castello di Giomici (Umbria, Italy)

If you ever visit Umbria, the green heart of Italy, please do yourself a favor and don’t stay in an ordinary hotel. Stay in a local farmhouse or better yet, stay in a castle. First of all, castles are usually situated in great locations with fantastic views. Second, they are much more intimate. And last but not the least, you don’t get to wake up as a king or a princess every day, right? If you do, please drop me a line and tell me your secret 😉 Castello di Giomici (Giomici castle in English) is a pet friendly retreat that offers perfect getaway from everyday hustle and bustle in the green oasis of Umbria.

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Hotel review: ALO Hotel by Ayres (Anaheim, California, USA)

Whether you are visiting Anaheim on business (I was there in the beginning of March 2019, attending Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim Convention Center) or taking your family to Disneyland Park, I strongly suggest you to book a hotel somewhere in the neighborhood. While searching for hotels in Anaheim, I was surprised that the prices were quite steep, but I figured that was for the exhibition which is the largest in the world in the segment of healthy foods and supplements. However, if you are ready for a compromise (which means that your hotel won’t be in the walking distance of Convention Center or Disneyland) you can find some pretty good deals just a few miles away. ALO Hotel […]

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Resort review: Pearl resort (Koh Rong Sanloem, Cambodia)

This February we chose Cambodia for our short escape from European winter. After spending 3 days in busy Siem Reap, exploring the majestic Angkor temples, we decided to relax on a beautiful island of Koh Rong Sanloem. While checking carefully all rooms in Saracen Bay (the main beach and port on the island) I got the impression that we would be squeezed between hundreds of hostels and bungalows – and that is definitely not my cup of tea. Suddenly this isolated brand-new resort caught my eye so I dropped a few lines to the management. I wanted to know if we would be able to visit the Saracen Bay and go places we wanted to (the island has no roads […]

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