Ticino Hotels Villa Sassa

Ticino Hotel Hopping: discovering Lugano’s hospitality and gastronomy

Ticino is my “home”. It’s where I was born and raised, it’s the place I go back to, to see old friends and family; when I need to recharge my batteries, I take some time off, go there and relax in the comfort of what’s familiar to me. When I was invited to (re)discover the region as part of a “hotel hopping” experience, I was thrilled! It’s strange to be a tourist … more »

Croatia Yacht Charter Korčula

In the mood to travel: 7 Days in Croatia – Explore the Adriatic Islands

Croatia is situated south of Italy and about five times bigger than Switzerland. Its coastline on the Adriatic Sea is stunning. There are 1246 islands, of which 47 are permanently inhabited. Hvar, Krk or Rab are among the better known. The capital is Zagreb and its medieval upper town, Gornji Grad, is a major tourist attraction. You can also find very interesting museums there. The museum of illusions, for example, or the museum of broken … more »

Five reasons to fall in love with Japan

After visiting Japan for the first time in 2014, I never thought that just two years later I’d get to go back on a new five-week Asian adventure. But boy am I thrilled that I did. From the first moment I set foot on Nippon soil I fell in love with the boundless hospitality and kindness of the Japanese people – they truly are the sweetest and gentlest souls I … more »

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Picking up the Portugal pace with a relaxing sunny break in the Algarve

If you’re looking to relax, unwind and get a break from the stress and mayhem of everyday life Portugal may just be your go-to holiday destination. With its beautiful beaches, slow-paced lifestyle and pleasant Mediterranean climate the Algarve is the perfect place to recharge your batteries and get away from the day-to-day chaos. Not sure how to switch off and start relaxing? Here are some tips to get you started. … more »

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Bombom Bijoux Summer Collection : Bombom Heat

A romantic dinner, a weekend getaway, a summer holiday or Mothers Day… there are many good reasons to wear beautiful jewelry to sublime those moments that make life so precious. Bombom Bijoux creates the sweetest pieces that make for a wonderful present that you can offer a loved one, a friend or yourself at any time! Earlier in April, at Librairie de l’Île in Geneva, Ana and her team celebrated the launch of their … more »

Spain Off the Beaten Path Destinations - Photo Lukasz Janyst

Off the Beaten Path Destinations in Spain

Spain has long been a recognized hub of world tourism. The historic nation consistently ranks within the top 5 of most visited countries — and not without reason. Spain is perhaps the country that most qualifies for the cliché “it has it all”. Brilliant beaches, a boisterous and friendly native population, fine art, much sought after cuisine, historic architecture, and modern comforts all qualify the Iberian giant as the place … more »

Five Florence must-dos and some smart tourist tips

When the French author Stendhal visited Florence in 1817 the poor man was so overwhelmed by all the beauty and art in the Tuscan capital that it ended up making him feel emotionally drained and physically unwell. In one of his books he says: ‘”I was in a sort of ecstasy, from the idea of being in Florence, close to the great men whose tombs I had seen. Absorbed in … more »

Pet Friendly Travel The 7 Cutest Pet Friendly Vacation Cities

The 7 Cutest Pet-Friendly Vacation Cities

The saddest part of vacation isn’t when it ends. The worst part of vacation is when your dog sees your suitcase and knows you are leaving. Cue the puppy dog eyes and guilty feelings. So why not pack your pooch’s bags too and bring them along? Besides, pets need a break too. Our friends at AllTheRooms have given us their picks for the best pet-friendly cities and experiences. Los Angeles … more »

Bonne Maman Flowers

Life is outside! Wildflowers make for wonderful deco or a gift.

From our series “DIY and recipe ideas with BonneMaman” : summer is synonymous with playing in the garden, walking through woods and meadows because we are yearning to be outside, to soak up the sun, to breathe fresh air… to simply enjoy the beautiful nature that surrounds us. If you are going for a walk with the family, there is always something to discover. Especially for kids it is important … more »

Palace Luzern Hotel

Hotel Palace Luzern: 5 star Swiss Luxury for gourmets and spa lovers

The Palace Luzern is a five star superior hotel. Opened in 1906, this charming hotel is full of history and sits directly on the shores of beautiful Lake Lucern. Its prime location ensures stunning views of the famous Central Swiss Alps. With time the hotel has adapted to the needs of the modern world, renovating its looks in order to accommodate all sort of tastes and characters. All rooms are a … more »

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7 Things You Need to Do in Alabama

In all honesty, everyone should have a separate bucket list reserved explicitly for things to do in Alabama. Erase any preconceptions you have about the Cotton State having nothing to offer visitors. Sandwiched between Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida, Alabama is well-positioned for a much-needed Southern vacation. For everything from museums and waterfalls to music festivals and fried okra, here’s our rundown of the seven things you need to do … more »

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Mood store Barcelona. Come in and #CreateYourMood!

You know that I am a big fan of mood. Fresh and fun, they are always up to something. It is legitimate to ask: What is their next stunt? A new mood store, maybe? Having already won the hearts of French-speaking Switzerland, the customizable jewel has now set off to conquer the capital of Catalonia! A bold move? A sure-fire success? It will almost certainly be an explosive mixture of … more »

neotus spice mill

neotus spice mill: singular, artisanal, Swiss Design

Bring singularity to your dining room and kitchen with a beautiful, one of a kind spice mill from neotus! Unconventional by design, made from the best materials and crafted by master artisans these stunning creations are true objects of desire. neotus was created by Michael Eich and his story is one of those that inspire you to go ahead and follow your dreams! One day, Michael stands in the department … more »

25Hours Hotel Zurich West, an urban pearl!

Tired of too ordinary hotels, mundane rooms and conventional service? Within the district of Zurich West, only a few steps from the Swiss Prime Tower and a multiplex cinema, you’ll find a hotel that made artistic detail its credo and draws inspiration from design. By tram, you’re just minutes from the heart of the city. Make use of 126 rooms, a lounge, a business lounge and a kitchen club, inspired … more »

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Nothing says “Us” like Nobis: Luxury Apparel

Baby, it’s cold outside! Luckily, in Switzerland, we are spoiled with pristine winter scapes, snowy forests and perfect powder slopes. Mountain adventure is only a stone throw away from most urban conglomerates. Those seeking to embrace the elements have a partner in Nobis who understands their need for functional, yet stylish clothes. The brand originating from Canada redefines luxury apparel. Nobis proposes original clothing with a high level of functionality and fashion-forward … more »

Coolbox Guys

xMas Calendar N° 17: Coolbox worth CHF 300 filled with surprises for guys

The seventeenth gift in our Advent Calendar is entirely dedicated to all you cool boys out there. It is a Coolbox containing goodies for guys in the value of CHF 300. We put everything in there that we thought, in the mix, would make one of you happy. You will find products from brands such as Jeep, Fiat, Victorinox, Phibio, Obrist, Luminox, Wilkinson, L’Oréal Men Expert… and many more in … more »

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xMas Calendar N° 14: Realtrue Eco Luxury Purse

“Buy Less, Choose Well, Make it last.”, once said Vivienne Westwood. And I invite you to like this post if you agree! The true luxury of our times is being able to pursue our passions, living extraordinary experiences, seeing the world… not having “things”. Unless, of course, they are beautiful objects that make sense. Realtrue is a brand that creates such accessories. Born in Brazil, designed in Switzerland, and crafted … more »

Christmas Markets The Best Christmas Markets

8 Best Christmas Markets

Picture this — you’re bundled in layers of comfy clothing, eating a delicious seasonal sweet, surrounded by beautiful lights, and celebrating with friends and family. If you’re at all tickled by the holiday spirit, you have to make your way to one of the world’s Christmas markets. While the art has been perfected in Europe since the Middle Ages, all around the world you can find festive markets to celebrate … more »

Royal Savoy Lausanne Chalet du Royal

Le Chalet du Royal – Celebrate the Yuletide!

What makes the Yuletide? That’s right: cosy afterworks with friends, mulled wine, fondue or raclette! It is cold outside but you huddle inside, where it is warm and the conversations hushed and bubbly as Champagne. The stress and pressure cede, time to recline. Listen to the wood in the fireplace crackle; watch the flickering lights of the candles and the Christmas decorations shine… The year comes to an end, but … more »

Swiss & Land Maulies Sauce Champignon

Maulies, Swiss Gourmet Pockets: new in our portfolio of cool brands

Maulies, that is first of all the story of three friends – Pascal, Christian and Mark – who love authentic cuisine and quality regional products. When they visited Southern Germany, they discovered a local specialty, Maultaschen, also known as Swabian Pockets. These traditional German pasta squares commonly contain a filling of minced meat, breadcrumbs, onions and spices, although vegetarian declinations exist, of course. The friends were seduced by these tasty pasta pockets … more »

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And the winner is… Best of Swiss Gastro Awards 2018

Every year, I am waiting for November with impatience. Why? Because it is the start of the Yuletide, my absolute favorite time of the year! Many glamorous events fall in this season; we are all excited about the year-end celebrations. It is the time to look back on the year and to highlight all that was good. Many friends and colleagues come together for aperitifs and dinners, many office parties … more »

ZFF Zurich Film Festival

Time to shine: with Mondaine at the Zurich Film Festival

Every autumn, Zurich trembles with excitement about one event: the Zurich Film Festival. This year again, all eyes were on the Swiss metropolis. The 14th edition of the ZFF promised to be extremely exciting and we were not disappointed: high-profile film premieres, stars and celebrities, Swiss and international personalities from entertainment and business, fashion and beauty… the Zurich Film Festival is about appreciation of the art and its actors, about … more »

Swiss Windsurfing Tour Silvaplana

Swiss Windsurfing Tour with Kona Brewing

Well, well, well, so far, this summer is not exactly spoiling us with sun BUT the Swiss Windsurfing Tour is going strong and Kona adds some extra Hawaii vibes to the series of events. After a Season Opening in Hyères (France), this year’s Marco Polo Windsurfing Cup continued with stops in Cremia at Lake Como (Italy), Flüelen at the Urner Lake, Murten at Lake Morat, St-Blaise at Lake Neuchatel, Murg … more »

Ibiza Be Again Retreat Beach Picnic

Be Again: finding happiness in Ibiza

Those of you who follow me in Social Media will have seen that I went to Ibiza twice this summer: one to experience a new culinary concept – HEART Ibiza and the “party side” of the island. And once to explore “the other side”, the one that calls for introspection, self-reflection and deceleration. Who am I, what is important to me, where am I going… Back to Ibiza as soon as I can, … more »

Dr. Barbara Sturm Molecular Skincare

Dr. Barbara Sturm: The future of cosmetics is here!

As a chemist, I can perfectly understand the importance of using natural skincare products that are free of synthetic ingredients such as parabens and mineral oils and that you better avoid putting anything that is chemical related on your skin. Thanks to Dr. Barbara Sturm, a German aesthetics doctor, and her revolutionary research, we can now have access to a variety of molecular skincare products that can satisfy even the most … more »

Parkhotel Margna in Sils-Baselgia near St. Moritz, Engadin

I have been in St. Moritz, Engadin a few times already, during winter but this was the first time for me to visit the region in summer. It may sound silly, but really I always associated St. Moritz with its picturesque mountains and fabulous skiing areas only with winter. But boy, was I wrong. It is absolutely beautiful in summer, too! Fifty shades of green, blue and yellow meet here … more »

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Tales from Tomorrowland: Day 0, The Gathering

What a blast! I am still spellbound by the Tomorrowland experience. Something so big, so over-dimensional, so inspirational… I am still trying to figure out how to channel all the energy. Luckily, I wasn’t alone in this (hardly, about 300’000 people will have joined the festival this year!). What I mean is, I got to go with a friend. Neither Giovanni nor I were at Tomorrowland before. Apart from what you can find … more »

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