Sleep: Hotel Mirabó, Valdemossa, Mallorca, Spain

 

Hotel Mirabo

Not knowing what to expect as this was our first trip to Mallorca, we were driving on the road from the airport to the village of Valdemossa. About two kilometers before the village we saw a rusty sign on the side of the road saying ‘Mirabó’. Not to be missed because large enough, but the small windy road leading us up hill didn’t seem quite right. But every time we wanted to turn around (which was hardly possible since the road was so narrow) there was a sign saying ‘Mirabo 0,7 km’, or ‘Mirabo 0,3 km’. And as we took the last turn a breathtaking view unfolded in front of us.

In the middle of nowhere, on the mountain side, a centuries old finca was basking in the sun. When we arrived and looked around we found out the view from the hotel was stunning in all directions. To one side the very old village of Valdemossa, to the other the gorgeous mountains. No roads or traffic to be seen anywhere, just nature.
It took us two days to dare talking out loud, the peace and quiet was amazing.

Mirabo

A very friendly and tranquil atmosphere, beautifully finca style furnished rooms, an infinity pool with lots of space and the ultimate view. Breakfast was a mouthwatering buffet, it was also possible to have a small lunch and dinner.

All in all, when in search of zen, beauty, luxury and being spoiled, this is the place to visit.

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Guestpost by Liesbeth van Doorne

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EatEat: ICI, Brussels, Belgium

ICI wall

For delicious, organic breakfast or lunch, prepared with love by two women in a cosy atmospere, ICI, is an excellent place to go. Based at a corner in the lovely Place Brugmann neighbourhood in Ixelles, the original and light interior feels very welcoming.

The healthy, yummie menu is written on a large board.  Apart from some fixed dishes it changes every day and is based on the groceries delivered and on the mood of the owners. So freshness is guaranteed.  I chose a plate with a mix of dishes and was very happy with all the different tastes.

Don’t forget to order a fresh juice, they rarely come better than this. As well as the pastries that are finger licking good.

They also sell groceries, cakes, tea and other food items, so even when the place is full, you can still go there and experience the good taste of the owners.

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Reservations are a must, since seats are limited and it is rather popular, especially amongst women.

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SleepSleep: Nordic Light Hotel, Stockholm, Sweden

Nordic Light

For our yearly father and daughters trip, we decided to go to Stockholm. My sister and I had heard so many nice stories about it that we loved to see it on our own.

And were we lucky with the weather at this end of September weekend.

The fact that the city is surrounded by water gives it an extra dimension. It feels clean, crisp and all the people are beautiful and healthy looking. It furthermore has beautiful streets, shops, musea and good restaurants, what more can you wish for a city trip?

Finding a good, modern, Swedish design and somewhat affordable hotel that was well located, was not easy. But we found it and we were very happy with our choice.

The Nordic Light Hotel fulfilled our criteria and boy did I love the breakfast. For sure an extra perk. I could have eaten that all day!

It has a huge modern lounge, nicely lit and with a welcoming bar. The rooms are pleasant and have a nice bathroom. We took a standard and not the economy room as I had read that the latter were quite small.

All sights were on walking distance and it is just besides the train leaving for the airport.
I would for sure book this hotel again.

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OtherOther: Rosendals gardens, Stockholm, Sweden

RosendalsKafe

Sweden makes me think of Pipi Longstocking and when going to this place, I thought she could pop up anytime.
After visiting the Modern Art museum on the Skeppsholmen island, we took a short ferry trip to the Djurgården island. Then a 15 minute nice walk through some woods and we arrived at this small oasis with a peaceful, 70’s kind of atmosphere. You absolutely forget that you are so close to the city (a 20 min walk brings you back into town).

It is a huge wild garden where people can pick their own colourful flowers and vegetables are grown. There are some glass houses one of which has a café inside that serves all kind of home made food (we had yummy soup and cakes).
You can sit outside in the midst of the apple orchard or inside surrounded by hanging fire places.

A place that seems a bit surreal and leaves you with a big smile on your face.

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EatEat: Lydmar restaurant, Stockholm, Sweden

Lydmar

On our first evening we had reserved a table in the restaurant of Lydmar hotel. Recommended to us by a Swedish friend as a must go!

It is located in between the Grand Hotel and National Museum close to the water.

You get an instant home and lounge feeling when entering the restaurant. Large leather sofa’s, book shelves along the wall, lovely flowers, a relaxed atmosphere with a mixed variety of people. It serves delicious food (large portions) with many local dishes. Reservations recommended.

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EatEat: Berns asiatiska, Stockholm, Sweden

Berns

On the day of our arrival we went to the Berns hotel for lunch. Their modern Asian menu is famous for being delicious and served in a gorgeous setting.

Where else would you eat sushi under a chandelier and surrounded by red velvet and huge mirrors? Service was very friendly and attentive.

There also seems to be a good bar but we have not tried that ourselves.

You can make your reservations online

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