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Maldiven Vibes

Maldiven Vibes

Now that spring is in full swing, this will boost your appetite for summer

Santorini Summer

Santorini Summer

Santorini's most recent name gives us this sense of tranquil peace

Aman Venice

Aman Venice

On the path to luxury there is a palazzo in Venice

And Flurries in the Austrian Alps

And Flurries in the Austrian Alps

Sophie came for a week of skiing in Austria's Lech on the Arlberg in the Austrian Alps and the architecture here cannot be any more different than the one in Manhatten, but it is for sure as beautiful.

Mollies – A Boutique Hotel in Aukland

Mollies – A Boutique Hotel in Aukland

Bernstein

Coming home is just what it feels like upon entering the premises of Mollies Hotel. Built as a home for the mayor of Aukland this boutique hotel has everything you are looking for. Tranquillity in a prestigous neighborhood with almost no traffic and great cafes in walking distance. I will soon write about one that we had breakfast in during our stay. The interior is so special in an absolutely good sense. Mollie owned and ran the hotel as a B&B until one of her nieces who previously worked at the opera house in NY changed the interiors to what it is now, so the feeling of a stage for privacy and comfort never leaves you. We had a private dinner one night on this beautifully set table with an eight course menue. We are kind of obsessed with food, as you already know, and each course was fabulous! 

In case you get the chance to visit before their winter make sure you stay at Mollies, it is absolutly charming. (This post isn't sponsored we just fell in love with the place!) Have you guys been to Auckland? What was your favorite thing there?

mollies suite
mollies sweet
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The Amangiri – Utah

The Amangiri – Utah

The morning I arrived at the Amangiri Sophie and I got up at 4:30 to drive from Sedona to Page just to see the Horseshoe Bend of the Grand Canyon River before Sophie had to take one of those scary choppers back to be in NY on time for her exams. So I passed the state border to Utah along Lake Powell by myself on route 89 north …

Arlberg - skiing paradise

Arlberg - skiing paradise

Arlberg Skiing

After many many years of visiting the skiing paradise of the Arlberg, we need to pay it a well deserved tribute.

Among all the celebrities who choose to spend their winter vacation here like Tom Cruise, the Royal British Family, the Royal Dutch family, some Austrian politicians and Hannes Androsch, we feel quite at home here and despite its fame Lech is and will always be a place where one can - with the help of a little extra spending money - enjoy the season at its finest.

It’s posh but not pretentious, chic but not showy.
~ the Independent wrote today

As soon as it snows, the off piste areas will be tried and tested by those knowledgeable of the terrain and when the sun comes out and you and I would like to try the powder off the beaten track we must realize, someone was here before ... Skiing was invented here, this is the birthplace of the best winter sport ever and the Arlberg skiing school is known worldwide for its excellency.

There are skiing instructors, most of them being fluent in broken English :) and the mountain guides, who are allowed to lead one responsibly into the more challenging off piste routes and make one climb over a safety rope or lead their guests for a hike up to the peak after a heated chairlift took them already to the top. The top is not the top, there is more behind the visible. Higher and higher we are prepared to hike up, for the one ride that will make us yodel when our joy is complete, the line we leave behind in the fresh snow looking perfect! It is addictive to cut through the powdery snow - never becoming boring!

In Lech, Zürs and St. Christophen the hotels and restaurants know how to make you feel like royalty and the level of cuisinart is absolulty top here. Our favorite is by far that special place below: The Almhof Schneider and its excellent gastronomy. Being fortunate to be able to stay in one of these prestigious hotels requires a known status of a periodic guest and it is recommended to book the following year when departing. 

 

Almhof Schneider

Helicopter skiing in Austria is a lot different from the States and Canada. but it is for sure worth a try if you are fit and skilled for the challenge. The best part is when the Helicopter leaves you behind, you look around and that 360° panoramic view of mountain tops and peacefulness leaves you speechless.

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Heliskiing
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The Austrians are funny when it comes to self announced hymns as this one by an our pop legend Wolfgang Ambros. Everyone knows the lyrics and has sung it at least once in their life. It means probably nothing to you but if I would translate it: you will understand the heart of the Austrian.

I just want to ski !

Photos by jsvob, my husband and me.

Ruby Hotel - Lean Luxury

Ruby Hotel - Lean Luxury

 Booking your hotel has never been easier, checking in and out even more!

Booking your hotel has never been easier, checking in and out even more!

I find it hard to believe sometime, how easy I get used to amenities in life and how much we all know about the good side of life. BUT?

What is Lean Luxury?

Luxury is by all means a personal thing, for some it is luxurious or expensive items such as diamonds, an expensive holiday, sleep or the new smart phone, for me it is dinner with my husband and a one on one time. For a lot of my friends it is time in general ! For you it might be something entirely different. But what is a hotel that offers "lean" luxury" like the Ruby Sofien Hotel?

Here is what it is not:

Lean Luxury

- no concierge
- no room service
- no reception queues
- no laundry service
- no in-room minibar
- no parking facilities in-house
- no fitness or spa facilities
- no restaurant
- no phone or offline reservations

This might still be on your list for luxury if you book your hotel stay in Vienna. The masterminds behind this concept said: Ok, we save on what is commonly stressed in hotels such as the list above and share luxury where it benefits the independent guest who loves privacy, who travels on a budget and who enjoys comfort, high quality materials and out of the box thinking most. And their guest list gets longer and longer.

Here is what Lean Luxury is:

 

 Print the access card to your room with a click

Print the access card to your room with a click

• free WIFI throughout the hotel
• great organic breakfast buffet at only 9,50 per person
• a great bar and café serving food and drinks 24/7
• streamlined self-checkin for super-fast check-in
• digital Vienna City Guide with insider tips and special events
• galley kitchen with free hot drinks and snacks vending machine
• multi-functional in-room sound system
• in-room tablets to surf and explore the Rubyverse (coming soon)
• free bikes
• free guitars
• ironing facility (in galley kitchen)

 Nooks to enjoy your organic breakfast

Nooks to enjoy your organic breakfast

Book your room online and check in at the bar/reception which is open 24 hours.

Ruby Hotel has 77 rooms with 5 STAR rooms in the heart of the city, 2 STAR space with 3 STAR rates!
There are IMACs and the possibility to plug in your e-guitar any time of day or night and set the tone for your own party! No worries, the rooms allow uninterrupted sleep for the guest next door, due to the soundproof structure of the rooms. 

Antique pieces of furniture, Thonet chairs and a living room atmosphere.

Breakfast at the Ruby Hotel

The breakfast offeres everything fresh and  organic. Self service of course.

Ruby Sofien Hote,l open only since May, is a young and fun concept and soon there will be a second hotel of that kind. I will come with  friends one day just to have breakfast and maybe do some Christmas shopping later. I love the the bar area especially because one looks into the beautifully restored Sofien Saal. A ballroom, a bath and a concert room. Now back to its original beauty after a devastating fire ruined the building, it was nearly torn down

 Foto by Wikimedia

Foto by Wikimedia

Denisa Becker Is your contact for group inquiries and
would love to welcome you at RUBY Hotel & Bar. 

denisa.becker@ruby-hotels.com