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The Ortaköy Hotel, where refinement and charm converge

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The city of a thousand lights does not lack hotels at the leading edge of elegance. The Ortaköy Hotel has added its name to the list, with a refined and intimate establishment in the heart of the lively district of Ortaköy. I had the opportunity to stay there and to appreciate its charm. Make sure you remember the name, because it is fast becoming one of the legendary hotels of…

Swissôtel The Bosphorus: An exclusive location in the heart of Istanbul

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Ideally situated, in the centre of the lively Maçka district, surrounded by luxuriant gardens, this is one of the most prestigious locations in Istanbul. Behind a discreet facade, the incredible refinement of the lobby, with its glass atrium giving a magnificent view of the Bosphorus, is delightful. The visitor is greeted, on arriving, in a way that is fully consistent with the standing of the hotel and the legendary hospitality…

The Régie Ottoman, a boutique hotel of character

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Right in the heart of Istanbul’s old city, a building that once housed the Ottoman régie (imperial bureau of tobacco) conceals the very chic Régie Ottoman boutique hotel. The moment you step inside, the decor sets the tone for an experience that cannot help but delight. The establishment has made a choice to retain the spirit of the place. The rooms subtly combine modernity with the imprint of the past,…

Interior design and well-being

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As countless studies and publications have shown, there’s a direct link between the space we live in and our well-being. This connection has even given rise to a set of rules in the age-old Chinese tradition of Feng Shui. Also, it seems that the interior design of our homes closely reflects our own outlook and personality. An interior in your own image Altering your living environment is not only a…

The Mandarin Oriental Bodrum, a discreet Eden surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Aegean

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There are hotels you fall in love with at first sight. This little jewel overlooking the waters of the Aegean is definitely one of them. Its elegance, the breathtaking views of the Turkish Riviera, quality so high that it approaches perfection, irreproachable service, and an atmosphere that combines charm with tranquillity; these are my memories of the very exclusive Mandarin Oriental Bodrum. The hotel is located in Paradise Bay, one…

The Relais & Châteaux Hotel Heritage, an incredible boutique hotel in the heart of Bruges

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Located right in the heart of the town, the Relais & Châteaux Hotel Heritage occupies a magnificent building in classic 19th century style, and is justifiably proud of providing its guests with an exclusive experience. On arriving, I was immediately captivated by its charm. The interior is so elegant and seductive, the welcome so warm and the atmosphere so delightful that any stay there will meet the highest expectations. To…

Arnavutköy, a gracious and peaceful district of Istanbul

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Being able to travel is one of the things I have missed the most during lockdown. So I decided to explore and re-explore the various districts of Istanbul, to look at them with new eyes, and to use my own experiences to send you off on vicarious travels. Today I’d like to offer an enchanting visit to a district that you may not find in your guidebook: Arnavutköy. Nestling on…

Healthy tasty muffins

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INGREDIENTS (12 muffins) 3 eggs 1 cup coconut sugar 6 dessert spoons yoghurt (4 tsp U.S.) 15 dessert spoons almond flour (10 tsp U.S.) 1,5 dessert vanilla extract ( 1tsp U.S.) 1,5 dessert spoons baking powder ( 1tsp U.S.) ½ cup coconut oil * I’ve added a small spoon of carob powder to give the colour and some taste but it’s optional, you can swap with fruits or nuts instead….

Chocolate Banana Cake (sugar, dairy and gluten free)

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I know I’ve said it before but there’s nothing like the combination of banana and chocolate! INGREDIENTS For the cake 3 bananas ¼ cup of coconut sugar ½ cup almond milk 100 g dark chocolate ½ cup coconut oil 4 eggs 1,5 dessert spoons baking powder ( 1tsp U.S.) 1,5 dessert vanilla extract ( 1tsp U.S.) ¾ cup almond flour ½ cup ground flaxseeds ¼ cup raw cacao powder For…

An inspiring voyage: Japan

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There are destinations you dream of all your life before you finally get there. For me, it was Japan. I have always been fascinated by every aspect of the country, its culture, its food, its art, etc, and I was impatient to set foot on its soil and to get the feel of the place. This trip fulfilled all my expectations, and even increased the fascination the country holds for…