In the heart of Amsterdam, tucked away behind a historical façade right on the canals, you can find the luxury boutique hotel The Dylan and its restaurant Vinkeles, a destination unto itself. Awarded a Michelin star, its refined French cuisine offers an excellent blend of classic and contemporary styles. Set in a sunken dining room surrounded by the original wood ovens that once served as a bakery for the Old & Poor People’s Office, the restaurant offers an intimate and elegant setting combining the old world charm of authentic Amsterdam with the new, refined style of today. Executive Chef Dennis Kuipers and Chef de Cuisine Jurgen van der Zalm use only the freshest ingredients for their seasonal menu, which showcases their dedication to purity of flavour and presentation. Restaurant Vinkeles in three words? Exciting, modest and refined.
At the top floor of the Smolenskaya building in Moscow’s historical centre we find The White Rabbit restaurant. The White Rabbit Family’s flagship, with a total of twenty-five Russian restaurants by restaurateur Boris Zarkov and chef Vladimir Mukhin. As you step inside the glass dome the first thing that catches your eye is the spectacular 360° view over the city. The Alice in Wonderland themed interior also stands out: luxurious and playful boasting paintings of rabbits, colourful rococo furniture and plush sofas. You truly enter a different world. Even the elevator that leads to the restaurant is decorated accordingly and oozes a distinctive aroma. Follow chef Vladimir Mukhin on social media and you’ll see him posting videos of himself singing and philosophising from this elevator.
Brussels, the capital of Europe, is the hometown of restaurant La Truffe Noire of founder Luigi Ciciriello for already 31 years. This one-of-a-kind restaurant is unique in every sense of the word. The traditional and innovative cuisine of founder Luigi and his team takes black and white truffles to new heights through passionate cooking. At La Truffe Noire, they truly believe that truffles, the exceptional diamonds of the culinary world, need a first-class setting to make them stand out. Each of their original creations with this product is the expression of the passion that they like to share with their guests. In short, La Truffe Noire is a restaurant dedicated to elegance and refinement, and to the magic of this extraordinary ingredient.
Going for a three hour drive (one way) to taste the very best Italian food in the Benelux? Of course, we’re prepared to make that effort as chef Ilario Mosconi is one of the most renowned representatives of the true Italian cuisine. The chef feels strongly about authenticity, flavour and top quality products, and that’s something you can taste in every bite.
Located in the chic and hypermodern Hotel Arts in the vibrant and stylish marina in Barcelona, Enoteca Paco Pérez is one of the most beautiful places if you want to enjoy dining with an astonishing view on the water. Everything in this restaurant is about a top-notch service, elegance and mainly flavourful fine food.
The location of Werneckhof by Geisel restaurant in the Werneckstrasse, between Leopoldstrasse and the English Garden, is welcoming and idyllic. The vibrant and creative Schwabing district is loved by many locals, with its nice restaurants and bars, beautiful architecture and historical buildings, and lots of parks and green. It’s almost surreal to have such a tranquil area in a big German city like Munich.
At Restaurant Schwarzenstein by Nils Henkel guests are spoiled with haute cuisine dishes and a very attentive service, in the elegant designed dining room with a pleasant terrace and stunning views on the vineyards. With his cuisine in close touch with nature Nils Henkel stands for his own special style. The Fauna Menu is convincing with the best products from the countryside and the water, intelligently paired with the aromas of the world. The Flora Menu showcases all types of vegetables and wild herbs from the region, without fish or meat. A perfectly matching selection of wines as well as an extraordinary alcohol-free accompaniment complete the two menus in an exciting manner. Restaurant Schwarzenstein in one of the best restaurants in the region, holding 2 Michelin stars, 18/20 in the Gault&Millau Guide and previous nominations for the list of The Best Chef Awards 2018.
In the nice, not too crowded neighbourhood of the Jordaan near the canals – the famous waterways – in the city centre of Amsterdam, lies an elegant, vibrant restaurant called Daalder. And there’s more to this place than the allure of a hotspot; chef Dennis Huwaë.
Ciel Bleu Restaurant is the culinary flagship of Hotel Okura Amsterdam. Awarded two Michelin stars – and certainly ambitious to get the third one – chefs Onno Kokmeijer and Arjan Speelman treat their guests to a ‘guestronomic’ experience offering them only the best of the best culinary creations, presented in a refined, aesthetic and tasteful way. With the restaurant’s large windows offering a one of a kind view of the city of Amsterdam, its luxurious interior design and the attentive service every haute cuisine experience at Ciel Bleu ought to be a night to remember.
Hotel Okura Amsterdam is situated in one of the most striking buildings in Amsterdam in the atypical and maybe not so well known neighbourhood of De Pijp, with its vibrant local and bohemian feel. The 5 star luxury hotel has everything international guests might dream of, including several (Michelin) restaurants, a unique top floor with amazing views of the city centre and even a pier as the perfect starting point to explore the charming canals of this picturesque city.
Welcome to Ronda, homebase of chef Benito Gómez. This charming town in Andalucía is very popular amongst visitors. With its stunning landscapes, beautiful walking routes and monuments and top quality produce like wines, meats and olive oils, driving through the area is a real pleasure. Continue Reading
The sunny Phuket is the home to many nice resorts and hotels, from basic to top-notch, from traditional to contemporary, from vibrant and crowdy to calm and serene. One of the most stylish, tranquil oasises near the popular, somewhat hippyish tropical sandy Surin Beach is the Twinpalms Resort.
Bangkok is booming when it comes to fine dining. More and more top-notch restaurants pop up, and there’s definitely more than Thai food to discover in this cosmopolitan city. Take Sühring for example, the exciting project of the renowned German twin brothers Mathias and Thomas Sühring, presenting gastronomic dishes inspired by their home country. With Thailand’s number one Gaggan’s closing in 2020 in mind, Sühring might be the restaurant to take the leading place in most culinary lists, like Asia’s 50 Best, Michelin and The Best Chef Awards. So we went to Bangkok to discover this unique hideaway where German comfort food is lifted to the highest level of gastronomic cooking.
Offering ultimate luxury and privacy, Trisara is the most exclusive and magical resort in Phuket. Be amazed and spend your holidays in one of the ocean view pool suites or villas with top-notch service, enjoy the tranquil beaches and gardens or organize a boat cruise and you’re sure to be totally relaxed, revived and satisfied when you leave. But beware, as chances are that you will never want to go home…
Although many travel brochures will recommend a visit to the West Coast of Phuket, the South East is just as worthwhile. With its amazing views on the neighbouring islands and mangroves, charming fishermen villages like Rawai and not to miss activities like a visit to the Promteph Cape and the Old Town of Phuket, this side of the island has so much to offer. The most quiet area of the rather crowdy Phuket has stolen our hearts. And we’re sure our stay at The Vijitt Resort had something to do with that as well.