Category: Netherlands

27 of Europe's best Christmas markets

27 of Europe’s best Christmas markets

Mulled wine, magical Christmas scenery, romantic European destinations, roasted chestnuts, local delicacies and the opportunity to shop til you drop. What more could you want? Festive singing, a bit of ice-skating, unusual local arts and crafts and plenty of Christmas cheer – that’s what it’s all about in some of the finest Christmas markets Europe […]

Amsterdam daytrip: discovering Delft

Amsterdam daytrip: discovering Delft

With meandering canals that never seem to end and a population of bikes that outnumber the population of people, Amsterdamís magnetic appeal is easy to understand. But city life isnít for everyone, Holland included, and thatís where Delft comes in. Just a little more than a half-hour away by car, Delft could be described as […]

6 places to visit in Holland apart from Amsterdam

6 places to visit in Holland apart from Amsterdam

A lot of tourists start and finish their trip in Holland in Amsterdam and often overlook visiting other interesting places in the country. Lovers of culture come from far and wide to tour the renowned Dutch museums. The cities will charm you, just as they did the great artists, while other attractions such as Keukenhof […]

7 of the world's best high-end shopping streets

7 of the world’s best high-end shopping streets

For those of you traveling fashion victims out there, stepping foot on a high-end shopping street is similar to a child walking in a candy store. Letís face it: while shopping malls are convenient, keeping you warm and dry during colder seasons, they get depressing as well, considering you wonít see the light of day […]

3 European cities in 5 fabulous days

3 European cities in 5 fabulous days

The sun hadnít even come up when I realized it was going to be one of those days. During the hour drive from home to the airport, my flight had gone from being 20 minutes late, to delayed many hours, to no seat but a supposed ticket on another airline. In the end, it all […]

7 of the most cyclist-friendly luxury hotels in the world

7 of the most cyclist-friendly luxury hotels in the world

As an avid cyclist, I love my bike, and I spend a significant amount of time with it. I love traveling to places with amazing rides and cyclist friendly accommodations. There’s nothing better to me than finding a hotel in an exotic location that caters to my cycling frame of mind and offers fantastic riding […]

5 ways to enjoy Christmas and New Years in the city

5 ways to enjoy Christmas and New Years in the city

With chalets filling up fast, and little availability left for Christmas and New Years in many of the popular mountain destinations, a city escape may just be the alternative winter holiday you’ve been looking for. With so many amazing short-term city apartment rentals available year round, you will not be hard-pressed to find a last […]

A perfect romantic break in the center of Amsterdam

A perfect romantic break in the center of Amsterdam

With its serpentine canals, sprawling parks and artistís heart, Amsterdam provides an effortless backdrop to romance. The cityís Conservatorium Hotel is just the spot to cocoon in sensory splendor, while remaining mere steps from the cityís famed museums, designer shops, and bohemian cafes. Built in the 19th Century, with incarnations as both a bank and […]

Interview with Ana Silva O'Reilly of mrsoaroundtheworld.com

Interview with Ana Silva O’Reilly of mrsoaroundtheworld.com

With a degree in Business Studies and a Henley Business School MBA, Ana Silva O’Reilly developed her career in strategic marketing management as Marketing Director for Portugal, Spain and Turkey with global commercial real estate consultant Cushman & Wakefield. She is also a New York University alumni (NYU), having graduated from its Social Media Strategy […]

Notorious Dutch prison transformed into luxury hotel

Notorious Dutch prison transformed into luxury hotel

One of the Netherlands’ most notorious prisons has been transformed into a luxury hotel. Het Arresthuis was a prison since 1862 until its closure in 2007. It was then purchased by the Van der Valk family who own 28 hotels around the world. They went to work on converting the building’s 105 cells into 40 […]

The least luxurious hotel in the world?

The least luxurious hotel in the world?

The ‘least luxurious’ is being a little overly-generous here. This hotel†in Amsterdam is actually being billed as ‘the worst hotel in the world’. †The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel†has been proudly disappointing travellers for forty years. Boasting levels of comfort comparable to a minimum-security prison, the Hans Brinker also offers some plumbing and an intermittently open […]

Steve Jobs' luxury super-yacht

Steve Jobs’ luxury super-yacht

Apple Co-Founder Steve Jobs’ luxury super-yacht, ‘Venus’, was unveiled on the anniversary of his death at the Dutch shipyard Koninklijke De Vries (Royal de Vries) in Aalsmeer. This sleek vessel is 80m (260 feet) long and was designed by Jobs himself along with designer Philippe Starck. The yacht has a minimalist design, an ultralight aluminum […]

Top 10 places you won't find on Google Maps

Top 10 places you won’t find on Google Maps

I stumbled upon this video recently, and thought it was rather interesting, so am sharing it here even though there’s no obvious luxury angle. Since even Nevada’s much-talked about†Area 51 can be found on Google Maps (though admittedly, much of the operations there probably take place underground), it’s interesting to see what places are hidden. […]

Free bikes in Amsterdam!

Free bikes in Amsterdam!

Amsterdam is an absolute gem – the largest city in the Netherlands and well worth visiting at least a few times!

A different Amsterdam - historical heaven at Hotel 717

A different Amsterdam – historical heaven at Hotel 717

Amsterdam. The very mention of the Dutch capital conjures so many different images for many different people, a vast majority will no doubt involve illicit substances or other unsavoury activities. However, this view of Amsterdam is only a small part of what makes it one of the most illustrious cities of Europe. Amsterdam has one […]

Amsterdam's ultimate luxury list

Amsterdam’s ultimate luxury list

Amsterdam is one of Europeís most charming cities. Famed for its amazing 17th Century architecture with UNESCO status, romantic canals, stunning art and easy†going lifestyle, it attracts A-list celebs and bon vivants from all over the world, to†indulge the hottest places-to-be and a posh lifestyle. So: where to sleep, relax, eat,†shop, revive and drink in […]

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