Archive for the ‘Portugal’ Category

ANTWERP, MARRAKECH & MADEIRA IN RED

April 19, 2011

Last month I wrote an article for Dutch magazine Red. Theme: you’ve booked your summer holiday but want to get away again. For 1 night (Antwerp), 1 weekend (Marrakech) and 1 week (Madeira). 

In Antwerp I recommend (among others) Ra, Graanmarkt 13, Felix Pakhuis, Cargo Zomerbar, Sleep in the City and Soul Suites. In Marrakech you have to stay at P’tit Habibi. And if you want to go to Madeira I like to redirect you to the website of Eliza was Here who has an extreme cool offer of Estalagem Ponta do Sol.

Check out: www.red.nl

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NEW SPOT: HOTEL GAT FOLIES PARIS

March 29, 2011

3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you’re having a financial crisis but still want to go to Paris (rooms start at 100 euro).
  2. If you want to book a Junior Suite for a reasonable price (from 180 euro).
  3. If you want to combine your stay with breakfast at Super Nature.

Check out: www.gatrooms.com

You will find other Gat Rooms in Barcelona, Berlin and Lisbon.

NEW SPOT: RESTAURANTE 560 LISBON

March 28, 2011

3 reasons to go there:

  1. If you want a taste of contemporary Portugese food.
  2. If you’re in the area called Bairro Alto.
  3. If you like to be surrounded by wood – from top till bottom.

Check out: www.restaurante560.com

NEW SPOT: CASAS NA AREIA PORTUGAL

February 25, 2011

3 reasons to stay here:

  1. If you love sand, beaches and nature.
  2. If you want to get out of Lisbon (only one hour away).
  3. If you’re travelling with friends.

Price: 400 euro per night (sleeps 8 adults), check out: www.casasnaareia.com

NEW SPOT: HOTEL DA VILA MADEIRA

July 27, 2010

3 reasons to stay here:

  1. It’s the new extension of Estalagem Ponta do Sol – an hotel with a fabulous swimming pool (which you can use as a guest of Hotel da Vila as well)
  2. If you love local craftsmanship – they used a lot of wood from the mountains nearby to create the cool furniture.
  3. If you like seaview rooms – all of the 16 rooms are overlooking the ocean.

Rate: 70 euro a night (website is in the making, but here you will find more information: www.pontadosol.com)

Have you been here? What would be your reason to go?

TRIED & TESTED: THE VINE MADEIRA

July 15, 2010

My friend, and PR representative for FUSE Marketing,  Trees Korstanje likes to see the world. She wrote a report about the Blue Marlin in Ibiza two weeks ago and now she tested the Vine Hotel in Madeira – for herself but also a little bit for Petite Passport:

Most striking feature:

Their stunning panaroma pool on the rooftop. You’ll see Funchal (the capital of Madeira) and the sea. I love the daybeds by the pool who turned out to be multifunctional. After I ordered a Pina Colada by the pool I missed a sidetable but it was hidden in the chair itself. The use of black tiles in the pool is better then the white concrete they use in normal pools. If you’re done with lying by the pool you can move to the lounge area (see below) for an aperitif. Go to UVA for dinner: it was like we were dining in between the stars. Because of the height you’ll only see the lights of the city beneath.”

Rooms from 221 euro a night. Check out: www.hotelthevine.com

NEW SPOT: MONTE DA VILARINHA PORTUGAL

May 14, 2010


3 reasons to stay at Monte da Vilarinha:

  1. To discover something new in Portugal. Stay away from the over crowded Algarve, pick up a book and overlook the beautiful valley of Vilarinha.
  2. To visit unspoiled beaches.
  3. To enjoy your holiday in a nice environment.

From 100 euro per night. Check out: www.montedavilarinha.com