HOTEL TIP: Nyuh Resort & Spa – Ubud, Bali

Ubud Nyuh Resort & Spa

Retreat from the busy streets of Ubud to your own little sanctuary at the Nyuh Resort & Spa. The Nyuh resort is roughly a 10-minute drive from town and is a stunning setting to privately re-charge for a few days. Every villa comes with its own spacious pool,  personal assistant and diverse breakfast options– delivered right to your own villa if desired. Guests are granted one upgrade to a floating breakfast during their stay to contribute to that genuine Bali experience.

Nyuh resort & spa Ubud

Villa

At the relatively new Nyuh resort, the villas themselves are spacious and incredibly well airconditioned.  They all come with their own private pool, outdoor bathtub and lounge area. The large bathroom features two sinks, one for him and one for her. But, no shower nor toilet. These can also be found outside, something to keep in mind but definitely fun for the experience. Don’t worry about privacy, you really have your own little space here. When and/if there is anything you might need during your stay, a dedicated personal assistant is at your disposal 24 hours a day. From arranging tours to figuring out the breakfast selection; they’re there to help!

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Facilities

Spa

In the mood to pamper yourself or take a romantic flower bath with your partner? Then the Nyuh on-site spa is a great place to go. The spa is partially set outdoors, has a capacity of two and can be closed off for privacy. Reservations are preferred as this will allow the staff to prepare for the treatment.

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Restaurant

Within the comfort of your own luxury villa, it is likely you don’t want to leave the premises during the day. With the high-quality food on offer at Nyuh, you don’t have to. Aside from dining in the on-site restaurant, guests can also choose to have the dish brought to the villa and set up at the kitchen table; talk about a stress-free meal. The prices of the menu items are in line with local restaurant prices, perhaps even cheaper.

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Love a healthy meal? Nyuh resort highly encourages highly amongst their guests and this reflects this on their menu selection. For breakfast, guests can choose between a large range of healthy options such as cinnamon oatmeal, yogurt with fresh fruits, egg-white omelets and more. And, as mentioned previously, guests are granted one upgrade to a floating breakfast during their stay to contribute to that genuine Bali experience.

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Pool

No plunge pool at your villa – the pools at Nyuh resort are large in comparison to most Bali hotels and resorts, making them perfect to hang in all day long; going from sun lounger to pool and vice versa. Need to cool off? The kitchen/lounge area is conveniently located poolside.

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What is a night at Ubud Nyuh Resort & Spa going to cost you?

Ubud Nyuh Resort & Spa

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Deluxe pool villa’s starting at €167 ($187) per night

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For more information visit www.nyuhbalivillas.com.

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SLEEP IN THE HISTORICAL CENTER OF FLORENCE : Hotel Pendini

HOTEL TIP Florence – Hotel Pendini

Where classical music plays on vinyl,  the rooms are decorated with floral wallpaper and the furniture is antique. Hotel Pendini, a stone’s throw away from all the major sightseeing spots in Florence, is an ideal base for any tourist visiting Florence. The hotel first opened its doors is 1897, as the upscale Pensione Pendini, and has been run by the family ever since. Nowadays, the hotel is still by many perceived as city history, setting high standards to uphold the class it once opened with.

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Hotel Pendini lounge

Central location

Popular landmarks such as the cathedral of Florence, Basilica of Sante Croce, Piazza della Signoria, Uffizi Gallery and the renowned Ponte Vecchio bridge are all within a short walking distance of the hotel. And, as to expect from such a central location, so are all the restaurants, shops and gelato you could possibly wish for. Or, after a long day of visiting the historic sights, chill out in hotel Pendini’s very own authentic Italian lounge,  decorated with hints of gold and vintage furniture throughout. 

Lobby Hotel Pendini

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Fun fact: the location of hotel Pendini is now perceived as one of the best areas to stay in Florence,  with neighbors such as  Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, and Cartier. BUT, back in the day, this particular neighborhood was known as the ghetto of the city and the square it is situated on was just a local market. Then, late in the 1800’s, Italy decided to clean up Florence and, in an effort to imitate some of Paris’ elegance and fine historical buildings, built the grand arch that is featured in the photo above. When the work on the arch was completed, a very rich lady which happened to be part of the Pendini family decided to start a residence for travelers in the attached building. The grand arch still proudly bears the Pendini name today.

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Room interior

Usually, we like our hotel rooms to be styled somewhat modern, but this -the vintage cellphone, golden beds, velvet curtains, and bright floral wallpapers – somehow just all work. All rooms of the hotel are featured with air-conditioning, television, and free wifi. Furthermore, the room above in specific had a lounge, desk, and closet which aren’t showing in the photo. The same goes for the bathroom, which might look small but is in reality rather large.

Bathroom hotel Pendini

Breakfast at the hotel is served every morning from 07:00-10:00, with some good complimentary Italian coffee brought to you by the attentive staff members.

What is a night at Hotel Pendini in Florence going to cost you?

For our 4-night trip (Thursday till Monday) we paid a total of  $637.36 (€ 527,40) with breakfast included. With high review scores, such as the 9.1 on Booking.com, the hotel is incredibly popular and always sells out early. Being on time is therefore highly recommended, also budget wise as it tends to get more expensive as you wait. Curious to whether it is still available and what it might cost on your desired date? Click here to check out the prices.

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Rooms prices starting from €95 ($108)

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Have you ever visited Florence? We’d love to hear your thoughts! 🙂 ↓

* All prices as of 30 April ’18, in US dollar and EURO, converted on xe.com. 

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HOTEL TIP – Florence, Italy

HOTEL TIP Florence – Hotel Pendini

Where classical music plays on vinyl,  the rooms are decorated with floral wallpaper and the furniture is antique. Hotel Pendini, a stone’s  throw away from all the major sightseeing spots in Florence, is an ideal base for any tourist visiting Florence. The hotel first opened its doors is 1897, as the upscale Pensione Pendini, and has been run by family ever since. Nowadays, the hotel is still by many perceived as city history, setting high standards to uphold the class it once opened with.

Hotel Pendini lounge

Popular landmarks such as the cathedral of Florence, Basilica of Sante Croce, Piazza della Signoria, Uffizi Gallery and the renowned Ponte Vecchio bridge are all within a short walking distance of the hotel. And, as to expect from such a central location, so are all the restaurants, shops and gelato you could possible wish for. Or, after a long day of visiting the historic sights, chill out in hotel Pendini’s very own authentic Italian lounge,  decorated with hints of gold and vintage furniture throughout. 

Lobby Hotel Pendini

 

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Fun fact: the location of hotel Pendini is now perceived as one of the best areas to stay in Florence,  with neighbors such as  Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana and Cartier. BUT, back in the day, this particular neighborhood was known as the ghetto of the city and the square it is situated on was just a local market. Then, late in the 1800’s, Italy decided to clean up Florence and, in an effort to imitate some of Paris’ elegance and fine historical buildings, builded the grand arch that is featured in the photo above. When the work on the arch was completed, a very rich lady which happened to be part of the Pendini family decided to started a residence for travellers in the attached building. The grand arch still proudly bears the Pendini name today.

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Usually we like our hotel rooms to be styled somewhat modern, but this -the vintage cellphone, golden beds, velvet curtains and bright floral wallpapers – somehow just all work. All rooms of the hotel are featured with air-conditioning, television and free wifi. Furthermore, the room above in specific, had a lounge, desk and closet which aren’t showing in the photo. The same goes for the bathroom, which might look small but is in reality rather large.

Bathroom hotel Pendini

Breakfast at the hotel is served every morning from 07:00-10:00, with some good complimentary Italian coffee brought to you be the attentive staff members.

Price of a night at Hotel Pendini, Florence

So, what does one pay for a stay in a vintage-esque hotel right within the city centre of Florence? Well, for our 4-night trip (Thursday till Monday) we paid a total of  $637.36 (€ 527,40) with breakfast included. With high review scores, such as the 9.1 on Booking.com, the hotel is incredibly popular and always sells out early. Being on time is therefore highly recommended, also budget wise as it tends to get more expensive as you wait. Curious to whether it is still available and what it might cost on your desired date? Click here. 

Have you ever visited Florence? We’d love to hear your thoughts! 🙂 ↓

* All prices as of 30 April ’18, in US dollar and EURO, converted on xe.com. 

DAY SPA HEAVEN: La Mamounia, Marrakech

A short walk away from the popular, but slightly overcrowded, Jemaa el Fnaa square lies an oasis of peace; the magical La Mamounia hotel. The entrance is hidden within lush green walls and solely given away by the security that is standing guard. Once passed through the initial entrance, the award-winning 5-star hotel somewhat feels like stepping into an ancient palace. With the average price of rooms starting at $597 and going all the way up to $6.519 a night,  the best way to get a taste of the luxury on offer is by paying a visit to their day spa. There is, unfortunately, no getting in here without either one of the two reservations to show for.

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La Mamounia hotel entrance
Main entrance of the hotel

La Mamounia hotel

The Hotel

Within the hotel, the overall lavish oriental atmosphere is enhanced by deep tones of red and gold that are featured throughout. Whilst, on the other hand, the outside areas of the hotel are infused with bright light and colorful tiles. In general, the sense of luxury that you feel when walking in here will almost make you feel displaced. Expect to see international business men having heavy discussions whilst nestled into extravagant red couches, hotel staff that is eager to anticipate on whatever you might need or guests spending thousands of dollars in the high-end shops located within the main hallway; all whilst making your way through to the entrance of the spa.

Dat spa entry at La Mamounia

Main pool La Mamounia spa
Main pool

La Mamounia Day Spa

La Mamounia’s spa has won many awards and is world renowned for its captivating main pool. The whole spa boasts an oriental atmosphere, which is executed into the tiniest details and upholds a dreamy feel for visitors throughout the different areas. The treatments themselves draw inspiration of  Moroccan as well as Eastern culture and a variety of traditional and modern therapies are available. Entrance to the spa also allows you free access to several other leisure facilities. Such as a fitness pavilion, on-site tennis courts, and the outdoor swimming pools

Outdoor spa facilities La Mamounia
Outdoor swimming pool

Luxury lunch La Mamounia hotel

Complimentary lunch

When opting for a season pass, a three-course lunch at the incredible Italian restaurant is complimentary. Each and every dish we tried was sublime, as were the several staff members serving the table. But, do note that this menu excludes any drinks you might have. The wine list, as to be expected, matches the prices of the rest of the hotel. However, there is a really decently priced Moroccan wine on there that turned out to be perfect. The hotel features two more signature restaurants. An authentic Moroccan one and one that offers French cuisine, all offer an intimate setting and a menu that stays true to their origins. 

Indoor hot tub La Mamounia spa

What is a visit to the La Mamounia spa going to cost you?

The Italian restaurant, as one would expect, is high-end and priced as such. This is what makes the season pass an exceptionally good deal. The season pass is valid for the entire day and includes a 60-minute massage or hammam treatment, a lunch at the Italian or French restaurant (depending on opening days) and will cost you $163 (€132). We, of course, couldn’t pass up on some good wine, this added another $73 (€59 to the bill).

Combined, this leads up to a total price of $399 (€323) for a single day at the La Mamounia spa for two people.

You can also opt for a day pass, which is valid for a treatment before 15:00 daily, and considerably cheaper: priced a little over $65 (€52). This will also allow you entry to the rest of the spa facilities for the day. Keep in mind that both passes are subject to availability, reservations are always a good idea.

But as mentioned before, with the superb lunch, massage and just an entire day of relaxation in one of the prettiest surroundings imaginable, if you can spare it; go for the season pass.

How to get to La Mamounia?

The hotel is very conveniently located near the main entrance of the old city center of Marrakech. Or if you’re already staying within the medina, the hotel can easily be reached by foot. The same goes if you want to explore other popular things to do in and around the medina after your hotel visits, such as a visit to the bubbling souk or the impressive Ben Youssef Madrasa. The doorman will also be happy to pull over a taxi for you, however, keep in mind that coming from this hotel the taxi driver will think you have some serious cash. And therefore most likely aim to charge the highest amount possible.
For more information on La Mamounia and their spa facilities visit www.mamounia.com/en/
Please note that an elegant dress code is required in all public areas.
*Converted on xe.com, as of 12 April’ 18 

PAYDAY LUXURY: La Mamounia, Marrakesh

Luxurious La Mamounia, Marrakesh

A short walk away from the popular but overcrowded Jemaa el Fnaa square lies, in an oasis of peace, the magical La Mamounia hotel. The entrance is hidden within lush green walls and solely given away by the large men from security dressed in black.  Once passed through the initial entrance, the award winning 5-star hotel feels like stepping into an ancient palace. With marble tiled floors that lead the way up to staff that awaits you in traditional robes. With the average price of rooms starting at $597 and going all the way up to $6.519 a night,  the best way to get a taste of the luxury on offer is by paying a visit to their day spa. There is, unfortunately, no getting in here without either one of the two reservations to show for.

La Mamounia hotel entrance
Main entrance of the hotel

La Mamounia hotel

Right from the start, there are so many different impressions that its hard to decide where to look first. The overall lavish oriental atmosphere is enhanced by the deep tones of red and gold that are featured throughout the massive hotel lobby. Whilst on the other hand, the glimpses you catch of the outside areas of the hotel are infused with bright light and colorful tiles. In general, the sense of luxury that you feel when walking in here will almost makes you feel displaced. Expect to see international business men having heavy discussions whilst nested into extravagant red couches, hotel staff that is eager to anticipate on whatever service you might need or guests spending thousands of dollars in the high-end shops featured in the hotel; all whilst making your way through to the main entrance of the spa.

Dat spa entry at La Mamounia

Main pool La Mamounia spa
Main pool

The day spa of La Mamounia has won many awards on its own and is as visually appealing as they come. The main pool is so captivating that is like something from a dream. But, frankly, so is every other aspect of the spa. Indulge yourself by going for the season pass – exact costs  can be found at end of the post- and get pampered with a 60-minute spa treatment, garden-side lunch and enjoy an afternoon of doing absolutely nothing. The spa treatments at the hotel draw inspiration of  Moroccan as well as Eastern culture, offering a variety of traditional and modern therapies. The spa pass furthermore, allows free access to several other leisure facilities. Such as the fitness pavillon, tennis courts and outdoor swimming pools

Outdoor spa facilities La Mamounia
Outdoor swimming pool
Indoor spa facilities La Mamounia
Indoor spa facilities

Luxury lunch La Mamounia hotel

And then, there is the food. When opting for a season pass, a three-course lunch at the incredible Italian restaurant is complimentary. Each and every dish we tried was sublime, as were the several staff members waiting the table. But, do note that this menu excludes any drinks you might have. The wine list, as to be expected, matches the rest of the prices of the hotel. However, there is a really decently priced Moroccan wine on there which we were hesitant to try at first, but later turned out to be perfect. The hotel features two more signature restaurants. An authentic Moroccan one and one that offers a French cuisine, all offer an intimate setting and a menu that stays true to their origins.

Indoor hot tub La Mamounia spa

What is a visit to the La Mamounia day spa going to cost you?

The Italian restaurant, as one would expect, is high-end and priced as such. This is what, even though the drinks might be excluded from the deal, makes the season pass an exceptionally good deal. The season pass is valid for the entire day and includes a 60-minute massage or hamam treatment, a lunch at the Italian or French restaurant (depending on opening days) and will cost you $163 (€132). As we, of course, couldn’t pass up on some good wine, our drinks brought the total up with another $73 (€59). Which combined, led up to a total price of $399 (€323) for a single day at the La Mamounia spa for two persons.

You can also opt for a day pass, which is valid for a treatment before 15:00 daily, and considerably cheaper: priced a little over $65 (€52). This will also allow you entry to the rest of the spa facilities for the day. Keep in mind that both passes are subject to availability, reservations are always a good idea.

But as mentioned before, with the superb lunch, massage and just an entire day of relaxation in one of the prettiest surroundings imaginable, if you can spare it; go for the season pass.

How to get to La Mamounia?

The hotel is very conveniently located near the main entrance of the old city centre of Marrakech. Or if you’re already staying within the medina, the hotel can easily be reached by foot. The same goes if you want to explore other popular things to do in and around the medina after your hotel visit, such as a visit to the bubbling souk or the impressive Ben Youssef Madrasa. The doorman will also be happy to pull over a taxi for you, however keep in mind that coming from this hotel the taxi driver will think you have some serious cash. And therefore most likely aim to charge the highest amount possible.
For more information on La Mamounia and their spa facilities visit www.mamounia.com/en/
Please note that an elegant dress code is required in all public areas.
*Converted on xe.com, as of 12 April’ 18