Jul 232012

Quality Pixels recommends: Luxurious hotels

This is a great hotel, in our opinion much more beautiful inside than out.  The room we stayed in (a suite) was very spacious, with a comfortable bedroom, a separate living room, and beautiful views from a huge balcony. The bathroom was also pretty big and had a lovely rainforest shower. Modern minimalist chic (in wood and glass) with some rustic elements would describe the décor well, with priority given to guests’ comfort.

The staff were genuinely friendly, attentive and very efficient. The food was delicious; breakfast was a real feast with all sorts of bread, pastries and rolls, home made preserves, a huge selection of fruit, cheese and hams, eggs, sausages and sweets. I like to have my morning tea with fresh lemon, and I did not have to ask twice for it; the first day I asked, the next days it was already waiting for me. The dinner was always tasty and portions were huge.

The facilities of the hotel are brilliant; a beautiful heated swimming-pool in a building made from glass, so you can swim admiring stunning landscapes, a well equipped gym, sauna, steam room and lovely quiet rooms, where fresh apples, and mint scented water  are available for guests.  We were totally surprised the hotel is 4 stars and not 5.  We have been in many 5 stars hotels that should bow low in front of the Hotel Kaufmann.


Jan 112012

Quality Pixels recommends: Luxurious hotels

We spent our honeymoon in Le Touessrok, Mauritius, and we cannot praise it enough. Imagine a beach with white and golden sands, lapped by crystal clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, and surrounded by paradise gardens with swaying palms and thatched roofs of the beach umbrellas. How much more romantic can it be? The staff was excellent, the food was brilliant and the atmosphere was super relaxing.
As honeymooners we were upgraded to Frangipani junior suite, which was comfortable, tidy and spacious. There was nothing of opulent  Dubai décor in it, but we found it functional, well kept and very clean, and it was equipped in everything you may need, including coffee espresso machines. If you know Marcin, you can tell how happy he was about it. Bathrooms were fantastic, with huge oval bathtubs and lovely step-in showers, fluffy bath robes and excellent amenities. There was a bath menu with all sorts of exotic baths that your butler would prepare for you at an additional cost (or for free if he felt like it). If you know Sylwia, you can tell how happy she was about it.

Below you can find 360 degrees panoramas of our Junior Suite. To start click an arrow and be patient

Le Touessrok Hotel Mauritius - Junior Suite

Le Touessrok Hotel Mauritius - Junior Suite

Jul 242011

Quality Pixels recommends: Accommodation with character
The Belfry at Yarcombe

We got tired. It was time to unwind and let everything go. We needed a nice retreat, preferably in the middle of nowhere. A beautiful one if possible. With a large, comfortable bed. And with great food. And with some interesting places nearby to recharge our souls. A long list of demands, I know, but we found it all in a pretty small village of Yarcombe.
The accommodation we chose, The Belfry, is blessed with friendly and generous hosts: Sarah-Jane and Neil, who had restored it in a beautiful way. This small hotel is actually a converted 19th-century school, although its great stained-glass windows would be easily suitable for a church. But there was nothing of the expiating atmosphere in it. On the contrary, the excellent food Sarah-Jane and Neil served made us merrily embrace the sin of gluttony. And after we had so much we could barely move, the lovely en-suite bedroom with a comfortable huge bed beckoned. The bedrooms are all named after famous poets, and we stayed in the Tennyson, adorned with a truly impressive window. There were a lot of nice touches to the room: some magazines and books to read, delicious cookies (we had them the next day of course), fluffy towels, white bathrobes and L’Occitane products, lavender pillow mist included. We felt truly pampered. Then we also discovered that the mattress in our bed must have been enchanted – try as we might, we could not force ourselves to get up from its super-natural comfort. What bliss!
The village itself is a secret gem of England, surrounded by the beautiful, rolling meadows and woods of Blackdown Hills, an official Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From our windows we could see the charming Norman church, and the old thatched inn with which we decided to get better acquainted. They sell an excellent ale there! To stop the inn from being closed, the village volunteers help to run it and to keep it clean. Somehow it made it very special in our eyes. I have difficulties to imagine a similar thing happening in a big city.
Not far from Yarcombe there is the famous Forde Abbey, once a Cistercian monastery and a sumptuous stately home with extensive gardens and the highest fountain in England. Check our next blog entry for some pictures of it.

May 232011

Quality Pixels recommends: Accommodation with character
Albert & Victoria, Eastbourne

If you are after accommodation with a friendly, laid-back atmosphere, with a pinch of luxury, and an excellent breakfast, do not miss Albert & Victoria in Eastbourne. This five-star Victorian-themed guest house is located close to the beach and only a short walk from the famous Eastbourne pier. The en-suite rooms are spacious and opulent, but not ostentatious. Each has a comfortable canopy bed and stylish chandelier, and some also boast lovely bay windows. The hosts are welcoming and sociable, and a delicious breakfast is served in a room with hand painted frescoed walls, or – weather permitting – in the charming courtyard. A wonderful place to stay, and great value for money.

Oct 162010

Quality Pixels recommends: Accommodation with character
Crolinnhe B&B, Fort William

If you ever go to Scotland, there is one place we definitely recommend: Crolinnhe B&B in Fort William. It is a luxurious Victorian Guest House with comfortable stylish rooms and wonderful views across Loch Linnhe. We stayed in the MacKenzie suite and found it to be the most marvellous room we had ever seen in a B&B. Plus it had a wonderful SPA bath! And if you are into photography (both: landscape and portraiture), you will be in paradise. Of course we didn’t resist the temptation to take a few pictures. The portraiture session coming soon :-).

We want to thank Flora, the owner of Crolinnhe B&B, for her friendliness and hospitality.

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