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Departure to Croatia: Pozdrav Zagreb, Hi Zagreb!

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Pozdrav Zagreb 

Hello Zagreb! A few days before visiting Opatija, I arrived in the Croatian capital that I did not know: yes, my first time in Croatia!

Very very curious and eager to discover this new destination. Like everyone else, I had in mind some pictures of Dubrovnik, but absolutely none of Zagreb, Opatija and Krk that I will visit too …

I landed at the small airport of Zagreb at 6 p.m (picture1). In the car that leads me to the hotel, I am very impressed with the cleanliness of the streets, not a paper, nothing! A kind of European Japan, with plenty of green spaces. It’s spotless everywhere, awsome! The night is dark when I get to my hotel.

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The Esplanade Zagreb

The hotel is a palace built in 1925 to accommodate the passengers of the Orient Express from Paris to Istanbul. It sounds very Agatha Christie, doesn’t it? I really enjoy these kind of old palaces, haunted by famous people. Josephine Baker and Woodie Allen stayed here and so many others too! Upon the entry, you can feel the glamour (pictures 3, 4 & 5).

The decoration is inspired by the Art Deco, with lots of marble, gilding, chandeliers and giant mirrors. I really like the atmosphere of the lobby and before checking my room (post to come), I quickly shot these pictures. Last picture: the carpeted corridors leading to the rooms. If you follow this blog, you know how much I’m obsessed with the hotel carpet! Lol! To be continued …

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Zagreb Tourist Board www.visitcroatia.be

Discover my whole trip in the CROATIA page. ENJOY! I was hosted by the Office National Croate du Tourisme and of course all my opinions are mine. 


Sungai Gold, Bali: A Luxury Villa in The Countryside

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The VIP Treatment       

organized by the Sungai Gold, started from my landing in Bali. Very quickly, I found myself sitting in a mini van just for me towards the villa.        

We are blocked by congestion in Kuta that I will  meticulously avoid throughout my stay! For my first time in the island of gods, I wanted a meeting with an intimate authentic Bali.      

It’s dark but I can see decorations on the side of the road. My driver told me that the island has recently celebrated an important Hindu celebration. I’m lucky to see these decorations which will be removed soon.

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Now we drive on a narrow road lined with paddy fields.      

First  we cross a sleepy village and another one equally quiet. Then the van bypasses a temple and stops. We arrived at Villa Sungai and Sungai Gold, two luxury villa rentals (picture 8: the input to the two properties).        

After a warm welcome, I go down a flight of stairs lined with lush vegetation and lit by torches leading to the Sungai Gold villa. Instant effect: the unreal feeling of being somewhere else, like teleported into a magical setting!   

Nothing compared to my surprise when I discovered the villa lighted by candle lamps around the pool. A chic and intimate villa! I entrust to Made, the manager who came up to me that the villa is even more beautiful in real life than in pictures (picture 2: the entrance of the villa).

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Above: the best place to chill out. Selfies facing the pool and the lush vegetation around the house and pool.

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Photos above: the wide Balinese bed became our headquarters, for my laptop and me (lol). Every detail is chosen with taste: beautiful traditional Balinese roof made ​​of dried herbs. Unfortunately it is no longer used in current constructions.

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Photo above: the very nice outdoor dining area, where I’ve never eaten! I prefer staying by the pool.

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The omnipresence of trees. The Black and white checkerboard fabric represents the colors of Bali. Surround a tree of this fabric allows to symbolically express one’s attachment to the tree and nature.

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Photo taken from my favorite angle. The glass door opens onto one of the two bedrooms (the one where I slept. You can see more in a coming up post).   

Last picture: the life of the villa. The big difference of the Sungai Gold is the incredible kindness and efficiency of its smiling staff.

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Photos : Mademoiselle Le K – copyright 2014, tous droits réservés.

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Fly to Bali : Qatar airways  

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I was invited at the Sungai Gold Bali where I had an amazing stay! As you know, being invited does not change my opinion. SUKSMA to the Sungai Gold team and Qatar Airways!  

Vila Vita Parc, Portugal: A Luxury Suite in Algarve

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We arrived in the early evening       

at Vila Vita Parc under a mixed sky, after 2h30 drive. It’s raining! It seems we have left the heat in Lisbon! The Algarve is a region of southern Portugal, supposed to be more sunny than rainy.                     

We were dropped in karting in front of our Oasis Suite Premium Rooftop which overlooks the gardens and the main building currently under renovation (photo below).

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The night falls quickly,

I can’t see the gardens. The property seems huge … Lovely surprise entering the room: beautiful orchids and flowers with a bottle of Portuguese champagne greet us!  

The decoration is classic and comfortable: white walls, spotless bedding and fast wifi. There are also small fireplace and a large dressing. I feel good and enjoy the sheen of discreet luxury.

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A book of the Leading Hotels of The World                       

whose the Vila Vita Parc is a member, is placed on a secretary. I flip through the Vila Vita Parc’s magazines, the articles of various restaurants, beaches and activities we discover tomorrow.            

In the large bathroom, Villeroy & Boch sanitary and Portuguese traditional tiles and soap dish: I really like the Claus regressive packaging and excellent conditioner. Claus is a famous soap brand from Porto.

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The suite has two bedrooms.

Too happy to chat about our latest adventures up more time, we fell asleep in the big bed of the main room. The second room will be a supplemental dressing room and office, LOL!    

Woke up at 10am in beautiful sunshine. And here is the little building with our first floor suite and superb rooftop terrace with Moroccan lamps.       

On my way to the breakfast, I discover thousand lush green plants! Green vertigo and I haven’t seen the ocean yet … To be continued ….

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My friend and I were guests of the Vila Vita Parc. Do I really need to add all my opinions are mine? Many thanks to the Vila Vita Parc team.