PARK| Amsterdam

And more than 10 years later, I went back to Amsterdam. Travelling when you’re little is not the same as when you visit a place as an adult. It’s still as amusing as a child, but your interests are so different. So we came back to Amsterdam for my sister’s 20thbirthday, looking for a nice city break with interesting places to visit and of course, delicious food.

That’s when we found PARK, a hideaway in Oosterpark.

This place has a really cosy and elegant lounge and everything, including the restaurant/bistro area, is so well decorated with plants and minimal design. The fireplace was obviously a big win for us since the weather during our stay in Amsterdam was extremely cold. Even more than in England.

So here’s the wonderful food that we order and that I absolutely recommend you to try if you have the opportunity to visit the restaurant:

We started with pumpkin soup with coconut foam. My sister and my husband both went for the Park Burger (Angus beef with cheddar and truffle mayo). My mom went for the Focaccia Spianate calabrese and Provolone cheese and I’ve ordered the Focaccia Caprese with tomato, mozzarella and pesto. For the dessert, we’ve ordered the caramel brownie.

The service was very quick and professional. It was like this everywhere we went to Amsterdam, which really helped to make this mini holidays amazing.

After lunch, we want for a stroll in the park that I’m pretty sure it’s even more beautiful during summer time with all the sunshine. So we’re certainly coming back and I recommend you to visit this wonderful space very soon too.

More information about this restaurant here.

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TRYP Lisboa Aeroporto Hotel

Holidays’ greatness is defined by how many visits I’ve done to a spa.

This time, while in Portugal, my boyfriend and I decided to pay a visit to Tryp Lisboa Aeroporto Hotel Spa, called El Spa.

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It was time to restore our well-being by relaxing the body and calming the mind, within an urban refuge which is a holiday for our senses. They also need their holidays!

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We’ve tried their outdoor and indoor swimming pools, the Jacuzzi, hydromassage, waterfalls, sauna and Turkish bath. It was simply amazing and exactly what I needed.

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The only thing I wasn’t happy with was the fact that right after leaving the spa I had to join the stressful traffic in Lisbon. I’ve immediately gone from zen mode to swearing mode in a second. Next time I’m definitely calling a Uber.

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You can take a look at their Spa menu here.

Or visit Tripadvisor for more information here.

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Santiago Hotel Cooking & Nature

This summer, I’ve planned a very relaxing trip to what is called, an obligatory destination on the Alentejo Coast, in Portugal. Nothing compared to holidays at the busy city of Lisbon and nothing compare to the expensive places in Algarve, full of tourists.

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I was searching for a few relaxing days in the sun along with great gastronomy and while being very close to nature.

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The Santiago Hotel Cooking & Nature has gastronomy and culinary as the main attractions, without forgetting the nature, the sports, the nearby ocean and outdoor activities.

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It’s located in the heart of the historic city of Santiago do Cacém, and close to desert beaches, my favourite ones.

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We’ve stayed in a Twin room furnished with two single beds, a balcony with a view of the castle, free Wi-Fi, a very needed coffee machine and a very elegant bathtub with shower. You can find photos of this room or other types of rooms they have to offer here.

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The breakfast was included and no need to explain how delicious it was! From traditional pastries to very fresh fruit and juices, the selection was very varied.

The Santiago Hotel offers several types of cooking lessons, workshops, days with Chef, visits to the local market or even picking vegetables and herbs from the Chef’s garden.

You can visit their free workshops here.

We’ve spent most of the time at the outdoor swimming pool because the weather was really enjoyable and the views of Santiago were very inviting.

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My boyfriend and I ended up spending our 3rd anniversary in this beautiful place and we promised that we definitely need to come back for a longer period of time because it really helps to recharge our energy.

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You can visit the Portugal highlights on my Instagram profile for videos of this amazing place here.

For more information on this hotel, visit Tripadvisor here.

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