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Hotel Chocolat

Hotel Chocolat from the Boucan hotel group is highly recommended when staying on the island of Saint Lucia. Why? Because it’s situated on the most beautiful part of the island, away from the other enormous hotels/resorts, in a more secluded area. But the most important reason to go here is to immerse yourself in a world of chocolate. The entire resort (14 beautiful cottages) is built on a plantation that’s been harvesting cacao since the 1700’s. As a guest at the resort you can harvest your own cacao and make chocolate from it. Not in the mood for Do It Yourself? You can also just order the “Full Cacao” spa treatment or just kick back with a poolside martini.

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The Butcher

If you haven’t noticed yet, the someonetoldus-bloggers are quite fond of a good hamburger every now and then. That’s why when The Butcher first opened it’s doors in Amsterdam’s cosy  The Pijp area, we were one of the first to take a peek. High quality burgers (Aberdeen Angus Beef) are being cooked and served at the front area of the house. It’s a place to go for snack before going out (or even better: after having had too many drinks). But… when you walk all the way to the back of the place, there’s a big door that looks like it leads into a refrigerator or storage area. Guess again. Making a reservation through your special connections in Amsterdam might open this big secret door for you to see what’s behind it. How? We’re not going to tell.

The Butcher

 

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Het Pomphuis

The famous quote “location, location, location” definitely applies to het Pomphuis. This unique piece of history is located in Antwerp’s harbour, which has been the biggest harbour of Europe for centuries. The early 20th century construction has been used as a pump house for decades, draining water from the next door dry-dock where large vessels were repaired. Het Pomphuis (Flemish for “pump house”) has been there since 2002 and offers breathtaking views of the river “De Schelde” and all harbour activities. They did a truly amazing job at turning the old pump house into a classy restaurant whilst preserving all industrial elements – even in the restrooms! The dining room feels exceptionally spacious with huge windows and 30 foot high ceilings. The basement, which is visible from the main floor, still holds three authentic pumps. Amidst all this historical heritage, your food just tastes so much better! Don’t expect hearty Belgium food however; the portions at Het Pomphuis are small in size with complex mixtures of ingredients and a matching price tag. This is not a restaurant for cosy family gatherings or a casual Belgian beer; it is however the perfect place for special occasions, business lunches or a posh & elegant dining experience.

 

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Excelsior Milano

If you could compose your favorite store, what would it look like? It would definitely be located in the heart of fashion capital Milan. And you would like the store to be filled with emerging fashion brands and some trusted classics. The design of the store would be an architect’s dream: courageous and innovative, making you feel like you’re shopping inside an art gallery. The beauty department must have a wide selection of exclusive brands that can’t be found elsewhere. And to top it off, you would throw in those colorful Ladurée macaroons that you love so much and – what the heck – a Tiffany’s. This must have been the trail of thought of the founder of Excelsior Milano, which is the name of your favorite store to be. With labels including Sergio Rossi, Proenza Schoeler, Christian Louboutin and contemporary American designers such as Rag & Bone and Theory, this store will most definitely be a success. In true Italian tradition, Excelsior also makes a tribute to food with Eat’s, a supermarket filled with the most delicious meats, fish, vegetables and wines. Excelsior Milano opened in september 2011 and is planned to open in several other Italian cities over the next few years.

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Blancaneaux Lodge

Paradise in the rainforest – there is no other way to describe this beautiful hideaway in Belize’s Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve. Owner Francis Ford Coppola actually used Blancaneaux Lodge as a family retreat before opening it to the public. And we’re so happy he did. This luxury resort has 20 rooms but the staff and the quietness of the rainforest make you feel like you’re the only ones there. Next to “normal” cabañas (with private pools!), they offer larger family cabanas, a 2-bedroom villa with open-air living room and the enchanted cottage, where Coppola probably wrote many of his famous screenplays. The resort has both an Italian and a Guatamalan restaurant where they are more than happy to pour you a glass of wine from the Francis Coppola Winery. Is there anything this man can’t do?? If all this great service, relaxing pools and the flowing river get too boring for you, there are plenty opportunities to seek adventure. Take a tour across the Guatamalan border to see the Maya sites of Tikal, go horseback riding at sunrise or go tubing in the famous ATM caves. Blancaneaux Lodge is the perfect place to explore beautiful Belize in a luxurious and enchanting way.

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Lombardia

When in Antwerp and looking for a healthy meal, Lombardia is the answer. It’s an all biological restaurant that serves gluten, lactose free and biological dishes. More than 80% of their menu is vegetarian. But not to worry. Your vegetarian salad is much more than some lettuce, tomato and mayonaise. Expect a plate full of nuts, seeds and at least ten species of vegetables and sprouts. Tip: the Lombardia breakfast is divine and superhealthy! Don’t forget to try their famous ginger tea. And all of this in the midst of Antwerp’s refined shopping area ‘Wilde Zee’ (wild sea), where you’ll find exclusive delicatessen and cosy coffee bars. With a visit to Lombardia you will enter in the footsteps of Moby, who eats and drinks at Lombardia regularly.

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