The top 3 coffee bars in Delft [Netherlands]

Hey Loves!

Schermafbeelding 2016-05-04 om 12.38.20Last week I was able to spend some time in my beloved hometown Delft- in the Netherlands and I always love to wander through the city. This is the city where I was born and it will always keep a special place in my heart.

What I love about this city so much is that it has played a big part in the ‘Dutch’ history and that it has special connections with the Royal Family- it is often called ‘Small Amsterdam’ and I truly understand why. Delft has the same great canals, beautiful views and a very vibrant vibe, only in a smaller setting.

What I also love about Delft is that it is really developing and it gets more hip and trendy lounges and coffee bars. And since I love me some coffee I thought it would be a great idea to go out and find the current top 3 coffee bars in Delft and share these amazing hotspots with you.

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KEK is an awesome hotspot in the city center of Delft- open 7 days a week. What more can you ask for. What really draw me to Kek was the big red bench before the enterence. That including the big window really gave it that ‘NYC city vibe’. Inside it is a place where the city meets urban and you can definitely see that they have thought well about their brand and interior.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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They have created all little coffee and hang out corners that will make you feel like you are chilling with your friends at home. They serve yummy coffee’s and many other delisssssh drinks and juices and hey- if you want to go shopping? That is possible too- they sell cute little bracelets and necklaces as well!

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My friend went to visit KEK as well and wrote a full review about this place. It is in Dutch so if you are a Dutchie, check her article as well: CLICK HERE!


Location: Voldersgracht 27
2611 EV Delft
OPENINGSHOURS:
MON-FRI from 8.30 AM- 18 PM
SAT + SUN: 9 AM – 18 PM
For more information visit their website http://kekdelft.nl

2. Koffie & zo

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Koffie & zo is a cute little coffee place directly at one of the famous canals from Delft.

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Located on a corner of the street with also the big windows makes this the perfect place for a good hang out sesh- they serve delicious drinks and yummy cakes and this makes a great place for a friend get together or a first date.

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What I love about the interior is that they have many items in the store that are up for sale as well. That is cool because if you like something you can purchase it and it also allows the interior to change every once in a while. So every time you visit you will find something new. And hey, bikes hanging from the ceiling? Why not 🙂

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What I especially love about Koffie & zo is that the owners are super friendly and they really make sure that every guest feels at home!

Location: Peperstraat 17
2611 CH Delft
OPENINGSHOURS:
 
MON= Closed
TUE-FRI from 9.30 AM- 18 PM
SAT  9 AM – 17 PM
SUN 10 AM – 17 PM
For more information visit their website http://www.koffieenzodelft.nl

 

3. JANS

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JANS is a cool hotspot at the Brabantse Turfmarkt- the ‘rectangle ish square’ where every Saturday you can find the local market with fresh veggies, flowers, waffles etc.

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In all fairness, it is more than a coffee bar and it also has different openings hours because you can go there for dinner as well, but I think it is a cool place for a coffee get a way too.
The thing that separates them from the others is that besides having different/longer opening hours you can also enjoy many other you can also go here for a fun day out and have an high tea!

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I have not tried out the high tea but I will definitely go back soon and have the high tea so I can write a full review about this awesome place!

Location: Brabantse Turfmarkt 87
2611 CM Delft

OPENINGSHOURS: MON= 10 AM – 10 PM
TUE-FRI from 8.30 AM- 22 PM
SAT  8.30  AM – 22 PM
SUN 10 AM – 22 PM
For more information visit their website http://www.jansdelft.nl

Enjoy! xoxo

9 things you will find in every travel addicts appartment

Hey lovelies!

Happy Sunday!
I hope everyone is having an amazing time. I am busy planning my trip to Bergen and Oslo where I will be this week. I will be in Bergen on the 28th and 29th of January and in Oslo on the 30th and 31st of January so if you are there too, send me a message and we will meet up!

As a travel addict, a wanderluster, a global nomad, I travel the entire world and am hardly at home, but when I am at home, I also like to come back to a place that really feels home, and that symbolizes who I am. And my passion is a big part of who I am so let me share some stuff you will find in my appartement. And if you are as big as a travelfreak as I am, you will have similar stuff in your place!

1: SOMETHING THAT SYMBOLIZES WHERE YOU ARE FROM

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I am a Dutchie. I was born in the beautiful city of Delft and I am really proud of that. Delft is a lovely city.  I don’t live in Holland anymore but I like to carry something with me that is ‘typical’ dutch. These wooden clogs are so ‘Dutch’- really, it can not get any more Dutch than this. And of course Holland is way more than wooden clogs, windmills and cheese, but for me, these wooden shoes mean a lot. They are small and portable. The key chain is attached to my keys normally so I carry those around where ever I go, and the red clogs are next to my computer in my work space at home.

2: A GLOBE

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Globes, oh how I love globes. I think every traveler has something with Globes. Haha. I am quite obsessed with them, so much that it is even in my brands name. I picked this little globe up in Singapore, actually at the airport.  I was shopping around for books and make up and I ended up buying this globe. I thought it was very cute and a perfect size to put in my work space as well.

3:  MAPS, MAPS, MAPS!

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To every city I go to I collect the official ‘tourist’ maps. I think these are quite fun. They show everything in a very clear way and you see how to go to all the attractions and city highlights. I love to write on my maps and circle the places where I have been and I take these maps back home as a memory of my trip- Is this weird? Am I the only one who does this? 🙂

4: HOTEL TOILETRIES

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Another thing I like to do, oh my god, I feel like a hoarder now, haha, is to collect the little shampoo’s and conditioners. These minitures are always so cute and I love to bring them back home after I have stayed in a hotel. In my bathroom I have a big vase with perhaps 100 mini’s. I think it looks cute and it is again another symbol of my traveling lifestyle.

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5: LONELY PLANETS

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Lonely planets are amazing travel guides for the passionate traveler. These books are great for planning your trip accordingly and getting all the right information. For almost every one of my trips I have bought a Lonely Planet to get great tips and advices.

6: TRAVEL MAGAZINES

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Travel magazines– oh how much I adore them. I buy them in every country I go too, even if it is in a language that I don’t speak. These above are all in English-or Dutch- languages that I both speak. I love them. I love to read them, get inspired- they are always so inspiring

7: TRAVEL BOOKS

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Travel books- I have so many of them. I have an entire wall decorated with books and most of them are travel books. I love to read about countries that I have been to, never been to, or planing to go to. I get so much inspiration out of them. I am sure that if you are walking in the apartment of a wanderluster, you will find at least 10 different travel books!

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9: A WORLDMAP

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The one thing that you must have in every apartment is a worldmap. What else can we use to plan our next trips, right travelers? OH- and the map on the left? I will explain more about that one tomorrow…

 

What kind of travel related subjects do you have at your place?

xoxo

Review: Luxury Resort The Edge | Bali | Indonesia

Schermafbeelding 2015-10-15 om 00.25.30Bali probably has the most beautiful collection of luxury,  boutique en design hotels and villa’s in the entire world. One complex is more beautiful and luxurious than the other and it is my job to take you on a journey through these beautiful resorts. I want you to see all these beautiful places so we can get lost together. I have the privilege of staying in these places and it gives me great joy to share my moments with you.

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Today I will be sharing my experience about my stay at The Edge in Bali.
The Edge is part of the Mesa hotels and resorts and I must say, from all the places I have ever stayed in, this is by far the best place so far. The Edge is in it’s league of it’s own. Nothing can compare to the beauty and luxury of this resort. Everything is impeccable.

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From the 24/7 personal butler services, to the treatments at their own private Spa. From the delicious haute cuisine menu to the million dollar views you have from every angle. The Edge is definitely the place to be if you enjoy only the best things in life.

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At the Edge nothing is impossible. You want something? They will make it happen for you. I was highly impressed with the service even before I arrived at the venue. I was in touch with my personal butler by email before my arrival to set everything up. From the type of pillow that I preferred to the Spa menu that was send so I could see what treatment I preferred. (A full review on this will follow) – Oh, even the welcome drink was prepared because I could let them know in advance which one I wanted. – Perfection!

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LOCATION- How to get there
The Edge is set within the traditional village of Pecatu. This might not be the most familiar place in Bali for the travels so let’s just say that it is a 5 minute drive from Uluwatu and approximately a 35 minute drive from Ngurah Rai Airport.  It is very easy to reach the resort because the Edge offers a complimentary transfer and pickup service. This transfer is done by a driver and your personal butler will accompany you for the trip. When I was picked up from my hotel in Uluwatu to bring me to the Edge I was picked up in a luxury vehicle. Directly upon entering the vehicle the butler introduced himself and gave me great information about the venue. What I also absolutely adored was that while driving towards the resort the butler showed me a presentation with lots of beautiful pictures of the venue on the iPad while offering me water, a refreshing towel and some chocolates- Yes, the million dollar treatment started from the get go!

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The Edge is build literally on ‘The Edge’ making it one of the highest points in Bali where I have ever been. Because you are on this ‘Edge’ you will have a fantastic view overlooking the clear blue ocean and trust me while I say that it is the perfect spot for pink sky sunsets!

The edge is the perfect location because from there you can go everywhere. Just ask your butler for tips and he will give you all the ins and outs about Bali. You can easily go to a beautiful beach like Dreamland in Jimbaran or have a golf session in Nusa Dua. Every place is easy to reach from the Edge because even though it might be a bit of a drive, your butler will take good care of you and make sure you will reach there in all comfort!

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THE RESORT-
At the Edge it is all about quality and not about quantity. You can see that in everything. The villa resort is so exclusive that it ‘only’ has 3 villa’s.
The Mood ( a 2 bedroom Villa)
The Cliff   ( a 3 bedroom Villa)
The View  ( a 5 bedroom Villa)

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I had the pleasure and honor to stay in the 5 bedroom villa that can accommodate 10 people. But more about that later on.
Even though all the villa’s come with their own private swimming pool (some with several swimming pools) there is also a common area where you can take a dip or have a tanning session while enjoying a cocktail that is freshly made by one of the fantastic staff members. This common area is connected to the Spa

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THE VIEW- The villa I have stayed in
I stayed in the 5 bedroom villa named ‘The View”. When you enter the villa you will understand why it is called ‘The View’. When you go outside, on your private terrace where you have not one, but 2 swimming pools you will see the most magnificent views that you have ever seen, overlooking Bali, also known as the Island of the Gods. The view of the ocean is incredibly beautiful. Just for a moment you will forget all the bad things in your life because the beauty of the villa and it’s views are so incredibly beautiful.

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The villa has 2 floors. The top floor has 2 master bedrooms. Both with their own million dollar view. The windows from the floor to the ceiling will create the best morning view you will ever have. When you wake up you will see the clear blue sky and the ocean. You will immediately feel that you are in paradise. Oh, and if that won’t do the trick for you, you will have palm trees in your own garden too.

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All the rooms are beautifully decorated and you will see the Eastern world fuse with the Western world. It has all the luxuries from the Western standards but with beautiful Asian and Balinese details. All the details in the villa are definitely the ‘best of both worlds’.

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On the ground floor you also have the kitchen area and the living room. The living room comes with a big comfortable couch and again, you will have a fantastic view of the scenery. And perhaps you would like to play some piano? This is also not a problem because the living room comes with it’s own piano so you can let all your musical talent out and create some lovely tunes!

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The huge dining table is perfect to host your family dinner. Since the villa can fit up to 10 people this big dining table is just perfect. It is beautiful and luxurious.

On the Lower Ground Floor, because ‘basement’ just does not sound right while talking about this luxury villa, you will have 3 other bedrooms. All the bedrooms come with their own bathroom including a shower and a bath tub. Downstairs you also have a living area and even a wine celler.

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2 highlights from this Lower Ground Floor area are the home cinema where you can watch your favorite movie in your own private theatre and the kids playroom. The playroom comes with the best toys ( I even fell in love with Mr. Teddy :)) and the best games like a nintendo, wii, playstation and so on. All the toys are renewed every 3 months so you can be sure that you will have great new toys to play with (or let your kids play with).

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Kissy Kissy!

FOOD AND BEVERAGES-  Fantastic food and delicious drinks
At the edge they offer only the best things so you can imagine what this means for the food and drinks. The most delicious meals you will ever have in your life will be in this place, I can guarantee you that. They have a menu where they offer a big variety of food. From local dishes to Western food- there is something on the menu for everyone. They also do offer personalized menu’s  and again, whatever you want, your butler will make sure you will have it.

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The delicious lamb chops!


Funny anecdote: While we got the tour through the villa the manager told us that he once had guests that preferred Scottish salmon. But let’s be honest, where will you find Scottish salmon in Bali? You just don’t. So they flew it in. Just for this one guest and his company. If that isn’t top notch service I do not know what is. (of course this service has it’s own price tag but hey, nothing is impossible :))

I have tried so many things from the menu but I must say I have found my love in the lychee cocktail, the grilled lamb chops and the creme brûlée was the best one I ever had. And trust me, I have tasted my fave dessert in over 20 different places but the one in the Edge is just sublime.

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Creme brule? Creme bruYAY!

FOR WHO?- Should you stay in the Edge?
YES YES AND YES- You definitely should if you ever have the chance. The Edge is a beautiful resort that caters to all your dreams and wishes. Because The Edge offers 3 different villa’s it is suitable for a large target audience but you must love only the best things in life. The Edge is focussed on the luxury traveler, the city expats that are looking for their sweet island escapes and it won’t surpass you that they also cater to celebs from over the entire world. Fredrik, are you the next celeb that will stay here? I thinks so! You belong here honey!

The resort is perfect for a romantic getaway or even a corporate trip. If you are going on a teambuilding trip please look in to this lovely resort since you can rent the entire property too and this will be the best place for you to stay, I can guarantee you this.

If you are visiting with your family it is perfect too. I would recommend you to stay in the villa ‘The View’ because you will have plenty of space and a kids playroom and home theatre so there will be entertainment for all.

The villa is so amazing, I don’t think you would want to leave it ever again…

Some beautiful visuals:

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The shared swimming pool overlooking the ocean!
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Feeling creative with my  new rings 🙂
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Mr. Teddy is waiting for dinner on the gorgeous table!
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Hi!
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Doesn’t this make you feel like you are in a tropical paradise?
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Beautiful living.
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Home theatre anyone?
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A piano with a view!
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One of the 3 bedrooms at the Lower Ground Floor.
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Even the staircase is beautiful!
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I woke up with this view!
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Beautiful bathroom!
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Movie, anyone?
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Downstairs livingroom.
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Let’s take a walk!
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comfy and big beds everywhere!
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Work hard!
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Play harder. HAHA!
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A drink with a view!
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Part of the awesome high tea (more info about this later)
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The Famous Caesar Salad!
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The entrance, welcome at the Edge!
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Jummy!
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Breakfast!
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Breakfast!
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Top notch service!
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All I need in this life is my Teddy ❤
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real love.
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One of the 3 bedrooms at the Lower Ground Floor.
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Did somebody order Lobster?
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Wagyu beef carpaccio
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Delish springrolls!
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Bedroom 4.
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View!
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The dining table I fell in love with.

For more information about the Edge please check their website: http://www.mesahotelsandresorts.com/theedge/

xoxo

A little piece of luxury heaven in China Town, Kuala Lumpur.

A little piece of luxury heaven in China Town, Kuala Lumpur.

Hey Friends!

Today I would like to share this beautiful place in China Town with you guys called Peter Hoe. It is one of the best kept secrets that China Town in Kuala Lumpur has to offer. China Town can be crowded, hectic, busy with tourists wandering the streets, salesmen trying to drag you in to their stands to show you their latest collections, all kinds of different stands where they sell the newest Marc Jacobs bags, Louis Vuitton wallets and all kind of other fake products. In the midst of all this fakeness and chaos there is this beautiful serene place where it is all about a luxury ambience (more…)