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Daniel Donskoy

„I am an actor and a musician. Simultaneously, each in its own way, I am equally passionate about both.“

Why does someone, who has just had a dream career start in acting meet up to cry? The brighter and the darker sides of life have a close connection for Daniel Donskoy. The artist’s last 10 years have been shaped by inner conflict, nomadism, successes and defeats – both in his professional and his personal love life.
The musicality in London, Daniel‘s first residence since 2011, the numerous concerts, the pulsating, restless life in the city and its melancholy and ambiguity have predominantly influenced his character. The British Singers & Songwriters have proved truly inspirational. The influence of Blues, Indie and Brit Pop on his music is clearly recognisable.

After an intensive phase of commercial work in film & TV it became even more important to Daniel to retain complete freedom and self-determination in his music. He had found the right partner in the music producer Mic Schroeder, who had already produced albums and singles for Joris, Rea Garvey, Lotte, Silly, and many more in the eleventwentyStudios in Berlin and who – like Daniel – places a great deal of importance on analogue sound and real instruments. Following his single “Cry by the River”, Daniel is now working intensively on his debut album.
Born in Russia, grew up in Berlin and Tel Aviv, drama and music studies in London, his family scattered throughout the whole world – for Daniel Donskoy it is difficult to define the term home. He is a cosmopolitan, a global citizen, who is at home everywhere where he unpacks his suitcase.

In his early childhood his Russian grandmother taught him how to play the piano. However, the strict Russian discipline restricted Daniel too much. During adolescence he broke out of the rigidity of his parental home, partied the night away in Tel Aviv and began to write his own songs. His talent did not remain undiscovered, but he turned down a place at a music school in Israel, moved back to Berlin alone, applied to study classical singing at the UDK (University of Arts) Berlin – and was rejected. Daniel Donskoy finally received a scholarship to the Arts Education School of London.
After completing his degree in 2014, Daniel Donskoy went directly to the theatre, and then played several roles in British TV. In Germany he became famous overnight with his leading role in the series “Sankt Maik”, followed by roles in Tatort and a main part in Dror Zahavi’s motion picture “Crescendo”.

Photos Copyrights: © Ray Burmiston

Alpine, Asian, Authentic

In the heart of a magnificent mountain backdrop the Chedi Andermatt is delighting its guests with a fusion of alpine chic and asian expression, culinary delicacies and the spa and health club extending over 2,400 square metres.

For some time now the small Swiss town of Andermatt has been slumbering peacefully, that was until the Egyptian businessman Samih Sawiris decided to breathe a bit of life back into it with the 5-star deluxe hotel The Chedi Andermatt, which within a very short time has elevated to a top position in international hotel, gastronomy and spa rankings.

Generous Luxury & Asian Delicacies

The affinity to nature and attention to detail can be sensed throughout the hotel and is particularly apparent in the 123 rooms and suites. Natural materials, panorama windows and over 200 fireplaces bring the Andermatt mountain landscape into the cosy rooms. However, the real luxury can be found in the generous dimensions. The hotel offers high rooms and lots of space, even the smallest double is 52 square metres. On a culinary level, The Chedi Andermatt offers its guests only the finest: In The Restaurant (14 GaultMillau points) exciting and delicious combinations from Western and Asian cuisine are prepared in four open atelier kitchens. The Japanese Restaurant (1 Michelin Star and 16 Gault-Millau points) is exceptional for the Swiss Alps. Authentic Japanese dishes are prepared by Japanese chefs at the tempura and sushi/sashimi bar. Since it opened in 2013, over a quarter of a million freshly prepared nigiri sushi have passed over the counter, and, according to GaultMillau, the hotel now ranks as one of the best addresses in the Alps. The guests can also get advice from a sake sommelier, a service rarely found in Europe.

Pure Luxury

There is no question, the enterprise in the Uri Alps is luxurious. In contrast to a number of other mountain hotels, this luxury house does not flaunt, but impresses with its design of Alpine chic and Asian elements.The 2,400 square metre spa and health club with an exclusive sauna area, ten deluxe spa suites, hydrothermal baths, a 35 metre long indoor pool covered by a glass roof and a heated twelve metre long outdoor pool with a view of the magnificent backdrop of the Alps is an additional highlight.

Conclusion: The Chedi was initiated by the visionary investor Samih Sawiris and with its 123 generous rooms and suites has in only five years become one of the forerunners in the international luxury hotel sector, a position that is substantiated by numerous awards. The Chedi Andermatt provides an insight into another world and views of an unforgettable part of 


Treat yourself to a little bit of The Chedi for home: the cuddly Ploh bathrobe costs CHF 220.00 and promises to remind you of an exceptional time in Andermatt.

Photos Copyrights: Chedi Andermatt

Paradise Portugal

Paradise Portugal

Now is the perfect time to travel. Pack your cases. Life is too short to stay in one place. In Portugal you will experience two hotels that redefine the term Luxury : The Tivoli Palacio de Setzeis, a dream palace and The Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, wich recently made it into Forbes Magazine’s hot favourite list of the best new luxury hotels in the world.

There is no place in Europe where the sun shines more frequently and you could even imagine that it shines brightest here in the Algarve, at the south-west tip of Portugal. It reflects on the Atlantic Ocean as its tempestuous waves break on the rugged cliffs. Vilamoura, not far from the coast, is considered a jetsetter paradise. Vineyards, olive groves and Roman ruins shape the landscape and exist beside designer boutiques and golf clubs. Situated above the vast green expanse of the Victoria championship golf course, the Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort offers the perfect retreat. Not only are the sandy beaches at close hand, the five star resort also has five pools, which should not remain undiscovered. And on a culinary level, the extensive hotel has a lot to offer, as indulgence is given a high priority in the Anantara Vilamoura. The Ria Restaurant specializes in fish and seafood. Every morning the catering team presents the best catches of the day, which can then be preordered for lunch. Chef Bruno Viegas and wine guru Bruno Cunha stage opulent evenings with perfectly coordinated Portuguese dishes and wines in the EMO restaurant. The hotel also orchestrates unforgettable culinary experiences in a private ambiance, including your own chosen menu and private chef as part of „Dining by Design“. From here you can also discover the Herdade da Malhadinha Nova vineyard. In Abernova, situated in the middle of nature, the family company endeavours to produce the best wine in the world. Visit a wine-tasting, treat yourself to a picnic in the vineyards and find out more about the manufacture of these complex, fruity wines.

The Tivoli Palácio de Seteais is located near the Palácio Nacional da Pena in Sintra, a picturesque city, 25 kilometres from Lisbon. At one time the Portuguese nobility had extravagant palaces and decorative gardens built here. Its exciting cultural landscape contributed to it becoming a UNESCO world heritage site. The Tivoli Palácio de Seteais itself is, as the name suggests, a palace from the 18th century. The rooms and suites are designed in majestic style and offer a breathtaking view of the Sintra mountains, the Moorish castle and the Pena Palace. It is not easy to outdo this panorama; however the luxury hotel manages to do this with its fabulous cuisine. In the Seteais Restaurant you dine surrounded by frescoes and paintings. Order the Royal Tasting: five courses of mouth-watering enjoyment for two people, or let yourself be pampered in the newly opened Corales Wine Room with exclusive Portuguese wines and regional delicacies. The Tivoli Palácio de Seteais also offers wine lovers excursions to the nearby Adega Regional de Colares vineyard. Located in a time-honoured building from the 19th century, Adega houses wooden barrels and vats with a total volume of over one million litres. Find your favourite wine and drink to love, life, to whatever takes your fancy. Because as Louis Pasteur so aptly put it: „There is more philosophy in a bottle of wine than in all the books in the world.“

Photos Copyrights: Vilamoura Algarve Resort & Tivoli Palacio de Seteais;

The Fontenay

Paradise for Architecture and Design enthusiasts

The Fontaney Hotel is a city resort situated at one of the most beautiful spots in the world. In the heart of the Hanseatic city of Hamburg , nestled in a park directly on the shores of the alster lake.

You could be forgiven for thinking you are walking on clouds throughout the entire hotel, on soft carpets; the interior design is devoted to a love of materials and detail. There is no need for ostentatious chrome or gold leaf, fine wood and minerals express the understatement that is typical of Hamburg. Almost 200 members of staff attend to the guest’s every wish under the management of director Thies Sponholz. Check-in is at cosy curved desks and chairs, which are located in front of a green inner courtyard. However, my attention is drawn to the heart of the hotel. The 27-metre high atrium with round sofas up to 25 metres long. Six stories wide, my gaze is directed upwards to the glass banisters of the bar. When the pianist plays the Steinway grand piano, the tones drop like pearls along the eight-metre high chandelier down to the soft carpet. Can you feel the musical rain?
Guests can choose from a selection of 130 luxurious rooms and suites. Schramm Werkstätten in Germany designed an extra comfortable bed and mattress series specifically for the hotel. The “Parkview” garden restaurant offers a wide range of cuisine with a box view of the Alster. You are also granted a view of the Alster in the bar on the sixth floor. Above the bar, you will find the “Lakeside” gourmet restaurant; the crew, under the direction of Cornelius Speinle, offers contemporary fine dining and creative dishes of the highest level.
The hotel’s motto “Everything in flow” is also reflected in the exclusive spa area, extending over 1000 square metres. The urban roof landscape with a 20-metre long indoor/outdoor pool and sun terrace is a magical place. While you swim, the Infinity-Pool and the Alster Lake seem to merge to form one waterline.
Water, trees and the sky inspired the architect to create a building with a basic form made up of three intertwining circles, blending seamlessly into the Alster landscape. The result is not only a paradise for architecture and design enthusiasts but also a balance between nature and urban life.

Photos Copyrights: The Fontenay Hamburg

Baur au Lac

The Queen of Lake Zurich

The long-established Baur Au Lac has been welcoming its guests in an exclusive setting direct on lake Zurich for 174 years.

No country can look back on more traditional and impressive grand hotels than Switzerland. Their charm, magic and patina convey the feeling of former times to hotel guests and revive the past with panache and style. Several of them have been family-run for generations. Authenticity, ambiance and not least the host’s heart and soul make them living icons of the Swiss hotel industry. Most notably the Baur au Lac in Zurich.

For generations the hotel has been regarded by discerning travellers from all over the world as one of the top addresses in Switzerland. Elegance and comfort have shaped its reputation just as much as the proverbial service and the excellent gastronomy. In its own park, on the banks of Lake Zurich – and still a stone’s throw from the bustling bank centre, the hotel icon also enjoys a privileged location. 
Johannes Baur wrote hotel history with the Baur au Lac: He was the first to run the risk of building his hotel directly on the banks of Lake Zurich. As early as 1854 the Leipziger Illustrierte Zeitung reported on the hotel that was only ten-years old with these words: “The exterior is very promising, more than very promising. However, when you view the inside, wander through the luxurious salons and bedrooms, all your expectations will be surpassed.” This still applies today, 170 years later, because the Baur dynasty and subsequently the Kracht family, related by marriage, always set new standards in the Swiss luxury hotel industry. Consequently Emperors and Kings spend the night under the roof of the hotel icon. Today presidents and Excellencies stay at Baur au Lac and as always the most famous artists of their time.

Richard Wagner completed and premiered the first act of his Valkyrie here. Marc Chagall worked on the designs for the windows of the Fraumünster church. The foundation of the Nobel Peace Prize was concluded within the walls of the grand hotel. Thomas Mann spent many weeks in the Baur au Lac. After the war Christina Onassis, Gina Lollobrigida, presidents, business tycoons, chancellors, oil moguls from the Middle East, composers and major conductors came to the hotel and still do to date. However, names are not mentioned, as uncompromising discretion is traditionally given a high priority at Baur au Lac. And when Baur au Lac invites guests to events such as “Art in the Park” or the traditional Rive Gauche Summer party, the Swiss VIPs turn out in force.

The founding family in its sixth generation provides the hotel with uninterrupted continuity and direction. Today the Baur au Lac ranks worldwide as one of the oldest 5-star hotels that are still owned by the founding family. Tradition is lived here and the hotel never assumes a museum feel, because thanks to continuous dedication the contemporary challenges are fulfilled with the right service offer and modern technology; that is the hotel’s recipe for success. And to ensure that Baur au Lac continues to shine in its full splendour; over 150 million Swiss francs have been invested in the hotel in the last 20 years.

The hotel has a highly motivated staff base, consisting of a good mix of experienced professionals and dynamic, dedicated young people. Several members of staff have worked for Baur au Lac for over 40 years – a popular feature with the regular guests, as it gives them the feeling of “coming home to Baur au Lac”.

Photos Copyrights: © Baur au Lac

The Thief

Not just a place to stay , it is an
inspiring setting

We were told stepping into The Thief is sure to rob you of something. And the thing is that the hotel is so good at it…that we only noticed it at the end…

Thief Island, once the scene of shady dealings, has become one of the hottest districts in Scandinavia, “The New Oslo” with all its creative energy. “Building a hotel like this one doesn’t start with a budget. It starts with a dream.” Petter Stordalen says, property developper and owner of 170 hotels. He wanted the art to be something which has some stand-alone unique experience and asked Sune Nordgren the former director of Norway’s National Museum of Art, to handpick original artwork. This is what we experienced when walking into the hotel designed by award-winning firm Mellbye Architects. We see a huge piece by Richard Prince “The Horse Thief”. There is video art from Julian Opie in the lift, Andy Warhol in the restaurant. All 118 rooms have unique art. Works from Richard Prince, Tony Craig and Albert Merz are amongst the pieces.

The 160 square metre penthouse serves as homage to pop art legend Sir Peter Blake. Celebrated interior designer Anemone Wille Våge’s play with contrasts is the strongest in the rooms. Dark wood-panelling is interspersed with back-lit panels, rich brown carpets are paired with light parquet floors and sand-coloured curtains.
Through monumental glass facades, we enjoy a great view to the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Contemporary Art and are looking forward to our tour around the fjords with the hotel’s Riva boat. And now we know what has been stolen…we haven’t had a single thought about our very long to-do list, the responsibilities at home, everyday worries.

Photos Copyrights: The Thief Oslo

Panther shine in new splendor

Cartier opens its new boutique on Monday 3rd December. An exquisite venue, spanning 550 m2, right in the heart of Zurich.

Cartier is continuing a story which began 40 years ago when the brand opened its very first boutique in Zurich in 1978.
This new boutique, at Bahnhofstrasse 47, was created entirely by architect and interior designer Laura Gonzalez. Her contemporary, elegant space confidently combines bronze, marble and wood, embodying the essence of modern Zurich design.

“The Cartier Zurich boutique balances the notions of comfort and efficiency. „We wanted to create a refined yet welcoming space for our clients, one which could become a real destination”, said Laurence Bourgeois, Managing Director of Cartier Switzerland.

The natural light is reflected in the contemporary furnishings, while the light colors and the vast ceiling height make this a spacious venue with an intimate atmosphere.
The Panthère de Cartier, the brand’s iconic panther, is transposed onto a wall fresco inside the boutique, inspired by the picturesque Swiss capital which provides the backdrop.

Haven in the far North

Haven in the far North

A place, a refuge, a luxury domicile with award-winning cuisine. An open space that allows alone with yourself or with others, far from everything that burdens and binds.

Your thoughts drift away and the broad horizon holds your gaze. With a good book in your hand, time passes at its own pace, until a spectacular sunset swallows the last light of day. A place like no other – as all guests discover on their arrival at Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort & Spa by the sea as soon as the wrought-iron gate opens and they are received in the gatehouse with its crackling open fire.

The former stately Manor

Enclosed in a large park extending to the Baltic Sea, the former stately manor of the Earl of Platen-Hallermund, situated on 75 hectares of land, is now an exclusive resort with its own three kilometre long natural beach. Only one hour from the bustling city of Hamburg it comprises forty buildings, some listed, with small distinctive peculiarities such as the former estate jail.
The centrepiece is the white Barock manor, comprising of 16 suites and rooms, which was reconstructed in 1896 following a fire. They are divided over eight luxuriously renovated, historical farm buildings and the upper storey of the manor. Like on a journey back in time, you can delight in the charm of the extensive rooms on the Belle Étage and the Belle Vue on the upper floor, in which historical details are skilfully combined with modern luxury. From the large windows you have a sweeping view of the grand paddocks, the bordering forests and the estate extending to the sea.

This magnificent building, which is over 400 years old, is the heart of the resort: In Courtier, the gourmet restaurant distinguished with two Michelin stars and managed by Christian Scharrer, guests can enjoy the finest cuisine.

Stop for a minute, enjoy your time and let yourself be pampered

The bath house, which is located slightly off the beaten track with a view of the Baltic Sea is a very special place of retreat, accessible via its own beach and with an outdoor sauna in the style of a bathing machine from the turn of the century. The lord of the manor once presented it to his wife, so she could warm herself at the fireplace after bathing in the Baltic Sea and could get dressed without being seen by strangers. In contrast, the multiple award-winning 2,000 square metre spa is located in the former coach house; to which the brick walls with large iron rings bear testimony. In the steam bath essential oils such as eucalyptus and menthol envelope those seeking peace, who can also enjoy the mild heat of a samarium or stone-dousing ceremonies in the Finnish sauna and are invited to experience the oriental bathing ritual Hammam. In the outdoor area there is a Russian Banja, in which infusions with birch twigs provide an authentic sauna experience. Subsequently the minus ten degree cold snow grotto offers soothing refreshment, before you make time stand still cosily snuggled up in front of the open fire.

Conclusion: The historical manor located directly on the Baltic Sea is one of the most beautiful and unusual beach resorts in Europe. Visitors will experience unspoiled nature, vast landscapes and finally – the epitome of peace and calm, because hectic and stress simply dissolve in the next ocean breeze.

“The best and most beautiful things in
the world cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt with the heart.”
Helen Keller, deaf-blind American author 1880-1968

Photos Copyrights: © Weissenhaus Grand Village Resort& spa by the sea

A resort to indulge

A mild climate, kilometre-long beaches, volcanic landscape – Tenerife is a popular destination für surfing and holiday guests who like to go swimming, hiking or do other sports. Luxury lovers have been rare until recently. However, since the beginning of 2018 the island has seen some changes.

The Spanish Barceló Hotel Group invested over 90 million Euros in the exclusive “Royal Hideaway Corales Resort” and enhanced the Costa Adeje in the southwest of Tenerife with a perfectly stylish resort: with pool suites, an elegant spa and a rooftop restaurant led by a star chef.


The new luxury hotspot is neatly divided into two sections: The “Corales Suites” are designed for families, because if you are travelling without children you want to enjoy your time at the pool undisturbed, while “Corales Beach” has 121 junior suites for adults. Therefore the “From 16 years” rule applies everywhere at “Corales Beach”, in the spa area, in the gym and in the signature restaurant Maresía. Families are still welcome – in “Corales Suites” there are family friendly suites with their own kitchen, private pools and on request with several bedrooms. Roughly half of the accommodation has a private, heated pool. Both areas form a harmonious unit both on an architectural scale and in their style of decoration!


In contrast to the numerous traditional luxury hotels on the Canary Islands, the Royal Hideaway Corales Resort captivates with a modern, fresh design: Inspired by the colours and shapes of the corals and the island’s landscape, the interior is characterised by clear shades, curved lines and creative décor elements. The rooms promote the summer feeling – after all, the entire hotel is facing the sea. However, the hideaway does not only excel on an architectural level. The resort offers its guests those special extras. There are evening massages at the private pool, a helicopter round trip over the island and Teide National Park, the chef cooks directly in the guest suites, amateur astronomers gaze at the wonderful night sky from Teide Volcano (3,350 m) or go on a private “Star Night Cruise”. Guests enjoy individual adventures thanks to the unique concept of tailor-made experiences.


The “Restaurant Maresía by Hermanos Padrón« on the roof terrace is the hotel’s culinary highlight. It was developed by the star chef Juan Carlos Padrón and his brother from the Canary Islands. While Juan Carlos plays the leading role in creating the main courses for the restaurant, his brother Jonathan devotes himself to the perfectly formed desserts. The Padrón brothers consciously use products from regional manufacturers to bring the visitors closer to local cuisine. You can delight in unique creations such as mussels on lychee vinaigrette, shrimps on tapioca jus, Canary Islands cheese-ravioli in lentil-aniseed-bouillon and lemon yoghurt with roasted chocolate, all with a breath-taking view of the Tenerife coast. The San-Hô restaurant is a further gourmet highlight offering a combination of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine, the so-called Nikkei cuisine. The Royal Hideaway Corales Resort sets new standards in culinary excellence on Tenerife.


  • Food worlds that make every gourmet heart skip a beat
  • Fascinating architecture that is simply enchanting
  • Fantastic setting with sea view
  • Excellent spa treatments that indulge your senses

Photos Copyrights: Barceló Hotel & Royal Hideaway Corales Beach & Suites, Tenerife