Weekend-Getaway at Quellenhof Luxury Resort

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It was the perfect end to the year: a weekend-getaway in December with my girls at the luxury Quellenhof hotel in South Tyrol (Italy). For those that know me, know that I am a sucker for weekend retreats. Although I don’t get the chance all too often, I love doing absolutely nothing. This weekend was exactly that. We went 3-4x a day to the sauna, then to the hot steam baths, enjoyed the inside and outside whirlpool, drank hot teas and closed our eyes in the relaxation area.

One thing I very much appreciated, is that most areas were adults-only. Although the resort offered many activities for children, has a water-park and even the restaurant has great offers for children, the “children-area” was always separated slightly from the rest of the resort or the adults-only-restaurant. This way families with their children did not have to worry that couples or hotel guests would get annoyed with their little ones and vice-versa.

I left my dog home with my family for that time and did not take her with me. Yet, on the last day before driving back my girls and I noticed that quite a few dog-walking paths were leading directly from the resort into the woods. We then also saw a few dogs and my guess is that one of the other hotels of the same resort allows for dogs. My mission for the next year is thus clear: Visit more hotels, more down-time, more me time – but trying to take my dog everywhere. It seems there are a few hotels that offer dog services, dog-walkers for when I would go to the SPA areas and even state that dogs are very welcome to their resorts!

and before I forget: I wish you all a great last day this year and a wonderful start into 2019!

Getaway 2.0, Malta

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Hello and Goodbye! That seems to my motto on the regular these days. Of course I am not inviting and throwing people out of my life on a constant – not at all to be precise, but it seems to me I leave my home more regularly than usual during the year. I cannot complain though, of course – since seeing family (all living somewhere else) and going abroad for business is something I chose to do and love. I am currently writing this post whilst on the plane from Zurich to à Malta! I am spending the weekend with my beloved mom, sister and my baby (aka dog). My mom came to visit my dad and I in Zurich last weekend for a wedding we were invited to. Oh, it was beautiful – the details so thought out and the whole event so harmonious. My sister stayed in Malta last week and looked over the dog (we still need a dog-sitter there – anyone know one?) and so I am excited to seeing her again. My dad, who would have loved to being there, is currently on a three-week business trip. Yep, even my “smaller family circle” seems to be all over the world at the moment. Trying to get everyyyone together, is actually an impossible task.

We have a big round birthday coming up in December (my uncle is turning 50), where I thought we would all get together. But again, him and his wife live somewhere far off from the rest (even if still in Germany) and most likely not everyone will be able to join. Nevertheless, I will try to incorporate that into my plans very soon to see at least a part of the bigger family again. Speaking of birthdays – my dad will also be turning 50 years young this year (November). Does anyone know what to gift on a round birthday? I’ve always found it hard to find presents for the male counterparts on their birthdays, but round ones, they really stress me out. I’d love to hear any ideas you guys might have!

Now rewinding back to this weekend, my trip will be rather short. I will be leaving Malta again at around 1pm on Monday and really “only” spent the weekend. Weekend plans? Getting my hair done, spending time with the family, cuddling with my dog, working on studies and business – and – swimming with dolphins on Sunday! Yep, you read that right. I never swam with them before, but promised it as a present to my sister’s graduation earlier this year. I am not quite sure if I am excited about it or not – since they are kept in a pool rather than in the open water. I’m sure it will be fun though, so let’s see how it goes and cross your fingers they don’t bite, haha!

With that, I wish you all an amazing weekend to come. Oh, and happy September 1st! xo

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