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Las Islas Filipinas

The Philippines is named after King Philip II of Spain (1556-1598) and it was a Spanish colony for over 300 years. Than British came, than came the Americans, and also shortly Japanese took over. Today it´s a Republic with the president Benigno Simeon Aquino III , whom (belive it or not) I met today! He personally came to greet us at the Asian Travel Fair! What an honour. Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands and the population is over 100 million. Manila itself has almost 15 million inhabitants. We will be visiting some of these beautiful islands and meeting some of these wonderful smiley people, so stay tuned. We will share it with you.

Per gram... I am not sure which one is more precious???

Well, we cannot organize beautiful children but we can get you to go truffle hunting... We know this amazing trufle hunter Massimo. Him and his family will guide you in the beautiful woods of Tuscany for truffle hunting with their dog, where in 1954 was found the biggest truffle in the world: 2540 grams!!!. Truffle hunting is an ancient tradition in Tuscany and requires only one rule: respect for nature; for this reason it will be necessary a small briefing before going into the woods, a sacred place for the truffle hunters. The paths are simple but not flat because of the hilly land. The departure could be scheduled for the early morning or early in the afternoon. During the truffle hunting Massimo will tell you about the truffle, the magic of its traditions, its history, the legends which recall its myth, its uses in the kitchen and you will learn how to recognize and distinguish a good truffle from other “fake” truffles of inferior quality and artificial products. He will tell you about the biggest truffle in the world, found in San Miniato in 1954, and anecdotes that looks a lot like a superhero story… but here there are no heroes (apart from the truffle dogs, obviously). After walking in the wood is scheduled tasting or lunch/dinner or cooking class based on fresh and real truffle. Truffle Hunting is here available all days of the year in English language. Looking for a unique experience? I think you should head to Tuscany :)

Sanya, Mandarin Oriental

Chinese St.Tropez! Combining contemporary design with laid-back beach chic, Mandarin Oriental, Sanya is an idyllic five-star hotel on Hainan Island. With a tropical setting, acclaimed dining and a wonderful spa, we offer five-star luxury infused with effortless style. Sanya enjoys a balmy year-round climate, stunning facilities and a good location on a private bay. Nice for a few days relax if you are in Hong Kong, for instance.