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Top 5 Destinations for Spring 2015

OMG, it seems that Christmas was only last week, but Spring is upon us. Time to put away the winter clothes and scarves and get ready for some lovely sunshine in the Northern Hemisphere. Where to go this time of the year? Here are my Top 5 destinations for Spring 2015.


Madeira, Portugal

The Belmond Reid's Palace in Funchal, Madeira

The Belmond Reid’s Palace in Funchal, Madeira

Madeira is a an island (which is part of Portugal) I have visited many many times during my teenage years and a place I loved. I think it had been over 15 years since I paid a visit to this part of the world, and I was dying to go back. I went for Easter, and stayed at the lovely Belmond Reid’s Palace. I travelled with Sovereign and was really looking forward to introducing Mr. O to this part of the world and my life. I cannot tell you how much I was looking forward to the food. (Editor: you can now read about my experience in Madeira).


Hamburg, Germany

Mrs. O is going to Deutschland, ja!

Mrs. O is going to Deutschland, ja!

I am going to Hamburg to attend a conference, but have decided to extend my stay a bit and explore Hamburg – it looks amazing and so much fun! It is also the home of Montblanc (one of my favourite brands) – did you know they were German? I only found out recently. It will be my first time, but Mr. O has been going very frequently on business trips and thinks I will be very pleasantly surprised. I will be staying at the Hotel Atlantic Kempinski and enjoy some truly wonderful hospitality. I cannot wait.


Halkidiki, Greece

Greece is calling my name!

Greece is calling my name!

I have never been to Mainland Greece. Ever. To be honest, I have been to Greece twice (Crete, to be more precise) and stayed in the same place – the lovely Blue Palace, which brings me some very good memories – and place I will be returning to at the end of Summer. I am delighted to be exploring the Halkidiki region and staying at the brand new Ikos Olivia, part of the Sovereign collection. The hotel looks amazing and is incredible value for money, so I must confess I am very curious.



Finca Cortesin, near Estepona, Spain

One of my favourite places in the world...

One of my favourite places in the world…

Or perfection, as I like to call it. I am going back (again and again and again) to Finca Cortesin, which may be my favourite hotel in the world. For the third time and many more to come. Looking forward to some sun, gambas and of course, epic gin & tonics.



The Maldives make me very happy indeed!

The Maldives make me very happy indeed!

One of my favourite places in the world, without a doubt! I will be returning to the Maldives for 8 days at the end of April with Sovereign.


What do you think about my Top 5 destinations for Spring? And more importantly, where are you headed to?


Mrs. O

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  1. Antimo Cimino

    April 14, 2015 at 12:45 am

    Happy Birthday,
    I am with you on celebrating for more than one day and on SHOES, even men can have a shoes fetish right?
    About travel, I suggest you add make Dominica on your bucket list.
    I just got back from there where i was leading a wellness retreat. People thought the place was transformative in may ways.
    We go back in early November for another amazing wellness retreat. I hope you or friends can join.

    Here is a Link to Dominica. Make sure you watch the video that follows the retreat schedule a little, so you can see what to expect.


  2. @travelwithpedro

    April 11, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    Hi Ana, Madeira is one of the places I really, but really need to go. As well as the Azores. I’m one of those people who, whenever go to Portugal, only think about Porto (first) and Lisbon (second). Looking forward to reading about your experience in Madeira. Alguma sugestão para as Açores? 🙂
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      April 11, 2015 at 11:46 pm

      Never been! It never had the accommodation to go with it, to be honest, but also have not looked for ages. Madeira is wonderful, lots of old time glamour, good touch of modern. Tourism has always been a great part of their heritage and the British connection always played a part. Very civilised, I thought.

  3. Jean | Holy Smithereens

    April 11, 2015 at 5:21 am

    there’s a lot of blue in the places you are off to and I love it!! and one can never have too many doses of Maldives in her life 😉 I’m headed for Rome, Istanbul and Greece soon I’m very excited!
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      April 11, 2015 at 11:22 am

      Very exciting destinations indeed! Can’t go wrong with those!

  4. Renata Graça da Silva

    April 11, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Very curious about greece!! 😉

  5. Suzanne - Travelbunny

    April 10, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Finca Cortesin is calling me and Madeira beckons so maybe another year. This month Tenerife and Vegas, next month Lisbon and Porto 🙂
    Suzanne – Travelbunny recently posted..A Food Lover’s Tour of Old DubaiMy Profile

    • @mrsoaroundworld

      April 11, 2015 at 11:23 am

      I am very curious to see what you think of Lisbon and Porto.. for obvious reasons!! 🙂

  6. Sand In My Suitcase

    April 10, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    All great recommendations! Madeira would get our vote. We loved hiking along the “laderas” cris-crossing the island. Then again, a little Greek sunshine would be nice too…
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      April 11, 2015 at 11:24 am

      I never got to walk.. as I cancelled the day when I was supposed to, as it was sunny! But I am so going back!

  7. MissLilly

    April 10, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    all great trips indeed! as I’m moving houses in London this month, my travel will be very limited during the spring. but did Lisbon and Copenhagen already. For the rest of April and May i will stay within UK which has a lot to explore. Maybe Lake District or Cornwall
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    • @mrsoaroundworld

      April 10, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      How did you find Copenhagen? Weren’t the people gorgeous? And Lisbon always fab – I am doing a bit more UK in the Summer as everyone leaves for Continental Europe! Cornwall so on my list!

  8. Maria

    April 10, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I really want to go to Finca Cortesin. For you to keep going back year after year…. looks amazing

  9. John M

    April 10, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    GREAT list, Mrs. O! You will be surprised with Hamburg. I visit often for business. Very good hotel choice, although next time you need to try the Sofitel. It is one of their best ones. I have been wanting to go back to Madeira for years – and loved your photos. Cant wait to read the article

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