THE GLOOBLES AWARDS: 2019 in Blog

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No matter if we're bathing in hummus in Tel Aviv or hitting the slopes in Gstaad, we always do our best to bring you the very best of the best. After all, we're here to make your trips (& your lives) as amazing as possible.

While we certainly love all the tips we have on gloobles (otherwise we wouldn't be sharing them with you), we decided to pick our absolute, undeniable favourites. So, drum-roll please, we'd like to introduce you to the first annual gloobles awards. We are breaking down the ultimate in everything, from stunning B&Bs to the absolute grooviest place to boogie. Ready to be totally in the know? We thought so. Thus, without further ado, we give you the crème de la crème.

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city trip: Amsterdam. Call us biased, but we like to think that Amsterdam is one of the best destinations for a city trip around. We love its gorgeous canals & incredible museums, & we really think there's nothing better than exploring a city by boat or bicycle.

winter sun: South Africa. It may feel a bit far away, but trust us: it's worth the journey. Take a week or two and head down to South Africa, road tripping on the Garden Route & soaking up the beauty of the Cape Town Winelands. We love South Africa for its incredible nature, as well as its delicious food & wine.
 

party holiday: Tel Aviv. Forget Ibiza. Forget Miami. Tel Aviv is the absolute best place to go for a party holiday. Not only will you hit some of the most incredible clubs & bars we've ever been to, but you'll also get to soak up all that booze with truly drool-worthy food.
 

ski trip: Gstaad. We think most people can agree that Gstaad is definitely the place to see & be seen in winter, thanks to its unforgettable parties at The Lobby & the infamous nightclub Greengo. We also couldn't forget the beautiful landscape & killer ski slopes.
 

romantic getaway: Paris. Ah, Paris! You may think it's a bit cliche, but that's really for good reason. It is one of the most gorgeous cities & is chock full of wonderful places to sip a glass of red wine with your love. It screams romance, baby.
 

get sleepy

resort: Marataba Safari Lodge. This striking resort is nestled in the heart of South Africa & gives you unparalleled viewing access to the amazing Big Five. It has breathtaking views of Waterberg, as well as lovely alternatives to the more traditional safari like romantic river safaris & hiking safaris for the thrill-seekers.
 

city hotel: Aman Tokyo. If you're looking for the best service on earth, we recommend you head straight to the Aman in Tokyo. If the impeccable service isn't enough to lure you, we must mention the dreamy pool, top-notch spa & delicious food.
 

b&b: Santa Clara 1728. Lisbon has really become a hotbed for chic travellers in the past few years, & for very good reason. Whenever we're in town, we love checking into this serene, sleek b&b. The staff here goes above & beyond to be as friendly & helpful as possible, always recommending the coolest places to eat & visit in Lisbon. The breakfast here is healthy & delicious & not to be missed.
 

get breakfast

boozy brunch: Worst Wijncafe. If you happen to be in Amsterdam & looking to soak up the night before with some tasty comfort food & continue the party, then you'd better head to Worst Wijncafe. You can get a number of good wines by the glass to enjoy a boozy brunch in the spot's cosy atmosphere.
 

early breakfast: Sqirl. When you're up before the sun, there's nothing better than a bit of chill LA vibe, & the best place to marinate in that vibe is Los Angeles's Sqirl. Its delicious menu leans healthy comfort food, & it's the perfect place to start your day when you're in the City of Angels.
 

specialty coffee: Koffee Mameya. Sometimes the craving for coffee hits bright & early in the morning, & when that happens, we'd give anything to teleport to Tokyo's Koffee Mameya. We love its striking design & gorgeous coffee.
 

coffee spot for a spot of work: Toki. This stunner of a coffee spot in Amsterdam's Jordaan neighbourhood looks like a work of art. We love popping in here for its tasteful decoration, cosy atmosphere & tasty food. That's before we even get to talking about coffee...
 

spot for a shot of caffeine with your newspaper: Hello, Kristof. The interiors in this Lisbon joint may be sleek, but the staff makes the place feel totally warm & friendly. We can't resist hunkering down with one of the magazines or papers from their incredible selection & a delicious coffee at the start of the day.
 

get lunch

business lunch: The Modern. New York City is full of stunning places to eat, but when it's time for a business lunch, we often head to The Modern because of its inspiring surroundings, prompt service & simply delicious food.
 

beach restaurant: Club 55. When the rosé flows dangerously quickly & the crudités are so colourful you almost want to wear them, you know you're at Le Club 55 in Saint-Tropez. The atmosphere is lively, & the spot is perfect for an afternoon of people-watching.
 

lunch with kids: La Paloma. It can be tough to find a spot that pleases kiddos as much as their parents, but La Paloma in Ibiza is just such a spot. We love its charming, lush garden & relaxed vibe.
 

shopping break lunch spot: Rose Bakery. We don't know about you, but shopping certainly works up our appetite, & when we're in London, we always time our shopping excursions to squeeze lunch squarely in the middle at Rose bakery. They have wonderful healthy salads & soups that change daily, as well as some extra naughty carrot cake.
 

takeout lunch: Soup en Zo. Fresh, seasonal soups are the name of the game at this Amsterdam neighbourhood hotspot. In the summer their avocado gazpacho is the perfect thing to cool you down, & we particularly love their sweet potato, coconut & chicken soup when the temperature drops. Not a soup person? Their salads are also killer!
 

get dinner

romantic dinner: Sierra Mar at Post Ranch Inn. You'd be hard pressed to find anyone who's been to Big Sur & did not find it one of the most romantic places on earth. To up the game when you're there, settle in for a super romantic evening at Sierra Mar, where you can soak up its spectacular views whilst you nibble on exciting, fresh farm-to-table cuisine. They use ingredients from their own garden, so you know it's the best of the best.
 

dinner for wine lovers: The French Laundry. This just may be one of the best tasting menus we've ever had, & that's before we even take wine into consideration. The wine pairing is truly superb & is the most wonderful way to enjoy this extremely sophisticated restaurant.
 

vegetarian restaurant: Babel at Babylonstoren. Sure, the meat in South Africa is fantastic, but the vegetables at Babel at Babylonstoren in Franschhoek are truly out of this world. The menu changes daily depending on what's fresh from their garden, so you won't feel guilty going back two days in a row.
 

casual weeknight spot: Buffet van Odette. You can honestly never go wrong at this intimate neighbourhood spot in Amsterdam's Grachtengordel. The food is all delicious & changes seasonally, & they have a surprisingly good wine list.
 

place dinner with a big group: Entrepot. In a small city like Amsterdam, it can be tricky to find a fantastic restaurant that accommodates a big group. Thankfully, that's where Entrepot comes in. We love its original, creative small plates because they're perfect for sharing, & the gorgeous, airy space is ideal when you're a large, raucous group.
 

fine dining spot: Eleven Madison Park. This is one of the original new fine dining spots in NYC, & it's still a stalwart for a reason. Its spectacular tasting menu is as beautiful as it is surprising. It is really a unique culinary adventure.
 

takeout dinner: Jon & Vinny's. Los Angeles has no shortage of fantastic, healthy spots to grab dinner in or for takeout, but our absolute favourite is Jon & Vinny's. They serve up mouthwatering Italian comfort food that never gets boring.
 

get drinking

wine bar: Pain et Vin. Argentina has some pretty fantastic wine, & a lot of it is ripe for the plucking here at this wonderful wine bar in Buenos Aires. We love its extensive selection of Argentinian wines by the glass, accompanied by a slice or two of their homemade sourdough bread.
 

cocktail bar: Drink. If you're looking for the most original cocktails on this side of the Atlantic, then look no further than Boston's Drink. Every cocktail is made to measure, based on your mood & personal taste. The delicious nibbles help the cocktails go down even more smoothly.
 

rooftop bar: Mikla. Istanbul is one of the most striking, expansive cities, & the best place to see it all is from this stunning rooftop bar. Mikla has a wonderfully romantic atmosphere, so you'll want to stay for a drink or five.
 

speakeasy: Foxglove. You'll feel effortlessly cool when you finally find this wonderful speakeasy hidden behind a sleek umbrella shop & down a secret passageway in bustling Hong Kong. As soon as you step inside, you'll love stealing away into one of the secret VIP rooms tucked behind a floral painting.
 

hotel bar: Bemelmans Bar. There are tons of terrific hotel bars around, but the best of the best is Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle in New York City. We adore its decorative wallpaper & old-school glamour. Pop in for a smooth cocktail & even smoother jazz.
 

club: Loulou's. This exclusive dinner & night spot is the ideal place to dance the night away after dinner upstairs. We love its incredible old-fashioned yet fun vibe & its quintessentially British atmosphere.
 

get shopping

clothing shop: The Webster. Going to Miami is always a blast because of the amazing weather & the vibrant colours. Probably the best shop in Miami (as well as globally) is The Webster, an extremely well-curated shop with a selection of the newest high fashion. You will never leave empty-handed.
 

vintage shop: Time's Up Vintage. If you are aching for some killer vintage finds, then you better pack your bags and head to Copenhagen's Time's Up Vintage. It has the most wonderful selection of rare finds.
 

jewellery store: Aurate. Get ready to dazzle when you step inside Aurate, a lovely NYC jewellery shop that is a one-stop-shop for sustainable gold in elegant & timeless designs.
 

specialty food shop: La Grande Épicerie. There's nowhere better than Paris when it comes to food, most particularly its food halls. La Grande Épicerie  at Le Bon Marché is definitely the cream of the crop, thanks to its beautiful, delicious food. We recommend eating before you arrive, lest you leave with half the store.
 

wine store: La Salumeria Roscioli. Wine! Wine! Wine! What more could you want? Rome's La Salumeria Roscioli has an extensive selection of Italian wines, with delicious food to pair alongside it.
 

design shop: The Conran Shop. We can never resist popping into this London classic when we're in town. We always love to browse their unique selection of iconic design pieces & timeless classics.
 

bookstore: Shakespeare & Company. Literary lovers far & wide flock to this wonderful bookstore in the heart of Paris. We come here when we finish those last few pages & need something new to devour.
 

get beautiful

beauty shop: Skins Cosmetics. These days, we're all about natural beauty, so we love shopping at Skins Cosmetics in Amsterdam. They have a gorgeous, clean & fresh design that really showcases their unique selection of natural beauty brands.
 

hotel spa: La Reserve. Serenity is the name of the game here at La Reserve in Ramatuelle, France. It is the ultimate place to relax & unwind.
 

nail studio: Paintbox. Whether you're looking for Chanel or Deborah Lippmann, Paintbox is a jewel box of a nail studio in NYC. If you're feeling bold, they also do fantastic nail art!
 

hair salon: Carita. This Paris hair salon is as serene as could be, thanks to its airy, relaxing space. They offer each client a personalised approach to ensure everyone looks their very best. We also love the convenient location next to Hotel Costes.
 

massage parlor: The Rub. This is our top spot when we want a no-nonsense deep tissue massage that's firm but still relaxing. Pregnant? They have special tables for those carrying little ones to be perfectly comfortable. When you book, make sure you ask for Maria.
 

get active

beach: Comporta. This Portuguese beach spot is the most stunning, bohemian summer scene. The nature is spectacular, & it's a great place to go horse-riding on the beach. If you want a lovely beachside restaurant, we recommend stopping into Sal for uber fresh fish & seafood.
 

garden: Storm King Art Center. Upstate New York may feel a bit out of the way, but Storm King is certainly worth the journey. Its striking monumental sculptures are elegantly scattered around the lush, rolling hills, & it's really only a 1-hour drive from NYC.
 

running route: Runyon Canyon. If you like your workout with a side of incredible views, we strongly urge you to lace up your sneakers & head to Runyon Canyon. You get prime-time vistas of Los Angeles, the Hollywood sign & beautiful sunrises & sunsets.
 

workout: Rocycle. Get ready to work up a real sweat at Rocycle, Amsterdam's answer to SoulCycle (we think it's even better!). It is truly a party on a bike. The music is energising, & the teachers are incredibly experienced & motivating.
 

get cultured

museum: Benesse House. Pack your bags & head to Naoshima, Japan to see one of the most incredible art collections we know. Benesse House has striking views of the island & is the most unique place to stay. You can even revel in the glory of the artworks as you walk through the museum on your way to your hotel room.
 

architectural highlight: Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. There's more to this wonderful Danish museum than its fabulous art collection. The building is absolutely stunning & has a thoughtful conversation between the indoors & the outdoors. We particularly love the beautiful views it affords thanks to its location on the Danish coast.
 

specialist tour: Kyoto Limo Service. We are Hiroshi's number one fans! Kyoto Limo Service is the best way to see the city of Kyoto, as Hiroshi leads you around to see the best the city has to offer without ever getting bored.