Introduction: From Saint-Tropez to Sylt, and beyond!

I try to write as many trip reports as possible. In recent months I have written reviews of trips to Oman, Hawaii, Europe and the Maldives. Now it’s time for the introductory post for my next trip, which is now underway. Ford and I spend all of June in Europe. Although the trip is not very coherent, I have many (I hope) interesting hotel and flight reviews on the way.

Why we decided to travel to Europe

We tend to spend a lot of time in Europe in the summer, for a number of reasons. First, when you live in Florida, it’s a little nice to travel as the temperatures get warmer. Besides, most of my family lives in Germany, so I always like to see them when I have the chance.

We spend most of June in France, Germany, Greece and Sweden, for a number of reasons, which I get into as we go deeper into the review.

Although we probably would not otherwise have planned to spend the whole month in Europe, we had a few commitments in Europe throughout the month, and flying back and forth simply did not make much sense, especially with the current state of travel, not to mention the lack of transatlantic price availability.

One of the main motivations for this trip is that Sylt, Germany, is one of my mother’s favorite places in the world. She has always asked us to join her, and since she is still alive and hanging in there (something we are indescribably grateful for), we were of course happy to agree to it. We’re so glad we did, because Sylt is amazing … who knew ?!

Sylt, Germany
Sylt, Germany

The airlines we fly

This series will be more focused on hotels than airlines, so what flight reviews can you expect?

  • I will review the Emirates’ A380 first class between New York and Milan; as I have already explained, we took this flight because our friend Toby was a purser and he is soon retiring from the Emirates, so we were excited to have a chance to fly with him
  • I do not yet know how we will return to the United States, so we’ll see what I can find there
  • I want more flight and lounge reviews within Europe, ranging from SWISS ‘A320 business class, to Lufthansa’s E190 business class, to Condors A321 business class, to Library Lounge Nice, to SWISS Alpine Lounge Zurich, to Sylt Lounge Westerland (which maybe just is the most interesting of the gang)
Emirates A380 first class

The hotels we stay at

Given how long we’re on the ground in Europe, I’ll be publishing quite a few hotel reviews, including the following:

  • Hotel Martinez Cannes is a Hyatt Unbound Collection property
  • Airelles Saint-Tropez, Château de la Messardière; many will remember our wonderful stay at Airelles Courchevel earlier this year, so we were curious if the Saint-Tropez property could live up to that standard (it’s going to be an interesting review)
  • Hyatt Regency Zurich Airport The Circle, which is easily one of the best airport hotels I have ever stayed in
  • Wellem Dusseldorf, which is a Hyatt Unbound Collection property
  • King George Athens, which is a Marriott Luxury Collection property
  • Hotel Grand Bretange Athens, a Marriott Luxury Collection property
Hyatt Regency Zurich Airport The Circle
Wellem Düsseldorf

In addition to hotels, we rented an Airbnb on Sylt, which was one of the first times I rented an Airbnb, believe it or not, so I want to share my thoughts on that experience.

There will be a few more hotel reviews mixed in (as I said, this trip is not quite planned yet, and we are going partly only with the flow), but it should give you an overview of some of the reviews you can expect. As you can see, there are a good number of points hotels, and also an uberluxus hotel without points from a brand I really like.

Sylt Airbnb

The bottom line

We are in Europe in the month of June, and have a fantastic trip so far. Although not all aspects of the end of the trip are finished yet, it’s time to get started with the trip report series, because I have a lot of content to publish. Thank you for following, and I hope there is something for everyone here!