Category: Lifestyle

Gran Canaria X GC Wellness press trip

 Hi Guys!

Most of you probably saw that my team and i were on a press trip in Gran Canaria. I personally visited the Spanish islands very often when i was young. ( To skip winter in Europe 🙂  I always wanted to go back as the islands have given me joyfull memories! And now it was finally happening.

I was checking the weather forecast beforehand but it wasn’t looking that great. I will tell you more about that later.

We flew from Eindhoven Airport to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria airport. The flight was business class and was pretty smooth for a flight of 4 hours. Once arrived we were hosted by our transfer ( 24/7 available driver) who was booked for my stay. So she was my personal assistant for the stay in Gran Canaria. Fancy me lol. She was absolutely friendly and fun to talk with, and the weather was actually amazing aswell as it was sunny with clear skies. ( So guys never trust to much on weather forecasts). The whole transport and service was absolutely outstanding. There was actually a customized map for my whole team in Gran Canaria with my name on it ‘Laurent Sebastian press trip’.

Our hosting resort was a 1 hour drive as it was located in the deep south of the islands. This was actually a positive thing as the island has a micro climate. This means that it has diffirent climates on the island, snow meets sun etc. We were directly brought to the Gloria Palace Royal Hotel & Spa and thankfully we had the evening off of arrival. We started the first evening with an ‘A la Carte’ menu at a michelen holding restaurant within the hotel. It had 7 cources which was a little to much, but absolutely top of the level food! After that it was time to take a long rest as i travelled so much lately that i forget to take a rest sometimes. The Gloria Palace Royal Hotel & Spa is a 4 star resort in an amazing location in Gran Canaria. The service was outstanding and the hygiene was on a top level. Ps all rooms have seaside views. Our room was pretty big with a big balcony with sunset view! So time for a timelapse!. As GCwellness was my organiser or the trip ( Spa trip), they had an amazing Spa in the Hotel. On the next day i started the day with an outdoor gym session and after a ‘Hot stone massage in the spa offered by the Hotel manager’. One word: Amazing! i felt like a newborn! The Hotel has 2 heated pools to make it more pleasant in the low season.

 

( View from our suite, i will mis this every evening)

 

At night we tried the main restaurant. VIP table with the best view reserved. The cuisin was french/oriental inspired and of course delicious. We had no wished left unfulfilled.Also the breakfast, which is always the most important meal for me and my team was amazing! From fresh fruits,pancakes to any egg dish of your choice, there was nearly everything.

Now i want to say something about the weather, we had 2 days of very sunny weather! The rest of the stay was mixed with clouds and very windy days. The best time for travelling to Gran Canaria is from the end of april to october! So we were a little bit early, but still no complains!

Everyday we had a full schedule with our transfer to visit different Spa’s in different Hotels on Gran Canaria. Followed by lunches with the Pr & marketing responsibles from the Hotels. This was actually very interesting and fun, to share ideas and get to know more about the heritage of each and every Hotel. One of the Hotels that we visited was Seasided Palm Beach. This was a 5 star Hotel located at the Dunes of Gran Canaria. This Hotel has individual rooms to offer to their guests. So different use of colors and materials. ( Some guests even ask to the certain room ). This Hotel has 5 stars and a very known tapas restaurant. ( Ofcourse we were having lunch there) The Hotel was retro/vintage inspired, as the interior was fully redone. More about this on my blog later.

On tuesday we were brought to the San Roque Hospital Maspaloma this is a very know hospital on Gran Canaria. They offer the best healthcare for the people on Gran Canaria and offer several treatments. Think about Botox, fillers etc. Once arrived i got a tour through the Hospital by one of the managers, after this i was introduced to the doctor who wanted to offer me treatments. ( After an intake and skin observation).  I was guided very professional through my treatments with an excellent service and very professional English. I started with a goldon mask which is a mask in 2 layers full with minirals and other skin enriching ingredients.

The other Hotel was named Be Cordial. This Hotel was near our hosting Hotel located in the south of the island. This Hotel was amazing to, they had special junior suites which had a private garden and large balcony. It really gave you that feeling as if you were in Cuba. This because they make use of several different colors on the construction of the houses. Like miami vice blue and yellow, And even lemon trees in your own garden. You know what they say ‘When life gives you lemons”. I visited their GC Wellness spa aswell, and i think this was one of the most beautiful pools that i’ve seen during my stay In Gran Canaria. See the photos later :).

Was it one of my best trips? Definitely! Why? Because the whole service and set up of the trip was absolutely outstanding! They had so much eye for personal service and wanted the best or nothing. Combined with the perfect service you can say that despite of the two days of bad weather we had the best holiday of our lives. Were the Hotels one of the best that we ever been to? Definitely!

We are very happy about this experience. And Gran Canaria is definitely worth a trip – no matter if for a active holiday or simply to escape the struggles of the everyday life. Here you can do definitely more than just relax 

 

 

 

 

Outift details

Sweater: Drycorn

Pants: BALR

Shoes: Comme des garçons

Trolley: Victorinox

 

You will find all information about the Hotels here:

 

Hosting Hotel

Gloria Palace Royal Hotel & Spa

More information here

 

 

Seaside Palm Beach

More information here

 

Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa

More information here

 

We hope you like our travel report.

 

Laurent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the last day the sun finally came back out and We can only tell you: That was paradise! The white beach, the by far most turquoise water that we had ever seen and palm trees wherever you look.

Combined with the perfect service you can say that despite of the two days of bad weather we had the best holiday of our lives. Was it the best hotel that we’ve ever been to? Definitely!

We are very happy about this experience. And the Maldives are definitely worth a trip – no matter if for a honeymoon or simply to escape the struggles of the everyday life. Here you can do definitely more than just relax 🙂

You will find all information about the resort here 🙂

We hope you like our travel report. If you have any questions regarding the Maldives, just post them in the comments below 🙂

 

All the best

 

Sandro & Daniel

BMW 4 Series Grand Coupe

Hi Guys!

 

You haven’t heard from me in a while. I got a lot of questions regarding the Bmw 4 series Grand Coupe. And since this was also one of my favorite experiences, here’s a new post about it ! A week ago I went to the Bmw dealership Nobracars to pick up this beast! Robbert my contact person at Nobracars dealership took me outside to introduce me to the car. First word was woow! I was actually blown away once I saw this car in front of me, it really is masculine. (M power package). Even better!  First things first was having a chat together with Robbert inside the car about all the features that this car has to offer ( Which will be to many to name) As you might have noticed already: I’m a complete car-addict

I took the car on a road trip to really feel and experience it with all its features and of course power! My first stop was in Antwerp as I had some really nice locations in mind to shoot some content. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t with me at the time. First impression of this car whilst driving to Antwerp: amazing! I discovered why they called this model the Grand coupe, it is a 5 doors car but it feels like you are driving a sports car. It has this smooth aerodynamic and luxurious expression.

 

 

Details about his car

BMW 4 SERIE GRAN COUPÉ 420DA HIGH EXECUTIVE M SPORT

It is full options and has many cool features, I will name some of my favorites as there are too many in this car.

 

  • The 19 inch rims
  • LED light package
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • BMW Head-Up Display
  • Hifi System
  • ConnectedDrive Services included BMW Online
  • Lane Change Warning
  • Sportseats

 

After spending the day in Antwerp I went to Dusseldorf as this is one of my favorite cities in Europe. It has many things to offer such as nice restaurants, awesome locations to shoot and a great city Centre. After spending some driver hours in this car I came to the conclusion that this car never gets boring. This car works with a BMW Efficient Dynamics. This allows you to choose from several ways to drive:

Comfort ( which is the usual way to drive)

Eco pro ( Perfect to drive more efficient as the car will safe fuel. Perfect for driving in traffic jams or cities)

Sport mode (More aggressive acceleration and you can use the flippers behind the steering wheel)

 

 

After approaching the German autobahn it was time to release the beast (in proportions of course as I was not in the mood for tickets) I switched from the automatic gear to manual gear with the flippers on the steering wheel. (Sport mode) This was absolutely amazing it is impressive how fast this car reacts, it is very easy to control the car on high speeds. It sometimes feels that this car is driving on rails. After arriving in Dusseldorf I found this location at the Hyatt Hotel which is located in the industrial/harbor part of the city. This was perfect as I wanted to take drone videos and shots with my DJI Inspire V2. The weather wasn’t with us (To much wind), so I decided to switch to my Canon camera to make shots. So you could tell I was not loving this start of the day with the drone, but don’t worry I got something else for you in this blogpost.

 

The thing that I also really admire in this car is the Bmw connected drive system it has so much to offer. It is basically you’re mobile office. It is connected to your phone and enables you to read your daily emails, apps etc. It even has a WIKI app which allows you to see a list of cultural things to do (depending on the current location). Restaurants/hotels/bars in it as well. The entertainment system is to control by touchscreen or the classic idrive button. The other great innovating thing is that the car offers several driving profiles, think about an individual configuration of your car settings. The seat position, the interior lights, entertainment system you can all customize this to your own preferences. Bmw also introduced a Spotify integration system which gives a better experience to listen to your personal playlists on Spotify! Yaaay no more IPhone cables! Using the 4-series’ you simply use the iDrive controller to bring up the Connected Drive menu and you will see the Spotify logo coming up with available apps.

 

( Taken by my DJI Inspire 2 drone)

You can find all information about the car here.

NobraCars Uden Bmw

And now enjoy the photos of my days. Hope you like them.

 

Best,

 

Laurent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BALR X MINI AMSTERDAM PRESS EVENT

Hi guys,

Last night I was invited by Balr to join the press event of BALR and MINI Amsterdam. I did several collaborations with Balr in the past, so ofcourse I was going to this event! The funny thing is that I drive a Mini cooper myself  and am considering to get another one. This time lifestyle brand Balr collaborated with the Mini dealer in Amsterdam to launch a customized Mini cooper S Clubman all in the theme of Balr. The Mini is wrapped in a matte Balr print that we all know as the ‘ soccer ball print’ which you also see in clothing and product boxes. The first thing you notice in the interior are the head rests with Balr stitched in it. The overall interior is used with materials that really fit to Mini such as nappa leather and ‘soccer ball print’ that continues in the leather interior.

Mini started years ago with a comeback of small fun cars. But today the day Mini actually offers a wide range of models which look much more masculine to attract different buyers. The cars are fashionable and modern and fun to drive, besides this Mini offers lifestyle products to. Think about suitcases, clothing and fun accessories for your Mini. It’s the best from 2 worlds, a lifestyle fashion brand and a lifestyle car brand.

 

 

 

 

 

The cars are ready to see you at the MINI showroom in amsterdam.

Outfit details of this post:

Pants : Balr

Sweater : Balr

Pouchette : Goyard

Jacket: Jofama

 

 

BlackBerry Motion: Re-introducing Blackberry

Back in the old days, when BlackBerry was the premier smartphone maker, you could count on its devices to feature two things: a physical keyboard and long battery life. Things have changed a lot since then, but part of that legacy lives on in the BlackBerry Motion. It might lack that classic keyboard, but it makes up for that with one of the biggest smartphone batteries I’ve used all year. That should keep some hardcore devotees happy, right :)? Currently I have 2 IPhone 8 Plus models which are my best friend on the go. But Blackberry asked me to try out the new Blackberry Motion by giving me one. The first thing that I noticed was the size, it’s as big as the IPhone 8 Plus but much lighter. The software works on Android which is not a plus for me as IOS is much easier for me. But the camera on the other hand is amazing. 

 

 

The other thing which was quite funny is the BBM (Blackberry messenger), this was IT years ago and quite a few people are still using it. I like the design of the Blackberry and the special features that it has. I must say the phone is really focused on business people. The phone really offers the users a digital office on the go experience with the special designed secured software to avoid hackers. My favorite feature is the ‘privacy shade’. When activated, Privacy Shade obscures your device’s display, only exposing the exact area you’re reading or typing in. The intention here is that the application minimizes the amount of sensitive data on the screen at any given time; making it harder for prying eyes to piece together bits of information. What’s more, it can be activated at the press of a Convenience Key — so if you accidentally open something private, you can instantly hide it. This is perfect for when you are a big user of the public traffic (You know how full the metro can be).

 

Design

  • Smart, sensible design
  • Central button placement
  • Solid 

 

Display

  • Full HD LCD
  • Anti-scratch coating
  • Can be slippery

 

 

 

 

Let me know what you think of the Blackberry

 

X Laurent

 

A fresh start of 2018!

Hi guys,

I started the New Year quite good with a private Spa treatment in Belgium. (A secret of mine is that I’m a real hygiene freak and that I really feel disgust by sharing a pool or sauna with strangers.) I felt like I wanted to have a clean body mind and soul for 2018. The last year has been amazing to me and I couldn’t wish for a better progression, so I’m very positive about this year! I’m all focused on myself and my vision in life, I started to care less about others and their opinions. As I’m a workaholic and travel a lot I always put hydration and skincare on number 1 , as i need to look representative in my position. In this blogpost I will show you some selected items that I got from L’OrĂ©al to try out.

 

 

This is called the ‘Hydra power Range’, the first Men expert line which offers 48 Hours hydration to the skin. My favorites are definitely the hydra energetic gel and the day crème ‘Hydra power’. To be honest I use these products mostly when I’m in the gym or a spa.The thing that i noticed about the Hydra power is that it absorbs quickly into your skin and hydrates without being overly oily. This is perfect after the use of a sauna.

 

COQ Hotel Paris

Finding a Hotel in Paris can be such a struggle sometimes, especially around this time of the year when the holiday season is around the corner. The first thing what goes on in my mind is the location when I book a Hotel, you want to be close to everything and if possible a 5 star rate within the budget. Well the COQ Hotel can offer most of it for a good price!

I got the Deluxe-Room booked for my stay at the COQ Hotel in Paris. This is the most luxurious room that the Hotel offers to their guests. What I like about this room is that it really feels as home and not like a standard Hotel room which we all know the image off. The room has warm colors and even fashionable books in the room + a little desk which I used for editing my photos on my notebook. The Deluxe-room offers: High speed WIFI, a Nespresso machine with cups, Rituals shower products and airconditioning. The biggest plus in this room is the closet, it offers so much space for my clothing and accessories because I hardly travel light. If you are coming with your partner, you will love the shower as it has space for 2!

I got the Deluxe-Room booked for my stay at the COQ Hotel in Paris. This is the most luxurious room that the Hotel offers to their guests. What I like about this room is that it really feels as home and not like a standard Hotel room which we all know the image off. The room has warm colors and even fashionable books in the room + a little desk which I used for editing my photos on my notebook.  Extra things which come with the Deluxe-room are: High speed WIFI, a Nespresso machine with cups, Rituals shower products and airconditioning. The biggest plus in this room is the closet, it offers so much space for my clothing and accessories because I hardly travel light. If you are coming with your partner, you will love the shower as it has space for 2!

 

Every room in the COQ hotel Paris is unique, they all have a different color contrast and style. This makes the stay more personal and private. Besides this there are signs throughout the hotel with #Hashtags which makes it up to date and a real blogger hotel! Attached to the main entrance there is a small brasserie which makes it possible for you to take snacks, breakfast or lunch whenever you feel like it. (Included in the price). And once you finish this you can either go for some fresh air in the garden which has rabbits :), or you can join other guests at the private cinema that the COQ Hotel offers. Everything is close by the Hotel, the Metro to the city Centre is on the corner and supermarkets or fast-food restaurants are all on walking distance from the Hotel.

As I’m 1.92 cm tall I love a bathroom with space. If you are looking for a fashionable and hip place in Paris to stay I would recommend you to book a room at the COQ Hotel in Paris. It’s really a cozy Hotel with that extra touch of attention to the guests, besides having an amazing interior wich all bloggers would dream of! The price, service and location of this Hotel are perfectly in balance.

For this trip I took my Trunks company suitcase with me, it is customized with my initials on it and a red velvet interior! It is a cabin format which makes it accessible to take on the airplane with you.

Laurent

 

 

 

 

Maison Caulieres X Laurent Sebastian

Over a year ago I got introduced to Maison Caulieres in Paris, which is basically my second home when you scroll through my Instagram. I got invited by the owner/friend to take lunch in the boutique located in one my favorite neighborhoods in Paris called ‘Montmartre’. The first thing that really got my attention is the eye for detail in the boutique, it’s really minimalistic and classy. The presentation of the products in these colorful packages is just beautiful. The boutique is like a living room full with different product lines of Maison Caulieres, from body scrub to hand crème. Once you open the door to the back of the store you will find a beautiful office with a cozy fireplace and books full of the heritage of the brand. I got a whole introduction from Xavier about the ingredients of the products and the strong French heritage of the family. Did you know the Maison Caulieres family at first was specialized in producing their own honey for about 100 years!

 

After smelling and using many of the oils and body products I got a deja vu. The aroma of some of the products were so intense and familiar that it reminded me of some great memories. Maison Caulieres believes that the products are all made for body, mind and soul, which makes sense to me as the whole body is connected with different nerves. I also got to tell that the natural ingredients such as honey, oils and sunflower are beneficial for your skin of course but also for your health! Ps. Queen Elizabeth II the Queen of England is also using the products that must say enough about the quality and image of Maison Caulieres.

 

Another great thing about Maison Caulieres is that it is exclusively working with Rosewood Hotels & Spa’s all over the world. Wich are leading Hotels and known for its luxury and outstanding service. Back in 2014 Maison Caulieres launched its products in London in one of the oldest department stores called Fortnum & Mason. This is just one of the places where the products are displayed cause Hong-Kong and Dubai are on te list aswell. But this year it started one of the most beautiful collaborations with the most luxurious hotel in Paris called Hotel de Crillon. I can really tell that I’m a daily user of the products now and I keep stocking it up every month. One of my favorites is the body scrub called ‘Richesse des sous-Bois’, I use tis scrub once a week and it really gives you a clean velvet skin. I can keep talking about Maison Caulieres and my experience with it, but I think it is time for you to try it out after reading this blog.

 

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