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Intercontinental Hotel Düsseldorf

As I travel around the world I always try to find the Hotels with the best location and comfort..…. So when traveling to Dusseldorf this time I decided to stay at the Intercontinental Dusseldorf. They invited me to try out one of their new suites as they just did a major renovation. The timing was perfect as I was planning to do some Christmas shopping in Germany, plus the Intercontinental is located on the main shopping street called königsallee. I totally loved the neighborhood!

My room was really spacious although I they booked the ‘Executive room’ for me. That huge bed was amazing to just rest in after long days of photo shoots, meetings and shopping. And no, they didn’t have a complimentary Hermes goodie bag on the bed, that was some shopping I left there, haha.

(The Bathroom)

There was plenty of space in some really original storage designs that I assume vary from room to room. My room actually had an extra room which was the walk-in closet, including a seat to select my outfits on a comfortabel way.

(The Walk in closet was a big plus)

The bathroom was very spacious including a tub, rainshower and a seperate shower plus a spacious sink to storage all my beauty products. A big plus was the huge mirror which is rare in Hotels these days.

Thank you for having me Intercontinental Dusseldorf!

More information about the Intercontinental Hotel

Click here

Laurent

Traveling fast and productive with Thalys

Hi Guys,

Hoping you are all doing well! As you all might have seen i am traveling often for my work. Before booking or planning to go to events shootings and so on, I always check the most fast way of transportation. As Paris is one of my favorite cities to go to and the city where most of my clients are located it’s obvious that i choose to travel the fastest way. I will tell you more about this way of travelling in this blog

First of all traveling with the Thalys high-speed train has many pro’s, especially when you travel in the Premium class of thalys like i did. This includes more spacious seats and has own catering. What i like about traveling by train is that it allows me to work in silent as i can work on my laptop and have phone calls without disturbed. Depending on the time you will get either lunch, diner or breakfast serviced. There is also an own bar located in the cabin.

The pro’s are:

  • Fast WIFI
  • Catering
  • Spacious seats ( Offers more privacy)
  • A taxi can be booked by one of the hosts for the arrival destination
  • Daily papers and magazines are there to read ( Vogue etc)

 

Fast

It’s incredible how fast this way of traveling is as it is only 2 hours from my hometown to Paris, the Thalys goes 300km a hour directly to Paris. You will arrive in gare du nord station which is located in the heart of Paris. By Airplane it takes way more time as the airpot is located 1 hour from Paris city centre and has many custom stops.

Conclusion

If you are planning to visit Paris i would suggest to go with Thalys as it is fast, comfortable and drives multiple times a day to Paris. The prices are fair and is worth it. I want to thank Thalys for this oppertunity.

#Sponsored

 

All the best

 

Laurent

Sleeping under the stars at 7 Hotel Paris ****

Hi Guys,

Hoping you are all doing well. I just returned from my trip to Paris which was amazing as always! I always love to go to Paris in Spring and fall, one of the most beautiful seasons in Paris. Anyway let’s go straight to the subject, my Hotel experience in Paris. For this trip i had the opportunity to stay at the 7 Hotel in Paris, a 4 star Boutique Hotel.

A Romantic Boutique Hotel near the Latin Quarter The Hotel Seven offers guests a peaceful retreat from the bustle of the city with its elegantly furnished patio. The cozy wooden-decked inner courtyard features comfortable rattan sofas and armchairs ideal to enjoy a morning coffee, a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap at the end of your long Parisian day. I like that this Hotel is something different from ordinary Hotels, the interior is so modern and the rooms are all different so non of the rooms has the same interior. BIG PLUS the rooms with the star ceilings, it is so elegant and peaceful and makes you relax. The beds are absolutely comfortable and have an overload of pillows which makes it extra comfy!

Even the walls are designed with lights in it which gives the room a very luxurious And romantic touch. I mostly get annoyed by the small bathrooms in Hotels as they are mostly designed for 1 person. Well, In the 7 Hotel there is plenty of space for 2 persons in the rooms. My room had a HUGE rain shower behind the bed with 2 entrances with individual sinks, one for him and one for her. One other aspect that i like about the 7 Hotel is the location. Location is EVERYTHING in Paris and any other city in the world. The metro is right on the block and there are plenty of Ubers to catch in this hip neighborhood. (The Louvre is 10 min by Metro)

 

The breakfast in the 7 Hotel is excellent ans i have no complains about it. I choose to have breakfast in bed as i like to wake up slowly on my trips without company. You can honestly order anything you like and they will check if they have the products in house to prepare the meal! Conclusion: This Hotel is definitely worth booking as you check the comfort, location and luxury touch. The prices are good and really meet the comfort that you get.

 

More information about 7 Hotel Paris 

Website

https://sevenhotelparis.com/en/

 

Best,

 

Laurent

 

 

 

Mercedes C-Class – Starsky Squat

 

 

 

Hey Guys,

As you might have seen, I picked up my brand new Mercedes C-Class last week at the Mercedes-Benz Mechelen dealership. I have the amazing opportunity to test this car for a period! Starsky Belgium made this opportunity possible as a known PR agency for known media figures and Celebrities. Big thanks.

My first impression of the C- Class break was actually very positive as i am personally not a big fan of station wagons. But Mercedes nailed it to make this break so sportive and state of the art because of the modern body game. The C-Class has been on the market for while but it has recently been updated Face lift) with some cool features. First thing you will see is the amazing LED laser lights and the enormous front which make this car a true’Beast.

It has been a week now that i am driving the C-Class and i absolutely have no complaints neither things that I would change about this car. It is efficient, dynamic and elegant in the same time. I named some favorite features below.

Command Online (Live traffic NAVI) (Handy to escape jams)
Full digital cockpit (It gives such a powerful and sportive view)
Sportive exterior
360 Degrees parking camera ( It parks itself)

I could go on and on about the things I like about the car, which I will do for sure in the coming weeks but now it’s time for you to check some photo’s.

 

 

Enjoy

 

Best,

 

Laurent

 

La Bastide de Gordes X Laurent Sebastian

Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone is having a great summer and is enjoying the travel season. I just travelled back to the French Provence to enjoy time with my friends and some business. Honestly if you never been to the Provence I would strongly recommend you to plan it asap. The Provence is even more beautiful and less commercial then the French Riviera. During my holiday here I was lucky to be invited by the 5 star premium Hotel La Bastide de Gordes. This Hotel is completely redone and opened its doors to the public in 2017. The Hotel has an amazing view in the Valey of Gordes and uses the beauty products from Sisley Paris. I had the oppertunity to explore the Spa combined with a lunch and overnight stay. Let’s start with the Sisley Spa.

 

If you book a treatment at the Spa, you can enjoy the relaxation area which offers many facilities including:

  • Outdoor care and treatments, on a private terrace,
  • An exceptional terrace overlooking the Luberon valley,
  • A beautiful indoor pool,
  • A fantastic hammam,
  • A sauna,
  • Sensory showers,
  • A rest area,
  • A tea room,
  • A functional and well-equipped fitness room.

 

 

Lunch at  L’Orangerie

After the Spa i was invited with my team to have lunch at L’Orangerie which is runned by a Chef with three Michelin stars. ( Promising to be very good)! La Bastide de Gordes’s Orangerie restaurant serves meals in typical Provencal style in a bistro setting with a selection of Mediterranean products. Alternatively, you dine in the open air on the Orangerie’s veranda. The restaurant has a unique ambiance thanks to its ceiling with exposed beams, large windows and the surrounding greenery, all in keeping with our 5 Star Luxury Hotel’s reputation. We started the Lunch with a class of champagne followed with an Octopussy starter. This actually had a great taste and it was my first time that i ate octopussy.  The second meal was a sea bass with traditional seasonal spices, for me it was to much spices as the flavor of the Salmon was completely gone. The dessert was lovely as it was traditional French pastry, i am telling you this was amazing. ( See Photo’s). Lunch at L’Orangerie guarantees a pure gastronomic treat.

 

 

Little snacks before starting with the entree .

The lunch included a starter Octopussy with local vegtables from the French Provence. This was a very tastefull starter as the octopus had a crispy touch. After that we got a sea bass which was finished with local spices and and local vegtables aswell. The dessert was a cake with a vanille inside which was heaven on earth to be honest! The texture was soft and it just melt on your tongue. And ofcourse we finished this dessert with a lovely espresso.

 

 

The view & Conclusion

The view from the Spa and L’Orangerie is just outstanding. It has so much peace and it gives you this extra feeling of privacy. The staff at the L’Orangerie bistro is on a next level and really wants to you give you an outstanding experience. You can really notice that they know what dishes they are serving and which wine could fit with the dish you are eating. We really had the best view from our table and I personally could not have wished for more. See the photo’s below for more view impressions at L’Orangerie and the Sisley Spa. My overal experience was good, the lunch was very nice and the staff there really did a good job. However i did notice that the management here has really problems with communication and satisfy customers. They do try to charge you for several things which are not really common such as welcoming drinks. Apart from that the staff in the Spa was not the best in hosting guests or welcoming you. ( This must change as customers are paying big money for the Spa and a Hotel room). A member of my team is a resedential in this village and was not treated in the best way. But overal this was just a small issue we did enjoy our day together.

Outfit Details

Polo by: Drycorn

Pants: Nikolaj D’Etoiles

Bag: Hermes birkin HAC

( Click on the brands to get more information)

 

Hotel Links

L’Orangerie

Spa Sisley

Hotel La Bastide de Gordes

Or follow my experience by #ACmemories on Instagram

 

 

Hope you liked this blogpost

 

Best,

 

Laurens

Elite Hotel Carolina tower Stockholm

Hey everyone!

 

Last week i made a visit to Stockholm for some press events and business meetings. One of the events was Brilliant minds a very known event, but more about this soon. Finding a Hotel is always a struggle for me as i am picky on location etc. Prior to a big event such as Brilliant minds in Stockholm most Hotels can be fully booked or overpriced. But i managed to find this very beautiful luxurious Hotel in Stockholm.

 

Elite Hotel Carolina Tower recently opened the doors to the public, one of the most luxurious Hotels of the Elite of Sweden Group. The first of its premium-brand properties due to be rolled out in key locations in Sweden. The Carolina tower by Elite Hotels of Sweden feuture the latest intelligent room technology including a flat screen smart TV and indoor closet lightning.

Luxury features include a super comfortable XL sized bed, rainfall shower and a big mirror in the bathroom. The shower products are al from Rituals. The overal look in the room is completed with oak flooring and finely detailed with velvet interior pieces. The room also includes a Nespresso machine to start the day right!

 

The energetic city life of Stockholm is just a sneek outside of your window, if you peak down from your chair or bed you can spy the highway and a beautiful skyline view of the city. Ps. my room was located on the 15th floor. On the 16th floor is a very modern fitness and a sauna/spa spot surrounded by glas to see the amazing view over the city. After a long day of meetings and events this was my spot to be zen and enjoy a silent moment for myself. The great thing about the Hotel is that the rooms are entirely soundproof and the windows let in allot of light but no noise. This is all beneficial for a great nightrest and a break from the croud down there. Elite Hotel Carolina Tower is easy to reach by metro ( 5 minutes from city centre) or 10 minutes by bus.

 

 

The Hotel includes a great Restaurant which is called Haga Bottega. The new Mediterranean-and Italien restaurant situated in Stockholm’s most growing and beautiful community Hagastaden. It is located on the ground floor next to the reception. Haga Bottega serves traditional Italian dishes combined with Mediterranean creations for breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. It has a very modern but vintage look which makes it very comfortable and welcoming. They offer a wide range of healthy dishes including several vegetararian ones. The best thing is that they also have a cocktail bar with almost every cocktail available. The ambiance is perfect as you can choose to sit more private or central. The service is asolutely great as the staff truly loves to have a personal talk and wants to make sure your comfi. Haga Bottega is the best option to have a diner as the restaurants near the Hotel are more fast food ketens. 

 

 

You can find more information about Haga Bottega here

The sunset is just breathtaking and you can enjoy it from the comfort of your bed if you’re not, like me taking a moment of Photos! 🙂 . This is truly a lovely hotel for your weekend getaway, whether it’s for shopping, a citytrip or a break from the working life. I had a great stay in the Hotel as it has a perfecty balanced ambiance and so much comfort and luxury to offer.

 

 

 

Find out more about the Elite of Sweden Caroline tower here

 

Hope you enjoyed this post

 

Best,

 

Laurent

 

Thalys X Laurent Sebastian

Hey Guys,

Hope you are all doing well! Sorry for not posting new blogposts, but my travel schedule is crazy at the moment.  That’s also the reason why this blogpost is about the ‘Thalys’ the high-speed train. In collaboration with  Thalys we booked a press trip to Paris. As most of you know I often visit Paris for business and for the amazing pastries! I have traveled to Paris in every way possible such as plane, car and train. The first two options were not the best. By car it takes you hours and eventually you will get into a big traffic jam in Paris. By plane you will have to check in 2 hours beforehand and you are limited in carry-on luggage. Plus you have to go through customs with all your luggage and be in a line for hours. The Thalys also has customs but they are not active on every train destination.  (As train stations are already heavily secured)

 

The great advantages of Thalys Premium class

  • Fast Wifi
  • Personal catering
  • Daily papers and magazines ( Catching up with the latest gossips and news)
  • Taxi service ( The crew can make a reservation for a taxi to pick you up at the destination)
  • Acces to The Thalys lounges ( A big plus as you can relax there before departure and by arrival to have more privacy and relax)
  • Comfort seats 
  • Privacy

My departure was from Antwerp- Central station which is a pretty cool station with beautiful architecture. The great thing about traveling with Thalys is that you have to be at the station 15 minutes before departure. It takes about 2 hours to get into Paris from Antwerp with the Thalys. Paris (Gare de Nord) is really central located. The whole trip to Paris was very relaxed, the catering was good and I could work on my laptop in all privacy. By arrival in Paris the taxi was waiting for us as Thalys booked our taxi in advance. I can really recommended this as it saves you time and stress

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The catering is actually pretty good as Thalys offers a wide range of healthy dishes. In the train itself there is also a bar where you can buy snacks or drinks in case you want to stretch your legs.

 

I want to thank Thalys for the press trip in Premium class and the great service.

 

If you are planning to visit Paris click here to see Thalys tickets.

 

All best,

 

Laurent

Nobis Hotel Stockholm X Laurent Sebastian

Hey guys!

As you have seen in my last blogpost i was in Stockholm last week for Kronaby Sweden. The launch of a new collection and the reveal of the new global ambassador were central in this trip! What i want to share with you in this blogpost is the amazing Hotel that hosted me during my business trip in Stockholm. The Nobis Hotel which is one of the best premium Hotels out there. Nobis Hotel is located in the very heart of the city centre.  The perfect place for international business travellers and gourmet seekers. The hotel is a living space where the scenery is designed for each moment of the day.

Upon arriving at the Nobis Hotel there was a welcoming gift waiting for me from the Kronaby family. A brand new watch from the new collection for 2018! I first thought it was a gift from the Nobis Hotel as it really matched the interior lol..:)

( The Room)

The spaces which are really a highlight in this Hotel are the lobby and the gold bar. The bar is in a black and gold theme and has mirrors throughout the whole space, which makes it very cool! The lobby is something completely different, it represents silence and peace as it is full with daylight. The interiors are not loud, flamboyant or self-righteous, but toned-down and discreet.

( Arsante of Sweden document bag)

The fully equipped gym has daylight and views over the atrium. Walls are held in light colours with turquoise curtains overlooking one of the two courtyards of the hotel. I started my mornings in the gym to maintain my routine that i have back home, and would finish it with a sauna session to start the day off right.

The relaxation area is equipped with both dry and steam sauna in white carrera marble. Facial treatments and massages are available for guests staying in the hotel and initially held in the guest rooms. What i loved about my own room is the fully marble bathroom. It looked absolutely luxurious and timeless and it gives you this spa feeling with luxury products from Byredo.

 

I would really recommend this Hotel if you are planning to come to Stockholm. It has so much comfort and luxury to offer for a city trip.

 

Hope you enjoyed this blogpost

 

All the best

 

Laurent

 

#Connectednotdistracted Kronaby x Matias Varela

 

Hey Guy,

It has been a while since I wrote a new article here due my many trips and projects. But I am very excited about this article as last weekend has been an absolute great one. I was flown in to Stockholm (Sweden), it was my first time ever in Stockholm. I was there for the new campaign #Connectednotdistracted of Kronaby and to meet their new Global Ambassador! Of course I knew who it was but we could not reveal it before the 19th of April… Kronaby is part of Anima, a company specializing in purposefully designed smart, connected products. They created a timepiece that honors their love for classic watches. On the outside, it’s an authentic and beautiful timepiece made of materials and components that will stand the test of time. Its magic lies on the inside: They created a movement that can do more than just keep time.  And I worked with Kronaby Sweden for about a year now as i think their story and focus is exceptional.

 

Once arrived in Stockholm city I checked in at the Nobis Hotel, which is a 5 star Hotel and i think one of the best ones out there. ( More about this ony blog later) Upon arrival in the suite I found a new Kronaby watch waiting for me, the new ss18 model! In the evening it was time to finally meet the Kronaby family and the brand ambassador. The venue for the night was Dramaten (The Royal Dramatic Theatre ) a very elegant place. Once arrived at Dramaten it was time to meet Matias Varela the ambassador for Kronaby, you might know this talented actor from the series Narcos on Netflix. This was the big reveal of Matias as he is the new face and ambassador for Kronaby!  It was so cool and interesting chatting with him, his humor and down to earth personality really made it easy to talk about private and business life. Once chatting around with Matias and some other bloggers from different parts of the world, it was time to start seeing the campaign that the Kronaby family and Matias Varela have worked on. #Connectednotdistracted stands for living in the presence. We are all so focused on our smartphones that we forget to actually enjoy the moments with friends or family. Since social media took a huge part in our society it really got us distracted from the reality. Kronaby watches made it possible to filter your notifications from your phone to avoid unnecessary time in your screen. Think about personalized notifications who make it able to make photo’s with one press on the button of the watch, or picking up phone calls. I use the features step counter and find my location as I sometimes cross locations who are great to shoot for the future.

 

 

We had a great 4 diner course with a lovely table setting to chat with other bloggers and press. I had the luck to sit with the Kronaby family itself which was as nice as we used to communicate on email before (Without having a face in front of you). After diner it was time to have some drinks at the open bar and mingle with the crowd! I think the night ended at 1pm, because we had a busy day after such as shooting content and a lunch with the Kronaby family at the Strand. This is a nice venue located in the very heart of Stockholm. (Harbor).

The kronaby event in Stockholm was a really great experience to never forget. The team is lovely and i’ve met so many people with great stories. It really felt like a close family with same interests. Unfortunately I was not able to discover all parts of Stockholm as I had a busy schedule with business partners and the Kronaby family. But for sure I will return any time soon.

All photo’s are made by: @emmagrann / @studioemmasvensson

The outfit that I worn on the photos is by:

Shirt : Hugo Boss

Jacket : Rock & Blue Sweden

Belt : Louis vuitton

Watch: Kronaby

Loafers: Aristocrats

 

Hope you enjoyed this post

 

Laurent

 

 

Arsante of Sweden and traveling

Hey guys,

 

As you might have noticed it has been a while since I wrote a blogpost here. Lately I have been incredible busy with projects and travels. One of them was the Marathon of Paris but I will tell you more about that later on my blog. What is really important in this blogpost is the travel luggage. Because I personally dislike to carry too much with me during travels and even on a casual day I don’t want to carry too much with me.

 

I always had one of my Louis Vuitton Keepalls with me in the past, because they are multifunctional and it matches with every outfit. The disadvantage of this bag is that you get jealous faces sometimes and perhaps attract attention from people with wrong intentions (Especially on International train stations). It made me think of using other bags for these situations to keep a low profile instead of wearing my Louis Vuitton and Hermes bags, I discovered Arsante of Sweden a Swedish brand who provides the finest quality in luxury briefcases, handbags and accessories. One thing that I imediately discovered was the eye for detail, each bag comes with a dust bag and box. This gives it a timeless and luxurious twist. You can really tell Arsante of Sweden has a good old on the go luxury bag where comfortable style has materialized in design dominated by clean shapes, minimalism, and excellent quality. A funny detail is that he silver pullers on these bags are exclusively handcrafted from vintage airplanes.

 

I could really feel and see the honest use of the best letter in the world. It’s very genuine leather and will last for a lifetime. Timeless, ascetic elegance is a sophisticated element to your work life. And the most important the bags are low profile and only the experts will see that this is an absolute luxe bag. I have 2 different models from Arsante of Sweden, one document bag and a weekender. The weekender is as convenient for me as it has one big silver zipper which makes it possible to open the bag fully until the bottom from every side. It has 2 little compartments in it for your phone or documents whilst traveling. The document bag is something completely else, it has space for your MacBook and small compartments for your phone and working stuff. This bag is as good as it offers you different compartments to organize your daily stuff and it keeps your documents in shape without cracks.. My final thought about my new Arsante of Sweden bags is that i couldn’t wish for a better adition to my bags collection. It gives you luxury and also all comfort to make you use the bag on the daily base, that’s best from both worlds.

 

Information about my bags:

 

The Classic document bag.

Click here for information.

Luxury handmade leather classic bag

Click here for information

 

 

Hope you liked this post and i will try to post some more the next weeks!

 

All the best

 

Laurent

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