? Most beautiful place on Earth: For a long time, I was vouching for Bora Bora or the Maldives till I saw Isle de pines in New Caledonia, and it’s so close to New Zealand. Mind-blowing beauty with waters of so many shades of blue like Bora Bora but more character. I can’t deny that Bellagio in Como and St Paul de Vance in Cote D’Azur haven’t left a strong mark in my memories too. Most beautiful country: Malta. Every country has beautiful places and cities but I have never seen a whole country with so many different faces, all of them beautiful in their own right. Rich in history, culture and architecture, it’s a joy for the heart and mind to visit all three islands of this little country: Malta, Gozo and Comino. The average spend there, is 50 Euros per day. I could have the breakfast in Valletta which is a UNESCO World heritage city with a massive number of historical buildings and it feels like Italy or France. Afternoon walking on the narrow cobble-stones street of the silent old City and my mind would be transported to 1001 Arabian nights or enjoy a modern evening vibe in St. Julian – a very cosmopolitan city. It’s the new IN place to go for the rich people from what I have heard, funny that it’s so cheap - almost everybody can afford the beauty of it. Places I would never return: Alexandria, Egypt and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I enjoyed Cairo in Egypt and Siem Reap in Cambodia, but I really can’t bring myself to go back to any of these places it’s like once it’s done its done. Underrated places: Budapest, Istanbul, Langkawi, Saranda, Malta, Taormina, Rhodes, I would love to go back in these cities. Overrated places: Bora Bora, Cancun, Marseille, Zurich, St Tropez – there are so many other options out there that I find way better. It’s good to have a look at them but for me the hype didn’t match the reality.
Best place to go for Spring: Barcelona. The mix of Mediterranean culture with the Latin blood is irresistible. Drinking sangria, enjoying modernist landmarks, shopping on La Rambla for new items or enjoying food from Mercado de La Boqueria, it’s energising. Best place to go for Summer: I can’t decide between the south of Albania, the Greek Islands or Croatia. For the ones who haven’t tried it, those three places give you the vibe that Ibiza/Saint Tropez has but more relaxed and affordable. Amazing summer parties, astonishing blue crystal waters, music in the air, good fun, lots of adventures and bikinis everywhere. They are made for Summer. Best place to go in for Autumn: Paris. Nothing compares with Paris on an autumn day. It’s just pure magic. Best place to go for Winter: ueenstown NZ and Innsbruck Austria. Both these places transform during winter like a fairy-tale land. The harmony between nature and handmade landscapes is almost majestic. You have to pinch yourself to understand the surrounding is real. Favourite place to relax: Thailand, Koh Samui. The nicest people, not so crowded like the other islands, and beautiful white beaches with a city to entertain yourself during the night. Favourite place to go: Italy. An absolutely must go: Italy. No words – it has it all
Places that deserve their good name: Paris, Montecarlo, Nice, Vegas, Ubud, Rome, Venice, Val Paraiso, Hong Kong, Positano & Cinque Terre, Amalfi coast, ueenstown, Amsterdam, Seoul, New York, Bangkok, Vienna, Dubai and many many others. These are the places that you get what you expect. Unique experiences: Iceland and Cappadocia. They both are so majestic and mystic that you must give in to the place. So, after all of this travel and with so many more countries to check off their list, I ask Ina and Stuart the inevitable question, which is your favourite City? And they answer as you would expect and with such joy.
‘We love Auckland. We have seen so many other Cities and they are all beautiful but Auckland is still our first c oice en it comes to ere e ant to i e and ro our ife and business t s so beautifu , ad anced in man a s, untouc ed in so man ot ers t s t e best of bot or ds and t e p ace e o e to ca ome You only need to follow Ina’s Instagram page to enjoy her passion for life, food and travel and she shares many other tips to help you enjoy travel for less. Follow her on @belainaa or visit them at either establishment for an infusion of their travels into their incredible authentic pi a’s or finger licking burgers