Traveler’s Picks

by Kim Alderden

Apr 2014

Kim is PR and social media manager for Piet Boon Bonaire, a magnificent retreat set within the equally impressive Bonaire Island. She is also Creative Consultant for ATP Event Experts and owner of Simply Canvas, a lovely glamping site in the rolling hills of South-West France.

If you could close your eyes and be somewhere else, where would you want to be?

A road trip along the most beautiful scenic routes over the globe, from East to West and from North to South. Accompanied by John, the-love-of-my-life and our daughter who turned 18 this month. So before she spreads her wings an fly… One more intimate Tour d’Amour with just the 3 of us.

The restaurant where you feel at home.

I will visit this for the first time next week, however I am sure this place will be a blass! The magic couple Sergio Herman (Oud Sluis, 3 Michelin Star) and his buddy, mate and right hand Nick Bril are going to run the show. Give it up for The Jane & the Upper Room Bar in Antwerp.

A hotel room that makes you nostalgic.

Whoop… There are a few… A single room at The Cumberland hotel in London, because that’s were our love affaire started… The beautiful room at Palazzo della Fonte in Fiugi nearby Rome because we shaped our future there… Room 25 in Julien in Antwerp because we celebrated a good party with friends & family there… A suite in La Mamounia in Marrakech with garden views and the sound of the Minaret calling in the morning and… I can go on for a while… I am a true hotel addict and love the memories I gather during each and every stay.

A travel you could do over and over again without getting bored.

No doubt about it: sailing in the Caribbean!

A dish that recently surprised you.

Crispy duck salad, the one and only signature one from Hakkasan restaurant, London.

A holiday place from your childhood.

Texel, one of the Dutch islands where I enjoyed my first holiday with my girlfriends.

If a kid asked you to take him/her on a trip, where would that be?

What a nice question, and for sure I bring this kid to our little glamping site in the rolling hills of South West France. Here the kids learn how to make jam, cuddle with little Vietnamese pigs, watch the Milky Way and grill the sweetest marshmellows in the camp fire. Farm life at it’s best at Simply Canvas.

If you could choose a dream place to celebrate, what would that be?

Lunch with friends to celebrate my birthday at Ile PInel, an uninhabited island in front of Orient Bay at St.Martin. Here you find the beach shack Le Karibuni with the best fresh lobster salad I ever tasted. For a wedding? No doubt I choose a stay in the villa of the same name (Karibuni) at Bonaire. Designed by Dutch craftsman Piet Boon. Interior and architecture are 100% in balance with the Caribbean island life of Bonaire.

A view you will never forget.

The view from my room at Hotel Raya on Panarea (Aeolian Islands) over the Stromboli volcano. At night you see the fire sparks in the sky. Amazing!

Your Meraviglia address that can’t be missing from our collection.

For sure this is our villa portfolio Piet Boon Bonaire, member of Design Hotels.

A place you wish it was just round the corner.

Wow, I can think of a few… But my pick is Beijng. I love this Chinese city, have visited lots of times, a friend is living there and if it was around the corner I am sure I enjoyed the Chinese life more.


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