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Eating your way to being local, from island to mountain

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Berlin, December 19, 2012 – When in Rome, do–and and most importantly eat–as Romans do.

On these four exclusive journeys, you may not suddenly become fluent in the native languages but you will know how to point to your favorites on the menu. www.designhotels.com/specials/mbo_experiences

Baltic Bliss in Germany 
Hailed the Capri of the North, Ruegen’s pretty coast has attracted many emperors and Romantics for some relaxation and inspiration. It also stirred architect Moritz Lau-Engehausen to take on the pleasure of running CERÊS after he designed and built it. The property offers a panoramic view of the island’s velvety white sand beaches and glistening blue water. Apart from enjoying a four-course “Island Cuisine” dinner every night, take a flight to the famous White Chalk Cliffs before hopping on a boat for another perspective. End the dreamy day with a sea salt scrub and warm hydromassage in the thalassotherapy tub at the state-of-the-art SENSO SPA.
 
Self-contained playground in Soelden
When the owner of the hotel is a local deep-snow and synchronized skiing hero, you know the atmosphere will be adrenaline-fueled. Sigi Grüner’s Bergland Hotel Soelden is definitely the place to be if you want to carve down some of Austria’s highest peaks. From unique hikes with a true Oetztal valley local to spending nights in the Wellness Suite with pinewood and cozy bedding made from Tyrolean wool, you’re insured an immersive experience. Throw in the gourmet half-board with regional specialties and access to the Sky Spa and après-ski begins to sound a whole lot more exciting.    
 
Boat fishing in Barcelona
The rooftop infinity pool at Grand Hotel Central may be the talk of the town, but owner Pau Guardans has some more tricks up his sleeve. Besides ensuring that the open-plan lobby is bustling with life, both local and foreign, he is also the best insider guide to the hotel’s vibrant El Born neighborhood. The highlight here is a fishing trip in a lovely Menorquina boat where expert fishermen will ensure you return with lots of delicacies of the sea. These treasures will promptly be turned into a gourmet dinner by the team of two-Michelin-starred chef Ramon Freixa, including two courses, dessert and wine, at Ávalon Restaurant & Café, specializing in modern Mediterranean cuisine.
 
Beachfront in Bali
With just five bedrooms, Luna2 Private Hotel is already very select. A VIP pick-up to this retro modern luxury by owner Melanie Hall makes it all the more so and that’s just the beginning. The full-service 24-person staff is ever-ready to make all your wishes come true, including food overseen by Chef Brenden Peace. The culinary delights also include a share-style dinner at local hotspot Mama San and a Balinese feast with fire dancers. Take your own gourmet picnic on a helicopter ride and tour through the UNESCO World Heritage site – Jatiluwih rice terraces and the magnificent temples in Tabanan Regency. For families, a babysitter is always at hand should you need it.

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