The Rooses

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The Rooses are a wanderlust laden family of four. Chris and Tanja both work passionately for Nectar & Pulse and their two sons, Jonathan and Victor, come along on every journey, be it near or far. The Rooses love contrasts and discovering the world in all its different aspects. They are deeply in love with each other and their adventurous (and often crazy) life.

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Perfect 24 hours Kos

Blue skies. Sun is shining. I gently wake up at recently opened beautiful Casa Cook which lies right by the beach of Marmari, North/West of the island Kos. Read more about this beautiful hotel here. What could be a better start into a Greek day full of adventure ahead, than a refreshing morning swim in the private pool right in front my suite together with an espresso ? Being fully awake with this kick start I head to the Beach Club to have some very tasty breakfast with many local seasonal products, grown just minutes away. Being here I want to explore as much as possible and start with horse riding at the beach! A long dream come true. I get picked up at the hotel by the father of daughter Erika who runs Erikas Horse Farm. It’s a 10 minutes drive from the hotel and on the way the charming original Greek tells me some of his life wisdoms which I love! The farm is beautifully made with some other animals, very nice staff and looked after horses. I enjoy the one hour tour on the beach and even manage to get into the water with the horse. (You have to know, I am a complete beginner :). After that it’s time for a speed boat tour with some other guests and hotel owner Gabriel Karathomas. He’s born on Kos and recommends some of the best spots around. We head to one of the neighbour islands Leros. It’s a beautiful old fisher island and according to Gabriel ‘as Greeks as it gets.’ We go and buy some traditional Greek sweet at Sweet Leros and enjoy some café frappé at El Greco. Other beautiful islands close are Asproníssi and Lypsee. The White Islands is the place where we go snorkeling. It’s so picturesque and the water is turquoise and crystal clear. Hungry from swimming we continue to have lunch at Di Laila on Lipsi Island. A small tavern which became a family affair after the first hippies arrived at the island in the 70ties: “My Mom cooked, my dad did the heavy jobs and I and my sister worked in the service.” says passionate owner Christodoulos Gambieris. A colorful tasty place you have to go!
Seeing all surfers on the beach of Casa Cook Hotel I want to go surfing myself. It’s a while ago but with the great surf teachers from Fun2Fun Windsurf, Kite&Catesailing Center I’m pretty fast back on the board. Soooo much fun. Try yourself! After that I have a SPA appointment back at the hotel – a heavenly Ayurvedic massage. I also highly recommend their SPA workshops where you can make your own oil and herb infused honey. Later i
n the evening we head to the nearby old mountain village Zia to enjoy the view – you feel it’s a place full of history and the views are just breathtaking. Taverna Zia is a nice place to go. Another great restaurant is Lofaki. Enjoy offbeat Kos!


Casa Cook KosCasa Cook Kos, Kos, Marmari, 853 00, Griechenland

A hotel dream come true: right by the beach, hide-away feeling, beautiful design, laid-back luxury.
Erikas Horse FarmErikas Horse Farm, Μαρμάρι, Ελλάδα

Enjoy a guided sunset horse riding session on the beach. An experience you will never forget.
LerosLeros, Kalimnos, Greece

A beautiful very original island next to Kos: As Greek as it gets!
Sweet LerosSweet Leros ~ Γλυκειά Λέρος, Ελλάδα

An authentic bakery where you can get tradtional Greek sweets and see how the traditional houses look like.
El GrecoPanteli Beach Hotel, Leros, Greece

Enjoy a Greek café frappé right by the beach together with some sweets from Sweet Leros.
White IslandsLipsi Island, Dodekanes, Greece

Near Lipsi island you find the White Islands. Beautiful for snorkeling and swimming with turquoise water.
Di LailaKatsadia Bay, Lipsi Island, Dodekanes, Greece

A family run restaurant with great Hippie vibe and authentic Greek food.
Fun2Fun Windsurf, Kite&Catesailing CenterMarmari Beach, Marmari, 853 00, Greece

A very friendly surfschool for some fun in the water run by a Swiss couple Dominique & Nadine.
Mountain village ZiaZia, Kos, Greece

From this little mountain you get the perfect view over Kos especially for sunsets.
Taverna Zia No StressTaverna Zia (No stress), Κως, Ελλάδα

Romantic ambience great food.
LofakiAgios Nektarios, Kos - Ciudad 853 00, Griechenland

Very delicious food topped with a stunning view.
Totally relaxed and fullfilled in Greece.
As Greek as it gets: Leros
Ready for snorkeling at White Islands.
Living the Greek dream.
Hippie vibe at Da Laila.
  • Saying hi to old fishing village Leros.
  • Sweet Leros – the place where you get your authentic Greek sweets.
  • A perfect day: speedboating to hidden islands.
  • A family run charming restaurant: Di Laila.
  • On island Lipsi.
  • Paréa! With some beautiful souls and owner of Casa Cook Hotel: Gabriel Karathomas
  • Gia Mas
  • This color!
  • Kitesurfing at Marmara beach.
  • Fun2Fun surf school.
  • Hello cutie. Ready for some horse riding at the beach.
  • And in the ocean!
  • Casa Cook Kos: a new hotel directly on the beach for the independent traveller.

Our thoughts about Kos

What do you love about your destination?

I have always been in love with Greece. The white washed houses, the pretty islands, blue ocean and laid-back people. It was my first time at Kos and I wasn’t disappointed.

What‘s a "must do" in your destination?

Do everything from my guide and you will have a great time! Plus: sleep at Casa Cook Kos.

A boutique beach resort which ticks all the boxes! Highly recommended. :)
Time to discover some hidden gems.
Totally blown away by the beauty of authentic island Leros.
Getting to know some locals and seeing how they live and work: Sweet Leros.
This is Bella!
Making some lasting memories.
And friends at Surfschool Fun2Fun.
Yay! Back on the board.
Enjoying the view from above.
Great place. Great people.
Enjoying the last sunset at Casa Cook Hotel Kos.
And buying some beautiful items at their store.
So thankful for being alife and experiencing amazing places like this. Thank you Kos!

Take a vacation into Our life

What’s your background?

We are a family of four currently based in Berlin but we love to go on adventures near and far. Tanja (with both Swedish and Austrian roots) started Nectar & Pulse in 2010. Chris (originally from Hamburg) and Tanja met in 2011, fell in love, got married, and became parents to their beloved kids, Jonathan and Victor. Chris worked for BMW and holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering but switched over to working at Nectar & Pulse in 2015. We are soulmates with a shared love for family, business, travel, transformation, fashion, music, exceptional hotels and wonderful places made with love. From luxury trips to getting up close and personal with nature and locals, we love it all. Come along and follow us! ☺ We love to show you the world from our perspective.

What is the best moment of the day?

Oh so many, but mostly the tiny little moments in between, when we realise we’re living the life we always dreamed of.

What inspires you?

People of all kinds. Smart people, happy people, passionate people, funny people, successful people, small people (=kids ☺ ), old and wise people, people who dare to be pioneers and do something really well or love to do it.

Travelling. Nature. Sex. Urbanity. Fashion. Photography. Music. Films.

Each other. Love.

How would a good friend describe you?

Soulmates who just HAD to meet! Make babies, business and life together. ☺

Your lifestyle in 5 words?

Love. Family. Business. Wanderlust. Nectar&Pulse.

Which books, newspapers or magazines do you read?

Books by: Haruki Murakami, Susan Sontag, Amelie Nothomb, Martin Suter, Thomas Bernhard, António Lobo Antunes, Benedict Wells.

Books about: Entrepreneurs, business stories, photography, brands, design. Biographies.

Magazines: brandeins, Zeit magazine, sz-Magazine, Vogue, Stern, Monocle, Interview, i-D, 032, Travel Almanac, the gentlewomen, Another Man, Harvard Business Manager, Business Punk, New York Times Mag, Kinfolk, Cereal, Vanity Fair, AD, The Weekender, Numéro, apartamento, Suitcase, Elle Traveller.

Newspapers: Zeit, FAZ, SZ, New York Times.

Online: Zeit, Spiegel, Monocle, Refinery29, Huffington Post, New York Times, Guardian, Twitter, Harvard Business, Süddeutsche,..

Blogs: Mit Vergnügen, A Cup of Jo, Little Years, Journelles, Man Repeller, bleubird, Mother Mag, Romy and the bunnies, Lillies and León, Primer & Lacquer, This is Jane Wayne, Daily Dose, ohhhhmhhhh...

Which films blow your mind?

Films: City of God, most by Quentin Tarantino, Lost in Translation, Magnolia, Before Sunset, Schmetterling und Taucherglocke, Woody Allen Films, Ziemlich beste Freunde, Nowhere Boy, Peaceful Warrior, Margarete Steiff, Into the Wild, Interstellar, Darjeeling Limited, Blow, Das Leben der Anderen, Victoria, Wer früher stirbt ist länger tot, Gegen die Wand, die Verurteilten, Der Pate, Forrest Gump, Grand Budapest Hotel, Garden State, Wie ein einziger Tag, Amelie, Her, Babel, Herr der Ringe, 12 years a slave, Wall Street, Die Kinder des Monsieur Mathieu, Entdeckung der Unendlichkeit, Twice Born,...

Series: True Detective, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Love, Chef's Table, Homeland, Die Brücke, Narcos, Mad Men, Suits, Last Chance U, The Affair,...

Person you’d like to sit next to in an airplane?

Each other.

What are your favourite destinations around the globe?

Sweden, Iceland, California, Austria, Walchensee, Japan, Lago Maggiore, Italy, New York, Maldives, Berlin, Hamburg,...wherever loved ones are.

Your life philosophy?

You only live once — make it a grand journey. Taste the NECTAR. Feel the PULSE.

Suitcase, Backpack or Weekender?

All three. Tanja: Suitcase. Chris: Weekender. Boys: Backpack. ☺

Travelling is…

broaden our horizons.

Life is…

a fulfilling journey.

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