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Top 5 Asian city hotel retreats

Cities provide a landscape where it often feels like the world converges: a place that brings together people from all over the state, region, country or even the world, in a unique environment, resulting in a buzzing atmosphere that is bursting at its seams with creativity and a constant stream of new ideas: from culture […]

Short stay: Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, California, USA

Short stay: Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, California, USA

Housed in a decidedly commercial building, the Mandarin Oriental San Francisco might, at first glance, lack the character of some of the city’s other finer hotels, but, with a traditionally warm smile housed in the chain’s Asian roots, infused with the calmly unique nature of this fine American city, the hotel retains not only a very […]

Short stay: The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, California, USA

Short stay: The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, California, USA

There is something about grand finance buildings built in the late-19th and early-20th century, later reconverted into luxury hotels, that just brings out the best of architecture. The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, located in upscale Nob Hill and opened in 1991 following an extensive renovation, is no different. Perched atop one of the city’s most famous […]

Short stay: Taj Campton Place, San Francisco, USA

Short stay: Taj Campton Place, San Francisco, USA

San Francisco has many unique districts, but its beating heart is the small square-ish block of Union Square. Pitting luxe designer stores against boutique outfits, high-end restaurants against cafes, delis and brasseries, and art galleries against museums, the centre is abuzz with tourists and locals alike; and smack-bang in the middle of the Union Square […]

Flying Club Bauhinia and business class with Hong Kong Airlines

Flying Club Bauhinia and business class with Hong Kong Airlines

Increasingly in the modern market, an airline is judged not only by its business and first class, but also by its private or members’ lounge at various airports – most certainly for short-haul trips, where time spent in the aircraft itself is minimal. A new VIP lounge – Club Bauhinia – situated near Gate 23 at […]

Special feature: Andara Resort & Villas, Phuket, Thailand

Special feature: Andara Resort & Villas, Phuket, Thailand

Commonly referred to as ‘Millionaire’s Mile’ in Phuket, Thailand, the Kamala headland that juts out westward comprising the areas of Surin and Kamala is justifiably nicknamed such for the slew of luxurious resorts and private villas that dot the coast. Andara Resort & Villas epitomises the best of upscale Kamala and Phuket, with a series […]

Armani/Aqua - Salt Discovery Six Course Experience Menu

Armani/Aqua – Salt Discovery Six Course Experience Menu

Salt. It’s the single most important ingredient in a chef’s repertoire, and one of the oldest methods of curing and preserving, and the seasoning of food is arguably the important aspect of cooking or processing of food. And yet, it’s an incredibly under-emphasised ingredient. There is much more to salt and its use in food than […]

Asia's top 7 alternative suites

Asia’s top 7 alternative suites

Booking a Presidential suite is the ultimate in luxury, for those that can afford it. But suites at a level or two below the Presidential suite often offer a staggering array of luxuries, from oversized space to private terraces to personalised service, at a (relative) fraction of the Presidential suite cost. Check out these alternative […]

Million dollar views: 6 of the world’s best resort views

Million dollar views: 6 of the world’s best resort views

Following on from our previous series where we looked at the world’s best city hotel views, we now turn our attention to the world’s most jaw dropping resort views. While city views are entirely dependent on mankind’s ability to build structures and turn buildings into art and entire cityscapes into neon-lit bright reflections of a […]

Top 5 business lunches in Hong Kong

Top 5 business lunches in Hong Kong

Business lunches are often used as an excuse to hold informal meetings with corporate clients and splurge on the account, all while enjoying a fine meal, a comforting and often sophisticated environment and good company. With Hong Kong’s traditional business centre relatively constrained within Central and Tsim Sha Tsui, there are a plethora of upscale […]

Special feature: Amanfayun, Hangzhou, China

Special feature: Amanfayun, Hangzhou, China

When Marco Polo visited the ancient Chinese city and former capital of the Song dynasty of Hangzhou in the late 13th century, he christened the city: “beyond dispute the finest and noblest in the world.” Part of an old Chinese saying transliterated reads: “there is paradise in heaven, on earth there is Hangzhou,” marking Hangzhou as […]

Hutong, Hong Kong – 10th anniversary special menu

Hutong, Hong Kong – 10th anniversary special menu

In an ever-changing city where most restaurants last five or six years, celebrating a 10 year anniversary means you must be doing something right. Hutong, Aqua Restaurant Group’s northern Chinese restaurant just one floor below their flagship restaurant-cum-bar, Aqua, in the sail-shaped One Peking, is a jaw-dropping expansive space with a curved high-ceiling window that […]

5 hotels to watch the sun rise

5 hotels to watch the sun rise

“The early bird catches the worm,” as the renowned idiom states. One of the true joys of life is watching the sun rise, slowly lightening the cool, dark dawn with the warm rays of the star that burns brightly in the centre of our solar system. This phenomenon has been the inspiration for many a […]

Top 5 villas in Southeast Asia

Top 5 villas in Southeast Asia

Whether standalone or privately owned as part of a larger development or a resort, multiple-bedroom villas are all the rage for summer holiday bookings and ideal for family, a group of friends, or to host special occasions. For those who have a kid or two, simple hotel rooms or suites just do not bring the […]

3 alternative things to do in Hong Kong

3 alternative things to do in Hong Kong

In a city that is only 1,000 square kilometres, how much can there realistically be to do? Most visitors to Hong Kong scour the city from the Peak, shop till their hearts drop and eat well (click here to read our Top 10 European Restaurants in Hong Kong), but after your stomachs are full and […]

Special feature: Sheraton Macao Hotel, Macau

Special feature: Sheraton Macao Hotel, Macau

In Macau, the Las Vegas of the East, bigger is better. Going by that simple judgement, the 3,896 room Sheraton Macao Hotel on the Cotai Strip, the largest Sheraton in the world, is one of the city’s top hotels. But there is more to this sprawling behemoth than meets the eye. Underneath the overlapping layers […]

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