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Short stay: Fairmont Singapore, Singapore

Short stay: Fairmont Singapore, Singapore

Designed by I.M. Pei and opened in 1986 between Marina Bay and the downtown core of Singapore, Fairmont Singapore stands at the crossroads of this colourful, complex nation. Conveniently situated for business, world-class shopping and entertainment, it is just 20 minutes’ drive from Singapore Changi Airport. The welcome I am not sure how they did […]

Special feature: The Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments, London, UK

Special feature: The Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments, London, UK

Anyone who has ever played the famous Monopoly boardgame will already be familiar with the whereabouts of one of our latest stays. The Athenaeum is located in Mayfair, among some of London’s prime real estate, so to have the pleasure of an entire apartment there – rather than just a hotel room – was a […]

Singapore in style… and an introduction to eating fish sperm!

Singapore in style… and an introduction to eating fish sperm!

“This is coconut soup with fish sperm, matsutake mushroom and abalone,” said the waitress. She’d uttered it without so much as batting an eyelid. It took me a while to process what had just been said. Did I really hear that correctly? I checked – and, sure enough, I had. It was my first night […]

Short stay: Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, Japan

Short stay: Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo, Japan

Located in the heart of the city’s Nihonbashi business district and consistently rated one of the finest hotels in Asia, the Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo can be found a short walk from the ‘Bridge of Japan’ from which Nihonbashi takes its name. Situated on the upper floors of the Cesar Pelli-designed Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower, where there […]

Short stay: Aman Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

Short stay: Aman Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

I’d been tipped off on how to get to the new Aman Tokyo on landing at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport: I was to take the monorail from the airport to Hamamatucho and to then take a taxi from there. The first part proved seamless, but the latter not so, with the first three taxi drivers all […]

Special feature: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK

Special feature: Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK

Just before Christmas we decided to have a short getaway in North Yorkshire, staying at the Ox Pasture Hall Hotel, a small country hotel just a few miles out of Scarborough. Not only was this my first time in this part of the country – despite it being only about 3 hours’ drive from home […]

Tokyo: tourism, temples and... toilets!

Tokyo: tourism, temples and… toilets!

The toilet seat in my hotel bathroom lifts as I approach it. It’s warm when I sit down, and it flushes itself once I’ve finished. The lid even closes by itself afterwards should I forget. Yet, despite all this self-automation, I am not exaggerating when I say there are 15 different buttons to control the […]

Short stay: Palais Namaskar, Marrakech, Morocco

Short stay: Palais Namaskar, Marrakech, Morocco

You may have already read the post ‘3 unique yet luxurious experiences in Marrakech‘ which details a handful of the opportunites that came about as a result of attending PURE Life Experiences, a great event that caters specifically for many of the smaller operators within the luxury travel industry. During my time at the conference, […]

3 unique yet luxurious experiences in Marrakech

3 unique yet luxurious experiences in Marrakech

When attending PURE Life Experiences in Marrakech last year, I knew I’d be in for some pleasant surprises. My last visit to the city had been 25 years ago and I was aware there had been many changes, particularly with respect to Marrakech’s luxury offering and with the introduction of a number of high end […]

What’s it like to fly business class with ANA (All Nippon Airways)?

What’s it like to fly business class with ANA (All Nippon Airways)?

ANA (All Nippon Airways) is the largest airline in Japan, a member of Star Alliance, and ranked one of the top 10 airlines in the world. It is one of less than 10 airlines worldwide to currently hold Sytrax’s 5-star rating and has a fleet of more than 230 aircraft, with a coverage of over […]

Heading for Tokyo and Singapore... your recommendations, please!

Heading for Tokyo and Singapore… your recommendations, please!

Next week I shall be travelling to Tokyo and Singapore courtesy of ANA – All Nippon Airways. I’m really looking forward to the trip as it’ll be my first time in each of these destinations. I’ve done a fair bit of reseach, gathering ideas on what to see and do, but obviously I’d like to […]

Ever dreamed of owning your own part of Africa?

Ever dreamed of owning your own part of Africa?

It might seem far-fetched, but have you ever dreamed of owning your own part of African safari real estate? Tucked away in the south-east corner of Botswana – in the heart of Africa – is the Tuli Block, and within you will find a reserve brimming in wildlife. But the magic doesn’t stop there… you […]

14 of my favourite photos from my travels in 2014

14 of my favourite photos from my travels in 2014

2014 was another year filled with interesting opportunities and visits to far-flung places around the world, including trips to China and South Africa, as well as many much closer to home, including a luxury cycling trip in the Scottish Isles in the Summer. Although I still need to hone my photography skills, it’s a hobby […]

9 of London's most iconic views at night

9 of London’s most iconic views at night

SPONSORED FEATURE IN ASSOCIATION WITH AMERICAN EXPRESS London is a city that has seen considerable change in the last 20 years. Of course, many of the capital’s most notable buildings such as St. Paul’s and the Palace of Westminster have been around for centuries, but two decades ago there was no London Eye (completed in […]

10 of the best Christmas menus in London

10 of the best Christmas menus in London

SPONSORED FEATURE IN ASSOCIATION WITH AMERICAN EXPRESS Fed up with turkey and all the trimmings? Christmas is very much upon us but if you’re in London and looking for something a little bit different to the usual festive fayre, then read on for 10 of the best Christmas menus in the capital. This post was […]

Top 10 last minute luxury travel gifts for her this Christmas

Top 10 last minute luxury travel gifts for her this Christmas

Left your gift buying a little late this Christmas? If, like me, you’ve had your head down with work or travel this last few weeks, then don’t despair… help is still at hand. Whether you opt for clothing or costmetics – or something a little different – here are some great ideas for the lady […]

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