Category: Restaurants

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 […]

Top 10 reasons to winter in the Yukon...  for real!

Top 10 reasons to winter in the Yukon… for real!

I’m the first to admit that as a luxury travel writer I may be just a tad spoiled when it comes to amenities. It’s remarkably easy to get used to lavish designer suites, private infinity pools, Michelin-caliber meals and having a personal butler at your beck and call.  This was one of the main reasons […]

Three uncrowded towns in Tuscany you'll want to visit (but many don't!)

Three uncrowded towns in Tuscany you’ll want to visit (but many don’t!)

Of course you have to see Florence. Its treasures are worth enduring the hordes of people who want to see what you want to see when you want to see it. The fight for foot space is ongoing during the tourist season, and the lines are daunting. There is always the danger you will become […]

4 fun ways to pass the time when stuck at O'Hare Airport

4 fun ways to pass the time when stuck at O’Hare Airport

Long layovers, flight delays, and cancellations are dreaded words in any traveler’s vocabulary. But being stuck at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport no longer means you are stuck to a plastic seat, stuck in an overcrowded bar, or stuck for hours with nothing to do but wander around the concourses lamenting your luck. Thanks to a well-developed […]

The top 4 mountain restaurants in Zermatt

The top 4 mountain restaurants in Zermatt

Obviously, the overwhelming reason why visitors flock to Zermatt in winter is for the fabulous and varied skiing to be experienced there and part of that experience is a spot of lunch or perhaps a drink, or three in one of the great restaurants to be found on the piste above the resort. Here’s a […]

5 things to do on a luxury break in Tunis

5 things to do on a luxury break in Tunis

For the avid traveller, Tunis is the perfect prelude to the beautiful and diverse country of Tunisia. Not only is it the window to the heart and soul of the country but as its capital, it is the largest and home to a population of over 2,300,000 people. But this bustling city filled with charming […]

A guide to the wine side of Paris

A guide to the wine side of Paris

French wine is unquestionably some of the best and most refined in the world. With so much variety and classics on offer, it can be somewhat overwhelming when confronted with a mouth-watering selection of France’s finest. With so many opportunities and outlets on offer, Paris is the perfect spot for wine experts and novices alike […]

5 of the best dining experiences in Newfoundland & Labrador

5 of the best dining experiences in Newfoundland & Labrador

Newfoundland & Labrador in Canada boasts some of the world’s freshest seafood, and every year foodies from across the globe flock here for delicious fish, lobster and mussels. With the riches of the sea colliding with some of the best game offered across the Americas, local ingredients are available for truly exceptional food. Here are […]

Visit Moscow and St Petersburg in style

Visit Moscow and St Petersburg in style

With a scale of luxury rarely found outside of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Russia is a country that revels in unabashed indulgence. From sipping champagne on an ultra-modern balcony overlooking the mighty Moscow Kremlin, to nibbling caviar in a palatial St. Petersburg ballroom - Russia has endless opportunities for a quality, luxurious experience. I’ve picked out […]

5 experiences not to miss in Jamaica's Ocho Rios

5 experiences not to miss in Jamaica’s Ocho Rios

Ocho Rios is located on the north coast of Jamaica, in the parish of St Ann, known as the garden parish due to its lush landscape. It’s a beautiful part of the island but, as with all things of beauty, it’s become a popular resort destination. So how about escaping the comfy resort, the pool […]

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 […]

 Secrets of Spain: postcard pretty Peñiscola

Secrets of Spain: postcard pretty Peñiscola

There’s so much more to Spain than the Costa Del Sol, the Costa Blanca, Barcelona, Ibiza, Majorca, Seville and Madrid. In fact if you wander a little off the beaten track, away from Spain’s notorious tourist destinations, you’ll find a wealth of aesthetic delights, cultural wonders and culinary pleasures. The country is dripping in tempting […]

6 of the best luxury (vegan) hotels in Sri Lanka

6 of the best luxury (vegan) hotels in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island with lots to offer; a rich history, a vibrant culture, beaches, natural beauty and an amazing cuisine that is not often found outside of the country. Previously stricken with problems from a long running civil war and then the devastation caused by the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, tourism in Sri Lanka […]

Two treasures in Bali, Island of the Gods

Two treasures in Bali, Island of the Gods

If you’re looking for somewhere to truly relax, then spare a thought for Bali and the luxurious accommodation on offer from Tjendana Villas – a collection of six unique properties, all finished to a high standard. Among the group is The Club Villas in the heart of Seminyak, combining Balinese living with modern touches, and […]

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