Category: Asia

Photograph of the week: Cherry blossom in Japan

Photograph of the week: Cherry blossom in Japan

The Meguro River flows through Tokyo, Japan, and is a popular destination for cherry blossom viewers in the Spring. About 800 cherry trees line both sides of the Meguro River to create a beautiful sight for tourists. While this is one of the more famous locations, many people travel all over Japan to look at […]

6 far-flung business class flights from under £1,700 return

6 far-flung business class flights from under £1,700 return

If you sometimes find yourself struggling to justify the extra expenditure of a business class flight, which can often amount to several thousand £s, then you are in luck as right now as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is having a sale on its KLM World Business Class flights, with prices starting from as little £1,249 return and many […]

Suite of the week: Palace Suite, Palace Hotel Tokyo, Japan

Suite of the week: Palace Suite, Palace Hotel Tokyo, Japan

Suite name: Palace Suite Location: Palace Hotel Tokyo, Japan Size of accommodation: 210-250 sq m / 2,260-2,690 sq ft Cost per night: JPY 1,000,000 Who’s stayed here: The suite has been home to, among others, globally recognisable titans of industry (including fashion, finance, business and entertainment) as well as some very high profile diplomatic guests. What makes it special: Palace Hotel […]

Short stay: Raffles Singapore, Singapore

Short stay: Raffles Singapore, Singapore

Raffles is an iconic, colonial style all suite hotel – with 103 suites in total – and was declared a national monument in 1987; in 1989 it was restored to how it looked in 1915 – renovations that took two and a half years to complete. Re-opened on 16th September 1991, today this historic hotel […]

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 […]

6 hot destinations on the trend-o-meter

6 hot destinations on the trend-o-meter

‘Darling, didn’t you know, fuchsia is the new black.’ And so someone in the fashion industry might deliver the ultimate put down – that you are…. wait for it…. off-trend. Well fear not, when talking travel it’s possible to avoid the same fate because here are some oh-so hot destinations that are most definitely the […]

Bhutan for cyclists: luxury on two wheels

Bhutan for cyclists: luxury on two wheels

The Bhutanese people are traditional and humble. Living a modest life on an unspoiled land, they are the faithful disciples of Mother Nature; committed to protecting the beauty of Bhutan and promoting sustainable tourism. So exploring this beautifully preserved landlocked country by bike is, without a doubt, the most wonderful way of seeing Bhutan. Because […]

The top 5 South East Asian destinations for the culturally-minded traveller

The top 5 South East Asian destinations for the culturally-minded traveller

It has been a long time belief of mine that the most fulfilling travel destinations around the world are ones that are a true cultural opposite of the city you call home. Amazing architecture and natural wonders are incredibly popular with travellers, though it never quite satisfies those of us who enjoy a side of […]

4 gourmet vegan experiences in Thailand

4 gourmet vegan experiences in Thailand

Thailand is known as ‘The Land of Smiles’, and for good reason if you are a vegan who loves luxury and fine dining. You’ll certainly be smiling if you visit any one of the 4 locations listed below who all deliver superb gourmet vegan experiences. These are places where choosing a vegan diet does not prevent […]

To the roof of the world

To the roof of the world

Luxury comes in many guises. Travel to Nepal expecting Jacuzzis, turn-down service and white gloves and you will surely be disappointed. But what Nepal holidays lacks in glitzyhotels, it makes up for tenfold with charm, natural beauty and good old fashioned adventure; after all, sometimes getting back to basics is just the ticket for 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 […]

3 perfect Spring destinations for couples

3 perfect Spring destinations for couples

Valentine’s Day has once again been and gone, which may be a relief to many people. Setting aside the hype and noise around 14th February, what are some of the very best options for couples seeking out well-appointed, secluded romance before the summer season arrives? Here’s our guide to three of the most perfect destinations […]

The Maldives photography holiday with a difference

The Maldives photography holiday with a difference

Is it a dive holiday? Is it a photography trip? The answer is – both. But at the same time it’s also unadulterated luxury. Your home for the week on this ‘Above and Below’ photography holiday, run by Light & Land, is ‘Mosaique’ – a unique 41m mega yacht cruiser, specifically designed to take best […]

5 unique luxury resorts on Langkawi Island, Malaysia

5 unique luxury resorts on Langkawi Island, Malaysia

Langkawi is a beautiful jungle-clad tropical island situated just off the northwestern coast of Malaysia, close to the border of Thailand. Designated as a UNESCO Geo Park due to its unique geological and ecological features, Langkawi is the largest island in a picturesque archipelago of 99 limestone islands, some no more than bare rocks. Much […]

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