Category: China

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 […]

Top 10 places to see the stars

Top 10 places to see the stars

Minimal light pollution, meteors streaking across the sky and the glow of the Milky Way. The dark skies as nature intended are becoming rarer, but as soon as you step out of the luminous cities and into the wilderness, you won’t believe your eyes as you take in over 15,000 shimmering fireballs lighting up the […]

Party at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

Party at the Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai

As mentioned in previous posts, I was honoured last month to be invited to ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) Asia 2014, held in Shanghai. This is an exclusive invitation-only event and this year the official party for the event was hosted by FRHI Hotels & Resorts and held at The Fairmont Peace Hotel on Shanghai’s […]

Drinks on the helipad at The Peninsula Shanghai

Drinks on the helipad at The Peninsula Shanghai

As part of ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) 2014 in Shanghai – an invitation-only event bringing together la crème de la crème of the luxury travel industry, I was invited to a VIP media welcome party to celebrate the opening of the event. This was an opportunity to experience the height of luxury and indulge […]

Short stay: Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, China

Short stay: Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, China

This year I had the pleasure of attending ILTM (International Luxury Travel Market) Asia – an exclusive, invitation-only event held in Shanghai – and stayed in the Portman Ritz-Carlton Shanghai which was very conveniently located opposite the event venue. I only stayed a few nights and spent most of the time attending events, but here’s […]

12 luxury hotel openings to be excited about this year

12 luxury hotel openings to be excited about this year

Every year sees a great many new hotels open and 2014 is no different. The major hotel brands are reacting to the market and diversifying as it is no longer enough to offer one brand and one product. Hilton, Marriott and Starwood amongst many others have different brands to suit different market needs. Whether it […]

10 iconic World Heritage Sites and the places to stay when visiting

10 iconic World Heritage Sites and the places to stay when visiting

There are currently 981 World Heritage Sites worldwide. To be considered one it has to have ‘outstanding universal value’ and falls into the following sites: cultural, natural and mixed. A World Heritage Site could range from being a building, a mountain, a lake to a desert, monument, forest and even a city. Here are just […]

The world's best rail journeys

The world’s best rail journeys

Train journeys offer a more relaxed pace of travel and often evoke a feeling of a bygone era, with elaborately decorated carriages and the opportunity to mingle with likeminded people. There are countless rail journeys across the world all of which offer something different, but for me there are a few that really stand out. […]

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 […]

10 'can’t miss' rooftop bars around the world

10 ‘can’t miss’ rooftop bars around the world

There is nothing that compares to the feeling and excitement that overwhelms you when you arrive in a new city. The excitement and anticipation to try new foods, interact with new people and new ways of life, and experience things that you never knew existed. So, to start planning all of these great things you’re […]

6 epic natural wonders of the world

6 epic natural wonders of the world

The first known list of the ‘seven wonders of the world’ was compiled by Greek scholars and included landmarks and monuments such as the Statue of Zeus at Olympia and the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. Of the original list only one wonder still exists today and that is the Great Pyramid of Giza. In […]

The 4 best cruise ships on the Yangtze River

The 4 best cruise ships on the Yangtze River

At almost four thousand miles long, the Yangtze is Asia’s longest river and the third longest in the world. Historically it divides the North and South of China providing a natural barrier against invaders and more significantly today, a waterway for transport, commerce, and leisure cruising. China’s coming of age as a true world power […]

The 3 best luxury hotels in Chongqing

The 3 best luxury hotels in Chongqing

I’m used to hearing crickets when strangers ask me where I live. Who doesn’t know Beijing and Shanghai, China’s “famous cities”, but Chongqing often brings blank stares despite it being one of the world’s largest megacities, with an estimated 34 million residents. Despite significant history and culture, the Southwest Chinese city is best know as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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