Category: Asia

5 must-sees when in Kyoto

5 must-sees when in Kyoto

With a couple of thousand or so temples and shrines, Kyoto’s reputation as a temple town is solid. Every trip should save room to see a few, but there’s no need to over do it. Kyoto has more than enough non-temple must-see sights to keep you busy and maybe even inspire you to make a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A guide to the temples of Bagan - the best secret spots

A guide to the temples of Bagan – the best secret spots

Situated in the Mandalay Region of Burma (Myanmar) is the ancient and fascinating city of Bagan. During its heyday, between the 11th and 13th centuries, more than 10,000 Buddhist monasteries, temples and pagodas were constructed there and several thousands of these buildings can still be seen and visited today in a surreal and fascinating display. […]

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 […]

Cambodia - a journey by book

Cambodia – a journey by book

Cambodia’s history spans from the magnificence of Angkor to the tragedy of the Khmer Rouge years. There are hundreds of books worth reading before or during your travels; some provide valuable insight into the history, while others paint a vivid and exotic picture of the country and its people. Here are just five recommended reads. […]

Luxury in the land of Maharajas: India's top palace hotels

Luxury in the land of Maharajas: India’s top palace hotels

In amongst India’s 1.2 billion population, this extraordinary country enthralls its visitors with ancient inhabited cities, astonishing colourful festivities and beautiful landscapes; it’s a real overload of the senses. To add to the many incredible experiences India has to offer, the country is home to a number of undeniably luxurious palace hotels, all of which […]

6 luxury (vegan) hotels in Singapore (and Johor Bahru)

6 luxury (vegan) hotels in Singapore (and Johor Bahru)

With the rapidly increasing number of people choosing a vegan lifestyle, luxury hotels and resorts are beginning to adapt their services to ensure guests looking for plant based luxury feel just as at home as their non-vegan counterparts. There are already some vegan hotspots in the world (including Berlin and Los Angeles) that are well known for […]

Top 5 bars in the Maldives

Top 5 bars in the Maldives

The Maldives is a destination famous for its endless beaches and blue skies, which some might class as the perfect landscape in which to enjoy a refreshing drink. Picture reclining in your seat, favourite cocktail in hand, as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean – what could be more idyllic? We’ve compiled a list […]

9 far-flung destinations for under £500 return

9 far-flung destinations for under £500 return

I know many of you reading like to save on your flights and splurge once you get to your destination. If you’re thinking of heading somewhere exotic this year, but would like to make the most of a great deal on flights, then take a look at KLM Royal Dutch Airline’s Pack & Go super […]

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 […]

5 original destinations for 2015

5 original destinations for 2015

It’s the time of year when we in the travel industry stare deep into our crystal balls, peer at the tea leaves and read the runes (and do a bit of considered research, naturally) to predict the delectable destinations that we think will hit the heights in 2015. These can be completely new places around […]

2 luxury resorts in Southern Thailand where life is good (even for vegans)

2 luxury resorts in Southern Thailand where life is good (even for vegans)

Southern Thailand has long been a premier destination for luxury travellers with beaches, diving, tropical landscapes and sunny weather drawing people from far and wide to check into one of the many luxury resorts on offer in the area. The people are friendly, the cuisine is legendary (who doesn’t rave about a spicy fresh Thai curry?) […]

The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014

The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014

The best new luxury hotel openings of 2014 include beautiful new properties in Beijing, Kyoto, Moscow, NYC, Orlando and Vienna. Some of these hotels are entering extremely crowded markets, while others are in the enviable position of having only a few luxury competitors, making them the go-to property for most luxury travelers to that destination. […]

Vietnam – a journey by book

Vietnam – a journey by book

Vietnam is at a truly fascinating stage of development, with one foot steeped in ancient traditions and the other vigorously embracing 21st century modernity. Diverse influences have shaped its character, manifested in the Confucian temples and French colonial architecture. The war of the late 20th century is also still in evidence in the cities and countryside.  […]

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