Category: Asia

Rajasthan: a glimpse inside the glamorous Oberoi Rajvilas

Rajasthan: a glimpse inside the glamorous Oberoi Rajvilas

The Oberoi Rajvilas makes for the perfect base in which to explore the exotic Indian city of Jaipur, and is arguably one of the finest resorts in Rajasthan. There are not many hotels in the world where check-in involves an elaborately painted elephant and fragrant shower of rose petals, but the Oberoi Rajvilas does not [...]

Top 5 villas in Southeast Asia

Top 5 villas in Southeast Asia

Whether standalone or privately owned as part of a larger development or a resort, multiple-bedroom villas are all the rage for summer holiday bookings and ideal for family, a group of friends, or to host special occasions. For those who have a kid or two, simple hotel rooms or suites just do not bring the [...]

Joglos in the jungle: Indonesia’s best kept secret

Joglos in the jungle: Indonesia’s best kept secret

I sit, poolside, high above the stupas and spiraling towers of Borobudur, set back on the dense, lush hillside, of this Javanese valley. Framed by volcanoes, distant mist, and undulating paddy fields: calm and spiritual silence descends. We’ve arrived, via Jakarta, to a place rich in history, drop-dead smoldering beauty and untold promise. And this is [...]

The 10 most expensive cities in the world

The 10 most expensive cities in the world

If you thought the likes of London were expensive, then think again. The English capital doesn’t even make the top 10 in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2014 Worldwide Cost of living survey. It looked at over 130 cities and based its findings on more than 400 different price indicators, only to find that Singapore deserved [...]

Suite of the week: Oceanview Three Bedroom Pool Villa, Conrad Koh Samui Resort & Spa, Thailand

Suite of the week: Oceanview Three Bedroom Pool Villa, Conrad Koh Samui Resort & Spa, Thailand

Suite name: Oceanview Three Bedroom Pool Villa (V.702), Conrad Koh Samui Resort & Spa Location: Koh Samui, Thailand Size of accommodation: 766 sq m of indoor and outdoor living space over two levels Cost per night: from THB 58,700 to THB 188,200 depending on season (subject to 18.7% taxes and service charge) What makes it special: The Oceanview Three Bedroom Pool Villa [...]

3 top spots to enjoy on Negros, Philippines

3 top spots to enjoy on Negros, Philippines

Negros is one of the lesser known islands in the Philippines but is full of hidden treasures. Whether your focus is watersports, food or the beach, there are a number fantastic sites well worth the detour. Here our three top spots not to miss on your visit to Negros. 1. Hanging loose in Sipalay This [...]

Trends for luxury travel in 2014 – spirit of adventure and creative collaborations

Trends for luxury travel in 2014 – spirit of adventure and creative collaborations

In earlier posts, we predicted ‘simple pleasures and gourmet discoveries‘ and ‘local life and set-jetting‘ as luxury travel trends to look out for in the year ahead. Here we introduce the final two of our six predicted luxury travel trends for 2014, along with the finest destinations, hotels and resorts that encompass these trends. Spirit [...]

Top 10 islands in the world

Top 10 islands in the world

Popular travel review site TripAdvisor has come out with the results of its annual Travellers’ Choice® awards. Among them are the awards for the best islands in the world. Wonder which ones made the top 10, according to the opionions of TripAdvisor readers? Then read on… 1. Ambergris Caye, Belize Cayes For the second year [...]

Top 5 must-see places in China

Top 5 must-see places in China

China is enormous. Even assuming that travel is limited to the eastern half of the country, the latter is larger than the whole of Europe. Getting an authentic¯ China experience can prove difficult because of its size, and the propensity to be stuck in tourist traps and mobbed by crowds. For the ultimate ‘Real China [...]

Top 5 Thai festivals to try

Top 5 Thai festivals to try

Depending on the time of year you choose to visit Thailand you can enjoy some of their world-renowned national festivals. Some are unique to regions whilst others are nationwide so if you’re looking to enjoy the real Thailand you should make time to indulge in one of the ones we’re looking at below. Phi Ta [...]

The best places in the world for afternoon tea

The best places in the world for afternoon tea

Afternoon tea is a regal and delectable way to while away the afternoon, where you will be waited on hand and foot and treated to some delicious cuisine. Once reserved for society’s elite, afternoon tea is now a treat to be enjoyed by all. Although synonymous with England, afternoon tea is a concept now adopted [...]

Top 5 things to do in Jaipur

Top 5 things to do in Jaipur

The bustling city of Jaipur lies on the edge of Rajasthan’s Thar Desert, and is peppered with crumbling forts, royal palaces and ancient temples. It’s affectionately known as the “Pink City”, as its most prominent buildings are washed in a salmon pink colour. Jaipur is a fascinating maze of narrow alleyways, opulent palaces and grand [...]

Romantic highs in Hong Kong

Romantic highs in Hong Kong

With an international reputation for luxury and with more than a hint of the exotic, Hong Kong is the ideal place to indulge your romantic side. Furthermore, Cupid’s bow will strike twice in Hong Kong this year as the Chinese (Spring Lantern Festival) and Western Valentine’s Day fall together. For couples who want to go [...]

India: the best of the fairs and festivals

India: the best of the fairs and festivals

India is a feast for the senses at any time of the year. However, time your visit to coincide with one of India’s unique fairs and festivals – some traditional, some recent arrivals – and you’ll be rewarded with an intensity of colour, music, rituals, costumes and an overall sense of India at its most [...]

Photograph of the week: Angkor Wat

Photograph of the week: Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is a famous and the most visited Buddhist temple in Cambodia and the biggest religious monument in the world. The temple is well known for its unique architecture based on the influences from Kalinga architecture of Odisha and Chola of Tamil Nadu in India. Not only perfect for visitors who are looking to [...]

3 alternative things to do in Hong Kong

3 alternative things to do in Hong Kong

In a city that is only 1,000 square kilometres, how much can there realistically be to do? Most visitors to Hong Kong scour the city from the Peak, shop till their hearts drop and eat well (click here to read our Top 10 European Restaurants in Hong Kong), but after your stomachs are full and [...]

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