Category: Asia

The call of Everest

The call of Everest

Fifty years ago, Americans summited Mount Everest for the first time. To celebrate this anniversary, climbers Conrad Anker and Emily Harrington, writer Mark Jenkins, and naturalist Alton Byers meet to discuss the history and future of the world’s highest peak. This is a great video from the National Geographic Live! series which brings thought-provoking presentations […]

10 of the best places in the world for travel photography

10 of the best places in the world for travel photography

National Geographic’s Jim Richardson – a photojournalist whose work first appeared in the National Geographic almost 30 years ago – was recently asked to compile a bucket list of his 10 most iconic places in the world for photographers. Apparently, it didn’t take long. Here are the 10 places he chose: Antarctica Venice, Italy Machu Picchu, […]

New to China: Shangri-La Hotel, Shenyang

New to China: Shangri-La Hotel, Shenyang

Shenyang’s Imperial Palace is the inspiration for one of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts’ newest mainland China properties. The Hong Kong-based hotel company is preparing to debut a new five-star hotel in the historic city of Shenyang, which is home to the only other existing royal palace in mainland China after the Forbidden City in Beijing. […]

The 10 most expensive cities in the world

The 10 most expensive cities in the world

Tokyo, traditionally regarded as one of the most expensive cities in the world, no longer tops those rankings. The global cost of living survey conducted by ECA International sees them fall from 1st to 6th, whilst cities in Norway (due to the strong krone) and Africa are now regarded as the most expensive places to […]

Top 5 beaches in Thailand

Top 5 beaches in Thailand

There are many fun, adventurous activities to do and places to see in Thailand. The shopping is exquisite, Bangkok is bustling and the history is fascinating. However, none of these will top a visit to the luxurious, beautiful, glistening sandy beaches that can be found on the many Thai islands.  Here are our top 5: […]

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali

This beautiful resort, set on Bali’s Bukit Peninsula, is balanced on a dramatic limestone cliff and is the only overseas hotel to win a Royal Institue of British Architects Award. Each villa comes with its own saltwater pool and a cabana. Removable walls allow you to make the most of the ocean breeze. Also on […]

5 luxury multi-label boutiques in Singapore

5 luxury multi-label boutiques in Singapore

Shopping in Singapore is world-class. There are plenty of places to find luxury brands, however there are a number of boutiques that specialise in emerging brands from Singapore and beyond. These multi-label boutiques are a must see for any fashionista interested in independent labels and taking something unique home from Singapore. The best multi-label boutiques […]

Explore India's Golden Triangle in style

Explore India’s Golden Triangle in style

When planning a luxury tour of India, it is difficult to know where to start. India offers so much, from the grand Taj Mahal, to the sandy beaches of Goa, to the backwaters of Kerala. It is of course impossible to explore all of India’s beauty in just one trip, and to really soak up […]

5 eco-friendly stays you won't want to miss

5 eco-friendly stays you won’t want to miss

In the last five years the travel industry has picked up its act when it comes to offering sustainable experiences. Not only have more agencies, accommodations and destinations embraced the eco agenda, but many have done so without making the holiday goer sacrifice an ounce of luxury. Good news for those seeking a richer and […]

Interview with Sarah Lee, Founder of LiveShareTravel and Author of The Luxury Traveller’s Handbook

Interview with Sarah Lee, Founder of LiveShareTravel and Author of The Luxury Traveller’s Handbook

A journalist and editor, Sarah Lee started Maia Communications, a marketing communications company, with her husband Terry, in 2009. She has a PR diploma, 17 years’ experience on newspapers, magazines and corporate publications. Sarah also founded luxury travel and lifestyle magazine LiveShareTravel in 2010. What is it that you do exactly? We’ve taken our hobby and made it […]

4 of the world's best luxury honeymoon combinations

4 of the world’s best luxury honeymoon combinations

With the nuptial season slowly but surely creeping upon us, there’s a flurry of weddings on the way… and with weddings, of course, come honeymoons. Calling all grooms (and untrusting brides), here is our guide to some of the top honeymoon destination combinations around the world. Oman & the Maldives  Best to travel during and […]

Interview with Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, Founder and Director of Passepartout Homes

Interview with Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, Founder and Director of Passepartout Homes

Paola Fiocchi Van den Brande, originally from Italy, moved to London in 2000, after working in Belgium and Germany. After 13 years as Direct Marketing Manager for international publishing and news companies, most recently for Bloomberg LP, Paola decided to launch Passepartout Homes in 2011. This is her first experience as an entrepreneur. Paola graduated from the Catholic University […]

Photograph of the week: Don Khone Waterfall, Mekong River, Laos

Photograph of the week: Don Khone Waterfall, Mekong River, Laos

The Mekong River cascades over rocks and boulders forming the Don Khone waterfall in Don Det, 4000 Islands, Laos.  Accessed by bicycling down bumpy dirt pathways through rice paddies, past fat-bellied pigs, and sharing the narrow road with the occasional 10-year-old local on a motorbike whizzing by, this waterfall is the gateway to the famous […]

5 experiences to make your journey through Java complete

5 experiences to make your journey through Java complete

Indonesia is a country of exotic charm and rich contrasts, all of which can be seen during a holiday on the island of Java. The island is home to 60% of the Indonesian population and one of the most densely populated places in the world. Here are five recommendations for while you’re there. Borobudur This […]

Recipe of the week: Fresh water prawn, grilled radicchio, fresh fig and jamon salad

Recipe of the week: Fresh water prawn, grilled radicchio, fresh fig and jamon salad

A chef should always try to bring together new flavours and combine his passions with his guests’ refined tastes. This recipe can be executed in any environment: in a restaurant kitchen or on the bridge of a boat. It needs very few ingredients but the result is mind-blowing. This is a warm salad with marron […]

Special feature: Intercontinental Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Special feature: Intercontinental Hong Kong, Hong Kong

As you pass through its doors to the lobby and gaze upon the view through the ceiling-high windows at the distance, there is no doubt what the main attraction at the Intercontinental Hong Kong is. Sitting on a protruding promenade in Kowloon, the hotel is in a prime position to view Hong Kong Island as it […]

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