Category: Asia

Book your own private island in the Maldives

Book your own private island in the Maldives

The islands of the Maldives are without doubt some of the most beautiful on the planet. There’s nothing quite like the vibrant blue of the Indian Ocean, the majestic white sand beaches and the array of snorkelling sites teeming with coral and diverse marine life. It’s up there on many people’s travel wish list. Boasting some [...]

Top 10 places you won’t find on Google Maps

Top 10 places you won’t find on Google Maps

I stumbled upon this video recently, and thought it was rather interesting, so am sharing it here even though there’s no obvious luxury angle. Since even Nevada’s much-talked about Area 51 can be found on Google Maps (though admittedly, much of the operations there probably take place underground), it’s interesting to see what places are hidden. [...]

5 top luxury holiday destinations to spend Winter

5 top luxury holiday destinations to spend Winter

Summer is almost over and winter upon us in the northern hemisphere. It is that time when you start to plan how to spend the months ahead. Should you go for the sunny beaches of the Caribbean, or the skiing paradises of France? There are a lot of options to choose from and each is [...]

10 of the most exclusive luxury hotel services

10 of the most exclusive luxury hotel services

If you believe that a luxurious hotel is just a place to stay for a night, you are wrong. Luxurious hotels offer much more than fashionable interior and unusual exterior to attract visitors. A wish to amaze guests has no limits. Nowadays hotels offer exclusive services for the most sophisticated visitors: from unique spa-procedures to [...]

Interview with Richard Szkiler, Founder and Videographer of The View South

Interview with Richard Szkiler, Founder and Videographer of The View South

Richard Szkiler is the Founder of The View South which produces, stocks and distributes videos specifically for the travel and leisure industry. Prior to establishing the business in Buenos Aires, Richard filmed and directed for various charities, companies and philanthropic organisations in Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom. Following this, Richard traveled to Argentina where he [...]

12 of the most stunning winter sun locations in the world

12 of the most stunning winter sun locations in the world

Following one of the wettest summers on record, Britons are in much need of some rest and recuperation in a dry, warm and sunny climate. But where can you go for almost guaranteed winter sunshine? What are the best beaches to eat your Christmas dinner on? Where are the perfect spots of winter paradise? Don’t fret, we’ve thrown [...]

Palatial India – the top 5 places to live like a king

Palatial India – the top 5 places to live like a king

In a country that spans 3,000 km east to west and north to south, and with a rich history stretching back 5,000 years and more, it is no surprise that India has more than its fair share of castles, forts and palaces adorned with artefacts fit for a king. Many of these structures have seen [...]

The best new hotels and resorts in the Asia-Pacific region

The best new hotels and resorts in the Asia-Pacific region

The annual Luxe List showcases DestinAsian‘s picks of the best new hotels and resorts in the Asia-Pacific region. This year, the region’s best new places to stay is as alluring as ever, spanning a dozen countries and featuring no fewer than 30 hotels that truly stand out from the rest. From sumptuous private islands in the Maldives [...]

The top 5 pool villas in Thailand

The top 5 pool villas in Thailand

Once you’ve stayed in a pool villa you really don’t want to stay anywhere else! Of course, there are some amazing hotel rooms across the world, but who doesn’t love the concept of a pool villa – with generally more space and of course the option to take a dip in privacy, a concept that is [...]

Highlights of the Condé Nast Traveler 25th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

Highlights of the Condé Nast Traveler 25th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

The results are in for the Condé Nast Traveler 25th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The awards rank the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts worldwide. A record 46,476 readers participated, rating 370 hotels, resorts, and cruise lines above a score of 90! (To put this in perspective, the first list in 1988 [...]

The world’s top 10 islands to visit

The world’s top 10 islands to visit

National Geographic has come up with a top 10 islands to visit. Now you might expect to see the islands of the Maldives or maybe one or two of the Greek islands, but no… this list is quite different. There’s no Fiji, no Seychelles, and it seems that even the Galapagos don’t make the grade [...]

Photograph of the week: A storm near Koh Chang, Thailand

Photograph of the week: A storm near Koh Chang, Thailand

This photograph was taken earlier this year during a trip to Koh Chang in Thailand. Jon Raho passed this bridge several times during his stay there, and finally decided to stop one late afternoon to take a photograph of the sunset. But instead the weather changed and he was faced with a black cloud engulfing [...]

Spa treatments for kids, in case the Maldives wasn’t already relaxing enough

Spa treatments for kids, in case the Maldives wasn’t already relaxing enough

Are your kids stressed?  No, I didn’t think so.  And I don’t think they’d be likely to be whilst holidaying in the Maldives.  But, if they should be, the Devarana Spa at the Dusit Thani Maldives has launched a special spa programme called “Happiness for the little one” and it’s all for kids between 6 and [...]

The 4 best tour guides in the world?

The 4 best tour guides in the world?

Wanderlust magazine, the bible for independent-minded travellers, has announced the four winners in its annual World Guide Awards, which honour the very best tour leaders from across the globe. In a ceremony at London’s Royal Geographical Society, Italian Luca Alfatti from Dragoman, Burmese Nyi Nyi ‘Frankie’ Naing who guides for Panoramic Journeys, G Adventures guide [...]

Suite of the week: One Bedroom Pool Villa at The Nam Hai Hoi An, Vietnam

Suite of the week: One Bedroom Pool Villa at The Nam Hai Hoi An, Vietnam

Suite name: One Bedroom Pool Villa Resort: The Nam Hai Hoi An, Hamlet 1, Dien Duong Village  Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province,  Vietnam Size of accommodation: 250 square metres or 2,691 square feet Cost per night: $900 What makes it special? The five star plus Nam Hai Hoi resort enjoys panoramic views of the ocean along its 1 [...]

Interview with Jake Grieves-Cook, Founder of Porini Safari Camps

Interview with Jake Grieves-Cook, Founder of Porini Safari Camps

Jake Grieves Cook has been involved in the Kenyan tourism industry for more than 35 years. He founded Porini Safari Camps back in 1989, is a former Chairman of the Kenya Tourist Board and is a passionate advocate of sustainable and responsible tourism. These camps operate under a unique community conservancy concept to allow the Maasai [...]

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