Category: Asia

Highlights of the Philippines

Highlights of the Philippines

With its sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, colonial attractions and the world-famous hospitality of its people, the Philippines is becoming ever more popular as a holiday destination; and yet some of its best draw cards are not known about. Here are some of the best places to visit in the Philippines, ranging from the […]

The 4 best places for wildlife spotters on a luxury holiday in Sri Lanka

The 4 best places for wildlife spotters on a luxury holiday in Sri Lanka

With its prolific birdlife as well as wealth in elephants and leopards, it is no wonder tourists consider Sri Lanka as the ultimate wildlife destination in South Asia. Known as a land of exotic tropical beauty, this island-country is famous all over Asia for its diverse wildlife and rare creatures, such as the Asian elephant, […]

4 of the best luxury retreats in Australasia and SE Asia

4 of the best luxury retreats in Australasia and SE Asia

From resort spas to holistic retreats there seems to be an ever-growing number of luxury retreats around the world promising impressive results in a short amount of time. Whether you choose to be pampered and relaxed or invigorated and reconnected you can reap the many benefits of a week long stay at one of these […]

Suite of the week: Owner's Suite aboard Burma Boating's classic sailing yachts

Suite of the week: Owner’s Suite aboard Burma Boating’s classic sailing yachts

Suite name: Owner’s Suite aboard Burma Boating‘s classic sailing yachts Location: Mergui Archipelago, Myanmar Yacht length: 85-105 ft Cost per trip:  1,800 euros per person (5 nights) What makes it special: Experience one of Asia’s last untouched island regions aboard one of Burma Boating’s 4 classic sailing yachts with full crew service and private chefs. The 800 untouched beaches […]

Top 10 luxury rooms with a view

Top 10 luxury rooms with a view

There’s nothing better than rolling over and waking up to a stunning view of our beautiful world. So we’ve searched far and wide for the rooms with some of the most incredible views imaginable, ranging from those only accessible by flying in by helicopter to sleeping outside in the African wilderness for 360 degrees of […]

Southern Laos: where the Mekong blossoms

Southern Laos: where the Mekong blossoms

While many travellers head straight for the sybaritic charms of feted Luang Prabang, fewer sample the emerald rice plains of the south, with its stunning jungle karst formations, remnant Ho Chi Minh trail and some of the prettiest riverine villages in the country, the pinnacle of which is a group of tropical islands known as […]

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 […]

Photograph of the week: Beaches aglow in the Maldives

Photograph of the week: Beaches aglow in the Maldives

Beaches at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island glow blue at night with bio-luminescent phytoplankton. The glow is activated by movement and here the lapping of the waves on the shore reveals them as a beautiful glowing line. Bio-luminescence is seen around the Maldives from September to December. Thank you to Adam Bruzzone of Adam Bruzzone Photography for […]

9 adrenaline thrills for the daredevil in you

9 adrenaline thrills for the daredevil in you

Seeking out danger is not everyone’s idea of a luxury vacation yet for many a week or two of bliss in a lovely hotel is prime time for a thrill or three, if only just to reaffirm just how much you enjoy the feel of a marble floor beneath your feet and a finely made […]

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 […]

A postcard from Inle Lake, Burma

A postcard from Inle Lake, Burma

It’s early morning and the sun is just starting to burn off the mist rising from the still, shallow waters of Inle Lake. Huge dragonflies dart about at head height, like toy helicopters, easily matching the boat for speed, and overhead a snow-white egret drifts by, searching for a new, more stable patch of water […]

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 […]

5 of the best family holiday destinations  for 'reconnecting with family'

5 of the best family holiday destinations for ‘reconnecting with family’

Traveling with my kids allows me the privilege of reliving my childhood – i can see things from a child’s perspective – I get to play like a kid with my kids, doing the things my Dad did with me. Jumping into pools. Diving off his shoulders. Playing tennis, throwing a ball, endless battles of […]

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 […]

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