Category: Asia

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 […]

6 of the best bars in Bali

6 of the best bars in Bali

Synonymous with tropical luxury, Bali is an urban travelers island dream. As a tourist mecca it seems cutting edge bars and restaurants are invading Bali’s heady streets and lining the beaches at an undeniably fast past. Visitors could literally spend weeks in Bali eating out morning, noon and night and still not touch the sides […]

Special feature: Andara Resort & Villas, Phuket, Thailand

Special feature: Andara Resort & Villas, Phuket, Thailand

Commonly referred to as ‘Millionaire’s Mile’ in Phuket, Thailand, the Kamala headland that juts out westward comprising the areas of Surin and Kamala is justifiably nicknamed such for the slew of luxurious resorts and private villas that dot the coast. Andara Resort & Villas epitomises the best of upscale Kamala and Phuket, with a series […]

6 of the most extravagant cocktails in the world

6 of the most extravagant cocktails in the world

How much would you usually pay for a cocktail? If you thought that £40.00 was a bit steep then you’re about to be amazed. The current world record for most expensive cocktail stands at $50,000. It was created in Moscow to commemorate the opening of the Reka Moscow restaurant and was only served once (so […]

Thailand’s top new trends – golfing and nature safaris

Thailand’s top new trends – golfing and nature safaris

Think Thailand and images of golden buddhas, temples, paradise beaches and green curries spring to mind. All of these attractions are available to savour in Southern Thailand, but the region is enjoying a renaissance in less stereotypical Thai experiences too, from world class golfing to pink dolphin spotting. The golf scene in Phuket is buzzing, […]

7 ideas to help you make the most of 3 days in Singapore

7 ideas to help you make the most of 3 days in Singapore

Described by some as the ‘gateway to Asia’ Singapore is a small country with a lot to offer. It’s the busiest convention city in Asia and ideally located for transit stops on long haul flights between Europe, the Middle East and Australasia. It doesn’t boast the beautiful islands of Thailand or the adventures of Malaysia […]

Interview with Matthew Savage, Sales Director at Smart Aviation

Interview with Matthew Savage, Sales Director at Smart Aviation

I’ve been in the aviation industry for 25 years in charter sales roles, working for two major airlines and another large broker prior to Smart Aviation. I spend my time running the Smart Aviation charter broking team, as well as personally arranging private jet flights for my clients. My clients can be the rich and […]

5 of the world's best bars with a view

5 of the world’s best bars with a view

No matter where you are in the world, there’s nothing quite like enjoying a good ol’ thirst quencher. Whether you fancy knocking back a pint of ice-cold beer or sipping on an expertly mixed martini, you won’t be able to resist our pick of the world’s best bars, all of which boast spectacular views. From […]

8 ridiculously expensive and mouth-watering desserts

8 ridiculously expensive and mouth-watering desserts

Some food is more expensive than others, it depends on where you are having it, who’s making it and what rare ingredient has been added to it. One can understand the main course being expensive with that logic, but explaining how you splurged a few thousand dollars on desserts alone can take some explaining. Let’s […]

6 of the best… places to sleep under the stars

6 of the best… places to sleep under the stars

Living in London, surrounded by artificial light at all hours, it is easy to forget the beauty of the stars above us. But Professor Brian Cox has been doing his best to inspire Britain to look at the night sky and newspapers are filled with stories of magnificent northern lights, leaving me to wonder where […]

Top 5 must-do things in the Maldives

Top 5 must-do things in the Maldives

The Maldives is renowned for being a tropical paradise and is a popular choice when it comes to honeymoon destinations. But what is there to do there? Well you can either simply soak up the stunning surroundings of pure white sands, crystal clear waters and swaying palms doing absolutely nothing, or immerse in the many […]

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