Category: Asia

Photograph of the week: Reflections at the Taj Lake Palace Hotel

Photograph of the week: Reflections at the Taj Lake Palace Hotel

The Taj Lake Palace Hotel shimmers in the centre of the lake at Udaipur, Rajasthan. The magical setting is appropriate for one of the most romantic, exclusive and beautifully located hotels in India, in one of its most atmospheric cities. The hotel was used as a location for scenes in the James Bond movie Octopussy. […]

Top 5 literary locations

Top 5 literary locations

Art and travel have always had a special relationship, with one influencing the other for centuries. And now luxury travellers can truly ‘lose’ themselves in their favourite novel, film or play during their time away. Peter Jackson’s blockbuster The Hobbit focused the world’s eyes on New Zealand as a key destination and, consequently lit the […]

Cambodia for foodies

Cambodia for foodies

Putting the dark days of the Khmer Rouge firmly behind it, Cambodia’s seductive charm, colourful cuisine and ruinous temples are tempting travellers away from its neighbours. For the foodie, the two principal centres of gastro renaissance are Siem Reap, gateway to the 8th Wonder of the World, Angkor Wat, and the intoxicating city of Phnom […]

4 top restaurants in Chaweng, Koh Samui

4 top restaurants in Chaweng, Koh Samui

Chaweng is the biggest and most popular beach on the isle of Koh Samui. With hundreds of dining establishments, with tourists and locals in mind, it can be hard to pick out the best. Once you’re all settled in your accommodation, it’s time to think about your dining options. Here are four stunning eateries within […]

The world's best rail journeys

The world’s best rail journeys

Train journeys offer a more relaxed pace of travel and often evoke a feeling of a bygone era, with elaborately decorated carriages and the opportunity to mingle with likeminded people. There are countless rail journeys across the world all of which offer something different, but for me there are a few that really stand out. […]

Essential travel tips for the lottery winner

Essential travel tips for the lottery winner

For the traveling enthusiasts among us – winning the lottery promises us luxury travel nirvana. Our luxury travel dreams encompass the whole experience and not just the glorious end-destination. So naturally, the first thing to be ditched would be travelling commercial airlines (fondly described as ‘cattle class’). No more sitting like a sardine packed into […]

Armani/Aqua - Salt Discovery Six Course Experience Menu

Armani/Aqua – Salt Discovery Six Course Experience Menu

Salt. It’s the single most important ingredient in a chef’s repertoire, and one of the oldest methods of curing and preserving, and the seasoning of food is arguably the important aspect of cooking or processing of food. And yet, it’s an incredibly under-emphasised ingredient. There is much more to salt and its use in food than […]

Photograph of the week: The Pongua Waterfall, Da Lat, Vietnam

Photograph of the week: The Pongua Waterfall, Da Lat, Vietnam

The Pongua Waterfall, also known as the Step Waterfall, is located in a mountain range about 50 kilometres from Da Lat in Vietnam. It is regarded as one of the most beautiful and magnificent falls in the Lam Dong province. During the dry season, the river that feeds the waterfall almost dries out. This allows […]

10 'can’t miss' rooftop bars around the world

10 ‘can’t miss’ rooftop bars around the world

There is nothing that compares to the feeling and excitement that overwhelms you when you arrive in a new city. The excitement and anticipation to try new foods, interact with new people and new ways of life, and experience things that you never knew existed. So, to start planning all of these great things you’re […]

6 epic natural wonders of the world

6 epic natural wonders of the world

The first known list of the ‘seven wonders of the world’ was compiled by Greek scholars and included landmarks and monuments such as the Statue of Zeus at Olympia and the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. Of the original list only one wonder still exists today and that is the Great Pyramid of Giza. In […]

The 4 best cruise ships on the Yangtze River

The 4 best cruise ships on the Yangtze River

At almost four thousand miles long, the Yangtze is Asia’s longest river and the third longest in the world. Historically it divides the North and South of China providing a natural barrier against invaders and more significantly today, a waterway for transport, commerce, and leisure cruising. China’s coming of age as a true world power […]

How to feel safe in Thailand

How to feel safe in Thailand

Like many South East Asian countries, Thailand has had its fair share of bad press, from political unrest to petty crime and drugs. Like most places in the world, Thailand does have a dark side, however exercising appropriate precautions and with a little common sense, the likelihood of becoming embroiled in disaster is low. To […]

The 3 best luxury hotels in Chongqing

The 3 best luxury hotels in Chongqing

I’m used to hearing crickets when strangers ask me where I live. Who doesn’t know Beijing and Shanghai, China’s “famous cities”, but Chongqing often brings blank stares despite it being one of the world’s largest megacities, with an estimated 34 million residents. Despite significant history and culture, the Southwest Chinese city is best know as […]

Photograph of the week: Fiery sunset in the Maldives

Photograph of the week: Fiery sunset in the Maldives

This beautiful, vibrant photograph was taken from a private beach on an island resort in the Maldives. Stunning, fiery sunsets such as these can be seen in the magical ‘golden hour’ just before darkness, and this particular shot was taken just seconds before the sun slipped below the horizon. Thank you to MacLean Fraser for permission […]

4 hotels to stay in Kakheti, Georgia's largest wine region

4 hotels to stay in Kakheti, Georgia’s largest wine region

At the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, the country of Georgia is a surprising budding treasure where wine, food and culture intertwine with each other and gives every tourist an experience of a lifetime. Called the Cradle of Wine, the country’s 8,000 year old method of wine making in qvevris (earthenware vessels resembling […]

Luxury in California, 12 shades of blue in the Maldives, family travel advice and top tips for a trip to Antigua

Luxury in California, 12 shades of blue in the Maldives, family travel advice and top tips for a trip to Antigua

Last month, whilst I was off reviewing an apartment in Kingston-upon-Thames on the outskirts of London, my fellow luxury travel bloggers and members of the Luxury Travel Blog Network were dotted across various other corners of the globe. Here’s what the others were up to in April. Nadine visited the recently renovated Relais and Châteaux […]

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