Category: Asia

5 luxury swimming pools with a view

5 luxury swimming pools with a view

There was a time when a swimming pool was just a body of water in which to exercise, but in recent years, exclusive and luxury hotel builders seem to have been playing a game of one-upmanship against one another in a race to create the most amazing swimming pool imaginable. Now personally, gimmicks aside, I […]

Defining true luxury in the Maldives

Defining true luxury in the Maldives

The Maldives. It’s a name perhaps synonymous with desert-island appeal, a paradise consisting of a seemingly endless number of island destinations that some believe are at the forefront of endangerment from climate change. For some travellers, the country represents a picture postcard ideal of palm trees, seclusion and flamboyant cocktails and that maybe is all […]

Singapore's Marina Bay at night

Special feature: Premier Club at the Peninsula Excelsior Hotel, Singapore

This is a heads-up on how you can enjoy a luxurious hotel stay without paying five-star prices. It’s “simple luxury”. The concept is that a premium room in a four-star hotel can offer better facilities and services at a price cheaper than a standard room in a five-star. We tried it and here’s how we […]

The Mosaic restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

Special feature: Mosaic, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

The Mandarin Oriental Group of hotels requires no introduction on a blog about luxury travel, as the brand is famous for its prestigious hotels and resorts. The interesting thing, though, is that they are all quite different from one another. Whilst they all maintain standards of excellence, this is a group rather than a chain […]

Travel your passions with Excursionist!

Travel your passions with Excursionist! is a new members only site that connects travelers with their passions by providing a menu of curated and expert-led trips around the world. Excursionist offers hundreds of once-in-a-lifetime experiences across 40 passion areas, making it easier than ever to plan unique excursions based on your personal interests. Whether you want to trek across Greenland with […]

Jean-Christophe Nager, GM at The Pavilions Phuket

Interview with Jean-Christophe Nager, General Manager, The Pavilions, Phuket

Jean-Christophe Nager is the General Manager of The Pavilions, Phuket, a 5-star luxury resort built on a hill-top on the delightful island of Phuket. A Swiss national with more than 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, Jean-Christophe (JC) graduated from Collège St-Michel, Fribourg, in Switzerland in 1978 and studied photography in Montreal, Canada for a […]

A Thai mixologist shakes a cocktail

Special feature: Passions at The Pavilions, Phuket

Please let me get some adjectives out of the way before I go on to give you a more factual report of staying at The Pavilions in Phuket. Amazing, wonderful, fun, incredible, entertaining, educational, friendly, interesting, luxurious, impeccable, beautiful, spacious, different, comfortable, exciting, relaxing. Are you getting the gist of it yet? The Pavilions is […]

The results of the Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards 2011 are in...

The results of the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2011 are in…

Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts worldwide. The awards appear in the November issue (on newsstands from 18th October 2011) and are derived from the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice survey. This year, a record 28,876 readers […]

Disappear to a warmer climate

Disappear to a warmer climate

This is a strange time of year, isn’t it? The weather doesn’t seem to be able to make up its mind what to do, we’ve had a combination of 29 degree temperatures swiftly followed by howling gales, pouring rain and hail storms in the last five days here in the North West of the UK. […]

Interview with Luke Powers, Managing Direct of Africa Bespoke

Interview with Luke Powers, Managing Direct of Africa Bespoke

Luke Powers is a passionate traveller, always keen to explore new destinations. But mostly he enjoys exploring his own back yard: greater Cape Town. He loves a slow road trip on backroads, with plenty of time to meet the locals and take loads of photos. He lives in Cape Town and revels in every detail […]

10 unique luxury hotels you’ll never forget

Tripadvisor recently published ’10 unique luxury hotels you’ll never forget’.  Strangely, it’s just a list – albeit with pictures – but with no explanation as to what, precisely, makes each one memorable.  For what it’s worth, though, I’ve reproduced their list below. Please post a comment and tell us what hotels you think are unforgettable… […]

Recipe of the week: Thai dipping sauce for grilled meats

Recipe of the week: Thai dipping sauce for grilled meats

This delicious dipping sauce is surprisingly easy to concoct, yet is complex in flavour. It will add a lively, spicy Thai zing to grilled meats such as beef or chicken, or to roasts such as pork. Whilst it can be mixed and used immediately, allowing the sauce to stand in the refrigerator for a day […]

Interview with Guy Roger, President of Asiana Pearl Vision

Interview with Guy Roger, President of Asiana Pearl Vision

Guy Louis Roger is President at Asiana Pearl Vision, a boutique travel designer based in Cebu city and operating exclusively in the Philippines, focusing on high end tailor made tours and bespoke travelling experiences. Guy has an hotelier background and he has been working on senior management positions for Accor, Dusit, Pan Pacific, Le Meridien, […]

I wish I was... in the Maldives

I wish I was… in the Maldives

Winter is drawing in, the nights are getting darker, the temperature is starting to plummet, and I’m already starting to think about where I’d rather be, and where I can be planning my next holiday. To be honest, anywhere that has sunshine, blue skies and sand as far as I can see is a winner […]

The world's most expensive whisky

The world’s most expensive whisky

A bottle of Scotch whisky priced at 250,000 Singapore dollars (around 200,000 USD or £125,000) and displayed at a duty-free shop in Singapore’s Changi Airport, has been sold to a Chinese businessman. The bottle of Dalmore 62 hails from The Dalmore distillery in Alness, Scotland.  It is one of just 12 bottles of this 62-year-old […]

Le Normandie at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok

Special feature: Le Normandie, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

The prestigious Mandarin Oriental Hotel contains several restaurants offering different cuisines. All are renowned for their excellence and Le Normandie is world-famous for its classical French fine dining. Opened in 1958 by Germain Krull, Le Normandie has produced the height of French gastronomy for more than 50 years. The restaurant provides a stunning view of […]

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