Category: Asia

4 of the most remote retreats in the Indian Ocean

4 of the most remote retreats in the Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is this planet’s third largest oceanic region stretching from the rugged coasts of Eastern Africa to the shores of Western Australia; it’s warm waters lap the sands of Southern Indo-China and the Indian subcontinent and wash across the beaches of the Arabian peninsula. The Indian Ocean has become synonymous with remote beauty […]

New luxe resorts in Vietnam

New luxe resorts in Vietnam

1. The Nam Hai This resort opened in 2006, and is still consistently rated amongst the best resorts in Asia. From the first moment you step out of your vehicle on the driveway, Nam Hai ticks all the boxes. This stunning very plush resort has direct access onto Hoi An Beach. The villas are simply […]

The best way to pamper yourself in Ho Chi Minh City

The best way to pamper yourself in Ho Chi Minh City

Are you in desperate need for a spa pamper session? Reconnecting towards yourself again?  One of the most important splurges on a holiday, remains the fact that you’re away from household chores, you normally have more time to think about yourself, and this is a magnificent time to catch up with your pamper sessions. Renewing […]

Top 3 places to visit in the Maldives

Top 3 places to visit in the Maldives

The Maldives is an island in the Indian Ocean; it is located to the south of the Lakshadweep islands. The country is a made of a group of 1,192 islands, of which 200 are inhabited. The area is famous for its hot weather, sandy beaches and relaxed atmosphere. Due to its perfect weather many people […]

Exterior of That Little Wine Bar

Special feature: That Little Wine Bar, Penang, Malaysia

Penang has a reputation for being a food lover’s paradise. Really? I’ve looked hard but very rarely seen it, and that’s despite being a nomadic gourmet who likes to try all kinds of new things. I’m always on the lookout for exceptional places which provide an oasis from the usual fare. And I have just […]

2 honeymoon gems in Thailand

2 honeymoon gems in Thailand

I thought this would be a good place to tell you about my recent honeymoon to Thailand – a destination popular for romantic holidays, touring and a good dose of cultural awakening. We travelled in May from Manchester to Phuket via Singapore and our first port of call was the small resort of Khao Lak […]

Luxury and fried silkworms in Northeast Thailand

Luxury and fried silkworms in Northeast Thailand

Silk-weaving is a well-established, traditional craft in the rural villages of Northeast Thailand (or “Isan” as the locals call it.)  Old ladies with wizened faces sit at their antique wooden looms on a dusty floor, skillfully and painstakingly threading the most intricate of “mudmee” weft patterns into the warp. Indeed, archaeologists found the oldest silk […]

5 secrets to discovering the colonial charms of Vietnam

5 secrets to discovering the colonial charms of Vietnam

1. Secure a booking in a suite at any of the marvelous Colonial hotels across Vietnam, oozing charm and romance, warmth and comfort. The Park Hyatt in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) offers a sanctuary for work and relaxation, rooms have dark wood floors, and crisp white linen and they have an amazing spa. The […]

Bangkok’s top 4 small luxury hotels with personality

Bangkok’s top 4 small luxury hotels with personality

The concept of what constitutes a luxury hotel is a chameleon one, and this is particularly true in Thailand’s frenetic capital, Bangkok. To some, luxury implies large hotels with high room counts, offering spacious and carefully decorated accommodation and a broad range of gourmet restaurants and facilities. In these behemoths, service standards are often formatted […]

Interview with Karen Gee, Managing Director of Journeys of Distinction

Interview with Karen Gee, Managing Director of Journeys of Distinction

Karen Gee is Managing Director of Journeys of Distinction, a specialist tour operator selling luxury escorted tours from the UK to a wide range of destinations worldwide from New Zealand to Russia and from South America to India. The company offers a very high level of customer service and Karen regularly meets with customers to […]

Top 10 places every food lover should visit

Top 10 places every food lover should visit

This might not seem the most obvious list going but here – according to Tripadvisor – are the top 10 places every food lover should visit.  Interestingly, neither New York nor London get a mention. Click on the comments and tell us where you think they’ve missed. 1. Lyon, France 2. Bologna, Italy 3. San […]

Top 5 luxury resorts in Bali

Top 5 luxury resorts in Bali

Bali is located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands and a part of Indonesia. The country has a population of over 3.5 million people and is a hot tourist destination for travelers around the world. The weather in Bali makes the island a popular destination, particularly when it’s cool at home. The average temperature on […]

Breaking news: InterContinental Kabul under attack

Breaking news: InterContinental Kabul under attack

Tragic news is coming from one of Kabul’s most closely-guarded hotels.  Apparently the Intercontinental Kabul – a hotel popular with Westerners – has come under attack from gunmen and suicide bombers.  The Taliban have claimed responsibility and at least 10 people are reported dead. Although Kabul has been relatively stable for some time, violence and […]

Interview with Camilla Shaughnessy, Founder of EventfulStays.com

Interview with Camilla Shaughnessy, Founder of EventfulStays.com

Camilla Shaughnessy is the founder of EventfulStays.com, a UK accommodation website which specialises in mid- to high-end home stays available for short term lets searchable by event. Camilla enjoyed the echelons of senior positions in corporate life before establishing her own consultancy firm in 1994. She went on to launch Eventful Stays in December 2010, […]

Destinations that will fulfil your dreams

Destinations that will fulfil your dreams

Whether you dream of a romantic hideaway, an unforgettable ski experience, an African safari, an escape to your own tropical paradise or a scuba diving adventure, there are plenty of fantastic destinations that can make that dream a reality. Here are some of the best the world has to offer. Nestled in the coral-rich turquoise […]

The Deluxe Spa Suite at the Hotel de la Paix in Siem Reap

Special feature: Hôtel de la Paix, Siem Reap, Cambodia

The most popular tourist destination in Cambodia is the vast complex of temples at Angkor Wat. This is really a fascinating place to visit, but surprisingly it’s not on the usual lists of Wonders of the World. It should be! It is, however, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In my opinion the best way to […]

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