Category: Asia

Fit to be Thaid

In Alex Garland’s seminal novel The Beach a young man search in southern Thailand for a seaside Utopia goes awry. In the Hangover Part Two a group of young men find a different kind of Thai experience. I went to Thailand looking for my own paradise idyll. I didn’t expect what I would discover. The […]

The world's most expensive restaurant doesn't even have its own website

The world’s most expensive restaurant doesn’t even have its own website

It’s hard to define what makes a restaurant ‘the most expensive’, but Tokyo’s Aragawa restaurant – ranked #1 in CNN Go’s list of ’10 stupidly expensive restaurants’ must certainly be up there.  Since getting its first Michelin star, it’s moved from a somewhat shady basement office location in Shimbashi to rather more fitting ground floor […]

Treat yourself to these 9 luxury destinations and resorts

Treat yourself to these 9 luxury destinations and resorts

Awww… the life of luxury. It’s tough to beat a Thai massage, sipping mimosas by the poolside, dining on only the best Parisian cuisine and living the luxurious life. Whether you’re looking for the perfect weekend get-a-way or want to rub sholders with the rich and famous, these nine luxury destinations will point you in […]

The world's most expensive one-bedroom apartment

The world’s most expensive one-bedroom apartment

A luxury apartment in Tokyo has gone on the market for 1.8 billion yen (that’s almost $23 million USD or £15 million GBP). The 412 sq m penthouse is one of the most desirable locations in Tokyo (the Minamiazabu district) and comes fully furnished and complete with an original art piece by Hiroshi Senju which […]

The top 4 island choices in the Maldives

The top 4 island choices in the Maldives

Recently I was fortunate enough to visit the Maldives through a work trip and the setting was right to mix pleasure and business. Although I primarily enjoyed the former I was keen to document the experience as a resource for others visiting this truly wonderful destination. Naturally to then get a true understanding of the […]

Fabulous holidays and short breaks auctioned for a good cause

Fabulous holidays and short breaks auctioned for a good cause

England rugby player Tom Palmer has contacted me to say he is running an online auction, which includes a number of luxury holiday lots, to raise funds to help finance his close friend’s brain tumour treatment. The star lots are week-long holidays in 3 bedroom, pool villas at the 5 star resorts of Karma Kandara […]

5 things that should be on every luxury travelers' Bali itinerary

5 things that should be on every luxury travelers’ Bali itinerary

With numerous world class beaches, a varied landscape of hills, mountains and lush green rice terraces, a colorful, spiritual and unique culture, Bali is the perfect holiday setting. Add to that some truly amazing resorts and holiday villas and you have a paradise for the luxury traveler. Below are 5 things that should be on […]

3 choice picks from the Condé Nast Hot List 2012

3 choice picks from the Condé Nast Hot List 2012

Condé Nast Traveller have announced their Hot List for 2012 with the latest annual batch of fabulous worldwide hotels getting some coveted recognition. The publication is one of the most influential and widely read in the luxury travel industry – and from our perspective it’s nice to see some of our personal favourites taking pride of […]

InterContinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland: the world's lowest high-rise hotel?

InterContinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland: the world’s lowest high-rise hotel?

As competition around the world continues for the world’s tallest tower, architects and engineers in China have taken on a new approach and are building in the opposite direction.  Dubbed as Shanghai’s first ‘groundscraper’, construction has begun on the 19-story InterContinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland. This 380-room luxury hotel will be built almost entirely below the […]

Rising popularity of multi centre escapes

Rising popularity of multi centre escapes

The concept of a bespoke luxury holiday is something that appeals to almost any kind of traveller, but increasingly we’re seeing more and more tourists looking specifically at multi centre breaks especially when planning a honeymoon. Quite possibly that may be down to our thirst for new horizons as a nation, but what some people […]

Hong Kong's 5 best buys

Hong Kong’s 5 best buys

Despite the fact that luxury brands are opening retail stores at an unprecedented rate throughout mainland China (Shanghai is home to seven Chanel boutiques, compared to just three in Paris), an average of 14 million Chinese flock to Hong Kong every month to take advantage of duty-free discounts on luxury goods. Now, we’re not saying […]

The top 5 luxury dining experiences in Vietnam

The top 5 luxury dining experiences in Vietnam

With Vietnam providing such a vast selection of restaurants up and down the span of the country, it can be difficult to decide what restaurants may be the best choice in providing quality Vietnamese food with a luxurious edge. As a traveller it is important to experience different tastes and flavours of the country but to also find […]

Silversea confirms luxury cruise ship collision in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Silversea confirms luxury cruise ship collision in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Just when you thought the cruise industry had already had its fair share of bad publicity this year, it’s been confirmed that Silversea‘s luxury cruise ship, the Silver Shadow, collided in foggy conditions with a local commercial vessel in Ha Long Bay, about 5 miles off the coast of Vietnam.  Accounts of the scale of […]

Top 10 holiday cocktails and their origins

Top 10 holiday cocktails and their origins

We all love a good cocktail whilst on holiday, the two go hand in hand like Bonnie and Clyde or roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. I’ve put together this little fun list of the best ones out there, where they hail from and how they are made: Singapore Sling, Singapore This fabulous cocktail was famously […]

Top 10 city break hotels

Top 10 city break hotels

The Dorchester, London A visit to The Dorchester on Park Lane will pay homage to a truly classic British hotel whose reputation has been built over 80 illustrious years. The 3 Michelin starred Alain Ducasse Restaurant is a highlight, as is the magnificent and thoroughly English afternoon tea which can be taken daily in The […]

A new brand of luxury for Bali

Luxury hotel owners and operators, the Mulia Group are currently in development of a new brand and resort destination in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, opening later this year. This is the place to bliss out everyone. Explore the dramatic coastline of Nusa Dua that surrounds The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas, experience the serenity of breathtaking […]

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