Category: Asia

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 […]

Singapore in the spotlight

Singapore in the spotlight

As a prosperous 21st Century city, Singapore is well known for glittering skyscrapers, bustling trade and thriving tourism. It has grown significantly as a city-break destination, as more and more holidaymakers opt for a long weekend break or a 3 night stopover before flying to a luxury beach island like Sentosa, Bintan or Langkawi. The […]

The top 10 places for stunning Autumn colours

The top 10 places for stunning Autumn colours

It’s that time of year again when the foliage on the trees begins to take on all manner of dramatic colours, and budding photographers the world over try to make the most of the myriad of different hues. Tripadvisor have come up with a ‘top 10 spots for stunning Autumn colours’ list (see below). What […]

The top 10 honeymoon destinations for couples in a muddle

The top 10 honeymoon destinations for couples in a muddle

Choosing where to go on honeymoon for many seems an enviable task but the reality can be really rather more taxing. With so many options available to the modern couple the novelty of being spoilt for choice can become quite bewildering. With this in mind I have taken a closer look at the top 10 […]

Top 10 most luxurious stag destinations

Top 10 most luxurious stag destinations

Whether you want a calm and upscale stag holiday or a more rambunctious occasion where the drinks flow freely, you can find whatever you are looking for at some of the best stag destinations around the world. From Asia to Europe, there are countless attractions, bars, and nightclubs to entertain you, and provide you with […]

5 of the best restaurant views in the world

1. Ngorongoro Crater Lodge – Tanzania, Africa This one is a personal favourite of mine as we spent a few nights of our honeymoon here.  A truly incredible location with a restaurant that overlooks one of the finest locations in Africa. 2. Skyline Restaurant – Queenstown, New Zealand A stunning location with great staff and […]

Recipe of the week: Singapore Chilli Crab

Recipe of the week: Singapore Chilli Crab

Ingredients: 450g Mud Crab, quartered and claws cracked 3 tblspn vegetable oil 8 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped 8 fresh red chilli, roughly chopped 1 egg 2 shallots, cut into finger length 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice 1 small bunch of coriander For the sauce: 1 cup of water, 5 tblspns tomato ketchup 1 […]

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 […]

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