Category: Asia

Suite of the week: Bali Luxury Villa Collection, Villa Sungai Bali

Suite of the week: Bali Luxury Villa Collection, Villa Sungai Bali

Suite name: Bali Luxury Villa Collection, Villa Sungai Bali Location: Canggu, Bali, Indonesia Size of accommodation: 2,100 sq m (villa and gardens) Cost per night: AUD1,100-1,300++ (low/peak season) What makes it special: Floating above a river, beneath a towering canopy of rainforest, Sungai, with its standout ‘great’ room with vast thatched ceiling overlooking the 18m pool, has everything you expect […]

10 iconic World Heritage Sites and the places to stay when visiting

10 iconic World Heritage Sites and the places to stay when visiting

There are currently 981 World Heritage Sites worldwide. To be considered one it has to have ‘outstanding universal value’ and falls into the following sites: cultural, natural and mixed. A World Heritage Site could range from being a building, a mountain, a lake to a desert, monument, forest and even a city. Here are just […]

Everything you ever wanted to know about Bali

Everything you ever wanted to know about Bali

inBali.org – launched two weeks ago – is helping to bring the world’s attention to Bali as an ever-growing hub of creativity and progressive living. Helmed by editor Samantha Chalker from Australia, the project is put together by an eccentric team of locals and expats working to show you everything you ever wanted to know, […]

Step back in time and discover the world's best kept secret beaches

Step back in time and discover the world’s best kept secret beaches

There is nothing more satisfying than personally discovering hidden treasures of golden sand and crystal clear water. The simple pleasures of pristine beauty await those fortunate enough to research thoroughly enough, or travel far enough to find them. The thought of a day or more at the one of the best kept beaches rewards the […]

A bucket list must: Amanjiwo, Borobudur, Java

A bucket list must: Amanjiwo, Borobudur, Java

If Amanjiwo isn’t yet on your luxury travel bucket list, it should be. Its name means peaceful soul, and peace is exactly what you’ll find during your stay in this beautiful, intimate setting, with just 36 suites set in two crescents around a graceful rotunda that echoes the striking design of Buddhist sanctuary Borobudur. Getting […]

Cambodia's top 3 travel spots

Cambodia’s top 3 travel spots

Six years as the General Manager of the largest luxury river cruise company in Cambodia, German born Alexander Scheible has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the region. Here are his top 3 suggestions for visitors. 1. Cruise up the Mekong to see the rare river dolphins The stretch of river around Kratie town is home to […]

6 of the best adventure destinations

6 of the best adventure destinations

Adventure holidays no longer have to be the exclusive domain of the intrepid, young, single traveller, ready to rough it in the world’s most remote places. Many couples and families like a bit of an adrenaline rush too. Here are just some ideas for those who would like to inject a spot of action into […]

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 […]

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