Category: Asia

The most popular destinations for adventure travellers?

The most popular destinations for adventure travellers?

iExplore, named the Best Adventure Travel Website by Forbes Magazine and Travel + Leisure, has announced a list of top 10 world travel destinations as determined by purchases made by adventure and experiential travellers.   Egypt retains its number one spot, but South Africa jumps to the number 2 spot (from 19th position the year […]

The rich wildlife of Madhya Pradesh

The rich wildlife of Madhya Pradesh

Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Panna have won the ‘Best Maintained Tourist Friendly National Parks’ award, a national award given by the Government of India’s Ministry of Tourism. Why not have an unforgettable break and explore the timeless magic of Madhya Pradesh’s jungles, known as the Tiger State of India and also where the inspiration for the […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Tailor-made holidays from Bridge & Wickers Join the posh set at New York’s  Monmouth Park Stay at a converted Victorian schoolhouse in Dublin Ski and short stays in Tokyo/Kyoto from Ski in Japan

Hyatt on the rise

Hyatt on the rise

Between early 2008 and late 2009, Hyatt will open three hotels in imposing structures currently being erected in Beijing, Shanghai and Moscow. Since the opening of the Grand Hyatt Tokyo in Mori’s Roppongi Hills or of the Grand Hyatt Shanghai in the striking Jin Mao Tower, the Hyatt name is becoming increasingly synonymous with ambitious […]

The St. Regis Singapore

The St. Regis Singapore

The St. Regis Singapore – the first new internationally branded hotel in Singapore for over a decade – opened on Tanglin Road just before the New Year. The hotel – the first for St. Regis Hotels and Resorts in South-East Asia – has 299 rooms and suites, the first premium Remède Spa outside of the […]

Japanese ski resort gives its name to a new Mazda MX5

Japanese ski resort gives its name to a new Mazda MX5

A Japanese ski resort on the island of Hokkaido, Niseko, is curiously behind a new Mazda MX5 that is about to be on sale in the UK. Only 240 soft tops and 560 roadsters of this limited edition Mazda will be on sale from 1st January 2008, with entry level prices starting from £17,995. Niseko […]

14th World Travel Awards

14th World Travel Awards

The 14th World Travel Awards, held at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa on the island of Providenciales,  has finally concluded. It’s the second year running that the ceremony has been held at the Turks & Caicos islands. Notable winners this year included Marriott Hotels Resorts & Suites (World’s Leading Hotel Brand),  Burj Al […]

Special introductory rates from The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing

Special introductory rates from The Ritz-Carlton, Beijing

The new Ritz-Carlton, Beijing – the company’s third property in China, and a timely addition given the forthcoming summer Olympics in the city next year  - is offering special introductory rates for as low as $200 per night until 29th  February  2008. Designed by the renowned design consultants, Hirsch Bedner Associates of Atlanta, the hotel’s […]

The Peninsula Manila re-opens

The Peninsula Manila, which was the scene of a dramatic siege last week, has re-opened.   In a statement on their website, they simply write: The Peninsula Manila is now open and fully operational, and The Peninsula’s management and staff look forward to welcoming guests and patrons once again. Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez is […]

The amazing growth of Banyan Tree

The amazing growth of Banyan Tree

From just one property in 1994, in  just 13  years Banyan Tree has expanded to more than twenty properties today. But perhaps all the more impressive is the awards that it’s picked up along the way. Over the past decade and more, Banyan Tree has received an incredible 340 awards. Mostly recently, Banyan Tree Lijiang […]

Siege drama at The Peninsula Manila

Siege drama at The Peninsula Manila

There have been dramatic scenes at The Peninsula Manila today, situated in the Makati financial district.   The hotel was stormed by rebel members of the Philippines military who had broken out of court where they were on trial for a mutiny in 2003. Armed guards have been posted on stairways from the hotel’s  lobby, […]

2007 Spa Finder Readers' Choice Awards

2007 Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards

The key winners from this year’s Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards are recognised by ‘Crystal Awards’. These are the crème de la crème of the innumerable winners, limited to just one from each continent. The five (there aren’t many to choose from in Antarctica!) to shine through this year are as follows: Favorite Spa of […]

Naumi, Singapore

Naumi, Singapore

For the world class business traveller who is looking for comfort, privacy and convenience, the Naumi luxury hotel is an elegant abode nestled within  Singapore’s Central Business District. This 40-room haven functions more like a personal condo than a regular hotel.  Its rooms come equipped with a 50-inch plasma TV, espresso machines, a kitchenette and […]

Flight Centre's Exclusive Collection

Flight Centre’s Exclusive Collection

UK-based Flight Centre has launched a new website devoted to their Exclusive Collection.   It showcases some of the world’s most luxurious holiday destinations, with exclusive offers sorted by category (family, spa and wellness, sport and lesure, etc.) or by destination. As an example, 7 nights bed and breakfast in a Deluxe Room at the […]

Great post-Thanksgiving deals from My WishList

Great post-Thanksgiving deals from My WishList

In the spirit of post-Thanksgiving shopping, some limited-time luxury travel deals will be available starting next week on My WishList, American Express’ popular, seasonal e-tail web site.    Their storefront offers all card members the opportunity to buy limited quantities of the season’s most wished-for items at discounts of 24-80% (Ultimate Wish Giveaways discounted 100%) […]

Banyan Tree heads for Dinaran Island in the Philippines

Banyan Tree heads for Dinaran Island in the Philippines

Banyan Tree‘s first foray into the Philippines will come about through a joint venture with Mr Salvador B Zamora II, a prominent businessman in the mining and real estate industries. Together they will develop and operate two luxury resorts on Dinaran Island. Completion of  the projects  is slated  for 2010, at a  combined cost of […]

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