Category: Asia

Don’t overlook Krakow!

The Polish city of Krakow, too often overlooked by travellers, has been recognised as one of the world’s top five cities by readers of Wanderlust magazine. The self-styled magazine “for people with a passion for travel” placed Krakow fourth place in its list of favourite cities for 2009 and described it as a “bargain destination”. […]

Embark upon a luxurious rail cruise

Embark upon a luxurious rail cruise

Guests on The Golden Chariot will be forgiven for wondering what year it is. á For ancient and opulent Karnataka is alive and well when you travel on this luxury train. It threads its way through majestic landscapes in South India to destinations that have remained still in time. Magnificent landmarks that hold treasures reflecting […]

New luxury pool villas at Jimbaran Puri, Bali

The much loved luxury Orient Express resort of Jimbaran Puri is set to open 22 new luxury pool villas next month. Each spacious villa will have its own swimming pool, and hard wood deck where spa treatments can be enjoyed. All villas are set amidst a traditional Balinese garden courtyard, with separate bed and living […]

New luxury in Sri Lanka

Reef is a ánew luxury hideaway set in three acres of exotic tropical gardens, just 45mins south of Colombo, Sri Lanka on the beach. With their 65m sandy beachfront, all weather tennis court, large swimming pool, lush tropical gardens, huge lily ponds, garden pavilions and gourmet kitchens, Reef sets a new benchmark for luxury accommodation […]

Catering for both couples and families in the Maldives: Iru Fushi Beach & Spa Resort

Catering for both couples and families in the Maldives: Iru Fushi Beach & Spa Resort

All Maldivian islands are idyllic, so how do you decide which of the hundreds of resorts to choose from? The recently opened Iru Fushi Beach & Spa Resort offers something truly special for families and couples alike and here are just some reasons why it excels above the rest… Size matters – many resort islands […]

Formula One heads for Korea

After successfully hosting the 1988 Summer Olympic Games, the FIFA World Cup and Asian Games in 2002 and being shortlisted amongst the final three contenders for the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics, Korea continues to rise as a venue for major international sporting events by hosting its first F1 Grand Prix in 2010. The circuit […]

Hyatt Regency to return to Hong Kong

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts has announced the return of its signature Hyatt Regency brand to Hong Kong with the opening of the 567-room Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin. The first international hotel brand to open in the New Territories, the property features spectacular Tolo Harbor views, extraordinary restaurants and meeting space, as well as […]

Interview with Tom Barber of Original Travel

Interview with Tom Barber of Original Travel

Before starting Original Travel Tom Barber was a journalist for GQ and then freelance for the Evening Standard, Independent, Tatler and Brides. áHe went on two or three ‘honeymoons’ a year for Brides, and in 2003 áset up OT with two friends – Nick Newbury, who was in corporate finance, and Alastair Poulain, a venture […]

Interview with Catherine Leech of 101 Holidays

Interview with Catherine Leech of 101 Holidays

Catherine Leech has worked in luxury travel for more than 25 years. She started in PR before becoming European Director of the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, then Managing Director of luxury tour operator, Caribtours. After the tsunami of 2004 she moved to Sri Lanka where she worked for two years, mostly as a volunteer, […]

Pashan Garh Panna Wilderness Lodge, India

Pashan Garh Panna Wilderness Lodge, India

andBEYOND (formerly CC Africa) has opened its third jungle safari lodge India and welcomed its first guests last December. Pashan Garh Panna Wilderness Lodge features just 12 luxurious stone cottages and is situated a mere 50km from the renowned temples of Khajuraho – a World Heritage Site featuring erotic sculpture dating back 1,000 years. Pashan […]

Get ready for Soneva Kiri from the incredible Sonu and Eva Shivdasani

Get ready for Soneva Kiri from the incredible Sonu and Eva Shivdasani

Thirteen years after they created Soneva Fushi – the Maldives benchmark for high-end, eco-friendly, all-natural opulence – the innovative husband and wife team Sonu and Eva Shivdasani are getting set to launch Soneva Kiri, just the third Soneva on the planet. In the interim, they have built Six Senses Resorts & Spas into a company […]

Upgrades to Sunset Water Villas at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Upgrades to Sunset Water Villas at Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island has upgraded its two exclusive Sunset Water Villas with new state-of-the-art private swimming pools. At eight metres long, four metres wide and 1.2 metres deep, the pools offer guests the ultimate private swimming experience just steps from the Villa, raised above the beautiful Indian Ocean lagoon. The outdoor living area […]

January Sale from ITC Classics

January Sale from ITC Classics

Still not yet decided where to go this year? á Maybe luxury travel specialists áITC Classics will give you some inspiration. á Here’s a selection of ideas from their January Sale: Indian Ocean Diva, Maldives Stay 7 nights and only pay for 5, plus book more than 45 days in advance and receive an extra […]

Bali's newest super-luxury beachfront villa estate

Bali’s newest super-luxury beachfront villa estate

Situated at Pererenan, a largely deserted stretch of beach 25 minutes by car from Bali’s sophisticated and cosmopolitan shopping, dining and clubbing, the new Pantai Lima estate comprises five luxurious beachfront villas áand 70 staff to wait on your every need. Each villa has been uniquely created by French designers Gaelle Echene and Charles Pelletier, […]

Winter savings with Hotel Okura Tokyo

Winter savings with Hotel Okura Tokyo

Enjoy the vibrant hustle and bustle of Tokyo, its elegant shopping and kaleidoscopic neon lights, made even more magical under a dusting of snow. Visit the stunning Imperial Palace and then return to the warmth and hospitality of the five-star Hotel Okura Tokyo. The hotel is one of the city’s landmark buildings, located in the […]

Anniversary offers from The Beach House at Manafaru, Maldives

Anniversary offers from The Beach House at Manafaru, Maldives

As it approaches áits first anniversary next month, the glamorous Maldivian resort, The Beach House at Manafaru is offering some fantastic deals to celebrate! For all new bookings made between ánow and á15th May 2009, guests can take advantage of the following offers: Complimentary Nights Stay 7 nights and pay for just 5 or stay […]

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