Category: Asia

New exclusive brand from Ritz-Carlton: Ritz-Carlton Reserve

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. is launching a new exclusive brand for high-end travellers; Ritz-Carlton Reserve. Phulay Bay in Krabi, Thailand, will be the first property to open in spring 2009. The philosophy behind the Ritz-Carlton Reserve portfolio is to create idyllic retreats where guests can escape into an exclusive leisure experience. It offers guests […]

Outrigger Serenity Terraces Resort Phuket

Outrigger Serenity Terraces Resort Phuket

The new Outrigger Serenity Terraces Resort Phuket will open  tomorrow. This full-service luxury resort will be the first property to open in Outrigger Enterprises Group’s planned major expansion into Thailand and Asia. It  is located in the quiet Chalong Bay area of Phuket and  consists of 78 luxury one- and two-bedroom apartments, most with spectacular […]

Interview with Suzanne Aaronson of Suzanne's Files

Interview with Suzanne Aaronson of Suzanne’s Files

Our latest interview is with Suzanne Aaronson, Editor-in-Chief and Founder  of Suzanne’s Files, a leading quality lifestyle resource. Suzanne’s  Files provides expert picks on under-the-radar getaways, hidden gems, wow services, truly unique gifts, lifetime experiences, and niche experts around the world. What is it that  you do exactly? Everyday is different – that’s for sure! […]

Malaysian Spa Festival at Thermae Bath Spa

Malaysian Spa Festival at Thermae Bath Spa

Fancy a taste of the tropical without leaving the UK? Between 22nd April and 17th May 2009, Thermae Bath Spa will play host to a Malaysian Spa Festival, with therapists from the award-winning Spa Village brand showcasing a selection of authentic treatments – ranging from a Chinese Pearl & Rice and ‘Egg Undulation’ Face Treatment […]

Interview with Claes Bohlin of Bohline Exclusive Villas

Interview with Claes Bohlin of Bohline Exclusive Villas

My name is Claes Bohlin and I am the owner and founder of Bohline Exclusive Villas which are a luxury villa rental company.  I run this company together with my girlfriend Cecilia Lilja and we both have a burning desire for travels. Our main goal with the company is to offer our clients the best […]

Bali's outstanding wedding venue: Pantai Lima

Bali’s outstanding wedding venue: Pantai Lima

There are few places on earth that are as romantic and steeped in mystical spirituality as Bali. Known to some as The Morning of the World, and to many as The Island of the Gods, it is no small wonder that literally thousands of couples pledge or renew their wedding vows in Bali. And there […]

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.   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  new 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.  He went on two or three ‘honeymoons’ a year for Brides, and in 2003  set 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 […]

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