Category: Asia

Air hostesses showcase their deadly kung fu moves

Air stewardesses at Hong Kong Airlines are being trained in Wing Chun, a deadly martial art that can reputedly knock an aggressor out cold in a matter of seconds. †It’s not clear whether it’s mostly PR hype or designed to be a legitimate safety exercise but it’s a kind of kung fu that apparently works […]

Thailand titbits

Here are some May events in Thailand which may be of interest to luxury travellers.†There are several trade shows including: Thailand Golf and Dive Expo 2011 from 26-29 May 2011, at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, Bangkok. This is an opportunity to learn more about the best golfing and diving destinations in Thailand. You may […]

2011 Summer holiday hotspots according to Great Hotels of the World

2011 Summer holiday hotspots according to Great Hotels of the World

In a bid no doubt to build awareness for its members, Great Hotels of the World has revealed its holiday hotspot predictions for Summer 2011 based on searches made on their site. 1. Tenerife, Spain The Canary Island of Tenerife is a firm favourite with holiday makers and continues to be one of the most […]

Spa oils and herbs

Special feature: Activities at the Tanjung Rhu Resort, Langkawi

After our visit to the Tanjung Rhu Resort, I wrote about the resort itself. What I omitted from that article was information about all the activities on offer, because there is just so much to do that it wasn’t possible to squeeze them all into the original article. You’ll see what I mean if you […]

4 of the most spectacular underground experiences

One of the main benefits of luxury travel, I have long believed, is that it affords us the opportunity to explore the most unusual, fascinating and unique aspects of our own planet. I love to discover new places and new perspectives, unearth forgotten worlds and embrace the unfamiliar. Although realistically there are few frontiers left […]

Beach barbecue at the Tanjung Rhu Resort

Special feature: Dining at the Tanjung Rhu Resort, Langkawi

We had a wonderful stay at the Tanjung Rhu Resort recently, and there was so much to write about I decided to do it over several articles. The first was a special feature about the resort itself. Now let’s look at the dining options. There are several restaurants at the resort: The Rhu – this […]

6 of the world's most luxurious diving destinations

6 of the world’s most luxurious diving destinations

For the discerning traveller, diver or not, who has money to spend and wants the very best, these six destinations offer an incomparable level of service, style, and of course diving. So dream awhile, and casting all financial concerns aside, enjoy that lottery moment and consider which are the most spoiling and amazing destinations where […]

New to southern Thailand: Casas del Sol in Koh Tao

New to southern Thailand: Casas del Sol in Koh Tao

With a desire to offer a refreshing new definition of the luxury beach bungalow experience, Casas del Sol has officially opened on the island of Koh Tao, Thailand. Created by Australian Interior Designer, Christina Saenz de Santamaria, Casas del Sol are five individually designed beach villas that offer self-catered accommodation in an ideal location of […]

Sands Pool at the Tanjung Rhu Resort, Langkawi, Malaysia

Special feature: Tanjung Rhu Resort, Langkawi, Malaysia

We hadn’t been to Langkawi island before, although we’ve been to Malaysia many times. Langkawi is an amazing place and the Tanjung Rhu Resort is ideal for getting away from all the stresses of modern life. There are several ways to get to Langkawi. We tried two different methods of coming and going. First we […]

Elephants in southern Thailand must do their 'business' on state toilets

Elephants in southern Thailand must do their ‘business’ on state toilets

Luxury elephant tours in southern Thailand are in jeopardy after local government officials have declared that elephants may no longer foul the main routes used for tourist treks as it is “hazardous to human health”. Instead, elephants will have to do their business on specially-designed toilets scattered along the main tourist trails. †We spoke to […]

5 of the best restaurants in Bangkok

5 of the best restaurants in Bangkok

Bangkok. Itís a constantly evolving mystery to all who visit, and even to those who call it home. After the economic boom of the 90ís things seemed to be settling down, but still buildings are popping up everywhere, hotels are unveiled and countless bars and restaurants open and close on a regular basis. For people […]

India's ultimate National Park

India’s ultimate National Park

With 450 national parks within India, for a first time visitor choosing the best place to relish in the natural heritage can seem like a daunting task. But ask anyone who has stepped even a foot in the country and they will send you straight to Ranthambore. Famous amongst residents and globe-trotters, Ranthambore is renowned […]

Interview with Anupam Dasgupta, General Manager of Ananda in the Himalayas

Interview with Anupam Dasgupta, General Manager of Ananda in the Himalayas

Anupam Dasgupta has been with the†IHHR group for over 6 years in several roles and is now the General Manager at†Ananda.†Ananda, located in the foothills of the Himalayas, is a world-leading spa where a holistic approach is taken towards rejuvenation using the three ancient Indian philosphies of Yoga, Ayurveda and Vedanta. The award-winning retreat combines […]

4 of the world's most exclusive eco-resorts

4 of the world’s most exclusive eco-resorts

Increasingly today more and more emphasis is being weighed upon environmentally friendly travel. The tourist industry occupies a unique and decisive role within the global community, not only to enthral and excite but to educate and communicate. It is our task to express the need to embrace greener living habits as part of our every […]

The highlights of historical Thailand

The highlights of historical Thailand

Western eyes are often guilty of ignoring the myriad achievements of the kingdoms that became modern Thailand. Perhaps itís the complexity of power in these warring kingdoms of Siam that have left its history disregarded, or perhaps itís simply the fact that it resisted colonisation like no other Southeast Asian nation. In the present day, […]

The top 10 cities to visit in 2011

The top 10 cities to visit in 2011

Lonely Planet earlier this year produced a list of the top 10 cities to visit in 2011. It wasn’t just ‘yet another top 10 list’ – well, it was, but it at least gave some good reasons for why each place was worthy of visiting this year. Here’s their top 10 and, if you want […]

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