Category: Asia

Beautiful pool villas in Phuket, from Anantara

Beautiful pool villas in Phuket, from Anantara

Anantara Phuket Resort & Spa is now welcoming guests. Each of Anantara Phuket’s 83 villas comes with its own private 33 square metre pool set either within magnificent Bill Bensley-designed gardens with enchanting paths meandering down to the sea or by the beautiful lagoon with its bamboo water fountains and night-time flaming torches lighting. á […]

Diwali, India

Diwali, India

On the 28th October 2008 Diwali is celebrated for five continuous days, with the third day being celebrated as the main Diwali or as the ‘Festival of Lights’. Fireworks are always associated with this festival with the main day celebrated with people lighting candles, diyas, all around their house. India is a kaleidoscope of sights, […]

The world’s 2nd 7-star hotel?

From eviewweek.com: World’s 2nd 7-star hotel will be in China A management agreement to build China’s first seven-star hotel was signed over the weekend, Beijing Times reports. China’s real-estate company Antaeus Group and the Canadian company Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, signed the agreement to build the hotel in Sanya, a tourism hotspot in southern China’s […]

Destination spa from Per Aquum

Per Aquum is launching its first destination spa, Sould Maldives, early next year. The property will be located in the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, in the southern Maldives. á The resort, dedicated to health and nutrition, will span two islands and offer up to 38 villas on land and over water. It will offer a range […]

Karma Samui celebrates second birthday with stylish beach party

Karma Samui celebrates second birthday with stylish beach party

Karma Resorts‘ second property, Karma Samui on the idyllic Koh Samui, Thailand recently celebrated its second year of operation with a stylish, beach-themed party on its golden sands. Over 100 guests were treated to a night of exquisite, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine created by executive chef Stefano Leone, accompanied by flowing champagne and fireworks. Music to accompany […]

Caviar collagen facial from Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Caviar collagen facial from Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

The Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has launched a new treatment – a caviar collagen facial. Available from 19th August to 30th November 2008, and priced at HK$1,400 this 75-minute facial is designed to rejuvenate tone and texture while leaving skin with a more youthful glow and softer feel. Guests booking their facial before 5 p.m. […]

W Retreat & Spa – Maldives launches James Bond promotion

The W Retreat & Spa – Maldives has launched a special James Bond promotion allowing you to live like the famous double agent; flirt with adventure by day and your Bond Girl by night. The 5 nights package includes the following adrenaline filled experiences: Begin your mission surveying the island on your 1 hour private […]

The Princess d’Annam Resort near Ho Chi Minh City

An all-villa luxury boutique resort called The Princess d’Annam Resort and Spa has been launched Ke Ga, close to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, two months later than previously planned. The 57-villa and two-bedroom beachfront home resort is to offer four swimming pools and 21 plunge pools, along with a five-star restaurant fusing Vietnamese […]

Beijing market: grilled starfish, goat lungs and red peppers, dog brain soup and more!

Beijing market: grilled starfish, goat lungs and red peppers, dog brain soup and more!

All eyes are on Beijing right now, for obvious reasons, and today I stumbled upon a blog post which caught my eye. á The Chinese are renowned for eating pretty much anything, and so it was interesting to be able to see pictures of a market offering everything from starfish grilled in shark oil to […]

The opening ceremony at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

In case you missed it, take a moment to marvel at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Unfortunately the Olympic committee doesn’t allow footage to be re-produced, but you can enjoy this series of still images put together in a video.

Beijing's newest hotel: The Opposite House

Beijing’s newest hotel: The Opposite House

Beijing’s newest hotel opens today, fractionally late for the Olympics but still able to take advantage of the spectacle. The Opposite House has 99 generous rooms (reputedly among the largest in Beijing) and was designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. This new boutique hotel has a Mediterranean restaurant and one that specialises in North Asian […]

Ten gorgeous glaciers!

Ten gorgeous glaciers!

This week Forbes Traveler has run a feature entitled “10 Gorgeous Glaciers“. It caught my eye not only because of the beautiful pictures but also because I have a particular áinterest in this subject. Few of you will know this, but my áPhD was in glaciology. á Alas, Greenland – where I worked – doesn’t […]

One of Malaysia's finest boutique hotels

One of Malaysia’s finest boutique hotels

Just an 8-minute walk from KLCC, Hotel Maya offers services and facilities beyond compare. Enjoy space, comfort and breathtaking views of Kuala Lumpur’s skyline. Indulge yourself in the various eateries serving local and international cuisine. Step into Anggun Spa and be captivated by its serene ambience and the skills of its friendly masseurs.

Refurbishment at The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai

Refurbishment at The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai

The 610-room Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai – which last month hosted the Asia Luxury Travel Market (ALTM) – is currently underoing a major $40m refurbishment of all its rooms. The new rooms will boast a contemporary décor with Asian influences including modern Chinese artwork, and include the 500 sq m Ritz-Carlton Suite.

The Haven – the ultimate Maldives honeymoon?

Situated in Lankanfinolhu, just 15 minutes from áMale International Airport, lies The Haven, facing the majestic emerald backdrop of the Indian Ocean. á This 62 room resort entirely built over water is your ideal honeymoon retreat. The 40 Water Villas, 16 Haven Villas with Jacuzzi, 4 Have Suites and 2 Ocean Suites with private swimming […]

Interview with Joseph Amissah of Blue Cube Aviation

Interview with Joseph Amissah of Blue Cube Aviation

Joseph Amissah is áthe founder of Blue Cube Aviation and decided to set up the company to meet the growing demand for International private jet travel, for clients seeking an alternative form of transportation other than commercial airlines. Recently, the company has seen a sharp rise in the number of charter request due to the […]

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