Author Archive for Kay McMahon

View of Singapore's Marina Bay at night

Singapore: a room with a view

Whilst in Singapore recently, we spent a couple of comfortable nights in the Peninsula Excelsior Hotel. Unfortunately we weren’t staying in their executive class accommodation so I don’t have a special feature for you. However, we were able to meet with the charming Ms Corina Teo, who showed us around the Sky Lounge and then
Exterior of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Changi Airport

Special feature: Crowne Plaza, Changi Airport, Singapore

Why would anyone want to stay at an airport hotel? Prior to having the pleasure of staying at the Crowne Plaza at Changi Airport, the only answer to that question which I could have come up with would have been “convenience”. Sometimes you’ll stay at an airport hotel just to be handy for moving on
The Wangz Hotel in Singapore

Special feature: Wangz Hotel, Singapore

The Wangz Hotel, 231 Outram Road, Singapore is an amazing new boutique hotel and quite different from anywhere I’ve ever stayed before. I highly recommend it! Let me tell you why. This barrel-shaped building is noticeable from a distance in its urban oasis in the heritage area of Tiong Bahru. There are 41 guest rooms,
Simon Rindlisbacher, Hotel Manager at the Rembrandt Hotel, Bangkok

Interview with Simon Rindlisbacher, Hotel Manager of The Rembrandt, Bangkok

The Rembrandt Hotel and Towers, one of the most renowned hotels in Bangkok, has undergone a new makeover this year. This also resulted in the promotion of Simon P. Rindlisbacher to the position of Hotel Manager – one of the youngest hotel managers in town. Simon’s rise in the ranks has been quite meteoric. From his

Enjoy a luxury Christmas break in London

Enjoy Christmas in style in London’s most iconic luxury hotels. Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley are celebrating the festive season with two-night packages featuring the finest traditional festive fare from 24th-26th December 2010 and romantic horse-drawn carriage rides through the British capital on Christmas morning – complete with hot chocolate and marshmallows! There’s lots on

Two Thai taste temptations

The Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine and Harvey Norman, the cooking appliance specialist, are hosting a special event on 17th November 2010 at the Gourmet Institute. Chef Martin Boetz, one of the world’s leading practitioners of modern Thai cuisine, will be cooking up traditional street-style favourites such as mee grob, crisp rice noodles with prawns, and

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Tickets are now on sale for events at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, which will be held from 4th to 14th March 2011. They have a seriously good line-up of chefs and winemakers, and the festival is set to be a gastronomic joyride. As well as masterclasses, demonstrations, dinners and other events, the festival

Ladies Golf Classic at Magenta Shores in New South Wales

You are invited to the inaugural Ladies Golf Classic at Magenta Shores Golf & Country Club, Magenta, New South Wales. The ladies-only event will be held on Friday 15th October 2010 and tickets cost $129 per person. To book: call Chantelle Veness (02) 4332 4411 or email [email protected]. Book early as there is a limit of

Guy Grossi Pasta Evening in Sydney

The Australian Gourmet Traveller magazine and Harvey Norman, the cooking appliance specialist, invite you to a Harvey Norman Gourmet Institute special pasta event at Domayne’s Alexandria store in Sydney on 13th October 2010. Top chef Guy Grossi will cook duck and wild mushroom filled tortellini with caramelised pear and fettuccine with calamari ragù. Tickets cost $55
Sydney Seafood School: October 2010 classes

Sydney Seafood School: October 2010 classes

You have to be fairly quick off the mark if you want to book a place at the renowned Sydney Seafood School (SSS) at the Sydney Fish Market. Most of the September classes are already fully booked. So get your skates on and book your plaice soon (sorry!) if you want to book for an
Caithness Smokehouse - a journey to the end of the isle

Caithness Smokehouse - a journey to the end of the isle

I will go to the ends of the earth to uncover gems and gourmet delights for ALTB readers. This time I went to the very north of Scotland to the Caithness Smokehouse in Barrock. Barrock is only about five miles from Dunnet Head, the most northerly point on mainland Britain, and about three hours of

Bangkok Update - July 2010

After the recent political upheaval in Bangkok and civil disruptions, which resulted in many deaths and a large amount of destruction to property, I was a bit wary of what we might find in the Ratchaprasong district. This is the business and shopping area where the red shirt protesters created a no-go area with barricades

Pattaya for the luxury traveller

I was inspired to write this article by a comment made by Nick P on another of my articles on ALTB. Pattaya is much maligned, even by expats who live in Thailand. Those of us who live, or have lived, in Patters are the butt of many jokes. You’ll have heard the one about the
Going Down Under: Christmas in July!

Going Down Under: Christmas in July!

If you’re in Australia and fancy a proper winter Yuletide celebration rather than the usual Christmas summer barbie, then why not enjoy Christmas in July? Visit Peppers Manor House, Southern Highlands (south of Sydney) on 3rd July 2010 for a spectacular Christmas feast. Accommodation is available, in addition to the five-course gourmet dinner at $95
Hilton Brisbane's Masterclass Weekend

Hilton Brisbane's Masterclass Weekend

The Hilton Brisbane has been running its foodie Masterclasses since 1995, and this year is no exception. This year’s event will be held on the 24th and 25th of July 2010. Tickets cost $350 for one day or $595 for two days. The Hilton is also offering special hotel packages for the Masterclass Weekend. There

Have you considered staying in a serviced apartment?

If you’re going somewhere, the obvious thing to do is to book a hotel room. But have you considered the alternatives? Sure, there are home stays and other places, but they’re not really for the luxury traveller although they can be quite interesting. What I’d like to tell you about is a viable luxury alternative