Category: Indonesia

Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Did you know that there are now more than 900 UNESCO World Heritage Sites? According to Tripadvisor, the top 10 – as rated by their users, I assume – are: 1. Taj Mahal, India 2. Petra / Wasi Muda, Jordan 3. Palmyra, Syria 4. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA 5. Abu Simbel, Egypt 6. Prambanan Temples, Indonesia
Interview with Grant Thatcher, Publisher and Founder of LUXE City Guides

Interview with Grant Thatcher, Publisher and Founder of LUXE City Guides

Formerly an actor with the RSC, Grant Thatcher began the series of LUXE City Guides back in 2002. There are now more than 30 guides, including the best of the best from 20 in-the-know residents in each location. What is it that  you do exactly? I’m Editor in Chief which encompasses everything from designing the
Damar Terrace, Ayana Resort and Spa Bali

Damar Terrace, Ayana Resort and Spa Bali

Ayana Resort and Spa Bali has re-opened Damar Terrace restaurant following extensive renovations by Yasuhiro Koichi, the acclaimed Japanese designer behind the Rock Bar. Koichi, whose company Design Studio SPIN has created some of Asia’s most iconic bars and restaurants, combined comfort with modern Asian decor for relaxed all-day dining at Damar Terrace. His trademark
Interview with David Sutcliffe of Traveltalk

Interview with David Sutcliffe of Traveltalk

A ‘skateboard/punk rocker’ in his youth, David Sutcliffe is now one of three partners who run a small travel agency in Harrogate, England called Traveltalk. Specialising in luxury, tailor-made and adventure travel, Traveltalk was created 25 years ago by David’s colleague, Christine Thompson. After much hard work establishing the company in the area they developed
The rejuvenation of the award-winning Jiwa Spa at Conrad Bali

The rejuvenation of the award-winning Jiwa Spa at Conrad Bali

Conrad Bali‘s award-winning Jiwa Spa has been rejuvenated with the addition of stunning new garden spa pavilions, an expanded holistic wellness programme and a new level of skincare pampering using marine-inspired Thalgo beauty products.  Drawing inspiration from Bali’s natural beauty, the five new spa garden pavilions feature indoor and outdoor treatment areas surrounded by a
Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali

Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali

Perched 70 metres above sea level on the cliffs of Bali’s southernmost peninsula, Banyan Tree Ungasan will be located near the sacred site of Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple. The resort is designed to offer absolute privacy and seclusion but is just 25 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport and the thriving beaches of Kuta, Seminyak
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

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
January Sale from ITC Classics

January Sale from ITC Classics

Still not yet decided where to go this year?   Maybe luxury travel specialists  ITC Classics will give you some inspiration.   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  and 70 staff to wait on your every need. Each villa has been uniquely created by French designers Gaelle Echene and Charles Pelletier,

Coming soon: a new Raffles resort in Bali

Located along the scenic Jimbaran coast, Raffles Resort Amartha will feature a resort comprising approximately 85 villas and 25 Raffles Residences for private ownership. Occupying a sprawling 11 hectares, Raffles Resort Amartha is built to resemble a Water Palace, with inspiration drawn from classical Javanese-Hindu architecture and style, characterised by open spaces, water features and
Interview with Kevin May of Travolution

Interview with Kevin May of Travolution

Kevin May is editor of Travolution, an industry-focussed magazine for online travel and division of Reed Business Information.   It consists of a blog, e-news service and a physical magazine, and is a leader in its field with an advisory board that comprises some  of the biggest names in the travel industry. What is it
An alternative luxury experience in Bali

An alternative luxury experience in Bali

If you are looking for something different from your next luxury vacation, then spare a thought for the world’s only interactive elephant experience.    The Elephant Safari Park Lodge in Bali opens on 1st March 2008, and gives its guests the opportunity to live among 27 endangered, indigenous Sumatran elephants and, by doing so, to
Suite of the week: Dalem Jiwo Suite at Amanjiwo, Central Java

Suite of the week: Dalem Jiwo Suite at Amanjiwo, Central Java

Suite name: Dalem Jiwo Suite Resort: Amanjiwo, Central Java Size of accommodation: 1,300 sq m Cost per night:   £1,278 per night (Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 11% government tax. Rates include airport transfer.) What makes it special?  Amanjiwo is set in the countryside of Central Java with clear views of Borobudur,
World's sexiest beaches

World's sexiest beaches

Concierge.com, the online home for inspired travel from Conde Nast has  posted its picks for the third annual World’s Sexiest Beaches list.   Beaches are both on and off the beaten path and are chosen for their beauty, buzz factor and overall steamy appeal.   Here’s their top ten: Caprera Island, Sardinia, Italy Salvador, Bahia,