Category: Asia

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A guide to Candidasa, Bali

For many tourists the south of Bali is the main draw with the resort towns of Kuta and Seminyak welcoming the lively crowd whilst the more laid-back travellers visit Jimbaran Bay and Nusa Dua. However, the quaint village of Candidasa is sometimes overlooked. This pretty coastal village is the ideal escape from the crowds and […]

Geoffrey Bawa's Sri Lanka: an architectural tour

Geoffrey Bawa’s Sri Lanka: an architectural tour

Sri Lanka’s most famous architect, the late, great and talented Geoffrey Bawa (1919-2003), was at the heart of Sri Lanka’s often overlooked modern design and architectural history. He helped give Sri Lanka the individual and sophisticated sense of style that it exudes today, and created sustainable architecture long before it became a fashionable trend. Since […]

5 InterContinental hotels and resorts for vegan luxury travel in Hong Kong and Vietnam

5 InterContinental hotels and resorts for vegan luxury travel in Hong Kong and Vietnam

Having tried and tested these five InterContinental hotels and resorts for vegan luxury travel in Hong Kong and Vietnam, we are pleased to say that they all catered excellently for us as vegan guests. During our visits we enjoyed extensive vegan breakfasts, vegan canapes in Club InterContinental and vegan fine dining experiences in their signature […]

Get your sparkle back in Varkala

Get your sparkle back in Varkala

India is renowned for its crammed, crazy cities, bursting with colour and culture, and for years I avoided going in case it might all be too much for me! That was until I discovered Varkala, a breath of fresh coastal air, in the Southern spice province of Kerala. Instead of taking the motorway from Trivandrum […]

5 luxurious reasons why you should visit Koh Samui

5 luxurious reasons why you should visit Koh Samui

If you are thinking of heading to Koh Samui, then you have made an excellent choice of Thai destination.  This lesser known island offers a fantastic experience to all who stay there.  Here are five reasons why you should definitely visit this magical place. Miles of stunning sands  Chaweng Beach is a picture postcard beach.  […]

The world’s best retreats to help beat anxiety and depression

The world’s best retreats to help beat anxiety and depression

It can be hard to clear your head at home, even when you take time out from work. Sometimes you need to get away from reality for a few days to completely escape your worries, and embarking on a luxurious retreat is a great way to alleviate stress. Here you can discover our pick of […]

Takayama Festival

7 celebrations around the world

It seems like every day, somewhere in the world, a celebration of some form is underway. Many of these festivals are known around the globe and form the crux of a trip to that destination. Others are more low-key, local affairs that you may just stumble upon while out and about. Here are seven celebrations […]

Untold stories from Asia: have you heard of a Toddy Tapper?

Untold stories from Asia: have you heard of a Toddy Tapper?

Like most of us, Sri Lankans love a tipple. Two of their distinctive national drinks, Toddy and Arrack, are born of the same flower and are immensely popular throughout the country. Problem is, this delicious nectar can only be found high in the palm trees – which can range from 60-100m high. Enter Indika. Indika […]

7 luxury escapes that you can enjoy by private jet

7 luxury escapes that you can enjoy by private jet

Private jet travel has seen steady growth in recent years. The appeal of shorter wait times, and faster and more direct travel, combined with various failings of commercial airlines, have all added to its appeal. With this in mind, we spoke to our friends at GOGO Jets to identify some of the most favoured luxury […]

Mount Taranaki

5 of the best places to visit in 2018

In 2018, some countries will celebrate big milestones in style. Elsewhere, certain regions are opening up to visitors with an array of new tours and experiences. And, due to recent political developments, there’s a decidedly optimistic mood surrounding other countries, making them more accessible and more appealing than ever before. The Taranaki region, New Zealand […]

5 amazing yoga retreats to try out in 2018

5 amazing yoga retreats to try out in 2018

How amazing would it be to enjoy a relaxing and luxury holiday without having to sacrifice your yoga practice? Well, the great news is that you can! With so many yoga holidays and yoga retreats available, I have scoured through and produced the 5 most amazing yoga retreats to book and get yourself to in […]

Top 7 sustainable travel experiences

Top 7 sustainable travel experiences

The ethos of sustainable travel has made leaps and strides over the last couple of years. With travellers’ becoming more interested in eco-friendly experiences, the number of innovative and luxurious sustainable experiences on offer are on the rise.  From positively impacting the local community to supporting conservation projects, it’s time for travel to make a […]

6 famous historical sites to visit in Thailand

6 famous historical sites to visit in Thailand

Thailand’s rich history dates back to thousands of years. The impressive landmarks we see today are remnants of the ancient temples and Buddhist architecture built by several emperors that ruled the country at the time. Thailand is a great place to visit especially if you’re a history enthusiast as you’ll get to see breathtakingly beautiful […]

5 nights of luxury in the Maldives, with two nights in Dubai 'thrown in'!

5 nights of luxury in the Maldives, with two nights in Dubai ‘thrown in’!

Regular readers may recall that when we went to the Maldives a couple of years ago, we stayed a few nights in Dubai on the way there. It’s a great way to break up the journey from the UK, allowing you to adjust your body clock more gradually and take in some of the ‘City […]

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The best restaurants in Vietnam for the luxury traveller

Vietnamese cuisine is distinct, mouth-watering and bursting with flavour. A divine concoction of sweet, salty, sour and hot flavours, not overly spicy, with rice, noodles, fresh vegetables and herbs all playing a big role; there’s no wonder that over the years it has become more and more popular around the world. With a staggering 500 […]

5 of the finest luxury hotels and resorts in Vietnam

5 of the finest luxury hotels and resorts in Vietnam

Vietnam is an exciting and vibrant Southeast Asian country where you can spend your time exploring dynamic and bustling cities, embracing the culture and natural beauty or checking in to a luxury spa resort to relax and rejuventate. However you decide to spend your vacation there are some exceptional hotels and resorts to choose from; […]