Category: Asia

Luxury hotel irritations after two weeks of spending $1,000+ per night

Luxury hotel irritations after two weeks of spending $1,000+ per night

When my 60th birthday mark loomed, I decided to declare 2018 “the birthday year”, and to book an extravagant holiday for my husband and me. I had taken similarly luxurious trips (with stays at the Mandarin or Peninsula group of hotels) intermixed with hostel-type places, but that was 10 years ago. With my husband of […]

Inside the luxury hotel where Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will meet

Inside the luxury hotel where Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un will meet

It has been announced that the historic meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong-un scheduled for later this month will take place at the five-star Capella Hotel Singaporean island of Sentosa. It will be the first time that a North Korean leader has met with a sitting US president. Sentosa is one of 63 islands […]

Luxury boat trips in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

Luxury boat trips in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos

The network of waterways in Southeast Asia chop and change as you follow the current. Between hives of activity with clusters of houses and hardworking fishermen, there are stretches of untouched countryside, mountains thick with jungle and towering limestone karsts. Not only do these waterways offer an insight into local life – a springboard to […]

8 of Sri Lanka’s most exclusive romantic getaways

8 of Sri Lanka’s most exclusive romantic getaways

Newly peaceful following several turbulent decades, Sri Lanka’s tourism industry is developing in leaps and bounds. Hospitality is warm and abundant, transport is convenient, and accommodation – particularly in the independent boutique sector – is world-class. Long a preserve of budget-conscious backpackers, Sri Lanka is now experiencing a renaissance in its luxury tourism industry, with […]

5 must-see festivals in Thailand

5 must-see festivals in Thailand

When it comes to immersing yourself in the culture of Thailand, no experience quite rivals that of the country’s colourful and breathtaking festivals. From moonlit festivities along the glorious coasts, to boating excursions across the turquoise seas, to golden lantern ceremonies, each festival is a unique and cherished part of Thailand’s culture. To help you […]

A short guide to Canggu in Bali

A short guide to Canggu in Bali

Bali has been popular holiday spot for decades, growing at enormous speed while it’s tourism industry continues to increase year on year. Travellers who happened to descend on Bali just 10-20 years ago would have seen a very different island to the one we now know, with the entire island made up of local villages […]

Why you need to visit North Maluku

Why you need to visit North Maluku

North Maluku, also known as the Spice Islands, is a region in Indonesia that’s packed with phenomenal experiences for the intrepid traveller. The twin volcanic island Sultanates of Ternate and Tidore are the most historically significant of the North Maluku islands, and were once fabulously wealthy for the production of cloves, nutmeg and mace (which, […]

5 luxury hotels in Myanmar that should be on your radar

5 luxury hotels in Myanmar that should be on your radar

We believe these are 5 luxury hotels in Myanmar that should be on your radar, they are each in strategic locations allowing you to create the perfect itinerary to explore this Southeast Asian country that has so much to offer. Sule Shangri-La Yangon Start your trip by flying into Yangon which was the capital of […]

Top 5 cities that merge the old with the new

Top 5 cities that merge the old with the new

We love places where history thumps through the streets like a heartbeat, but some of the world’s greatest cities are even greater thanks to contemporary influences. Here’s our collection of our favourites that manage to perfectly marry the very old and the very, very new. Brooklyn & Manhattan, New York In the city that never […]

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Summer in Indonesia

Summer is often the best time to travel, especially for those who are travelling with their family, and it’s a little-known fact that the very best time of year to visit Indonesia is during the summer months. Unlike the rest of Asia, where blisteringly high temperatures and heavy monsoon rains can threaten to make your […]

13 of the best national parks to visit in May

13 of the best national parks to visit in May

May is a wonderful time of year to get out and explore the countryside. The weather is getting sunnier (for much of the northern hemisphere, at least) and yet most places are not yet overrun by tourism. With many families staying at home (whilst school and university examinations are in full swing), it’s a great […]

12 delicious vegan dishes in Southeast Asia

12 delicious vegan dishes in Southeast Asia

We spend our time travelling to amazing places searching for the best vegan food in the world, here are 12 delicious vegan dishes in Southeast Asia that are definitely worth travelling for. The Farm at San Benito in the Philippines is leading the way for vegan luxury travel in the region, offering an all vegan […]

5 luxury food experiences in Japan

5 luxury food experiences in Japan

Japanese cuisine is revered the world over – it’s not difficult to see why. There are informal yatai (street food stalls) selling yakitori (skewered chicken) and okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes), high-end establishments with delicate kaiseki multi-course meals, and sushi made by master itamae (sushi masters)… and that’s not even starting on those hearty bowls of ramen […]

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Bali’s tremendous destination wedding venue

Bali is already regarded as a top honeymoon destination. And rightly so. However, with Bali now known as the top holiday destination on the planet it’s no surprise that it has seen a sharp increase in the number of wedding parties descending to the island to celebrate the occasion in their own little paradise. And […]

Asian travel trends for 2018

Asian travel trends for 2018

2018 is set to be an exciting year for travel in Asia. Look out for unique boutique properties with an eco-friendly edge, improved access to lesser-explored, but incredible destinations and a different perspective on old favourites. Check out our insider insights on the best places to go, things to do and sights to see in […]

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Your complete reading list for Bhutan

In order to really make the most of your holiday, it is worthwhile to do a bit of reading about the country before you go. Bhutan has just four bookshops – three of them in Thimphu – and a limited selection of books in English, so we do recommend you try to buy before you […]