Category: Asia

The world's top 10 islands to visit

The world's top 10 islands to visit

National Geographic has come up with a top 10 islands to visit. Now you might expect to see the islands of the Maldives or maybe one or two of the Greek islands, but no… this list is quite different. There’s no Fiji, no Seychelles, and it seems that even the Galapagos don’t make the grade
Photograph of the week: A storm near Koh Chang, Thailand

Photograph of the week: A storm near Koh Chang, Thailand

This photograph was taken earlier this year during a trip to Koh Chang in Thailand. Jon Raho passed this bridge several times during his stay there, and finally decided to stop one late afternoon to take a photograph of the sunset. But instead the weather changed and he was faced with a black cloud engulfing
Spa treatments for kids, in case the Maldives wasn't already relaxing enough

Spa treatments for kids, in case the Maldives wasn't already relaxing enough

Are your kids stressed?  No, I didn’t think so.  And I don’t think they’d be likely to be whilst holidaying in the Maldives.  But, if they should be, the Devarana Spa at the Dusit Thani Maldives has launched a special spa programme called “Happiness for the little one” and it’s all for kids between 6 and
The 4 best tour guides in the world?

The 4 best tour guides in the world?

Wanderlust magazine, the bible for independent-minded travellers, has announced the four winners in its annual World Guide Awards, which honour the very best tour leaders from across the globe. In a ceremony at London’s Royal Geographical Society, Italian Luca Alfatti from Dragoman, Burmese Nyi Nyi ‘Frankie’ Naing who guides for Panoramic Journeys, G Adventures guide
Suite of the week: One Bedroom Pool Villa at The Nam Hai Hoi An, Vietnam

Suite of the week: One Bedroom Pool Villa at The Nam Hai Hoi An, Vietnam

Suite name: One Bedroom Pool Villa Resort: The Nam Hai Hoi An, Hamlet 1, Dien Duong Village  Dien Ban District, Quang Nam Province,  Vietnam Size of accommodation: 250 square metres or 2,691 square feet Cost per night: $900 What makes it special? The five star plus Nam Hai Hoi resort enjoys panoramic views of the ocean along its 1
Interview with Jake Grieves-Cook, Founder of Porini Safari Camps

Interview with Jake Grieves-Cook, Founder of Porini Safari Camps

Jake Grieves Cook has been involved in the Kenyan tourism industry for more than 35 years. He founded Porini Safari Camps back in 1989, is a former Chairman of the Kenya Tourist Board and is a passionate advocate of sustainable and responsible tourism. These camps operate under a unique community conservancy concept to allow the Maasai
New villas at Kurumba Maldives

New villas at Kurumba Maldives

Kurumba Maldives has transformed its Family Villas with Jacuzzis into new Garden Pool Villas, with spacious luxury rooms with higher ceilings and extended outdoor bathroom space. The villas now also include an outdoor plunge pool with wooden decking and furniture. They are being retrofitted with new furniture, fabrics and artworks which are to be completed
Interview with John-Christian Moquette, Partner at IAVRA

Interview with John-Christian Moquette, Partner at IAVRA

John-Christian Moquette was born in Toronto, Canada to a Greek mother and a Dutch-Canadian father. Geneva, Switzerland was home from a young age and provided the perfect base for jetting around the world. He studied Law in the UK but his passion for travel quickly led him to the travel sector. He began his career
Now you can explore the Great Barrier Reef courtesy of Google Street View

Now you can explore the Great Barrier Reef courtesy of Google Street View

You may recall back in 2010 that Google Street View extended to parts of Antarctica.  Now they’re going a step further and taking us underwater to explore Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Thanks to a partnership between the Catlin Seaview Survey and Google Maps, it’s now possible to observe the reef just as divers do. Specially adapted
Sailing with the WAOW factor in Indonesia

Sailing with the WAOW factor in Indonesia

Have you ever dreamed of setting sail around the islands of Indonesia? Well… now you can. And in style, too. Welcome to WAOW (Water Adventure Ocean Wide) – the largest wooden sailing vessel in the whole of Indonesia – and the dream of designer Michel Deville. This 60-metre long, three-mast vessel has sails that cover
Find your inner vitality with LUX* Resorts

Find your inner vitality with LUX* Resorts

LUX* Resorts has launched a new ‘Vitality Experience’ this November – a holistic, dedicated lifestyle programme focusing on fitness, spa, diet and mind at its properties in Mauritius and the Maldives. Set between three to seven nights, as part of a longer holiday or on its own, the Vitality Experience has been created to help
Photograph of the week: Sunset in Phuket

Photograph of the week: Sunset in Phuket

This is a sunset view from one of Sri panwa’s villas set along one of Thailand’s most striking coastlines. This villa is set 60 metres above sea level along the eastern & western ridge and at the very tip of the cape, commanding breathtaking views of the surrounding islands and Andaman Sea. The villa entrance
The top 20 most expensive hotels in the world

The top 20 most expensive hotels in the world

Luxury-Hotels.com has conducted a survey that identifies the most expensive hotels in the world. The findings came from an analysis of average room rates for standard double rooms in hotels around the world during the June to August 2012 summer season.  Interestingly, half of the top 10 most expensive hotels in the world are all
Discover the sights, sounds and smells of vibrant Vietnam

Discover the sights, sounds and smells of vibrant Vietnam

Having moved on from its recent turbulent and troubled past, Vietnam has emerged as a hot favourite with holidaymakers in search of dramatic scenery, a fascinating culture and some of the most exciting cuisine on the planet. From the rice paddies of the Mekong Delta to the colourful markets of the North via the bustling
Malaysia welcomes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Malaysia welcomes the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Malaysia welcome Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, to Kuala Lumpur tomorrow, and from there they will move on to the rainforested eco-adventure destination of Sabah, Borneo, as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour to celebrate 60 years of HM Queen Elizabeth’s reign. As well as attending state functions and
Photograph of the week: the world's first underwater nightclub

Photograph of the week: the world's first underwater nightclub

This week’s picture is hot off the press and is of Subsix – the world’s first underwater music club. Its opening marks the completion of all guest facilities at the NIYAMA by Per AQUUM resort in the Maldives. Located 500 metres out to sea, access to the club is via a staircase from the resort’s overwater restaurant,