Category: Asia

The top 4 island choices in the Maldives

The top 4 island choices in the Maldives

Recently I was fortunate enough to visit the Maldives through a work trip and the setting was right to mix pleasure and business. Although I primarily enjoyed the former I was keen to document the experience as a resource for others visiting this truly wonderful destination. Naturally to then get a true understanding of the
Fabulous holidays and short breaks auctioned for a good cause

Fabulous holidays and short breaks auctioned for a good cause

England rugby player Tom Palmer has contacted me to say he is running an online auction, which includes a number of luxury holiday lots, to raise funds to help finance his close friend’s brain tumour treatment. The star lots are week-long holidays in 3 bedroom, pool villas at the 5 star resorts of Karma Kandara
5 things that should be on every luxury travelers' Bali itinerary

5 things that should be on every luxury travelers' Bali itinerary

With numerous world class beaches, a varied landscape of hills, mountains and lush green rice terraces, a colorful, spiritual and unique culture, Bali is the perfect holiday setting. Add to that some truly amazing resorts and holiday villas and you have a paradise for the luxury traveler. Below are 5 things that should be on
3 choice picks from the Condé Nast Hot List 2012

3 choice picks from the Condé Nast Hot List 2012

Condé Nast Traveller have announced their Hot List for 2012 with the latest annual batch of fabulous worldwide hotels getting some coveted recognition. The publication is one of the most influential and widely read in the luxury travel industry – and from our perspective it’s nice to see some of our personal favourites taking pride of
InterContinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland: the world's lowest high-rise hotel?

InterContinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland: the world's lowest high-rise hotel?

As competition around the world continues for the world’s tallest tower, architects and engineers in China have taken on a new approach and are building in the opposite direction.  Dubbed as Shanghai’s first ‘groundscraper’, construction has begun on the 19-story InterContinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland. This 380-room luxury hotel will be built almost entirely below the
Rising popularity of multi centre escapes

Rising popularity of multi centre escapes

The concept of a bespoke luxury holiday is something that appeals to almost any kind of traveller, but increasingly we’re seeing more and more tourists looking specifically at multi centre breaks especially when planning a honeymoon. Quite possibly that may be down to our thirst for new horizons as a nation, but what some people
Hong Kong's 5 best buys

Hong Kong's 5 best buys

Despite the fact that luxury brands are opening retail stores at an unprecedented rate throughout mainland China (Shanghai is home to seven Chanel boutiques, compared to just three in Paris), an average of 14 million Chinese flock to Hong Kong every month to take advantage of duty-free discounts on luxury goods. Now, we’re not saying
The top 5 luxury dining experiences in Vietnam

The top 5 luxury dining experiences in Vietnam

With Vietnam providing such a vast selection of restaurants up and down the span of the country, it can be difficult to decide what restaurants may be the best choice in providing quality Vietnamese food with a luxurious edge. As a traveller it is important to experience different tastes and flavours of the country but to also find
Silversea confirms luxury cruise ship collision in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Silversea confirms luxury cruise ship collision in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Just when you thought the cruise industry had already had its fair share of bad publicity this year, it’s been confirmed that Silversea‘s luxury cruise ship, the Silver Shadow, collided in foggy conditions with a local commercial vessel in Ha Long Bay, about 5 miles off the coast of Vietnam.  Accounts of the scale of
Top 10 holiday cocktails and their origins

Top 10 holiday cocktails and their origins

We all love a good cocktail whilst on holiday, the two go hand in hand like Bonnie and Clyde or roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. I’ve put together this little fun list of the best ones out there, where they hail from and how they are made: Singapore Sling, Singapore This fabulous cocktail was famously
Top 10 city break hotels

Top 10 city break hotels

The Dorchester, London A visit to The Dorchester on Park Lane will pay homage to a truly classic British hotel whose reputation has been built over 80 illustrious years. The 3 Michelin starred Alain Ducasse Restaurant is a highlight, as is the magnificent and thoroughly English afternoon tea which can be taken daily in The

A new brand of luxury for Bali

Luxury hotel owners and operators, the Mulia Group are currently in development of a new brand and resort destination in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, opening later this year. This is the place to bliss out everyone. Explore the dramatic coastline of Nusa Dua that surrounds The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas, experience the serenity of breathtaking
 Top 10 new luxury hotels for 2012

Top 10 new luxury hotels for 2012

Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives Having opened in December 2011 Jumeirah Vittaveli is already gathering outstanding reviews and it’s little wonder with the Beach Villa lead-in room types spanning an interior of a whopping 184 sq m. It’s space, comfort and luxury all the way as each villa comes with its own private L-shaped swimming pool with
Top 5 up and coming destinations

Top 5 up and coming destinations

Croatia We’re seeing a real rise in bookings for Croatia, and this must be due in no small part to the emerging presence of impressive design hotels like the dramatic Monte Mulini in Rovinj and the stunning Hotel Bellevue in Dubrovnik. I visited Pula many years ago when it was part of Yugoslavia, and you
The top 5 luxury travel destinations for families

The top 5 luxury travel destinations for families

The world is filled with wonderful places to go as a family, but a few really stand out – some for their cultural offerings, some for their activities, some for their wildlife, and some for a combination of the above. 1. Argentina This trip really had it all – lots of outdoor activities, a taste
The top 25 luxury hotels in the world

The top 25 luxury hotels in the world

Tripadvisor has once again published its Travellers’ Choice awards – this time for 2012.   The top 25 hotels in the worldwide luxury category are as follows: 1. Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo – Chiyoda, Japan 2. Hotel Imperial Vienna – Vienna, Austria 3. Hotel Palacio de la Magdalena – Soto del Barco, Spain 4. La Casa