Topiaries at Centara Grand Hua Hin

Feeling Grand at the Centara Grand Beach Resort Hua Hin

Grand. It’s a word that some hotels use when they really shouldn’t but as I ate breakfast to the sounds of a harp player and looked out at large topiaries in the garden of my beautiful colonial style heritage hotel it’s a word that most definitely fit. In fact that morning I was feeling prettyRead More

Golden Summit Mount Emei China

Anantara Emei, Gateway to the Golden Summit, Sea of Clouds and Panda fun

I have a friend who decided she had to stay in every single Anantara resort and hotel after she fell in love with her first one in Thailand. After her rave reviews I decided the time had come for my own first Anantara experience, and soon found myself facing a very difficult decision.  Which luxuryRead More

Anders Ho Groenholm, Executive Chef Banyan Tree and Angsana Lang Co

Anders Ho Groenholm, Exec Chef Banyan Tree Lang Co: Ten Questions

The organic garden at Banyan Tree Lang Co in Vietnam is home to an array of vegetables and herbs, some rabbits, chickens and goats that children can pet, and the occasional resort guest in an apron. You see it is here that guests can pick fresh ingredients and then learn how to cook some ofRead More

Banyan Tree Bintan Island villas

Jungle Luxury Love at Banyan Tree Bintan Island

“Dear Guest, These villas are built beneath the canopy of the Rain Forest. As such some wild animals like monkeys, squirrels, birds and insects could be your frequent visitors. Please do not leave your doors and windows open as these animals may disturb your peaceful stay in your villa.” As I read these words onRead More

Paradise Peak on Halong Bay, image courtesy of Paradise Cruises

Why You Need (at least) Two Nights on a Halong Bay Cruise

Spending a night on Vietnam’s Halong Bay is on many a travel wish list, but after experiencing it for myself I’ve realized there’s a slight problem with that idea. One night on a Halong Bay cruise may be lovely, but when you finally make it to this natural wonder you should really stay for atRead More

Sunny Wang and her Anantara Emei colleague Snow Li

Sunny Wang, Anantara Emei Resort and Spa PR: Ten Questions

After years of hearing wonderful things about the Anantara Resorts I recently had the chance to experience one for myself. Rather than start at one of their original properties I went to one of their most recent, the Anantara Emei Resort and Spa in Southwest China. It was here that I met Sunny Wang, theRead More

Man Wah restaurant at Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

Doing Hong Kong in Style at the Mandarin Oriental

It starts the moment I step off the plane. There at the end of the walkway I can see a young woman holding a sign with my name underneath the iconic Mandarin Oriental fan. At first I’m confused. I hadn’t requested the optional limo service and was planning to take a taxi to the hotelRead More

Village Hotel Katong, Singapore

Singapore Village Hotels in Katong and Changi

When you go to Singapore it’s easy to head right into the city and base yourself there. But if you want to get to know a different side of Singapore, there’s much to gain from staying in one of the villages within this city-state. On a recent trip I tried out not one but twoRead More

Brett Walker, Village Hotel Katong, Singapore

Brett Walker, Manager Village Hotel Katong: Ten Questions

The Village Hotel Katong is one of the few hotels found in Singapore’s Katong and Joo Chiat area, which is a great place to learn about Peranakan heritage and culture, and enjoy local foods and treats. It’s also part of Far East Hospitality’s Luxe Package which is a five day, four night experience for visitorsRead More

Villa Song Boutique Hotel Saigon

Villa Song Saigon Boutique Hotel Review

Recently I read a quote from a life coach who claimed most people spend more time planning their annual holiday than they do plotting their career path. As I was about to scoff at such a ridiculous idea I caught myself. And remembered just how many hours I put into organising my trip to CambodiaRead More