Lobby Centara Watergate Pavillion Bangkok

Shopping Bangkok’s Pratunam and Sleeping in Centara Watergate Pavillion

When the woman in the first clothing stall seemed overly excited about me trying on a shirt I didn’t get it. “You can try!” she kept telling me with a big smile, and I smiled right back, telling her I was just looking for now but thank you, all the while thinking “well, of courseRead More

Changi Village Hotel Pool

The Best Hotels Close to Changi Airport, Singapore

I’d just had the most incredible plane experience of my life and was getting ready to head to the gate for the second leg of heaven in Singapore Airlines Suites when it happened. Our flight was delayed. Until the morning. It was now around 1am and I couldn’t believe I was facing a night inRead More

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

Glenferrie Lodge garden, Kirribilli image courtesy Glenferrie Lodge

A Boutique Budget Stay in Kirribilli

Kirribilli is home to some of the oldest and most beautiful streets in Australia, is the suburb you’ll find the Prime Minister’s official Sydney residence in and has an enviable harbourside location. Not exactly the sort of place that you’d expect to find budget accommodation. But as I discovered, it is possible to spend aRead More

Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Airport

The Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Airport

When you don’t live too far from the airport there’s a moment of dread when you get into a taxi and tell them where you’re going. For years I’ve faced disappointed looks and even some huffiness after telling a driver that I’m going to Surry Hills from Sydney Airport, even though at around $40 aRead More

Q Station Manly

Ghost Tours and a Sleepless Night in one of Australia’s Most Haunted Locations

Some things seem like a good idea in the light of day. Such as spending a night in an award winning hotel in one of Australia’s most haunted locations after doing a ghost tour. ‘What fun!’ I thought to myself as I arranged my stay. ‘I’ve always wanted to do the ghost tours at QRead More

City views from Langham Melbourne, Image courtesy of Langham Melbourne

Ring Them Bells at The Langham Melbourne

Every evening at 7.05pm a special tram bell rings in Melbourne. It is no longer attached to a mode of transport, nor does have any relation to the Victorian capital’s peak hour traffic. Instead this bell is taking part in a worldwide tradition, marking the Change of Day in Langham Hotels. While five past sevenRead More

Tiger at Jamala Wildlife Lodge luxury bungalow in Canberra

Sleeping With Lions and Tigers and Bears (oh my!) at Canberra’s Jamala Wildlife Lodge

If you want to go from sleepy to extremely alert in a heartbeat I can recommend having a lion roar directly into your face. And I can highly recommend having a piece of strong glass between you when it happens. Allow me to set the scene. When my alarm goes off at 6am in myRead 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

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