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

Azamara Quest Mediterranean Cruise Review

Boutique Hotel Style Cruising the Med on Azamara Quest

When you’re on a cruise you feel like you’re in your own little bubble, but due to the popularity of cruising there are times when your ship comes in at the same time as someone else’s. It’s a situation I found myself in when I woke up in Ajaccio on Azamara Quest and looked outRead More

Shower Spa Emirates A380

Shower Spas and Champagne in the Sky on Emirates A380s

“You’ve packed light.” When I hopped into a taxi with nothing more than a handbag and asked to be taken to Sydney’s international terminal I have a feeling my driver thought I was going to meet someone getting off a plane. When I explained I was going to New Zealand he seemed rather impressed. IRead More

Singapore Airlines Suite Class Review

Double Beds, Dom and Givenchy in the Sky – Singapore Airlines Suites Review

There’s a moment where you check your watch on a long haul flight and realize there’s still eight hours to go. Usually I would greet this with a bit of a sigh and shift my weight in my economy class seat, but on my recent flight from Singapore’s Changi airport to Zurich I was thrilledRead More

Cruising into Venice on Uniworld's River Countess

Cruising Venice on Uniworld’s River Countess

When is a river cruise not a river cruise? It’s a question I ask myself as I look out onto Venice from my floating six star boutique hotel, the River Countess. This beautiful ship can happily glide along the rivers of Europe but my first experience with her is something slightly different. Rather than takingRead More

Magic Mirror TV, Mondrian Hotel Room, West Hollywood, Los Angeles

Mondrian Hotel Room Love, Los Angeles

On my first trip to Los Angeles my friends and I stayed in a hotel that didn’t really make an impression. In fact, I couldn’t even tell you which hotel it was, but what I do remember from that trip is going for a drink at the Sky Bar in The Mondrian and wishing IRead More

The Cubitt Room, The GNH, Kings Cross, image courtesy Great Northern Hotel

Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross, London Review

When I lived in London, back at the turn of the century, I would go to Kings Cross for two reasons and two reasons alone. To dance at Fiction in a rather memorable club called The Cross or to catch a train. And even then I’d get in and I’d get out; there’d be noRead More

Miss Kitty Fantastico at The Langham Sydney

Miss Kitty Fantastico’s night at The Langham Sydney

“Shall I order us some room service?” It’s the first time I’ve said that to a cat, but then again, it’s the first time I’ve stayed at a five star hotel with one either. I look at Miss Kitty Fantastico’s furry face and as she looks back, purring away happily, I smile. I’ll confess IRead More

Catching the helicopter from Monaco to Nice Airport

Monaco Helicopter or Taxi from Airport to Hotel

Ah Monaco, the glitz and the glamour. It’s the perfect place to arrive by helicopter and feel like a movie star, or possibly a glamorous spy. But did you know it can cost the same to hop in a chopper as it does to get a taxi from the airport? I know, it sounds crazy,Read More