The Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

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I was in Kuala Lumpur on business for a week and thought it would be worth trying a new hotel. I had stayed at the Mandarin Oriental before and, while I liked it's location (right next to the Petronas Towers), I felt that it was a little dated and in need of a refresh. Not to mention that it's very large and somewhat impersonal. I joined the Leading Hotels of the … [Read more...]

Sri Panwa, Phuket, Thailand [REVIEW]

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Paradise Found Soaring high above the coast in the southernmost tip of Cape Panwa, you could be forgiven for mistaking Sri Panwa for a blessed place between heaven and earth. Life does not get much better than this. Sitting on my king size bed in the wall to wall, floor to ceiling, glass aviary of the master bedroom, after a late morning swim... A perfectly chilled glass of … [Read more...]

Hotel Splendido, Portofino, Italy [REVIEW]

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Perfection comes at a price. At the Splendido, just pay it. Splendid by name, splendid by nature. Portofino is quite possibly one of the world’s most perfect towns, and the Hotel Splendido, one of the world’s most perfect hotels. Ensconced in the protective embrace of rugged, rocky cliffs, high above gin clear waters of a protected marine sanctuary, this ex-monastery was … [Read more...]

Banyan Tree, Bangkok

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Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Banyan Tree Bangkok still offers up excellent value in a comfortable and convenient setting, for both business and leisure visitors to Thailand’s bustling capital. Located in the central business district, next to the venerable Sukhothai and slick Metropolitan hotels, the hotel is 5-10 minutes  away from the nearest Skytrain … [Read more...]

Chambers Hotel, Midtown, New York City

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I've been looking for an affordable and low-key hotel in midtown manhattan for awhile and decided to try out the Chambers Hotel on my last trip to New York. The Tripadvisor reviews seemed decent and the price was reasonable ($400/night). The hotel positions itself as a boutique hotel and is tracked by the likes of "Mr and Mrs Smith" - which, I assumed, was a plus. The … [Read more...]

Trips to Tuscany – Forte dei Marmi Tourism [REPORT]

The Definitive Guide to Forte dei Marmi guest post by Mrs W … [Read more...]

Luxe City Guides – Hip & Savvy [REVIEW]

Luxe City Guide to Beijing

I've been using the Luxe City Guides for several years now. They are hip and savvy, full of insider tips, travel intelligence and great suggestions for aesthetes like myself who enjoy the finer things in life. These are an Urban Nomad's best friend. However, they are not for 'Tourists'... but that's why I like them ;) I say this because they don't have glossy photos, maps … [Read more...]

St Barths Diary Part 2 – Car Rental, Hotels, Supplies

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This Travel Intelligence Report comes in 3 parts... Arriving in St Barths Arriving in St. Barths is very exciting. Only small planes are allowed to land on the island and they have to slow their engines, rapidly ascend a mountain peak, then dive-bomb downwards onto a very short landing strip. If they fail to stop in time, they will probably decapitate sun seekers lying on … [Read more...]

Taj Falaknuma Palace – Hyderabad, India

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The Taj Hotels group has obtained a 19-century palace from Hyderabad royalty, who personally oversaw the restoration of this impressive monument. If you still dream of the Raj, here is one way of experiencing it. This colonial, Indian palace - The Taj Falaknuma Palace - offers 60+ rooms of anglophile opulence with European touches, obsequious staff, and, according to the … [Read more...]

The Chatwal Hotel, Manhattan, New York

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The Chatwal is a new boutique, luxury hotel in the heart of Manhattan. $100 million later and the 83,000 sq foot (now, 10-storey), Stanford White-designed building has been restored into a travel destination for the global JetSet. Originally home to America's first professional theatre club, The Lambs, until the 1970's it has finally passed on down to Sant Chatwal - Chairman … [Read more...]