BALI by the Book: 10th Annual Ubud Writer’s Festival

Situated amid verdant rice paddies, with grand temples and deep-rooted Hindu traditions, Ubud is renowned as Bali’s cultural apex and has long been a magnet for creative types, alternative thinkers, yoga-heads and healers. Tourist and expat numbers have soared in recent years due to high profile exposure in the book Eat Pray Love and location filming of the celluloid version. Despite the … [Read more...]

BALI Wellness Retreat

Set on the ancient Ayung River surrounded by terraced rice fields, the newly redone Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan offers the ultimate rejuvenation retreat with three days of yoga, meditation, and spa treatments. Surrounded by lush rice paddy fields and coconut groves in Bali, the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan feels like a lost paradise. With the sacred Ayung River running below and … [Read more...]

SHANGHAI: On the Waterfront

Jane Adams explores the historic riverside hub of the world’s largest city discovering arts, eats and other oriental treats. Who would imagine that the highlight of a long weekend in the world’s largest city was a bath – a deep curvaceous contemporary white porcelain tub on the 16th floor of the Hotel Indigo affording panoramic world-beater views of the famous bend in Shanghai’s mighty Huangpu … [Read more...]

CAMBODIA and Its Culinary Secrets

Award-winning food and travel writer, Jane Adams, shares a fleeting slice of Cambodian life on a plate and place tour through her favorite local hotspots. Typically led by my nose, I recently dived into markets, down alleys, perched on plastic pavement stools to peer into fish tanks and simmering pots, all to share a fleeting slice of Cambodian life. Rest assured 30 years after the fall of the … [Read more...]

Romantic Rendezvous W Hotel-Style

Does your Valentine plan look anything like this? We didn’t think so, but here’s the good news.  The W Hotels are playing Cupid with their Romance Remixed package available at all 43 of their properties, so there’s still time to avoid the doghouse. Their VIP concierges will help you curate an off-the-charts Valentine’s Day celebration. Whether it’s a gourmet breakfast in bed with a personal chef, … [Read more...]

The Top Five SWIMMING POOLS In The World

World-class competitive swimmer Alex Kostich goes in search of the world's splashiest swimming pools and comes up with five gold medalists. It’s the middle of the summer and the dog days are upon us; beach parking is virtually non-existent, and your hotel pool is full of cannonball-ing kids and ominous patches of cloudy … [Read more...]

RELAIS & CHATEAUX: A Legacy of Extraordinary Hospitality

Stéphane Junca, R&C's Director of Member Services, Asia Pacific, tells us what makes this association of hotels and restaurants so unique and why the next time you plan a trip, you should look them up. Long before Zagat’s, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, Frommer’s or Luxe, there was the much coveted Relais & Chateaux Guide, which any sophisticated world traveler worth their salt wouldn’t … [Read more...]

BEIJING’S Temple Hotel A Sanctuary For Art, Culture And Cuisine

Mirroring the enigmatic city of Beijing, the Temple Hotel is a heady mix of art gallery, restaurant, hotel and cultural curiosity that can't be quite defined, like the Chinese capital itself. Beijing’s Temple Hotel is not a hotel in the traditional sense. In fact, it's not quite a hotel yet as the Temple is just now preparing to host its first guests. What it does contain behind its … [Read more...]

Tasteful Travel: SOUTHEAST ASIA Cooking Classes

Intrepid traveler and foodie David Jenison explores the flavors of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam through cooking classes. A tourist cooking class won’t land you a gig at French Laundry, but it is an excellent way to experience a country’s culinary culture. English-speaking chefs take visitors to the local market, teach them how to prep and cook the food, and finish the class with … [Read more...]

Sleep Around [The World] With Airbnb

WanderMelon checks into a popular Airbnb home stay listing in Sydney, Australia. Riffing on the latest pop-up hotel room craze, Airbnb’s micro-hotel model is really taking off. Since the service launched in 2008, it has exploded, growing more than 800% in 2011 and booking over 1.6 million stays in other people’s homes to date, as far away as Australia. Airbnb has become a trusted community … [Read more...]