The Mélia Dubai, I must admit wouldn’t have been on our list of top hotels in Dubai. To begin with, what would a Spanish hotel chain know about Dubai’s ostentatious style of design and hospitality? A lot, as we discovered on our stay there last month. And then there was the umm.. interesting location. Bur Dubai, where the Mélia Dubai is located, again wouldn’t be among my top list of
To say that we’re fans of the Mandarin Oriental group of hotels would be an understatement. It is by far our favourite luxury hotel chain, and we’ve experienced their hotels across the world. What began at the erstwhile Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi in Chiang Mai was then continued at the Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, the Mandarin Oriental Prague and most recently the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong.
Dhiplu River Lodge, came highly recommended. By the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. As with each time we’ve gone on safari, it takes a bit of an effort to adjust our luxury expectations of a wilderness lodge in India, keeping in mind the remote location and that it’s open to the elements. But so far, we’d been lucky to have been pleasantly surprised every single time, and I didn’t want
Pench Tree Lodge has been on my mind ever since I found out about it’s opening in February this year. I’ve been wanting to discover the park and couldn’t wait to do it through Pugdundee Safaris since they’ve already wowed me with their experiences in Satpura (Denwa Backwater Escape), Kanha (Kanha Earth Lodge) and Bandhavgarh (King’s Lodge). The prospect of staying in a tree house had me super excited. While
The Mandarin Oriental in Prague is so much more than an exquisite luxury hotel. Yes, it has all the trimmings and hospitality we have come to enjoy and expect of the Mandarin Oriental Group but it has something no other Mandarin Oriental does – it is set within a restored 14th century monastery. Our taxi swished us in, turning off the busy hub of Mala Strana into a quiet corner.
When the Hyatt Regency asked me to make the most of being away from home, it had me wondering what to do on Staycation. Our travel style always involves making the most of our time in a particular destination and honestly that often means staying in wonderful hotels but not really getting the kind of time we’d like to truly enjoy the luxuries they offer. We’d already staycationed at the
It was our first visit to Czech Republic and we were ready to be blown away by everything we’d read, especially the music that was going to be waiting for us there. So when a chance to stay at the Aria Hotel Prague popped in, we jumped at it! Imagine a 5-star boutique hotel dedicated to music that would be home for a bit of our stay in Prague…we couldn’t
Driving from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Oriental Residence, a Bangkok boutique hotel, we couldn’t help but think back to all the time we’d spent in Bangkok (and Thailand) and how much we love the place and the people. We’ve been here more times than we can count and on each trip, there’s always something special we’ve taken back with us. Little did we know that we were on our way to
We couldn’t look much further while looking for the ultimate Bangkok luxury hotel. The Mandarin Oriental is the oldest hotel in Thailand. La grande dame de Bangkok. Close to 140 years of elegant luxury. The hotel that has seen the likes of Joseph Conrad and Somerset Maugham walk its hallways. And we were standing in its lobby, surrounded by smiles as large as ours, about to be checked in at an experience
Palazzo Coli Bizzarrini was an incredibly enriching stay. The most amazing thing we noticed across Italy was how seamlessly history was thriving across modern day life. From the sculptures in the piazzas to the palazzos around every corner. And this observation really shone through at our hotel in Siena – Residenze d’Epoca Palazzo Coli Bizzarrini. Yes, it is a historical mansion, but it didn’t leave us wanting for any modern conveniences. There’s
After Florence, we couldn’t wait to savour rustic Tuscany. From the Chiantis and the Brunellos to the cyprus- lined landscapes of green. Vineyard hopping would be one way to look at it, but we wanted more. We wanted to live in the heart of all of this. And the Montechiaro Wine Estate was the ideal setting. A Tour of the Montechiaro Wine Estate We (Charles, I and a couple of dear