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Palazzo d’Epoca Leone Blu, Florence – Guests of the Baroness

The Palazzo d’Epoca Leone Blu is not a hotel. With its illustrious history, authentic furnishings and gracious host, it is a palace. With its modern fittings, exceptional service and unparalleled location along the Arno, it is the kind of place to call home. Nothing could have prepared us for this most unique stay experience in Florence. We were let in by the palace concierge. We crossed the courtyard and ascended

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Riva Lofts, Florence – The countryside in the city

Riva Lofts, Florence. A beautiful set of lofts south of the Arno in a quieter part of the city, this was an absolute gem of a find. We love slow travel, unfortunately as travel bloggers there are times when keeping up with the million things we have to do makes us zip at high speed. So we were thankful for this chance to spend some downtime recharging our batteries at

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Residenza Johanna I, Florence – Old suite charm!

The Residenza Johanna I. Nothing could have been better for our first night in Italy. This charming set of suites in Northern Florence, didn’t feel like a hotel but like being guests at a local’s lavish home as it sat in a beautiful residential building. Residenza Johanna I, Florence The Residenza Johanna I featured several suites, all with attached bathrooms and elegant fittings. Pushing the buzzer on the gate, and

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Italian Branzo at Stax Hyatt Regency Mumbai

We don’t usually go for Christmas or Easter brunches in our own city, and most certainly not to five stars because it’s usually the same multi-cuisine menu across all of them. But not this one. Having already fallen in love with this stunning Italian restaurant the night before, we couldn’t wait to see what the purely Italian Easter Brunch at Stax was like! It was the perfect ending to our weekend

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Hyatt Regency Mumbai- A luxurious staycation

Remember when we told you about how we plan our travels around every holiday and long weekend? Well there are times when we don’t want to rush long weekends. We crave the luxury of being able to slow down, kick back and relax. Staying in some of the nicest hotels in the world means little if you don’t get the time to truly enjoy them. Imagine our delight on discovering

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Intercontinental Dubai Festival City – All that glitters

Dubai. Definitely the kind of place you want to see through the lens of luxury. It’s glitzy, glamorous, and everyone around is dripping with bling. Chrome plated sports cars, monogrammed handbags and anything else that sends out the message that money can truly buy everything. The need to stay at a swish star hotel, with incredible views of the cityscape was pertinent. So we picked the Intercontinental Dubai Festival City.

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Rann Utsav Tent City: A night in the Kutch desert

I woke up with a start at 3 am. Someone, or something had turned on the lights in my tent. I looked up at the lamp overhead as it swayed ominously in the wind. It was loud. How had I been sleeping through this ruckus?, I thought to myself as the windows of my tent flapped loudly and noisily against the canvas. The poles holding my tent in place creaked

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Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur : The best view in the city

The Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur definitely enjoys the best possible location from where to enjoy the sights and shopping that the city has to offer. By best location I mean it’s right next door to the Petronas Towers and Suria KLCC Mall. Easy access in Kuala Lumpur doesn’t get better than this. Pulling up to the lobby, we wondered what a business hotel in the city centre would be like

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Villa Samadhi, Kuala Lumpur: Our luxury boutique stay

Looking back on our boutique hotel stay at the Villa Samadhi, Kuala Lumpur the one way we could sum up the entire experience really is the word “Samadhi”. It’s actually a state of meditative consciousness in Buddhism, but in India we use the word loosely to mean sanctuary. And that’s just what Villa Samadhi was. Initially we were concerned about the location. It is a bit cut off from the

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Champagne walk with the historian, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad – Raising a toast to the Nizam

Staying in the luxury of the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad did not only entail feeling like a guest of the Nizam but also staying in a living breathing museum. We were really excited at the prospect of not only getting a chance to touch and feel history, but to enjoy the privileges that came with it. One of these privileges was a champagne walk with the palace historian, to

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The House of MG, Ahmedabad – Hospitality with heritage

A trip to Ahmedabad happened to us quite by accident. I’m going to put my travel reputation on the line here and admit we ended up on this trip due to a flight sale on non-refundable tickets, an incorrect google maps search and basic blundering on my part. But I’d been to Ahmedabad only a couple of times when I was a kid and Charles never had, so we decided

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