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Fabulous holidays and short breaks auctioned for a good cause

England rugby player Tom Palmer has contacted me to say he is running an online auction, which includes a number of luxury holiday lots, to raise funds to help finance his close friend’s brain tumour treatment. The star lots are week-long holidays in 3 bedroom, pool villas at the 5 star resorts of Karma [...]

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5 things that should be on every luxury travelers’ Bali itinerary

With numerous world class beaches, a varied landscape of hills, mountains and lush green rice terraces, a colorful, spiritual and unique culture, Bali is the perfect holiday setting. Add to that some truly amazing resorts and holiday villas and you have a paradise for the luxury traveler. Below are 5 things that should be on [...]

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3 choice picks from the Condé Nast Hot List 2012

Condé Nast Traveller have announced their Hot List for 2012 with the latest annual batch of fabulous worldwide hotels getting some coveted recognition. The publication is one of the most influential and widely read in the luxury travel industry – and from our perspective it’s nice to see some of our personal favourites taking pride of [...]

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InterContinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland: the world’s lowest high-rise hotel?

As competition around the world continues for the world’s tallest tower, architects and engineers in China have taken on a new approach and are building in the opposite direction.  Dubbed as Shanghai’s first ‘groundscraper’, construction has begun on the 19-story InterContinental Shimao Shanghai Wonderland. This 380-room luxury hotel will be built almost entirely below the [...]

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Rising popularity of multi centre escapes

The concept of a bespoke luxury holiday is something that appeals to almost any kind of traveller, but increasingly we’re seeing more and more tourists looking specifically at multi centre breaks especially when planning a honeymoon.
Quite possibly that may be down to our thirst for new horizons as a nation, but what some people might [...]

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Hong Kong’s 5 best buys

Despite the fact that luxury brands are opening retail stores at an unprecedented rate throughout mainland China (Shanghai is home to seven Chanel boutiques, compared to just three in Paris), an average of 14 million Chinese flock to Hong Kong every month to take advantage of duty-free discounts on luxury goods. Now, we’re not saying [...]

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Hong Kong’s 5 best buys

Despite the fact that luxury brands are opening retail stores at an unprecedented rate throughout mainland China (Shanghai is home to seven Chanel boutiques, compared to just three in Paris), an average of 14 million Chinese flock to Hong Kong every month to take advantage of duty-free discounts on luxury goods. Now, we’re not saying [...]

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The top 5 luxury dining experiences in Vietnam

With Vietnam providing such a vast selection of restaurants up and down the span of the country, it can be difficult to decide what restaurants may be the best choice in providing quality Vietnamese food with a luxurious edge. As a traveller it is important to experience different tastes and flavours of the country but to also find [...]

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Silversea confirms luxury cruise ship collision in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Just when you thought the cruise industry had already had its fair share of bad publicity this year, it’s been confirmed that Silversea’s luxury cruise ship, the Silver Shadow, collided in foggy conditions with a local commercial vessel in Ha Long Bay, about 5 miles off the coast of Vietnam.  Accounts of the scale of [...]

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Top 10 holiday cocktails and their origins

We all love a good cocktail whilst on holiday, the two go hand in hand like Bonnie and Clyde or roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. I’ve put together this little fun list of the best ones out there, where they hail from and how they are made:
Singapore Sling, Singapore
This fabulous cocktail was famously first [...]

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Top 10 city break hotels

The Dorchester, London
A visit to The Dorchester on Park Lane will pay homage to a truly classic British hotel whose reputation has been built over 80 illustrious years. The 3 Michelin starred Alain Ducasse Restaurant is a highlight, as is the magnificent and thoroughly English afternoon tea which can be taken daily in The Promenade.
Bulgari [...]

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A new brand of luxury for Bali

Luxury hotel owners and operators, the Mulia Group are currently in development of a new brand and resort destination in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, opening later this year. This is the place to bliss out everyone. Explore the dramatic coastline of Nusa Dua that surrounds The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas, experience the serenity of breathtaking [...]

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Top 10 new luxury hotels for 2012

Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives
Having opened in December 2011 Jumeirah Vittaveli is already gathering outstanding reviews and it’s little wonder with the Beach Villa lead-in room types spanning an interior of a whopping 184 sq m. It’s space, comfort and luxury all the way as each villa comes with its own private L-shaped swimming pool with furnished [...]

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Top 5 up and coming destinations

Croatia
We’re seeing a real rise in bookings for Croatia, and this must be due in no small part to the emerging presence of impressive design hotels like the dramatic Monte Mulini in Rovinj and the stunning Hotel Bellevue in Dubrovnik. I visited Pula many years ago when it was part of Yugoslavia, and you could [...]

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The top 5 luxury travel destinations for families

The world is filled with wonderful places to go as a family, but a few really stand out – some for their cultural offerings, some for their activities, some for their wildlife, and some for a combination of the above.
1. Argentina
This trip really had it all – lots of outdoor activities, a taste of local [...]

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The top 25 luxury hotels in the world

Tripadvisor has once again published its Travellers’ Choice awards – this time for 2012.   The top 25 hotels in the worldwide luxury category are as follows:
1. Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo – Chiyoda, Japan
2. Hotel Imperial Vienna – Vienna, Austria
3. Hotel Palacio de la Magdalena – Soto del Barco, Spain
4. La Casa del Rector – Almagro, [...]

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World Travel Awards – The Grand Final

Doha in Qatar was host of the Grand Final of the 2011 World Travel Awards last week, which saw the best of the best throughout the world of travel awarded for their services to the industry.  The Wall Street Journal recently dubbed the awards as the ‘Oscars of the Travel Industry’, and it’s not hard [...]

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A tour to the Giant Panda’s hometown: Si Chuan, China

There has been a big buzz ever since Edinburgh Zoo announced that two giants pandas Tian Tian and Yuan Yuan from China would find their new home in Edinburgh. Just looking at pandas makes me chuckle: clumsy moves, balloon-like bouncy bodies and the ‘legendary’ black eyes as if they’ve been deprived of sleep. But where exactly area are they [...]

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Hong Kong welcomes the Year of the Dragon!

Hong Kong is ready to celebrate the Year of the Dragon in spectacular style with stunning flower markets, a fantastic International Night Parade, dazzling fireworks, lively sporting events and much, much more. Chinese New Year is the most important celebration of the year and the lead up to the festival is a busy time for everyone. [...]

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The seaside resort of Hua Hin, Thailand

Located around 200km from Bangkok you’ll find the famous Thai beach resort of Hua Hin – a place historically favoured by the Thai royal family and famed by its pretty beaches and outstanding seafood cuisine.
Thanks to improvements in the road networks, the resort is accessible in around 3 hours by car from Bangkok International Airport [...]

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See the true essence of Shanghai with AtYourSide

Shanghai is the fastest-developing city in the fastest-developing nation, and boasts dramatic modern architecture and cutting-edge facilities. But within this rapidly changing city are hidden hints of its rich history with temples tucked down back-alleys and traditional street markets secreted amongst state-of-the-art shopping malls.
Whilst the city’s charm is evident for everyone to see, the juxtaposition [...]

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The 5 most luxurious family friendly holiday resorts

When planning a luxury holiday for the family, one of the key things parents want to know is how well the destination resort caters for children and teenagers. A 5 star hotel in a peaceful, tranquil and sun soaked destination may be the minimum requirement for adults, however, that much needed peace and quiet could [...]

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Top 10 cities for theatre lovers

Whether you’re an opera addict or a ballet buff, visiting a theatre district can be the perfect way to enrich your city break or holiday. We take a look at some of the world’s cultural nerve centres to find the best destinations for fans of all things theatrical.
Milan
Stylish and refined, this chic city is the [...]

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More top tips on 6 honeymoon destinations

I blogged a few weeks ago offering tips on 5 leading honeymoon destinations, so I thought I’d continue the theme and share my thoughts on 6 further resorts with you.
Mauritius
A colleague of mine has recently returned from Mauritius, where she hired a car and saw most of the country’s key highlights like Chamarel, Port Louis [...]

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LUX* Island Resorts launching in the Indian Ocean

Which is the best kind of tropical island holiday? One where you lie on the same spot of the beach every day, read a couple of paperbacks, barely leave your lounger and pay exorbitant prices for imported water? Or one with benefits that last well after the tan has faded? Where you come back feeling [...]

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Taking stock of a Maldives club scene

Whether for providing mellow entertainment, a party atmosphere for beach-side bashes, or a soundtrack to a more jovial flailing of limbs at resorts around the Maldives, hospitality groups are looking to disc-spinners to differentiate themselves from the competition.

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Top travel tips for 5 fantastic honeymoon destinations

Maldives
Much has been said about the beauty of the Maldives and it’s true that by air, the islands offer a truly dramatic sight, so if you can, choose a seaplane transfer to get the most impressive views. An underwater camera is also recommended as you really shouldn’t pass up the chance to go snorkelling and [...]

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Win a week’s stay in a luxury vacation rental

If you quite like the idea of winning 7 nights in a luxury vacation rental in Bali, Costa Rica or Italy, plus $3,000 towards airfares, get yourself along to the Flipkey blog where they’re running their own “flippin’ awesome vacation giveaway”.  (FlipKey, in case you’re not already familiar, is a vacation rental website owned by [...]

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5 luxury swimming pools with a view

There was a time when a swimming pool was just a body of water in which to exercise, but in recent years, exclusive and luxury hotel builders seem to have been playing a game of one-upmanship against one another in a race to create the most amazing swimming pool imaginable.
Now personally, gimmicks aside, I think [...]

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Defining true luxury in the Maldives

The Maldives. It’s a name perhaps synonymous with desert-island appeal, a paradise consisting of a seemingly endless number of island destinations that some believe are at the forefront of endangerment from climate change. For some travellers, the country represents a picture postcard ideal of palm trees, seclusion and flamboyant cocktails and that maybe is all [...]

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Special feature: Premier Club at the Peninsula Excelsior Hotel, Singapore

This is a heads-up on how you can enjoy a luxurious hotel stay without paying five-star prices. It’s “simple luxury”. The concept is that a premium room in a four-star hotel can offer better facilities and services at a price cheaper than a standard room in a five-star. We tried it and here’s how we [...]

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Special feature: Mosaic, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

The Mandarin Oriental Group of hotels requires no introduction on a blog about luxury travel, as the brand is famous for its prestigious hotels and resorts. The interesting thing, though, is that they are all quite different from one another. Whilst they all maintain standards of excellence, this is a group rather than a chain [...]

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Travel your passions with Excursionist!

Excursionist.com is a new members only site that connects travelers with their passions by providing a menu of curated and expert-led trips around the world. Excursionist offers hundreds of once-in-a-lifetime experiences across 40 passion areas, making it easier than ever to plan unique excursions based on your personal interests. Whether you want to trek across Greenland with [...]

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