Archive of ‘Reviews’ category

What’s the best hotel on Gaya Island?

For many visitors to Borneo, a few nights on Gaya Island is the ideal end to the trip. A short boat ride from Kota Kinabalu, the island is covered in rainforest and surrounded by coral reefs and clear water. Walking trails, beaches, snorkeling, and some of the best resorts in Borneo: it’s a lovely place to […] Read more…

Luxury in Borneo: Hibiscus Villa

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This is a post by Marbree, a member of the Luxury Travel in Asia team. Despite being pictured here in Namibia, she spends most of her time in Asia. Marbree just finished a research trip in Borneo looking for all the best places to stay and things to do. Expect more from her in the months […] Read more…

The Eastern & Oriental Express from Singapore to Bangkok

This is a guest post by the lovely Eva (pictures here on board of the Eastern & Oriental Express) who works with me at Fleewinter (a boutique London tour operator that offers Asia holidays). She has written this fabulous review about her train ride from Singapore to Bangkok on the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express… enjoy! […] Read more…

The best boutique hotels in Bangkok

This is a guest post by the lovely Eva (feeling very Chinese while staying at Shanghai Mansion – see below) who works with me at Fleewinter (a boutique London tour operator that offers Asia holidays). She has written this excellent guide about the best boutique hotels in Bangkok… well worth a read!   As almost all travelers […] Read more…

South Laos Luxury Hotel: The River Resort, Champasak

Southern Laos and the incredible 4,000 Islands are often renowned for being something of a backpacker’s paradise so it was with some trepidation that I set off to investigate the area in search of a touch of luxury. But as we pulled into the River Resort, near Champasak (just half an hour drive from Pakse […] Read more…

Top 10 Luxury Beach Hotels in Vietnam

My favourite moment of any holiday is the instant that my toes first touch the sand. They may have been cooped up in boots for a whole winter, but as soon as those so-white-they-almost-look-green-feet touch the sand, I have arrived. Pass the suntan cream and the floppy hat, it’s time to get greasy, sweaty sun-kissed finger prints […] Read more…

The Most Romantic Hotels in Myanmar (Burma)

Life is fast, life is hectic, life is furious. So when you finally get that weekend away or a much needed two-week holiday with your loved one (that you’ve no doubt been planning for months) why shouldn’t you make it romantic? You deserve a little hideaway on a forgotten beach, or a river veranda with the perfect sunset […] Read more…

The Best Hotels in Mandalay, Myanmar (Burma)

Home to the iconic U-Bein Bridge, incredible temples, and the gateway to the north-eastern Shan state, there are plenty of reasons to visit Mandalay. And as Myanmar has opened up to tourism in recent years, there are now plenty of options to choose from when it comes to picking the perfect hotel. During my time […] Read more…

A Luxury Mekong Cruise: The Mekong Aqua

Has anybody else been watching Sue Perkins’ jaunt up the Mekong River on the BBC? It is making me incredibly nostalgic – I was only there last year but already I am talking about it like it was something I did when I had knobbly knees and milk teeth. Actually I do still have knobbly knees, […] Read more…

How to Pick the Best Halong Bay Cruise

With huge towering islets piercing through disarmingly tranquil waters, most people agree that Halong Bay is a highlight of any trip to Vietnam. But with hundreds of boats jostling for your dollars and promising you a trip of a lifetime it is becoming harder and harder to pick the right boat and know where to start. Many of the top-end […] Read more…

The 5 Best Rooftop Bars in Saigon

There’s nothing quite like watching the world go by… with a birds-eye view and a stiff gin and tonic in hand. Especially when you are in a city like Saigon where the streets are motorbike clogged and just crossing the road can lead to increased blood pressure. Once, I attempted to walk down Bu Vien (the […] Read more…

Private Island Getaway: Song Saa, Cambodia

Who doesn’t love the idea of a private island? It is always seems to be at the top of the list when one is rhetorically asked, ‘What would you do if you won the lottery’ – answers vary from visiting a private island to buying an island of your own – or even snogging Ryan […] Read more…

5 Best Boutique Hotels in Siem Reap, Cambodia

Earlier this year I was cycling down a dusty side-street in Siem Reap, trying desperately to find a boutique hotel, which was tucked a little further out of town. I has already been caught in a small downpour once; my legs were speckled with dust and dirt, my hair was stuck to my face and children […] Read more…

The story behind Villa Romonea: Kep, Cambodia

Villa Romonea stands tall and proud on a beautiful spot besides the ocean on the southwest coast of Cambodia. The private beach villa is gleaming white – its modernist curves and angles reflect the strong rays of the early afternoon sun, making me reach for my sunglasses as I marvel at its smooth lines. “It’s designed […] Read more…

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