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Dining High at King Power Mahanakhon Bangkok SkyBar & SkyWalk

Architects must get huge job satisfaction, I think, when I stand at the entrance of the King Power Mahanakhon building in Bangkok. It must be so fulfilling to see your work actualized from an idea in your head to a real-life steel and glass structure.  It must be even more satisfying when that creation becomes…

A Thai Island Escape Where Bigger is Better – Ritz Carlton Samui

As I’ve mentioned before, word of mouth is a powerful thing. At lunch recently a friend mentioned her stay at the Ritz Carlton Samui, and what I remember from her enthusiastic convo was Big! Big! Big! and New! New! New! Oooooh. Words that stuck like hooks and reeled me in. All this bigness and newness…

Enchanted Rainy Day Hideaway – Keemala Phuket

Rain was lashing against the airplane window as we landed in Phuket and I was taken aback.  It had never occurred to me that it might be raining during my island getaway at Keemala Phuket resort.  It was June –  still the soft launch of rainy season in Thailand, and not the real, heavy flood…

How holistic therapies helped me at 137 Pillars Bangkok’s Season of Wellness

I was suffering from chronic shoulder and neck pain when I walked into 137 Pillars Bangkok’s Nitra Spa to see one of the visiting wellness practitioners at their Season of Wellness, a three-month wellness festival featuring visiting holistic healing gurus from around Asia. The Season of Wellness was initiated to support the lifestyle needs of…

Heritage Hip in China’s Panda City – Temple House Chengdu

It seems obvious to choose Shanghai or Beijing for a first visit to China. I would have done that too, but the minute I heard the words “panda city”, I was headed to Chengdu. I wasn’t even sure exactly where Chengdu was at first, but who cares, when the city is the official panda center…

10 Top Wellness, Detox, Yoga, Health & Fitness Destinations in Asia for 2018

Did your New Year’s resolutions include lose weight and get fit?  The easiest way to do this is to go on a health holiday where the whole stay is devoted to improving your health, nutrition, and wellness in a  relaxing, supportive environment. As a spa book author, wellness journalist and a judge for the regional AsiaSpa Awards, I’ve been…