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Home sweet home at the secret honey house – Villa Madu Ubud, Bali

I would never have known about Villa Madu in Bali if a friend in Ubud hadn’t suggested it to me (thank you  secret friend! You know who you are!).   It’s one of those under-the-radar places that I’ve never seen before in big magazines, but is known through word-of-mouth, or by people who know people. I…

Angkor Chic at Shinta Mani Club, Siem Reap, Cambodia

– Where ancient Khmer motifs infuse contemporary design … Believe it or not, I’ve lived in Bangkok for years and had never been to Cambodia, even though it’s just across the border. Maybe it’s the close proximity, but it never seemed so urgent a destination. The only reason to visit would be to see Angkor Wat,…

Tropical Weight Loss Holiday – Barberyn Beach Ayurveda Resort Sri Lanka

Sometimes –  usually after I’ve overloaded on too much cake and croissants – my idea of a dream vacation is to go to a nice  seaside health resort to lose weight, eat good food, relax and rest without stepping inside a gym, and do hardly anything .  Hahahaha!  Sounds too good to be true? It’s not. Such places do exist! The hilltop swimming…

The Smog Eaters Are Coming – the Vertical Forest Nanjing, China

Next year, an eco building with 1,100 trees will absorb 25 tons of CO2 per year and produce 60kg of oxygen daily in smoggy China. Big trees fascinate me; the older and bigger, the better. They’re so beautiful, and so majestic. If you’ve seen my Barefoot Luxe Facebook page, there are quite a few posts of beautiful…

In Search of Man-Eaters of Kumaon – Corbett Tiger Reserve, India

I went by elephant and by jeep, and nobody was eaten alive.  That’s because nobody tried to eat us. Mention animal safaris,  animals in the wild, and most people think African safari, but I love visiting the tiger reserves of India. And there are actually quite a few of them. India was once a land teeming…

Barefoot Luxe Promotion – GET EXPERT INSIGHTS FROM LUXURY TRAVEL LEADERS

Four Seasons, Six Senses, Virgin Galactic and other leaders in luxury travel & lifestyle are set to join New York Times editors Monica Drake, Sam Sifton and Ching-Ching Ni at its Luxury Travel conference this December 1-2 in Singapore, rounding out its stellar program of events. This invitation-only event will explore innovative ways that the…

Where to Relive Bangkok’s Old Town Charm – The Asadang Historic B&B

Bangkok’s historic Grand Palace district is the place to be right now if you’re in the Thai capital.  A small heritage B&B offers old-time charm just a short walk from the city’s grandest spectacle. Thailand is experiencing the most heartbreaking event ever known to Thai people, the passing the world’s longest reigning and most greatly beloved  monarch, HM the late King…

Barefoot Luxe Promotion – The New York Times Luxury Travel Conference

On December 1 & 2 in Singapore, The New York Times Luxury Travel Conference will bring together global thought leaders at a crucial summit to explore the future of luxury travel and tourism and provide insights and solutions on how to deliver “Experiences beyond Expectations.” The conference provides a unique opportunity to access insider knowledge…

Tomb Waiter – Dream Dining Amid the Ruins at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

At Angkor Wat, where a lost civilization once feasted under the stars, you can too.  Just add butler. Here’s how … In recent years, I’ve been hearing of private parties and chi-chi events held amongst the ruins at Cambodia’s Angkor Wat, a Unesco World Heritage Site. Yes gala dinners, jet-set party people frolicking amid the…