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…

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…

Praya Palazzo, Bangkok – From the Ruins, A Labour of Love

A historic Italian palazzo in Bangkok? Yes, it does exist. You can even sleep here and have breakfast on the river next morning. What you don’t know is the massive labour of love it took for a young widow to transform this former pile of rubble into the lovely hotel you see today… Bangkok is not a…

Get a Glimpse: Six Cool Design Hotels in Asia

Does unique hotel design help you decide where to stay?  For many travellers, a beautiful interior is just as important as a room with a view.  A fabulous space can affect your whole mood and alter your whole travel experience from unmemorable to unforgettable. When I wrote the Contemporary Asian Home series of interior design books, showcasing contemporary Asian interior design…

Dwarika’s Hotel – Sleeping in Kathmandu’s Heritage Haven

  Historic architecture fascinates me and I love the way staying in antique hotels connects me to the culture of a place. There isn’t much in the way of historic hotels in Nepal even though you see ancient buildings in Kathmandu that have housed generations of the same family for centuries. While walking around the city…