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Mar 14 2015

Palm Garden Resort Hoi An Review

The Palm Garden Resort in Hoi An, Vietnam, is in a great location for those in search of a beautiful beach with easy access to the Ancient City. A free shuttle runs a few times a day to take guests to the heart of town and a taxi is less than $5. There are plenty of little shops and convenience stores in the area where you can pick up any toiletries that you might need. We were greeted in the open air lobby with cold watermelon juice and after a...

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Mar 13 2015

What Is Luxury Travel?

During our work as travel bloggers, we have the opportunity to visit some of the top hotels, spas and restaurants in the world. These five-star destinations sometimes include beach front villas, in-suite pools and jacuzzis, private aircraft, live-in butlers and world-class dining, but that is not necessarily what earns their status among the greats of luxury travel. Best at Travel challenged us to define what luxury travel means to us, so we reflected on some of our favorite experiences. To us, luxury travel is the ability to travel without stress with every...

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Mar 09 2015

La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa Review

After a long and bumpy overnight train ride from Hanoi, we arrived in the vibrant city of Hue, Vietnam. Hue is a great town to explore on foot or by bicycle, and has many bustling markets. The entire city is a UNESCO world heritage site and La Residence Hue is a part of that history and charm. Of the many hotels in Hue, this one is recognized around the world for its service and luxurious amenities. La Residence Hue Hotel and Spa sits on 2 hectares of land partially surrounded by...

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Mar 05 2015

Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel Review

The Sofitel Metropole Hanoi is a perfect mix of luxury and culture. Located in a building built as a hotel in 1901, and situated near the city's largest lake in the Old Quarter, the Metropole Hanoi is a popular spot for wedding photography, coffee dates and even live jazz. The beautiful historic and modern wings offer different amenities and room styles, but all guests have access to the extensive activities on site. So many famous and talented people have passed through that lobby, we couldn't help but feel a little...

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Feb 25 2015

Ann Heritage Lodge Inle Lake Review

As you may know, we actively seek out unique accommodations around the world that offer one of a kind experiences and create lasting memories that we can share for years to come. Ann Heritage Lodge is one of these accommodations that offers an experience you will not find anywhere else. The lodge consists of cabins built on stilts over the water of the northwestern side if Inle Lake, Myanmar. The lodge is only accessible by small boat and is a great central location for exploring the rest of the lake. The...

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Feb 24 2015

Oasis Baan Saen Doi Spa Resort Review

Oasis Baan Saen Doi Spa Resort is located a few kilometers south of the old city of Chiang Mai in a quiet resort community at the foot of Doi Suthep mountain. The small boutique resort is spread throughout multiple lanna style structures and includes a full service luxury spa and spacious rooms and suites. After our tiresome travels through Myanmar, we decided to stay at Oasis Baan Saen Doi for a few days to rest and revive ourselves. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="3679,3677,3662"] The Grounds Wooden walkways surrounded by tranquil water features welcome you as...

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Feb 14 2015

Sala Mae Rim Restaurant Review, Four Seasons Chiang Mai

The Four Seasons Chiang Mai is located farther from the city than we thought. In fact, it’s in the artsy and more rural Mae Rim, the next city over. The location is no mistake, and makes for peaceful setting. Sala Mae Rim, the Four Seasons Chiang Mai's main restaurant, overlooks rice paddies surrounded by the resort’s luxurious villas. We arrived just in time to watch the sun disappear behind the mountains. We started our meal with spring rolls, pork, chicken and shrimp satay with peanut sauce and spicy papaya salad with...

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Feb 06 2015

6 Stylish Carry-on Bags For Your Next Trip

An easy way to step up your travel style is to upgrade your accessories. The number one travel accessory is, of course, luggage. Lately we have been traveling carry-on only (which we highly recommend), and we’ve grown quite fond of our freedom from wheels. If you’re investing in quality luggage as you should be (not a lesson you want to learn the hard way; nor is “old luggage should be replaced before it breaks,” trust me), you’ll be stuck with it for a while. If you’re a frequent traveler you’ll be...

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Jan 30 2015

Peak Spa And Beauty Salon, Chiang Mai Review

Peak Spa is located in the Night Bazaar neighborhood of Chiang Mai. It sits on a quiet alley directly next to the large Shangri-La hotel. Peak spa is a day spa, full service beauty salon and hair salon. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="3254,3256,3245"] We were picked up in the morning and driven to the spa in a new shuttle car. Upon arrival we were warmly greeted and sat down to discuss the spa treatment schedule for the day. The reception and waiting areas have large glass walls that give off a modern spacious feel...

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Jan 24 2015

Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel and Spa Review: Chiang Mai

Ping Nakara consists of just 19 guest rooms in a beautiful, white Lanna Colonial-style mansion. The decor and arrangement makes guests feel like they have been welcomed into someone’s very stylish home. The floor plan is very open, incorporating the surrounding palms and sounds of nature, while somehow still creating intimate seating areas. The overall atmosphere was calming and chic, with nods to the past reign of teak dealers.   [gallery type="rectangular" ids="3214,3215,3213,3211"] The Rooms The rooms at Ping Nakara are all uniquely decorated. Each has a large balcony, bathroom with separate tub and...

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Jan 21 2015

RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort, Chiang Mai Review

RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort in Chiang Mai is a small 35 room resort with a focus on wellness and relaxation. The resort is near the river  on the busy Chareonraj Rd., but the U shape of the main buildings create a quiet haven and preserves the soothing atmosphere. The water features and plants enhanced the sense of calm. Free yoga classes offered each morning and evening and the well-equipped spa on site are all a part of the healthy lifestyle RarinJinda promotes. The Grounds The pool is a central point of the...

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Jan 21 2015

Best Hotels Of 2014

We are only one month into the new year and we have already stayed at some spectacular hotels and resorts. However, before we go on gushing about those, we want to take a minute to look back at the best hotels of 2014. We stayed at some incredible hotels with world class accommodation and making this list involved lots of debate.   We had some especially hard choices to make when it came to best atmosphere, best beach and best food, but we finally narrowed down the winners. Here are the best...

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Jan 16 2015

Kiyora Spa: Chiang Mai’s Urban Oasis

Kiyora Spa is located a few blocks away from the old city of Chiang Mai on a quiet neighborhood street. The Spa is small, but offers an extensive treatment menu with everything from the traditional thai massage to 4.5 hour “spa-cation” packages. We got to try the 2.5 hour “scrub, rub and compress” package which includes a body scrub, an oil massage and a hot herbal compress massage. We were warmly greeted upon arrival and offered a tea welcome drink. The staff was quick to help us with our bags and...

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Jan 15 2015

Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai: A Kingdom of Luxury

The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai has been named the best hotel in Thailand and year after year it sits comfortably within the rankings of the top 50 hotels in the world. It is modeled after a traditional Lanna kingdom complete with streams and ponds winding through the 123 palatial villas and suites. The property sits on a sprawling 60 acres and is so large that staff get around on bikes and guests can call a golf cart shuttle to their room to take them to breakfast or anywhere else on...

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Dec 27 2014

Cheeva Spa: Boutique Relaxation in Chiang Mai

Cheeva Spa in Chiang Mai takes Thai hospitality to the next level with its very personal service, private consultation rooms and treatment villas. We were warmly greeted and led to our cozy, clean waiting room where we enjoyed tea and listened to the soothing music. After our feet were washed with limes, we filled out our treatment cards while we sat in the small but comfortable consultation room. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="2784,2777,2782"] Lit candles lined our walk back through the main house and out into a garden with a small waterfall. Our villa...

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Dec 19 2014

The Marina Bay Sands Resort and Casino: Singapore’s Luxury Icon

The Marina Bay Sands resort and Casino is a massive integrated resort with three towers, fifty seven levels, one of the worlds largest infinity pools, and a multilevel casino. There is also a subterranean luxury shopping center, a museum, and theaters inside the resort. Everything about the Marina Bay Sands  screams luxury and should, as it is the most expensive hotel in the world with a USD$4.7 Billion price tag. During our last visit to Singapore, we found ourselves visiting the Marina Bay Sands on many occasions. Not because we were...

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Dec 14 2014

Red Sky Bar : Sweeping Views Of Bangkok

On our most recent trip to Bangkok we met up with some friends from back home for a day of shopping and to try out some bars that we missed on our first trip. After a long morning wandering Chatuchak Weekend Market followed by an afternoon exploring the maze of stores in the gigantic Central World Mall, we decided that we needed to relax for an evening of drinks. We happened on Red Sky Bar by a bit of a happy accident. I had heard that Zense Rooftop Bar had a good view...

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Dec 09 2014

Mandarin Oriental’s Cherry Garden Restaurant

Singapore is known for its large variety of cuisines and top notch restaurants. During our visit, we tried to squeeze in meals at a wide variety of fine dining and off the beaten path locations so we could try a lots of different dishes. Part of our culinary explorations led us to Cantonese cuisine at the Cherry Garden restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental hotel. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="2522,2517,2516,2518"] Cherry Garden offers an a la carte dim sum during the week, but we attended the dim sum buffet which is only offered on the...

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Dec 05 2014

Lunch at Table by Rang Mahal: Naumi Hotel Singapore

On the last day of our exciting visit, we were invited to lunch at Table by Rang Mahal at Naumi Hotel Singapore for an authentic Indian gastronomy experience with a modern flair. Our lunch was one of the best meals we had in Singapore and will not be soon forgotten. Table is a contemporary styled restaurant located on the first floor of Naumi Luxury Boutique Hotel. Naumi offers unique luxury rooms with clever designs, including Coco Chanel and Andy Warhol themed suites. The entire Naumi experience is designed to be personal...

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Dec 03 2014

Ascott Raffles Place Singapore

There are hundreds of hotels in Singapore and dozens that offer refined boutique luxury experiences, but only a few that offer cultural luxury enveloped in the rich history of Singapore. Ascott Raffles Place Singapore is one of these distinguished heritage hotels. Ascott Raffles Place is located in what used to be the Asia Insurance Building. The building was designed by one of Singapore’s pioneer architects and was finished in 1954. At 20 stories, it claimed the title of the then tallest building in Asia. Its Art Deco design and construction quality was...

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Nov 30 2014

Driving A Lamborghini On The F1 Track With Ultimate Drive Singapore

Our schedule in Singapore was packed every day so we tried to maintain a balance of culturally educational activities and some activities that were just plain fun. Ultimate Drive fits in the latter category: Pure. Unadulterated. Fun. Several weeks ago, when we were first planning our visit to Singapore, I was having the adrenaline itch again. It had been too long since my last spine tingling adventure and I was feeling the need to attach myself to something with a greater velocity than our scooter. I searched for a sky diving...

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Nov 25 2014

Fah Lanna Spa Chiang Mai

After six hours of driving our scooter back from Chiang Rai, Thailand, the day before, we were more than excited to spend the morning at Fah Lanna Spa. This traditional Thai spa sits on a beautiful street in the northern part of the Old City of Chiang Mai. At the entrance, we were met with tropical trees and flowers surrounding a calming pond built under a walkway extending back to the private treatment rooms. We were warmly greeted as soon as we stepped inside and sat watching the Koi fish...

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Nov 18 2014

A-Star Phulare Valley: Chiang Rai Countryside Resort

A-Star Phulare Valley Resort in the hills of Chiang Rai, Thailand, is a unique resort with a variety of Chalets and spacious Pool Villas. The expansive grounds spread over the top of a large hill, and the resort is laid out so that all the rooms and villas have beautiful views of the trees and countryside. The paths within the resort are well manicured and the large infinity pool in the center adds a breathtaking viewpoint to the relaxing scene. We enjoyed our time away from the busy streets of Chiang Mai...

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Nov 12 2014

Cape Panwa Hotel: The Best Beach in Phuket

On the last night of our trip to Phuket we traveled all the way down to Cape Panwa to stay at the Cape Panwa Hotel. The hotel is set back from the main road and sits on a steep hillside above the private sandy beach below. We were glad we came here last or we would have been ruined for the rest of Phuket by that perfect beach!   The Grounds The hotel is more of a boutique resort and features a few different restaurants and bars on the property. There is a...

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Nov 07 2014

Thavorn Palm Beach Resort: Phuket

The Thavorn Palm Beach Resort's bragging points are its lush grounds similar to those at Thavorn Beach Village and Spa, and its five swimming pools. Jumping in and out of each you will find waterfalls, crocodile fountains, a swim-up bar, multiple lounge areas and kiddie areas all with a view of the ocean. The resort is in a great location in Karon Beach, Phuket, right across the street from the beach and surrounded by a few other hotels, restaurants and bars. At night tuk-tuks lit up with neon lights and fitted...

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