There are so many luxury hotels in Bangkok that prices are very competitive and staying in one of those fantastic places won’t be as expensive as you might think. I could have easily made a list op top ten hotels in Bangkok, but I chose to write about the 4 places I recently stayed in the two best areas to stay in Bangkok.
Lately I stayed in a fairly new resort just a little North of Ubud center. I knew Blue Karma Ubud through social media and already sent some friends over there before I even tried it out myself. From what I could see on the pictures it was a really cute green resort with private villas surrounded by jungle and rice fields and isn’t that exactly what you are looking for when spending your holiday in Ubud? In the beginning of November I checked in for 3 nights to experience the resort myself.
I always tell people that India is the best country for food and my stay at the ITC Maratha Mumbai was another confirmation of this. The ITC Maratha Restaurants are rated among the best restaurants in Mumbai and staying here during the Indian Monsoon Season was a great pleasure. On the bright side of the grey and rainy days I had the chance to try out the a lot of food and create my own food tour all on the ground floor of the hotel.
Looking for a luxury hotel in Bangkok? Ever stayed in the W Hotel in Bangkok? Ever even stayed in a W Hotel somewhere around the world? It was my first time and like all first times they are hard to forget.
You know that feeling when you come home from a holiday and the first couple days your mind is still at that amazing place? Amplify that by 10 and that is how I still feel exactly a month after I left Lux South Ari Atoll Maldives. I have been staying in a lot of fancy hotels & resorts all over the world and every experience seems even more amazing than the previous one, but almost a week on such a paradise island is hard to top.
There are so many 5 star resorts in Maldives that it is hard to choose the right one and I can understand that everyone thinks that all resorts are the same, but nope that is a complete misunderstanding! First of all not all resorts are 5 star, second biggest mistake is that all Maldives resorts have over water bungalows. Then there are the all-inclusive resorts or those that are very exclusive and most people are unable to afford.
Why do you think people on Tripadvisor chose this as the most romantic hotel in the world 2015? No explanation needed, right? This picture says it all! As I was staying two months on the island, I was looking for the best Koh Tao hotels and I wanted to find some spots on the island that were not really well known yet to the big audience. Chekcing out some places to stay in Koh Tao I stumbled upon this incredibly luxurious boutique villa resort named ‘The Place’.
The Sofitel So Bangkok only opened in 2012. A fashionable and trendy hotel, located at the beginning of Sathorn Road in front of Lumpini Park, Bangkok’s largest green area. So Sofitel is all about art and style; chic but yet playful. It was the famous French designer Christian Lacroix who designed the hotel’s interior, the staff uniforms and the executive lounge.
By the time I got back to Bangkok last month I was in serious need of relaxation, and I was happy to be invited at one of the coolest boutique hotels in Bangkok: the Siam at Siam Design Hotel. It is one of Bangkok’s oldest family-owned hotels and lately completely refurbished. Siam at Siam Design Hotel is a boutique hotel with a contemporary, luxurious, and unique style right in the heart of Bangkok.
Feeling at home and getting pampered in luxury from the moment you walk in until you check out. The Ritz Carlton Singapore made my stay memorable and made sure I was having a smile on my face constantly. A luxury hotel with a personal touch and the best view of the Marina Bay Singapore. This very exclusive hotel with fantastic views over the bay blew my mind.
Looking for a hidden gem in Thailand? Somewhere to fully enjoy your holiday and relax with your partner? Want to unwind from stressful corporate life but not in the standard places to visit in Thailand? Then this charming hotel might be something for you! The isolated Bamboo Huts Resort is one of the best places to stay in Koh Tao. Start your stress free holiday here. Located on the rocks of the southwest coast of the island all bungalows have a prima oceanfront location with magnificent ocean views. Because every bungalow is facing west great sunsets are guaranteed.
It was a kind of a last minute plan to add Hotel Jen Tanglin to my Hotel Tour in Singapore. My flights were flexible and I had two more nights available and so did I end up in the little brother of the Shangri-La Singapore where I stayed as well.
After two lovely nights in the Alisea Boutique Hotel I switched hotels and checked in at the Aonang Cliff Beach Resort on the other side of the town. The hotel arranged a pick-up and at 10.30am sharp there was an air-conditioned mini van waiting outside the hotel to escort me to my new hotel.
After 7 years I decided to go back to the picturesque town of Ao Nang in the Krabi province in Thailand. I remembered the lively streets, a lovely boulevard and the amazing food culture and was eager to go back. On top of that finding a place to stay ended in 5-night collaboration with the Alisea Boutique Hotel and the Ao Nang Cliff Beach Resort.
To be honest I had never heard of the Trident chain before I checked in to the Trident Nariman Point Mumbai. The hotel is part of the Oberoi Group and therefore a high standards can be expected. I choose this hotel after roaming the internet and I stumbled upon a picture on Google Images. The room I saw had the most amazing view over Mumbai and guess where I ended up a couple weeks later, yes in the corner suite of the Trident Nariman Point.
Travelling to Singapore has never been a favourite, although I am pretty intrigued by big cities. My first visit to the country was in 2009 and after that I had never been back. The reason? It is simply too expensive! I am not rich by any means and I think it is not worth spending so much money if for the same money I am spending here in 1 day, I can live a week in the neighbouring countries.
My second resort after a week in the Maldives with Maldives TV was one away from the North Male Atoll. About 60 kilometers East of the capital there is a little Atoll called Rasdhoo and coincidentally I had already been there last year on my first visit to Maldives. Rasdhoo itself though is a local island and in 2016 I took a local boat to live like a local in Maldives. This time I traveled to an island next to it: Kuramathi Island Resort.
The Layana Resort & Spa is consistently voted among the best hotels in Thailand and it was no wonder that I was really pleased and excited to spend a couple nights in this little gem. Talking to other guests we all wondered why the resort is not called a retreat. It is such a peaceful and rejuvenating place that the addition of the word retreat wouldn’t be misplaced. If you Google ‘Thailand adults only resorts’, the Layana Koh Lanta will come up first and after experiencing this top-notch luxurious retreat I can understand that this place ranks number 1 in many lists.
Recently I spent about two months in and around Bali and stumbled upon an surprisingly quiet oasis called The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah. I have been in Ubud many times, but never heard about this resort before, but I am happy I got invited to stay at this beautiful place lately as part of my honeymoon in Bali.
Almost 130 years ago the Raffles Hotel Singapore opened its doors to the public as a 10-room hotel and ever since it is renown as a landmark in Singapore. It was in 1899 when it became the first luxury hotel with electric lights and fans and became a magnet for many international guests. From the beginning of these glorious days in the past until now the hotel is considered as one of the most luxurious places to stay in Singapore.
Looking for a boutique hotel in Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur? Recently I stayed in the KL Journal, a new kind of boutique chic in the heart of the city. This stylish designed place with a modern retro vibe is a lovely boutique hotel if you visit Kuala Lumpur.
In June 2016 after visiting Thailnd for more than 10 times I finally made it to Koh Lanta. I was invited to come and review Crown Lanta Resort & Spa and give my opinion about their resort.
The resort is situated on the tip of a tiny peninsula in the North of the island. Tucked away from the mass tourism of the popular East side of Koh Lanta, the Crown Lanta Resort and Spa has a fabulous location.
Go off the beaten path in Thailand and check in to the Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa, the number one hotel in Rayong.
Rayong is a not yet discovered region by mass tourism not far away from the immense popular beach destination Pataya. Travelling East from Bangkok never really appealed to me, but when I was invited by the Rayong Marriott I thought lets just wing it. Actually I had never heard the region. Exploring new territories in Thailand was great and after I have been to Marriott Rayong I can now say that it is totally worth it visiting this undiscovered region of Thailand.
The Shangri-La Hotel it is all about indulging yourself with pure luxury and excellent service. One of those 5* hotels that never disappoint and always live up to their image. So does the Shangri-La Singapore, voted many times amongst the best hotels in the world and it remains the destination of choice for presidents and diplomats.
A lovely luxurious retreat in Balinese style: Tugu Hotel Bali is not your standard resort, it is a very authentic and artistic place. Sleeping in Tugu Hotel Bali is like sleeping in a museum. This is my review of the best place in hip and popular Canggu.
Always wanted to know where your favourite pop idols are celebrating their holiday? I have been staying in the most amazing hotels, but for most celebrities that is just too ordinary. Apparently they rent amazing villas, secluded places where they can’t be seen and where they can do whatever they want behind closed doors. Rihanna was one those celebrities that rented Samsara Phuket and I got to stay in the exact same villa!
It was my first time in Maldives and I was about to head to one of the most remote islands of the country. The moment I wanted to check in for my domestic flight to GAN Airport there came someone up to me asking if I was Mr. Grond. Please sir follow me to the lounge… I guess my dream trip just started! More luxury travel experiences on my Hotel & Resorts pages.
SO Sofitel Hua Hin is a modern and trendy beach resort where design meets the white sand in the Gulf of Thailand. A perfect retreat for hipsters and trendsetters looking to escape bustling Bangkok. It is where the SO concept is taken to the beach in Hua Hin.
Any idea what it would be like to stay in TripAdvisors best hotel in the world? I always thought that would only be possible in my dreams! But lately this dream became reality as I stayed in Umaid Bhawan Palace in Jodhpur Rajasthan.
Recently this property of Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces has been voted as the ‘Best Hotel in the World’, the ‘Best Hotel in Asia’ and the ‘Best Hotel in India’ at the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2016.
During my recent trip through India I made my way to Udaipur, the city of lakes. I was invited by Taj Hotels to stay in one of their jewels: the Taj Lake Palace Udaipur. This hotel is as elegant as a building can get. Like a giant white swan floating gently in the middle of a lake this palace is not only a hotel it is one of the best places to visit in Udaipur.
I was beyond excitement for my trip to Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort as it was my first time on a private island resort. How am I going to experience being locked up on a tiny island? Do I get bored? Answering this question after being stuck on Sumilon Island for a couple days is simple: I never wanted to leave!
This recently opened Taj property has the best location if you are looking for hotels near Mumbai domestic airport. Taj Santacruz opened its doors only a couple months ago and from the terminal you can walk right into the hotel lobby. Of course everything within the hotel is designed with a touch a Taj: luxury and class! I have been working with the Taj group around India and also stayed in some of their palaces: Umaid Bhawan Palace and Taj Lake Palace Udaipur.
My hotel tour in Singapore was not yet complete and I stayed in so many amazing places in this city that I couldn’t believe I was adding another chapter to this great trip. I had never stayed at an Intercontinental Hotel before and I was happy to finally spend some nights in the flagship brand of the IHG Hotels in Singapore. See here more ideas where to stay in Singapore!
Checking in to a resort was like changing office for me while travelling in Asia, definitely after I just did a city hotel tour in Singapore where I stayed in 6 different hotels in 2 weeks. I landed at Phuket International Airport and made my way to Sri Panwa where I was about to stay a couple days and it was one of those places I definitely want to go back some day… WOW!
Being invited to a conference in the Maldives was to me like winning the jackpot. Yes I want to come speak at your event in paradise but don’t expect me to fly home straight after. I requested my flight out of Maldives 2 weeks later as I wanted to make the most of this trip and stay as long as I could. When people asked me how long I would stay I answered as long as I get free accommodation! ;)
With Singapore being one the worlds densest countries it might seem hard to get away from the bustling city. Recently I planned a trip to this city and was looking for the best places to stay in Singapore, but a little bit away from the city. I ended up in W Sentosa Cove on Sentosa Island.
It was sad saying goodbye at the Lux South Ari Atoll but there was not a lot of time to deal with that as a new adventure was waiting. I landed back again on Male International Airport island and made my way to the Anantara private lounge. Unlike 99% of the resorts Anantara does not have a little booth where you have to present yourself, Anantara has a little private lounge for its guests to relax after their mostly exhausting flight. It did only take a couple minutes though before my speedboat transfer was ready for departure. Naladhu Private Island is part of the Anantara Hotel Group and is one of those Maldives hotels with speedboat transfer. The boat ride took only about 40 minutes and there was the team of Naladhu waiting for my arrival.