Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Lury travel in Marais : shopping , hotels and the best restaurants

Situated on the Right Bank of the Seine, Le Marais stretches across the 3rd and 4th districts of Paris and is home to famous landmarks such as the Place des Vosges and the Picasso Museum. A hive of history and culture, it also offers a cutting-edge dining scene, with many fine dining establishments dotted around the area. Our culture lover’s guide explores ten must-try restaurants in the ever-trendy Le Marais.

Luxury stay !
The term boutique hotel actually makes sense at the Hôtel du Petit Moulin (1) (29 rue de Poitou; 00 33 1 42 74 10 10;, since the reception, still with its painted ceiling, was once a baker, frequented by Victor Hugo. It’s now the frontispiece to a small hotel, brilliantly decorated by Christian Lacroix. With just 17 rooms, it is intimate, full of luscious fabrics and patterns. Double rooms from €194, not including breakfast.

Luxury Shopping
 Fleux (© EP)
 Suffering from IKEA fatigue? Don’t panic, there is furniture made outside Sweden. Spread over nearly 350 square metres, Fleux offers a plethora of decorative and colourful design pieces. Opened in 2005, Luc Moulin’s and Gaétan Aucher’s boutique focuses on two key concepts: the superfluous and the luxurious. So rather than practical flat pack, expect to find anything from ceramic owls to green deer heads and paper lanterns. But it’s not all impractical gewgaws – even if the keyword here is derision, many pieces also serve a purpose, such as bird hooks (€15.50 for two), lamps in old jars and hand-shaped bookends (€24.90).

Luxury dinner: Chez Julien
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Overlooking the Seine and the Ile Saint Louis, and facing the Saint-Gervais church, Chez Julien is an idyllic place to stop and soak up the historical atmosphere of Le Marais. A former bakery, the restaurant has retained its original features including an ornate tiled ceiling and glass panels on the façade. Candles and candelabras are infinitely reflected in the huge mirrors of the ground floor. Guests can either dine al fresco with the magnificent views or in the privacy of the cosy upstairs quarters. The menu promises flavoursome food including whole lobster salad in a mango dressing or a rack of lamb accompanied by couscous with dried fruits and fresh herbs.
Chez Julien, 1 rue du Pont Louis-Philippe, Paris, France, +33 1 42 78 31 64

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Luxury Hotels in Kuala Lumpur

The breathtaking surrounds of Malaysia provide the perfect backdrop for luxurious hotels in Kuala Lumpur. Whether you’re planning a short vacation or want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, there is no beating these magnificent, luxurious, world class accommodation options. For some inspiration, when finding the perfect home away from home in Kuala Lumpur, you can’t go past these luxurious hotels.

Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur

Located in the vibrant surrounds of Jalan Bukit Bintang, the Grand Millennium Kuala Lumpur is a representation of five star luxury at its finest. Within walking distance of the hotel are various world class shopping districts, including the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur and the Starhill Gallery. While the surrounding regions of the hotel offer all of the finest features of Kuala Lumpur, guests needn’t leave their rooms to experience true luxury.
The ‘Presidential Suite’ crème de le crème of hotel rooms and sets the standards for all other competitors in the industry. Guests staying in the ‘Presidential Suite’ will be left in awe by the sheer enormity of the rooms, commonly used to host private meetings of business professionals. Only the best services are provided to those staying at the hotel, with all-inclusive options of buffet breakfast, all day snacks, access to private library and theatre, along with various dining facilities available.

Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur

If you’re looking for sophistication and elegance, there is no beating the Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur. Laying eyes upon the entrance to this magnificent hotel, it is easy to see that guests will be treated to only the finer things in life. The dining facilities at the hotel are some of the best in the world, as five star chefs produce the perfect fusion of western and eastern flavours. There are more than five dining options at the Intercontinental Kuala Lumpur, including various Asian inspired restaurants and charming pubs, perfect for a relaxed afternoon.
The rooms, facilities and amenities at the hotel are truly some of the best in Kuala Lumpur, if not the world. The Intercontinental has shown that luxury and ambience can be perfectly infused with the comforts and relaxation of a home away from home.

Mandarin Oriental Kuala Lumpur

The most spectacular views of the city can be seen from the comfort of your world class suite or the surrounds of the hotels infinity swimming pool. Offering breathtaking sights of The Patronas Towers, in the heart of this vibrant city, the ‘Premium City View’ rooms at the Mandarin Oriental provide the upmost in elegance and indulgence.
The Spa and Wellness Centre on the hotel grounds provides the perfect means of relaxation for guests. Whether you fancy indulging with a luxurious massage or prefer the sound of a customised aromatherapy facial, you’ll be in for a treat with a trip to the spa.

If you’re planning your next holiday and are considering a luxurious escape to the pristine surrounds of Malaysia, book flights to Kuala Lumpur to discover true beauty today. Discover the breathtaking sights of the Patronas Towers and uncover some of the best shopping districts in the world.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Sustainable Luxury in Singapore

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Singapore has recently shown a genuine interest in pushing its hotel to turn green, which on the first sight appeared difficult to combine with the luxury brands it has promoted in the past.
Here is a selection of the finest hotel you can expect to book in if you were to visit Singapore: the Naumi hotel, the Regent, The Siloso Beach Resort...
And it’s precisely aware of this vast amount of travellers passing through its territory, and of the economical and natural improvement one can expect from a ecological policy, for it encourages efficiency at every level, the Singapore Environment Council has understood the
great potential hotels could offer to influence behaviour of their customers as well as to showcase remarkable sustainable practices.
You will find here detailed the activity of the Council, as well as a list of the best hotels to follow there :

Friday, June 10, 2016

World's Coolest Pools

If you are someone who visits the swimming pools or engage in water sports when going for a holiday, you might be interested in knowing some of the world's coolest pools. Some of these pools have a rich history as they existed since ancient times while some other pools are made possible due to technological advancements. Nonetheless, it would be a luxurious experience if you happen to swim in these pools one day.

Utah's Underground Pool

Located just below the grounds of the Homestead Resort, this pool is a 55 foot-high limestone rock dome filled with natural spring waters that are rich in minerals. It is believed to be over 10,000 years old, formed from melting snow that once came from the Wasatch Mountains, after picking up minerals along the way. The magical wonder is, the mineral water is naturally kept warm at between 90 to 96 degrees Fahrenheit.

Lighting is only required during the night as the hole on top allows natural sunlight to enter.

The Homestead Resort has also thoughtfully built a tunnel that goes through the rock wall from the ground level so that visitors can easily access the pool.

Because of the warm water, this pool has attracted numerous scuba diving enthusiasts. In fact it is the only warm water diving destination in the United States. Swimming and snorkelling is also allowed in the waters. 


Gellert Baths

One of the most famous Gellert Baths is housed in Hotel Gellert, in Budapest, where it is commonly believed that the mineral spring water have healing powers. Gellert Baths was built in 1918 and once damaged during the World War II. Despite a restoration in 2008, the traditional design used in the Roman times still remains.

There are a total of 13 bath units, both indoor and outdoor, which are all heated up as well. Temperature of the water ranges from 26 degree Celcius to 38 degree Celcius.


Nemo 33

Titled the 'World's Deepest Swimming Pool", Nemo 33 is constructed  by a diving enthusiast named John Beernaerts, who was keen on searching for an ideal venue for fellow scuba-diving lovers.

It may look just like any other swimming pool from the ground level but what lies beneath is 2,5000,000 litres of non-chlorinated but highly filtered spring water of about 30 degree Celsius. The pool has 2 flat platforms; one at the 5m depth level and the other at the 10m level, followed by a circular shaped pit that is 33m below water surface.


The clubhouse now has set up a diving school that offers various diving courses and a dive shop that sells professional diving equipment. In fact, it is getting popular for film productions as well!

Hope it gets you interested in some of these coolest pools in the world. After all, the expectations of swimming pools are getting higher as strong competition kicks in. Personally, infinity pools are my favourite. Even if guests do not swim in them, the presence of an infinity pool alone adds on to the aesthetics of the place, don't you think so? ;) 

Signing off,


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Luxury Holidays that South Africa Has to Offer

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South Africa has long been established as a luxury honeymoon location with all of the stunning landscapes of beach and bush, but there is so much more to South Africa that many people do not realise.
Everything is possible in South Africa, safaris, horseriding treks, adventure trails, historical expeditions, scuba diving, wine tasting, bungee jumping, fishing or relaxing at the beach or spa. There's something for everyone.
The highlights of this versatile country include the Kruger National Park, game reserves and Eastern Cape where the 'big five' can be seen on safari. The Eastern Coast of the cape is known as the Garden Route which is a particularly beautiful stretch of coast with pristine beaches, dense woodland and rugged coastline.
Those looking for a city break would head straight for Cape Town with the stunning backdrop of the iconic Table Mountain. At Cape Town you will find the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront with its shops, the aquarium and other tourist attractions. Similarly, Johannesburg offers the cultural break that you may be looking for but also has easy access to the stunning natural world around it.
For ultimate luxury and relaxation, consider visiting one of the many lavish hotels on the coastline that offer you relentless pampering in the spa and stunning beaches to unwind on.
To find out more about planning a tailor made South Africa holiday, speak to The Ultimate Travel Company who can make a bespoke holiday itinerary for you. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

Luxury Travel into Bali: 5-star Hotel or Private Luxury Villa ?

Bali, the island of Gods, the tiny resort destination in the middle of Indonesia is home to a growing number of luxury travel options from the fancy luxury hotels to the most luxurious villas for rent.

Seminyak, the Saint-Tropez of Bali, has indeed more than 300 villas for rent, all located around the famous Jalan Oberoi, the shopping and fashion street of Bali. Seminyak is also home to the best hotels such as the W or the Oberoi (photo of the new W Seminyak below)

So when staying in Seminyak, should you go for one of these 5-star hotels or for a Private Villa in Seminyak?

There are different things to consider, but, at the end of the day, renting a luxury villa will for sure get you more space, privacy and value for your money, as compared to staying in a Hotel. The reason is that, for the price of 2 luxury hotel rooms in a branded property, you can get a large, 6 bedroom, luxury Villa at the heart of Seminyak such as, for example the Villa Chocolat 6 in Seminyak. This kind of Villa comes with full privacy obviously - but also with a range of personalized services - always hard to get in a 300-room hotel. Not to mention the saving on Food & Beverage you will get in your Private Villa where your Chef will do local shopping for you and your guests.

Having this in mind, always look at one of the villa specialist website before you make any booking in Bali !

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Travel on the roads, the luxurious way

What is your perception of a road trip? Due to the advancement of technologies, road trips will never be the same again. Begone boring driving on the never ending highways with limited entertainment options. Here some photos of luxury buses; enjoy!

It may look like a normal bus from the outside...

But check out the storage compartment:

Huge enough to store your car.

Here are the interior designs:

Exactly like how a house would look like.

The living room and kitchen area, equipped with a sofa, massage chairs and complete cooking equipment.

Impressive, issn't it?

Stay tuned on this blog for more updates about luxury travel.

Have a good day!