Rich in natural beauty, the picturesque highlands of Nantou County are right in the centre of Taiwan. Surrounded by green hills, The Old England Manor Hotel is a unique property with a Tudor-style exterior that is an intriguing surprise to find in this part of the world. Complete with a Gothic-style clock tower, the hotel is rich in English artefacts and statues abound throughout the extensive grounds.
In ancient times, the kingdom of Bagan surrounded the myth of being a bridge between heaven and earth. Set within the Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone, in a unique location amongst the ancient temples, the Aureum Palace Hotel & Resort, Bagan is an expansive resort set amidst 27 acres of tropical landscaped gardens, offering the ultimate in relaxation for guests seeking a unique journey into the history of ancient Bagan. Antiques, artifacts and local arts uniquely adorn each villa, complementing the majestic ambiance of the resort and its surroundings.
Author John Murray in his 1911 ‘Handbook for Travellers in India, Burma and Ceylon’ declared The Strand as “the finest hostelry East of Suez”, a title it has enjoyed for more than 100 years. Built in 1901 and acquired soon after by the Sarkies brothers, famed for the likes of Raffles in Singapore and The E&O in Penang, The Strand Hotel remains one of Asia’s most enduring and awe-inspiring Colonial landmarks. The beloved chandeliers, charming ceiling fans and authentic period furnishings, which have long served as the backdrop to this singular meeting place of famous explorers and raconteurs, remain. Past meets present among strategic upgrades including advanced air-conditioning and in-room technologies, as well as in the extensive staff training to ensure flawless personalised service which lives up to this grand and glamorous setting
If the idea of a floating breakfast seems silly, know that Bali is extremely hot and humid. Being able to cool off in your villa pool while sipping coffee and nibbling on a delicious breakfast doesn’t seem half bad if it means you can escape the heat. Floating breakfasts are also an awesome way to pamper yourself. I highly recommend experiencing this at least once during your trip to Bali, Indonesia.
You may not find the name of the city in the latest edition of Lonely Planet China, but there is no question what the main attraction in Zhanjiang is – its seafood. Fringed by the sea on three sides and with five islands just off shore, Zhanjiang has many fishing ports which supply fresh and plentiful seafood that is cheap but of high quality. Among the many offerings are all manner of fish, shrimps and crabs, and exotic shellfish, sandworms, seaweed, abalones and sea cucumbers. Fortunate locals love their seafood lightly cooked, usually quickly boiled to retain all the natural sweetness.