Category Archives: HOTELS

A CALIFORNIAN ESCAPE: FOUR SEASONS SANTA BARBARA

There’s a reason visitors to Santa Barbara are return guests. Situated on the California Coast, this is one of the most authentic, cultural cities you can visit on the Pacific Coast Highway. Though big compared to other towns to stop in along Highway 1, Santa Barbara is still quite small and condensed in relative terms. However they say… Read More »

CHECKING IN TO THE BROOME HOTEL, NYC

There are limitless options for hotel check-ins when you visit New York City. But there are a few ‘special secrets’ that you only hear about by word of mouth, and those few hotels feel much more like you are coming home, rather than checking in, for your stay in the city. I checked in to the Broome Hotel… Read More »

NEW YORK NEW YORK! THE REFINERY HOTEL

A reasonably new hotel has descended onto Manhattan’s fashion district to bring the dark and mysterious allure of an upscale hotel to an otherwise uninteresting area of the city. If you’re in the city for the first time, this might just tickle your fancy. It’s located a short stroll from touristy Times Square and is home to one of the… Read More »

THE PALACE OF THE LOST CITY, SOUTH AFRICA

The Palace of the Lost City stands tall at the top end of the resort world that is Sun City. As is to be expected from the name, the resort has palatial proportions, is opulent in every sense of the world, and is aptly decorated in African colours, patterns and murals. Everywhere you look, you see something new… Read More »

CHECKING IN TO THE TABLE BAY HOTEL IN CAPE TOWN

The Table Bay Hotel sits on the iconic historic waterfront and is known to be the most luxurious hotel in Cape Town. Before I arrived I had heard from many readers and hotel industry professionals that this was ‘the place to stay’ in Cape Town. So you can imagine my delight when I found out I would be… Read More »

STAYING ON VICTORIA FALLS AT THE ROYAL LIVINGSTONE

There aren’t many hotels in the world that could rival The Royal Livingstone’s location — situated almost on top of Victoria Falls along the Zambezi River. Indeed, in just a few minutes you will reach the pedestrian entrance to the falls – flash your card – and you’re into the UNESCO World Heritage Site free of charge. Situated… Read More »

THE PERFECT PARADISE: NIHIWATU RESORT, INDONESIA

It took 5.5 hours to reach Bali from Australia. From there, a two hour car ride to Ubud, an overnight stay in the rice fields, back to the airport the following morning, and a short 50-minute flight to Sumba Island. In a brief 24-hour turnaround, I found myself in the perfect paradise and currently one of the best kept… Read More »

A LUXURIOUS RETREAT IN RURAL TUSCANY: CHECKING INTO VILLA LE MASCHERE

The words ‘Tuscany’ and ‘villa’ naturally conjure ideas of romance, luxury and  seclusion, and this is exactly what Villa Le Maschere is all about. Tucked away in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside only 25 kilometres from Florence, the opulent Villa Le Maschere is a luxurious retreat that stands overlooking the Mugello valley below. Originally constructed in the second… Read More »