Travel Anecdotes – Le Meridien, Jaipur

My husband stayed at the Le Meridien in Jaipur back in February this year and here’s his feedback to the Le Meridien team. ‘The Le Meridian Resort and Spa at Jaipur is a wonderful property. Away from Jaipur city but great for some peace and tranquillity. I stayed with my mother and our check-in was […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Pangkor Laut Resort

Arguably the most popular YTL Resort, Pangkor Laut Resort is also the closest to Kuala Lumpur city, taking us approximately 2h and 45 minutes to get to the Marina, and a further 10 minutes boat ride to get to the island. We have tried and reviewed (link here) the three other YTL resorts in Malaysia […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Amadria Park Milenij Hotel

I was curious about this so-called Monte Carlo of Croatia. When I stumbled on the page of Amadria Park Milenij of Opatija (link here), the aesthetics pulled me in, especially its waterfront location and the stunning outdoor dining hall. It seemed like a beautiful place to conclude a week of Airbnbs in Rovinj and Pula, […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Sea Lounge, Taj Palace Hotel

Taj Palace Hotel’s Sea Lounge is famous for its afternoon tea delights and a memorable view of the Gateway of India perched upon the Arabian Sea. The Taj Palace Hotel itself is an Indian institution – a Tata creation, the haunt of dignitaries, celebrities and royalty, and a tourist must-see or dine. It is more […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Kala Ghoda Shopping

The Indian aesthetic tradition is refined and grand. For me, shopping in Bombay is a richer experience than most places in the world. When perusing through their best offerings, you are exposed to a sense of culture, history and individuality, not mass-produced generic thoughtlessness. One of the best places to taste an authentic feel of […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Seagulls Rock and Cape Kamenjak

Pictures of sea caves and cliff jumping in coasts merely a speedboat ride away from Pula harbour were, strangely, too tempting for me – a certified height and claustrophobia phobic. I thought that even if I couldn’t participate in these fun nature activities, I would still want to be in close proximity to such beautiful […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Celes Beachfront Koh Samui

Beach resort I’ve wanted to go to Koh Samui since 2014 when I first lived in Bangkok. It probably doesn’t have the most stunning beach in the world (in my view, that’s still the prize of Maldives) but it was said to be more exclusive than say Phuket or Koh Lipe or Krabi. Somehow we […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Adriatic Dolphins

Sighting dolphins in the Adriatic is a must-do given their habitation here. The problem is trying to find a company that doesn’t exploit their existence, and see them as just a money-making opportunity. We found dolphinwatching.org (website link here) through searching on the web to meet these criteria and we were not disappointed. Marta and […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Istrian Riveria

When a work meeting was finally confirmed in Budapest this summer, we set about planning the details of our post-meeting trip to the Balkans and it seemed clear – Dubrovnik and Split were too far by land from Budapest and we would spend large chunks of the holiday getting to or leaving from the Dalmatian […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Budapest Trip

Budapest was very much a work trip interspersed with sightseeing in the evening and over the weekend. I wouldn’t say this is particularly a recommendation post, it just happens to be what we did given the circumstances. The Parliament This is, architecturally, the crowning glory of Budapest. It’s neo-Gothic majesty sits by the Danube river […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Kayra at Bangsar Village

Keralan dining  Kayra just opened their new branch in Bangsar Village and it is pretty phenomenal. While I confess that so much of my adoration for Kayra is personal, look no further than these stellar reviews on food blogs  here, here, here and Tripadvisor reviews to know that there is a unanimous love for Kayra’s […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Aliya Resort and Spa, Sigirya

Retreat in Sigirya I recently visited Sigirya with my husband and mother in law and we stayed for 3 nights 4 days in the Aliya Resort and Spa. My main search criteria was for a local brand resort that had an option for 2 bedrooms in one accommodation, and Aliya Resort and Spa hit the […]

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Travel Anecdotes – One and Only Guerlain Spa, Dubai

Exotic Luxury Recently, I was in Dubai and didn’t feel like spending my time in shopping malls. I wondered what would be a quintessentially Dubai experience that I couldn’t get anywhere else that would be pleasurable and relaxing. It didn’t take much consideration before I decided on the One and Only Spa in The Palm. […]

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Travel Anecdotes – 3 YTL Resorts of Malaysia

Luxury Boutique We’ve now explored 3 YTL resorts in Malaysia, and even by the first experience at Cameron Highlands Resort, we pretty much knew that this was a brand that is unlikely to let us down. There are  only 4 YTL resorts in Malaysia and the most famous one is Pangkor Laut Resort, which is […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Bits of Ankara

This is less a travel anecdote but more of a memory lane type of rumination. As I’ve been repeating ad nauseam, my best years were my Ankara years. I lived in the Gaziosmanpasa part of Cankaya and life revolved mainly around 2 roads – Arjantin Cadessi and Filistine Cadessi and all of its accompanying sokak. […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Montreal Magic

Magic of Montreal As I discussed in my snapshot of Ottawa, I am a big fan of Canada. Out of all the trips in 2018, my Canadian experience was my favourite. It was probably the first time I landed on North American territory since more than two decades ago, so it was very much like […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Sunday Brunch in Geneva

Fancy Sunday Brunch at the Ritz Carlton It was one of my best friend’s birthday and when we knew we would coincide in Geneva this winter during her birthday week, there was no other choice but to indulge ourselves a little bit. To be fair, I had done a little bit of research on what […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Damansara City Eats

Damansara City, Damansara Heights  Technically this is not a ‘Travel Anecdote’ but rather more of a local anecdote. I am proud to say that my neck of the woods has made it to Lonely Planet’s World’s Top 10 Neighbourhoods (though we share the same list with Tooting of South London so am not sure how glamorous […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Angsana Velavaru

Paradise on Earth I never really paid attention to the different qualities of beaches until we went to Maldives in 2014. I didn’t do that much research before I came, our key words were mainly private beach villas, and put a financial cap on it as it soon became obvious that the prices for their […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Saigon Snippets

Ho Chi Minh Thoughts HCM was the last city we visited in Vietnam. After having first arrived into the unique atmosphere of Hanoi, then moved south to the melancholia of Lang Co and the ubiquitous Hoi An, HCM felt somehow closer in temperature and feel to other capital cities of South East Asia with mushrooming […]

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Travel Anecdotes – 3 Thai Beach Resorts

1.) ALEENTA HUA HIN   This was located in Pranburi and not Hua Hin as named. Aleenta is approximately 3 hours drive away from central Bangkok and if you leave at about 8 or 9 am on Saturday, you will be there by 11am/12pm to enjoy the property without being too tired. Well starting with the […]

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Travel Anecdotes – A Few Days in Prague

The Accidental Tourist For various reasons, we landed up in Prague at the eleventh hour. While the week was dedicated to a work meeting elsewhere, the meeting dates shifted and after weighing up a few pros and cons, we decided to spend the week in Prague. Less than 2 hours from London, with Easyjet offering […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Marylebone High Street

Bygone Years From the mid 1990’s till 2003, this was my ‘hood’. In fact, there was a time when I didn’t quite get that London didn’t begin at the Baker Street tube station and end at the Bond Street tube station. Back then, even Queensway and Tottenham Court Road were hovering at the edges of […]

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Travel Anecdotes- Outlaws at the Capital

Foodie Friends I have a pretty undeveloped palate – my cooking expeditions are usually strictly regulated by the precise instructions of a cook book and not by my own intuition of say which herbs and type of cheese complements which type of poultry. I am further confounded by what would be the right amount of […]

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Travel Anecdotes – 5 Cafes in Gambetta

10 Days in Paris’s 20th Arrondissement This autumn I found myself ‘stuck’ in Paris for more than a week and what can I say, there are worse things in the world than finding yourself ambling around this captivating haven of chic. As you know, I’ve always been infatuated by this city and country and even […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Ottawa in One Day

5 General Discoveries on the Maple Tree Country The first thing that hit me about Canada is how supernaturally friendly people were. In a month, I can’t count how many random conversations total strangers have initiated with me in lifts, shopping malls, supermarkets (mainly in Toronto). I naturally compare this to 8 years in London […]

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Travel Anecdotes – Zurich in 4 Days

No Swiss Neutrality I confess – upon arrival to Zurich this autumn, I had no real passion, impression or interest in Zurich. As far as I was concerned, I was there to see a good friend and the city was an irrelevant backdrop. I was sadly still a little underwhelmed with my year in Geneva […]

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