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The case for ryokans

The word ryokan - meaning ‘traditional Japanese inn’ - is a word that pops up quite frequently when talking about Japanese travel, often associated with 'traditional' cities like Kyoto. While you can probably find...

Hidden Gems of Okayama, Japan

Located between Hiroshima and Osaka, the Okayama Prefecture is a peaceful, mountainous region in Japan that I hadn't really paid attention to in the past, but wound up surprising me in the best way.  Don't...

Why you should visit Onomichi, Hiroshima

The typical ideal travel itinerary in Japan seems to occupy one of two types of experiences: the bustling modern concrete jungle of Tokyo or Osaka, or a temple-filled 'traditional' experience full of tea ceremony...

The Happiest Place on Earth for Sake Lovers: Saijo & Takehara

Saijo Sake Festival The happiest place on earth is loud, crowded and just a little bit gross, but it's something worth experiencing for sure.  Picture this: all the sake available from all over Japan, meaning over...

Wanda Reign on the Bund – a Seven Star Luxury Landmark in Shanghai

Although there is no unified international classification system standardising the rating, ‘seven-star' is used to recognise the ultra-luxurious amenities and world-class service of world’s top hotels.  We were lucky enough to spend nights at...

Shang Palace, Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Hong Kong is one of the world’s most vibrant international cities with a melting pot of traditions and customs, a sign of its Chinese and colonial past. While its cultural diversity can be seen...

Shanghai Sundays: Champagne Brunch at The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

One of the most beautiful areas of Shanghai, is Xintiandi just next to the French Concession precinct. This leafy green area is home to gorgeous old buildings that line the streets, with their classic...

Shanghai Sundays: The Westin Shanghai

My life subscribes to the principle of “living well’ and I try to translate this through every aspect of what I do. The Westin aptly condones this approach with their philosophy the Seven Pillars of Living...

Waldorf Astoria Beijing – Brasserie 1893

Many know Beijing as the city home to China’s first ever Olympic Games back in 2008, but it is so much more than that! Beijing acts as a cultural and political hub and is...

Shanghai Sundays: Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund

Arriving at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Shanghai, I was transported from the hectic hustle and bustle of Shanghai streets to a composed world of luxury and elegance. The hotel’s gorgeous signature scent flooded...

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