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Afternoon Tea at the St Regis, Osaka

The St Regis hotels almost needs no introduction if you've seen the right Hollywood movies but as we don't have any in Australia and there's only one in Japan, I was definitely curious to...

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...

Dinner buffet at NOKA Roast and Grill, Intercontinental Osaka

In all my buffet-eating experiences - on cruise ships, in RSL clubs, school camps and the like, I’ve always found that they tend to lure you in with the spectacle of plenty - plates...

Jing An Shangri-La Hotel and Jing An District Shanghai Guide

There can be few more welcome sights after a long-haul flight than a chauffeur at arrivals holding up a sign emblazoned with your name.  The flight was delayed by an hour at departure airport...

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...

Sofitel Nusa Dua, Bali

There are two schools of thought when it comes to choosing your holiday hotel: The first says that they are simply a roof over your head and a place to crash at the end...

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...

Belmond Jimbaran Puri, Bali

Returning from each holiday, we bring home fond memories of the iconic landmarks we had previously only seen on TV or once-in-a-lifetime experience that had always been on our bucket list.  How often does the hotel...

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