When travelling for leisure, most people would want to check out the best eating places in that city – dining in a hotel restaurant is usually not the priority.
That is not surprising, given that the general perception of hotel food is crappy buffet food and lousy restaurants serving tasteless and expensive food. However, this is definitely not the case at InterContinental Hong Kong. I know I was just recently praising another InterContinental property, but I have good reason.
During my stay at InterContinental Hong Kong, I was impressed by their dining offerings. Not only is it home to contemporary French cuisine at 2 Michelin Star SPOON by Alan Ducasse, it also has other fantastic restaurants such as Nobu – one of the most famous Japanese restaurants in the world – which serves innovative modern Japanese cuisine, and Yan Toh Heen - 1 Michelin Star Chinese restaurant that is known for its Cantonese specialities. The restaurants at InterContinental Hong Kong will please even the harshest critics.
I had the privilege of flying to Bali and was hosted at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort for a short but much needed respite.
There are many reasons to love Sheraton — contemporary Balinese interior of the resort, well-furnished rooms that promise a comfortable stay, friendly staff who are always ready to go the extra mile just to make sure everything is in place for the guests, and partake in Sheraton’s Social hour (a wine program which allows guests to sample tasting selections of wine from 5pm to 7pm daily) — but above all, it is my top choice because of its proximity to the beach. It is just a stone’s throw away from surfers’ paradise and if your life ambition is to be a beach bum like me, lodging at Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort is, without a doubt, your best bet.
The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong is a favourite among businessmen who have meetings at the International Commerce Centre, and young couples who enjoy the finest things in life.
The modern and classy interior design makes the hotel an absolute gem in the skyscraper-dominated city. It is not difficult to see why the Ritz-Carlton is one of the top hotels in the world. The service? Perfection. The staff know each guest by their first name, and they are always polite and courteous, and it feels like they are genuinely happy to see you at the hotel.
I am a firm believer that staying in a good hotel completes the travel experience. Of course, quality comes at a price and many people would baulk at paying so much for a room. But when you get to enjoy the hotel’s amenities and have a good night’s rest, you will understand that the money is well-spent.
For me, one of the places to stay in Hong Kong has to be Intercontinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong. The location of the 5-star hotel makes it a favourite among businessmen and leisure travellers. It is positioned on the fringe of Tsim Sha Tsui and is within walking distance – just a 10 minutes walk to East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station – to the shopping, business and entertainment districts. Furthermore, the hotel offers breathtaking views of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour.
“Can you recommend me a decent and affordable hotel in Singapore with a good location?” I get this question a lot from visiting friends and readers.
If you have friends who are asking for advice on where to stay in Singapore, or if you are looking to go on a staycation during the weekend, Studio M Hotel is the place to consider.
Folks, sorry for the delay. The winner of my Sofitel So Bangkok Giveaway is Verraine. I will be having more upcoming giveaways, thank you for the support.
During my second trip to Bangkok in September, I stayed at Sofitel So Bangkok and it took my breath away. The hotel is chic, playful and bold – it has a character which will make you fall in love with it.
if you are planning a trip to Bangkok, I’d highly recommend Sofitel So Bangkok for a truly memorable stay. To me, it is definitely one of the best hotels in Bangkok.
P.S. I am giving away two nights stay at Sofitel So Bangkok for one lucky winner. Read on to find out how you can win the hotel stay.
From the exterior, QT Hotel looks like a normal building: plain, ordinary and boring – a place that you will not pay much attention to. But once you step inside, you are greeted by the bright and funky lobby, and chances are, you will be “oohing” and “aahing” at everything, just like we did when we stayed there during our trip to Gold Coast organised by Scoot and Queensland Tourism Board.
QT Hotel at Gold Coast stands out for its bold and innovative design, and given that it is reasonably priced at A$160/night (depends on availability and season), I dare say that you will love the experience. If you are going to Gold Coast for a holiday, you must stay with them.
// The winners of the giveaway are #345 and #495. I have another upcoming hotel giveaway, do look out for it!
Bangkok is a city of contrasts: the chaos and traffic jams can drive you mad, but at the same time, you can find peace and solace in the beautiful temples and spa treatments.
Apart from crazy shopping, wonderful street food and relaxing massages, one of my favourite things about Bangkok is the abundance of beautiful hotels.
During my first trip to Bangkok last month, I stayed in Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit (189 Sukhumvit Road Soi 13-15 Klongtoey Nua Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand Tel: 02 126 9999), and it was a memorable experience. Luxurious, elegant, modern, it is the perfect place from which to explore the city.
P.S. I am giving away two nights stay at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit for two lucky winners. Read on to find out how you can win the hotel stay.