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The Cook Islands: A Luxurious Paradise in the South Pacific

The Cook Islands: A Luxurious Paradise in the South Pacific

© Steven Allen Halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, lie the Cook Islands’ over 2.2 million square kilometers of bright blue ocean Discovered in 1770 by Captain Cook (hence their name), the islands were previously under British protectorate but are now self-governing (except for defense, currency and foreign affairs, which is controlled by New Zealand).(…)

Xishuangbanna: Utopian, Mythical, and a Touch of Luxury

Xishuangbanna: Utopian, Mythical, and a Touch of Luxury

Set in the scenic Hengduan Mountain region of China’s Yunnan Province, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture has long been a best kept secret for adventurous travelers seeking an off the beaten path experience   Xishuangbanna,  in ancient times, was known to the ethnical Dai people as “Mengbanaxi” – which literally means  “a miraculous utopia.” This serene(…)

Five Secluded Romantic Hideaways in the South Pacific

Five Secluded Romantic Hideaways in the South Pacific

Sun, ocean and a private luxury hideaway for you and yours, who wouldn’t like a vacation like that? Here are five of the top spots in the South Pacific Ocean where seclusion and privacy are not an option, but rather the norm, as limited accessibility promises first class privacy and a perfect romantic vacation. Read(…)

Destination Guide: Tokyo

Destination Guide: Tokyo

About Tokyo Tokyo, the densely populated capital city of Japan, is an extremely exciting holiday destination. Located within the Kantō region, on the southeastern side of the main island of Honshu, the Tokyo metropolitan area is the seat of the Japanese government and a leading center for global finance and business. Tokyo is a fascinating(…)

Destination Guide: Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Destination Guide: Great Barrier Reef, Australia

About the Great Barrier Reef The Great Barrier Reef is one the world’s best-known natural attractions featuring the largest reef system in the world. This awe-inspiring formation, which is visible from outer space, consists of 2,900 individual living reefs and 900 islands that are spread over 2,600km (1,600 miles). This stunning attraction is home to numerous(…)

The Air Up There: Asia’s Best Rooftop Bars and Lounges

The Air Up There: Asia’s Best Rooftop Bars and Lounges

Photo Credit: Ozone, HK These glamorous in-the-sky bars and lounges are the places to see and be seen in Asia Acrophobics beware- the following list of Asia’s most glamorous rooftop bars and lounges may not be for you. Perched atop skyscrapers or carefully balanced on sheer cliffs over the ocean, they offer stupendous views and menus of sophisticated(…)

Tee-up at Asia’s Newest Top Golf Courses

Tee-up at Asia’s Newest Top Golf Courses

There’s no telling how many friendships have been forged or how many business deals have been closed on the greens of a golf course. Wherever their location, they’re the ideal place in which to shed the stresses of daily life, enjoy the outdoors and perhaps improve one’s handicap. Read on to discover the latest and(…)

High-End High Tea; The Best Asia Has to Offer

High-End High Tea; The Best Asia Has to Offer

Photo: Maison de l’Hui There’s something so regal about high tea. A practice of the bygone colonial era, the midafternoon cuppa has historically been accompanied by savory finger sandwiches (sans crust, of course) scones and something sweet all arranged on a three-tiered cake stand. That tradition is preserved today throughout Asia but chefs are now adding(…)