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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Seminyak, Bali

What: Grilled soy-glazed tuna with honey & cardamom, and served with a cucumber, avocado, red & green pepper salad. Where: Chandi, Seminyak, Bali Note: OMG! This was probably the most divine tuna steak I’ve had in a very long time. Grilled medium-rare, the texture was slightly crispy on the outside and delicate on the inside. […]

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A tropical paradise, five wishes and a setback

“A tropical paradise, five wishes and a setback” (A page from my Travel Journal) I’m sitting here on Ao Nang beach in Krabi province (southern Thailand) just a few steps from my bungalow at the Krabi Resort. The sea breeze is gorgeous and the view of the Andaman Sea and the amazing limestone outcrops jutting out […]

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My velvet escape travel tip: Miami, Florida

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. When I think of the […]

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My velvet escape travel tip: Bali

“My velvet escape travel tip“ is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes and what that would be in the hometown of the guest writer. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. Passport & airplane tickets: checked. […]

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Stunning Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is famous for the twin peaks of the Pitons, which rise dramatically from the sea to form one of the Eastern Caribbean’s most famous landmarks. In addition, the island also boasts a verdant, mountainous interior, with lush tropical flora and fauna, and active volcanos. Saint Lucia is a favourite port-of-call for many Caribbean cruise […]

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Bali ‘the island of Gods’

Bali, the ‘island of Gods’, is one of more than 14,000 isles in the Indonesian archipelago, is inhabited by warm and friendly people with a distinct Hindu culture and exudes a charm and beauty that is truly unique. From its majestic volcanoes, breathtaking rice terraces, ancient palaces and temples in the hinterland to the stunning […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Cala Sant Vicenç, Mallorca

What: Iberico ham. Where: Restaurante Modesto, Cala Sant Vicenç, Mallorca. Note: Cala Sant Vicenç is a small hamlet in the northwest of Mallorca, with a gorgeous crystal-clear, turquoise cove and a small sandy beach. The houses hug the hillsides and offer a magnificent vista of the daunting cliff face of the Formentor peninsula. Modesto is […]

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Matador Network’s ‘Travel Therapy’ Photo Essay

I received some great news today. A photo taken by me during one of my trips to Bali won a prize at Matador Network‘s ‘Travel Therapy’ photo essay contest! It’s the first time a photo of mine has won anything so, as you can imagine, I’m thrilled to bits! 🙂 This is the winning photo […]

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velvet escape’s Culinary Journey: Whitsunday islands

What: Green tree ant Where: Whitsunday islands (Queensland, Australia) Note: I got the unique opportunity to taste a green tree ant during a bushwalk on one of the Whitsunday islands. Our guide took us on a walk around the island to get acquainted with the vegetation and to show us how the Aboriginals utilised the […]

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A little piece of heaven

A little piece of heaven (a page from my Travel Journal) I remember a quote by the late Pavarotti (bless his soul) when he first visited Pangkor Laut, an upscale resort in Malaysia. He said that when he saw the island, he wept because it was so beautiful – obviously, the resort uses that quote […]

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