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Chilling on the Perhentian Islands

It was supposed to be my little offline holiday – a few days of chill time at the Bubu Villas on Pulau Perhentian Kecil (‘Pulau’ means island in the Malay language) on the east coast of Malaysia. It turned out slightly differently… My little holiday began with a short 45-minute flight from Kuala Lumpur’s futuristic […]

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Inside the most opulent suite I’ve ever seen!

On my recent trip to the Southeast Asian Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam, I had the opportunity to stay at the country’s premier resort, the Empire Hotel & Country Club. The hotel is huge and comprises several wings, various restaurants, a stunning lagoon-pool and beautiful views of the South China Sea. During my stay, I was […]

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A jungle adventure in Brunei

Brunei Darussalam is a small Sultanate on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo, sandwiched between the Malaysian state of Sarawak and the South China Sea. With a population of less than half a million and a sizeable income from oil and gas production, Brunei is one of the wealthiest countries in Asia. Its capital, Bandar […]

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Ten things to do in Dubai

m4s0n501 Dubai never ceases to amaze. From the impressive massive palm frond-shaped archipelagos that can even be seen from outer space to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, Dubai is a true wonder in its own right. Whether you’re holidaying in Dubai or are on a layover for a few days to break up […]

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A Grand experience in Kuala Lumpur

We stepped into a grand space – a gleaming marble floor, an epic staircase that swooped up in a gracious curve and soaring columns. “It’s a pity they don’t build hotel lobbies like this anymore”, my Mum remarked. With the towering Burj Dubai in mind, I begged to differ but aren’t mothers always right? She […]

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The delightful raspberry bavarois with raspberry caviar.

Tantalising French cuisine at Maison Française

“There’s no hill there!”, my mother insisted. “Yes, there is!”, I shot back. My Mum didn’t relent: “I worked in that neighbourhood for years and I’m telling you, there’s no hill there!” I sighed. I gave it one last shot: “I’m very sure the car went UPHILL before we arrived at the restaurant. It’s behind […]

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My velvet escape travel tip: Gili Meno island, Indonesia

“My velvet escape travel tip” is a guest series about what the name ‘Velvet Escape’ evokes. With this series, I hope to uncover travel tips from places around the world to help visitors have a truly local experience. Today’s guest post is by Lisa Egle who describes her little piece of paradise in Indonesia. Serene […]

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A luxury getaway in Doha

Doha may not be the first place to spring to mind if you’re dreaming of a luxury getaway in an exotic location, but it would be a mistake to disregard this rising star of the Persian Gulf. In recent years, Doha has developed rapidly, becoming a cosmopolitan hotspot for large businesses and tourists alike. With […]

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The art of discovery in Siem Reap

A guest post by Candace Rose Rardon. In 1860, French explorer Henri Mouhot stumbled across what is now known as the largest religious monument in the world: Angkor Wat. Originally constructed in the 12th century, for years the temple complex lay largely off the radar of the Western world, but Mouhot brought his discovery to […]

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Malapascua Island (image courtesy of Stephen Bugno).

Explore the Philippines underwater

One of the main tourist attractions of the Philippines is the ocean – not surprising considering the country comprises more than 7,000 islands! The archipelago often features in lists of the world’s best dive sites for good reason; it really is one of the greatest places in the world to see marine life. Clear visibility, […]

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