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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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The Doha skyline by night (image courtesy of Sam Agnew)

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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A sketch of La Residence d'Angkor bu Candace Rose Rardon.

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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A passion for NOSH

For as long as she can remember, Judith Sakata has had just one dream: to one day be the proud owner of a restaurant. She went to night school to learn pastry-making when her kids were asleep, and worked at a bakery and later at a restaurant when the kids were at school. She earned […]

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Finding serenity, bliss and peace in Bali

A guest post by Candace Rose Rardon. It seems an unfair choice to have to make – deciding between serenity, bliss or peace. Can’t I have them all? But here in the Beach Spa of Orient Express’ Jimbaran Puri Bali resort, tucked away on the narrow isthmus connecting mainland Bali with the island’s southern Bukit […]

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Ganesh Chaturthi (image courtesy of J Pereira)

Ten colourful festivals in India

A guest post by Divij Pasrija. God may be one, but there are a whole lot of different forms of God that are worshiped in India. Almost every culture in India has its own forms of God which they worship with fervent delight. There are almost as many festivals in India as there are number […]

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Taj Mahal (image courtesy of Rachel)

Ten alternative things to do in India

India. The name conjures images of ancient temples and palaces, aromatic markets, colourful saris, curries and oh yes, the Taj Mahal. Dig deeper and one will quickly discover that India has much more to offer to visitors. With its amazing breadth and depth of attractions and experiences, it’s very easy to visit India and only […]

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Velvet moments: travel photo – fine-dining in Kuala Lumpur

The Velvet Moments travel photo series is a collection of photographic moments that define a Velvet Escape travel experience. Launched in January 2010, the series houses many of my favourite photos taken around the world. I decided to take this series a step further by inviting some of my favourite travel bloggers to contribute a […]

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