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A weekend in Malacca

Malacca (or ‘Melaka’ in Malay) is a state with a capital city of the same name situated about a two-hour drive south of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Often called the ‘historic state’ of Malaysia, Malacca can trace its history back to the 15th century when Parameswara, a prince from Temasek (present-day Singapore) settled in the area […]

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The magic of Phinda

We’d just passed the main gates of the &Beyond Phinda Private Game Reserve when we spotted something moving stealthily through the tall grasses. Someone in the van yelled “STOP” and the driver hit the brakes. We trained our eyes on the patches of tall grass that lined the road, alert for any movement. Several moments […]

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The perfect luxury boutique hotel

Imagine this: you have the golden opportunity to create the perfect luxury boutique hotel anywhere in the world, filled to the brim with all the facilities, amenities and services you’ve always dreamed of! This question was recently presented to me. The possibilities flooded my mind in an instant! What would my perfect luxury boutique hotel […]

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Exploring Curacao

I stepped out of the airport and immediately felt the warm breeze. It was one of the first things I discovered about Curacao (map) when I visited the island many years ago: it’s always breezy. It took a while to finally return to this beautiful island in the Caribbean but feeling that breeze again brought […]

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Five dreamy luxury hotels in Mauritius

Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, located east of Madagascar (map). Everyone has visions of what paradise is like, most of which involve tropical islands with white sandy beaches, palms swaying in the soft breeze and crystal-clear water. Mauritius ticks all these boxes with ease. With its blinding white beaches and breathtaking […]

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A hotel fit for a king

In my previous post, I talked about what makes an accommodation ‘epic’ and my assignment from to find an accommodation that reflects my definition of ‘epic’. I thought hard about what I look for in a hotel and the factors that make me want to gush about the hotel to everyone. It took a […]

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What makes an accommodation epic?

“What are you doing?”, my partner asked. “I’m working on a project with and I’m looking for an ‘epic’ accommodation”, I replied without looking up from my laptop screen. A few moments passed and then… “What’s ‘epic’?” That simple question stopped me in my tracks. Yes, what is epic? The Oxford Dictionary defines it, […]

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Experiencing the Mashpi Cloud Forest

The Mashpi Cloud Forest Reserve is located about a four-hour drive north of Quito, Ecuador. The drive from Quito is gorgeous, with stunning vistas of the snow-capped Andes mountains and lush forests and past sleepy villages. You even cross the Equator several times along the way! I’d done some research about the Mashpi Cloud Forest […]

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An unforgettable tour of Ecuador

It was a photo of the spectacular Cotopaxi volcano that first captured my imagination. I was ten years old and I promised myself that I would one day visit Ecuador. I had an opportunity in 2008 while I was in South America on my round-the-world trip. I’d planned to fly to Lima from Buenos Aires […]

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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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