we recently stopped here as part of our honeymoon , they set up a special candle lite dinners on both nights and the staff are so welcoming , and made us feel so special well done to you all for making this hotel so outstanding .
Spent ten wonderful days at Hobbies for Christmas and New Year 2018 with our 3 children and spouses and 10 grandchildren (4 to 16 years). Excellent beachfront location with excellent restaurant on perfectly shaded beach (but not swimmable at low tide). Bungalows very comfortable (excellent bedding, top bath, perfect cleanliness). Decoration of the whole site and original and neat premises, Zen atmosphere. Excellent home owners Olivier and Kiet, the manager of the site and the entire available and smiling staff. The day trips are offered all quality and well organized and we have programmed a day (exploring local islands and Phi Phi, the Phang Nga Bay, jungle, caves, temples, markets and city Krabi ..). We found perfect balance breakfast (excellent) took quietly, a day spent exploring and return late afternoon to enjoy the Hobby - pool, aperitif with magical sunset and dinner. Children and Grandchildren delighted with the stay.
Sandat is a hidden retreat on the outskirts of Ubud. The design is something very special, tents and lumbungs nestled in hidden away paddy fields and forests. The attention to detail on design is exceptional and the service is superb. We had a few problems with air conditioning but all was forgiven with how much effort the team went to to resolving the issues and making us comfortable. Truly magical and a must visit.
Villa Song: "Colonial Mansion on the Saigon River"
Just by walking into this hotel, you immediately pick up the atmosphere and know that this is going to be a great experience - and so it proved. All the staff are super efficient and welcoming. Set in a quiet area of HCMC away from the madness and traffic of the city. The hotel speedboat is an interesting and quick way to travel to/from the centre. Breakfast taken at a table overlooking the Saigon River is a great experience. The food quality is excellent. Well done to all at Villa Song!
"The fact that the long tail boats with their load motors are not allowed up to the hotel is the first idea one gets that this place places importancce on the wellbeing of its visitors. About 500 yards away, a one legged rower steps on board from a boathouse to bring us to the jetty. Here we were met with an ice cooled towel and drink. Our bungalow was stunning, the bathroom huge, actually it was three rooms, a large one with two washbasins leading to a room with a bath looking out into a small walled garden in which there was a blissful outdoor shower. I enjoyed this so much that I showered twice a day during our stay.In the room they had thought of everything, including binoculars and a bird watching book. The mini bar was stocked with complimentary soft drinks, alcoholic ones were of course not included. Supper was superb, one more of less 'has' to eat here as one cannot get away but the standard of the kitchen is fantastic. I had divine butter fish steamed in ginger which could not have been more delicious and my brother had green Thai curry. We sat outside and there were blankets for when it got chilly. Breakfast was just as good, everything imgainable was on offer and the banana cake was so morish that I asked for the recipe which was given to me. We also took advantage of the beautiful Spa which was excellent. The staff were without exception friendly and helpful and on our last night we found a package with the typical shoulder bag of the area in it and a note thanking us for staying. This place was an oasis of calm, the concept is perfect. Stayed February 2017, traveled with family"
Our family stayed here for 2 nights and very enjoyed. Lovely hotel with friendly staff. Room is spacious and clean with modern set up. Aircon and hot water is always available. Breakfast is buffet with many dishes from East to West.
KHWAN BEACH RESORT: "The fantastic place for anniversary “Khwanbeachresort Samui"
"Me and my husband had such a romantic time in khwan luxury villa! Everything was absolutely perfect. Beautiful decoration,the staff was so friendly and helpful .The villa are located in Maenam beach which is a perfect area for everything ,beautiful nature ,clean beach ,lots of coconut tree ,food and shopping .But we chose to spend all day by private pool,relax,massage in luxury house “Jungle villa” and all night I slept well in my husband arms Thanks Kwhanbeach and staff for giving us a fantastic anniversary. "
Tugu Malang: "Hotel Tugu-is not just a hotel but a tourist destination by itself"
I came across Hotel Tugu from the many reviews on Bromo. Though flights from Jakarta to Malang cost more than flying to Surabaya, I was really keen on flying to Malang to be able to stay in this very “expensive” hotel. I usually choose to stay in inexpensive hotel because to me, it’s just a place to sleep as when I go on tour, I’ll be out most of the day and come back just to rest and sleep. But since there’s not much to go to in this place other than the Bromo tour, I had decided to stay in a nice hotel. One thing that I learned from travelling and booking, it is much better to book directly on the hotel website rather than booking thru the internet travel agents who offer discounts. But when you look closely, you end up paying more because of add-ons and sometimes the fine prints that says “breakfast excluded”. So, I emailed the hotel and asked for their price list and true enough, I got a good deal! Price net of tax, special price for Indonesian Kitas holder. I requested for airport transfers and booked for a sunrise tour to Bromo. On the day we arrived, we got one surprise after another. Surprise no. 1. As we get on board the hotel car, there was a welcome brunch in a box, with fruits and water. As we arrived the hotel, we were greeted by super friendly English-speaking hotel staff. We didn’t really regret arriving 2 hrs. earlier than check-in time of 2:00 PM because as we arrived in the hotel door step, we wanted to immediately tour the hotel. But we decided to do it later as we have the whole afternoon to do it anyway. So as the welcome team takes care of our luggage, we headed to the restaurant for lunch. Surprise no. 2: The hotel restaurant’s setting- you can chose to seat in any of the different rooms that has marvelous settings… you’ll will you’re in another life time, or dine by the pool with the soothing sound of air and water, and anywhere, surrounded by all-smiling dining staff. Surprise no. 3: The food is heavenly delicious (to my personal standard). This is the only place where the food tastes as they look. In Jakarta and other cities of Indonesia, some food look like Filipino food, but the taste is so far different. Surprise no. 4: Before going up our room, we were told to go down the 2nd floor at 4 PM for “tea time”. At tea time, they serve variety of , delicious of bite sized cue, sweets, cookies, and there is another food very similar to “ginatan” of the Philippines (rounded sticky rice (bilo-bilo) mixed with banana, sago, monggo bean and young coconut milk). And of course, I should not forget to mention their special brewed coffee, tea and juice that you can all have, as much as your appetite and your tummy would allow. Surprise no. 5: We were expecting a museum –like hotel as mentioned in many reviews, so this should not really come as a surprise, but we were totally awed by the whole hotel architecture and arrangement and all the marvelous collections, not to mention the staff who had eagerly toured us and took our pictures as we admire each and every piece of their display. Surprise no. 6: There’s another welcome basket of fruit in the room… The room where we stayed was immaculately clean and the bathroom well maintained. With slippers, complete toiletries, (bath robes!!!) clean towels, and the room is being serviced 2X a day. Every time the room was serviced, there was a special beautiful note left that brought a smile to my romantic heart. I kept those notes and I plan to put them on a frame in the future. During dinner, while waiting for our food to be served, I checked on their jewelries displayed. I found a nice silver necklace with very intricate one-of-a kind design. I went back to the dining table with a plan in mind to buy it as soon as we finish eating. But, to my regret, It was already sold when I got back!!! Even our sunrise tour to Bromo was well planned, we left at 1:00 AM, the hotel handed each of us a pack of breakfast… though I was sorry we missed a breakfast at the hotel. Over-all, every rupiah you spent at hotel Tugu is worth it, except for the cost of airport transfers which I feel very expensive for a 20-30 minutes travel time. But the best part of staying with Hotel Tugu is the warm, friendly service of the staff, who gave us a very warm welcome, toured us to the hotel, cleaned our room 2X a day, advised us where to buy oleh-oleh, served us at the tea time, and at the Melati Restaurant, to all of you, you are truly worth more than those priceless collections at the hotel! Keep it up, and hope to see you all again as we'll surely go back to stay here again.
I went to Le Du after several excellent meals in Bangkok, which is a foodie heaven. i was blown away by the creativity and the unusual flavours. Le du offers a terrific changing set menu from which to choose. For starters, I had the shrimp-pork ball with jasmine ice cream, intense and succulent. Followed by an adventurous ant larvae-in-fish-fermented sauce - it was unusual in texture and flavour, memorable. Then an interesting chicken dish and a finger-licking dessert. The staff are young and enthusiastic, and the open kitchen provides some theatrics. Chef Ton, a young Thai, was personally supervising. All in all, Le du was an eye-opener, and showing the way forward for fusion food
"This place is in a time warp and is wonderful. As the other reviews say the drive from Bagdora is long and the last half hour is down a very bumpy unmade road, but for us this made it more exciting. When you reach the house you received the best welcome and are made to feel at home immediately. Our room was extremely comfortable and had everything you could want, including loads of hot water and thankfully no television. You all eat together in the evening which is akin to a lively dinner party, especially as we met some interesting people and had a great laugh. Breakfasts were equally as good with an Indian breakfasts of the day. We visited the tea factory and learnt how it is processed before sampling a variety of delicious infusions. We also went and watched the ladies picking tea and had a go ourselves. One of the best bits was waking on our first morning to see the mighty Himalayas as clear as a bell only 50 miles away, as the crow flies. I would highly recommend Glenburn for a completely fantastic experience"