Dewakan: "Well paced degustation menu, creative"
My husband and I took an American guest to Dewakan. We chose the 11 course tasting menu. I was looking forwards to being delighted, and we were not disappointed. The restaurant is quiet, and comfortable and we were able to enjoy each course and exchange views on the myriad of tastes exploding in our mouths. I especially loved the Yoghurt & Roselle, which I thought was so well done since each taste emerged one after another. The explanation given by the maitre d' on the ingredients and how to eat each dish added to the enjoyment of the evening. It was easy to converse, given the wonderful presentation. I did not care too much for the duck, which although delicious, was a little rich for my preference. The red snapper was very good, and a little less saltiness may have brought it up to the level of sublime. Anyway, we had a wonderful evening and enjoyed the experience tremendously!
"If you are looking for a place to truly relax, that is off the beaten path, and want to be surrounded by friendly mellow guests and attentive, caring staff, then this is the place for you.
Flower Island is not like the other crowded resorts in Palawan. This is truly a place where you will chill and relax. For those that can’t sit still there is snorkeling (great reef just steps from your room), kayaks, SUPs, pearl farm tour and trekking around the island to keep you occupied. Definitely worth the time and investment. I highly recommend this place!!"
Misool Eco Resort: "Misool Eco Resort; One couple’s dream and a legacy for us all to follow!"
"Misool Eco Resort was spectacular, the Diving was truly excellent, fish and sharks galore and their cause was better still!
What a wonderful feeling Andrew and Marit (the founders) must have daily, to have successfully stopped shark finning in the area and created two large patrolled no take zones.... To then see baby sharks swimming every day in the shallow lagoon waters of the resort where finning used to take place! Wow
Hats off to them! What an achievement. (...) Thank you to all Misool Eco Resort, it was you guys who fueled this journey for us and I hope we can duplicate some of your ideas and protect another part of the ocean and its life below."
Mathis Retreat: "Paradise in the ricefields"
"We had such an amazing time at Kenanga Hotel. The place is located in a perfectly preserved location in Ubud. Surrounded by the ricefields and the palmtrees, the bungalows look beautiful and are very comfortable. Everything is super clean!
The swimming pool is perfect as well and allows you to enjoy the peaceful landscape while relaxing in the water.
The staff is adorable, smily and very attentionate to the customers' need. Karine, the French Manager of the hotel is extremely kind and helpful. She will help you if you need anything to plan your visits and to improve your experience at the hotel.
You can also have a nice walk in the ricefields all around at sunrise and/or sunset time.
The restaurant is also delicious and offers high quality food at a good price. Try it!
I would deeply recommend this hotel.
Just go there and forget everything else!!"
Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris: "A fantastic stay with great wildlife sightings and incredible food"
"We recently had a fantastic 4 night stay at Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris. Sam was our guide and he looked after us incredibly well and took us on some fantastic game drives where we saw leopards on 4 out of 7 drives and we also saw a sloth bear on the final drive! The park is also full of peacocks, spotted deer, crocodiles, elephants, water buffalo, wild boar and a superb array of birdlife plus lots of other interesting species. Sam was a passionate guide with incredible knowledge of all the animals and birds in the park and he was a safe and skilled driver. Our days started with an early wake up with a quick tea/coffee before setting off to Yala National Park to be ready when the gate opens at 6am to look for the wildlife while they are still active. The park is gate is around 20-30 mins drive from the camp. Morning drives last approx. 3 hours before returning for breakfast. Lunch was at around 1pm after which we left for the afternoon drive at around 2:30pm. The park closes at 6pm and we would have drinks before dinner at around 7pm. The food served at the camp was absolutely delicious, authentic Sri Lankan dishes with a fantastic variety each day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spice levels are adjusted to your requested level (so don’t panic if you are not good with too much chilli!) and wine, beer & spirits are all included. We spent our first two nights in a mobile tent, with an insect proof sleeping area containing a double bed, bedside table with fan and light and power socket for charging batteries. In living area of the tent there were two camping chairs and table a cupboard and a light. Just outside the tent was a flushable toilet with a light and in a separate tent a shower which would be filled with hot water before our return from the afternoon drive. For our second two nights we were upgraded to one of the two luxury tents, which has air conditioning and an attached bathroom and it much larger. The plan for the camp is to eventually upgrade all of the tents to the luxury style and I am sure they will prove very popular, it was very comfortable. Thank you so much to General Manager Sajith for the upgrade! They are also in the process of building a swimming pool which will be a most welcome addition to the camp. We had a brilliant time at Noel Rodrigo’s Leopard Safaris and would definitely return. The great conversations with all of the staff during drinks and meals, the outstanding food, the service from the whole team and the exciting game drives made for a wonderful stay and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a stay here."
David’s Kitchen: "A great restaurant with excellent service"
My husband and I wanted to have a break from the wonderful Thai dishes we’ve been enjoying throughout our trip, so we decided to book a table at David’s Kitchen. We ordered drinks and the set menu. Everything was on point. The cocktails were great, the pumpkin soup was silky and delicious, the beef bourguignon with the mashed potatoes was wonderful and the sticky toffee pudding was a sweet ending to our meal. The one thing that truly made the dinner excellent, however, was the fact that David and his wife were there to chat with their guests and really engage with all of us. This made my husband and me feel truly welcome at the restaurant. Thank you, David and the team. We surely will come back whenever we’re in Chiang Mai.
The Cabochon Hotel: "Romantic Colonial Hide-Away in the heart of Bangkok"
"Extremely jet-lagged my husband and I stepped out of our 20 hour flight from Los Angeles, and were met at the airport by the hotel's private driver. A 25 minute drive later, we were quickly checked into the lovely Cabochon. Immediately I felt better, surrounded by the cool marble, fragrant lush trees, and fascinating lobby decor of this renovated colonial mansion tucked down a small alley. We arrived rather early for check in, but they set us up with towels, exotic passion fruit cocktails and lounge chairs beside the roof-top pool and after a dip-- was immediately refreshed. Our room was simple, quiet, clean and romantic with high ceilings, and a columned balcony. Other than a few modern amenities (like powerful air conditioner, fast wifi, in room safe, and a TV we didn't use) it was like stepping into the past. The breakfast was delicious and we even had lunch there in between excursions. The proximity to the SkyTrain subway was very convenient and the fastest way to get around town, but the hotel is happy to call a taxi for you-- and give directions. As with everywhere in Thailand, the staff are extremely helpful, friendly and polite. You will be happy to tip for service. There are many extrodinary restaurants near by including ""Bo.Lam"" and ""Soul Food."" We throughly enjoyed our visit to Bangkok and it started with the Cabochon. Tip for all of South East Asia: Most people in the service industry speak english fairly well, but get a ""Directions Card"" from the hotel front desk and put it in your pocket for later-- it will have the hotel name/address written in Thai (not useless english) and is very valuable to get a taxi ride home at the end of your night out. Stayed February 2017, traveled as a couple"
Locavore: "Spectacular Food, Great Cocktail Pairings, Beautiful Service"
"This is absolutely a place to be highly recommended. We went for the seven course meal with cocktail pairings and were definitely not disappointed. The restaurant is located on a busy street in the center of Ubud but inside its an oasis of quiet and style. Before the actual seven course meal started several amuses were served, all highly innovative, delicious and interesting. The menu changes regularly and I think there's little point going over the individual dishes but here's a couple of things to note:
- There's a seven and a five course meal. If you are not a big eater five might be more than enough since there will also be some amuses and extras.
- The restaurant does an all-vegetarian variety of the seven/five course meal. In case you can't choose, it's perfectly fine to have one and your partner the other. Courses are served at the same time but do come with other cocktail pairings.
- The cocktail pairings are really a treat. However don't think of them as regular cocktails, more like smaller/less potent versions (so you won't be completely drunk at the end of the evening).
- If you rather have wine with your meal the restaurant has an interesting wine list. -
- Cocktail pairings for two equal roughly two bottles of house wine to give you an indication of prices.
- We paid about four million Indonesia Rupiah (or four hundred Singapore dollars). For that we had two cocktails to start with, one veg and one non-veg seven-course meal, plus cocktail pairings. Absolutely worth it."
I stayed at 4 Rivers for 3D/2N and it was really an extraordinary experience! Going to 4 Rivers was a long drive yet it was worth it! During our night time check in, my partner and I were able to see the adorable fireflies! They are so plenty that they look like Christmas lights! They are stunning and shines like a star. Though it is raining during my stay, it was a wonderful time to relax and leave the stress and get refreshed with the outstanding view of mountains and trees plus the friendly staff and Adonis who’s very attentive with our needs. I also want to give cheers to the Chef for the most unforgettable Crème Caramel I tasted during dinner! How I wish I could eat and bring home the whole piece! It is so delicious that I can’t resist to eat! Memorable experience, soothing ambiance, charming staff and thoughtful managers, appetizing food – perfecto!
Recommended by American foodies, we hoped to be wowed and were not disappointed. Lucia and Felix serve startling delicious food with subtle beautiful flavors. They started us with a tuna amuse bouche which sat on a bed of ground raw ginger and a lemony infusion elegantly plated with miniature greens and dollops of lemon crema. Friends enjoyed the crispy Mille feuille tuna and gazpacho both delicate and layered with subtle flavor. Salmon was glazed and crispy skinned with the promised hint of Asian flavor with a lemon cream swoosh and lightly steamed baby carrots and green onion. The sea bass on eggplant with a side of tiny roasted potatoes and garlic and rosemary. Nice cocktail selection and lovely wines. An extraordinary tasteful modern beautiful building inside and out siting in Inya Lake. A must gastronomically for any self respecting food snob. Also they are training a new worker population in the art of serving beautiful food attentively and correctly. An important contribution to Myanmar and Yangon as well as using so many products and materials made in this amazing country.