Villa Song: "2 nights in heaven"
Beautifully appointed boutique hotel, stunning grounds, friendly staff away from the hustle of the city. Very clean and immaculate with lovely breakfast. Free speed boat into district one was just the icing on the cake
Jings Residence: "Traditional but modern small hotel"
Lovely Pingyao now lies on the high speed train line (300kph) linking Beijing and Xian, and so is very easy to visit by very comfortable trains. We had seen other excellent reviews of Jings Residence and were not disappointed. It is situated in the 'pedestrian area' with access with your luggage almost to the door using electric vehicles from just outside the city walls. The last few metres luggage needs to be wheeled. Reception and the restaurant area are just inside the entrance and then you enter a series of open courtyards off which the ground floor rooms are located. Some of the furniture shows a few signs of wear, but the rooms are still lovely - in ours the bed was the biggest we have ever slept in and stretched wall to wall. As others have said the staff were really nice and helpful. The food here was of a good standard. Knowing of my recent birthday, we returned one night to find a slice of chocolate cake and a good wishes card. They had also scattered rose petals on the bed. On our departure we were given some Puer tea and good luck emblems and this just added to a really memorable and enjoyable two night stay in Pingyao.
Reverie Siam: "Stunning resort and great value"
"My friend and I traveled in Thailand for two weeks and this was by far our favorite resort. The staff is warm and helpful. The grounds are beautiful and allow you to appreciate Pai's beauty. Rooms are big and decorated perfectly. This is however not a traditional Thai resort. The decor and food is western, but don't let that deter you from going because the experience, food, and views are worth it.
Glenburn Tea Estate: "Excellentissime we look forward to stay there again"
This is an amazing place in the middle of tea plants, facing the Himalayan chain. 3 cottages colonial style house 8 rooms or suites. Diners can have the whole site, read and sip tea at any time (including just wake up before breakfast ...), admire the scenery, walk around the plantation, join the river in against-low (2 -3 hours on foot), try the massage with tea oil (I recommend), a drink in the library lounge with the other guests and continue to exchange over a meal each evening with a different theme. In short, a quality of life that is found rarely and makes an incredible good! Thank you to our guests for these extraordinary times and we have only one wish: to come see you as soon as possible again!
"We greatly enjoyed everything about our stay at Villa Song. The hotel itself is beautiful, and the grounds and pool are immaculate. The private boat ride to the hotel was great fun, and the staff were fantastic. They knew us by name and accommodated our every request. The outdoor dining was some of the best dining of our entire trip. The food was superb - Vietnamese with modern flair, and very creative. We were impressed by every meal and drink. We came here to celebrate our honeymoon, and we felt like royalty the entire time. Cannot recommend enough! Stayed January 2017, traveled as a couple"
Hotel Tugu Bali: "Excellent property, very helpful staff"
"We stayed in a Rejang suite. The room was great, and the sunken bathtub + some candles made for nice, romantic evenings. The rest of the property was beautiful. The rooftop bar overlooking the ocean was a great place to wind down at the end of the day. The staff was awesome. They went above and beyond to make our vacation stress + hassle free."
"If you are looking for a change from the normal 5 star hotel experience then I would really recommend the Cabochon. The hotel has a colonial era boutique theme and it is done very well. The food in the restaurant is very good and cocktails and Gin and Tonics (they are a specialty) in the library before dinner are also excellent! The location just off Sukhumvit road is also very convenient. Its not right in the centre of the shopping district but its close to a BTS station and it is nice to be a little out of the way. We also enjoyed the roof-top pool. The other important feature of the hotel are the staff. They were all very enthusiastic and helpful We are looking forward to returning to the Cabochon next time we are in Bangkok"
"You will feel like you have entered a different world altogether when you arrive at Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge. Firstly, you are treated to the most amazing views, which you never tire of even after spending days in Nepal. The Annapurna range in all its glory can be truly appreciate from the lodge, and you are not to miss the stunning picture opportunity of the mountain reflection on the infinity pool.
The lodge itself is very comfortable and relaxing, you can do as much or as little as you like. The staff are incredibly attentive - each and every one of them. Marcus, the resort MD is so warm and friendly and so knowledgeable when it comes to Nepal, and most other things that it makes for a very wonderful stay all around.
I would love to return soon, next time perhaps with the entire family when it is winter and there is good excuse to sit in the common area around the fire :) Best,
Tugu Bali: "Like a honey moon again"
"This was our second time in Tugu and we were again mesmerized by the magic of the place and charm of the staff. With all the changes that is happening in Bali - we were here 4 years ago, Tugu is like a bubble of culture, peace and happiness. The rooms are simply palatial - don't remember seeing hotel rooms as large and majestic as these. They are decorated with astonishing pieces of Indonesian art and a bed so comfortable it was hard to leave the room. The menu of Indonesian food is simply amazing, a gourmet journey around Indonesia. If you feel like a western fare there are probably cheaper options in the area. I strongly recommend the spa and if you can, try Ms. Kadek, she is amazing! Above all the staff is what really makes the difference. It was great to see that many of them are still working there and they remembered my name after 4 years. Thank you Sri, Ari, Dewi, Wayan, Made Adi! They go the extra mile to make your stay the best one. It was like honey moon again."
"If you are considering a trip to Sri Lanka, this has to be on your list. We spent a week travelling all over the country but our single night at Noel's camp in Yala summed it up - the welcoming and charismatic people and the pride in the land and its nature. We arrived just after midday and were met by Danu - who was to be our guide for the trip - in full safari regalia in his 4x4. We were already laughing at animal stories as we bounced down the track to the campsite - which has a special entrance to the park which beats the crowds we'd heard about. On arrival there was cold juice, beers and space to chill out before our first game drive. We'd booked normal tents but they were beautifully equipped, totally private and immaculately clean. An outdoor, screened shower as well as charging for phones topped it off - luxury for the middle of a national park! Over the course of our two game drives we were lucky to sight birds, wild pigs, water buffalo, crocodiles and of course - a beautiful lone elephant at sunset and a leopard at sunrise. Danu knew the right spots to take us to catch a glimpse, chose always to work with the local wardens on drives, and had a network of spotters on the radio to get us to the scene of sightings. Racing along the track, holding onto the truck with one hand and the binoculars with the other, laughing all the way was pure excitement. We would recommend anyone going to Sri Lanka to consider a safari a must. But don't go cheap - it's easy to drive around the park and spot no major game, or get stuck in traffic through the normal entrances, if you pick the wrong company and guide. Danu and all the guys at Noel's - Dilanke and the others - had a spirit of adventure and commitment to conservationism that was contagious. The park and animals of Yala are in good hands with these boys - and you will be too! You MUST do this."