NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi, Amalfi Coast, Italy

Wow. NH Collection Grand Hotel Conventi di Amalfi is impressive and one of those breath-taking places to stay. NH Collection Amalfi can be found in a stunning location on the cliffs of the Amalfi coastline. Built into the grounds of a 12th Century Italian Monastery it’s a truly breathtaking and impressive place to stay, unlike anywhere else in the world. It’s a fascinating blend of modern architecture combined with the original ruins of the ancient monastery. The entire hote

Pierside Restaurant, Kowloon, Hong Kong review

The Pierside Bar and Restaurant, offers contemporary Australian meals which rich flavours and tasty ingredients. It is part of the Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers (see blog post here), Hong Kong which is a modern and impressive building. The restaurant can be found overlooking the captivating Victoria harbour with the amazing backdrop of the Hong Kong skyline, which is beautiful and striking to look at during the early evening. The restaurant was a comfortable and pleasant pla

Olympian Hotel, Hong Kong

Our next hotel for our visit is the Olympian. It can be found the district of West Kowloon, one of the 18 districts in Hong Kong. Kowloon city is well known for shopping, arts and entertainment and is close to Victoria harbour. The Olympian is a short walk away from the Waterfront Park and 10 minutes from the MTR (metro station). Arrival and Welcome: The Olympian is a luxury hotel which lives up to it’s name. With beautiful Chinese style fittings and decorations, it is wonder

Ming Court Hong Kong: a Michelin Star Restaurant review

Ming Court Restaurant has been recognised as a Michelin Star Restaurant since 2009 and is well know for the fabulous Cantonese dishes and sophisticated collection of wines from around the globe. The restaurant boasts its’ own wine cellar containing a selection of 100 different wines. The restaurant is beautifully crafted (as is the food!) with décor of white and gold with a curved spaces to help the visitor feel relaxed dining in comfort. This up market and elegant restaurant

Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers, Hong Kong

We took the express train from Hong Kong airport which was £35 (see Hong Kong blog post to be published soon) for unlimited access for 3 days (plus return airport express tickets) which was pretty decent. There was onboard wifi, charging points for phones and laptops, with comfortable seating, so it was quite a nice journey to Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers. We arrived at the hotel after a comfortable and fast journey of only 20-30 minutes. One of the unique features of the h

Mangosteen Hanoi: Swiss-style restaurant review

The Mangosteen Restaurant is located on the second floor of the hotel and is named after the purple tropical fruit which grows from a tropical evergreen tree . It is filled with beautiful décor presented in a Swiss-Style but there are a mix of violet, brown and purple designs creatively woven into the cream chairs, with a sparkling chandelier hanging near the entrance which adds an elegant feel to the dining area. Mangosteen is well known for it’s innovative mix of Vietnamese

Movenpick Hotel Hanoi, Vietnam

Experience the Hanoian art, comfort and cuisine Whilst taking our tour around the interesting and beautiful country of Vietnam, we made out way to Hanoi, for a luxury stay in Movenpick Hotel. Hanoi has been developed incredibly with modern skyscrapers and a transformed cityscape and this is where we can find Movenpick Hotel. Located in the centre of Hanoi’s business district it is ideally placed for travel, leisure and easy access to the amenities offered by the city. It’s a

Water Court, Lang Co: An authentic Vietnamese cuisine review

The Water Court Restaurant in Banyan Tree Lang Co, is located near the main building of the resort. It has both inside and outside dining areas (so you can really enjoy the view). It’s Vietnamese style, organised, clean and wonderfully fresh, with a variety of meals. The restaurant has a open show kitchen with offers Champagne for breakfast every morning. We selected the lang co set menu for our welcome meal. We were given a pleasant welcome and shown to our table by the frie

Luxury Villa Retreat at Banyan Tree Lang Co, Vietnam

We had been travelling to Vietnam via Malaysia (see blog post) and our plane was arriving in Huế (Central Vietnam). We were then travelling onto our destination of Banyan Tree Lang Co, before spending some time in Hanoi. Arrival and Welcome We arrived in Huế airport and after a long flight we were very pleased to see that the hotel had arranged transport for us. We were picked up in the airport by a private driver who was holding a sign with our names on it. It was a 45 minut

Horizon Grill, Kuala Lumpur: review

Situated on the 58th Floor of the Banyan Tree Hotel, overlooking Kuala Lumpur with an unobstructed view of the famous Petronas Twin Towers, The Horizon Grill is a fantastic dining experience. As the diner you can choose whether to dine inside the restaurant or al fresco on the balcony depending on your preference or your mood! It is one of the best views in Kuala Lumpur with exceptional taste in restaurant design and a wonderfully delightful menu. There is a good selection of

Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur is the stunning capital of Malaysia, located in the Malaysian Penninsula within South East Asia and separated by the South China Sea. Famous for the Petronas twin towers (co-joined together by an astonishing sky bridge), the Bukit Bintang Shopping Mall, The Kuala Lumpur Tower, the National Monument along with the inspiring well designed parks, having the opportunity to visit this beautiful country was essential! We were continuing our journey onwards through East

Hilton Manchester Deansgate, UK

On our travels around the world, we decided to stay in the UK this year for Christmas... We had a special and wondrous stay on Christmas Eve, in one of the most prestigious hotels in Manchester – The Hilton Hotel, Deansgate. On arrival we walked through the main lobby doors to be greeted with a beautifully spacious reception with an enormous and refined Christmas tree adorning the entrance with the Christmas Spirit! Friendly and welcoming staff checked us in and provided us w

NEW Hotel in Athens, Greece

We arrived at the hotel after a short walk following a moderately stressful taxi experience (see our Athens blog) and after having just about gathered together enough euros to pay him before an argument ensued, we used googlemaps to try and help us locate the hotel. After we had paid the driver the fee and meandered away for a short while, we quickly found our way to NEW Hotel by Yes Hotels which was reasonably easy to find. As we walked up the marble steps of the hotel, I wa

Sofitel London St James: A late summer staycation review

We stayed in Sofitel London St James when we came back from our holiday in Rome and Venice. The Luxury Hotel is located within a few minute walk from landmarks, specifically 3 minutes walk from Piccadilly Circus, 5 minutes from Trafalgar Square, and 10 minute walk to the Buckingham palace, and about 20 minute walk to Victoria Station. It was very convenient to stay in this hotel and wonder around London. We were greeted by friendly staff and were given welcome drinks. The

NH Collection Venezia Palazzo Barocci, Venice, Italy

As part of our journey across the wonderful country of Italy, we decided to take a trip further north to stay a very famous city – the city of Venice. Neither of us has ever been to this truly world famous city, known for its’ amazing Canals, Gondolas, and beautiful buildings... so we were very excited as you can imagine! We had arranged to stay at NH Collection, Venezia Palazzo Barocci - a Superior luxury hotel. Venezia Palazzo Barocci is a major jewel in the crown of the NH

Glass Hostaria: A must visit restaurant in Rome

Glass Hostaria is a fabulous restaurant located in one of the most historic areas of Trastevere in the centre of Rome, Italy. The restaurant was originally created in 2004 and is headed by Michelin Star Chef Cristina Bowerman with her partner Fabio Spada. Located in the centre of Rome it has a wonderful reputation, and was a place not to be missed. As we made our way through Rome towards our destination, we journeyed through the quaint vicolos of Trastevere. As we travelled i

NH Collecton Roma Palazzo Cinquecento:A luxury five-star stay at a grand hotel in the centre of Rome

We had the pleasure of staying with The NH Collection - Roma Palazzo Cinquecento (Rome, Italy). It is a stunning luxury 5 star hotel located just a few minutes away from the platforms of Roma Terminal Station. The hotel faces out onto the frontage of the private garden which is set out beautifully beneath it, and set within it are some of the ancient Roman ruins of the walls of the city (Mura Serviane) which are striking to see. The hotel is well situated with access to worl

Panoramic Boutique Hotel, Santorini

The Panorama Boutique Hotel is located on the Fira cliff side in Sanotrini looking out towards the impressive volcano and overlooking the Caldera. The hotel has been designed into the Cliffside in a stepped and layered way, which gives a real sense of being part of the landscape which is stunning to view. The room we stayed in was provided with luxurious linens, coco-mat mattresses and a smart and comfortable bathroom. The balcony of the room provided a high up and perfectly