Aloft Al Ain: Modern hospitality in the desert.

Spoiler alert, I’ve lived in the UAE for ten years, and while I’ve driven through Al Ain a few times, I’ve never actually stayed overnight.  As Hubs did quite a bit of work in the city circa 2009 (including the wildlife park), I was happy to accept an invitation to revisit this slower paced desert city. […]

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The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort: A sophisticated island getaway.

The Maldives are a dream destination often spoken of, and for those of us lucky enough to live within an easy flight’s distance, an attainable holiday location.  But how to decide which resort is the right one?  With plenty of high-end options, how do you ensure your holiday dollars (or dirhams) will be spent correctly? […]

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Viceroy Palm Jumeirah, Dubai: Miami vibes and beautiful skylines.

As an author of a book taking place entirely in a hotel, there is literally nothing I love more than visiting a new hotel.  I love lobbies and people watching.  I love clean sheets and breathtaking views.  I love luxury toiletries and staying in bed for hours.  Fortunately, the Viceroy Palm Jumeirah delivers on the […]

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Le Quartier Francais: Boutique charm in Franschhoek.

For our second night before joining up with friends to explore other fun destinations in the country, my decision of where to stay in Franschhoek was more or less made for me.  With reservations at The Tasting Room (which is located on the property of Le Quartier Francais), after reviewing the room and suite options […]

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Cape Cadogan: Cape Town Boutique Luxury.

Having friends in the travel business makes planning a holiday quite easy.  In the instance of flying to Cape Town to see some friends (and take advantage of a fantastic Qatar Airways deal, never mind the money stolen off the DWB – DOH portion of the flight, more on that later…), I reached out to […]

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The Siam: Modern luxury in BKK.

While I certainly don’t mind a chain hotel (the Four Seasons Sayan is still my overall favorite property in the world), I think there’s also a time and place for a smaller, more intimate experience.  While our stay at the W was lovely (those beds!), when we transferred to The Siam at the end of […]

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W Bangkok: Most comfortable beds in the world.

The W brand has a special place in my heart.  On a cool night in January at the W Doha, the idea for Room 702 came to me (of course, that was because I couldn’t sleep because we were placed over a DJ spinning nothing but bass, but if that’s what it takes to get […]

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