In February this year, one of our dearest friends, Nikita Sanyal, celebrated her 40th birthday in Bangkok and we were invited to spend a night at the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park. We had arrived in Bangkok a day earlier as we didn’t want to miss out on staying at our favourite city hotel in the world, The Siam Kempinski. On the day we were to shift, I remember telling the staff at the executive lounge at the Siam Kempinski, that we were sad to be leaving to stay at another hotel in Bangkok, but we did tell them that we would be back in a day. When our taxi arrived, the Bell Captain at The Siam Kempinski, while loading our bags asked, “ we hear you are moving to another city hotel Mr. Mitha. Why?” We explained it was only for a night, for a friend’s birthday celebrations and promised we would be back.
Laveena had a short break for Holi ( the Indian festival of colour which ushers in springtime). An early morning flight to Colombo, on Sri Lankan Airlines, was followed by a long wait at the Bandaranaike International airport. From Colombo, we boarded a flight to Male, the densely populated capital of the Maldives, a stunningly beautiful island nation in the Indian Ocean. The hour long flight to Male was a pleasant one. Indian citizens receive their entry visas for the Maldives on arrival at immigration. We collected our luggage and were greeted at the airport by a Soneva Jani representative, who first checked us in for our sea plane ride to our resort island and then drove us to the Soneva Jani lounge where we waited for over an hour for our 40 minute long sea plane ride from the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in Malé to Soneva Jani.
In December last year, we visited Hanoi in Vietnam. Hanoi, the capital, is known to be the cultural centre of Vietnam and over a 1000 years of history is seen well preserved in its Presidential Palace, The Grand Opera House, The Cathedral St. Joseph, The Temple of Literature, The One Pillar Pagoda and the historic Sofitel Metropole hotel, where Laveena and I were guests for a short stay ahead of a planned river cruise along Halong Bay. Continue reading →
With Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud’ playing on the Harman Kardon sound bar, Laveena and I looked out of the 4th floor glass window of our recently refurbished Garden suite at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Bangkok at the busy Chao Phraya river. Tastefully designed, the 860 Sq ft suite exudes elegance as it fuses colonial-inspired interiors with chic contemporary touches. The blend of colour shades, fabric hues and wooden polishes work in perfect harmony to highlight luxury. As our private butler poured us a glass of Louis Roederer champagne, we talked about the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, a hotel with a fascinating history, which dates back to the 1860s.Continue reading →
Laveena and I feel infinitely blessed to have had the opportunity of repeatedly traveling to beautiful countries with stunning landscapes, fascinating cultures and exotic cuisines. We are equally blessed to have experienced living in some of the most luxurious hotel properties in the world. Continue reading →