Laveena recently had a short break for Ganesh Chaturti. It is a Hindu festival, celebrated in honour of the elephant-headed god, Ganesha. Given the auspiciousness of the holiday, Laveena was keen to travel to Varanasi, regarded as one of the seven holy cities of Hindus. The Sapta Puri are seven holy pilgrimage centres in India. While Varanasi also known as Benares or Kashi is one of the seven, the others are Mathura, Haridwar, Ayodhya, Kanchipuram, Dwarka and Ujjain.
Nestled cozily on a quiet street called Via Gesu’, just off Milan’s most fashionable and sleekest shopping district, is a 15th century convent that has been magically transformed into The Four Seasons Hotel. We arrived early at this luxurious sanctuary of warmth and comfort where a smartly dressed doorman welcomed us to our home in Milan for the next 5 days. We were delighted to see our friend Martina Beretta, the Sales manager at the Four Seasons Hotel, Milan, waiting for us. Laveena mentioned to her that this was our first ever visit to the city. Martina said that we were going to fall deeply in love with the world’s most fashionable capital.
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 →
As frequent travelers we are always open to suggestions and recommendations in order to enrich our experiences. Ahead of our summer cruise to the Baltic region, our friends from Germany, Olli and Lydia, who accompany us on many of our travels, recommended we try out an AirBnB accommodation in Copenhagen, the port from where our cruise ship was to sail. There are a few things I look for before experimenting with accommodations, the first being a certain level of comfort and luxury and the second, the location. Value for money is also essential.
A train ride symbolizes childlike inquisitiveness and wonder associated with travel. The magical thrill of exploring beautiful hinterlands – the excitement of reaching your destination – the delight of spending time with your loved ones – a train ride embodies it all.
You may have witnessed the luxurious train travel featured in movies like The Darjeeling Limited and Harry Potter and probably said, “I wish I could do that too”. Luckily, you can! So, for your next holiday, why not try something different and experience the grandeur of a luxury train?