For the August 15th weekend, we chose to travel within India. After a short early morning flight from Mumbai, we landed in Managalore, a little after 10:00 am. A hotel car was waiting to drive us to Bekal, a small town on the shores of north Kerala , a state in South India. The drive from Mangalore airport to Kasaragod district, where the Taj Vivanta Bekal is located, was quite picturesque with vast expanses of coconut trees and river crossings. Kasaragod is bounded by the Western ghats in the east and the Arabian sea in the west and has twelve rivers flowing across its terrain. On account of extensive road work, our drive stretched on for an extra 30 minutes, but we did not complain as we let our eyes soak in the local surroundings.
In the heart of the city of Bangkok there lies a pearl. Elegant in its opulence, sophisticated in its décor, the resplendent 47 story St Regis Hotel at the prestigious Rajadamri road, reaffirms the Starwood Group’s world renowned luxury brand image and makes guests feel like royalty from the word go.
With news about street protests, a Prime Minister deposed, the imposition of martial law followed by a military coup and now curfews, you are forgiven for wanting to opt for a last minute switch in your summer travel plans.
However, in my reading, the country is safer today with the military in charge as compared to what it was a few months ago when street protests called for Yingluck Shinawatra, the 28th Prime Minister of Thailand, to step down. The Thai army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha is now in power following a bloodless coup. Continue reading →
Located in the heart of Bangkok’s premier shopping and entertainment district lies a rare jewel of a hotel. A true Oasis with a resort like feel. A hotel which graces you with it’s sheer opulence the moment you walk into it’s grand lobby. The Siam Kempinski gives the word ‘luxury’ a new meaning and embraces you with every inch of the warmth of hospitality, Thailand is so well loved for.
In October of 2011 we visited the all-inclusive, exquisite Four Seasons tented camp in Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand, just South of Burma and west of Laos. We love the Four Seasons brand having experienced it in Bangkok, Kohsamui, ChiangMai, Chicago, Singapore, the Maldives and Mumbai and were not in the least bit worried about the service aspect of this adventure even though it was located in the infamous Golden triangle, once known for its opium trade. At the airport, we were greeted by the Four Seasons tented camp staff and were transported to the Ruak river where our magical journey to paradise began. From the moment the long tail boat set off along the muddy river toward the tented camp, we knew that this would be a holiday adventure like no other. The boat ride was a thrill in itself and as we went past the exquisite bamboo jungles, we began to see the camp tents in the distance, neatly tucked along the sides of a hill. Soon we reached our destination and were met by the super attentive and polite staff, so typical of the Four Seasons brand, who welcomed us with a drink at the Burma Bar, well-known for its stunning sunset views and amazing cocktails, often served in unique hand carved bamboo glasses.