Asia

Waking up with Elephants - my Sri Lankan adventure

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I am staring mesmerized at the little elephant baby. It is tiny, well at least in elephant terms and quite feisty, it seems to know that today is World Elephant Day. Luckily I am spending the day at the Shangri-La Hambantota in the South of Sri Lanka. It seems a fitting location as there are elephants everywhere in the hotel and it is not far from the fam[...]

Why Homestays are the best accommodation in Sri Lanka

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If you want to really experience the world as a traveler, you have to make the effort to meet each country's culture, find out more about its citizens' everyday life and learn about their aspirations. You know, there’s more to taking your standard #followmeto snaps and other instagrammable moments when traveling. I wouldn't imagine any better way to do it th[...]

Hotels we love - Shangri-La Villingili in the Maldives

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From the moment I first set foot on Villingili island I was in heaven. Someone handing me a coconut decorated with a frangipani flower was proof of that, in my book. I was taken directly to my villa, no annoying waiting around the reception, just holiday bliss from the first minute. It had secretly been my dream for a long time to experience the famed bliss [...]

3 weeks, 8 Maldives islands and one favorite

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Three weeks in the Maldives was enough info to make any jaw drop, especially once I told people that I would not only visit one but eight different islands. The next question on everybody's mind always was which one was my favorite so naturally I weighed the pros and cons at every new resort to evaluate just what was my favorite place of the bunch. And that [...]

7 Reasons to take a trip with Scubaspa

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I am kneeling on the sand and around me is just darkness and the light of some flickering torches. It is quiet except for the sound of my own breathing. I know I mustn't hold my breath, but it's hard because I am not only surrounded by 20 other divers but also by 20 nurse sharks and a few stingrays. They seem to like us and are just as curious, coming close[...]

Amilla Fushi - Maldivian Wellness Magic

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The moment I leave the baggage claim area at Male airport the wellness feeling starts. A lovely man with white teeth and linen pants awaits and promptly escorts me to a climatized lounge where snacks, coffee and glorious free wifi await. Only when my sea plane flight with Transmaldivian Airways is ready to board am I accompanied to my seat; and in the follow[...]

15 amazing experiences to have in the Maldives

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Not too long ago I published some of my top tips regarding traveling to the Maldives - and one of them was to do something special every day. There is so much to do in the Maldives, and all of it is fun, wonderful and magical. Perhaps you're currently preparing a trip to the Maldives; but if not, these incredible experiences will almost certainly fire up you[...]

5 Amazing Off the Beaten Path Escapes from Tokyo

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The sprawling metropolis of Tokyo seems to offer little refuge from its concrete skyscrapers, fluorescent billboards, and crammed commuter trains. Most visitors, if feeling overwhelmed, escape to the serene havens of Nikko or Takao-san, day trips from the city resplendent with natural beauty and onsen (hot springs). While these are amazing options, there’s a[...]