Category archives: Asia

Coco Palm Resort, Maldives – a sustainable escape to the end of the world

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What if I told you there was a place in the Indian Ocean that can make you feel like you're stranded on a lonely island (with your loved one of course!) while still pampering you with all the treats of a luxury resort? Well, welcome to Coco Palm Resort on Dhunikolhu Island.  When we arrived at Dhunikolhu the clouds were tinted in a dramatic grey, like [...]

Boracay - An Island Paradise

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The first thing you notice about Boracay is the colour. Cerulean skies sink into seas that are fifty shades of blue and green, fringed by milk-white, velvet sands. If paradise printed postcards, surely they would look a little something like this? Although I’ve been lucky enough to travel many parts of Asia, the Philippines have always eluded me. Mayb[...]

Hotels we love: Mizpe Hayamim, Israel

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There is one place on earth that turns me into a content human being in an instant. It's a place that, as soon as I hear, see and smell it, makes every inch of my body relax and be at ease. It's the rainforest I'm talking about. Now you might wonder why I'm going on about this crush in a post about a spa hotel in Israel... Don't worry, I'm not rambling on ab[...]

The Travelettes Guide to El Nido

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A backpacker community living on a paradise island, far removed from the hustling tourist hordes of the mainland – sound familiar? Considering that Alex Garland lived in the Philippines for six months before penning his backpacker classic The Beach, it wasn’t a surprise to learn that there are more beautiful beaches and undeveloped islands in this magical ar[...]

10 signs you've just had a South East Asian holiday

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So, you went to South East Asia? And once the holidays are over you try to hold on to the last rays of sunshine in your mind, whether you are aware of it or not. You sport a tan and smug grin which are sure signs that you have just returned from the sunny shores of the Philippines, the ancient temples in Thailand or from playing with monkeys in Borneo. Whi[...]

Hotels we love: the Mövenpick Karon Beach Resort & Spa in Phuket

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I'm a big believer in budget travel. Make your money go as far as possible (literally) and get more time our of your holiday. Frankly, that is easier said than done in many countries, but there are still some amazing destinations where you can easily travel on a budget without scraping the bottom of the barrel. Thailand for example. Thanks to Thailand sti[...]

The Sunday market in Bac Ha, Vietnam

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A weary bus ride up a windy road on a Saturday afternoon was finally close to its end, as we were creeping up into the small town of Bac Ha, Vietnam. It felt tiny and yet full of hotels - I certainly did not get any sense of character of its own. I wasn't sure whether I would have good time there. But once a new week started afresh on Sunday, the town cha[...]

The colours of Japan

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I was about to visit Asia for the first time, and of course I had certain things in mind, when I thought about Japanese culture and its people. Still, I didn't really know what to expect. I am not a big planner and think that it doesn't matter how much research and planning you do in advance - the experience itself is the thing that counts and without too mu[...]

The Travelettes Guide to Tel Aviv

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Sand dunes, camels and oriental markets, or glassy high risers, cats and crazy nightlife - what is your idea of Tel Aviv? Mine was probably a little bit of both. Having met Israelis before, I knew Tel Aviv was a city that never sleeps. I knew it was by the seaside and surrounded by desert. I knew it was considerably secular and welcoming. I had heard about t[...]