TRAVEL4VITALITY

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What we are reading

catching up, some of the most interesting stories we came across over the last, well, 2 months

  • Karla Cripps of CNNGo visits the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi
  • The Australian: Aman New Delhi turns one
  • CNNGo features six hotel  restaurants with incredible views, including Anantara Seminyak, Amansara and the Datai
  • Speaking of the Datai, here is a report over at Sassy Hong Kong
  • HK Magazine with an excellent list of the best alfresco bars in Hong Kong
  • Huffington Post: Melanie Nayer inside the World’s tallest hotel
  • The Independent: 24-hour room service: Alila Diwa, Goa
  • A nice collection of first impressions from Hong Kong
  • The Hotel Design blog with some gorgeous pictures of Les Suites Orient Bund Shanghai
  • CNNGo’s Best Eats awards for 2010 for Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai, Bangkok, Singapore and Mumbai
  • The Guardian explores an important question: Why is outdoor gear so ugly?
  • USA Today: How can you tell which TripAdvisor reviews to trust?
  • National Geographic Traveler: The Tap Dance of Tipping
  • CNNGo: 24 hours at Changi airport

 

 


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What we are reading

some of the most interesting travel articles we came across over the last few days:

  • Hotel Design features one of our own photos of the Balé in Nusa Dua
  • LUXEtasy checks out some of Shanghai’s new restaurants and bars
  • Yohanes Budiyanto offers his take on the Landmark Mandarin Oriental with a lot of great pictures
  • The Frog + Princess Blog on the top luxury resorts in Langkawi and the best rooftops in the world
  • Sassy Hong Kong tries a staycation at the Hyatt Sha Tin
  • Hoihnuhauzel’s blog reports on Amanbagh
  • Market Manila has lunch at Amansara
  • The Luxist on the Puli Shanghai
  • The Luxury Travel Bible reports on the Nam Hai in Vietnam
  • Yoga with elephants at Anantara Golden Triangle
  • 10 unforgettable hotel bathtubs over at CNNGo


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Amansara, a review

Amansara

Amansara

what is it

The former guesthouse of King Sihanouk, beautifully restored by Aman with 24 suites in Siem Reap minutes away from the ancient Angkor temples.

what makes it special

  • Amansara makes it possible to see the temples in a way that avoids the crowds, some smaller temples you have for yourself and they manage to be in the most popular temples when they are least crowded
  • Airport pick-up in a vintage 60’s Mercedes
  • You have your own remork and driver at all times
  • Young and extremely nice staff
  • The dining room, once the King’s screening room, is open all times and the open bar
  • The feeling that you stay at a friend’s guest house
  • The contemporary design is the perfect contrast after spending the day exploring the temples

Amansara suite

you should know

  • If you want to see the Angkor temples without the crowds you will have to get up very early, like 4am.
  • Much smaller than other Amans, so not so much public space.

conclusion

Without a doubt the most exclusive way to explore Angkor.

more pictures on Flickr

Bayon temple, Angkor