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What we are reading

some of our favourite travel articles of the last 2 weeks:

  • Thomas Marzano reports on his great experience at the Four Seasons Palo Alto using Twitter
  • A Luxury Travel Blog checks out the amazing Ananda in the Himalayas
  • CNNGo with a nice guide to Discovery Bay, Hong Kong
  • Sassy Hong Kong reviews the Alila Villas Soori, Bali
  • The Diary of the Purple Passport visits the Yoga Yard in Beijing
  • The global blackbook on the Anantara Seminyak Bali
  • Mini-Shopping mit dem Peninsula Tokyo
  • Ecosalon: Alila Villas Uluwatu
  • Mapplr reviews the Nam Hai in Hoi An, Vietnam
  • Designboom: Touchscreen vending machines in Tokyo
  • The Wall Street Journal: An Insider’s Guide to Hong Kong
  • A Luxury Travel Blog: the new Hotel de EDGE by Rhombus in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong opening soon
  • Luxist: Four Seasons Marrakech opens this summer
  • The New York Times reviews the W Retreat and Spa Vieques Island
  • The Practical Traveler column at the NYT on how not to get sick from a flight
  • The Guardian: Macau, where China likes to spend it
  • Der Spiegel: Wellness-Oasen in Großstädten

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What we are reading

some of the best travel stories we read over the last few days

  • The Independent: Six Himalayan Retreats
  • Australian Gourmet Traveller has a nice list with Bali’s best restaurants
  • The Australian reviews the Aman New Delhi
  • Resource Magazine reviews Amanpuri
  • Velvet Escape visits the Fish Spa in Kuala Lumpur, our take on this experience is here
  • CNNGo: 9 great places to be a recluse
  • Get in Travel: 15 spectacular skylines around the world
  • Velvet Escape: the Hong Kong skyline by day and night
  • Wild Junket with 7 of the best trekking destinations
  • WSJ: Hong Kong’s hidden cafes
  • The National with a Top 10 hotel pools list
  • The Telegraph reviews some of the best travel apps
  • Telegraph: Hong Kong scores a perfect 10 as a place to live
  • The Travel Editor goes for lunch at Amankila
  • The Frog + Princess Blog has a nice post about Angkor with lots of great pictures
  • Bombastic Life checks in the W Seoul
  • CNNGo: 10 things you haven’t seen in Chiang Mai
  • A new bar opens in Causeway Bay
  • Merian stellt das Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong vor
  • Die Welt über Deutschlands modernstes Reisebüro


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What we are reading

some of the best travel  stories we read over the last few days

  • ABC News: Restaurants uploading menus on iPads for diners
  • The New York Times: 41 places to go in 2011 and 10 restaurants worth a plane ride and 36 hours in Bali
  • The Telegraph previews 2011’s best new hotels
  • The Independent with its preview
  • Melanie Nayer with her list of Top 10 Luxury Hotels to visit in 2011
  • Hotel Chatter with the Master List of Worldwide Hotel Openings in 2011
  • The always insightful Purple Passport reviews the Opposite House in Beijing and the Anantara Spa at the Commune by the Great Wall
  • Sassy Hong Kong with a report on a weekend at the Grand Hyatt Macau
  • Cathy Yan in the Wall Street Journal with an excellent 4-part series on the future of Lan Kwai Fong
  • Die Welt mit einem Ausblick auf das Reisejahr 2011 und einer Liste neuer Hotels
  • The Kiwi Collection blog reviews the Peninsula Tokyo
  • CNNGo: Shanghai hotels after the Expo
  • Hotel Design blog: URBN Hotel Shanghai
  • Just Luxe: Amangalla and Amanwella
  • Luxury Travel Advisor: Anantara Golden Triangle
  • Mail Online reports on the tourist destination Montenegro
  • WSJ Scene Asia: Asia’s best penthouse suites

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Kirana Spa, Ubud, Bali

A really wonderful day can be spent at the Kirana Spa in Ubud, a joint venture of the royal family from Ubud and the Japanese cosmetics producer Shiseido. The range of treatments is not too broad, but they clearly excel in duration and quality. What a pleasure trip: being massaged for three hours in a row and wondering thereafter why time has passed so quickly! While enjoying the massage you get into a trance-like state of mind, afterwards you sit in a jacuzzi, deeply relaxed, looking at the Balinese jungle, having some little snacks and tea.

The spa as such is also most spectacular. Every visitor inhabits a two-storey spa villa high above the river Ayung, which can be reserved for single or double occupancy. The lower floor includes a modern area decorated with Balinese elements, where one can change clothes and have a shower. Shiseido products are provided for use. The upper floor accommodates an open air treatment room overlooking the garden. Everything is elegantly designed in Balinese style. After the treatment a pool and sauna are available for free use.

A must-go for Spa lovers.