TRAVEL4VITALITY

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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
  • Insiderei.com: 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

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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Samaya Bali, a review

Samaya Bali Breeze restaurant

Samaya Seminyak Bali

46 private pool villas right on the beach and close to everything happening in Seminyak, the hippest place in Bali

Samaya Seminyak Bali

What makes it special

  • The combination of the beach location, spacious private villas and being close to great bars, restaurants and shops
  • The always present GM Ray Clark and his team provide excellent service
  • The restaurant Breeze has great food and the location right on the beach is the best in Seminyak
  • The beach in Seminyak is perfect for endless walks
  • Yoga early in the morning with ocean view
  • Very popular for Cocktails enjoying the sunset

You should know

  • The Courtyard villas are across the street, about 5 min walk to the main part of the hotel or you can always call a buggy
  • The other villas have the advantage of being closer to the beach but are getting a little old and are going to be renovated staring Oct. 2010

Samaya Bali

Samaya Bali

Conclusion

  • Seminyak is full of great hotels but the beach location and GM Ray Clark give the Samaya the edge.

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