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10 of the Coolest Hotels We’ve Stayed At

A collage of the differnent treehouses at Treehotel

Thanks to this website and our magazine, we’ve had the chance to travel far and beyond, from Antarctica to Zimbabwe, North Korea to South Africa. Along the way, we’ve also been fortunate enough to stay at many extraordinary and outstanding hotels. These aren’t your conventional five-star hotel chain or backpacker hostel — you’ll be surprised by how creative and unusual some hotel owners/designers can be. [...]

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Our Home for the Week: Apostle’s Edge, Cape Town

This week we are reporting live from Cape Town, South Africa. For the past few days, we’ve been exploring Cape Town and its suburbs during the day, watching sunset on our outdoor terrace in the evening and getting some work done by the fireplace by night. We will be writing about our Cape Town adventures shortly, [...]

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At Home in Bangkok

Roundabout in downtown Hanoi

This is the third edition of an ongoing series of reviews on properties (budget hotels and hostels) we’re staying at during our travels in Asia, as part of our partnership with HostelBookers.com. As we journey around Southeast Asia, Bangkok has been a frequent stop for us – since it’s a major hub in the region. Our Songkran [...]

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Falling for the Chaotic Charms of Hanoi, Vietnam

Roundabout in downtown Hanoi

This is the second edition of an ongoing series of reviews on properties (budget hotels and hostels) we’re staying at during our travels in Asia, as part of our partnership with HostelBookers.com. On the streets of Hanoi, traffic ebbs and flows as slick chrome scooters weave between old-school rickshaws and pushcarts. Miniature stools and tables line the alleys, [...]

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Slowing Down in Cebu City, Philippines

Heritage of Cebu Monument

This is the first edition of an ongoing series of reviews on properties (budget hotels and hostels) we’re staying at during our travels in Asia, as part of our partnership with HostelBookers.com. Cebu City, the second largest metropolis in the Philippines, is a blur of chrome jeepneys, traffic fumes and eclectic street food stalls.  The chaos and [...]

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Top Hostels Around the World – According to Hostelbookers

As a backpacking couple, hostels and cheap hotels are our playground – whether we’re traipsing around South America or island-hopping in Southeast Asia. We’ve stayed in a variety of accommodation – from upscale resorts to vacation rentals to funky dorms; but casual hostels have always been more of our style. Naturally, we were excited when Hostelbookers announced the results of its Awards for Excellence [...]

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Madagascar: Laidback Beach Town of Morondava

// “Mora mora.” Slowly, slowly. Everywhere you go in Madagascar, you see and hear these words. But in Morondava, it takes on new meaning. Here, mora mora is a way of life – there’s no rush to get anywhere, nor stress to get things done. It’s where you go to kick back, relax and let [...]

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Finding Surprises in Granada, Spain

I love surprises. Seriously, who doesn’t? This summer I was treated to a beautiful surprise, one that definitely left an imprint in my memories. On the night before our wedding, I was dashing around Granada, doing some last-minute preparations, when a surprise came knocking on our door. A luxury heritage hotel …

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Experiencing Madrid Like a Local

Just last month, I spent a few days in the sizzling heat of Madrid to catch up with a good friend who’d come all the way from Canada to Spain for our wedding. We both used to live in the bustling Spanish capital, where we spent most of our time …

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Tune Hotels: A New Breed of Accommodation

Tune Hotels - Downtown KL : Main Building

// On a recent trip to Kuala Lumpur and Sarawak, I had the opportunity to stay at Tune Hotels, a Malaysian chain that’s taking the hotel industry by storm. Since its launch in 2007, Tune Hotels has since opened up 12 properties all over Malaysia, Indonesia and even London, UK.  I’d been wanting to check [...]

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9 Indulgent Designer Hotels for Label Lovers


// This week we’re going to step off the wild and adventure travel trail and head down the swanky alley of elegant , luxury travel. Today’s sponsored post brings us through 9 distinguished designer hotel chains around the world that pampers you like a princess, in a setting fit for royalty. So suit up and [...]

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Royalty Living at the Ashford Castle Hotel

Ashford Castle

Ireland’s emerald green fields and stunning rural landscapes are studded with historical castles converted into charming and lavish hotels. Among them, Ashford Castle Hotel stands out for its long and significant history, warm Irish hospitality and exclusive location by Lake Cong. I’d come to Ireland to uncover the history behind this legendary …

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Staying in an Unusual Boutique Cave Hotel

Exterior of Yunak Evleri

// The two words ‘boutique’ and ‘cave’ rarely come together in one sentence, but Yunak Evleri manages to pull it off rather well. With impeccable service, exquisite furnishing and a hint of rustic au naturel ambiance,  Yunak Evleri adds special meaning to one’s travel experience. Blending nature and interior design into one perfect setting, Yunak [...]

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5 Great Cities for Castle-Hopping

Latona Fountain by HarshLight.

// Europe is a phalanx of royal castles and sprawling royal gardens, filled with aristocratic air and lavish imperial furnishings. For the castle lovers, it’s a treasure trove of historic palaces and stone castles. Each one of them has a story to tell and centuries of history behind them. The hardcore historic buffs can even [...]

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Photoblog: The Colorful Labyrinth of Marrakech

Djemma el Fna by night

Anyone who’s been to Morocco knows of its blinding colors and senses-assaulting smells. The Djemma el Fna souk in Marrakech in particular, erupts with vibrant energy, chaotic beauty and characteristic fervor. In the day, get lost amidst its labyrinth-like market, picking out jewels and carpets. By night, the open-air food market roars alive with aromatic [...]

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