7 Top Hotels Around the World

From time to time, we come across outstanding hotels and locations that are difficult to beat. Here are our current 7 top hotels around the world: Nakamanda Resort, Krabi Thailand – Contemporary Thai interiors and perfect service make this our favorite Thai beach resort. Quiet, intimate and relaxing. Son Brull Mallorca – Modern design in a restored […]

Top 7 Favorite Regions in the World

Here are our top 7 favorite regions in the world. These are the place we go back to again and again: Sud Tirol: Italian food and hospitality with German punctuality. Sounds like a perfect match. This region in Northern Italy is a paradise for winter skiing, summer hiking and cycling, with excellent food and hospitality. […]

Kyoto shopping recommendations 2015

Just back from Japan with the latest Kyoto shopping recommendations! Here’s where to shop in Kyoto for Imabari towels, makeup brushes, organic skin care,  tea, incense and room wear. (1) Iori for Imabari towels Once you have used Imabari towels, you’ll never go back to your old towels. I was converted to the famous towels […]

Market House Hotel Tel Aviv near Jaffa flea market

The Jaffa Flea Market (Shuk HaPishpushim) has transformed itself in the last few years from a treasure trove of antiques, hand-made and second-hand items into a trendy area of shops, galleries and restaurants. Many of the old Arabic houses that were standing in ruins for many years have been renovated, and late last year on Beit […]

Why Uber succeeds: taxis, breach of trust and democracy

I started using Uber only this year, after becoming so fed up with taxis in many cities I’ve lived in and visited around the world. Let me explain my conversion as simply as I can. When I get into a taxi, I expect all of the following: (1) clean passenger seats with functioning seat belts; […]

The Nadler Soho: still my London favorite

The Nadler Soho remains my favorite hotel in London. I wrote about The Nadler in 2013 and on a visit to London two weeks ago, I had a chance to reevaluate my earlier review. The good news is The Nadler Soho is even better this time around. I found the staff more attentive and helpful. The […]

Casa Leto Boutique Hotel St Petersburg

Centrally located, next to the State Hermitage and St Isaac’s Cathedral, Casa Leto in St Petersburg is a small, exclusive, family-owned boutique hotel providing excellent accommodation and friendly service. The rooms have a classical style and evoke the atmosphere and grandeur of old St Petersburg. With high ceilings, plasterwork and original antiques, it often serves a location for […]