Hyatt Regency Kathmandu: Luxury near the Boudhanath Stupa

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu

As our readers know, this site does not often write about large hotels that belong to multinational chains and that we prefer to focus on small, intimate boutique hotels.  However, the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu is an exception: a well-run 5-star luxury hotel, set on 37 acres of landscaped grounds in the traditional Newari style of Nepalese […]

Suryauday Haveli Varanasi: heritage hotel on the Ganges River

Suryauday Haveli

Suryauday Haveli Heritage Hotel on Shivala Ghats is your choice if you wish to stay in a high-end historic hotel on the banks of the river Ganges next to the famous Ghats, capturing the spirit of the holy city of Varanasi. Known also as Benares (its other name is Kashi), it is one of the oldest […]

Rohet Garh: Rajasthan Heritage Hotel Near Jodhpur

rohet garh

Rohet Garh Jodhpur is another wonderful heritage hotel located a 45-minute drive from Jodhpur through scenic countryside and on main highway from Jodhpur to Udaipur.  Since 1622, Rohet has gained recognition as one of the most important Jagirs (fiefdoms) of the state of Marwarand. The hotel was opened fifteen years ago and has been nurtured and developed with great love […]

Buckingham Place: secluded beach retreat in Sri Lanka

sri lanka beach

Buckingham Place Sri Lanka is a quiet boutique hotel with swimming pool, close to Tengalle, but tucked away in a secluded area in the southernmost part of Sri Lanka. The beach is just five minutes away on foot and during my stay there in mid-January, was completely deserted. The hotel overlooks the calm still waters of […]

Villa Brunella Capri: Italy at its best

Villa Brunella Capri

The Island of Capri off the Bay of Naples has been inhabited since the Roman era and the emperor Tiberius actually moved there permanently in 27 AD running the empire from Capri until his death.  Today, many visitors to Capri make the mistake of staying in the town of Sorrento on the mainland, only to […]

Rajasthan Heritage Hotel: Rawla Narlai Near Ranakpur

Rawla Narlai

Rawla Narlai is a magnificent heritage hotel not far from the spectacular Jain Temple in Ranajpur and is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the tranquility of the countryside on the way from Udaipur to Jodhpur.  Located in the heart of a 17th century village, the Rawla (Villa) is an oasis of serenity and offers a splendid […]

Hotel Fateh Garh Udaipur: Rajasthan Heritage Hotel

fateh garh udaipur

Hotel Fateh Garh Udaipur is a 50-room Rajasthan Heritage Hotel perched on a hilltop, a few kilometres away from the heart of the enchanting lake city of Udaipur. Fateh Garh incorporates local stone and antique architectural elements culled from abandoned historic buildings. A confection of bulbous domes, sugar-white pillars, crenellations, and intricate jali screens, it escapes the kitsch […]

Governor’s Mansion Sri Lanka: luxury in a tea plantation

governor's mansion sri lanka

The Governor’s Mansion in Sri Lanka is one of the most unique places to stay on the island because it is a historic property set on a hill in the middle of a tea plantation, far away from the noise, the crowds and the heat. The Governor’s Mansion was built shortly before the 1800s by […]

Heritance Kandalama Sri Lanka: five-star nature retreat

heritance kandalama sri lanka

The Heritance Kandalama Hotel in Dambulla, Sri Lanka is one of those unforgettable places you find hard to put in words simply because there is no other hotel like it in the world. Built into the stone cliff mountain that overlooks the Kandalama lake, the building was designed by Sri Lanka’s most famous architect, the […]

Rajasthan Heritage Hotel: Bhainsrorgarh Fort Near Bundi

bhainsrorgarh fort

When traveling in Rajasthan, the best way to experience the unique history and culture of this fascinating place is to stay in boutique Heritage Hotels. Bhainsrorgarh Fort is the perfect oasis if your path takes you to the less-touristy eastern part of the state of Rajasthan. Dramatically perched over the shimmering Chambal river, on a steep […]