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NOX Dine in the Dark Singapore

Most chefs will tell you that the eye is the pathway to the stomach.  That is food looks attractive, then hunger will follow. In Singapore, they’ve knocked that concept on the head in a new restaurant called NOX – Dine in the Dark. There is one important, yet significant, difference between NOX and every other restaurant in Singapore. That is, you can’t see what...

A world of Malaysian Laksas

Assam laksa. Source: rasamalaysia.com I’ve been fortunate to travel to Malaysia often, and that country is one of my favourite destination. One of the things that I truly love about Malaysia is its food.  Usually, a flight from Perth lands in Kuala Lumpur at about 9 pm, and if I get the Airport Express train into KL Sentral Station for the 59 km journey (which...

Restaurant: Sushi-Jiro Keppel Bay

Sushi Jiro@Keppel Bay is truly a hidden gem. Hidden also from view, in a leafy perch atop the Marina building at Keppel Bay – the millionaires yachting playground that fronts Sentosa Island, it has a loyal local following. Sushi Jiro is semi fine-dining Japanese Restaurant that is proud to offer high-quality Japanese cuisines with traditional fare such as...

Restaurant: SKAI

Stepping from the lift on the 70th  floor of Swissôtel The Stamford in Singapore, you will feel like you are in the sky, but you have in fact arrived at SKAI, known and loved for its breath-taking views. Here, in this modern restaurant specialising in grills, the views across the Lion City go literally to the borders of Malaysia and across the...

Hotel Review: Tanah Marah Estate Margaret River

The Hotel Tanah Marah Estate is located halfway between Cowaramup and Margaret River, in Western Australia’s famous Margaret River wine region. As you drive down a well-maintained and rustic dirt road you have no idea that you are about to enter a hidden gem. Run by Linda and Rory Curtin and their children, the property is absolutely stunning and completely secluded...

Restaurant Review: Husk Distillery

Who doesn’t like a pretty little cocktail or two? You can certainly expect a few of those at Husk Farm Distillery in Tweed Valley. Not long after walking into the place, I was handed a gorgeous Ink Gin cocktail before being left to marvel at the surrounding stunning views across the Valley to Wollumbin Mt Warning and beyond. Located in the agriculture rich Tweed...

Hotel Review: Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa

Located only 55 minutes from the Cairns International Airport, Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa is the place where modern-day adventurers, global nomads and long-haul travellers drop their bags and put up their feet before exploring the region. The resort is nestled beachside at the southern end of 4 Mile Beach and is surrounded by world...

Hotel Review: Raffles Maldives Meradhoo

Gaafu Alifu is one of the world’s most remote and pristine atolls, found at the southernmost reach of The Maldives. Its far-flung Indian Ocean position and exquisite natural beauty make it the ultimate escape and it is here you will find the luxurious Raffles Maldives Meradhoo. A stay here is an experience of profound luxury rivalled only by the purity and peace of...

Magical Maldives at Mercure Kooddoo

As my flight soared upwards, high over the glimmering Gold Coast beaches of Australia, I contemplated the possibility that I may have made a big mistake by booking a trip to the Maldives. Why, when we have such beautiful, pristine, white sand beaches, with crystal clear water did I need to travel over 9000km for a beach holiday? Landing in the dark in Male, I emerged...