Ritz Carlton Bangalore

I usually finish my working days in Bangalore with one or two nights at the Ritz Carlton. It might sound like a lot of hassle to change hotels in the same city, but for me it actually defines a firm line between work and holiday… a subtle reminder I no longer open my notebook to go through endless pages of emails but…

India to the max

I can’t recall how many time I planned to visit Varanasi (वाराणसी, Kasha or Bananas). By many hindus this is considered the spiritual capital of India. It could have been have been simply because of the fact this place is not that easy to reach from South India, where I usually reside. Or – as the young priest I met…

Hyatt Dubai Creek

Hyatt is one of the few hotel chains in Dubai that didn’t aim for the famous Jumeirah beach area or the shopping malls around the metro line. In fact, all Hyatt properties are located near the creek that runs through Deira, also referred to as the old part of town. Old town in Dubai is relative,…

St. Regis Osaka

What do you get if you combine the elegance of a New York hotel classic with Japanese hospitality? A recipe for guaranteed success.  Amongst St. Regis aficionados – fans of the St. Regis – this is by many considered to be their absolute favourite property. The hotel is located a just few blocks away from the main shopping…

Philosophers Walk

The Philosopher’s Walk (哲学の道 Tetsugaku-no-michi, lit. Path of Philosophy) is a pedestrian path that follows a cherry-tree-lined canal in Kyoto, between Ginkaku-ji and Nanzen-ji. The route is so-named because the influential 20th-century Japanese philosopher and Kyoto University professor Nishida Kitaro is thought to have used it for daily meditation. It passes a number of temples and shrines such as Hōnen-in, Ōtoyo Shrine, and Eikan-dō Zenrin-ji. It takes about 30 minutes to…

Akihabara Adventures

Akihabara, also called as Akiba, was an electric town. People used to visit there to get electronic parts, audio components, or home appliances at that time. It is still the largest electric town in Japan, but it is now more well-known as an “otaku town” and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Tokyo. You…

Suiran Kyoto

Secluded. Expensive. Exclusive. These are the three words that come to mind when looking back at my stay at the latest Luxury Collection hotel: Suiran Kyoto. The hotel is located about 30 minutes by train outside of Kyoto in the village of Arashiyama. Overlooking the Hozu river and next to a very impressive bamboo forest, you can’t…

Slopes of Kazakhstan

Where you go in Almaty, you will always see the majestic range of mountains surrounding the former capital of the Soviet republic. These wonders of nature are both quiet and peaceful yet scream to be discovered. I opted the most individual way, renting a car, facing Kazakh travel habits but ultimately was extremely rewarded when…

Aspirational Astana

Astana is the perfect example of why I love travelling. After a long flight over endless plains and thick patches of snow, this utterly strange capital suddenly emerges out of nowhere. And not just some city. Divided into two distinguishably different parts, one can’t help but be impressed by the all shiny metal and glass…