Hotels and Resorts

Pan Pacific Manila: The Philippines’ First and Finest Butler Hotel in Malate

Posted on January 27, 2017

The moment I received the email confirming my stay at Pan Pacific Manila, a 236-room five-star luxury hotel in the entertainment district of Malate in the city of Manila, I knew they took their customer service seriously as they boast to be the “first and finest butler hotel” in the Philippines. The booking confirmation arrived with a guest preference form which queried me about my room preferences in careful detail down to my choice of fruit and room scent. AmongRead More

8 Fun Things to Do on the Superstar Gemini Cruise Ship by Star Cruises

Posted on November 23, 2016

Who says going on a cruise ship is boring? I recently joined a three-night cruise aboard the Superstar Gemini by Star Cruises, traveling from Singapore to Penang and Langkawi islands and back. I looked forward to the trip because it was my first time on a cruise ship, but wasn’t expecting to have as much fun as we had in the company of my blogger friends! Here are the most fun things we did during our trip on the Superstar Gemini:Read More

Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa: A Family-Friendly Beachside Oasis in South Bali

Posted on November 11, 2016

Kuta is the go-to place for most tourists, but if you’re looking for some quiet and relaxing downtime with your family and friends, the beach resorts of South Bali would be a far better choice. After a few days checked in at Loft Legian Hotel in Kuta, where I usually stay when I visit Bali, I went south to spend the rest of my vacation at Holiday Inn Resort Bali Benoa at Tanjung Benoa Beach. Only a 15-minute drive southRead More

Loft Legian Hotel: Stylish & Affordable Rooms in the Heart of Kuta, Bali

Posted on November 7, 2016

Kuta – the notorious epicenter of tourist activity on Bali – is chockfull with hotels and guesthouses that it can be daunting to pick the ideal hotel for your budget. On my last visit to the island, after journeying across Komodo and Flores, I found one of the best-value places to stay in town. I was hosted by Loft Legian Hotel, a contemporary boutique hotel managed by Avilla Hospitality, that offers chic comfort where all the Kuta action is. The modest-sizedRead More

Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge: The Best Place to Stay at Kelimutu National Park

Posted on October 27, 2016

Next to spotting Komodo dragons and scuba diving at Komodo National Park, my bucket list for Flores, Indonesia included visiting the tricolored crater lakes of Kelimutu National Park on eastern portion of the island. I was lucky to have stayed at the best place near the scenic volcano: Kelimutu Crater Lakes Eco Lodge, a solar-powered eco-resort located at the gateway village of Moni. After roughing it out on our overland journey from Labuan Bajo to Kelimutu, it was such a reliefRead More

Blue Marlin Dive Komodo: Beginner-Friendly Scuba Diving in Labuan Bajo, Flores

Posted on September 26, 2016

Besides being the only habitat of the world’s largest lizard, another drawcard of Komodo National Park and its gateway of Labuan Bajo on mainland Flores is scuba diving to marvel at its pristine underwater realms. Located within the Coral Triangle – the center of marine biodiversity in the world – its churning waters surrounding 29 islands harbor gorgeous coral reefs and sea mounts bursting with a variety of marine life, including pelagics like manta rays and sharks. However, most of its diveRead More