I can’t count how many times I have been to Bangkok. This city has been my second home since I moved to France as I have spent more time here than my hometown in the Philippines. There is just something about Bangkok that attracts me despite its hustle and bustle. Perhaps, the food and vibe? Most likely.
After one month of backpacking around Indochina, I had been longing to sleep on a cozy bed without the unnecessary noise from my dorm mates. Fortunately, a wonderful reward awaited in Bangkok – 2 nights in Sathorn Vista, one of Marriott’s Executive apartments!
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The bus operator promised a 6-hour land travel from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Indeed, our bus arrived after 6 hours somewhere in the bustling Phnom Penh surrounded by intriguing markets, charming cafes, and busy street food scenes. I hailed a mototaxi to get to my palatial hotel in one of the prime locations in Phnom Penh. Half an hour and a couple of wrong turns later, I arrived at The Pavilion Hotel.
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Considering Thailand is one of my favorite countries, I lost count as to how many times I’ve been over to this beautiful nation. Flying over to its capital is almost inevitable as Bangkok is the main entry and exit point to the rest of Thailand. Almost every visit, I would always find myself in Pratunam or Watergate as this is where my husband do his business affairs. Alighting at the long tail boat, there is that one piece of eye candy that catches our attention – the Amari Watergate Bangkok. It sits so perfectly in the very heart of the business and shopping district of Bangkok that it is literally a few steps away to where my husband conducts business and the airport train. Its prime location alone has convinced us to book a stay before flying back to Paris.
I am not a fan of early wake up calls. But, I do make an exception when it comes to new adventures and knowing that a relaxing resort staycation awaits me. Come 6 o’clock in the morning when my husband and I left Bangkok by train. It may not be the most convenient nor the most comfortable means to travel across the border to Siem but, hey, adventure calls!
Secluded atop a limestone cliff on the southern edge of Bohol’s Panglao Island, Amorita Resort is a tranquil seaside retreat that marries world-class service with signature Filipino hospitality. Managed by boutique hotel group One-Of Collection, the luxury resort overlooks the azure–colored Bohol Sea and elegantly punctuates the vibrant tropical landscape along Alona Beach.
Living in Cebu City for over 10 years, I have witnessed the city’s innumerable urbanization to accommodate towering skyscrapers for outsourcing businesses and luxurious hotel chains. One of the most striking skyscrapers erected in uptown is a 3-star hotel called Quest Hotel Cebu. It’s definitely hard to miss considering its excellent location which is right across Cebu City’s upscale shopping center and 5-minute drive to IT Park`s 4-hectare mixed use business park.
El Nido, Philippines is one of the most breathtaking places I have ever been to, which is why one visit is clearly not enough. It is almost impossible to leave El Nido without feeling a sense of awe. So when planning your holiday to Philippines’ last frontier, it is only natural that you would want somewhere equally memorable to rest your head on at night. There are literally hundreds of accommodation options to be found in El Nido, so the choice can be truly overwhelming. Luckily, I’ve done the research for you, and when it comes to finding the best hotel in El Nido, there is no better choice than Sea Cocoon Hotel.
New hotels are sprouting up like mushrooms in what once a wilderness that is Boracay. Admittedly, it used to be an expensive destination but with the rise of affordable accommodations, Boracay has become one of the country’s most visited destinations. Now, the new dilemma of incoming visitors is to find an island oasis within close proximity to the dreamy White Beach, great parties, perfect sunsets and adrenaline pumping water sports – things that Boracay is famous for. Luckily, we stumbled upon Lime Hotel Boracay, a hip and vibrant hotel that sits strategically at the lively Station 2 – where all the fun and action lives.
The Italians have a concept for piddling around known as “Dolce Far Niente,” which means – the sweetness of doing nothing. I learned about this concept after watching Elizabeth Gilbert’s masterpiece Eat. Pray. Love. like a million times. The idea finally sunk in to me so I asked my dear husband to spend a weekend “staycation” with me in one of the resorts in Mactan just because. Sure, there are plenty of high end resorts to choose from but Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort clearly stood out for many reasons.