This very special issue of TRAVELIFE Magazine has many hotels in it.
However, this is only because we found so many hotels worth making destinations in themselves in the course of our travels around the world in the past months.
THE HOME OF THE RICHEST MAN IN THE WORLD
The Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad, for instance, makes it to our cover and served as our main base for a most unexpectedly wonderful stay in a rather off-the-beaten track part of India.
So few tourists get to these parts that we were often the only foreigners walking around.
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The Taj Falaknuma Palace is also the #1 attraction in Hyderabad for the most authentic glimpse it offers into a privileged life of old.
A NEW ROUTE ON CATHAY PACIFIC
Frankly, we had few expectations when we flew from Hong Kong to Hyderabad on this relatively new Cathay Pacific route, but we knew we were up for adventure.
The wow factor began from the very first minute of arrival, when we were met at 3 AM by a horse-drawn carriage with a footman in full livery, and a bucket of champagne on the terrace of the hotel. That was certainly all we needed to wake up.
For the rest of this story, you’ll have to get a copy of Travelife Magazine.
THE WORLD’S BEST HOTEL FOR DESIGN IS IN TOKYO
Fast forward to Tokyo in the 21st century, and the new, understated and yet ambitious Palace Hotel Tokyo that’s gone public with its desire to collect a couple of Michelin stars for its impressive roster of restaurants.
In the meantime, it’s just been named the world’s best hotel for design, making it a must-visit for everyone keen on contemporary Japanese aesthetics.
HALFWAY ACROSS THE WORLD
FOR A SMALL ROOM AND A GREAT DINNER
At the end of this pot of nothing was the promise of a very good dinner and an equally impressive breakfast.
In a way, we're exact opposites, even if we're also pretty similar.
He'll happily suffer the room for a meal, while I'll happily suffer the meal for the room. Hopefully we're often able to get both in a never-endingly eventful Travelife.
But the arduous trek was worth it, he says.
The shockingly cutting-edge dinner he enjoyed at Faviken, now one of the world’s most famous restaurants, was one of the best he’s had in a lifetime of good eating.
OUR TWO THICKEST ISSUES EVER
We have so many wonderful stories in this June-July 2013 issue, which is also our thickest issue yet. That is, until our August-September 2013 issue comes out on August 15 -- as this upcoming issue is positively encyclopedic in proportions.
We're almost using two giant pagination boards just to get this upcoming issue done.
ASIA’S BEST NEW DESTINATION SPA
So let me tell you about just one more fascinating hotel -- or spa, really.
In this current issue, we have a story on how to turn one’s life around via a one-week stay at the Fusion Maia along the coast of Vietnam.
One of Asia’s best spas, it’s holistic in approach, and it offers one of the most innovative and comprehensive packages towards health and beauty.
Yes, I happily traveled to Danang for this experience, and it was worth it.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A HOTEL MAKES
I’ve always believed that the right hotel will just make your Travelife perfect. This is certainly one issue that doesn’t run out of examples, especially as this is a never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
PS: Just finished booking our safari experiences and hotels for an epic trip to Tanzania in October.
We're going to be recalling the side stories of our trip in real-time in this blog, while the formal stories are coming out starting in our December 2013 - January 2014 issue.
If you're thinking about Tanzania sometime soon, don't leave home without reading us. We have the country covered.
And if you're trying to decide between Kenya and Tanzania, I'd pick Tanzania -- the less trodden path -- in a heartbeat.
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