Category Archives: Asia

In the Frame: Balinese Statues

For me, this image of a statue seen at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay is indicative of the ancient mysticism that seems to pervade Bali:  his role, being to protect the guests at this beautiful resort. How appropriate therefore that he … Continue reading

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Shaken not Stirred: At Peace Mocktail

With a name that mimics the sensation after one taste, the ‘At Peace’ cocktail available at Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai is an alcohol free cocktail (mocktail) that provides a combination of a tropical flavouring with absolute refreshment in every glass. … Continue reading

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Hotel Facts #11: The World’s Oldest Jazz Band

We are taking a journey back to Shanghai’s Golden Age of the 1920’s and 1930’s when jazz was the city’s favourite genre! Originally founded in 1980, The Old Jazz Band, whose members are regularly attired in suave black bow ties, … Continue reading

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Vintage Photo Series: Fairmont Moments in Time 2000’s

2001 – Fairmont Hotels & Resorts introduces Willow Stream Spas, its signature spa brand, offering treatments which draw on the nature, energy and essence of each spa’s surroundings. 2002 – Fairmont welcomes its first property in the Middle East, Fairmont Dubai. Its … Continue reading

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Shaken Not Stirred – Ye Shanghai at Fairmont Peace Hotel

It is time to visit the land of oriental mystique and step into Fairmont Peace Hotel, Shanghai. ‘Ye Shanghai’ is a cocktail that uses traditional garnishes with a modern flourish. Ingredients 50ml Gordon gin 90ml jasmine tea and tea leaves (brewed … Continue reading

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A contemporary gem in artistic Ubud

Having spread the news about the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan in Ubud, Bali many years ago in a previous PR role, but never personally visiting, I had the great pleasure of putting that right this year. The design audacity … Continue reading

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A Return to Eden: Bali Revisited

Bali is over-developed now – it’s too touristy – these were the opinions given to me by some of my friends when I shared the news with them that I was finally returning after a decade to this Indonesian island. … Continue reading

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Craftsmanship will out …

Returning to Bali after a 20 year absence was a memorable experience. There were many highlights but one clear memory shines through – the love and skill of Balinese craftsmen and artists for nature and for art.  Their reverence for … Continue reading

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Flying high in Singapore

The London Eye has really spoilt me.  Whenever I now go to a city, I look to see what the tallest spot is in the city and if I can have access.  I seem to have a need to take … Continue reading

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PS … a Singaporean Recommendation …

I love travelling to catch up with old friends and it’s always good to have their personal recommendations as to where to eat when in town.   So it was in Singapore that Kate Kemp, owner of the fabulous Sarojin Resort in … Continue reading

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