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Lounge among the clouds in the world’s tallest hotel

RITZ Carlton Hong Kong

Imagine looking out at the vast views of Hong Kong from the Ozone Bar on the 118th floor, or from the 116th floor of the Club Lounge, or even from your room on the 117th floor of The Ritz Carlton Hotel. Since it’s the tallest hotel in the world, you might as well be seeing Kowloon, the New Territories or the whole of Hong Kong on a Google satellite map.

Posted: October 5th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Paola Zobel opens her place in a polo field in Sotogrande

LOW-KEY entrance of Asador Cancha II

Argentina’s most popular meal is the asado or parillada, a mixed grill of steak (chilled and never frozen) and a variety of meat cuts and sausages. Asador or parilla is an Argentine steak house. Alternatively, asador is also referred to as the griller of the asado and parillada.

Posted: August 4th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Your must-go-to Chiu Chow restaurant in HK

PAK LOH on Hysan Avenue

Chinese food consists of popular types of cuisine—Shanghainese, Cantonese, Peking, Szechuan and Hakka Chiu Chow.

Posted: June 27th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Gallery,Food | Read More »

Elevating the common cup of tea

TWG Tea Salon & Boutique Resorts World Manila

Taha Bouqdib and I first met at the opening of the first TWG Salon & Boutique in the Philippines in Greenbelt 5 last November.

Posted: May 15th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Home and Entertaining | Read More »

Luxury, elegance, impeccable service–from one hotel to another in the heart of Hong Kong

THE ORIENTAL Spa Heat and Water facilities

The Landmark Mandarin is a luxurious oasis in the middle of Central Hong Kong. With only 113 rooms and suites, it is a boutique hotel with the service and amenities of a large luxury hotel. It was rated No. 1 in the 2012 World’s Best Hotels list by Institutional Investors.

Posted: April 7th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Why Japanese designers have triumphed

YOHJI Yamamoto

I have always loved almost everything Japanese. And one thing I strongly share with most of them is the belief that “black is not the absence of color, but the presence of all colors.”

Posted: March 10th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Why Hong Kong’s Grande Dame remains in a class by herself


The Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong is the embodiment of Oriental heritage, but with an eye on the future. And heritage it has, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013.

Posted: November 18th, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Yes, a business hotel can be a lifestyle hotel


Imagine yourself on the rooftop bar of East Hotel, sipping an ice cold San Miguel Pale Pilsen, looking out on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. Not the harbor of 2012, but of a century ago, in 1912.

Posted: September 22nd, 2012 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Why I can swear by Shanghainese pedicure


Entering the Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong’s Barber Shop on the second floor is like walking into elegant Old Shanghai—one of the last few places that still does wet shaves with straight blades, lather, badger hair brushes and hot towels.

Posted: July 27th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

Why this luxury hotel is drawing intriguing curiosity in Hong Kong

MAIN entrance

Approaching the Upper House in Hong Kong entry through a stone doorway façade evokes the image of a curtain being opened to welcome guests to a private residence. A subtly lit driveway then leads to a dramatic 13 ft-high textured nickel front door, enveloped by floor-to-ceiling glass walls that appear to sit on pools of water.

Posted: June 27th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Home and Entertaining,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

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