Lucky Number Eight — Ba Hao in Bangkok

With gentrification sweeping through Bangkok’s Chinatown and Instagram-appropriate cocktail bars popping up like mushrooms, the opening of Ba Hao could’ve easily been dismissed as yet another one. However, there is something about this transformed shophouse on Soi Nana (the other Soi Nana, that is), that makes me believe it’s worth the hype.  Founded by a…

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Living the suite life at Bali’s Bisma Eight

Prepare to let go of your carefully planned Bali itinerary, because once you’ve checked in at Ubud’s Bisma Eight it will be nearly impossible to get any outside activities done. It is as if this hotel is meticulously designed to completely mess up sightseeing plans and capture guests for the duration of their stay. We…

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Limalimo Lodge in Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains

The rugged landscape of Ethiopia’s Simien Mountains National Park isn’t exactly the place where you’d expect a state-of-the-art boutique hotel to pop up, yet that is exactly what the fantastic team behind Limalimo Lodge managed to build. We took the hellish 14-hour bus ride from Addis Ababa to the Simien Mountains on our Eastern Africa trip…

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Less is more — TUVE hotel in Hong Kong

Is “depressing, but in a good way” a thing? If it is, then I’d use that to describe my stay at TUVE in Hong Kong’s Tin Hau district. From the moment I opened the heavy, oxidized metal front gate and stepped inside the monolith-like building that houses TUVE,  a sense of gloom fell over me. The result of…

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Labor of love — The Katamama in Bali

Ask us about our favorite hotel in Asia, and chances are high you’ll get “Katamama!” for an answer. It’s not often that you find a hotel where everything just… works. From the custom-made cocktail mugs at the hotel’s Akademi bar to the hand-woven bathrobes made by artisans from Bali’s Blahbatuh village, the obsessive attention to…

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