Unfortunately, Saga, the capital of Saga prefecture on Kyushu Island, doesn’t receive too many reviews. That’s a shame, a real shame. The city, just over an hour from Fukuoka International Airport by bus – slightly less by train – is a wonderfully relaxing mini-Japanese city that ticked all the right boxes for me. Its wide avenues attract more bicycles than they do cars while the numerous open green spaces beckon travellers to rest their weary feet under a canopy of centuries-old trees.
The opening of Tortue, a in the centre of Hamburg has captured the imagination of thousands of tourists since its opening a year ago. Taking its name from the French word for ‘turtle’, the hotel expends the joy of taking one’s time and proffers a certain Gallic savoir-vivre; a stylish translation of the French occupation of this city between 1806 and 1814, when none other than Napoleon lived on the same street. In this temple to the art of life, led by Design Hotels Originals Marc Ciunis, Carsten von der Heide, and Anne-Marie Bauer, guests are welcomed to another realm, where the outside world has no choice but to wait.
When you are looking for a restaurant that offers something a little different – special even – then you need look no further than Nowhere, the latest eatery to open its doors on Ekamai Road. The casual rooftop restaurant brings to the table the best of European and Asian dishes in a Eurasian menu that’s simply bursting with tasty treats and crafty cocktails.
You are what you eat. This proverb is present for many of us throughout our lives — serving as both friend, and foe. Ultimately, the lesson is that food forms a large part of our overall health, helping balance our bodies, giving us energy, regulating our system and often preventing sickness. This universal culinary lesson also transcends cultures, and Thailand is no different. If you eat well and healthily, it will impact your health.
Mainland Europe is famed for its medieval towns and cities, but few can boasts as many architectural wonders as Bruges, the capital and largest city in West Flanders in the Flemish Region of Belgium. The cobbled streets and lanes are just as much fun to wander along as are the canals to sail on. With small shopkeepers selling their wares next to international mega-brands, Bruges has somehow managed to hold on to its historic past while embracing the 21st century.
International residence and citizenship advisory firm, Henley & Partners, has secured the global concession to promote Thailand’s exclusive residence programme, which gives foreigners authorisation to live in the country for up to 20 years – for a price. It’s the first programme of its kind worldwide, offering unlimited access to the jewel of Southeast Asia as well as a range of special VIP privileges. The programme was initiated by the Royal Thai Government to attract wealthy global citizens, families, investors, and entrepreneurs who want to spend extended periods of time in the country and take advantage of its beneficial tax regime and affordable but exceptionally high standard of living.
This month, in collaboration with Design Hotels we present eight pioneering, out-of-the-box visionaries who are changing the way we think about travel as a whole. From craftsmen and architects to musicians and visual artists, each of these hotels proves that behind every great hotel, there is an even greater hotelier. So, the next time you sit down to plan a summer or winter vacation, perhaps you should consider the hotel first and location second.
By Chef Nan Hongwiwat
From mystical abilities to altered food flavours, and atomic-bomb qualities when heated, as a chef I have heard it all, when it comes to myths surrounding Thai food being paired with olive oil. What if, I told you, olive oil is actually one of my secret weapons when it comes to cooking Thai? Would you still think the same? It also amazes me that one of the most famous global food trends today, just so happens to be, cooking with olive oil, and yet it has been slow to catch on in Thailand – and we are the food-trend champions!
Straddling the banks of the River Mersey, the City of Liverpool was ideally situated to profit from the UK’s Industrial Revolution. At one point in recent history, Liverpudlians were at the centre of the British Empire and the hundreds of thousands of workers employed on the city’s multiple docks loaded and unloaded ships that brought riches from the furthest corners of the globe.