The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat - Holistic Wellness Experience in Malaysia

24 August 2014 Published in Where to Stay
Deep in the lush tropical rainforest, surrounded by magical towering Paleozoic limestone hills, lies this small retreat. Captivated by this hidden-gemish picture, I looked into details to find out it's located in Malaysia.
From the picture, I guessed it must be the place far reach from the rest of the world. In fact, however, it's not! It's 2.5-hour journey to 'Ipoh' on the ETS Express Train from Kuala Lumpur. Then, only 15 more minutes by car from 'Ipoh' station to this hotel...

25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin - Stay in a room with Hammock and Bike

29 March 2014 Published in Where to Stay
'A room with a hammock' never fails to catch my eyes. I love the laid-back feel and "away-from-everyday-life" feel produced by the hammocks. I guess it has a magical effect that converts ordinary space into charming and inspirational space . . .

River Moon Villa - Tranquil Retreat with Rice Field Views in Bali

07 February 2013 Published in Where to Stay
Next time when I visit Bali, I'm determined to stay in Ubud area, where surrounded by deep and lush green along with scenic rice fields, just to relax and enjoy some peaceful time. I think this Vacation Rental named 'River Moon Villa' is perfect for that purpose. With 180 degree rice field view, away from touristic bustle...

Sophisticated Urban Retreat adjacent to the Berlin Zoo - DAS STUE

15 January 2013 Published in Where to Stay
Das Stue Hotel, newly opened design hotel in Berlin, in December 2012. When I received the press release and visited their website, the first image I encountered was the gorgeous and classical look of its lobby...

Design Hotel in the heart of Brooklyn - Wythe Hotel

21 December 2012 Published in Where to Stay
A handsome hotel converted from the former textile factory in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Wood ceiling, concrete floors, pale blue graphical wallpaper, floor-to-ceiling windows, red-brick walls, subway tiles, black and white . . . every single element is simple but profound.

A Hidden Jewel in Trancoso - CASA TIBA

23 November 2012 Published in Where to Stay
I was struck by the beauty of design of the villa captured in this photo above. When I first came across this photo on an online interior magazine a while ago, the villa was introduced just as an example of beautiful architecture and interior design. I was like "wow, this is my dream house" . . .

Eco-Conscious, Laid-Back Hotel Created by a Designer - UXUA CASA HOTEL

09 November 2012 Published in Where to Stay
Restored fisherman houses, natural/reclaimed materials, Brazilian craftsmanship and antiques, a flowing transition of indoor/outdoor living, along with the concept of preserving the local traditions and environment… all of the elements in this hotel make me smile.

This lovely hotel located in 'Quadrado', the center of Trancoso, Brazil, represents laid-back southern Bahian lifestyle. It's not difficult to imagine that if you stay here, you will feel like local. That's what I want when traveling.

Rustic, Bohemian Chic, Designer's Vacation Villa - Casa Lola

09 November 2012 Published in Where to Stay
Rustic, chic, simple, natural… are the keywords I'm always drawn to. Every single element of this vacation villa in Trancoso, Brazil, pleases my eyes. The villa has warm welcoming atmosphere, yet sophisticated in details. No wonder. This beautiful house is completed by a New York based interior designer.

House Without Walls - Vacation Home in Hawaii

09 November 2012 Published in Where to Stay
This one of a kind vacation home located in the heart of Honolulu, Hawaii, which was originally a designer's private villa, is now available for rent for your own vacation.


I stumbled upon the pictures of this open, airy, spacious, simply and tastefully decorated bedroom years ago, and it's been on my wish list to stay here with a group of friends or family ever since. I just can't believe it's in Waikiki, and you can walk to the beach.

A Room with a Hammock, and a View - Hotel Daniel

09 November 2012 Published in Where to Stay
Sometimes, simple design and comfort is all what I need while traveling. Rooms at HOTEL DANIEL seem to be perfect in that sense. As in their concept "Smart Luxury", their rooms are characterized with simple stylish design and modern functionality such as free WiFi, Raindance shower, flat-screen satellite TV, all of which offer contemporary luxury. In addition, their design concept is not just simple, it makes my heart sing!
. . . Oh did I mention that the price starts from 92 Euros a night?