Resorts & Hotels Review

Lakshman Sagar Luxury Heritage Hotel RajasthanThis is where I write my hotel review blog posts. Please note some of the visits are sponsored by the hotels but the post will ALWAYS mention if I was invited by the Hotel / Resort / Home stay for the same.

May 132017
 
A Review of Hotel Ibis Singapore On Bencoolen

Hotel Ibis Singapore Bencoolen- A review & what to expect My every visit to Singapore has been more memorable than the last one, from the colorful Chinatown to do some souvenir shopping to explore the various gardens of Changi Airport, there is so much to discover in Singapore that one visit is just not enough. But to explore you need a base and this post is about my hotel during my last visit to Singapore.  During this visit to Singapore to participate in Escapers17, I stayed at Hotel Ibis Singapore Bencoolen, that is part of  Accor Hotels group. I [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Mar 062017
 
Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel

desi Traveler stays at Plaza Athenee Bangkok   Bangkok is the most visited city in the world and that leads to opening of a large number of hotels and resorts in the Thai Capital.  But a large number of hotels at every price point also mean that there is cut throat competition in the hotels business in Bangkok. No wonder hotels in Bangkok are always trying to up the game and set new standards for hospitality for both the business and pleasure traveler. In my last visit to Bangkok,  during the Thailand Tourism Festival, I stayed in Plaza Athenee Bangkok, [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Feb 202017
 
Bangkok Airways - Asia's Boutique Airline

A desi Review of Bangkok Airways Thailand is a very spread out country from mountains in the north over mainland to hundreds of Tropical Island in the Bay of Bengal, the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea. Each of these tropical islands is more pristine than the next.  In my last visit to Thailand, I visited Koh Chang in the eastern Thailand. We took a Bangkok Airways flight to Trat, the nearest airport to Koh Chang.  This post is about my experience of flying with Bangkok Airways that take pride in calling itself “Asia’s Boutique Airline”. First let me [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jan 172017
 
Raja Ampat Dive Lodge - A Review By desi Traveler

Raja Ampat Dive Lodge – Comfort In Lap of Nature Indonesia Before I start my series on my experience Raja Ampat Islands, I want to write about Raja Ampat Dive Resort that was our blissful base during our stay in Raja Ampat Islands Papua, Indonesia. You may wonder, what has happened to desi, he is writing about hotels and resorts now? Yes, you are right, I seldom write about the hotels I stay in for I feel there are better platforms that this blog to read about hotel reviews. I do hope to change that and write more often [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jun 142016
 
So Delhi Confluence at The Lalit

 The Good, the bad and the best of So Delhi Confluence at The Lalit Delhi Blogging as a creative medium and career choice is still evolving in India. Blogging as a career option is still trying to find its feet on the ground with only a handful of bloggers in India making decent money from blogging. Whenever I attend any blogging event, the talk eventually moves to “How to Make Money from Blogging”. Now, this always makes me a bit uncomfortable as I never started blogging with the intention of making money. I still do not make much money blogging, [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

May 032016
 
It Was A Dark & Stormy Night in Satpura

The Lantern Man and other stories from Jungles of Satpura “It was a dark and stormy night”, those scary lines flashed across my mind as I saw the streak of light moving around in a serpentine fashion towards my cottage. I cursed myself for not remembering Hanuman Chalisa even though my grandmother had tried to teach it to me a hundred times when I  was growing. As the light continued to move languidly in my direction, stopping for a moment, and then continuing again the line “”It was a dark and stormy night”, now took me to old Bollywood movies [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Mar 052016
 
Haveli Dharampura  Delhi 6

Delhi Gets her own Heritage Hotel – Haveli Dharampura They say there were seven cities of Delhi. I say there are 7 cities of  Delhi. For I am not talking about the city of Delhi that is now found in history books or in the ruins of forts, that were once cursed by Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia as Ya Rahe Ujar, Ya Basey Gujar” या रहे  उजड़ या बसे गूजर. The patron saint of Delhi was upset with the mighty Emperor because he was diverting laborers from a step well that the saint was building towards the Tughlakabad fort. Emperors, plunderers [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jun 232015
 
Arabian Nights at Feynan Eco Lodge Jordan - Review

Sustainable EcoTourism in Jordan: Feynan Eco Lodge in Dana Biosphere Reserve Jordan By the time you realize that the Arabian Nights has 1000s of tales you are hooked. One story leads to another and there are so many subplots that you can keep whole of Hollywood and Bollywood directors busy in making movies on them, such is the complexity of these simple tales that in the end connect you to the world that now only exists in fairy tales or in pockets of exotica like Petra, Wadi Rum, and Feynan Eco Lodge. If you are like me you may [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Jun 102015
 
Rangoli Frescoes in Rajasthan: A tradition lost & found

Rangoli Frescoes Found in Rajasthan I was watching Hitch the nth time and like every time Will Smith’s character Hitch says Hitch: Heard of Michelangelo? Heard of the Sistine Chapel? Albert: Yeah? [Points at himself] Hitch: Michelangelo. [Points at Albert] Hitch: Sistine Chapel. Albert: So you’re saying you can make this work? Hitch: My name is Alex Hitchens. Let’s go paint that ceiling. Now please look at the picture below it is a rangoli design right? But it is not painted on the floor it is painted on the ceiling!  The central sphere that you see is actually the [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]

Mar 052015
 
Review of Houseboat Stay in Backwaters of Kerala

Review of Houseboat in Kerala Backwaters Let us continue with our love affair with God’s own country and in this post revisit the magical famed backwaters of Kerala. Though you may find backwaters in many places in Kerala right from Trivandrum to Kollam but it is Alleppey that has earned the moniker of Venice of East. Indeed these famed canals are the lifeline of most of the coastal and the preferred mode of transport. I have written about my cruises in the Alleppey backwaters when I visited the Champakulam Church one of the oldest Portuguese Church in India. But I [Continue Reading By Clicking Here…]