Tag: Islands On Our Mind

Forging a Vagabond in Singapore

A giant brass rhinoceros has almost consumed Liz the receptionist, and over her head hangs one of several big brass trees — complete with canopies of lush golden leaves — overhanging the…

Moroccan Flair at Villa and Palais de L’O

Part of the Unik Palais hotel group, the Villa and Palais de L’O offer sumptuous and relaxing environments where one can truly retreat from the hustle and bustle of the world and…

An Island to Oneself

Islands, mythical and alluring, are deeply etched into the human psyche. Whether desolate and arid, or palm-fringed and romantic, islands are seen as places of escape and exile, solitude and…

Jagged Edge: A Glass Rocket Ship Nestled in Queenstown

The visual impact of the Jagged Edge is literally breathtaking. There is a collective gasp when it first comes into view over the crest of the hill, framed by tall conifers. From this…

Fire Islands: Exploring Samoa’s Unruly Nature

My eyes closed, I can sense nature all around me. My lips form a knowing smile as a light breeze works its way over my body, blowing back my hair and exposing my face to the warmth of the…

Lake of Life: Cruising Tonlé Sap and the Mekong River

As the last brushstrokes of day fade on the horizon, darkness falls quickly on Cambodia’s Tonlé Sap, as if a giant vacuum has sucked up all the light, leaving only inky darkness…

Langkawi: An Island Refuge

Rain is beating an insistent tattoo on the hotel roof, and as I observe the drops pounding the foliage outside our room, I am acutely aware that my view is a melange of different shades of…

Growing Younger in Crete: Greek Food, Wine and Conviviality in Elounda

Crete is a land of legends, and legendary hospitality. One sublime summer evening in Elounda, we were treated to both. Our Greek friend and host at Solfez Villas, Nikolas Lygeros, was…

Where the Gods Play

There have been, and will be again, many destructions of mankind arising out of many causes; the greatest have been brought about by the agencies of fire and water – Plato

Mallorca: Navigating the Terrain

There is something about the terrain that breathes the spirit of a place. Here we were, standing on the side of a road that cuts through the Tramuntana Mountains of Majorca — a drive…

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