I think I first visited Ubud about 30 years ago, when it was an artist village. It used to be said about the locals that from the womb to the tomb they were naturally gifted. As such it attracted artists from other countries, particularly Europe who were enthralled by the scenery, the amazing culture and […]
Although Bali and Lombok are neighbouring islands, just 25 minute flights party, they offer a very different holiday style. Bali is 80% Buddhist Hindu, and they are proud to display their culture. Lombok is much more rural, rather reserved, and is 90% Muslim. They are both equally attractive and make an interesting twin centre. In […]
I thought this image rather captured the simple beauty of Bali. I have seen so many hotels… some cute little boutique properties that really appealed to me. Then at the other end of the scale, you are have 500 room plus luxurious “monsters ” which now seems to be the trend. This picture was taken […]
I had forgotten just how magical Bali is. It is the merging of the traditional cultures with modern comforts. Statues like this one adorn most hotel gardens (It is just a feature of the island), but most of all it is the people. Despite the emergence of mass tourism in pockets, the smiles are still […]
Like most of Asia, the Balinese are fanatical about their football. Most of the small village houses have flags indicating the team they will be supporting. Makes it even more colourful. As you can see from this picture England are popular, as are Argentina and of course Holland. .
I thought this image provided a little bit of balance beyond the dramatic headlines we have seen or read in the last few days. Here is a link to the update we have received this morning from our agents in Bangkok, Asia World, so you can read the explicit detail: http://buff.ly/1ozpFv3 It is not my […]
The renowned Sani Festival will run from 11 July until 14 August at the Sani Resort, on the Halkidiki Penninsula, will expand its program this summer to take in other arts apart from music. More information here: http://buff.ly/1ocRH1K Festival website: http://buff.ly/1ocRFa9 This is one of the principal art and music festivals in the Mediterranean. They […]
Further to our update 20 May, the development this afternoon has been that the military have taken control of the Government, so in essence it is now regarded as coup. It was non-violent, and seems to have received substantial support from the population.
We are trying to assess the impact, as much of what we see and hear at the moment is well intentioned speculation. However, at this stage there is no curfew and no limitations for travelling around the country. Some sightseeing itineraries might need to be adjusted within Bangkok, but this could change almost day to day or maybe hour to hour. Shops, restaurants, airports and of course hotels are continuing to operate as normal.
After 7 months of street protests in Bangkok, and no sign that the two opposing parties were finding an amicable solution or compromise, the Thai military imposed martial law this morning.
The implications are still to be seen, but at first glance this appears very similar to the State of Emergency edict that was in place from Mid-January to Mid-March, other than it gives the military greater control over internal security throughout the country. Frankly long-time observers of Thailand have been surprised it has taken so long for the military to become more involved, and as we know in Europe, democracy without the rule of law & order rarely works.
Regular followers of Chic locations will know we are rather fond of saying “It is not simply about the best hotel – just the right one“. Whilst I think all of our hotels are rather good, and logically we are not in the habit of selecting bad ones, many are highly individual. Their appeal can vary not only from client to client but frequently from purpose to purpose, or mood to mood.
For some, luxury comes in the form of ostentatious in your face comfort. The finest silks, carpets, mirrors, chandeliers and, of course, gold. Restaurant influences from around the world, with staff reflecting this international theme. Musical or dancing fountains that change colour or shape. Incredible spa’s, usually with treatments influenced on a global scale. Total on show hedonism, where being seen to enjoy is almost as important…