A sympathetic update that has breathed new life into a much-loved Singapore institution.
After abandoning a sensible career in IT to travel and write, Rob McFarland now divides his time between Sydney, the US and Europe. He’s won six writing awards, including Australian Travel Writer of the Year, and regularly runs workshops for aspiring writers. While not averse to the charms of a 5-star hotel, his most memorable travel experiences involve adventure. Highlights include scaling the mist-shrouded mountain behind Machu Picchu and rafting the Futaleufu River in Patagonia.
Thompson Hotels have graciously returned this New York property to its former glory.
It's a heady feeling going up the top of the world's tallest observation tower, which also happens to be the world's most slender tower.
'There's nothing I can tell you that's going to prepare you for what's going to happen in there.' says the manager.
Home to some of the finest marble in the world , this town has another claim to fame.
This new Thai hotel is a playful mix of French elegance and Thai whimsy.
There's a dedicated crew and extra touches include hot towels and sparkling wine after take-off
Los Angeles is full of delightful authentic restaurants and stores that most tourists never go near.
'Don't worry,' says Samurai Joe. 'I have done this 3000 times and only made one mistake.'
New York once led the pack when it came to these clandestine drinking dens but LA is now hot on its heels.
I'm astonished to be allowed to walk here at all.
Men pay to be served drinks by young girls dressed as maids. It sounds seedy, but the reality is different.
Motor-assisted cycling tour of Kvarner Bay region reveals some uneasy truths.
A refreshing change from the polished perfection of most urban luxury hotels.
Grace and comfort are delivered in spades with this multimillion-dollar refurbishment.