Chengdu Luxury Hotel – Niccolo Chengdu

Chengdu Luxury Hotel – Niccolo Chengdu

What to Expect From a Chengdu Luxury Hotel During our first trip to China in 2009, I was entirely overwhelmed by the experience of traveling in China. Despite our flashpacking budget back then, we stayed at Western chain hotels, just to have some sort of comfort and familiarity. For our recent visit to China, though, I wanted more. I wanted a great experience, great food, and a little bit of luxury. And, we found it at a relative new Chengdu luxury hotel. Through our recent luxury travel experiences, we’ve learned what to expect from a luxury hotel. A well appointed room, a decadent lobby, well trained staff. But, when traveling in China, I wasn’t sure if the same rules applied. Sure, we’ve stayed in luxury hotels in nearby Macau and Hong Kong. But, mainland China, well, that’s another story. Traveling in China is hard, so I expect a luxury hotel in Chengdu to eliminate the stress of China. And, Niccolo Hotel did just that. The hotel prides itself on incorporating some truly unique artwork from both local and international artists. After walking in through the glass enclosed tea lounge, artwork surrounded us. Niccolo touts its “contemporary urban chic” decor, but I don’t care what they call it. It’s impressive. The most notable artwork was “Beijing Girl” by Zhang Xiang Ming. Her deep, soulful eyes greeted us each time we walked through the lobby. Of course Niccolo Chengdu offered well appointed rooms, with luxury amenities and a comfortable bed. But, what really set the hotel apart was the service, and the food. Niccolo Chengdu helped to arrange our visit to see the pandas,...
A Luxury Khao Lak Resort in Thailand

A Luxury Khao Lak Resort in Thailand

I’ve become a little picky about where we stay when we visit the Thai beaches. Part of this is a direct result of our stay in some luxury villas in Koh Samui. That experience was fabulous and hard to replicate. Some of it also revolves around our recent vacation to Ao Nang, which was no vacation at all, and ended in a bout of food poisoning. Even as travel bloggers, we want to make the most of the time we spend at the beach. That is why I was so happy to have found a fab Khao Lak resort, which ticked off all of the boxes for a perfect Thai beach stay. The JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort Beach Within minutes of arriving at the JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort, our bathing suits were on. We wanted to make the most of our late afternoon arrival to explore the property before dark. This is not that much different from any other time we’ve stayed at a beach resort. The difference here: we explored the resort via water. Bathing suits on, no shoes. We had a pool access room, which meant that we were two steps away from an enormous pool, over two kilometers long, which snaked across the entire resort, in front of our room, past two swim up bars, and pretty much up to the beach. We jumped in and started to explore, ultimately ending up at the edge of the pool with a view of the beach. We returned back to our room amazed at how far we swam without even making it all the way around. But, happy...
Episode 13: Talking Italian Wine And Zero KM Cuisine

Episode 13: Talking Italian Wine And Zero KM Cuisine

We returned to Emilia Romagna for yet a forth visit. And, we returned to stay at Corte San Ruffillo, a luxury Italian country resort near Forli. We sat down with the owner of Corte San Ruffillo, Sara Vespignani, to talk about the history and renovation of this lovely resort. But, we also chatted about their restaurant, which has offered us some of the best meals we’ve had in Italy. We talked about Chef Emanuele, and the dishes he made for us. We talk about their dedication to farm to table cuisine, or Zero KM cuisine. Find the best deal on hotels in Emilia Romagna, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor I just wish you could have tasted the meal we had at Corte San Ruffillo! If you want to see what it looks like to eat in Emilia Romagna, check out this video from Corte San Ruffillo. And, check out this video of our stay at Corte San Ruffillo: Planning a Trip to Emilia Romagna? Looking for more travel tips on Emilia Romagna, and how to eat the best food in Italy? My book The Food Traveler’s Guide to Emilia Romagna: How to taste the history and tradition of Italy, is available on Amazon now.  Subscribe on iTunes! Subscribe to the With Husband In Tow podcast on iTunes and listen to a new episode every Tuesday! If you like the podcast, leave a review! You can also check out our podcast on Stitcher here. And, we’re also available on GooglePlay! Check Out This Week’s Episode: http://traffic.libsyn.com/withhusbandintow/Ep_013_Italian_farmhouses_Romagna_wine_and_zero_kilometer_cuisine_with_Sara_from_Corte_San_Ruffillo.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...
Ep 008: Most Decadent Burger in the World

Ep 008: Most Decadent Burger in the World

Join us as we eat the most decadent burger in the world, in the heart of Bangkok. This could get messy. On travel and food TV shows in the past, usually ones centered on New York City, I’ve seen mention of the most decadent burger in the world, or the most expensive burger in the world. The Manhattan one is something like a $100 burger. I don’t remember specifically what was on it, or what made it the most decadent burger in the world. I do remember, though, that it involved gold leaf. I always thought that was kind of a ridiculous concept. But, here we find ourselves, simple food travel bloggers, enjoying, what I would call the most decadent burger in the world, or minimally in Bangkok. We had a burger lunch at 25 Degrees, which is known for some of the best burgers in Bangkok. 25 Degrees is located on the lobby level of the Pullman Hotel G, just around the corner from our Bangkok apartment. We ate some amazing burgers there in October, just before Halloween with our friend Mr. Scott Eddy. This burger, though, took the cake. Easily one of the craziest things we’ve ever eaten, and I would venture a guess it could give those fancy New York City Burgers a run for their money as the most decadent burger in the world. Mentions: 25 Degrees Restaurant Bangkok Pullman Bangkok Hotel G Subscribe on iTunes! Subscribe to the With Husband In Tow podcast on iTunes and listen to a new episode every Tuesday! If you like the podcast, leave a review! You can also...
A Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong – Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong

A Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong – Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong

I was a little dazed when arriving in Hong Kong. When we first walked into the hotel, it was about 8:30 in the morning. We landed at 7:30 am, after I accidentally booked a 3 am flight from Phuket, thinking I booked a 3pm flight. Oops. I don’t do well after a night without sleep. I’m too old for that. All I wanted was comfort and familiarity, and a little dim sum. All were provided within hours, and provided well, at our luxury hotel in Kong Kong. Arriving at Our Luxury Hotel in Hong Kong This was our fourth trip to Hong Kong, since our first visit in 2009. It’s a city that we love. During our first three visits to Hong Kong, we stayed on the Kowloon side of the Victoria Harbour. Although we’ve explored the Hong Kong side a bit, and we have a few favorite dim sum places, it’s not a side of the harbor we know well. And, when arriving after a night without sleep, I felt disoriented. I looked around the immediate vicinity of the hotel from our taxi on arrival, and wondered, where the heck am I? We took the Airport Express train, which for 100 HKG ($13) a person, deposited us at Central Station in less than 35 minutes from the airport. A taxi ran an additional 40 HKG ($5), and whisked us to the hotel, near the convention center in minutes. But, at first glance, it seemed we were in the middle of nowhere. On either side of the Hong Kong convention center was construction as far as the eye can...
Luxury in Phuket – The Amari Phuket

Luxury in Phuket – The Amari Phuket

It’s been a few years since we’ve visited Phuket. It’s a place that doesn’t have the best reputation among Thai beaches. That’s why we were thrilled to find a little bit of luxury in Phuket, and in all places, on Patong Beach. Even during our past visits to Phuket, we never visited Patong. It’s the most commercial beach area on Phuket, and has a reputation for nightlife and extracurricular activities. We always stayed in the north of Phuket, or on the east, and steered clear. During our most recent visit, though, we ended up finding a little luxury in Phuket, set just off of the hubbub of Patong’s busy nightlife scene, at the Amari Phuket. Arriving at the Amari Phuket After driving through the craziness of Patong, a pre-arranged taxi dropped us off at the lobby of the hotel. I couldn’t even focus on the massive hotel entrance. Instead, my eyes just flew upwards, at the small villas that seemed precariously perched up on the hills over Phuket. I kind of hoped that was where we were staying. Once stepping inside, though, I quickly noticed the massive, open air, lobby bar with views to the water beyond. It was like no beach hotel bar I’d seen in the recent past. Our room was not yet ready, so we grabbed an early lunch at the Rim Talay restaurant, with beautiful views of the Andaman Sea. I was craving a burger. I always hesitate ordering burgers overseas. We’ve had some bad ones. But, I looked at my surroundings, and hoped it would at least satisfy a craving. It did that, and...
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