Spend The Night

All the hotels and B&Bs that we have been to whether for leisure, work, transit or quick getaways. 

Just a short highlight reel here - feel free to hit us up if you want more info.  

Set in the bustling Nyhavn F&B district, the hotel is small but cozy. Rooms have a rustic decor with low wooden beams so watch out if you are a tall person! Home to an excellent restaurant that is the offshoot of the wildly popular Kiin Kiin in the city.  

A big part of Dubai's attraction is the shopping and this hotel is as convenient as it gets being connected to the city's landmark Dubai Mall. Excellent breakfast fare, rooms are modernly equipped and the hotel is also host to some of the city's hot spot bars and restaurants.  

Amanjiwo - Borobodur, Indonesia.

This was built to mirror the UNESCO Heritage Site Borobodur which sets the panoramic backdrop to the vast property. Peaceful and tranquil, the soothing call to azan 5 times a day from the nearby mosque sets the melodic tone of the their entire holistic experience of spirituality and cultural immersion. 

Ana Mandara Hue Beach Resort & Spa - Hue, Vietnam.

A beautiful property that is marred by hiccups of unprofessional service and miscommunication. To be fair, things like these could occur anywhere else but we were just unlucky on this trip. A good place to enjoy the local delicacy though. 

An ex-Augustinian monastery, the layout of the hotel is at times puzzling but gives it character. Beautiful landscaping and incorporation of historical elements like the St.Thomas beer (used widely in cocktails at the bar) evokes the legacy of the locality throughout our stay. 

To be fair, it was raining throughout our stay and it was difficult to access its outdoor facilities. So one tip, don't visit during monsoon season (Dec - Feb). The spa was a truly amazing experience - top notch staff and products. Avoid the villas set in the forest as we had bed bug issues.  

Individual villas spread across a huge property with ponds and water features, this hotel is a luxury retreat in the midst of the mountain. Excellent service with plenty of spaces to rest and relax including pretending to be a Chinese princess for a day by sitting in a hut by the water feature. 

Though it is located on Mahe as opposed to the private islands that most would opt for, the beach was pristine with clear waters. The property is reminiscent of colonial-times with white wooden architecture and a huge tropical lake where you can just and watch the variety of cute birds. Excellent cuisine and extremely friendly staff! 

Gorgeous villa-like rooms with private infinity pools that overlook the sea. The property is spread out on the hill-slope down to a pebble beach. Though the setting seems romantic, this place is popular with families which can be quite noisy sometimes especially during dining hours. Don't miss out on Spinalonga island which is just a short boat ride (complimentary for guests) away from the hotel's beach.  

We were told this is the best in the city, and that's exactly what is was. Standard facilities, efficient service, and all the trappings you need for a business stay. 

A 4-room B&B run by a friendly Austrian lady with all the charms of a rustic home with a pool where guests can laze and sip cocktails. The setting is quaint and romantic, perfect for a group or couple getaway for all the luxuries of a private home at an affordable price. 

Super laid-back vibes and tastefully-designed rooms in a mix of minimalism and Milanese eccentricity. We love the bathrooms that overlook the garden for a morning bubbly bath while enjoying the chirping of birds. Spa and restaurant is much lauded here although we would stay away from the brunch crowd.

Right smack in the middle of an olive grove in the heart of Andalusia is this little villa that encapsulates the meaning of luxury of being without time and absolute remote privacy. Be one with nature and history as you explore the territory or just kick up your legs by the pool and enjoy some R&R. The nightly home-cooked fare will probably be one of the best Spanish fares you have ever tasted. 

Sleek and sophisticated, this all-in-one stop is everything that you could ask for in a city hotel. Well-equipped rooms especially for those who love technological conveniences, fancy restaurants and bars, and round-the-clock concierge service - you will probably spend more time in the hotel than out in the city. 

Buddha Bar Hotel Klotild Palace - Budapest, Hungary.

The exterior boasts the historical hundred-year-old Klotild Palace while the interior is all about the signature party vibes of Buddha Bar. Rooms are designed to be dark and sexy which is visually appealing but some elements forsake functionality. Case in point, we love the gigantic square rain shower bathtub but really, water just splashes everywhere. 

A rare gem in Italy's coastal lines. Situated in a private enclave, it is easier to arrive here by boat than by car. Service and food is impeccable, and it is a great refuge from the maddening crowds of Portofino and other Ligurian towns. One of our best hotel recommendations in Italy. 

In a city where hipster culture prevails, this almost-traditional offering is a refreshing touch with spacious rooms that resembles old-world charms. There's also a cute English pub, The Bishop's Arm, that is a must-visit for a Swedish beer! (oh, the cross-culture joys!) 

A landmark building with architecture that echoes the historic Milan Central station right at its doorstep. The interiors have been completely revamped and modernized and is now home to a swanky rooftop bar, the Shiseido spa and plush suites.  

Good central location and yet away from the crowded Karl Johans gate. Rooms are a bit small but not unmanageable - it fit two girls and three large suitcases perfectly fine. Beds are wonderful - great night sleep! Excellent service and breakfast is included always. 


Cozy and straight out of a mountain-adventure postcard experience. Big family-living style rooms that are equipped with self-serving kitchen and there's plenty of common social space in the main building. Excellent food. 

Grosvenor House, Dubai - UAE

Huge space with efficient and dependable service - the venue is great for business travellers and event organizers. Home to some of Dubai's hottest spots: Toro Toro and Buddha Bar. 

Splendid architecture as the hotel is carved into a natural rock formation and truly embodying the sense of one with nature. Small birds and animals including monkeys may very much be part of your stay but it is part of the attraction. Excellent Sri Lankan cuisine and stylishly-appointed rooms but watch out for the mozzies!  

And in-and-out for us in less than twelve hours just so we can catch our next flight into the heartland of China. We had great drinks at the bar and lo and behold, wonderful boutique toiletries in the bathrooms! 

Like a page out of a fairy tale, expect to be on a constant dream-like high throughout your stay. Disney characters appear throughout the day in the common areas (It gets a little funny though, when they start speaking Cantonese). Do not leave without having those Mickey-shaped waffles, please.  

Quaint and oozing with old-world charm, the service is discreet and the rooms are just right with all the necessary luxuries without trying too hard. The location is fantastic right in the cultural heart of the city. 

We had a terrace that was right in front of the Vienna Opera House so that was pretty unbeatable in terms of truly being at one with the city's heart and soul. Old-world charm decor mirrors the Austrian-Hungarian influences of the city and its dining room is an experience by itself for those who appreciate a little court life traditions. 

The water feature in the courtyard caught our attention immediately, which as we discovered more about the locale, we learned that this is an important feature in the traditional Moorish homes of Granada. The property was refurbished as hotel and retains many interesting historical architectural elements. 

Camogli is THE spot to park yourself at, in this part of the Ligurian coast, as it is away from the crowd with its own lofty dreamy vibes. This establishment is the classic perched on a private rocky beach Italian resort - with commendable service and facilities though slightly dated.   

One of two places to stay on this island that comes with all the usual amenities you would expect on an island holiday. Sweeping views of the island and the Chiaia di Luna bay (in which the hotel gets its name from) and is a hot spot in the evenings for summer festivities. The property is spacious with lots of little corners to catch the sun. Bring a book and indulge in la dolce fare niente. 

Quirky and cute vibes with each room named after famous women in history, from movie stars to historical figures. The room decor is themed according to the personalities. A no-frills B&B that is clean and basic with great chirpy staff that are helpful. The bathrooms are really small though!  

Storied, classic with an old-world charm, an institution that matches the city's administrative capital status. A former city palace with opulently decorated rooms and an equally roccoco restaurant and bar to impress your guests 

It is all about the Belle Epoque, so get ready for a visual sensory experience with its gorgeous interiors in both the rooms and the common spaces. It has direct access to the city's premier spa and is also home to a Michelin-starred restaurant. 

A secluded enclave where good conversations and laughter flow, our time here was like a snippet out of a 80s summer vacation postcard featuring old-fashioned sunbathing, cocktails, long-drawn meals and happy smiles. An extremely fashionable set frequents the spot so don't forget your sunhat and the latest issue of the Monocle. 

Refined facilities, discreet and friendly service. This is one of our favourite addresses for both its location and exceptional willingness to make things happen for guests. Classic meets hip decor with excellent dining options. We highly recommend the Asian food at Cafe Saigon. Also, the gym is well-equipped! 

Rooms are tiny and really basic but this is a small coastal town that sees much action only a few months throughout the year. Service is efficient - you can use the in-house bicycles to go on the famous San Remo bike trail. 

Nothing beats the location which is right at the doorstep of the Parma train station. An excellent spot for quick sleeps and great base to explore this little charming city where everything is accessible by foot, or if you really want to, hop on the public bus which is just right at the station. Efficient service, modern and functional rooms and conventional breakfast, fuss-free. 

Design-driven and obviously going for the hip and urban vibe, the property is a feast to the eyes with its detailed decor and furnishings. The F&B department is a star with great offerings across the bars and restaurants and even at breakfast. The rooms are equally stylish, though, functionality came second to the design. 

Run by two sisters, this is more of a historic home than a hotel. Great location; a short stroll from the centre of Montichiari and easy access to the Autostrada for those heading out to Lake Garda. Brilliant hospitality and excellent accommodation in this historic property. 

Minimally stylish with just all the right frills. Interiors are well-designed with a clean and polished
concept. Its rooftop pool is a big plus though service can be quite inconsistent especially during peak
times. Restaurant and dining is superb thanks to Giancarlo Morelli's establishments. 

One of the rare finds where stylish design is actually met with functionality! The hotel is conceptualised around the Zoo theme with ironic artwork, plush and comfortable furniture and cozy spaces. The rooms are painfully stylish yet inviting with under-the-radar lux amenities that will impress even the fussiest traveller.  

Cosy stylish proposition, even borderline hipster, thanks to its proximity to nicer bars and restaurants in Clarke Quay. Compact but wonderful rooms with tots of space to knock about and lots of cosy corners to curl up in. The deli serves up delicious fare - American-deli inspired with their burgers and avocado toasts. Service is pure Singaporean efficiency and surprisingly friendly!

The design-based interior gives the hotel character - from colourful plush sofas to artwork from regional artists uplifts the common spaces into a setting that mirrors the emerging artistic movement in Istanbul. 

A boutique hotel that tries to emulate an edgy and hipster vibe but hits just slightly under the cool meter. While the furnishings are trendy, the service and atmosphere is a standard 3-star at best. 

Excellent location right in the heart of Monterosso with little terraces (hence the name) that overlook
the lively streets. Comfortable rooms with above and beyond service, even for special requests. They
serve fresh foccacia from the locality's most famous bakery for breakfast. 

Charming and quaint B&B - great location, unfussy service and perfect for in and out trips. Morning
breakfasts can be a bit of a disaster depending on who you get for first shift and it's really a very
basic "coffee + toast" situation. But hey, bakeries all over just down the street so no biggie. 

Great location in the heart of the city with a hip urban vibe. Popular with the conference crowd but also convenient for city travellers to explore all the sights. The spa terrace has a jacuzzi that is great for a sunset dip after a long day of walking. 

A standard issue Le Meridien property despite being in a city prided for all its glitz and glamour. One stand-out thing, they served a really good grilled fish dinner. And we weren't convinced with the bathtub in the middle of the room. 

Family-style all-in-one resort where there's a little bit of something for everybody. The property is large and spacious with great dining options if you just want to hideaway and not venture into town. Rooms are spacious but mind the mosquitoes coming through the windows. 

This should be the only the reason you would come to Marseille - you are not staying in a hotel, you are staying in a 3 Michelin-star restaurant that has extended its stellar touch into hospitality. Rooms are stylish and the little saltwater pool is a reprieve from the overcrowded beaches. 

A real gem in a small Alpine town with superbly cozy chalets and heart-warming interiors and service making it a perfect winter/ski destination. Spa service, an outdoor heated pool, and saunas - the perfect retreat without ever having to leave the resort.

In the heart of the Brera district. Exceptionally stylish rooms (only 4 of them) set above the massively popular Pandenus Via Mercato for its delectable pastries and cocktails. A secret spot that sells out fast so book early.

Tucked away in a courtyard just steps from the shopping triangle of Via Manzoni and Via Montenapoleone - this is like a little reprieve with its sleek but comfortable interiors. Take advantage of its garden in the summer months for open-air dining. 

These were former quarters for coal miners and it was a slightly kooky but a good experience. Rooms are small but clean and comfortable although the shower stall is a bit cramped. If you're looking for an experience, this will deliver. Mary Ann is friendly and helpful.

Extremely stylish and vibrant to match its hip location right across from the Somerset House, this hotel is a big yes for the young-ish crowd looking for a great jaunt in London city with an equally hip space to bring the party back to. The restaurants and rooftop bar are abuzz with the after-hours City crowd. 

A little home away from home, this property makes for a nice weekend stay-cation for those living in the city. Visitors to Dubai might find this a little far from the town center but its worth the distance if you are in for a bit of quietness and wellness. 

Grand exterior architecture with an interior that is all sleek and modern. Rooms are well-thought-out with designated spaces for all your needs. The bar and terrace is the focal point in the evenings with a changing seasonal-theme in collaboration with local artists. 

Staying here is kinda like the fuzzy feeling of watching reruns of The 70s show. It is old school with all the rococo decor that will dazzle you nearly blind but that is just what makes its so charming. Service and amenities are excellent, also in that old-world kinda way. 

For a business city like Zurich, the hotel is very much set up to cater to the on-the-go crowd. Although, there are spacious balconies in select rooms which doubles up as your own private solarium during the summer months! 

If you are in muscat, this is probably the only place you should consider staying at to fully appreciate the city's coastal beaches and rocky landscape. This resort is the preferred weekend getaway for many expats living in the Middle East. Gorgeous facilities including a stylish pool and spa services keep romancing couples happy.  

A restored medieval palazzo that sits right on the canal, the hotel oozes character and opulence which continues the historical narrative of Venice - especially for first-time visitors. Luxurious amenities with a traditional Venetian perspective, its location also allows for easy access to the major squares  - a plus point with the town's maze-like pathways.  

Exceptional all-in-one property. We didn't leave the resort even once throughout the stay. Other than all the usual luxury facilities, the resort has its own turtle hatchery and seaweed farm managed in collaboration with the locals. 

The F&B establishments are the highlights here; Hakkasan for a stylish night out, the Jazz Club to cap off the night and the rooftop bar to keep the party alive. The pool-side cabanas are very popular with the locals during summer so it could be a bit of a chaotic scene at weekends. 

Highly attentive and personalised service which on some occasions, goes above and beyond, just to make things happen for guests. Even a simple drink at the bar becomes an entertaining episode with the bartenders dishing out tips for whatever you may need in Florence. 

An over a century old grand palace, many of the historical facets are retained including the handcrafted stucco-adorned stairs and the cute rickety elevator (which you should experience once but maybe not when you are in a rush to get to your room - they do have modern lifts available). The hotel prides itself in its collection of antiques and art scattered throughout and aperitivo time at the bar is a classy affair. 

All the attentive service of the St Regis marquee is expected with an Asian touch. We especially love the colonial influences during Sunday brunches and daily afternoon tea.