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LUXE City Guides' new blog serves up 5 little luxuries
The team behind the terrific LUXEtasy blog handpick for us some regional highlights that won't bust the bank
If you've been following our Luxury & Indulgence coverage this week, you may have recognized a common thread running through most of the stories: You need to be rich, filthy rich, to do most of what we've suggested. Well here's a bit of a change up.
Our friends at LUXE (famed the world over for their LUXE City Guides) have a great new blog, LUXEtasy.com, and from it they've handed us some great suggestions and tips from across the region that won't send your bank account into a spin and force you to opt for the room downgrade.
Dine -- Bo.lan (Bangkok)
To be frank, Bangkok is one place where we often prefer a roadside curry to those served at the city’s more upmarket and visitor-friendly restaurants. That said, sitting on a wonky plastic stool and gagging on traffic fumes doesn’t always cut it. For some real spice, cut along to slow food champ Bo.lan, hidden away in a spiffy bungalow with dark wood interiors and water hyacinth furniture. The Thai-Aussie owners, alumni of David Thompson’s Michy-starred Nahm in London, execute classic Thai dishes with fantastic contemporary twists, like the banana blossom salad with squid, with everything made from scratch. Click here for more of the region's best dining options.
Address: 42 Soi Pichai Ronnarong, Sukhumvit Soi 26. T: +66 02 260 2962. W: bolan.co.th
Drink -- Sugar (Hong Kong)
The city’s coolest new biz hotel, East, also houses a welcome addition to Hong Kong’s burgeoning alfresco bar scene with its slick rooftop lounge Sugar, complete with timber decking, quilted ottomans, silky sofas, an LED floor for a little disco inferno, and panoramic views of the harbour and city lights of Kowloon and Central. With its signature cocktails, an extensive wine list, international tapas menu and sharp-suited crowd, at Sugar life sure is sweet. Click here for more of Hong Kong’s best alfresco bars.
Address: East, 29 Taikoo Shing Rd, Island East, T:+852 3968 3968 W: sugar-hongkong.com
Snack -- Canele (Singapore)
At Canele there’s a staggering array of mouth-watering cakes, chocs and fancies just in case you’re macaronometer starts to flash overload. Grab a cuppa to go with and kick back. Click here for more fabulous places to indulge your macaron craving.
Address: Robertson Walk, 11 Unity Street. T: +65 6738 8145. W: canele.com.sg
Shop -- Amadana (Tokyo)
We’ve uncovered a store for the design geek in your life. Need a USB memory drive that matches your beloved’s personalized Macbook Pro? Amadana hears you. This techie lifestyle store is a dream of Bang & Olufsen panache meshed with Nippon gadgetry and retro Scandi style. It might be a stretch to take the electric oven and water boiler home, but beauties like this little thumb drive (complete with sleek desktop widgets) are just the things for digital stylistas. Click here for more failsafe souvenir shopping ideas.
Address: Omotesando Hills, 4-2-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, T: +81 3 3408 2018. W: amadana.com
Sleep -- Chai Living (Shanghai)
While the grand hotel marques like The Peninsula, Park Hyatt and Ritz-Carlton are hogging the spotlight Bund and Pudong side, those in search of quirky character, personal charm and style for dollar should say Shang-hi to Chai Living, in up and coming Suzhou Creek, near the Bund. Set within an old 1930s Art Deco heritage building still inhabited by local residents, each of the individually themed 40-190sqm apartments mix contemporary styling and Chinese cultural references like rice paper and porcelain, and feature wood floors, modern kitchens, Internet and iPod docks, stunning river and Pudong skyline views and even underfloor heating to keep your tootsies warm during Shanghai’s frosty winters.
Address: Chai Living, 400 Bei Suzhou Rd, T:+86 21 6306 8936 W: chailiving.com
For more of the best travel, shopping, dining and lifestyle tips, check out the fab, fun and feisty www.luxetasy.com, or to download the first 10 brand new LUXE City Guides Mobile apps, click on www.luxecityguides.com. Happy travels!