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Where to Stay in Melbourne – The Best Melbourne Apartment Rentals

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Where to stay in Melbourne? Apartment rentals, boutique hotels, big luxury hotels, backpacker hostels, Melbourne has it all. And it seems like we got to try them all over two trips, which saw us checking in and out of countless different types of accommodation all over the city. While Melbourne has plenty of lavish luxury ...

Where to Stay in Luang Prabang — A Tale of Two Luxury Hotels

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Where to stay in Luang Prabang in Laos? A decade ago your options would have been limited to guesthouses. For many years the UNESCO World Heritage-listed town was predominantly a backpacker destination with few choices for travellers looking for comfort and style. How things have changed. Things have most certainly changed in Luang Prabang on ...

Where to Stay in Siem Reap — the City’s Most Luxurious Hotels

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Considering the abundance of gorgeous shops and superb restaurants, cafes and bars that Siem Reap boasts, it’s not surprising that this laidback Cambodian city also has some beautiful luxury boutique hotels. There are a colossal number of hotels in Siem Reap, from budget places to five stars, and an array of interesting options, making it easy ...

Where to Stay in Phnom Penh — from Colonial to Contemporary

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Phnom Penh is a sophisticated little city when it comes to accommodation, with a burgeoning boutique hotel scene and plenty of chic sleeps. Here's where to stay in Phnom Penh, from the colonial Raffles and The Pavilion to the contemporary The Quay and Lebiz. Sadly, we didn’t get to settle in for very long this ...

Our Home Away from Home in Dan Sai, Isaan, Thailand

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Just outside of Dan Sai, a diminutive town in the northwest of Thailand’s Isaan region, we stayed at PhuNaCome, a beautiful boutique resort set amid lush rolling hills typical of the countryside of the Loie province. From the balcony of the main sandstone building, where there’s a cosy sitting room and functional restaurant, there are ...

Our Home Away from Home in Khon Kaen in Thailand’s Isaan

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Set among luxuriant gardens on a sprawling property in Khon Kaen, in Thailand's northeastern Isaan region, Lom Laeng Villa, a modern interpretation of a traditional Isaan house, was our ‘home away from home’ at boutique hotel Supanniga, a Secret Retreats member. We only stayed a night in Khon Kaen on our Isaan road trip, however, we ...

Our Home Away from Home in Bangkok

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Breathtaking Bangkok city vistas, a colossal swimming pool, and a soi crammed with street food stalls were all bonuses. Space for both of us to spread out and set up office, fast reliable Internet access, a kitchen where Terence could cook on the evenings we had to stay in, and a good building in a ...

London, Last Stop on our Grand Tour of the Globe

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It was fitting that our final ‘home away from home’ of our twelve month grand tour was exactly the kind of place we love to settle into. The delightful flat in London’s West End was much more of a home than a rental. A couple of the apartments we stayed at during the year felt ...

Tips to Saving Money When Self-Catering

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In our last post on What Things Cost Around the World, we compared the dockets of our Price Check shopping lists from some 24 destinations we stayed at around the world on our yearlong grand tour. Our goal was to give self-catering travellers who like settling into places for a while an idea of what ...

Have You Ever Wanted to Hug Your Concierge?

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Staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while offers opportunities to get close to people in ways that a hotel can't. Don't believe us? These are some of the special people we befriended who touched our souls over the last year in some way. 1. Jamila from Marrakech The manager, housekeeper and ...

Our Home Away from Home in Edinburgh

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Located on an elegant crescent, a stone’s throw from the centre of Stockbridge, a ground floor apartment in a row of imposing Georgian residences is our latest ‘home away from home’ holiday rental in Edinburgh. It may be just a ten-minute stroll from the centre of Edinburgh, and a further five-ten minutes to The Royal ...

Our Apartment rental in Berlin

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We had a distinct feeling of déjà vu when we arrived at our apartment rental in Berlin in Prenslauer Berg. It was our Krakow arrival all over again. We’d just spent another ten hours on a train – the heating and electricity off for part of the trip – and we were tired and a ...