My favourite hotels of 2014

March 03, 2015
Hotels are my ultimate respite from the grind, chaos, and reality of daily life. There's something ever so soothing about being in a space that's not cluttered with your personal belongings - it allows you to escape your head space and rediscover yourself piece-by-piece (or in my case one carelessly dropped sock on the floor at a time). If I'm an iPhone, then staying in a hotel is like restoring myself to default factory settings. I'm sure many busy urbanites like myself agree that taking the time to go on holidays is an essential luxury to regenerate oneself - if you don't press pause every so often, you're going to burn out. So yes, holidays are important. While my idea of a good holiday is one where I'm always on my feet, exploring every corner of a city until its lights are off for the night then collapsing into bed just to recharge; sometimes I want to spend just a little more time in the hotel and enjoy 'me time'. For this purpose, I'm going to share with you my three favourite hotels of 2014* that I had the pleasure of calling both my base for exploring my surroundings and also my base for rejuvenating my mind, body, and soul.

* The Year Of The Horse (what? I'm Chinese) :  31 January 2014 - 19 February 2015


THE TAARAS, REDANG, MALAYSIA




A ten-bedroom villa perched on a cliff overlooking the turquoise waters of the South China Sea and the white beaches of Redang, buffered by the mountains of Malaysia's East coast, The Taaras Villa is the ultimate hideaway - with full butler service and your own sixteen metre infinity pool you'd never have to leave your sanctuary except to venture out to snorkel, dive, and frolic in the surrounding marine park of Redang and her islands. My stay at The Taaras Villa was the perfect respite from a busy month of events, fashion weeks (both in London and Kuala Lumpur), and flying back and forth between two opposing ends of the world. All I did was Eat. Sleep. Swim. Read. Repeat - an much-needed break I'm keen to repeat, and I daresay one that everyone should experience for themselves. Read my blog post on The Taaras, Redang, here.

THE TAARAS BEACH & SPA RESORT | Pulau Redang, 20928 Redang Island, Malaysia

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THE ST REGIS BANGKOK, BANGKOK, THAILAND 





When I arrived in Bangkok the day after I flew in to Kuala Lumpur from London I was a zombie - I felt like death warmed up no thanks to a combination of jet lag and serious stress thanks to an undertaking of not two but three work projects (writing a lifestyle blog, running an online vintage shop - Regimental Vintage, and also struggling to work on my art). While The St Regis Bangkok is perfectly placed in one of Bangkok's most prestigious addresses and the perfect base to explore this vibrant, colourful capital city; for this trip in Bangkok I mostly stayed in my 65 sqm² Grand Deluxe Room to recover and also to work at the St Regis bar, sipping on Siam Marys (a Thai twist on the iconic Bloody Mary which was created at the St Regis New York in the '30s). Read my review on The St Regis Bangkok, here


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GALLERY PARK HOTEL RIGA, RIGA, LATVIA





Last but certainly not least, the sumptuous classical luxury of Gallery Park Hotel Riga! Riga is, hands down, mine and Henry's favourite holiday together - we travelled to the European Capital of Culture of 2014 expecting beautiful architecture and a charming, if not well-known European city and were pleasantly surprised to discover that it was all that and more. Riga is like the romanticised postcard-perfect European city that everyone fantasises about - clean; full of friendly, helpful English-speaking locals; safe, full of historical sights and absolutely stunning Art Nouveau architecture...and most amazingly a city where you can go from one extreme to another - we enjoyed the ballet on one night, fire machine guns at a shooting range the next day, and one afternoon we went sledding with husky dogs in the snow! All of these wonderfully diverse sides of beautiful Riga we discovered from our perfect base in the city - Gallery Park Hotel Riga - an elegant, 5* luxury boutique hotel where the intimate care and hospitality we enjoyed reflected that of the small but sophisticated capital of Latvia. Even though we spent most of our days exploring this gorgeous jewel of a city, Henry and I always looked forward to coming back to Gallery Park Hotel Riga - it truly felt like home in a city I wish I could call my home. Henry and I are definitely coming back and this time we plan to stay in the Imperial Suite - a regal room for a regal city!

See for yourself why Gallery Park Hotel Riga is the discerning choice for the sophisticated traveller to Riga in my blog post here. For more about Riga read my post Things To Do In Riga.

GALLERY PARK HOTEL RIGA Krišjāņa Valdemāra iela 7, Rīga, LV-1010, Latvia

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These are my three picks for the best hotels I've stayed at in 2014 - Year Of The Horse, mind you, I'm very traditionally Chinese like that! I endeavour to travel more this year - one city a month - and I'm on the right track, having had Thailand, Vietnam, and Borneo under my belt so far. I'm also looking forward to discovering what will be my favourite hotels for 2015 - Year Of The Goat, so if you have any recommendations for me, or any travel blogs and posts for me to read, please let me know in the comments below! x

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10 comments:

  1. Love this post, I really love looking at pretty pictures of hotels and your amazing photography makes it a real pleasure!
    Lots of love,
    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

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    1. Thank you Angie! That's how I feel when I read your blog - can't wait to hear about your African safari trip! x

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  2. Ahh this post just gave me such wanderlust! The hotel in Malaysia looks like perfection!

    Lauren xx
    www.thelifestylediaries.com

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    1. Lauren, it really was - The Taaras villa is HEAVEN! x

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  3. The hotels look amazing! I've never been to that hotel in Malaysia, I'm afraid I've stayed in very simple quarters in KL hahaha

    xx Bash | Bash Says Hey | bloglovin'

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    1. Oohhh, where did you stay in K.L? ps. LOVE YOUR NAME! x

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  4. I remember your review of the Gallery Park, looked amazing. I'd love to visit The Taaras

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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    1. Suze, you should! Let me know if you're planning a trip to Redang Island and I'll see if I can hook you up! x

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  5. Gorgeous hotels! I need to have a proper explore of Malaysia at some point!

    Katie <3

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    1. Yes Katie, you do! Malaysia is so beautiful - I recommend touring the country for a month! ;) x

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