Quirky & Unusual Things to do in Tokyo

Statue of Hachiko the Devoted Dog Hachiko truly is the embodiment of man’s best friend in this story of loyalty and devotion. Everyday Hachiko the akita would meet his owner at Shibuya Station after he finished work. Until one sad day the train came, but his master didn’t appear like usual – he had died of a stroke. However, Hachiko still returned the next day, and the next, and …

Sailing Around French Polynesia with Aranui 5, a Combo Cruise Ship and Freighter

One thing I know for sure. Not all cruises are created equal. I have long eschewed voyages on behemoth cruise ships that carry up to 6,000 passengers and offer on-board amenities like water slides, rock-climbing walls, and miniature golf. Likewise, I have no interest in glitzy ports where the focus is on shopping, or on shore excursions that …

A Visit to Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok

The glittering Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) on the grounds of the Grand Palace in Bangkok is considered the most important Buddhist temple in Thailand and is a must-see for the stunning architecture, craftsmanship, and layers of historical and spiritual significance. Artisans of Leisure arranges expert-led private tours of the complex, which dates from the founding of the capital in 1782. The palace …

Mykonos luxury travel guide

The small and beautiful island in the Greek Aegean offers holiday makers crystal clear blue water and beautiful sandy beaches that invite you to sunbathe and swim. But it is also rich in culture, it has numerous picturesque houses along the coast and a historic church called Panagia-Paraportiani. White colored houses and a lively old

Top 5 Beauty Essentials for Autumn – 2018 Edition

This Summer was pretty great – I got things started in Florida (I loved going back after a few years) in June and in July we went back to Portugal for the usual 9 days. That trip is pretty much the same every year – 6 days in the Algarve, followed by a nice long weekend in Lisbon. In August, we went back to California (as we always do) and we stayed for almost 20 days – it may seem a bit…

12 Dishes You Must Try in Malaysia

Malaysian food is the evolution of cultures and influences mixing together and creating a melting pot of aromatic and distinct flavours. Malaysia is made up of three major ethnicities—Malay, Chinese, and Indian – and the fusion of these ethnicities come to the boil in many of these dishes highlighted in this list. There’s a lot to see and do on any trip to Malaysia. But one thing…

PHOTO: Snoqualmie Falls, Generating Power for 100+ Years in Washington State

In the late 1890’s, Charles Hinckley Baker was employed as a civil engineer for the Seattle, LakeShore & Eastern Railroad, which operated a rail line that passed Snoqualmie Falls in the State of Washington. From the moment he saw the waterfall, Baker realized its potential for power generation. He convinced his father to lend him money to purchase the land around the falls and …

Exclusive Access to Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte in France

For travelers wanting a unique and very special day trip from Paris, Artisans of Leisure can offer exclusive access to exquisite Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte, the privately owned palace and gardens that were the inspiration for Versailles. Artisans of Leisure arranges private tours of the chateau with the owners, as well as elegant lunches, dinners or cocktails in the lavish interiors. Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte is a 17th-century masterpiece of symmetrical Baroque buildings and ornate …

The most superb luxury villa in Ibiza

You don’t know where to go this summer? Have you ever though about Ibiza? This paradise island which belongs to Spain is one of the most visited and famous islands and guarantees you beautiful beaches, turquoise waters, a world-famous party scene and a historical oldtown with many upscale shops and luxury restaurants.  Ibiza has everything

A luxury weekend in Sarasota, Florida

A luxury weekend in Sarasota is brought to you in partnership with Visit Florida Click here to watch this video on YouTube. After Miami Beach and Naples, the final stop in my Florida luxury road trip was Sarasota. In all honesty, I knew that Sarasota existed but I did not even have a visual. And guess what? It was the…

London to Shropshire: Tales from a Road Trip

Wanting to take advantage of the final days of summer, my friends and I ditched London for country life in Shropshire for a few days. Among the five of us, only Elsa and Howard had already been to Shropshire on a number of occasions. Elsa actually grew up in this neck of the woods &#…

The Hariphunchai Kingdom – Before Thailand Was Thailand

Before there was a Thailand, there was the Mon-speaking Dvaravati culture, which migrated from what is today Myanmar. The Dvaravati occupied present-day central and northern Thailand, and their seat of power was the central city of of Nakhon Pathom. One of the earliest cultures to reside in Southeast Asia, it lasted from around the 6th to the 11th century. Dvaravati was not so much a civilization as a …

Luxury Cultural Touring in Beirut & Beyond

Once considered the Paris of the Middle East, Beirut, Lebanon’s bustling capital, is re-emerging as a premier luxury destination with many cultural offerings for travelers. Beirut has been inhabited for more than 5,000 years and its long history can be seen today in the trove of ancient artifacts, gold jewelry, Byzantine mosaics and Phoenician antiquities at the National Museum of Beirut. The city itself is an intriguing blend of old and new. Ancient …

The most incredible Maldives villas

The islands of the Maldives are a destination that attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world Many travel enthusiasts dream of someday flying to the Maldives, they are considered one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Turquoise blue water,  green palms and white sandy beaches describe this paradise on earth just