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Hotel Review: Sofitel St James London

Of all the hotels I've stayed at over the years, the Sofitel St James was really one of those pinch me moments. An icon in the heart of London, it was a link back to an age of hotel design where everything was done on a...

Shangri-La Ulaanbaatar now open

My name is Chris and I have a confession to make. I really like Shangri-La Hotels. I don't know why. Maybe I was a magpie in a past life and their shiny chandeliers appeal to me on some deep, sub-conscious level...

Hotel Review: Mandarin Oriental Sanya

Hearing it described as the “Hawaii of China”, Hainan Island made me more than a little curious. Would it be a tropical island escape that has remained undiscovered by Australian travellers, or were the Hawaii...

Salt grill a recipe for success

For many cruise fans, cruising is about discovering new places, meeting new people, and wishing the crew would let you replicate that scene from Titanic at the bow of the ship… but for everyone else, it’s pretty much...

Top five things to do in Penang

Penang is the second smallest state in Malaysia, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in things to see and do. I was in town for a few days but feel I barely scratched the surface of what the island had to offer...

Setting sail on the ms Oosterdam

Cruising is a curious beast. Hailed almost as often as it is derided, it’s long been seen as the holiday of choice for retirees spending their kids’ inheritance, or those who prefer to experience the world without...

Hotel Review: Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort

It’s feeding time, and my heart is pounding. The skipper of our boat has spotted a dark shadow gliding beneath the surface. Moving closer to the edge, peering in to see if I can spot the shadow, I pull my dive mask into...

Chris Ashton

We're Chris and Simon, two Aussie travellers with a love of exploration and adventure, and the odd bit of luxury thrown in. We seek out street art, street food, and scuba diving wherever we go, and prefer the road less travelled over well-worn tourist paths.