Published in The Peak March 2013:
If you’re wondering the next time you visit Jakarta where to stay, we highly recommend this gorgeous five-star luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the prestigious residential area of Jakarta, Kebayoran Baru, not far from Jakarta’s CBD.
The moment you arrive, you have the sensation of being at a tranquil retreat rather than in the hustle and bustle that is known in Jakarta. The elegant mix of traditional and modern designs is what makes this boutique hotel special, with elegant, spacious rooms and a lovely leafy pool area. It’s simply divine.
W Retreat Bali in Seminyak is the epitome of cool, funky, trendy, designer, hip… and we had a marvelous time there! As pictures speak louder than words…
As this is our last blog post for the year 2011, Frog and PZ would like to wish you all a Happy New Year 2012!!! Until next year folks
PZ and Frog.
This has to be one of my latest favorite book collections – Chic – published by Editions Didier Millet. Enough to entice you to travel all over the world, the Chic Collection is illustrated with stunning photography and written by local experts on all things chic in hotels, restaurants, spas, shops, art galleries, places of interest and culture. It is the definitive guide to travel mixed with the handsome look of a coffee table book. So far I have Malaysia Chic, Spa Chic Asia, and Eco Chic… don’t worry my collection will expand!
For fellow dreamers, I present you the Chic Collection in its entirety:
Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta: the four main cities of Southeast Asia, although quite close to each other, offer a wide variety of lifestyle. Our relationship with our city is always a love-hate relationship, too much traffic but affordable, safe city but expensive, great weather but polluted, unsafe but very fun etc etc…
So to measure the best urban living experience in this part of the world, a good real estate magazine “Property Report” has published recently it’s own reader’s survey on what they like and dislike about their cities. They have measured and analysed cost of basic necessities, prices of apartments, rentals, and interviewed architects and analysts. Here is a sum up of the most interesting results.
Basically it really depends on what you are looking for. Singapore has high stability and safety but is expensive, KL is affordable with a vibrant nightlife but KLlites do not feel safe (? I feel much safer than in Paris), Jakarta is facing major problems of urbanisation, and Bangkok is affordable and fun but has a lot of pollution.