How to Use Hintd.com to Activate the Life You Want

How to Use Hintd.com to Activate the Life You Want

The new social shoppable platform, hintd.com allows anyone, anywhere in the world, to curate personal lists of what they want with an endless supply of inspiration from savvy lifestyle tastemakers and brands’ wish lists. Read the interview with Founder and CEO, Lucy Danziger to learn how hintd.com will help you prioritize and achieve your life goals and why you should start your list today on hintd.com.

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Find the Best Luxury Villa for a Memorable Holiday in Asia

Find the Best Luxury Villa for a Memorable Holiday in Asia

Finding the best luxury holiday villas in Asia just got easy with Ministry of Villas online premier villa platform. Read our exclusive interview with Co-Founder and CEO, Alastair Loxton and learn how their online platform will simplify your villa booking experience and provide you with a personalized service offering for a stress-free holiday.

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Disconnect to Reconnect with Nature Featuring Your Host, Resident Naturalist, Ishrad Mobarak

Disconnect to Reconnect with Nature Featuring Your Host, Resident Naturalist, Ishrad Mobarak

Tucked away in the ancient rainforest of Langkawi, Malaysia, there is no better way to disconnect from our technology driven world and reconnect with nature, than a guided nature walk in the lush surroundings of The Datai resort. With more than two decades of experience as the Datai’s resident naturalist, Ishrad Mobarak’s knowledge of this natural environment is extraordinary, resulting in his expertise being sought out by teams from National Geographic and the Discovery Channel to document some of Southeast Asia’s mysterious wildlife and flora.

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P49 Design on Creating a Luxury Guest Experience at The Sanchaya

P49 Design on Creating a Luxury Guest Experience at The Sanchaya

Designed as a luxurious private estate, The Sanchaya’s 30-room colonial style boutique property was inspired by the hospitality of the 18th century European salons. Grand salons of this period offered a common area within a private home for friends to gather and share their similar cultural interests. The Sanchya has combined the sophistication and friendliness of the European 18th salon atmosphere with decorative elements that authenticate the Asian setting and provide ultimate comfort. Throughout the property, the attention to detail is outstanding with the highest quality finishing, fittings, and decorative elements including 149 various styles of Indonesian hand-crafted furniture, hardwood flooring, plush Ploh bed and bath linen, Luzerne bone china, and Riedel glassware. These finishing together with a regional collection of meticulously selected artefacts, antiques, artwork and books honoring the rich heritage of Southeast Asian countries create an authentic sense of place for this intimate beachfront property overlooking the China Sea. Read our interview below with the Carl Almedia, designer of the Sanchaya on his approach to luxurious hospitality design.

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The Galle Fort Hotel | A Heritage Experience in Sri Lanka

The Galle Fort Hotel | A Heritage Experience in Sri Lanka

Shortly after arriving at the Galle Face Hotel, you will be greeted by the most charming General Manager patiently waiting to unveil the history of this previous 18th century Dutch mansion, now beautifully converted into 14 guest rooms surrounding a lush courtyard. While these details are shared countless times, the delivery is heartfelt and filled with genuine enthusiasm. That story is for you, to set the tone for your stay, to imagine life in this special space long ago, and it’s part of the magic of staying in a historical treasure of the Galle Fort Hotel. Please read the interview below with General Manager, David Elgar as he shares his insight on Sri Lanka, the wonderful history of the Galle Fort Hotel, and running this delightful boutique hotel.

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Resplendent Ceylon’s Luxury Trail of Resorts Across Sri Lanka

Resplendent Ceylon’s Luxury Trail of Resorts Across Sri Lanka

Born from the Dilmah Family of Tea, Resplendent Ceylon is a boutique luxury hotel company developed out of the owners’ interest in sharing the riches of Sri Lanka with affluent travelers by creating authentic cultural experiences in well-appointed surroundings. The first property opening in the Central Highlands 10 years ago, Ceylon Tea Trails, evolved organically from Dilmah customers’ interest in visiting the tea country for a closer look at how their tea was produced while taking in the exceptional beauty of the evergreen Sri Lankan hilltops. Five original 19th century planter bungalows, now stylishly restored, offer guests a grand experience of Sri Lanka’s tea heritage. Classic colonial traditions are celebrated here, such as “Bed Tea” where your day commences with your butler drawing the curtains letting the sunshine gently waken you while serving you tea in fine porcelain all while you remain in your bed, just as the plantation owners did in the 19th century. What better way is there to start the day? A second property opening in 2015 offers a secluded resort near Galle on the highest southern peak, Cape Weligama. This contemporary new build by Thai Architect Lek Bunnag offers 20 villa style accommodations with breathtaking views of the cape while your personal butler ensures that all your wants are delivered in this serene surrounding. Two more properties are underway, including the Wild Coast Tented Lodge opening December 2016 with 28 lavish jungle tents along a secluded beach in Yala National Park and another property by Lek Bennag slated for 2018 tucked away in the lush forests leading to the Unesco World Heritage site of Sigiriya, including 30 treetop suites overlooking lakes and rice paddy fields. Sustainability and giving back to the community are at the core of their business, and 10% of their profits are returned to local communities through the MJF Foundation and Dilmah Conservation providing education, sustainable resources, and wildlife protection. Read our exclusive interview with General Manager, Frederic Andre Perrin of the Cape Weligama Resort to learn more about Resplendent Ceylon’ most recent hotel opening.

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A Heritage Stay in Colombo, Sri Lanka at Galle Face Hotel

A Heritage Stay in Colombo, Sri Lanka at Galle Face Hotel

Well positioned along Colombo’s seafront, facing Galle Green, The Galle Face Hotel has held court at this location for 150 years welcoming distinguished Sri Lankans and foreigners. Despite new international hotels moving in down the block, none can begin to rival the...

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The Rise of Luxury Accommodations in Sri Lanka

The Rise of Luxury Accommodations in Sri Lanka

If you have been considering a visit to Sri Lanka, there has never been a better time to discover this enchanting teardrop island. A heritage cultivated by ancient kingdoms and foreign traders (including the Portuguese, Dutch and British) together brought a melting pot of rich cultures influencing Sri Lanka’s cuisine, architecture, and traditions. Despite a three-decade war ending in 2009 and 2004 tsunami, their culture has been eloquently preserved and an abundance of charming heritage hotels, such as The Galle Face Hotel, The Galle Fort Hotel, and Amangalla have been beautifully restored and tastefully celebrate the country’s colonial history and bygone era. Now, as tourism grows with an expected 2.2 million tourists in 2016 and 4 million by 2020, the luxury hotel offerings throughout Sri Lanka are rapidly expanding. This year, Anantara and Tri Lanka opened and Shangri La, ITC, Hyatt, and Alilla are in development with Southwest Sri Lanka and Colombo being the areas of focus. With a rapid expansion of luxury real estate attracting sophisticated luxury travelers with picky palates, improvements of infrastructure is expected; including roads, service, and dining experiences. While the country’s infrastructure is slowly developing, much of Sri Lanka remains pleasantly noncommercial, and a great reason to visit now, before this changes. You will not find a Starbucks or mega malls on any corner, but you will find a taste of what elite travelers may have experienced in developing countries before everything was spelled out for them, before so many experiences were just the same as the next. While tourists are increasingly drawn to this island for a number of reasons, we found the nature to be an exceptional reason to visit. The landscape is intoxicating, and amazingly you can have a wildly varied experience within one week from fabulous beach resorts and marine life to wildlife, hill country, and ancient ruins. If mountain cliffs overlooking the turquoise Indian ocean and copper beaches, green rice paddy fields fringed with coconut palms and mountainous backdrops, hilltops carpeted with evergreen green tea plants, lotus ponds topped with blooming water lilies, still lakes dotted with an array of birds, to wild jungle brush sounds like feast for your eyes and spirit, then this destination will not disappoint. Read below for our travel tips and favorite spots.

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