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Best Airbnb Cuba – Where to Stay in Havana

Wondering where to stay in Havana? Check out Airbnb Cuba! While tourism is picking up in the country, there still aren’t many hotels, leaving Airbnb as the perfect opportunity.

The Best Airbnb Hakuba Accommodation close to the Hakuba Ski Resort - Luxury Travel Hacks By #ljojlo

The Best Airbnb Hakuba Accommodation

Needing Hakuba Accommodation? Looking to save money using the Luxury Travel Hack of utilising Airbnb? You have come to the right place for a Hukuba Airbnb close to the Hakuba Ski Resort!

Staying in an Airbnb in Santiago Chile - Luxury Travel Hacks

Where to Stay With Airbnb – Santiago Chile?

When something is new, there is always that feeling of excitement with a dash of nervousness. Navigating our first Airbnb experience was no different. An Airbnb in Santiago, Chile is a great option for any traveller and I would highly recommend it.

Review – Villa Club Corner Residence, Canggu

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Driving down a quiet driveway surrounded by the rice fields saw us arrive at the final lodge, Villa Club Corner Residence, Canggu. If I could describe the feel of this villa, I would use the words safe and relaxing. Villa Club Corner Residence’s location was at the end of a group of villas controlled by security at the front entrance. It, therefore, was a quiet place that felt safe and secure. Due to its peaceful nature, it was perfect for relaxing. 

Outdoor/Pool Area:

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This view saw us in awe of the Villa Club Corner Residence from the moment we walked in. To have a beautiful large pool for six people, a bungalow that was an incredible place to sit and enjoy a good book, an outdoor shower, banana lounges, an outdoor couch and not to mention the pool table, which was an absolute hit, what more could you want. Days could be spent lazing away in this area without hesitation.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms:

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The bedrooms were spacious and comfortable. The beds especially were FANTASTIC. I could have slept for days in that bed above. This bedroom had a glorious and romantic feel to it as it consisted not only of a four-poster bed but a sitting area, huge wardrobe and monstrous bathroom.

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The bathroom contained a bathtub, which we, unfortunately, did not use, a massive rain shower and a double vanity. The toilet was squished weirdly into the corner of the bathroom, which was slightly disappointing and the smells of the shampoo, conditioner and hand wash supplied could have been better. The only other small negativity was the foot of the bed did get in front of the television so if you were hoping to watch TV in bed it could get frustrating.

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Bedroom 2 & 3 were again spacious with unique features. Bedroom 2 contained a spacious in-built day bed overlooking the rice fields. Bedroom 3, however, had a beautiful deck overlooking the grassed area of the villa. The bathrooms were quite small in these bedrooms yet were functional.

Common Areas:

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The common areas included a massive dining table, a sitting area with TV, a downstairs toilet and a kitchen we even used for cooking. This great area was also fantastic for inside relaxing if you require sun avoidance. Being Australian’s we enjoyed watching the Australian Rules Football during our stay in this space.  I must admit the negativity to this area was the kitchen did seem slightly out-dated in comparison to the rest of the property.

Staff & Service:

The staff at the villa were incredible and did everything in their power to make our stay as comfortable as possible. Arriving later in the evening after travelling the meandering quiet roads of Canggu the wonderful Kemang and Nanik, workers at the villa, greeted us. They instantly helped us with our bags and began to unpack our groceries that we had purchased as we were hoping to cook while in the villa. They negotiated with us every day on the best time for them to come to service the villa and incredibly they even did our dishes for us, something I am not proud to admit.

Thank you Ayu, Kemang and Nanik for making us feel at home and providing us with excellent service.

Extra Perks & Services:

While staying at the Villa Club Corner Residence, you are given two membership cards to the Canggu Club, which can be used interchangeably by guests. We didn’t use these, stupid I know! The Canggu Club though does include facilities such as Bounce, a place full of trampolines, a waterpark and many sporting facilities. Probably a place worth checking out and something we plan to do on our next visit.

Other services included organisation of a driver (if required), spa treatments and the cooking of meals.

As you can see Villa Club Corner Residence does have your needs covered.

Final Thought:

Booking the Villa Club Corner Residence through Villa-Bali.com was a decision I certainly do not regret.  In the future if I travel to Bali again with a group of friends I would highly consider staying at the Villa Club Corner Residence again.Interesting in booking this villa? Please check out Villa-Bali.com for great service and rates.

Interested in other places to stay in Bali? Check out where to stay in Bali for first time visitors. Prefer Airbnb – Check out Why You Should Book An Airbnb in Canggu

8 Places to Stay in Singapore

Heading to Singapore? Looking for places to stay in Singapore? Check out these luxury or budget Singapore options from world-renowned travel bloggers. 

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Luxury Accommodation in Singapore

Luxury Travel HacksThe Marina Bay Sands

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The Marina Bay Sands the epitome of luxury accommodation in Singapore. Everyone has heard of the pool, everyone has seen a picture of the pool, I even included a photo of the pool as the Pinterest photo for this post but it is not just the pool that makes this place luxurious. The fact when you put your key in for electricity in the room and your curtains automatically open, the fact the room amenities are incredible and the fact the staff go above and beyond for you also contributes to feeling like a rockstar when you stay. We arrived at 11:30am to drop our bags but were told they would try to find us a room and in doing so upgraded us for free to a city view room on level 45. The view in the picture above says it all. Considering the cost of the Marina Bay Sands checking in three hours early and accessing the exclusive pool was a bonus and a luxury I will never forget.

Do yourself a favour, if you are visiting Singapore shout yourself one night in Singapore’s number one hotel by booking Marina Bay Sands.

Where’s SharonHotel Fort Canning

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This luxury accommodation in Singapore option is perfect – right in the centre of things in Singapore but it feels like a world away thanks to its location at Fort Canning – a lovely green space. In fact, it’s less than a ten minute walk away from a train station on three train lines while being surrounded by trees.

It’s a 5 star, boutique hotel and has the facilities you would expect – gorgeous pools, great restaurants and a historic location. What I particularly loved was the aperitif hour every evening which was complimentary. There’s drinks and snacks and we enjoyed getting to meet the other guests. We also loved that kids were welcome.

We stayed in a deluxe room (pictured) and I loved how the bathroom was a feature of the room – it was in front of the windows and exquisite. I am not usually someone to have a bath but it is compulsory in this hotel!

Travelling to Singapore with your family? Want to know the 10 best family-friendly hotels? Check Where’s Sharon.

Or want to book Hotel Fort Canning….go for it.

The Travel SistersPan Pacific Serviced Suites Beach Road

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Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Beach Road is a great luxury choice accommodation in Singapore.  It’s not just a hotel though – it is a serviced apartment/hotel.  Basically, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Beach Road offers hotel service with the bonus of extra amenities. Our suite included a washer and dryer as well as a fully equipped kitchen with a large refrigerator, microwave, cookware, utensils and other odds and ends.

Amenities include a fitness center, library, free wifi, concierge services and free continental breakfast every day except Sundays and public holidays.  The best amenity, however, is the outdoor infinity swimming pool.  With great views of the Singapore Flyer and city skyline, the spacious pool is an ideal spot to unwind.

In addition to the great amenities, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Beach Road Singapore is conveniently located.  The hotel is next to Kampong Glam/Muslim Quarter, close to many restaurants and easy walking distance to two MRT stations.  A nearby retail and office complex with more restaurants, shops and a pharmacy also houses a 24 hour convenience store.

With such a convenient location plus great amenities, Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Beach Road is an easy choice when looking for a luxury hotel option in Singapore. Want to read the full review, here it is.

The Trusted TravellerSwissotel The Stamford

Places to Stay in Singapore

We stayed at the Swissotel The Stamford as a New Years splurge and had the most amazing stay. Our room was spacious and well appointed with luxurious bathrooms and heavenly toiletries. Within the hotel we had access to many facilities including a rooftop pool with views over the city and the added bonus of full access to the adjacent Raffles Hotel and Raffles City mall. Because it was New Years we decided to stay in a harbour view room with balcony so we could enjoy the midnight fireworks from the comfort of our room. It was an incredible view and experience, one we will never forget.

Want a view of the Marina Bay Sands? Book the Swissotel Stamford NOW.

Once In A Lifetime JourneyCapella Sentosa

Places to Stay in Singapore

Although just twenty minutes from the city center, Capella Sentosa feels like a tropical island getaway. The heritage British army barracks has been transformed with the addition of the modern wing designed by the renowned firm Foster + Partners. The buildings combine old and new and the rooms are divine. Balconies facing the South China Sea with all the comforts of a luxury hotel and multi-level infinity pools with peacocks roaming freely. Did I mention the Sunday brunch is the most impressive there is in Singapore?

Want to see more luxurious pictures and read the full review?

Once In A Lifetime Journey – The Raffles Hotel

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The Raffles Hotel in Singapore is an institution. Opened over 125 years ago, it used to be located by the sea, before Singapore’s land reclaim efforts. The hotel is home to the famous Singapore Sling and a decadent afternoon tea. Raffles Hotel is a pilgrimage stop for almost any visitor to the city. It is grand, it is colonial and it is old-fashioned in a way that takes you back to the times when hotel stayed were only for the rich. Your own personal butler will fix you anything you need and the shopping arcade has anything for that special souvenir. You may not even have to leave its confines.

Want to read more about the colonial goddess, check it out.

Looking for more luxury? Check out The Best Luxury Accommodations in Singapore.

Love a good sunset? Marina Bay Sands Skypark or the pool are a fantastic spot but check out 6 sunset spots in Singapore for other great options. 

Budget Accommodation in Singapore

Not only looking for cheap accommodation in Singapore but wanting to experience Singapore on a budget? Check out this extensive article on backpacking Singapore for a range of fantastic budget options throughout the city.

Luxury Travel Hacks – The Pod Boutique Hotel

In order to afford to stay in the Marina Bay Sands for one night, we stayed in The Pod Boutique Hotel for the three nights prior. This hotel essentially is a glorified hostel that I found unique and fun. Unlike a typical hostel where the beds are open and there is a lack of privacy, The Pod Boutique Hostel has curtains for every bed essentially meaning you are sleeping in a pod. There were options of a single pod with side entry, a single pod with front entry and the best aspect the queen pods. It was this idea that convinced my partner and I to stay at this hotel. Having a queen bed with privacy for the cost of a shared dorm had us sold. Unfortunately, we forgot to take photos of our Pod but this was a random photo I got looking down from our pod with our bags packed ready to leave. Don’t stress though because locked storage was available for your bags.

Located within the historic yet hip village quarter of Kampong Glam The Pod Boutique Hotel is a short stroll to the closest MRT station and situated in a great area to explore this incredible city. If we were heading back we would certainly stay there again as it was a great place to stay in Singapore.

Once We’re Young Travel – The InnCrowd Hostel

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While Singapore is often best enjoyed by luxury seekers and business travelers, a budget backpacker can find their own little refuge at Singapore’s The InnCrowd Hostel. With both affordable dorm rooms and private rooms on offer, you can pick the room that best suits your budget, and still take full advantage of the facilities. As a guest, you’ll enjoy full kitchen access, super-clean accommodation, a hefty book collection, and a hostel pub serving inexpensive beer for those “why did we walk 13 miles” kinds of nights. On top of all that, it’s location right in the heart of Little India and accessibility to the rest of Singapore is unbeatable. All things considered, it’s one of the best budget accommodation options in Singapore!
 
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Check out two weeks in Singapore for the best tips & tricks. 
 
So where have you stayed in Singapore? Do you agree with these comments? What other places to stay in Singapore would you recommend? We would love to hear your feedback.

Luxury Or Budget? Sri Lankan Accommodation

Heading to Sri Lanka soon? Need some accommodation? Well, what can I say you have come to the right place! If you are after soft sheets and screens on your showers you are definitely wanting the more luxurious end of the scale. I can tell from personal experience that I stayed in a few places where showers lacked screens and even curtains on my recent travels to Sri Lanka.

Wanting to know more about Sri Lanka in general? Check out this complete guide to visiting Sri Lanka

Otherwise if saving every penny is more up your alley then maybe a budget stay is for you. Check out the one in this post and the incredible view you still get! Most certainly not budget views.

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Luxury Accommodation in Sri Lanka

Luxury Travel Hacks: The Thilanka, Dambulla

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After staying in what could only be described as one of the worst hotels I have ever stayed in while in Negombo I was over the moon when I arrived to the Thilanka in Dambulla. Heading down a long driveway lined by stunning trees you enter the picturesque resort. You are greeted by the stunning pool before being shown to your room. Rooms were within a two story building with each building only containing four rooms. This kept the area quiet and gave the rooms more of a luxurious feel. The rooms were spacious and clean. Each came with some sort of jacuzzi, ours was in our bathroom but some even had an outdoor version. The views over the rice paddies were spectacular and the food was glorious (yet expensive) but delicious food is certainly important.

If you are wanting to head to the Golden Rock Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is just down the road or even Sigiriya rock, a 30 minute drive away, The Thilanka in Dambulla is a must stay.

A Girl and Her Passport: Heritance Kandalama, Dambulla

Not only is the Heritance Kandalama a luxury hotel, it is also a environmentally friendly hotel. It is surrounded by the Sri Lankan jungle and monkeys are frequent visitors to the hotel. The hotel is open on both sides to allow animals and water to flow around the hotel from the mountain. 
 
Each room has its own balcony facing the jungle. The views continue into the bathroom and you shower in in nature. No one can see you though because of the design of the hotel. 

The room itself is designed with natural material and feels like a tropical cabin. 

There are three pools on the property, a large restaurant and a spa. The road to the hotel is a dirt road but the location is excellent as it is near Sigiriya Rock, Dambulla Cave Temple and Minneriya National Park.  

Travel Photo Discovery: Cinnamon Lodge, Habanara

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When I visited Sri Lanka, I stayed at many of the stunning Cinnamon Hotels chain and one of my favourite stays was at their lodge in Habanara in the centre of Sri Lanka where many of the historic monuments and Unesco sites are located. The Cinnamon Lodge is just on the outskirts of Habanara and backs into a beautiful lake in a gorgeous setting. The service, location and hotel stay was outstanding and I’m sharing my impressions of the stay here.

Want to see more of Travel Photo Discovery’s photos of the Cinnamon Lodge, Habanara, please see their photo story here.

Spend Life Traveling: Mount Lavinia Hotel, Colombo

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Mount Lavinia Hotel is without a doubt the most amazing hotel I stayed at in Sri Lanka. The hotel, one of the oldest in Sri Lanka, beautifully shows Sri Lanka’s colonial heritage. The old, warm ambiance combined with a perfect beach front location on the outskirts of Colombo and great service made me choose this hotel as my absolute favourite. The hotel offers very comfortable rooms (ask for one with a sea view), a beautiful swimming pool and one of the best Sri Lankan breakfasts I have ever tasted.

Once In A Lifetime JourneyMadulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge

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The Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge is one of the most stunning places I have ever stayed. Sleeping inside a safari tent high above the mountains and in the middle of a working tea plantation this was an unforgettable lodge. We woke up to the sun rising from behind the Knuckles Mountain Range to a hot cup of locally produced tea and a blanket. The lodge is atop a mountain and it has an infinity swimming pool hanging above the valley. The rooms were comfortable and uber romantic.

Want to see their entire review, check this here.

A Girl and Her Passport: Waterland, Negombo

Waterland is a series of private villas and one suite located in Negombo. The villas are located on the Maha Oya River. It is not far from the local beach either. Each villa has its own plunge pool. One villa is two stories can accommodate larger parties with two bedrooms. The bathrooms are open plan with a waterfall shower.
 
The peaceful location on the river makes for a really luxury hotel experience. I spend five days here reading, writing, watching birds and exploring the local village. Since it was slightly remote, they offer breakfast, light snacks and dinner. This is all made by a local Sri Lankan chef. 

Budget Accommodation in Sri Lanka

Where’s Sharon: Renuka Inn, Kandy

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This budget accommodation option does not feel budget at all – Renuka Inn has beautiful hotel style rooms with great views inside a Sri Lankan family’s home. It’s located just a few hundred metres from the lake in Kandy but feels quite far away from the tourist part of Kandy thanks to being in a local neighbourhood. There are great views of the surrounding hills and rice paddies. The hotel has good, but simple, rooms with air conditioning, fans and the option of triple share (which worked great for us as a family). There’s hot water and everything was comfortable and quiet. The current cost is just under US$20 a night. I recommend splurging a couple of extra dollars and getting the balcony room though – the views are amazing, see above!
 

So there you have it, some quality accommodation in Sri Lanka covering  all budgets. What are your thoughts though? Do you know of other incredible accommodation? Please comment below if you do.

But not you have your accommodation sorted but what do you want to do while in Sri Lanka? Check out Tips, Tricks and To Dos of Sri Lanka for some epic ideas from incredible travel bloggers who have been there and done that.

A Little Bit Of Luxury In Kuala Lumpur

After not experiencing the best hotel on a recent stay in Kuala Lumpur, the Royce Hotel to be specific, I thought it was our duty to share luxurious and beautiful places to stay within the vibrant and fun city. Having not personally stayed in a luxurious hotels within KL we have called upon amazing fellow travel bloggers to share their incredible experiences. Here are their thoughts:

The Hotel Pullman – Escaping Abroad

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The Hotel Pullman (formerly Prince Hotel) in Kuala Lumpur’s city center is an ideal place to stay in the city. It’s central location makes for easy transportation, walking distance to KL’s most prestigious mall The Pavilion and to the Petronas Towers. Spacious rooms comes with large comfortable beds, floor to ceiling windows with city views, and bathroom’s that have views of the famous towers. Amenities include a spa, swimming pools, business center and a fitness room with cardio machines and resistance training equipment. A variety of fine dining restaurants conveniently located within the hotel offer several different ethnic cuisines. You never need to leave the comforts of the property unless you so desire. A free shuttle offers rides to multiple city locations.

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Sunway Lagoon – Full Time Wanderlusters

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This resort is a destination in itself! Located around half an hour drive from KL city centre, this hub of entertainment offers something for everyone and for most budgets. Between the resorts two world class hotels, the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa and the Sunway Pyramid Hotel, there is a variety of accommodation options available from standard hotel rooms to themed suites and luxury villas. No matter which room you go for you’ll have access to all of the amenities the Sunway Resort has to offer, including a gorgeous swimming pool complete with landscaping and waterfalls to give you that tropical feel, and plenty more right on your doorstep.

The biggest draw to Sunway Lagoon are the theme parks; the Water Park with it’s many slides and rides and tune your surfing skills on their wave simulator, the Amusement Park perfect for little ones and the young at heart alike, the Wildlife Park boasting encounters with animals from all over the world, the Extreme Park where the rides are not for the faint hearted and the Scream Park – one I dared not enter myself – where you can have the living day lights scared out of you as you walk through a live action scare maze. And after a big day of thrills or maybe even relaxing by the pool, walk directly across the road for all your retail needs. Here you’ll find a shopping mall with all the top retailers, world class dining, late night entertaiment and even an indoor skating rink!

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Hilton Kuala Lumpur – Traveling Thru History

When we moved to Malaysia we stayed in the Hilton by Brickfields for two weeks and again a year later for a week. It is such a fantastic place and I’d say it qualifies as luxury. The rooms were spacious, the bathrooms were spectacular and the views were amazing.
One thing we really enjoyed was the Executive Lounge. Since we were on a top floor, we had access to the Executive Lounge where they served a lovely breakfast spread in the morning along with complimentary finger foods and drinks through the day and then an impressive complimentary dinner buffet each night. Plus, they have a rooftop pool, large fitness center with fitness classes and personal trainers, multiple upscale restaurants, a large lobby with live music and a full-service spa. The staff are excellent, too. I was having trouble understanding someone on the phone one day, so the concierge handled the call and got all the information I needed to run my errands. Another plus is the hotel’s convenient location. The hotel is right across from the main train station, which made getting around the city so much easier. Overall, the Hilton Kuala Lumpur is pretty great and we really loved staying there.

Looking for accommodation out of Kuala Lumpur? Check out the best eco resorts and sustainable accommodation in Malaysia. 

Final Thought…

So there you have it! If only I knew about these places before we travelled to KL. Being a cheap country to visit, hotel accommodation is also cheap in comparison to other countries. Therefore it is a fantastic city to branch out on some luxury.

Once in KL, not sure what to do? Check out our 10 MUST DOs For In And Around Kuala Lumpur, According To Incredible Travel Bloggers.

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The Maldives: On A Budget

The Maldives, in the heart of the Indian Ocean, is most peoples dream destination. The white sands, the turquoise blue ocean and of course those overwater bungalows are what draw people to this incredible country. Unfortunately all of that comes at a cost

Imaj Private Villas – Review

Imaj Private Villas are located in Batu Layar, Lombok an approximate 10-minute drive to Senggigi and 20-minute drive to the city of Mataram. Imaj contains four private villas and three suites. Each private villa has its own pool while the three suites have a lagoon pool to share. I have been lucky enough to stay at Imaj twice and experience two of the private villas and also have friends stay in a suite.