A unified tourism model in Southeast Asia? Takeaways from ASEAN’s 33rd ATF in Malaysia

Southeast Asia’s 10 countries are bonding…like Borneo orangutans

The idea of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts is not lost on Southeast Asia. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is an organization comparable to the European Union with its enduring effort to achieve regional solidarity. Recently, the 33rd annual ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) took place in Kuching, a city in Malaysian Borneo. […]

8-Day Trip to Malaysia and Bali from $1,990, Including Airfare on Singapore Airlines

Singapore

Check out this deal … For a limited time, Sayang Holidays is offering a special fare starting at $1,990* which includes accommodation at a four-star hotel in Kuala Lumpur and a five-star resort in Bali, as well as daily breakfast. Round-trip Economy Class airfare from Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, or Houston on award-winning […]

Bali Bulgari Resort

Natalie at Bulgari Bali spa

While Natalie and I were honeymooning at Amanusa I received a kind tweet from my friend Allison Sitch who is the PR whiz for Ritz-Carlton. She offered us a couples massage as a wedding gift at one of their hotels or sister properties. As you probably know Ritz-Carlton is owned by Marriott which also owns […]

Bali to New York on Korean Air’s A380

Our seats upstairs

If you’ve been following me on Facebook and Twitter then you know Natalie and I got married in Toronto, then flew to Seoul on Korean Air (in their flatbed seats so it made the trek painless), spent the night in Seoul – Gangnam Style. We then got on another Korean flight and flew 6 hours […]

Amankila Honeymoon in Bali, Indonesia

View from breakfast

I hung the white flag from our beachside cabana to get the attention of one of the beach boys so my wife and I could order lunch. Here at Amankila, a swanky beach resort in East Bali, you don’t have to do anything but relax. This is the third hotel Natalie and I stayed at […]

Bali Honeymoon: Amandari in Ubud, Indonesia

Natalie and JJ at Bali rice terraces

If you are following along with me on Facebook or Twitter then you know I got married in Toronto, flew 13 hours to Korea on Korean Air and spent the night in Seoul before flying six hours to Bali for an amazing honeymoon. The first three nights we spent at Amanusa and the next two were at Amandari […]

Honeymooning at Amanusa in Bali

Natalie at Amanusa

Amanusa means “peaceful isle” and that’s how many travelers would describe the island of Bali and the Amanusa resort which was the first of the three Aman Resorts we stayed at during last month’s honeymoon.  Here’s 10 things we loved about Amanusa: 1. Arrival We landed at midnight and I was surprised how busy the […]