Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Points Guy: Exciting New Airline Routes for 2015

Airlines are constantly changing and updating their route networks as new aircraft come online, others are phased out, and new airports open up to travelers.

2015 looks to be an exciting year for air travel as airlines introduce tons of new routes on the latest-generation aircraft. Some to look out for include Cathay Pacific from Hong Kong to Boston, EVA from Houston to Taipie, Delta from Salt Lake City to Amsterdam, Icelandair from Portland to Reykjavik, and Finnair's new routes from Helsinki to Miami and Chicago.

Check out my whole article on The Points Guy here.

Frontiers: Wine For Holiday Parties

With the holiday season well underway, you might well be wondering what to bring to all your holiday parties. Of course, wine is always a nice gift, but with New Year's comes something to celebrate, so you might be thinking about sparkling wines...Cava, Prosecco, Champagne and more.

To help you decide what to bring, and to get a few expert opinions, I wrote up this little piece for Frontiers. Hopefully it'll come in handy for your next hostess gift: Champagne for New Year's Eve

Friday, December 26, 2014

The Points Guy: Best Redemptions To Fly the A380

Among the #avgeeks out there, one of the feathers in their cap is to fly all the A380's out there, airline by airline. About a dozen international carriers now operate the double-decker super-jumbo, so it's easier than ever to experience this behemoth.

Here is my article with info on the airlines flying it and strategies for how to book award tickets using miles if you are interested in taking it for yourself.

Best Redemptions to Fly on the A380

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Frontiers: Dining Year in Review 2014

As the year draws to a close, it's time to look back at 2014 and discuss some dining trends...and one of the biggest in LA has been the advent of the gourmet market cum restaurant.

These little sundry shops with attached eateries have been cropping up everywhere and include such newcomers as Stir Market and GC Marketplace.

Read about the trend in my article here.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Frontiers: Alimento

One of the hottest new restaurants in LA is the latest venture from chef Zach Pollock, Alimento. The restaurant is a casual, convivial ode to southern Italian cuisine with a California vibe.

It's right along Silver Lake Boulevard, so the people-watching is good, the food is delicious, and the ambiance is exactly where you want to spend an evening over pasta and vino.

Check out my full review here: At Alimento, Italian Tradition Meets SoCal Sensibility

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Points Guy: Boeing 787 Dreamliner Service at American Airports

After waiting years for it to roll off the assembly line, the flying public is finally able to experience Boeing's latest-generation jet, the 787 Dreamliner.

The first few customers were foreign airlines, but now US flyers have a few choices as more and more airlines including United offer service from North American hubs to international (and some domestic) destinations.

To help all you fellow #avgeeks out there figure out a way to fly the new dream machine, I've put together a handy list of the airlines operating this new aircraft to North American airports along with mileage hints about how to book awards on each of them. Check out the full article below.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner Service to North American Airports

Frontiers: Five International Adventure Destinations

One of the other features I wrote for Frontiers' 2014 travel issue was on adventure travel. Though you usually tend to find me in a restaurant or vineyard, or by the pool or on the beach, I do tend to tempt fate from time to time with adrenaline-inducing activities.

Here are some of my top picks for adventure travel including Iceland, Western Australia, Laos, New Zealand and Chile.

Article: The Plunge Awaits: 5 International Destinations Offering Real Adventure

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Points Guy: Best Airlines to Fly Premium Economy Domestically

While international carriers like British Airway and Qantas have led the charge on premium economy seats, US carriers do offer slightly better economy seats. However, most travelers are left wondering whether these seats are worth the extra cost given that they only include a little extra legroom and note much else in many cases.

However, to look at all the added amenities and space, I made a detailed comparison of the premium domestic economy products out there and wrote it up for The Points Guy. So if you're wondering whether to shell out for a few extra inches, this should help you make your decision.

Best Airlines To Fly Premium Economy Domestically

Frontiers: Zambia, Modern Safari-Style

For Frontiers' 2014 travel issue, the other one-off destination I wanted to cover was Zambia, Africa's best-kept safari secret.

Just a 2-hour flight north of South Africa, Zambia is a fantastic country with gorgeous scenery, extremely friendly people, and amazing sights including Victoria Falls. Safari here is also an incredible experience with game-rich national parks including the Lower Zambezi and South Luangwa. All with the crowds of tourists and honeymooners you run into in South Africa. It's a well-kept secret, but one that is easy to access and to enjoy.

Check out where to go and what to do in my article: Zambia, Modern Safari-Style

Frontiers: Top Party Destinations

Though hitting the party circuit is usually not the top of my travel priority list, I still like to keep tabs on where the best bashes are.

So for the Frontiers travel issue, my editor asked me to find three of the top party destinations in the world, and I came up with a beach in Thailand, another in Greece, and one of Europe's smallest but most fun capitals, Helsinki.

Check out the full article here: Three Under-The-Radar Party Destinations

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Frontiers: Get Spiritual in Myanmar

I've covered Myanmar for a few of my other outlets, but for the Frontiers travel issue, it was one of my top picks of where to go in 2015 and one I definitely wanted to cover for the magazine.

It's a short article, but I cover a lot of ground including Yangon, the temples of Bagan and Mt. Popa, and the fishing villages of picturesque Inle Lake.

Check out where to go and what to do in my article here.

Monday, December 8, 2014

LA Confidential Magazine: Cheese Menus Around LA

It's not every article where I get to quote famed gastronome Brillat-Savarin, but every so often I get to muse on food history, and this article from LA Confidential's December issue about cheese was one such instance.

Not only do I explore the placement of the cheese course in the meal, but I talk to leading chefs and fromageurs from some of LA's top restaurants including Melisse, AOC, Bouchon and Patina about what goes on their cheese lists and why.

Check out my full article here: What LA Restaurants Serve the Best Cheese

Monday, November 24, 2014

LA Confidential Magazine: LA's Best Pies

Is there anything more American than pie? Turns out the dish dates back well before the founding of our country, though chefs around Los Angeles are making this traditional dessert their own with all kinds of interesting iterations and flavors.

I talked to some of the city's most intrepid bakers about what makes pie so delicious, how they put their own special spins on it and more. Included are Valerie Confections, the Pie Hole, Huckleberry, Sweet Lady Jane and The Hart & the Hunter.

Check out the full article here.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

JustLuxe: Jumeirah Grand Hotel Via Veneto Rome's Amazing Art

Rome might be full of art museums, but a hotel with an exceptional private art collection of its own is a rare find in the Eternal City. That's why I was so excited to stay at the Jumeirah Grand Hotel Via Veneto.

Not only does the property have a storied past as a pair of 19th-century private villas and the setting of Fellini's La Dolce Vita, but its art collection boasts Miro's, Dali's, a plethora of Di Chirico's, and even a Picasso among other treasures.

Check out the whole trove in my latest JustLuxe article here: Rome's Grand Hotel Via Veneto Boasts Impressive Art Collection

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Frontiers: The 21 Best New Restaurants in LA

2014 has been a bonanza year for new restaurants in Los Angeles, so we decided to cover the most exciting new openings at Frontiers.

Keep in mind, these are only restaurants that have opened in 2014 itself, not the list of the best LA restaurants overall, but there are some amazing entries here including Saint Martha, Alimento, Commissary, Petit Trois and more. Read all about them below.

Article: The 21 Best New Restaurants in LA

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Points Guy: Best Airlines To Fly Coach Domestically

My friends always joke that I never fly economy, but the fact of the matter is, more often than not, I turn right when I get on the plane and I'm happy to fly in coach as long as I get where I want to go safely.

I'm not a big guy, so coach seats are fine for me. Though not the most comfortable, I still fit, so I don't complain too much. However, not all coach seats are created equal, so I wrote up a detailed comparison of the domestic coach products available at the moment and which ones are best to fly.

Check out the full article along with specs, qualify assessments and more here.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Metrosource: Cavatina

I reviewed the new restaurant at the Sunset Marquis for Metrosource - a restaurant that seems designed to salute the spirit of the rock stars that have famously graced its premises.

Read all about the setting, the menu, and its fabled past in my article here.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Points Guy: 10 Ways to Maximize Ultimate Rewards Points

There are currently some great credit card offers out there from Chase, so we wanted to post some ideas on how to maximize Ultimate Rewards points on The Points Guy.

The program has 11 travel transfer partners now including British Airways, Korean Air, Southwest, United, Singapore Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, Hyatt, Marriott, Ritz-Carlton, IHG Rewards and Amtrak, so there are a lot of great ways to reap huge values from your points.

Find out all the strategies in this post: 10 Ways To Maximize 70,000 Ultimate Rewards Points

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Points Guy: Ranking the Top Cash Back Credit Cards

The credit card game is about more than just points and miles for travel - there is a whole cash-back side to the market that is not only enormous, but can also be quite lucrative.

For this post on The Points Guy, we took a look at the top cash-back cards currently available and the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Ranking the Top Cash Back Credit Cards

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Frontiers: Zinque Restaurant Review

After a summer away from LA, I've been catching back up on the restaurant scene in town, and one of the places I checked out recently is the second outpost of a Venice wine bar called Zinque.

This one is right on the corner of Robertson and Melrose in West Hollywood, and has a delightful garden patio, an industrial-chic interior bar, and a menu of classic French dishes with some Mediterranean flair thrown in. The wine list is well-traveled and well-priced, and all in all, I think I might just have found my new Weho hangout.

Read my full review of the experience here: Zinque, Weho's Latest French Wine Bar

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Points Guy: Six Top Credit Cards for International Travel

To dovetail with my post on preparing for international trips on The Points Guy, I came up this post about how to pick a credit card to take with you when traveling abroad and what some of the top choices out there are. Beyond whether these cards charge foreign transaction fees, I took a look at factors like their travel delay and lost baggage insurance, purchase protection and more.

There are some of the usual suspects like the Amex Platinum and Chase Sapphire Preferred (which I personally carry) as well as some you might not guess.

Read the full post here: Six Top Credit Cards for International Travel

Monday, September 22, 2014

Los Angeles Confidential Magazine: LA's Best Korean BBQ

One of the cuisines that LA is best known for is Korean BBQ. Every street corner on Wilshire and Olympic from Rossmore to Vermont is crowded with these deliciously smoky joints and it can be hard to tell where to go, whether you're an adventurous foodie or a nervous neophyte.

Here are a few of the more upscale places for beginners that I rounded up for LA Confidential's most recent issue, with specials that include everything from duck crackling to dozens of side dishes.

Where To Find LA's Best Korean BBQ

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Points Guy: United BusinessFirst Transatlantic Review

On my recent trip to Italy, I flew United BusinessFirst from Washington DC to Rome and back, so for my latest post on The Points Guy, I reviewed the experience and all its perks...and shortfalls.

While US airlines are catching up to international competitors in terms of their premium offerings, there is still a lot to be desired. I enjoyed the lie-flat seat, but the cuisine was less than compelling on these flights.

Find out about the whole experience, and why the price was too good to turn down, though, in this post: Flight Review - United 767-300 BusinessFirst

Friday, September 19, 2014

JustLuxe: A Cultural Trip To Norway

This summer, I took a fantastic trip to Scandinavia, including a few days I spent in Norway. For such a small (well, population-wise) country, it's got a rich artistic heritage including such names as Ibsen, Munch and Grieg.

As much as cruising the scenic fjords, I was looking forward to exploring the haunts of these late legends and spent my time in Oslo and Bergen wandering their former homes and learning about their careers.

I profiled my trip along with where I stayed and what I saw in the JustLuxe article below, and I hope you enjoy!

From Oslo to Bergen: Following in the Footsteps of Norway's Great Artists

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Points Guy: Preparing for International Travel

Lately, I've been traveling for about six months out of the year, much of it internationally. Friends often ask how I manage it and how I do everything from paying bills while I'm away to figuring out which visas I need and how I choose the best credit cards to bring with me.

So for my next post on The Points Guy, I decided to compile my handy tips and tricks into a single article for others planning everything from a quick trip to Mexico to a months-long journey around the world. While seasoned travelers will find plenty of familiar information, I still have a few tricks up my sleeve, so there's helpful tips for everyone. Have a look at the link below!

How to Prepare for International Travel: Tips, Tricks and Advice

Monday, September 8, 2014

JustLuxe: Three Secret Italian Hotel Hidden Gems

I recently returned from a delightful 10-day trip to Italy where I had the chance to stay in some fantastic hotels in Rome, Florence and Venice.

Though these cities are among the most touristed in the world, there are hidden gem hotels that are close to the heart of the action but that feel like they are a world away from the hordes of travelers.

In Rome, I cover the Gran Melia, housed on the grounds of the villa of Emperor Nero's mother, Agrippina, while in Florence, the boutiquey Hotel Lungarno is a Ferragamo family venture with picture-perfect Ponte Vecchio views. In Venice, I called the Bauer Palladio (designed by the famous Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladio) home and enjoyed its bucolic gardens and postcard-worthy vistas of San Marco and the Doge's Palace.

Find out more and read my full article at the link below.

Three of Italy's Best Hotels For Avoiding Crowds While Staying Close To Top Attractions

Thursday, September 4, 2014

JustLuxe: Farm-to-Table Spa Treatments

Though you might think of the hottest new restaurant in town when you say "farm-to-table," the idea of homegrown or foraged ingredients has been permeating the spa world lately as well.

In fact, on a recent trip to Maui, I got to enjoy a fabulous facial at the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua that included a face and scalp treatment using oils from keffir lime leaves grown in the property's chef garden.

That's just one example, but luxury spas all over the country and the world are looking to their own backyards for therapeutic plants and herbs and incorporating them into their treatments. In my latest JustLuxe article, I take a look at four that are close to home where you can sample the latest trend.

Four Resorts Offering Farm-To-Table Spa Treatments on the West Coast

Friday, August 22, 2014

Los Angeles Confidential Magazine: LA's Best Pizza

My other article for the September issue of LA Confidential is also Italian-themed, though this one focuses on a specific dish: pizza!

Who doesn't love a good pizza? Well, apart from the lactose- and gluten-intolerant? But even they can't seem to resist this delicious dish - hence all the spelt-crust, nut-cheese varieties you'll find around town. For my article, though, we decided to focus on some of the truly gourmet options out there in Los Angeles (including Milo + Olive, South End, Terroni and Stella Barra) and when you read it at the link below.

LA's Top Places For Gourmet Pizza

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Thrillist: 12 LAX Airport Hacks

LAX is like my second home. Over the years, as I've caught flights everywhere from Phoenix to Perth, and San Francisco to Santiago, I've gleaned a few useful hacks that save time, energy and money when traveling through my sprawling home airport.

So for my first Thrillist post, the editor asked me to write up a story with my best LAX travel hacks, and I threw all sorts of stuff in, including how to get lounge access (and free cocktails!), where the best restaurants are, how to get a discount on parking, and how to navigate the fastest security lines in some of the airport's 9 teeming terminals.

Get the benefit of all my wisdom, minus the hours of standing in line and the expense of testing various parking options right here: 12 Game-Changing LAX Hacks

Monday, August 18, 2014

Los Angeles Confidential Magazine: Regional Italian Dishes in LA

For the September issue of LA Confidential Magazine, we decided to cover Italian cuisine as the dining feature, and I personally wrote up a roundup of some of the best regional cuisine to be found in they city.

The interesting thing about Italian food is that, really, it is a made-up idea. There are so many regional variations, that there are, in fact, many different Italian cuisines depending on where you are (and where you eat!).

Included are some of LA's best-known Italian eateries, such as Valentino, Angelini Osteria and Drago Centro, as well as RivaBella, Mr. C Beverly Hills and more. Check out the full article here: Italian Food by the Region in LA

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Points Guy: What to do at Inle Lake, Myanmar

Although I did not originally intend to visit Inle Lake during my visit to Myanmar, after speaking with a few friends who had recently traveled there, I decided to change my plans and spend a few days there instead of in Mandalay. I'm so glad I did.

Inle Lake is in the central part of the country, and feels like stepping back in time to visit a more traditional way of life among the stilt villages and ruined temple complexes that line the lakes reedy waters.

This was truly one of the most interesting places I've been lately, and I spent a couple days out on the water meeting everyone from silk weavers and traditional fisherman, to Buddhist monks, rice cracker cooks, and more. Definitely worth spending some time here if you visit Myanmar yourself.

For all the details on what I did and how I booked it, check out my full post on The Points Guy here: Longboats, Monasteries and A Winery - Inle Lake, Myanmar

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Points Guy: What to do in Bagan

One of the destinations I was most looking forward to visiting on my recent round-the-world trip was the ancient city of Bagan in Myanmar.

This historic sight is home to over 4,000 Buddhist stupas stretching across a dry plain along the banks of the Ayeyarwaddy. It's surely one of the wonders of the world, and I was looking forward to exploring it in depth over the course of a few days.

I had the chance to wander the ruined temples there, see two glorious sunsets - one from the temples and one from the river - and then head farther afield to explore the mountain villages of Mt. Popa. It was really a highlight of my trip to a fascinating country.

Check out my full article on The Points Guy here: What to do in Bagan, Myanmar - Temples, River Cruises and Hikes

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Points Guy: Things to Do in Yangon, Myanmar

You might not recognize the name Yangon, but it is actually the current name for the city of Rangoon, the largest city and former capital of Myanmar, which you might know better as Burma.

It was my first stop in the country as part of my recent round-the-world trip, and I spent two fascinating days there exploring its sights, meeting locals and getting a feel for Burmese culture.

Read about all there is to see and do in this bustling yet little-visited Southeast Asian city in my Points Guy post here: Things to do in Yangon

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Quest Magazine: Credit Card Tips for International Travel

Though much of what I cover for Ker & Downey's new quarterly magazine, Quest, is about experiential travel and the fabulous destinations I've gotten to visit recently, for their latest issue, they wanted to tap into my knowledge of the credit card industry to give readers a few tips on things they should keep in mind (and the cards they should carry) when traveling internationally.

Included are some obvious ones like using a card that does not levy foreign transaction fees, and finding an ATM card that won't charge you an arm and a leg for making withdrawals abroad. However, there are some less obvious ones as well, like checking into the purchase protections your card provides and getting a card with a smart chip in it to ease transactions.

Find out all my good advice by reading the full article here: 5 Ways To Stay In Charge Of Your Money

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Points Guy: Tips for Traveling to Myanmar

For my next post on The Points Guy, I wrote about one of the other destinations on my round-the-world trip, Myanmar (formerly Burma), and my experience preparing to travel there.

The country is only just opening up to international travelers after nearly two decades of sanctions, and this presents both opportunities and obstacles, so it pays to know a few things before you go, like how and when to get a visa, whether you need to visit a travel doctor, why you have to bring cash in US dollars with you, and more.

Get all my advice and plenty of helpful hints in my full article here: Useful Tips for Traveling to Myanmar

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Points Guy: What to do in Luang Prabang, Laos

One of my latest posts on The Points Guy is about how I spent my time in Luang Prabang, Laos, during my recent round-the-world trip.

The city is a fascinating blend of Lao royal and religious culture, French colonial relics, and gorgeous scenery along the Mekong River. Also to do? Elephant safaris, longboat rides, and helping young monks improve their English. It was one of the best stops on my trip, and I can't recommend it highly enough.

To read more about what I did, check out my original post on TPG here: What to do on a Visit to Luang Prabang

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

JustLuxe: Four Fabulous New Nordic Cuisine Restaurants

During my recent round-the-world trip, I spent a few weeks roaming the Nordic countries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland, and one of the highlights was the cuisine. Even just a decade ago the idea of Scandinavia as a culinary destination would have been something of a joke - the land of smorgasbord and smoked herring. But thanks to a cadre of enterprising and experimental young chefs, including Rene Redzepi of Noma who put "new Nordic" cuisine on the map, the restaurants in these countries are some of the most exciting in the world to eat at these days.

I was lucky enough to eat at nearly a dozen fabulous places, but singled out four in particular for my most recent JustLuxe post on the new Nordic trend. They were Oaxen Krog in Stockholm, Falsled Kro on the island of Funen in Denmark, Spis in Helsinki and Lysverket in Bergen.

Read about what makes each one so special and some of the mouthwatering dishes I sampled in my full article on JustLuxe: Four Fantastic New Nordic Restaurants You Have Not Heard Of...Yet

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Metrosource Magazine: Designer Bill Bensley Profile

I branched out a bit in the most recent issue of Metrosource Magazine, the Design Issue, to write a profile of a man whose work I've admired for a while now, hotel designer and landscape architect Bill Bensley.

I've seen Bensley's work up close at properties like the Four Seasons Chiang Mai and Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle as well as read about it when researching trips to Asia and considering where to stay in Vietnam, Bali, Thailand and more. The man's fingerprints are all over Southeast Asia and almost overnight it seems like he has become the "starchitect" of the region.

Interested to learn more about him, I talked to him about his aesthetic, how he goes about envisioning each project, some of his hallmarks and what he looks for in a travel experience himself. His answers were both challenging and illuminating.

You can read the full article at Metrosource here: An American Designs Asia

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Points Guy: Booking a Round-The-World Award Using US Airways Miles

For my latest Points Guy post, I wrote about my experience using US Airways miles to book a round-the-world business class award for the same price as a roundtrip ticket just to Asia would have been.

For the grand total of 90,000 miles and $143 in taxes and fees, I flew business class from New York to Hong Kong via Taipei on EVA, then on to Stockholm in Singapore Airlines business class, and finally back to New York on SAS - all for the same amount of miles that a simple roundtrip ticket to Hong Kong would have required.

It required some work, patience and insider knowledge, but you can do it too! Here's how: Flying a Round The World Award Using US Airways Miles

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Metrosource Magazine: Republique Restaurant Review

Walter Manzke is one of my favorite chefs in town, and he proves himself once more at his latest restaurant, Republique.

It's in the former Campanile space on La Brea and features a farm-to-table French-skewed menu that includes my favorite escargot as well as thinks like hamachi crudo with grapefruit and Fresno chile, and pig face over frisee with a poached egg.

The cocktails and wine list are pretty interesting too. Read my full review from Metrosource Magazine here: All Together Now: Republique Review

Monday, July 14, 2014

JustLuxe: First Look Inside Air New Zealand's Boeing 787-9

If you're an aviation geek like me, then the big news from your week was the unveiling of Boeing's next-generation 787-9 Dreamliner. The first airline to operate this new plane will be Air New Zealand, and I was lucky enough to be invited up to Boeing's facility at Everett Field in Washington State for the unveiling of the new plane and a sneak peek at its interior before it made its delivery flight to Auckland. It was an exciting moment not only because of the new plane but also because it's a great airline and one that I have had fantastic experiences with.

Much of the plane will look familiar to anyone who has flown Air NZ's 777-300's with similar (though smaller) business and economy cabins. However, there is an all-new premium economy class that looks pretty comfy, and all kinds of fun features like automatic window tints and humidifying and pressurizing systems that should lessen the effects of flying and jet lag.

All in all, it was an exciting event, and you can read all about it as well as taking a look at the new plane in my full JustLuxe article: Take Your First Look Inside Air New Zealand's New Dreamliner B787-9

Thursday, July 10, 2014

JustLuxe: 5 Unique Hong Kong Luxury Hotel Amenities

I love Hong Kong. It has to be one of my favorite cities. Fast-paced, cosmopolitan, exotic, and just plain fun. It also happens to be home to some of the best hotels in the world including a list of luxury properties a mile long.

I got the chance to experience four of them on my past trip to the city, and what most impressed me was the variety and detail of the luxury amenities they offer their guests - from one-off restaurant champagne tastings to pampering spa treatments, private BMW chauffeur service to kid-friendly treats. These hotels go above and beyond to provide their guests with the best possible experience.

With that in mind, take a look at my most recent JustLuxe article on the top five luxury hotel amenities in Hong Kong here: 5 Unique Hong Kong Luxury Hotel Amenities

Monday, July 7, 2014

JustLuxe: The Mulia Resort Bali - Bringing Luxury Back

Bali has had a hard decade after the terrorist bombings of 2002. Tourism there hit a wall, but it has slowly been coming back and there are a lot of new resorts opening their doors these days including a sprawling luxury property in the southern beach town of Nusa Dua called The Mulia.

The resort is really three hotels in one. I stayed at the boutique property, The Mulia, and my two-night stay was all too short, though I did try to experience every corner of the place, from the eight restaurants to the spa, to the various pools and beaches.

Read all about my experience and the resort's amenities in my article on JustLuxe here: The Mulia Boutique Property is Breathing Fresh Life into the Bali Luxury Hotel Scene