Analysis: Shanghai’s Bund Gets Mixed Reviews (Part I)

On my first visit to Shanghai several years ago, the Bund was looking a bit worse for wear. On my second trip to Shanghai a couple of years later, there were hopeful signs. I interviewed a developer, and he informed me that a complete restoration of the Bund – returning it to its pre-Liberation glory …

Phuket Challenge: Where, Pray Tell, Shall I Have Lunch?

 As Michael Taylor soon discovers, guests staying at the Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa in Phuket, Thailand, are spoiled for choice when it comes to F&B outlets. There are fully six restaurants, but this doesn't augur well for his desire not to gain weight on his eight day stay in Phuket. Can he avoid …

Hotel Review: Grand Formosa Regent Taipei

A member of the Four Seasons Hotel Group, the Grand Formosa Regent Taipei was the first hotel in Greater China to offer Pure Allergy Rooms. I requested to stay in one for several nights during a wonderful visit to that wonderful city in 2010. What I remember most was the sense of calm that I experienced …