Gaya Travel Magazine
Banyan Tree Spa KL: The Sophisticated Sanctuary

Kuala Lumpur

Banyan Tree Spa KL: The Sophisticated Sanctuary

On one busy afternoon in the middle of the city centre, I found myself a tranquil oasis tucked away behind the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, in the form of Banyan Tree Spa, located on level 53 of the highly anticipated Banyan Tree Kuala Lumpur hotel that promises “sensorial treats ideal for the urban souls” to its patrons.

10 Places You Can Visit with JR Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass

JapanListicles

10 Places You Can Visit with JR Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass

Get the Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass by JR-Central and JR-West to save on transportation cost when travelling across Central Japan.

Sony RX100 Mark 3 – One for Travelling Shutterbugs

Gaya TechNews

Sony RX100 Mark 3 – One for Travelling Shutterbugs

Sony RX100 Mark 3 is a premium compact camera that delivers in capturing exceptional stills and videos, suitable for both photography beginners and professionals in need a lighter second camera.

Journeying through Hulu Terengganu

ArticlesTerengganu

Journeying through Hulu Terengganu

Pristine beaches, colourful underwater corals and gorgeous islands has undeniably put Terengganu on the world map as the idyllic tropical destination.

Ola España! Part 2: Andalusia

Spain

Ola España! Part 2: Andalusia

If people ask me what are my favourite destinations in the world, Andalusia could easily fill the top two spot

Ha Long Bay: Nature’s Finest Work

Vietnam

Ha Long Bay: Nature’s Finest Work

“Breathtaking” – it took approximately 20 minutes of ascending the 427 steps to arrive at the viewing deck on Dao Ti Top Island, one of the highest peaks in Ha Long Bay where most promotional pictures of the UNESCO World Heritage Site were taken.

Finding Anambas: A Newly Discovered Yet Secluded Haven

Indonesia

Finding Anambas: A Newly Discovered Yet Secluded Haven

Looking for a tropical paradise minus the big crowds? Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce to you the Anambas archipelago!

5 Reasons to Bring Your Family to Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort & Spa

Hotels & ResortsListiclesThailand

5 Reasons to Bring Your Family to Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort & Spa

It’s time to plan a family getaway at Novotel Hua Hin Cha Am Beach Resort & Spa and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Becoming Bilbo Baggins (Part 2)

New Zealand

Becoming Bilbo Baggins (Part 2)

The charms of New Zealand are plenty: stunning views from every angle with wonderful mystical quality, great accessibility, abundant wildlife, pristine environment, amazing people and simplicity of life – enough to fuel one’s daydreaming. Add world-class expertise and impactful government incentives to support the film industry, the country also serves as the perfect location to create cinematic masterpieces.

5 Experiences for Lake Kenyir Newbies to Try Out

Hotels & ResortsListiclesTerengganu

5 Experiences for Lake Kenyir Newbies to Try Out

Read on to find out the top five fun-filled activities in Lake Kenyir that travellers should partake if they are there for the first time.

7 Places to Eat in Ipoh, Kampar & Taiping

Dining

7 Places to Eat in Ipoh, Kampar & Taiping

Perak is filled with a myriad of interesting attractions that are well distributed throughout the state. Read on to find out some of the best places to eat in Ipoh, Kampar and Taiping.

Lost Under the Clouds of North Sumatra

Indonesia

Lost Under the Clouds of North Sumatra

“Please, just five more minutes…” I begged silently. But time was not on our side – we are pressed for it just like during any other typical media familiarisation trips that I participated in the past. “Chop chop…onto the bus. We need to get going for our lunch now,” said my guide, Pak Herman, a humorous, kind-hearted man with strong sense of punctuality. We were in front of Sipiso-piso waterfall, supposedly the highest waterfall in Indonesia and probably one of the most spectacular sights I’ve ever seen. It’s fascinating how this simple case of natural physics could make you lost in the moment; like how this curtain of water in front of me flows sleekly from an opening on the rock face […]

5 Things I Love About The Nest House

Melaka/Malacca

5 Things I Love About The Nest House

The Nest House is filled with relaxed confidence, sophisticated simplicity and deep commitment to nostalgia, likened to living in a home away from home.

A Passage to Jaipur

India

A Passage to Jaipur

I blame it on the movies – having watched so many films with incredible Rajasthani settings (‘The Darjeeling Limited’ and ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ to name a few), the state is painted in beautifully striking colours on the canvas of my mind. The image of its opulent palaces and historic hill-forts, together with extravagant wedding celebrations, moves me each time the word ‘Rajasthan’ drops in a conversation, prompting me to fantasise endlessly about visiting this land of Maharajas. One day, that golden opportunity came straight from AirAsia X office, offering me a jaunt to the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, in conjunction with its inaugural direct route from Kuala Lumpur to the destination. You can only imagine the kind of elation I […]

Where World Class Gastronomy Meets Hollywood Bon Vivant in South East Asia

Dining

Where World Class Gastronomy Meets Hollywood Bon Vivant in South East Asia

If there’s one thing that I know about the actor par excellence Robert De Niro, it is the fact that the man has exceptionally good taste. Whenever he sees a gem, he grabs it. And the gem in this story is Nobu Matsuhisa, the Japanese-trained sushi chef who have worked in Japan, Peru, Argentina and the United States, namely California and New York. So, when I heard that he waited almost four years for Nobu to finally say yes in opening a restaurant with him, we all knew something big was in store, so special that the Hollywood doyen of The Godfather II and The Intern fame, among others, didn’t mind waiting. But it’s a mistake to think that Nobu-san had it […]

Tribeca Serviced Suites Bukit Bintang: A Home Away from Home

Kuala Lumpur

Tribeca Serviced Suites Bukit Bintang: A Home Away from Home

Conveniently located at Kuala Lumpur’s most coveted address in the heart of the city centre, Tribeca Serviced Suites Bukit Bintang could just be the kind of accommodation that international business travellers or long staying guests seek. The property – which is a project by Low Yat Group and managed by FLH Hospitality Management – offers a safe and value-added convenient lifestyle with commodious comfort likened to a private home. With extra security measure, most of the floors are only accessible by key card-operated elevators. I stayed in The Duo fully-furnished suite, featuring two bedrooms containing king-sized and single beds respectively with luxurious and comfortable linens. The suite’s design emphasises on simplicity with clean lines and white walls with laminated wood panels for […]

Becoming Bilbo Baggins (Part 1)

New Zealand

Becoming Bilbo Baggins (Part 1)

“I’m going on an adventure!” New Zealand is a country that ushers people outdoors. It is the place where the sun radiantly shines on people strolling along beaches; colossal mountain ranges and untamed rivers affectionately identified by the Lord of the Rings fans as Middle Earth for intrepid travellers to explore; and snow-capped mountains in the South Island that offer winter dreamy getaways. In truth, New Zealand is clearly a favourite among Malaysian holiday-makers and leisure travellers, chalking up an of average 56,000 tourist arrivals into New Zealand per year. Most of the travellers come for long stays – say, two weeks on average – and they rent campervans to discover the country’s best offerings. Steven Dixon, who is Tourism New Zealand’s […]

Club Med Sahoro: The Winter Haven

Hotels & Resorts

Club Med Sahoro: The Winter Haven

For as long as I can remember, it has been my dream to ski. Just the idea of gracefully swishing down a beautiful snow-covered mountain while breathing in crisp cool air makes skiing sounds like the coolest sport – imagine the confidence, the adrenaline rush and sensation that you would feel as you jump, turn and flip like an acrobat in the air. Well, that’s what I thought before finding out that “bend your ankles, turn your toes and push your heels” are not as easy as they sound… The Anticipation My Hokkaido winter odyssey began as I touched down at the New Chitose Airport on a direct AirAsia X night flight from KLIA2, which took roughly around eight hours to reach […]

Aloft KL Sentral: Cracking the Millennial Code

Hotels & Resorts

Aloft KL Sentral: Cracking the Millennial Code

When guests step into Aloft Kuala Lumpur (KL) Sentral, they might notice this little sister of W Hotel pumps high octane and vivaciousness indicating youthfulness and excitement, yet at the same time practical and convenient in nature – it possesses all necessary characteristics loved by cool travellers, especially millennials. As part of a defining component of Marriott International that contributes to the brand’s vivaciousness and vibrancy since it also possesses W Hotel’s genes, the Aloft brand primarily focusses on three core elements that are cutting edge but do not break the bank to remain desirable: design, technology and music. And Aloft KL Sentral melds these elements exceptionally well. The hotel sits adjacent to Kuala Lumpur’s major transport hub and gateway, KL Sentral, […]

Rock Spa, Hard Rock Hotel Penang: Beating the Soreness Away, Literally…

Articles

Rock Spa, Hard Rock Hotel Penang: Beating the Soreness Away, Literally…

“Are you sure you want to do it?” asked my therapist of the day, Fion, with perplexed look when I selected the Rhythm Sticks Treatment (RM300) at the Rock Spa in Hard Rock Hotel Penang. “Err…yes? Why?” I suddenly doubted my decision for a second. Why wouldn’t it be suitable for me? She later explained gently that the treatment utilises bamboo rods of various sizes to destroy knots and relieve aching muscles belonging to those of brawnier body type. While it was sweet of her to think that I have a small body (clearly she needed glasses), I convinced her that I have had a similar treatment in a local spa back in Kuala Lumpur and fortunately, my body survived. Besides, the […]

Village Hotels: Mirrors of Tradition and Pride

Hotels & Resorts

Village Hotels: Mirrors of Tradition and Pride

In a world where travel is no longer just about escaping the mundane but rather to further enhance our quality of life and make us more enriched, today’s travellers are becoming more demanding than ever. They seek true connection with the destination, be it through the activities they do, the food they eat or even the place they stay. Imagine waking up in a country that gives you a strong sense of place – it adds more meaning to the trip, doesn’t it? And that is what the Village Hotels by Far East Hospitality have in spades. The idea behind the Village Hotels brand is to deliver local and integrated experiences for its guests, by promoting and advocating the cultural essence of […]

Perak World of Wonders: Loving the Age-Old Legacies

Perak

Perak World of Wonders: Loving the Age-Old Legacies

In conjunction with the Perak World of Wonders (WOW) programme organised by Tourism Perak in collaboration with Gaya Travel Magazine, a group of 20 media members and travel agents embarked on a journey to Perak to learn more about the state’s age-old legacies, and below are the highlights of their trip.

The Colourful Citrawarna Went Green in 2017

Events & Happenings

The Colourful Citrawarna Went Green in 2017

To celebrate the annual Citrawarna festival, the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MOTAC) Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau (KLTB), Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and Tourism Malaysia collaborated with Gaya Travel Magazine in organising a media familiarisation programme called Eat, Travel, Write & Doodle (ETWD) 3.0 to promote the Citrawarna extravaganza held annually in Kuala Lumpur. The trip was joined by almost 30 participants comprising journalists, bloggers, and social media influencers, including doodlers and illustrators from the country. The familiarisation trip not only promoted Citrawarna but also attractions in Kuala Lumpur through conventional and new media platforms through creative postings and live updates. For 2017, Citrawarna was held at Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur, on 28 October 2017 with the theme “The Sunrise, […]

Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah Cementing Malaysia’s Position as a Tourism Powerhouse

ArticlesPersonalities

Datuk Rashidi Hasbullah Cementing Malaysia’s Position as a Tourism Powerhouse

Gaya Travel Magazine sits with the ever dashing YBhg. Datuk Rashidi bin Hasbullah, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture (MOTAC) Malaysia, as he shares his memorable moments at work, challenges Malaysia is currently facing in terms of tourism and how the country is preparing for Visit Malaysia 2020. Datuk Rashidi is certainly not an unfamiliar face in the tourism industry, having frequented various meetings, conferences and programmes over the years to help position Malaysia as a leading tourism destination. His career in MOTAC began as Assistant Secretary after completing his Diploma in Public Management Programme from the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) in 1996. When asked why he chooses tourism, he says it was not planned and rather […]

Sparking All Senses on Fijian Shores

Australia & PacificFiji

Sparking All Senses on Fijian Shores

We visited Fiji, an exotic ultra-seductive country located midway between Tahiti and Australia with fewer than one million residents.

Cruise Accommodations in ASEAN

Hotels & Resorts

Cruise Accommodations in ASEAN

Cruising today is becoming the more popular alternative among travellers who want to make the most out of their vacation minus the fuss. Gaya Travel presents a list of top cruise lines that traverse the waters in Southeast Asia that travellers can consider for that fuss-free yet well-rounded journeys around the ASEAN region.

The Danna Langkawi: Where Sweet Memories Are Made

Hotels & Resorts

The Danna Langkawi: Where Sweet Memories Are Made

The Danna Langkawi, a luxury retreat for honeymooners, retirees, writers and sophisticated fellow travellers. Its southwest location of the island brings more serenity since it is away from the madding crowd in Kuah, yet not too distant from Langkawi’s main attractions: nature, adrenaline-pumping activities and of course, shopping!

Aiman Batang Ai: A Refreshing Take on the Land of Borneo

Hotels & ResortsSarawak

Aiman Batang Ai: A Refreshing Take on the Land of Borneo

I came to Aiman Batang Ai Resort & Retreat under the invitation by Tourism Malaysia Sarawak Office to cover on the property that had undergone a rebranding exercise in early 2016 following a change of ownership from Hilton Hotel Kuching to Planet Borneo Lodge Management Sdn. Bhd. Truthfully, the resort was like nothing else I’ve ever stayed. Not only its architecture is impressive – the resort is modelled after a traditional Iban longhouse – but also emphasises on giving guests a real connection to the location and its surroundings, without compromising on great hospitality and comfort. It took four hours on a bus along the bumpy road from Kuching before we arrived at Batang Ai, which is roughly 270 kilometres away. We […]

Refresh, Refuel and Recharge at Oasia Suites Kuala Lumpur

Hotels & Resorts

Refresh, Refuel and Recharge at Oasia Suites Kuala Lumpur

Siti shares her exhilarating staycation experience at the Oasia Suites Kuala Lumpur.

Resorts with Socio-Ecological Conscience

DestinationsHotels & ResortsListicles

Resorts with Socio-Ecological Conscience

In their commitment to become responsible travellers who try to leave only positive impacts on the environment, local society and economy when travelling, travellers can choose to patronise businesses or services that are ethical and help to conserve the environment. After all, social and ecological consciousness is about the choices we make in terms of the food we eat, the activities we do, the things we buy, and the places we stay. So when you decide to embark on another exciting trip next time, why don’t you begin it by booking hotels or resorts that are deemed ecologically and socially responsible? Here are some of our recommendations that fit the bill:   1. Belum Rainforest Resort, Malaysia Price: From RM700 per night […]