Boutique Hotels with Stunning Restaurants

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Image: Talung Thai, Paresa Resort

From exceptional locations and enchanting views to an unforgettable gastronomic experience that will have your palates jumping for joy – these hotels have gone above and beyond when it comes to the perfect dining experience.

LA’s Chateau Marmont – headed by celebrated Executive Chef and culinary star, Carolynn Spence – serves up Californian haute cuisine in a classic old-Hollywood setting. Hotel Tugu Bali boasts five dining venues, all of which are decked with remarkable Indonesian interiors, and menus ranging from Chinese Peranakan cuisine to traditional Indonesian fare. Enjoy spectacular sea views (and the sunset if you’re lucky) paired with scrumptious Italian, Mediterranean or Thai cuisine at the outdoor deck of the luxurious Paresa Resort in Phuket.

Hungry for more? Read on to know more about these three boutique hotels with stunning restaurants.



Chateau Marmont

8221 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90046

Equal parts charming and captivating, Chateau Marmont is a fusion of rich history and beautiful architecture. Modelled after an elegant Loire Valley castle, the famed Chateau Marmont is a designated cultural monument in the heart of the Sunset strip. The Restaurant at the Chateau Marmont, helmed by executive Chef Carolynn Spence, features an intimate and glamorous indoor dining area as well as an idyllic garden terrace, both of which offer Mediterranean-infused Californian fare.

Perfect for:

A glamorous stay

Noteworthy spot:

The suites

Worth getting out for:

Shopping in West Hollywood

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Chateau Marmont | Boutique Hotels with Stunning Restaurants | Travelshopa


Hotel Tugu Bali

Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu Beach, Bali 80361

Hotel Tugu requests that you leave reality behind. You’ll gladly oblige once you see the lush tropical gardens, crashing waves and red giant sunsets. Standing on the south-west coast of Bali, on a long silky stretch of Canggu Beach, this hotel is the epiphany of nirvana. You’ll never go hungry thanks to the rich mix of five dining venues. Enjoy authentic Indonesian cuisine in the garden, by the quiet beach or at a private dining pavilion by a lotus pond. Choices are endless here.

Perfect for:

Getting lost in Indonesian wonderland

Noteworthy spot:

On-site art collection

Worth getting out for:

Uniquely Indonesian activities arranged by the hotel

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Paresa Resort

49 Moo6, Layi-Nakalay Road, Kamala Kathu, Phuket 83150

Perched on the seaside slopes amid tropical forests over blue waters and a scenic vista of the Andaman Sea, Paresa is the heaven of all heavens. The villas and suites are nothing short of expansive sea views, infinity pools and a heightened sense of solitude thanks to its location. Paresa offers two restaurants – Diavolo, a Mediterranean and Italian restaurant with a 270-degree ocean view and Paresea’s signature, Talung Thai serves authentic Thai cuisine in an al fresco setting at the edge of the cliff.

Perfect for:

An idyllic retreat

Noteworthy Spot:

The Spa by Paresa

Worth getting out for:

The magnificent beaches

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Boutique Hotels with Stunning Restaurants

Off The Beaten Track Stays

Bernardus Lodge and Spa | Carmel Boutique Hotel | Off The Beaten Track Stays | Travelshopa

Bernardus Lodge & Spa


Sometimes we too like to take a break away from the shopping and venture off the beaten track. These under the radar towns are full of interesting things to discover. Whether you are in California, Vietnam or Thailand these three hotels are our favourite places to pull up stomps at the end of a day of adventure.




Carmel, California

Bernardus Lodge & Spa

415 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

Carmel-by-the-Sea – also as known as Carmel is a quaint village in Northern California. The place makes a splendid getaway for all age groups thanks to its abundance of shops, art galleries, beaches, wineries and sceneries.

Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel echoes all that is charming, intimate and comfortable. All 73 rooms, suites and villas exude a flair of European elegance with hints of old-world sophistication. Large soaking tubs, fireplaces, and lavish king-size featherbeds make this place hard to leave.

Perfect for:

An all-rounded trip

Noteworthy Spot:

Spa with wine-based treatments

Worth getting out for:

Garland Ranch Regional Park

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Danang, Vietnam

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

Bai Bac, Son Tra Peninsula, Danang, Vietnam

Danang, the third largest city in Vietnam is sprawling with pristine and breath-taking beach resorts – thanks to its strategic Eastern Seacoast location.

Perched on a cliff side around the isolated and sparkling Son Tra Peninsula bay, the Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is perhaps Vietnam’s most extravagant beach resort. The lush resort holds many amenities that add to its “paradise on earth” guise – think beachfront villas with private pools, fine cuisine by a Michelin-starred chef, the award-winning Harrn Heritage spa, a freeform pool close to an untouched beach and a beach bar.

Perfect for:

An adults-only getaway

Noteworthy spot:

700-metre private beach

Worth getting out for:

3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort | Chiang Mai Boutique Hotel | Off The Beaten Track Stays | Travelshopa

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tamarind Village

50/1 Rajdamnoen Road, Tambon Sri Pum Amphoe Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand

Away from the frenzy of Bangkok is Chiang Mai, an urban idyll and cultural pocket in northern Thailand. The ancient city is sprawling with elaborate Buddhist temples, national parks and museums making it a cultural and religious centre.

To make the most of this oasis of cool and calm, secure a stay at Tamarind Village. Built around the 200-year old tamarind tree, the garden courtyard village is designed with a nod to tribal accents and the ethnic diversity of northern Thailand. Guests enter through a majestic bamboo arch and rooms and suites are adorned with fabrics and patterns drawn from various tribes of the region.

Perfect for:

A calm and atmospheric stay

Noteworthy Spot:

The Spa Suite

Worth getting out for:

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar market

Tamarind Village | Chiang Mai Boutique Hotel | Off The Beaten Track Stays | Travelshopa

Shopping in Waikiki, Honolulu

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Waikiki, the tourist epicentre of Hawaii’s capital, Honolulu, boasts a nexus of activity. Apart from catching waves and frolicking on the iconic Waikiki beach, feasting on Hawaiian gastronomy and sipping on your favourite concoctions, you’ll also be able to get your shopping fix right here.

In this guide to shopping in Waikiki, we bring you some in-the-know boutiques at the Royal Hawaiian Center, the leading shopping and entertainment destination in Waikiki, as well as some of the coolest boutiques along this bustling stretch.

Here’s where you’ll discover Waikiki’s treasure without the hunt.



Resortwear uniform for men since 1936

#L133, 226 Lewers Street, Honolulu 96815

Trust Kahala to carry the ultimate resortwear uniform for men. For over 80 years, the team has offered tropical prints with exquisite textile artwork and clothing styles with a personality that is distinctly Kahala. Now, shirts, T-shirts, board shorts, swim shorts and accessories in comfy rayon, cotton and linen materials are a common sight at the boutique.

Kahala | Shopping in Waikiki | Travelshopa
Kahala | Shopping in Waikiki | Travelshopa


Kao Nani

Hawaiian jewellery with contemporary Hawaiian influences

Building C, 1st floor, Royal Hawaiian Center, 2201 Kalakaua Ave 96815

The rich history of Hawaii awaits you at Kao Nani – through jewellery. Inspired by the unique and wondrous natural splendour of the Hawaiian Island, each piece of jewellery is an opus, lovingly handcrafted by a family of artisans, combining the rich history of Hawaiian jewellery with contemporary Hawaiian influences. The pieces are intermingled with silver and white, pink and yellow gold. Platinum pieces with precious and semi-precious stones like diamonds, opals and turquoise are also available. You know where to find us!

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Native Hands

Aboriginal and native inspired jewellery

2162 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu 96815

Touted as Hawaii’s leading hand-crafted jewellery and accessory company, Native Hands is one jewellery shop you can’t miss. The store’s interior presents a rustic vibe with the clever use of woods and tribal motifs. The aboriginal and native inspired collections are not cluttered and are showcased perfectly for you to mix and match.



Olive & Oliver

Authentic beach culture

The Surfjack Hotel, 412 Lewers St, Honolulu 96815

Situated in the hip Surfjack Hotel, this boutique may be small in size but sure does pack a punch. The boutique oozes beach vibes. They even have an Instagrammable pineapple printed wall for your daily snaps. The beach-focused apparel includes men’s and womenswear brands from Cleobella, Sundry, California Dreaming, Splendid Mills, Surfjack and more. Be sure to grab a cuppa featuring beans from the Northwest favourite, Caffe Vita on your way out.

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Pink Sand Hawaii

For all beach babes

#117B, Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, 2201 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu 96815

The sister boutique Aloha Aina, Pink Sand Hawaii is a quaint little boutique that stars everything from swimwear to beach accessories and jewellery. Fun and flirty tops from Flynn Skye, bandeau bikini tops from Mikoh, rattan tote bags from Flora Bella and swimwear classic from Acacia, Cali Dreaming and kid’s label, Kimi and Li are some highlights in this boutique. Perfect for all beach babes.


Shopping in Waikiki, Honolulu

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Unique Stays in San Francisco


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The rest of California might be preparing for fall but the land of Indian Summers; San Francisco is latching on to the unseasonable weather.

We are taking full advantage of the sun-kissed city by unwinding in one of these unique yet exciting stays.

From a historic lodge, a former army barracks, to a hotel that embraces the city’s melting pot of diverse cultures; we bring you three unique stays in San Francisco and what to pack.



Inn at the Presidio

42 Moraga Ave, San Francisco, CA 94129, United States

Step into the Inn at the Presidio, a tranquil retreat perched in the heart of the Presidio. Just 15 minutes from downtown, this 26-room Georgian Revival barracks house – which was once reserved for Army officers – is now equal parts chic and snug.

Though the century-old quarters now possess a modern twist, artisan details and military memorabilia reminiscent of the hotel’s history make a cameo around the lobby and rooms. Wooden rocking chairs are placed at the all-white veranda. A fireplace greets you in the lobby and what was once a ‘mess hall’ is now a communal breakfast and lounge area, complete with an outdoor deck with a fire pit.

The rooms – most of which are suites, are furnished with pullout couches, massive windows, iron-wrought bed frames, wooden rocking chairs and gas fireplaces. Travellers with families or big groups can unwind at the charming Funston House, a renovated historic officer’s home with four rooms and a living room and dining room. 

Perfect for:

A touch of history in a serene setting

Noteworthy spot:

The communal area

Worth getting out for:

The Walt Disney Family Museum or numerous hiking trails in the parkland

Inn at The Presido | Unique Stays in San Francisco | Travelshopa


Hotel Zeppelin San Francisco

545 Post St, Union Square, San Francisco, CA 94102, United States

Located in the aristocratic Nob Hill, just two blocks away from Union Square emerges the ultra-hip boutique hotel, Hotel Zeppelin. The hotel celebrates the perfect amalgamation of eclecticism and eccentricity – embracing the city’s diverse culture counterparts under one roof.

All 196 rooms do not shy away from its eclectic style, combining dollops of mid-century to bohemian vibes like lush velvet cushions, leather headboards and furniture in bright hues complemented with rich-coloured palettes of black, grey and cream. Even the bathrooms scream eccentric thanks to the use of psychedelic motifs. No room gets left behind.

The crux of Hotel Zeppelin lies in the game room. The 1300 sq. ft. space boasts new and nostalgic games for the ideal hang. Enjoy a concoction from the speakeasy bar or practice your free throws with the basketball hoops, at the communal sitting area.

Perfect for:

A hipster, rock-n-roll and retro inspired stay

Noteworthy Spot:

The Den

Worth getting out for:

Union Square

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Cavallo Point 

601 Murray Cir, Sausalito, CA 94965, United States

Just a stone’s throw away from the San Francisco Bay, in the dreamy Sausalito district sits Cavallo Point. The historic boutique hotel and lodge is fit for anyone seeking for a one of a kind location that epitomises calm, cool and collected.

What was once a former army barracks is now a cosy lodge designed in Colonial Revival style with lashings of modernity. The rooms offer a lineup of traditional and modern styles with the former in white colonial revival houses complete with high wooden ceilings and tall windows. Modern rooms, on the other hand, offer a private balcony or patio, and a fireplace in an eco-friendly building.

Enjoy picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean, Marin headlands and the San Francisco skyline with a glass of wine at the Farley Bar. Recoup at the spa and healing arts centre and outdoor meditation area. Enjoy a meal at the renowned Murray Circle. The entertainment choices are endless.

Perfect for:

Unwinding in a traditional and modern setting

Noteworthy Spot:

Acclaimed restaurant, Murray Circle

Worth getting out for:

Guided weekend hikes and tours of Fort Baker

Cavallo Point | Unique Stays in San Francisco | Travelshopa


Unique stays in San Francisco

Catherine Bailey, Heath Ceramics

Heath Ceramics might have scaled the heights of global success, but the company remains a champion for local, small-batch manufacturing in the US. The company was founded in 1948 by enterprising ceramicist Edith Heath and her husband Brian in Sausalito, California....

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