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Articles by Tahir Shah

A Phoenix Risen From the Ashes: The St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London
December 31, 2013
By Tahir Shah
There's nothing quite so wonderful as a phoenix rising from the ashes. And there's no phoenix quite so majestic, or utterly awe-inspiring, as the one that stands on the north side of London's Euston Road.
Hotel Review: The Upper House and the Opposite House Hotels
January 30, 2012
By Tahir Shah
Even for the most travel-jaded adventurer Hong Kong is a destination that gets the blood pumping right from touchdown. There may no longer be the almost suicidal landings at the Kai Tak Airport in Kowloon Bay, but the anticipation is still the same.
On Safari: The Wonders of Kenya

By Tahir Shah
Wake up just after dawn at a tented encampment near the chill shadowed slopes of Kilimanjaro, and it's impossible not to feel reborn. The air is cool, filled with the clatter of white-bellied ‘go-away' birds, the ground moist with fresh dew. There's a scent of raw nature, and a sense that time has been wound back centuries.
An Escape to Morocco's Ourika Valley
September 28, 2011
By Tahir Shah
Stare out at the Ourika Valley and you find yourself glimpsing back in time.
India's Royal Heritage Experience Aboard the Maharaja Express
March 12, 2011
By Tahir Shah
Long train journeys are one of life's greatest pleasures...never more so when they mix adventure with luxury.
Taj Cape Town: A Contemporary Classic

By Tahir Shah
It is ten years since I last visited Cape Town and first fell under its spell.
India's Scorpion Palace: Taj Falaknuma Palace, Hyderabad

By Tahir Shah
Some seventy years ago, the Nizam of Hyderabad was pictured on the front cover of TIME Magazine. Why? Simple – because he was the richest man on Earth.
The Five Star Experience in Mumbai: The Oberoi & Trident Hotels

By Tahir Shah
Stand in the vast lobby at the flagship Oberoi Hotel, downtown Mumbai, and it's impossible not to be lulled by the calm. Giant windows peer out on the city skyline and Marine Drive, and on half a dozen fragile-looking fishing boats plying their way in from the Arabian Sea.
Animal Magic at Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, South Africa

By Tahir Shah
As the first dawn light streams over the horizon, touching the landscape with a blanket of gold, you get a sense of the unending immensity that is the Kwandwe.
A Travel Fantasy at the Royal Mansour Marrakech
November 25, 2010
By Tahir Shah
Morocco is the land of A Thousand and One Nights, a realm touched by magic, where fact and fantasy blend together effortlessly. Sometimes people like to say that there's nothing new in the kingdom that's sprinkled with magic dust.
Magic and Mystery in Marrakech at La Mamounia
October 21, 2010
By Tahir Shah
Marrakech is far more than a mere place name. It's a word which conjures all the magic and mystery of the Moroccan desert. Once a tiny oasis lost amid the brick-red North African sands, it is today a thriving destination for travelers.

 

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Hotel Valley Ho - Scottsdale, AZ
Escape to the sun in Scottsdale! A hideaway for celebrities, this Downtown Scottsdale resort features generously sized guest rooms with all-glass walls opening onto airy patios or balconies, many with views of Camelback Mountain.

 

 

 

Carneros Resort and Spa - Napa Valley, California
The resort features 86 charming private guest cottages and suites and nightly private luxury home rentals, each furnished with casual elegance and nestled in a lush garden courtyard with private deck.

 

 

 

Calala Island - Nicaragua
A luxury resort named one of "The 10 Best Private Islands in the World" is nestled in the undiscovered part of the Caribbean, off the coast of Nicaragua. Come experience barefoot luxury in a pristine paradise!

 

 

 

Carrington Italia - Amalfi Coast
Luxury Villa Accommodations and Personalized Service on Italy's celebrated Amalfi Coast. Experts in providing exclusive travel experiences and local knowledge of the Amalfi Coast.

 

 

 

Hotel del Coronado - San Diego
The iconic Hotel del Coronado has been the world's choice for creating inDELible moments and connections for over 128 years.

 

 

 

Eden Roc at Cap Cana - Punta Cana
Offering exclusive luxury in the Dominican Republic, Eden Roc at Cap Cana, the only Relais & Chateaux hotel on the island, features 34 freestanding suites with private pools and stunning views.

 

 

 

The Luxury Signature - The Finest Luxury Villas in Southeast Asia
The Luxury Signature is Southeast Asia's most exclusive collection of luxury villas rental and vacation homes, located in some of the most beautiful destinations including Phuket and Koh Samui in Thailand, and Bali in Indonesia.

 

 

 

Primland - Meadows of Dan, VA
A pristine Blue Ridge Mountain resort offering 12,000 acres of space, sky and shifting moods. Primland is the ultimate getaway for world-class golf, refined dining, and outdoor activities in an environment of rare natural beauty.

 

 

 

Rawai VIP Villas - Phuket, Thailand
A brand new family community and kids' park that epitomizes modern Thai luxury. Each of the 40 villas boasts a private pool in terraced courtyards.

 

 

Meadowood Napa Valley
Owned by vintners and dedicated to showcasing Napa Valley wines, Meadowood is a member of Relais & Chateaux and features a 3 Michelin Star Restaurant!

 

 

Hurtigruten Cruises
Go beyond a traditional cruise line - explore the world in an authentic, unique & natural style. Hurtigruten offers voyages to Antarctica, Norway, Iceland, Greenland & more.

 

 

From Milan to the Northern Lakes, Luxury and Romance
Relais & Chateaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully customize according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover.

 

 

Jade Mountain - St. Lucia
Jade Mountain is an exclusive luxury 'resort within a resort' with 24 suites at St. Lucia's famed Anse Chastanet Resort, in a truly romantic and magical setting poised high overlooking St. Lucia's Piton World Heritage site and the Caribbean Sea.

 

 

Home in Italy: The Most Stunning Villas Imaginable!
The portfolio includes handpicked properties located in the most beautiful regions of Italy; a team of specialists personally selects each villa and only the finest properties become part of the exclusive Home in Italy collection.

 

 

Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor - Siem Reap, Cambodia
Set across from the Royal Palace, Raffles Grand Hotel d'Angkor is one of the landmark historic hotels of the legendary Grand Tour of Indochina. The hotel first opened its doors in 1932 but the legend lives on today after careful restoration.

 

 

Relais San Sanino - Tuscany, Italy
Four suites are beautifully furnished with terracotta floors, wooden beams, refined fabrics, period furniture, travertine and marble, crystal showers, Jacuzzi with chromotherapy, Bang&Olufsen TV, iPod with AirMusic system.

 

 

BINA - Luxury Yacht Charter 142'
Offering remarkable quantities of luxury for a yacht of her size category, nothing but unadulterated bliss awaits you on board BINA. Sleeps 10-12 in 5 cabins.