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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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Calala Island - Nicaragua
A luxury private island resort nestled in the undiscovered part of the Caribbean, off the coast of Nicaragua. Come experience barefoot luxury in a pristine paradise!

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Villa Sabai Jai - Koh Tao, Thailand
Three exclusive, boutique pool villas for rent on the small island Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand -- the perfect place for those seeking privacy, luxury and tranquility.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

A.M.A Selections - Luxury Villa Rentals in France & Italy
Strongly focused on delivering memorable experiences for each guest, A.M.A Selections is setting itself apart with their intimate knowledge of their properties and destinations.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Autobahn Adventures - Luxury European Driving Tours
Autobahn Adventures offers Porsche and Audi driving tours of Europe, each visiting amazing countries such as Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and France.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa
A hidden gem in middle America, nestled on the shores of Table Rock Lake in southwestern Missouri. Surrounded by the magnificent Mark Twain National Forest, this remote retreat is a unique combination of rugged wilderness and refined luxury.

 

 

AutoEurope - Luxury Car Rental
Rent the car of your dreams and treat yourself to the best in style, comfort and automotive engineering on your next getaway.

 

 

Relais San Sanino - Tuscany, Italy
A romantic and exclusive retreat situated in the quiet countryside among hills and small valleys between Torrita di Siena and Montefollonico in Tuscany.

 

 

Plaza Athenee Bangkok, A Royal Meridien Hotel - Thailand
Ideally situated on the most beautiful tree-lined avenue in the heart of Asia's favorite destination for culture and entertainment, Plaza Athenee Bangkok, A Royal Meridien Hotel is positioned in the city's shopping and commercial hub.

 

 

The Sea Pines Resort - Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Situated within the 5,000-acre Sea Pines community, The Sea Pines Resort has enthralled generations of travelers and guests for more than 50 years.