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Helga's Guest House, Sri Lanka

HELGA’S GUEST HOUSE, SRI LANKA: Swim with Monkeys?

It’s definitely the funkiest property we’ve covered, but this Bloomberg article “An Inexpensive Jungle Retreat Perfect for the Instagram Era,” By Richard Vines, intrigued us. According to Helga’s Guest House in Sri Lanka: “If expecting a regular hotel experience, best look elsewhere. Thank you.” It’s a small home/guesthouse in the Sri Lankan …

Mandarin Oriental Singapore Pool

MANDARIN ORIENTAL, SINGAPORE, READER SWIM

Here’s a reader swim pic from our International Textile Specialist pal ML from her recent visit to the Mandarin Oriental Singapore. The hotel is right on Marina Bay, with a view of one of the most famous hotel swimming pools in the world—The Marina Bay Sands. Pretty stiff competition for a hotel …

Galaxy, Macau

THE GALAXY, MACAU

Turns out the wave pool at The Galaxy, Macau, is somewhat of a disappointment, to one reporter at least. You know how we hate that bait and switch (remember this). He says the resort only has one surfboard and the waves aren’t strong enough to support the weight needed for propulsion. He …

Photo: Hotel Chatter

PARKROYAL ON PICKERING, SINGAPORE Link

Hotel Chatter has some great photos and a nice piece up of what they are calling the best hotel poolside cabana anywhere in the world. They are these oversized cage-like structures at the edge of a 5th floor terrace. They remind me of the top of the rocket slide I used …

Ritz Carlton Hong Kong

BEST HOTEL SWIMMING POOL LINKS

Here are a couple of recent hotel swimming pool links we’ve encountered lately. The first one, from Fox News, via Conde Nast Traveler is pretty surprising. It’s a list of the Most Beautiful Pools. Yes, it includes a bunch of spots that don’t appear on list after list like this. …