Rooms Hotel Kazberg: Retreat in Caucasian Mountains

Rooms Hotel Kazberg Georgia is a modern mountain retreat overlooking the 5000 meter Mount Kazbek peak in the Caucasian Mountains in the country of Georgia.  

Top hotels in the Philippines

The Philippines is a beautiful country, but it does suffer from a lack of boutique hotels and other high end accommodations, especially outside Manila.  Here are our top hotels in the Philippines: 1) Abaca Boutique Resort (Cebu) 2) Raffles Makati (Manila) 3) Shangri-La Makati (Manila) 4) Fairmont Makati (Manila) 5) Club Paradise Palawan (Coron) 6) […]

Japan tax free items now include cosmetics, food and beverages

As of 1 October 2014, tourists in Japan can get a tax refund for cosmetics, skin care, food and beverage (e.g. sake) purchases in department stores and other shops offering tax-free shopping. This is big news for tourists who come to Japan to buy high-end Japanese cosmetics brands such as Shiseido, Cle de Peau, Lunasol, […]

Norwegian Air Shuttle 787 Dreamliner: Oakland, California to Oslo

This is a review of a Norwegian Air Shuttle flight in August 2014 from Oakland, California to Oslo, Norway, specifically the Premium Economy cabin and services. Norwegian began flying from Oakland airport in California to Oslo and Stockholm this year. Although it is a “discount” airline, Norwegian flies the latest Boeing 787 Dreamliner, unlike traditional […]

Top 10 travel tips 2014 edition

Here are Mapplr’s updated top 10 travel tips. (1) In Italy (and other countries with a rich history, food culture and tradition of hospitality, like Japan) go off the beaten track. You will avoid the crowds, pay much less for hotels and restaurants and still see unique sites. (2) Don’t waste your money on renting […]

Etihad, Turkish Airlines to start flying to SFO

San Francisco, the tech capital of the world, has sub-par international connections, especially for passengers traveling to Latin America, Southern Europe, India and the Middle East. Of the four BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India and China), non-stop flights from SFO are offered only to China. Tech entrepreneurs in Tel Aviv, Bangalore, Helsinki or Santiago de […]

Hotel Hotel Canberra: Stunning Architecture in Australia’s Capital

Hotel Hotel Canberra is a new modern hotel opened in Australia’s capital. Hotel Hotel is located on three levels of the Nishi residential building, a sustainable “vertical village” that contains within it facilities delivering the best of global cinema, independent book and pop-up stores, music, and local cafés and bars. Designed by Australian architectural firm Fender Katsalidis, […]