Now self-quarantine, isolation facilities with meals available at premium hotels; how to book, what to expect

Welcomhotels has rolled a notable initiative to help flatten the COVID-19 curve across India by offering quarantine facilities. Image: Welcomhotel, Bengaluru Uncertainty hits India’s travel and hospitality segments once again! At a time when the travel and hospitality industry had begun to witness an uptick in terms of demand, the second wave of the pandemic … Read more

Asia is the world’s most expensive region for the wealthy. Here’s how 25 global cities stack up

Asia continues to be the most expensive place in the world to be rich, according to a new report, which saw the region’s resilience to the Covid-19 pandemic hold high prices steady. The world’s most populous continent remained the most costly for high-and ultra-high net worth individuals (HNWIs) in Bank Julius Baer’s Global Wealth and … Read more

Here’s what it costs to work remotely in 4 global hotspots

Google may be calling people back into the office, but many other companies — not to mention entrepreneurs — are still committed to remote work. From Croatia to Barbados, destinations provide vastly different experiences for foreigners who wish to work from new shores. The weather is usually better (save hurricanes), and costs can be cheaper … Read more

BofA names the ‘must have’ global stocks set to pop on a China spending boom

d3sign | Moment | Getty Images Analysts from Bank of America have picked their favorite luxury fashion stocks, as the sector shifts from “nice-to-have” to a “must-have” for investors. The global stock picks are set to cash in as millions of Chinese consumers rush to buy high-end clothing and handbags online, the analysts said in … Read more

Online bookings hit the roof! Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar among top tourist destinations: Devendra Parulekar, SaffronStays

An emerging pattern indicates a robust uptick in bookings for week days. (Photo source: SaffronStays) Planning your summer vacation this year? Plenty of travel options and leisure destinations are available as Indian travellers are now set to travel even during week days to popular domestic destinations, rather than wait for long weekends. Since the unlock … Read more

Saks Fifth Avenue owner spins e-commerce site into separate business

As department stores like Saks Fifth Avenue try to get shoppers back into stores after the Covid-19 pandemic shutdowns, the shift to online sales may continue to accelerate thanks to personalization technology. Richard Lautens | Toronto Star | Getty Images HBC, the owner of Saks Fifth Avenue, said Friday it would be spinning the luxury … Read more

Premium stay or discount deals? From vacation homes, wellness retreats to road trips!

Several surveys have indicated that people are ready to pay a premium for their safety. Image: SaffronStays-Harmony Deolali Dreaming of a road trip or an Ayurveda wellness retreat in a picturesque lush green scenic spot? Good news! 2021 offers a perfect opportunity for Indian travellers to step out from their homes! Be it a staycation, … Read more

Even the well-traveled rarely know these beautiful remote islands in Asia

A cluster of islands in the northernmost region of the Philippines is so remote that they are actually closer to Taiwan than to most parts of the Philippines. The islands sit 100 miles north of Luzon, the country’s largest and most populous island and home to the capital city of Manila. Yet, they couldn’t be … Read more

Sri Lanka is now open to travelers — no quarantine, but no mingling with locals too

To quarantine or not to quarantine — that is the question. Or at least it has been for countries deliberating how to handle incoming international travelers. But that changed last month when Sri Lanka reopened its borders with a requirement unlike any country that had opened before it —  one that neither grants travelers free … Read more

Remote workers want to live in Asia, but Asia doesn’t seem to want them quite yet

It’s often said that remote workers can work from any place that has an internet connection. But tell that to someone who wants to live and work in Bangkok or Bali right now. The coronavirus pandemic has pushed millions of workers from their offices into their homes — and many have decided they want to … Read more