In the heat of the night – Racing at over 180 mph through Asia’s financial heart

The idea was to lure both the world‘s jet-setters and well-heeled tourists. And indeed, thousands of Asian millionaires have already found asylum here, drawn by Singapore‘s wealth-friendly tax system and huge government spending to jack up the general standard of living. Outsized floodlights turn darkness to light for nightshift construction workers from every country you…

At home at the Monarchs in Dubai

While the major hotel chains outdo each other with ever more pompous constructions, The Monarch prefers to stay aloof from the fray. With only 37 floors to its name, the comparatively diminutive building (number one on the important Sheikh Zayed Road) aims simply to become the most distinguished hotel in the -emirate. The private limousine…

Good Karma in Bali

Teak furniture, traditional crafts and irreplaceable antique fittings. Inviting furnishings in subtle shades of chocolate, coffee, bronze and copper: Bali seems to be developing a style all its own, and all its resorts are going with the flow. In its own way, each establishment nevertheless remains unmistak-able. The Karma Kandara is a fine example: In…