Sunday, July 30, 2006

Landing In Paradise

W Seoul in print. photo by Equalizer

This summer might not be the greatest summer to travel. Never the less, alot of us still need proper advice as to where to stay. Everyone needs to find an oasis amidst a jungle of shit looking concrete buildings. Well I could only say that about a few cities. Anyhow whenever I am reasearching for interesting boutique hotels i would normally check the following sites.

P.S. In case you are around Damascus, which is not recommended at the moment, you might want to check out the brand new Talisman, owned and carefully done by Youssef Takla and his French wife Veronique.


Blogger Sheba said...

thank you for the tips

loved the photo

my next trip will be to wako texas, any hip hotels there? ;/

8/07/2006 10:28:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Sheba #1 Are going there for college? Baylor that is.

#2 Why choose Waco?? Isint that the place where Michael Koresh locked himslef ina church with many followers and burnt themselves? :S

Anyhow, I don't think you will find any boutique hotels around Waco. However, you might want to checkout the B&B's which is a different experience which I found to be amusing depends on where you stay.
check out this site for a selection:

This shal give you a nice and pleasant stay experience. No lounge no restaurant, but a perfect alternative to the hotel experience.

Good Luck ;)

8/08/2006 04:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hehe i wasn't serious about finding hip hotels in Wako, and yes its the town that the cult leader David Koresh (as in Dawood Qureish) locked himself with his followers in a barn and there was a stand off with the FBI which led to a huge fire and most burnt to death:

8/08/2006 01:01:00 PM  
Blogger Sheba said...

ops that was me

8/08/2006 01:02:00 PM  
Blogger Sheba said...

Going to Wako for training, and i like B&Bs but when on holiday. For work, i need a good bed with fluffy pillows :)

Never tried a B&B in the US though, how are they?

8/08/2006 01:05:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Training in Waco? Who is getting you those courses? It really must be something very unique that you need to be there! Forensics perhaps? :p

As for the B&B's, Its very difficult to predict the quality, all you have are the pictures to judge. My experience was generally good, but then again it wasn't near Waco, so those factors do play a role. I dont think you can find a nice clean bed in any of the hotels / motels in Waco, but give it a shot. Oh yeah one more thing, pics are deceiving, so it might look bad "hailigee" but its really comfortable. Tried many in India, so its all about the experience.

8/08/2006 03:45:00 PM  
Blogger Rimyoleta said...

omg ur back!!
I miss you!

8/08/2006 10:23:00 PM  
Blogger Equalizer said...

Hey Rimi ! yeah me too, its been a while. I dont think I can be as active as before, but atleast I'm trying :p

8/09/2006 12:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Give us bread or give us free! said...

Love your wicked sense of humor! (cue : the Amistad Mall opening soon in Salmieh). :)
If it's paradise you hanker after your search ends at the Osho International Meditation Resort where they have pulled out all the stops in making sure you have an experience of a lifetime, and keep coming back for more :

The Osho Commune at

I just got back from there a totally different detoxed person.
And yes, I was a dynamic meditation virgin too until Osho happened to me.
Move over Gstaad say hullo to the Osho Commune.

8/13/2006 05:04:00 PM  
Blogger let them eat cake! said...

gorgeous setting, looks like a wonderful place to be alone, just started reading ur posts, u seem to enjoy living in your own world, must have alot to think about.

8/14/2006 05:51:00 PM  
Anonymous fiddler on a hot tin roof said...

Think cultural tourism think Auroville (
Had been there visiting once with my cousin and his girlfriend.
An ideal getaway from the chaos which is life in a megalopolis.
What began as a social experiment in the 60s is now a thriving melting pot of bohemian lifestyle, with its understated elegance.
This is one place ALL ARE TRULY WELCOME.

8/14/2006 10:39:00 PM  
Blogger da Angel wears Escada said...

Our chum Shashi Tharoor at the UN writes in the IHT about this Ayurvedic ecotel they have in Palakkad, God's own country(Kerala) called CGH Earth's " Kalari Kovilakom" where you can speed dial to your inner broad band self and unravel the real you.

Should be worth at least a dekko.
I'd quite like to go there and experience life(for 2 weeks max) sans the mobile, the landline, TV or newspapers.
Zoom in to to zoom out with new set of eyes, as Marcel Proust would have put it.

8/20/2006 01:54:00 PM  

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