Stripey Things!

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I am addicted to stripes right now.

Breton Sweater

Thank you Mr Porter for helping me add to my collection with the perfect cotton-knit stripe, Breton sweater from Gant. I’ll be wearing this aboard my next flight (Virgin Australia to Los Angeles – Row 5 natch!) and it will double as the perfect evening sweater on the terrace of Le Sirenuse in Positano and JK Capri.

Most loved about this sweater is the cashmere-like knitted cotton and split cuffs. It’s all in the details!

Navy stripes always perk up your look, it’s like the white shirt … gives you an instant face lift and is an indispensable travel staple.

 

Gant Rugger – take a look at the website , I like!

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Weekend in Bangkok!

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The Siam PoolSo I jetted to Bangkok this weekend to celebrate the birthday of one my fabulous friends, Chrissie Lincoln (of Aman resorts).

Destination birthdays are all the go you know?

And what better location than The Siam, the ultra chic urban resort owned by the Sukosol family and under the expert hand of one of the world’s most accomplished GM’s, Mr Jason Friedman.
It has been 18 months since I had stayed at The Siam and I can only tell you that it has gotten even better. The gardens have matured and the luxe rooms are as sumptuous and elegant as I remembered. I took a Mae Nam Suite this time, a vast apartment like space complete with huge walk in bathroom, open bedroom (with the most comfortable beds ever!) and sitting room with a view across the hotel’s Pool Villa rooftops and onto the Chao Phraya river beyond.

The Siam Arrival
Super sleek service starts on arrival, Jason’s team line up at the entrance ready to make every wish possible. A butler to unpack on arrival … You got it!
The pool is divine, you really do feel like you are in a resort in the middle if the city. And don’t fear the hotel’s location , it’s on the river an hour by car upstream from the city centre but with the sleek Siam launch to whisk you up river in 30 minutes – you’ll be on the sky train in no time!

All bookings made with me include the following exclusive amenities:

  • Upgrade in arrival (subject to availability)
  • Breakfast daily
  • A one hour sunset cruise

I suggest stay of at least three nights to soak up the 20′s luxe vibe. It’s classy and sleek and you’ll love it!

HOT TIP

  • Take the complimentary Siam launch in to Saphan Taksin BTS Station and connect with the Skytrain to get around he city – don’t even think of taking a car, you’ll be trapped in that hideous Bangkok traffic all day
  • Stay local, The Siam is traditional Bangkok – eat and shop locally – Jason will give you all the hot tips (he even prints his up to the minute “It List” of Bangkok to help you on your way - you’ll find this in your room.
  • If you do decide to head out one night , make a dinner reservation at Nahm (recently named on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list) and beprepared for some authentic Thai cuisine (think hot and spicy!). Afterwards head to the hottest new bar in town Maggie Choo’s, a Shanghai style speakeasy located underground at HotelNovotel Bangkok.

 

 

Autumn Playlist!

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With a summer twist…

While I am compiling my favourite playlist for my upcoming months of travel, (I depart for Thailand today) and with Bangkok, Koh Samui, Los Angeles, Riviera Maya, Yucatan, Merida, Peubla, Mexico City, Miami, Firenze, Positano, Capri, Rome, Las Vegas, London and Cannes coming right up (and these are the destinations I know about!) there is nothing more important to pack in that Louis Vuitton Keepall than a good playlist. Spotify you are heaven-sent!

Here’s a taste of my fave current tracks on repeat, enjoy!

Seoul – Stay With Us

 

Work Drugs – Delta

 

Elton John vs. Pnau – Sad

 

 

Santorini Dreaming!

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MALTEZA HOUSE – SANTORINI

If group holidays are your thing and you just love to spend time on your holidays with those nearest and dearest living like a local, consider a luxury villa rental and this one in particular in Santorini – Malteza  House. It’s the perfect combination of chic elegance and stylised glamour to help soothe you through a sunny week on this idyllic isle.

Perfectly located, it is situated in Imerovigli, which is probably the prettiest village on the edge of the Caldera between both Fira and Oia. Days will be spent lounging poolside and evenings you have your own enviable (and private) sunset venue for the obligatory aperitivo as roof top terraces with lounge areas offer surreal 360 degree views of the island the surrounding Cycladic archipelago.

Malteza House sleeps six people and the minimum stay is five nights. Book now!

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Through my connections I have access to most fabulous and inspiring villas you are likely to find and I pride myself on accessing the chicest villas swiftly, for the most discerning client.

*All of my preferred suppliers are leaders in their field and will personally inspect and hand-pick each and every villa in their collections.

Contact me today!

Raw Glamour on Koh Kood!

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A whimsical, luxury resort set on the magical island of Koh Kood situated 350km from Bangkok and 80km from the Thai mainland and you’ll fly here via private plane from Bangkok – what better way to start the holiday??

I’d describe Soneva Kiri as “rustic chic” and while it lends itself to the ultimate luxury hideaway or honeymoon destination, it’s perfectly family friendly too.

soneva-kiri-resort-thailand-main-pool_38_507Soneva Kiri epitomizes the authentic luxury that Soneva resorts are famous for … think fabulous villas made of  recycled wood (it’s most definitely cast away glamour!), oodles of day beds and sun loungers adorning your own private pool and decadent, private outdoor bathrooms that help complete your desert-island-chic fantasies.

You’ll spend your days in the usual ways … snorkeling with a marine biologist, lazing on white beaches and enjoying spa treatments in the world class spa. The island even has its very own observatory where you can gaze at a sky ablaze with stars!

Dining is of course up to Soneva’s exacting standards with an emphasis on the fresh and fabulous. You can even dine in a bamboo pod, hoisted high above the tropical foliage where your meals will be delivered via the zip-line acrobatics of your personal waiter!

THE DEAL

So here’s the deal..

  • Book with me (up until 30th June) and take advantage of a special bonus night offer and complimentary daily half board.    *Pay 5 nights receive 2 additional nights free (5+2) and then throw in complimentary meals. Valid for stays 1st June – 31st October 2014.

Why not team a week at Soneva Kiri with a weekend at The (divine) Siam in Bangkok? It’s one of the hottest hotels in the world with one of the sexiest riverfront pools you’ll ever see!

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It’s the perfect escape – Contact me NOW!

Snow Hotels!

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Here’s my pick of the top three latest and greatest snow-stopping resorts in Europe. All three have very different personalities so I am sure you’ll find the perfect fit!

NOW is the time to book these beauties so contact me today!

LE CHALET ZANNIER – France

This is luxury hideaway stuff and perfect for families. Five minutes from Megeve, a charming alpine village, you will find this chic mountain retreat in the perfect location … steps from the pistes, restaurants, bars and shops that Megeve has to offer.

It’s all about linen slip-covered furniture and cozy comfort here at Le Chalet Zannier!

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L’ APOGEE – France

Courchevel bound? Look no further than L’ Apogee, the groovy ski chalet made famous by the stylized interiors of India Mahdavi (India was also responsible for the interiors of CONDESAdf one of my preferred hotels in Mexico City). This is heightened design-glamour and with a Michelin starred restaurant, a Sisley spa on-site and private access to the slopes.

I know you won’t ever want to leave!

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THE CHEDI ANDERMATT – Switzerland

Have I saved the best for last? From my friends at GHM (they of the Asian luxury hotel brand) comes The Chedi Andermatt- their first foray into the snow. Situated in one of Switzerland’s most sought-after ski stations, Asian architectural elements combined with traditional chalet style, re-invent the new luxury lodge.

Finished with dark wood and bare stone interiors you might move right in … you’ll feel right at home!

P.S I’m checking in this December to see what all the fuss is about.

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Marrakech Dreaming!

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diapo-home-villadesorangers6LA VILLA DES ORANGES

It’s been a week of luxury villa rentals all around the world including Marrakech, and in my research I have also found some fab 5 star Riads like this one … La Villa des Orangers.

It’s Relais & Chateaux approved so you know its going to be good. Each suite has a terrace with breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlas mountains, and the Riad offers an azure pool, lush courtyards and Moorish fountains.

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Sound good? It even has a fab day spa – Spa Nuxe. I have you totally covered!

Looks like it’s time to revisit this fascinating city, last time I was there was 1989…  and I am sure things have changed.

Contact me today to book!

Ahoy There!

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Alila Purnama

Alila Purnama

ALILA PURNAMA

So luxury live-aboard sail boats take your fancy? Well have I found the perfect one, it’s the Alila Purnama from my friends at Alila Hotels and Resorts.

Alila Purnama

Alila Purnama

Let me suggest the Komodo Island experience out of Bali on one of the most luxurious Phinisi ships in Asia.

Departing June through October – your Alila Purnama luxury adventure includes:

Exclusive 6-night live-aboard arrangement, with all land transfers and meals, refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages, unlimited dives, activities such as snorkeling, fishing, shore excursions and island hopping, all excursions equipment, all admissions fees to the National Parks and permits, accommodation for up to 10 persons in 5 suites, furnished to Alila luxury standards, crew of 16, including the cruise director and dive instructor, both of whom are PADI-certified, resident chef and the of course your very own spa therapist!

Also includes pre-sail one nights accommodation at Alila Villas Uluwatu, including breakfast and airport pick up service and post-sail two night’s accommodation at Alila Villas Soori including breakfast and airport transfer.

Alila Purnama

Alila Purnama

Believe me, this is the ultimate Indonesian archipelago experience, one-of-a-kind in a lifetime sort of stuff, so grab nine friends, contact me today and let’s set sail in 2014!

JK Place Roma!

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One of my most anticipated check-ins of 2014 will be JK Place Roma in Rome.

Isn’t it chic?

Italy is big on my agenda this year and my Summer itinerary will include a stay at Portrait Firenze in Florence (where I am a brand ambassador!), then I move onto Rome and Capri where I will check-in to JK Place Capri and Punta Tragara.

Oh and of course I will be making time to motor across to Positano and a chic stay at Le Sirenuse …one of my favourite hotels of all time.

Stay tuned … it’s time to bring back some old-fashioned travel glamour, all starting in Rome and JK Place Roma!

@Photos courtesy of JK Place Roma

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Mexico Riche!

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San Servacio Church Valladolid

MEXICO RICHE LUXURY TRAVEL LAUNCHES!

Join guest food blogger Nettie Z and me on our first luxury tour of The Yucatan Peninsula starting 25th May 2014 on the glamorous Riviera Maya.

Our website is now live, so hop on over for all the details http://mexicoriche.com

THE ITINERARY!

Day 1 – Sunday, May 25, 2014

Arrive at Aeropuerto Cancun and get whisked out of the hustle and bustle to the serenity of The Riviera Maya. Check in:  Esencia  A Seaside Estate, Xpu-Ha. 8.00pm:  Brent & Nettie host drinks and canapes.

Day 2 – Monday, May 26, 2014

Hotel:  Esencia A Seaside Estate, Xpu-Ha. It’s all about you today… just luxuriate at the spa, poolside or in a cabana on the beach. So you know, the lunch menu at Esencia consists of over 13 different Ceviche dishes + Margarita = Heaven.

Day 3 – Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hotel:  Esencia A Seaside Estate, Xpu-Ha. Join Brent & Nettie for an afternoon at the chic seaside town of Tulum, we’ll do lunch at Coqui Coqui… don’t forget to pick up a fragrant something after visiting their unique perfumeria.

Day 4 – Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Check out:  Esencia A Seaside Estate, Xpu-Ha. Our licensed guide will whirl you around the must see ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, the world-famous Castillo, a pyramid recently declared one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World”. Join Brent & Nettie for lunch and a dip in an exotic Cenote at Xocempich, an experience exclusive to Mexico Riche guests Check in:  Hacienda Temozon Sur, Temozon. A 17th C sisal hacienda, impeccably restored with the best striped tile detail in Mexico… not to mention the beautifully landscaped gardens and if you’re up for it, a donkey ride around the property for kicks.

Day 5 – Thursday, May 29, 2014

Hotel:  Hacienda Temozon Sur, Temozon. If you thought Chichen Itza was incredible wait till you see Uxmal another important ancient Mayan City. Surprise, surprise… Brent & Nettie have got lunch sorted at the exotic Hacienda Xocnaceh steeped in history and style… sound familiar?

Day 6 – Friday, May 30, 2014

Check out:  Hacienda Temozon Sur, Temozon. After lunch we’ll venture to Merida… think Mexico meets Paris. Check in:  Casa Lecanda, Merida. Before you can say “Hola”, the house cocktail, a tamarindo margarita will materialise… careful they’re addictive. 6.00pm:  Brent & Nettie host drinks and dinner on the rooftop with a few notables from Merida’s high society.

Day 7 – Saturday, May 31, 2014

Hotel:  Casa Lecanda, Merida. We’ll have a little wander around town.

Day 8 – Sunday, June 1, 2014

Hotel:  Casa Lecanda, Merida. Off to the produce markets we go… Our chef needs the ingredients to show us how to prepare a delicious Yucatean delight for lunch at Hacienda Tekik de Regil, another experience exclusive to Mexico Riche guests. It’s hot work so a little swim in the private pool might be in order.

Day 9 – Monday, June 2, 2014

Check out:  Casa Lecanda, Merida. Fasten your seat belts we’re leaving on a big jet plane for the glitz and glamour of Mexico City… we’ll be there before you can finish your Bloody Mary and in time for lunch or a wander around.  Check in:  Condesa DF, Mexico City.

Day 10 – Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hotel:  Condesa DF, Mexico City. There are a million and one things you can do… hungry for more pyramids? Museums? A hair do?  Mani, Pedi?  Ask Brent & Nettie and they can deliver, within reason of course!

Day 11 – Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hotel:  Condesa DF, Mexico City. Think we need to get out of town… a must see baroque 16th C church built on a pyramid at Cholula is on the agenda.Then Brent & Nettie will wine and dine you in Puebla at La Purificadora  where you must have the regional delicacy Chile en Nogada. Whilst we’re walking off lunch pick up a Talavera pottery piece or two.

Day 12 – Thursday, June 5, 2014

Check out:  Condesa DF, Mexico City.

Time to sadly say “Adios” your departure awaits… until our next trip!

For bookings or further information please contact me now!

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