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La Sultana

LA SULTANA

Here it is, the fabulous La Sultana Hotel Marrakech, your true Moroccan fantasy… a luxurious hideaway tucked down a secluded alleyway inside the famous medina and just a stones throw from the main attractions making it easy for you to stumble around the corner to Jemaa el Fna square, passing seductive shopping as you go, think spices, colourful fabrics, silver drinks trays, Moroccan lanterns … the list goes on.

La Sultana

La Sultana is also one of the featured hotels on our next Riche Luxe Tour of Morocco starting October 23. Come join Nettie Z and me for ten fabulous nights of exotic luxury and lay your weary designer head here. We promise delicious cuisine, adventurous desert sight-seeing… and we’ll give you insider access to the best of the best in Marrakech and the surrounding Atlas Mountains.

Oh and we might ride a camel or two!

La Sultana

THE DETAILS

Jump over to our website for all the details including the full itinerary and contact me now to book, places are strictly limited. *From AUD$9,699.00 per person twin-share.   http://www.richeluxetravel.com

Four Seasons Private Jet Revealed!

LUXURY IN THE SKIES

A journey like no other, to destinations you could only imagine – Four Seasons Private Jet Experience is your first-class ticket to the world’s most unique and immersive luxury vacation. Four Seasons Private Jet is custom-designed to allow guests to travel the world in exceptional comfort and style, enjoying personalized itineraries, luxury and world-renowned service at every point of the journey.
Four Seasons Private Jet

Each destination boasts exquisite dining, deep immersion in local culture, jaw-dropping landscapes and wonders to behold. This truly unique experience will leave you with ever-lasting memories. Four Seasons Private Jet gives you the opportunity to explore the world and acquire a lifetime’s worth of adventure in one spectacular voyage. With exclusive itineraries, the Four Seasons Private Jet Experience will have you exploring secluded islands one day, and visiting iconic urban centres the next. This remarkable journey must be experienced to be believed.

EXPLORE THE WORLD

Experience a lifetime’s worth of adventure in one spectacular voyage. These exclusive itineraries travel to amazing places at every corner of the globe—taking you to secluded islands, urban centres alive with culture, and everywhere in between. Climb aboard and see the world in a remarkable new way

FOUR SEASONS STYLE

Flying aboard the Four Seasons Jet with Four Season’s on-board service professionals ensures that you travel in total comfort prior to arriving at deluxe Four Seasons accommodations. On the ground, experience the very best that each remarkable destination has to offer with the help of our dedicated travel experts.

Four Seasons Private Jet Interior

Book your next luxury private jet adventure with me now – I’m a Preferred Four Seasons travel agent!

Royal Mansour!

Royal Mansour

ROYAL MANSOUR

Next stop on my Marrakech hit list was Royal Mansour – now this is luxe plus! Designed like a small medina, this collection of elegant terracotta-coloured riads really wows. Luxurious interiors and superlative service with butlers on tap will help make this hotel one of your favourites too. (Murad our butler, made sure every whim was attended to with expert ease thank you very much!).

Royal Mansour also boasts one of the world’s best spa experiences featuring white and light, intricate lattice interiors where you can also experience a traditional hammam.

Sealing the deal is the resort’s location… nearby the Jamaa El Fna Square and right across the road from the famous La Mamounia, you’ll feel centre stage without the accompanying madness.

Spa Royal Mansour

This is super-private riad luxury, built at the behest of Morocco’s King Mohammed VI and only the best Moroccan artisans were used to craft the beautiful zelij (the geometric mosaic tiling that distinguishes Marrakech’s important historic sites). Needless to say, all of Royal Mansour’s interiors are gorgeous and with your own glittering roof-top plunge pool to loll besides, you may never want to leave!

Royal Mansour

It might not be for everyone, as these riads are all three stories, it can get tiresome running up and down stairs to open champagne and chocolates that are discreetly placed throughout your riad, but then that’s what Murad is for!

TRAVEL IN THE FRONT ROW!

Book your exclusive stay with me to enjoy a complimentary upgrade, daily breakfast and USD$100 food & beverage credit . Travel like the star you are!

Palais Namaskar!

Palais NamaskarMy recent visit to Morocco led me to some ultra luxe hotels… the first was Palais Namaskar.

This Oetkar Collection Luxury Palace is set just outside of Marrakech in the chic palmeraie region, and would be the perfect go-to resort for some chilled out R&R. Expansive suites, Villas and over the top private Palaces (with room for the bodyguard and staff) all with private pools make this resort a celebrity stand-out.

Palais Namaskar

This is luxe desert living at it’s finest, with exquisite exteriors, fab food and glamorous swimming pools to lounge by… start your Marrakech fantasy here.

Palais Namaskar is a member of Virtuoso so book with me to receive complimentary upgrades, breakfasts and spa credit. Contact me today!

Palais Namaskar

Thank you to Palais Namaskar for looking after me so beautifully in my luxury exclusive villa!

Mexico in May!

Join Nettie Z and me on our next Mexico Riche Luxury Tour through Mexico and the Yucatan, departing May 24 – Time is running out!!!

Let us show you Mexico our way with exclusive, insider access to the best of Mexico. We’ll swim private cenotes, luxuriate in 17c haciendas,  enjoy a cooking class with the Yucatan’s most celebrated chef Christian Bravo at the magnificent Hacienda Tekik de Regil,  explore ancient Chichen Itza with our expert guide and then finally,  make our way to the Riviera Maya to swim on sugar-sand beaches and dine under the stars in Tulum. Sound fun? Grab a friend and join us!

From US$7,999.00 per person, twin share.

We look forward to seeing you on tour!

Brent & Nettie

Contact Brent TODAY to book +61 417485399

Jump over to our website for the full itinerary http://www.richeluxetravel.com

Garuda Indonesia Inflight Dining Review!

Garuda Indonesia ChampagneA New Definition of Travelling Style

I finally made it on board Garuda Indonesia to experience their new Premium inflight service – I’m winging my way to Marrakech via Jakarta and Amsterdam with the airline of Indonesia.

I have fond memories of Garuda Indonesia and the years I spent travelling to Bali and beyond. In those days it was an Economy ticket on a 747 with stops in Jakarta, Abu Dhabi, Zurich then London, it was the longest (and cheapest) way to Europe in 1986 but I loved it!

Anyhow, back to the champagne – it’s a deliciously chilled Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose onboard Garuda Indonesia today and paired with their new fine-dining menu and genuinely warm inflight service (they won the World’s Best Cabin Staff Award for 2014 and the 5-Star Airline Award for 2015 from Skytrax ) I’m feeling quite content.

Garuda IndonesiaI chose the European Menu for lunch today:

Hot Smoked Lemon Pepper Crusted Salmon, Beetroot and Blue Cheese Salad, Pistachios and Walnut dressing – v tasty

Char grilled Victorian Beef Tenderloin, Peppercorn Sauce and Capsicum Tartlet,
Roasted Hassleback Potatoes & Wild Carrots.

Genmaicha Green Tea – Bancha green tea w/ grains of roasted and puffed brown rice

A selection of Satays prior to landing – delish!

Needless to say all went perfectly with the Billecart!

Stay tuned —- Next flight – Jakarta to Amsterdam!

The Packing Chronicles – The LV Keepall!

Flat Lay CollectionThe Keepall | by Travys Carinci – The Luxury Flyer

The Keepall is one of the most iconic bags recognised around the world, it has been a Louis Vuitton classic since the 1930’s. Designed to define the modern traveller, this bag allows one to create their own story and has been designed to cross the worlds oceans, fly through the skies and travel through continents by rail. No matter what type of trip you are taking, the Keepall embodies the true art of travel and to pack it right is a skill that every traveller and owner of this bag must have.

It is said that one can fit an entire weeks worth of clothing into this bag… that is correct, but one must learn to pack it right. It has taken me some time to master this art form… but I can now guide you step by step how to pack the Keepall.

Shoe Wall

My first step is to lay everything out that I need for an entire weeks getaway.

I first grab my favourite pair of loafers and monk strap shoes, now you can take more than this for the week but it’s a personal choice. I take the shoes and put all of my socks inside before packing them in first. I place them around the outside of the bag’s wall. This will ultimately create a barrier around the bag. Once I have all my desired shoes placed around the outside of the Keepall’s wall I add my button up shirts, t-shirts and sweaters. To avoid creasing, I neatly fold them and place them down flat inside the barriers that you have created with your shoes.

Rolling Shorts

Next take items like shorts, pants and shirts and roll them up tight in a barrel-like form as displayed in the picture above. Once this is done take the rolled items and place them down the walls of the bag packing them in tight. You can also place small items such as belts and ties down the sides of the bag to save as much space as possible.

Bag Sweater

One item of clothing that has always proven difficult to travel without creasing is the blazer. I have discovered an easy 2 step method to minimise creasing that will fit perfectly into your Keepall. The arms of the blazer must be folded back as displayed in the image below then simply fold the jacket in half and gently place on top, this must be the last clothing item that is packed in the Keepall. This method can also be used for bomber jackets and trench coats which will also need to be placed on the top of the bag.

Jacket Keepall

If you choose to travel with and e-reader, iPad or small laptop this can also be placed on top or down the side of the bag to save space.

The bag should all now be packed in nice and tight, ready to go wherever the urge takes you.

Keepall on Deck

To me this bag defines the way I travel. It’s always ready for an immediate departure, whether I’m taking a quick overnight trip into the city, a weekend away, a camping trip or even a day trip to the beach, my Louis Vuitton Keepall gets the workout it deserves and is my number one go to. If you are already fortunate enough to own a Keepall you know the value it has to you and the personal stories that come with it.

Brent’s Marrakech collection – Bag – Louis Vuitton Graphite Damier Keepall, Blazer – Zara, Chinos – Acne, Swimwear – Orlebar Brown, Custom  shirts – P Johnson Tailors. Sydney, Shoes – Croc Monk Strap – Carlos Santos (bought in Amsterdam) & Suede Bow Loafer Calpierre (bought in Capri), Sweater – the classic navy striped Breton by GANT

Flying Reimagined!

Nicole Kidman for EtihadETIHAD AIRWAYS – FLYING REIMAGINED

You know my favourite airline is Etihad… it has been for sometime, ever since my first experience in their premium First Class service Sydney – London in 2011. The experience then was one of refined luxury – think martinis in proper martini glasses (yes I threw a few back!) and an onboard chef to step me through the extensive gourmet fare served on board. When I slipped those doors shut of my exclusive suite and bedded down, I could have been the only passenger onboard that 777-ER. It’s as close to heaven as I ever could have imagined.

Well now Etihad have done it again – it’s flying reimagined indeed – along with the new premium products including the exclusive Residence, First Apartment, First Suite and Business Studio they now have the elegant Nicole Kidman as brand ambassador for their latest global advertising campaign.

Here are some interesting facts about the making of the television commercial:

The commercial was shot on board their new flagship Airbus A380 and in three locations around the world: Abu Dhabi, Marseilles and Prague.

In their hub of Abu Dhabi, the three buildings featured are Bab Al Bahr Towers, the Louvre and the Abu Dhabi International Airport Control Tower. These buildings are amongst those that inspired the design of their new livery and they all feature traditional Emirati design patterns, influenced by light and geometric patterns.

The Foster & Partners Vieux Port Pavilion in Marseilles was chosen to reflect the airline’s focus on design. The 17th century baroque hall of the historic Strahov Library in Prague represents knowledge, learning and the desire to innovate and lead.

Contact me today to book your next flight to Europe with the very fabulous Etihad Airlines – I just happen to have the best fares around!

*Image and video courtesy of Etihad Airways

 

Travys Carinci – The Luxury Flyer!

Travys - My AsstsitantMeet Travys – my Personal Assistant and in-house, resident luxury flyer! Travys’ addiction for luxury travel started at an early age on a family holiday to Bangkok where he jetted up Business Class, and checked into the swank Banyan Tree Hotel… clocking Ashley Olsen jumping out of a car and checking in at the same time. It was right then and there he knew he was destined for life of luxury travel and celebrity encounters.

A self-confessed “AV GEEK” – Travys is your man when you want to know the best seat on the plane, what type of aircraft and which airline flies between which cities. He is literally a walking encyclopedia of airline trivia!

Travys and I now work together offering my clients travel insider intel of the highest standard. Follow him here on the blog where he’ll be covering the latest in luxury airline news along with designer travel destinations, fashion and a full run down on the latest must have travel accessories.

Follow the blog for Travys’ Luxury Flyer updates weekly and you can also follow him on Instagram and Twitter

For more of the Luxury Flyer follow Travys’ personal blog here

Gaia’s 10th Anniversary!

GAIA RETREAT AND SPA 10TH ANNIVERSARYOlivia Newton-John with Brent

Australia’s most awarded spa retreat Gaia recently turned 10 and I was lucky enough to be invited to share in the celebrations as a guest of the co-owners Gregg Cave, Ruth Kalnin, Warwick Evans and Olivia Newton-John.

Olivia Newton-John, Brent , Gregg Cave and Daniel IngramWhile it rained down outside… inside the created tropical oasis of Kakura House we dined on delicious canapés produced from the talented chefs of Gaia’s kitchen, while being entertained by local indigenous performers and their traditional dance… then we were privy to an intimate performance from Olivia Newton-John herself. She entered the stage singing “Have You Ever Been Mellow” (one of my all time favourites) going on to sing “Magic” and finishing with “Grace and Gratitude” that brought the house down. The show wrapped with Venetta Fields singing “Chain Reaction” followed by The Samba Blisstas… an infectious drumming troupe that really got the party jumping!!

Olivia Newton-JohnIn the crowd were Kerry Armstrong (looking divine), Deborah Thomas, music royalty John Farrar and his gorgeous wife Pat, Venetta Fields and hoteliers extraordinaire, Peter and Rowina Thomas from The Lyall Hotel Melbourne.

Deborah Thomas, Olivia & Kerry ArmstrongIt was an honour to share such an intimate and special celebration for this very special retreat. Thanks to Gregg Cave and the entire Gaia team for having me and for an unforgettable event.

Highlight of the evening?? … meeting the lovely Livvy one more time of course!

*selected photos courtesy of Gaia Retreat