LAS ALCOBAS!

Las Alcobas

LAS ALCOBAS – MEXICO CITY

After Los Angeles I jetted to Mexico City to start filming a new luxury travel series for LUXHD. We travelled across Mexico, through the Yucatan to Tulum and it all started in Mexico City. Read on..

Mexico City will surprise you, I promise. Take my advice and start by checking into the ultra chic Las Alcobas located in posh Polanco. Think B&B Italia furniture, woven leather rugs, cool marble-clad bathrooms and the best beds ever, handmade especially for the hotel … trust me they make it hard to get out of bed around here. Oh and complimentary mini bars replenished daily with Mexican snacks and sweets really make you feel like the VIP you are.

Las Alcobas

You won’t go hungry  either, two of Mexico City’s finest restaurants are right downstairs – Anatol where Chef Justin Ermini integrates international seasonal gourmet cuisine with dishes inspired by farm-to-table ingredients and the upscale Mexican restaurant Dulce Patria is right next door – this is redefined Mexican fare where the celebrated chef Martha Ortiz serves classic Mexican cuisine with a contemporary twist.

You can’t go wrong with basing your beautiful self here at Las Alcobas – and why wouldn’t you, the rest of the jet set do too!

Las Alcobas

The Details

Las Alcobas , feels like an intimate club, a place you think you’ve found all on your own and you are the only member, with just 35 rooms this is a true boutique hotel and the smiling team will make you feel like family in no time.

Book with me to receive exclusive Where’s Brent Been benefits and think about joining me next year when I lead another luxury small group tour through Mexico with Nettie Z – we depart May 2015.

Contact me for all the details.

Grown up Glamour!

Peninsula Beverly Hills

THE PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS

I loved checking into The Peninsula Beverly Hills recently where I was a guest of the hotel for two luxurious nights on my way to Mexico City to shoot a luxury travel show pilot. Many thanks to the divine Anna Micic who rolled out not only the red carpet but also a lovely upgrade to a corner Grand Deluxe Room overlooking the porte-cochere and Beverly Hills beyond.

Peninsula Beverly Hills

It had been a few years since I had stayed at the hotel and it was good to be back. This is true 5 star luxe-hotel living …a hotel where they greet you by name, shower you with personal attention like no other and even make up your bed with monogrammed pillow cases – hello BW! (well if you book with me that is!)

Peninsula Beverly Hills

One of my favourite features of the hotel is the rooftop pool scene where you can spot the star / starlet discreetly hiding out in a cabana enjoying some delicious Californian cuisine from the fab Roof Garden lunch menu and sunbaking madly.

Of course personal service is the real the star here, housekeeping were spot on (and you NEVER see them in the hallways) even leaving glass cleaning cloths under my spectacle’s left bedside one day – I loved that! Detail, detail, detail, nothing was overlooked.

This is a grown up L.A. story – check in and create your own!

Book with me to receive extra special VIP Where’s Brent Been amenities.

 

PETIT ERMITAGE!

Petit Ermitage

PETIT ERMITAGE

Creative cool meets boho luxe here at Petit Ermitage, the off beat alternative to the Chateau.

Perfectly located in West Hollywood , it’s close to the bars (if you are so inclined) and you could easily stroll to Melrose for some retail therapy. It’s discreet and chic too, tucked away in a residential street so you can slip up in your Uber at any time, day or night and no one will ever know.

Petit Ermitage

Things I Loved

Roof top garden and restaurant, this is West Hollywood’s best kept secret – dine amongst the hummingbirds and butterflies on a menu of farm to table fare expertly created. Head up the stairs again to the pool deck where you can lounge poolside under crisp, white cotton fringed umbrellas in your brightly colored Orlebar Brown collection or play it safe in block colours … either option will look perfectly fabulous against the orange and white striped day beds, all lined up ready for action.

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Where I Slept

Captains Quarters for me, a lovely and much appreciated upgrade from my buddy and the Director of Sales Lisa Di Paola made me feel right at home. Comfy King bed, full size mini bar, a sleek bathroom all tiled in bottle green (with good lighting) and a little balcony to peer up into the Hollywood Hills kept me SO happy.

The Details

If your style is Chateau Marmont and your budget doesn’t quite fit then Petit Ermitage is a great alternative and if shabby chic makes a you swoon in comfort then this is the place for you … oh and the pool scene is rather lively..

Go now, don’t let those creative class travellers keep it all for themselves.

Book with me and receive exclusive Where’s Brent Been VIP amenities.

On Location in Mexico for LUXHD!

Hola from Mexico!

Brent on location in Mexico for LUXHD

Brent on location in Mexico for LUXHD

*Photo credit Corey Baudinette

I’ve got some exciting news, all of this week I am travelling Mexico on a condensed version of my exclusive Mexico Riche Luxe tours and I’ve brought along Corey Baudinette from LUXHD who will be filming the lot and we’ll also film four episodes for a fabulous new weekly travel series which I am hosting. Keep watching!

Here are some camera frame grabs taken street-side in Mexico City and inside the amazing Museo Soumaya (where we had exclusive access and shot scenes amongst the Dali’s and Rodin’s)  Lights, Camera, Action!

More Marrakech!

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!