The Luxury Flyer

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Travys flys FirstBRITISH AIRWAYS CABIN EXPERIENCE

Introducing Travys, my new executive assistant who I recently sent out to experience the brand new British Airways 777-300ER aircraft flying between Sydney and London. Travys you should be aware is the original Luxury Flyer and my in-house airline guru – want to know exactly where to sit on an aircraft and if your bed is angled or flat??  Just ask Travys!

Here’s what he thought:

British Airways is one of the worlds most prestigious and trusted airlines. It has an immaculate safety record and offers a vast variety of products on board to suit the needs of every type of traveller whether it be business or leisure and they are now flying their brand new state of the art aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER out of Sydney daily giving passengers the option of four cabin classes operating to London and I was fortunate enough to take a sneak peek.

British Airways First ClassLet’s start at the top – First Class cabins with plenty of room to help make your journey a complete world of privacy and serenity have been created here on board this Boeing 777-300ER , whether you want recline your suite or turn it into a 180 degree flat-bed and enjoy turn down service with premium bed linen, soft cotton pyjamas and velvet slippers to help sleep the hours away (I wanted to swipe these), or simply transform your private cocoon into your own private office… the choice is yours, all the while being pampered by your dedicated First Class flight attendant. Luxe right?

Now, let’s move back thorough the cabin shall we (if we have too…!) and into the Club World Business Class cabin which also offers you the renowned British Airways service and precise attention to detail whilst being surrounded in an elegant space of one’s own. Relax and unwind with premium wining & dining and let the hours literally fly by with your own set of noise cancelling headphones and watch a movie on your 26cm screen. Get ready to arrive at your destination feeling refreshed… you have a 180 degree flat-bed here on the Boeing 777-300ER so sleeping the hours away won’t be an issue… I promise.

So while it’s nice to dream about premium cabins, most of us do turn right when we hop aboard and here British Airways offers both Premium Economy and Economy Class cabins on all of their services to and from Australia. All seats offer your own personal seat-back entertainment system and a USB port to keep your devices going the entire flight.

So if you are lucky to be flying First, you should know that British Airways has one of the most luxurious First and Business Class lounge facilities in the world which include the exclusive Concorde Room located at London’s Heathrow Airport and New York’s John F Kennedy International… where you can relax, unwind, enjoy fine dining before your flight or simply work in your own private space or perhaps treat yourself to a complimentary spa treatment in the Elemis Spa.

British Airways Boeing 777-ER

Tempted to try British Airways? Contact us today, we always have access to some very special First Class and Business Class fares.

Phone Travys +61 401 680 020 or Brent +61 417 485 399.

Mexico Riche 2015 Launches!

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Mexico Riche Luxury Tours

MEXICO RICHE LUXURY TOURS 2015

Are you ready for some first hand luxury destination inspiration?

Why not join me on my next Mexico Riche Luxury Tour starting in Mexico City, May 24.

Let Nettie Z and me whirl you around this fabulous country on a fun-filled chic adventure taking in Mexico City – Puebla – Merida & the Yucatan – and Tulum.

We will swim exotic beaches and private cenotes, cook it up with Christian Bravo in our own private cooking class at the magnificent Hacienda Tekik de Regil in Merida, experience Chichen Itza in all its glory (and Uxmal too – which is possibly my favourite ancient Mayan ruin) before we let you loose in Tulum.

These tours are ultimate luxury and strictly small group – be quick as places are securing fast.

Contact me now for all the details and jump across to this blog update of our 2014 adventure Merida to Mexico City

Hola Mexico!

2014 – And That’s a Wrap!

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WHERE I WENT IN 2014

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Seductively Stylish Ett Hem!

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Ett HemBOUTIQUE LUXURY IN STOCKHOLM

I made my way to Stockholm after ILTM in Cannes with my only intention to see the latest luxury boutique hotel that’s on everyone’s lips – the gorgeous Ett Hem. I’d comfortably describe it as a boutique hotel with soul – and that’s hard to do these days! This is the new bench mark for designer stays. And while the hotel did not disappoint – in fact it could be the highlight of my year, what I found in Stockholm was so much more. I look good in Nordic style!

Ett Hem   Envelope yourself in stylish sophistication here at Ett Hem, with interiors by Ilse Crawford, it’s like checking into a very chic friend’s home – think dove grey walls, parquet flooring and of course some very savvy Swedish design at every turn. Help yourself to a drink at the honour bar – order up some farm-to-table goodness from the kitchen (at any time) and settle into the Glass House – one of Ett Hem’s prettiest dining destinations. Nothing is off-limits here, ask and you shall receive, all in such understated style – I found it hard to leave.

Ett Hem Bedroom I adored this hotel, it’s overwhelming sense of style and place is unmatched in this hotel realm. Get here quick and make sure you add Sweden and Stockholm to the very top of your 2015 travel wish list.

INSIDER INTEL

  • Eat meatballs at Riche – the Stockholm brasserie institution serving up classic Swedish meatballs to see and be scene of Stockholm.
  • Shop designer Swedish style at Svenskt Tenn – and stop by for tea in their Te Salong
  • Dine at Town House Nosh & Chow with Ralph Lauren – esque  interiors by Spanish designer Lazaro Rosa-Violan. Attracts a handsome, hot and hip crowd.
  • Pick up your favourite BYREDO fragrance from cult Swedish perfumer Ben Gorham – try Baudelaire
  • Swing by Acne Studios and add to your all navy collection with a few key pieces. This is de rigueur Swedish “must have” style
  • Yes the city is expensive (so is Sydney!) but suck it up and move on, style comes at a price!

Contact me today and lets start planning your Swedish designer stay!

Winter Sun Escapes for Orlebar Brown!

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Don’t forget to head over to Orlebar Brown and OB APPROVED to read my “It List” of Winter Sun Escapes Australia.

Like we say, it’s always Summer somewhere!

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Sailing in Style!

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AUDI HAMILTON ISLAND RACE WEEK

I told you how fab my week was on Hamilton Island for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.

I think this video also sums it up perfectly!

Ham Yard Hotel!

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Ham Yard Hotel Library

HAM YARD HOTEL

As I pack my bags for London again, I’m getting excited at the thought of checking into Firmdale’s Haymarket Hotel and their über groovy Soho Hotel for three nights on my way to Cannes to attend ILTM (the International Luxury Travel Market is THE invitation-only luxury travel-trade event).

In the mean time though, take a look at their latest addition to the luxury London hotel scene… the Ham Yard Hotel which is quite possibly Tim and Kit Kemp’s ultimate triumph. I checked in for three nights on my home from Italy recently and it was WOW!

Ham Yard HotelOne Ham Yard is a completely new luxury lifestyle precinct including the chic Ham Yard Hotel, Bar and Restaurant and this time around (a first for Firmdale) a collection of high-end retailers such as the cult Brazilian swimwear label Frescabol Carioca, Bloomsbury Flowers and our very own Dinosaur Designs among others.

Tony Cragg bronze sculptureLocated just moments from Mayfair and the centre of Soho… Ham Yard Hotel dazzles with its chic urban design centred around a tree filled garden complete with a commissioned bronze sculpture centre piece by Tony Cragg – this will stop you in your tracks … it’s highly instagramable!

Bedroom Ham Yard HotelOf course as always, I loved all of the individually designed bedrooms and suites (Kit has done it again!) and the hotel even has its own 1950’s style bowling alley, a theatre where the walls are lined in electric blue wool, the Soholistic Body & Beauty retreat and a Rooftop Garden complete with a fabulous rooftop vista.

Take a peek at what is destined to be this year’s hottest hotel opening… it’s truly wonderful.

For bookings including Where’s Brent Been preferred rates and luxury amenities… contact me today.

And don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and twitter as I visit London, Amsterdam, Cannes and Stockholm over the next two weeks!

A Surfer’s Life!

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Luke Stedman - Mr Porter

MR PORTER.COM – THE JOURNAL

Local pro surfer Luke Stedman lets the secret out on his five favourite surf spots around the globe in this week’s MR PORTER.COM on-line edition of The Journal (my go-to style bible). The interview captures interesting insight into his past … his family invented the iconic UGG boot!

Luke Stedman - Mr Porter

 Here are Mr Stedman’s five favourite surf spots around the world.

 MONA VALE BASIN, SYDNEY

“My first surf haunt. I’d run down from home every day and only come back when Dad signalled with a towel inthe window. This break is where I dedicated my life to being a surfer.”

PIPELINE, O’AHU, HAWAII

“I’ve had wipeout moments here where I thought it was all over. You’re basically surfing a volcano – it’s a rawand heavy place. But this is where I learnt what was important. It’s a life-changing place.”

MENTAWAI ISLANDS, SUMATRA, INDONESIA

“Some of my purest, most enjoyable surfs have been here, with friends, on boats, amid perfect waves andsetting suns and stunning conditions.”

LA COTE ES BASQUES, BIARRITZ

“From a creative point of view the south of France has inspired me above all other places. Not only are the beaches beautiful, but so is the architecture and the language.”

CRESCENT HEAD, NORTHERN NEW SOUTH WALES

“The first 15 summers of my life were spent holidaying here. It’s where my Dad was born and raised, and he’dtake us to the back beaches he surfed as a boy. It’s almost unchanged to this day.”

Images courtesy of MR PORTER.COM

Barrier Reef Bound!

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Poolside at qualia

qualia – HAMILTON ISLAND

It was back to qualia last week for me as a guest of Hamilton Island and the ultra luxe qualia resort as they swept me away with so much style and chic, I found it hard to leave. As you may recall I was on the island a few weeks ago covering Hamilton island Audi Race Week so was thrilled to be invited back to paradise again so soon!

Pebble Beach, Hamilton Islandqualia is Australia’s number one luxury resort and deservedly so, the Oatley family who own Hamilton Island have maintained the resort beautifully (I first visited qualia seven years ago when it first opened and met the then GM Jason Friedman who is now the GM of the ultra chic Siam urban resort in Bangkok) and the exotic gardens are a study of lush perfection peppered with the occasional wallaby sighting! Luxurious and private pavilions with stunning Whitsunday views relax and calm instantly and with the ever flowing Charles Heidsieck Champagne… why would you ever want to leave? Take a Windward Pavilion if your own private pool is essential (a late night private plunge anyone?) but I do find the Leeward Pavilions equally as fabulous.

Charles Heidsieck on arrivalAt qualia, making dreams come true is a specialty so make sure you take a Hamilton Island Air chopper over to the Great Barrier Reef where you’ll have a birds’ eye view of the famous “Heart Reef” and afterwards they will land you directly on Whitehaven Beach… easily one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Take a dip in that pristine aqua blue sea, it will take your breath away. Promise.

Room for two, poolside at qualiaPoolside is discreet and luxurious. Chic black and white sun beds smartly line the pool and there are private cabanas where you can hide away the days (yes they will deliver Charles Heidsieck to you here!).

If you can only take two days out of your life to experience such authentic Aussie luxury then so be it, personally, five days would suit me just fine… you’ll find me poolside.

PACK the Orlebar Brown’s, some navy t-shirts and your two-tone Riviera’s, the look is sharp and fresh up here in paradise.

Contact me directly to assist your very own stay in paradise and access to all the Where’s Brent Been exclusive privileges!

 

Italian Allure in Sicily & Puglia!

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Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea

ROME, SICILY & PUGLIA

What a whirlwind of year this has been, first I launched my Mexico Riche tours with my tour partner Annette Zubani to great success… then we quickly followed up with this extravaganza to southern Italy with a small, equally fab crowd.

Nettie and I do things a little differently to most tour companies as we take you to places off the beaten path and present experiences that are far too fabulous to find out about any other way, this is “insider intel” at its chic-est!

In Italy it was all about Sicily, Puglia and Rome… and who knew that it would still be super sunny and busy mid September?

ROME – ALDROVANDI VILLA BORGHESE

This is where we start at the luxe Aldrovandi Villa Borghese (part of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World), this classic Rome hotel has a private pool and stately Italianate gardens – it was the perfect place to meet the group, chill out and prepare for the adventures ahead.

SICILY – BORGO ALVERIA & BELMOND VILLA SANT’ANDREA

A whirl through Noto and day trip to the Agrigento make this a very special part of our private tour… we experience the Valley of the Temples and include lunch with a prime view of these Roman wonders. Then it’s two nights spent luxuriating in Taormina Mare at the ultra fabulous Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea where days slip by at their exclusive beach club and nights are spent in some of the best restaurants in Taormina – we’ll even order for you if you like?

PUGLIA – BORGO EGNAZIA

After Sicily we jetted to Bari in Puglia and onto the exquisite Borgo Egnazia in Fasano, the perfect base to explore this very fabulous region of Italy (and it comes with its very own exclusive beach club). We’ll show you gorgeous hilltop towns way off the tourist map (Lecce, Alberobello, Locorotondo are a few) and share food experiences you won’t forget in a hurry.

In Puglia you’ll experience a sun-bleached countryside, agriturismo, farm kitchen goodness, lemony scented evenings and rustic, olive groves for days and pastoral views. This is relaxed and chilled Italy!

After Puglia we all jetted back to Rome and checked into the sleek JK Place Roma (read my JK Place Roma blog post here) for some last-minute shopping and a whirl around the Vatican … privately of course! Seeing the Sistine Chapel with your own eyes before the crowds descend is a once in a lifetime experience.

Come experience Italy with us… our 2015 departure is July 27, but be quick as this small exclusive tour will fill fast. Contact me for details.

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