Byron by Design!


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Jai Vasicek – Polynesian Beauty Porthole


Byron Bay artist and designer Jai Vasicek I discovered perusing Instagram one evening. Go follow him, he has the most refreshing feed on Instagram and I found him just in time – I love following his coastal beach adventures vicariously.

Anyhow, this Byron Bay based artist creates one of a kind, high impact artworks. These collectable “portholes” are part of Jai’s signature style and his wall murals are also coveted – think life-size Polynesian beauties surrounded by palm trees and banana leaves.

Jai’s fresh and inspirational design has made me a devoted collector (and I’m not alone). Next on my “it” list is a life size deer, wall mural … oh and his anchors are must-haves too!

Jai Vasicek - Palms Porthole

Jai Vasicek – Palms Porthole

Jump over to his website to shop online or visit his fab store in Byron Bay in Northern NSW.

Ahoy TraderPhoto credit Jai Vasicek


Shop 1 / 3 Marvell St 


Spend the weekend soaking up the Byron vibe and stay where I stay in chic style at Atlantic Byron Bay, a unique coastal estate of three original beach cottages that have been transformed into Caribbean styled plantation houses  …. this hip boutique hotel has everything you need. AND I just happen to be heading here again next weekend for a very flash, secret event (all will be revealed soon).

Byron Bay is my number one go-to beach escape right now! Follow the blog for all the fun!


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Caviar Skies!


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Garuda Airlines is really upping the ante with it’s new inflight food and beverage service and we were invited to the exclusive media launch in Sydney recently to get a taste of this new First and Business Class experience so I decided who better to send than my assistant Travys (and resident Luxury Flyer), to taste his way across the skies … here’s what he thought!

First Class Dining Garuda IndonesiaGaruda Airlines is a proud member of the Skyteam Alliance flying the flag of Indonesia and calls the hubs of Bali and Jakarta Home. Garuda offers two flights daily to Indonesia from Sydney, one to Jakarta and one to Denpasar Bali offering two cabin classes on these flights – Business and Economy , and on long haul services operated by the Boeing 777-300ER, an additional all new first class cabin to European destinations. (It’s stunning!)

Now – onto the food!!

First Class Dining Garuda IndonesiaEnjoy a la carte dining in the premium First and Business Class cabins with a wide selection of exquisite fine dining, including traditional Indonesian specialties like Soto Kudos and complimentary wines to match. All meals are prepared fresh to order by your very own on board chef and these chefs have been sourced (dare i say poached!) from some of the worlds finest hotels and restaurants.

Here at 38 thousand feet, Garuda’s inflight dining signature is all about the five course banquet  – it’s a delicate extravaganza (including caviar!) or perhaps just indulge in something light like a divine seafood broth, I got to experience them all and was very impressed …not only with the taste of the prepared dishes but also their immaculate presentation!

Garuda’s all new First Class lets you relax in the comfort of your very own private studio enjoying the wide range of on demand entertainment on offer or simply snuggle up and sleep the hours away on your 180 degree flat-bed and enjoy the warmth of the Indonesian hospitality on board as your dedicated crew members cater to your every whim.

Contact us today to book your next luxury flight to Bali and Beyond. Let’s fly!

The Luxury Flyer


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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


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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An Instagram diary of my most memorable luxury adventures.


Seductively Stylish Ett Hem!


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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.


  • 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!


Sailing in Style!


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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


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


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.


“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.”


“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.”


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


“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.”


“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


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