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The Hoshinoya Kyoto brings the Edo period of nobility alive in exquisite luxury

Adventure, CITY, STAY

“Domo arigato,” I say to the taxi driver who smiles, bows twice and says “Hai. Hai.” I wheel my bag along a pathway by the Ooi river just over the Togetsukyo bridge heaving with crowds of tourists who clot in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district. Some are in rent-a-kimino taking selfies, others are in school uniform giggling and smiling and then there’s the occasional western tourist biting into a Miffy shaped donut.

This side of the bridge is much quieter. My quest is to find the private boat ramp for the Hoshinoya Kyoto. I see the sign just ahead written in English and Japanese and stop and breathe a sigh of relief. ‘No. No. This way,’ says a Japanese man with a camera hung around his neck gesturing downstream. I smile. Perhaps I should have donned a pair of Blahniks and a flowy Camilla for this journey. “You have to be a very special Japanese person to stay at the Hoshinoya,” my taxi driver confided before he dropped me off.

Image courtesy of Hoshinoya Kyoto

Luxury Guide to Berlin

CITY, Lifestyle, Vegan

Forget New York, Berlin is the true embodiment of the ‘city that never sleeps’. It has a vibrant culture, tumultuous history and exciting nightlife. There is something for everyone in Berlin. From midnight spa treatments to underground bars, discover the perfect combination of glamour and grit with our Luxury Guide to Berlin.

Image courtesy of Blue Jay Photo

A Night at the Moulin Rouge

CITY, Inspiration, Lifestyle, SHOP

The iconic red windmill on the corner of boulevard de Clichy and place Blanche in Montmartre has housed the secrets of Paris for 130 years. Painters, writers, and artists have been inspired for generations by all that goes on inside the walls of the Moulin Rouge theatre. A night at the Moulin Rouge is more than a great cabaret show, it’s a night to remember.

dancers, costumes, the Moulin Rouge
The Moulin Rouge will dance its way into your heart.
Image courtesy of the Moulin Rouge

Vegan Guide to Tulum, Mexico

CITY, EARTH, Lifestyle, Vegan

Although being a vegan and a traveller has become much easier, sometimes it can still be a challenge finding great vegan food and eco accommodations. Thankfully there are places like Tulum in Mexico. This beach town is a haven for vegans, yogis and eco-warriors.

Tulum, Mexico, beach, paradise, palm, sea
Image courtesy of jlvphoto

Two Cities, One Superb Destination

CITY, Lifestyle, Travel

Albury and Wodonga can no longer be overlooked. Nestled along the seductive curves of the mighty Murray, the twin cities of Albury and Wodonga are beating the winter blues and reinventing the term ‘country cool’.

Albury Wodonga
Image courtesy of AlburyWodonga Tourism

Sydney: Winter Top Five

CITY, Inspiration, Lifestyle

Say goodbye to the winter blues with Sydney’s top five luxury experiences.

Sydney is just as alive and vibrant in winter as it is in summer. From private bridge climbs to igloos by the harbour, Sydney pulls out all the stops in winter. Time to swap the bikini for a coat and experience the cooler side of Sydney.

under the Sydney Harbour bridge during winter
Image courtesy of Visit Australia

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

CITY, EARTH, Lifestyle

The stage is dark, and Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall is dim. The waiting audience is ready to travel back to 1961, to time of beehives and fashionable elegance, and all that is Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Sydney Opera House’s Concert Hall during Breakfast at Tiffany's
Image courtesy of Robert Catto

A Florentine Adventure

CITY, Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY

Florence is one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. From the iconic Ponte Vecchio to Brunelleschi’s Cupola, Florence is a city full of history, culture and outstanding Italian cuisine.

Velona's Jungle garden in Florence
Image courtesy of Velona’s Jungle

Havana Nights

CITY, EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY, Travel

One of the most exciting cities in the world to visit and Cuba’s capital city, is Havana. Havana has a rich and colourful history which is reflected in the people, the buildings and the music of the city. It will take you back in time, inspire you and have you dancing in the streets (daiquiri in hand, of course) in no time.

Image courtesy of The Star

A Night with the Russian Ballet

CITY, EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle

From revolutions to rumours of lost princesses, Russia is a country of mystery, fierce winters and great beauty. The revolutionary city of St. Petersburg, offers insight into the grandeur and opulence that was imperial Russia. And there is nothing so enticing in St. Petersburg than a night with the Russian Ballet where Russian ballerinas are internationally renowned for their excellence and discipline.

Image courtesy of Russian Broadway

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