Luxury knows no bounds when it comes to the Hotel Adlon Kempinski. The original Hotel Adlon built in 1907, was one of the most famous luxury hotel across Europe. Despite large portions of the hotel being destroyed in 1945, the Hotel Adlon has remained strong through its redevelopment and reopening as the Hotel Adlon Kempinski, in 1997. Situated just two minutes’ walk from Brandenburg Gate, the hotel offers its guests elegance and glamour.
After being in Berlin for a few days, I find myself needing to retreat from the city’s bustling and wild centre. Whether it’s the jet lag finally catching up with me or the knowledge I’ll soon be surrounded more by nature than people, I feel a sleepy smile creep across my face as the bus bumps along*. Thanking the driver, who seems surprised by the interaction (I’m sure my German isn’t that bad…), I leave the bus behind. A short walk along the house-lined streets, my suitcase following diligently behind me, and the Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann comes into view. I have found my oasis.
*I have terrible sense of direction so I prefer to take transport and walk to help get my bearings. Guests with a better sense of direction than I, can organise a limousine transfer, luxury van or book an experience with the Rolls-Royce Ghost, all with a chauffeur.
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.
Blink and you might miss it. I look out the window of my taxi as we slow to a stop. The driver points toward a small entrance nestled between Hugo Boss and an Apple Store. He says, “es ist da”, which I manage to understand despite my limited (or rather non-existent) German. I walk toward the entrance of the Hotel Zoo Berlin, suitcase in tow.
Sydney’s Palm Beach is one of the most iconic beaches in Australia. Only an hour’s drive north of Sydney CBD, and you’ll be in paradise. The stunning crescent-shaped suburb of Palm Beach has two sides. The ocean side is perfect for surfing, beachfront stays and celebrity spotting. While the Pittwater side, offers calm waters and secluded luxury accommodations. No matter where you are in Palm Beach, you can enjoy the incredible sun, surf and sand.
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.
Everyone’s talking about Mavis’s Kitchen. It’s the place to go in the Tweed Shire. I’m staying at Mistere Urliup, a short drive away so I’m planning to check what the fuss is all about. Snaking through the hinterland, I feel like I could be on the North Shore of Hawaii with the Dole pineapple plantation to the west. It’s lush. It’s green and there’s a magical feeling. It’s hard to describe. Like the energy, you get when you’re surfing a wave.
Even the checkout chicks greet you with a smile in South Australia. My husband, David and I are heading down to McLaren Vale’s vineyards to get away from the stresses of building a house in Sydney. After picking up our hire car from the airport with apologies for us having to wait for three minutes and genuine conversation and interest from the person at the Rent-a-car place, the four-wheel-drive arrives and we’re off. Mclaren Vale is forty-five minutes by car from Adelaide airport. Set less than ten minutes’ drive inland from a coastline of jagged red cliffs topped with lush greenery sheltering turquoise waters and salt white sand. This scenery is mind-blowing. Why haven’t I heard more about the Fleurieu peninsula? Perhaps people are too busy drinking the array of wines to head to the beach.
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’.
There are streets all over the world lined with perfectly poised luxury shops waiting to be explored. Think Hermes scarves, Prada handbags and classic Louboutin heels. Here are the top five luxe shopping streets around the world for high-end retail therapy.