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The Hotel Zoo Berlin

Lifestyle, SHOP, STAY, Travel

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.

Catwalk at the Hotel Zoo Berlin.
Image courtesy of Hotel Zoo Berlin.

Three Reasons to Visit Palm Beach in Sydney

EARTH, Lifestyle, SEA, STAY

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.

Palm Beach in Sydney
Image courtesy of wavesoftheavoid

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

The Pilgrimage to Uki

Inspiration, Lifestyle, SHOP, Travel

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.  

Mavis's Kitchen exterior sunset, the pilgrimage to Uki, Tweed Valley
Image courtesy of Mavis’s Kitchen

The Grape Escape

Inspiration, Lifestyle, Regions, STAY

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.

 vineyards McLaren Vale
Image courtesy of The Vineyard Retreat

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

Top Luxury Shopping Streets

Inspiration, Lifestyle, SHOP

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.

Bulgari, shopping, brand, luxe, retail
Image courtesy of Bulgari

Rolling into the Royce

Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY

I feel like I’ve just stepped out of a pumpkin as my Adidas shoe plants itself on the polished floor of the Royce Hotel on St Kilda Road. If only I had my boa or a flapper dress and some dashing T-strap heels. Even the air is delicately perfumed in this lobby which oozes 1920s style with its gold painted ceiling, red velvet wall panels and winding ballroom staircase.

The Royce Hotel, Melbourne
Image courtesy of the Royce Hotel

See the World’s Most Breathtaking Sites by Helicopter

Fly, Inspiration, Lifestyle, SKY

See the world from a different perspective with the world’s top five sites to charter a private helicopter.

There are some places in the world that can’t be appreciated on land the same way they are from above. It would be like only seeing Mona Lisa’s smile and nothing else, or one star in Van Gough’s Starry Night. With a scenic helicopter flight, you can see the full picture. And truly know the beauty of mother nature.

Victoria Falls, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Breathtaking view,  Helicopter
Image courtesy of Visit Victoria Falls

Ultimate Guide to Luxury Festivals

EARTH, Festivals, Lifestyle, STAY

Tackle the festival season in style with the ultimate luxury festival guide.

Festivals were once associated with warm beer, mud and poorly pitched tents. No more. From couture fashion to champagne sprays, the festival scene has gone luxe. With yachts, yurts and Michelin starred dining on offer, there really is no other way to festival.

luxury festival Coachella, palms, sunset, fun, music
Image courtesy of Coachella
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