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Hotel Adlon Kempinski

Inspiration, Lifestyle, SHOP, STAY

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.

A view from the top: Brandenberg Gate and Hotel Adlon Kempinski.
Image courtesy of Hotel Adlon Kempinski

Tailor-Made Luxury at Schlosshotel Berlin by Patrick Hellmann

Lifestyle, SHOP, STAY, Travel

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.

Patrick Hellmann Schlosshotel from the leafy street
Image courtesy of the Patrick Hellmann Schlosshotel

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

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.

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

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

Green Cuisine

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, SHOP, Vegan

Anyone who has walked along King Street in Newtown (Sydney’s coolest suburb), may have wondered why there are queues out the door, down the street, and sometimes, around the corner. Those queues can only mean one thing – good food. And not just any food, the restaurants with the biggest queue are vegan. Here are the top four vegan restaurants in Sydney, Australia (with a cheeky bonus two from around the world).

Yellow Sydney vegan dish
Image courtesy of Yellow Sydney

The Christmas Collection

EARTH, Festivals, Inspiration, SHOP, Travel

Every year, cities all over the world are decorated with lights, tinsel and trees bigger than houses. It’s a time of year that brings out smiles, a little silliness and of course, the Christmas markets. With Christmas music filling the air, the aroma of cinnamon and mulled wine and stalls bursting with unique gifts, it is impossible not to be filled with excitement at a Christmas market. No one does a Christmas market quite like the Europeans and with the start of market season upon us, here are the top Christmas markets to visit in Europe paired with a luxury hotel stay. After all, what is Christmas without a little indulgence?

Image courtesy of Travel Away

The Artful Surfer

Inspiration, Lifestyle, SEA, SHOP, SURF

Surfing is an art form. It’s finding freedom, spirituality and a connection with something far greater than yourself. Every surfer is different, as is every wave. But for a surfer, having the right board can make or break your time out on the water. Australian brand Nusa Indah Surfboards creates art for the oceans; bespoke surfboards designed to look as good as they make you feel.

Image courtesy of Nusa Indah Surfboards

Shop Like a Princess in Sri Lanka

EARTH, SHOP

Dating back to ancient times, Sri Lankan gemstones and pearls have been sort after by aristocracy and royalty from all over the world. Due to its longstanding reputation over thousands of years in its production of some of the finest examples of gemstone in the world, Sri Lankan gemstones have adorned many a historical royal figure. Rumours run wild when it comes to King Solomon using a Sri Lankan gemstone, procured by his emissaries, to woo the Queen of Sheba. However, the most well-known royal wearer of a Sri Lankan gemstone was Princess Diana, who wore an 18-carat Ceylon Blue Sapphire, surrounded by 16 brilliantly cut diamonds on her white gold engagement ring. This engagement ring can now be seen on the hand of Catherine (Kate) Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge.

Image courtesy of Zam Gems

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