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Emerald City sparkles at The Albert in Mosman

Lifestyle, STAY, Travel

Slip on your red shoes and be transported into another world. The world of Mosman. A world where balsamic vinegar is swapped for Verjuice. A world of boater hats and blue blazers. A world of private planes and Ferraris. And into this world is born The Albert. A divine hotel that epitomises what our Emerald city is all about. Crossing the bridge. The Albert has its own mini bridge – one made from perfectly laid sisal that transports a guest from the majestic original side of the hotel, once a virtual twin to Boronia House to the complementary newly built side of the hotel.

Image courtesy of The Albert

World’s Most Exclusive Wellness Retreats

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY

There is nothing more important than your health and wellbeing. Which is why, wellness retreats are on the rise around the world. For those wanting to break away from the stresses of everyday life, here are our top picks for the world’s most exclusive wellness retreats. After all, you can’t put a price on wellness.

Image courtesy of SHA Wellness Clinic

Swiss Bliss at The Omnia

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY

I’ve been to Zermatt before and it stole my heart.  The bewitching village swallows you up. It draws you to every snow-covered window ledge. It stops you in your tracks to mentally photograph the enchanting streets that filter off to welcoming chalets and hotels filled with log fires, rugged up guests and that alluring scent of mulled wine.

Image courtesy of The Omnia

Casino Royale in the Tropics

Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY

Nothing says adventure like James Bond. And nothing says Bond like a casino. Thus if you’re looking for adventure the perfect place to stay in Cairns is the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino.

Melbourne’s North Star: Adina Northbank

CITY, STAY, Travel

Northbank is the place to be. There’s plenty happening in this funky end of the city once home to Melbourne Fish Markets. Whilst it it’s not the luxury end of town, it is developing an inner city chic and it’s the perfect place to stay if you would like some comfort without a hefty price tag.

…And loving it in The Ryokan Collection’s Sowaka

EARTH, Inspiration, STAY

Growing up in the seventies for me meant switching on the TV after homework was finished to see Maxwell Smart, Agent 86, pull up in his red Karmann Ghia. That was during the week. On Saturday nights, I’d swap the Chief for M and be thrilled at the escapades of Roger Moore or Sean Connery. Thus, I’m rather partial to the trappings of the spy – the representation of one at least not the drab life of an ASIO employee. So, when I arrived at a tiny entrance in Gion, with a split green cloth fluttering in the breeze I felt a shiver of anticipation about what might actually lurk behind this understated façade.

The Ryokan Collection’s Sowaka

Living it Luxe at The Lanesborough London

Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY

One very confused Uber driver later, I arrive at the Lanesborough Hotel London. With a sigh of relief, I walk toward the entrance clutching my scarf tightly around my neck. The doorman sees me coming. And opens the door for me with a smile. There’s a fire burning just inside. I linger for a moment, letting the heat warm me.

I’d walked passed The Lanesborough when I lived in London in my early 20’s but until now, I’d never been inside. From my position next to the fire, I cast my eyes around the lobby. Regal. It’s truly the only word to describe this hotel. I feel as though I’ve stepped through time. I half expect to see characters from a Jane Austen Novel and historical figures of the Regency period to walk around the corner. Realising I’ve lingered by the fire long enough, I approach the check-in desk.

Glitz and Glam at The Ritz London

Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY

As I walk up the steps of Green Park Station, the iconic The Ritz London hotel comes into view. There are few hotels in the world that have the capability of stopping you in your tracks. The Ritz London is one. People walk around me quickly, some even huff as they go past the woman who has decided that stopping in the middle of a busy London street is a good idea. I arch my head, looking up toward the pavilion roof and the large green copper lions that adorn it.

Finally, my feet start working. I walk between the archways and the exterior of the Ritz Club and Bar, before turning the corner to the hotel entrance. In a momentary lapse of complete cliché, I start humming ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’. The doorman smiles warmly at me as I step through the revolving doors, forgetting the song and the world outside The Ritz London.

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