On the banks of the Ayung river, bounded on one side by an ancient nutmeg forest and on the other by the village of Mambal, lies Fivelements Retreat Bali, a luxurious eco-sanctuary that puts the glam into bamboo. This is the perfect place to get healthy and go back to nature in comfort and style.
I have a room at the Langham. It’s on the twenty-second floor. So, it’s going to be a great stay. Twenty-two is my birth date and my special number along with seven which is the number you get when you add up my whole birthdate. And my room is 2217. Zero seven would be better but 2217 is pretty auspicious.
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I hate snakes. I hate them so much that when I was 38, I learnt to surf, jumped out of a plane (Point Break style) and crossed the Gobi desert with just one can of coke. Ok I might be exaggerating about the can of coke. Despite my feats that year, I couldn’t eat one of those jelly snake lollies. (Although I did eat a squirm – no big jelly head.) So when I land in Queenstown, New Zealand where the scariest thing is a hungry bird called a kea, snakes are nowhere in my thoughts. That is until I meet Adam at Aro-ha.
High up in
the misty forests of central Bali, far from the crowded cities with their
bright lights and traffic snarls, is the tiny village of Jati — just a handful
of houses amid rice terraces and market gardens on a small road that leads, eventually,
to Mount Batur.
The Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra is one of the most popular hotels in Toulouse, and it’s easy to see why. This lavishly appointed four-star boutique hotel exudes charm and character. The Grand Hôtel de l’Opéra is ideally located in the heart of Toulouse on the famous Place du Capitole. And it offers the perfect base for guests to explore the highlights and monuments of Toulouse with ease. There is no better place to stay when exploring the ‘Pink City’.
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 Berlin’s 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.
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.
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