From lush jungles to vast deserts, Peru is a country full of mystery and adventure. Discover the unyielding natural beauty and ancient civilisations of Peru with Abercrombie & Kent’s wellness-inspired cultural journey. Learn about the sacred rituals of the Incas, walk the through the ancient city of Machu Picchu and kayak Huaypo lagoon.
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.
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.
How do you define luxury when it comes to
accommodation? For some, it’s about the finest style and comfort, while for
others it’s about an incredible setting, wondrous tranquillity and service that
goes above and beyond at every step. TravelManagers’ Debbie Bean has compiled
her top five unusual but luxurious places to sleep, each with a sense of luxury
which is derived from their sense of uniqueness and exclusivity.
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.
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.
Ring-shaped atolls made up of more than 1,000 coral islands, white sand beaches, crystal clear lagoons and a diverse marine life awaits in the Maldives. Known as one of the most beautiful locations in the world, the Maldives is about to step it up a notch in the world of luxury accommodations. Say goodbye to the traditional thatched roofs and hello to a paradise, the new double story residences of Lux* North Male Atoll.
One of the most exciting cities in the world to visit and Cuba’s capital city, is Havana. Havana has a rich and colourful history which is reflected in the people, the buildings and the music of the city. It will take you back in time, inspire you and have you dancing in the streets (daiquiri in hand, of course) in no time.
When I was younger, I either wanted to be an actor or an archaeologist (Indiana Jones was regularly watched in my house). But over time that dream changed. Before I had realised I wanted to be a writer, I was fortunate enough to already be doing it professionally. One thing which has stuck with me from those childhood dreams, is a love for the back story, for learning about the history of a place, a person or in this case a building, specifically the B2 Boutique Hotel and Spa in Zurich.
I stopped mid conversation with my Uber driver as the Dolder Grand came into sight. Unable to look away, my eyes widened. I had seen the photographs and even a walk-through video on the website, but nothing quite compared to seeing the Dolder Grand in real life. Their motto is ‘be our guest’. And from the moment I walked in I felt like the only guest in the hotel. The warmth and genuine desire to make you feel welcome is truly refreshing. Living up to its name the Dolder Grand is grand in every sense of the word.
Image courtesy of The Dolder Grand. Photo by Zeljko Gataric.