Almost a year to the day since London’s iconic former Cafe Royal reopened its heavy wooden Art Nouveau doors as a hotel (it was formerly a fine-dining haunt frequented by the likes of Oscar Wilde, Liz Taylor, and Princess Diana), acclaimed architect David Chipperfield prepares to unveil the finishing touch to its sleek revamp – the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre. Talk about an ultra opulent, 1,200 sq m pamper palace… Read more…
Leave it to Los Angeles to forever put to bed the notion that vegan food is for dread-locked, Birkenstock-clad hippies – instead, white tablecloths and a ritzy Melrose Avenue address set the scene for Crossroads restaurant, with nary a typical tofu dish in sight. From chef Tal Ronnen, famously hailed by Oprah as the ‘best vegan chef in America’, Crossroads serves up seasonal, ‘plant-based’ cuisine that perfectly fits the Angeleno MO of feel-good, waistline-friendly fare: take the playful ‘artichoke oysters’ with artichoke puree and crispy ‘oyster’ mushroom, or the ‘crab cakes’ with hearts of palm, apples, beets and horseradish cream. Seasoned carnivores, take note! Going vegan could be, like, soooo the next big thing in LA.
8284 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles. T: +1 323 782 9245. W: crossroadskitchen.com
What: Far from your average fruit basket, this deluxe Christmas hamper is not only choc-a-block with indulgent goodies like vintage Dom and Delpeyrat foie gras, it even comes with a 3-hour Italian cooking class experience voucher, plus cookbook, utensils and many more tasty treats. For the foodie in your life!
Who: Gift Hampers HK, with a staggering selection of seasonal baskets that’ll have your gifting list sorted, stat.
Why: ’Tis the season for feasting and toasting… and a bottle of premium champs plus gourmets goodies sure make for a good start!
How much: HKD 4,400
You watched Avatar and Bio-Dome and liked what you saw. The kiddies are on school holidays. You want to escape Singapore‘s steamy ‘winter’. You’re a fan of pretty flowers and the like. If you’re in the Lion City and ticked ‘yes’ to any of the above, there’s really no good excuse not to check out Singapore’s huge, verdant, horticultural attraction Gardens by the Bay. Bush babes, this way…
The well-travelled, quintessentially French gent Antoine Melon has been a senior figure in some of the world’s finest hotels including The Balmoral, The Mandarin Oriental and Six Senses Laamu – but today he calls sun-kissed Phuket home, where he resides as general manager of the ultra-opulent, all-villa resort Trisara. With so many exciting changes afoot, we caught up with Monsieur Melon to talk new suites, seafood and sport. Allons-y!
Dear hearts, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we’re back with our annual All I Want For Christmas column, bringing you personal gifting picks from the LUXE team. Ready to get spendy, Wendy?
What: Every gal needs a statement holiday accessory, and this ultra femme take on Mulberry’s trademark satchel style, complete with shiny postman’s lock clasp, is top of our list. And once we laid eyes on the pillar box red hue and stroke-worthy calf hair – sound the fashion klaxon!
Who: Mulberry, the Brit-born purveyor of luxurious leather goodies. Who else?
Why: An elegant but sassy bag to brighten up the darkest of wintry wardrobes.
How much: GBP2,500
Picture the scene: the snow is falling, the hot choccy is brewing, and the faraway sound of skiers and boarders whooshing down the piste is crescendoing to an all but deafening level for those stuck in the office behind a mound of papers. The good news? The season is just kicking off so there’s still plenty of time to plan an escape to wintry powder paradise. And to make it even easier for you, we’ve counted off our top 5 ski spots this year… just don’t forget your mink muff, Margot!
As the mercury continues to plummet in the northern hemisphere, there’s no better time to fly the coop and head Down Under – and have we the perfectly-feathered eco-nest for you! Stunning Saffire Hotel on Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula is not only an icon of modern design, but also famed for its incorporation of elemental materials and natural colours, making it a seamless and luxurious extension of its natural surrounds. More on this serene, summery sejour this way…
Once a full service auto body repair shop, Sydney’s Riley St Garage now rolls down its doors for a completely different kind of service: food and bev, of course! The spot is actually a protected heritage site thanks to its rich architectural history (think textured cement and brick construction, 30s steel roof trusses, and ornate awnings), so while many of the original structural features remain untouched, the lofted interior has been revamped to include a glossy island bar and tiled open kitchen, plus walnut leather booths for more formal sit-down dinners.
Save the date: This Saturday, November 23, we’re hosting a global one-day-only flash sale!
Everything, and we do mean everything – from guides to box sets to our brand-spanking-new bespoke Christmas box – is a whopping 50% off, so what better time to get all your stocking stuffers in hand? They make the best gifts for stylish jet-setters and offer a fab dose of good ol’ travel inspiration for 2014!