Faff & Faddle  | April 17th 2014
Have a hop-tastic holiday!

Vacay chox and cocktails – we’re hopping straight for you!

Dear hearts, we’re shutting down like LiLo’s liver over the long weekend, but in the meantime we hope you and yours have a totally egg-cellent Easter! TTFN!


Travel  | April 16th 2014
Get flat out like a lizard drinking

Get flat out like a lizard drinking

Ah, Easter, you are so close we can almost feel our waistlines self-sabotaging in anticipation. If you’ve been a naughty bunny and left your vacay planning till the last minute, here’s the final piece of our holiday inspiration puzzle, just in the nick of time – and boy, have we saved a sweetie for you. Secluded, tropical, and surrounded by shimmering sea, Lizard Island resort on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the place to while away these sunny days.

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Travel  | April 15th 2014
Arabian mod minimalism

Arabian mod minimalism

This week it’s registering a cool 38º Celsius in the always-scorching city of Dubai, and though we love this year-round, one-stop shop for sun, sand, shopping and spa, we’re never outdoors for long before scrambling for sweet, air-conditioned refuge. Chicly fitting the bill is the recently-opened Vida Downtown, a contemporary cocoon in the shadow of the Burj Khalifa, providing stylish respite from both the heat and the bustle.

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Travel  | April 11th 2014
ace 2

Just like in Segovia

The hipster-rustic American hotel franchise Ace has planted roots in sunny L.A., and obviously the new digs are nowhere other than Downtown, formerly grunge central but currently enjoying a style Renaissance that’s sure to see it ascend to bonafide hotspot status in the months to come. Located in the Segovia-inspired, Spanish Goth beauty that housed the iconic United Artists Theatre, Ace Hotel L.A. has restored the building to its original glory, and stripped the interior bare to showcase their signature minimalist, concrete n’ marble aesthetic.

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Travel  | April 9th 2014
Ditch the egg hunt for a game reserve cruise...

Ditch the egg hunt for a game reserve cruise…

Dear hearts, it’s almost Easter, but rather than waiting on that thigh-destroying, choc-packing bunny, what about feasting your senses on some slightly different seasonal fauna? Whetting our wanderlust whistle this week is the sun-baked country of South Africa and, in particular, the Singita Sabi Sand game reserve spread over two stunning lodge properties. Binoculars out!

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Travel  | April 8th 2014
Zitan

Zingy Zitan [Photo: Luxury Insider]

Hong Kong is chokka with modern galleries, but one of the glammy new art hubs on the block is all about the antiquities – Liang Yi Museum, opened in February on Hollywood Road (where else?), is home to local tycoon Peter Fung’s private cache of rare Chinese and European pieces, which is over four decades in the making, 300+ works strong, and comprises the world’s largest collection of antique Chinese furny as well as an enviable reserve of vintage European clutches. So vast is this inventory that it can’t be shown all at once, but rather at rotating intervals – who needs contempo when you can have glittering, handcrafted, Qing and Ming-era covetables?

181-199 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan. T: +852 2806 8280. W: liangyimuseum.com

For more fab art in Hong Kong, check out LUXE Hong Kong and download the handy app with maps!

Travel  | April 4th 2014
Galata stunner

Galata stunner

Wham, bam, C.19th Ottoman bank turned mod Turkish designer den, maam! The just-opened Vault Karaköy in Istanbul is the fourth outlet from the leggies behind the city’s three fabulous House Hotels, and, just like the rest of the team, she sure is a looker. Restored to her original glory and then some by Turkish architect Han Tümertekin and smartly outfitted by designer Sinan Kafadar, the Vault is a moneyed vision of limes and woods, with 5-metre high ceilings, Carrara marble baths, and huge windows overlooking the bustling boulevards below.

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Travel  | April 2nd 2014
Tropical temptress

One hell of a tropical temptress

Dear hearts, it’s almost Easter! We love the holiday not only because we can finally say laters to Lent (and hellooo to chox and cake), but also because it’s the perfect occasion for a cheeky weekend getaway. On our travel radar this week is the always lush Isle of the Gods, Bali, and adding jet-set fuel to the fire is the recently-opened Rimba Jimbaran Hotel. Little sister to the limestone-lovely Ayana Resort & Spa just a hop and skip away, Rimba holds her own with 20 acres to her name, contemporary suites overlooking tropical landscapes, and priority access to Ayana’s facilities including the world-famous Thermes Marins Spa.

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Shopping, Travel  | April 1st 2014
Eco-

Clean, green, on the scene! [Photo: Claudia Goedke]

Attention, gents! Proving forever that ‘earth-friendly’ doesn’t mean dreadlocks and Birkenstocks is mod German men’s outfitters Atelier Akeef (successor to the original Akeef store), whose refined and rebranded concept means a shiny new Berlin boutique that’s committed to exclusively carrying brands devoted to sustainable fashion. Think inventory like jeans handmade in Okayama from Swedish outfit Denim Demon, organic printed tees and pullovers by Uniforms of the Dedicated, and camel suede desert boots from the musician-turned-covetable cobbler Max Herre for EKN. Naturally, the store also reflects their eco ethos with upcycled wood, sustainable clay and non-toxic colorants. Guilt-free shopping without sacrificing style… what’s not to like?

Max-Beerstr. 31, Mitte. T: +49 219 826 45. W: atelierakeef.com

For more stylish shopping in Berlin, check out LUXE Berlin or download our handy app with maps!

Food, Travel  | March 28th 2014
From Rome with love

Kitchen calamity no more

You can’t visit Rome without stuffing a suitcase full of divine deli goodies to bring home, but in order to put those squisito ingredients to good use, call on the chef-instructors at Roman cooking school Coquis. A foodie paradise with gleaming professional kitchens, experimental food labs, and a shop filled with covetable culinary gizmos, the school offers both pro and amateur courses in English and Italian that run for a day or up to 6 months. Your new skills won’t be anything to scoff at either, when the stellar lineup of instructors includes 2 Mich-starred Claudio Sadler of Sadler in Milan, Giulio Terrinoni of Rome’s Acquolina, and master pizzaiolo Pino Arletto. Filleting a fish, kneading a sourdough, fashioning a pasta parcel, or baking the perfect biscotti? Facilissssimo!

1/F, Via Flaminia 575, Rome. T: +39 6 3322 0082. W: coquis.it

For more divertente Roman pastimes, check out the LUXE Rome guide or download the fab app with maps!