Perrier-Jouët Celebrates at the Garden of Wonder

Last night Maison Perrier-Jouët celebrated the expansion of its collection with the release of Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs; a vivacious new cuvée which pays tribute to the Maison’s signature Chardonnay style.

At dusk, guests gathered at The Garden of Wonder by Perrier- Jouët, a private residence in Sydney’s exclusive beachside enclave Tamarama, and enjoyed Perrier-Jouët Champagne and a menu created by acclaimed two hatted chef Josh Lopez. Maison Perrier-Jouët hosted the event in parallel with its partnership with iconic Sydney exhibition Sculpture by the Sea, of which it is a Significant Partner.

The Garden of Wonder by Perrier-Jouët has been curated to bring to life Perrier-Jouët’s passion for beautiful design and art, with numerous artworks brought in especially from Perrier-Jouët’s home in Epernay, France – Maison Belle Époque.

Artistic highlights on display include the interactive Curiosity Cloud by Austrian design duo Mischer’traxler and wall-size video installation by Miguel Chevalier. Both artworks have taken inspiration from the principles of Art Nouveau, the artistic movement that has shaped Perrier- Jouët’s identity.

The guests also had the rare opportunity to explore the world-renowned Maison Belle Époque in 360 degrees, with the ground floor of the private home being transformed into a sensory experience to give guests the feeling of being within the iconic cellars that are so integral to the development of each bottle of Perrier-Jouët.

Notable guests included: Axelle de Buffévent (Style Director, Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouët), Deborah Symond and Ned O’Neil, Dina Broadhurst, Saskia Havekas and Gary Heery, Maurice Terzini and Lucy Hinckfuss, Rebecca Vallance, Hermione Underwood.

Created by Chef de Caves Hervé Deschamps, Perrier-Jouët Blanc de Blancs is the first new cuvee to be developed for the Maison since he created the iconic Belle Époque Blanc de Blancs 20 years ago.

Maison Perrier-Jouët is one of France’s most historic and distinctive champagne houses, renowned for its elegant floral cuvées. Influenced by its founders’ love of nature and art, Perrier-Jouët creates exceptional experiences and moments of wonder that enhance everyday life.

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SECRET CHAPTERS AT THE LIBRARY, KOH SAMUI

In celebration of the commencement of the unveiling in November of the new Secret Pool Villas at The Library in Koh Samui, The Library has announced an introductory rate of THB27,064 per night for two people, including breakfast, for bookings made from now up until 30 November for stays in a one-bedroom Secret Villa from 1 November to 20 December 2017 and from 6 January to 30 April 2018.

Collectively known as Secret Chapters, these exclusive one and two-bedroom Secret Pool Villas will exude a sense of unmitigated luxury and freedom. Perfectly suited for discerning couples and honeymooners, these are sprawling private spaces with mysteries to uncover and secrets to make.

Guests staying a minimum three nights in a Secret Pool Villa over the same period at this popular Thailand resort, set against the backdrop of Chaweng Beach, will also receive a complimentary 3-course dinner for 2 people and roundtrip Samui airport transfers.

The Library will introduce the one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom Secret Pool Villas in November with the special villas, including The Editor and The Writer, due to be open by early 2018.

The floor area of the one-bedroom Secret Villas will be 220 square metres with a custom-made 3-metre-wide bed. Key features include a dedicated entertainment space, full dining area with pantry, spacious Jacuzzi bathtub, 8-metre long saltwater swimming pool, oversized tandem rain shower and his and hers walk-in closets.

The Editor will be a luxurious villa geared towards the working creative and The Writer, a singular, expansive unit featuring an absolute beach frontage and access, dedicated living and dining spaces, a private library, outdoor cinema and backyard gym, an upper floor terrace with spectacular views and an 8.5 x 7.5-metre saltwater swimming pool.For booking enquiries please contact your travel agent or rsvn@thelibrarysamui.com.

A member of Design Hotels, The Library reads like an elegant monograph – a design-centric hotel that invites one to sit with a book in quiet contemplation while also weaving its own story of natural beauty and unmatched luxury. With its 26 Studios and Suites and the addition of the Secret Pool Villas, this minimalist resort will cement its reputation as Koh Samui’s top boutique accommodation.

Owned by Samui native Kasemtham Sornsong, and created with designer Tirawan Songsawat, The Library is a beachfront hotel presenting a refreshing and subtle play on the book.

The expansive grounds provide ample space for guests to flourish, each area representing a blank page on which to write their story. With its restrained yet sophisticated design, the conceptual resort is unique to the island; its pure minimalism offers the perfect opportunity to capitalise on its thematic concept.

Understated and peaceful, The Library narrates a story in which genuine harmony with the neighbouring landscape is a tangible achievement. The hotel’s library binds the property with its collection of more than 1400 books providing a satisfying alternative to modern distractions.

The enduring respect for the surrounding landscape is unequivocal. From The Page restaurant holding fort on the beachfront, to the Drink Gallery and Tapas Bar fronting Chaweng Road, The Library seals the chasm between nature and modern life. Like a good book, The Library contains an assortment of interesting chapters, enticing guests to learn to live harmoniously with nature.

Source: The Library


Jets Swimwear Summer 17 with Jessica Gomes

JETS Swimwear hosted an intimate breakfast to celebrate the launch of their Summer 17  collection, co-hosted by JETS ambassador Jessica Gomes.

Guests enjoyed a poolside alfresco Mediterranean breakfast in a private home in Sydney’s Darling Point. Key pieces from the Summer 17 collection were showcased throughout the morning with Jessica Gomes and models creating a relaxed scene reminiscent of the French Riviera in the golden days of the 1950s.

JETS Swimwear brought an air of the South of France sophistication to the latest Summer collection and for Jessica Gomes’ second campaign with the brand. Jessica made a sleek statement in this season’s must have styles, which take influence from the allure of the Cote d’Azur. The Summer 2017 collection launches October 2017 in JETS boutiques, David

The Summer 2017 collection launches October 2017 in JETS boutiques, DavidJones, and online.

Notable Guests included:
• Jessica Gomes, Jets ambassador (wearing JETS)
• Eric Morris, PAS Group CEO & Managing Director
• Matthew Blashki, JETS Swimwear Group General Manager
• Rebecca Mansergh, JETS Swimwear General Manager
• Kate Darvil, Fashion Editor, Vogue
• Emily Talyor, Editor, InStyle
• Kelly Hume, Fashion Director, GQ & Stellar
• Naomi Smith, Fashion Director, Harper’s Bazaar
• Billie Iveson, Fashion & Beauty Director, Russh
• Glynis Traill-Nash, Fashion Editor, The Australian

Source: JETS


NORTHERN LIGHTS TRAVEL: HELLO ARCTIC!!

Arctic travel and Northern Lights specialists, Off the Map Travel, have this week launched a range of new experiences for guests interested in experiencing the best of the Northern Lights, culture, adventure and food of the Arctic region.

Whether dining in a private mobile restaurant; floating under the Northern Lights; glamping in the wilderness with a clear view of the night sky – or the world’s only Snow Sauna, there are plenty of new experiences for those planning an Arctic adventure this winter.

1. Go wild with the Aurora Hideaway dinner:

The Aurora hideaway is a destination dining experience with a difference. The hideaway is a mobile restaurant on skis meaning it can be moved by snowmobile to the most stunning and remote areas of the Swedish Arctic wilderness. Guests can indulge in a candlelit dinner inside the hideaway of locally sourced delicacies cooked on an open fire, and then step out into nature, under the night sky and (conditions permitting) the Northern Lights.

2. Get into the Scandinavian spirit at the world’s most northerly distillery:

The Arctic, with its local herbs, berries and melting glacier water offers the perfect conditions for distilling spirits and guests can experience an immersive tour at the world’s northernmost distillery. Guests will be guided by passionate experts and will see, feel and smell the Arctic ingredients as they experience the art of Arctic distillation, learning about Viking drinking customs and Northern Norwegian drinking habits along the way. Extending the AuroraSpirit distillery with snowshoeing or photography in Lyngenfjord; and dinner, a hot tub and Northern Lights hunting from the distillery’s Arctic setting – and you have a full arctic experience.

3. Immerse yourself through dogsledding and fine dining:

For those looking to combine great food and an Arctic adventure, a new experience in Norway run by a husband and wife team has been launched, which combines their passions for dogsledding and gourmet food in a new immersive luxury Arctic experience. The adventure starts at the home of Johnny Trasti, Trine Lyrek and their Alaskan huskies, a spectacular Eco Lodge nestled in the forest. During the day, guests will not only learn to drive (or mush) their own dogsled team, but will also return to the lodge to enjoy a fine dining experience which blends traditional and modern cuisine with local ingredients.

4. Hunt for the Northern Lights from your remote luxury Aurora wilderness Camp cabin with a clear roof:

This new experience offers a new and exciting way to sleep under the Arctic night sky, with a mobile wilderness camp including cabins complete with a clear roof, allowing you to hunt for the Northern Lights from the comfort of your wilderness bed. Aurora Wilderness Camp in Kilpisjärvi, Finland, includes two mobile sleeping huts which are placed in the best possible Northern Lights spotting locations, and around an Arctic fire, on which you cook your dinner and learn more about local culture and the Northern Lights from your guide. The night is then spent getting back to nature, with the comfort of your glamping cabin to retire back to.

5. Celebrate New Year twice the Scandinavian way in Finland and Sweden:

This once in a lifetime experience offers guests a chance to travel back in time and see in the new year twice once in Finnish and again in Swedish Lapland, and all in a perfect sport to experience the majesty of the Northern Lights. Guests will be treated to champagne from the ice bar, a 3-course gala dinner, fireworks, bonfires and a traditional sauna, all in the Arctic wilderness on the frozen river Kalix. The New Year’s celebrations are enjoyed by locals as well as guests so there will be a chance to mingle, dance and sauna with the local Finnish and Swedish people as well as family, friends and other guests. The time difference of one hour between the countries allows for leisurely enjoyment of both New Years.

6. Take an Arctic dip with Aurora and Arctic floating:

Taking a dip in a frozen lake is not the first experience that comes to mind on a luxury Northern Lights adventure, however many are raving about this quirky new Arctic experience. Off the Map Travel have uncovered two of the best ways to experience the Northern Lights and Arctic scenery where guests wear a head-to-toe high-quality rescue suit, allowing them to comfortably take a dip in the frozen Arctic waters, lie back and relax. Whether in Finland under the night sky hunting the Aurora, or in Sweden whilst taking an adventure on an Arctic icebreaker, this is one to add to your Arctic travel bucket list.

7. Feel the health benefits of the world’s only snow sauna:

Guests can now experience pure rest and relaxation in the world’s first sauna made from snow, at the Arctic Snow Hotel and Glass Igloos in Finland.  This is a truly unique sauna experience where the snow creates an instant blast of steam, making the health benefits for mind and body the equivalent to a steam room. The snow sauna is the latest edition to their suite of amazing snow architecture and their spa offerings, which also includes a traditional Finnish sauna, and jacuzzi under the Northern Lights.

8. Escape modern life through yoga and husky therapy:

Dog lovers looking to experience a mixture of Scandinavian hospitality, relaxation and mindfulness should look no further than this wellness experience. In the welcoming cocoon of a family run farm in Rovaniemi, Finland, guests can refresh both body and mind in spectacular surroundings. This holistic experience combines a variety of yoga sessions with a trained specialist in a custom-built yoga shala on shore of the lake, with either dog sledding or hiking (depending on the season) alongside the family’s eight adorable Siberian huskies.

“The Northern lights are the top of many travel bucket lists and for good reason, experiencing them is humbling and almost spiritual and that’s why we are dedicated to bringing new and excited ways for our guests to enjoy this natural wonder for themselves,” says Jonny Cooper, Aurora travel expert and owner of Off the Map Travel. “The team have pulled together new culinary, therapeutic and high-octane adventure experiences which are both luxurious and distinctive.”

Source: Off The Map Travel


Loquet London Christmas Gift Ideas - ok, ok, it's not that far away!

Loquet London is a British Luxury jewellery concept created by Sheherazade Goldsmith and Laura Bailey that Launched in June 2013.

The gold framed crystal ‘Loquet’ is designed to open and be personalised with collectable charms and birthstones. From a lucky horseshoe, a gold initial, a September sapphire or a diamond studded shooting star, each ‘Loquet’ is a unique and bespoke gift, a love letter coded in charms.

Sheherazade Goldsmith has taken a contemporary approach to the age old idea of a keepsake locket and created Loquet London in collaboration with her friend Laura Bailey.

A true labour of love, Sheherazade and Laura have developed Loquet London alongside a wealth of young creative talent and worked closely with established London jeweller Michael Ventura.

“Every ‘Loquet’ tells a story. Each charm represents an emotion, a special memory – What’s in your world? What’s in your heart?” says Sheherazade Goldsmith.

The bespoke brand is going from strength to strength and is now stocked at over 50 leading retailers across Europe, America, Asia and the Middle East as well as their own e-commerce site. The collection has evolved enormously and now includes Loquet rings, Loquet bracelets earrings.

Source: Loquet London