The only way to see the Grand Canyon is by helicopter

PERCHED like a phoenix in Arizona, the 446km long Grand Canyon is totally awe-inspiring, majestic and also kind of daunting.

Can you believe it is up to 1.6km deep and 29km wide (at its broadest point) with the canyon forged just a mere 17 million years ago. That was way back, when the Colorado River was rampant and raging.

If you take a look at the geology of the canyon, you can tell where water once sat, like it has been carved into the land. Yes, nature is its own best architect.

Anyway, that piece of geographical history, there is no question the best way to see one of the world’s greatest natural ‘Seven Wonders’ is by helicopter.

It seems such a contrast, but to take off just minutes away from the glitzy, fun-fuelled and gambler-filled strip of Las Vegas and twenty minutes later be in the middle of a natural seventh wonder is simply breathtaking.

Anyone who visits Vegas needs to take some time away from the bright lights to stand in awe of it. And there is no question the best way to see it is by chopper.

The one we took picked us up from our downtown Vegas hotel and shuttled us to the company’s terminal at Maverick Helicopters.

Once we are weighed — boots and all (so they can work out the right weights to fit each chopper) we were given a thorough safety lesson and asked to wear a small life jacket that just wrapped around our waist.

Our helicopter had total clear vision with top to bottom glass — made for perfect vision and once we had lift-off, the tour soared over the mega strip that is Las Vegas; over Hoover Dam, Fortification Hill, Lake Mead and Lake Las Vegas.

Once we were near the Canyon, we descended 1066m into Hualapai Indian Territory, where we landed, popped open a few bottles of bubbles (no, no, the pilots did not partake) while we could look in awe down the Colorado River and the surrounding canyon area.

The return trip included a detailed flight over the Las Vegas Strip — ‘oh look over there, there’s our hotel!’ — with the whole trip taking just over three hours. If you drove there it would take over four hours just to get there.

The breathtaking Grand Canyon via chopper

To be honest, a trip to the Grand Canyon this way totally blows your mind.

It really is one of the natural seven wonders of the world that shows what ‘nature’ is capable of providing; pure, awe-inspiring wonder.

In a strange way, it also makes you think about how small the humans race in comparison to the majesty of nature. And to be able to experience it on a holiday with great friends made it even a better experience.

My travel bucket list: Tick!

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H&M unveil their Conscious Exclusive collection

H&M is proud to announce a collaboration with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs located in the Palais du Louvre in Paris. The new H&M Conscious Exclusive collection, designed with inspiration from the archives of the museum, will be launched on April 7 in connection with the opening of the exhibition Fashion forward – Three centuries of fashion. Parisian art director, style maven and sustainability champion, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, will be the face of the campaign.


“I am honoured to be the ambassador of such a unique project. I think that the idea of creating a collection inspired by the history of art and fashion is brilliant. Especially since it is made with innovative, sustainable materials which are the future of fashion” says Julia. Known for her distinctively personal sense of style, she is the embodiment of effortless, conscious, modern cool.

For this Conscious Exclusive collection the H&M design team has worked closely with the museum to find inspiration from its collections of centuries of fashion, as well as the work of artists such as Gustave Moreau. The outcome of a glamorous line of modern red carpet pieces is infused with the tactile charm and aesthetic legacy of history.

“With this collection we brought the idea of sustainability to new levels. Working with new innovative materials such as beads and rhinestones of recycled glass and Denimite, a material made out of recycled worn-out denim, we have created contemporary styles imbued with a sophisticated charm” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M.

H&M will be the exclusive sponsor of the upcoming exhibition which will include selected styles from the H&M archives, including one silhouette from the first H&M designer collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld in 2004 and one silhouette from the new Conscious Exclusive collection.

The complete collection, featuring clothing and accessories for women, will be available from April 7 in around 180 stores worldwide.

Kendall and Kylie Jenner holiday collection for Topshop

TOPSHOP unveiled an exclusive Kendall + Kylie holiday collection in stores globally from the 20th November 2015.

After the huge success of the sisters’ inaugural collection which launched in June 2015, Kendall and Kylie Jenner have designed another range exclusively for TOPSHOP under their Kendall + Kylie brand.

These styles are available exclusively in Australia at TOPSHOP stores nationally.

Now THIS is a holiday treehouse: Nihiwatu on Sumba Island, Indonesia

The luxury Indonesian resort Nihiwatu (Nihi), most recent winner of the 2015 PURE Design Award, has launched three new signature villa residences to complete the resort’s existing 21 villa estate offering, including the long awaited Mamole Tree House which has just been unveiled in November 2015.
Designed by German architect Walter Wagner, with interiors by Marco Scarani and Susan Colley, Mamole Tree House is ‘Sumbanese’ in style and features traditional touches including beautiful local carvings, antiques and Ikat prints.

The Tree House is a unique, whimsical and spacious 3-bedroom tree house complex, elevated on wooden stilts between Nihi’s ancient trees. The tree-house configuration has been designed for the fun-hearted, adventure lover and is perfect for families, groups of friends or honeymoon romance. Mamole has the best view of the beach and brings the outdoors in. Two of the two-storey, circular villas offer a lounge area on the entry level, with the bedroom, bathroom and balcony on the upper level.

A bamboo bridge connects the two tree-houses and a shared infinity pool with lounging deck features on the front. The main Mamole Tree House includes a private infinity pool and large living area with bathroom on the entry level, and upstairs, a bedroom with a bathroom, balcony and connecting bridge to the main outdoor bathroom. Traditional Sumbanese carvings, antiques, local wood and Ikat prints are featured throughout the tree house complex.

The new tree house villas all epitomise responsible, understated luxury reflecting the simplicity and beauty of Sumbanese architecture, allowing the wild natural surrounds to take centre stage.

Mamole Tree House 1-Bedroom Villa rates for November 2015 starts from US$1,500++ per villa per night based on double occupancy for a minimum of 3 nights including all meals and non-alcoholic beverages as well as Wi-Fi. Garuda Indonesia currently operates a daily flight from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport to Sumba Island (50 minutes).

For reservations or enquiries, please email

Land Rover Polo in the Park takes over Sydney

The Land Rover Polo in the City kick-started Sydney’s summer season on Saturday with a glamorous polo party in Centennial Park, Sydney. Celebrating the event’s 10th year, the spectacular Land Rover marquee was hosted by Land Rover ambassadors Jennifer Hawkins, Sally Fitzgibbons and Phil Waugh along with Jaguar Land Rover Managing Director Matthew Wiesner.

The Land Rover VIP Marquee was this year styled as an elegant Hamptons-style homestead, complete with laid-back sundeck furniture and sprawling wooden verandas. In perhaps the most luxurious offering on course, the fixture had its own restaurant, where guests were able to order lobster rolls, spicy fish empanadas and grilled wagyu beef chimichurri salad, accompanied by Aperol Spritz and Champagne. There were even two tiny polo ponies tethered to the white picket fence, “Rangie” and “Rover”, who boasted miniature Land Rover horse blankets. And of the course the stars of the Land Rover VIP Marquee was the line up of Land Rover vehicles including the never seen before New 2016 Range Rover Evoque HSE Dynamic.

The Sydney event was the first in the Land Rover Polo in the City series which will happen around the country in November and December, with Land Rover hosting over 500 VIPs and customers over five weeks in five states. In its endless quest to go above and beyond, Land Rover partners with equestrian events all around the world, from its global alignment with the British Polo Day to the World Equestrian Games held in Normandy, France.

Guests who headed down to Centennial Park in their Range Rovers to tread the divots included Land Rover ambassadors Sally Fitzgibbons and Phil Waugh, Francesca Cumani and Rob Archibald, Tom and Hoda Waterhouse, Matt Toomua, Scott Sio, Christian Lealiifano, Kelly Landry and Anthony Bell, Amber Sherlock, Rebecca Vallance, Scott and Alina Barlow, Jacqueline Perrett & Kelvin Ho, Donny Gallea, Erin Holland, Elyse Knowles, Julie Stevanja and Troy Tindill.