Away x Serena Williams Collection Is Here!

Away has partnered with legendary athlete, entrepreneur, and avid traveler Serena Williams on a brand new collection of bold Rouge luggage designed to make travel more seamless.

The best selling hardside suitcase includes all of your favourite Away features. Each suitcase comes in Serena’s signature Rouge complete with a multi-coloured camo lining.

Available in The Expandables range – expanding by 4.45cm so you can pack more into your trip.

The Shoe Cubes, exclusive to the collection, are designed to store your shoes and keep them separate from the rest of your stuff, while the Packing Cubes ensure that everything else is zipped and tidy.

Source: AWAY


Windstar Cruises introduces New Wind Surf Officer's Suite

On Windstar Cruises’ flagship Wind Surf, which just emerged from a major renovation, guests are able to stay in the new Officer’s Suite. The nautically appointed suite on the five-masted schooner (the largest sailing cruise ship in the world), is located directly behind the Bridge, in an area labelled ‘crew only’.

While all of Windstar’s six ships have an open Bridge – where guests can interact with the ship’s officers and get a rare, behind-the-scenes look at cruising – the Officer’s Suite is the only public accommodation in the officers ‘quarters.

It is believed to be the only suite of its kind at sea – and perhaps the ultimate true cruise enthusiasts’ accommodation.

“We renovated this very unique suite with more of a nautical theme to reflect its exclusive location tucked away just behind the Bridge,” said Windstar President John Delaney.

“Guests in this suite share exclusive company with the Captain, Chief Officer, Hotel Manager and Chief Engineer. It’s absolutely 180 degrees from ordinary with nothing else like it in the industry,” said Mr Delaney.

The new 22 square metre Officer’s Suite sports a nautical theme with a bedroom, full bath with Jacuzzi tub, and living room with a wide screen television.

Décor includes a sextant, Wind Surf print, a museum-quality model of a J-class sailing ship and binoculars.

During Wind Surf’s recent time in dry dock, the entire ship received a significant renaissance from the outer hull (including a complete sandblasting and painting) to every room and public space on the ship.

Part of the major evolution of this popular vessel included 16 new guest rooms bringing the capacity on board to 342 guests (an increase from 310).

Additional crew accommodation was also created to raise the crew level to ensure a continued 1 to 1.5 staff to guest ratio.

Public areas now have a more social atmosphere and ‘living room’ feel with an expanded lounge and bar with new furnishings and a stage.

World Spa by Windstar, a new state-of-the-art spa and wellness centre, is also a main element in the renaissance of Wind Surf and will be run by Windstar’s partner One Spa World.

For bookings contact Windstar Australia on 1300 749 875 or reservations@windstar.com.au

Source: Windstar


News from Chiva-Som as a new Australian Naturopath and Nutritionist enters the fold

Chiva-Som has appointed Renee Grandi as Naturopath and Nutritionist, bringing a wealth of experience and extensive knowledge of the latest in industry research and development to the resort’s team of health and wellness experts in Hua Hin, Thailand.

Australian-born Renee is passionate about helping others achieve their health goals, with an understanding that disease manifestation is multi-factorial through mind, body and spirit imbalances.

She believes that investigating biochemical pathways, mental health and nourishment issues with real achievable step-by-step support will improve overall health and wellness for lasting results.

“Integrating traditional wellness and scientific research is key to supporting the body’s own healing mechanisms and nourishing weakened systems” said Renee.

She will provide health lectures at Chiva-Som and practices supporting hormone imbalances, menopause, mental health, sleep maintenance, fatigue, digestion, detoxification, immune conditions, pain management, nutrition and healthy lifestyle integrations.

As a Naturopath, Renee is tuned into all body systems and facilitates a comprehensive health analysis for guests to help determine underlying factors contributing to disease.

“Life doesn’t always go to plan. Being imbalanced is physically and mentally draining, and I truly understand this without judgment. We have every right to be happy and healthy,” she said.

Renee has completed an Advanced Diploma in Nutritional Medicine, Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy, Bachelor of Health Science majoring in Naturopathy, Bachelor in Metaphysics and is an accredited member of the Australian Naturopathic Practitioners Association.

She was previously Naturopath and Nutritionist at Brisbane Livewell Clinic in Queensland, Australia.

A pioneer in global wellness, Chiva-Som reopened in October 2019 following the fourth and final stage of its extensive renovation program, which has transformed the resort.

Chiva-Som Hua Hin is Asia’s first comprehensive wellness resort, providing proven transformations towards optimal wellness.  Nestled in seven acres of tranquil grounds, this beachfront resort is dedicated to revitalising the mind, body and spirit (represented by its tri-part logo). Western practices and Eastern philosophies are brought together in the wellness resort which provides services for guests to develop healthy habits and lifestyle transformations. It has been recognised by readers and industry experts alike as one of the outstanding wellness resorts in the world for since its launch 24 years ago.

Chiva-Som can be reached by car in under three hours, private plane in 25 minutes from Bangkok and chartered helicopter in 40 minutes from Bangkok.

Source: Chiva-Som


First look of Sequoia at Mount Lofty House and Tasting Australia event

South Australia will have a brand new super-luxe offering for local and international visitors with Sequoia set to rival the world’s best when it officially opens in the Adelaide Hills in September 2020.

A private and secluded sanctuary with uninterrupted panoramic views, the $15m luxury lodge will offer guests the ultimate six-star experience and be the first of its kind on mainland Australia. Overlooking the patchwork Piccadilly Valley, Sequoia is proudly South Australian owned and operated by David Horbelt and his business partner Malcolm Bean.

Named after the three giant Californian Redwood trees planted by the original owner Arthur Hardy, Sequoia will feature 14 contemporary guest suites with access to a private club lounge, gardens, sundeck and natural spring-fed hot pools.

Overseen by Horbelt with input from local architects and designers, every room in the spacious 75sqm open-plan suites will enjoy spectacular, unparalleled 180 degree views. The sunken lounge room will feature a Basket Range stone-clad gas fireplace while guests can sleep under the star-filled sky on a king-sized bed.

The iconic 30-acre Mount Lofty estate has long been synonymous with decadence and celebration. Perched on the valley rim and separate to the original house, the private retreat will have its own dedicated guest relations team and secure entrance to attract VIP guests.

Offering an unrivalled level of highly personalised service, Sequoia guests will have access to all of the property’s lavish amenities including the three-hatted Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant, Arthur Waterhouse Lounge and Stables Day Spa.

They can also choose from a catalogue of bespoke experiences that celebrate South Australian stories. Not available to the general public, think private behind-the-scenes tours with local winemakers, getting up-close and personal with native icons or connecting with local identities and brands.

Known for its spectacular rolling hills and quality local wine and produce, the Adelaide Hills region is quickly becoming the first choice for Australians looking for a respite from bustling city life.

Conveniently located just 15 minutes from Adelaide CBD and 30 minutes from the airport, Mount Lofty House offers a short escape that feels a million miles away, yet is close to everything you could need.

Mount Lofty House will give an exclusive sneak preview of the lodge, six months ahead of its official opening, with a sensory inspired experience featuring the best food, wine and music from South Australia. The overnight Tasting Australia adventure begins with a limousine transfer to the estate and Sequoia Sparkling beneath the giant tree that shares its name.

From here guests can choose to relax during a 30-minute spa treatment or discover the nuances of Adelaide Hills gin during a guided tasting. Evening canapés will be served as the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra performs live before guests connect with representatives from flagship South Australian brands RM Williams and Jurlique.

On Tuesday 31 March experience a menu crafted by Hardy’s Verandah’s own awarded chef, Jin Choi and internationally celebrated ‘paddock to plate’ chef, Jared Ingersoll, while the menu on Wednesday 1 April sees a visionary gastronomical collaboration between Duncan Welgemoed (Africola) and Paul Bentley (Magno Brasserie) derived from an infusion of native Australian ingredients with unique Mexican preparation techniques.

Both menus will be expertly matched with wines by iconic South Australian producer, Penfolds to complete a picture that will linger in your memory forever and a bottle of Bin 28 Shiraz per couple with a Kangaroo Karmine leather wine bag will see you take a little of the experience home with you too. Before you retire, gather around a bonfire for after-dinner marshmallows, stories and stargazing before turning in to Sequoia for the night.

Tickets $3000 per room. Event information: https://tastingaustralia.com.au/events/the-luxury-brands-of-south-australia

Source: Mount Lofty House 


Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora takes luxury to another level

Synonymous with absolute luxury, the Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora is upping the luxe factor even further, adding eight new overwater bungalow suites, and a new retail experience – MoeMoea.

Six of the new suites feature 11 x 8 foot (3.4 x 2.4 metre) infinity-edge plunge pools set on private decks that sit over the turquoise lagoon that Bora Bora is so famous for.

A further six plunge pools were added to existing overwater bungalow suites, bringing the total number of overwater accommodations with pools to 27, and the total overwater room count to 108.

Further to the new builds, each of the resort’s one and two-bedroom overwater bungalow suites have been refreshed to reflect a more contemporary Polynesian feel. The refresh includes new furniture, fixtures, lighting and technology, plus the installation of solar panels on each bungalow’s thatched roof provides a natural and sustainable power source for heating water.

Guests will also enjoy the newly revealed 3,550 square-foot (330 square metre) shopping experience within the Resort. Also set over the pristine waters of the resort, MoeMoea, meaning “dream” in Polynesian, is just that for shoppers, offering resort wear, casual and active apparel, accessories, women’s luxe apparel, swimwear and more.

Guests can literally swim up to the store directly from the lagoon to browse well-known brands including Camilla, Missoni, Onia, Solid & Striped, Vilebrequin and Zimmermann; while also showcasing boutique brands such as Adriana Iglesias, Benson and Swims, B+S Caftans, March 11 and Su Paris.

“As one of the world’s most celebrated resorts, we are thrilled to showcase our new and enhanced overwater bungalow suites, as well as MoeMoea,” says Diego Stembert, General Manager of Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora. “We believe that life is better over water, and now our overwater experience is better than ever.”

In celebration, the Resort is offering a range of holiday packages.

Source: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora