Hotel Mansart, a boutique luxury hotel in Paris

An Affordable Boutique Luxury Hotel Stay in the Heart of Paris

In the heart of Paris’ 1st arrondissement you will find one of France’s most beautiful squares, a square that gives my own heart a little lift whenever I walk through it. The Place Vendôme is filled with charm and elegance, not to mention some rather prestigious brands. Considered by many to be the world centreRead More

Eye see you at the Sanderson London's Long Bar

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at Sanderson London and a Stylish Boutique Hotel Stay

I hadn’t expected Judy Garland to appear at an Alice in Wonderland themed afternoon tea in central London, but here she was. Well, the memory of her, anyway. As I opened a child’s jewellery box to reveal sugar cubes inside a tiny ballerina started turning to the sounds of Somewhere Over The Rainbow. I’d alreadyRead More

Viki Henrich, Adlon Kempinski Berlin Lady in Red

Viki Hennrich, Adlon Kempinski Lady in Red: Ten Questions

The Hotel Adlon Kempinski in Berlin is one of those legendary hotels with an incredible history, and is where everyone from emperors and kings and queens, to movie stars and Albert Einstein chose to stay. The hotel where Greta Garbo first uttered the words I Want To Be Alone as she filmed Grand Hotel survivedRead More

Exterior Ovolo Woolloomooloo, image courtesy Ovolo

Ovolo Woolloomooloo Transforms Sydney Finger Wharf Hotel

When Woolloomooloo’s historic finger wharf celebrated its 100th birthday last year it was hard to believe that there was a time when the state government wanted to tear it down. But it’s true. Back in the ‘90s when it was all run down the NSW government decided it was too expensive to restore and thatRead More

Stirred Suite at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour

Industrial Chic at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour Boutique Hotel

When I told a friend I was going to be checking into a new boutique hotel in Sydney he wasn’t all that interested until I said the O word. “Ovolo?!” He suddenly perked up. “You’re going to love it! I stayed in the one in Melbourne and they’re gorgeous. They have a free mini barRead More

Sydney NYE fireworks as seen from Shangri-La Hotel, image credit by Paul Reiffer

Best Hotels for Sydney New Year’s Eve Fireworks

They’re the fireworks that are seen around the world and mark the start of so many New Year’s Eve celebrations. Australia’s biggest public event, Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks bring more than one and a half million people to the harbour foreshore and are watched by more than a billion people around the world. WhenRead More

Topiaries at Centara Grand Hua Hin

Feeling Grand at the Centara Grand Beach Resort Hua Hin

Grand. It’s a word that some hotels use when they really shouldn’t but as I ate breakfast to the sounds of a harp player and looked out at large topiaries in the garden of my beautiful colonial style heritage hotel it’s a word that most definitely fit. In fact that morning I was feeling prettyRead More

City views from Langham Melbourne, Image courtesy of Langham Melbourne

Ring Them Bells at The Langham Melbourne

Every evening at 7.05pm a special tram bell rings in Melbourne. It is no longer attached to a mode of transport, nor does have any relation to the Victorian capital’s peak hour traffic. Instead this bell is taking part in a worldwide tradition, marking the Change of Day in Langham Hotels. While five past sevenRead More