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5 Mar

W Hotel Miami

*Reviewed exclusively for Holidays in Heels by a NY based jetsetter! There is nothing like that first drive in a new city after arriving in the airport. After landing in Florida, as the taxi expertly winded down roads and weaved through lanes on wide set bridges, I was soaking in every detail of the city I could manage. I knew we were close to the hotel once we reached the famous Ocean Drive on ‘SoBe’ i.e. South Beach Area – a strip of cafes and bars overlooking the ocean. Women walked around sporting fluorescent colored crop tops and high-waisted tiny jean shorts while the men walked with a lazy strut. Food trucks were on every corner, emanating the scents of a...
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8 Feb

Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

Reviewed for us by Australian blogger Claire Hastings! For those who aren’t in the blogger ‘line of business’ it’s sometimes difficult to comprehend that it’s not all just chill and relaxed sitting at the computer with the ideas just pouring like waterfalls. Even though it’s a fabulous job, one that I hardly consider a job given how strong my love for it is, it can be quite taxing. That is why, just like any other person in the world, every now and then, when I can take the time to catch my breath I am in desperate need of some quality alone time, far from everyone’s sight. I felt drained and truly needed to unwind and recharge my batteries, and I...
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28 Dec

La Prairie

Reviewed by luxury travel pro Laura Brown! Located on a picture perfect spot along the quay of Lake Geneva, known as the ‘Swiss Riviera’. Just off the promenade, a grey and white minimalist build looms  just off the road uphill, situated on a green lawn and situated with the serenest view a retreat can ask for, overlooking the calm of the lake nestled at the foot of the Swiss Alps, this location in the classy town of Montreux is meant for a wellness resort and spa: Clinique La Prairie. The Welcome The resort is located in a beautifully coiffured garden, simplistic in shape and elegant in style. The building grasps your attention upon arrival, yet from inside the architecturally strong structure lets your senses...
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4 Dec

Skye Hotel Suites

Reviewed exclusively for us by Aussie blogger Claire Hastings! I love my hometown of Brisbane, but seeing Sydney is something I will never get tired of, so to say that I was ecstatic about us meeting there would be an understatement. I had a blogger conference to organize in Sydney and wanted to choose a hotel that is architecturally stunning, comfortable and with a luxurious feel, features interesting facilities, and last but not least, has an Instagrammable quality to it. It’s no wonder we unanimously agreed that our home for the weekend will be the SKYE Hotel, and I am super-excited to share my experience. The Welcome We all know how strong the power of good photography is; it simply makes everything better...
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29 Nov

Hotel Aurelio

A chauffeur picked us up at the station in Arlberg, Austria, and took us on a drive through quaint towns that wouldn’t look out of place in The Sound of Music until, finally, we reached it: Lech. Techno music spilled onto the streets from open-air bars. People sat in trendy ski outfits laughing over brimming mugs of beer or walking around holding skis and snowboards. It looked like a commercial, down to puppies in fuzzy sweaters and Swarovski collars. And all around us were jagged mountain peaks blanketed in thick snow, with people zigzagging down the slopes with skill – even young children. Despite our long journey to get here, we suddenly felt rejuvenated by the fresh air, vibrant music, and...
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24 Nov

The Storfjord Hotel, Norway

*Reviewed exclusively for Holidays in Heels by luxury travel pros Mona Khalil and Rana Dababneh of Pomalo Travel It is with a little hesitation that I am trying to pronounce the destination where I am holidaying this winter month – Skodje, the Storfjord Hotel to be exact. The more I say it, the more it becomes a rhythmic sound and I am looking for excuses to repeat myself. Not so much to hear the twang in my voice, but more so to repeat where my journey will take me this time: Norway, to the fjords on the west coast. The Setting Amongst a scenery of pine trees covered in snow, a near perfect white countryside; only the little houses with smoke escaping...
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6 Nov

Qualia Hotel

Guest review of Qualia Hotel in Hamilton Island by Aussie blogger Claire Hastings! No matter how wonderful your life is, sometimes you simply need to get away. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I had this irrational feeling that I was losing touch with myself, and that I needed to reconnect. Being both an introvert and an extrovert is taxing on a person. I genuinely enjoy the company of my friends, and love cooperating with people in my line of work, but every so often I come to feel drained and in need of alone time. Yes, being at home, all by my lonesome usually recharges my batteries. Still, I had been working too much without a break...
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17 Oct

Ayana Resort Bali

*These excerpts are taken from a travel review written for Gulf Business Magazine After adventurous rice paddy and volcano treks and playing with wild animals in Bali, we sank into the luxurious lap of the Ayana Resort in Jimbaran. The resort is a destination in itself, covering acres of land. It is also a parallel universe where you can rely on your butler to book a massage at the spa while you enjoy raspberry sorbet at a cabana near the saltwater infinity pool. This is a resort with a capital R. The Ayana has 12 swimming pools and 19 places to dine. It's set on 90 hectares of tropical gardens up on a clifftop, so the views are just astounding. This is...
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8 Oct

Warwick Hotel NYC

I was lucky enough to live in New York once, and one thing I learned is that each neighborhood has its own charm. There's the trendy West Village/Meatpacking/Soho district for the fashion crowd, the East Village for the music lovers, Upper East Side for museum junkies or those who love their Louboutins. But Midtown is the heart of the city, making it easiest to explore all the different parts of Manhattan. That's why when we visited years later for a friend's wedding, my husband and I chose to stay central. I chose the Warwick because it was affordable, had massive rooms, close to subway stations and views of central park from your bed if you're lucky. It's also a stone's throw...
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27 Sep

Como Cocoa Island Maldives

A version of this travel piece appeared in Harper's Bazaar Interiors 2017 Rub your eyes and open them wide. Sand made of sugar, swaying palm trees and a hundred shades of blue? Welcome to the Maldives. True, the colors are so vibrant that it looks like an Instagram filter has been applied directly to real life (Juno, to be specific). But with so many beautiful hotels and beaches around the world, what exactly is it that lures people to the islands? And how do you decide where to stay when every hotel looks postcard-perfect? You could spend hours researching...
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