Rivalled only by Paris and Venice, Amsterdam is a city plagued by played-out postcard imagery: apple-cheeked locals cycling through narrow, cobblestoned streets, tree-lined canals and pretty windmills, a red-light district known for salacious tableus that sell pleasure through dark windows.
Every crooner worth their stripes—from Ella Fitzgerald to Billie Holiday—has sung the same ode to springtime in Paris, when the trees burst free from their winter dormancy, and everything is bathed in yellow light. “I never knew the charm of spring, I never met it face to face. I never knew my heart could sing, I never missed a warm embrace, ‘til April in Paris.”
As the union of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle draws closer—May 19th, to be exact—London is deep in royal wedding fever. Tatler, the go-to glossy of England’s upper echelons, has infinite takes on the nuptials—how to organise a royal hen or stag do, a history of royal wedding dresses—while travel agents craft Windsor-themed tours and viewing parties (Firmdale Hotels are offering scone-abundant afternoon teas), and pubs extend their hours for gin-soaked celebrations.
Whether you’re an art novice or bona fide connoisseur, the Biennale of Sydney is unmissable and attracts many international visitors who travel for their art. Curated by the Mori Art Museum’s Mami Kataoka, the 21st edition launches March 16 until 11 June and spans seven venues, from the cavernous Carriageworks to the not-for-profit 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.
Awards season, we’re presuming, is really rather stressful for Hollywood’s elite: the speech writing, the mingling, the hours spent in meetings and fittings and cars with tinted windows. And so, in tribute to WLU’s favourite Oscars nominees (and the ones that really should have been), we’ve mixed-and-matched them with the hotels custom-made for uninterrupted R&R, or well-deserved celebration.
New York can be a little overwhelming—to put it lightly—every time we visit there’s a new slew of must see and dos. To make your next Gotham sojourn little easier, our WLU correspondent on the ground has rounded up some of the best (mostly downtown) places to dine, drink, stay and explore in the world’s most frenzied, roiling metropolis.
It’s rather magnificent to be in love, right? Thing is, when it comes to Valentine’s Day stayovers, the prevailing mise en scene can be a little, well, cliché: petals scattered across white sheets, embroidered robes for two. To help you toast your romance in chic and memorable surrounds this year—and elude the cheesiness—we present an edit of amorous settings catered to more discerning duos. Best of all, there’s not a teddy-clasping-a-love-heart in sight. Amour pour toujours!
Wild, rugged and ancient, Australia is home to some of the world’s most spectacular and varied landscapes. On this vast island continent, you’ll find lush tropical savannahs and pure, unsullied beaches. You’ll explore underwater wonderlands dotted with multi-hued coral and remote, red-rocky outcrops that feel like giant works of abstract art. Just in time for Australia Day (which, by the way, we’re very much in favour of changing to a time that’s respectful to all), we’ve jotted down our ten favourite stays that capture the splendour of this land.
SYDNEY: January blues be banished – it’s time for hotel lovers the world over to raise their glasses to the winners of the Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Awards… And the first to be popping corks will be Provençe’s art-packed escape, Villa La Coste, named Best Smith Hotel 2018 – the judges and the public alike swayed by its elegant design, artistic endeavours, first-class fare and creative caché.
As Nicola Moulton writes in British Vogue, “wellness retreats are the new holiday choice for overworked, overachieving urbanities.” Fine by us. For the perpetually busy, taking time out to reflect and rejuvenate—physically and mentally—can feel like another annoying to-do. But a new slew of luxury reprieves from modern life do the chef-cooked meals and scheduling for you. All you have to do is show up with an open mind.
‘Tis the season to ... take as long a holiday as your diary permits. If you’re in the mood for a last-minute sojourn abroad, there’s no shortage of snow-capped cities and Christmas Market capitals to spend December 25th in—mulled wine on hand. We’ve jotted down our picks of the best—and sometimes, most unexpected—destinations serving up a generous dose of yuletide charm.
Travel tips and trends from one of the best in the business, Jesse Desjardins, social media guru and Head of Social at Tourism Australia. Jesse shares his shares his secret address, favourite places in Australia to visit, travel essentials and the effect that travel has on him. Hope you enjoy this dose of wanderlust and stay tuned for the next instalment. X
Travel tips, dream destinations and hotel hangs from Sheree Commerford, Founder and Creative Director, Captain & The Gypsy Kid, the hugely popular blog Sheree started as her ode to "style inspired by small folk." Sheree shares her secret address, travel essentials, family road tripping do's and dont's, her favourite beaches and much more! X
Filmed at La Porte Deux.
Where’s Brent Been? Luxury travel agent and digital editor Brent Wallace is always on the move. For over a decade, Wallace’s advice and bespoke trips have been a well-kept secret of high-flying luxurians, eager to uncover the destinations no one else will. Here Brent shares his secret addresses and travel essentials. X
Filmed at La Porte Deux
Travel tips and hotel hangs and from co-founder of the hugely successful interior-travel stimuli feed The Stylephiles (@thestylephiles), Karen Bell shares her secret addresses, travel essentials, favourite design hotels and much more! X
Concept by Sophie Baker
Filmed by Aymeric DeMeautis
Karen Bell @thestylephiles represented by Wanderlust Union
Travel tips and trends from one of the best in the business, David Prior, Contributing International Editor, US Conde Nast Traveler, Vogue Living and NYTimes T Magazine, shares his secret address, travel essentials and much more! Hope you enjoy this dose of wanderlust. X
Concept by Sophie Baker
Filmed by Aymeric DeMeautis
The term ‘jetsetter’ is often bandied about gratuitously, but in the case of Nadia Fairfax it’s a perfect fit. The editor, content creator and model spends much of her time travelling between New York and Sydney—staying in boutique hotels and working from airport lounges—and has become one of Australia’s biggest icons in the realms of fashion and luxury travel.
In this 'Travel in Style' video episode Nadia shares with us her travel motto, jet lag cure, travel essentials, favourite hotel hangs and travel apps, plus her next bucket list destination, which is sure to have you in a state of wanderlust. Hope you enjoy and stay tuned for the next instalment! X
Concept by Sophie Baker
Filmed & Edited by Luisa Brimble
Talent: Nadia Fairfax represented by Wanderlust Union
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Do you suffer from Wanderlust? We do, and in fact we are in a constant state of wanderlust and that's why in the 'Travel in Style' video series we talk to tastemakers about their favourite travel destinations, travel mottos, hotels on their hit list, travel icons, the countries that took their breath way and much more! Hope you enjoy and stay tuned for the next instalment! X