I'm a huge fan of L'Occitane products, and I have Malaysia Airlines to thank for that. They offer a L'Occitane Travel Set to all their lucky business and first class passengers.
If it was up to me, I would include the following in a L'Occitane Travel Set:
Or you could just go for the Best of L'Occitane and have the best of everything.
I recently had an opportunity to spend a bit of time with the Louis Vuitton Beauty Case (sometimes known as the Louis Vuitton Monogram Boite Flacons Beauty Train Trunk Case) and I have to say – I'm hooked.
It's perfect for long haul flights. Store all your valuables and a couple of items to freshen up before you land. Louis Vuitton trucks and cases are the ultimate travel accessories.
This video isn't strictly about this LV cosmetic case but it's an excellent example of how well constructed the LV range is and why they are worth that little bit extra.
Roof Top Dining in Asia
Asia has, and will always, hold a special place in my heart. It combines everything I love about travel… fabulous hotels, endless shopping, endearing locals and divine cuisine. This diverse continent also manages to push the envelope time and time again. Something I've noticed take off in a big way is roof top dining. Vertigo Grill & Moon Bar at The Banyan Tree, Bangkok sets the standard and Breeze at Scarlet in Singapore is a hidden treasure. Siam @ Siam also in Bangkok has recently joined the race. For breathtaking views, mouthwatering cocktails and something a little bit special dine on top of the world next time you’re in Asia.
Luxury Train Journeys
Cruising is so 2008. 2009 and onwards is all about luxury train journeys. A respectful nod to classic luxury travel, train journeys are capturing the imagination and heart of seasoned travellers looking to experience everything that travel was and should be. Discover India on the Maharaja's Express, blow the budget on the Venice Simplon Orient Express, survey the savannah on The Blue Train or traverse Asia onboard the Eastern & Oriental Express.
Premium Economy Class
One good thing came from the GFC… more carriers than ever are offering premium economy cabins on long haul flights. It cost 10-15% more than economy class but it's definitely money well spent on those 8+ hour flights. Virgin Atlantic is reputed to have the funkiest option, QANTAS will always be up there with the best and Air New Zealand aren’t too bad either. The lovely people at Seat Guru will give you all the facts and figures you need.
2009 has given us a lot… but onward and upward… 2010 here we come!
This post is part of the 2009 Group Writing Project.
The era of bland hotel interiors is over. As technology has ushered people into the ultra modern era, so too has it invigorated a previously neglected industry. Hotels have become funky, uber modern and a little bit cheeky with their decor. Asia has been leading the pack for quite some time.
Reflections Rooms, Bangkok
Reflections Rooms is, at its heart, an art project. Its concept is to wed artistic expression with living space. The tone is always colourful, kitsch and accessible to everyone. Each room is inspired by the individuality of artists, freedom of expression and recycling for the uber modern lifestyle.
Reflections Rooms has 17 unique rooms, each specially designed by talented Thai artists, commissioned by art impresario and owner Anusorn Ngernyuang. The artists also create innovative products for everyday use which are on sale. Their expressive paintings and objects are on display at the funky gallery-restaurant, combining artistic soul, great food, and the buzz of Bangkok street life.
Ultra hip and ultra modern, this hotel also delivers on the technology front. Rooms feature: internet connections, satellite TV, DVD player, air conditioning, a mini bar, karaoke, and an international phone.
Gallery Hotel, Singapore
It's not difficult to spot the Gallery Hotel with its vivid facade overlooking the Singapore River. In fact, its unconventional architecture drew much interest from the public when it first opened. One of its most eye catching features is its cantilevered lap pool, walled by glass on three sides, with a partially exposed bottom, while another wow factor would have to be the "smart wired" rooms that have lights and air-conditioning controlled by computerized sensors.
Coined the "Hotel that Inspires" - the Gallery Hotel is Singapore's first hip art design hotel. This 223-room hotel features award-winning architecture and colourful interiors. Situated in the heart of the trendy Robertson Quay, Gallery Hotel offers a delightful waterfront experience.
Four Seasons Marunouchi, Tokyo
Prominently placed In the Marunouchi CBD, Four Seasons features a contemporary setting within 5-star luxury. Minutes from the Imperial Palace, Four Seasons is a quiet, luxurious haven of 57 spacious guest rooms and suites. The hotel is ultra modern in every sense of the word - from the polished minimalist decor to plasma TVs, egg-shaped bathtubs, an elite spa and gourmet dining. This 66-seat restaurant offers modern French cuisine in a setting overlooking historic Tokyo Station.
Amenities include: a fitness centre, business centre, high speed internet and spa. The spa offers shiatsu, steam sauna, a traditional Onsen bath, aromatherapy and reflexology - for the ultimate in relaxation.Hotel 1929, Singapore
The hotel features 32 individually designed rooms decked in a mix of classic designer and retro vintage furniture. The beauty of 1929 is that no two rooms are alike, from furnishing and beds right down to bathrooms. The hotel evokes the nostalgia of a bygone era, with the foyer showcasing photos from the early 20th century and a collection of unusual chairs from the owner's private collection. Highlights of the collection include a Joseph Hoffman 'Kubus' sofa designed in 1910, Arne Jacobsen 'Swan' and 'Egg' chairs, a pair of Poul Vaoulther 'Corona' chairs, plus many more.
Due to the history of the building 1929 is protected as a 'conservation' building, which serves as a fabulous juxtaposition to the flat-screen LCD TVs, CD players, digital phones and broadband connections that feature in every room.Cosmo Hotel, Hong Kong
Reminiscent of the sixties, the wallpaper blends seamlessly with the overall trendy, contemporary design of the hotel. The Nooch Bar is a highlight of this hotel, offering the most chic experience in town with award-winning cocktails, crystal decoration, and live music.
Speak to luxury holiday experts Travel Associates to book your next fabulous holiday.
Looking for chic ultra modern hotels in Europe? There is a great range offering fantastic funky furnishings, art, music and food to delight the senses on all levels.
Sanderson in London
While in London the place to stay is the Sanderson, London. Located in the West End this hotel has been absolutely transformed by Phillippe Starck. From the funky seats to the stained glass wall in the billiard room, the Sanderson truly offers modern luxury within a stone's throw of the best that London has to offer. Even the music hits the right notes with tracks by the Arctic Monkeys, Super 700 and Mark Ronson. From your special private fitness area to the elegant Egyptian cotton sheets, the Sanderson creates a combination of extravagance and pure simplicity. Suka Restaurant, nestled at the end of the Long Bar, combines both British and Malaysian foods and was created by the celebrated chef Zac PelaccioIt. After a sumptuous meal, retire to the Courtyard Garden and relax amid the flowering plants, mosaics and fountains. The Sanderson is a truly surprising and sensual experience, nestled within the heart of London.
Wherever you are in Europe, you can find the hippest hotels to make your stay enjoyable.
Courtesy of Travel Associates, the luxury holiday experts