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Sydney by boat | Harbour secrets | bushland, bays and beaches

Monroe
Sexy and glamorous. Red carpet ready. Did someone say 'rescue fantasy'?

Tapping into this year’s staycation imperative is a new way to explore Sydney Harbour Excess All Areas played hooky this week, exploring the bays, beaches and bushland of the playground that is Sydney Harbour on Spectre, a sleek 12-metre Scandinavian Axopar37 sports cruiser, aka MySydneyBoat. Company director Mark Dalgleish and his skipper daughter, Elodie Dalgleish,…

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The couturier and the candlemaker | a fragrant collaboration

Garbo
Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

Two French powerhouses light a candle to creativity… Balmain’s creative director Olivier Rousteing likes the scent of Cire Trudon’s “Ernesto” candle to be diffused through the maison’s flagship stores (Paris, Milan and, this month, New York). So no surprise the two powerhouses have teamed up to create an exclusive candle called the Cire Trudon x…

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Luxury in the time of coronavirus | Rehab in the Maldives | Make mine rare

Garbo
Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

What’s the new centrepiece of luxury travel? Ahead of the re-opening of the Maldives to tourists this week, premium hotelier Sonu Shivdasani has been recalibrating… The new luxury, post Covid-19, mused Sonu Shivdasani towards the end of a lockdown on one of his island paradises in the Maldives, will build on rarity. “The majority of…

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Bottling ‘the flower shop accord’ | French alchemy | gardenia glams up

Garbo
Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

Drawing on the savoir faire of a flamboyant French “nose”, Saskia Havekes announces a new addition to her Grandiflora family A fine perfume, says Saskia Havekes, has shape, tempo, and beauty. And, if you’re lucky, Christophe Laudamiel. The French chemist and master perfumer came on board to help create the final fragrance in Havekes’s exclusive…

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Have perfume, will travel | destination in a bottle | the nose checks in

Monroe
Sexy and glamorous. Red carpet ready. Did someone say 'rescue fantasy'?

Japan in springtime, Morocco in an orange haze, London dipped in derring-do … experience exotic locations through a fragrance filter. There’s a new wave of niche perfumes that aim to re-create a destination in a bottle. It’s a cache that lets the perfume lover daydream about travel that might still be, once closed borders are…

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Where to stay in George Town | The pick of Penang | Heritage beds

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There are many great places to stay in the Penang’s heritage city of George Town, most with a colourful story to tell… George Town’s architecture is like the special family occasion where everyone brings a plate and you cross your fingers for a fine feast. Scotland arrives with the lacy cast iron, England turns up…

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Luxury cruise trends | the sea suite | animal magic

Garbo
Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

From penthouses at sea to safaris by private jet, Australians’ passion for top-end travel knows no bounds In 2019, at least 30 million people embarked on a cruise, up 6% from 2018. According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), 1.34 millon of them were Australians. The 10 most popular cruise destinations last year were…

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B is for Breton | haute horizontal | rock star stripes

Garbo
Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

Bouillabaisse, baguette, Bastille Day … and the Breton stripe. What could be more French? Royalty and the literati have had much to say about Paris. “Paris isn’t a city, it’s a world,” declared King Francois 1 in the 16th century, when it probably was; Ernest Hemingway wrote: “If you are lucky enough to have lived…

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Basket case | Setting the bar high | weaving magic

Garbo
Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

A New York hotel celebrates the skill and romance of Britain’s old-time basketweavers One thing the Firmdale Hotels have in common is the intoxicating collision of contemporary art, patterns and textiles. But you can always count on hotelier Kit Kemp to imbue each member of her 10-strong portfolio with a cheeky point of difference. In…

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New kids on an old block | The bounty of Jo’burg | Vive le revamp!

Groucho
Brainy and cheeky. Witty and inventive. Always smoking hot.

In Johannesburg the past becomes the present in architecture, design and degustation… If Jo’burg had a mantra right now it would be “restore, recycle, revamp”. The City of Gold, settled in 1886, is a shapeshifter whose centre doesn’t always hold. Epitomising the urban renewal push is Victoria Yards, in Lorentzville, a very cool enclave reimagined…

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