Luxury

Jewels, journeys, launches and initiatives in the Kingdom of Luxury

Oceania Cruises' luxury ship Regatta docks at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney on December 12, 2022
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Seafaring for foodies | Dock of the day | All decked out

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

Small but perfectly formed, Regatta is back in Sydney and dressed to kill. Imagine you’ve arrived a little early at Jay Gatsby’s drawing room in West Egg, Long Island, ahead of a lively soiree. The marble floors are being mopped and polished to a shine; there’s the sound of carpets being vacuumed; the Christmas tree,…

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A word, if you please | writers in paradise | Jaipur in the Maldives

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Charisma and character - and just a little bit game-changing. Action!

At the Jaipur Literary Festival Soneva Fushi this week, words are just the beginning… Australians love a writers’ festival. In 2022, some 140 of them are scheduled or in planning, canvassing genres, themes and dedicated authors, including this month’s Sydney Writers Festival (May 16-22). One of the world’s biggest assemblages of writers occurs each year…

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Pass the pepper | new perfume notes | sizzling summer scents |

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

Why pepper, lily and Cognac are on the wishlist of perfume connoisseurs This summer, luxury perfumers are drawing inspiration from the Silk Road, warm sun on citrus, 1980s pop culture, ancient opulence, heady islands like Madagascar and Sicily, and warm, after-dinner ambience. Among the new season’s surprising A-list invitees are pepper, lily, Cognac, and that…

Sydney’s new luxury pharmacy | Apothecary chic | Fragrance every which way

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

A new luxury pharmacy with scent to burn and treats for pets opens on Sydney’s fashion strip There is no end to the number of ways you can appreciate a good scent. Proof was the official opening this week of Santa Maria Novella at The Intersection in Paddington (Shop 10, 2-16 Glenmore Road), a heady…

Cliffhanger, a property on the Greek island of Antiparos
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Rental as anything | private bubbles

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Charisma and character - and just a little bit game-changing. Action!

Keen travellers making up for lost time are seeking holiday homes that promise seclusion, mindfood and a wellbeing upskill… A dazzling Greek villa with lines sharp enough to slice haloumi … a Pacific island retreat with Tjapaltjarri on the walls … a bold new Bondi abode frocked up in perforated aluminium … The luxury holiday…

Spectre, aka MySydneyBoat, reverses into Store Beach near Sydney Harbour's North Head
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Sydney by boat | Harbour secrets | bushland, bays and beaches

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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

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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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Classic perfumes | Legends in a bottle | Fragrance Book of the Year |

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* This post may contain affiliate links. Excess All Areas may receive a small commission, at no cost to readers, if a purchase is made What makes a perfume a classic? Michael Edwards dissects the divas of scent in a tome that has this week been named Fragrance Book of the Year… Perfume is a…

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

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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…

Floral artist Saskia Havekes from Grandiflora in Potts Point, Sydney
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Bottling ‘the flower shop accord’ | French alchemy | gardenia glams up

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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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