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MONDRIAN, DOHA, QATAR FLOWSTATE A WELLNESS JOURNEY WITH IZE BURNING MAN
 

MONDRIAN, DOHA, QATAR

As anyone familiar with Mondrian hotels knows, understatement is not the chain’s defining trait. From outside – and especially at night – the group’s latest property in Doha resembles something dreamed up by Hayao Miyazaki, and this hallucinogenic quality continues within. The 270-key property comes with seven in-house eateries, including the craft beer and burgers spot Hudson Tavern, Japanese […]

FLOWSTATE

Interdisciplinary Australian firm Eness has designed JEM, an interactive space of contemplation and calm. Placed at the heart of Flowstate, a recently revitalised creative space at Brisbane’s South Bank, the installation responds to user interaction. The 32 LED-lined arms utilise a 360-degree laser tracking system, replying to movement through pulsating, multi-coloured lighting phrases and rhythmic […]

A WELLNESS JOURNEY

A WELLNESS JOURNEY Treating yourself to some spa therapy is often a part of any holiday, but a stay at The Barai in Thailand’s Phuket is centred around the peace and calm of spa treatments. The lavish spa accommodation was designed by famous Thai architect Khun Lek Bunnag, who drew inspiration from a visit to […]

WITH IZE

WITH IZE Everything a sophisticated traveller could ever want can be found at IZE Seminyak: stylish architecture, beautifully considered interior decor, the expertly curated Meja restaurant, which offers a mixture of Balinese and European cuisines for breakfast, brunch and dinner, and Single Malt, the resident bar with equally-delicious decor and selection of the finest whiskies. Most of all, […]

BURNING MAN

BURNING MAN The organisers eschew calling it a festival. It’s festive, to say the least. But Burning Man is simply Burning Man, an annual event that celebrates art, human relationships and our adherence to natural impulse. The event has its own rich history: It started on a beach near San Francisco with 20 people celebrating […]

OLD-WORLD GLORIOUS; HOTEL DE L’EUROPE

A scene unfolds…the director in a thick English accent yells cut, actors drop character, and the camera crew begin musing about. The only thing left unchanged is the Hotel De L’Europe in all its opulent glory. When Alfred Hitchcock shot “Foreign Correspondent” in 1940 he included this Amsterdamian dutchess as part of his vision. Built for […]

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BANGKOK REVERED

Elevating yourself 61 floors above ground level may spark a certain fear of heights, however, an exception is to be made when guesting at the Banyan Tree Bangkok. Sipping dirty martinis at the lofty Moon Bar as night falls has never been so glamorous.  Famed for its views of “Asia’s Vegas”, Banyan Tree is a […]

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THE HOLY GRAIL OF DERMA HEALTH

When Dr Joseph Hkeik entered the cosmetic scene, the southern stars guided him to success. Flash-forward ten years, a strong clientele list are following that same star in search of his exquisite expertise. Joseph is one of very few people propelling Australia on the global beauty scene – making waves in elite circles and media […]

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a quintessential New York City experience – The Empire State Building

It’s the beating heart of New York City, the light in the sky, the place where it all begins—the Empire State Building. Much like everything in New York, this tourist destination sees thousands of visitors a day, looking to step into the architectural wonder to gain a vantage point offering a perspective like no other. […]

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MIDDLE EASTERN STAR: JEAN NOUVEL’S LOUVRE ABU DHABI MAKES ITS GRAND DEBUT

Perched on a tip of land that juts out into the sea on Saadiyat Island, Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi has the appearance of a hovering spacecraft that has arrived from a distant universe. Its armour-like domed roof, measuring 180m in diameter, is made up of eight interlocking layers of aluminium and stainless steel that […]

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MONDRIAN, DOHA, QATAR

As anyone familiar with Mondrian hotels knows, understatement is not the chain’s defining trait. From outside – and especially at night – the group’s latest property in Doha resembles something dreamed up by Hayao Miyazaki, and this hallucinogenic quality continues within. The 270-key property comes with seven in-house eateries, including the craft beer and burgers spot Hudson Tavern, Japanese […]

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PEDAL TO THE METAL: ELECTRIC BIKES GETTING US IN A SPIN

Alongside the automotive industry, the competitive world of cycling is undergoing a similar technological transformation in the form of electrification. Featuring pedals and rechargeable battery-powered electric motors, electric bicycles – also known as ‘ebikes’ – quite simply provide a boost to your pedal power leaving you to enjoy the ride, or crucially, ascend hills without […]

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ART BASEL MIAMI BEACH

Running in tandem with Miami Art Week, the Swiss fair expects its usual flurry of blue-chip galleries and well-heeled patrons this year. Other noteworthy art offerings throughout the city include the newly renovated Bass Museum, which hosts a Mika Rottenberg exhibition, while Studio Drift is collaborating with BMW on a performative artwork that will see […]

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DARK ARTS: GEORGE BAMFORD’S TAKE ON THE BENTLEY MULLINER MULSANNE SPEED IS FULL OF HIDDEN DELIGHTS

George Bamford made his name – and his company – by applying a touch of polychromatic wizardry to recognisable horological classics. The Bamford Watch Department gives collectible brands limited-edition makeovers, working alongside artists and designers to create playful collector’s pieces that signal discretion or delight. Now Bamford has turned his attention to cars. Inspired by his […]

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TOM FORD LAUNCHES FIRST STAND ALONE BEAUTY STORE IN LONDON, WITH A TECH TOUCH

TOM FORD LAUNCHES FIRST STAND ALONE BEAUTY STORE IN LONDON, WITH A TECH TOUCH If you know Tom Ford’s vein of aesthetics – which he layers into all aspects of his outputs as a designer, film director and beauty mogul – it will come as no surprise that his first ever stand alone beauty store not only sets […]

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