Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania
Tasmania may be better known as a bushwalker’s paradise, but the arrival of uber-glam eco lodge Saffire Freycinet has transformed this beautiful wilderness into a bona-fide must-visit for the luxe-loving traveller. Set facing the magnificent pink granite Hazard Mountains across Great Oyster Bay, the development, designed by award-winning Tasmanian company Circa Architecture, is both dramatic and discreet.
Conceptually organic so that it reflects its environment, the sprawling glass-panelled structure is inspired by the breathtaking peaks, the ocean and the stingrays that live in the crystal clear waters of the bay.
Created to channel the intimate spirit of the Coles Bay ‘shacks’ – beachside boltholes that pepper the area’s coastline – the contemporary resort, built to strict environmental principles with a hefty commitment to sustainability, oozes the kind of laid-back calm originally desired by the developer – albeit with a flawless, five-star spin. With each of the resort’s 20 uber-private luxury suites boasting seamless views of the spectacular surroundings, the vibe is that of the ultimate natural sanctuary – made all the more glorious by the latest hi-tech developments in luxury living, stunning interior design and a ‘nothing is too much trouble’ attitude from your perennially, genuinely smiley hosts.
With award-winning Executive Chef Hugh Whitehouse presiding over Saffire’s Palate Restaurant, where world-class food created only from locally grown or caught produce is served alongside outstanding local wines; a magnificent spa using uber-luxe Natura Bissé products and a host of activities on offer to further discover the bush and beaches of the astonishingly beautiful East Coast, if this is holidaying with a heart, we’re all for being eternal eco-tourists.
Fancy catching your own dinner? Don your waders and visit a working oyster farm, or take a cookery class with one of the resorts’s chefs.
Suites from Dh5,700 including luxury breakfast, lunch and dinner, all activities and more | Coles Bay Road, Tasmania | +61 3 625 67 888 | www.saffirefreycinet.com.au
Emilio Pucci Boutique, St.Moritz
Lucky enough to be hitting the slopes of St Moritz anytime soon? Then don’t bother packing your old salopettes. Instead, treat yourself to a designer ski-wear spree at the newly renovated Emilio Pucci Boutique in one of the world’s most luxurious winter resorts. The very place where Mr.Pucci’s fashion careeer first began (thanks to his glamorous and revolutionary ski-suit, photographed by Harper’s Bazaar, no less!) if there’s one place to buy your A-list perfect snow togs, this is it.
Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, Via Serlas 27, St.Moritz, Switzerland | + 41 81 834 9430
Club Musee, Madrid.
Part uber-cool club, part art gallery, Madrid’s Club Musee is one of the hottest places to party in Spain. With edgy interiors designed by Parolio & Euphoria and music from the city’s coolest electro and house DJ’s, the setting is perfect for displaying the photography, paintings, illustrations, digital works and sculptural installations from some of the art world’s most sizzling young talent. Add that to the impossibly beautiful fash-savvy crowd, and it’s a full on feast for the eyes in every sense.
Av de Alberto Alcocer, 33,28036 Madrid, Spain | www.musee.es |