The city of Wellington is emerging as a genuine global city full of culture, design and lashings of cool. And a shining light in this city is the boutique hotel, Ohtel Wellington. Ohtel distills all that’s right with Wellington into a unique and compelling luxury experience.
For the uninitiated, Byron Bay is one of Australia’s finest regions for food, beach and culture. The Byron at Byron distills the region’s unique mix into a compelling and utterly unique resort. We stayed in the Deluxe Spa suites, and once we arrived, we felt no urge to leave. Designed by Haysorn Architects, the rooms are a marvel in space maximisation and design aesthetic.
Hotels these days are like works of art. Unlike the hotel experiences I had when I was a teenager — where everything in the hotel seemed beige — the hotel industry of today is a totally different world. Beige is dead, and the visionary company changing the landscape of this traditionally boring world is the Design Hotels group.
I was lucky enough to attend the recent launch of the new Australia and New Zealand Guidebook by Mr & Mrs Smith. And let me tell you, if luxe travel is your thing, this is the book. Travel guide publishers have copped a bit of flack recently — especially after Thomas Kohnstamm wrote his hedonistic, “tell all” book Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?, in which he alleged that most of the content he wrote for Lonely Planet’s Brazilian guidebook was either fudged, or written in a drug-induced stupor. However, with Mr & Mrs Smith, Kohnstamm’s version of travel writing couldn’t be further from the truth.