Thursday, August 30, 2012

Hotel Missoni Kuwait

Last week I featured Hotel Missoni Edinburgh on the blog, and now it is Hotel Missoni Kuwaits turn. Hotel Missoni Kuwait is a fire of colour and glass at first sight. Gold, beige, teal, and purple glow from behind enormous patterned urns sitting in the huge front windows, beckoning passers by to press their faces up to the glass for a closer look.

Inside, 169 rooms and suites are spread over 18 floors, each filled with such an array of pattern and colour that guests will wonder if they've stumbled into the Missoni seamstress' design studio.

The Italian theme runs right through the dining options as well; Cucina acts as the beating heart of the hotel, serving authentic homecooked Italian favorites made with the freshest ingredients possible. Mmm... sounds delicious!

Source: Kiwi Collection

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Underwater Photography by Elena Kalis

How beautiful are these images by underwater photographer Elena Kalis.  She is based in The Bahamas (lucky girl!) and spends her days capturing beautiful moments that can only be described as awe-inspiring.

To see more of these stunning images head to Elena's website -

Friday, August 24, 2012

Hotel Missoni Edinburgh

Stepping inside Edinburgh's Hotel Missoni is like setting foot inside a jewellery box. Gem toned walls in brilliant violets and emeralds contrast boldly with patterned fabrics, while a glass enclosed staircase sweeps dramatically upstairs. Modern d├ęcor features prominently throughout, while the 136 guest rooms include must-have modern amenities such as iPod hookup, Nespresso machine, and gorgeous tiled bathroom complete with Missoni bathrobes...devine!

The boutique modernity of Hotel Missoni is tucked into the grand architecture of Edinburgh's Old Town. A five-minute walk west takes you to awe inspiring Edinburgh Castle, while a ten minute walk east lands you at Holyrood Palace. Or stroll across Waverly Bridge, past the iconic Scott Monument, for high street shopping on Princes Street.

This tastefully decorated hotel is definitely a feast for the eyes.  I just love all of the bright colours!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

For Sale: Private Island in Florida

Many homes in the Florida Keys boast private beachfront and spectacular water views. Few, however, can lay claim to having a 360 degree beachfront, but this special private island home does.  Located 500 metres off the Atlantic shore of Marathon, Florida, this small and private oasis on East Sister Rock Island is surrounded by white sand and coral reef.

Built in 1980 as a family getaway spot, the home holds all the vacation essentials: a wrap-around porch measuring 2700 square feet, private dock and 21 foot long boat, which is included in the sale. The island also has a helipad for ease of transportation to the Marathon and Miami airports.  The Bahamas-style residence was updated in 2001 and features enormous windows and 19 sliding glass doors that open out to veranda. In addition to the three bedrooms and two bathrooms in the main home, there is a smaller, detached 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom guest house.

The property is designed to be a vacation paradise. The coral reef surrounding the home is perfect for snorkeling and just off the home’s shores are plenty of fishing areas or other opportunities for water sports, explained Arrieta.

If you find the $12 million price tag a bit too much too swallow at once, the private isle is also available for rent: $5,000 a week...eek!


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Star of the East, Tanzania, Africa

A magnificent private sanctuary of eleven exclusive villas with their own plunge pool and a tastefully furnished terrace, a covered Makuti patio and a large tropical garden to enjoy exclusive privacy and the supreme view over the Indian Ocean and the famous Zanzibar sunset.

The villas are named after eleven of the most precious gems in the world to match the modern and contemporary African style architecture. Personal butler service, a private beach and unmatched all-inclusive services accommodate the most discerning traveller with ultimate comfort, privacy and luxury.

Literally everything and anything you could dream of is catered for at the very highest level of all-inclusive services including access to all facilities, restaurants and bars of Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Top Ten Beach Destinations in Australia

Burleigh Heads, Queensland

Byron Bay, New South Wales

Coolangatta, Queensland

Broome, Western Australia

Noosa, Queensland

Broadbeach, Queensland

Surfers Paradise, Queensland

Perth, Western Australia

Port Douglas, Queensland

Sydney, New South Wales
Source: Trip Advisor