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Fleeting romance in a hotel lobby


For as long as I can remember I’ve always felt an overwhelming sense of romanticism in hotels. Maybe its the transient gypsy in me who clings to a constant sense of adventure, or the cloak of anonymity which is my armour in a foreign city. Forever intrigued by the coming’s and going’s in a hotel lobby I find myself enamoured with those brief moments when my life is intimately intertwined with the mysterious lives of total strangers as they pass by, hotel key in hand, suitcase in tow.

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Poppin’ bottles in SEQ

I’m all about the vista. You ask me to lunch, I ask you if there’s a view and what champagne houses are available. Recently I was catching up with a friend and he asked me “If you could be doing anything in the world right now, what would it be?” Without hesitating I blurted out “Sitting somewhere with an incredible view of the ocean sipping on a crisp glass of champagne”… And so the idea for this article was born from an amalgamation of my two true loves. What better après aperitif is there than an incredible vista?

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A world class boutique hotel comes to the coast

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It’s not every day that a world class boutique hotel opens in a sleepy beach town in coastal Australia, but when I heard about the 1960’s block of units that were given a new lease on life by Brisbane hoteliers (with the creative hand of Anna Spiro no less), it wasn’t long before I was in the car heading south to discover the internationally inspired slice of paradise for myself.

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Windows down, music up

Anyone who knows me knows I have an undying love for the desert of California. To me, California has always felt like home, even though it never has been. I find comfort in the explainable sense of familiarity I get when wandering the streets of Venice, similar like how the coast line of Orange County feels like faint memories from childhood. But there’s no where that speaks to my soul quite like the desert of California: Barron rocky landscapes, tumbleweeds and cactus, palm trees that sit at the foot of enormous mountain ranges.  The quiet back-water towns, the deafening silence in the vast valleys, the stinging hot midday sun that’s contrasted by cool desert nights curled up by the outdoor fire.

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All you need is less

Bali will always have a place in my heart. It was the first place my parents escaped to during a forbidden romance when they were young and in love. It’s an island where my father lived for a few months as a young man, spending his days from sunrise to sunset surfing and hanging with the locals. It was the island of Bali where I went to heal after losing a parent to cancer. For the two months I spent on the island, it was the Balinese people’s love and healing spirit that enveloped me and began to place the pieces of my broken heart back together. Palm trees line the beaches, while a hot tropical breeze washes over the shore year round. The air throughout Bali smells sweet with the burning incense of holy offerings made throughout the day, and during times of worship at the temples, the delightful ringing of bells sweep through the calm dawn or dusk air. The island speaks of simpler times, the yesteryears, where all you need is less.

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