Category: WANDERLUST ACTIVE TRAVEL

Wanderlust Active Travel                         Your 5 Star Fitness & Activity Holiday                                                                                                            Thailand Active Tour Dates                                        March 1-8                                                             5 or 7 night packages available

Wanderlust Active Travel Your 5 Star Fitness & Activity Holiday Thailand Active Tour Dates March 1-8 5 or 7 night packages available

Do you need a luxury 5 star holiday with an emphasis on fitness, health & well-being? Do you want to enjoy the sights and experience adventure on an active experience in a tropical paradise?

Wanderlust Active Travel in Thailand, is the perfect active getaway offering you a combination of fitness activities, exploration of local sights and downtime to reset and recharge.

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Designed to focus on real world adventures, Wanderlust Active Travel offers you a 5-star luxury active tour will see you escape to the warm and exotic seaside town of Phuket. The carefully curated active program is based on real achievable goals, activity and wellness programs that will leave lasting benefits long after you return home. It is all about eating well, working out, exploring & enjoying the company of like-minded travellers.

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Variety is the name of the game with a huge program of fitness activities, enjoyed in a variety of locations. Nah Harn Beach, Nai Harn Lake and surrounding hills, Big Buddha, off and on-site fitness centres. Explore new ways of working out with traditional Thai Boxing, Muay Thai, all under the guidance of professional Thai Boxers in a local dedicated training facility. Ideal for self-defence and all levels of fitness, guaranteed to work up a sweat whilst being lots of fun!

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Wanderlust Active Travel ensures you make the most of your active holiday with fully personalised programs that cater for all levels of fitness and all ages. All fitness activities and workshops are presented by highly experienced, professional trainers that offer support and guidance along the way. The program has a variety of high intensity and low intensity workouts for you to choose from. All sessions are optional, the choice is entirely up to you how you want to set the pace for your time away.

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Rest and recovery is equally important with Thailand Luxury Fitness Retreats. Relax by the ocean-side pool, indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments or the floatation tank, sauna and ice bath, or retreat to your luxury accommodation to recharge. Breakfast and lunch is included daily, with dinner enjoyed at the on-site restaurant or exploring local delights. Option for raw, juice or detox programs also available.

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You will retreat to the stunning beachside at Nai Harn Resort, complete with tropical gardens and luxurious amenities. Nestled in amongst the palm trees, high upon a cliff, this hotel has exceptional modern interior design from the sweeping lobby, the cliff top pool, the roof top day beds and sunken lounges, the amazing tranquil day spa and the cool upmarket onsite restaurant and bar facilities. With a wide choice of room options available to suit all interests and budgets.

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Perfect for solo travellers, friends or siblings, Wanderlust Active Travel is an active holiday experience that offers plenty of adventure, exploration and fitness. Be rewarded with lots of fun and the mind-set to continue your active lifestyle when you return home.

We have devised the perfect getaway for you. The focus is on ‘real world’ experiences. The perfect blend of activity to suit your fitness level, with the downtime required to recharge and reset your energy levels.

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Nestled in amongst the palm trees, high upon a cliff, this hotel has exceptional modern interior design from the sweeping lobby, the cliff top pool, the roof top day beds and sunken lounges, the amazing tranquil day spa and the cool upmarket onsite restaurant and bar facilities. Complete with a Michelin Star chef!

See our exciting itinerary below and contact us to register your expression of interest.

5 or 7  nights in 5-star luxury accommodation at the iconic Nai Harn, Phuket
Daily breakfast buffet

Daily Lunch vouchers from Unisharn
Complimentary welcome drink/fruit upon arrival

Fitness and well-being classes daily with expert trainers, with classes starting from 6am and concluding at 6pm.
Introduction to nutrition workshop
Tailor-made eating/activity plan to determine your long and short-term goals
Daily sunrise or sunset beach meditation and yoga

Mountain Hikes to Big Buddha and local hiking to famous Phuket viewpoints
Daily workouts – Beach HIIT, core and strength

Muay Thai lessons with professional Thai boxers

Personalised PT sessions one on one with our trainers.

Technique classes for posture

Sunrise and Sunset Beach Walks
1 x Mauy Thai Boxing Classes in the traditional boxing ring
Stand up paddle boarding and snorkelling

1 x Night market excursion

1 x Floatation Tank session

Free WIFI
Complimentary transfers to and from the airport

Additional cooking classes, island day trips, scuba diving, plus full macro nutrient meals are optional extras.

Dates: March 1st 2019

This package can be further tailored to meet your individual needs, including length of stay, accommodation options & activities. Prices quoted based on twin share occupancy, single options available.

We look forward to introducing you to Wanderlust Active Travel, Thailand.

Active Mountain View  – $2000 p/p for 5 nights  –  $2500 p/p for 7 nights.

We also have other accommodation available.

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Prices upon request.

The Full Fitness and Activity Training daily timetable included in these prices.

Pricing Guide are quoted as twin share AUD per person.

Single person rate please add $750 for 7 nights.

**If you would like to share with another single, please note this in your booking and we will try to accommodate your request. This is not guaranteed.

Vegan and Raw Detox Meal and Juicing Plans available for 3 or 6 day packages .                  **(Additional cost)

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We are off to Hawaii. Come with us.

We are off to Hawaii. Come with us.

 

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The Wanderlust Luxury Travel  – Hawaii 2017 – is now taking bookings.

Wanderlust Luxury Travel is a bespoke luxury travel group, created specifically for the solo woman traveller.

If you’re keen to travel but not keen to go alone…and equally don’t want to be just a number on a crowded tour bus..then this is perfect for you!
Wanderlust Luxury Travel is a 5 star personalised tour company for women only, travelling to amazing destinations worldwide.
Think; shopping, fine dining, fashion, interior design and architecture, roof top bars plus health and fitness.

Its a total balance tour for girls who want to do it all.
Small groups limited to 8-10 women.
And your host? None other than yours truly!

Jump in quickly so you don’t miss this special promotional price.

See Below and email all enquires to info@whitechalkdesign.com.au

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Wanderlust Luxury Travel Hawaii 2017

Tour Details

Tour Price: $5500 per person Twin Share. Single person supplement $1500
Partial ocean View Balcony Room
(city view option is offered at a reduced price. )

Tour Style: Luxury Boutique 5 Star Fully Escorted
Tour Dates: March 2017 FINAL DATE TO BE CONFIRMED (7 night / 8 days )

Price Includes:

 

7 Nights’ luxury accomodation at the iconic 5 star Moana Surfrider located right on Waikiki Beach. Partial Ocean View. Free Wifi. Breakfast daily.

Moana Surfrider Historical Tour
Aqua Aerobics Daily
Hula Lessons, Lei Making, Ukulele Lessons.

Arrival and Departure group transport
The Wanderlust Luxury Travel Welcome Pack (includes a day spa voucher and discount shopping vouchers )

Breakfast Daily

Pre-dinner welcome cocktail

Welcome dinner at Moana Surfrider including wine

Surf Lesson on Waikiki Beach

The North Shore Hawaiian Food Tour (full day)

Fully guided tours of Iolani Palace and the stunning architecture at The Shangri-La retreat formerly owned by heiress Doris Duke.

Fully escorted tour through the famous Waikele outlet shopping malls and Ala Moana Shopping Centre plus the furniture / homewares district (includes discount booklet)

Half day snorkelling and picnic brunch at stunning Hanauma Bay

A traditional sunset Luau Dinner

Waikiki  Beach Sunrise / Sunset Yoga Daily

Skybar Cocktail Night VIP status
Sunset Champagne Catamaran Cruise from Waikiki Beach

Brunch & Morning walk up to the Diamond Head State Monument and Lighthouse Saturday farmers market (if available)

Stand UP Paddle Board lesson and Scuba Diving (additional cost)

Life Coach / Wellness Session available  (additional cost)

 

Itinerary Details

Day One

Upon arrival into Honolulu International Airport, you will be met by your transfer at the airport after baggage and customs/immigration clearance.
Serena will be at the hotel to meet you and ensure that check-in is smooth!
The day is yours to settle in, refresh with your spa voucher and acclimatise to the beautiful Hawaiian pace.

This evening a drink in the bar before our welcome dinner at The Moana Surfrider. Meals Included : Dinner (wine included)

Day Two

Shopping Day – Today we head to the amazing Waikele Outlet Shopping Mall for bargains on all designer clothing & footwear.
Saks 5th Ave, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Guess, Nine West plus many, many more designer labels. You’ll need strong arms to carry out all of your amazing purchases…

The afternoon is yours to relax on the beach or by the pool. Dinner and drinks tonight at Dukes on the beach (optional)

Meals Included : Breakfast

Day Three

After breakfast we will be collected for our Hawaii Food Tour. This is a full day tour to the North Shore and is a showcase of scenic wonders, amazing food (garlic shrimp, genuine Hawaiian food, roadside grinds, decadent and rich pastries, & more!), You’ll even have time for a personal shopping break in a historic coffee and chocolate plantation!

This a full day so drinks and dinner once we return to the hotel is optional.                      Meals Included : Breakfast, Lunch

 

Day Four

Sunrise Beach Yoga followed by breakfast.

For those who are keen for a rest day, today is perfect to soak up the sunshine, swim or book in for massage, learn to surf or try stand up paddle boarding. If you’re feeling more energetic hit the stores right across the street from our hotel. Sephora, H&M, Kate Spade, plus Luxury Row; Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci…

Tonight we set sail and watch the beautiful sunset over Waikiki Beach for our Sunset Holokai Catamaran Cruise.
Get soaking wet on the nets or kick back and relax on the comfortable main deck. All drinks included on this 1.5 hour tour.

Dinner at a local nearby Taqueria is optional.

Meals Included : Breakfast, Sunset Drinks.

Day Five

After breakfast we head out and take our guided tour to the Shangri-La Museum and the Iolani Palace.

One of Hawai‘i’s most architecturally significant houses, Shangri La was a retreat and sanctuary for a woman, Doris Duke, who greatly valued her privacy. In the late 1930s, Doris Duke built her Honolulu home, Shangri La, on five acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head.
Shangri La incorporates architectural features from the Islamic world and houses Duke’s extensive collection of Islamic art, which she assembled for nearly 60 years.
In her will, Duke set in motion plans to open Shangri La to the public as a place for the study of Islamic art and culture.

Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy, is a marvel of opulence, innovation and political intrigue. Meticulously restored to its former grandeur, this National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalakaua, who built the palace in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani, walked its celebrated halls.
We will immerse ourselves in Hawaii’s royal heritage.

Tonight we head to the Skybar as VIP guests. High above the streets of Waikiki we can sip cocktails and unwind from our full day of sightseeing.
Dinner Optional.

Meals Included : Breakfast

 

Day Six

An early start for our day at glorious Hanauma Bay. Snorkel the pristine waters at one of the most popular natural attractions in the world. You’ll spot schools of colourful fish and perhaps even dolphins and turtles. The safe inner reef is perfect for beginners, while the more challenging outer reef will thrill advanced snorkelers on Hanauma Bay.

We will arrange delicious picnic hampers for lunch and provide all of your snorkelling equipment.

After the bay, we will head back to the hotel to relax by the beach or pool, or you can head to Ala Moana Shopping centre to top up your shopping. It is the largest out door mall in the Northern Hemisphere. So prepare to shop!

Dinner Tonight is a traditional Polynesian Luau at a nearby beachside location. Watch the sunset over Waikiki Beach and shake your hips to the rhythmic sounds of the the traditional island drums.

Meals Included : Breakfast/ Brunch / Dinner

Day Seven

After breakfast we will head to the Diamond Head State Monument. A short hike to the top of the mountain and you can see all the way across to downtown Honolulu and the beautiful stretch of Waikiki Beach. Stunning views and a great way to start the day.
For those who wish to go to the Farmers Market we can visit on our way back to the hotel.

Once back to the hotel, the remainder of the day is all yours to enjoy. More shopping, more reading, more swimming, more anything……

A farewell drink tonight at The Mai Tai bar on the beach followed by a light dinner (optional) and then it is back to the hotel to pack and confirm departure details for the next days’s checkout.

Meals Included : Breakfast

** Please note if you would like to book a session with our life coach whilst in Hawaii this is to be billed separately and booked prior to departure.

We require the minimum number of 6 guests to proceed with the tour.

Not included in tour

Airfares; Items of a personal nature; phone calls; passport; laundry; tips except for meals/beauty services included in the itinerary (beverage tips separate); personal transport; vaccinations; excess baggage; travel insurance. Meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary; beverages unless specifically described. Optional excursions or activities that may be offered but not included in the tour price.

Thank you and we look forward to you joining us on this amazing tour… Sx

 

And Drinks Diary – Ho Chi Minh City – Part Two

And Drinks Diary – Ho Chi Minh City – Part Two

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There are 2 things that simply are a ‘must-do’ when in Ho Chi Minh.

#1:  A Saigon Street Food Tour.

#2: Cu Chi Tunnels.

Lets start with #1.

Upon arrival I was searching as to which street food tour to do. They are all pretty similar, and most are very generic. I wanted a less touristy version of the street food tour, and lucky for me me, my brother messaged and suggested Saigon Street Eats. I googled. I booked. ( http://saigonstreeteats.com)

Saigon street Eats is run by an Australian and Vietnamese couple living in Vietnam. It is an off the track tour, which takes you to the back streets of Saigon for a more authentic sample of Vietnam. So once you book, you can opt to be picked up by motor scooter, and taken to and from the destination…or ‘chicken out’ and take a taxi…we opted to go balls to wall and go by bike. In the rain. In Vietnam.  (the holiday brain took over and all sense was out the window)

We arrived in an area not frequented by tourists, met our guide Binh..(more about him later!) and 2 other couples from various parts of the world. No other tourists were to be seen. Anywhere. It was awesome.

The tour starts with Binh ( who lived in Melbourne for 6 years, is fluent in English, very knowledgeable about the history of Vietnam and its food cultures, which vary across the country and a great host!)  He explained what to look out for when choosing to eat from the street stalls. It’s never risk free, but these are the strict tips. The stall must have stainless steel tables, strong, bright lighting, the food must be visible and the chef should be cooking within sight. You are less likely to fall ill if you stick to these basic points. Hopefully.

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And the food!  Amazing and so much of it…. Tasty, fresh and such a variety from the 4 stalls we ate at.  Crispy pancakes packed with the fresh herbs, seafood like you’ve never seen, desserts with such traditional history behind the style, wrapping and how to eat it…plus the best of all …the tasty Banh Mi – the obligatory baguette of Vietnam.  Oh, and lots of beer…and a baby duck egg, but that story stays on the tour!.

It was a wonderful night, a must do…but book prior to leaving home…just in case.. They also have a walking Pho morning tour which is all about the traditional breakfast soup. Do one. Do both!

#2 Cu Chi Tunnels

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If you are only in Ho Chi Minh for a short stopover, choose your Vietnam War History tours carefully.  I would suggest either the War Remnants Museum or the Cu Chi Tunnels. I have previously visited the war museum and it is extremely confronting and very sad.

The War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City documents the costs of the war. It’s aimed squarely at foreign visitors–you won’t find many locals here. The tone isn’t one of victory, but one of victim. The museum amounts to an extensive catalog of the appalling legacy of war. If you are travelling with children I would prefer the tunnel tour, it is not as confronting for small people.

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I chose to book the tunnel tour that starts on the Saigon River. You are collected from your hotel and driven to the docks. Then jump aboard a ‘luxurious’ jet boat and zip along the Saigon River to the Cu Chi Tunnels.

We opted for the early departure (730am) rather than the midday option..due to the heat it is better to go early. The river trip is peaceful and you can get a glimpse into traditional river life..fishing boats, water hyacinths and beautiful old shanty’s lining the banks of the saigon waterway.

Once at Cu Chi  its go time.

Descend underground with a guide into a vast network built by resourceful guerrilla fighters during the Vietnam War to provide supply routes, food and weapon caches, living quarters and hospitals. The tunnels of Củ Chi are an immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Củ Chi District of Ho Chi Minh City, and are part of a much larger network of tunnels that underlie much of the country.

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If you have a fear of confined spaces, which I do..it is pretty terrifying. The tunnels are tiny, dark and drop deep underground. The heat makes it a challenge as well. Needless to say I went about 10 mtrs in..and then just as quickly backed out! Literally. The kids were fine. I waited at the opening to greet them. Win Win.

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After the tour, you have the option to shoot guns. At targets. It is a strange thing to want to do, but in this controlled environment, and after a full 2 hours of talking war and bombs  and guns..it seems normal. Its not.

But I will say, shooting a round of bullets out of an AK47 is something that is both exhilarating and morally wrong. And I will never do it again.

After your tour, you can feast on fried spring rolls, chicken and beef dishes, and soup as you enjoy an authentic, traditional Vietnamese lunch by the river. If you’ve selected the later tour, you’ll enjoy a provided dinner.
After your meal, depart Cu Chi and return by speedboat to Ho Chi Minh City. Upon arrival at the central pier, you will be driven back to your hotel.

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It was a great day out and we were back to the hotel by mid afternoon. A refreshing swim, another round of massages, plus a nighttime walk through Ho Chi Minh Square, which seems never to not have a zillion people milling around at all times …then it was time to head back to the hotel , and pack for our departure the next morning.

Thank you Saigon…you were an incredible host.

Next stop Hanoi……

 

…Sx

(The Cu Chi Tunnel tour that we booked was through http://www.viator.com/?SSAID=1210009&aid=148628)

 

White Chalk Design Rewards You…

White Chalk Design Rewards You…

White Chalk Design | Luxury Lifestyle & Design

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We want to thank you for being a loyal White Chalk client.

Do you have a friend who is thinking of renovating or building?
White Chalk Design can help ease the stress associated with the process.

This month, White Chalk Design is offering a special referral gift to you.

Refer a friend or colleague to WCD and you will receive a free 12 month subscription to any magazine of your choice.
Its as simple as that.
Remember to tell them to mention your name when booking their initial consultation and we will contact you to arrange your magazine subscription.
It’s our way of saying thank you.

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Project of the Month.

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Modern Family Home, Bayside.

‘We loved working with our client on this decorating project in Hampton. The client had full faith in White Chalk to execute a modern and striking monochromatic palette, whilst still keeping the home family friendly. The grey velvet sofa, paired with the black leather tub chairs, created a very masculine feel, and by adding a feature chair with the pop of soft blue, this created the warmth we needed to avoid a stark environment.”

Serena Elise,
Principal Designer,
White Chalk Design.

 

…Sx

48 hours & Sydney’s Finest Bars

48 hours & Sydney’s Finest Bars

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This week was fun.

I flew to Sydney to attend the annual design trade fair, where I am able to source new furniture and homeware accessories for our current design and interior projects at White Chalk Design.  (http://www.whitechalkdesign.com.au)

It is always a productive few days and there is nothing better better than sourcing new products for clients as they are being released hot off the press.

But…what I enjoy more, is finding inspiration out of the design fairs. Out and about. Researching and staying in new hotels. Checking out the latest bars and pubs. Sampling what I can from the real world and determining whether elements can be utilised in our projects.

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Primus Hotel Sydney : (http://www.primushotelsydney.com)

Art Deco Glamour.

Recently launched and located right in the heart of Sydney at 339 Pitt Street, this brand new, seriously stunning hotel,  housed the Sydney Water Board’s offices from the building’s construction in 1939 until 2009. The former Sydney Water Rating Chamber, once a bustling office space, is now the hotel’s lobby, a grand room with cathedral-like dimensions. Eight spectacular red scagliola columns, each eight metres tall, surround a large, beautifully restored skylight.

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It is truly stunning. The old world vibe mixes beautifully with the original restoration and the new design elements.  The ground floor used to house the 30 or so secretary offices partitioned by frosted glass, and a bustling work place.  You can literally close your eyes and be instantly transported to the chic 1930s. Glamorous women in pencil skirts, high heels and cigarette holders, typing on manual typewriters, whilst the male boss barks orders in a charcoal suit and hat. I swear I heard them echoing around the walls!

As and to the old, the designers have kept the old drinking bubblers on the walls for authenticity. Ceramic bowls with rust anchored on geometric wall paper walls. Classic old meets new. (the bubblers are for show only)

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Also occupying the ground floor is the lobby bar and the Wilmot, a high-end restaurant serving contemporary Asian cuisine. The design and vast material selection is mix of Art Deco,  Hollywood Regency and New York 5Th Avenue. It soothes the senses and is indeed aimed at the highest 5 star market.

There is also a roof top deck with pool and bar which is very calming and much needed in the hustle of the busy Sydney CBD. The perfect spot to sip on a refreshing Whisky Sour and unwind.

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Even the bathrooms are fancy. I mean seriously, what is not to love here??  Limestone, marble, gold, black,  white…Tick. Tick. Tick. Heaven. Thank you Primus Hotel.

 

Bondi Icerbergs: (http://icebergs.com.au)

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A slight change in pace, after walking most of the day through the design fair at Homebush,  we headed down to the famous Bondi Beach and on to Bondi Icebergs for lunch. The sun was shining, the beautiful people were lounging around the pools and the almost famous celebrities were eating lunch in the main restaurant. If you’re visiting Bondi, you can visit the surf club section for a bite to eat, the main Icebergs Bistro or Terrace Bar for a fancy lunch or dinner, or simply pay $6 and laze in the historic ocean sea bath. The choice is yours and any option is a winner.

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The atmosphere here is pretty chilled. The view and ocean is the key player, so it is very cathartic to just sit and sip a chilled Rose and enjoy the ambience. So thats what we did. Until dusk.

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Coogee Pavilion: (http://merivale.com.au/coogeepavilion)

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Deciding to stay beachside, I was keen to explore the latest quirky hotel fitout by the Merivale group and Justin Hemmes. Famous for Sydney bars such as The Ivy, The Establishment, Hemmesphere…to name just a few from this ever growing empire.

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This Hotel is located right on the beach at Coogee. It has 180* views of the ocean. It is amazing. 3 floors and a roof top bar, this pub is probably the quirkiest of all the Hemmes thus far.

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You wander through the rooms and can feast your eyes on hundreds of vignettes set around the 3 floors. I can’t even begin to imagine where they source these items from, but this is what certainly adds the eccentric character to this beachside pub. Its a focal and talking point. Especially if your table has critters under glass looking at you.

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The roof top bar was my favourite. Sitting upstairs, with the ocean summer breeze, cocktail in hand, it felt very Bahamas mixed with Maui, and a sprinkle of Out Of Africa thrown in for good measure. Apparently the design brief for the roof top bar was based on a fictional character… an eccentric botanist in his conservatory. That works!

The Rooftop houses four indoor and outdoor bars each with its own exotic flair.

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Walk the famous beachside track from Bondi to Coogee and then you have no excuse to indulge at the Coogee Pavillion. Life’s a balance after all.

Hotel Palisade: (http://hotelpalisade.com)

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Switching gear on Day 2 (not really..another bar) and I was determined to find the latest roof top bar Henry Deane, at The Palisade Hotel in Millers Point. I had seen images of it on Instagram and wanted to see it for myself.

I should point out, my 20 year old daughter accompanied me on this ‘work trip’ and was quite surprised (aka pleased) to hunt out bars and hotels, rather than the more traditional mother /daughter get away of shopping and mani / pedis.

So, this stunning 100 year old building, sits alone and is now a multi-level boutique pub/cocktail bar/hotel. It was once an overnight nap-and-grog stop for Anzacs and “wharfs”.  A newly built rooftop cocktail bar, above the pub,  pays homage to the Australian engineer-architect who designed the building, Henry Deane.

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The cocktail bar, which sits over two levels – the top floor and rooftop of the original hotel is very fresh and light.  It’s complete with pink-leather sofas, copper furnishings, double-hung windows and marble everywhere.

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Separate to the Henry Deane bar, there are nine boutique hotel rooms opened in December and each named after an Anzac. Half have views over Barangaroo and the waterfront. The other half look out over Millers Point towards the bridge. It is quite small upstairs, cosy in fact… but this just adds to feeling of being in the right place. And that view!

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Downstairs is more black and white and geometric, with wall panels and custom papers plus exotic leathers and masculine sofas. The ground floor is a typical old school pub. We actually thought we may have been at the wrong spot when we got there. Its very understated. But very busy.

As a designer it is so refreshing to see a shift away from the cold retro, prohibition style bar design that seems to be everywhere at the moment.

Every new bar these days seems to have red exposed brick, copper exposed bulbs, no soul and is bare, boring… and on every corner.

Let it go people. It’s time.

Lets do more Detail. More Design. More Accessories. More Products. More Glamour.

More everything.

Thank you Sydney for the inspiration and being a perfect host.

 

…Sx

White Chalk Design | New Name | New Site |

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White Chalk Design
Welcome to the new and exciting launch of our new website, name and branding for White Chalk Design.
We are super excited to show you our brand new site and hope you will take a peek at our most recent projects now online.

 

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At White Chalk Design we have been very fortunate over the last 16 years to work on some amazing projects with incredible clients and this has helped us grow into the design firm we now are.

When the business was first set up we were a small bespoke decorating and homewares studio located in Sandringham.

As the years have flown by, we have adapted to suit the design requirements of our clients, and can now boast that we are a full interior and exterior design and architectural design company.

Our scope of work includes both residential and commercial client and each project is different from the last so its always exciting.
This also includes business branding, 3D images and project management.

With 3 in-house architects, graphic designers, specialist contractor and builders, landscapers, furniture makers and suppliers, we are able to co-ordinate any level of project size at ease.

So a very big thank you to our clients both past and present for helping us achieve such success…without great clients the work would be just that..work!

Wishing you all a very safe Christmas and New Year and here’s to a fantastic 2016.
Serena and the White Chalk team…. xx

Clink the link to go to the new site http://www.whitechalkdesign.com.au

 

 

The Dick Whittington Tavern – Interiors By White Chalk

The Dick Whittington Tavern – Interiors By White Chalk

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This month we were lucky enough to be featured in the commercial online magazine Total Venue.

It is one of our recent commercial designs and we love it….

Click the link below to read all the details..

…Sx

http://totalvenue.com.au/venues/dick/dick.html

Halcyon House…

Halcyon House…

Travelling, hand in hand with design, inspires me, motivates me, propels me forward, I swear it makes me a better person! …and sometimes I choose a destination based on one ‘must see’ item.

It could be a restaurant fit-out, a fashion store design, a boutique hotel lobby or even a house that I may have seen on Instagram or social media. I adore turning fantasy into reality and my life is pretty much based on this theory.

Enter stage right – Halcyon House.

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Halcyon House is located in Cabarita Beach, New South Wales, Australia and was the brainchild of sisters Elisha and Siobhan Bickle. The girls purchased the property when it was the The Hideaway Motel.  At that time the idea was to turn it into a family beach house, according to Vogue Living who profiles the hotel and restaurant in the July/August 2015 issue. Instead they turned it into a 21-room hotel that evokes the feeling of a 1960’s beach motel with a modern interpretation.

Upon landing on a recent family vay-cay in Surfers Paradise, Qld, we made a sharp right turn out of Coolangatta Airport, and headed due South to Cabarita, with full intent on seeing this magnificent property in real time, and determine if it stacks up to all of the hype.

That would be a solid Yes.

It evokes chic Hollywood Glamour, but in a refined beachy Miami Keys kind of way. Bleached white buildings, striped navy and white detail everywhere, old school pink and blue bikes parked out the front for beach boardwalk rides, and the sound of the gentle waves rolling in.

The restaurant, Paper Daisy has a menu to die for. But it ain’t cheap. However, the food was fresh and quite magnificent and service was brilliant. And the Rose was chilled just right.

Think… Palm Springs. 1965

Imagine… The Classic Hamptons Style.  With a twist.

Daydream… The Bahamas. Necker Island.

Halcyon House is the boutique hotel you go to when you are wanting to step back in time and remember Summer Holidays passed. Old school. Create new memories.

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Houzz. The Art of Cornering Your Walk-In

Houzz. The Art of Cornering Your Walk-In

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The trick to designing a great walk-in-wardrobe, is more than just a clever utilisation of space.

It needs to be functional, look amazing and be a haven to daily dressing…

Click the link below to read about the Houzz Idea Book article on creating just the right space…

http://www.houzz.com.au/ideabooks/41626538/list/stop-no-right-turn-the-art-of-cornering-in-your-walk-in

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