We are loving these great travel tips from jet setting taste makers Justin Sutcliffe and Jason Duke of luxe home and lifestyle label Saison. Carrying more than 15 high quality brands including Voluspa, Redecker and Nesti Dante soaps sourced from around the globe, Saison distributes to over 700 stores around the country.
Jason and Justin may have the most enviable job—globe trotting and constantly seeking out the latest luxe offerings the world has to offer. FFF-ing jealous? Absolutely! Here they share with us the best places to stay, spa, shop and eat. Thanks boys!
PS: Be sure to pick up the two new fragrances from Voluspa – Moso Bamboo and Mokara from Saison’s online boutique at www.shopsaison.com.au
Pavillon de la Reine – Our favourite hotel in Paris. It is situated right in the heart of the Marais overlooking the historic Place des Vosges. Staying there feels like you are in a luxurious home and the Carita Day Spa is great for a treatment after trawling the streets of Paris.
L’eclaireur – They have 7 fashion stores in Paris and they are ALL amazing. Our favourite is Place des Victoires – Hérold. The is no sign and you have to buzz to be let in. It combines incredible antiques with high-end, edgy fashion labels such as Rick Owens, Comme des Garcons, and Neil Barrett housed in the former stables of a grand 18th Century manor house!!!
Caravane – We are obsessed with beautiful linen and Caravane has some of the best you will find. Their store in the Bastille also stocks fantastic lighting, textiles and home furnishings.
Bergdorf Goodman – The top floor is a must for us when in New York. They stock the BEST homewares money can buy all displayed impeccably. Kelly Wearstler has a concession as does John Derian.
ABC Carpet & Home– The name is unusual but this store is legendary. The six story emporium has warehouse feel to it and stocks a huge array of home furnishings. Their lighting displays on the ground floor have to be seen to be believed.
Abbaye de La Bussiere – We stayed here recently when visiting one of our brands, Les Anis de Flavigny, in Burgundy. Built in 1131, the magnificent hotel was once a monastery and is set on 15 acres of parkland and manicured gardens.
Ristorante Rodrigo – We have been visiting Bologna each year for the past 10 years and when in town we always eat at Rodrigo. It’s a favourite of the well-healed in Bologna and loved for their simple, superb Bolognese cuisine such as tortellini in Brodo and pasta fagioli. Delicious!
Petersham Nurseries – This eponymous restaurant, café and garden centre sits at the foot of Richmond Hill and is a MUST when in London. The Michelin starred restaurant is now headed by Aussie chef Greg Malouf (formally of Melbourne’s MoMo) and the food is incredible. We love the rustic, greenhouse feel and that the tables are all on a dirt floor! It is the perfect place to visit on a sunny Spring day.
Tomorrowland – On a recent trip to Japan we discovered this amazing store in Shibuya. They have several locations in Tokyo but this was by far the best. They store a fabulous arrange of Japanese designers as well as really interesting homewares and accessories that you can’t find anywhere else, all merchandised to minimal perfection as only the Japanese can do.
Loft – We stumbled across this amazing store whilst in Ginza and spent the best part of a morning wandering down the endless aisles! They stock a carefully edited and huge selection of modern and functional products from super cool stationary to niche skincare and cosmetics. One of our brands, Redecker, also has a wide selection of their fantastic brushware products stocked in the store.