M Maison Particulière Porto: a labour of love

Discovering new places and spaces fills my soul with joy. Some places even make my heart skip a beat. Such was the case with Porto! Without any particular expectations, I couldn’t help but fall head over heels with the authentic charm of this historic city on the […]

Beau-Rivage Genève: a princess’s tale

Once upon a time, there was a little boy who loved running through the maze of corridors at the Beau-Rivage Genève and play hide and seek with his sister. Those are some of Monsieur Jacques Mayer’s first memories of growing up in a Grand Hotel. He’s one […]

Amara Interior Blog Awards: Will you vote for my blog?

More than five years ago I embarked on this journey of writing my own blog. What started out as a marketing tool, has now become a vital part of my business and more so, an integral part of me. There is something truly special about writing down your […]

Hotel de Rougemont & Spa: Switzerland’s best kept secret

Everyone has heard of Gstaad, but what about Rougemont? Almost as if hiding in the shadow of world renowned Gstaad, you will find the enchanting village of Rougemont. Authentic wooden chalets make up the village and lush Prealpine landscapes and the Videmanette, also known as ‘The Gstaad […]

Kempinski Hotel Bahia: life is a beach

First impressions count and the Kempinski Hotel Bahia, conveniently located between Marbella and Estepona, sure knows how to make one. As I entered the resort I felt like I was in for a grand experience. Whilst walking through the impressive lobby and past the boho-chic lobby bar […]

Barranco Grand Case: boho-chic oceanfront dining

As an interior designer and with my background in the international luxury hotel industry, I have developed numerous filters when it comes to choosing hotels and restaurants. In my opinion a restaurant needs to fulfill three main criteria: good food, good design and good service. That should […]

Villa Orselina: The art of doing nothing

At the Villa Orselina, “Il Dolce Far Niente” is more than a slogan. The famous Italian phrase literally translates to “sweet doing nothing”. More eloquently put “The art of doing nothing”. The dictionary describes it as ‘Sheer indulgent relaxation and blissful laziness, the enjoyment of idleness’. In theory, […]

Moving home: How to plan your move

According to psychologists moving home is not only very emotional, but also one of the most stressful experiences in our lives. Like any major life change it is a disruption to ‘life as we know it’. This causes uncertainty, which in return causes anxiety and stress. In […]

Palapa Grill & Lounge: new hot spot in Saint Martin

Everyone likes a good story. When I visited the recently reopened Palapa Grill & Lounge, I soon realised that even though there’s lots to discover in terms of design, there is much more to the place than what meets the eye. The owner, Barbara, had a story […]

Le Sereno Saint Barths: barefoot luxury

Saint Barthélemy or short Saint Barts lies in the French West Indies and is one of the most sought after travel destinations in the world. A tropical playground for the rich and famous. This being my first visit to Saint Barths, I had no idea what to […]

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