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LUMIRA X EMIRATES ONE&ONLY WOLGAN VALLEY CANDLE MASTERCLASS

Almira Armstrong

Lumira X Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Candle

In the month of October, Almira Armstrong, founder of Lumira, will host unique candle-making sessions at the Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley.  Escape your everyday and journey to the mountains to experience the power of scent that will inspire, comfort, transport, and enliven your spirit. Guests will have the opportunity to create their own candle, personally selecting their own beautiful fragrance and gaining an insight into the exquisite art of this craft.

Join us for the weekend of 20th - 22nd October and relax amongst the beauty of nature.

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Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, surrounded by majestic cliffs and canyons in the World-Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains region, is a haven of pure tranquillity and the perfect location for a relaxing wellness retreat. Relax, unwind and re-balance at Australia’s ultra-luxury conservation-based resort surrounded by the natural beauty of the Australian bushland.

WINTER WARMERS

Kate Bonnett

If you haven’t been a fan of the wintery vibes whilst dining out, now is the time to enjoy the outside tables and warm interiors that are perfect for cold mornings, afternoons and nights. As much as comfort food has the ability to warm our insides, it just doesn’t have the same effect if you're cold on the outside and in the wrong setting. This week on the Journal, we give you some of our most loved places to go in the winter time to dine outside and in. 

BREAKFAST
BRICKFIELDS

There’s something so honest and natural about Brickfields and the way it sits on the corner of Cleveland Street in Sydney’s Chippendale. Serving European pastries, bread, delicious cakes and savoury wonders from an ever-changing menu. The vibes are always pure and the set up is ideal for a crisply cold, morning breakfast. Sitting outside is a must under the trees and watching the cafe from the outside-in. Or sit inside in the warmth and look through to the bakery where all the magic happens. And when you leave, don’t forget to buy a fresh loaf of bread to make the experience last that little bit longer.
Brickfields

YELLOW
As an outstanding place to go for dinner, Yellow in Potts Point shines just as bright in the morning for breakfast. As well as their building literally being Yellow, the iconic vegetarian hotspot has incredible breakfast. Nestled in by thick, brick walls and shapely rich furniture, the interiors are a match made for winter lovers. Picture yourself indulging in their ‘Brioche bun, scrambled eggs, pickled zucchini and Harissa’ whilst being shielded from the chill. 
Yellow

LUNCH
BILLS | SURRY HILLS

Lightly lit and delicately decorated, Bills in Surry Hills is definitely the place for lunch or brunch. Sitting outside in the sun under the heaters or inside in the space that is designed in the savviest of ways. The hum that circles in the restaurant are inviting enough, as is the yellow lighting around the edges of walls and fragrances that pour out from the kitchen. The menu here in winter is one to admire and is the reason we frequent especially in the winter.
Bills

FRATELLI PARADISO
We can’t think of a more suiting location to have Bolognese for lunch during winter. Escape the breeze that floats down Challis Avenue in Potts Point, and enter the dimly lit warmth of Fratelli Paradiso. Even though the tables are quite intimately spaced, that’s what makes it all the more romantic and something of an experience. The Italian waiters and waitresses have a way of making you feel cherished as a diner, as does the food.
Fratelli Paradiso

DINNER
NOMAD

Wood roasted dishes and house-made charcuterie and cheese? We’re there. While you take that small piece of information onboard, this delight of a venue makes you feel as though you’re in the Hunter Valley, sipping on Australia’s finest wines, whilst dining with your favourite people. The warehouse turn restaurants' space is filled with warmth as it is packed and also because it’s churning out amazing food that changes depending on the seasons. It’s the perfect hideout for a low key meal during the winter on your own too.
Nomad

ANASON
Venture down to the Barangaroo waterfront and situate yourself at the Turkish restaurant and bar that is Anason. With heaters up and running and blankets at the ready, it’s such a magical place to have a celebratory dinner or a spontaneous one at that. The warmth of the staff and owner is beyond compare, making the experience that much more pleasurable. The fit out is incredibly striking with turquoise blues and pops of yellow and white, it beams warmth, even though it shines with Mediterranean looks. 
Anason

LUMIRA X LUXE CITY GUIDES | AKILA BERJAOUI

Kate Bonnett

All eyes on Akila. Flying in the same skies as Mario Testino, Slim Aarons and Purienne, Akila Berjaoui produces pictures that transport you back to a hot summer’s day, beachside in Italy, 1980. Fire engine red bikinis, luxurious lifestyles and juicy fruits. Along with an eye for landscape and colour, she brings her hometown of Sydney, Australia wherever she goes, capturing the essence of culture in other cities all over the globe. As one of the most in demand photographers around the world, watch as she soars, up, up and away.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHAT YOU DO:
I’m a photographer and story teller.

DESCRIBE A TYPICAL WORK DAY:
I start every day with meditation. I then jog along the coastline or wherever I can depending on which city I’m in. I then check my emails and Instagram. A bad habit but I can’t help myself. Breakfast is next, then I get stuck into it. It’s either a day of emailing and prepping shoots or editing shoots and shooting. Or if I’m lucky, I’m somewhere in the Mediterranean with friends, soaking up the sun with my film camera in hand.

Photo by Akila Berjaoui, 'Capri Speed'

Photo by Akila Berjaoui, 'Capri Speed'

HOW DOES SCENT EXIST IN YOUR WORK?
It’s everywhere! It’s as fresh as a daisy. It’s the scent of the ocean and that I can’t live without.

WHO HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE BIGGEST INFLUENCES IN THE WORK YOU CREATE?
Claude Nori, Mario Testino, Slim Aarons, Reni Ellis, Juergen Teller to name a few.

Photo by Akila Berjaoui, 'Lake Como'

Photo by Akila Berjaoui, 'Lake Como'

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE HAUNTS IN BONDI?
EAT
Da Orazio Pizza & Porchetta for knockout, unbeatable pizzas, A Tavola for insane Tagliatelle pasta, and Gertrude and Alice on Hall St. I love it there.

STAY
I prefer the northern and southern ends of Bondi to live in. But for visitors, Bondi Beach House is beautifully styled and feels a little like home.

PLAY
Bondi Beach. There’s so much space to breathe and do in Bondi. Swimming at Icebergs, shopping on Gould Street and having breakfast, lunch, and dinner at different restaurants sprinkled through the streets.

SHOP
I love to shop online and here are a few of my favourites: Matches Fashion, Net-a-porter, and Maryam Nassir.

Photo by Akila Berjaoui, 'Le Couple, Sicily'

Photo by Akila Berjaoui, 'Le Couple, Sicily'

WHEN TRAVELLING THROUGH EUROPE, WHERE DO YOU WISH TO SPEND YOUR TIME?
Capri
I love Capri Palace Hotel and Fontalina for drinks. Also great to eat and swim down at Marina Piccola. The best thing to do in Capri is to hire a boat and float out to sea. You get the best view of Capri from there. 

Photo by Akila Berjaoui, 'Palms, Ipanema'

Photo by Akila Berjaoui, 'Palms, Ipanema'

Barcelona
A few of my favourites are Chic & Basic in Born, Soho House (good for drinks too), Andante Hotel, and Casa BonayCal Pep is very traditional, has delicious tapas and is very cool. Mosquito is a must for the best Asian dumplings ever.

Amalfi coast
I love Hotel Santa Caterina in Amalfi. Hands down the most amazing accommodation and pool I have ever had the luxury of staying in!

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE WAY TO UNWIND AFTER A LONG DAY?
Meditation followed by a swim if it’s warm enough, then dinner and a catch up with friends.

Shop Akila Berjaoui's book here

Brought to you by Luxe City Guides in collaboration with Lumira