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Lumira Travels | Cabarita Beach, NSW, Australia

Almira Armstrong

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As summer approaches here in Australia, our thoughts naturally turn to the beach, and specifically, to just how many coastal holidays and mini-breaks we can conceivably cram in between now and March. One destination that’s top of our list is Cabarita Beach, a tiny town in northern NSW, a stone’s throw from the Queensland border and an easy 45-minute drive from that other coastal mainstay: Byron Bay. Cabarita was put firmly on the map a couple of years ago with the opening of Halcyon House, one of Australia’s most heavenly beachside stays. Here’s how we recommend filling the days in this enticing locale...

Stay

Halcyon House is the obvious home-away-from-home in Cabarita Beach. A gem-sized hotel with just 21 suites and rooms, it also houses a hatted restaurant (Paper Daisy), pool, spa and boutique, meaning that once you check in, you never really need to leave. Brisbane-based interior designer Anna Spiro masterminded the hotel’s critically acclaimed and highly imitated aesthetic, which marries a nautical colour palette with antique and one-of-a-kind pieces. You may come for a taste of glamorous seaside rejuvenation, but you’ll definitely stay for the unrivalled Instagram opportunities. 

Halcyon House

Halcyon House

Halcyon House Spa

Halcyon House Spa

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The great pleasure of a coastal holiday is, of course, the opportunity to spend long, glorious days by the water. We recommend taking advantage of this with the full gamut of aquatic activities, from surfing lessons to snorkelling sessions (if you’re lucky, you might even spot some swimming turtles). Bookend each day with time spent on the sand: yoga in the mornings and a leisurely walk in the evenings. 

Eat

If you can drag yourself away from the Halcyon House compound, it’s well worth taking the 15-minute drive south to Brunswick Heads, which has become something of a culinary mecca on the far north coast. The jewel in the crown is Fleet, a tiny two-hatted restaurant serving inspired dishes for late lunches and dinners. The emphasis is on tiny (it seats a mere 14), so booking well ahead is always recommended. As of late 2018, the team behind Fleet will also be running the town’s as-yet-unnamed Mexican restaurant, and a reservation there is sure to be one of the hottest tickets of the summer.

Fleet

Fleet

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When you’re craving more sensory stimulation, pay a visit to the always eclectic scene in Byron Bay. Browse local boutiques such as Enzo & Toto, then walk up to Cape Byron Lighthouse, Australia’s easternmost tip. Between May and November, it’s an ideal vantage point to see whales frolicking as they go about their annual migration. Reward yourself with a heavenly massage at Comma, and finish the day with a Spritz at The Italian, as you watch the sun go down.

Comma Byron

Comma Byron

Written by Michelle Bateman

Lumira Interiors | Perianth Hotel

Almira Armstrong

The most famous buildings in Greece might be thousands of years old, but the one currently getting the most buzz has only been open for a handful of months. Perianth Hotel opened its doors over the European summer, and has already established its position as one of the most chic places to stay in the nation’s capital. 

Housed in a striking 1930s modernist-style building, the boutique hotel (it has just 38 guest rooms), is the work of Greek architectural firm K-Studio. In a nod to the building’s past, the designers have worked with a minimal but deeply glamorous aesthetic: terrazzo floors; sleek, metal-framed furniture custom-made by K-Studio; generous slabs of marble. The pastel palette – blush pink sage green, dove grey – is as calming as one might hope to return to, after a day spent jostling against the crowds at the nearby tourist attractions. Should extra relaxation be required, guests have the choice of an in-house Zen Centre, offering meditation, yoga and martial arts, or a cocktail at the fabulous marble-lined bar. 

Complementing the cool, Euro-modern style are flashes of contemporary Greek art and design. Renowned local fashion designer Sophia Kokosalaki has designed all the staff uniforms, while works by artists Yiannis Varelas, Maria Papadimitriou and Margarita Myrogianni are on display. There’s certainly no shortage of features to capture and hold the gaze but perhaps the most stunning of all can be seen from the terrace of the sixth-floor penthouse. It’s here that the buzzy new Perianth comes eye-to-eye with its ancient neighbours, with sweeping, uninterrupted views across Athens and all the way to the Acropolis.

Written by Michelle Bateman

The Making of Balinese Ylang Ylang

Almira Armstrong

At its very essence, the story of Balinese Ylang Ylang is a story of love – pure and enduring. To unravel it, we must travel to the Indonesian island of Bali, where the ylang-ylang flower grows on trees and vines, and the tropical aroma of its blossoms fills the air.

Here and elsewhere, the plant is considered an aphrodisiac for its heady and uplifting scent, and you’ll find ylang-ylang flowers strewn on the beds of newlywed couples. Many brides in Bali also choose to thread the small yellow blossoms through their hair, creating an olfactory dance of joy as they walk down the aisle. After attending the Balinese weddings of friends who took part in this tradition, Lumira founder Almira Armstrong was inspired to create the Balinese Ylang Ylang scent, dedicating it to love experienced and shared. 

“Bali will always have a special place in our hearts as it is where we celebrated the union of our close friends,” Armstrong recalls. “This sensual perfume reminds me of these beautiful moments.”

The scent itself is as lush and warm as its island homeland, with the full-bodied ylang-ylang (pronounced ee-lang ee-lang) at its heart, complemented by the equally voluptuous jasmine and black orchid. Sandalwood and spice create a rich and complex base, while a hint of bergamot in the top notes enhances ylang-ylang’s naturally uplifting qualities. 

Armstrong recommends the scent as an olfactory talisman for your own moments of romance, saying: “I love burning this scent in the bedroom in the evening, as it creates a relaxing and loving sanctuary.”

The fragrance is also available in a travel-sized candle that will provide a memorable backdrop to any holiday romance. 

Interested in exploring Bali for yourself? Our guide to where to stay and play is below…

Eat: New hotspot Bikini bills itself as “a celebration of serious food, in a not so serious way”, with a menu of shared plates that highlight fresh, local ingredients.  The rose-gold interiors are also incredibly flattering on the complexion.

Stay: The new Alila Villas in Uluwatu practically hover on a clifftop overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean. Each of the 65 villas comes complete with its own plunge pool, and there’s also a communal 50-metre infinity pool that’s been voted one of the most jaw-dropping in the world.

Play: You may go to AYA for the excellent Peruvian street food and innovative cocktails, but you’ll stay for the live music, street art and eclectic interiors..

Written by Michelle Bateman