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While Villa Ambra might represent the epitome of holiday luxury, its location means it’s an intrinsic part of traditional Balinese rural life. The farming families who plant, nurture, and harvest the ricefields, and the fishermen who take to the sea according to the wind and the currents are part of the Villa Ambra experience. They often perform religious ceremonies on the beach in front of the villa. Coming and going to the villa, you’ll see the current phase in rice cultivation, and if you walk up the beach a couple of hundred metres, you can enjoy watching the fishermen putting to sea, or returning with their catch. Guests quickly respond to the natural rhythms of dawn and dusk, and the ebb and flow of the tides. The cares and pressures of city life seem to melt away and are swiftly replaced with serene relaxation. A welcome opportunity to recharge and renew body and spirit.

Villa Ambra has 45 metres of beach frontage, and each of its five bedrooms has expansive and unimpeded sea views. A unique ambience that combines total relaxation with utter luxury and comfort. Living areas are beautifully aligned to the beach, the sea and the sky. Each bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom, individually designed and furnished. There is a large sitting room on the ground floor and another upstairs. Both are open to sea breezes. The dining room, which seats ten, is air-conditioned, but has French doors which can be flung open instead. There is a home cinema with high definition projector and wide screen. Expansive gardens and lawn extend right to the beach.

To get to the beach you simply step off the grass and on to the sand. There are two interconnected pools. The larger infinity pool totals 100 square metres, while the children’s pool is 21 square metres and only 60 cm deep. You can enjoy the garden jacuzzi which is large enough for eight adults. There are very comfortable lounging and dining areas right at the edge of the beach, as well as a shady bale to relax in. Both provide unobstructed ocean and sunset views.

As the wonderful and delightful Villa Ambra owners, Ellen and Geoff (as seen in the pictures circa 1970), stay in the villa several months of the year that makes a real difference. They have high expectations of comfort and practicality. Furniture, fittings, fixtures – not only have to look good, they have to be genuinely comfortable and they have to function the way they are meant to. They make sure they do, and their guests benefit as a result. Most importantly, their divine staff will look after you, superbly.

Villa Ambra is fortunate to have three highly skilled chefs, who provide an eclectic menu selection offering Western, authentic Indonesian, and other Asian cuisine. Their Thai food is particularly awesome. On the other hand, if you just want a burger, they’ll make it themselves from a piece of steak, they’ll make the sesame bun, and they’ll make triple-cooked hand-cut fries à la Heston Blumenthal. The choice is yours!


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Play, relax, indulge, and revel amid jet-setters, fashionistas, exotic designs, mystical elements, and up-and-coming artists in an innovative spectrum where fashion meets culture. Located in North Sathorn road is the W Bangkok, a stylish icon of Asian chic. Welcome to the new playground of jet setters and fashionistas.

Unwind in 403 spacious guest rooms and suites amid inspiring designs, motifs, fabrics and custom furnishing. Relax and recharge with every comfort and amenity you’ve ever dreamed of: 24-hour concierge, Away® Spa, FIT gym,WIRED® Business Center,Whatever/Whenever® service and more. Savor from laid back indulgences in the W Lounge to inspired bites at The Kitchen Table to singular sips at WOOBAR®, we fuse colorful cuisine with dynamic settings for an avant-garde experience.

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One&Only Royal Mirage is considered Dubai’s most stylish beach resort, where genuine care and hospitality blend with fantasy and tradition, creating an ambiance of Arabian influenced refinement and majesty. Overlooking Palm Island Bay, representing an oasis of calm in the heart of bustling “new Dubai”, the resort offers understated elegance and exclusive charm with a kilometre of private beach and 65 acres of lush landscaped gardens. One&Only Royal Mirage consists of three equally distinctive properties: The Palace, the Arabian Court and the Residence & Spa.

The Palace at One&Only Royal Mirage conjures the magic of Arabia, a domain where guests may wander amidst the abundant gardens or stroll amongst the meandering water features. The property is generous, with 147 Superior Deluxe rooms, 49 Gold Club rooms, 33 Superior Executive and Gold Club Suites and 2 Royal Suite, on a private beach that offers rich leisure facilities, such as the impressive temperature-controlled swimming pools, water sports centre, tennis courts, golf putting green, ‘KidsOnly’ children’s facilities and, most importantly, a tranquil haven for rest and relaxation. The Palace has an outstanding array of dining venues; the Royal Ballroom caters for up to 350 guests, whilst three further meeting rooms offer a complete business solution.

At first glimpse, the Arabian Court is illusive and mysterious, an ancient dwelling that is disguised behind a sheltered oasis, protecting the inner beauty. The property is crafted in the spirit of the orient with dramatic architecture creating symmetry, amidst a landscape of fountains, walkways and lush gardens. The subtly angled entrance leads to the impressive grand gallery, the vertebrae of the hotel that links the two wings of the property and guides guests towards the 162 charismatic guest rooms and 10 elaborately styled suites, all of which are facing the sea, with private balcony or garden patio. The three restaurants and their lounges thrive on individuality. These include a journey from the grand kitchens of the past, to a modern voyage through the eclectics and vibrancy of the Near East and beyond.
The Residence & Spa at One&Only Royal Mirage belongs to the prestigious association “Leading Hotels of the World”. It is an intimate sanctuary for those who wish to languish in the comfort of prosperity. The Arabian styled private residences each cared for by a specially selected, dedicated team, house a retreat of 18 suites and 32 Prestige rooms that are spacious, created with the finest detailing. All are facing the sea, with private balcony or garden patio.

Charming and enticing, this elegant haven is linked to the discreet reception, private restaurant and lounge.
Within the elegant entrance courtyard of the Residence & Spa lies the Health & Beauty Institute. Architecturally impressive and reminiscent of the great buildings of the region, towering domes, carved arches and the intricate design, it captures the values of the environs and ensures each experience is totally distinctive and ceremonial. With 1800 m2 of dedicated space the Oriental Hammam, One&Only Spa and the Fitness Centre offer a service that is dedicated to nurturing beauty and the pursuit of well-being.

“We strongly believe in providing an element of theatrical drama for our visitors and it is the enthusiastic response to our property and service that bring guests back, time and time again,” says Olivier Louis, Managing Director, One&Only Royal Mirage and One&Only The Palm.

The One&Only official website

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…there’s an app for that.

Entitled “100 Legendary Trunks”, Parisian fashion giant Louis Vuitton has just launched its first ever iPad App – the perfect companion for any globetrotter!

Simple to use and completely absorbing, the app let’s one embark on a journey of browsing pleasure through the luxury brands rich history. With videos, sound clips, unpublished texts and documents, bringing together 100 of the finest historical creations crafted by Louis Vuitton from 1954 to the present. It is a true journey of untold stories and anecdotes of the trunks owners – who include Douglas Fairbanks, Karl Lagerfeld, Ernest Hemingway and Damien Hirst.

The release of the app coincides with the launch of the brand’s new book, not surprisingly titled Louis Vuitton: 100 legendary trunks.

So what are you waiting for? Pack a bag. There is a big wideLVworld to explore.


Available in four languages. Sold exclusively on the App Store for AUD $19.99




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Luxury Property

POSTER BOUTIQUE is your catalogue of the most beautiful luxury properties around, personalised for you by us. Check in regularly to make sure you don’t miss out on your dream estate!

POSTER BOUTIQUE is where poster children of creativity and culture come to find a handpicked selection of amazing offers across luxury travel, real estate and experiences. Here, you’ll find mesmerising destinations, beautiful luxury experiences and exciting  adventures. So, please, browse and be inspired, as POSTER magazine guides you through the all luxurious offers of the world.

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luxury stay in Phuket

Imagine this: You and seven friends just entered an exclusive ocean front residence in Phuket, after being picked up at the airport by your very own limousine driver. In your 4-bedroom suite awaits your butler, who informs you of the two-day free supply of food and drinks. Once you’ve settled in, you go on a helicopter tour of the area. Then all of you end the day with a beautiful spa treatment, gearing up for spending the next day at Phang Nga Bay on your own private yacht. Sounds pretty amazing, right?

We definitely think so, and that’s why we are happy to extend Trisara’s Ultimate 8th Birthday Celebration offer to POSTER readers. Trisara is one of East Asia’s most intimate and exclusive Resort & Spa, renowned for its exquisite villa accommodation and attention to detail and service. Nestled over its own private bay, just 15 minutes from Phuket International Airport, the resort is hidden amongst lush tropical jungle, with 39 hotel villas, all with private pools, dramatic sea views and a true sense of privacy.

If you think this sounds just as incredible as we do, go to to book your stay.

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The Stones Legian

Hidden in the luscious and beautiful country of Bali is the lavish resort known as The Stones. Inspired by the elixir of life and the Balinese culture comes a opulent hotel with spectacular facilities and services for guests to enjoy during their stay. Signature services are ‘life positions’ that help modulate your mood, exceed your expectations and leave everlasting impressions throughout your stay. The peaceful retreat is located in the southern tip of the country in the town of Legian right near the beach. It offers the perfect vantage point to experience all that Bali has to offer with a sense of style and luxury.

Its iconic architertural design meets eclectic sophistication is what this resort a unique experience that anyone would be lucky to experience. The haven of elegance boost dazzling style with its vertical gardens, oversized pool, entertainment deck, soothing spa, three five-star restaurants topped off with an incredible penthouse with its very own private heli-pad for international jet-setters on the go. The Stones also features luxuriously appointed rooms and 22 suites designed for the stylish traveler with multi-purpose event rooms that can accommodate between 10-2200 guests. The Grand Ballroom is 1,493 square meters with an 8.25 meter high ceiling and recently played host to Indonesian royalty. It is close by local attractions that include the Bali Jungle, Botanical Gardens and the Monkey Forest, this resort assures you to catch the authentic spirit of Indonesia. Stones Street is always full with activities from art markets to street festivals.

Check out Marriot‘s official website to see more of The Stones Legian.

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Pearl of Belize

The recent Australian high-end boating shows threw up a couple of rare pearls, in every sense of the world. Mighty impressive was the 31.5 metre New Zealand made superyacht, christened the ‘Black Pearl’. Built by bespoke Kiwi boatbuilders, Diverse Projects, who co-opted 120 individual sub-contractors, the Black Pearl is named after the foreboding hue of the hull, which mirrors the Tahitian black pearl colour. Powered by a pair of grunt-ish Caterpillar engines producing a crusing speed of 12 knots, the the Black Pearl has long range capebilities, meaning summers sailing Croatia and Capri aren’t out of the question for the recently minted social media mogul. But arguably the boat’s most impressive features are to be found under the hatch. Designed by Melbourne architect/creative, Chris Connell, the Black Pearl’s interior is the ultimate post-modern aqua casa. Light-filled and on the stylish end of the quirky spectrum, the Black Pearl’s soft blonde, eco-silk wood finishes (taken from rolling poplar limbs) and orange vertical surfaces are Prada-esque.

Smaller, but no less dynamic, is the Belize 52, a 16.1-metre luxury cruiser from the newly-formed Belize Motoryachts company. Based on Australia’s Gold Coast, Belize Motoryachts are named after Belize, the boat-friendly nation in the Caribbean; the company is the brainchild of former Riviera boat bigwigs, Lee Dillon and Wes Moxey, who took time out after the GFC to create their vision of the ultimate 2011 cruiser.

The co-founders had a short, but ambitious, checklist: their boat had to be individual, timeless and exclusive; it had to be comfortable, but performance-oriented; most importantly, it had to be one-of-a-kind, or one of only nine (the boats are limited edition).

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Pre-ski stay in the beautiful Austrian Alpines

The low sun coupled with crisp air tickling your cheeks must be the signature trademark of the Austrian autumn. Surrounded by colourful mountain meadows dotted with wildflowers and the steep rock formations of Wilder Kaiser Mountain, we think the Hotel Kitzhof Mountain Design Resort in Bavaria just might be the perfect place to go enjoy it.

This hotel integrates contemporary, minimalist lines with classic alpine textures and local materials, allowing guests to experience the true essence of Austrian alpine living. Here, you can choose to simply enjoy your holiday relaxing and enjoying the hotel’s superb views and classic Bavarian charm, or you can call on your inner biking enthusiast and experience the area’s astonishing nature riding through part of the world’s largest electric cycling area.

To enjoy this beautiful pre-ski season at the Hotel Kitzhof Mountain Design Resort, visit Design Hotels to book your stay.

See more fantastic hotels around the world in POSTER’s travel section.

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The QT Sydney hotel – luxurious, quirky design in the CBD

In September of this year, less than a month ago, the QT Sydney hotel opened its doors within two of the city’s most iconic buildings; the historic Gowings department store and the heritage-listed State Theatre. While the facades are restored to their former glory, the insides of the hotel, designed by acclaimed designer Nic Graham, are created based on a mix of original features, curated digital art installations, eclectic artefacts and quirky design pieces, inspired by the retail and theatre history of the two buildings.

The hotel’s 200 guest rooms come in 12 different styles, where cohesion is allowed through the deep palette of reds, oranges, yellows and whites featured in all them. The rooms in the Gowings Building are bright and airy with eccentric touches and embellishments, matching the original timber floors from 1929. Underpinning the history of the State Theatre, the rooms you’ll find here feature Rothko-inspired carpets and rugs, finished off with playful touches like bowler hat lamps, unusual collectables and pops of colour.

Tough the design of the hotel makes for an experience all in itself; guests are encouraged to explore the treasures of Sydney by planning their city adventures using the hotel’s Concierge iPhone and iPad app. We think this makes for a hotel experience both fit for those Sydney locals wanting to spend a weekend in new, luxurious surroundings, as well as those visiting this glorious, Australian city.

See more photos and check out room prices at Design Hotels.

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