Slow Travel Stays

The SLOW TRAVEL movement is all about taking the time to explore each destination thoroughly and to experience the local culture. No matter how you do it, the key is to slow down. Make the most of each moment. While you are there stay at one of these slow travel stays that go above and beyond in providing a MINDFUL VACATION.

Keemala | Phuket | Relaxation Retreats and Eco Hotels: Slow Travel Stays | Travelshopa

Image: Keemala, Phuket

Hotel Triton

An exuberant hotel that gives back

342 Grant Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94108

Hotel Triton in San Francisco’s Union Square ticks all boxes for an escape right in the heart of downtown LA. Taking a page from the eclectic surroundings, Hotel Triton’s 140 guest rooms are bold and bright, with a mix of furnishings and finishes. though you’ll want to stay at one of its four celebrity-themed suites including a Haagen-Dazs suite for an unlimited supply of ice cream. The entire hotel is cleaned with “green” products. All rooms and suites are decked in eco-friendly bathroom amenities and organic snacks. Hotel Triton also gives back by donating a percentage of room revenue to The Trust for Public Land.

Hotel Triton | San Francisco | Relaxation Retreats and Eco Hotels: Slow Travel Stays | Travelshopa

Keemala

A rainforest retreat focused on the wellness and quality of life

10/88 Moo 6, Nakasud Rd. Kamala, Kathu District,  Phuket 83150

Overlooking Kamala Village and the Andaman Sea, and surrounded by lush woodlands, Keemala is a rainforest retreat that is beyond enchanting. Select from four types of accommodation choices like the Clay Pool Cottages, Tent Pool Villas, Tree Pool Houses and Bird’s Nest Pool Villas – yes, all rooms come with private pools – and discover the four fictional tribes that shaped its stunning architecture and philosophy. Head to the Mala Spa for sensory voyages, sit in for one of its holistic activities or enjoy escorted jogs on the outer terrain.

Keemala | Phuket | Relaxation Retreats and Eco Hotels: Slow Travel Stays | Travelshopa

What To Wear

Hartford Cotton Tunic | Rosalie Pompon | Relaxation Retreats and Eco Hotels: Slow Travel Stays | Travelshopa

Rosalie Pompon

Hartford Cotton Tunic

The Travel Purse in Blush | Paqme | Relaxation Retreats and Eco Hotels: Slow Travel Stays | Travelshopa

Paqme

The Travel Purse in Blush

Eco Kaftan | K.BLU Swim | Relaxation Retreats and Eco Hotels: Slow Travel Stays | Travelshopa

K.BLU SWIM

Eco Kaftan

The Slow

Rest your bones, stir your senses, and expand your mind

Jl. Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura) Seminyak, Bali 80361

Everything you’ve envisioned slow living to be comes to life at The Slow. Nestled in Canggu, the multifaceted island stay welcomes you to an immersive experience unlike any other. Fusing brutalist architecture, minimalism and Bali’s tropical vibes, the hotel’s interior and its four oversized suites are drenched in local, custom-made furniture and crafts, with sustainable wood and natural stone finishes and a rotating private art collection by local designers – including classic collectables from the owners. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame views of Canggu beach while the Pool Suites are enclosed by lush jungle greenery around a private plunge pool. Even bathroom amenities are locally made and house branded.

The Slow | Bali | Relaxation Retreats and Eco Hotels: Slow Travel Stays | Travelshopa

Date Night Restaurants

Running out of date night restaurants for Valentine’s Day? Don’t fret. Get into the good books of your Valentine with these date night restaurants around the region. These five restaurants come complete with sweeping city and ocean views, Valentine’s Day menus and special details to make this Valentine's Day a special one.

MoonLite Kitchen and Bar | Bali | Date Night Restaurants around the Region | Travelshopa

Image: MoonLite Kitchen and Bar, Bali

Little Beast Restaurant

A little romantic nook

1496 Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Step out of the hustle of the city and into the charming Little Beast Restaurant. This 1911 Craftsman Bungalow offers both indoor and outdoor seating but we suggest booking a spot on the patio for an intimate date featuring modern American comfort food.

Little Beast Restaurant | Los Angeles | Date Night Restaurants around the Region | Travelshopa

Mikaku Thailand

Legendary teppanyaki from Kyoto

2/F, Above Maison Eric Kayser, 103/2 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok, Thailand

Known for its expect selection and preparation of premium grade Kobe beef, Mikaku’s outlet in Thailand is just as good as its legendary teppanyaki in Kyoto. Watch chef and owner Kenji prepare these generations-old dishes right before your eyes and treat your taste buds to melt-in-your-mouth red meat.

Mikaku Thailand | Date Night Restaurants around the Region | Travelshopa
Mikaku Thailand | Date Night Restaurants around the Region | Travelshopa

Mille Vini Wine Bar & Restaurant

A piece of Italy in Surry Hills

397 Crown St Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia

Carrying Italy’s best wines with modern European courses to share – all nestled in an 1853 heritage-listed stonemason’s workshop, it’s hard to resist having a romantic dinner at Millie Vini Wine bar & Restaurant. A special Valentine’s Day tasting menu allows you to try five dishes accompanied with matching wines.

Mille Vini Wine Bar & Restaurant | Sydney | Date Night Restaurants around the Region | Travelshopa

WHAT TO WEAR

Jane D'Orsay Mary Jane | Freda Salvador | Date Night Restaurants around the Region | Travelshopa

Freda Salvador

Jane D’Orsay Mary Jane

Bellerose floral print dress | Rosalie Pompon | Date Night Restaurants around the Region | Travelshopa

Rosalie Pompon

Bellerose floral print dress

Bow Bracelet | Curator's Den | Date Night Restaurants around the Region | Travelshopa

Curator's Den

Bow Bracelet

MoonLite Kitchen and Bar

Magnificent sea views

Jl. Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura) Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia

Indulge in an Asian feast accompanied with pristine views of the Indian Ocean – MoonLite Kitchen and Bar paints quite a picture you just can’t resist. Oh and be sure to try a cocktail or two from their extensive selection of traditional, classic and modern beverages. A special four-course Valentine’s Dinner is also available.

MoonLite Kitchen and Bar | Bali | Date Night Restaurants around the Region | Travelshopa
MoonLite Kitchen and Bar | Bali | Date Night Restaurants around the Region | Travelshopa

Mott 32

A modern approach to Chinese cuisine

Standard Chartered Bank Building, 4-4A Des Voeux Rd Central,
Hong Kong

Entering Mott 32 is like stepping into a gallery – the interior blends lofty New York industrial style with Chinese imperial elements, seamlessly imbuing the space with sleekness and elegance. It’s no wonder the space has bagged many design awards. Luckily, the food does not disappoint. Helmed by Michelin-star chef Lee Man Sing, be rewarded with signature Cantonese-style, Beijing dishes and some of the best Szechuan food in Hong Kong.

Mott 32 | Hong Kong | Date Night Restaurants around the Region | Travelshopa
Mott 32 | Hong Kong | Date Night Restaurants around the Region | Travelshopa

Salt Grill and Sky Bar by Luke Mangan

Sweeping views and contemporary Aussie cuisine

#55-01 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801

Perched high up on floors 55 & 56 of ION Orchard Tower in the heart of Singapore, Salt Grill and Sky Bar offers contemporary Australian cuisine prepared by head chef, Ronald Li. This Valentine’s Day, enjoy sweeping sunset and night views of the city with a five-course dinner menu.

Salt Grill and Sky Bar | Singapore | Date Night Restaurants around the Region | Travelshopa
Salt Grill and Sky Bar | Singapore | Date Night Restaurants around the Region | Travelshopa

Secret Beach Escapes in NSW, Australia

Take a dip in the pools of NSW's best-kept secret beach escapes. Getting here may be a gruelling feat but rest assured you'll be handsomely rewarded in the form of sparkly rock pools, emerald-hued waters, untouched caves and even dolphin sightings.

Whites Beach | Secret Beach Escapes in NSW | Travelshopa

Image: Whites Beach, @annelynn44

Balmoral Beach

Balmoral, NSW 2088

An urban locality based off the suburb of Mosman, Sydney, Balmoral is probably Sydney’s best-kept secret. The harbour beach features Balmoral and Edwards Beaches, both of which are separated by Rocky Point. Gentle currents, enclosed swimming spots and ample dining options around the area make Balmoral an ideal beach for families. Explore rock pools, take a stroll along the shores, indulge in a seaside feast or partake in some water sports – the choices are endless.

Where to stay:

Balmoral Beach House – Mosman
Esther Road
Mosman NSW 2088

Where to shop:

Classic Spirit
785 Military Road
Mosman

East Coast Lounge
Building 7, Chowder Bay Road
Mosman NSW 2088

ZOUK Living
2/706 Military Road
Mosman NSW 2088

Whale Beach

NSW 2107

Whale Beach | Secret Beach Escapes in NSW | Travelshopa

Image: @holly_jane

The 600m long Whale Beach is a must-visit if you’re travelling to Sydney. Sitting just 40km north of Sydney CBD, Whale Beach is a clear weekend holiday destination for the locals. Many surfers hit the waves at the northern end of the beach but sunbathers should head down south for calmer waters. After a day out in the sun, end the night with dining establishments like Jonah’s or Moby’s for lip-smacking grub.

Where to stay:

Jonah’s
69 Bynya Road
Whale Beach 
NSW 2107

Where to shop:

Moby Dicks
227 Whale Beach Road
Whale Beach NSW, 2107

Beachwood
Shop 10/57 Avalon Parade
Avalon Beach NSW 2107

WHAT TO PACK

Personalised Trio Gem Stacking Ring | Gifts Less Ordinary | Secret Beach Escapes in NSW | Travelshopa

Gifts Less Ordinary

Personalised Trio Gem Stacking Ring

Kauai Cami Ruby | Arnhem | Secret Beach Escapes in NSW | Travelshopa

Arnhem

Kauai Cami Ruby

Fouta Backpack in Orange & White | Bo-Ya Creation | Secret Beach Escapes in NSW | Travelshopa

Bo-ya Creation

Fouta Backpack in Orange & White

Whites Beach, Byron Bay

Broken Head NSW 2481

Whites Beach | Secret Beach Escapes in NSW | Travelshopa

Image: @r_hemingway

Sitting at Broken Head, just south of Byron Bay, you’d probably heard about this one. Whites Beach has been named Australia’s number one secret destination by Australian Traveller. Nonetheless, the idyllic Whites Beach is truly a hidden gem. Getting here may be a gruelling feat – requires a dirt road drive and a short trek through a rainforest – but you’ll be handsomely rewarded with pandanus palm trees, rock pools, crystal clear idyllic waters, a mysterious cave and even a school of dolphins if luck is on your side.

Where to stay:

Bask and Stow
59 Carlyle Street
Byron Bay NSW 2481

 

Where to shop:

Arhem Clothing
1/19 Lawson Street
Byron Bay NSW 2481

Afends
1/7 Brigantine Street
Byron Bay NSW 2481

Ahoy Trader
6/1 Marvell Street
Byron Bay NSW 2481

Where to Shop and Travel in 2017

The dawn of a New Year welcomes a fresh dose of holiday hotspots. This year, we’ve selected four wanderlust-worthy destinations that would get any jet-setter's pulse racing. Here’s a quick guide on where to travel and shop in 2017.

Byron Bay | Where to shop and travel in 2017 | Travelshopa

Image: Phil Savory

Byron Bay, Australia

Perfect for the bona fide beach bum

Gone are the days when Byron Bay was recognised as a quaint hippie town. Today, the beachside travel spot at mainland Australia’s easternmost town has become one of Australia’s most desirable destinations, offering a vivid surf culture, an endless stretch of beaches, a booming food and creative scene, picturesque hikes and walking trails, and heart-pounding adventures.

Where to shop:

Known for playing host to a large number of creative professionals, it is no wonder this surf town is rife with local shopping opportunities. Make a beeline for Jonson, Lawson and Fletcher Streets – the ultimate shopping meccas of Byron Bay.

Where to stay:

The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa (77-97 Broken Head Road, Byron Bay, NSW 2481) is an intimate resort set amongst a 45-acre subtropical rainforest. The tropical retreat is just steps away from Tallow Beach and allows you to unwind, relax and rejuvenate with dining spots, a spa and (infinity) pools.

WHAT TO PACK

Navy Drawstring Maxi Dress | By The Sea | Where to shop and travel in 2017 | Travelshopa

By the Sea Tropical

Navy Drawstring Maxi Dress

Brenna Sandal | Lilla Lane | Where to shop and travel in 2017 | Travelshopa

Lilla Lane

Brenna Sandal

Royal Blue Bandeau | Baby Blue Bikini | Where to shop and travel in 2017 | Travelshopa

Baby Blue Bikini

Royal Blue Bandeau

Manila, The Philippines

Perfect for the experimental traveller

Manila | Where to shop and travel in 2017 | Travelshopa
Manila | Where to shop and travel in 2017 | Travelshopa

Left: Google Images, Carven Superfuture

The Filipino capital is everything a city could offer – a mishmash of cultures, ample historic sights, glitzy shopping malls and a varied nightlife. It’s a mighty urban sprawl that never sleeps. Manila may be chronically overcrowded but once you look past its shortcomings, you’ll find yourself coming back for more. The city is made up of 16 districts but head to Malate, Makati and The Fort for fabulous shopping, scrumptious bites and funky bars and nightclubs.

Where to shop:

Bargain hunting and souvenir shopping aside, Manila also features some of the coolest local brands and designers in South-east Asia. Hop over to Makati, Tiendesitas, Mall of Korea, Moret and Madison Streets, just to name a few.

Where to stay:

The Henry Hotel (2680 Compound, F.B. Harrison St, Pasay, Metro Manila) gives major homely vibes with 34 thoughtfully designed rooms designed by renowned interior and furniture designer, Eric Paras. Rooms are smartly decorated with a mix of mid-century to modern furnishings.

WHAT TO PACK

Luxe Leather Bracelet Double Wrap in Rose Gold and Black | Joanne L. | Baby Blue Bikini | Where to shop and travel in 2017 | Travelshopa

Joanne L.

Luxe Leather Bracelet Double Wrap in Rose Gold and Black

Indikah Tahnie Tube Romper | theWYLDshop.com | Where to shop and travel in 2017 | Travelshopa

theWYLDshop.com

Indikah Tahnie Tube Romper

3-in-1 Sling Waist Pouch | ONE + ONE | Where to shop and travel in 2017 | Travelshopa

ONE + ONE

3-in-1 Sling Waist Pouch

Melbourne, Australia

Perfect for the traveller who does it all

Melbourne | Where to shop and travel in 2017 | Travelshopa
Incu | Where to shop and travel in 2017 | Travelshopa

Left: John White, Incu

Laid-back but full of life and charm, Melbourne is definitely one of those cities that has something for everyone – family fare, layers of creativity, world-class art and heritage institutions, Haute boutiques, an exciting sports hub, multicultural dining, a booming café scene and a swanky nightlife. If this does not entice you, we don’t know what would.

Where to shop:

With a diversity of shopping opportunities brewing across every precinct, it’s no surprise that the Victoria capital is every shopaholic’s dream. Shopping precincts like Flinders Lane, Crossley Street, Fitzroy, Prahran, South Yarra and Albert Park are stellar places to start.

Where to stay:

Daring and unique, The Cullen (164 Commercial Road, Prahran, VIC 3181) offers contemporary rooms filled with lashings of original artwork and prints by Australia’s most exciting contemporary artist, Adam Cullen – all in the fashionable and artsy Prahran precinct.

WHAT TO PACK

Theor Suede Boots | Myeyeko | Where to shop and travel in 2017 | Travelshopa

Myeyeko

Theor Suede Boots

Ayn Off-White & Cobalt Top | CATCH | Where to shop and travel in 2017 | Travelshopa

CATCH

Ayn Off-White & Cobalt Top

West Lace Bermuda | Lulu Yasmine | Where to shop and travel in 2017 | Travelshopa

Lulu Yasmine

West Lace Bermuda

Southern Highlands,

Australia

Perfect for the laid-back nature lover

Located south-west of Sydney, in New South Wales, the Southern Highlands is the perfect weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. If road trips filled with sweeping landscape and scenery, pretty villages, local produce, beautiful gardens, quaint coffee shops and local shopping spots are right up your alley, Southern Highlands will leave you begging for more.

Where to shop:

Explore shopping spots in Bowral, Moss Vale, Berrima and Braemar, for fantastic homewares and gifts, vintage and handcrafted furniture, and a selection of local and international multi-label boutiques.

Where to stay:

The luxurious Gibraltar Hotel Bowral (Boronia Street via Centennial Rd, Bowral) is surrounded by a 18-hole golf course with amenities like an indoor heated pool, luxury day spa and casual bar and restaurant – though you’ll find yourselves struggling to leave the gorgeous rooms that feature enormous walk-in showers, cosy beds and sweeping views at the spacious balcony.

WHAT TO PACK

Handwriting Straw Beach Hat | August Society | Where to shop and travel in 2017 | Travelshopa

August Society

Handwriting Straw Beach Hat

Anita Maxi in Sangria | Adhira | Where to shop and travel in 2017 | Travelshopa

Adhira

Anita Maxi in Sangria

Natural Curiosities 50% Cashmere 50% Linen Long Scarf in Red | Ayesha Cashmere | Where to shop and travel in 2017 | Travelshopa

Ayesha Cashmere

Natural Curiosities 50% Cashmere 50% Linen Long Scarf in Red

Hotels with an Oriental Flair

Shanghai Mansion Bangkok Hotels with an Oriental Flair | Travelshopa

Image: Shanghai Mansion, Bangkok

Many of us may not celebrate the Lunar New Year but that doesn’t mean we ditch the festivities altogether. Apart from shopping for traditional cheongsams, staying at an oriental-inspired hotel is one way to soak up the rich Chinese culture.

These hotels with an oriental flair in San Francisco, Singapore and Bangkok project an abundance of heritage, ethnicity and lavishness – not to mention a creative eye for design, and scrumptious dining options.

 


 

Hotel Nikko

222 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Exuding subtle nuances of a Japanese-luxe image, the upscale Hotel Nikko astounds with 532 elegantly appointed rooms and 22 suites. As well as Japanese décor and floor-to-ceiling windows, rooms come with Subarashee Yume (“dreams” in Japanese) pillow-top beds, luxurious Subarashee Ame rain showers and sweeping views of the buzzing Union Square. Refresh with a swim in the glass-enclosed 15-meter pool then fill your tummies with Asian-inspired cuisine to fresh sushi at Restaurant Anzu.

Perfect for:

Business to low-key luxe travellers

Noteworthy Spot:

Feinstein’s, an elegant 140-seat nightclub

Worth getting out for:

Upscale shopping opportunities, fine dining establishments and the historic San Francisco theatre

Hotel Nikko San Francisco | Hotels with an Oriental Flair | Travelshopa


 

New Majestic Hotel

31-37 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089845

Housed in a traditional conservation shop house located in the heart of Chinatown, the New Majestic Hotel features an emphasis on strong design, local culture and heritage and the Arts. Touted as Singapore’s first design hotel, all 30 rooms are decked with vintage and designer furniture, art installations by local artists and five design concept rooms. For the ultimate oriental-inspired break, stay at the Wayang Lifestyle room where red walls, Chinese lanterns and calligraphy panels make an appearance.

Perfect For:

Serious art enthusiasts

Noteworthy Spot:

The Attic Suites’ dual his-and-hers vintage cast-iron bathtubs

 Worth getting out for:

A plethora of eateries around the area

New Majestic Hotel | Hotels with an Oriental Flair | Travelshopa
New Majestic Hotel | Hotels with an Oriental Flair | Travelshopa

 

WHAT TO PACK


 

Shanghai Mansion Bangkok 

479-481 Yaowaraj Road, Samphantawong Bangkok 10100

Romantic, opulent, seductive – 1930s Shanghai comes to life in Bangkok’s historic Chinatown. Enter Shanghai Mansion to witness a buoyant space full of rich, vibrant colours, opulent fabrics, imperial grandeur and whimsical details. All rooms are heavily drenched in Chinese antiques, chinoiserie style wallpaper, rich brocades and delicate silks. Visit the lucky fishpond at the lobby, indulge in the ultimate spa experience at Spa Burasari or feast at one of the three thematic dining options.

Perfect for:

The ultimate oriental-inspired stay

Noteworthy Spot:

Shanghai Terrace, Shanghai Mansions’s Jazz Lounge

Worth getting out for:

A dip into the cultural sea of Chinatown and Leng Buai La shrine, probably the oldest temple in Thailand

Shanghai Mansion Bangkok | Hotels with an Oriental Flair | Travelshopa
Shanghai Mansion Bangkok | Hotels with an Oriental Flair | Travelshopa

 

Hotels with an Oriental Flair

Blue and White Hotels

Bannisters by the Sea | The Colony Hotel | Blue and White Hotels | Travelshopa

Image: Bannisters by the Sea

The elegant combination of blue and white has always been a constant designer favourite. What makes this classic duo so popular? Perhaps it is the cool, calm and sophisticated aura it brings to any room or how it goes well with almost any interior design style in the book.

These three beautiful blue and white hotels have channelled the classic combination in every way – whether it is a breezy penthouse by the beach that immediately transports you to Greece or a South Hamptons style seaside hotel for a laidback-luxe stay.

Snag some tips from this colour palette made in interior decorating heaven or plan a stay at one of these hotels.

 


 

Bannisters by the Sea

191 Mitchell Parade, Mollymook Beach, NSW 2539

Wake up to the sound of the waves and power up for some serious R&R at Bannisters by the Sea. Select from one of their 34 refurbished rooms including ace fashion designer, Collette Dinnigan’s interior design debut with the Penthouse Suites. The penthouse offers the perfect dose of blue and white – a milieu of crisp white walls is set against comfy blue-and-white patterned cushions and rugs. The large ocean view balcony makes for a serene escape from the city.

Perfect for:

Million-dollar ocean views

Noteworthy Spot:

Infinity Pool

Worth getting out for:

Bannisters Pavilion Rooftop Bar & Grill

Bannisters by the Sea | Blue and White Hotels | Travelshopa


 

Shutters on the beach

1 Pico Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90405 

The epitome of Southern California’s breezy lifestyle, Shutters on the beach is the laidback-luxe stay you never thought you desired. Immerse yourself in the warmth of seaside living at a hotel that exhibits all the charms of a beach cottage. Unwind in one of their 186 rooms and 12 suites – all of which are decked in romantic four-poster beds, blue and white pinstriped sheets, and whirlpool tubs –not to mention the dreamy cerulean sea and silvery sand as the perfect backdrop.

Perfect for:

A luxurious yet breezy sojourn

Noteworthy Spot:

Pool that overlooks the Pacific Ocean

Worth getting out for:

Shopping along Santa Monica Boulevard

Shutters on the Beach | Blue and White Hotels | Travelshopa

WHAT TO PACK


 

The Colony Hotel

Jalan Laksmana No.22, Seminyak, Bali 80361

For those who like their getaways to be more intimate, The Colony Hotel offers a true oasis. The adult only boutique hotel offers 20 rooms and though a little off the beaten track, still lies within walking distance to the best bars, beaches and restaurants in Seminyak. But nothing beats the 16-meter pool surrounded by a lush tropical garden, white cabanas and colonial-style rooms.

Perfect for:

Hidden oasis in the heart of Seminyak

Noteworthy spot:

The pool

Worth getting out for:

Delightful restaurants like La Lucciola, Sea Circus and hotspots, Potato Head and Kudeta

The Colony Hotel | Blue and White Hotels | Travelshopa


Blue and White Hotels

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