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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.


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.


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 | | Where to shop and travel in 2017 | Travelshopa

Indikah Tahnie Tube Romper

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


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.


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


Theor Suede Boots

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


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,


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.


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


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




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



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

Boutique Hotels with Stunning Restaurants

Paresa | Boutique Hotels with Stunning Restaurants | Travelshopa

Image: Talung Thai, Paresa Resort

From exceptional locations and enchanting views to an unforgettable gastronomic experience that will have your palates jumping for joy – these hotels have gone above and beyond when it comes to the perfect dining experience.

LA’s Chateau Marmont – headed by celebrated Executive Chef and culinary star, Carolynn Spence – serves up Californian haute cuisine in a classic old-Hollywood setting. Hotel Tugu Bali boasts five dining venues, all of which are decked with remarkable Indonesian interiors, and menus ranging from Chinese Peranakan cuisine to traditional Indonesian fare. Enjoy spectacular sea views (and the sunset if you’re lucky) paired with scrumptious Italian, Mediterranean or Thai cuisine at the outdoor deck of the luxurious Paresa Resort in Phuket.

Hungry for more? Read on to know more about these three boutique hotels with stunning restaurants.



Chateau Marmont

8221 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90046

Equal parts charming and captivating, Chateau Marmont is a fusion of rich history and beautiful architecture. Modelled after an elegant Loire Valley castle, the famed Chateau Marmont is a designated cultural monument in the heart of the Sunset strip. The Restaurant at the Chateau Marmont, helmed by executive Chef Carolynn Spence, features an intimate and glamorous indoor dining area as well as an idyllic garden terrace, both of which offer Mediterranean-infused Californian fare.

Perfect for:

A glamorous stay

Noteworthy spot:

The suites

Worth getting out for:

Shopping in West Hollywood

Chateau Marmont | Boutique Hotels with Stunning Restaurants | Travelshopa
Chateau Marmont | Boutique Hotels with Stunning Restaurants | Travelshopa


Hotel Tugu Bali

Jl. Pantai Batu Bolong, Canggu Beach, Bali 80361

Hotel Tugu requests that you leave reality behind. You’ll gladly oblige once you see the lush tropical gardens, crashing waves and red giant sunsets. Standing on the south-west coast of Bali, on a long silky stretch of Canggu Beach, this hotel is the epiphany of nirvana. You’ll never go hungry thanks to the rich mix of five dining venues. Enjoy authentic Indonesian cuisine in the garden, by the quiet beach or at a private dining pavilion by a lotus pond. Choices are endless here.

Perfect for:

Getting lost in Indonesian wonderland

Noteworthy spot:

On-site art collection

Worth getting out for:

Uniquely Indonesian activities arranged by the hotel

Hotel Tugu Bali | Boutique Hotels with Stunning Restaurants | Travelshopa





Paresa Resort

49 Moo6, Layi-Nakalay Road, Kamala Kathu, Phuket 83150

Perched on the seaside slopes amid tropical forests over blue waters and a scenic vista of the Andaman Sea, Paresa is the heaven of all heavens. The villas and suites are nothing short of expansive sea views, infinity pools and a heightened sense of solitude thanks to its location. Paresa offers two restaurants – Diavolo, a Mediterranean and Italian restaurant with a 270-degree ocean view and Paresea’s signature, Talung Thai serves authentic Thai cuisine in an al fresco setting at the edge of the cliff.

Perfect for:

An idyllic retreat

Noteworthy Spot:

The Spa by Paresa

Worth getting out for:

The magnificent beaches

Paresa Resort | Boutique Hotels with Stunning Restaurants | Travelshopa


Boutique Hotels with Stunning Restaurants

Black and White Themed Hotels

Foto Hotel | Black and White Themed Hotels | Travelshopa

Foto Hotel, Phuket

There’s something about the classic combination of black and white that we just can’t get enough of. Perhaps it’s how these monochromatic hues add a dose of sophistication despite a lack of colour – or that little needs to be done to add depth to any room.

This killer combo has become so popular that even hotel chains have adapted this palette throughout their interior. We take a look at black and white themed hotels in three destinations that have aced this classic colour palette.



Burbury Hotel & Apartments

1 Burbury Close Barton ACT 2600 Australia

Located in the elegant suburb of Barton, on the footsteps of Parliament House, the award winning Burbury Hotel is the perfect hotel for business visitors and discerning travellers alike.

All 152 rooms possess a recurring black and white contemporary theme. Black walls and dim lighting along with slim floor to ceiling windows evokes a cosy feel in the Burbury Room. The studio apartments, apartments and easy access rooms, however, are streamlined with sleek black furniture against white walls.

Perfect for:

Business trips and extended stays

Noteworthy spot:

The Burbury Terrace

Worth getting out for:

Australian Parliament House

Burbury Hotel | Black and White Themed Hotels | Travelshopa


Foto Hotel

218/9 Koktanod Road [Kata-Saiyuan], Karon, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

Foto Hotel is a stylish design hotel conveniently located at Kata Beach and the brainchild of four like-minded Thai architects who each possess a passion for photography. What you get is a monochrome world of striking modern design and cool contemporary interiors backed with stunning sea views.

The sleek combination of white and black welcomes you right at the entrance and is also reflected in all 79 rooms. Empty black frames on walls compliment white couches and pendant lamps. Rooms are also adorned with their popular black gingham cushion covers and plush teddy bears that seem to be the hotel’s mascot.

Perfect for:

Luxe for less traveller

Noteworthy Spot:

Rooftop Silhouette Pool and Playground

Worth getting out for:

Island tours around the hotel

Foto Hotel | Black and White Themed Hotels | Travelshopa




Wanderlust Hotel

2 Dickson Road, Singapore 209494

Set in the vibrant Little India precinct, this concept hotel is your answer to an alternative stay. The four storey upscale boutique hotel has 29 rooms, featuring the ground breaking works of award-winning Singapore design agencies Asylum, :Phunk Studio and fFurious.

All rooms in each floor carry a theme; varying from capsule-like rooms to whimsical lofts with hints of quirk and colour. Level Two, ‘Eccentricity’, showcases 10 rooms playfully rendered in single Pantone colours, including black. Level Three, ‘Is It Just Black and White?’ has rooms with surreal 2-D furniture drawings inspired by stencilled art installations.

Perfect for:

Arty travellers

Noteworthy Spot:

The lobby

Worth getting out for:

A stroll around Little India

Wanderlust Hotel | Black and White Themed Hotels | Travelshopa


Black and White Themed Hotels

Off The Beaten Track Stays

Bernardus Lodge and Spa | Carmel Boutique Hotel | Off The Beaten Track Stays | Travelshopa

Bernardus Lodge & Spa


Sometimes we too like to take a break away from the shopping and venture off the beaten track. These under the radar towns are full of interesting things to discover. Whether you are in California, Vietnam or Thailand these three hotels are our favourite places to pull up stomps at the end of a day of adventure.




Carmel, California

Bernardus Lodge & Spa

415 West Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

Carmel-by-the-Sea – also as known as Carmel is a quaint village in Northern California. The place makes a splendid getaway for all age groups thanks to its abundance of shops, art galleries, beaches, wineries and sceneries.

Bernardus Lodge & Spa in Carmel echoes all that is charming, intimate and comfortable. All 73 rooms, suites and villas exude a flair of European elegance with hints of old-world sophistication. Large soaking tubs, fireplaces, and lavish king-size featherbeds make this place hard to leave.

Perfect for:

An all-rounded trip

Noteworthy Spot:

Spa with wine-based treatments

Worth getting out for:

Garland Ranch Regional Park

Bernardus Lodge and Spa | Carmel Boutique Hotel | Off The Beaten Track Stays | Travelshopa


Danang, Vietnam

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort

Bai Bac, Son Tra Peninsula, Danang, Vietnam

Danang, the third largest city in Vietnam is sprawling with pristine and breath-taking beach resorts – thanks to its strategic Eastern Seacoast location.

Perched on a cliff side around the isolated and sparkling Son Tra Peninsula bay, the Intercontinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is perhaps Vietnam’s most extravagant beach resort. The lush resort holds many amenities that add to its “paradise on earth” guise – think beachfront villas with private pools, fine cuisine by a Michelin-starred chef, the award-winning Harrn Heritage spa, a freeform pool close to an untouched beach and a beach bar.

Perfect for:

An adults-only getaway

Noteworthy spot:

700-metre private beach

Worth getting out for:

3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort | Chiang Mai Boutique Hotel | Off The Beaten Track Stays | Travelshopa

What to Pack


Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tamarind Village

50/1 Rajdamnoen Road, Tambon Sri Pum Amphoe Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand

Away from the frenzy of Bangkok is Chiang Mai, an urban idyll and cultural pocket in northern Thailand. The ancient city is sprawling with elaborate Buddhist temples, national parks and museums making it a cultural and religious centre.

To make the most of this oasis of cool and calm, secure a stay at Tamarind Village. Built around the 200-year old tamarind tree, the garden courtyard village is designed with a nod to tribal accents and the ethnic diversity of northern Thailand. Guests enter through a majestic bamboo arch and rooms and suites are adorned with fabrics and patterns drawn from various tribes of the region.

Perfect for:

A calm and atmospheric stay

Noteworthy Spot:

The Spa Suite

Worth getting out for:

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar market

Tamarind Village | Chiang Mai Boutique Hotel | Off The Beaten Track Stays | Travelshopa

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