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DAVID Wearne is co-owner of Ho­tel Lux­ury Col­lec­tion, Aus­tralia’s first on­line store re­tail­ing prod­ucts from the world’s lead­ing five-star ho­tels, ‘‘ de­signed to give you the five-star feel­ing at home’’. He trav­els over­seas twice a year sourc­ing lux­ury goods. Prod­ucts from Ho­tel Lux­ury Col­lec­tion are avail­able at Reper­toire Home­wares, Shop 8, Sof­i­tel Went­worth Ho­tel Syd­ney. www.hotel­lux­u­rycol­lec­tion.com.au.

SYD­NEY BEACHES

I AL­WAYS PACK

If I’m head­ing into win­ter I al­ways pack a Ho­tel Lux­ury Col­lec­tion cash­llama throw from Bo­livia. It’s so soft and lux­u­ri­ous, great for the plane and doesn’t take up too much space in your lug­gage. Head­ing into sum­mer, my Ho­tel Lux­ury Col­lec­tion leather wet­pack is ideal for car­ry­ing sun pro­tec­tion and plenty of mois­turiser. Sharon Fowler

HONOLULU, HAWAII

It’s tough to name one favourite place but there’s noth­ing like a glam­orous beach hol­i­day to un­wind. So with that in mind, for me it has to be Honolulu. There’s sun, surf, shop­ping and it’s not too far away from Aus­tralia but quite far enough. www.go­hawaii.com.

SAL­VA­TORE FER­RAG­AMO, HONOLULU

The ser­vice at this branch is re­mark­able and staff go out of their way to as­sist. If a size or colour is not in stock, they will do a search for the prod­uct with­out even ask­ing. Fer­rag­amo is known for com­fort­able and beau­ti­ful shoes, how­ever its cloth­ing is also su­perb. I par­tic­u­larly like its Ital­ian cot­ton shirts and wool trousers. www.sal­va­tore­fer­rag­amo.it.

HALEKU­LANI, HONOLULU

I have been stay­ing at the Haleku­lani for more than 15 years. Their motto is House Be­fit­ting Heaven, which is so true. The un­der­stated and el­e­gant rooms have knock­out views all the way to Di­a­mond Head, and the most ex­tra­or­di­nary beds and bed­ding. The Vera Wang Suite is the in­spi­ra­tion for Ho­tel Lux­ury Col­lec­tion. The king size pil­lows and those fab­u­lous mat­tress top­pers give you the feel­ing of sleep­ing on a cloud, with the gen­tle sound of the waves of Waikiki Beach in the back­ground. Ex­cel­lent ser­vice, fan­tas­tic food, truly five star all the way. www.haleku­lani.com.

AUS­TRALIAN GAL­LERIES, SYD­NEY

I can al­ways find great Aus­tralian art in this Padding­ton gallery and I have bought many pieces for my home over the years, by artists in­clud­ing Gra­ham Fransella and Joe Fur­longer. www.aus­tralian­gal­leries.com.au.

NEIMAN MAR­CUS, LOS AN­GE­LES

Neiman Mar­cus in Bev­erly Hills is an­other favourite. You just can’t beat those Amer­i­can sales. www.neiman­mar­cus.com.

BISTRO MON­CUR, WOOL­LAHRA, SYD­NEY

Bistro Mon­cur is one of the great neigh­bour­hood restau­rants: great food and ser­vice, and I’ve never had a bad meal in the many years I have been go­ing there. It’s al­ways filled with fun and laugh­ter and a good mix­ture of in­ter­est­ing peo­ple. The crab souf­fle and the pate are to die for. www.wool­lahra­ho­tel.com.au.

LOS AN­GE­LES TO SAN FRAN­CISCO COAST

The coast road from Los An­ge­les north to San Fran­cisco is a mag­i­cal drive. I like to take about 10 days to do it, stop­ping at great lit­tle inns and restau­rants. I par­tic­u­larly like Carmel and 17-Mile Drive around the dra­matic coast­line. There’s spec­tac­u­lar scenery and truly fresh air af­ter stay­ing in LA. go­cal­i­for­nia.about.com. I love early Sun­day morn­ings at the beach: swim­ming, walk­ing and break­fast. It’s one of the great Aus­tralian ex­pe­ri­ences and one we of­ten take for granted. You re­ally know that you are alive and (ex­cept for the break­fast) it’s free. www.vis­itnsw.com.au.

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