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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.
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
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.
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.