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NEPAL

  

Nepal is a country that defines physical beauty. Nestled in the midst of the Himalayas, this landlocked country swings from low-lying subtropical regions, to the high snow-capped peaks that one most associates with Nepal. Full of hidden treasures, and some of the friendliest locals on earth, this wonder of the world is the Zingiber Travel Guru’s next stop.

Who’s been spotted there?

Selena Gomez, Orlando Bloom, Eva Mendez, Chris Hemsworth and Leonardo DiCaprio are just a few of the A-listers who have trekked to this remote land.   

Where to sleep?

Whether you want to stay in the capital Kathmandu, or somewhere further removed from civilization, Nepal definitely provides. All you need to do is show up. This ability to cater to both needs may be why the country is so popular among adventure-seekers, and luxury-lovers alike. Here are some of the best accommodation offerings:

Heritage hotels (Dwarikas): 

Eco-resorts (Pavilion Hotel): 

Eco-jungle lodges (Barahi Jungle Lodge):

Where to find the best coffee (and breakfast)?

For a good brew, and a well-priced hearty breakfast, head to Chikusa. While the food is simple – think muesli, pancakes, omelettes and crepes – the café’s relaxed and friendly atmosphere is raved about by tourists.

Where to play?

Trekking is THE thing to do in Nepal. The country is home to some of the most staggering scenery in the world after all. From the four day Poonhill trek, to the famous Everest Base Camp hike, to shorter day trips – there’s something to suit all experience levels. That said, if trekking isn’t your cup of tea or you’re just pressed on time, why not experience the majesty of the Himalayas by flying over them?


Where to shop?

If you want to grab yourself an amazing bargain, and some beautiful pieces at the same time, head to The Cashmere Outlet in Kathmandu. Crafted with care, but at a fraction of the price you’d pay back home, these woollen wonders are sure to make your heart and wallet happy.

Where to eat, and drink?

To experience Nepalese cuisine at its best, you’ll want to visit Bhojan Griha. The building the restaurant is housed in is impressive to say the least. Built for a priest more than 250 years ago, four stories tall, and buttercup yellow; it can seat 250 people at a time. During your meal, you will be treated to local folk dances and songs. It’s a full Nepalese experience. 

After your meal, head to Sam’s bar for a drink. Inconspicuously hidden in an old building in Thamel, the bar is loved by both locals and tourists for its relaxed vibe.


Where to swim?

You may be thinking, “where on earth am I going to swim in a landlocked country?” But fear not, Nepal abounds with pools, mountain swimming holes (which admittedly might be a bit brisk depending on time of year), and beautiful lakes. Take Begnas Tal for instance, the lake around which the town Pokhara is built. It’s both picturesque and home to some great water-based activities such as wooden boating, kayaking, and of course, swimming.

 

What to wear?

Resort poolside style: Terry Cloth Swimsuit - Zingiber; Skirt - Emilio Pucci; Sandals - Birkenstock; Hat - Eugenia Kim; Sunglasses - Victoria Beckham; Bag - Loewe

Until next time!

  • SRI LANKA
  • Post author
    Zizi (Zingiber travel guru)

SRI LANKA

Imagine a land where the weather is warm and the food is clean, yet spicy.  Imagine a place, with diverse landscapes that swap between lush rainforests, tropical beaches and arid plains. Imagine a wild land, where elephants and leopards roam, and blue whales dive. Sounds like a veritable paradise right? Well, there is such a place; it’s called Sri Lanka, and it’s known as ‘the pearl of the Indian ocean.’ We’re diving right on in. 

Who’s been spotted there?

Sri Lanka is being described as the world’s new five-star destination, and celebrities have started to trickle over to the island. A-listers Diana Kruger and Angelina Jolie have both visited the emerald isle. We suspect a lot more are going to visit over the coming years. 

Where to sleep?

From Buddhist ruins, to colonial villas; evidence of Sri Lanka’s history is everywhere – even in the island’s beautiful boutique hotels. Don’t believe us? Judge for yourself…

Hillside hideaways (Trilanka):  

Romantic retreats (Paradise Road):  

Colonial living (Elephant Stables):

Where to find the best coffee?

Kopi Kade translates to ‘Coffee Shop’ in Sinhalese. It’s also the name of a café in Colombo that serves some of the best brew you’ll ever taste (big call, we know). They also have a number of dishes that go down well. Fair warning, they open at 12 though; meaning it’s great for an early lunch, or VERY late breakfast.  

Where to play?

It would seem remiss to go to this wild country, and not do a nature safari. It’s the best, and safest, way to take in the country’s elephants, monkeys, sloth bears, and numerous jewelled birds. If you’re lucky you may even spot the elusive leopard. 

Where to shop?

Odel, a department store in Colombo, has become an essential part of the island’s shopping scene. With its arched entrances and chic white walls, the centre pays homage to the island’s colonial architecture. But it’s the diverse selection of clothes, jewellery and perfume that keeps people coming back for more.  

Where to eat, and drink?

If you like your seafood Ministry of Crab is the place for you. While the restaurant is worth visiting for its name alone, it’s one of the island’s best seafood joints. In fact, this year it was listed as one of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. Not bad right? 

Set in a preserved 400-year-old Dutch hospital, the restaurant pays its respects to the Sri Lankan crab. Their delicious signature dishes include, Chilli Crab, Pepper Crab and Baked Crab, but they also do a wicked Small Island Iced Tea! Bookings are essential. 


Where to swim?

Located on the south-west coast, Weligama Beach is one luxurious spot. Its pristine waters are made for snorkelling and surfing, as it is guarded by a shallow coral reef. After you’ve soaked up the sun you can wander up to the lively fishing village, and main settlement, to eat your fill. Sounds like paradise to us!  


What to wear?

Blend in with the vibrant colours of Sri Lanka, here are our favourite picks...

Sri Lanka resort style: Terry Cloth Swimsuit - Zingiber; Skirt - Proenza Schouler; Earrings - Marte Frisnes; Necklace - Marc Alary; Bag - Wai Wai; Sunglasses - Fendi

Until next time!

  • MONACO
  • Post author
    Zizi (Zingiber travel guru)

MONACO

Soaring green-swathed cliffs roll effortlessly into the ocean in the country Grace Kelly called her royal home. The tiny independent city-state of Monaco is located on France’s Mediterranean coastline. Despite its small size, it’s synonymous with luxury. Casinos, yachts, and even the Grand-Prix can be found in this glittering mecca, and it’s no wonder why; it’s a place designed for royalty. 

Who’s been spotted there?

Between the ultra-exclusive Grand Prix and yacht scene, Monaco attracts a wealth of famous faces. Bella Hadid, Chris Hemsworth, Adriana Lima, Leonardo DiCaprio, Serena Williams, and Rihanna have all found their way to the glamorous city. As will many more, we’re sure. 

Where to sleep?

Ever wanted to live like a royal? Wherever you choose to stay in Monaco, you will experience unrivalled elegance. From: 

Palatial hotels (click here): 

Spacious villas (click here):

To, sleek apartments (click here):

Where to find the best coffee (and breakfast)?

In our opinion, a homemade pastry and coffee is the only way to start the day. THE place to head in Monaco, is Emilie and the Cool Kids. Their speciality is gooey-melt-in-your-mouth cookies (what’s not to love there?). The cute patisserie has ample seating, but we suggest rambling down history-filled lanes with breakfast in hand. 

Where to play?

Did we mention yachts abound in Monaco? It would seem a shame to go all that way without setting sail on the smooth seas. Live like that famous do and charter yourself a yacht to experience everything the coastline has to offer. 

Where to shop? 

The people of Monaco love their style, which makes for some world-class shopping.  While it’s hard to pick just one spot the Métropole Shopping Center exudes luxury. Amongst the marble and chandeliers you can flit from high-end designers and jewellers, to restaurants and art galleries. 

Where to eat, and drink?

For a meal to remember, head to Le Louis XV - Alain Ducasse. This three Michelin-starred restaurant seats a maximum of 50 people (make sure you book!), and serves only the best produce from the region. From the food and gilded interiors, to the phenomenal service; every detail is worth it.

Once you’ve eaten your fill, or before — who’s judging, head to Saphir 24 for a tipple. The seaside views from the soaring windows are simply stunning.  Fair warning though, this is 24 hour bar so you may not want to leave. 

Where to swim?

With its emerald waters, Plage des Fossettes Beach may just be the jewel in Monaco’s crown.  A half hour drive from Monaco, this pebbly beach is perfect for snorkelling. Best of all, it’s within walking distance to another gem; Plage des Fosses. Anyone up for a beach crawl? 

 

  

What to wear?

Fit in with the luxury, with our favourite picks below...

Monaco style: Swimsuit - Zingiber; Dress - Tibi; Bag - YSL; Keyring - Marc Jacobs; Sunglasses - Christopher Kane
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  • BORA BORA
  • Post author
    Zizi (Zingiber travel guru)

BORA BORA

    

Bora Bora; bungalows perched over calm still waters, and world-class scuba diving have put this picture-perfect destination on the map.  But there’s more to this South Pacific island then meets the eye. For one, at the centre of the island rises a dormant volcano. This, combined with lush tropical slopes adorned with hibiscus, and a sweeping blue, green lagoon, makes Bora Bora a place for romantics to fall in love.   

Who’s been spotted there?

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have honeymooned here, and Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello have graced its shores on Christmas Day. But perhaps the island’s most infamous guest was Justin Beiber. Remember those nude snaps? They were taken on the island. It proves Bora Bora is a place even the famous can let their guard down…   

Where to sleep?

From luxury resorts to places for the more modest of budgets, Bora Bora caters to everyone. Although if you’re going to fly all that way, our suggestion is to go for something right on the water, or you know, over it…

Overwater bungalow (Le Meridien Bora Bora):  

Beach resort and spa (Pearls Resort of Tahiti):  

The Yacht Club (Air BNB):

Where to find the best coffee (and breakfast)?

If you want a peaceful setting to wake up to the world to, Iriatai at the Hilton caters to that.  The restaurant provides its own take on a classic French brasserie and provides a top-notch waterfront view to boot. Now, that’s one hell of a way to wake up! 


Where to play?

Did we mention the scuba diving at Bora Bora is world-class? The calm lagoon means the diving is perfect for all experience levels. Beginners can get acquainted with the craft inside the lagoon, while more experienced divers can go outside of the reef. Wherever you dive coral gardens, colourful fishes, reef sharks, sea turtles and stingrays abound! Make the most of the abundant sea life and book yourself a tour

Where to shop?

Black pearls are only found in the lagoons around French Polynesia, which makes them one of the most popular treasures to buy on the island. Head to Robert Wan Boutique in Vaitape. Wan is one of the best producers of the black pearl, and his collection of fine jewellery will leave you speechless.   

Where to eat, and drink?

French, Asian fusion, what’s not to love there? The St Regis lagoon hosts one of the island’s best restaurants and bars in the form of Lagoon Restaurant by Jean-Georges. The view from the overwater venue is stunning, and an amazing spot to catch the sunset with drink in hand. Make sure you make a reservation well in advance though. 

Where to swim?

You may have picked up on the fact by now, but you’re never far from water on Bora Bora. That said, one of the best coral gardens is located off the southern end of Motu Pitiaau and Motu Piti Uuuta, and is aptly nicknamed “The Aquarium.” Head here with snorkel in hand to experience the best of the lagoon’s crystal clear waters. 

What to wear?

Feel as beautiful as the surroundings in Bora Bora with our favourite picks below...

Bungalow style: Santa Maria Terry Cloth swimsuit - Zingiber; Slides - Givenchy; Over swim dress - Saint Laurent; Lip Balm: Elizabeth Arden 8hr; Hat - Eugenia Kim; Sunglasses: Gucci.

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  • SANTORINI
  • Post author
    Zizi (Zingiber travel guru)

SANTORINI

     
   

No colours are more iconic, or speak to a swimmer’s soul, like the crisp white and blue of Santorini. With whitewashed houses that cling precipitously to cliffs, and distinct beaches made of black, red and white lava pebbles; it’s not hard to find evidence of the 16th century volcanic eruption that shaped this rugged landscape. 

Who’s been spotted there?

Kourtney Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Shakira, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie have all fallen under the island’s spell. In fact, Jolie was so taken by Santorini when filming Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life, the actress and her children have made many return trips.  

Where to sleep?

Infinity pools that blend into the beautiful blue Aegean are synonymous with Santorini. So, when looking for accommodation, treat yourself. There are options for all budgets. From: 

Cave houses (AirBNB link): 

Boutique hotels (Canaves Oia link here): 

To crisp, luxury suites (Armonia Suites link here):

Where to find the best coffee (and breakfast)?

Surprisingly, given the locals’ propensity for good food, and even better coffee, breakfast spots are hard to find…but not impossible. Head to Hotel Gallini Café, which overlooks the ocean for some mid-morning refreshment.

Where to play?

Sailing is the best way to take in Santorini’s majestic coastline. By renting a catamaran, you can take in the island’s unique rock formations, private beaches, and truly appreciate the cubiform houses that cling to the caldera. If you’re lucky you may even get to swim in volcanic hot springs!

Where to shop?

There is no better way to reward adventurous bones than with a spot of shopping. Drakkar boutique is home to chic international and Greek brands, and our number one pick for goodies. With its youthful vibe, and colourful accessories it’s a sight to behold. Trust us, you’re going to wish you could bring the whole store back with you!

Where to eat, and drink?

The local cuisine is the fare of the day. With a wealth of fresh seafood, and innovative Greek cooking; Selene is a MUST. This restaurant has a host of awards and accolades under its belt.  For example, in 2014 it earned a spot on New York’s renowned 101 Best Restaurants in the World list. This, coupled with its breath-taking view makes Selene a destination in its own right.  

PK is a must for cocktails. This family business has been running for 41 years. The bar’s longevity may be explained by the fact the team are committed to using premium produce, much of which is grown fresh in their very own garden. Alongside cocktails, they also offer specialty coffee and cigars.  Friendly tip: a booking at sunset is essential. 

Where to swim?

No trip to Santorini is complete without a visit to Amoudi Bay Harbor.  This is the island’s most renowned swimming spot. All you have to do to access it, is walk left along the harbour’s cliff side for 5-8 minutes.  The bay has a small island with stunning views of the caldera that you can swim out to, and ledges you can jump into the sea from.  When your sun-soaked body needs refreshment, simply seek out one of the harbour’s many tavernas. Win win. 

What to wear?

Blend into the stark white buildings with a white bathing suit and brights blues... see our favourite look below.

Poolside style: flip flops - Tommy Hilfiger; swimsuit - Zingiber; jumpsuit - Parosh; sunglasses - Vava; clutch - Armani; inflight hair and body essentials - Aesop

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TURKS + CAICOS

Glittering white sand, crystal clear waters and palm trees that lazily sway in the breeze. The Turks and Caicos Islands, an archipelago southeast of the Bahamas, is a veritable dream come true, and the next stop for our latest adventure. So pack the sunscreen and get swept up with us. 

Who’s been spotted there?

With 40 islands to choose from, and a number of luxury hotels and all-inclusive resorts, it’s safe to say the islands can deliver on their promise of exclusivity.  Superstars Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Karrueche, Kylie Jenner and Cara Delevingne have all graced the tropical paradise. As have world leaders Queen Elizabeth II and Bill and Hillary Clinton. That’s one impressive guest list if we don’t say so ourselves!