London has a new hotel hot spot and it’s name is The Ned. Opened last month by Nick Jones of Soho House in collaboration with the Sydell Group (the folks behind New York’s Nomad), the new hotel and private members club is housed in an enormous former bank, a stone’s throw from the iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral. In addition to its 252 guest rooms, The Ned also includes restaurants, bars, a spa, a gym, a barber shop, and a rooftop pool with views of the Shard and the London Eye. Below, enjoy a peek of the much buzzed-about new property. READ POST
I had so much fun compiling April’s post about Russia (thank you for your feedback!), that I thought I’d create a reading list for my upcoming trip to India as well. In October, Simon and I are headed to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Udaipur and though it’s six months away, I already have a countdown (love the Dreamdays app!). Below are the books I’m hoping to read before our autumn India adventure. READ POST
My India obsession continues with this stunning apartment belonging to decorator Marie-Anne Oudejan published in AD magazine. The suite is located in Jaipur’s hotel Narain Niwas Palace and its striking blue and red palette feels both fresh and classic. Marie-Anne is the designer behind my beloved Bar Palladio and Caffe Paladio. Clearly, her home is as chic as her commercial endeavors. I don’t know about you, but I would happily move in. READ POST
These photographs by Charles Fréger of Jaipur’s painted elephants won my heart. The talented French photographer visited India in 2013 to capture the magic of the annual elephant festival in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The elephants and their riders compete for the best decorated pair, adorning themselves in colorful costumes and body paint. In recent years, the festival has come under scrutiny by animal welfare groups due to safety concerns regarding the paint. Hopefully a safe alternative has been found and the beautiful elephants are happy and healthy. The festival will be held March 12, 2017 and details can be found here. READ POST
If you share my India obsession and enjoyed my posts on the stunning Bar Palladio and Caffé Palladio, this one’s for you. The newly refurbished Sujan Rajmahal Palace is what my India dreams are made of. Originally built in 1729 for the royal family of Jaipur, the palace has hosted a variety of famous guests throughout its storied history, among them the Queen of England and Jackie Kennedy. From the vibrant Mughal motif wallpapers to the staff’s punchy pink turbans, no detail was overlooked. Adding the Rajamahal Palace to the top of my travel wish list.
India continues to top my travel wish list and Jaipur’s new Caffé Palladio has me more eager than ever to book a ticket. A sister property of the nearby (and equally chic) Bar Palladio, the new cafe serves mouth-watering cuisine in a whimsical peachy-pink setting. I would give my right arm to have those hand-painted murals (birds, blooms, and butterflies!) in my own home. Caffé Palladio has been added to my bucket list.