28 March, 2014
Travel

Mr and Mrs Smith gives us Mischa founder Michelle Lai’s Top Travel Picks!

28 March, 2014

Michelle Lai makes beautiful bags, luggage and accessories for her luxury label, Mischa. Travel is a huge inspiration for her gorgeous designs, and many of her products draw upon her favourite places, such as her ‘Mykonos Blue’ bag. To mark the launch of Mischa’s new Global Nomad Collection, Mr & Mrs Smith asked Michelle to pick her Top 10 Smith hotels!

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Not only has Michelle selected her top travel picks for us, she’s also guaranteed that the first 10 people to book a three-night stay at one of them will get a free Jet Set Tote, worth $1,280! To bag (literally!) your own MISCHA tote, enter the promo code ‘MISCHA’ when you book your three-night here. You’ll be the most stylish traveller around with one of these…

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MICHELLE’S TOP 10 TRAVEL PICKS

Beniya Mukayu, Kanazawa, Japan

Beniya Mukayu, Kanazawa, Japan

Michelle says: ‘Japanese art and culture were the starting point of Mischa. At Beniya Mukayu, every room has its own open-air hot spring – bliss. Sipping green tea in your cotton yukata in the tranquility of a traditional ryokan is the perfect way to gather your thoughts.’

Alila Villas Uluwatu

Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, Indonesia

Michelle says: ‘I stayed at Alila Villas Uluwatu a few years ago and dream of going back. Perched atop a cliff at the tip of Bali with nothing but the vast, azure Indian Ocean in sight, you can’t help but feel how insignificant each of us really is.’

Royal Malewane, Kruger National Park, S. Africa

Royal Malewane, Kruger National Park, S. Africa

Michelle says: ‘Though I’ve never been to Africa, I am fascinated with the colours and textures that I’ve seen. I imagine that going on safari and staying in Royal Malewane‘s boutique Bedouin tents in the wilderness would be an amazing experience.’

Hôtel Verneuil, Paris, France

Hìtel Verneuil, Paris, France

Michelle says: ‘Located on a quiet street in the heart of chic Saint-Germain, Hôtel Verneuil has tiny traditional lifts, elegant interiors and the historical features of the former architecture. You won’t need to bring a book – every room has a little library.’

Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood, Thailand

Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood, Thailand

Michelle says: ‘Sea, surf and sun holidays are my favourite – the sunshine is so invigorating. I’m inspired by the beautiful colours of the ocean and sea life when I go scuba diving. Soneva Kiri is a great muse.’

Dolphin Island, Fiji Islands

Dolphin Island, Fiji Islands

Michelle says: ‘Imagine being shipwrecked on a private, paradise island where no one could find you – Dolphin Island is the ultimate escape. Of course, you’d need a beloved or two to keep you company…’

Ohla Hotel, Barcelona, Spain

Ohla Hotel, Barcelona, Spain

Michelle says: ‘I’ve always wanted to visit Barcelona; to drink in the architecture, vibrant art scene and sample the cuisine. Ohla Hotel has bright, airy rooms, and is located in the Gothic quarter in the heart of the old city with all the ancient landmarks and squares.’

Samode Palace, Jaipur, India

Samode Palace, Jaipur, India

Michelle says: ‘Samode Palace overlooks the Aravalli Range. Jaipur is known as the Pink City, as Maharaja Ram Singh had it painted pink in 1876 to welcome the Prince of Wales. This city inspired the Global Nomad Collection’s Holi Pink colour.’

Mystique, Santorini, Greece

Mystique, Santorini, Greece

Michelle says: ‘I fell in love with Santorini the first time I was there and it has always been on my revisit list. The whitewashed houses and ocean views inspired the Global Nomad Collection’s Aegean Sea colourway. Perched on top of the volcanic cliff, Mystique has the perfect vantage point for a romantic getaway.

Combe House, Devon, United Kingdom

Combe House, Devon, United Kingdom

Michelle says: ‘Growing up devouring Jane Austen novels, Combe House caught my eye right away. This restored Victorian Mansion set in the rolling meadows of Devon is perfect for romantic fire-side chats, country walks and afternoons of sketching and painting the picturesque scenery.’

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