Milan’s Finest Fashion Hotel

Milano is just one of those places where you really need to put on the dog, but come on now, it’s not like you’d expect to go there without having some of your hottest dresses and finest heels, right? Clarisimo. So, we here at Jaunt Magazine decided, what better way to travel in style than to stay in style?

Milan's Fashion Hotel: Maison Moschino

Allora… we’re talking about Maison Moschino. Developed from an 1840’s neoclassical railway station on Milan’s Viale Monte Grappa 12, the Maison Moschino is a small palace of a place where guests are invited to realise their dreams and entertain their fantasies. Yes, the newest concept hotel from the renowned Moschino creative team in collaboration with designer, Rossella Jardini, is a 4 floor building holding 63 rooms and 2 suites, each one unique (think candy light fixtures and ballgown headboards), as well as a bar, gourmet restaurant, spa and gym. We stayed at Maison Moschino and, when they say it “offers an alternative life, fabricated in a world of imagination and surrealism” we couldn’t agree more (right down to their heart shaped soaps and adorable little shampoos and conditioners). In the hotel’s entrance, you’ll be greeted by the image above – a lamp in the shape of one of Moschino’s famous lampshade dresses. As they say, “The common thread connecting the rooms is a fairy tale theme, because to sleep is perchance to dream, and dreams are fairy tales that we are allowed to experience first-hand, the fables of a fantasy world that we have created…”

Maison Moschino's Sweet Room

In one room, rose petals fall lightly from the ceiling down onto the chandelier and others cover the bed; in another, guests will feel as though they really are sleeping in the enormous ball gown that flowingly transitions from the bed board down; the theme is sewn into its scenic background in the forest room, echoing the enchanted forests of everybody’s dreams. Feel like a sweet tooth? Just rest your head on that tart right there. Yes, at some point in your life, you need to do something different and, if it’s not climbing Kilimanjaro, it best be throwing down those Euros for a few nights feeling like Alice in the Looking Glass. Just don’t forget your Gianmarco Lorenzi’s… stilettos look good in everyone’s dreams.

www.designhotels.com/maison_moschino

230-610 EUR/night

The French Countryside… for Lovers

Les Manoirs de Tourgéville - Deauville Normandy

Only two hours away from Paris and located just a few kilometers from the center of Deauville, France is a secret we’ve been waiting to share.

The perfect rustic, romantic setting for lovers or families looking to unwind and enjoy the fresh crisp air of France’s famed Norman countryside and nearby Norman beaches.

Formerly called Club 13 and owned by French Director Claude Lelouch, Les Manoirs de Tourgéville has reopened in June! The new property of the Groupe Floirat was entirely renovated and now features spacious, beautifully designed interiors with all the modern amenities: a gourmet restaurant (‘1899’), an indoor swimming pool, a screening room (since you can take me out of Hollywood, but you can’t take the Hollywood out of me) and… crackling fireplaces (to go with my vino, of course!). The hotel, located in a beautiful romantic park, truly maintains its traditional heritage in the heart of Normandy.

A Bird's Eye View - A French Countryside Retreat

To get to Les Manoirs de Tourgéville, you can go either take a train from Paris to Trouville-Deauville station or you can go by car.  For both, the trip takes around two hours. There are multiple daily trains run between the Gare St- Lazare in Paris and Trouville-Deauville station and sometimes the journey requires a change of trains in Lisieux so it’s a good idea to check this in advance.  Expect to pay between only 40-60 euros for a ticket.

FYI – For those unfamiliar with the secrets of France, Deauville is one of the most glamorous seaside resorts outside of Paris.

Double rooms start at a very reasonable 130€ (low season) and at 185€ (high season).

www.lesmanoirsdetourgeville.com

Obikà LA: A Mozzarella Bar!

Obikà's Mozzarella Bar

A Mozzarella Extravaganza!

Now this is a new restaurant to dine for. Obikà Mozzarella Bar opens at the Century City Westfield in September and we’re counting down the days.

There are currently 13 locations in five countries (can you believe?) and this will be Los Angeles’ first! The star of Obikà is that white, creamy madness we can’t live without… also known as Mozzarella di Bufala Campana DOP (Protected Origin Domination), flown in regularly from Italy’s Paestrum and Agro Pontino regions. Additional mozzarellas will include smoked Affumicata and sweet, creamy Stracciatella di Burrata.

Other usual suspects: salads, cured Italian meats, appetizers, pastas, and desserts. A sleek, contemporary design in a sophisticated, yet casual setting, diners can grab lunch, dinner, or, our personal favourite: “aperitivo hour” – Italy’s counterpart to happy hour, paired with a snack or light dinner accompanied by wine or a cocktail (or three). It was actually a visit to Obikà in Rome that inspired acclaimed Los Angeles Chef Nancy Silverton to develop her own mozzarella bar at Osteria Mozza.“I saw Obikà and said, ‘Perfect – a mozzarella bar,’” she told The New York Times.

Well, now there’s an Obikà in LA!

www.obikala.com

England On My Mind

Coworth Park

There’s nothing quite like a late summer, early fall jaunt to the English motherland.

The leaves are just about to change, the air smells of fresh fire and rain, and everyone starts to pile into the pubs at 6pm. Theater, food, and wine… England isn’t what it used to be.

In fact… it’s better.

And right now, new hotels across England are offering unrivaled luxury from which to explore the country’s most unique attractions with developments including York’s first five-star hotel & spa, Stratford-upon-Avon’s first boutique style hotel and London’s largest hotel opening in a generation.

Significant new openings, situated by some of the country’s most iconic attractions, are set to make the destination even more appealing for visitors looking to enjoy luxurious accommodation while exploring England’s unique history, heritage, culture and countryside. From chic and contemporary urban hotels to sophisticated countryside estates and manor houses featuring imaginative golf courses and spas, properties across England are being created to cater to the most discerning traveler.  New hotel openings include:

The Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa

The Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa: Station Rise, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 6HT, +44 (0)845 409 6430

The Arden Hotel: Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 6BA, +44 (0)1789 298682

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge London: 200 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7UT, +44 (0)844-415-6780

Coworth Park: London Road, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7SE, +44 (0)134 487 6600

ABode Chester: Grosvenor Road, Chester, CH1 2DJ, +44 (0)124 434 7000,

Casa Hotel: Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 7JB, +44 (0)124 627 5302

The Halcyon: 2/3 South Parade, Bath, BA2 4AA, +44 (0) 122 544 4100

Rockliffe Hall: Hurworth-on-Tees, Darlington, County Durham, DL2 2DU, +44 (0)132 572 9999

Heacham Manor Hotel: Hunstanton Road, Heacham, Norfolk, PE31 7JX, +44 (0)148 553 6030

For more information about visiting England: www.VisitEngland.com

Jamaica’s Moon Dance Resort

Jamaica’s sexy Moon Dance Resort

Moon Dance in a Trance…

Have you ever looked around at your life and doubted that it could be so good?

The little cracks in reality that shine like a piece of art?

Maybe they’re short lived windows, a simple flash in the mind, but sometimes they last.  In fact, sometimes they last for seven sweet days of heaven.  That’s exactly what happened to me on my dream vacation in Negril, Jamaica at the Moon Dance Villas.

From the time you arrive, your every need is provided for long before you even know it exists.  The villas are fully staffed with your own private entourage.  I was handed my first rum punch upon stepping in the door and later offered a freshly blended piña colada in the middle of the afternoon.  Have I mentioned that I have my own bartender?  That was followed by a delectable lobster dinner whipped up by my cook and served outside with a view of my private beach.  Are you catching how many times I’ve said “my”?  After endless days of not lifting a finger, the staff including your butler, begins to feel a lot like family.  To top it all off, living like a Hollywood celebrity has never been so affordable.

The Moon Dance Pool at Night

Moon Dance Villas has 6 luxurious and fully outfitted homes to choose from.  This makes it the perfect vacation spot for you and your sweetheart, your closest lady friends, or your whole family.  I stayed in the 5 bedroom Bay Whisper with 9 other ladies, making it only $190 a person per night in high season!  I recommend the all inclusive package for just another $115/night, which gives you unlimited food and beverage, wine and liquor, at any time of the day or night.

With your own private beach, gardens, pools and jacuzzis, you won’t really want to leave.  However, if you feel like pushing your relaxation right over the edge, I recommend the treatments at Jackie’s on the Reef.  Your staff will help you get to this idyllic spot where you can choose from a variety of classic spa options, including deep tissue massage and facials.  They also take therapeutic treatments to the next level with quality practitioners of energy work, past life readings and ion cleanse detoxification.  Almost all of the treatments are in the $60 range, making it possible to stack as much self love as you can into one week.

With wedding hosting and loyal regulars, Moon Dance doesn’t really need the extra advertising, but I can’t help wanting to share this gem with the world!  As the testimonials attest to, it’s a place where all people, be it families with mixed ages or a gaggle of gals, can finally come home from a vacation fully rested.  For me, the whole experience began to feel like some moving canvas colored by vibrant hues of turquoise waters, fuschia sunsets, and golden sunned skin.  All a bit too good to be true, but I awoke to that gorgeous dream for 7 days straight.

http://www.moondanceresorts.com/
http://www.jackiesonthereef.com/

By Sarah Breidenbach

Sarah Breidenbach - Jaunt MagazineJaunt Magazine Contributor, Sarah Breidenbach, currently resides in Taipei. When she’s not hittin up HK to sing the blues, she’s sniffing out holistic spa treatments, Buddhist teachers, and all things artistic and chic… for you lucky readers. Next up? The goods you can’t find anywhere else in the world.

NYC: Dishing Fashion & The Flat Iron

For the Love of Fashion…

Sarah Ivens, Jaunt Magazine Contributor

Sarah Ivens, Founding Editor-in-Chief of the US version of OK! Magazine and Jaunt Magazine Contributor Extraordinaire, heads back to her (not so) old stomping grounds of NYC to fill our readers in on the latest treats.

New York’s Fifth Avenue has just been voted the No 1 shopping destination in the world and it’s gar-mental fervour explodes across the whole city twice a year when it celebrates fashion week; when the good, the bad, the ugly and the just plain crazy descend on the angry, concrete streets of Manhattan to fight the throngs, predict the future and hunt for bargains.

The Fashion Hotel, NYC

If you are a fashionista who’d rather spend your hard-earned dollars on handbags than hotel rooms during this busy time in the city (but you still desire life to be beautiful) head to the recently opened The Fashion Hotel in Chelsea. Not only is the lobby constantly filled with free, delicious Crumbs cupcakes (Katie Holmes favourites!) but the garment theme plays a major role. The furniture and art displays are assembled from over-sized cotton wheels and needles and the staff are dressed sharply to match the service. The Fashion Hotel is perfectly situated for the world’s largest (and scariest) department store, Macy’s, which is a mere five minute strut up 7th Avenue.

Fashion Hotel, NYC

If you fancy something a bit more local and low-key and are all clothed-out, make your way past the Flat Iron to 19th and Broadway (a five minute strut in the opposite direction) for a visit to Fishs Eddy.  A treasure trove of quirkly ceramics and cutlery, this hidden away oasis of kitchen cool is the perfect place to style-up your own house or buy a fabulous gift for a forward-thinking friend. Their latest design features beautiful illustrations of same-sex wedding couples celebrating their big day. The cups are selling out so fast I had to pick up a few right there and then – and you will too if you have a gay wedding to attend in the next year!

Once rested back at the hotel and looking for fuel for the fashion ahead, cross the street to new burger joint BGR at 27th and 7th – opposite the Fashion Institute. The hip crowd gathers here for small talk (guessing the waist size of the models they’ve just met) and large patties and portions of crispy fries. If you want more beef, stay inside the hotel for a trip to RARE. Although only just opened, its quickly becoming one of New York’s coolest steakhouses, with a ‘Who cares if I miss the first show in the morning?’ kind of wine list. If you must stick to salads, at least make it amazing by going to Dishes - the media crowd’s lunchtime secret – near the bustling tents of Bryant Park at 44th and 5th. This should keep you going till you return, laden down with bags, to the cupcake display at the hotel.

Prices at the four-star Fashion Hotel start from $233 per night.