The New Empire

The sun sets over Beechworth, flooding the old town with rich golden light. The hills above Beechworth, their rich red soil glowing red and magenta…

Grand Hotel Europe

Essentials checks into Saint Petersburg’s oldest restaurant, L’Europe at the Tsarist-era Grand Hotel Europe, to relive its golden heritage and sample some of the finest…

Urban Classic – Veriu Central’s gentrification of Sydney’s Wentworth House

New Australian hotel group Veriu is carving out a fine niche in the boutique accommodation market. We check in, to check out, the ‘millennial modern…

The Great Lake-off: Lake Como, Italy vs. Lake Ohrid, Macedonia

As Australian travellers return from their European summer sojourns, it’s a sure bet that Italy’s Lake Como is trending on Instagram feeds. A snap from…

Byron Bay Hotelier: Francesca Webster

Since the tender age of 19, Francesca Webster has been building a career in the luxury service industry. From early beginnings at Sydney’s Park Hyatt…

Elysian Retreat Whitsundays Promises Secluded Luxury

In a world that’s always interruptive Elysian offers that rare chance let go of life’s pressures and relax: to simply slow down immersed in a…

Sydney’s Devastatingly Gorgeous Guesthouse

Checking in to Little Albion: More than a decade ago, during the launch years of Essentials, we were mightily impressed by the creative fit out,…

Brisbane: Best 3 Hotels

It’s Brisbane’s time for a turn in the spotlight, with a welter of stylish new hotel openings that play with Queensland’s past and deliver a…

Singapore Warehouse Conversion

In Singapore, conservation goes two ways. One, you get the heritage geeks who insist on salvaging every last crumbling brick, decorative tile and rusty wrought…

World Traveller: Cugó Gran Maċina Grand Harbour, Malta

Design Hotels represents and markets a hand-selected collection of privately owned and operated hotels in hundreds of destinations around the globe. Each is a wholly…