I love driving and jump at the chance for a road trip. I’ve been lucky enough to be a BMW Ambassador for quite a few years now so we are constantly dreaming up various routes. A few of my favourites have been the Great Ocean Road in Australia and the Pacific North West in the US, beginning on the San Juan islands and travelling all the way to San Francisco.
It's hard to pick a favourite country. We plan to get back to Australia soon so we’ll explore more of the Western Coast and Northern Territory. We’re also heading back to the Komodo region of Indonesia next year, which we fell in love with in 2019. Indonesia has so much to offer in terms of nature and wildlife, which is something we love to immerse ourselves. I’m not great with cities and crowds – I love to have the freedom to explore and get off the beaten path.
I’ve stayed at my fair share of hotels, and there are a few that really stand out. Soneva Fushi in the Maldives for ultimate relaxation, Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef for the best off-grid safari in Western Australia, and The Newt in Somerset for a fantastic foodie retreat. I also have to mention The Landscape Lodge for one of the best bases for skiing in the Alps, while Aman and Belmond are doing amazing things across all of their properties.
For a staycation, it’s always Somerset, Scotland, Cornwall or the Cotswolds. I fell in love with Bruton in Somerset after filming at Merlin Johnson’s restaurant Osip for a BMW project and it has quickly become one of our favourite escapes. The Isle of Skye is fantastic, with amazing food and epic scenery – I’m currently planning a road trip to Scotland to explore more. We find ourselves in the Cotswolds quite a lot with work and The Double Red Duke is one of our favourites for an escape from the city.
The UK hotel scene is really coming into its own. Some of my favourite spots include Babington House in Somerset, The Ned in London, Heckfield Place in Hampshire and Gleneagles in Scotland.
City breaks aren’t usually top of my list but I’ve had a great time in Hong Kong and Berlin. I also loved San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore and NYC for its food scene.
The most romantic place I’ve been to is probably Bora Bora. While relocating from Sydney to London, we took the chance to tick it off and stayed at the Conrad there. It was everything you imagine it to be in terms of serenity and luxury, and the perfect location for a romantic escape.