ISSUE #6 2012
BIENVENIDOS A LA HACIENDA!
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Contents | Regulars
7 Editors Letter
10 Shop Eds Picks
12 TREND REPORT
22 GUEST EDITOR
The Fashion Issue
Emerald City Insignia
24 Real or Replica Cartier Watch
30 FASHION FEATURE
42 Shop Fashion
44 FASHION FEATURE
78 GET THE LOOK
108 Atelier Michael Muir
112 Profile Geogeous Occasions
118 Global Creative
130 Travel Mexico’s Riviera Maya
122 Food Zesty Salmon Dish
Mr & Mrs Smith Books
Contents | Features 60 Hacienda Haven Mérida, Mexico Hacienda Petac is one of the oldest haciendas on Mexicos Yucatan peninsula, and is owned by American couple, Dev and Charles Stern.
80 Modern Classic BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA When Brooke Marsh & Anoushka Schollay aren’t curating their online source for wall art, The March Collective, they are busy gathering and reinterpreting inspiration.
88 Peninsula Style PORTSEA, AUSTRALIA The Beach House started life as a regal stately homestead. This didn’t suit the style of the home’s new owners who wanted a laid back holiday house.
98 Village Scene ARMADALE, AUSTRALIA When Penny and Ben first saw what was to become their home in Melbourne’s inner south east, it was the local area that became an equally desirable feature.
Editors Letter With Olympic fever in full grip, it’s inevitable that I start thinking it’s time to get fit and stop mucking around. But it’s the inspiration that strikes on a daily basis that I am finding so intriguing. It gives a new spring in the step and some vim to the vigor, to find that there is a way we can change things for the better, a new way to try things ...whether it’s to train harder, renovate the bathroom, change your hairstyle or work some patterned pants into your wardrobe. We are turning to the people like us, the girl next door, the well coiffed man on the street and the hipster at our local cafe to show us their own interpretation of life and style. In this fashion issue, photographer Robyn Lea has us swooning over rich embellishments and colours inspired by Mexican Hacienda life, whilst Est Fashion Editor Khaseem Warren takes the best of Australian fashion and creates a hauntingly glam narrative in collaboration with photographer Marnie Hadad. Of course we have more stunning interiors to share from beach houses to inner city terrace renovations that will have you rethinking your spaces.
Dutch artist Daan Roosegaard and his creation ‘Dune X’ produced especially for Scanlan & Theodore is currently exhibiting as part of the 18th Biennale of Sydney. Take a look at more of this “Alice in Technoland’ at the three month exhibition finishing 16 September 2012 in Sydney.
Est has teamed up with Mr & Mrs Smith to show you the best of where to stay, sleep and eat in the Mexican Mayan Riviera as well as a chance to win The Mr & Mrs Smith Hotels Collection of books and a SilverSmith membership. We hope you appreciate our style interpretation as much as we enjoy sharing it with you.
Sian MacPherson Editor in Chief
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CONTRIBUTORS Editorial AnoukB, Robyn Lea, Glen Proebstel, Khaseem Warren, Kim Wiedermann. PHOTOGRAPHY Marnie Haddad, Marjon Hoogervorst, Toby Scott, Victoria Simson, Sarah Wood, Gorta Yuuki. PRODUCTION Marina Cukeric, Andrew Gough. STYLING Bec Cole, Sarah Edgar, Alana Holmes, Wendy Karcher, Chiala Marvici. Words Sophie Davies, Anne Giacomantonio, Chauntelle Roelandts, Margot Sharpe. SALES & MARKETING Trent Casson, Suzi Christl, Rachael Knott, Mark Rosenberg, Stephen Terry.
ON THE COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Toby Scott | STYLING Sian MacPherson | Original vintage Bally poster by Raymond Gid. | No 18 Thonet chairs in white and teal with ‘socks’. | Dining table from Mollard Interiors. | Wire Pendants set of 5 from Husk.
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Stylespiration STYLING AnoukB | PHOTOGRAPHY Marjon Hoogervorst
Our appetite for information and inspiration appears to be insatiable. No longer content with turning to the pages of a magazine for ideas on what to wear and how to pull the latest looks together, we are hungry for more. We are devouring images on blogs and websites of people we may or may not have ever heard of before for stylespiration on what they wear and how they live.
â&#x20AC;&#x153;My name is Eva, I am Italian and I am 38 years old. I organise weddings in Italy and my company is called Chic Weddings In Italy.
“I live in Amsterdam and this city is an inspiration for me, its colours, its bikes, its flowers, its people.”
Recent years have seen the rise of the street style snapper, cleverly catching the fashion pack and the well shod passer by, on the hop and at the shows in cities around the world, looking dashingly chic or nonchalantly avant-garde and quirky. We can’t get enough of the images and the by lines from the likes of Scott and Garance who know a well-cut Italian suit at fifty paces and a pair of Karen Walker tortoise shell sunglasses 3 blocks away. Now we are seeing a shift into the home from the street as we seek more reference points for personal style.
â&#x20AC;&#x153;After turning 38 I came to realise I cannot wear high heels so much anymore. I love them, but I prefer to display them as an object at a museum, in my house.â&#x20AC;?
â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sometimes objects decide to stick together and their shape, their colours, side by side, creates a perfect picture for a later inspirationâ&#x20AC;?.
â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have always believed that a house should speak for its owner, it should always reflect the character of the person living into those spaces. My house is me, it talks about me.â&#x20AC;?
â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love leopard prints, animal furs, leather skins, taxidermy animals... but then again not every leopard print, some of them are too tacky. There is a differenceâ&#x20AC;?.
â&#x20AC;&#x153;My style is mixed, I love to change, from hippie to elegant, from a comfortable cashmere sweater, to a long dress full of trims. You will never see me though with a black tight skirt and some very high heels... It is just not me. â&#x20AC;&#x153;
â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am not a person attracted by big brands but I have many LVT bags, and recently I have bought an old LVT train trunk.â&#x20AC;?
The merging of fashion and homewares is not a new concept but the way in which we want to see them together is. We want to see fashion pulled from the wardrobe mixed with pieces of furniture and bric a brac held dear to the subjects heart - we want to know why they love it, why they chose it and how they put it all together. Not content with one look on the street - we want options. We want to see if how you dress is how you live and we want to know if we can infuse it with our own personal style. We seek stylespiration to validate our own look and to redefine it.
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One of Australias most revered stylists Glen Proebstel - shares with us what he is coveting and where he seeks inspiration.
1. Printed art via post ensures the wall space in my office never stays bare for long. 2. When I need to look at textures, surfaces and paint finishes, I head to Art & Interiors for inspiration. 3. Vineet Kaur tumblr blog. 4. Oak NYC - itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about the boiler suit for me this coming summer. I often browse Oakâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s online store to keep my monochromatic wardrobe up to date. 5. I have a penchant for pure linen textiles. The linen range from Bedouin Societe makes getting out of bed in the morning, that much harder. 6. I do love a good vessel and Melbourne potter, Shelley Panton is brimming with beautiful shapes and colours. 7. Local lighting designer Christopher Boots sculptural pieces are suspended art. 8. SVB Scription - this recently launched gift subscription service caters to the discerning gentleman. 9. The Liason sofa from NZ furniture designers Nonn upholds a timeless sensibility handcrafted with love and care. 10. Stephen Kenn furniture - handcrafted from vintage military canvas.
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I feel as though I have some weird close connection to Vineet Kaur. Even though we’ve only chatted over the net, I just adore her aesthetic and keen eye. 8 7
Every three months a ‘mystery’ box is delivered to your door, full of curated design must haves from around the globe.
I must admit that I am completely captivated by the video on this site. Aside from being totally envious of Steven’s warehouse space and motorbike, I watch this video from time to time as it reminds me of how much energy and passion goes into a designing a piece of furniture.
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PHOTOGRAPHY Marnie Haddad | STYLING Khaseem Warren | MANICURE Alana Holmes PRODUCTION Sian MacPherson | WORDS Lynda Evans | AUTHENTIC WATCH Monards LEFT Real Tank Francaise Medium Model | RIGHT Replica Tank Francaise Large Model
THE Cartier TANK ‘I don’t wear a Tank watch to tell the time. Actually I never even wind it. I wear a Tank because it is the watch to wear!’ Andy Warhol, 1973
With its classic features it is little wonder the Tank was, and still is fashionable amongst style icons from Jackie Kennedy to Cary Grant, Andy Warhol to Yves Saint Laurent. In more recent times the Tank has been the watch of choice for Princess Diana, Aerin Lauder, Angelina Jolie and Michelle Obama. Tank Française Large Model by Cartier at Monards | Trisha Stripe top by Acne, ‘Nate Grey’ resin bangle by Diana Brousard and ‘Pimpirenelle’ clutch by Jamin Puech, all from My Catwalk | Nailpolish ‘Ski Teal We Drop’, from OPI Swiss Collection. | Large and small silver bracelets, stylists own.
In 1996 the House of Cartier released the Tank Française bracelet watch which has gone on to become not only one of Cartier’s best sellers but the inspiration for countless copies the world over. The Tank story begins in 1917 during the Great War. Popular Art Nouveau inspired curves favoured at the time were ignored by watchmaker LouisFrançois Cartier claimed he drew inspiration from lines and proportions of the new Renault FT-17 tanks used on the Western front. Creating a prototype that would later become known as the Tank Louis Cartier, the watch has become an iconic timepiece that pays homage to the war machine of the modern era. References can be seen in the bars alongside the watch face resemble the parallel line of the treads. At the turn of the century Cartier were at the forefront of a new trend. Fob and pocket watches began to disappear as the practical and fashionable wristwatch grew in popularity, becoming the new design standard. The androgynous design of the Tank watch appeals to both men and women alike with the Cartier producing a watch for both sexes that differ in size only. Earlier models of the Tank watch are considered particularly valuable and are highly sought after by collectors, on the rare occasions they are offered up for sale. To date Cartier has released over thirty versions of the Tank. Variations including leather and metal bracelet style bands as well as blue, sword-shaped hands and winders capped with polished blue sapphires. Most models are available in yellow, white and pink gold. Variants come embellished with diamonds. In 2012 Cartier released the Tank Anglaise and launched a concept website dedicated to the Tank Collection.
Some fake Tank Française models are so well made that it is almost impossible to tell them apart from the real deal. Look for glue, uneven edges, rough winding, incorrect spelling, imprecise inscriptions, inaccurate engravings or a flawed dial.
How to spot the difference between a real and replica, Tank Française. WEIGHT We compared a real Tank Francaise Medium watch and replica Large model. The first difference that drew our attention was the weight. We found the replica watch was much lighter and tinnier in feel whilst the real Tank has a definite sense of solidity and weight. WINDER The signature characteristic of the real Tank watch being the blue cabachon, a polished blue gemstone found in the crown (winder) with a flawlessly consistent rounded shape, whilst the replica ‘stone’ was a rather narrow, odd shape and significantly less refined. FACE The face of the replica watch was stamped grey with a swirl pattern with the hands almost electric blue in colour and irregular in length. The real Cartier’s watch face is silvered opaline with blue steel sword-shaped hands and the tiny ‘Swiss Made” below the VI numeral. QUALITY MATERIALS The real Française had a flawless brushed stainless steel finish, the fake was shiny and marked easily. When rubbing a few drops of water across the sapphire crystal face of the real waterproof Tank, water beaded on the surface whilst the replica version sees the water smearing. MAKERS MARKS The engraved serial number is the first sign to look for on the back of the watch. Each Cartier watch is registered by its serial number which is clearly and precisely engraved. The Cartier insignia can be found on the bracelet, as well as on the rear of the casing. MOVEMENT Inside their casing Tank watches have Cartier engraved on the high quality movements while fakes often have basic cheap quartz movements which account for them being lightweight. A Genuine dealer is trained and certified to open a watch without voiding the waterproof warranty, so insist on checking. REPUTATION Your best bet is to buy from a reputable seller. If Cartier has registered the watch or if it has been sent in to Cartier for service then Cartier will be able to verify its authenticity.
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STORY We have curated Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best designers, boutiques & online stores for a hit of summer print, luxe fabric and modern colour. Photographer Marnie Haddad | Stylist Khaseem Warren Hair & Makeup Alana Holmes | Model Rhia @ Giant Digital Operator Andrew Gough Photographers Assistant Andrew Donohoe, Stylists Assistants Marshall Warren & Anabel Robinson
Green with Envy is a haven for lovers of a cutting edge look. Both established & young Australian designers line the walls with the focus on strong silhouettes & luxe fabric. Nicholas, yellow ‘Melanie’ pleat dress sold with ‘Roxanne’ copper belt.
Melbourne based designer Lisa Gorman has developed her eponymous label of bold print, quirky colours, knitwear and tailored pieces to become a cult hit. Cotton print dress & clear neon necklaces all by Gorman.
With 3 Australian stores as well as an online store, My Catwalk has the best of both worlds. They have created a thoughtful mix of signature pieces and luxurious basics as well as a beautifully edited accessories collection. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sweetyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; print dress by Acne and crystal ribbon neckpiece from My Catwalk
Brother & sister duo Camilla Freeman-Topper & Marc Freeman formed their namesake label 10 years ago. Defined by moderntailored clothes, these designers are renowned for their classic style with a modern twist. Camilla and Marc, Silk ‘Crown’ Trouser & Georgette ‘Scarlet’ camisole in Secret Garden print. Suede platform sandals by Nicholas at Green With Envy.
Lover fans are firmly under the spell of brand creators Susien Chong & Nick Briand. The label is adored by rock stars and fashion folk alike for its intelligent balance of artistic, romantic and musical influences. Neon orange lace skater dress by Lover.
Designers Indhra Chagoury & Jeremy Somers have become an international sensation with swimwear label We Are Handsome. Classic swim shapes re-interpreted with cutting edge digital print, j’adore! ‘Rose Garden’ off shoulder body suit by We Are Handsome. Marni, crystal drop, clip earrings from Belinda.
Sisters Alexandra & Genevieve Smart have city dressing down to a tee (literally!), individual & chic, modern & polished, the Ginger & Smart label is the thinking woman’s staple. Ginger & Smart, ‘Dream Pool’ silk shirt & indigo ‘Saturate’ pant.
Australian style maven Belinda Seper has her finger firmly on fashionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pulse. Belinda Boutiques are an editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first stop for a reason, stocked with the cream of international labels and always a champion of Australian design. Silk fitted dress, crystal drop earrings & cotton belt all by Marni from Belinda.
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Whether you’re in mid-summer mode or thinking about your next vacation, draw inspiration from the Resort 13 collections. Keep things light, use colour and print thoughtfully, make a statement with costume jewellery and give your feet a holiday with the ‘chic-est’ summer sandals! 9
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1. Lisa Marie Fernandez, stripe The Nikki bikini from Matches Fashion 2. Sollis, viscose cord and shell F Vanessa Bruno, Ivory Short Buttonless embroidered jacket from Style Bop5. 3.1 Phillip Lim, Resort 2013 R Peter Pan lilac lace dress from Topshop 8. EDIT, floral digital print cushion Fenton and Fenton 9. Jonathon from Sense Online 11. Teal wire chandelier from Fenton and Fenton 12. Chan Luu, silk & cashmere grape sc paisley print silk pant from By Malene Birger
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Frida cuffs from Sollis Jewellery 3. Sollis, viscose cord and metal bead necklace from Sollis Jewellery 4. Ready to Wear Collcetion 6. Theyskensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Theory, Cider freed sequin top from Matches Fashion 7. Topshop, n Saunders, Roselyn print cotton skirt from Net-a-porter 10. Cartier, Baiser Vole 50ml Eau de Parfum spray carf from Net-a-porter 13. Filippa K, white leather Amber sandals from FilippaK 14. By Malene Birger, Duccio
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A private escape in a majestic location calls for an exotic wardrobe of intricately detailed silks, fine linens and hand crafted pieces to set the tone of refined elegance in paradise. Photographer Robyn Lea STYLIST Bec Cole @ Coco Productions Hair Chiala Marvici for Cutler / Redken Make-up Wendy Karcher AIM ARTISTS MODEL Tamara @ Women DIRECT NYC PRODUCER Marina Cukeric @ Robyn Lea Photography Location Hacienda Petac
Dress worn as top, $899.00, by Akira Isogawa & Skirt, $299.00, by Enza Costa, both at Husk | Necklaces; $80.00, pink topaz & $65.00, pale green chalcedony, both by Cerri | Flowers in hair starting from $195.00 at Christine.
THIS PAGE & OPPOSITE BOTTOM LEFT Dress worn as top, $899.00, by Akira Isogawa & Skirt, $299.00, by Enza Costa both at Husk | Necklaces; $80.00, pink topaz & $65.00, pale green chalcedony, both by Cerri | Flowers in hair starting from $195.00 at Christine OPPOSITE TOP LEFT The rear terrace with 17th century Moorishstyle arches Dress, $417.50, by Rebecca Thompson.
BELOW Dress, $699.00, by Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;agence at Husk | Earrings, $35.00, by Cerri | Sombrero, stylists own TOP LEFT Seeds from a Kerpis palm tree BOTTOM RIGHT A hand made stool traditionally used by Mayan women when making tortillas. Corn masa (dough) is placed on the larger part of the stool and finished tortillas are stacked on the small circular area.
Jacket, $599.00, by Of Two Minds at Husk | Dress, $417.50, by Rebecca Thompson | Single strand necklaces, $169.00 & double strand bracelet, $99.00, by Megan Park | Double strand necklace, $995.00, by Erickson Beamon at Husk | Hair-band, $225.00, by Maison Michel at Christine.
OPPOSITE Dress, $449.00, by Matta at Husk | Necklace, $495.00, by Dannijo | Collar, stylists own THIS PAGE Original tile preserved in the early 19th century church on the Haciendaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property. The owners used these tiles to create a mould to replicate the original pattern for decorating elsewhere in the Hacienda.
OPPOSITE Dress, $689.00, by Megan Park | Scarf, $250.00, by Etro at Christine | Jewel Necklace, $279.00, at Easton Pearson | Black Coral Necklace, stylists own THIS PAGE CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT Necklace, $65.00, pale green chalcedony, by Cerri | Detail inside the Haciendaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on-site chapel | Details from the small cemetery at Oxcutzcab; a small town in the Yucatan.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT Mid-morning sun in the tropical summer haze of Hacienda Petacâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden | Necklace, $695.00, by Erickson Beamon at Husk | Dried banana leaf | An early 17th century Islamic style arch - one of the oldest styles of architectural arches used in the Yucatanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s haciendas.
Dress, $799.00, by Trelise Cooper | Earrings, $375, by Erickson Beamon at Husk | Headpiece, made by stylist for shoot.
Dress, $450.00, by Scanlan & Theodore | Necklaces; $90.00, by Cerri. $480.00, by Otazu at Liberta Jewel | Shawl, $950.00, by Swash at Christine.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP RIGHT Necklace, $500.00, ‘Trinidad’ by Gabriele Frantzen | Cuff, $199.00, by Easton Pearson | Dress, $299.00, Collette by Collette Dinnigan | Necklace, $389.00, by Easton Pearson | Jacket, $699.00, by Trelise Cooper | Shoes, POA, by Céline at Christine.
Kaftan, $619.00, Double strand necklace, $239.00, & Single strand necklace, $169.00, all by Megan Park.
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HAVEN BY Robyn Lea and Marina Cukeric
“We are Yucatecan first, and Mexican second” our local guide told us as we arrived, just before midnight, at Hacienda Petac. The state of Yucatan is on a peninsula in the country’s south east and visitors can fly direct to Merida, avoiding Mexico City altogether. Hacienda Petac is one of the oldest haciendas in the entire peninsula, and is owned by American couple, Dev and Charles Stern. One of the few that has been completely restored, Petac can be rented in its entirety complete with a full staff, meals and activities. Guests here have all the privacy and relaxation of renting their own villa, but with the service and support of a hotel.
The Haciendaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pool was built from the former water storage supply adjacent to the Casa Principal and has magical views of the garden.
The magnificent faรงade of Hacienda Petac, set up for a guest dinner under the flame tree. Each evening, the drive and garden pathways are lit with candles and lanterns, adding to the magical feel.
The blue and white Talavera clay and ceramic tiles frame the oven and cook top in the Hacienda’s kitchen. The green hand-carved wooden ‘copete’ was found locally as the top part of a wardrobe, and was repurposed specifically for the renovation of the space.
ABOVE The Hacienda’s own Chapel, built in the early 1900’s. The Hacienda’s owners provide a key to local villagers so they can also use the Chapel for celebrations and the Hacienda often hosts intimate weddings for guests here. LEFT Staff dress and prepare for a guest function. Decorative seeds from an exotic Mexican Palm tree in a wooden barrel with mangoes.
At any time of day, you can hear chatter and laughter coming from the kitchen as women from the village of Petac prepare meals using traditional recipes and local ingredients. Each morning staff set up the breakfast table according to the weather – under the palms by the pool if it is hot, and on the open verandah with garden views when rain threatens. Many of the grand plans for the day evaporate, replaced instead with ideas of sitting by the pool or just lazing on the vast lawn, listening to the sounds of the native birds. Many blame their ability to ‘do nothing’ on the cenote’s mythical influence - the ancient Mayan well the property is built atop.
Entrance gate and doorway of the Casas Maya Spa - the onsite spa complex.
The â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tohâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; twin bedroom with 30foot ceilings and architecturally designed furniture.
Dinner time at Hacienda Petac in the Casa Principal.
Guests enjoy hibiscus tea in the Haciendaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s garden. Dress, $417.50, by Rebecca Thompson. Earrings, $375.00, by Erickson Beamon at Husk.
Meandering down the pathway into the Haciendaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back gardens Dress, $689.00, by Megan Park.
TOP ‘Taxi’ ride in the village of Oxcutzcab in the Yucatan LEFT A doorway in the nearby village of Petac.
Part of the magic is the garden, designed by the late landscape designer Sam Fallis, with stone archways wrapped in bougainvillea, coconut, banana and fruit trees, peaceful winding pathways and ancient water features. When the Sterns’ first saw Petac however, it looked anything but stately. After a year of struggling with the restoration they met local architect/design duo Salvador Reyes Rios and Josefina Larrain Lagos of ‘Reyes Rios + Larrain’ in nearby Merida who helped their vision finally take shape. Salvador discovered original stuccos that revealed ancient coloring and finishes that he was determined to bring back to life. “I went to talk to old men from the local village, and found several masons who could teach us these ancient techniques which were all but forgotten,” recalls Salvador. Working with these local men and using natural materials like native Chukum trees
The ‘floating rocks’ at the base of the Hacienda’s former factory chimney. The chimney was built 200 years ago as part of the exhaust system for steam-engine operated machinery used to produce henequen/sisal for export.
The original oratorio, a tiny blue prayer room, built inside the Casa Principal.
The Salon de Juegos, or Games Room, allows guests to relax and read or play chess, billiards, pingpong, cards, or board games. It also has a well-stocked bar.
The wet treatment area in the Casas Maya Spa - the Haciendaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on-site spa centre. They offer a variety of wraps using many of their own ingredients including Maya clay, aloe vera gel, coconut cream and rose water.
ABOVE LEFT One guest bathroom features a cream bath and distinctive arch made with traditional resin from the native Chukum tree. Mixed with fine local sand, the resin renders the surface water resistant. ABOVE RIGHT Relaxing in the Jacuzzi at the Casas Maya Spa – the onsite spa complex. LEFT Spa sandals.
and Yucatecan sand to make resins to color and waterproof the walls, saw an age-old tradition applied to contemporary architectural thinking. The project took three years to complete. Most recently, the Sterns’ oversaw the construction of a modern version of an ancient ‘chosa’ or Mayan home, to house the spa complex. Using native macedonia stone and a traditional hand-bound thatched roof, the newly finished spa fits perfectly with the surrounding natural elements. Hacienda Petac is the perfect hybrid between hotel and home, which Salvador sums up perfectly. “At Hacienda Petac... you can feel a spirit of our history, you can feel what life at a hacienda was really like.” A truly unique Yucatecan experience. e
Front terrace at Casa Principal. Traditional Butacas seating made of leather and timber entice a little siesta beneath whirring fans.
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Take a little inspiration from the Yucatecan Haciendas. Hand crafted natural materials in earthy colours with tactile surfaces that stand the test of time and age to perfection.
1. Ferro Iron Chandelier from Formations 2. In Out bath from Agape 3. Travel backgammon from Fredericks & Mae 4. Dripped Olea Pot in Turquoise from Anthropologie 5. Vintage Anatolian Kilim from Jozan 6. Great camp chair from Matter Matters 7. Reproduction tiles from Jatana Interiors
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CLASSIC PHOTOGRAPHY Toby Scott | WORDS Lynda Evans
When Brooke Marsh & Anoushka Schollay aren’t curating their online source for wall art, The March Collective, they are busy gathering and reinterpreting inspiration. The duo often meet at Brooke’s Brisbane home - an architectural landmark from a golden era.
Anoushka Schollay (left) & Brooke Marsh (right)
Brooke Marsh is an avid collector of antiques and fine art and in 2011 she, along with her partner, became custodians of the ultimate collectible - a heritage listed home in the leafy riverside Brisbane suburb of Fairfield. The property is a rare colonial landmark built around the 1890’s. “No one is really sure of the exact year,” says Brooke. “What we do know for sure is that it was the first structure built in Fairfield at the time, being the farm house for the area it was just farmland and paddocks”. Originally built by August Henry Littman around 1880, the home was named Edelweiss in honour of his new German bride. Upon moving in Brooke initially had the urge to renovate the period home, but has since tempered her desire and instead embraced the idea of honouring the existing architecture of the house. “There is a certain sense of being a custodian of
something historically significant that should not be tampered with,” says Brooke, “I enjoy experiencing living in the house as it was originally intended.” Not entirely immune to the desire for modern day comforts, Brooke yearns for the luxury of an ensuite complete with a clawfoot bathtub.
With it’s soaring ceilings and simple, neutral interior, Edelweiss sets the perfect stage for a substantial art collection, a mix of classic, modern and emerging artists. When questioned about her favourite artists Brooke cites a love for Abbey McCullough’s whimsical pieces. “They offer a feminine contrast to the formality of other artworks we have but I equally love my partners’ old world landscape pieces.”
Edelweiss has become the creative hub for Brooke and business partner Anoushka Schollay as they launch their new online art business, the March Collective. Having met in their late teens both went on to pursue careers in creative industries; Brooke in Architecture and Graphic Design and Anoushka in advertising. Having commissioned Brooke to create an attractive, affordable artwork for the Noosa home Anoushka shares with her husband and two daughters, the duo soon realised there was a niche to be filled. Thus the idea for The March Collective was born. Surrounded by the inspiring and eclectic mix of artworks at Edelweiss, the pair admit to being “a little obsessed with colour and trend forecasting,” explains Anoushka, “We both feel confident mixing styles and colour… the more eclectic the better. Why shouldn’t a modern piece sit comfortably within a classic space. It can create an interesting contrast. We re-interpret these ideas for The March Collective. That is the definition of pure joy for both of us.” e
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PHOTOGRAPHY Gorty Yuuki | WORDS Chauntelle Roelandts
The Beach House, nestled in the seaside town of Portsea, Victoria, started life as a regal stately homestead. Stately to the point of stuffy. Unfortunately, this didn’t suit the style of the home’s new owners – a modern, young family of four – who wanted a laid back holiday house that better reflected their lifestyle. Enter Doherty Lynch. Renown for designs that are both personable and refined, Mardi Doherty and Fiona Lynch were employed to add a fun, welcoming ambiance to the grand space while staying true to its old world feel of sophistication. Personality and charm was injected through the use of light and artworks without taking away from the grandeur of the space. Removing all of the dark, heavy curtains that blocked out the surrounding scenic views was first on the agenda. “It took a huge weight off the house, and added a lightness to it,” says Doherty. “At first the client wasn’t keen on the idea, until she saw it.” It also made the house earthier. With the line between interior and exterior blurred, it better
represented the coastal feel of the area, not unlike that of Positano, Italy. Synthetic light was also altered. Previously, an abundance of down lights from the high ceilings had created a dull atmosphere. The Doherty Lynch team relied heavily upon the use of lamps to create intimacy and ambience, adding wall lamps, table lamps and floor lamps to every room. This allowed for the light source to be controlled and in turn created warmer, more inviting spaces. Initially a huge gaping space, the three living zones located directly opposite the kitchen were reformulated with the designers transforming the chasm into three workable areas: a dining zone, family living zone, and a cozy sitting room for two.
Mediterranean-inspired garden of olive trees and buxus hedging, at home in Positano or Portsea.
Defined dining and living room space for open plan living. A brown leather Falcon armchair by the fire adds character and charm with the Eames DAW chairs injecting a contemporary feel to the space.
THIS PAGE Hall runner from Loom, Moooi Non Random pendant lighting and Muuto Dots wall hooks add warmth and a relaxed contemporary feel to the hallway. OPPOSITE Pool side by the olive grove and a Falcon armchair from Angelucci sits in prize position.
“The three zones create pockets of intimacy,” says Doherty. “You don’t feel lost or lonely in the space.” The living areas feature, as does every room in the house, one knockout piece that adds flair to the simplistic backdrop. In the sitting room it’s the large Raggamuffin drum. In the main living room an Angelucci brown leather Falcon chair. However when pressed for their favourite pick, Doherty insists it is the reupholstered timber and grey-white mottle arm chair she found at Melbourne furniture supplier Grandfather’s Axe, her “favourite shop in the world”. Although internationals do make an appearance, Doherty Lynch makes sourcing local suppliers a priority. The team is forever scouring stores and stalls for new inspiration, as well as keeping atop of the art world - a passion for both ladies. Lynch holds a degree in Fine Arts; Doherty has works shown and sold in Melbourne galleries. She says, in terms of interior design, “Art pushes
THIS PAGE The Featherstone armchair & stool sits beneath a David Band artwork and a Caravaggio floor lamp. OPPOSITE TOP Looking out from the kitchen bench, Georgian style arched timber doors lead from the dining room to the outdoor entertaining area. Removing the heavy drapes has allowed the light to flood in. BOTTOM LEFT Left a red Eames Rocking Chair and giant world map in the boys room acts as a focus point to draw the eye down the hall. BOTTOM RIGHT A fresh bolt of blue in a rug and an armchair add life and a contemporary edge to an otherwise traditional room.
THIS PAGE The cozy sitting room for two uses lamps to create intimacy. OPPOSITE The open plan kitchen invites casual dining around the island bench. Wall sconces by the bed head add a further visual interest and dimension to the room.
past furniture. You can showcase the feel of a house through the artwork.” The naïve and colourful artwork chosen for the beach house, from artists such as Melbourne’s favourite adopted son, David Band, represents the playful nature of the home’s occupants and stands in great contrast to house itself. But it does work. And this is the success of the Doherty Lynch design. Best symbolized by the little boy’s bedroom: an oversized space decorated with a floor-to-ceiling world map feature wall. Initially, it was an intimidating room for a two year old. Practically, however, a more childish design would date quickly. But that’s not why Doherty Lynch chose the piece. “The boy’s father is often overseas for work. We thought this way he could stay connected to his dad,” says Doherty. Such is the magic of the Doherty Lynch personable touch, and The Beach House. e
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village scene PHOTOGRAPHY Toby Scott | WORDS Margot Sharpe
When Penny and Ben, along with their two children Charlie and Claudia, first saw what was to become their home in Melbourne’s inner south east, it was the local area that became an equally desirable feature. Armadale’s great cafes, shops, friends, kinder, public transport and the distinctive village feel to the renown Beatty Avenue shopping strip just 12 doors down meant love at first sight. Although the family lived briefly in the original house in 2009, it wasn’t until August 2011 that they finally moved back in to the now very different home. A house that is as practical as it is inspiring; Penny says the result is a house that is “filled with treasures collected over the years… with all ideas and vision finally coming together.” The strong contemporary aesthetic of the renovation to the double fronted semi is in large part owing to the design of local firm Jost Architects. Whilst Penny and Ben had very strong ideas about what they wanted for house - raw, natural materials of wood, linen, sisal carpet, and concrete in muted tones, Jost successfully married contemporary design with the original period style at the front of the house.
Penny and Claudia greet us on the front step of the newly renovated terrace. Brick work painted in Dulux Colourbond Monument.
Bifold glass doors open up from the living room to the outdoor courtyard. Table and planters from House of Orange. The french linen curtains are left raw at the edges and tied back with a shock of hot pink linen offcut.
OPPOSITE Penny chose her favourite materials of concrete, sisal and timber to anchor the home. A accent feature chair with socks adds character in the unexpected. Dining table from Scotty Mollard Interiors and lighting from Husk. TOP LEFT The back courtyard can be seen from the front door TOP RIGHT The charcoal grey used on the brickwork accentuates the aqua accents. BELOW LEFT Penny had her heart set on the black kitchen. The penny round tiles from Urban Tiles and mirror splash back add a little bit of rock star glam to the heart of the home. Stools from House of Orange.
“Every room was affected in some way,” Penny says of the renovation. An en-suite was added to the main bedroom and a second living area was created in the middle of the house to combine a computer workstation and children’s play room. Banquette couches constructed with space saving drawers underneath to store toys and a blackboard sliding door that closes off the room add playful yet practical touches. With a predilection for the Dutch style of custommade furniture from House Of Orange, the home is a successful mix of styles. Featuring well
OPPOSITE Having fought hard for the open fire place Penny names this as her favourite feature of the home. TOP LEFT Succulents make for fail proof gardening. TOP RIGHT The masculine colour of the bedroom walls is softened by the layers of bedlinen in ruffled cotton. BOTTOM LEFT Claudia and Charlie share bunks and a tall boy from House of Orange whilst a David Bromley artwork adds some colour to the neutral coloured furnishings.
loved pieces such as the old well worn leather arm chair and the linen selvedge curtains, to the iconic Thonet chairs in apple green with timber â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;socksâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and the framed vintage poster against the polished plaster wall, Penny has mastered the art of creating a harmonious yet interesting and eclectic style of interior. The dogleg shape of the block required great ingenuity and somewhat of a compromise. The back of the house was removed and extended to the boundary. Dropping the back area of the house down two steps to ground level allows for the bi-fold doors to open to the outside yard area on one level ensuring an easy flow for kids to play and entertaining.
OPPOSITE Ben’s leather armchair from Fenton & Fenton sits under industrial lamp from Tarlo and Graham. TOP LEFT Banquettes in the playroom cum office hide toys and debris. TOP RIGHT Red clogs at the door way are the first sign of Penny’s love for all things Dutch. BOTTOM LEFT Claudia playing a version of hopscotch along the courtyard bench.
“Finding bits from random stores and turning them into something special,” is the ethos behind Penny’s individual style, with the house acting as a gallery for all the found treasures of their lives. When asked to name their favourite features of the home, for Ben there is no question it is the armchair bought at nearby Melbourne furniture emporium, Fenton & Fenton, in its original leather that is held dear to his heart. For Penny, it is harder to name just one favourite feature. From the polished cement open fireplace where she stores her much loved treasures on display to the stunning black kitchen complete with black ‘Abbey’ sink Penny can’t decide. A sign of a home well loved. e
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Chroma & Cromer With a studio based just a few minutes from the home he shares with his partner and three young sons in Sydney’s idyllic northern beaches, it seems Michael Muir has got the perfect set up. His studio space not only allows him to create away from chaos when he needs, it also seemingly enables him to capture the light and the happiness he feels there and translate it to his work. Before moving into his studio, Michael wrestled with various day jobs whilst cramming his evenings with hours spent in the studio painting. His time spent at the Julian Ashton Art School in Sydney provided him with a rather traditional foundation, upon which he began to layer his own particular style and process which we now see in his recent works. Influenced by an ever changing list of artists, Michael cites current inspirations as Smart, Rothko, Thiebaud, Freud and Motherwell - but more endearingly Michael tells us he is “inspired by anyone that finds something they love doing and making it work”. We couldn’t agree more. The process of finding the right balance of work, lifestyle and family is constantly being juggled by any working parent, but if the works seen in his recent sell-out exhibition ‘Perpetual Motion’ are anything to go by - it seems Michael has found joy in the juggle.
Q&A WITH MICHAEL MUIR In 3 words describe your style. Colourful, structured and warm. What are you currently working on? An exhibition for Sophie Gannon Gallery to be opened in late October 2012. Where do you live and work right now? I live in Cromer on the northern beaches, my studio is in Brookvale which is just around the corner. What are you reading? With 3 little boys its hard to find the time ...I normally have my head in an art book. The last books I read were the Steig Larson trilogy. What are you listening to? Passenger aka Mike Rosenberg ...I first heard him on community radio ...saw him busk in Manly and then went to a gig ...fantastic! What are you watching? Now that the boys are older and doing martial arts I finally have company to watch all the terrible b-grade kung fu movies. I spent a few years in Hong Kong as a young boy and again as a teenager. There were movies being filmed on location near where we lived. I was mesmerized by the people on wires doing crazy tricks ...it seems to have made quite an impression! The book that changed your life? Pappillion. Your greatest extravagance? Surfboards! LEFT Melbourne based creative practice, Mim Design selected one of Michaels works to complement the relaxed, simple, coastal feel at their PJP Residence project at Barwon Heads. COLLABORATORS: Pleysier Perkins. PHOTOGRAPH: Dianna Snape.
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From little things big things grow When party stylist Georgie Kay left the apple isle of Tasmania to make her mark on Melbourne’s creative event planning scene she did not envisage her one woman band growing at such a rate that the business would take over her entire home. PHOTOGRAPHY Sarah Wood A hive of activity is an understatement on the day we visit. Meeting the Georgeous team at their St Kilda headquarters in what used to be Georgie’s 2 bedroom apartment, we find a buzzing office filled with copious mood boards, planning calendars that run the entire length of a room and perfectly styled vignettes in every available nook and cranny. Georgie Kay and her team of clever creatives are awe inspiringly efficient and incredibly focused on dreaming up and delivering clients dream parties. Simply Geogeous Occasions is renowned for creating fabulous wedding experiences for bride, groom and guests alike, with each wedding taking on its own distinctive character and personality – much like the individuals starring on the day.
In fact it is the personal touches and the unique personality that the Georgeous girls inject into their events that make the team highly sought after for any event whether it be a marquee at Melbourne Cup or a private bar mitzvah. Georgieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s passion and enthusiasm for creating unforgettable events is evident. Pregnant with her first child on the day that we visit, Georgie shows no signs of slowing down and insists the baby will be sleeping in a moses basket on the floor in her office when she returns to work. With baby Isabelle born weeks after we photographed Georgie and her team it seems the number one priority for this clever creative is to juggle the busy demands of a growing business with the constant demands of a growing baby. e
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After the original shack burned down in 2009, estate director Ian Morden and his team set upon developing a new building in its place looking out over the Richmond Ranges - the very same view that can be seen on the Cloudy Bay wine label. New Zealand born, Australian based design architect Tim Greer of Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects in Sydney, and Paul Rolfe Architects in Wellington were commissioned to design and oversee the project respectively whilst the staff were also given creative license in some aspects of the building. What could have been fraught with problems with so many ‘cooks in the kitchen’, the end result is a stunning piece of architecture that reflects the artisinal qualities of the winery in which it sits.
PHOTOS: c/- CLOUDY BAY © Jim Tannock
When we heard that the LVMH group had collaborated with architects and artisans from both Australia and New Zealand to create the ideal space and place to enjoy their Cloudy Bay wines, in New Zealands infamous Marlborough, our interest was piqued. Having relied on Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc to seal the end of many a hectic week here at Est head office, and as staunch supporters of collaboration of any sort - we jumped at the chance at taking a closer inspection at The Cloudy Bay Shack.
Estate Director Ian Morden & Arcitect Tim Greer
Designed for entertaining visiting guests of LVMH, the building’s interiors are named to reflect the surrounding landscape of the Marlborough. The Mountains room is quintessentially masculine complete with antler patterned wallpaper and a timber four post bed whilst the Cloud Room is lighter in hand, in soft blues and greens with ensuites to match. The interiors very much reflect the input of the staff at Cloudy Bay. Local artisans were researched and consulted when it came to the furniture specified for each room. David Trubridge lights have been used with ply wood sourced from local forestry, whilst repurposed copper sheeting from an old cinema in Wellington have been made into dining tables for entertaining. “As a creative driven winery, we value the artisanal elements of making wine above all else” says Morden. The same could be said of their approach to design as well. e
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Zesty Macadamia Crusted Salmon on Creamy Cauliflower Perfect for any season, the macadamia crust adds a delicious crunchy texture to the delicacy of the fish. This dish works with any firm white fish - try blue eye or rockling. PHOTOGRAPHY Victoria Simson | STYLING & RECIPE Sarah Edgar
You will need 2 Pieces of salmon, skin removed 1 Cup of macadamia nuts 1 Lemon, zest and juice 1 Tbsp of dill ½ Head of cauliflower 2 Tbsp of butter ¼ Cup of milk 1 Cup of green beans 1 Cup of sugar-snap peas 1 Cup of brussels sprouts Olive oil Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. Roughly chop the macadamia nuts and add to a mortar and pestle with the zest of one lemon and combine well, to form a chunky paste. Once combined, add one tablespoon of dill leaves and stir through with one tablespoon of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Lay the salmon pieces on a non-stick baking tray and pat the macadamia mixture onto the topside of the fish. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes depending on whether you like your salmon well done. The crust should turn a lovely golden colour, but be careful not to let it burn. Meanwhile, chop the cauliflower into small florets and steam for 10 minutes or until soft to pierce with a fork. Add two tablespoons of butter and ¼ of a cup of milk and blend with a hand-held blender until smooth. Season well with salt and pepper. (Add more milk or butter if desired). Remove the outer layers of the Brussels Sprouts, top and tail the beans and sugar snap peas, and steam for five minutes or until just cooked through. Drizzle with some olive oil. Serve the salmon on top of a spoonful of the cauliflower puree with the greens on the side and a cheek of lemon. e
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Inner Source Standing proud from the crowd of Brisbane’s gourmet providores is Sourced Grocer. Sourced conjures up blackboard specials, ripe fruits and vegetables crisp, and ready for inner-city eating. PHOTOGRAPHY Toby Scott WORDS Anne Giacomantonio Childhood friends Jerome Batten and Louis Joseph opened this modern take on the oldfashioned neighbourhood grocery store in June 2011 and haven’t looked back. The store’s polished concrete, white tile and upcycled interior welcomes locals who have grown to use it as an extension on their own pantries.
This is due in part to the shelves of delicious bounty that include carefully selected products and produce from local growers, producers and artisans. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also due to the fact that popping into the store feels like dropping in on a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wellstocked kitchen. You park up your bike, sit at the communal table, enjoy a good coffee while they whip you up your favourite sourdough sandwich. Straight from the source. e
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Mexico’s Riviera Maya guide By Sophie Davies, Editor Mr & Mrs Smith Asia Pacific
Just waiting to be explored, ancient temples sit cheek-to-cheek with seductive seascapes on Mexico’s coastal-cool Riviera Maya…
Mexico is nothing if not epic; a wild land of tropical jungles, soaring volcanoes and waveswept beaches. Its people are just as passionate, famous for mariachi music, mesmerising murals, morbid festivals and mescal. Team a trip to buzzy Mexico City, home to awe-inspiring architecture and art (including Frida Kahlo’s house), with a week chilling out in the laid-back Riviera Maya, the country’s sultry south-eastern shores beside the Caribbean Sea. Fly into main resort town Cancún, then hightail it down to mellow Playa del Carmen or tiny Tulum, where the ruined Mayan Indian temple of Tulum hugs the cliffs overhanging the aquamarine
ocean. World-famous diving beckons along the barrier reef and in spectacular limestone sinkholes (ceynotes) inland, or commandeer a boat for snorkelling sessions at Cozumel island. If you can bear to tear yourself away from the snow-white beaches, you’ll discover more iconic temples nearby, including Cobá and the Yucatán Peninsula’s pyramid-peppered Chichén Itzá and Uxmal. There’s more to the Riviera than just aquatic action though, with a crop of new boutique hotels and smart emporiums bringing 21stcentury style to this exotic escape. Hop into a hammock, sip on a margarita and unwind…
Beach views at Coqui Coqui Tulum
Bathroom at Coqui Coqui Tulum
The Perfumery at Coqui Coqui Tulum
Pool deck bar at Deseo
Room at Bรกsico
Room at Bรกsico
Room with a hammock at Coqui Coqui Tulum
Lounge at Coqui Coqui Tulum
SEE Coqui Coqui Tulum has a mini boutique selling stylish accessories and the owner’s covetable perfumes crafted from local essential oils. You’ll also find an elegant perfumery and lab at nearby sister hotel Coqui Coqui Valladolid.
Grounds of Esencia
Tulum’s intimate temple occupies an unbeatable clifftop location with ravishing ocean views. Get a culture fix, then descend to Tulum Beach, where gorgeous golden sand and turquoise sea beckons. Go scuba-diving with Tank-Ha Dive Center in Playa del Carmen, one of the longest-running dive schools in the area.
Beachside pool at Esencia
Taking pared-down industrial chic to jawdropping extremes, 15-room boutique hotel Básico, in Playa del Carmen, boasts a rooftop bar with water-tank pools. Airy, nautical styling and rocking chairs mean the living is easy. An
Exterior of Coqui Coqui Tulum
Bedroom at Coqui Coqui Tulum
informal market-style eatery downstairs serves seafood and juices, while martinis and DJs rule the roof. For seaside seduction, check into Esencia, a blissful resort on the Riviera’s most beautiful beach. With a grand, whitewashed communal house, 29 spacious rooms, a pampering spa, two pools and expertly mixed tequila concoctions, what’s not to like? You don’t even need to go far for a meal, dine on Meso-American cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant Sal y Fuego, strong on local produce and seafood. Fashionistas will fall for Coqui Coqui Tulum, at beachfront Boca Paila south of Tulum. Sitting on Mayan ruins, the stone-clad lodge is simply styled in white, dark wood and natural materials, with just seven romantic rooms and an oceaninspired spa. Woven baskets, fishing nets and floaty fabrics create a calm coastal mood.
Rooftop terrace at Básico
EAT/DRINK Miami-minimal hotel Deseo is a hedonistic Playa del Carmen hot spot, with an all-white poolside lounge bar that mixes the best cocktails, and tracks, in town. Graze on modern tapas until the wee hours. The award-winning Yaxche Maya Cuisine Restaurant, at Avenida 5th and Calle 12 in Playa del Carmen, serves Yucatecan and Mayan-inspired dishes with a Euro twist (it’s pronounced ‘jag-shey’). Try regional specialities such as tsotobilchay (Mayan tamale).
Rooftop Bar at Básico
The Glass Bar also on Calle 12, is a glam spot for people-watching, with floor-to-ceiling windows. The tapas and Italian dishes are as seductive as the wines.
MORE For more boutique hotels in Mexico see Mr & Mrs Smith’s hand-picked collection of stylish stays, or check out the Riviera Maya destination guide for more inspiration. e Pool Básico
Beach front at Coqui Coqui Tulum
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