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After training in Australia as a hand make jeweller for one of Brisbane’s ‘High Jewellers’, Robert continued his studies in Europe, the home of many of the world’s finest jewellery houses. It was here Robert first experienced diamond setting of such beauty and precision that his vision for Pavéction was born. During the next few years he spent time in Europe, working through a microscope and perfecting his passion with the leading master in European precision diamond setting. Robert has dedicated all his time and energy to bringing this meticulous skill and passion back to Australia, establishing a private, appointment only atelier in the heart of Brisbane CBD.

Flawless white, as well as rare Argyle Pink and Blue, diamonds are showcased in the majority of his designs, with each diamond meticulously examined by Robert himself to ensure rarity, brilliance and distinctive beauty. “My team and I work on an appointment only basis, preferring to build a strong relationship with our clients to ensure we capture the vision for their individual design. So much so that we often feel a deep connection to the piece ourselves when it’s finished. We are proud to have been able to adopt an approach to design that enables us to create truly extraordinary, unique, and most importantly, personal pieces of jewellery.” Robert Bellamy welcomes lovers of fine jewellery and diamonds to schedule an obligation free appointment at his Brisbane CBD atelier. Sydney and Melbourne appointments are also regularly available by prior arrangement.

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16 - 20 Preview 22 Competition 24 - 28 Feature Idris Elba interview

30 - 32 Wish List Pretty picks Casual classics

34 - 38 Looking Good Rare beauty Passion for fashion



Beauty spot

40 - 52 See & Be Seen Style icons Society luncheon Christmas soirée The future of Bentley Festive jewels Twilight viewing Polo people

55 - 68 Luxury Living Feature Romark Design Constructions Design Initial Natuzzi Italia Artisan Collection by Perry Homes World of Style by Porter Davis Homes


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Contents 70 - 74 Luxury Living Standout kitchens Edgy & elegant Change of season



76 - 84 Cuisine Top tables Thai time Long lunch Food network Chef’s choice

86 - 87 Wine Cellar Froth & bubbles

88 - 90 Well Travelled Nice and cold

92 - 95 At The Wheel Even edgier


96 - 98 Facts & Figures Waterfront gold Not too taxing

100 - 105 Entertainment Dance master Event calendar

106 CoveTV 108 Bookshelf 110 Brainfood 112 Stars




From Italian-made furniture to high-end finishes; from award-winning designers to custom builders, the pages are brimming with everything you need to introduce a touch of luxe into your home.

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Editor’s letter I HAVE a confession to make … I really, really hate heights … but I am sure even I could overcome my fear to live in a stunning penthouse apartment like the one featured on the cover. With endless views and an enviable location in the heart of the CBD, the Brisbane Skytower perfectly reflects the theme for this edition – luxury living. From Italian-made furniture to high-end finishes; from award-winning designers to custom builders, the pages are brimming with everything you need to introduce a touch of luxe into your home. One person who is definitely living a life of luxury is Hollywood superstar Idris Elba. But this wasn’t always the case, as the enigmatic star reveals in our feature interview. The English-born actor came from very humble beginnings and still struggles with fame, fortune and life in the public eye. Of course, luxury doesn’t only apply to the spaces we live in. It can also refer to food, fashion, travel, entertainment, the list goes on. With this in mind, we showcase a collection of absolutely stunning – and very rare – pink diamonds, preview the colourful 2019 Shen Yun production, test drive the sleek new Aston Martin DB11 V8 and introduce some very fashionable style icons.

Our wine expert Tony Harper writes about the ultimate indulgence – champagne, Sue Horne recounts her recent trip to Sweden, where she not only took in the Northern Lights but also slept on a bed made entirely out of ice and Nick Nicholls explains why Gold Coast waterfront property is at a premium. Speaking of property, in other very exciting news, we are proud to introduce Luxurious Developments, a brand new magazine highlighting sensational projects from the Gold Coast to Brisbane. This prestigious publication captures the very essence of luxury living so be sure to visit luxurious to view the digital version or contact us here at the office to purchase your very own introductory copy.

THE COVE TEAM PUBLISHER Clare E. Urwin | Sanctuary Cove Publishing GROUP EDITOR Rhonda Oxnam GENERAL MANAGER Bryan Oram BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Nathan Lister BRISBANE SALES Wendy McQuie SOCIAL MEDIA & MARKETING Zoe Lister OFFICE MANAGER Kirsty Carberry FOOD & WINE CONTRIBUTOR Tony Harper MOTORING CONTRIBUTOR Chris Nixon PHOTOGRAPHY Taylor Ham, Daniel McClifty EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Susan Lang-Lemckert, Marj Osborne, Nick Nichols, Sue Horne DESIGN listercreative The Cove magazine is published and owned by Sanctuary Cove Publishing P.O. Box 252 Sanctuary Cove, Qld, Australia 4212

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27 APRIL - 5 MAY Big Skies

Set in the stunning Jimbour Plains, just three hours west of Brisbane, Big Skies is a nine-day festival celebrating the sights, sounds, tastes and unique experiences of the Western Downs region. Kicking off with the iconic Dalby Picnic Races, the calendar of events includes a Long Lunch in Dalby or Miles, the crackling Camp Oven Experience and the amazing Outdoor Cinema, where you’ll experience stars on the big screen and even bigger stars in the night sky. The festival’s show stopping rock concert – Day on the Plain – takes place on Saturday 4 May. Join Jon Stevens, John Paul Young, Ross Wilson, Pseudo Echo, Deni Hines and thousands of other music lovers in the shadow of Jimbour House for this iconic performance. Tickets for all Big Skies events, including Day on the Plain, are available now.

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A keen golfer with a 10 handicap, newly-appointed Head Chef Brendan McConchie feels right at home at Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club. It’s a refreshing change of atmosphere after 20 years making his name in Sydney’s top kitchens including Nick’s Seafood Restaurant at Darling Harbour, Doyles on the Beach at Watsons Bay and Chophouse in the CBD. Brendan is excited about creating an unforgettable and exclusive culinary experience at the club and says members and their guests at both Lakeview Bar and The Jabiru Restaurant can expect a new, sophisticated menu with a heavy seafood influence. “I’ve found that people really want to look after themselves here and live a healthy lifestyle but they want to do that without sacrificing good food,” he says. “That’s exactly what I intend to give them.”




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It’s all an act He was voted sexiest man alive in 2018, but Luther star Idris Elba is far from the loud, confident James Bond-in-waiting you would expect.


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IDRIS ELBA – the Hackney-born Hollywood megastar who broke through in The Wire, consolidated on Luther, scored an OBE in 2016, and categorically refuses to answer any more questions about whether he’ll be the next James Bond – has a cold, which is why (he says) he’d rather not shake my hand when we meet. The actor has just flown in to London from New York, where he attended US Vogue’s Met Gala in a tuxedo he helped Givenchy custom-design for him. He thinks he picked up a virus on the plane. We’re interviewing over lunch, in a genteel tearoom in the Langham hotel. Elba’s voice is bassy and (even when inhibited by a cold) east London forceful, for which I’m grateful: it cuts through a piano playing loudly in the background. “What drugs are you on for the cold?” “Nothing,” he says. “I try not to.” “That’s silly,” I say. I produce painkillers from my bag, click a couple out of their foil wrapper, hand them over. Elba swallows them, then says, “Right. I’ve just taken your drugs so I’m trusting they are what you say they are.” “They’re ibuprofen,” I say. “It’s never crossed my mind to drug an interviewee.” He laughs, perhaps a little sheepishly. “That would be a Neil Cross [writer of Luther] moment,” he says. >>

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I wonder if he’s maybe been in too much corrupt cop TV for his own good. It’s colouring his view of humanity. In person, Idris Elba is fabulously imposing. Forty-six years old, 6ft 2in tall, broad and handsome as hell, grey-flecked and elegantly gym-buffed. He’s a presence, a strider, a consumer of

I am surprised, therefore, to find that he is a reluctant interviewee, wary and suspicious, resistant to even the most innocent question. For example: Sony film producer Amy Pascal once described him as ‘the best version of masculinity’. Does Elba think he is that? “What?” The best version of masculinity …

space, a commander of attention. He’d be all of those things even if he weren’t famous, but as it happens – he is. Unlike swathes of his acting contemporaries, Idris is no Eton-filtered Oxbridge-glossed posho. He’s true east London working class, the only child of Winston, a Sierra Leonean father, who emigrated to London in the 60s and worked at Ford Dagenham for 30 years, and Eve, a Ghanaian mother, last seen smiling broadly in the Daily Mail while accompanying her son to Buckingham Palace when he picked up that OBE. Elba has ducked and dived and grafted and taken all sorts of creative and real life risks to get to the place where he is today. He is, on multiple levels, the real deal.

“What do you think that means, though?” he asks. “Like, someone [Elba is referring to another journalist; ours is his last date in a round of interviews] said to me earlier today, ‘What’s your feminine side?’ And then she reeled off a couple of actors and she said, ‘One likes to sew and one likes to read a lot’ and I said, ‘Well, that’s not necessarily feminine, is it?’ “Because when I grew up, my mum taught me how to cook and iron. I don’t consider that feminine or masculine. So ‘the right sort of masculine’ … I think that Luther is definitely a brawny, loud man-child, but at the same time, there’s vulnerability, there’s sensitivity, there’s calm, there’s poise …”

He’s hoping I won’t notice he’s started substituting the psychology of his fictional counterpart, DCI John Luther of the BBC’s Luther for his own, personal psychology. But I do. And are you like that, Idris; a sensitive, vulnerable, brawny loud man-child? Pause. Haunted rabbit look. “You notice my resistance to talk about me?” Yes. It’s making my life quite difficult. “I’m sorry.” Elba riffs on how awful journalists are, how unreliable, inclined to take things out of context. We’re just interested. You’re famous. You are of interest. Isn’t it worth it? “I think people don’t realise that … it’s one thing to be famous, as in, celebrated for your work, another to be in the public eye.” Does he wish he wasn’t ‘public-eye famous’? “If I could go back, would I want to be in the public eye? No.” Still, the past 15 years have seen the actor take on the most complex, powerful, formidable and deeply male roles the film and TV industry has had to offer.

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He was introduced to acting while at school in Canning Town, east London. He was a workingclass teenager, a too tall, too big, only child, whom the tough boys felt compelled to try to fight. This made him self-conscious, but drama classes made him feel liberated. Was it immediately obvious he was talented? “Ah, you know when you’re good at something, don’t you?” he says. >>


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He was spurred on by a desire to impress his ‘beautiful drama teacher, Miss McFee’. Supported by a grant from the Prince’s Trust – the reason he ended up as a guest at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – Idris won a place at the National Youth Music Theatre; training that would lead to a first part in a Crimewatch reconstruction, a cameo as a gigolo in a 1995 episode of Absolutely Fabulous, and another, a year later, in period medical drama Bramwell. Idris was also DJing, working nightclubs, which, he says, gave him the edge in auditions. “Likeability is what I homed in on very quickly, when I started to meet casting directors,” he explains. “When you’re a DJ, you meet a lot of people. People like DJs because they’re always friendly; if they’re not, people don’t like ’em. “I would use that confidence to walk into rooms. Whether I got the job or not, I would make an impression: ‘Hey, I’m an open guy. I’ll speak to you; I’ll take notes; I’ll take your criticism and keep it moving …’ Casting directors trusted that.” In his early twenties, he got a regular part on the daytime soap Family Affairs. “Jobbing. Coasting. Five days a week, and I was paid handsomely. I was single. Having a great time. Nice car. Nice flat. I was loving it.” But 90s London was not enough for Elba, who left for New York in search of DJing gigs and bigger acting roles. He had no money, no contacts, and – judging by my experience of him today – less innate


confidence than you might assume. But his drive, his ambition, wouldn’t let him be. He lived in Brooklyn, took auditions and survived by DJing. In 2001, just as things were getting truly dicey, Elba was cast in HBO’s The Wire, a project that would make good use of the American accent he’d honed while living in New York, and would also make him a star – if in an odd, unreliable way. The Wire – that gritty, epic spectacular featuring the corrupt cops and drug-dealing underclass of Baltimore – was a slow burner of a sensation. It was shot and broadcast in the earliest 2000s, in a time before social media; news of its genre-defining brilliance spread much more slowly than it would had it been made now. By the time word did get out, the show was on its third series, and Elba’s character, Stringer Bell, had already been killed off. In a strange coincidence the actor became suddenly, intensely famous – precisely as he left the show. “That was bizarre. And really overnight. Suddenly, walking into pubs, it was, ‘Wow’,” he recalls. It would take another five years for the BBC to sign him up for Luther; and it wasn’t until then, in 2009, that his career – and troublesome, enduring public-eye fame – was assured. We talk a little more about Luther, the official business of our day.

It is the fourth time Idris has reprised the role. He’d intended to take time off, to dedicate time to DJing, which he does under the names DJ Driis or Big Driis but he felt he couldn’t not do this fifth series of Luther. “I remember going, if I don’t do it, that’s the end of the show. I need to do it …” He attempts to analyse the nuances of Luther’s fictional psychology again. I distract him with talk of Luther’s coat: a tweed affair that’s become synonymous with the character. “Yeah! I remember, early on, we decided, ‘He will wear one coat’. They wanted us to change it: ‘He’s not wearing this silly coat. He needs to wear a suit’. And we were, ‘No. He’s wearing this coat and he won’t wear any other coat, and we won’t even discuss why he never changes his clothes’.” Much has been made of Idris Elba’s looks, especially recently, when he’s been increasingly tipped to take on the role of James Bond from Daniel Craig. I ask him how hard it is to be a man in Hollywood now, with #MeToo raging, and he says he doesn’t think it’s any harder than it ever was. “It’s only difficult if you’re a man with something to hide,” he insists. I turn my tape off. Elba lingers behind a little, perhaps to reassure me he really can be open and cool – just as long as there’s no recorder running.

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Due to overwhelming requests from her clients she has opened an exclusive showroom in Strathaird Rd Bundall where you will find unique European designer labels exclusive to Liz in Australia along with her own label Sans Souci (without a care travel wear). This new range of reversible clothing is available in dresses and also separates that you can mix and match with basics. The pieces feature a different print on each side, will dry overnight, needs no ironing and folds into a small sac for easy packing. This particular concept has exceeded her expectations and as well as an online presence she is branching out into wholesale. “Travel wear has been a passion of mine for a long time,” she says. “As a constant traveller I had packing down to a fine art but the Sans Souci pieces make it so easy to put together a stylish, easy care travel wardrobe. And it has proved to be a huge success. Retirement has now become semi-retirement and Liz is going from strength to strength, with her passion for fashion taking her to the design capitals of the world. She recently interviewed Brook Shields in front of 2,000 people in L.A., attended Haute Couture week in Paris (with the highlight being the Elie Saab show) and flew to Turkey where she is mentoring a client opening a fashion store on the Turkish Riviera. She has also been invited to speak on her career in front of 1500 people in Johannesberg. Personally, her life is enriched with a loving family including husband Bill, children Andrew, Michelle and Brandon and grandchildren Hudson, Lennox, Ashton and Ace. “I’m now at the stage in life where I want to give back and I’m loving the role of mentor to businesswomen and fashion students,” she concludes.


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G&M Cosmetic’s Lanolin Night Complex features natural oils to help restore the skin’s natural defence system and moisture balance while sleeping.

Intensely moisturising and exquisitely smoothing, Mary Kay True Dimension lipstick is available in a range of stunning new-season colours.

The Essential Skin Perfecting Moisturiser from Alpha-H is a new generation moisturiser for a new generation of skin concerns. Delicious fresh honey with the wonderful scent of gardenia and blood orange, Scandal is a new kind of fragrance for women by Jean Paul Gaultier.

Stockists – David Jones & Myer


A versatile, luxury balm, Kylie’s Professional Mineral Goddess Cheek and Lip Cream is enriched with nourishing certified organic Jojoba and hydrating vitamin E.

Dusty Girls Quintessential Romance Fall Eye Shadow Palette contains four stunning shades to create a romantic, feminine look.

Naturally beautiful results

Dr. Dilip Gahankari is an Australian Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon based on the Gold Coast. With 25 years of experience, Dr Gahankari pursues the highest standards for surgical techniques and quality patient care. Our non-surgical team are all extensively trained registered nurses with the skill and experience to ensure your naturally beautiful results.

BREAST Breast Enlargement, Breast Reduction, Breast Lift with and without implant augmentation, Breast Reconstruction DIEP and TRAM flaps, expander and implant based reconstructions. Breast Revision Surgery, Gynaecomastia (Males) FACE Eyelid Reduction Surgery, Face, Neck Lift, Prominent Ears, Fat Grafting for facial rejuvenation BODY Body Lift/Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Labiaplasty LASER Sun Damage, Superficial Cancers, Skin Cancers & Melanoma including sentinel LN biopsy. HAND SURGERY Carpal Tunnel, Hand Surgery, Ganglion, Finger Tip Reconstruction, Hand Trauma Surgery NON-SURGICAL Injectables including double chin treatment, anti-wrinkle injectables and fillers.

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Style icons A fashionable look at the local social scene.




Magic Millions Harrolds Pre-Polo Brunch

Magic Millions Harrolds Pre-Polo Brunch

Magic Millions Harrolds Pre-Polo Brunch

Wearing: A Thurley dress and although it’s lovely,

Wearing: An Ellery top and trousers – relaxed and

Wearing: Today it’s a Pucci dress and scarf –

believe me it’s quite heavy to wear. My shoes are

stylish. I’m wearing Burberry boots and carrying

I just love the colours. My shoes are Randalls that

from Seed and my glasses are Prada. I’m not

a Louis Vuitton bag.

I bought in America. The cuff and my earrings

actually carrying a bag because I couldn’t find one to match.


My Style: Minimal. It’s all about quality. I like shopping at Harrolds and I have my eye

are Chanel, my glasses are Gucci and the bag is from Kate Spade – it’s fun isn’t it.

My style: Elegant and timeless. My main passion

on some new Tom Ford sunglasses with

My Style: Eclectic and over-the-top colour.

is Racing Fashion. I come from a Melbourne racing

yellow frames.

I admire people who dress for themselves and

family and love the rules involved in dressing

not for others. You should wear what makes you

properly for race meetings.

happy and lots of colour makes me feel good.

THE ULTIMATE ALL WEATHER LUXURY ENTERTAINER HAS ARRIVED The all new Whitehaven 6100 Coupé delivers bespoke layout options, custom crafted finishes, and exceptional sea-keeping ability. With its superyacht inspired radar arch, mast and extended roofline you can enjoy a fully shaded, enclosable cockpit to accommodate all-weather alfresco entertaining. With a 5 year structural/hull and 3 year OEM warranty, start ‘your journey’ confidently with Whitehaven today. Priced from $2.61M*


Base boat – pricing as of November 2018


Robert Smith & Susan Chudley-Smith

Elga & David Dyer Anne Wood, Judi Frankton & Caroline Fleming

Terry & Judy Sheppeard

Wendy Ross & Ineke Duncan

Elsa McLean & Lisa Pile

SOCIETY LUNCHEON When: 4 December Where: RACV Royal Pines Resort What: Lisa Pile, Vice President Sales Australia & NZ, welcomed guests to the Seven Seas Society Luncheon. Along with a delicious meal, the exclusive event included a Regent Seven Seas Cruises news update and introduced the stunning new Seven Seas Splendor cruise ship which will launch in 2020.

Peter & Sharyn Crawford Lillian Hannon & Graham Andern

Soonhee & Kerry Richards

Ken & Anne Edwards Photographer Taylor Ham




















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Mrunal & Richa Parekh

Julia Kuo, Sabrina Chen & Sam Guo Aicha Robertson & Milica Cigoja

Ed & Manon Lafleur Kerry Knight & Vanessa Brimson

Sam Mangan & Emily Skye

John & Renata Assan Heba Hilali & Mays Dilhaysee

CHRISTMAS SOIRÉE When: 5 December Where: Pacific Fair Luxury Mall What: Pacific Fair’s Luxury Mall was awash with style as invited guests celebrated the most magical time of the year. Those in attendance were treated to canapés and champagne while enjoying an exclusive shopping experience as the centre’s designer boutiques opened especially for this event. Joey Ho & Mimi Chai

Joel Carmody, Lizzy Burrell & Archie Cox Photographer Daniel McClifty



Darren Caesar & Lisa De Boer

Ashley McPherson & Emilly Hankin Scott Newland & Blair Harris

Ruth Tate & Rebecca Henry

Ann & Steve Bajada Steve & Maree Anderson with Bryan Oram

Sommer & Brenon Melse

Czarina & Surjit Singh Suzanne Couper & Pat O’Connor Wendy Cheah & Rachel Young


Christine & Peter Edwards

When: 6 December Where: Bentley Gold Coast What: Bentley Gold Coast welcomed guests to the exclusive opening of their stylish all-new showroom in Southport. Celebrating the extraordinary future of Bentley on the Gold Coast, guests at the elegant event were also treated to the exclusive launch of the stunning Continental GT Convertible.

Tony & Stevie Bray Photographer Daniel McClifty



Jeanette & Frank Allan

Spiro Zonga, Lesley Connell & Paul Vassie Noni & Jade-Monet Calleija

Rick & Robyn Rodwell

Alison & Greg Paton

Janine Edwards & Paul Allison

Phil Lennon, Lynn Baker & John Calleija

Julia & Sandy Cowell James & Florence Leitch Terri Green & Bob Kurzok

FESTIVE JEWELS When: 7 December Where: Calleija Boutique, Marina Mirage What: Luxury jeweller John Calleija hosted an intimate cocktail event to celebrate the Festive Season. Guests joined the Calleija team at the stunning Marina Mirage boutique for a beautiful night featuring live classical music and a sparkling new collection of jewels. Barry & Judy Grimsey

Val & Mary Llewellyn Photographer Daniel McClifty






Witness Europe from a New Perspective Witness the world in a different light with late departures (8pm or later) and overnight stays than other cruise lines, you’ll have more time to explore onshore and see Europe come to life after dark. Capture the essence of your adventurous spirit with curated country-intensive voyages that let you visit most, if not all, ports of call within a country. Step ashore as an insider with Azamara Club Cruises.

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Amber Walker & Maddison Morris

Tsambica & George Manettas

Catherine, Spencer & Brett Wharfe

Trent & Erica Redman Drew & Genny Sellick Genea & Andy Clarke

Lyn & Paul Lynam Gary & Clare Pearce Jodie Mackellar & Andrew Donovan

TWILIGHT VIEWING When: 13 December Where: Sanctuary Cove Marina What: The team at Horizon Yacht Australia hosted a VIP launch of the Horizon E75 and V81 at Sanctuary Cove Marina. The exclusive event featured a special twilight viewing of the new models, along with live entertainment and a delicious selection of canapĂŠs and drinks.

Greg Bowler

Liz & Shane Leadbetter Photographer Daniel McClifty



Pat & Jeff Worboys Billy Mitchell & Michael Porter

Andrew & Lisa Snelling

Sasha Burns & Sammy Leethan

Casey Wickerson & Glen Sainsbury

Billy & Nicole Slater with Jake & Tyla

Marilyn Van der Valk & Damien Anthony Rossi

Melinda & John Poulakis

Peter & Trish Threlkeld with Clare E. & Bryan Urwin

POLO PEOPLE When: 6 January Where: Nineteen at The Star, Gold Coast What: Harrolds and Veuve Clicquot hosted an exclusive pre-Polo brunch to celebrate the commencement of the 2019 The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival. The fashionable guest list included rugby league great Billy Slater, Brisbane personality Damien Anthony Rossi and a host of local celebrities, socialites and VIPs. Rosana Relton & James Read

Luke & Kara O’Dwyer Photographer Taylor Ham




Broome, Western Australia ANCIENT TERRITORY


Feel the thunder of waterfalls, explore spectacular gorges, witness variations of Aboriginal rock art, and experience the truly epic spirit of nature in its most raw and purest form during the Kimberley regions’ most spectacular time of year. Enjoy exhilarating Zodiac® rides through narrow creeks and untamed wilderness to spot endemic flora and fauna. Throughout the voyage learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of this spectacular area in lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.

SILVERSEA SIGNATURE INCLUSIONS Complimentary Bungle Bungle Flightseeing Tour


Intimate ship for only 116 guests, with 12 Zodiacs®

King George River Region Darwin

Personalised service - the best crew-toguest ratio in expedition cruising

Hunter River Region Wyndham Buccaneer Archipelago Region

Butler service in every suite


Open-seating dining options

All-inclusive fly/cruise packages starting at AU$9,750 per person.

Onboard pool VOYAGE



05 Apr


15 Apr


25 Apr


05 May


15 May


25 May


04 Jun


14 Jun




BONUS SAVINGS Bonus savings of up to AU$700 per double occupancy suite on all sailings listed above

Ask us for more information on All-Inclusive packages, 25% single supplements, promotional air offers and how to receive a free upgrade on your Kimberley voyage in 2019.

Complimentary Champagne, beers, wines and spirits served throughout On board enrichment lectures presented by a highly qualified Expeditions Team Daily complimentary Zodiac® excursions and land tours lead by passionate Expeditions Team Complimentary economy class airfares and transfers, or upgrade to business class from AU$1,398pp

LAST MINUTE SAVINGS (LMS) Limited time one category upgrade and US$1,000 shipboard credit

All Fares are in AUD, per guest, based on double-occupancy on voyage 9907 and includes return Economy Class Air and Last Minute Savings. Promotional Business Class Air rate of AU$1,398 AUD per person is for return flights based on select Australian gateways only. Offer applies to new bookings made between 1 February 2019 and 31 March 2019. Promotional air offer is valid only for guests from Australia. A non-use Air credit in the amount of AU$750 per person is available. Silversea reserves the right to select the air carrier, routing and departure airport from each gateway city. Promotional air offer is only available to the first and second full-fare guests in a suite. Deviations to air travel dates are accepted; surcharges may apply. Due to flight schedules, some voyages may require an overnight hotel stay pre or post-cruise at the guests own expense. Last Minute Savings: valid on new, individual bookings made between 16 January 2019 and 15 March 2019. Offer is not applicable to group bookings. Guests benefit from a one-category suite upgrade (up to Vista on Silver Discoverer), and a US$1,000 onboard credit per suite. If the one-category upgrade is not available guests will instead receive a US$500 onboard credit per suite. Guests travelling on combination voyages will be eligible for the upgrade and onboard credit on the qualifying segment, but not on those segments that are not part of the promotion. To reserve a Silversea cruise under the Last Minute Savings promotion, a 50% deposit of the total booking cost is required within two (2) days of booking. Full payment is due no later than 120 days prior to departure. WAVE Offer: valid on new, individual bookings made between 4 January 2019 and 28 February 2019. Guest benefits from an extra savings per person, valid on all categories, on all cruises sailing between 4 January 2019 and 31 March 2020. Guest is eligible for up to AU$350 savings per guest with a maximum of AU$700 savings per double occupancy suite. Savings amount varies by voyage. Savings applied to cruise fare at checkout. All fares, savings, offers, programmes and itineraries are subject to change without notice. Additional restrictions may apply. Silversea reserves the right to correct any errors or omissions. Visit for full offer details and complete Terms and Conditions.

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Live it, love it

Create your dream home with luxury Gold Coast builders, Romark Design Constructions.

ROMARK DESIGN CONSTRUCTIONS are specialists in their field, achieving many Industry Awards along the way. They are builders of spacious, stylish homes of exceptional quality and finish, for local, interstate and international clientele. Whether you require a new home, renovation or an extension, no build is too large or too intricate for Romark’s craftsman. The family-owned business, operated by Mark and Ramona Settree and son Jason, has been building on the Northern Gold Coast and in Brisbane for over 30 years, and pride themselves on offering professional personal service with attention to detail. Romark utilise a unique service, formulated over 30 years ago to cater for our local and international clientele and will handle every intricate detail from the initial introduction to the handing over of the keys to your new abode.

Clients trust Romark to complete their home to an exceptional level and take any worry or stress out of the equation. What also sets Romark apart from other builders is the man you speak with at your first initial introduction is the same man you will see on site building your home; and he will shake your hand when he hands over your keys. That man is Mark Settree, Director and Builder of Romark Design Constructions. Mark loves people and loves his work. He is the man you speak to on a daily basis until the end result is achieved. Romark’s tradesmen have also been with the team for many years, and have great pride in their work so as to continue to uphold Romark’s integrity within the industry. “We focus on a close personal approach and developing a strong one-on-one relationship with our clients,” says Mark.

“We guide clients through the whole process and work within their budget to make sure they are 100 per cent satisfied with the final product.” Romark aims to surpass their clients’ expectations with applied perfectionism, finishing projects on or ahead of time and within agreed, fixed budgets, making the entire experience of building as stress-free as possible. Romark’s services include building design, building approval, structural design, surveying, interior design, lighting and home automation design, feng shui, landscaping design, pool construction and all other aspects of the process. Romark are not project builders, they only build a few homes at any one time. This bespoke approach to all their work, coupled with a commitment to cohesively bringing together superior architectural design and beautiful living spaces, means every Romark build is truly exceptional.

“Driven by customer-focused management with a wealth of handson experience, Romark Design Constructions has been successfully building luxury homes on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane for over 30 years. Our goal is to gain our clients’ respect and trust with our attention to detail, quality of workmanship, honesty and integrity.” – Mark Settree


romark design constructions

Don’t dream it ... LIVE IT. Romark Design Constructions are builders of spacious, stylish and luxurious homes of exceptional quality and finish. We are a multi-award winning family owned and operated home building Company catering for Australian and International Clientele for over 30 years. • Design and Construct one-off designs • Project Management • All Approvals • One-on-one Builder/Client relationship the old fashioned way • Turn-key Service Romark Design Constructions PO Box 272, Sanctuary Cove Qld 4212 Australia Phone +61 7 5528 8888 | QBCC 76105


A ceramic element Resistant with retro charm: ceramic tabletops are more popular than ever.

IN THE DINING ROOM, in the entrance or next to the sofa; ceramics have become the undisputed star of every tabletop. You can integrate this versatile, timeless material into every space in your home without distorting the style yet still benefiting from its extraordinary features. Elegant and durable, ceramics are perfect for those who want an elegant statement peice that is able to fit the character of the home and those who live in it. Adding a sophisticated element with classic tones, today ceramics are more popular than ever with Italian company Calligaris setting the benchmark for innovative, practical products. Thanks to Calligaris’ creativity the right solution is always on offer.

Their wide range of tops are available in a selection of shapes and colours and can be combined with different materials and structures from wood to metal, allowing for a truly personalised finish. Lead gray for an industrial effect, light onyx tones for more neutral environments, classic black for a timeless feel ‌ the choice is only limited by your imagination. White, for example, is ideal for those who love minimal style. It is modern, easy to organise and always ready to be transformed according to the occasion. Beautiful, but also incredibly functional, the Calligaris ceramic tops are exceptionally resistant and are therefore suitable for all areas of the home.

From family dinners through to a study or work surface, the kitchen or dining room table is often the most used space in the whole house. For this reason, the important features to look for in a surface are resistance, easy cleaning and general practicality. After all, who would put a delicate table in such a dynamic environment? But practical does not mean you need to compromise on style. Made from a slab of porcelain stoneware and tempered glass, Calligaris ceramic tops are not only stain and heat resistant, they are also incredibly elegant and attractive. Design Initial has a range of contemporary furniture featuring Calligaris ceramic tops including dining, coffee and side tables. Call in store to view the entire selection.

The Calligaris ceramic tabletop is obtained by coupling a porcelain tile to tempered float glass. The result is a surface that is exceptionally resistant to scratches, impact, stains, temperature changes and chemical products. It is easy to clean and very hygienic as it does not absorb liquids or emanate harmful substances. The ceramic finishes available include white, stone grey, nougat, lead grey, cement and white marble, black marble, golden onyx marble and many others.



Fresh from Italy Natuzzi Italia brings you the latest trends. Venere bed

Icon collection

Furrow sofa, Agronomist collection

AUSTRALIANS love to be on-fleek with everything, from fashion to home design and decoration. After all, we are a house-proud nation. Fortunately, gone are the days in which you would be expected to wait two years to catch up with the latest releases from Europe, be it in fashion or furniture. The innovative visionaries at Natuzzi have compiled a collection for all your home furnishing needs, from living to dining rooms, bedrooms and everything in between. So whether you are in Milan or Brisbane, you’ll see the latest sofas, chairs, tables, rugs, lamps, beds, bedding, wall units, artwork and accessories, harmoniously styled in complete room packages, made in Italy. The offer, which includes a broad display of the most comfortable, versatile high-tech nextgen sofas such as Colosseo (relaxation alert), is simplified inside the store’s Design Studio.

State-of-the-art, Your Design By Natuzzi visualisation software, enables you to plan and see your home in 3D, with furniture in situ, surrounded by real-life samples, taking all the guess-work out of the interior-design equation, so that you can purchase with confidence. The new 2019 range incorporates lifestyle collections such as Icon, merging tradition with reimagined models that pay homage to Natuzzi’s iconic sofas of the 80’s and 90’s. Here, abundant forms and curved lines come to life for sublime enduring physical and aesthetic comfort, for which the brand is renowned. The Agronomist collection, featuring Furrow and Barrow, was designed by internationally recognised Archistar, Marcel Wanders. Embracing warm colours and materials in a nod to the tradition and heritage of the local landscapes and culture, it’s a visceral celebration of the agricultural nature of Puglia, Southern Italy.

This is the heart of Natuzzi’s operation, and has been since 1959. They say all you need is love. In this case, love and style. The new Venere bed features welcoming curves and is aptly named after Venus, the Goddess of Love. A truly unique design which is beautiful from every angle, it comes in multiple sizes and covering options, including a leather and fabric mix, and can be placed as a feature in the middle of the bedroom, to be admired from all vantage points. If you’re looking to furnish, or just wanting to look, there’s something for every taste and space requirement at Natuzzi Italia’s Newstead store on Commercial Road. The value-for-money proposition is unparalleled and you’ll discover a whole new lifestyle experience in-store.

“The Natuzzi Italia store in Newstead is a beautiful window into our world. This year, we proudly celebrate 60 years since my father founded this company, with great vision and passion. Today, we continue to ensure that our pursuit of ultimate home harmony brings you a meaningful, long-lasting investment in your home, the value of which will be felt by future generations.” — Pasquale Junior Natuzzi, Creative Director & Stylist, Global Marketing & Communication Director.




Custom build Artisan Collection by Perry Homes offers a bespoke new home building service tailored to your every need.

PERRY HOMES is one of the most trusted names in the industry, building quality, value for money homes for over 25 years. Recently, they have identified there is a strong demand from discerning buyers to take this to the next level, with many clients looking for a tailored new home that meets their unique brief. Artisan Collection by Perry Homes is here to meet that demand and bring value back to the luxury home building sector. “I’ve being building homes for more years than I care to remember and if there is one thing I’ve learnt, it’s that all clients want a builder they can trust,” explains Managing Director of Perry Homes, David Perry. “With Artisan, we have put together a dedicated team, whose sole responsibility is to ensure our clients receive exceptional service when building their dream home.” The Artisan Collection team will offer a full-service new home consultancy covering all stages of the building process.

As part of Perry Homes, they have the systems and procedures in place to provide clients with a comprehensive yet uncomplicated way to build their luxury home. Clients will have one dedicated consultant as their main point of contact, guiding them through every step of the process. This will include assisting with the purchasing of land to suit the client’s requirements for their new home and undertaking the investigative stages of soil testing and contour levels on that land. Following this will come the concepts and design process with dedicated professionals to assist. Then there is the process of submitting these plans to the local authority for approval. After the initial stages are completed

Of course, there will also be a period after the keys have been handed over when they will ensure that everything is just as it should be, not to mention the Structural Guarantee they provide for 20 years. Artisan have put together a dedicated team of industry professionals including sketch plan designers, interior stylists, product suppliers and key contractors to ensure a truly bespoke new home is created. They also offer clients all the value benefits of a large project home builder with the additional flexibility to customise their design. The first Artisan display home in Hope Island is due for completion later this year, with the building area covering the Gold Coast and extending north into Brisbane and south to Northern NSW.

construction can begin. However, the team will be in constant communication throughout this process as well, to ensure every detail has been covered.

Working out of new offices in Sanctuary Cove, the Artisan Collection team are ready to bring accessibility to the luxury sector and help to turn your dream home into reality.

Attracted to the brand by the reputation, quality and pricing, Jonathon Longstaff joined Perry Homes more than three years ago. With the majority of his recent clients building completely custom designs it was a natural progression for him to be involved with the new Artisan venture in South East Queensland. Visit Jonathon at the new Sanctuary Cove office on the piazza. Conversations with him are obligation free.



Presenting Artisan Collection by Perry Homes, your bespoke new home builder. Sumptuously tailored to your every need.

QUEENSLAND / NEW SOUTH WALES Perry Homes (Aust.) Pty Ltd. QBCC Act Lic No: 718748 NSW Lic No: 110970C




Visual delights Creating an immersive design experience like no other.

AWARD-WINNING professional builder, Porter Davis, has been building beautifully designed, quality homes across Victoria for 20 years and recently celebrated their second year of operation in the South East Queensland market. As innovators in house design and interior styling, design is in their DNA. Their creative team are dedicated to ensure that Porter Davis remains at the forefront of style, with ongoing product evolution and development of inspiring new interior style themes. Porter Davis Homes continues to bring next level design, style and innovation to Brisbane, following the arrival of its new World of Style showroom, which is also home to the office space for Porter Davis’ Queensland operations. Situated in the heart of Fortitude Valley, the state-of-the-art showroom is an innovative, creative space for those who want to express themselves through great design.

Staffed with a team of qualified interior designers to make your home styling decisions easy and help you uncover your unique, personal style, the space showcases the brand’s four signature design themes – Classic, Resort, Contemporary and Designer – as well as 36 stunning individual looks to provide the foundation of your style journey. The client brief and presentation experience engages the design team to work more collaboratively and intimately with the customer, discovering their style and working towards their desires and needs for their home. Showcasing a series of actual kitchens, bathrooms, living and outdoor settings, visitors will be immersed in the selection process. As you move through these spaces, you will be assisted by passionate, highly qualified designers who are excited to be part of your dream home journey.

The team of home and interior designers, drafts people, estimators and procurement specialists, ensure that Porter Davis remain leaders in product and design innovation, providing world-class homes to customers around Australia. It sets a new standard for design service within the building industry across the nation. The showroom displays the best that design can offer throughout the kitchens and bathrooms to create a sense of liveability and lifestyle. The innovative space has attracted over 700 groups of ‘walk in’ visitors illustrating that the eye-catching showroom is literally stopping people in their tracks. To date, over 30 client service design selection appointments have also been completed. For further information about Porter Davis Homes or to request a tour of the state-of-the-art World of Style showroom please contact us.

World of Style Lead Interior Designer, Janelle Miles, is an expert in her field with a solid creative vision. She has relocated to Brisbane to lead the state-of-the-art World of Style by Porter Davis Homes in Fortitude Valley. “The look for 2019 is the use of mismatched items,” says Janelle. “We will embrace the playfulness in pushing boundaries and mixing colours and patterns through décor and furnishings with the use of deeper hues – merlot, teal, forest green and a strong use of black.”



The secret to amazing interior design is here An experience like no other World of Style Showroom 358 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Sat-Sun 10am-3pm

QBCC LIC. NO. 15007714


Spotlight on surfaces Pro2PAC finishes create luxury and stand-out style.

MANY OF THE MOST memorable homes are made remarkable by the finishes used on the cabinetry throughout. An eye-catching kitchen or bathroom can sometimes be all it takes to turn a home from ‘liveable’ into ‘beautiful’. First impressions count, and treating every surface as a canvas to display style and functionality is key when designing or renovating. “A luxurious yet practical lifestyle can be achieved within your home as easily as selecting the right colours and quality finishes on each surface,” suggests Pro2PAC founder and CEO Marie Nakic, who is regarded as a market leader in what is traditionally a male-dominated industry. “The biggest focus in a kitchen or bathroom is the cabinetry – get that right and the ‘feel’ of the entire room changes. “I believe we offer a different perspective and clients really value our input on colour choices and actual finishes.

“At our showroom, we have a wide range of colours and finishes to show our clients, however, they can also choose a colour they like and we can match it. “’I like to think that’s where our experience on finishing choices really counts. It is very rewarding to know that we have contributed to them enjoying their space and, equally as important, adding value to their home, as 2Pac is considered the most luxurious of all surface finishes.” When Pro2PAC began 14 years ago, the business specifically focused on finishing high-end luxury apartment buildings being developed across the Eastern States of Australia. “Initially we worked with large developers, builders and cabinet makers and that is where we developed our reputation for quality and service,” says Marie. “Over time we have expanded our services to the home renovator and home owners.”

Resistant to heat, moisture and stains, having 2Pac finishes is a great way to add personality and liveability to a home. Selecting lighter colours can make a small area feel larger, while darker palettes can bring a touch of sophistication. “An important step in making a home feel more inviting is remembering to pay attention to smaller spaces that are often overlooked such as powder rooms and small bathrooms, even internal doors,” says Marie. Pro2PAC has a stream-lined process using state-of-the-art equipment that ensures high quality and quick turnarounds for clients. “We can collect their existing cabinetry, then return those pieces to a raw state before bringing them back to life with a new colour and finish within 7 to 10 days,” she says. “Our team can even help with the re-installation of cabinetry at the customer’s request.”

“People often ask me ‘why choose 2Pac over standard paint?’ It’s actually quite simple. 2Pac Polyurethane has a specialised method of spray painting which results in a higher quality, longer lasting surface than regular painting methods. 2pac coatings are ideal for use on high quality fixtures and furniture, internal doors, any wood, MDF and melamine finish, right through to commercial joinery, wall panelling, plastic and metal.” – Marie Nakic - CEO & Founder Pro2PAC



Indoor/outdoor living Suncoast Outdoor Living has creative solutions for your pool, patio and outdoor areas.

SUNCOAST OUTDOOR LIVING can help bring your entertainment and living areas together, creating a practical and welcoming indoor/ outdoor space. Their unique screening systems keep pests and debris at bay and allow you to enjoy year round entertaining. “At Suncoast Outdoor Living our focus is to make your outdoor living area a sanctuary for you and your family,” says Managing Director Tony Mora. “We are finding that more and more people are keen to plan ahead and make their outdoor entertaining areas as maintenance free as possible, meaning they can then relax and enjoy their leisure time at home.” With this in mind, Suncoast offer an innovative range of patio, pool and alfresco enclosures, locally manufactured insulated roofing, pet enclosures and automatic screens and blinds.

Some of the benefits include: • Keeping out mosquitoes, bugs, leaves and other unwanted guests. • Less cleaning up. • Maintain airflow and views. • Added element of privacy. • Opens up the house to fresh air. • Provides a pet friendly environment. Custom built onsite, Suncoast’s unique screening system never sags or gets loose. Optional outdoor blinds provide sun control, while self-closing or sliding doors allow easy backyard access. The pool enclosures can not only reduce water evaporation and chemical usage, they also comply with fencing regulations and provide UV protection. Suncoast Outdoor Living’s professional team of builders and installers ensure all projects are

designed and built around the client’s specific needs so that you get a custom job which will give you pleasure and add value to one of your greatest assets – your home. Established in 1993, the company first started building pool and patio enclosures under the name Suncoast Enclosures. Over the years the business grew to include more services designed to help clients enjoy the outdoors. By 2015 it was clear that the types of products and services had evolved, and the company rebranded as Suncoast Outdoor Living to better reflect what they have to offer. They are still the same people, the same experienced builders, and the same company Queensland has trusted for over 25 years. The company operate an office and warehouse in Woodridge, where they have a selection of outdoor products on display.

“For over 25 years Suncoast Outdoor Living has been offering a range of innovative products to increase the enjoyment to your home. For example, an insulated patio roof or unique outdoor screen around your existing outdoor area or over your swimming pool doesn’t just look great, it adds value to your property and is ideal for the relaxed outdoor lifestyle we get to enjoy in Queensland.” – Tony Mora



Standout kitchens Wood, Marble & White’s new luxury showroom is now open on the Gold Coast. WITH AWARD-WINNING DESIGNERS and a new, state-of-the-art showroom, Gold Coast kitchen designers and renovators Wood, Marble & White pride themselves on creating beautiful, contemporary kitchens, wardrobes and bathrooms. Implementing innovative technology from their completely digital office, the team can create realistic 3D drawings to help clients visualise the space and understand all aspects of the design. Clients also have access to an online portal, allowing them to view every stage of their project. Wood, Marble & White’s qualified artisans take responsibility for every stage of the process – from the first sketch to the finishing touches, ensuring complete quality control.


“Wood Marble & White expertise allows us the ability to design and create luxurious bespoke cabinetry that extends beyond the kitchen,” explains owner Leighton Ward. Every Wood, Marble & White project has the benefit of a bespoke kitchen design service, as well as a personal, in-house project management team to ensure quality is upheld at every stage. “Everything we design is inspired by a full understanding of your needs. “We create luxurious, innovative, and functional kitchens and furniture that has a timeless elegance,” says Leighton. “Made on the Gold Coast and built to last, your Wood, Marble & White furniture will look as good tomorrow as it does today.”

This made-to-measure approach ensures not only a unique design but also peace of mind. “At Wood, Marble & White there is no prefabrication. Each piece is made to order and every detail is carefully considered,” adds Leighton. “Made to measure means what it says, all our furniture is specifically tailored to your space, your choices and lifestyle. “Our managed installation service ensures that your room takes shape exactly as intended, with a dedicated installation coordinator who will oversee all aspects of the final build for you. “We have the proven expertise to oversee your project through from concept to completion … and beyond.”

MEET THE TEAM LEIGHTON Wood, Marble & White owner Leighton has been in the industry for almost 30 years – starting his working life as a carpentry apprentice, back in the UK. This practical knowledge along with his passion and creative flair ensure that his work is not only beautiful but the attention to detail is second to none. Leighton is a Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute member, and his amazing kitchens and cabinetry designs have played a significant part in the Building Industry Awards, with one of the projects he was involved in being awarded the Major Awards: 2017 House of the Year from the Master Builders Queensland. WAYNE A brilliant award-winning designer with over 40 years of experience in the industry, Wayne started his journey as a cabinet making apprentice and shortly after progressed into the joinery design field and found his true love. Wayne’s designs have truly transformed Gold Coast homes with his signature Hamptons designed kitchens. A Kitchen and Bathroom Designers Institute member, in 2016 Wayne accomplished a fantastic achievement by taking out the prestigious KBDI Queensland Designer Small Kitchens award. KATIA With more than 12 years of experience, award-winning designer Katia has a reputation for creating unique and sometimes unusual designs. While Katia’s interiors are predominantly designed with the Gold Coast lifestyle in mind, they also combine innovative and out of the box elements, which result in distinctive awardwinning spaces. In 2017 Katia received the highly coveted KBDI Australian Designer of The Year award and took out several other awards including KBDI Queensland Designer of the Year, QLD Small Kitchen Design & QLD Medium Kitchen Design. ANDREA Andrea’s passion and inspiration to start her design career began with fashion, however, she found her calling in interior design. With over 12 years of experience in the construction industry, Andrea has spent several years working overseas and has gained a great deal of European knowledge which reflects in all of her beautiful designs. Having worked with one of the biggest kitchen suppliers in London, she has moved back home to the Gold Coast where she continues her passion for designing joinery. ROLY J WARD Also known as Boss Dog, gorgeous pooch Roly J is Wood, Marble & White’s client relationship manager. Roly’s duties include putting a smile on every customer’s face when they come to visit the showroom, while following them around everywhere. She has an excellent eye for detail and believes there should be an integrated dog bowl in every kitchen.



Edgy & elegant Interior designer Keeley Green draws on her international experiences to create stylish, much-loved spaces. FROM AN EXPATRIATE childhood in Africa and Papua New Guinea followed by English boarding school to moving to Florence with her children in 2012 to study a Masters in Interior Design, Keeley Green’s journey has taken her to many corners of the globe. Now based back in Australia, Keeley has opened her own interior design studio in Brisbane, although her international lifestyle continues as she makes regular trips to Europe to meet with her business partner, Florence-based artist Amanda Ferragamo. The pair established Ailanto Design, a luxury interiors brand producing high-end wallpaper and fabrics, two years ago and their products are now stocked in Harrods and many other quality retailers world-wide. Can you share a little bit about your background and how you ended up in interior design? My childhood fired a natural curiosity in the way we live in different cultures and, as such, how our built environment looks. However, I didn’t realise until adulthood how much of an impact my early years had on me in terms of design aesthetic. As is so often the case, my career slowly morphed from marketing into interior design. I was part of a private property development business for 16 years, specialising in retirement villages and shopping centres, and I slowly became more and more involved in the planning, design and implementation of our developments. I gained a huge amount of experience and it became clear to me that design is my passion. In 2012 I moved to Florence with my children to study and from there opened my own studio in London. Home is where the heart is though so in 2016 I moved back to Australia. Why did you choose Florence? Who wouldn’t love to live in Florence? Florence has a fantastic design school where I studied, a wonderful International School for the children, warm culture, interesting personalities and so much history.


Every day of living in the historic centre is akin to living in history, wonderful stone buildings and cobblestoned twisting streets with their very narrow sidewalks making it quite difficult to navigate. If you have the time (rather than frustration) this leads to wonderful adventures of the ‘where am I kind’ where you stumble across amazing discoveries. There are many learning opportunities in Florence from cooking to art history, sketching and venetian plasterwork. It’s also a great city to learn the Italian language given that it offers it in its most correct form from a pronunciation perspective. Geographically Florence is centrally situated, allowing for easy access to the coast, Tuscan countryside and many wonderful cities. What is your design philosophy? A space must go above and beyond in serving the purpose that it’s to be used for, so, for me, understanding my client and then subsequent space planning are very important. From there I like to create a timeless design that’s a pleasure to living in or use. Do you have a signature look? A house should look collected, a representation of the people that live there. In that way I like to incorporate existing pieces with some antiques, as well as more modern pieces, providing layers and interest. If someone is looking for that one ‘statement’ piece, what would you recommend? I actually think a room only ever needs one statement piece for ‘wow’ factor … any more and you lose focus. For a living room I would recommend an amazing piece of artwork or a mid-century or antique chair to work back with more comfortable case goods.

What do you see as the ‘must-have’ trends for 2019? There is a return to maximalism (as opposed to minimalism) in artwork and furnishing. Floral designs (and botanicals in general) are also enjoying a resurgence, whether detailed or simplified and applied to wallpaper, fabrics and artwork. In that way we are also seeing nature more readily incorporated into our homes through materials such as wood and stone and even indoor greenery, which works very well with our indoor/outdoor lifestyle. The elegance of metals are also being incorporated but in a more understated way through small details. Are you influenced by broad design trends or do you have an individual style? My consistent design style is edgy elegant. I would say that I take elements of broad design trends that I find interesting and translate them into my own style. What has been your career highlight to date? The recent completion of The Old Vicarage, a beautiful family country home in the midlands of England. We refurbished, extended and added a home office building. I designed and specified everything internally which included floor plan layouts; kitchen design; five bathrooms; home office; library; five bedrooms; living area; home cinema and the list goes on. Every room contained either custom cabinetry or furnishings. It was an amazing project of which I had full design control and took two years to complete.



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Experience South Bank’s only rooftop bar with the most spectacular, panoramic views of the Brisbane River, city and beyond. A retractable roof makes the most of Queensland’s incredible subtropical climate, which can be enjoyed with a sumptious breakfast and all-day-dining menu. An extensive range of premium wine, beer and spirits are on offer, along with classic and innovative cocktail menus. O ​ pen daily from 6:30am until late.

The Balfour Kitchen located at Spicers Balfour Hotel offers a unique dining experience. Serving French Vietnamese cuisine with the refined sophistication that Spicers is known for, The Balfour Kitchen is a restaurant for all occasions. With an awardwinning breakfast menu, delectable high tea, frangipani-shaded courtyard and heritage verandah, rooftop cocktail bar, private dining room and luxury event space, The Balfour Kitchen is where alfresco dining, heritage charm and incredible food come together.

Chef’s hatted restaurant, Vanitas, offers an Italian focused menu that compliments the Italian heritage of our mother brand… Versace. Draped in the finest furnishings with Italian marble floors and mosaics, the atmosphere encapsulates luxury. The menu reflects traditional Italian cuisine, with pastas handmade daily and freshly baked breads. Vanitas is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner. Bring your loved one this Valentine’s Day for an unforgettable six course degustazione journey.

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Savour delicious Thai flavours

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Introducing The Crudo Degustation

With seating overlooking the pier, our location is both tranquil and relaxing. Enjoy breathtaking sunsets over the Marina where our highly trained team offer impeccable service, so you can sit back and enjoy the company of others. We guarantee you will enjoy our delicious food, quality service and stunning atmosphere, and we hope to see you soon at the House of Siam.

Surrounded by forests and enriched with breathtaking views of the Gold Coast, our award-winning, fine dining restaurant Vue 175 offers innovative dining without compromising the true flavours of the freshest, locally sourced produce. For a special occasion, a formal dinner or a more relaxed lunch, treat yourself to an unforgettable experience.

Bacchus Head Chef Massimo Speroni is set to welcome 2019 with his newest menu featuring eight courses. Including fresh and delicious fish, crustaceans and mouthwatering meats; each meticulously prepared with different flavours and techniques, celebrating Australian produce. And the finale dish heroes the very best of local fruit. Available in Bacchus Restaurant from 7 February to 9 March 2019. Please join us.




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Thai time Create authentic Thai flavours at home with this tasty lamb recipe from House of Siam. Kari lamb

Ingredients 500g lamb, diced 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger 1 onion 1 red or yellow capsicum (optional) 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 100g yellow curry paste 140ml coconut milk 1½ tablespoons lime juice 1/3 cup coriander, chopped Plain flour for dusting (GF flour optional)


Serves 4

Method 1. Dust lamb lightly with flour, set aside. 2. Cut onion into thin wedges. 3. C  ut capsicums into quarters and slice crossways. 4. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a non-stick frying pan. 5. A  dd diced lamb and cook over a medium heat for 4 minutes or until lightly browned. 6. Remove and wipe out pan with absorbent paper. 7. Heat remaining oil in pan.

8.  Add onion and capsicum, stir over heat for 2 minutes. 9. Add curry paste and lamb. 10. Cover and cook over low heat for 30 minutes or until lamb is cooked through. Stir occasionally. 11. Stir in coconut milk and lime juice; reheat. 12. Serve sprinkled with coriander.


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CHEF BOON HOUSE OF SIAM USING TRADITIONAL FLAVOURS and fresh ingredients to create authentic Thai dishes, Chef Boon’s passion for food can be traced back to his childhood. “My love of cooking came from my grandmother in Thailand,” he says. “She is a master of Thai food and used to cook for the temple monks who very much enjoyed her food.” Since moving to Australia Chef Boon has further developed his career and now heads up the kitchen at the very popular House of Siam Restaurant at Hope Island. “My grandmother taught me how to choose the right ingredients to complement the food and I have continued using her skills. “I invite diners to come and visit us to experience true Thai cuisine.”

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Long lunch With a tranquil ambience and the opulence commanded by a world-class marina, The Marine Village at Sanctuary Cove is the Gold Coast’s most vibrant dining precinct.


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PROVIDING A LUXE WATERSIDE LOCATION and an abundance of highly acclaimed dining venues, The Marine Village provides the perfect location for an indulgent long lunch, no matter what the occasion. For a contemporary Australian menu signposted by the finest seasonal ingredients and a classic French technique, Jonez on Food will tantalise your taste buds with innovative cuisine served alongside some favourite British classics. Located adjacent to the marina, Jonez on Food offers alfresco dining to make the most of


the afternoon sunshine or an elaborate dining room for elevated occasions. Relax with a world-class view at Black Angus Bar and Grill, which offers an extensive menu inclusive of the house specialty and namesake, certified Black Angus steak. Taking the social element of eating out to a whole new level, Black Angus offers the sizzling Hot Rock, a heated volcanic rock on which you can cook your own steak to your liking. For authentic Italian cuisine, Ioesco Café and Cucina is highly recommended.

Infused with a touch of the Mediterranean, you can expect traditional Italian dishes such as zuppa di pesce with fresh seafood in an olive oil, white wine Napoli sauce. Or you can try Ioesco’s new café Esco that offers share plates and light meals, all with stunning marina views. Nothing says lunch on the Gold Coast like a seafood spread. With it’s prime waterfront location, George’s Paragon Seafood Restaurant is renowned as one of the best in the region.

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For lunch with an oriental twist, Dragon Cove serves authentic Chinese dishes and dumplings. Choose from a Yum Cha, a la Carte or Banquet menu and enjoy the picturesque views. The house specialty, Peking Duck, is a musttry, cooked fresh, served sizzling and carved before your eyes. The authentic Asian experience continues at Thai House, The Marine Village’s acclaimed Thai restaurant. Here you will be treated to delicious Thai curries, noodle and rice dishes along

with traditionally prepared meats and all your usual favourites. For the adventurous food enthusiast, Artichoke Restaurant and Bar offer a ‘Trust the Chef’ menu that allows the executive chef to design a unique degustation sampling new and exciting dishes and flavours for guests, alternatively the extensive internationally inspired a la carte menu willtruly delight. In addition, the Marine Village offers a selection of casual cafés, pub dining and Japanese flavours.

Sanctuary Cove delivers the perfect place to meet for an indulgent lunch date. For the full list of dining venues visit



Food network Learning to cook is a fun way to develop new skills and expand your recipe repertoire.


FEEL YOURSELF FALLING BACK on the same few recipes? Then why not indulge yourself by building your culinary skills. Besides promoting better nutrition, learning to cook has many side benefits, such as boosting confidence in our own abilities and encouraging communication and cooperation with classmates, not to mention the gratitude you’ll receive from those around you. Like any creative pursuit where you learn new skills, cooking classes can also lead to new friendships. They even make great date territory. From pizza to dumplings, cakes to vegan cookery, you can have fun as you learn at these local cooking schools: DOUBLE ZERO Learn to make pizza from the masters at Double Zero, the first pizzeria in Queensland to be recognised worldwide for its service of true Neapolitan style pizza, accredited with the Verace Pizza Napoletana Association. Classes are held on the first and third Saturday of every month. Pizzaola Nicola Masci teaches participants how to make true Napoletana pizza the way it’s been made in Italy for centuries. When we add just a few toppings and pop our pizza into the huge domed Stefano Ferrara M 130 oven, we can finally see the result of our hard work.


It’s time then to sit and enjoy a communal lunch with classmates and a celebratory glass of wine. Cost of the 3-hour masterclass is $79pp. GREENWOOD FARM Escape to the Gold Coast’s ‘canopy’ for a culinary experience at Greenwood Farm. Angi Fullwood runs 16 different classes including sweet and savoury, spicy or mild, BBQ or vegetarian. Classes are a hands-on experience and, with a maximum of four participants, they are tailored to meet your needs. Learn how to shop, chop, prepare and cook your delicious meal in a fun and encouraging environment, then sit down on the mountain escarpment to enjoy your feast or take it home to your family and friends to share. You’ll get a pack of downloadable recipe cards so you can recreate the dishes at home. The cost of a 2-hour class ranges from $80 - $120pp. ICON COOKERY SCHOOL If you’re looking for lots of choice in cooking classes, Icon have about 70 different classes; the best range on offer on the coast, run by a dozen different chefs in a purpose-built kitchen. It’s the place to gain tips and tricks, new techniques and shortcuts. Some classes are followed by a meal and in others, you take your creations home.

There’s a class to suit all age groups, food preferences and palates. Prices range from $85 - $299, depending on their time length, number of dishes covered and complexity. SALT MEATS CHEESE It’s easy to feel part of a huge extended family when you take part in a Salt Meats Cheese pizza or pasta making masterclass. For little more than a restaurant meal, you can build your culinary knowledge, gain new recipes and learn the essential techniques to make basic pizza or pasta, eating your creations accompanied by a glass of Birra Italia or wine at the end of the class. Create together then eat together is one key to the success of this class. The other is the sense of fun. A 2-hour Masterclass costs $69pp (pizza) and $89pp (pasta). TENTERAM FINE FOODS Kay and Justin Reeves share their love of Indonesian cuisine through cooking classes in their secret Balinese-styled hideaway in the Currumbin Valley. Using recipes from their travels, the couple were also motivated by health, seeking to make versions of traditional dishes which maximise the healing properties of natural ingredients.

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At their cooking school they teach others how to prepare Indonesian food using their own range of all-natural Indonesian curry pastes, sauces and sambals. Without making the trip to Bali, you can learn to make tasty and vibrant food and, at the completion of the class, sit together to enjoy a feast of exotic food on a veranda facing out to tropical bushland. Classes are held on Saturdays and run from 10 am to 2 pm at a cost of $165 - $180pp.


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THE CRUDO – Bacchus Restaurant

Bacchus Head Chef Massimo Speroni is set to welcome 2019 with a huge burst of bang-on-trend flavour combinations. In addition to the acclaimed a la carte and degustation menus he curates at the award-winning restaurant, he has announced that the first Seasonal Degustation for 2019 will be The Crudo, an exciting eight-course dining experience. “The idea comes from my hometown and the region where I am from in central Italy,” Chef Speroni explains. “While Crudo has historically been associated with the serving of raw fish, the word actually means raw. “The Crudo Degustation at Bacchus will feature a menu of 8 courses of fish, crustaceans and meats, prepared with different flavours and techniques, featuring Australian products, with local fruits featuring in the finale dish.”

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A fresh feast Harvest Buffet at The Star Gold Coast has entered a new era with a menu overhaul, a reimagined bright open-plan space, increased capacity and an enhanced service offering. One of the largest buffet offerings in South East Queensland, the revitalised space boasts an open bar, a feature wine wall, a 60-seat alfresco dining terrace and a 44-seat luxe private dining room to allow for more intimate gatherings. Harvest is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.


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Froth & bubbles A new breed of grower-producers is creating champagnes to rival those of the traditional houses.


IT’S NOT SO MUCH THAT THE CHAMPAGNE (with or without the capital C) has drastically altered. It’s more that Australian champagnescape has changed ... and in a big way. What was a smallish pond dominated by a few big fish (Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Louis Roederer and a handful of others) is now a turbulent water populated by hundreds of smaller fry. Sure, the big guys are still here and still the major players, but those champagne-drinkers who consider themselves to be serious about the stuff laud the wines made by the grower-producers – the small guys making champagne from their own plots of land, often pushing boundaries in terms of style and production methods: brave stuff in a region so long bound by poker faces and staunch adherence to tradition.


Two such little guys (and, for that matter, two of my favourites) are Andre Clouet and Pierre Peters – dark and light, ying and yang, stylistic opposites but philosophical twins. Their differences lie in where their respective vineyards lie, and in the grape variety used. Champagne – at least the traditional stuff – is the ultimate blended wine; a mix of grapes, a mix of vineyards, usually a mix of multiple regions and for the most part a blend of vintages. Krug Grande Cuvée, for example (always a fabulous wine) is ‘a blend of more than 120 wines from ten or more different vintages’. And the sources for the grapes that make up these intricate blends is traditionally dominated by contract growers – the vineyards actually owned by the champagne houses making up a minority of the blend.

The grower-producers have turned all that on its head. As the name implies, the wine is made by the guy who grows the grapes. It’s not a new practice in Champagne – the English have been trotting across the Channel forever, snapping up discount champagnes direct from the growers' cellars. What is new(ish) is the startling quality coming in the guise of minimally blended champagne, and the number of small growers producing them. Which brings me back to Andre Clouet and Pierre Peters. Andre Clouet has its vineyards in the Grand Cru villages of Bouzy (yes, that’s the real name) and Ambonnay – two legendary spots for growing Pinot Noir (Krug’s Clos d’Ambonnay sells for around $6,000 a bottle).

So it’s no surprise that the Andre Clouet champagnes are almost solely made from Pinot Noir. The only exceptions come from a few rows of Chardonnay (midst the Pinot vineyards) destined for the Andre Clouet Vintage (a 50/50 blend) and the rare, exotic Dream Vintage crafted from 100% Chardonnay. Pinot Noir makes rich, rather full-bodied champagnes – masculine, sinewy, able to tackle robust food. And while Andre Clouet crafts relatively elegant champagnes, they are definitively Pinot Noir – structured, redfruited, complex and rich. Its Grande Reserve Brut NV is a spectacular entry-level, underpriced (remember, it’s made entirely from Grand Cru fruit) champagne; silky, complex, rather dry (there is a bone-dry version called Andre Clouet Silver) and gorgeously attired in its blue and gold livery. There are two flagships in the Clouet lineup, the first of which is 1911 – a rare (only 1911 bottles produced each release), quite dramatic champagne made from a collection of ten of the best parcels from the Bouzy vineyards, fermented in both stainless steel and barrel, assembled from vintages stretching from 1997 to 2002, then aged on lees for six years before disgorgement and release. It is a very, very complex champagne in which the aged components play a very important role – characters of brûlée, nuts and good sherry. It’s a marvel. Then there is Clos de Bouzy, bottled only in magnums. The source is an old, walled vineyard directly behind the winery. It’s a vintage wine (currently 2006), fermented, like 1911, in a mix of stainless steel and old barrels, and it sits on lees for eight years. I’ve never had the pleasure of tasting it, but the reports are stellar. Pierre Peters tells a similar story to Andre Clouet, but tells it in Chardonnay (Blanc de blancs) rather than Pinot Noir. Its vineyards are found in Mesnil, Cramant, Avicenna and Oger – vineyards every bit as impressive as those owned by the Clouet family. If Andre Clouet and Pinot Noir based champagnes smack of richness and sinew, Pierre Peters and Chardonnay embody finesse and elegance; yellow and white fruits, toast, butter, lemon. Chardonnay plays woodwind to Pinot Noir’s strings. And if Pierre Peter’s rather plain labels seem a little drab next to the opulent artworks on Andre Clouet, the wines do not. The champagnes of Pierre Peters are something of a cult – hard to find, quickly grabbed on release, and rarely shared with the uninitiated. Cuvée de Reserve is the backbone of the house in terms of productionsize and the unflinching commitment to upholding the house style. It (and I’m quoting here) ‘marries the clear wines of the year with more than 15 years of reserve wines’. That’s quite a commitment, particularly for a bottle of champagne that sells for less than $100. At the other end of the hierarchy is Cuvée Speciale Les Chetillons. Sourced from three parcels of old (40 - 70 years) vines in the Les Chetillons vineyard in Mesnil Sur Oger, it’s a stunning example of the heights that pure Chardonnay champagnes can achieve; immensely complex in a supple, mineral-laden way. It whispers its charms rather than shouting them, but only a drooling fool could miss them. Les Chetillons is a champagne to age (something that seems true for most good blanc de blancs), gaining stature and complexity, its characters morphing from nectarine and blossom to toast and curd, nut and honey. Andre Clouet and Pierre Peters are by no means the only or the best of the grower-producers. There are other hallowed names like Anselme Selosse, Agrapart, Ely Ouriet and Larmandier Bernier ... these days it’s quite a long list. But Clouet and Peters straddle the market, with their entry-level wines ridiculously affordable and their top wines rare and in high demand. And they each cover a different end of the champagne world; ying and yang, dark and light, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.


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From sleeping on an ice bed to witnessing the spectacular Northern Lights, a visit to the Arctic Circle is a truly special experience.


THE ARCTIC CIRCLE is literally and figuratively the polar opposite of the Gold Coast, especially in December, but that was where we found ourselves having boarded SAS Airlines at Heathrow and flown to Kiruna in the north of Sweden. We spent a week in Jukkasjärvi, which is only 2,400kms south from the North Pole; our accommodation, The Ice Hotel, the world’s first hotel made of ice and snow. There are two parts to this magical place, warm rooms in chalet type buildings and the actual Ice Suites where the entire room is sculpted out of ice – including the bed. Each room has a different theme; ours featured reindeer sculptures and was called the ‘Oh Dear’ Art Suite. Of course, we couldn’t travel all this way and not spend at least one night ‘on ice’. We picked up our thermal sleeping bag from reception and were given instructions on how to prepare for this surreal experience of sleeping on a bed of ice topped with a padded bag and reindeer skin.


A surreal experience but after lots of giggles we went out like lights. We were gifted a certificate the next morning as proof that we actually slept at -5 degrees, however, once was enough for us and we were very happy to move back to our ‘warm’ room for the remainder of our stay. The hotel also has an Ice Bar, where you sit on blocks of ice carved from the frozen Torne River topped with reindeer skins. Drinking cocktails from ice tumblers in this snow white, picture-perfect wonderland was quite magical and there was a great atmosphere as we chatted to the staff and other guests. We had all our own gear to wear in the extreme climate, however, the hotel will supply the onepiece snowsuit, snow boots, gloves and beanie if required. Another evening we joined a group for a reindeer experience that gave us some insight into the life of the Sámi, the local Indigenous people of the Arctic Circle region.

To this day, they still herd the reindeer and after a sled ride, we fed the animals and were given the option to eat reindeer meat, which I’m told was succulent and tender. During our visit the sun rose at 10:30am and set at 12:30pm so you had to make the most out of the daylight hours. Enjoying a regular walk to our local coffee shop when at home, we continued the ritual and found a café in a tepee with an open log fire. While the Sámi would cook up a meal of reindeer meat if desired, at that time of day we settled for a coffee and muffin. The temperature was around -13 degrees and it was quite strange to be out and about in the pitch black when it’s only 2pm. We did find our body clocks struggled with this phenomenon but, of course, in summer they experience days with no darkness at all. The local restaurant, the only one in the village, boasts a Michelin Chef and the food is excellent. The absolute highlight of our stay was the Photographic Northern Lights tour. >>


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We were met in reception by our photographer who provided each person with a quality camera and tripod. After purchasing a memory card we were given a crash course on how to capture the northern lights. There were clouds throughout the day so it was doubtful whether we would be lucky enough to see the lights but our tour guide was diligent. He kept ringing his counterparts throughout the region to find out if there were any ‘openings’ in the sky. We had to drive for over an hour before eventually arriving in a forest away from the lights of ‘civilisation’ were we set up the cameras and proceeded to wait. An hour went by and the Arctic wind was horrendous. The tour guide said it had dropped to around -20 degrees and bundled us into the car with the heater going to keep our core temperature up. Suddenly the sky opened and at that moment no one thought about the cold as we ran out again and clicked away capturing this beautiful phenomenon. The colours were breathtaking and so memorable. This entire trip was an experience of a lifetime, certainly something that I had on my bucket list and would thoroughly recommend.


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Even edgier Aston Martin’s new DB11 V8 forges traditional style with contemporary design.



CHANGE is often necessary, but it can be tricky when applied to a brand for which heritage is everything. That’s Aston Martin, which for generations has been known for ultra-smooth lines and bespoke quality. It was all right when Sean Connery was Agent 007 and drove the stately DB5, but Daniel Craig needs something edgier. The Aston Martin DB11 reviewed here replaced the DB9. It’s arrived at the image-refresh Aston needed via the sharply-styled DB10, which you won’t find in a showroom because it was custom-built only for the Bond film Spectre. The clean-sheet design DB11 is unmistakably Aston Martin – still with its familiar cues such as the smooth front-engine profile and low, wide front grille, but now there are edges where there used to be soft curves. When introduced with a V12 engine in mid-2017, the DB11 was announced as the first of seven new Astons in the pipeline – a no-holds-barred brand makeover, then. The V8 Vantage followed with a decidedly aggressive, bad-boy look appropriate to its role as the pure sports car in the range. Among models still to come are a Vanquish replacement, a Lagonda sedan, an SUV called the DBX and the ultra-exclusive, Formula 1-inspired Valkyrie. Vantage and a subsequent variation of the DB11 share a V8 engine supplied by the performance arm of Mercedes-Benz, AMG. Building a new in-house engine would be hugely expensive for a small-volume maker like Aston Martin, but the bought-in AMG V8 fits the bill perfectly. For a start, these engines are regarded highly among enthusiasts for their power and character. It would be difficult to do better. With twin turbochargers force-feeding the 4.0 litre engine, fuel consumption and emissions outputs are reduced while performance is increased – an essential requirement for manufacturers trying to meet evertightening clean-air regulations. The DB11 V12 is a magnificent powerplant worthy of eventual museum status but it’s increasingly inappropriate for the times unless you’re an oil mogul. >>


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In the alternative V8 DB11, less might be seen to be more. There’s relatively little difference in price – $395,000 vs $368,000. General specifications are closely similar, but the V8 wins with superior efficiency, kerb weight reduction of 115 kg and near-equal front-rear weight balance. Immediately, it’s clear the V8 is the DB11 for owners who prefer a sportier drive. A large portion of the weight-saving is over the nose. Lift the bonnet and you’ll see the engine is positioned a long way from the front, behind the axle line; take the wheel and pitch the car into a tight corner and you’ll feel the front tyres respond accurately and bite hard. The V8 delivers 375 kiloWatts of power and 675 Newtonmetres of torque (those turbos at work to typically bump up the torque) and a 0-100 kmh acceleration time of 4.0 seconds. If that’s no longer insanely fast by supercar standards, it nonetheless feels it when you hear that thunderous engine at full noise; and it gets louder as you wind up the selectable driving modes from GT (everyday) to Sport and Sport+.

While the DB11 is very, very enjoyable on a short, fast blast it’s really a GT car intended more for rapid touring. And it’s a doddle to drive around town. There are two tiny rear seats. The boot could be bigger for touring holidays, but if the weather turns bad at least it contains a beautiful Aston Martin umbrella. The cabin is beautiful, featuring quality leather hand-fitted and stitched. It’s superbly comfortable, as long as you’re not in those rear seats. Stowage space for small items like phones isn’t generous, although there is a centre console bin with an electrically-powered lid that slides open in two stages. The fascia layout is straightforward in design and use. I liked the fact the digital instruments can be configured for personal preference – putting the navigation display straight ahead, in my case – and that the main gear selection for the eightspeed automatic transmission is just four buttons on the centre panel; no gear lever. Individual gears are picked with fingertip paddles behind the steering wheel, although during normal driving the V8’s lazy pulling power makes them completely unnecessary.

While the lighter V8 DB11 is impressively nimble, it has some limitations. Its size takes some getting used to from behind the wheel. The bonnet is long and wide, making accurate placement of the front wheels a learned skill. The car weighs a considerable 1,760 kg, which is felt on tight roads. With this bulk, standard 360-degree cameras are a huge help when parking or manoeuvring in tight places. Carelessly scrape the 20-inch wheel rims or the front undertray or tap the nose on a wall and you’ll score an Aston Martin-size repair bill. And you wouldn’t want to do that, because it’s such a handsome beast from every angle. Unfortunately, the black-on-dark grey colour scheme of the test car hid the best of the DB11’s beautiful new lines but I’d buy one in a light colour … in a heartbeat.

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Waterfront gold New research reveals the demand for waterfront property on the Gold Coast is at a premium.


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“The premium paid for waterfront properties on the Gold Coast is from a combination of owneroccupiers, and in particular those downsizing. They’re seeking high-quality homes situated along the beachfront and on the river to combine the lifestyle of having access to their luxury boat and water views from most rooms.” Limited supply of waterfront locations is a key driver of high premiums on the Gold Coast. “Houses located only a few streets back from the Gold Coast waterfront are situated in generally low-lying areas, so the potential for water views becomes quite limited until you move out beyond the suburbs to the foothills,” Ms Ciesielski says. While Sydney’s premiums are driven by the tussle for the best views of the Harbour Bridge or Opera House, the Perth market is skewed towards new homes along the beachfront. Waterfront premiums diminish to 30.4 per cent in Melbourne, well below the global average. However, the Melbourne premium is in line with that of London’s waterfront properties. As for who is likely to buy on the water, the Knight Frank report reveals the Brits, Americans and Canadians lead the pack globally, followed by the Germans, French, Swiss and Australians.

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In the lead up to Shen Yun’s Gold Coast performances, accomplished dancer and choreographer, Yungchia Chen, tells of his life and new home with Shen Yun in New York.

“LET’S START AGAIN FROM THE TOP,” he says as the music fades out to a roomful of winded dancers. The session should have long been over. But for Yungchia Chen, hard work and self-discipline are second nature. It’s how he got where he wanted to be in life – every step of the way. The experienced choreographer now producing prolifically for the world’s stage was once an aspiring boy who was nearly rejected by a dance academy. Through adversities great and small, he never wavered. And it is with Shen Yun that he has found the greatest meaning in his work. Chen joined Shen Yun Performing Arts in 2007 – one year after the company was founded in New York. Within a few short years, Shen Yun has become recognised internationally as the premier classical Chinese dance and music company. Around the world, Shen Yun’s audiences have been captivated by the beauty of ancient China, and touched by the show’s message of hope.


Each season, Shen Yun presents an entirely

Already in his late-thirties, Chen decided he

new show. Chen has choreographed dozens of dances in classical, folk, and ethnic styles. His own story – which led him from China to Taiwan to the United States – is just as rich. Chen grew up in southern China, the youngest in an ethnic Hmong family of six. His whole family loved the arts, which kindled a lifelong passion for him. As a small 11-year-old, he auditioned for a professional dance academy, but the judges rejected him for his size. Yet one teacher, who noticed how quickly and accurately he learned the movements, argued for his acceptance. Chen never forgot the near-rejection, and vowed to work ten times harder than his peers. At graduation, he ranked first in his class. As he matured into an award-winning performer, choreographer and teacher, his career took him to the capital Beijing and then to Taiwan. In 2007, the New York-based New Tang Dynasty TV announced its inaugural International Classical Chinese Dance Competition.

would participate as a farewell to the stage. During the competition, Chen was discovered by Shen Yun and he quickly joined the company. What changed when you joined Shen Yun? Everything. Everything felt different at Shen Yun. Dance used to be the most important thing in my life. But now it’s faith. Being a part of Shen Yun has been a process of elevation for my body and soul. In trying to revive traditional culture, we have to comply with its values and thinking. Our ‘returning to the traditional’ can’t just be for show. The ancient Chinese had great faith and respect for the divine. As modern people, we have to change the way we think, and purify our minds bit by bit. Is this something you always believed? I realised these things after coming to Shen Yun. I started practicing the self-cultivation discipline Falun Dafa, and conducting myself according to its principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance.

© 2018 Shen Yun Performing Arts.


© 2018 Shen Yun Performing Arts.

I now think and act very differently from before. I care less about fame and money and more about what my heart really wants. When problems occur, I can face them positively and use them to improve myself. How does this affect your art? Well, it’s not just me; it’s the same with this company’s artists in general. As cultivators, Shen Yun artists’ have different starting points and creative concepts – we seek to strengthen what is good and pure, and we use traditional elements in our choreography. Shen Yun is a world leader in terms of reviving traditional culture. That’s our mission, and the basis for everything we do. We want to send a message that gods exist, that what we do has consequences – good is rewarded and evil is punished, and that there’s hope for the future. What do you find most gratifying about your work? It’s that we’re showing the world authentic Chinese culture and the essence of our 5,000-year history. That’s why I’m so proud to be a part of this. When I think that my life’s work is helping to revive traditional Chinese culture for generations to come, I can’t be more satisfied.

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Surfers Paradise is set to be transformed into a sea-inspired sandscape as the annual Sand Safari Arts Festival creates a sandstorm of creativity. The free, family-focused event will also spread throughout the Gold Coast with largescale sand sculptures, a cast of soldier crabs and community arts and crafts zones appearing in libraries, shopping centres and public places.

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East meets West as Southern Cross Soloists celebrate the Lunar New Year in a colourful mix of modern and traditional folk music. Featuring special guest performances from cello virtuoso Li-Wei Qin, piano soloist Kristian Chong and erhu master George Gao, Lunar New Year: Memories of Childhood will be presented in the Concert Hall, QPAC.

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Missy Higgins is one of Australia’s greatest singer-songwriters and her stories truly transform to life on stage. The Gold Coast is being spoilt with an exclusive standalone show at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre to wrap up her national co-headline tour with John Butler Trio. Supported by Dan Sultan – an extraordinary talent in his own right – this is an all-ages show not to be missed.

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14 MARCH The Sixteen – An Immortal Legacy Acclaimed for performances delivered with precision, power and purity, Harry Christophers and his world-renowned choir The Sixteen will present An Immortal Legacy in QPAC Concert Hall. Standing among the world’s greatest ensembles as interpreters of Renaissance, Baroque and modern choral music, this is one of The Sixteen’s most popular programs and spans over 500 years of British choral music.

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ACROSS 1 Update old denim with zero alterations! (9) 8 Scale increase (5) 9 Send a message by taxi before the French appear (5) 10 Conformed to the twisted body with ease, say (6) 11 Dance the hula to get a good catch! (4) 13 Security breach discovered on the meadow the weekend afterwards (4) 15 The proffered carrot civilises those backing the winner (6) 18 One foot in New York could be handy! (5) 19 A punctuated bit of bowel? (5) 20 Next to it is a golden creation (9)

DOWN 2 Not entirely old, I have a tree (5) 3 If you give them blemished reports you will find it is symbolic (6) 4 Steal a small mark (4) 5 It’s a brazen crime to dispose of nature’s top animal (5) 6 Choosing fifty sorts of education (9) 7 Asserting that one is settling for the runs the dance girl choreographed (9) 12 One scene troubled these relatives (6) 14 A terrible flaw engulfs you. It’s horrendous (5) 16 Bound to include the leader of the law who made a mosaic, for example (5) 17 Humorists start many performances without a song (4)

ACROSS 1 Bring up-to-date (9) 8 Ascend (5) 9 Telegram (5) 10 Complied (6) 11 Transport (4) 13 Disclose (secret information) (4) 15 Conqueror (6) 18 Handy (5) 19 Large intestine (5) 20 Next to (9) DOWN 2 Oily fruit (5) 3 Symbol (6) 4 Steal (informal) (4) 5 African animal (5) 6 Institutional education (9) 7 Stating (9) 12 Female relatives (6) 14 Horrible (5) 16 Type of roof (5) 17 Sacred song (4)

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time for ten 1. Which 2015 novel by Sarai Walker was turned into a TV series in 2018? 2. What does the word aloo signify on an Indian menu? 3. In what year was John Howard elected prime minister of Australia? 4. What characteristic unites the words month, orange and silver?

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Easy 5. The ruins of the ancient city of Pompeii are near to which volcano? 6. Who wrote Patsy Cline’s hit song Crazy? 7. What tennis player has won the most men's grand slam titles? 8. What kind of car did Starsky and Hutch drive in the classic television series? 9. What type of cloud is normally associated with thunderstorms? 10. Who is the head of the Australian Reserve Bank?

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PISCES 20 Feb – 20 Mar

Jupiter in your career zone makes a beautiful aspect with the new moon on February 5th, suggesting you could truly boost your work and general circumstances in February. Take the initiative and be ready to alter your usual routine and to flap your wings a little. The Pisces new moon on March 7th will reinvigorate the areas of your life where you need more excitement.

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CANCER 22 Jun – 23 Jul

SCORPIO 24 Oct – 22 Nov

ARIES 21 Mar - 20 Apr

LEO 24 Jul – 23 Aug

February and March are optimum months for love, so ensure you plan a holiday or a romantic event. If you have found some relationships or collaborations difficult, the next two months will be excellent for sorting out differences and finding common ground. It’s an ideal time to consider where you wish your life to go, and to work towards manifesting change.

SAGITTARIUS 23 Nov – 22 Dec

Mars in Aries until mid-February will add to your allure and dynamism; make the most of these two weeks to initiate projects and talks. The second in a series of three supermoons will be on the night of February 19th, and the third on March 21st. Be ready to work through old issues and to come up with amazing and life-enhancing decisions. Be bold and put health first.

TAURUS 21 Apr – 21 May

VIRGO 24 Aug – 23 Sept

CAPRICORN 23 Dec – 20 Jan

GEMINI 22 May – 21 Jun

LIBRA 24 Sept – 23 Oct

AQUARIUS 21 Jan – 19 Feb

Be prepared to consider life on new terms and be discerning about which activities are lifeenhancing and which are simply distracting. This is a potentially life-changing year. The new moon on March 7th will bring clarity to a shared circumstance so, where relationships may present challenges, you should achieve insight that will clear the way to a better understanding.

The big news is the re-entry of Uranus into Taurus in March, and this will put in gear ideas that you considered in 2018. You’ll feel more prepared to take action now, even if Uranus brings about potentially long-ranging change that may even seem disruptive. Grab life by the horns and be ready to initiate changes featuring travel, study and developments in your personal life.

The next two months are ideal for establishing a more smoothly running schedule at work. You should see considerable improvements as a result. Your health or that of someone close may be a focus. February and March are also hotspots for love. Singles should mingle: take action if you are looking for a commitment; be bold. Partners will enjoy ramping up romance.

Be prepared to assume the role of teacher and leader over the next two months. You may even feel slightly outside your comfort zone in the process, but you must not lack the courage to step into a more responsible role. The supermoons in February and March will spotlight key talks or negotiations; be ready for travel, and the chance to re-arrange domestic matters.

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The more practical you are with communications and negotiations in February, the better you will instigate innovative changes with family, at home and within your world at large in March. Plan ideas step by step, and then be ready to take action to improve work and health. Developments in March will be particularly stimulating, enabling you to feel empowered.

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Keep an eye out on your feelings about where you wish your life to go: you will gain deep insight into what – and who – means the most to you now. Your home life will be the main area of focus in early March as you consider ways to make it a true haven. Your social life is due for an overhaul end of March, so look for ways to strengthen ties and to meet new people then.

Developments in February will spotlight your values. A relationship or financial matter will be the main focus as you ensure you are happy with developments. The Supermoon on March 21st will shine a light on the activities that provide you with a sense of purpose and achievement, so keep an eye out for opportunities to promote happiness at work and in your daily life in March.

Developments should provide a fortunate or uplifting effect early February. Be proactive in February to maximise your potential, as this could be a fortunate time both in your personal life and financially. A pitfall will be unrealistic expectations, so ensure you base decisions on reality and practicalities. When you do your checks and balances, you could reach for the stars.

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Your daily life, work and health will manifest the greatest change in February and March. This may be the result of your various endeavours and ideas in 2018. You will be ready now to implement the changes you envisaged back then. The motivation to make changes is the expression of your desire to be more creative and nurturing. Ensure you keep those you love in the loop.

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