Garni Seevilla Wolfgangsee

If you’ve always wanted to sing about the hills being alive with the sound of music, there is no more peaceful spot than this one located on the banks of Austria’s St Wolfgang lake. Garni Seevilla Wolfgangsee Hotel is where poets must come to compose perfect lines and where the heartsick come to find meaning in life again. Here, in the simplicity of splashing water and the sunshine and crisp air, is where life feels good.  This hotel came recommended by family and when I saw the photos, I put it on my #dreamlist!

The Welcome

This hotel is a charming wooden cabin by the shores of a lake. Each room has a beautiful little balcony with flowers overlooking the water. In a world with so many distractions, it can be hard at first to let yourself be with just a good book or sparkling conversation. There isn’t much else to do here and that’s kind of the marvelous point.


This is the spot to be until sunset!

Choose a book from the hotel’s lovely library and feel the hours and stress slip away.



Sweet Suite 

The bedrooms are designed with amazing attention to detail. Each room has its own design, though mainly with cream and white colours, with pops of orange. The blankets are thick like frosting on cake to keep you warm during chilly nights.



The view is pretty fantastic.





The main draw of this place is a peaceful experience by the shores of a lake. In the summer, it’s an ideal spot to tan and take dips to cool off. As the weather turns cooler, it’s the ideal place for a glass of wine or a mug of hot cocoa that you can enjoy with company. Breakfast outdoors is a truly refreshing experience.




It’s also ideal for a bit of romance – you really feel like you’ve discovered an adorable little place all your own here, away from the world…




Here’s some sartorial inspiration to stay warm and stylish during your stay in beautiful Austria!




River Island rib tee
130 AED –

Carven oversized coat
3,855 AED –

7 for all mankind skinny jeans
810 AED –

Jessica Simpson suede bootie
475 AED –

Miniature purse
330 AED –

Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
The rooms
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
Don’t miss
The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450


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Sara Hamdan

Welcome to a magazine editor’s guide to luxury hotels and what to wear when you’re there! My work has appeared in: The International New York Times, Rolling Stone, Variety and CNN Travel. I’ve held editorial roles at VIVA Magazine, Dubai Magazine and Stylist Arabia.  Now, I freelance for the likes of Google, CNN and Savoir Flair!

Editing travel pages was always my favourite part of working for lifestyle magazines. I started this blog out of a love of beautiful hotels that provide the fairytale escape of a day as a princess where breakfast is a buffet and chocolates appear on my pillow.

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