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Melanie Blasi

Private Client Manager

Where did your love of travel come from?

My love of travel started as a teenager when I hopped on a plane to visit relatives in Sydney for three months. The minute I returned to the UK, I started saving for my next trip. It kept me exploring various parts of the globe for more than two years. An overland journey across China and grabbing the Trans-Siberian Railway towards Europe were the highlights of my travels. While I wouldn't change those memorable experiences, I have certainly found that a shorter and more comfortable trip is better. I lived in several countries and experienced what each region had to offer. Now, I love to inspire discerning travellers on how to make their next trip the most memorable yet!

Top recommended ultra luxury experience?

An ultra-luxury stay at Villa 20 Amanzoe on the east coast of the Peloponnese in Greece. This sprawling villa sleeps up to 20 guests. It has its own spa, gym, sauna, Pilates studio and of course butler, private chef, and staff. The villa covers a vast area and sits on a clifftop like a modern-day Acropolis. The many pools and dining areas offer spectacular views of the sunset over the ocean. Here you can do as little or as much as you like. Relax in the villa or head down to your private cabana at the beach club. Charter a yacht and enjoy lunch on the nearby island of Spetses.

Ultimate dining experience?

One of my most memorable meals was an impromptu lunch at La Muña. This Japanese-Peruvian restaurant is nestled in the attic of La Réserve Eden au Lac in Zurich. Philippe Starck designed the fun and contemporary décor in the style of an old Harbour Master’s Office. The interior is cosy, and the adjoining roof terrace commands 360-degree views of Lake Zurich and its surroundings. The food is delicate, refreshing and filled with flavour. I would recommend the suzuki seabass ceviche, the veggie chirachi and the crispy maguro, paired with a glass of Chablis. Delicious.

Hotel with the best service?

My favourite hotel collection is Park Hyatt. Consistently around the world, they offer a refined, welcoming experience with attention to detail. You can relax and focus on enjoying your visit to your chosen destination. Best view when you open your curtains? Park Hyatt Sydney. Best city break? Park Hyatt New York. Best beach and Wellness experience? Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Resort & Villas.

Best kept travel secret? 

Take a 20-minute helicopter ride from Mahé in the Seychelles, to Fregate Island Private. This isolated granite island is often referred to as the Galápagos of the east due to its abundance of wildlife, flora and marine biodiversity.

This is a place you can fully unwind and reconnect with the world. There are only 16 villas on the island with six glorious beaches. For some castaway alone time, book your own beach for the day. The vacant and occupied signs on wooden pegs on the steps to the beaches let you know which one to choose. Your friendly butler can deliver picnic baskets full of fresh treats, lunch, and champagne.

Over sundowners, learn about the many conservation projects that are ongoing with one of the resident researchers or scientists. They range from coral rejuvenation to the breeding of the Aldabra Giant Tortoise that roams freely around the island. A trip you will never forget.