Belinda Craigie

Editor and writer

United Kingdom

Editor, Luxury Briefing and freelance travel writer. Kiwi based in London.

Morning Calm
Perfect Arrangements

McQueens of London has a reputation for creating some of the world’s most outstanding floral arrangements, meaning that students at its prestigious Flower School are taught by the best in the industry.

Morning Calm
Vintage New Zealand

Helen Masters tells the story of the Wairarapa region in her award-winning wines at Ata Rangi, a boutique winery in the picturesque town of Martinborough.

Luxury Briefing
Heritage hatter Lock & Co.'s 343 years of serving the sartorially savvy

A staple of British culture for centuries, the hat has moved from being a pure practicality to a sartorial essential. Lock & Co. Hatters has been creating iconic headpieces for more than 300 years, for everyone from royalty to Oscar Wilde, and its new couture collection by milliner Awon Golding is yet another success to tip your hat to, discovers Belinda Craigie.

Vacations & Travel magazine
Tried & Tested: Hiakai

At her new restaurant, chef Monique Fiso taps into the best of Aotearoa’s heritage. By Belinda Craigie.

Live like a Sydney local at these distinct boutique hotels

There's something very comfortable about my loft room at Paramount House Hotel in Sydney's Surry Hills. Perhaps it's the plush sofa that invites you to sink into it; or the bamboo bed linen that defies the crisp, white cotton bedding found in other hotels. Or maybe, it's the homely pot plants that adorn my warmly-lit balcony.

Paris's luxurious grand dames hold storied pasts

The five-star hotels of Paris are synonymous with luxury and grandeur. Over many years, they've attracted famed fashion designers, iconic novelists, composers, artists, and nobility who have frequented or even resided at these stately establishments and who are intricately linked to their storied histories.

Vacations & Travel
Ovolo Nishi, Canberra review | Vacations & Travel

In the centre of Canberra's funky NewActon precinct, you'll find an accommodation experience that's befitting of its arty, innovative surrounds. Ovolo Nishi, formerly Hotel-Hotel, is a boutique art hotel that serves up plenty of creativity in its design and its approach to inclusive hospitality. There's a laid-back kind of sophistication that's palpable at Nishi.