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SHOP NOW: Michael Kors designs exclusive capsule collection for DFS

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One of the thrills of travelling is being able to say “Oh, this? I picked it up at a little place in Bali.” whenever someone asks where your artisanal leather handbag is from. It’s the ultimate humblebrag. What’s more, it dramatically reduces the chances of you showing up to a party wearing the same thing as someone else.

But what about when it comes to designer? It’s hard to pull the I-picked-it-up-somewhere-remote card when chances are the brand is stocked online or in most major cities. So imagine our excitement when we heard that DFS and T Galleria by DFS stores are stocking an exclusive Michael Kors collection this September.

That’s right. The Michael Kors x DFS collection features 14 women’s and men’s styles, including ready-to-wear, accessories, sunglasses and watches, as well as an edition of the Michael Kors Mercer bag.

This isn’t the first time that the luxury travel retailer has collaborated with Michael Kors. Speaking about the partnership, Chairman and CEO of Michael Kors, John D. Idol notes: “We are thrilled to partner with DFS once again to bring Michael Kors’ signature take on luxury to travellers worldwide. The collection speaks to the desires of our customers today and reflects the style and sophistication that Michael Kors brings to the well-traveled life.”

To celebrate this jet-set lifestyle, DFS and Michael Kors have created a unique augmented reality and virtual reality in-store experience, transporting clients to DFS locations around the world. Available at six T Galleria by DFS locations across Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Hawaii, guests can compete in the video games and enter a prize draw for the chance to win a trip to New York City.

To top it all off, customers can capture the experience using an augmented reality Michael Kors x DFS filter to share on their social media profiles. Don’t forget to tag @PretAirporter so we can live vicariously through your travels too!

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Timepieces & Whiskies boutique opens in Macau at T Galleria by DFS

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DFS Group has opened a new boutique within the men’s concept at T Galleria by DFS, Macau, City of Dreams. Designed to look like a private library in an upscale club, Timepieces & Whiskies is set to be your favourite shop in Macau. Within its tasteful walls is a curated collection of superb whiskies and watches, including brands such as IWC Schaffhausen, Zenith, and The Macallan.

“With Timepieces & Whiskies, we bring the classic hospitality tradition into the retail shopping experience. Whether a whisky lover or simply curious to learn more about the spirit, today’s shopper wants to explore and be taken on a tasting journey,” says DFS Group’s Senior Vice President Spirits, Wines, Tobacco, Food and Gifts, Brooke Supernaw. “By offering a personalised, tailored tasting experience within the comfort of this gentlemen’s-style lounge, our guests will immediately feel at home as our staff help them discover something new with DFS.”

Indeed, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect setting to explore these treasures. Guests can indulge in a single malt at the bar, or try on a classic watch by the fireplace, or even just have a game of table football. Stocked with an edit of 30 whisky brands, the bar at Timepieces & Whiskies offers daily guided tastings. The core of the collection focuses on exclusive or limited edition products, such as Araid Rare Cask Reserve (available only with DFS in Macau) and Glenmorangie Legends Collection (a travel shopping exclusive).

As for watches, there are pieces from iconic watchmakers alongside niche brands such as NOMOS Glashütte and Romain Jerome, available only at T Galleria in Macau.

“Building your watch collection is intensely personal,” says DFS Group’s Senior Vice President Fashion, Watches, Jewelry and Accessories, Christophe Chaix. “Timepieces & Whiskies allows collectors not only to explore some of our watch buyers’ favourite pieces of the moment, but to engage in a dialogue on the latest trends, niche brands and how to round out your collection. We look forward to building a community of enthusiasts and indulging them in the best of the watch world right [here] in Macau.”

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The Best Airport Gifts for Your Fashionista Friends

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You’re probably having the best time ever on your vacation. It’s all about you, right? Well, what happens when you completely forget about getting souvenirs for your fashion-forward best friends back home? You know they’ll be bummed out if you return with this season’s Chanel and they’re left empty handed.

Don’t worry because we’ve got the best solution: airport shopping. No doubt, the airport may not be the first place you think of when buying gifts for your style conscious besties but we promise, these chic gift ideas will change your mind.

Here are our top 5 a la mode airport gifts for your style maven BFFs:

A Fashion Magazine

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This gift will come in particularly handy if you’re in a country that has their own version of Vogue or a magazine that’s unique to them. You can pick one up for your trend-setting bestie and give her the knowledge of what fads are happening in a chic, foreign country. Don’t worry about it being in a different language – only the most hard-core fashion junkies read every word.

Where to buy: Hudson’s News
Location: Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez Airport, Terminal 1, Floor 1, Departures, Boarding Area B

Make-up Inspired by Your Vacation

If you were in Japan, a stop at Fa-So-La in Narita Airport is definitely worth it. They have a wide variety of all the best cosmetics from Chanel to Guerlain, Givenchy to Anna Sui. Try a bold red lip with a translucent powder and liquid eyeliner to embody your trip to Japan. L’Occitane also has a special “Provence in Japan” collection to further customise your gift.

Where to buy: Fa-So-La
Location: Narita Airport, Terminal 1, South Wing, 3rd Floor

A Cute Pair of Pyjamas


Anyone who’s into fashion knows how important beauty rest is. After all, it’s not only our clothes that must look fabulous! However, true fashionistas can’t just get any old, run-of-the-mill sleep. They must look amazing while getting some shut eye. Get your Best Friend Forever a glitzy embellished sleep mask and a matching pyjama set to really boost her beauty sleep.

Where to buy: Victoria’s Secret
Location: John F. Kennedy Airport, Terminal 4, Post-Security, Retail Hall – West

Airport Spa Gift Card with a Mini Manicure Set

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Your best friend is a stylish woman. She’s probably a jetsetter just like you, too. For this reason, it’s safe to assume that she’s going to be passing through the airport soon. I mean, after she hears about your trip she’s bound to book one herself. Get her a gift card to an airport spa so she can get her claws flawlessly manicured pre-flight.

Where to buy: Be Relax Spa
Location: Los Angeles International Airport, Terminal 1, Gate 12

A Handbag Filled with Sweets


What’s better than receiving a handbag? One that’s filled with sweet treats! Not all fashionistas are watching their weight closely enough to deny themselves a box of Harrod’s biscuits. You’d have to be mad. And the only ‘mad’ we’re talking here is madly delicious.

Where to buy: Kate Spade Pop-Up at Heathrow Airport
Location: London Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5

Oh, and make sure you grab a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc at Duty Free for when you catch her up on all your romantic adventures, shopping sprees and Instagram Stories.

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5 Instagrammable airport shops from around the world

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When was the last time you thought “Wow, I must Instagram that airport”? Chances are never, unless you were passing through Changi with its butterfly garden and rooftop pool. Well, allow us frequent flyers here at PretAirporter HQ to present exhibition A:

Mundo Fantástico da Sardinha Portuguesa, Lisbon Airport

Yes, that’s a gloriously retro, circus-themed sardine shop inside Lisbon Airport. It doesn’t matter if you like tinned fish or not, just go in and revel in the sheer spectacle of it all.

Still sticking to the regional delicacy idea, next up we have House of Tulips in (where else?) Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. It’s not quite as OTT as Mundo Fantástico da Sardinha Portuguesa, but it scores points for the visual pun of being a literal greenhouse. If you missed out on getting that quintessentially Dutch shot of colourful tulips bunched together in a flower market, then this is your last chance before departure. Instagram wisely.

House of Tulips, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Now, I know we’ve referenced the tropical gardens of Changi already, but allow us one more mention of the world’s best airport for the 5th year running. DFS here looks like a cross between Vegas and a luxury spaceship – which is no bad thing when it comes to racking up those likes.

DFS, Singapore Changi Airport

At first glance you might be wondering why we’ve included an Elvis store in this illustrious list. The answer to that is two-fold. Firstly, this photo doesn’t do the store justice. A quick Google search and you’ll see exactly how kitsch and colourful it is, with the perfect swirly background for #OOTD posts. Secondly, if there’s one thing that Instagrammers like, it is nostalgic Americana. Think old Ford Mustangs and Lana Del Rey in anything.

Elvis shop, Memphis International Airport

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Ah, classic Instagram catnip – this one practically writes itself. You’ve got a few options here: you can either aim for a quiet moment and get a full-length photo of you (facing away from the camera, obviously, you’re not a tourist), or you can go macro and focus on the quirky little details. Blossoms = good. Cute food = good. Hello Kitty in a kimono = even better.

Shopping street, Tokyo International Airport

Oh, and don’t forget to tag @PretAirporter in your airport pics for a chance to be featured on our feed. Especially if you get a selfie with The King.

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All Aboard for Duty Free Shopping at Singapore Cruise Centre

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Thought that you had to fly in order to get the best duty free offers? That’s not the case, particularly if you are one of the growing numbers of travellers who love to embark on a cruise and the luxury shopping environment the channel presents both at sea and in port. In 2017, according to industry body Cruise Lines International Association, over 25 million people will take a cruise – that’s a lot of shopping opportunity.

Singapore Cruise Centre is one fast-growing cruise port that boasts a new range of stores, thanks to leading luxury travel retailer DFS. Located at the Tanah Merah and Harbour Front terminals, the seven outlets include premium wines, spirits and tobacco, cosmetics and confectionery. There are travel exclusive goods too, proving that bespoke, tailored travel ranges are not the sole preserve of airports. Singapore Cruise Centre is a gateway to the neighbouring Indonesian Riau Islands, popular destinations include Batam and Bintan.

While you’re there, why not enjoy a tasty cocktail made with fresh ingredients and exclusive spirits by DFS bartenders at the new Whiskey House and Cocktail Bar in the Harbour Front terminal?

Other ports that double up as excellent shopping destinations include: Skagway, Alaska, Barbados, Caribbean and Cabo San Lucas on the Pacific Coast.

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Say It With Cake: Lips Café Pop-Up Celebrates 5 Years of T Galleria Beauty

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There are few better ways to celebrate a birthday than with a combo of cosmetics and cake. To mark five years of T Galleria Beauty at Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay, luxury travel retailer DFS has opened the Lips Café. Head to Hysan Place Level 1 between 10am and 10pm to enjoy make-up themed treats during August.

Thanks to the expertise of Habitu, a popular artisan café based in Hong Kong, the menu will feature rings of cake. The tempting flavours include: Pink Parisian Rose, Purple Taro, Nude Latte with Pistachio and Red Strawberry. Or if you prefer something crunchy there are lip-shaped cookie-pops (HK$28/piece) or First Class Beauty cookie bags (HK$36/5 pieces).

But it is August, so if you’re feeling too hot for cake, don’t fret. Sample a delicious ice-pop (or two, we won’t tell) available in: Mango-Orange, Strawberry and Cream, Caffè Rosa and Watermelon Roselle flavours. Wash it all down with a Cute Kiss Rose Almond Milk Shake, Rouge Kiss Beetroot Cucumber Habiccino or Candy Kiss Roselle Habiccino Iced Tea.

And if that’s got your artistic juices flowing, between 3pm and 7pm on weekends, the Lips Café is hosting complimentary cookie decorating workshops with the founder of Sugar Me Kissery.

It’s lip painting, but not as you know it. Decorate biscuits not your lips on Saturdays and Sundays between 3pm and 7pm.

There are plenty of opportunities to win some great prizes and enjoy some bonus rewards too.

Spend more than HK$1,200 at the weekend at T Galleria Beauty and receive a lip shaped cookie-pop, whilst spending over HK$1,800 will allow you to play the First Class Beauty instant-win digital game. The main prize is a pair of business class air tickets to Okinawa (yes, please). The runner-up prizes include, deluxe beauty hampers valued at HK$5,000, fashion accessories and cash vouchers. Personalize your own T Galleria Beauty fifth anniversary tote bag with iron-on patches, if you spend HK$3,000.

Right, we’re off for our sugar fix…

The instant win First Class Beauty digital game offer the chance to win some fantastic prizes

 

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A foodie guide to airport shopping

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When browsing through duty free, it’s hard to miss the over-sized sweets and chocolates from the world’s most familiar brands. But not all travel exclusive products are created equal.

My sister-in-law recently travelled back from Dubai Duty Free with three huge jars of Nutella. While there’s nothing wrong with a sweet hazelnut spread, it is available in most supermarkets and I couldn’t help but wonder if that valuable luggage space (and weight) could have been used more wisely…

Holidays should be a time to indulge in local culture and try new delicacies. So to help you make the most of your holiday calories (they don’t count, remember) we’ve picked some of the more unusual, local treats from global airports.

Dubai

Al Nassma Luxury Camel Milk Chocolates

Yes, you read that right, these chocolates are made with camel milk, giving them a rich flavour and extra creamy texture. This wooden gift box contains 18 pieces of macadamia-honey nut cream filled camel-shaped pralines. Available from Abu Dhabi & Dubai Duty Free.

Bateel

These are not just dates…Only carefully selected date varieties are used in a Bateel selection box, including: Barhi, Sokari, Khidri and the more familiar Medjool, to name just a few. Each is matched with the perfect filling, such as roasted nuts and candied ginger or coated in chocolate for the ultimate indulgence. Available from Abu Dhabi & Dubai Duty Free.

Almahdi

From baklava – layers of crispy, buttery pastry filled with chopped nuts and soaked in flavoured syrup or honey– to traditional cookies and biscuits, Almahdi produces a range of delectable classics. They come with a range of fillings including pistachio, cashew, peanut, pine nut, and almonds and they use ingredients to provide flavour, such as black cumin, butter milk, Medjool dates, sesame, honey, walnuts, cinnamon and spices .

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Leonidas Handmade Chocolates:

The White Chocolate Manon Café has a rich history to match its flavour. White chocolate enrobes coffee butter cream on a smooth praline base, finished with a whole hazelnut.

Godiva Truffes Délices

These luxury truffles include a range of exquisite flavours: orange blossom infused almond mousse with milk chocolate, blood orange and grapefruit mousse in a dark chocolate shell, black tea and ginger with caramelised cocoa nibs, Robusta coffee mousse with Godiva’s blond chocolate and raspberry with rose and dark chocolate. Luckily these decadent chocolates are widely available from global duty free stores.

Greece

 

These loukoumi  or Greek Delights (top) by Orino are the ultimate sweet treat. Available in separate flavours,or in a mixed box of seven different varities, including, rose, lemon, pistachio and almond

Altis Extra Virgin Olive Oil (centre) is made using only specific varieties of olives, in order to produce a fresh, fruity flavour and heady aroma. The rich dark green of the bottle reflects the deep colour of the product, as well as protecting it from the damage of sunlight.

Lelia Greek Natural Olives (left) are of the black, Kalamon variety and packed with a few olive leaves to best preserve their aroma, flavours and nutrients.

Tsoureki (bottom) is to Greece as brioche is to France or as teacake is to Britain. Made using plenty of butter and local flours, plain and seeded loaves are available, along with traditional mahleb, mastic and cardamom flavours.

Mastiha biscuits (top) are traditional, crunchy treats made using extra virgin olive oil and semolina and typically flavoured with almond or orange. But do look out for modern interpretations, such as mandarin with white chocolate. All of these Greek goodies are available from Hellenic Duty Free.

UK

There is perhaps nothing more quintessentially British than a good cup of rosie lee (tea). Founded in 1707, Fortnum and Mason have been suppliers of fine food and drink; the range of teas they sell is astonishing. But this delicious Afternoon Blend is exclusive to travel shoppers at World Duty Free. Blended from tea grown in both the high and low regions of Ceylon, the Afternoon Blend has a refreshing flavour, making it perfect served hot with a splash of milk and a scone, or chilled and served as ice tea.

Speaking of scones, no afternoon tea is complete without a good dollop of clotted cream and jam. Whilst strawberry is traditional, this exclusive gift set available from World Duty Free contains some tasty alternatives. English Apricot and Rhubarb with Vanilla conserves along with traditional Orange Marmalade will enhance any baked treat.

Whilst usually associated with Christmas, a good piece of fruitcake can be enjoyed anytime of the year. These luxury puddings from Cole’s are made with crunchy walnuts, sweet glace cherries and sultanas, raisins and currants soaked in brandy and sherry for that cheeky boozy hit. Pick one up from World Duty Free for a slice of British tradition.

Australia

Nutworks

Native to Australia, macadamias are favoured for their crunchy, yet rich texture and delicate flavour. Coat them in delicious dark chocolate and present them in a watercolour kangaroo gift box and you have the ideal souvenir for a foodie friend or relative (or yourself).

Australian By Nature Fresh Cut Honeycomb is made by bees who feed from the native trees and plants of Eastern Australia, giving it a wonderful, floral flavour. A treat to satisfy the sweetest of teeth.  

This Next 88km biscuit tin is exclusive to travellers. Inspired by the familiar kanga warning signs of Australia, it contains locally made, shortbread cookies. Pick up these Australian treats from JR Duty Free.

Asia

Everrich Duty Free stocks these curious San Tai Zi peanuts, which are beef noodle flavoured. A bag of these will take you back to Taiwan.

Despite the name, the Taipei Sweet range  includes a selection of sweet and savoury snacks, such as sweet potato crispy fries, vegetable crisps and taro fries. But the must-have item of the moment is their pineapple brownie–  fluffy pineapple sponge with a tangy pineapple filling, on top of an indulgent brownie base. Also available from Everrich Duty Free.

The Hello Kitty Orchid Garden Café at Changi Singapore will be selling traditional mooncakes, with a Hello Kitty twist between 17 August and 4 October 2017. The buns are filled with creamy white lotus paste and melon seeds and decorated with Hello Kitty embossing. Whilst the mooncakes won’t last long, they come in a pretty gold tin with oriental floral design for you to keep afterwards.

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The Merchant of Venice: PretAirporter takes the latest beauty travel exclusives for a mini-break in Italy

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A whirlwind weekend in The Floating City means packing light. Luckily, all your favourite products are in duty free. Fall in love with Prada’s new La Femme Intense EDP (we certainly did), or channel your inner NARSissist #Jetsetter with the latest revamped kit.

Oh, by the way, we’ve found the perfect siren red lipstick for your Venetian masked ball.

Click through to view our Venetian getaway

Shot on location in Venice, Italy, using travel exclusive products

Photography: Stephanie Yt Chan

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Independence Day: Celebrate the 4th of July with taste and style

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For American airlines, the 4th of July (and the days around it) are some of the busiest times of the year. Last year, 600,000 passengers passed through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport alone in the holiday period. To celebrate Independence Day, we’ve found our favourite American brands available at duty free stores.The Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel 100 Proof Tennessee Whiskey is matured in carefully selected barrels, with each barrel imparting different nuances. The changes in temperature over time during maturation ensure for intense, aromatic flavours. The whiskey is then bottled by hand and labelled with the barrel number. With a medium body, the finished product has flavours of caramel and vanilla with accents of black cherry and oak. Be careful though, at 50% ABV it certainly packs a punch. Pick up a travel exclusive gift pack from Gebr Heinemann duty free stores in Germany and elsewhere.

Hershey’s are iconic, although not always loved by non-American palates. But with an assortment of flavours available in their travel exclusive World Travel Collection sharing assortments, they’re likely to appeal to everyone’s sweet tooth.

The range includes Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures, Hershey’s Miniatures Assortment contains among others, Hershey’s Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate Bars and Hershey’s Kisses Chocolates Assortment including cookies ‘n’ crème flavour kisses.

Austin, Texas is home to Tito’s Handmade Vodka and to celebrate the 4th of July, limited edition bottles are being sold in patriotic burlap sacks of red, white and blue from the the start of July. The corn-based vodka is distilled six times in traditional pot stills, giving it slightly sweet and complex flavour. Why not use it to make a classic American Mule? Just add a squeeze of fresh lime juice and top with ginger beer- yum.

Founded in New York in 1932, Revlon is one of the best-known cosmetic brands today, and hugely visible in travel retail. The travel exclusive cube contains all the classic Revlon lip stick colours you could possibly need. The nine colours are infused with moisturisers for a silky finish.

A modern favourite from the brand is the Ultra HD GEL Lipcolor. Providing bright, yet lightweight colour, these Lipcolors are enriched with hyaluronic acid for enhanced hydration. The travel exclusive pack includes five shades, plus a free ColorStay Eye Liner.

Smell fresh as a daisy by picking up a bottle of Marc Jacobs’ iconic eau de parfum at World Duty Free stores. First released in 2007, Daisy is classic for a reason; it’s a sophisticated and floral fragrance from one of New York’s top designers. It has light notes of strawberry and jasmine mixing with heady violet and nuances of musk and vanilla. This vintage inspired scent comes in a playful bottle adorned with daisies.

Or try the latest addition to the range: Daisy Kiss is a floral and fruity fragrance with aromas of pomelo, peony and rose, balanced with accents of warm cedarwood. Also available from Gebr Heinemann and King Power (Thailand) duty free stores.

Texan Thomas Carlyle “Tom” Ford launched his own brand, Tom Ford, in 2006 after working for the likes of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent. This masculine scent is reminiscent of the Indian dessert kulfi, with notes of neroli and spice, nuances of rose, jasmine and orange blossom and a woody heart. This eau de parfum is available from global World Duty Free stores.

 

And if you’re looking to indulge in authentic American food at the airport, look out for:

Hickory at Dallas Fort Worth for Texan ribs;

ACC American Café at Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina for fast favourites;

The Parlor at Los Angeles International for American comfort food;

R&R Seafood Bar at Baltimore/Washington International for Maryland crab cakes and shellfish;

Willy Maei’s at New Orleans International for fried chicken;

Book & Bourbon at Louisville International Airport for southern American classics. (The latter was recently named a regional winner of an Airport Food & Beverage Award by our sister title The Foodie Report; click here for coverage and results).

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Flying from London Heathrow Airport? Why not throw in a fitness class before you board

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By now, we all know the benefits of inflight exercises as a way to prevent stiffness, deep vein thrombosis, and increase the body’s blood circulation. But did you know it’s also important to exercise before you fly? That’s right, getting active prior to a long-haul flight can help in a number of ways.

Firstly, exercise releases chemicals in your brain that help to reduce stress. So doing a workout before you board can leave you more relaxed about the upcoming hours spent in the air. The second reason is a no-brainer. If you work hard in the gym, you’ll be much more likely to be tired on your flight and catch some precious shut-eye. Which is where FlyFit comes in. Opening this autumn, the studio offers both instructor-led and on-demand interactive strength, restorative yoga, and cardio classes. It’s a great way for travellers to decompress and recharge after airport security.

The new workout space will be located after security in departures at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 2: The Queens Terminal, and will be accessible through a lift to its private facilities. The FlyFit team will provide rental workout clothing, shower facilities and healthy food options for travellers.

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Q&A with PretAirporter Travel Shopping Blog winner: The Whisky Lady

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“My mission is to remove the dusty cliché that whisky is only an old man’s drink. Also working as a freelance representative for distilleries in France and estimating bottles for whisky auctions. Many of my friends say I have the best job in the world, I try to believe them but honestly, if it was true, my daily tasks would also involve free shopping sprees and cuddling kittens…”

Well, we can’t help on the kitten front, but we can certainly help with the shopping spree. Anne-Sophie, as our first overall winner for the PretAirporter Travel Shopping Blog Awards, there’s USD$300 winging its way to you as we speak. But before you dash off to the nearest bottle shop, we just have a few questions for you.

What’s your favourite holiday destination?

I have to say Scotland, of course. You’ll probably guess why…

Which airport did you last visit?

London Gatwick Airport last week during a quick stopover in London to judge the IWSC ‘Spirit Communicator of the Year’ award.

What’s the best thing you’ve bought at an airport?

That has to be whisky. You probably know many distilleries release travel exclusive bottlings. For instance, I got my hands on a very nice Port Charlotte 2007 CC:01 last week – a killer dram.

What’s the one thing you always take with you when flying?

My notebook. I like writing articles the old-fashioned way when flying, it’s this one moment where I can really be focused and alone without being distracted by my phone notifications or e-mails.

Lastly, which is your favourite airport and why?

Tough one… I like Dubai Airport for its incredible shopping experience, but I’m more familiar with Amsterdam Schiphol and really like wandering around the halls before catching a flight – it hosts nice foodie spots, a World of Whiskies shop and The Johnnie Walker House which is a recent addition but worth checking out.

What the Whisky Lady doesn’t know about the water of life, frankly, isn’t worth knowing

Thanks so much for taking part, Anne-Sophie and congratulations on winning. We hope you enjoy a wee dram to celebrate!

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Lacoste pops up at China Duty Free Mall in Haitang Bay

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Fans of tennis and fashion should get down to Lacoste’s pop-up store in Haitang Bay, pronto. Running until 26 June at China Duty Free Mall in the CITS Haitang Bay Duty Free Shopping Complex, the concept celebrates both the French Open and the announcement of the new ambassador, Novak Djokovic.

Within the shop, an exhibition is dedicated to the legendary French tennis champion René Lacoste, a showcasing of the latest collection, and an interactive game. Here, customers can play tennis on digital screens for a chance to win a special gift.

Currently ranked number four in men’s singles tennis, Novak Djokovic joined Lacoste last month as the new brand ambassador. But his involvement goes beyond just fronting campaigns. The French clothing label worked with the 30-year-old Serbian to create the Novak Djokovic performance collection, which features pique polo shirts, shorts, a khaki blazer, trousers, and a zip jacket. Designed for both comfort and style, the range proudly bears Djokovic’s signature on the left sleeve of the polo shirt. So even if you’re not hitting the clay courts of Roland Garros anytime soon, you can still look – and feel – the part.

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Off To The Beach? Here’s A Last-Minute Outfit You Can Pull Together With Some Airport Shopping

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Online travel specialists TravelBird have just released their annual Beach Price Index ranking over 300 beaches worldwide on the cost of spending one day at each.

Did you know that the most expensive beaches are in Norway? Or that Botany Bay in Kent is the UK’s least pricey beach? Or that Vietnam’s tropical shores came up as the most affordable in the world?

To calculate their affordability, the price of five essentials were researched for each destination: the cost of a bottle of sun cream (200 ml), a bottle of water (500 ml), a beer (33 cl bottle), lunch (including drink and dessert for one person), and an ice cream (vital). At Norway’s Kristiansand Beach, that shopping list would set you back the equivalent of USD$65.59. Whereas in Vietnam’s Cua Dai Beach, all of this would be yours for the princely sum of USD$13.37.

Of course, whether you’re headed to the world’s cheapest or most expensive beach, seaside fashion calls for rules of its own. Think casual and classic – but with a twist. These pineapple trunks by Ted Baker are the perfect example of tropical chic. Ditto the Havaianas (you really, really can’t go wrong with these no matter what colour you choose). A fresh white t-shirt will set off your tan, while a pair of Oakleys will set you apart from the knock-off Wayfarer crew. Lastly, a spritz of liquid sunshine by Sir Paul Smith and you’re ready for your Baywatch moment. All available at good airport shops.

1. Mango T-shirt 2. Oakley Sliver Sunglasses (travel shopping exclusive) 3. Ted Baker Ontima Pineapple Printed Swim Shorts 4. Havaianas Brasil Logo Flip Flops 5. Paul Smith Sunshine For Men Limited Edition Eau De Toilette available at World Duty Free
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Announcing the winners of the PretAirporter Blogger of the Month Awards

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To kick off the monthly PretAirporter Travel Shopping Blog Awards, we are delighted to showcase our very first winners.

Each month the best posts across beauty, fragrance, fashion, luxury, wines and spirits, are awarded a ticket in Dubai Duty Free’s Finest Surprise luxury car draw (offering the chance to win a fantastic latest model car) and a special PretAirporter award logo. The overall winner each month also receives a USD$300 cash prize, which this time goes to The Whisky Lady. Congratulations, Anne-Sophie!

The initiative will culminate in December with the PretAirporter Global Blogger of the Year Awards, featuring some outstanding cash, product prizes and winners’ trophies. The ultimate winner will also earn a paid stint as Editor-in-Residence at PretAirporter.

Blogger of the Month: Beauty

Breakeven London

Blog post: Tangle Teezer Summer & Disney

With a master’s degree in Fashion Journalism, Fani is displaying an equally masterful blogging ability. Born in Greece, she’s lived in London since 2010. Her blog includes helpful reviews of fashion and beauty products, along with the occasional foodie travel post. In this post, she champions the hair-taming abilities of a trusty Tangle Teezer. A product perfect for children and adults alike to keep unruly hair looking its best.

Blogger of the Month: Fragrance

The Candy Perfume Boy

Blog post: Speed Sniff: Nuit de Megève by Eight & Bob

When not drinking tea, playing with cats or annoying his boyfriend, Thomas – a.k.a. The Candy Perfume Boy – can be found indulging his passion for all things scented. Accompanied by his own comprehensive guide to the nuances and sciences of perfume, The Candy Perfume Boy writes detailed and evocative reviews of the latest perfumes on the block. The Speed Sniff reviews are particularly user-friendly, providing honest but concise opinions and making perfume accessible to the masses.

Blogger of the Month: Fashion

Happily Grey

Blog post: Subtle

Mary of Happily Grey writes a refreshing fashion blog, in that she doesn’t pretend to be an expert or dictate the latest trends. Rather she documents her daily moods and styles to provide inspiration for her followers. Her posts are complete with artistic photography and detailed descriptions of each outfit, explaining why they look so good. This post, titled subtle is anything but. And all the better for it.

Blogger of the Month: Luxury

SilverSpoon London

Blog post: Luxury Travel Tips: How To Plan The Perfect Honeymoon

Angie Silver travels the world in style. Her self-confessed wanderlust has taken her to places including: Europe, South East Asia, Australia, the USA, and South Africa. She’s always eager to try local cuisines and her blog often includes detailed restaurant reviews. Having married in 2014, she has personal insight into writing honeymoon advice. Her post provides handy tips on budgeting, destinations and even what to pack to ensure you look your best.

Blogger of the Month: Wines & Spirits

The Whisky Lady

Blog post: Weekly Whisky News Round-up

Dispelling the myth that whisky is only for middle-aged and older men, The Whisky Lady provides proof that anyone and everyone can appreciate it. When not blogging, Anne-Sophie works as a representative for French distilleries and estimates bottle prices for auction. So, she certainly knows a thing or two about whisky, the water of life. She also includes food pairings and recipes for each reviewed whisky. Her weekly round-up is a tidy information pack about the latest releases in the whisky world; accessible, informative and a valuable resource for any whisky enthusiast.

Vlogger of the Month

Niomi Smart

Post: Spring Look Book

25-year-old Niomi Smart first began vlogging in 2014. An all-rounder, Niomi’s vlogs consist of healthy recipes, lifestyle tips, travel, and fashion advice. Her comprehensive guide to the latest fashion shows you how to make the most out of your spring wardrobe – particularly if you live in the colder British climate. Her guide is complete with a store list so you can also go and buy that jacket.

Instagrammer of the Month

GypsyLovinLight

Mother of two Helen Janneson Bense is half Finnish, half Australian and lives in Western Australia. Having specialised in nutrigenomics and worked with children with autism spectrum disorders around the world, she whole-heartedly believes in a simple, loving way of life. Her Instagram is a gallery of beautiful travel shots and beach fashion inspiration.