Frequent Flyer: Paul Bangay

Paul Bangay, landscape designer.

HOTEL

Gravetye Manor in West Sussex, England. This is the former home of 19th-century landscaper William Robinson, famed for being the father of the wild garden. It's a small Relais and Chateaux-listed hotel, with the gardens being the major attraction. Guests can dine or take drinks in the intimate and secluded areas in the garden.

AIRLINE

I recently travelled Singapore Airlines suites (talk about being spoilt) with a virtual double bed to myself and a vacant suite behind me set up for my TV watching.

RESORT

I am not big on resorts, preferring to stay in small boutique hotels and avoiding anything tropical or with masses of guests. If I had to nominate one, it would be the safari resorts of South Africa, my favourite being Royal Malewane. I love seeing the wildlife and this, coupled with the early-morning wake-up (4.30am is my favourite time of the day) makes the whole experience my cup of tea.

LUGGAGE

I travel weekly with my job and creating gardens all over Australia and the world sees me on a plane at least once a week. I usually travel with only hand luggage and have learnt the art of travelling light. The brand that has worked for me best is Victorinox.

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KIT

My iPhone has my entire life on it, with every app and contact I need to travel the world.

NEXT ADVENTURE

My next great adventure would be Yemen. I have been to Syria and Iran in the past three years, and I am in love with how they garden in the Middle East.


Paul Bangay hosts a lunch to celebrate the launch of his book, The Garden at Stonefields, at Merricks General Wine Store, Mornington Peninsula, on November 29. See mgwinestore.com.au.

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