A life well travelled: Kelly Hoppen

The international designer, who has turned her hand to everything from homes to yachts, hotels and restaurants, shares the travel experiences that have shaped her

This year I am constantly on the move. Verbier is up next, which should be super relaxing. Also in March I’m heading to Design Shanghai and Hong Kong for work, before jetting off to France, LA, and India.

Travelling to such wonderful places for work is a constant source of inspiration for me. I was recently in Mauritius to install my LUX* Grand Gaube project. The sunshine, the food and the people there are magical. I also regularly visit the Far East and love the Eastern philosophy, sense of tranquillity, harmony and the general way of life.

I tend to discover destinations through Instagram and by word of mouth. Once I arrive, I love nothing better than checking out the culture, the people and the little things, such as the shops and beaches, that make up its identity.

Amazing company and great food is key to having a good holiday. I travel with different people for different reasons. My ultimate companion, though, would be my partner John, or my daughter Natasha and my new grandson, Rudy. During the summer we often spend time with friends in a big villa with lots of laughter and delicious food, creating long-lasting memories.

Years ago I travelled to Bhutan, on the Himalayas’ eastern edge, where I climbed up to The Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched on a cliff 900 metres off the ground. It had just opened to the public, and it was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. It will be etched in my mind forever.

Kelly has recently refurbished LUX* Grand Gaube in Mauritius.