Over the last year, I have reviewed hundreds of 5-star hotels and resorts for MenStyleFashion. The biggest challenge I have found is what to pack when heading to tropical destinations.  As I see it these hotels are a perfect opportunity to showcase my personal style. Within these luxury hotels or resorts, I am finding that first appearances count. I have also discovered that many business people meet in these establishments to meet new clients or close a big deal. Keeping that in mind. What key pieces have I discovered that works for me whilst staying at a 5 Star Hotel? What shoes do I wear that literally turn heads at every single hotel? And finally, what outfit do I choose to wear to keep me looking cool and fresh?

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Eyewear Exclusives

I have been trending eccentric exclusive eye-wear since 2011 My eye-wear is my niche it is my unique marketing opportunity, to showcase my sense of eye style. Over the years I have had so many compliments about my eyewear, that it really gives me such a boost of confidence. Even if you don’t need them as I do. Always make sure you have a pair of eyewear with you. Regarding business deals, they can certainly portray an intellectual side of you. In my case, they are what I remembered the most.


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Foldable Pumps

I bought these in Kuala Lumpar and they are the most comfortable eye-catching pumps I have ever owned. I am so precious about them that I only wear them inside the hotel. I choose to wear them for going to the Spa and Wellness areas. The simple reason, under no circumstances, will you ever see me wearing slippers provided by the hotel. They are just damn right ugly and also they are an unnecessary waste. I wonder how many hotel slippers are thrown out each day? It is so disrespectful to our environment and so unnecessary for 2016. These foldable pumps are easy to slip on and off, they look elegant and regarding packing them in an overnight suitcase well 25 comes to mind. They are the best thing created since chocolate.


Clogs are another option for travel. The wood is robust and comfortable and they team with everything whilst in the sun. Easy to take on and off.

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Sequin Kaftans

In hotels, it can be a real hit-and-miss when it comes to showcasing your swimwear and what you are wearing over it. I normally opt for a dress over my swimwear in where you can’t see the swimwear. I walk to the spa in them. Especially in the world of luxury, I need to set a good example. The great thing is if you are not confident with your body. These sequin dresses cover everything and look fabulous at the same time.

Once again the bathroom robes supplied by hotels are a waste, not necessary and not environmentally friendly. How many people really choose to wear hotel robes?  Wearing a kaftan is an elegant dress code to walk around and to and from your hotel room in style. I find linen, silk and cotton are the best options as they keep me cool in the heat.

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Silk Kimono

When it is super hot and you are seeking an evening of cocktails. Opt for a silk kimono from a brand called Metiseko. It looks fabulous and feels amazing. Also a wonderful way to support smaller brands who really make the silk in Vietnam.

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I am all about being mindful of using plastic items at hotels. So make sure you wear sustainable items that last a long time. Sequins are not good as they can fall off into the sand.



For me, your swimwear is really important during a luxury stay. I choose to always bring three. The simple reason is I loathe wearing wet swimwear throughout a hotel. They eventually smell and it is important that you give your swimwear time to dry. If you leave your swimwear wet for hours then it ruins the shape as well.  Bikinis are quick and easy to dry and for Spa treatment, I find they are great.  I find that at some swimming pools, it is about being seen not just the swim. My third piece is always proper swimwear for doing laps, it is how I keep in shape.



Sequence swimwear is my new best friend as they look elegant under a see-through top and also if you’re staying at a resort they are the perfect cocktail item to wear whilst in the outdoor swimming area. I never swim in them as they are too gorgeous and also I find they are actually very uncomfortable to swim in.  Also, I don’t want to swim in them to avoid the bikini losing its shape. So you’re killing two birds at once. By choosing the sequin, swimwear that looks great on a sunbed and is also very versatile under a see-through top for a cheeky cocktail.



Silk Wrap Dress

These silk dresses look the part, very lite in weight and versatile. I chose to wear this wrap because you didn’t have to iron it. It is very light for travelling too.

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Opt For Yellow

The colour Yellow is a fabulous colour to keep one cool in any hot climate. It looks very stylish too. This ZARA dress with a bow looks brilliant any time of the day.

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I am a huge lover of pearls and I find they are a statement piece of chic elegance. Recently I have chosen to opt for chunky pearl rings as they are such a nice ice-breaker. I find women in their late thirties are drawn to them more and more. Also, my new best friend is Keshi pearl you can read more about them here.

Keshi Pearls

Keshi Pearls

South Sea Pearls

South Sea Pearls

I wear pearls like below as they go with many items and they suit the hot climate. Also, I choose silver to incase I lose my earings I won’t be too upset.

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Dragonfly earings silver


This has to be the most challenging of them all, what to take in as a handbag. On this occasion, if you’re wanting to showcase your golden gem then opt for two pieces. One for the evening to showcase a unique side of you during dinner. The other is a daily bag that will get you respected as a female who knows her bag sense. Don’t bring leather to tropical destinations the humidity ruins the leather.

Opt for vegan bespoke bags from Italy. I love a bum bag as it’s great for travelling and keeps my items safe when shopping.

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