Me and my travels: Kelly Hoppen, interior designer

Kelly Hoppen, interior designer

My favourite hotel is ...

The Scalinatella in Capri. I've been going there for years - it's old-fashioned and fabulous. It's had the same owners and staff for the past 25 years, so going back there is like going home. Everyone knows you by name.

I always bring back ...

Shoes and jewellery.

My most memorable meal was in ...

Greece last summer on Mykonos at a little beach bar called Manos. Its colour scheme was very Kelly Hoppen - lots of cream and taupe - and it had amazing music and food. We just sat there all day eating.

My pre-flight ritual is ...

To kiss my two fingers and touch the One World sign just as I get onto the aircraft. My daughter does it too. It's a bit of a joke between us, but I absolutely have to do it!

I'm really into ...

Skiing. I hadn't been for 15 years and my boyfriend's a really good skier so I just threw myself into it. I was impressed by how much I remembered. I was whooshing down the slopes. I'm going for four days over Easter and I just can't wait.

I never travel without ...

My iPod and computer. I tend to listen to jazz and soul.

My top travel tip is ...

Pack more than you think you're going to need because plans always change. I think if you're going to pack a suitcase you might as well pack it full. I don't do carry-on unless it's for one night. If I'm packing for a city trip, I'll try to stick to similar colours such as blacks and greys so I can use boots and shoes with different outfits.

When i'm travelling i always miss ...

A bowl of cereal with fresh English milk or a piece of toast and Marmite.

My idea of paradise is ...

The beach: I do love being on beaches. But anywhere where you're away from work and an alarm clock and the pressures of having to be somewhere at a particular time. That's heaven.

My first trip was...

Aged two from South Africa to come to live in London. After that my parents always took us around Europe at every opportunity. Travel is in the blood.

I've always wanted to visit ...

Brazil and Argentina. I also really want to go to India and I've got clients who know the country and say that they'll help me organise a trip. I'll probably go this year.

The thing i hate about travel is...

Airports. We went to Verbier recently and the airports at both ends were just horrible. Everything takes far too long and it's horrible having to take off your shoes and belts.

· Kelly Hoppen features in Making It, a new book on the entrepreneurs behind 11 of the UK's most luxurious brands, published to mark the arrival of Sony's ultra-portable VAIO TZ laptop.


Interview by Carl Wilkinson

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