Supermodel and Bollywood actress, Amyra Dastur is a kind of girl who likes to travel like a true explorer. Be it on the beach in a secluded island in Ibiza or some luxury hotel in the middle of London, Dastur likes to plan her own itineraries and her Insta feed is surely setting new travel goals for all of us. By Priyanka Chakrabarti
What does travelling mean to you?
Basically, getting away from everyday life.
What does luxury travel mean to you?
Getting away from everyday life, expensively.
Tell us about a bucket-list destination that you have in mind for your 2019 travel diaries.
I really want to visit Norway this year and stay in an igloo, while witnessing the magnificence of northern lights.
Which are your most favourite cities around the world?
Ibiza is my top favourite. London is a city that’s a second home for me. I have family there, so I used to end up going to London at least once a year. And, Paris is something that will always remain a very special place for me. You have to see Paris once — be it with your girlfriends, family or loved ones… And, anywhere in Spain. I have been all over the country and I am fascinated with Spain.
What are your go-to accessories when you are on a vacation?
Over the years, I have learnt that I can’t function with two phone chargers. I always end up losing one! I never leave without my Go-pro now. Even when I am travelling for a shoot, I make sure I carry it with me. A lockable pouch, easy to carry, where I can keep the essentials is a must for me. I have a tiny, travel makeup kit that travels the world with me. And, of course, my hairbrush.
Do you maintain a fitness regimen when you are on a vacation?
So, when I am on a vacation, I make sure I design my itinerary in a way that involves a substantial amount of walking. Especially with European destinations, you end up walking a lot. Having said that, when I am on a vacation, I’m on a vacation!
What are your top three luxury hotels?
Well, I did splurge a little bit back in 2017 when I went on a trip with my friend to Ibiza. We stayed at this property called Dorado Suites. In London, my top pick is The Dorchester and in Barcelona, it has to be The Marriott.
Do you remember your first holiday?
I think, most of the times, my family used to take us to Goa. I remember that very clearly. It was a lot of fun.
What’s your favourite Indian holiday destination?
I love Kerala. It’s one of the most beautiful places in India.
Are you a fan of solo travelling?
Not really. I find it a little scary, actually.
Who’s your favourite travel buddy?
My friend, Riya Punjabi is. We have done all our big trips together.
What has been your best 2018 holiday?
I went to visit my brother in London last year; sometime in August for 5 days. My parents joined in later and we had a lot of fun. It was just perfect.
Are you a beach person or do you like the hills?
Beach. Any day. And, Formentera beach in Ibiza is my favourite place. In fact, its an island, 30-minutes away from Ibiza. The clean and crystal-clear blue waters there are just blissful.
Where are you travelling next to?
I really want to be a part of Elton John’s last concert in Amsterdam.