Guilty Pleasures: Nate Berkus’ Travel Secrets

by Michel Heredia Photographed by Nate Berkus
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Nate Berkus

Oprah’s BFF, the handsome Nate Berkus is an award-winning decorator whose interior design firm has been involved in projects for Barneys New York, W Hotels, as well as an impressive list of private (and often famous) clients. Last fall Berkus launched “The Nate Berkus Show,” his TV show dedicated to living beautifully. Berkus gives us stylish advice on what to see, what to buy, where to eat and what you should wear around the globe. Fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be a fashionable read.

What’s your best travel experience?

Nate Berkus: “Either a visit to the temples of Angkor in Cambodia or last years trip to Koh Phi Phi in Thailand. We had our personal long tail boat driver take us to different beaches for 8 days and the beaches are spectacular.”

What’s your worst travel experience? 

Nate Berkus: “Being caught in the tsunami in Sri Lanka in 2004.”

Favorite little detail about a hotel?

Nate Berkus: “Lack of pretension combined with incredible service.”

What is your favorite way to travel?

Nate Berkus: “With a great book and the people that I love, staying in a mix of private homes and small intimate hotels.”

What’s your must-bring item?

Nate Berkus: “A beautifully written book and an empty bag to bring things home.”

What’s the best travel advice you’ve ever received?

Nate Berkus: “If you see it, get it. And never wear shorts in the city.”

Favorite meal?

Nate Berkus: “The truffle pasta at Le Langhe in Milan, the Chilaquiles Poblanos at Matisse in Condos, Mexico City.”

Favorite buy? Where?

Nate Berkus: “My home is filled with them from antiques fairs (Parma is my favorite) to local crafts markets. The fact that you can by Hanford carved, hand woven things at midnight in Chiang Mai and also have pad Thai is my ideal.”

What would you stock your minibar with?

Nate Berkus: “A very tiny Dairy Queen machine.”

Your top three list of places to visit next?

Nate Berkus: “Vietnam, the north of Spain, and Chiapas, Mexico.”

Ideal travel partner (alive or dead) and why?

Nate Berkus: “My boyfriend, because when I feel like doing nothing he forces me out of the room to see something incredible and he is always right.”

Guilty splurge?

Nate Berkus: “A vintage Hermes HAC bag.”

Sunset or sunrise?

Nate Berkus: “Sunset, definitely.”

Name a travel destination where you thought: I could stay here forever.

Nate Berkus: “The truth is that I have spent my career making houses into homes both for others and for myself and as much as I love to see the beauty and history of other places, I am always happy to come home.”



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