Durban-born Priya Naidoo is an award-winning PR specialist whose love of her craft is matched only by her zest for travel. “I love nothing more than  making memories with my family,” she says.

Priya Naidoo
Priya Naidoo
Image: Annalize Nel

The one indulgence you would never forgo? My escape to the Sandton Sun Spa, for their sea whisper massage.

The grooming staples you are never without are… my perfume, Issey Miyake, as I strongly believe that your perfume is something that defines you and, of course, pedicures and manicures.

Your all-time favourite gadget? My iPhone – it’s my life. It captures every special moment with my family. It facilitates my entire life, from my calendar to surfing the web, it’s my camera, and oh yes, it also happens to take and make calls.

The single object you would never part with? My wedding sari; I will treasure that forever. It never dates, it is still as beautiful as it was so many years ago and it holds the most amazing memories for me.

Your favourite drink? The Chocolate Block wine. No dinner party is quite the same without it. At a good party, tequila gold is my drink of choice.

The restaurant you frequent most often? Lucé in Southern Sun Hyde Park for the intriguing and delicious fusion of authentic Italian cuisine and Japanese dishes; for the most amazing sushi; for the striking views of Sandton and beyond; and for the really great vibe.

The last thing you bought and loved? A Louis Vuitton bag.

An unforgettable place you’ve travelled to in the past year? Vietnam and Cambodia. Both were absolutely fascinating – they capture the East perfectly and the experiences were memorable: the amazing warm Vietnamese people and the trip to the tunnels of Cù Chi in Ho Chi Minh City, which reminds us of what war does to a country and its people. The wonderful Cambodians made travelling to their country an absolute pleasure. The Angkor Wat temple took us back in history; we explored the vast and intricate ruins and when we stood at the highest peak of the temple, we thoroughly respected the vision and foresight that the Khmer King Suryavarman ll had when he built the temple in the early 12th century.

The book on your bedside table? Better and Faster by Jeremy Gutsche and for pleasure reading, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

The last meal that truly impressed you? Dinner at La Tour d’Argent in Paris: for starters it was escargot; for the main course, the best lamb I have ever eaten; and for dessert, the ultimate crème brûlée. 

The last music you downloaded? 679 by Fetty Wap, influenced by my teenage daughter.

The thing you are eyeing next? My next holiday.

The one thing you will always find in your fridge? Sriracha sauce. I love it on samoosas, adding it to a plain dip, and my favourite, eating it with a fried egg on a Sunday morning.

The best gift you’ve given recently? I invested in quality time with my sisters, having spa treatments together.

And the best one you’ve received? From my husband – a trip to Paris to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

The place that inspires you and why? The Seychelles.

The last item you added to your wardrobe? A Gavin Rajah dress; I love that dress. And my Jimmy Choo shoes.

Favourite city? New York – the vibe, the hectic streets, the theatres, the shopping, Central Park.

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