Cabin fever

Sonja Salmon, founder of Ebby Rane, tells The Reserve where she’ll be taking her beloved Quartermaster next.

“Like most busy business owners, my life is a constant balancing act of work and play. When I travel, I often combine both. The Quartermaster - the hero piece of Ebby Rane’s luggage collection - ensures that I am ready for anything. Everything has an assigned place, so it’s virtually impossible to forget anything! The 10 carryalls act as a packing list so I remember my charger cords, my swimwear, my accessories and the 1887 Clutch [also included] ensures I am always ready for the evening. So where is on my travel list this December?”


Miami’s laidback South Beach vibe always slows me down. I love the Spanish restaurants and the shopping that you find at places like The Webster. I first stayed at the W South Beach several years ago when I went to a friend’s birthday party. The rooms are eclectic but refined and the poolside cabanas will have you sipping cocktails all day... even if you need to be on a laptop answering emails! Whenever possible, I make the 2-hour drive to Naples for a day in the quaint old town. Naples is a secret oasis on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Don’t go without a trip to Jane’s Café for brunch!


There is something very special about the hustle and bustle of London during the holiday season. Teeming with people, the city always feels vibrant, energetic and stylish. I love staying at the Hyatt Regency – The Churchill on Portman Square. It is a perfect location. Secluded and quiet, but only steps away from the restaurants and high street shops. The hotel restaurant, The Montagu is a lovely place where I drink mugs and mugs of steaming hot tea while indulging in some people-watching.


I lived in Bermuda for over seven years so it holds a special place in my heart. With a British influence and an island style of its own, it creates wonderful memories year round but especially during the holidays. Front Street is filled with lights and sparkle. Dining at Harbourfront Restaurant at the end of Front Street offers incredible food and an exquisite view of the entire harbour. Christmas is very special in Bermuda. I’ll be heading over to Horseshoe Bay Beach for a walk along the beach and a glass of Champagne!

The Ebby Rane Story

Sonja Salmon used to travel the world as a corporate lawyer and senior executive. After years spent living half her life out of a suitcase, she noted a gap in the market for a better system designed especially for women to pack their clothes and accessories in an organised way. Using her eye for good craftsmanship and quality, Sonja worked with an international team to bring this vision to life with the creation of Ebby Rane, a brand she named after her two grandfathers, both international businessmen. The Quartermaster was born, designed for global travellers who lead busy lives and need convenience combined with elegance.

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