Category: Oceania

4 incredible luxury wildlife experiences

4 incredible luxury wildlife experiences

If you’re fascinated by wildlife, yet also have a taste for luxury and the finer things in life, there are several experiences that should be on your bucket list. There’s nothing better than seeing wild animals in their natural environment, while also being able to enjoy some of the loveliest accommodations and cuisine that money […]

Australia's coastal stories - a local perspective

Australia’s coastal stories – a local perspective

When travelling, sometimes you just need to put down the guidebook, switch off the laptop and ask a local for a bit of advice. Because surely, they’ll know better than anyone what’s worth seeing, and they might even let you in on some insider tips. It’s a tactic that we’ve tried to adopt in our […]

Top 10 islands in the world

Top 10 islands in the world

An island getaway is many people’s dream holiday. If you’re looking for somewhere special to relax this year, whether you seek stunning scenery, beautiful golden sandy beaches or fine food, then Tripadvisor’s recently published top 10 islands in the world might be just what you’re looking for to narrow down your options. Based on the […]

Suite of the week: Alkina Lodge, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Suite of the week: Alkina Lodge, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia

Suite name: Alkina Lodge Location: Wattle Hill, Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia Size of accommodation: Approximately 350 sq m What makes it special: Alkina Lodge is the closest luxury accommodation to the famous 12 Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, and are the only houses in the world designed by award winning architects, Glenn Murcutt and Wendy Lewin that […]

Bottlenose dolphins off the coast of KwaZulu-Natal

The best places to travel to this season

Whether you’re seeking wildlife spectacles, otherworldly scenery or the buzz of a festival, there is a wide range of options for travelling to a new destination this season. We’ve listed ten of the best places to visit at this time of year to help you plan your next spring-summer adventure. Australia’s Ningaloo Marine Park While […]

The 6 best luxury dive hotels in the world

The 6 best luxury dive hotels in the world

The concept of scuba diving for leisure has been around since that clever Frenchman Jacques Cousteau perfected the aqualung, but it’s only really of late that luxury diving holidays  – where the diving on offer is as outstanding as the accommodation – have come to the fore. Here are my favourite luxury diving hotels across […]

Top 5 reasons to visit Bora Bora

Top 5 reasons to visit Bora Bora

There are many reasons Bora Bora is such a favorite honeymoon and anniversary destination with my clients – who wouldn’t want to wake up to surreal turquoise water, snorkel and dive with manta rays, and enjoy the privacy of your very own overwater bungalow? In case your other half or family still needs to be […]

Sniffer cats to replace dogs in airport security trial

Sniffer cats to replace dogs in airport security trial

Sniffer dogs are having to step aside for their feline counterparts at a Papua New Guinea airport and, if trials are successful, we could soon be seeing sniffer cats – rather than sniffer dogs – at airports all over the world. It has long been known that cats have in the region of 200 million […]

6 of the world's most unique hotel gyms

6 of the world’s most unique hotel gyms

When it comes to staying in shape on a luxury getaway it can be difficult to muster up the motivation to keep the pounds off, what with the room service lobster, champagne by the bottle and the body-hugging king size bed that seductively whispers “never leave.” In fact, we’ve been conditioned to roll our eyes […]

Photograph of the week: Vivid Festival, Sydney

Photograph of the week: Vivid Festival, Sydney

Every year in Sydney, the popular Vivid Festival transforms the city into a mesmerising display of lights, sounds and interactive art. The festival centrepiece is the iconic Sydney Opera House as it becomes a canvas to display an intriguing array of themed images and patterns. This years Vivid runs from late May through to early […]

6 of the best luxury liveaboards

6 of the best luxury liveaboards

Anyone who has dived in a popular destination such as the Red Sea will know that good, accessible dive sites tend to attract several boat loads of scuba lovers, so you may be in spectacular marine surroundings, but in the company of other divers. The solution? Take the seven seas aboard a luxury liveaboard dive […]

5 can't miss experiences in New Zealand

5 can’t miss experiences in New Zealand

It’s no wonder New Zealand forms the backdrop for The Lord of the Rings films–its dramatic, breathtaking scenery needs no special effects to look otherworldly. It’s a long way from everywhere except Australia, Fiji and a few other places, but the trek is worth it. Here are five can’t miss experiences when exploring New Zealand: […]

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb

5 adventurous things to do in Sydney, Australia

What is the first city you think of when you hear Australia? If you’re like most people, it’s Sydney. Growing up, I always heard about Sydney, Australia. Whether it was in a TV show or a movie. Sydney was always the face of Australia. When I am traveling, I like to look for interesting and […]

5 extraordinary places in Australia you have to view from above

5 extraordinary places in Australia you have to view from above

Australia is one of the most popular places for travel and tourism. A lot of towns and cities in Australia run completely on tourism. It is one of the most beautiful places in the world and has a lot to offer with The Great Barrier Reef being the biggest tourism attraction. Being able to visit […]

5 of the best UNESCO World Heritage Site tours

5 of the best UNESCO World Heritage Site tours

There are literally hundreds of UNESCO World Heritage Sites spread across all five continents with more being designated ever year. Each site offers a unique and fascinating experience to discover more about our history, culture and biodiversity. Every traveller has different interests, Battered Suitcase specialises in personalised itineraries, tailoring tours and holidays to suit the […]

Photograph of the week: Sydney Opera House during during the Vivid Sydney Festival of Light

Photograph of the week: Sydney Opera House during during the Vivid Sydney Festival of Light

The Sydney Opera House is considered one of the milestones of 20th century architecture. Its multi-performance venues are the stages of more than a thousand spectacles each year, and its exteriors are also the ‘canvas’ of contemporary artists and performers, as seen here during the Vivid Sydney Festival of Light. Thank you to Paolo Evangelista […]

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