Category: Oceania

Upsizing in The Bay of Plenty… despite the downturn

New Zealand Luxury member property, Ridge Country Retreat & Spa has recently upsized its luxury accommodation to better serve  its growing boutique business conference and personal retreat markets. Six new spacious stand-alone suites when added to the five existing lodge suites now provide eleven suites in total which can exclusively accommodate up to  22 people […]

The world's largest chocolate waterfall!

The world’s largest chocolate waterfall!

Chocolate lovers’ wildest fantasies are now coming true with the launch of the largest chocolate waterfall in the world.   Made from 400kg of chocolate descending in a mere five seconds and 4.5m wide, the new sweet attraction is part of Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate, the world’s first interactive chocolate exhibition on iconic Philip […]

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

A favourite destination of discerning travelers, the islands of Bora Bora have long attracted visitors in search of the world’s most luxurious and private accommodations, majestic views and, according to author James Michener, “the most beautiful lagoon in the world”. The opening of The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort in June 2006 marked the legendary […]

Interview with Catherine Leech of 101 Holidays

Interview with Catherine Leech of 101 Holidays

Catherine Leech has worked in luxury travel for more than 25 years. She started in PR before becoming European Director of the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism, then Managing Director of luxury tour operator, Caribtours. After the tsunami of 2004 she moved to Sri Lanka where she worked for two years, mostly as a volunteer, […]

A successful first year for 'qualia'

A successful first year for ‘qualia’

qualia, Australia’s newest world class luxury resort on Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef, has much to celebrate since its opening 12 months ago. Most notably it was awarded “Best New Tourism Development” at the 2008 Whitsunday Tourism Awards; in May 2008 qualia was also featured on the cover of the UK version of […]

InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto opens its doors

The AU$60 million resurrection of Melbourne’s grandest heritage hotel is complete. The iconic The Rialto has re-opened as InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto, bringing one of the finest brands in international hotel luxury to Australia’s most cosmopolitan and vibrant city. Guests can now experience the only luxury hotel in Melbourne’s financial district, transformed as one of […]

Chaos on a luxury cruise

This video  gives an insight into those times when luxury cruising doesn’t quite go as planned. The footage is apparently taken from a cruise aboard the Pacific Sun whilst off New Zealand in July 2008.

The Australia Way

The Australia Way

‘Australia‘, a newly-released film,  tells the story of an English aristocrat, Lady Sarah Ashley (Nicole Kidman) and a rough-hewn cattle driver (Hugh Jackman), who drive a 1,500 herd of cattle across Northern Australia; and it is putting the country well and truly on the tourist map in a manner not seen since the days of […]

Club a la Carte exclusive membership

Stuck for a creative Christmas gift ideas? Why not purchase a club a la carte membership for your loved   one, family member, friend or workmate! Then they too can enjoy being a part of  Millennium Hotels‘  exclusive hotel, dining & lifestyle membership. All for just $250 per year (inc GST). They’ll love it!

Success for Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco at HANZ awards

Success for Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco at HANZ awards

Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco has won the Supreme Overall Award for Excellence at the national HANZ awards for excellence. The resort was also judged to be the Best Hotel in New Zealand and in the top three finalists in the Best Restaurant in New Zealand and the award for Excellence in Customer Service. And it […]

Luxury private cruise in Tahiti

Roa Yachting takes you aboard their 77ft private motor yacht to discover the Polynesian islands in a luxurious and authentic atmosphere.  

Four Seasons Bora Bora video

A natural world of indescribable beauty melds with authentic South Pacific culture. Four Seasons comes to Bora Bora. Discover what local residents think about living in paradise.  

Green star for the Radisson Resort Fiji Denarau Island

Green star for the Radisson Resort Fiji Denarau Island

The Radisson Resort Fiji Denarau Island has another star to its name.   Not content to be a just another five star resort, it’s scooped up a green star  endorsement from AAA Tourism. This new accolade is to recognise the resort’s environmentally responsible business practices.

Ten gorgeous glaciers!

Ten gorgeous glaciers!

This week Forbes Traveler has run a feature entitled “10 Gorgeous Glaciers“. It caught my eye not only because of the beautiful pictures but also because I have a particular  interest in this subject. Few of you will know this, but my  PhD was in glaciology.   Alas, Greenland – where I worked – doesn’t […]

Tasmania’s best tourist attraction? Tahune Airwalk

An insight into Tahune Airwalk, one of Tasmania’s best-known attractions.

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… Maxwell Scott bags, made from fine Italian leather Why not joing the  Hideaways Aficionado ® Club? Florida’s newly-renovated Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa   The world-renowned Hotel Bora Bora

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