Category: Oceania

Interview with Kevin May of Travolution

Interview with Kevin May of Travolution

Kevin May is editor of Travolution, an industry-focussed magazine for online travel and division of Reed Business Information. † It consists of a blog, e-news service and a physical magazine, and is a leader in its field with an advisory board that comprises some †of the biggest names in the travel industry. What is it […]

Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa

Suspended between crystal waters and limitless skies, the Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa is nestled in a sacred cove of white sand and majestic lava rock. Incomparable in its balance of authenticity and luxury, the Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa offers a unique combination of Polynesian tradition and sumptuous comfort. †

Interview with Adam Healey of VibeAgent

Interview with Adam Healey of VibeAgent

Adam Healey †is CEO at VibeAgent, a site which combines user reviews, meta-search, and social networking to help you find the perfect hotel at the best available rate. † He † co-founded VibeAgent with Charles Seilheimer in 2006 on the back of over ten years of international experience in entrepreneurship, software development, management consulting and […]

Luxurious 'Platinum' service introduced Down Under on The Ghan

Luxurious ‘Platinum’ service introduced Down Under on The Ghan

Known for making the epic journey from Darwin through to Adelaide, legendary Australian train The Ghan is introducing a ‘platinum’ service in September that aims to be exceptional in luxurious standards. Passengers will be able to rest their heads on deluxe pillows from a menu, stretch out in cabins with fresh flowers that are twice […]

Branson develops Makepeace Island at Noosa

Branson develops Makepeace Island at Noosa

Sir †Richard Branson is †pressing ahead with †the construction of †a luxury Australian island retreat for his Virgin airline staff despite †remaining opposition from environmentalists. † Plans for the $4 million nine-hectare estate at Noosa, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, have already been scaled back so that there won’t be a country club or helipad as […]

Argh!  Why can't companies keep their sites up-to-date?

Argh! Why can’t companies keep their sites up-to-date?

You’d think at the luxury end of the industry that operators would keep their sites up-to-date, wouldn’t you? † Whilst most do, I often stumble upon examples where they don’t. † QANTAS are currently offering a ‘Seashells Escape’ on their QANTAS Holidays homepage †- a 10-night itinerary discovering the delights of Western Australia whilst staying […]

Where to go green - in luxury

Where to go green – in luxury

MSNBC has run an article on luxury lodges with an ecological oritentation. With the help of Forbes Traveler, they cite the follow places as their picks for 2008: Black Rock Lodge, Belize The Lodge at Sun Ranch, Montana Savute Under Canvas, Botswana Arenas del Mar, Costa Rica Baghvan, India Centro Ecol√≥gico Sian Ka’an (CESiaK), Mexico […]

Earthsong Lodge, Great Barrier Island, Auckland

Earthsong Lodge, Great Barrier Island, Auckland

Just a 30 minute flight from Auckland, Great Barrier Island is a treasure trove of beautiful white beaches, rugged wilderness and virgin forests. The luxury Earthsong Lodge, set amongst 12 acres of olive groves and natural foest, is an all-suite property featuring private sunny courtyards and verandas with magnificent views.

Top 10 Best Luxury Hotels in the South Pacific, according to Tripadvisor

Maravu Plantation Resort – Taveuni Island, Fiji Thala Beach Lodge – Port Douglas, Australia Nukubati Island Resort – Labasa, Fiji Royal Davui Fiji – Viti Levu, Fiji Qamea Resort and Spa – Qamea Island, Fiji Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney – Sydney, Australia Toberua Island Resort – Toberua Island, Fiji Kewarra Beach Resort – Cairns, Australia […]

Emirates and the A380

Emirates and the A380

Emirates has 58 of the huge, double-decked †A380 planes †on order, and has announced that it will be flying from Dubai to a number of destinations before the end of the year. Flights from Dubai †to New York begin in October 2008 and †will be †followed by Dubai-London Heathrow flights from 1st December 2008. Routes […]

Seduction at St. Regis

Seduction at St. Regis

Embrace romance in an alluring setting where even the smallest gesture creates indelible memories. Celebrate with Champagne, and wake up to breakfast in bed surrounded by the scent of fresh flowers. Participating St. Regis Hotels & Resorts include the St. Regis Hotel, New York, St. Regis Grand Hotel, Rome, The Lanesborough, St. Regis Hotel, Beijing […]

New levels of luxury for Canterbury’s Terrace Downs

One of New Zealand’s most sought after resorts might soon be Terrace Downs in Canterbury. † Situated just an hour from Christchurch International Airport, the resort is to undergo a multi-million dollar upgrade. New guest activities such as blokarts, archery and a jet boating operation will begin in the next few months, while a luxury […]

Top 10 beachside destinations

Top 10 beachside destinations

Vacations are always more fun when there’s a coastline in view, or at least so say Tripadvisor. † They’ve come up with a list outlining their top 10 favourite beachside destinations: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Honolulu, Hawaii † Cancun, Mexico Surfer’s Paradise, Australia Negril, Jamaica Miami, Florida Viti Levu, Fiji Boracay, Philippines Tenerife, Canary Islands […]

2008 Best of Wine Tourism award winners

2008 Best of Wine Tourism award winners

The 2008 Best of Wine Tourism award winners are: Bilbao-Rioja (Architecture, Parks & Gardens) Marques de Riscal Bordeaux (Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences) Plan√®te Bordeaux Cape Town (Arts & Culture) Vergelegen Florence (Accommodation) Castello di Meleto Mendoza (Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences) Familia Zuccardi Melbourne (Innovative Wine Tourism Experiences) Victorian Alps Winery Porto (Art & Culture) The […]

Rooftop pool bar at the Heritage Auckland

Rooftop pool bar at the Heritage Auckland

Guests at Heritage Auckland can now escape to the rooftop Pool Bar for stunning summer sun and views across the harbour. Located adjacent to the hotel’s Health Club, you can relax with a tall exotic cocktail, order lunch poolside and lose yourself in the views. The new Pool Bar is open from 4-7pm on Fridays […]

2007 Spa Finder Readers' Choice Awards

2007 Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards

The key winners from this year’s Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards are recognised by ‘Crystal Awards’. These are the cr√®me de la cr√®me of the innumerable winners, limited to just one from each continent. The five (there aren’t many to choose from in Antarctica!) to shine through this year are as follows: Favorite Spa of […]

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