Category: Oceania

Dine Nine feet under in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Dine Nine feet under in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales

Located nine feet below the surface in a converted wine cellar, Nine is an intimate new dining experience at the luxurious Tower Estate. Enjoy a tour of the wineries and the beautiful Hunter Valley before tucking into a seasonally produced 9 course degustation with matched Tower Estate wines ($250 per person / approx £125). Established […]

Historic hotel’s upgrade in Hobart, Tasmania

Hobart’s historic Grand Mercure Hadleys Hotel is undergoing a $30million extension ready for a grand reopening in September 2010. Built circa 1830, the hotel will have an additional 128 suites (to the existing 71), and a new a la carte restaurant and cafe. The new suites in Hadleys will cost from $229 (approx £115) per […]

Sail Ningaloo in style

Sail Ningaloo in style

Explore Ningaloo Reef, the largest fringing reef in the world, in luxury aboard Sail Ningaloo‘s beautifully appointed 51 foot catamaran, ‘Shore Thing’. New operator Sail Ningaloo is offering three, five and nine-day live aboard tours in the pristine waters of Ningaloo Reef from March until October. Guests can spend their days kayaking, snorkelling or diving […]

Interview with Alison Scott of Elegant Resorts

Interview with Alison Scott of Elegant Resorts

Alison Scott is the Commercial Director for Elegant Resorts.  She has been at Elegant for just over a year and prior to that was Head of Product at ITC in Chester. Her background has always been in travel. She started in travel after she left University, as a Rep overseas, and has stayed in the […]

Silver Spirit's inaugural world cruise 2011

Silver Spirit’s inaugural world cruise 2011

In 2011, for the very first time, Silversea‘s new Silver Spirit will embark on a full World Cruise traversing both hemispheres.  This grandest of voyages, appropriately themed “Spirit of Discovery”, begins in Los Angeles on 19th January 2011, when Silver Spirit is set to welcome no more than 540 privileged guests for a 119-day odyssey […]

New gourmet walking tours of Adelaide

New gourmet walking tours of Adelaide

Food and wine lovers will be keen to experience Taste of South Australia‘s  new gourmet walking tours, known as ‘Insiders Adelaide’.  The four tours uncover Adelaide’s hidden secrets, exposing the city’s true essence with inspirational walks hosted by local guides. Highlights include wine tastings, a visit to Adelaide’s colourful Central Market, delicious chocolate from iconic […]

Celebrate the festive season at Voyages Ayers Rock Resort

For a ‘fair dinkum’ sunshine-filled Aussie Outback festive season look no further than Voyages Ayers Rock Resort in the heart of Australia’s aptly named ‘Red Centre’.  With a selection of five hotel properties, to suit all tastes and budgets, Ayers Rock Resort has literally lined up a feast of activities throughout the resort at the […]

Reef and rainforest experience in Queensland, Australia

Reef and rainforest experience in Queensland, Australia

A visit to the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is a must-do on any East Coast Australian itinerary – and visiting is made even easier with a Reef & Rainforest four night accommodation and eco-activity package. The joint package, released by Kingfisher Bay Resort – Fraser Island and Lady Elliot Eco Resort […]

A Barossa food tradition

Maggie Beer is one of Australia’s favourite cooks, cookery writers and a pioneering champion of Barossa regional cuisine. Her farm shop offers daily verjuice cooking demonstrations at 2pm. Visitors to the farm shop will also find Maggie’s gourmet products and award-winning books. Her cooking, using mainly local produce, has been pivotal in the development of […]

Australia’s newest five star spa

In February 2010, the doors will open on the Spa at Château Élan, a five-star Salut Per Aqua in the heart of the Hunter Valley.  Part of the new Château Élan at The Vintage, the luxury spa complex has 18 treatment rooms dedicated to exclusive spa rituals, traditional hydrotherapies and social relaxation. It is one […]

Somewhere over the rainbow: French Polynesia

Looking for some travel inspiration?  Sit back and take 5 minutes to enjoy this beautiful slideshow presentation of French Polynesia.

Italian cookery classes (in Australia!) from Rosa Matto

Are you planning a special Italian dinner or perhaps just looking to brush up your skills? South Australian chef Rosa Matto has been hosting cooking classes  with an Italian twist since 1989, giving lessons from her custom-built open studio kitchen in Goodwood, Adelaide. Rosa’s classes are very hands-on and range from sauce, bread and pasta […]

Luxuriate at Lake Okareka Lodge in New Zealand

Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua, in Rotorua, New Zealand, is the perfect abode of luxury, nestled in a landscape of incredible natural beauty. Far away from the prying eyes of the everyday life, there are countless hours of relaxation and adventures to be had in the most opulent of settings. Go fly-fishing for trout, try […]

Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach & Private Island

Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach & Private Island

The Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach Resort and Sofitel Bora Bora Motu Private Island have merged to become Sofitel Bora Bora Marara Beach & Private Island. Guests can now choose to split their time between the resort’s luxurious bungalows situated along Bora Bora’s lavish beach or on Muto, Sofitel’s pristine private island. Located on a […]

Beautiful beach huts from around the world

Slideshow of amazing beach huts from across the globe including Tahiti and Maldives.

$260m plan for Melbourne's Hotel Windsor

$260m plan for Melbourne’s Hotel Windsor

Melbourne’s Hotel Windsor has announced a $260 million development proposal aimed at securing the future of the city’s only 19th Century grand hotel.  The proposal  aims to re-establish the property as the leading hotel in Melbourne. Highlights of the plan include: • Refurbishment of the original hotel building and its key historic features. The exterior […]

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