Category: Oceania

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 […]

An eco-retreat in the heart of South Australia's Flinders Ranges

An eco-retreat in the heart of South Australia’s Flinders Ranges

Travellers to South Australia looking for environmentally sensitive accommodation devoid of mobile phone reception yet rich in old-fashioned Outback hospitality, should look no further than 29,000 acre Rawnsley Park Station. Renowned for the introduction of their award-winning luxurious eco villas, Rawnsley Park is located in the heart of the Flinders Ranges only 400 km from […]

Expansion of Preferred Hotel Group

The Preferred Hotel Group will welcome 13 new members to its portfolio next month, from the stunning Natal Ocean Club on the picturesque coast of Cabo Sao Roque in Brazil, due to open early 2010, to the majestic Leela Palace on the banks of Lake Pichola in Udaipur.   In Barcelona, Casanova by Rafael Hotels […]

The best airport in the world

The best airport in the world

The results of the World Airport Awards from Skytrax are out. Congratulations go to Incheon International Airport in Seoul which beat last year’s winner (Hong Kong International Airport) into second place.   The top 10 were as follows: 1. Incheon International Airport 2. Hong Kong International Airport 3. Singapore Changi 4. Zürich 5. München 6. […]

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa

One of the world’s best beaches is now home to a luxury resort; opening on 1st June 20009, the  InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa on Natadola Beach will be  the pride of Fiji’s Coral Coast.   Spread across 35 acres of tropical gardens, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is the sole destination resort […]

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 […]

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