Category: Oceania

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 Ecológico 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) Planète 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 crème de la crème 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 […]

Trips from The Nature Conservancy and A&K

Trips from The Nature Conservancy and A&K

The Nature Conservancy is again teaming up with Abercrombie & Kent, to offer you the chance to get up close with nature — brown bears, flying foxes, pink dolphins and giant tortoises. Their 2008 series is very similar to this year’s with a few changes to locations. The 2008 journeys include Brazil’s Pantanal (18th-28th May); […]

Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival

Enjoy the world’s greatest racing celebration over 50 glorious Spring days in Melbourne, Australia. Whether you come for the horses or the glamour, the jockeys or the fashion, you will love the Spring Racing Carnival in Melbourne. This year’s carnival will be bigger and better than ever before.   It is on now, and continues […]

It's all class - business class - with Emirates at Sofitel Brisbane's Melbourne cup party

It’s all class – business class – with Emirates at Sofitel Brisbane’s Melbourne cup party

The spectacle of one of the world’s great horse races returns to Sofitel Brisbane this year with the running of the 2007 Melbourne Cup next month.   On 6th November 2007, Sofitel Brisbane, in co-operation with Emirates Airline and Classic Hits 4KQ, will celebrate the great race with a party for punters, fashionistas and anyone […]

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