Category: Oceania

Photograph of the week: The Society Islands

Photograph of the week: The Society Islands

This week’s photograph is of the Society Islands, a group of islands in the South Pacific Ocean that are politically part of French Polynesia. The archipelago is thought to have been named by Captain James Cook supposedly in honour of the Royal Society, the sponsor of the first British scientific survey of the islands. However, […]

12 of the most stunning winter sun locations in the world

12 of the most stunning winter sun locations in the world

Following one of the wettest summers on record, Britons are in much need of some rest and recuperation in a dry, warm and sunny climate. But where can you go for almost guaranteed winter sunshine? What are the best beaches to eat your Christmas dinner on? Where are the perfect spots of winter paradise? Don’t fret, we’ve thrown […]

The best new hotels and resorts in the Asia-Pacific region

The best new hotels and resorts in the Asia-Pacific region

The annual Luxe List showcases DestinAsian‘s picks of the best new hotels and resorts in the Asia-Pacific region. This year, the region’s best new places to stay is as alluring as ever, spanning a dozen countries and featuring no fewer than 30 hotels that truly stand out from the rest. From sumptuous private islands in the Maldives […]

The 5 best wine destinations in the world

The 5 best wine destinations in the world

Love wine?  Love to incorporate some great wines in your next trip?  Then take a look at this list from TripAdvisor. According to the popular travel review site, these are currently the five best wine destinations in the world. I don’t suppose the French will be happy at not making the list, whilst California’s Napa Valley […]

Highlights of the Condé Nast Traveler 25th Annual Readers' Choice Awards

Highlights of the Condé Nast Traveler 25th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

The results are in for the Condé Nast Traveler 25th Annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The awards rank the best cities, islands, cruise lines, airlines, hotels, and resorts worldwide. A record 46,476 readers participated, rating 370 hotels, resorts, and cruise lines above a score of 90! (To put this in perspective, the first list in 1988 […]

Watch turtles nest on Australia's Heron Island

Watch turtles nest on Australia’s Heron Island

The annual turtle nesting season is set to begin on Queensland’s Heron and Wilson Islands, with an abundance of green turtles coming ashore to nest on these two Great Barrier Reef coral cays. It’s a spectacular sight watching turtles coming out of the ocean and laboriously pulling themselves up the beach to lay their eggs, all […]

Photograph of the week: Tattoo artist in French Polynesia

Photograph of the week: Tattoo artist in French Polynesia

Roonui is one of the leading tattoo artists in French Polynesia. Tattooing is a traditional Polynesian art form, and Roonui wears his art as well as creates it. Photographer Bob Krist tells me he was one of the most graceful and dignified people to ever be in front of his lens, and his self-possession in […]

The world's top 10 islands to visit

The world’s top 10 islands to visit

National Geographic has come up with a top 10 islands to visit. Now you might expect to see the islands of the Maldives or maybe one or two of the Greek islands, but no… this list is quite different. There’s no Fiji, no Seychelles, and it seems that even the Galapagos don’t make the grade […]

Now you can explore the Great Barrier Reef courtesy of Google Street View

Now you can explore the Great Barrier Reef courtesy of Google Street View

You may recall back in 2010 that Google Street View extended to parts of Antarctica.  Now they’re going a step further and taking us underwater to explore Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Thanks to a partnership between the Catlin Seaview Survey and Google Maps, it’s now possible to observe the reef just as divers do. Specially adapted […]

The top 20 most expensive hotels in the world

The top 20 most expensive hotels in the world

Luxury-Hotels.com has conducted a survey that identifies the most expensive hotels in the world. The findings came from an analysis of average room rates for standard double rooms in hotels around the world during the June to August 2012 summer season.  Interestingly, half of the top 10 most expensive hotels in the world are all […]

Chef Tommes

Interview with Chef Tommes, Chef and Owner of That Little Wine Bar

What do you do if you’ve hunted high and low for a decent wine bar but there’s none to be found in your home town? For Chef Tommes and his wife Louise, the answer was simple – they opened their own! That Little Wine Bar in Georgetown, Penang, has attracted rave reviews (including on this […]

Las Vegas takes gold as top holiday destination for Team GB athletes

Las Vegas takes gold as top holiday destination for Team GB athletes

Official London 2012 airline partner British Airways has asked a number of Team GB and Paralympics GB athletes about their holiday plans post September 2012. Far from having a relaxing break, the results showed that many of the athletes will be seeking sun and fun, following weeks and months of gruelling schedules. Nearly a third […]

Top 10 places for a South Pacific honeymoon

Top 10 places for a South Pacific honeymoon

When you’re heading to the South Pacific for your luxury honeymoon there is a dizzying array of choices, but lets face it as much as you’d like to visit them all most honeymoons are generally for 2 or 3 weeks so you’ll need to do some trimming. The key destinations are New Zealand and Australia […]

Luxury travel links of the week

Luxury travel links of the week

A weekly pick of luxury travel links for your perusal… The best African vacations from Safari Guide Africa The simplicity of innovation: Panerai Beachy-chic dining from Sean’s Panorama Because speed matters: Piaggio Aero

Fabulous holidays and short breaks auctioned for a good cause

Fabulous holidays and short breaks auctioned for a good cause

England rugby player Tom Palmer has contacted me to say he is running an online auction, which includes a number of luxury holiday lots, to raise funds to help finance his close friend’s brain tumour treatment. The star lots are week-long holidays in 3 bedroom, pool villas at the 5 star resorts of Karma Kandara […]

The 10 most stunning (and less well known!) luxury vacation gems in Australia

The 10 most stunning (and less well known!) luxury vacation gems in Australia

We all know about the most popular tourist spots in Australia such as Bondi Beach, Sydney Harbour and Ayers Rock but this is such a vast country that surely there must be some hidden gems that aren’t quite so busy? Indeed there are and because finding them can be a little tricky, here are ten of the […]