Category: Oceania

5 nights for the price of 4 at Dolphin Island, Fiji

5 nights for the price of 4 at Dolphin Island, Fiji

Ever dreamed of your own private island? Dolphin Island is designed for the ultimate in relaxation with just two bures and no other guests, yet only 10 minutes from the Fijian mainland. The nightly rate, including transfers, all meals and  a standard bar, is NZ $2900  (NZ $3700 for both bures), plus tax. And, for […]

Spa Finder Readers' Choice Awards 2006

Spa Finder Readers’ Choice Awards 2006

The global spa resource, Spa Finder, has announced its 2006 Readers’ Choice Awards. The crème de la crème of the awards are the six Crystal Award winners, which has one honoree on each continent. And the 6 winners  of these hotly-contested awards are: Africa: Santé Winelands Wellness Centre, Paarl-Franschhoek Valley, South Africa Asia: Chiva-Som, Hua […]

FortyTwo: a modern cabin in the mountains

FortyTwo: a modern cabin in the mountains

FortyTwo is a luxurious lakeside retreat in Queenstown, New Zealand. A mixture of glass and concrete, these uniquely-designed three-level apartments combine the expertise of architects Mason and Wales with the interior design know-how of Jewell Cassells. Adding to the sense of space are floor tiles that continue from inside to outside, and balconies with views […]

New spa at Musket Cove Island Resort

New spa at Musket Cove Island Resort

The Mandara Spa opens at Musket Cove Island Resort in the Mamanuca Islands this month. This four-star resort is easily accessible via a short Sun Air flight or a catamaran transfer from Denerau marina.  This beautiful resort  is located on Malolo Lailai island and offers you a choice of restaurants, bars and cafes.

Early bird rates for Outrigger Beach Club Port Douglas

Early bird rates for Outrigger Beach Club Port Douglas

The long-anticipated, five-star  Outrigger Beach Club Port Douglas will open on 1st October 2006. As part of its opening promotion, the resort is offering exceptional rates to its earliest visitors. Enjoy 4 nights for the price of 3 from AU$418 per person in a luxurious spa suite,  or from  AU$518 and AU$684 per person in […]

It's not too late for the Ashes

It’s not too late for the Ashes

Probably the most anticipated cricket series ever will take place this winter in Australia.   The tickets for all the Test matches sold out within days of going on sale and flights to Australia are filling up fast. Kuoni Sport Abroad still have guaranteed tickets as part of the many Ashes cricket packages that they […]

New members of The Starwood Spa Collection

New members of The Starwood Spa Collection

The Starwood Spa Collection – an amalgam of some of the best spas in the world – has welcomed eight new members. They are: Convento do Espinheiro Heritage Hotel & Spa, Portugal Sheraton Colonia Golf & Spa Resort, Uruguay Sheraton La Caleta Resort & Spa, Spain Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers, Vietnam St. Regis Resort, […]

Auckland Heritage Festival

The Auckland Heritage Festival gets underway today and will run until  24th September 2006. It is a celebration of the city’s unique heritage, a time to remember the days gone by and reflect on the rich and diverse history of Auckland city. Among the events there will be open days and guided tours of Blockhouse […]

Floriade and the Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Floriade and the Hyatt Hotel Canberra

See Canberra in its true colours during Floriade, Australia’s floral celebration of Spring. The theme this year is “Carnivale – The World on Show” and Hyatt Hotel Canberra is associating itself with the event by offering an accommodation package from $290.00 per couple during the celebration. It includes overnight accommodation in a luxurious Park Room, […]

Sydney Opera House guided tours

Sydney Opera House guided tours

Official tours of the Sydney Opera House are now being run at the famous Australian venue. The tours take begin every half hour between 9am and 5pm and take you on a journey through the extraordinary history and architecture of the building, and give you an overview of the Australian performing arts scene. Discounts are […]

Success for Wellington in inaugural New Zealand Bar Awards

Success for Wellington in inaugural New Zealand Bar Awards

Three of Wellington’s most prestigious bars were awarded and celebrated at the recent New Zealand Bar Awards. Co-ordinated by Spanton Media, creators of Australian and NZ Bartender magazines, the awards are voted for and judged by local bar industry and international judges. The Matterhorn was awarded the coveted title of finest drinking establishment in New […]

Top yoga retreats

Top yoga retreats

According to a recent Concierge.com article, the top yoga retreats to be found worldwide  are: Wildflower Hall, Shimla, India Como Shambhala at Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos Chiva-Som, Hua Hin, Thailand Begawan Giri, Bali, Indonesia Adventure Yoga Retreats (all over the Americas) Esalen Institute, Big Sur, California LifeTime Private  Retreats, Kangaroo Island, Australia Maya Tulum, […]

British Airways and The Naked Chef

British Airways and The Naked Chef

British Airways has teamed up with the famous UK celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, aka ‘The Naked Chef’. There are 10 pairs of BA tickets to see Jamie Oliver on tour in Sydney,  Australia. All you have to do is sign up at ba.com/jamieoliver before this Friday (8th September 2006) for a chance to win the […]

Snorkelers Cove at Iririki Island Resort & Spa

Vanuatu’s Snorkelers Cove at Iririki Island Resort & Spa  opened to its  first official paying-guests yesterday.  It is equipped with 54 Deluxe Rooms and seven extra-luxury tri-level Penthouses that each has two bedrooms and a separate living/dining level, a  restaurant, two tennis courts and  a gym, and a 1300sq metre pool that will be one […]

Guam Palace Hotel renovations

Guam Palace Hotel will undergo renovations and be re-flagged as Sheraton Laguna Guam as of April 2007 in an agreement struck between Premier Hotels & Resorts Guam and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. The hotel will  be the first international resort to be located on the sunset strip of the island.   Included in the […]

Smoke-free luxury at The Westin Auckland, New Zealand

Smoke-free luxury at The Westin Auckland, New Zealand

Westin Resorts & Hotels is to manage a new hotel in Auckland’s Viaduct Basin in June 2007. The NZD $90 million Westin Auckland will be one of New Zealand’s first smoke free hotels – and a five star hotel with rates of at least NZD 400 per night expected.   There are currently only five […]