Norwegian Spirit’s maiden arrival marks a significant milestone for the Australian cruise industry’s comeback, as well as the chance for Australian cruisers to experience NCL’s unique Freestyle Cruising concept from their doorstep, with a choice of eight sailings between December 2022 and March 2023 from Sydney and Auckland. NCL media release SYDNEY WELCOMES NORWEGIAN SPIRIT Norwegian CruiseContinue reading “CRUISE – NORWEGIAN’S AUSSIE RETURN”


JETSTAR TO COOK ISLAND JETSTAR is expanding its international network by launching direct flights between Australia and the Cook Islands. The new non-stop service between Sydney and Rarotonga will commence on June 29, 2023, with the airline deploying its newest aircraft – the new generation longer-range Airbus A321neo LR – on the two weekly returnContinue reading “NEWS – COOK FLIGHTS”


Westin Hotels & Resorts debuts in the UK at a time when consumers desire to travel is higher than ever and when self-care is now viewed as a “necessity” rather than a choice. Marriott International media release WESTIN LANDS IN LONDON THE Westin London City has officially opened its doors with the riverfront address theContinue reading “HOTEL – WESTIN LONDON CITY”


Coral Expeditions led the return to operations for the cruise industry in Australia through 2020 and 2021 with the implementation of their SailSAFE health protocols at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The company have operated over 100 successful domestic voyages since October 2020. Coral Expeditions website CORAL’S SMALL ISLANDS RETURN CORAL Expeditions has announcedContinue reading “CRUISE – CORAL EXPEDITIONS”


PARIS FOR SOFITEL MELBOURNE SOFITEL Melbourne on Collins is now home to new guest rooms that “feel like a Parisian apartment in the heart of Melbourne” thanks to an extravagant $15 million renovation. Celebrated architect IM Pei – who was originally tasked with designing the five-star address that sits at the Paris End of CollinsContinue reading “HOTEL – SOFITEL MELBOURNE”


What we have achieved is a relaxed environment that feels more like a home away from home, than a hotel stay. The space really emulates a countryside, guesthouse escape. Linda Boronkay – Linda Boronkay Design Studio HOTEL WITH HISTORY THE Southern Highlands town of Bundanoon is home to regional Australia’s newest place to stay withContinue reading “HOTEL – OSBORN HOUSE”


Located in the One Circular Quay mixed-use development at 1 Alfred Street, which includes an adjoining 61-level apartment tower, the hotel will be a home away from home for today’s discerning travellers.  Waldorf Astoria media release WALDORF ASTORIA SET FOR SYDNEY SYDNEY is set to become home to a new Waldorf Astoria with the iconicContinue reading “HOTEL – WALDORF ASTORIA SYDNEY”


Pride of America will once again offer thoroughly immersive itineraries and deeply authentic experiences that support business and tourism in Hawai’i, while providing travellers with everything they seek from a vacation in paradise. NCL CEO Harry Sommer PRIDE OF AMERICA’S HAWAII RETURN NORWEGIAN Cruise Line has taken another step in its post-pandemic recovery with PrideContinue reading “CRUISE – PRIDE OF AMERICA”


NATURE LOVING AT BUSHMANS KLOOF I HAVE seen some spectacular sunsets during the 16,237 days spent on the planet so far but none compare to tonight’s presentation. I’m standing in the manicured gardens at Bushmans Kloof, the elegant outpost in South Africa’s wild Cederberg Mountains a three-hour drive from Cape Town, and the windswept sky isContinue reading “VISIT – BUSHMANS KLOOF”


With 2020 just around the corner the Virtuoso team make some predictionson where travellers will spend the holiday budget VIRTUOSO TRAVEL TRENDS THE 2020 Virtuoso Luxe Report has been released with the document detailing the top travel trends already motivating next year’s holiday happenings. The report notes “Australian travellers are seizing the day and prioritising tripsContinue reading “NEWS – VIRTUOSO TRENDS”


Avant-garde in outlook and design, The St. Regis Venice merges striking, modern interiors with its historic provenance as the best address in the city.  The St Regis Venice website GRAND CANAL ADDRESS A PRIME plot of real estate on Venice’s Grand Canal is home to the Italian city’s newest hotel. The St Regis Venice sitsContinue reading “HOTEL – ST REGIS VENICE”


Four new Anantara addresses opening in 2020 and Mark Thomson, Minor Hotel’s Director of PR & Communications, couldn’t be more excited about the increasing inventory HOT HOTELS AND HOLIDAYS ASKING Minor Hotels’ head honcho Mark Thomson to name his favourite hotel is like asking a parent with a big family to nominate their most cherishedContinue reading “NEWS – ANANTARA”


If you’re like Goldilocks, and prefer your cruise ship to be just right, then Sea Princess fits the bill. And she will soon be in Australia doing voyages around our picturesque patch of the Pacific Sea Princess is a Goldilocks ship. No, there aren’t three bears with a penchant for porridge taking in the sunContinue reading “CRUISE – SEA PRINCESS”


The list of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World welcomes The Havannah Vanuatu VANUATU’S NEW NAT GEO ONE of the South Pacific’s most exclusive addresses is the newest name on the list of National Geographic’s Unique Lodges of the World with The Havannah Vanuatu joining the esteemed register on the eve of its 10thContinue reading “HOTEL – THE HAVANNAH VANUATU”


There are so many ships heading to Australia during the coming cruise season, but which one is right for you SHIPS TO CRUISE AUSTRALIA THE countdown to the 2019-20 Australian cruise season has officially started and there’s a flotilla ready to deploy Down Under during the Southern Hemisphere summer. Anyone considering a cruise holiday hasContinue reading “CRUISE – AUSTRALIA”


Virtuoso is the leading global network of agencies speciaising in luxury and experiential travel, with moer than 20,000 advisors. We partner with over 1,800 of the world’s best companies such as hotels, cruise lines, tour operators and more. Virtuoso website VIRTUOSO CROWNS ITS VERY BEST VIRTUOSO – the global network of agencies specialising in luxuryContinue reading “NEWS – VIRTUOSO’S BEST”


The Marquis title is bestowed to the elite global properties within the JW Marriott portfolio that offer five-star sophistication across the highest levels of design, technology and comfort. Marriott spokesperson to Business Traveller MARQUIS COMES TO SHANGHAI SHANGHAI is now home to a JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Shanghai Pudong with the latest addition to theContinue reading “HOTEL – JW MARRIOTT SHANGHAI”


99 per cent of Egypt’s population utilises only 5 per cent of the total land area but nearly 100 per cent of its aquatic resources as a result of the predominantly barren ecosystem.  Egyptian Tourism Authority website ANSWERS ON EGYPT EGYPT has been tempting travellers since Georgian times when Brits of sufficient means visited on extendedContinue reading “VISIT – EGYPT”


Raffles Singapore has opened its doors after a multi-million-dollar renovation, and the results are remarkable with the original again back to its best RAFFLES REVEAL RAFFLES Singapore is finally back in business after being closed for more than two years during a top-to-tail renovation. The iconic Singapore hotel, which was looking a little rusty andContinue reading “HOTEL – RAFFLES SINGAPORE”


CHRISTMAS CHEER AT the end of November every year a magical spell settles on Germany that lasts until the wee hours of Christmas morning. Right across the country, from villages to sprawling cities, Christmas markets move into town squares and shopping streets with locals visiting these fantastical fairs to celebrate St Nick’s season with family andContinue reading “VISIT – GERMANY AT CHRISTMAS”


Connect with the city and drink in spectacular views in our stylish Sukhumvit hotel, high above the buzz of trendy On Nut neighbourhood.  Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok website AVANI EXPANDS IN BKK AVANI’S third hotel in Bangkok opened its doors on July 1 with the Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok sitting between the increasingly popular On Nut andContinue reading “HOTEL – AVANI SUKHUMVIT BANGKOK”


The Greg Mortimer, named after our co-founder, utilises some of the latest advancements in naval design & technology to revolutionise the small ship expedition cruising experience. Aurora Expeditions fact sheet AURORA EXPEDITIONS SEA TESTS AURORA Expeditions new ship the Greg Mortimer is one step closer to carrying her first passengers with the vessel completing seaContinue reading “CRUISE – AURORA EXPEDITIONS”


2019 is turning out to be a very big year for the luxury brands in the Hilton stable, setting a new record after a century in the hospitality business HILTON’S BIG HOTEL HAUL HILTON has announced the company will open more luxury hotels in 2019 than during any other year in the iconic hospitality brand’sContinue reading “NEWS – HILTON’S HAUL”


Snaps from a springtime stay in a special corner of France STRASBOURG STAY WHERE Strasbourg, the capital of France’s Grand Est region a stone’s throw from the German border. WHEN I spent two days in Strasbourg during idyllic blue-sky days in March, breaking the rail journey between Frankfurt Airport and Lyon where I was boundContinue reading “VISIT – STRASBOURG”


There’s so much for travellers to do in New Zealand’s biggest settlement, and lots of stuff can be seen for free … AUCKLAND FOR FREE AUCKLAND is one of the world’s most vibrant non-capital cities. The New Zealand metropolis, which is the country’s largest settlement by size and population, may yield capital status to sleepyContinue reading “VISIT – AUCKLAND”


July is the perfect time for a mid-winter break, with properties dotted around rural Victoria providing the ideal retreat for a quick recharge VICTORIA’S WINER RETREATS DAYS are dark, the temperature has plunged below brisk, and even the hardiest of souls battling this bleakest of mid-winter months are dreaming about a break. While the sunContinue reading “VISIT – WINTERTIME VICTORIA”


Discover a tropical paradise surrounded by lush greens, white sand beaches, and azure waters. A mere 45-minute yacht journey from Velana International Airport, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi awaits. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi NEW DIGS FOR MALDIVES LUXE Three islands in the South Male Atoll, a 30-minute journey by boat from Male International Airport, is homeContinue reading “HOTEL – WALDORF ASTORIA MALDIVES”


DIRECT SANTIAGO SERVICE IT’S about to get a whole lot easier for Aussie travellers to reach South America with LATAM Airlines announcing direct flights between Sydney and Santiago. The new non-stop service will start on October 27 and include three direct flights a week between Sydney and the Chilean capital, with another four hops continuingContinue reading “NEWS – LATAM FLIGHTS”


SABI SABI SAFARI HEAVYNESS giggles mischievously when I ask him the story behind his first name. The Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve tracker holds his hands in front of his chest and slumps, pretending to be carrying something substantial, and tells me his mother settled on the name when she held him for the firstContinue reading “VISIT – SABI SANDS”