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The Lord Byron Hotel review

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Then age and parenthood kicked in and now I’m craving the Byron Bay those in the know fell in love with before property prices rocketed to Pluto. Holidays with slow vibes and hippie charm, early morning swims and coastal walks, a little boho luxe shopping mixed in with farmer’s market wanderings, and sampling the region’s restaurants and cafés. When I check into The Lord Byron on Johnson Street...

The Most Breathtaking Five-Star Hotels in Switzerland

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Renowned for its breathtaking alpine scenery, decadent chocolate, world-class winter sports and quaint villages, Switzerland is one of the most spectacular countries to visit in Europe. And for the wealthy, staying in an opulent castle hotel or alpine resort is the only way to holiday in the landlocked country. Etched into mountainsides or perched beside serene lakes, these grand hotels look like...

Luxury Accommodation: The Best 5* Stays in Paris 2022

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Renowned for its art, architecture, culture, and cuisine, Paris is the ultimate destination to indulge in all of the finer things in life, including accommodation. Housed in breathtaking heritage buildings, a number of Paris’ most prestigious five-star hotels are stunning works of art and architecture in and of themselves. Coupled with top-rated service, incredible guest suites, lavish spas, and...

Thing that stunned me at Hobart art hotel

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You can even run your hands over the mortar of the convict-cut sandstone and see where it was plugged with ground oyster shells, taken from the Aboriginal middens that lined the island’s shores at the time of European settlement. But the bit that made my eyes widen to the size of jam jar lids? When my guide, Greg Ball, leads me into an upstairs conference room and points out a dark, viscous...

Ace Hotel Arrives in Sydney

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With hotels in a handful of cities including Brooklyn, Kyoto and Toronto, Ace Hotel is a global American hotel chain with a boutique and distinctly cosmopolitan feel. Distinguished by its hip decor, city-specific styling and chic dining options, the Ace Hotel’s first location in the southern hemisphere is a welcome addition to Sydney’s Surry Hills. Located on Wentworth Avenue, the newly opened...

QT Sydney Review

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As I step foot through to the eccentric entrance, it feels as though I’m in a different, albeit more glamorous time. This is no doubt thanks to the intriguing decor choices and crackling jazz music played over the speaker. Old dial-up telephones, red velvet curtains, taxidermy butterflies in jars, and staff dressed in silk robes, poised and ready for their close-up set the scene and I’m...

Australia’s most incredible hotel pools

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Hotel pools have become one of the top requirements for Australian holidaymakers. “We’re seeing many Aussies come to expect a pool offering, particularly when staying at well-rated, reputable hotels,” Wotif managing director Daniel Finch says. “The size of the pool is one of the most important factors for Aussies, followed by a view.” Other key considerations: whether there’s a separate kids’...

Hilton Sydney review

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As we entered our Deluxe Double Room at the Hilton Sydney, I stopped to take in the room, tastefully decorated in rich forest greens against stark, crisp white linens thanks to a recent $25m refurbishment. But it’s immediately obvious space is at a premium. There’s a king bed – tick; comfy armchair for reading or watching TV – tick; large windows overlooking the city – tick; and a luxurious...

With Bali Announcing Quarantine-Free Travel, Here are the Most Luxurious Places to Stay

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Known for its idyllic beaches, Hindu temples, and lush rainforests, Bali attracts millions of tourists each year. And after pandemic-related tourism disruptions, the popular travel destination is now officially welcoming back pre-pandemic tourism to the island, with the Indonesian government announcing quarantine-free travel to Bali yesterday. Effective immediately, the announcement means...

From private jets to harvesting wheat, this has to be the ultimate farm-stay experience in Australia right now

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If there’s one ingrained, albeit positive, experience from the first lockdown of 2020, it would be gaining a new appreciation of the art of bread making. Like many others during the great panic buying of flour and yeast (let’s not go there with toilet paper), I also dabbled in making my own sourdough, more often than not with mixed results. So it’s no surprise that I find myself thinking of bread...

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