Luxury

Mar
09
2015

Best markets in Sydney

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

Sydney is as good as it gets as a shopping destination. But sometimes it pays to venture out of the department stores and warehouse factories and into Sydney’s many different street markets to bag yourself some great bargains. Here are some of Sydney’s best markets. Finders Keepers Markets An indie market which includes hundreds of designers and artists, showing the best in indie fashion, art and design. With over 150 unique stalls, the Finders Keepers Markets are much loved by Sydney-siders and have grown every year. Bondi Markets (pictured) One of Sydney’s best markets is located right on Bondi Beach, allowing you to head straight into the water either before or after you’ve trawled through different stalls. Open every Sunday, you’ll find original designer clothing, handmade jewellery, arts and crafts, retro furniture and more. Liverpool Night Markets On the first Saturday of each month, head to the Liverpool Night Markets for a range of street food, fashion stalls and entertainment for…

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Feb
16
2015

What women want in winter – 5 luxury retreats on Australia’s east coast

By New South Wales / Victoria /

You’re in need of a perfect winter getaway for R&R, and you can’t imagine a girls’ weekend away without the massages, spas and facial treatments. Pamper yourselves with one of these five luxury retreats on Australia’s east coast.  Buddha Gardens Day Spa, Byron Bay Spend a relaxing weekend away with this girls at the Buddha Gardens Day Spa in Byron Bay. Take a dip in the spa’s heated pplunge pool and sauna while surrounded by Balinese-inspired gardens. Offering hot rock massages, facial rituals and luxurious body wraps. Their signature massage is the Bamboo Massage which uses traditional eastern massage techniques using bamboo stalks. This 60-90 minute massage is said to refresh the spirit and renew vital energies. www.buddhagardensdayspa.com.au Cockatoo Hill Retreat, Queensland Set in the heart of the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest, between the Daintree River and Cape Tribulation, Cockatoo Hill Retreat is paradise. With four exclusive tree lodges and views of the surrounding rainforest and Coral Sea. Surrounded by…

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Feb
14
2015

Five Australian shopping experiences every woman must consider

By Australia / Brisbane / Sydney /

Every woman loves a bit of retail therapy and luckily, Australia has everything from designer labels and vintage fashion stores to unique shopping tours. Here are five Australian shopping experiences every woman must have. Go Get Around Tours, Melbourne Are you ready for a jam-packed day of some serious bargain hunting? Visit up to 15 factory warehouses of some of the most popular brands in Australia with Go Get Around Tours in Melbourne. The tour allows you to start at whichever warehouse you want and escort you around town. Ugg – Meet the Maker Factory Tour Tour the birthplace of the Ugg boot, one of Australia’s iconic fashion items. These comfy, warm and fuzzy boots are a part of almost every girl’s wardrobe. From the factory in Brunswick, watch workers craft freshly cut sheepskins into Ugg boots. You can even grab a pair while you’re there too. Strand Arcade, Sydney Built in the 1890s, the Sydney Strand Arcade is one of Sydney’s most…

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Jan
28
2015

6 romantic places in Victoria to steal a kiss

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner which means a world of lovers will be out in force looking to impress their loved ones. There are plenty of great romantic drives in the state of Victoria, and a romantic kiss at a beautiful location to set the perfect atmosphere is a special moment that never fades from your memory. So when it comes to finding the right location to spark some fireworks, here are six of the most romantic places in Victoria to kiss somebody.  Eureka Tower, Southbank The southern hemisphere’s highest viewing platform, the Eureka Skydeck, offers 360 degree views of Melbourne’s CBD, Port Phillip Bay and Docklands. Finish off your exciting experience standing on ‘The Edge’, which is a projecting glass cube hanging 300 metres above the ground, with a surprise kiss. If not a reassuring hug that everything’s going to be ok! The Yarra Valley The stunning Yarra Valley provides some of the most romantic sights on the planet,…

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Dec
29
2014

Eight great things to do in Hepburn Springs

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

QUICK escape ideas from Melbourne are in abundance. North, south, west or east, the variety is endless whether you’re wanting, beach, river, mountain ranges and snow fields, or open plains, caves or goldfields, or food and wine. But one that is only an hour and a half away is Spa Country and a little destination called Hepburn where cosmopolitan hamlets can be discovered, spa retreats await and natural charms of mineral springs are as fresh as you’ll find anywhere on the planet. There are dozens of great reasons to head to this gorgeous part of Victoria, with Hepburn Springs at the top of the list. Here are eight great reasons to set your sights on the Macedon Ranges and Daylesford/Hepburn country. 1. Steeped in history, Hepburn Springs is also steeped in Australia’s largest concentration of mineral springs, known for the health-enhancing minerals. Explore them at old-fashioned pumps and pipes in Hepburn Springs Mineral Springs Reserve. 2. Pack your golf clubs…

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Dec
24
2014

Dive into the heavenly hot springs in the Mornington Peninsula

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

Bath houses, hot springs, thermal spas, relaxation … words that almost make you float into a travel destination rather than drive there. Peninsula Hot Springs stakes a claim as the “first natural hot springs and day spa centre in Victoria”, only a 90 minute road trip from Melbourne and one that delivers on everything it promises when it comes to natural thermal mineral waters that flow into the pools and private baths at the award-winning coastal escape. There are two specific areas at this hot springs Mornington Peninsula destination that deliver on some quality R&R and spa experiences. A private Spa Dreaming Centre is all about tranquil spaces, private pools pampering spa treatments to revitalise body, mind and spirit. The Bath House generally offers experiences for $40 per adult during peak periods (cheaper in the off season) as well as family specials if you want to take the whole clan there for some chill time in the 20 plus bathing…

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Nov
30
2014
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Five of the best boutique hotels in Sydney and luxury accommodation

By Australia / New South Wales / Sydney /

THE Harbour City is overflowing with hotels, B&Bs, backpackers, hostels, apartments and more. When it comes to boutique hotels in Sydney or luxury accommodation, there is no better place than our NSW capital. Where to start? Here are five to ponder for your next Sydney visit. 1. QT Hotel, Market St, Sydney (right) Funky bar, slick restaurant, powerhouse design elements threaded throughout, bold and daring modern touches to complement the heritage architecture, and a location right in the heart of Sydney’s CBD in Market Street. QT is one of the smoothest movers on the boutique hotels Sydney scene with service second to none. Some awesome packages include booking your luxury accommodation and receiving one of a Spa Q treatment for two, or a brekky for two or dinner for two. More www.qtsydney.com.au 2. Blue Sydney – a Taj Hotel, the wharf at Woolloomooloo A very stylish award-winner set on the water, BLUE Sydney is a hotspot and is located at…

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Jul
30
2014

3 great new gadgets to help tech-savvy road-tripping diehards stay connected

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Life on the road when you’ve rented a campervan in Australia can be loads of fun, but those with gadgets have a hunger for more. So what’s new in the world of digital enhancements and clever gadgets to make your road-tripping all the more special? Try these three. 1. Say hello to Lenny (pictured). If you have music in your smartphone, ipod or subscribe to an online music provider like Spotify, you want to make sure your tunes sound the goods in that camper! Audio Dynamics in Melbourne have the best portable Bluetooth mobile speaker units going around. For music on the go, the portable speaker, called “Lenny”, is essential for the holidays and the Elipson Lenny sets a new standard for portable wireless speakers both for design and sound quality. Lenny, a foghorn-shaped portable speaker, connects with devices equipped with the Bluetooth 2.1 protocol and is compatible with Android and IOS smartphones, tablets, computers and any other device equipped…

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May
26
2014

Three of the worst places to visit in Victoria if you’re trying to give up chocolate

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

WILLY Wonka and his chocolate factory started the rot for many chocaholics, and the sprouting of chocolate factories throughout Australia means there’s no escaping the lure of the cocoa bean. Let’s face it – good chocolate is worth the drive! And Victoria in Australia is as good as place as any for unforgettable chocky experiences. So, you’ve flown into Melbourne airport and picked up a hire car but not sure where all the oompa loompas are plying their craft? Here are five destinations worth the road trip …and the sugar hit, among other reasons to stay around and explore Melbourne and surrounds. Sweet road trip No.1: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery. Talk about a treat for the senses! Best of all it’s only about 45 minutes drive from the airport on a good traffic flow when you head east on the M80, Eltham Road and Old Healesville Road before you enter choc heaven for free chocolate tastings, thousands of…

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