Relaxation

Relaxation

Aug
20
2016

5 great things to do within an hour from Heathrow

By UK /

Stuck at Heathrow Airport for a few hours with nothing to do? Instead of waiting in the airport for hours until your next flight, why don’t you explore some of the highlights nearby? Simply pick up your hire car from Heathrow Airport and do one of these five great things to do within an hour from Heathrow. Windsor Castle Drive just 15 minutes from Heathrow Airport to visit one of England’s most iconic castles. Windsor Castle still operates as a royal palace, where official ceremonies often take place. The majestic castle is surrounded by colourful gardens and a variety of old buildings, including the Chapel of Saint George with its colourful stained glass. Take a guided tour so you can learn about the history of the castle and the royals who have lived here. London Tower Bridge Journey 40 minutes east into central London to tour some of the city’s famous sights. Among the top of your list should be London…

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Jul
26
2016

Grab a van in San Fran and hit the road

By United States /

San Fran is a wonderful place to visit. It’s an even better destination to hire a campervan and head out for a day trip to one of these hotspots. Santa Cruz With 46 kilometres of stunning coastline, Santa Cruz Country is the place to be if you want to experience some of California’s greatest beaches. Just under two hours from San Fran you can go surfing, play some beach volleyball, or just simply kick back and relax in the sun. There are also plenty of great beachside cafes and restaurants. Big Sur (pictured) Keep driving a bit further, for about another hour, and you’ll come to the tiny seaside town of Big Sur. This particular road trip is all about the journey. Highway 1 winds along the rugged coastline, offering spectacular views of cliffs towering over the ocean for as far as you can see. Lake Tahoe Just a four hours’ drive inland from San Francisco is the beautiful Lake Tahoe….

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Jun
26
2016

Six ways to enjoy an escape to Sorrento

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

HOLIDAYS hot spots in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula don’t get much more glam than stylish Sorrento, about an hour and a half drive in your Melbourne rental car from Melbourne’s CBD and wedged in between Portsea and Rye. But you don’t have to be a high flyer to live it up in Sorrento, a beachside haven with cosmopolitan cafes, shopping strip and beautiful boulevard to explore. Here are six ways to make it all happen. STAY: And the winner is Sorrento Holiday Accommodation at www.sorrentoholidayaccommodation.com.au where you have a choice of two absolute gems – The Erlandsen Entertainer sleeping 16 and the Sorrento Avenue option sleeping 12. Both have the aim of suiting two families who can share a holiday together. The bigger option is a classic 5 star Sorrento beachhouse (100m from the beach!) sleeping up to 16 adults and additional trundles for two children. There are three living zones – this is a whole lot of house focussed on…

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Mar
25
2016

Snuggle up at these five cosy B&Bs in the Yarra Valley this Autumn

By Australia / Melbourne / Victoria /

The Yarra Valley region makes for a relaxing weekend away at any time of year. Pick up a rental car from Melbourne Airport (https://www.drivenow.com.au/car-hire/melbourne-airport.jspc) and drive only 60 minutes to explore everything the Yarra Valley has to offer. When you arrive, pick from one of these five cosy B&Bs to stay. It’s the best in Yarra Valley accommodation.   Bonza View The owners proudly say Bonza View bed and breakfast apartment offer the best views in the Dandenongs. During the day you have a sweeping scene of the Port Phillip Bay to Mount Macedon and the Warburton Ranges, even the Lilydale Lake. At night you have a spectacular 180 degree view of the city lights. Your private, undercover deck also has a bubbling hot tub – perfect on those chilly nights. Valley Guest House Experience country living at its best. At Valley Guest House, you’ll wake up to a beautiful sunrise and the sound of native birds. You’re also surrounded…

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Dec
31
2015

Beat the heat with these five Australian beaches

By Australia /

The sun is peaking and temperatures are spiking into the 30s and 40s as we near the halfway mark of summer. There’s a great solution to all that if you’re on the road Down Under and it’s a five letter word – beach! Here are five worth splashing about it in to beat the heat. 1. Cable Beach Broome, WA A beach is a beach, until you reach Cable Beach in Broome, that is, when you realise beaches throughout the world can be very different indeed. The burnt orange sunsets set this place apart from others along its 22km stretch and throw in the fact that it really does present as an untouched stretch of shoreline with pure white sand and turquoise water and it’s an unforgettable experience. Set on the Indian Ocean, the sunsets are insanely beautiful. At the southern end is Gantheaume Point where at low tide you can see 130-million-year-old dinosaur footprints. Gantheaume Point Lighthouse is also…

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Oct
28
2015

Country retreats in Queensland for a romantic getaway

By Australia / Queensland /

Sometimes amid the hustle and bustle of daily life, couples forget to take some time out for themselves. Sometimes you just need to retreat for a relaxing and romantic getaway. Where else better than country Queensland? The Stonehouse Retreat (pictured) The Stonehouse Retreat is a unique, hand-built lodge made of stone and recycled materials. It’s located in Esk and is surrounded by 175 acres of Australian bush. Daytime views stretch for hundreds of kilometres. encompassing several lakes. Night views of starry skies are just as magical, and it’s only an 80-minute drive from Brisbane. Mt Quincan Crater Retreat This retreat’s six private bungalows overlook Mt Quincan Crater and the Atherton Tablelands. Relax in your private spa, as you take in the peaceful sounds of the rainforest. For some physical activity, go bushwalking at one of the many nearby trails nearby or see what surrounding towns, such as Atherton, have to offer. The Canopy Rainforest Treehouses Sleep while perched high in the rainforest canopy in a…

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Sep
17
2015

5 things to do in the Barossa Valley in Spring

By Australia / South Australia /

Spring is heavenly in South Australia’s Barossa Valley. The Barossa is only 60km northeast of Adelaide and it’s one of Australia’s oldest wine-producing regions. Not to mention the romantic rolling green hills and range of interesting activities. Here are five great things to do in the Barossa Valley this spring. Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop Located on the outskirts of Nuriootpa, Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop is well worth a visit. Wander around the Farm Shop, tasting all of Maggie Beer’s delicious products. Whether its fresh fruit from the orchard, wine, ice cream or a delicious coffee and cake, Maggie Beer’s wonderful recipes melt mouths and hearts. If you want to learn how to cook some of these amazing dishes, then you can attend one of the daily cooking demonstrations. Cycling The Barossa has many cycling tracks where you’ll pass incredible scenery along the way. A popular trail for travellers is the 27km Jack Bobridge track. The cycling track links Tanunda and Gawler, while offering beautiful…

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Aug
28
2015
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Five natural attractions in Victoria that can’t be missed

By Australia / Victoria /

The best time to get out and experience nature in Victoria is undoubtedly during the springtime, when wildflowers begin to blanket the landscapes in colour and rivers and lakes swell thanks to the melting alpine regions. Here are five of the best attractions in Victoria for enjoying all that nature has to offer this season. 1. Tower Hill Reserve at sunset Nestled in a dormant volcano, the Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve offers nature lovers five differently themed self-guided walks through wetlands, islands and grassy, wildflower dotted plains. The large lake in the middle of the reserve was originally a crater, formed after a large eruption 30,000 years ago. A haven for an abundance of wildlife including koalas, emus, sugar gliders, kangaroos and a variety of water birds, the reserve also treats visitors to cultural displays of ancient aboriginal artefacts at the Worn Gundidj Visitor Centre. Be sure to stay until sunset to take in the awe inspiring view of the…

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Aug
26
2015

Gorgeous wineries of the Hunter Valley

By Australia / New South Wales /

Spring is in the air, which means it’s the perfect time to visit Australia’s oldest wine-growing region, the Hunter Valley. Only two hours from Sydney, you’ll find more than 150 wineries and cellar doors, offering flavours that are unique to the Hunter region of New South Wales. Here are five gorgeous wineries worth visiting in the Hunter Valley. Tyrrell’s Vineyard Tyrrell’s Wines is renowned for its Semillon, which is the region’s most popular variety. This Australian family-owned business is steeped in history, dating back to 1858. It offers a superb line-up of sparkling wines, and then there’s the Vat series wines, which is world class and worth a tasting while you’re here. Tulloch Wines The Tulloch story began 120 years ago. John Youni Tulloch took on a 43 acre property at Pokolbin, and set to work on rejuvenating its five acres of vines. This has transformed the family company into one of the best wineries around today. Pick up some of Tulloch’s incredible…

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Aug
07
2015

Five B&Bs for a romantic weekend away in the Blue Mountains

By Australia / New South Wales /

Nothing spells a romantic weekend away like an overnight stay at a B&B in the Blue Mountains. The World Heritage listed region lives up to its reputation as a major tourist attraction, with its gorgeous mountain views and nature walks. Here are five romantic B&Bs in this beautiful part of New South Wales. Silvermere Bed and Breakfast Relax on this picture perfect country estate, which is restored from the 1920s. There are several unique accommodation experiences at Silvermere, but the standout for romantic couples is Chauffeur’s Cottage. It’s hidden in the gardens, with shops, restaurants and Wentworth Falls Lake only a short stroll away. In the evenings, watch the sunset from the veranda before the lights of Sydney light up in the distance. Moments Mountain Retreat This beautiful homestead is situated at the entrance to the Valley of the Waters and treats you to incredible views of the surrounding wilderness. Gaze at these amazing views right from your veranda, and if you choose…

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Jun
19
2015

Winter wonders: 5 cosy Aussie B&Bs that must be experienced

By Australia /

One of the most enjoyable winter experiences is a stay in a cosy B&B in the countryside. Here are five of Australia’s best B&Bs that you must visit. Lakeside B&B, New South Wales (pictured) Nothing says ‘relaxing getaway’ quite like this cosy B&B located on the edge of a stunning lake in the Blue Mountains. This Wentworth Falls property is ideally located for a romantic hideaway, surrounded by lush bushland and tranquil water views. This bed and breakfast is also a bird watchers’ paradise. There are many walking trails nearby, and the Three Sisters lookout is only a short drive away. Seas the Day, Victoria This gorgeous bed and breakfast is one of the closest to Phillip Island’s world-famous fairy penguins. This romantic, boutique guesthouse is also located along one of the island’s most stunning stretches of coastal scenery. At certain times of the year, guests can spot whales and other native wildlife in the distance. A stay at Seas the…

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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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