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    MELBOURNE                                          Luxury
    All its gourmet secrets revealed at the
    famous Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

    REEF TO RAINFOREST
                                                Ski Resorts
                                                 Our top five picks. Plus, a look into
    Explore this unlikely blend of dense         luxury ski resort creators, Zacamoco
    rainforest plunging into the Pacific Ocean
    in Australia’s Tropical North Queenland



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                              Within a few hours’ flying time, New Zealanders can
                              be lazing on the beach in Rarotonga or sampling the                          HOLIDAYS & CORPOR ATE TR AVEL


                              big city delights of Sydney and Melbourne. If you want
                              to escape into nature, there are some world-class
                              properties right here in New Zealand. Don’t forget the
                              stunning alpine scenery and winter sports packages
                              that offer a bracing alternative at this time of year. Or
                              if you want to ski further afield, we highlight in this
                              issue our Top 5 ski resorts around the world.                    MELBOURNE                                          Luxury
                                                                                               All its gourmet secrets revealed at the
                                                                                               famous Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

                                                                                               REEF TO RAINFOREST
                                                                                                                                            Ski Resorts
    You can’t deny it’s a dizzy mix of options for a winter break. Remember that for
                                                                                                                                             Our top five picks. Plus, a look into
                                                                                               The unlikely blend of rainforest plunging
                                                                                               into the xxx ocean at Australia’s Tropical    luxury ski resort creators, Zacamoco
                                                                                               North Queenland.



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    unattainable dream. They would love to have our choice of holiday breaks, and         LUXURY Holidays & Corporate Travel
    yet New Zealanders can take it all for granted.
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    and we show you how rainforest, reef and relaxation can be blended together
    for an energising break. So why not take advantage of the current crop of low         Editor:
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                                   Life a magnifique
                                    ive
                                   L experience
                                        is Magnifique

                                                           Cover Story
                                                           19 Celebrate Food - Melbourne


                                                           Features
                                                           26 Chinese Whisper - Silversea Cruises
                                                           31 Taking the plunge in paradise -
                                                              Weddings in the South Pacific
                                                           36 Reef to Rainforest - Tropical North
                                                                                                       19                     44
                                                              Queensland
                                                           42 5 Unexpected - Oman
                                                           54 Business Class review -
                                                              Emirates A380
                                                           60 Conference - Oman


                                                           In Every Issue
                                                           12 Review
                                                           14 Luxury Preview
                                                           44 24 Hours in - Johannesburg
                                                           46 Brand Insider - Zacamoco
                                                           56 5 Best - Ski resorts
                                                           58 Style File - Winter Sports
                                                           65 Travel Accessories
                                                           69 Foreign Exchange - India
                                                           72 Luxury Found - Directory


                                                                                                               31                                                 62
                                                           77 Presidential Suite - The Bridge Suite,
                                                              Atlantis, Bahamas
                                                           78 Eye in the sky
                                                           82 Concierge


                                                           Hotel Reviews
                                                           23 Crown Towers, Melbourne
                                                           28 Naumi, Singapore
                                                           48 Rumours, Aitutaki
                                                           70 Swissôtel, Sydney


                                                           Lifestyle
                                                           52 Dining out - Fairmont, Singapore
                                                           62 Champagne - France
                                                           66 Spa - AYANA Spa & Resort, Bali




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     Review: Winter 2009
     Check out these great events happening over the next couple of months. Ranging from art and culture
     to some of the biggest international events of the year, you’re sure to find something here of interest.




        The San Francisco Marathon
        Held since 1977, almost 20,000 runners of all ages and from all
        over the globe compete in 1 of 5 events (Full Marathon, 2 Half
        Marathons, 5K, and Progressive Marathon) that will take them
        past iconic and well known landmarks such as Fisherman’s Wharf,
        Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park and AT&T Park.
        www.runsfm.com 26 July 2009




                                                                                                                                             Experience Vanuatu’s newest luxury resort.



                                           Sydney Design 09
                                           In its 13th year, Sydney Design
                                           is one of Australia’s premier         Oktoberfest
                                           design events that showcases           The 176th Oktoberfest is set to kick
                                           the very latest in cutting-edge        off at midday on 19 September in the
                                           design from all over the world.        Schottenhamel tent when the lord mayor
                                           The 16-day festival has an             of Munich will tap the first keg and call
                                           extensive and creative program         out “O’zapft is!” to confirm that the
                                           of markets, late night events,         tapping was successful. Festivities take
                                           discussions, exhibitions and           place across 14 tents, all offering their
                                           workshops around the city.             own unique charm and atmosphere.
                                           www.sydneydesign.com.au                www.oktoberfest.de
                                           16 August 2009                         19 September - 4 October 2009




        Darwin Festival
        Recognised locally, nationally and
        internationally as the premier arts and
        events festival for the ‘Top End’ of
        Australia and the Asia Pacific Region,
        this year sees the introduction of an
        innovative new venue (The Lighthouse)
        and a host of new and exciting event
        formats around town.
        www.darwinfestival.org.au
        13 - 30 August 2009
                                                                                                                              Experience the stunning natural beauty of Eratap at Vanuatu’s finest luxury resort.
                                                                                                                              With just 11 waterfront villas privacy and personalized service is assured. Surrounded
                                                                                                                              by pristine coral reefs, white sand beaches, uninhabited islands and great surf the
                                                                                                                              resort is a haven for those seeking adventure or complete relaxation.
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Baggage allowances increased                    The ultimate Fijian beach now has a                                                          Plenty on offer in the Bay                                                                     Qantas smoothes your path to
for Emirates passengers                                                                                                                                                                                                                     New York
One of the most annoying aspects of
                                                resort to match                                                                              We’re talking about the Bay of Plenty, or course. The North Island’s volcanic and scenic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Can’t resist the lure of the Big Apple?
                                                                                                                                             wonderland now has a superbly refurbished lodge to attract luxury-seeking guests.
travel is the moment when you heave             Spread across 35 acres of tropical gardens, InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is                                                                                                      Qantas has just made it a whole lot
your suitcase onto the weigh-in scales          the sole destination resort on Natadola Beach – the only stretch of natural, white sand      Ridge Country Retreat & Spa is perched on top of a beautiful tree-lined ridge just a           easier. From June 2009, you can fly
at the airport and get the distressing          beach on Viti Levu. Protected by a reef to create an aqua-blue ocean-facing lagoon,          short drive from New Zealand’s fastest growing city of Tauranga and the stunning               daily with Qantas from Auckland to
news that you’re a couple of kilos over         Natadola Beach was voted by Forbes Magazine in 2008 as one of the 25 best beaches            beach resort of Mt Maunganui.                                                                  New York. The airline is rescheduling
the allowance. Cue frantic unpacking at         in the world.                                                                                                                                                                               daily services between Auckland and
the check-in counter to discard bottles                                                                                                                                                                                                     Los Angeles to connect with Qantas
                                                But it’s not just about the sun and sand. A true destination resort, InterContinental Fiji
of aftershave and transfer paperback                                                                                                                                                                                                        flights to and from New York.
                                                has been created to provide a luxurious Pacific retreat for travellers seeking more than
novels and assorted sweatshirts to your
                                                just a beachside getaway. From the overall design of the resort itself through to the
cabin luggage.
                                                smallest details, InterContinental Fiji is your gateway to authentic Fijian experiences.

                                                The smallest of InterContinental Fiji’s 216 rooms and suites is 65m2, much larger than
                                                other standard resort rooms in Fiji. Every room has a private terrace or balcony featuring
                                                a Cleopatra-style tub and day beds for two, with Bose surround sound system to boot.
                                                Golfers will have a superb par 72 course to play on and there are no less than five
                                                restaurants and bars to tempt you after dark.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            With Skybed sleeper seats in Business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and audio and video entertainment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            on demand in all cabins, you should
                                                                                                                                             The six brand new villas were designed with space in mind and all feature spectacular
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            arrive relaxed and refreshed.
That’s why it’s gratifying to learn that                                                                                                     mountain and sunset views. Each villa suite boasts both a super king and queen
Emirates has just made life easier, by                                                                                                       bed as standard. Spacious en-suites also include their own
increasing its free baggage allowance                                                                                                        indoor designer bath and oversized shower together with
for all passengers.                                                                                                                          separate toilet facilities. A luxurious bonus is a private
The new allowance has been                                                                                                                   outdoor relaxation bath located on each villa deck allowing
implemented across the airline’s network                                                                                                     guests to soak up both the lodge’s soothing geothermal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Upmarket, escorted land, cruise,
of more than 100 destinations globally.                                                                                                      waters and the superb mountain views.
                                                Relax, recharge and rejuvenate right
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        riverboat and family journeys.
So now you can pack 30kg if you’re
travelling Economy Class, 40kg for
Business and a generous 50kg for First.
                                                here in Auckland                                                                                                                                                    Tauck offers over 130
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    unique travel experiences
                                                Escape from the world outside to a luxury spa experience designed to restore balance,
                                                                                                                                             Gordon Ramsay takes the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    worldwide    .


                                                repose and wellness. Senses Spa is a sophisticated urban sanctuary featuring a series                                                                               Their journeys reveal the
Butlers for all on board                        of rejuvenating therapies and treatments to shed fatigue and stress.
                                                                                                                                             Crown in Melbourne                                                     essence of each destination
                                                The new menu includes ‘Beyond Senses’ – a sensory experience combining a fusion                                                                                     through first-hand knowledge
Luxury cruise line Silversea is extending                                                                                                    TV’s most famous (and tempestuous) chef will be taking care
                                                of five massage therapies, performed by two therapists working simultaneously                                                                                        and exploration of the area’s
complimentary butler service to all                                                                                                          of the food when the brand new Crown Metropol Hotel
                                                on your body. In keeping with Westin’s philosophy of mind and body rejuvenation,                                                                                    history, culture and cuisine.
the guests who come aboard its fleet.                                                                                                         opens next year.
                                                after indulging in the ultimate spa treatment enjoy a revitalising SuperFoodsRx menu
Instead of being restricted to guests
                                                featuring health-enhancing ingredients to continue your day feeling recharged and            Ramsay will open his first Australian Maze restaurant at               Ask us about Oberammergau,
in the most exclusive suites, travellers
                                                renewed. Let The Westin Auckland inspire your mind, body and spirit. For more                Crown Metropol. He will also be responsible for the hotel’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the 2010 Passion Play.
in all classes will be able to experience
                                                information, call +64 9 909 9000 or visit westin.com/auckland or senses.co.nz                room service menu. No doubt the backers will be keeping
one of the hallmarks of top-class
accommodation.                                                                                                                               their fingers crossed that his gift for cooking has kept pace
                                                                                                                                             with his penchant for controversy.
Each butler, assisted by a suite
attendant, is empowered to                                                                                                                   Australia’s newest luxury property is targeting international
troubleshoot problems and provide                                                                                                            leisure guests as well as global convention and conference
thoughtful service touches. For example,                                                                                                     delegates. With 28 levels, the Crown Metropol is sure to
unpacking and packing clothing,                                                                                                              become a major force in the Melbourne market. Goodbye
facilitating a dry-cleaning request or                                                                                                       Ramsay Street; hello Gordon Ramsay.
preparing a scented Jacuzzi bath.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     For brochures and more information call
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Luxury hits a peak
                                                Fit for a President
Australia has some stunningly
sophisticated resorts but you don’t
expect to find them out in the bush. The
opening of the Wolgan Valley Desert
Spa & Resort is sure to change all that.
Located on Australia’s Great Dividing
Range, within the heart of the Blue
Mountains World Heritage Area, this
resort is ideal for unique experiences and
insights into Australia’s wildlife, history
and cultural heritage. A scenic three-
hour drive from Sydney, set in the midst
of a 4,000-acre conservancy reserve and
surrounded by two National Parks, it            Diamant Hotel Sydney has a new shining star in its portfolio after unveiling a
offers the ultimate in stylish comfort and      spectacular Penthouse Suite this last month. Designed by renowned architects Burley
conservation-based luxury.                      Katon Halliday and managed by Eight Hotels Australia, the suite boasts two outdoor
                                                entertaining balconies, gourmet kitchen, master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and
                                                ensuite plus two guest rooms (both with ensuite). The floor to ceiling windows offer
                                                gorgeously sun drenched living spaces and amazing views out over Sydney. Combined
                                                with the world-class furnishings, state-of-the-art entertainment systems and private
                                                access with high-tech security, this space is without a doubt rock-star ready. Butler
                                                service is available on request and the suite can be booked for short or long term
                                                accommodation. From AUD$1500 (minimum of 3 nights).




                                                Big investment in small cruise ships



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Opening on 1 October 2009, this                 Carnival is investing a cool US$900 in launching three new ships under its Seabourn
secluded resort will feature 40 individual      brand. A relative minnow amongst the cruise giants, Seabourn is winning plaudits for
villas, each with its own private deck          its fleet of small luxury ships.
and indoor/outdoor swimming pool. The           Perhaps “small” is a relative term – at 32,000 tonnes, each new ship will be three
Timeless Spa, sauna, steam rooms, or            times the size of existing Seabourn ships. The company may be trebling the size of
swimming pool are the perfect places            the vessels but it’s only doubling the passenger numbers. The new ships will feature
to spend time relaxing and indulging in         Verandah Suites with 65 square foot balconies, Penthouse Suites with even larger
some healthy spa treatments. Wolgan             balconies and spa villas for half-day use.
Valley guests are also invited to take
                                                World voyages to be operated by Seabourn Odyssey in 2010 and Seabourn Sojourn
part in numerous excursions, based on
                                                in 2011 will include Australian and New Zealand ports. A new enterprise, Seabourn
the incredible beauty of the location, its                                                                                               Discover pure relaxation at the award winning waterfront Westin Auckland Lighter Quay.
                                                Journeys, will integrate land-based tours with cruise itineraries. Laos, Cambodia,
wildlife and ecology, and mementoes of                                                                                                   Experience luxurious accommodation featuring signature Heavenly® Bed, invigorating
                                                Bhutan, China and Japan will be included in the land tours, The Seabourn Spirit will     Heavenly Shower® and deep soaking bath. Replenish in stylish bars and restaurants or
both settler and aboriginal history.
                                                visit Australia in 2011 as part of a cruise from Singapore that takes in Bali, Komodo,   rejuvenate with a revitalising treatment at indulgent Senses Spa. View inspiring offers at
                                                Darwin and Cairns.                                                                       westin.com/auckland to ensure you leave feeling recharged, renewed and relaxed.
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Revealed – the world’s best                    So you think you know the South Pacific?
business class seat
                                               Adventure World would beg to differ. The adventure travel experts have combed
Drumroll please! The winner of the             through all the experiences on offer, and compiled their first brochure devoted to the
2009 Skytrax award for Best Business           region we call home. As a result, you can browse through a range of resorts and tours
Class seat is… Etihad Airways!                 that range from the tried-and-true to the somewhat unexpected.

Perhaps you’re not terribly familiar with
the Abu Dhabi-based airline – after
all, Emirates gets all the attention in




                                                                                                                                                                  celebr ate
that part of the globe. But Etihad has
been making some serious waves in




                                                                                                                                                                                           food
the world of luxury travel. The national
airline of the United Arab Emirates also
won the world’s best business class
catering award.


                                               Beach holidays are part of the mix, but the options extend a lot further. Adventure
                                               World can satisfy the needs of those who are after more unusual experiences, from
                                               4WD safaris in Fiji to cultural shows on Norfolk Island.

                                               As well as land there are also many cruise options, including Tahiti’s Haumana Cruises.
                                                                                                                                                                  There’s just something about Melbourne that is captivating. Whether it
                                               This luxury yacht has four, five and eight day cruises available from the island of
                                                                                                                                                                  is the fashion, the events or the food, Melbourne is a winner every time.
                                               Rangiroa. Another cruise is the new and unique Arani 3 Cruise, which travels through
                                                                                                                                                                  The purpose of Melanie Hawkins’ and Denise Cohen’s recent trip
                                               the Marquesas Islands as a passenger and cargo ship.
                                                                                                                                                                  was to attend the Melbourne Wine & Food Festival Master Classes and
                                                                                                                                                                  in between explore and immerse themselves into the wonderfully diverse
                                                                                                                                                                  and exotic offerings available in this great city. They also caught up with
                                                                                                                                                                  LUXURY’s Melbourne ‘fashion eye’ Kiri Price, who keeps tabs on what is
                                               French style and sophistication amidst the                                                                         hip and happening in this great city. See Kiri’s update later in this feature.
The annual World Airline Awards, run           natural beauty of Vanuatu                                                                                          With there being so many places to enjoy a great breakfast in Melbourne,
by UK-based consultancy Skytrax, were                                                                                                                             it is hard to narrow it down so we’ll just stick with where we went this
conducted during a 10-month period                                                                                                                                trip, first up being Richmond Hill Café & Larder - always packed and it’s
among 97 different nationalities. The                                                                                                                             not hard to see why, with their wholesome, hearty and slightly different
public poll took into account all aspects                                                                                                                         food like creamy porridge with sticky roasted seeds and nuts or Baghdad
of the air travel experience – on the                                                                                                                             eggs sprinkled with fresh mint and cumin and served on grilled flatbread.
ground, at the airport and on-board                                                                                                                               Second in line was the Lyall Hotel’s extensive, delicious à la carte menu
– as well as the quality of customer                                                                                                                              catering to everyone’s taste for the day. And thirdly, The Botanical, a
service. Etihad Airways’ business class                                                                                                                           house-hold name to Melburnians with the likes of house-made bircher
cabin also offers passengers a fully flat                                                                                                                          muesli topped with rosewater poached figs or wild rocket and herb
bed on every aircraft in their fleet of 29                                                                                                                         scrambled eggs to choose from.
                                               One of our closest Pacific neighbours, the Vanuatu archipelago offers everything from
wide-bodied aircraft.
                                               five-star resorts to backblocks adventures. And now there’s a new possibility to tempt
So how likely is it that New Zealanders        you. It’s a unique island escape that blends French style, a back-to-nature ambience and
will get to experience this award-             the chance to explore one of the Pacific’s most intriguing regions. Did we mention that
winning service? Not that unlikely at          it’s deliciously warm and the people are friendly?
all. Qantas now codeshares with Etihad
                                               The dream of escaping to a secluded island for absolute relaxation is a reality at Ratua.
to Abu Dhabi on 11 weekly non-
                                               While service is cheerful, the resort offers a refined French ‘art of living’ influence. Three
stop services from Sydney, six weekly
                                               villages offer 12 individual villa-style homes handcrafted in teak with Indo-Oceania
nonstop services from Melbourne, and
                                               inspiration. The Yacht Club is the comfortably social centrepiece with its sandy beach,
three weekly services from Brisbane via
                                               chaise longues, and a beautifully appointed bar, lounge and dining room.
Singapore. Convenient daily Qantas
connections of less than 90 minutes            Ratua offers 146 acres to explore by horseback, electric buggy, bike, trek, or boat. Also,
are available travelling from Auckland         easy exploration of the surrounding lagoons, beaches, reefs – where sea turtles, bright
to Abu Dhabi via Sydney.                       coral gardens and colourful fish abound.


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                                                                                                                                              Photo: Tuala Hjar                         René Redzepi, leading the way with cutting-edge Nordic cuisine
            Given our limited exploration time, we decided to focus on             Prahran Market, South Yarra                                          comes complete with bottle service and personal attendant.        Melbourne                  MasterClass
            three distinct areas within Melbourne – Lygon Street, Sydney                                                                                The night we were at Spice Market, the Champagne was              The Melbourne MasterClass is a true gastronomic experience. If you
                                                                                   Australia’s oldest continuously running market dating back
            Road and Prahran Market.                                                                                                                    flowing, the patrons exultant and the atmosphere electric          love food; be it the preparation, indulging or discussion, then this
                                                                                   to 1864, Prahran Market is a foodie enclave with numerous                                                                              event is a must - a weekend filled to the brim with enthralling speakers,
                                                                                                                                                        as we sipped on our signature Turkish Delight Martinis and
                                                                                   speciality purveyors. With a vast selection of what you would                                                                          leading edge cooking demonstrations, revolutionary approaches to
                                                                                                                                                        were wowed by this lavish new night-spot.
            Lygon Street, Carlton                                                  expect to find in terms of fresh fruit and vegetable product, the                                                                       food, topped off with wine sessions that drive your olfactory nerves
                                                                                   market is also home to various delicatessens selling a multitude                                                                       to the edge.
            For all things Italian, Lygon Street is the obvious easy choice.
                                                                                   of fresh local and imported cheese, divine looking plump olives,                                                                       A highlight of the annual Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, the
            Brunetti’s is a lavish feast for the eyes. There are rows and rows
                                                                                   dried and smoked meats, dips, pestos and so much more. There                                                                           MasterClass is a top-notch event attended by luminaries of the culinary
            of flamboyantly decorated cakes, deluxe chocolates, gelati and
                                                                                   is also an impressive fresh meat section proffering everything                                                                         world. This year restaurateurs such as Thomas Keller from The French
            authentic Italian pastries, as well as another whole section
                                                                                   - rabbit thighs to whole quail. A cupcake boutique, fresh                                                                              Laundry (Napa Valley, USA) and Heston Blumenthal from The Fat Duck
            of savoury meals. Donnini’s fresh hand-made pasta had us
                                                                                   pasta shops, gelato specialist and any cook’s necessity - the                                                                          (Bray on Thames, UK) were presenting sessions. No question, the
            wanting to fill up our suitcases with interesting combinations                                                                                                                                                 ‘big names’ were draw cards, but it was some of the less well known
                                                                                   Essential Ingredient store for all conceivable culinary supplies
            like squid ink spagetti, poppyseed tagliatelle and beetroot,                                                                                                                                                  presenters who really created the magical experiences.
                                                                                   - can also be found in this vibrant venue. And if you haven’t
            ricotta and bay spinach agnolotti.
                                                                                   yet heard about and tried Phillippa’s Bread then there is ample                                                                        We attended two outstanding sessions in the Theatre of Ideas, held in
                                                                                   opportunity here.                                                                                                                      the stunning Melbourne Recital Centre. There we were captivated by
            Sydney Road, Brunswick                                                                                                                                                                                        the story of René Redzepi who, having done stints at El Bulli and The
                                                                                   As we wandered through the rows of stalls salivating at                                                                                French Laundry, now runs Noma, a double Michelin starred restaurant
            A train ride from the city out to this part of town revealed a         everything we laid our eyes on, it occurred to us that yes, it                                                                         in Copenhagen, Denmark. Having just been voted the world’s 3rd best
            treasure trove of exotic food-finds. Supported by a rich and            could be sampled while on holiday. We were staying at The                                                                              restaurant, behind El Bulli and The Fat Duck, Noma has re-established
            layered multicultural history, the area offers a multitude of          Lyall – a Melbourne favourite located in the leafy suburb of                                                                           true Nordic food. To hear how this man single-handedly rediscovered a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lost tradition was heart-warming and without a doubt, made all those
            predominantly Middle-eastern speciality food stores, like Balha’s      South Yarra, just ten minutes from the city. Each suite at The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          in the room want to get on a plane and head over to Copenhagen
            Pastry , which is a feast for the eyes with a wide selection of        Lyall has a kitchenette so why not put it to good use? And so                                                                          straight away. René encourages guests to eat with their fingers and
            sticky traditional Lebanese pastries and sweet treats like hand-       we envisioned collecting a basket containing fresh produce that                                                                        have some fun. The chefs don’t just stay out the back, they are proud
                                                                                                                                                                                    Chocolate connoisseur, Ramon Morato
            made barma (pistachio filling in crunchy kataifi pastry) and             is different to what we can get in New Zealand and creating a                                                                          of their work and come forward into the restaurant and present the
            namoura (semolina and coconut); and the Phoenician Bakery &            delicious feast right in the relaxed comfort of our room. Great      During our Melbourne stay we were also invited as guests of       meal to you at your table, creating an air of humility. Food is sourced
            Café, which has a superb collection of supplies like vine leaves,      idea, but will save that for tomorrow as tonight we were off to      Crown Towers Hotel to attend a wine-matched degustation           locally and René has contracted local foragers to supply the restaurant
            halva, pomegranate syrup, Turkish delight and sumac, as well           enjoy an evening of foodie indulgence at the newly re-opened         dinner by three Michelin Star Italian Chef, Luisa Valazza. By     with shellfish, vegetables and Danish specialties. The menu is just as
            as freshly baked pita and traditional simits (sesame-coated                                                                                                                                                   special as the experience - milk skin (made from hay infused milk),
                                                                                   MoMo Restaurant. But first a glass (or two) of Champagne at           all accounts the evening was spectacular. Luisa’s dishes were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          salsify and truffle paste; snails with moss, all presented in a light and
            Turkish rolls). On adjacent Victoria Street is BASFoods, which         the Lyall Bar. A surprise treat, for when we ordered a glass each    uncomplicated and soft on the palate yet oozed a multitude        entertaining way. Take ‘The Snowman’ – literally – air dried meringue
            is a one-stop-shop supermarket-style store stocking the likes of       of Veuve Cliquot, we received a 200ml bottle (equivalent to          of memorable flavours – chestnut tortelli, yellow pumpkin          with carrot sorbet, sprayed yoghurt and sea buck thorn.
            Turkish rose-petal jam, herbs and spices, dried exotic fruit and       two glasses) presented in an individual baby ice bucket.             and hazelnut foam, essence of Jerusalem artichoke with
            buckets of feta and haloumi cheese.                                                                                                         mascarpone scampi soufflé and spiced chocolate powder.
                                                                                   And so the evening progressed to MoMo Restaurant within the
                                                                                                                                                        The Italian wines so superbly matched our dishes that the
                                                                                   Grand Hyatt, which was indeed a memorable foodie experience.
                                                                                                                                                        various layers of flavour were dancing in our mouths. There
                                                                                   The warm Persian breads offered to start our culinary journey
                                                                                                                                                        is something to be said about dining on food created by
                                                                                   were like soft cloud pillows and were complemented with rich
                                                                                                                                                        someone who exudes a passion for the enlightenment they
                                                                                   olive oil and organic pomegranate molasses. The descriptions
                                                                                                                                                        bestow in the minds of their diners.
                                                                                   of the dishes are irresistible, like ‘zucchini flower dolmades with
                                                                                   almond, barberry and rice stuffing with hot yoghurt sauce’,           We also attended a celebratory Roman Block Party at
                                                                                   ‘veiled quail covered in leaves with chorizo-green olive stuffing’,   Giuseppe Arnaldo & Sons (GAS), which opened last year
                                                                                   and pumpkin and courgette couscous with green harissa broth.         on the Promenade within the Crown complex. Owners,                MasterClass Chefs - 30 Michelin Stars between them
                                                                                   Chef Greg Malouf’s pigeon bistayeea has been widely talked           Maurizio Terzini (from Caffé Cucina fame) and Robert              Equally as exciting was the session by world-leading chocolate
                                                                                   about so devotees will be pleased to know that it remains firmly      Marchetti (former Head Chef at Icebergs Dining Room &             connoisseur Ramon Morato. An El Bulli protégé, Ramon delivered an
                                                                                   on the menu. The tender meat is encased in a flaky pastry crust       Bar) joined forces in 2006 to open North Bondi Italian Food       enlightening background on chocolate and had the Theatre salivating
                                                                                   and finished with a sweet dusting of icing sugar and gypsy            in Sydney before bringing this energetic trattoria concept to     with his descriptions of dishes that break the paradigm of chocolate as
                                                                                   salad accompaniment. It was fresh food with subtly complex           Melbourne. There are more than eighty items on the menu           just a dessert. For example, drizzle pure olive oil and melted chocolate
                                                                                   layers in a luxuriously sophisticated setting.                                                                                         over bread and sprinkle with Maldon sea salt for a pre-dinner appetiser.
                                                                                                                                                        including calamari fritti with zucchini and mint and crab
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As a parting gift he gave every person a hand-crafted truffle-infused
                                                                                                                                                        arrabbiata, baked in a paper bag. You can also order from
                                                                                   Afterwards we dropped into the newly opened Spice Market                                                                               chocolate truffle – now that was an interesting play on the tastebuds!
                                                                                                                                                        an exclusive selection of aged cheeses, which are served
                                                                                   bar. Our mouths dropped as we soaked up the exotic ambience.                                                                           There was plenty more we enjoyed; a highly entertaining cooking
                                                                                                                                                        with fennel biscotti, celery stalks and paper bread. And all
                                                                                   It was ‘the’ place to be and be seen. With several different                                                                           demonstration from Sat Bains, the Indian from Nottingham, famous
                                                                                                                                                        of this within an amazing interior inspired by Rome.
                                                                                   areas, including private lounges, Spice market captures the                                                                            for his French style cooking (whose Hare Ragu was to die for!) and
                                                                                   romanticism of the Middle East and The Orient. Reserve one           Our gastronomic journey was inspirational and rewarding.          an interesting class from Alain Alders, a Dutch chef whose modern
                                                                                   of the private rooms (minimum spend required) with drapes            The beautiful city of Melbourne again confirmed her status         cooking style includes food which is eaten from left to right to maximise
                                                                                   in opulent fabrics and plush cushions or really splash out and       as a foodie paradise and we had only just scratched the           your sensory experience.
                                                                                   treat yourself to Australia’s first Belle Epoque Lounge. This         surface. This means though that each subsequent trip will         This gastronomic summit is a must visit on any foodie’s calendar. Held
                                                                                   extravagant enclave has a capacity of up to 14 people, and           be exciting and interesting as the exploration continues.         every March in Melbourne, put in your diary now. For more information
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          visit: melbournefoodandwine.com.au

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Chocolate cream with rapeseed oil jelly, toast and sea salt created by Sat Bains
Melbourne                  Fashion      by Kiri Price
Melbourne and shopping go hand in hand, with Melburnians embracing
the colder weather, fashion will be high on their list as retailers stock
up on the latest styles, colours and designs for both men and women.
With boots, scarves, hats and coats always a must for Melbourne in
winter what we wear underneath these bundles of luxurious woollens
and cashmere’s are just as important!

With the Paris end of Collins Street adding more glamour to the already
high end shopping, visiting the new Prada, Bvlgari and Armani stores
with window displays to entice and delight are a must. We cannot
forget the hidden treasures found in Flinders Lane, Degraves Street and
Collins Place with leggings, gloves, ties, cufflinks and shoes that will
keep you occupied for hours!




                                                                            Spice Market



                                                                              Some of our key discoveries
                                                                              Balha’s Pastry
                                                                              761 Sydney Road, Brunswick
There is always a bargain to be found in Melbourne and as people are
becoming a little more conscious of spending, getting back to basics          BASFoods
and keeping things simple is encouraging shoppers to think a lot more         419 Victoria Street, Brunswick
before splurging on that ‘must have’ black dress or the latest men’s
                                                                              Brunetti Cakes
leather jacket.
                                                                              194 Faraday Street, Carlton
So, if you were born to shop, look no further. And for those with limited
time or wondering where to start why not try a guided shopping tour           Donnini’s Pasta
with Fiona Sweetman (www.hiddensecretstours.com)                              398 Lygon Street, Carlton

                                                                              Giuseppe Arnaldo & Sons
                                                                              Crown Promenade, Crown Entertainment Complex, City

                                                                              MoMo Restaurant
                                                                                                                                         Same name, new face
                                                                              Grand Hyatt, Lower Plaza Level, 123 Collins Street, City
                                                                                                                                                                     Crown Towers, Melbourne
                                                                              Phillippa’s Bread
                                                                              1030 High Street, Armadale                                 The Crown Entertainment Complex in Melbourne is well known for the buzzing casino,
                                                                                                                                         high-end shopping, restaurants, entertainment and of course the hotels. On our recent
                                                                              Phoenician Bakery
                                                                                                                                          trip to this cosmopolitan city we had the pleasure of staying in a newly released room
                                                                              774 Sydney Road, Brunswick
                                                                                                                                           at The Crown Towers, which is located right in the hub of the city on the South bank
                                                                              Richmond Hill Café & Larder                                of the Yarra River. The interior ‘enhancement’ as it is referred to is dramatic and very in
                                                                              48 Bridge Road, Richmond                                                 keeping with the opulence you would expect from a hotel of this calibre.
A couple of favourites: Smitten Kitten - Degraves Street, a collection
of adorable lingerie; Fat – everything from quirky, retro nostalgia to        Spice Market
streetwise chic. This shop offers a bit of everything from clothes to         Beaney Lane (off Russell Street), adjacent
avant garde ceramics, great for gifts; Zentini – customised shirts for        Grand Hyatt, City
women, wonderful under your favourite suit; Planinsek – Men’s &
Women’s fine leather goods; Christine – this is the shop where you             The Essential Ingredient
can purchase some beautiful pieces from around the world without              Prahran Market, South Yarra
having to do the travel, glorious accessories that can turn your outfit
                                                                              The Botanical
into a masterpiece; Sarti Tailors – designers and creators of unique
mens suits and shirts and also for men’s high-end business attire ‘off        169 Domain Road, South Yarra
the rack’ you can’t go past Zegna.
                                                                              The Lyall Hotel
PS: Don’t forget to stop for coffee! Try Liaison Monaco House, 22             14 Murphy Street, South Yarra
Ridgway Place, tasty snacks and great coffee that will not leave a bitter
taste in your mouth! Enjoy!

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     We felt a sense of masculinity in the furnishings, which
     feature leather walls and bed bases and a colour
                                                                Other benefits of staying at The Crown Towers include
                                                                the Crystal Club. Located on the hotel’s 29th floor, it       EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
     palette of black, charcoal and chrome. Other textures      has sweeping views of the city from the double storey
     are used throughout to give contrast and division          windows. Open 24 hours, it makes for an enjoyable            CROWN TOWERS                                                                              OUR RATING: 9/10
     between spaces. The lighting, providing a softer touch,    breakfast spot or pre-dinner wind-down after a busy
     appeared to have had thought and consideration in the      day out and about. The Crown Spa is an extensive
                                                                                                                             Opened: 2008
     planning stages so that you are able to choose the right   facility incorporating over forty treatments within its
     combination to suit the mood you require. The glitzy       hushed surrounds. They have recently added a new             Location: South Bank of Yarra River, Central Melbourne.
     modern chandeliers in the bathroom and over the mini       Carita lip and eye treatment to their repertoire. Entitled   Ambience/ style: Grandiose and opulent – lots of gold and
     bar combine with the generous appointment of mirrors       ‘Remarkable Results’, your therapist will use a special      black in the foyer.
     to give a feeling of glamour and space.                    wand on your fine lines and wrinkles and they will
                                                                                                                             Clientele: Very international with a long celebrity list.
                                                                instantly reduce and in some cases disappear for up to
     An office desk and comfortable chaise take advantage        72 hours. After this treatment and of course a relaxing      Awards: Too many to mention.
     of your bird’s eye view of the city and the goings on      massage and facial you’ll look great and feel refreshed –    Room number: 482 guestrooms.
     below. The bathroom is chic - with glass and mirrors       I recommend the ‘Radiant’ facial, Vichy Hydro Massage
     the highlight. Large double glass doors lead you into                                                                   Interesting facts: The Crown complex covers 510,000m2 or
                                                                and Foot Reflexology.
     this pampering space where an attractive double vanity                                                                  the equivalent of two city blocks.
     unit sits between a deep soaking bath and separate         The cuisine offering within the complex is also              Room type: Deluxe King Room: providing 46m2 metres of
                                                                                                                                                                                          The new bathroom
     toilet and shower, made private with frosted glass         impressive and with so much to choose from it was hard       luxuriously outfitted space each Premier Room features a
     doors. Enjoy your favourite TV program on the LCD          to fit everything in. With influential Chef Neil Perry’s       walk-in dressing room, personal safe, two telephone lines
                                                                                                                             and Video on Demand interactive system, i-Pod docking        Gym: State-of-the-art split level gym. Two tennis courts
     screen inserted into the tiled wall above the bath or      Rockpool Bar & Grill, widely acclaimed Japanese Chef
                                                                                                                             station and an in-built technology wall panel for laptops,   within the rooftop garden.
     listen to music from your iPod, which you put into the     Nobu Matsuhisa’s NOBU, Chef Guillaume Brahimi’s
     room’s iPod docking station. I appreciated the walk-       French-style Bistro Guillaume to name a few, we were         DVD or MP3 players, high speed wireless Internet access,     Restaurants and bar info: No shortage of choice with a
                                                                                                                             and Sony Playstation.                                        multitude of restaurants within the hotel itself and sister
     in wardrobe area with ample room for storage and a         certainly spoilt for choice. The Crown has also unveiled
     full-length mirror for checking one’s outfit from top to    its plans to open yet another hotel. Crown Metropol          Bathroom: The stunning bathroom has double vanities and      hotel, Crown Promenade. Dining options also within the
     toe before heading out. And of course, a 5-star room       will offer 658 rooms, bringing the total number of           deep soaking bath with separate shower and toilet.           casino and along the Crown Promenade. Several nightclubs
                                                                                                                                                                                          also within the complex.
     wouldn’t be complete without plush white towels,           rooms in the complex to a staggering 1600! What’s            Business needs: A fully equipped business centre. WIFI in
     robes, slippers and very fine linen.                        more, Gordon Ramsay will open a Maze restaurant,             rooms and Crystal Club.                                      Stuff for kids: The Crown Spa Kids Club for children aged
                                                                further securing Crown as a top dining venue and                                                                          4-15 years of age is dedicated to providing an organised
                                                                                                                             Spa facilities: The Crown Spa is an expansive haven of       and fun environment.
                                                                another reason for us to visit Melbourne yet again. The
                                                                                                                             pampering with over 40 treatments on offer.
                                                                Crown Towers hotel is a top spot to be in and amongst                                                                     ‘X’-Factor: The amazing amount of things to see and do
                                                                the action, hype and happenings of the wonderful city        Pool: 25m heated indoor pool.                                within the complex and the excellent location within
                                                                that Melbourne is.                                                                                                        Melbourne.

                                                                                                                                                                                          What’s great: The Crown’s fire towers which shoot 10m
                                                                                                                                                                                          high fireballs into the night sky on the hour each evening.

                                                                                                                                                                                          What’s not so great: We had some issues with staff at
                                                                                                                                                                                          the concierge not booking transport to the airport but
                                                                                                                                                                                          when this was discovered they did go out of their way to
                                                                                                                                                                                          rectify the situation and get us to the airport on time. We
                                                                                                                                                                                          thought that there could have been a make-up mirror in
                                                                                                                                                                                          the bathroom as the vanity configuration made it quite
                                                                                                                                                                                          hard to get up close to the main mirror.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Overall: An all-encompassing hotel that will have you
                                                                                                                                                                                          shopping, dining and enjoying the entertainment on offer
                                                                                                                                                                                          until you can’t take anymore!

                                                                                                                                                                                          Editor’s tip: Allow enough days to sample at least some of
                                                                                                                                                                                          the great dining establishments that are located within the
                                                                                                                                                                                          complex.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Website: www.crowntowers.com.au

                                                                                                                                                                                          Cost: from AUD$395 per room, per night.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Reservations: For information or enquiries please phone
                                                                                                                                                                                          Mondo Travel on 0800 955 655.




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     Chinese Whisper
                                                                                                                                              our first call, we join throngs of domestic holiday-makers
                                                                                                                                              enjoying its pedestrian main street, landscaped waterfront
                                                                                                                                              and the pretty little island of Gulangyu, a short ferry-ride
                                                                                                                                              across the river. It seems perverse to come to China and look

     Silversea Silver Whisper                                                                                                                 at British and Dutch colonial buildings, but street-sweepers
                                                                                                                                              in bamboo hats and men trotting along pulling hand-carts
                                                                                                                                              remind us where we are, as do the manicured gardens and
     Pamela Wade explores China aboard one of Silversea’s                veranda suite is proof that you really can fit a quart into a pint
                                                                                                                                              temples swathed in gold and red.
     smaller ships.                                                      pot. It’s all here: double marble bathroom, walk-in wardrobe,
                                                                         sofa, desk, dressing table with stool, and a spacious bed.           Dalian, two days’ sail north, also has a European influence,
     Bob is looking a bit rueful. “The agents told me - after I’d
                                                                         Ah, the bed! Supremely comfortable, the twelve centimetres           this time Russian and Japanese, but this is a modern, forward-
     paid, of course - that it was a big mistake choosing Silversea
                                                                         of pillow-top, coupled with the gentle rocking of the ship,          looking city summed up in the vast expanse of Xinghai Square
     for my first cruise. ‘You’re starting at the top,’ they said. ‘You
                                                                         ensures that we sleep like babies — although that could also         by a trail of footprints set in bronze beginning with the tiny
     won’t be happy with any other company after this.’ And they
                                                                         have something to do with Buzz.                                      tulip shapes of bound feet and ending with those of young
     were right.” He sighs. “This is my sixteenth Silversea cruise.
                                                                                                                                              children symbolised by statues of a little boy and girl pointing
     In nine years.”                                                     Properly called Aldrin, Buzz is the bartender at Grappa, a
                                                                                                                                              to the future. Old things are not forgotten, however, and on
     We’ve been on board less than a day and already we know             bar so tiny that seven of us fill it completely, and his mastery
                                                                                                                                              a hill above the city centre I follow an ancient tradition and
     what he means - in fact, the pampering started long before          of the cocktail bookends most evenings with aperitifs and
                                                                                                                                              fly a kite, helped out in a fitful breeze by passers-by who take
     we even laid eyes on the Silver Whisper’s sweeping white            nightcaps. It aids our conviviality, if not our livers, that apart
                                                                                                                                              this activity seriously.
     bow. Our fortnight of high living begins, both literally and        from some special wines, all drinks on board Silversea ships
                                                                         are included, starting with the bottle of Pommery chilling in        Shopping is also a serious business in China: Dalian is full of
     metaphorically, with Cathay Pacific’s business class easing the
                                                                         our suite that turns out to be bottomless: empty it, and it’s        malls and markets, but for total retail immersion Beijing is the
     journey to Hong Kong: twelve hours of relaxation that simply,
                                                                         magically replaced.                                                  place. It’s a two-hour drive from the port of Tianjin through
     er, flies by. Met at the airbridge, no less, we are whisked in
                                                                                                                                              flat, brown country along a motorway lined by millions of
     a Rolls-Royce to the Peninsula Hotel and a six-room suite           According to Bob, this is one point of difference that has
                                                                                                                                              young trees, each of them, astonishingly, pruned and staked.
     high above that most spectacular of harbours. There follows         him returning to Silversea again and again: aside from a few
                                                                                                                                              Beijing comes as a sudden shock of high-rises, ring-roads
     a whirl of gloved pageboys, a bone-dissolving massage, a            extras like spa treatments and some shore tours, everything
                                                                                                                                              and traffic, but our hotel for the night, another Peninsula,
     dégustation menu spread over four in-house restaurants,             is included, from theatre shows to gratuities, so there are no
                                                                                                                                              is near all the big sights of this ancient city — the Forbidden
     a screwdriver served by Johnny, who learnt it from Clark            nasty shocks at check-out time. Another advantage is that
                                                                                                                                              City, Tiananmen Square, the Temple of Heaven — as well as
     Gable, and peaceful sleep on a goose-down pillow. It’s all          being smaller than most cruise ships, the Silver Whisper is
                                                                                                                                              within walking distance of a shopper’s paradise. We make
     so fabulous that it’s hard to leave, but the Rolls-Royce makes      able to enter ports where the giants simply won’t fit. This
                                                                                                                                              up for days of indolence on the ship as we shuffle through
     it tolerable, and the welcome from a line-up of staff in black      is a triumph on our final morning, when we glide up the
                                                                                                                                              intricately-decorated temples, hike across Tiananmen Square
     uniforms and white gloves as we board the Silver Whisper            Huangpu River almost into the heart of Shanghai, beneath
                                                                                                                                              to view Mao’s portrait, climb on and off rickshaws in the
     lets us pretend we’re arriving at our country house.                elegant bridges and between the fantastical skyscrapers of
                                                                                                                                              hutongs where we squash into a tiny courtyard house, home
     Though necessarily smaller than our palace at the Pen, our          the Pudong and the European stateliness of the Bund.
                                                                                                                                              to a little white Pekinese dog with one brown eye and one
                                                                         Our size also allows us to slip into smaller ports where             blue. We walk around the lake where swan-boats bob and
                                                                         international tourists are still a novelty, and where everyday       couples waltz to piped music, duck into a bar for a local beer,
                                                                         Chinese life continues as it has for centuries. At Xiamen,           take tea with our little fingers crooked (out for the ladies, in
                                                                                                                                              for the men), squeeze through markets and exhaust ourselves
                                                                                                                                              bargaining for watches and bags at the Pearl Market.

                                                                                                                                              It’s Beijing done in 36 hours and we’re tuckered out on
                                                                                                                                              the drive back to Tianjin. The Peninsula has sent along a
                                                                                                                                              pageboy in white gloves and cap who serves us a picnic tea
                                                                                                                                              on a silver tray in the minibus and gamely ventures out in the
                                                                                                                                              dark, an unlikely sight in his white uniform, to ask directions
                                                                                                                                              from shadowy shapes lurking under motorway bridges. It’s
                                                                                                                                              all a little nerve-wracking, and we break into spontaneous
                                                                                                                                              applause when we finally spot the Silver Whisper’s graceful
                                                                                                                                              shape. It feels good to be home again.


                                                                                                                                                Cruise cost:      11 day cruise
                                                                                                                                                                  From US$5,187 per person, twin share
                                                                                                                                                Reservations: For bookings or enquiries please call
                                                                                                                                                              Mondo Travel on 0800 955 655



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                                                                                                                                           are lots of little touches throughout the room such as how
                                                                                                                                           the Plasma TV swivels 360º so it can be viewed either from           CHECK-IN
                                                                                                                                           the bedroom or the lounge and clever messages from Naumi
                                                                                                                                           identifying different aspects within the room. It was lovely
                                                                                                                                                                                                                NAUMI, SINGAPORE
                                                                                                                                           to explore the suite and find all these little tokens. All the




     care
     let me take
                                                                                                                                           stationery and marketing material is exquisite - with no             Location: Seah Street, Singapore.
                                                                     The foyer is very hip and attention-grabbing in vibrant cyan and
                                                                                                                                           expense spared and extensive attention to detail, which I
                                                                     white. This area is also the hotel bar from dusk and breakfast bar                                                                         Ambience/Style: Sleek and designer.
                                                                                                                                           for one greatly appreciate. The bathrooms, in white marble,
                                                                     at dawn. The equally stylish staff are immediately welcoming,                                                                              Awards: “One of the best new places to stay in the world” -
                                                                                                                                           all have a free-standing bath with Aesop products and your
                                                                     at your service and quick to explain the Naumi ‘Personal Aide’                                                                             Condé Nast Hot List 2008, Best Boutique Hotel 2008 & 2009
                                                                                                                                           personal aide can prepare a bath pampering treat for an
                                                                     concept - able to assist with your every need from business to                                                                             – The Singapore Tatler, Best Small Luxury Hotel (Singapore)
                                                                                                                                           indulgent soaking.                                                   – CNBC Asia pacific Property Awards 2009.
                                                                     leisure, with a dedicated touch. Naumi has also been created
                                                                     as a character of sorts who is there to assist and offer gems of                                                                           Number of rooms: 40
                                                                     advice like, “Naumi says have fun” - whether it be de-stressing                                                                            Room info: Executive Patio Suite: 72m2 suite with

                                of you                               in the gym, cooling off in the pool or relishing a drink in the
                                                                     lobby bar or - “Naumi says let me take care of you” - be met by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                kitchenette, office area, lounge and outdoor al fresco patio.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Air conditioned, in-room safe, iPod dock, WIFI IP telephone,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Plasma screen television, mini bar, computerised key control

     Naumi, Singapore
                                                                     your personal aide at the airport and complete check-in during                                                                             and high speed WIFI Internet access.
                                                                     the limousine drive to the hotel.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Bathroom: All bathrooms have separate free-standing bath
     Singapore is a popular stopover destination and with so                                                                                                                                                    and shower.
                                                                     We felt this hotel is just perfect for travellers wanting high-end
     much choice in hotels, it can be overwhelming. If you
                                                                     style but with total discretion. It feels like you’ve arrived home                                                                         Spa facilities: No spa but onsite your personal aide can
     have stayed in one of the larger chains previously, then
                                                                     after a busy day of meetings. The foyer feels more like a lounge                                                                           arrange treatments on request.
     perhaps look at a smaller luxury hotel for your next trip.
                                                                     crossed with a stylish bar, which happens to boast the city’s                                                                              Pool: Roof-top infinity pool.
     Somewhere like the Naumi – ‘an oasis in the city centre’
     that is funky, convenient and welcoming.                        widest range of whiskeys.                                                                                                                  Number of Restaurants: The lobby lounge offers a casual
                                                                                                                                                                                                                dining area for dinner, lunch and breakfast.
     This hotel places bold emphasis on design and has created a     The rooms are sleek, yet cozy and there are six room types,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                What’s great: The innovative Naumi ‘personal aide’ who
     unique style, which is reflected throughout. From the funky      which for a small hotel (only 40 rooms) is generous. We were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                adds a discreet personal touch to your stay.
     exterior trellis façade with greenery, which gives another      in one of two Executive Patio Suites, which had the added                                                                                  Complimentary limousine service from the airport with
     dimension to an otherwise plain building to the jaw-dropping    benefit, as the name suggests, of an outdoor, bamboo-lined                                                                                  pre-hotel check-in. The innovative breakfast bar offers
     roof-top infinity pool, the Naumi offers little bursts of chic   lounging patio. All suites have a kitchenette and office space                                                                              multi vitamin tablets, Berocca and whey protein
                                                                                                                                                                                                                drinks – I’ve never seen this before!
     luxury at every turn.                                           and although compact they exude style and ambience. There




                                                                                                                                                                                        Executive Patio Suite

                                                                                                                                           Although Naumi doesn’t have a spa, it has fitness and
                                                                                                                                           relaxation yoga rooms and a stunning roof top infinity pool -
                                                                                                                                           the hot spot in town for sipping cocktails while looking at the
                                                                                                                                           city panorama. Naumi is located within a district where there
                                                                                                                                           is ample shopping and culinary exploration to be had. But
                                                                                                                                           don’t miss out on starting the day with sustenance - Naumi’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Rooftop infinity pool
                                                                                                                                           healthy and organic breakfast must be sampled. Complete
                                                                                                                                           with Multi-vitamin tablets, Berocca and whey protein drinks –        What’s not so great: The small number of rooms means you
                                                                                                                                           you’ll say thank you later!                                          have to book early to avoid disappointment.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Overall: A super-styley hip hotel in a fast-paced
                                                                                                                                           Naumi’s innovative persona made for a memorable stay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                entertainment, banking and shopping district. A welcome
                                                                                                                                           and we look forward to returning again when next passing             reprieve from the big bustling chain hotels, Naumi is cool
                                                                                                                                           through the great Lion City.                                         and calm and nothing is too much trouble.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Editor’s tip: For females travelling alone there is dedicated
                                                                                                                                            Room cost:       From NZ$300 per room per night                     ‘Ladies Floor’. Make the most of the roof-top pool – it is
                                                                                                                                                             Executive Patio Suite from NZ$860                  spectacular.
                                                                                                                                                             per room per night                                 Website: www.naumihotel.com
                                                                                                                                            Reservations: For bookings or enquiries please call
                                                                                                                                                          Mondo Travel on 0800 955 655                          Contact: For information or enquiries please phone Mondo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Travel on 0800 955 655.


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                                                                                                                  The Naumi lobby lounge
                                                                                                                          paradise
                                                                                           taking the plunge in




                                                           At last, you have the perfect ring from the perfect partner          package. Plus, the guests that do join you are there because
                                                           and now all you want is the perfect day. You would think             they really want to be and can share in all the excitement,
                                                           that finding the right person to spend the rest of your life          instead of just being spectators at a one-hour ceremony.
                                                           with would be the hard part… but alas, it often turns out that
                                                                                                                                One of the best parts of a destination wedding would have to
                                                           recreating the day you have been dreaming of since you were
                                                                                                                                be that wedding parties are spoilt for choice. Depending on
                                                           a little girl is the challenging bit.
                                                                                                                                what tickles your fancy, you can opt for a simple ceremony on
                                                           A wedding is supposed to be the ultimate ‘special day’, a            the beach or the charm of a contemporary wedding chapel.
                                                           tranquil moment in time when the happy couple can celebrate          Restaurant bookings are easily included, with a choice of
                                                           their love. But sometimes, the reality of work, family and           menus and fine wines to fuel the toasts. And when the day is
                                                           other everyday pressures detract from the magic. When you            over and the dance floor is finally empty, you’re only a short
                                                           look at it that way, it’s easy to see the appeal of a ‘destination   stroll from the comfort of your luxury villa or suite.
                                                           wedding’ in a beautiful tropical resort.
                                                                                                                                You’ll find most resorts in the Pacific are superbly set up for
                                                           Celebrating your wedding overseas takes it outside the realm         weddings, with their own in-house wedding planners to help
                                                           of the everyday, because you can add all the extra-special           you make the most of the big day. You can even splash out
                                                           ingredients of a luxury holiday. Exotic settings, flawless            on an independent wedding planner to give you a completely
                                                           organisation and professional catering all come as part of the       unbiased view.




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     In New Zealand, we’re particularly lucky to be only a short        can depart for the more intimate atmosphere of a boutique         Tying the knot beneath gently swaying palms on a white-
     flight from some of the world’s most romantic destinations.         resort on an outer island. A secluded couples-only property       sand beach is a romantic dream for many couples. Make your
     Tell your European friends that you’re staging your nuptials in    such as Yasawa could be the perfect choice.                       dream come true - relaxed and hassle-free, what more could
     Fiji or Rarotonga, and you’ll be met by envious glances. These                                                                       a bride wish for?
                                                                        So which resorts offer the best packages for bridal parties?
     tropical island nations tick all the boxes for a picture-perfect
                                                                        The answer will depend on what you’re looking for. The
     wedding, from gorgeous scenery and romantic chapels at
                                                                        LUXURY team recently visited the top resorts in the Cook
     the water’s edge, to premium luxury resorts that really know
                                                                        Islands and Fiji that offer wedding packages, and checked           What you need to know
     how to pamper their guests. No need to worry about flowers,
                                                                        out their facilities. See our top picks from Fiji and the Cooks
     menus or place settings – it’s all taken care of.                                                                                      Cook Islands - Couples are required to have their birth
                                                                        for more details on a few of our favourite places.
     Booking a special suite or luxury villa for the happy couple is                                                                        certificates and be in the islands for three days prior
                                                                        To make sure everything goes according to plan you can also         to the ceremony. Marriage celebrants and ministers of
     a smart move, because it becomes the group’s place to meet
                                                                        work with New Zealand based ‘destination wedding’ experts           several denominations are available.
     for pre-dinner drinks, catch up with friends and build up to
                                                                        like Mondo Travel who have in-house wedding designers
     the event. Over three or four days, the bride and groom can
                                                                        who will not only track down the best airfares for the whole        Fiji - Overseas visitors intending to get married in Fiji are
     host a barbeque at their private villa to welcome their guests
                                                                        wedding party, they’ll also help you explore the right options      required by law to obtain and sign a marriage licence
     and get things off to a great start. There’s also the chance                                                                           from the nearest marriage registry prior to the marriage
                                                                        for your budget, liaise with the resort and generally leave no
     for guests to book spa packages and indulge in all the lovely                                                                          ceremony with an average of 36 hours in advance.
                                                                        stone unturned to ensure the big day goes without a hitch.
     extras a 5-star resort can offer.
                                                                        Because Mondo’s wedding designers have actually visited the
     As for the honeymoon – well, you’re already there! No need         properties they recommend, you can be sure they know what           More information
                                                                        they’re talking about.                                              www.mondotravel.co.nz/weddings
     to pack up and move on. Alternatively, the bride and groom



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SOUTH PACIFIC WEDDING                                                                  What the experts pick
Looking for some inspiration for that special place. These are our six accommodation and wedding
package recommendations for the wedding day of your dreams.



     Sea Change Villas, Rarotonga                                             Pacific Resort Aitutaki, Aitutaki
                                                                                                                                                                      breathtaking moments every day.
     What makes it so great: You will love the romance, intimacy and          What makes it so great: The absolute beachfront location on one
     casual elegance of Sea Change Villas combined with the personal on-      of the best beaches in the world is a huge plus. Combined with the
     site host service. Sea Change uses Wedded Bliss for a professional,      stylish and intimate resort surroundings, it’s easy to see why they
     dedicated and tailor-made wedding service.                               were voted as the world’s leading Boutique Island Resort.
     Location ideas: Beachfront, in the pretty gardens or around your         Location ideas: At sunset on the white sand beach beside the
     own private pool.                                                        lagoon, under a swaying palm tree in the lush, tropical gardens,
     Basic package: The services of your wedding planner, marriage            in a local village church, or, you may wish to be transported to an
     licence, marriage celebrant, flowers for the bride, buttonhole for the    uninhabited Island for your special wedding ceremony.
     groom, special island gift and bottle                                    Basic package: Includes wedding
     of bubbly to commemorate your                                            licence, services of a Minister, head
     wedding day. View their range of                                         and neck lei’s (flower garlands)
     wedding packages online or design                                        for the Bride and Groom, flower
     your own by contacting them direct.                                      arrangements for the ceremony
     Cost: from $999 per couple.                                              table and co-ordination.
     w sea-change-rarotonga.com                                               Cost: from $1300 per couple.
     e info@seachangevillas.com                                               w pacificresort.com
     p +682 22532                                                             e aitutaki@pacificresort.co.ck
                                                                              p +682 31720




     Muri Beach Club, Rarotonga                                               Yasawa Island Resort & Spa, Fiji
     What makes it so great: A magical setting on the best stretch of         What makes it so great: A wedding at Yasawa is yours to command
     beach with exotic white sand, the tropical lagoon waters lapping at      – make it as elaborate or as simple as you like. Invite the choir from
     your feet, the sun setting over the mountains and your honeymoon         nearby Bukama village, choose traditional decorations and tropical
     hotel just metres away... and the resort caters for adults only.         flowers or summon a guard of Fijian warriors - the choice is yours.
     Location ideas: Exchange your vows on the beach with stunning            Location ideas: Take your vows on the sands of a deserted beach,
     views across the lagoon and the small off-shore islands (motu’s) or in   before a tropical sunset or under the southern stars. The best part is
     the cool of the air-conditioned reception of Muri Beach Club Hotel.      that you needn’t decide until you get there.
     Basic package: The Club Classic Wedding package includes                 Basic package: Includes transfers to the marriage registry, marriage
     wedding coordinator, transfers to                                        licence, service of a church
     town, wedding licence, celebrant/                                        minister, floral bouquet, floral
     minister, witness for wedding,                                           decorations, one tier wedding
     flowered archway on lagoon edge,                                          cake, attendants, Fijian warrior
     celebration bottle of Champagne                                          guard, Champagne dinner and
     and gift.                                                                Champagne breakfast.
     Cost: from $799 per couple.                                              Cost: from US$1650 per couple.
     w www.muribeachclubhotel.com                                             w www.yasawa.com
     e info@muribeachclubhotel.com                                            e enquiries@yasawa.com.fj
     p +682 23 000                                                            p +679 6722 266

                                                                                                                                                            Sometimes when you travel, you have moments so perfect it takes
                                                                                                                                                            your breath away. It might be an achingly beautiful view, or a meal
     Tokoriki, Fiji                                                           Te Vakaroa Villas, Rarotonga                                                  you’ll remember forever. Or the simplicity of rustling palm trees under a
                                                                                                                                                            star-studded sky. Te Vakaroa Villas is a place far away from the rest of the
     What makes it so great: A wedding at Tokoriki is a tailor made           What makes it so great: The intimate, exclusive and magical
     day to celebrate new lives together without the stress, worry or vast    beachfront setting and the personal service. The property is ‘gated’          world, where these kinds of moments happen every day.
     financial commitment a wedding at home would incur. With a limited        and accommodates 20 guests for exclusive use.
     number of wedding celebrations arranged each year, be assured of a       Location ideas: On the beach or on the lagoon island Koromiri,                Situated on the tropical island of Rarotonga, Te Vakaroa is an exclusive,
     very special wedding celebration at Tokoriki.                            poolside for intimacy or a night time wedding.                                boutique hideaway on the shores of Muri beach. All you need to do here
     Location ideas: On the beach, in the denominational church or            Basic package: The Simple Elegance Ceremony package includes                  is choose: an afternoon swim in the infinity pool, or in the impossibly
     anywhere on the island.                                                  marriage licence, wedding ceremony, return transfers to process               turquoise lagoon? The four-poster bed with feather-down pillows, or
     Basic package: Simple wedding includes flowers for the bride and          licence, marriage celebrant, visit to florist, tropical floral archway, venue   the large balcony day-bed? A meal in the privacy of your villa, or at the
     groom, traditional flower leis and                                        preparation, bouquet for bride,
     floral tiara (garland), ceremony by                                       flower garland (lei) for groom,                                                acclaimed Sails restaurant right next door?
     minister, location of your choice                                        assistance with the preparation of
     (great for a private 2 person                                            wedding vows, bottle of bubbles                                               In each of Te Vakaroa’s six villas, our aim is to provide you with every conceivable comfort and requirement. Enjoy a cocktail
     wedding).                                                                to celebrate, personal wedding                                                on a sun-lounger or in the shade of the pavilion. Use the broadband or LCD TV. Listen to music on the iPod docking station -
     Cost: from $1067 per couple.                                             planner to coordinate ceremony.                                               or simply enjoy the sound of the waves crashing onto the reef in the distance.
     w www.tokoriki.com                                                       Cost: from $1100 per couple.
     e info@tokoriki.com                                                      w tevakaroavillas.com                                                         So come as a guest, but leave as a friend - with memories to treasure forever.
     p +679 6725 926                                                          e tevakaroavillas@villavacations.co.ck
                                                                              p +682 25590                                                                  Phone 682 25590
                                                                                                                                                            tevakaroa@villavacations.com                                              TE VAKAROA VILLAS
                                                                                                                                                            www.tevakaroavillas.com                                                        MURI BEACH, RAROTONGA, COOK ISLANDS

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          Reef to Rainforest
           Tropical North Queensland
           Most of us assume an intimate knowledge of Australia –
           cosmopolitan cities, unspoilt beaches, distinctive wildlife and the
           vast red centre. Visiting Tropical North Queensland however, is a
           truly different Australian experience as Rebecca Avent discovered.


           Firstly, there is the remarkable colour of this region. It’s green, very
           green. The tropical climate not only provides perfect weather to top
           up your tan but it also supports the incredible rainforest and the wide
           expanses of sugar cane, palm and banana plantations. My limited
           knowledge of this part of Australia had me geared up for a relaxing
           few days by the pool with cocktail in hand. But what surprised me
           most was how a holiday in the tropical North really can be as relaxing
           or adventurous as you like - from tranquil beachfront resorts, indulgent
           spas or thrill-seeking adventure activities, to exploring the luscious
           rainforest and stunning Great Barrier Reef.

           First up for me was a visit to the picturesque mountain village of
           Kuranda, just 25km from Cairns and offering art and craft markets
           galore. Kuranda is the last stop on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway that
           stretches an impressive 7.5km above the rainforest, offering spectacular
           views over the Cairns’ tropical region and out to the Coral Sea beyond.




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     our Raging Thunder guide; ‘Baz’ guided us down the grade three


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     Adventure behind me, I set out to explore the renowned World
     Heritage listed Daintree Rainforest. I opted for the full day tour
     up to Cape Tribulation, which sits just north of Cairns and Port
     Douglas. Accessible only by cable-driven ferry, as the oldest
     rainforest in the world it really is something else. My tour took me
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     No visit to Tropical North Queensland would be complete without
     taking a tour to the Great Barrier Reef. As one of the seven
     natural wonders of the world, the reef truly is an experience
     of a lifetime. I jumped onto a Quicksilver Cruise to the dazzling
     Agincourt Reef and right from arrival I thought the set-up was
     impressive. From the permanent platform floating at the reef’s
     edge, I had the option of exploring however I wished – get wet
     by diving or snorkelling, or stay dry and view the reef from a
     semi-sub or from above on a heli-flight. Whichever way you
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     of fish and dramatic sculptures of the reef.

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     was the excellent choice of accommodation available, such as
     Voyages Dunk Island Resort. Set in the heart of a beautiful tropical
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                                                                                                  3. Country of contrasts
                                                                                                  It’s a surreal experience to be driving along in a vast, dry desert
                                                                                                  with nothing but dunes and rocky outcrops all around when
                                                                                                  suddenly, on the horizon, you spot a bone fide oasis with lush
                                                                                                  greenery, shrubs and water. Or, when you stumble across a
                                                                                                  wadi (a dried up riverbed found in mountain valleys) that has
                                                                                                  come alive because of the rains. With such a diverse range of
                                                                                                  topography, including mountain ranges, arid deserts and fertile

      unexpected in                                                                               plains, you can never be sure what lies just around the next
                                                                                                  corner in Oman.



     Oman
      Mention the Sultanate of Oman and most conjure up images of deserts, camels, rocky
      outcrops and glimmering heat… which is true, Oman has all that. But it also has a whole
      host of other special qualities that make it such a unique destination. A real country of
      contrasts and one of our editor’s favourite spots, here is our list of top five unexpected
      delights that make Oman such a special place.




      1. Long sandy beaches
      With about 1,700km of pristine coastline, Oman’s beaches
      are truly spectacular. Much of the coastline is easily
      accessible so there is always somewhere close by for a
      bit of sunning, swimming, diving, snorkelling, boating,
      surfing, sail boarding, beach combing or shell collecting. In
      Muscat, many of the major hotels are beachfront… so you
      get the best of both worlds.

      Note: Please be aware of local sensibilities to avoid offence,
      i.e. no topless bathing or very revealing swimwear.


      2. Nesting turtles
                                                                                                                                                                        4. Diving
      Did you know that the beaches of Ras al-Jinz are the
                                                                                                                                                                        Psst… Oman offers some of the finest diving in the entire Gulf.
      largest nesting site for green turtles on the Indian Ocean?
                                                                                                                                                                        The best part, as I am sure any avid diver would agree, is that you
      Turns out that there are seven species of turtle in the world
                                                                                                                                                                        won’t be surrounded by other divers. Apart from the fact that
      and five of them can be found in Oman. The best time
                                                                                                                                                                        Oman’s diving sites are still a relatively well-kept secret, only 20
      for turtle watching would be June to September when,
                                                                                                                                                                        diving permits are issued in certain areas per day. Enjoy intact and
      if joining a tour, you can head down to the beach in the
                                                                                                                                                                        fresh coral, dolphins, turtles, devil rays, big morays and, depending
      early evening to spot leatherbacks, loggerheads and other
                                                                                                                                                                        on the season, even whales and whale sharks to name a few.
      turtles laying eggs. Or, more excitingly, if you get there
      early morning, you can see the baby turtles hatching and
      making their way to the open sea.                                                                                                                                 5. The people
                                                                                                                                                                        Of Oman’s entire amazing offering to the traveller, the most
                                                                                                                                                                        heart-warming, delightful and unexpected part would have to
                                                                                                                                                                        be its people. Our editor, Melanie, felt so safe, welcome and
                                                                                                                                                                        respected when she travelled to Oman and her experiences
                                                                                                                                                                        with the locals remain a highlight of her stay. With non-existent
                                                                                                                                                                        crime, arrive in Oman as a guest and leave as a friend.


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     24 Hours in:                              Johannesburg
     Bonita Burnett takes time out in South Africa’s City of Gold.

     7.50am You may know it as Johannesburg but the locals               our guide Johnny, who makes sure we’re set up on our
     call it Jo’Burg or Jozi. South Africa’s largest metropolis, it      bikes and gives us a running commentary on the sights of
     grew wealthy on mineral exploitation before gaining a               his hometown.
     more controversial fame during the apartheid years. But
                                                                         Stops include the Workers’ Hostel, Nelson Mandela’s former
     what is modern Jo’burg all about? Is it just a pit stop on the
                                                                         home and the Hector Pietersen Memorial. We break for lunch
     way to South Africa’s amazing wildlife parks, or worthy of
                                                                         in a shebeen and get our taste of township fare, i.e. a kota
     exploration in its own right? We have a 24-hour stopover
                                                                         burger and beer. The soundtrack is kwaito – the indigenous
     in which to find out.
                                                                         hip-hop hybrid that represents the irrepressible sound of the
     9.30am The Apartheid Museum is next to the Gold Reef                streets in democratic South Africa.
     City Casino, a few kilometres from downtown. Talk about a                                                                                 North Star Cruises Australia o ers adventure-cruises all around the Australian coastline and, in the stunning waters
                                                                         5.30pm Back at the Saxon Hotel, the infinity pool beckons.             of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Sea. Our guests consistently respond with “that’s the best holiday I have
     contrast of glamour and despair! Built as a trade-off for the
                                                                         I slip into the cool waters and reflect on the bizarre contrasts       ever had!” All cruises include frequent daily excursions and feature the True North’s unequalled style, modern
     construction of the Casino, this Museum has become one
                                                                         of high-life, street-life and history.                                cuisine and an Australian crew. Multiple expedition boats (not zodiacs) encounter wilderness in small groups and
     of South Africa’s must-see destinations for tourists. Entering                                                                            to add yet another dimension to adventure, the True North sails with her very own air-conditioned helicopter!
     the doors, you are handed a ticket labelling you as White or        7.20pm If you’re a vegan, look away now. Our dinner
     Non-White. This sets the tone for a powerful tour that evokes       booking at Wombles promises to be a carnivore’s delight.
     South Africa’s years of isolation. Yet despite the reminders        Regarded as one of South Africa’s top restaurants, this is a
     of injustice and suffering, it’s a curiously uplifting place. The   place that takes steak seriously. It’s located in trendy Parktown
     Museum achieves the delicate task of remembering the pain           North and the colonial plantation ambience is just what we
     while offering hope for the future.                                 need after a day on the go. In classic steakhouse style, you
     11.45am Our Museum visit ends with a stroll in the                  specify your cut and ask for it to be cooked the way you like
     pleasantly tree-shaded grounds – the perfect way to reflect          it. I warm up with a goat’s cheese mousse and choose a 250g
     on what we’ve seen. Jo’burg’s trees are one of the splendours       fillet medium rare as the main. (Non-beefeaters can opt for
     of the city, thanks to foresight of the early city fathers who      seafood, pasta and chicken dishes if they prefer.) The prices
     realised the value of shade in this dry, high-veld environment.     are fantastic value for this quality. In fact, the price levels for
                                                                         just about everything during our South African stay are a very        Adventure destinations include Ningaloo and the Monte Bello Islands, the Kimberley, the Rowley Shoals,
     12.24pm We’re off to see Soweto! South Africa’s most                pleasant surprise indeed for Kiwi travellers.                         West Papua, Papua New Guinea, the Louisiade Archipelago, the Solomon Islands, Sydney and the
     famous township is a vibrant place, and a guided bike tour                                                                                Hawkesbury River and, the Great Australian Bight.
     is the perfect introduction. We have chosen the four-hour           We order a bottle of one of South Africa’s premium red wines
     township tour organised by the aptly named Soweto Bicycle           to match the meal, then relax and enjoy the spectacle as dusk
     Tours Company. We’re met right outside the Museum by                shades into night.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                       Callum Fraser, our architect, travelled the world and brought
                                                                                                                                                                                                       back all sorts of ideas from alpine resorts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       LUXURY: Such as?

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Morry: Underfloor heating, so you’re comfortable at all
                                                                                                                                                                                                       times. Great beds – just what you need after a vigorous day
                                                                                                                                                                                                       in the snow. Balconies with hot tubs. Lots of natural light.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       LUXURY: What new trends are you seeing in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                       worldwide ski marketplace?

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Morry: Everywhere you look, there’s a move towards using
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the mountains all year round, as they do in Europe. So in
                                                                                                                                                                                                       summer you have hiking, mountain biking, sightseeing and
                                                                                                                                                                                                       even special activities, such as Olympic team training.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Having such a wide range of activities throughout the year
                                                                                                                                                                                                       gives you a resort that’s economically viable 12 months of
                                                                                                                                                                                                       the year. And you can only deliver that if you have fabulous
                                                                                                                                                                                                       hotels. Otherwise the area just closes down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       LUXURY: Do you think there’s a uniquely Australian
                                                                                                                                                                                                       approach to designing ski resorts?

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Morry: Not really – our influences are international. We’re
                                                                                                                                                                                                       positioning ourselves against the best in the world.

                                                                                                                                                                                                       That said, we take care to reflect the colours and materials of



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                                                                                                                                                                                                       the Australian Alps. So the architects develop a design that
                                                                                                                                                                                                       responds to the location. They specify unique materials, such
                                                                                                                                                                                                       as local stone.

     Zacamoco                                                                                                                                                                         Huski Lodge
                                                                                                                                                                                                       LUXURY: Do you have any plans to bring the Zacamoco
                                                                                                                                                                                                       style to New Zealand? We have some pretty spectacular
                                                                                                                                                                                                       mountains here too…
                                                                                                                                       passionate about buildings that are intelligently designed,     Morry: I have to say it’s not something we’re looking at doing
     Alpine luxury accommodation has come a long way in recent years, and one of the style leaders is a
                                                                                                                                       with that sense of cutting-edge style. And they’ve got to be    at this stage. We would need to know the area intimately
     Melbourne-based company called Zacamoco. Their resorts in the Australian Alps have appeared on the
                                                                                                                                       very comfortable too.
     covers of international magazines and garnered more than their share of awards and rave reviews. We                                                                                               before we would get involved. At the moment we’re totally
     tracked down CEO Morry Schwartz and asked him to tell us a little about the secrets behind their style.                           We design from the ground up, so the buildings are striking     focused on Victoria.
                                                                                                                                       and original yet rooted in the landscape. We use local
                                                                                                                                                                                                       LUXURY: A personal question – what do you love
     LUXURY: How did you get into the alpine development             something even more stunning – a 5-star luxury retreat in         materials and colour palettes – wood, stone and the natural
                                                                                                                                                                                                       about your role?
     business?                                                       the mountains.                                                    hues of the landscape – to create something that could exist
                                                                                                                                       nowhere else.                                                   Morry: You get to enjoy a great apartment and holidays in a
     Morry: We’ve got a strong background in residential and         The apartments were sold with a rental management concept                                                                         fabulous location. Just four and a half hours’ drive, or a short
     retail developments, and we’ve always believed in working                                                                         LUXURY: How would you define luxury in an alpine setting?
                                                                     that means you can use the resort for your own holidays and                                                                       flight from Melbourne, and you’re in the perfect spot for a
     with great architects. Zacamoco was set up as a partnership     rent the apartment out for the rest of the time. It’s been very   Morry: Absolute comfort at all levels. Something that is        break. My whole family loves skiing. And of course, I can
     between my company, Pan Urban, and a young architectural        successful for those who bought - the apartments attract very     beautiful and warm, with lots of natural light. A calming       reserve the best apartment!
     firm called Elenberg Fraser. The idea was to focus on high-end                                                                     place to relax in after an active day on the piste.
                                                                     high rentals.
     boutique developments in unusual locations.                                                                                                                                                       LUXURY: Zacamoco is a striking name. Why did you
                                                                     LUXURY: Can you tell us about the culture of your                 Traditional ski resorts tend to be a bit musty and hidebound.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       choose it?
     Since we like skiing we started with a small development                                                                          Or else they’re very spartan with a simple hut ambience.
                                                                     company? What drives you?
     called Huski. And it just grew from there. Next we created                                                                        Some people will prefer that, but we thought there was room     Morry: It comes from the first names of the key people -
     a luxury apartment hotel called Silverski. The aim was to do    Morry: It’s a design-led culture – very contemporary. We’re       for another approach.                                           Zahava Elenberg, Callum Fraser, Morry Schwartz and Co.




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                                                           Rumour has it
                                                           there’s a new resort
                                                           coming to Aitutaki
                                                           Is there anything that could make Aitutaki even more appealing to visit
                                                           than what this stunning little island in the Pacific already has to offer?
                                                           Yes, I believe there is and come September it will be ready for your
                                                           exclusive experience. Mere Rumours, you may wonder? Yes actually -
                                                           Aitutaki Rumours of Escape.




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     LUXURY has always been a fan of Rumours of Romance in                 should not be missed.
     Rarotonga and did wonder what could possibly compare to
                                                                           Our favourite part would have to be the long boardwalk that
     a few days in there. Why, a few days in Aitutaki, of course.
                                                                           runs from your villa to a personal gazebo almost right on the
     And it seems that Rumours had the same idea and Rumours
                                                                           water’s edge. Under the gazebo you will find a hammock
     of Escape in Aitutaki will be opening in September. You can
                                                                           for two, where you can slowly sway in the evening breeze,
     expect the same exceptional attention to detail, considerate
                                                                           cocktail in hand, watching a glorious sunset across the world’s
     small touches and outstanding service but that is pretty much
                                                                           most beautiful lagoon.
     where the similarities will end.
                                                                           Can you see in your mind the colours of the sunset sparkling over
     Where the villas in Rarotonga would be best described as
                                                                           the azure waters of the lagoon? Can you feel the soft caress of
     ‘classic luxury’, the villas in Aitutaki are more ‘rustic luxury’…
                                                                           the early evening breeze? Can you almost taste that cocktail?
     sort of Hemingway meets Robinson Crusoe… think massive
     timber beams and coral highlights.                                    Don’t imagine anymore and get yourself booked in on one of the
                                                                           fantastic opening specials Rumours have put together for us:

                                                                           Stay a minimum of 5 nights and your inter-island domestic flights
                                                                           will be included on top of the following complimentary extras:


                                                                             the Rarotonga portion of your stay at Rumours.


                                                                             world-renowned Aitutaki lagoon.




                                                                             gift basket, daily breakfast, full daily servicing, and villas to
                                                                             die for!
     Let me walk you through the experience. As you flight lands
     at the airport, your friendly Rumour’s driver will already be
     waiting to whisk you off to your secluded five-star retreat. As
     you enter your world-class-villa via a private courtyard, you
     won’t know where to look or what to try first. Should it be to
     dip you toes in the private swimming pool? Or maybe don your
     togs and crank up your spa? Perhaps you want to rush outside
     onto the beach only footsteps away from your villa and crunch
     your toes in the soft and startlingly white sand.

     Relax, enjoy, take your time... you will have plenty of opportunity
     to sample all the villas delights.

     Water has been used as a key part of the tranquil and soothing
     Rumours experience and waterfalls and water features abound
     throughout the villa. The bedroom boasts what can only be
     described as a ‘Robinson Crusoe castaway’ bed. As you flop               Special Opening Offer:
     into bed at night, you will have no problem imagining yourself
     shipwrecked on a deserted and mysteriously luxurious island.
     The bathroom can only be described as a unique indoor/                     Beachfront Villa Aitutaki all inclusive as above at
     outdoor flow - it will feel like you are showering outside but              $5,430 (normally $6,390).
     you’re not… Or are you? Again, images of an idyllic deserted
     island lifestyle will float through your mind.
                                                                                Beachfront Villa Aitutaki all inclusive as above
     The villas are completely self-catering. Love cooking up a storm           at $6,480 (normally $7,440).
     on holiday and creating sumptuous dishes? No problem…
     Rumours will make sure that the cupboards are fully stocked
     to your requirements. Couldn’t think of anything worse than                2 nights Beachfront Ultimate Villa Aitutaki all
     slaving in the kitchen? Rumours will organise you a personal               inclusive as set out above $7,980 (normally $10,440).
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     Dining Out
     Globally inspired dining in Singapore
     Singapore is renowned for its terrific array of international       creamy texture with subtly sweet aftertaste.
     cuisine. And if you are staying at the Fairmont, Raffles or
                                                                        At Equinox restaurant on level 70, you’ll be captivated by the
     Swissôtel properties you certainly won’t be short on choice.
                                                                        impressive three-storey amphitheatre-style interior as well
     With the ownership of the three brands now residing with
                                                                        as being ‘wowed’ by the breath-taking panoramic views of
     one parent company, Fairmont Raffles Hotels International,
                                                                        Singapore and beyond. Or, if it’s cocktail time, then there’s
     there has been a heightened commitment to providing
                                                                        no better place than New Asia bar where you can enjoy the
     distinctive world-class cuisine.
                                                                        same views while listening to the music grooves by their
     The Fairmont Singapore is superbly located within the Raffles       resident DJ.
     district on Bras Basah Road and is adjacent to Swissôtel and a
                                                                        Café Swiss, as the name suggests, is an all-day dining restaurant
     short stroll from the grandiose Raffles Hotel.
                                                                        with Swiss specialties such as Veal Emince Zurichoise, Raclette
     One of the highlights of my stay was experiencing the              Cheese and Bundnerteller. For a more bustling ambience try
     impeccable Japanese dishes at Inagiku. The ingredients             Out of the Pan, or for poolside dining, Alligator Pear.
     were exceedingly fresh and the flavours precise and
     delicate. For me, sashimi is an important mark of any good         In total there are 16 dining/bar options within the Fairmont
     Japanese restaurant and at Inagiku it was outstanding.             and Swissôtel complex and a further 14 at the Raffles Hotel.
     Head chef Yoshiyuki Nobukawa, who has been with the                Guests of any property can charge all dining experiences to
     restaurant for more than ten years, is still at the helm and       their hotel room bill. From premium dining to ‘cheap and
     offers interesting specials alongside signature fare. Best         cheerful’, the dining venues offered within the Fairmont,
     advice – be bold and order outside your comfort zone for a         Raffles and Swissôtel properties certainly cover it all and
     truly memorable experience.                                        should be a highlight during your next visit to the wonderful
                                                                        Lion City.
     We also enjoyed sharing plates of varying intensity at
     Szechuan Court, which offers authentic Cantonese and               For more information visit:
     Szechuan classic and contemporary dishes. A few ‘must try’         www.fairmont.com/singapore
     items include spicy stir-fried string beans - a crunchy blend of   www.raffles.com
                                                                                                                                            That’s the Spirit.                              That’s the Spirit.
     savoury and spicy, and Wasabi-infused mayonnaise prawns -          www.swissotel.com                                                        qantas.com                                      qantas.com


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     Business Class Review
     Emirates A380
     Phil Harrison checks out Business Class on Emirates’ new            than you would expect.                                               haul flight. In addition to personal storage space and an in-        very busy flight. The wine selection however is very impressive,
     A380. The Emirates A380 Business Class experience starts                                                                                 seat power supply for laptops and dual port USB, the seat also      with Moët & Chandon Brut as the house Champagne and an
                                                                         I have wanted to travel on the A380 for some time and was
     with the complimentary chauffeur – drive service. With traffic                                                                            includes a privacy divider if you are travelling in the middle of   excellent selection of wines from around the globe.
                                                                         looking forward to seeing if all the hype matched up with the
     being what it is in Auckland, I would have to say that this                                                                              the aircraft. Plus, all seats come with a generous workspace
                                                                         reality. It certainly was an impressive sight, especially as you                                                                         The absolute highlight for me though was definitely the
     little perk is a fantastic benefit (and incentive) to fly Business                                                                         that includes room for your personal minibar – nice!
                                                                         get closer and can appreciate the sheer size of the aircraft.                                                                            onboard lounge at the rear of upper deck. It is completely
     Class with Emirates. I have used this service a few times now       Business and First Class guests enjoy dedicated air bridges          On to the entertainment front and the much-lauded Emirates          unique to any aircraft I have been on so far. The centre point
     and apart from the obvious cost benefits, it is also extremely       onto the plane, which in this case took me directly onto the         ‘ice’ system. Short for information, communications and             of the lounge is a working bar where you can enjoy a quiet
     convenient having the driver waiting for you on your return.        upper deck, home to both Business and First.                         entertainment, the system delivers over 600 channels of             drink and a nice selection of tasty canapés. And I also loved
     It makes just another hassle that you would normally have to                                                                             entertainment, including a good selection of the latest movie       the two long couches that hug the rear walls of the plane,
                                                                         With 76 seats, the Business Class cabin is larger than most
     deal with when flying simply disappear.                                                                                                   releases… more than enough to satisfy even the most avid            making it feel as if you are on your own private jet. What a
                                                                         but with the clever seat design and staggered layout, it still
                                                                                                                                              in-flight movie buff.                                                perfect way to spend a late afternoon en route to Sydney.
     I arrive at the airport relaxed and after a very speedy check-in,   allows for just the right amount of privacy. I thought the seat
     was soon in the lounge with a drink in hand. The Emirates           layout of 1 – 2 – 1 had a First Class feel, especially since every   Cuisine wise, my experience has usually been that even in           Overall, Emirates undoubtedly offers one of the best Business
     Lounge at Auckland Airport is now well sized and definitely a        seat had aisle access. Tick another box for that. I found the        Business Class, it’s a case of the menu sounding far better than    Class options currently available. Plus, with the volatile
     notch above some of its competitors in the food and beverage        seat itself very comfortable, the touch screen wireless seat         what you actually receive. On Emirates, the food offering was       aviation market at present, current fare prices make this an
     stakes. Think Veuve Clicquot Champagne and a decent                 controller easy to operate and in the lie flat position the seat      pretty much what you would expect, although I did think that        excellent value option for a quick trip across the ditch or
     selection of hot and cold food offerings that are a lot better      extends to form a bed up to 79 inches long, perfect for a long       the service was a tad on the slow side, probably due to the         further afield.




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                                                                                                                                                    Clockwise from top left: Amangani; Lumière; Copperhill
                                                                                                                                                    Mountain Lodge; Release; Quay West Resort & Spa Falls Creek




                                                                             Lumière Telluride, Telluride, Colorado, USA

        Best Ski                                                             A small, boutique property found on the slopes of Telluride’s
                                                                             Mountain Village, this is without a doubt one of the most




       Resorts
                                                                             romantic and intimate settings you could ever hope for. It’s the
                                                                             touches like being personally met and escorted to your suite
                                                                             where a cosy fire awaits, complimentary breakfast in bed,
                                                                             wireless Internet access and a pantry stocking service, on top
                                                                             of a ski in/ski out location that makes it so hot, hot, hot and
         To many of us, there are few things in the world that are
                                                                             irresistible! With a range of accommodation types, from studio
         more exhilarating or enlivening than hitting the slopes where       through to four-bedroom penthouse, everything has been
         the virgin powder lies thickly just waiting for someone to rip it   thought off… right down to the warm cookies that await your
         up on the latest snowboard or pair of skis. If one of the best      return from the slopes.
         things about winter is the snow, the second best thing would        www.lumierehotels.com/telluride
         have to be the stunning variety of luxury ski properties found
         around the very best ski runs and ski fields worldwide. And
                                                                             Copperhill Mountain Lodge, Åre, Sweden
         you don’t even have to ski to enjoy our top picks either.
                                                                             Only opened in 2008, this Design Hotel was created by well-
                                                                             known architect Peter Bohlin and everything about it screams
                                                                             STYLE! Built high up on the eastern slope of Mt Åreskutan along
                                                                             the tree line, guests enjoy glorious views from most parts of the
                                                                             hotel when they aren’t out enjoying the many activities on offer
                                                                             such as heli-skiing, dog sledding or ice driving. With only 112
                                                                             rooms ranging from doubles to eight-bed suites, Copperhill has
                                                                             a feeling of exclusiveness that is complemented by the hotel’s
                                                                             own lift, in-house Copperhill Ski Club and convenient ski in/ski
                                                                             out location.
                                                                             www.copperhill.se


                                                                             Quay West Resort & Spa Falls Creek, Australia
                                                                             There hasn’t always been a huge amount of choice when
                                                                             it came to cutting edge ski properties in Australia. That all
                                                                             changed with the arrival of Huski in 2005, followed by Silverski
                                                                             in 2007 and now Quay West Resort & Spa Falls Creek. Apart
                                                                             from the stunning design concept, the resort is the only
                                                                             property in Australia that boasts drive in/drive out and ski in/
                                                                             ski out. Made up of 63 stylishly furnished one, two, three and
                                                                             four bedroom apartments, this fully 5-star resort will pander to
                                                                             your whole being with fantastic skiing, stunning outlooks from
                                                                             the hot tubs on the balconies and a world class spa that has
                                                                             international influences from Japan, Turkey and various Nordic
                                                                             countries. It’s a right little ripper!
                                                                             www.mirvachotels.com/quay-west-resort-spa-falls-creek


                                                                             Release, Lake Wanaka, New Zealand
         Amangani, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA                                Although not a resort or a small boutique property, we could
         Situated 2,135 metres above sea level and with the dramatic         not resist adding this little beauty to our top five. Architecturally
         Teton’s Range as your backdrop, how can a stay at Amangani          designed to take full advantage of New Zealand’s native bush
         be anything other than truly spectacular? Everything about the      and breathtaking lake and mountain views, this is the perfect
         property embraces the spirit of the west - from the floor to         escape no matter what time of year. The entire space embraces
         ceiling columns of Oklahoma sandstone and ceilings and walls        everything Kiwi from the sustainable and eco-friendly approach
         of Pacific redwood to the chairs of rattan and woven cowhide.        to the original, handcrafted furniture. Your stay also includes
         Each of the 40 suites includes special touches such as fireplace,    a concierge service that can easily and effortlessly arrange
         window-side daybed and deep-soaking tub. And with the               activities such as heli-skiing, spa treatments, personal trainers
         nearest ski-field only a short 20-minute drive away, this is the     and private chefs. A wonderfully decadent home away from
         perfect spot to indulge in true luxury with a dash… or dollop       home with Treble Cone, Cardrona, Snow Farm and Snow Park
         of skiing.                                                          ski areas on your doorstep.
         www.amangani.com                                                    www.releasenz.com

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Copperhill Mountain Lodge
                                                StyleFile                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Leading Personal Stylist Jackie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      O’Fee brings us her extensive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 fashion knowledge and expertise.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Well regarded as a style expert,
                                 FOR THE LUXURY TRAVELLER                                                                                   Local New Zealand
                                                                                                                                            skiwear label
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Jackie often features on television,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        radio and in print as well as
                                   Heading to the slopes this winter? We’ve found a good variety of                                         540s produce a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    running her own personal style
                                          gear to pack to keep you both warm and stylish.                                                   handy collection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      consultancy - Signature Style.
                                                                                                                                            of functional and
                                                                                                                                            flattering snow
                                                                                                                                            gear for those of
                                                                                                                                            us who like to look
                                              Adding warmth doesn’t have
                                                                                                                                            stylish while slicing
                                              to mean bulky unflattering
                                                                                                                                            up the slopes.
                                              undergarments. New Zealand
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                                              functional garments from 100%               If you need colour –                              dream - and you                                                                                                                                                                   on the slopes this winter, best
                                              New Zealand merino that keep                add some zing with your                           can bet that each                                                                                                                                                               keep it subtle rather than overt.
                                              you warm while ensuring you                 accessories: your hat or scarf. Hat               garment has been                                                                                                                                                                Canadian company Orage have
                                              look good even when you take                pictured is Andrea Beanie from                    thoroughly tested                                                                                                                                                                  both bases covered with their
                                              your coat off. Pictured: Oasis              Orage. RRP $39.                                   to ensure it remains                                                                                                                                                             range of Winter Outerwear for
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                                              distinctive Fleur de Lis design.
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                                                                                                                                            featuring inner leg                                                                                                                                                                 to make a late night dash to
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                                   This winter sees a resurgence of fur – be it
                                   in ‘70s style jerkins worn over dresses in the                                                                                                             For more information check out Jackie’s website: www.signaturestyle.co.nz
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     Conference
                                                                                                                                          check in on them with a refreshing beverage. Later, guests
                                                                                                                                          can kick back and relax with a cold drink and shisha (water
                                                                                                                                          pipe) in the traditionally styled Majilis (meaning ‘place of
                                                                                                                                          sitting’) while waiting for a gourmet desert dinner experience

     One of a Kind: Oman                                                                                                                  like they have never experienced before. This is seriously the
                                                                                                                                          stuff of dreams!
     The economic climate over the last few months has been           projects include a state-of-the-art convention centre in
                                                                                                                                          Cruising around with Azzura
     interesting to say the least and businesses have definitely       Muscat (expected to be completed by 2012) that will seat
     felt the pinch. Often at times like this, companies decide                                                                           Ironically, for a country that most people instantly envisage as
                                                                      7,000 people comfortably. In terms of accommodation, there
     that cutting back is the only option but unfortunately,                                                                              an arid and rocky landscape, water based activities are some
                                                                      are already a handful of high-end luxury hotel brands mainly
     it is usually in the areas that they should be increasing,                                                                           of the most popular for Incentive groups. The SY Azzura,
                                                                      in Muscat, which include the Intercontinental Group, namely
     such as marketing and staff incentivisation. Research                                                                                a luxury 75foot catamaran, cruises the azure waters of the
                                                                      Al Bustan Palace and GHM’s Condé Nast award winning The
     continually shows that travel incentives are the best type                                                                           Gulf of Oman, stopping at private beaches along the way
                                                                      Chedi Muscat. Plus, the government has stipulated that all
     of motivation for staff, particularly those in sales. So why                                                                         and offering many… or as few activities as you would like.
                                                                      new major hotels and resorts must offer a range of services         Taking up to 60 people, the vessel is perfect for tailor made
     not offer your team a destination that will really blow
                                                                      and facilities to meet the needs of the Conference and              trips, day or night, and always with a veritable feast of food
     them away. Somewhere that offers so many varieties of
     contrast it will be difficult to remember which was more          Incentive Industry.                                                 and drink on board or preferably set up on one of the pristine
     memorable. Somewhere like the Sultanate of Oman.                                                                                     islands off the coast of Muscat.
                                                                      We have put together a few ideas to whet your appetite for
                                                                      this diverse and unique destination that boasts everything
     Relatively new to the Incentive and Conference arena, Oman
                                                                      from rugged mountain ranges to deepwater fjords, long sand
     is focused on promoting an authentic Arabian experience but                                                                            Other inspiring ideas
                                                                      beaches to lush green hills, mazes of local souks to ancient
     with all the usual bells and whistles that we have come to
                                                                      castles and forts, with no high rise buildings to block the view.     A gala dinner set up on Jebel Al Akhdar, Oman’s
     accept as standard for these sorts of experiences. The Arabian                                                                         highest mountain
     Peninsula can never be accused of not being proactive
                                                                      ‘Glamping’ it up with Sand Adventures                                 A camel race in the desert
     to achieve a desired outcome and Oman’s government is
     no different. They currently have in place an investment         The sand dunes and rough terrain in Oman offer a natural              Self-drive wadi discovery tours
            programme for hospitality and tourism related projects    setting for soft adventure, always a great option for some
                                                                                                                                            Polo ‘Sport of Kings’ experiences
                  where the total cost for project realisation will   hands on, down and dirty team building. After tackling
                        be more than US$2.5 billion. Current          the dunes all day in a Jeep Wrangler (tough in demeanor,              Bullfights at Burka... with no injuries to the bulls
                                                                      forgiving to drivers), weary souls can head to their luxury           Game fishing; marlin, tuna and likely to be
                                                                      MAU’s (Mobile Accommodation Units housed on a three-                  accompanied by dolphins
                                                                      tonne 4x4 truck chassis) where they can collapse on their
                                                                                                                                            Traditional Omani lunches or dinners in one of the
                                                                      tempur mattresses as they wait for their on-site butler to            many forts or castles, showcasing the local craftsmen,
                                                                                                                                            band and traditional dancers

                                                                                                                                            His Majesty’s Folkloric Band and Orchestra performing
                                                                                                                                            live and exclusively for your group

                                                                                                                                            Desert Crossing in Quad bikes for those more
                                                                                                                                            adventurous and less budget conscious


                                                                                                                                          Oman absolutely ticks all the boxes for an unforgettable and
                                                                                                                                          inspiring incentive trip. And even though Oman offers high
                                                                                                                                          quality experiences that will have your team reminiscing for
                                                                                                                                          many Friday night drinks to come, rest assured that it won’t
                                                                                                                                          break the bank either as costs are very reasonable. The best
                                                                                                                                          part though would have to be that Oman has so much to offer,
                                                                                                                                          you could go back again and again and experience something
                                                                                                                                          totally different but still be left with the same awe inspired
                                                                                                                                          feeling every time.


                                                                                                                                            More info:       For further information or to obtain
                                                                                                                                                             your 2009 Oman MICE brochure
                                                                                                                                                             contact: Sultanate of Oman Tourism
                                                                                                                                                             Telephone: +(64) 9925 0379
                                                                                                                                                             Email: info@tourismoman.com.au



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                                                                                                                                             chilling feeling yet a warm knowing one too. Opening the             taking pleasure in reminiscing about Chef Loiseau.
                                                                                                                                             restaurant door, it was surreal to feel like this, cocooned in an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The next morning was the journey to Epernay, passing
                                                                                                                                             invisible blanket of emotion, the great chefs presence could
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Charolais cattle up to their knees in grass, all clean and
                                                                                                                                             still be felt and I could not have been happier.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  pristine, white in the autumn sun as though they had been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  run through a car wash and given a quick blow dry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Epernay was founded by tanners in the 5th century
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and became the fiefdom of the courts of Champagne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  before being annexed to the kingdom of France.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Its fifteen centuries of turbulent history have left
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  their traces on the winding streets. Epernay is




     Champagne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  in the heart of the Champagne appellation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and home to my favourite Champagne,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque, particularly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the 1998 vintage.

                                                                                                                                             My room had a view over the Morvan hills, with fog                   I arrived at the Maison Belle Epoque,
                                                                                                                                             beginning to settle in the cleavage of the hills and into the        the Perrier family home at number
                                                                                                                                             distance. It was bitterly cold standing on my veranda. A             11, Avenue de Champagne,
                                                                                                                                             table was reserved for 7pm, the fire in the room had just             home to one of the world’s
     In a celebratory mood, bottles of Champagne graced the tables of Paris. Diners drank Champagne at Café                                  been lit, a glass of Champagne delivered by a waiter who             largest private collections
     de Paris, Laperouse and Lucas Carton. Robert de Montesquiou captured the prevailing sentiment among                                     kindly took time to share a few moments of history of this           of Art Nouveau works.
     revellers at Maxim’s when he said between sips of his favourite Champagne, “It’s cruel enough to have no                                beautiful hotel.
     money, worse still to spend none”. The house of Perrier-Jouët became the choice of fashionable figures.
     Oscar Wilde called for it from his prison cell, taking care to specify the 1874 vintage. “Beauty is a form of                           “...it wells me with emotion, having drunk
     genius”, Wilde wrote, as if encapsulating the entire Perrier-Jouët Champagne philosophy. Wilde typified                                  it in the highs and lows of my life, toasted
     those who in their exuberance transform their lives into works of art, seeking beauty in all its forms. Paul                            wins, births, deaths, marriages and divorce.
     Bocuse, always the master of Public Relations, toasted Bernard Loiseau (both of them three Michelin star
                                                                                                                                                   An elixir of dreams, Champagne is
     Chefs) from atop a great circus elephant and it was broadcast around the world.
                                                                                                                                              celebrated by few and enjoyed by many.”
     I love Champagne but not all; I am selfish with my choice. I am         myself amused for the next 5 days. One glass of Champagne
                                                                                                                                             I arrived in the bar for a pre-dinner drink a little before seven.
     a lover of Perrier-Jouët and its rarity, cache, effervescence and      led to another and then, as you do sometimes, emotion takes
                                                                                                                                             Set in front of a large roaring fire were guests from around the
     history. It is indeed a love story for me, it wells me with emotion,   over and I found myself on a flight to London the next day,
                                                                                                                                             world, all here to pay homage to a chef and his style. Beautiful
     having drunk it in the highs and lows of my life, toasted wins,        sipping Champagne and toasting the good fortune that the
                                                                                                                                             tiny canapés arrived plumed on white napkins to tease and
     births, deaths, marriages and divorce. An elixir of dreams,            concierge had managed to get me a seat on the flight.
                                                                                                                                             beguile the palette. My table was ready and once seated,
     Champagne is celebrated by few and enjoyed by many.
                                                                            After arriving in London and surprising friends with dinner at   the menu was presented to me. Of course, I already knew
                                                                            Robuchon, it was an early rise the next day for the train to     what I would like - ‘le Classiques de Bernard Loiseau’, each
                                                                            Paris Gare du Nord. On picking up a rental car - an orange       course matched with wine of the region. My first course was
                                                                            combi van would have been my first choice as that is how I        frog’s legs, silky smooth garlic purée and a parsley juice. The
                                                                            had arrived at La Côte d’Or all those years ago but orange       parsley juice was so pure of flavour that the essence of the
                                                                            does not seem to be in fashion and nor does the combi van        dish was captured in every mouthful. Pike perch, a locally
                                                                            camper – my only option was a boring grey Renault so I           caught fresh water fish, was next with a soft translucent
                                                                            settled for that.                                                fondue of shallots and the ‘sauce vin rouge’ (red wine
                                                                                                                                             sauce) was exactly as I remembered. Pot-roasted
                                                                            My journey now headed South, skirting the back of Paris,
                                                                                                                                             breast of free-range chicken with pan seared foie
                                                                            travelling on route N6 that runs from Paris to Lyon. Also to
                                                                                                                                             gras and truffled potato purée came next. My last
                                                                            Geneva, the French Alps and the Midi, down to Saulieu.
                                                                                                                                             course, veal sweetbread ‘dore’ roasted till golden
                                                                            Located in the heart of Burgundy, with Chablis to the North,
                                                                                                                                             with truffle, was triumphant. A little cheese
                                                                            the renowned vineyards around Beaune to the Southeast,
                                                                                                                                             from the cart, a taste of the region with fig and
     I was in Hong Kong on a job and had just finished reading               Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits to name a few. Also, the
                                                                                                                                             hazelnut bread and the last of my burgundy.
     a book titled ‘The Perfectionist’. The story is of the three           little known Auxois area with its Châteaux and abbeys, not to
                                                                                                                                             Patrick Bertron was appointed Executive Chef
     Michelin star chef Bernard Loiseau’s life and his tragic death         mention the cities of Dijon and Autun.
                                                                                                                                             in 2003 and he has managed to impose his
     on February 24th 2003. I had met this man back in 1987                 In Saulieu, the leaves were long gone from the trees,            own unique style whilst maintaining three
     when I dined at the famous La Côte d’Or. He was a hero                 managing to make their way into piles pushed up into             Michelin stars to this day and continues the
     to me and to a generation of young chefs. I toasted this               doorways, scuffing under my shoes as I walked along the           unfinished work of his mentor, Bernard Loiseau.
     incredible chef, wondering what I was going to do to keep              street. And there it was, La Côte d’Or. It was a cold, almost    After service, we spent half an hour in the kitchen,




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                                                                                                                                                              TRAVEL ACCESSORIES
                                                 Renowned chef and travel aficionado Peter
                                                 Thornley is our guide to the world of food. His                                                                             FOR THE LUXURY TRAVELLER
                                                 passion for new flavours and exotic ingredients has
                                                 taken him to some of the world’s top kitchens in
                                                 New York, Singapore, Japan, France and beyond.


                                                                                                                                             The Polaroid PoGo
     Today there are around 200 works of art including furniture,        floor for fear of knocking them over. Sliding into the Emile         What is it? Instant mobile printer.
     tableware and lamps by such Art Nouveau masters as Galle,           Galle bed, I then dreamed of ethereal maidens in alabaster          What makes it so great? It’s an instant mobile printer
     Majorelle, Rodin, Daum and Lalique and far from being a             silk swirling around white and pink anemones.                       - what more do we need to say? But since we have the
     museum, the house is full of life, where items in the collection                                                                        techy bits, it’s small enough to fit into your hand but will
                                                                         I had been immersed in sumptuous surroundings with a heady
     are used as they were originally intended. I used them all, be                                                                          easily print smudge-proof, water-resistant and tear-proof
                                                                         mix of poetry, fantasy, luxury, charm and elegance with floral
     it with due care. After I’d unpacked, I had a refreshing glass                                                                          colour images from your camera, digital camera or cell
                                                                         curves and arabesques and a secluded garden. The house tells
     of Champagne in the salon and then headed across to the                                                                                 phone in just 60 seconds. Plus, as it uses integrated ZINK™
                                                                         a fabulous story through its extravagant décor, art, sights and
     Avenue de Champagne and the underground cellar. There
                                                                         smells. It was indeed a place that quickened all my senses. An      Zero Ink™ Printing Technology, it’s eco-friendly too.
     were simply tens of thousands of bottles of Champagne laid
                                                                         invitation is given to a mere handful of people to enter this       Where you can get it: Most leading photographic and
     neatly on their shoulders, reaching to the roof of the caves with
                                                                         world to experience the art and pleasure as they did during         electronic stores.
     one very special treasure, a bottle of 1825 Perrier-Jouët, the
                                                                         the Belle Époque, a golden age during the 19th Century.             Price: NZ$399.99
     oldest left in Champagne today. There have only been seven
                                                                         Exclusivity and rarity are the essence of Perrier-Jouët.
     Chefs de Cave over two centuries, master craftsmen handing
     down their secrets from father to son. Hervé Deschamps is           The next day left me enough time to visit the Champagne
                                                                         houses of Salon and Mumm before heading back to Paris.

                                                                         The end of the journey and I only just managed to not miss the
                                                                         Euro Star, courtesy of a rather longer lunch in Reims at a little                                                                        Kingswood Megafat Skis
                                                                         bistro just behind the cathedral. The Chablis was great, the                                                                             What is it? Specialist powder skis.
                                                                         escargot excellent and Charolais Côte de bœuf outstanding.                                                                               What makes it so great? Apart form being 100% New
                                                                         Blindly watching out of the window as the train zipped under
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Zealand made, it’s their bamboo core (a quick-generating
                                                                         the North Sea back to London, I couldn’t help but think that I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  renewable resource) which makes these skis so perfect for
                                                                         had just indulged in two of my great loves in life; cooking and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  off-piste, backcountry and heli-skiing. And because they are
                                                                         Champagne. My emotions from Hong Kong were gracefully
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  all hand-made right here in good old New Zealand, the flex
                                                                         satisfied and pleasantly at ease.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  is adjusted to suit your height, weight and skiing style.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Where can you get it: www.kingswoodskis.com
                                                                                                                                             Nimue Man Travel Kit                                                 Price: NZ$1600
                                                                         About the region.
                                                                                                                                             What is it? A new generation derma-cosmeceutical
                                                                         Champagne, best known for the production of the sparkling           skin treatment range in a handy travel size.
     the current Chef de Cave and guardian of this inheritance.          white wine that bears its name, is located in the Northeast         What makes it so great? This is cutting edge stuff and
     He is a likable man who sees each Cuvee as a one off and            corner of France. The region has a rich and often turbulent         ideal for the man who is after a simple and effective
     blends using a highly original approach guided by intuition         history, mostly because it acted as a crossroads to Paris only
                                                                                                                                             skin routine. Plus, the travel kits make it easy for those
     and individuality, like a chef who picks up his ingredients and     160km East. The area’s reputation for wine production
                                                                                                                                             with busy lifestyles to throw into their luggage and not
     instantly knows what to cook. He sketches the broad outlines        dates back to the Middle Ages and it is said that the first
                                                                                                                                             be bulked down with more than absolutely necessary.
     of his work and then moves straight into the final blend with        batch of sparkling wine was created quite by accident in
                                                                                                                                             Where can you get it: Contact 0800 144 562 for your
     a burst of creativity. His method combines the artist’s flair        the mid-1600’s. Many of the old Champagne houses are                                                                              Tamsin Cooper
                                                                                                                                             nearest stockist.
     with the skilled eye of the craftsman. It certainly explains my     still operating today, with Gosset (founded in 1584 as a                                                                          Jewellery Roll
                                                                                                                                             Price: From NZ$215
     love of Perrier-Jouët Champagnes.                                   still wine producer) taking the title of the oldest. European                                                                     What is it? A pouch to
                                                                         Union law and the laws of most countries reserve the term                                                                         keep all your jewellery together.
     Dinner that evening was in the small dining room with
                                                                         “Champagne” exclusively for wines that come from the 40                                                                           What makes it so great? This is the
     canapés served beforehand with Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque
                                                                         Champagne villages in the areas of Marne, Aube, Haute-                                                                            sort of travel accessory that every girl
     Blanc de Blanc. There were three of us for dinner with five
                                                                         Marne and Aisne. A global demand for Champagne has not                                                                            needs - not only beautiful to look at but
     courses, all matched to vintage Champagne that confounded
                                                                         abated and in 1999, a worldwide record in shipping was                                                                            practical too for those of us who regularly travel with
     the senses, enlivened the palette, inspired creative and
                                                                         set at 327 million bottles, thought to be in anticipation of                                                                      jewellery. The hand-embroidered velvet outer comes in an
     sometimes controversial conversation. It was a unique
                                                                         the millennium celebrations. In 2007 though, a new record
     gastronomic adventure.                                                                                                                                                                                exquisite selection of designs and colour palettes so there
                                                                         was set at 338.7 million bottles. For a drink that had Dom
                                                                                                                                                                                                           is sure to be something for everyone.
     Before going to sleep that night I removed the Lalique lamps        Perignon exclaim at his discovery, “Come quickly, I am tasting
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Where can you get it: www.tamsincooper.co.nz
     from the bedside tables and placed them carefully on the            the stars!”; it is easy to see the appeal.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Price: NZ$89


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     Spa
     AYANA Spa - Bali
     It’s no surprise that Bali has become the spa capital of Asia, if not the world. The
     combination of traditional treatments, skilled therapists and stunningly exotic
     settings has created a centre of excellence where just a few hours of pampering
     can be the best experience of your holiday. Ange Harrison checked into the spa at
     the AYANA Resort and Spa and placed herself in the hands of the experts.




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                                                                                                                                                                              foreign exchanges
     From the moment you step through the hand-carved                   Massage. Using tropical flower petals and fragrant essential
     wooden doors and into the beautiful entrance of the                oils, the therapists worked their magic with strong hands
     Thermes Marins Spa, the stresses of your busy life start           and fingers to find all the trouble spots, buffeting them
     to dissolve away. The spa, with an amazing 40 treatment            into submission.
     and therapy rooms and villas, is a divinely tranquil spot and
                                                                        But there was more contentment to come. After showering
     the combined sound of tinkling Balinese music and gentle
                                                                        off, we returned to the table where our facial treatments
     singing of birds outside begins to lull the mind. And so
                                                                        began. I chose the Traditional Natural Facial, using refreshing
     starts the slow process of rejuvenation.
                                                                        organic ingredients, such as a quail’s egg, yoghurt and an
     Although our treatments this time were all to take place           orange. It sounds more like a cooking lesson, but was in fact
     at Thermes Marins Spa, I have to mention another option            very luxurious on the skin. My partner went for the Thermes
     available to you - the Spa on the Rocks located just below         Marins Complete Facial, a more traditional style, designed to
     the resort’s towering cliff face. Here, there are two beautiful    soften and tone the skin.
     villas overlooking the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean
                                                                        And then, sadly, our time was up with our therapists.
     and I can just imagine how wonderful it would be to hear the
                                                                        We retired back to the waiting area for a cool drink and
     sound of the waves pounding below as your therapist gently
                                                                        to further enjoy the lush and well-established gardens
     works over your body. Pure decadence... But alas, that will
                                                                        (22,000 m2 of them to be exact). If all that relaxing has
     have to wait for next time.
                                                                        made you peckish, the Spa Café, offering low-calorie
                                                                        cuisine and a delicious range of fresh juices and aromatic
        “Ever gently, the therapists nudged                             teas, should be your next stop.
        us awake and led us to the waiting                              Apart from the spa, if you want to get some exercise in
          aromatic petal bath where we                                  during your holiday, you could go for a few sessions in the
       immersed our relaxed bodies into the                             world’s largest Aquatonic pool. At 650 m2, it contains 700
                                                                        million litres of fresh mineral-rich seawater pumped directly
          waters for a 15-minute soak. ”
                                                                        from the ocean below and heated to optimum temperatures.
                                                                        You are guided through the pool’s therapeutic jet streams,
     Not that I feel hard done by, quite the contrary. Drawing on       micro-bubbles and geysers while hydrostatic pressure creates
     the memories of a previous visit to the spa, I knew that I was     enough resistance for a bit of exercise. Powerful jets soothe
     in for a heavenly experience. This time I had roped my partner     and invigorate at the twelve hydro massage stations each
     in and we decided to try one of their couple’s packages called     individually positioned so no area of the body misses out. A
     the ‘Cinta Abadi – Eternal Love’. Translation… three hours of      very clever and novel way to exercise and a must-try at least
     bliss from head to toe.                                            once during your stay. But keep in mind that it takes at least
     On arrival, we were seated in the outdoor waiting area and
     offered a scented and chilled towel and a refreshing drink.
     It wasn’t long before we were met by our therapists and
                                                                        an hour to get through it all.

                                                                        Thermes Marins Spa has won many awards, among them
                                                                                                                                          India
                                                                                                                                          Each issue, we take a look at a foreign culture and point out a few pitfalls for the unwary.
                                                                        Best Spa in Asia twice, No.1 for Best Spa for Treatments,
     escorted through lush tropical gardens and over stepping-
                                                                        Best Signature Treatments and Most Scenic Spa, and most
     stones to our private spa villa oasis. With warm Balinese                                                                            Before you start                                                                business. Refusing any food or drink offered to you during
                                                                        recently in 2009, Best Spa Destination in Indonesia. It’s not
     touches and high ceilings, this was where our treatments                                                                             Religion is a way of life and must be respected in order                        business meetings may cause offence. It is useful to bear in
                                                                        hard to see why the judges keep bestowing their plaudits on       to maintain successful business relationships. Despite the                      mind that traditionally Indians do not drink alcohol so this
     were to begin.
                                                                        the spa. Both my partner and I agree it is probably one of the    elimination of the traditional caste system, attitudes still                    should be avoided as a business gift or when entertaining
     First came the Flower Petal Foot Wash and Hot Towel Wrap,          best spas we have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. It       remain in some areas and both of these aspects of Indian                        your counterparts.
     followed by a Deep Cleansing Body Scrub - my partner opted         has a really good feel about the place and the atmosphere         culture often influence the hierarchical structure of business
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Watch out for
     for the Boreh while I chose the Javanese Lulur. So while he was    is so calm and serene, almost like being around an old and        practices in India today.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The notion of Karma. The belief that everything happens for
     experiencing a spicy Balinese body masque that warms the           trusted friend – solid, dependable and you know time spent        Never                                                                           a reason is still significant in the decision making process for
     muscles, stimulates the blood circulation and alleviates joint     with them will always be quality. And I have to add at this       Rush a deadline as impatience is seen as aggressive and rude.                   many Indians. It also influences the concept of time in India
     pain, my skin was being cleansed by a traditional Javanese         point, for the first time after a spa treatment, my skin stayed    Don’t be aggressive in your business negotiations either as it                  and as a consequence business negotiations may take longer
     body masque and scrub designed to soften and renew the             soft and smooth for days to follow.                               can show disrespect.                                                            and are never rushed.
     skin. Oh yes, I could feel myself drifting off into that special
                                                                                                                                          Be aware that                                                                   The final word
     place between waking and sleeping.
                                                                                                                                          There is a noticeable lack of privacy and a smaller concept of                  Personal questions about your family will often be asked
     Ever gently, the therapists nudged us awake and led us to the        Room cost:       Resort View Room                               personal space, where several generations often live together                   before meetings as it is seen as a way of building rapport
                                                                                           From US$170++ per room per night               under one roof, which has a ‘collective’ influence on business                   and trust before business. In India, the family unit is highly
     waiting aromatic petal bath where we immersed our relaxed
                                                                          Reservations: For bookings or enquiries please call             practice. That said, the highest-ranking business executives                    valued, therefore showing interest and respect towards
     bodies into the waters for a 15-minute soak. Then came the
                                                                                        Mondo Travel on 0800 955 655                      will ultimately make the decisions, therefore it is important                   your Indian counterpart’s family is vital for establishing
     best bit I thought – the Thermes Marins Bali Aromatic Petal
                                                                                                                                          to maintain strong relationships with senior figures in Indian                   successful relationships.



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                                                                                                                                                                                                             SWISSÔTEL, SYDNEY
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Location: Sydney, New South Wales.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ambience/Style: Contemporary/sophisticated.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Awards: Condé Nast Traveler Magazine named Swissôtel
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sydney as one of the Top 20 Hotels in the Australia/Pacific
                                                                                                                                                                                                             region in 2008.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Number of rooms: 359
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Room info: Average 32m2, air conditioned, in-room
                                                                                                                                                                                                             safe, CD/DVD player, Plasma screen television, mini
                                                                                                                                                                                                             bar, computerised key control, voice mail and personal
                                                                                                                                                                                                             computer socket, wireless broadband Internet access.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Bathroom: All bathrooms have separate bath and shower.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Spa facilities: Amirta Spa for personal pampering.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Pool: Outdoor heated pool and spa.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Number of Restaurants: Jpb Restaurant for modern
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Australian cuisine.
                                                                                                                                                                                                             What’s great: It has to be the dedicated kids rooms. And if




     Child’s play
                                                                                                                                                                                                             they are all full, the friendly staff will convert a room at a
                                                                                                                                                                                                             day’s notice.




     at Swissôtel Sydney
     Whether you are travelling to Sydney for business or pleasure,     books, drawing pads and pens (new and therefore still              (cheese) or sweet (chocolate), this will delight all members of
     on your own or with a group of friends, for a few nights or        interesting) and children’s DVD movies (although potentially       the family.
     something a little longer, accommodation options are never         not new, sure to be old favourites) the whole family will be so
                                                                                                                                           And just because the sun has gone down and bedtimes
     a problem. Every imaginable variety of accommodation is            content and happy that the holiday won’t quickly spiral out of
                                                                                                                                           are looming, the fun need not stop there for the ‘big kids’.
     available in this cosmopolitan city and it would be easy to        control and end in tears or tantrums … and threats to never
                                                                                                                                           A nanny and baby-sitting service is available at the hotel
     stay somewhere different every time.                               leave home again.
                                                                                                                                           round the clock, which means that you don’t have to miss
     But what happens when your travelling companions are yet           Oh, and for those travelling with babies? Again, not a             out on Sydney’s vibrant nightlife… starting with a drink in
     to hit double digits and features such as skyline views and spa    problem. A cot, cuddly toys, teeny tiny bathrobe, baby             The Crossroads Bar. Plus, if the night does go on for longer
     baths mean very little in comparison to having the Cartoon         toiletries, nappies and baby bottle are only a request away.       than expected, at least you know you have all those children
     Channel? Especially when the Cartoon Channel is so closely                                                                            specific DVD’s and chocolate treats in the minibar that can be
                                                                        So, what’s the catch? Nothing… absolutely nothing! The
     linked to retaining your own sanity? Easy really.                                                                                     used to bribe the kids for just a few more hours rest.
                                                                        property is not only luxurious but also centrally located and
     That’s when you book yourself into the Swissôtel Sydney and        historic Rocks, Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour is all      Swissôtel Sydney is undoubtedly the place to stay as a family.
     get the best of both worlds. You see, this luxury five-star         within easy reach. There is 24-hour room service (with kid’s       As the old saying goes ‘happy kids make happy parents’ and        Suite (for the adults!)
     property offers Kids Rooms with cute linen and child friendly      menu, of course), outdoor heated pool, fitness studio, valet        Swissôtel Sydney has certainly provided all its guests, both
                                                                                                                                                                                                             What’s not so great: Parts of the hotel are feeling their age.
     furnishings that interconnect with beautifully appointed and       parking, restaurant and bar, business centre and gorgeous          big and small, with the amenities to make any family holiday
     stylish suites. That’s right… you get to keep the views, spa       Amrita Spa.                                                        one to remember for all the right reasons.                        Overall: Great value 5-star in the heart of Sydney CBD.
     bath plus your sanity and the kids can come too!                                                                                                                                                        Editor’s tip: Sitting directly above Myer department store,
                                                                        I don’t think you need another reason to stay here but I have
                                                                                                                                                                                                             this is a shopper’s dream!
     The brochure says, “…comes equipped with features that             one all the same. One word – fondue! When you get back
                                                                                                                                             Room cost:      Interconnecting King Room
     will delight any child from the age of two to twelve.” After       to the hotel after a fairly full on day out exploring Sydney,                                                                        Website: www.swissotel.com
                                                                                                                                                             From NZ$589 per room per night
     my stay, I think that should be expanded to include, “…and         head to Jpb Restaurant for dinner and go with the ‘Swiss                                                                             Contact: For information or enquiries please phone Mondo
                                                                                                                                             Reservations: For bookings or enquiries please call
     the parents thereof” because with ingenious features such          Fondue Chinoise’. Fondue is always fun regardless of age and                                                                         Travel on 0800 955 655.
                                                                                                                                                           Mondo Travel on 0800 955 655
     as cuddly toys (new and therefore still interesting), children’s   with the option of going healthy (bullion or broth), traditional


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 LUXURY FOUND                                                And only just around the corner                                                                                                                      Queensland, Australia                      LUXURY FOUND
 There’s a wide range of luxury properties available throughout New Zealand and Australia. We’ve taken the hard work                                                                                               Queensland has so many exceptional choices for the luxury seeker, it got its own page.
 out of finding one and given you our top picks, all just around the corner.                                                                                                                                                     Here are our top eight picks for your next decadent Queensland escape.



                                          Wolgan Valley                                                                Motueka River                                                                Oceans                                                                         Palazzo Versace
                                          Resort & Spa                                                                 Lodge                                                                        Mooloolaba                                                                     Gold Coast
                                          Experience the breathtaking                                                  This understated boutique                                                    Located on the Sunshine Coast,                                                 Elegant, sophisticated and
                                          beauty of the Greater Blue                                                   luxury lodge is situated amongst                                             Oceans features state-of-art 2 and                                             glamorous – just what you’d
                                          Mountains World Heritage area                                                some of the most breathtaking                                                3 bedroom luxury apartments,                                                   expect from the fashion house,
                                          in one of 40 stand-alone suites,                                             countryside in New Zealand.                                                  penthouses and suites. All                                                     Versace. Marble, mosaics and
                                          each with private swimming pool.                                             First-class adventure, fly-fishing,                                            apartments are fully self-contained                                            exceptional craftsmanship provide
                                          Explore 4,000 acres while enjoying                                           undisturbed relaxation and                                                   and have stunning ocean views.                                                 guests with the perfect canvas
                                          a memorable break with distinctive                                                                                                                        Visit the website for more                                                     for an unforgettable 5-star
                                                                                                                       rejuvenation - the choice is yours.
                                          dining and spectacular scenery.                                                                                                                           information and virtual tour.                                                  experience.
                                          Contact details:                                                             Contact details:                                                             Contact details:                                                               Contact details:
                                          w emirateshotelsresorts.com                                                  w motuekalodge.co.nz                                                         w oceansmooloolaba.com.au                                                      w palazzoversace.com
                                          e info@wolganvalley.com                                                      e enquiries@motuekalodge.com                                                 e stay@oceansmooloolaba.com.au                                                 e reservations@palazzoversace.com
                                          p +61 2 9290 9733                                                            p +64 3 526 8668                                                             p +61 7 5444 5777                                                              p +61 7 5509 8000



     Peppers on the Point                                                       Byron at Byron                                                               qualia                                                                       Hayman Island Resort
     Lake Rotorua                                                               Set within a stunning 45-acre                                                Located on the secluded                                                      Located in Australia’s magnificent
                                                                                rainforest and a short drive or                                              northernmost tip of Hamilton                                                 Great Barrier Reef, Hayman
     Experience the rich culture of
                                                                                cycle to the iconic Byron Bay                                                Island and at the edge of the                                                is a private island destination
     Rotorua or simply relax and
                                                                                township, life here is easy. This is                                         Great Barrier Reef, qualia sets                                              presenting a unique resort
     enjoy the tranquillity of the
                                                                                a place to indulge, with nurturing                                           a new pinnacle for luxury in                                                 experience of adventure,
     stunning location. A fine gracious
                                                                                spa treatments, daily yoga or                                                Australia. Unwind in one of the                                              relaxation, tranquillity, indulgence
     home, exquisitely furnished
                                                                                simply relax on the wide-open                                                exquisitely appointed pavilions                                              and natural beauty. Once you
     with 9 luxurious suites, where
                                                                                verandahs.                                                                   and for a truly memorable                                                    arrive, you won’t ever want to
     quintessential service awaits you.
                                                                                Contact details:                                                             experience, step inside Spa qualia.                                          leave.
     Contact details:                                                           w thebyronatbyron.com.au                                                     Contact details:                                                             Contact details:
     w onthepoint.co.nz                                                         e reservations@                                                              w qualia.com.au                                                              w hayman.com.au
     e info@onthepoint.co.nz                                                      thebyronatbyron.com.au                                                     e reservations@qualia.com.au                                                 e reservations@hayman.com.au
     p +64 7 348 4868                                                           p +61 2 6639 2000                                                            p +61 2 9433 3349                                                            p +61 7 4940 1234



                                          Blanket Bay                                                                  Fossil Cove                                                                  Sheraton Noosa                                                                 Emporium Hotel
                                          Acknowledged as one of New                                                   Superb architect-designed                                                    Escape to Noosa’s only 5-star                                                  Brisbane’s newest 5-star luxury
                                          Zealand’s finest lodges, there is                                             contemporary island home, this                                               resort, and explore your passion                                               boutique property offers a
                                          nowhere on earth where there                                                 property enjoys 12 landscaped                                                for comfort and unforgettable                                                  tangible vision of contemporary
                                          are so many activities available so                                          acres of panoramic views onto                                                beachside experiences. Our ideal                                               elegance and hospitality. Offering
                                          close by. Blanket Bay can provide                                            the magnificent Hauraki Gulf,                                                 location lets you shop on Hastings                                             individual customised service
                                          you with endless ways to help                                                within a secure private estate.                                              Street or explore the nearby                                                   at all levels, the award-winning
                                          restore your physical and spiritual                                          Fossil Cove offers the ultimate                                              sunny beaches, languid rivers,                                                 Emporium Hotel looks forward to
                                          well-being in this spectacular                                               experience in luxury with its own                                            awe-inspiring rain forests and                                                 welcoming you.
                                          corner of New Zealand.                                                       private beach and helipad.                                                   Fraser Island.                                                                 Contact details:
                                          Contact details:                                                             Contact details:                                                             Contact details:                                                               w emporiumhotel.com.au
                                          w blanketbay.com                                                             w fossilcove.com                                                             w starwoodhotels.com                                                           e reservations@emporium-
                                          e information@blanketbay.com                                                 e info@essenceofwaiheke.co.nz                                                e noosa.reservations@sheraton.com                                                hotel.com.au
                                          p +64 3 441 0115                                                             p + 64 9 372 2680                                                            p +61 7 5449 4888                                                              p +61 7 3253 6999



     Huka Lodge                                                                 Southern Ocean                                                               Angsana                                                                      Bloomfield Lodge
     Regularly voted as New                                                     Lodge                                                                        Great Barrier Reef                                                           As one of Australia’s most exclusive
     Zealand’s best, Huka Lodge’s                                                                                                                                                                                                         luxury properties, Bloomfield Lodge
     Owner’s Cottage and Alan Pye                                               Floating atop a secluded cliff on                                            Nestled in gorgeous Palm Cove,
                                                                                                                                                             Angsana is paradise redefined for                                             guarantees nothing but the best
     Cottage offers an elegant and                                              a rugged stretch of coast with
                                                                                                                                                             nature lovers. On the doorstep of                                            during your stay. Whether you
     welcoming haven where guests                                               commanding views of the wild
                                                                                                                                                             the world’s longest coral reef and                                           want to explore or simply unwind,
     can enjoy the highest standards                                            Southern Ocean and pristine
                                                                                                                                                             oldest rainforest, the resort is the                                         Bloomfield Lodge offers the
     of comfort and hospitality.                                                Kangaroo Island wilderness, the
                                                                                                                                                             only one in Palm Cove to enjoy                                               opportunity to indulge all your senses
                                                                                lodge is a sanctuary of refined
                                                                                                                                                             absolute beach frontage.                                                     and refresh mind, body and spirit.
                                                                                comfort and Kangaroo Island style.
     Contact details:                                                           Contact details:                                                             Contact details:                                                             Contact details:
     w hukalodge.co.nz                                                          w southernoceanlodge.com.au                                                  w angsana.com                                                                w bloomfieldlodge.com.au
     e reservations@hukalodge.com                                               e reserve@baillielodges.com.au                                               e reservations-cairns@angsana.com                                            e bloomfield@tfaustralia.com
     p +64 7 378 5791                                                           p +61 2 9918 4355                                                            p +61 7 4055 3000                                                            p +61 7 4035 9166


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 LUXURY FOUND                                                   South Pacific
 If you are looking for something special for your next getaway to the Pacific Islands, look no further.
 Here are our top eight picks in the South Pacific that will leave you inspired long after the tan has faded.



                                             Rumours Luxury                                                                 Te Manava Luxury
                                             Villas & Spa,                                                                  Villas & Spa
                                             Rarotonga & Aitutaki                                                           Introducing the Cook Islands newest
                                                                                                                            and most luxurious private villas.
                                             World-class luxury villas situated                                             Te Manava Luxury Villas & Spa is
                                             on beautiful white sandy, absolute                                             5-star luxury accommodation, set
                                             beachfront locations of both
                                                                                                                            on Rarotonga’s stunning south-east
                                             Rarotonga and Aitutaki. Villas have
                                                                                                                            coast, offering an exciting new
                                             private and spa pools, courtyards,
                                             and full kitchens throughout.                                                  choice for the discerning traveller.

                                             Contact details:                                                               Contact details:
                                             w rumours-rarotonga.com                                                        w temanava.com                         The Lyall Hotel and Spa is an oasis of luxury and calm amidst the bustle of urban Melbourne
                                             e info@rumours-rarotonga.com                                                   e temanava@pacificresort.co.ck
                                             p +682 75380                                                                   p +682 20427



     Yasawa Island                                                                  Fiji Beach Resort
     Resort & Spa                                                                   Managed by Hilton
     Immerse yourself in splendid                                                   Everything about Fiji Beach Resort
     isolation on an island in the most                                             & Spa, managed by Hilton, oozes
     unspoiled reaches of the Fijian                                                effortless luxury. It’s the newest and                                                                      The Lyall Hotel and Spa
     archipelago. Amongst the palms                                                 most luxurious 5-Star Fijian resort
     of this remote island are just 18                                              and the only thing you’ll have to                                                            14 Murphy Street South Yarra Melbourne Victoria 3141 Australia
     thatched bures offering complete                                               think about is what pool to lie at or
     solitude and absolute luxury.                                                  what cocktail to order.                                                                      Ph: +61 3 9868 8222 Fax: +61 3 9820 1724 Web: www.thelyall.com
     Contact details:                                                               Contact details:
     w yasawa.com                                                                   w fijibeachresortbyhilton.com
     e enquiries@yasawa.com.fj                                                      w reservations.fiji@hilton.com
     p +679 672 2266                                                                p +679 675 6800



                                             The St. Regis Bora
                                             Bora Resort
                                                                                                                            Vatulele Island
                                                                                                                            Resort
                                                                                                                                                                         Sonaisali Island Resort, Fiji
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Simply Paradise
                                             It is the distinctive interpretation                                           Set back from a stunning stretch
                                             of personalised service combined                                               of white sand beach in the heart
                                             with the most impressive                                                       of the South Pacific, this resort’s
                                             accommodations in the South                                                    bures provide generous personal
                                             Pacific that elevates the St. Regis                                             space together with natural
                                             Bora Bora Resort to a new level of                                             architecture to present a new
                                             splendor with effortless elegance.                                             standard of luxury in the region.
                                             Contact details:
                                             w starwoodhotels.com                                                           Contact details:
                                             e reservations@stregisborabora.com                                             e gm@vatulele.com
                                             p +689 607 898                                                                 p +679 672 0300



     Four Seasons                                                                   Taveuni Palms
     Bora Bora                                                                      Listed as one of the most luxurious
                                                                                    honeymoon destinations in the
                                                                                                                                                                                              4 ½ Star Sonaisali Island Resort Fiji is a true
     On this mystical island with its                                               world, Taveuni Palms caters to                                                                         island escape, a small green dot in the beautiful
     necklace of white-fringed coral                                                couples looking for a secluded 5-                                                                       South Paci c Ocean only a 3 minute boat ride
     islets, Four Seasons elevates the
     excitement to redefine a South Seas
                                                                                    star experience. Each villa sits on a                                                                       across the lagoon from the main island.
                                                                                    private golden sandy beach, and
     escape. Exotic over-water suites, and                                          offers a private pool and personal                                                                        SPECIAL: Stay 6 nights and pay for only 4
     beachfront villas with pools immerse                                           staff. Absolute beachfront. Absolute
     you in ultramodern comforts and the                                                                                                                                                              Including full breakfast.
                                                                                    privacy. Welcome to paradise.
     spirit of French Polynesia.
     Contact details:
                                                                                    Contact details:
                                                                                    w taveunipalms.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                           from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 $
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           885
                                                                                                                                                                                                     (per person twin share, excluding airfares)
     w fourseasons.com/borabora                                                     e info@taveunipalms.com                                                                                                      Conditions apply.
     p +689 603 130                                                                 p +679 888 0032
                                                                                                                                                                      Call: 0800 955 655 Click: mondotravel.co.nz                              Visit: your Mondo store
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                                                           Presidential Suite
                                                           Bridge Suite, Atlantis, Bahamas
                                                           When a property can say that it is the largest family and       It’s best you don’t head to the king bedroom until you are
                                                           gaming island resort in the world, boasts the biggest           ready to retire. It is almost guaranteed that you will find it
                                                           ballroom in the Caribbean and is only second to Mother          difficult to leave your decadent realm once there. It’s big,
                                                           Nature in terms of the size of its marine habitat (50,000       really, big... but it needs to be with the sitting area, walk-
                                                           live sea animals in exhibit lagoons and displays) you have to   in dressing rooms, his-and-hers baths and closets and a
                                                           know that its Presidential Suite (at US$25,000 a night) will    10-feet high four-poster bed that is covered in voluptuous
                                                           be sensational! And the Bridge Suite at Atlantis, Paradise      pillows, hand-painted linens and custom coverlet. As with
                                                           Island in the Bahamas does not disappoint.                      the rest of the suite, both bathrooms feature extensive
                                                                                                                           marble throughout – including oversized tub for the ladies –
                                                           Grandiose even from the outside, the 10-room suite
                                                                                                                           plus chaise, picture windows and dolphin bath fixtures.
                                                           straddles a bridge that connects two buildings of the 1,201
                                                           room Royal Towers, part of the overall 2,300 room property.
                                                           Those lucky enough to stay in the suite will enjoy panoramic
                                                           views across the entire resort through floor to ceiling
                                                           windows from almost wherever they stand. But as it’s these
                                                           bits we can all see, let’s move onto the inner sanctum.

                                                           There is an old English saying that says ‘Start as you
                                                           mean to go on’ and the elaborate grand foyer with hand
                                                           painted stencilling and marble flooring completely sets the
                                                           tone. With twelve-foot high ceilings, a 2,500-square foot
                                                           entertainment area and a 800-square foot balcony, there is
                                                           no lack of space here! The living room has all the creature
                                                           comforts you could ever desire such as baby grand piano,        Don’t feel cheated if you land up in the queen bedroom
                                                           full service custom made bar and marble inlaid chessboard.      though as it is just as opulently decorated and indulgently
                                                                                                                           fitted-out with custom draperies and carpets, carved
                                                           Feel like entertaining... your guests will be more than
                                                                                                                           detailing and walk-in closet.
                                                           comfortable around the custom-designed table with gilt
                                                           armchairs and towering iron and 22-carat gold chandelier.       With plenty of red, gold and black, gilt and glass, marble
                                                           The kitchen has its own entrance so there are no concerns       and made-to-measure touches, as you stand out on the
                                                           about being inconvenienced with the comings and goings          massive balcony or recline in your sumptuous lounge area,
                                                           of catering staff. Oh, and there isn’t much that the butler     you will absolutely feel like the King (or Queen) of your own
                                                           service won’t be able to sort out for you either.               private island kingdom.



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     EYE IN THE SKY                                                 All information refers to international, long haul flights.
                                                                                                                                                Airline
                                                                                                                                                Frequent flyer information:
      Airline
                                                                                                                                                Frequent Flyer Club Name:    KrisFlyer                                             Airpoints
      Frequent flyer information:
                                                                                                                                                How to Qualify:              www.krisflyer.co.nz                                    www.airnewzealand.co.nz
      Frequent Flyer Club Name:        Royal Orchid Plus (ROP)                              JAL Mileage Bank (JMB)/JAL Global Club (JGC)
                                                                                                                                                Location of Lounges:         Most Singapore Airlines destinations, and             Available at 12 domestic destinations and all Air
      How to Qualify:                  Register on ROP application form                     Free to join JAL Mileage Bank                                                    where these are not available those of                New Zealand international destinations. Airpoints
                                       www.thaiairways.com                                  www.nz.jal.com                                                                   partner airlines may be used.                         Gold Elite and Gold members, Business travellers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   have access to over 500 Star Alliance lounges
      Location of Lounges:             Available at Thai Airways domestic destinations      JAL lounges at most airports for First and                                                                                             worldwide.
                                       in Thailand to Gold Members, Business and First      Executive Class travellers. Where JAL lounges not
                                       Class travellers. Access to over 500 Star Alliance   available, use of another lounge is arranged.       Reciprocal Rights:           With most Star Alliance carriers                      With most Star Alliance carriers.
                                       lounges worldwide.
                                                                                                                                                Preferred Seating:           For PPS members.                                      Gold Elite and Gold members.
      Reciprocal Rights:               With most Star Alliance carriers.                    Oneworld carriers and other partner carriers.
                                                                                                                                                Priority Check-In:           For KrisFlyer Elite Gold & PPS members.               Gold Elite, Gold and Koru members. Business/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Business Premier and Pacific Premium Economy.
      Preferred Seating:               Gold Members, First, Business and Economy Class.     Upper tier Japan Airlines & Oneworld members.
                                                                                                                                                Excess Baggage:              KrisFlyer Elite Gold: Extra 20kgs                     Gold Elite, Gold, Star Alliance Gold and Koru
      Priority Check-In:               Business and First Class.                            First, Business, Premium Economy, upper tier                                                                                           members.
                                                                                            Japan Airlines and oneworld members.
                                                                                                                                                Other Benefits:               25% tier bonus on KrisFlyer miles, reduced/           You can use your Airpoints Dollars™ to buy
      Excess Baggage:                  Gold members – have additional 20kg.                 JMB Crystal – 10kg/1 piece free. JMB Sapphire/                                   waived service fees                                   any seat for sale on an Air New Zealand flight.
                                       Silver members – have additional 10kg.               Diamond/JGC – 20kg/2 pieces free.                                                                                                      Airpoints Dollars can also be used for car rental,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   hotel accommodation and Koru membership.

      Other Benefits:                   New members using ROP registration form receive      Priority boarding for JGC/JMB Diamond/              Route Network:               66 cities, 35 countries.                              26 Domestic cities, 24 International destinations.
                                       2500 bonus points. New members using on-line         Oneworld Emerald.
                                       registration receive 3000 bonus points. ROP                                                              Seating and Entertainment:
                                       membership cost is free of charge.
                                                                                                                                                First Class:                 Pitch: 71” Width: 35”                                 N/A
      Route Network:                   74 cities (63 International and 11 Domestic).        246 international routes, 154 domestic                                           Number of seats: 8
                                                                                                                                                                             Configuration: 1-2-1
      Seating and Entertainment:                                                                                                                                             Angle of seat recline: 180º (flat)
                                                                                                                                                                             Seat type: Lie Flat Bed TV Size: 23”
                                                                                                                                                                             Year this seating type was introduced: 2006
      First Class:                     Pitch: 82” Number of seats: 8                        Pitch: 211 cm (83”)
                                       Configuration: 1-2-1                                  Width: 59 cm (23”)
                                                                                                                                                Business Class:              Pitch: 51” Width: 30”                                 Pitch: Lie flat bed
                                       Angle of seat recline: 180º (flat)                    Number of seats: 8                                                               Number of seats: 42                                   Width: 22”
                                       Seat type: Lie Flat Bed TV Size: 10.4”               Configuration: 1-2-1 Angle of recline: 180                                        Configuration: 1-2-1                                   Number of seats: 26-46
                                       Year this seating type was introduced: 2005          degrees Bed Width: 84 cm (33”)                                                   Angle of seat recline: 180˚                           Configuration: 1-1-1-1
                                       Is this seating type on all planes? All A340/600     Bed Length: 199 cm (78.5”) Personal TV screen:                                   Depending on aircraft                                 Angle of seat recline: 180˚
                                       Airbus Aircrafts.                                    48 cm (19”) Aircraft: 777-300ER                                                  Seat type: Lie Flat Bed                               Seat type: Bed
                                                                                                                                                                             TV Size: 15.4”                                        TV Size: 10.4”
      Business Class:                  Pitch: 60” Number of seats: 60                       Pitch: 153 cm (60”)                                                              Year this seating type was introduced: 2006           Year this seating type was introduced: 2005
                                       Configuration: 2-2-2                                  Width: 49 cm (19.2”)                                                             Is this seating type on all planes? B777-300ER        Is this seating type on all planes? 747 and 777.
                                       Angle of seat recline: 170º                          Number of seats: 77                                                              from NZ.
                                       Seat type: Near Lie Flat Bed TV Size: 10.4”          Configuration: 2-3-2 Angle of recline: 171º
                                       Year this seating type was introduced: 2005          Bed Width: 57cm (22.3”) Length: 192cm (75.6”)       Premium Economy:             N/A                                                   Pitch: 38-40” Width: 17.8-18.5”
                                       Is this seating type on all planes? All A340/600     Personal TV screen: 39 cm (15.4”)                                                                                                      Number of seats: 18-23 Configuration: 3-3-3/3-2
                                       Airbus Aircrafts.                                    Aircraft: 777-300ER                                                                                                                    Angle of seat recline: 9”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Seat type: Standard TV Size: 8.4”
      Premium Economy:                 N/A                                                  Pitch: 97 cm (38”) Width: 48 cm (18.9”)                                                                                                Is this seating type on all planes? 747 and 777.
                                                                                            Number of seats: 46 Configuration: 2-4-2
                                                                                            Personal TV screen: 23 cm (9”)                      Economy Class:               Pitch: 32”                                            Pitch: 32-34” Width: 17-17.8” Number of seats:
                                                                                                                                                                             Width: 19”                                            269-324 Configuration: 3-3-3/3-4-3
                                                                                            Aircraft: 777-300ER
                                                                                                                                                                             Number of seats: 228                                  Angle of seat recline: 6”
                                                                                                                                                                             Configuration: 3-3-3                                   Seat type: Standard. TV Size: 8.4”
      Economy Class:                   Pitch: 34” Number of seats: 199                      Pitch: 79 cm (31 inch) Width: 43 cm (16.9 inch)                                  Seat type: Standard. TV Size: 10.6”                   Year this seating type was introduced: 2005
                                       Configuration: 2-4-2 Angle of seat recline: 115º      Number of seats: 115 Configuration: 3-3-3                                         Year this seating type was introduced: 2006           Is this seating type on all planes? 747 and 777.
                                       Seat type: Standard TV Size: 8.4”                    Personal TV screen: 23 cm (9 inch)
                                                                                                                                                Entertainment:               Over 1000 entertainment options. Choose               The individual, on-demand system is available on
      Entertainment:                   Audio visual on-demand system.                       Audio-visual-on-demand system in all classes                                     from movies, TV hits, comedies, documentaries,        certain routes including movies, TC programmes,
                                                                                            offering 132 movie, music, video and game                                        news, music, sports, Nintendo games and now           games and the new audio feature – My Playlist.
                                                                                            channels.                                                                        you can also learn one of 22 languages with           You can build your very own music library by track
                                                                                                                                                                             Berlitz® World Traveller.                             just like your iPod at home.
      Average Age of Planes:           10 years.                                            10 years.
                                                                                                                                                Average Age of Planes:       6.2 years.                                            6.4 years.




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      Airline                                                                                                                                 Airline
      Frequent flyer information:                                                                                                              Frequent flyer information:

      Frequent Flyer Club Name:         Qantas Frequent Flyer                              Asia Miles/Marco Polo Club                         Frequent Flyer Club Name:    Skywards                                              Enrich

      How to Qualify:                   www.qantas.com                                     www.asiamiles.com                                  How to Qualify:              Free to join online at www.skywards.com               www.malaysiaairlines.co.nz

      Location of Lounges:              Qantas Club membership offers a network of         Available at all on-line airports                  Location of Lounges:         Emirates and its partner airlines have over 60        Golden Club Lounges are available at applicable
                                        over 250 lounges worldwide.                                                                                                        lounges worldwide including dedicated lounges         cities worldwide. Alternatively dedicated lounges
                                                                                                                                                                           in Auckland, Bangkok, Brisbane, Dubai, Frankfurt,     nominated by Malaysia Airlines may be used.
                                                                                                                                                                           Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Melbourne,
                                                                                                                                                                           Munich, New York, Perth, Paris, Singapore,
      Reciprocal Rights:                Gold and Platinum members have access              Gold Card/Diamond Card members                                                  Sydney, Zurich.
                                        to oneworld lounges.                               get reciprocal Lounge access with oneworld
                                                                                           airlines                                           Reciprocal Rights:           Continental, JAL, South African Airways, Korean       N/A
                                                                                                                                                                           Airlines and United, Virgin Blue.


                                                                                                                                              Preferred Seating:           Seating automatically assigned according to           Offered to all passengers on request.
      Preferred Seating:                Qantas Club, Silver, Gold and Platinum members.    Yes                                                                             member preference indicated at joining.


                                                                                                                                              Priority Check-In:           Gold & Silver members, regardless of class of         First & Business Class passengers as well as
      Priority Check-In:                Qantas Club, Silver, Gold and Platinum members.    Yes                                                                             travel.                                               Platinum, Gold & Silver Enrich members.


                                                                                                                                              Excess Baggage:              Gold members - have additional 16kgs.                 Platinum Status -100%, Gold Status -50%,
      Excess Baggage:                   Qantas Club, Silver, Gold and Platinum members.    Silver Card members 10KG                                                        Silver members - have additional 12kgs.               Silver Status -+5kgs excess baggage allowed.
                                                                                           Gold Card members 15KG
                                                                                           Diamond Card members 20KG
                                                                                                                                              Other Benefits:               Full miles earned regardless of fare paid. Waitlist   Priority check in, Reservation Waitlists, Excess
      Other Benefits:                    Qantas Club members with carry on luggage          Use of Business Class check-in counters when                                    priority. Ability to redeem miles at “The Emirates    baggage allowance, Golden Lounge Privileges.
                                        only can check in at the Qantas Club when          travelling Economy Class Priority waitlisting                                   High Street”. Mileage upgrades are confirmed at
                                        travelling on domestic services within Australia   on flights that are full. Gold/Diamond Card -                                    the time of booking. Guaranteed seat reservation
                                        and New Zealand.                                   guaranteed seats on flights that are fully booked                                for Gold members. Priority baggage delivery for
                                                                                           - conditions apply.                                                             Gold members


      Route Network:                    141 destinations (including codeshare services).   65 destinations around the world.                  Route Network:               100 destinations in 6 continents.                     Over 100 destinations across 6 continents.

      Seating and Entertainment:        On selected routes                                                                                    Seating and Entertainment:

      First Class:                      Pitch: N/A Number of seats: 14                     Personal suite Width: 36” Number of seats: 6-9     First Class:                 Pitch: 82” Width: 21.6”                               Pitch: 80”
                                        Configuration: Single                               Configuration: Individual suites                                                 Configuration: 1-2-1                                   Configuration: 8 x Single - 2 x 2
                                        Seat type: Lie-flat bed                             Seat Type: Fully flat bed                                                        Angle of seat recline: 180˚                           Seat Type: Lie Flat Sleeper Seat
                                        Bed/seat length: 78” Bed width: 22.5”              Bed length: 81” Bed width: 36”                                                  Seat type: Private Suites                             Bed length in inches: 80”
                                                                                                                                                                           TV size: 23”                                          Year this seating type was introduced: 2005
      Business Class:                   Pitch: 60” average                                 Pitch: Herringbone Width: 23.5”                                                 Year this seating type was introduced: 2008           TV Size: 15”
                                        Number of seats: 50                                Configuration: Herringbone layout
                                        Configuration: 2-3-2 and                            Seat type: Lie Flat TV Size: 15”                                                Pitch: 39-48” Width: 18.5”                            Pitch: 74”
                                        upper deck 2-2                                     Bed length: 78-81” Bed width: Up to 32”            Business Class:              Configuration: 2-4-2                                   Configuration: 2 x 3 x 2
                                        Seat type: 8˚ horizontal tilt-bed                  Year this type was introduced: 2007                                             Angle of seat recline: 180˚                           Seat Type: Angled Lie Flat Bed
                                        TV Size: 26.4cm/10.4”                                                                                                              Seat type: Lie flat bed                                Angle of recline: 9˚ Angled Flat bed
                                                                                                                                                                           TV size: 17”                                          Year this seating was introduced: 2005
      Premium Economy:                  Pitch: 40”with 9” recline Configuration: 2-4-2      N/A                                                                             Year this seating type was introduced: 2008           TV Size: 10.4” LCD

                                        Pitch: 31” with 6” recline                         Pitch: 32” Width: 17.45”                           Premium Economy:             N/A                                                   N/A
      Economy Class:                    Number of seats: 287                               Number of seats: 223-324
                                        Configuration: 3-4-3                                Configuration: 2-4-2 Angle of seat recline: 15º     Economy Class:               Pitch: 33” Width: 18”                                 Pitch: 34”
                                        Seat type: Slimline TV Size: 16cm/6.4”             Seat type: Standard TV Size: 9”                                                 Configuration: 3-4-3                                   TV Size: 6.5”
                                                                                                                                                                           Angle of seat recline: 125˚
      Entertainment:                    Personal in-seat entertainment and in-seat         Video/Audio on demand, over 50 movies, 100 TV                                   Seat type: Standard
                                        phones are available in all classes. PC power      shows, 160 plus CD’s 22 radio channels and 83                                   TV size: 10.6”
                                        is available in Business and First Class.          games                                                                           Year this seating type was introduced: 2003
                                        Audio and Video on demand (AVOD) is
                                        available on most aircraft.                                                                           Entertainment:               Over 1000 channels on demand with                     On demand entertainment system, Choice of
                                                                                                                                                                           Emirates own cutting edge ICE (Information,           40+movies, 60 short features, 200 music CD’s &
      Average Age of Planes:            10 years.                                          10 years.                                                                       Communication and Entertainment) system.              55 video games.

                                                                                                                                              Average Age of Planes:       5.5 years.                                            Less than 10 years.




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     Concierge An inside guide
     MoMo restaurant, Melbourne
         Copperhill Mountain Lodge
                                                                                                                                                       Straight from our
     We were eager with anticipation as we pulled up outside the
     Grand Hyatt Melbourne as we were about to experience the
     new MoMo restaurant. Widely acclaimed Executive Chef,
     Greg Malouf is still at the helm of the new-look and the
     evolutionary dining concept.
                                                                                                                                                         dream factory
     Our journey started with the lights automatically dimming in
     the lift, revealing an encased shelf containing exotic artefacts
     – a nice little detail to set the mood. The lift door then
     opened and as we walked out into the restaurant foyer we
     were warmly met by Restaurant Manager, Bradley Dawson.
     As we glided behind Bradley through the restaurant to our
     table, we were ‘wowed’ by the ambience. The space has
     incredible aesthetics like the shimmering metal curtain and
     the modern-style chandelier, which features over 25,000            Chef Malouf’s pigeon bistayeea
     sparkling Swarovski crystals – that appear to ‘dance’ on
                                                                        The emphasis on the finer aspects of the experience is
     the ceiling. The plush chairs and carpets have you sinking
                                                                        exemplified in the cuisine. Of Australian and Lebanese
     into them decadently. Exquisite Rosenthal fine dinnerware
                                                                        descent, Malouf is a Master of his craft and the food exudes
     features an elegant motif, which is repeated at various times
                                                                        his skill and passion.
     throughout the evening, such as on the menus and the
     translucent paper that accompanies some of the servings.           The wine list is extraordinary and Adrian Marchioro, the Cellar
     The attention to detail in the surroundings is impeccable and      Master is adept at selecting just the right combination of
     other small particulars like the fragrant rosewater-scented        bouquet to accent Malouf’s aromatic signature style. The silver
     hot towels, palate refresher drinks of mint, lemongrass &          service was exceptional but not stuffy or overbearing and every
     ginger and black napkins offered to those wearing dark             staff member had a professional and purposeful manner.
     colours further enhances the overall experience.
                                                                        Undoubtedly a must-visit when next in Melbourne – be
     The weekend menu introduces itself as a ‘family sharing            prepared to immerse yourself in the essence of Middle Eastern
     style’ - the indulgent Moorish menu incorporating a taste          romanticism and the magic of Chef Malouf’s creations - you
     of all entrées, two mains, all sides and a dessert tasting         won’t be disappointed.
     plate, and the Arabesque version, which is essentially the
     same but with a more modest two entrée option. We were             Location: Grand Hyatt, Lower Plaza Level, 123 Collins
     salivating with all the choices so were gallant and selected                    Street, Melbourne, Australia
     the ‘Moorish’ – in hindsight with such generous servings we        Website:     www.momorestaurant.com.au
     will restrict ourselves next time.




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