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N E W Z E A L A N D ’ S O N L Y D E D I C A T E D L U X U R Y T R A V E L M A G A Z I N E LUXURY RRP $9.95 incl gst Issue 12 Winter 2009 HOLIDAYS & CORPOR ATE TR AVEL 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 WIN Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 1 1 OF 3 TRAVEL PACKS AND GET 25% OFF A SUBSCRIPTION 2 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 3 Malaysia . . Big city sh opping one day Total relaxation th e next Malaysia is an exciting destination, a beautiful nation blessed with a fascinating diversity of cultures and natural wonders. 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Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 9 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 10 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 60 26 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 11 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. 12 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 13 www.eratap.com +678 5545007 firstname.lastname@example.org Luxury Preview Luxury Preview 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 Mondo Travel 14 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 15 0800 955 655 Luxury Preview 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 Experience Auckland’s ultimate luxury hotel. 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. 16 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. T +649 909 9000 E email@example.com Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 17 Luxury Preview 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. 18 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 19 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 20 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 21 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! 22 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 23 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. 24 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 25 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 26 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 27 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. 28 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 29 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. 30 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 31 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 32 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 33 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com e firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com w tevakaroavillas.com So come as a guest, but leave as a friend - with memories to treasure forever. p +679 6725 926 e firstname.lastname@example.org p +682 25590 Phone 682 25590 email@example.com TE VAKAROA VILLAS www.tevakaroavillas.com MURI BEACH, RAROTONGA, COOK ISLANDS 34 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 35 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. 36 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 37 Voyages Silky Oaks Lodge Voyages Dunk Island Resort For those seeking adrenaline-pumping action, there is plenty on LUXURY HOL IDAYS & CORP OR ATE T R AVEL offer like hot air ballooning, sky diving, white water rafting and bungy jumping. I decided to try white water rafting down the Barron River and boy, was it a blast! We were in expert hands as our Raging Thunder guide; ‘Baz’ guided us down the grade three Subscribe, Save 25% and rapids… perfect for ﬁrst-timers like me. 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 WIN a Nimue Travel Pack up to the stunning Cape Tribulation beach where the rainforest Nimue Skin Technology has earned a reputation for scientiﬁc innovation, expertise and excellent plunges down towards the coast, giving way to white sand and results. Delivering optimal concentrations of pharmaceutical grade nutrients, cutting edge antioxidants, fringing reefs. superior quality phytoceuticals, peptides and other powerful active ingredients where they are needed most - below the skin’s surface to actively improve skin health and appearance. 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 choose, you’ll be amazed by the vibrant colours, stunning array of ﬁsh and dramatic sculptures of the reef. Further enhancing my experience in this tropical wonderland was the excellent choice of accommodation available, such as Voyages Dunk Island Resort. Set in the heart of a beautiful tropical rainforest island and within easy reach of the Great Barrier Reef, the resort offers such a huge array of activities it’s hard to decide what to do next. Subscribe to LUXURY Holidays & Corporate Travel & SAVE 25% off the cover price. Sitting on the edge of the Mossman Gorge in the Daintree PLUS go in the draw to WIN one of three Nimue Travel Packs valued at $215 each. ✃ Rainforest, Voyages Silky Oaks Lodge is located just 20 minutes from Port Douglas. 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Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 41 Call: 0800 955 655 Click: mondotravel.co.nz Visit: your Mondo store 5 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. 42 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 43 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. North Star Cruises Australia PO Box 654 Broome Western Australia 6725 Telephone: (+61 8) 9192 1829 Facsimile: (+61 8) 9192 1830 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.northstarcruises.com.au 44 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 45 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 Brand Insider 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. 46 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 47 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. 48 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 49 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). chef or recommend a few of the local dining options that 50 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 51 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 52 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 53 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. 54 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 55 5 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 56 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 57 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? 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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. 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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, 62 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 63 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? 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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. 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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 70 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 71 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 firstname.lastname@example.org e email@example.com e firstname.lastname@example.org e email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org thebyronatbyron.com.au e email@example.com e firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com e firstname.lastname@example.org e email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org e email@example.com e firstname.lastname@example.org e bloomﬁeld@tfaustralia.com p +64 7 378 5791 p +61 2 9918 4355 p +61 7 4055 3000 p +61 7 4035 9166 72 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 73 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com e firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com Conditions apply. p +689 603 130 p +679 888 0032 Call: 0800 955 655 Click: mondotravel.co.nz Visit: your Mondo store 74 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 75 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. 76 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 77 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. 78 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 79 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. 80 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 81 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. The perfect overseas wedding or honeymoon needs a specialist travel agent. Only Mondo travel agents are speciﬁcally trained in crafting weddings and honeymoons that will literally take your breath away. They’ll carefully plan your trip from start to ﬁnish and offer you ideas you hadn’t thought of - In most cases, they’ve actually been and stayed at some of the best wedding and honeymoon destinations on the planet. But don’t take our word for it. Call us or come instore to start planning your dream wedding and honeymoon... straight from the Mondo dream factory. 82 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource. 83 Call: 0800 955 655 Click: mondotravel.co.nz Visit: your Mondo store Life is magnifique in Queenstown Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa with her infinite palate of delights, sofitel queenstown hotel & spa combines local spirit with french elegance for the most sophisticated sense of luxury. 8 duke street – queenstown – new zealand TEL +64 3 450 0045 – email firstname.lastname@example.org – www.sofitel.com 84 Your ultimate luxury and corporate travel resource.
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