Sunset over the pool at Centara Ceysands Resort, Bentota, Sri Lanka

A Sri Lanka Stay at Centara Ceysands Resort and Spa

As I step out of the airport and into Sri Lankan air for the first time I have one of those moments. One where I realize I’ve never smelt the air in this part of the world before and that I am breathing in a new country. The air is warm and thick, and consideringRead More

Machu Picchu on Belmond's luxury Hiram Bingham Train

Machu Picchu in Style on Hiram Bingham Luxury Train

Mystical, magical Machu Picchu. Visiting had always been a dream of mine and while I had assumed that I would first lay eyes on the citadel after hiking the Inca Trail it seemed fate had a different plan. As time was of the essence on my first visit to Peru the Inca trail idea hadRead More

Explorer of the Seas in Sydney Harbour, image courtesy Royal Caribbean

How to Spend Sea Days on Explorer of the Seas

Last weekend cruising history was made as Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas became the biggest cruise ship ever to be based in Australia and was greeted by her twin sister Voyager of the Seas in Sydney Harbour for the big moment. Around 10,000 passengers and crew were onboard the two big ships as theyRead More

Sydney NYE fireworks as seen from Shangri-La Hotel, image credit by Paul Reiffer

Best Hotels for Sydney New Year’s Eve Fireworks

They’re the fireworks that are seen around the world and mark the start of so many New Year’s Eve celebrations. Australia’s biggest public event, Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks bring more than one and a half million people to the harbour foreshore and are watched by more than a billion people around the world. WhenRead More

Lobby Centara Watergate Pavillion Bangkok

Shopping Bangkok’s Pratunam and Sleeping in Centara Watergate Pavillion

When the woman in the first clothing stall seemed overly excited about me trying on a shirt I didn’t get it. “You can try!” she kept telling me with a big smile, and I smiled right back, telling her I was just looking for now but thank you, all the while thinking “well, of courseRead More

Changi Village Hotel Pool

The Best Hotels Close to Changi Airport, Singapore

I’d just had the most incredible plane experience of my life and was getting ready to head to the gate for the second leg of heaven in Singapore Airlines Suites when it happened. Our flight was delayed. Until the morning. It was now around 1am and I couldn’t believe I was facing a night inRead More

Topiaries at Centara Grand Hua Hin

Feeling Grand at the Centara Grand Beach Resort Hua Hin

Grand. It’s a word that some hotels use when they really shouldn’t but as I ate breakfast to the sounds of a harp player and looked out at large topiaries in the garden of my beautiful colonial style heritage hotel it’s a word that most definitely fit. In fact that morning I was feeling prettyRead More

Marc Newson designed Qantas Premium Economy seats, image courtesy Qantas

Is Qantas Premium Economy Worth the Extra Money?

It can be tough having champagne tastes on a beer budget. Especially when you know how good that champagne tastes. As someone who makes her living from writing when it comes to flying my budget is sadly more suited to economy than the pointy end of the plane, but thanks to the clever use ofRead More

Glenferrie Lodge garden, Kirribilli image courtesy Glenferrie Lodge

A Boutique Budget Stay in Kirribilli

Kirribilli is home to some of the oldest and most beautiful streets in Australia, is the suburb you’ll find the Prime Minister’s official Sydney residence in and has an enviable harbourside location. Not exactly the sort of place that you’d expect to find budget accommodation. But as I discovered, it is possible to spend aRead More

Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Airport

The Adina Apartment Hotel Sydney Airport

When you don’t live too far from the airport there’s a moment of dread when you get into a taxi and tell them where you’re going. For years I’ve faced disappointed looks and even some huffiness after telling a driver that I’m going to Surry Hills from Sydney Airport, even though at around $40 aRead More