Stirred Suite at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour

Industrial Chic at Ovolo 1888 Darling Harbour Boutique Hotel

When I told a friend I was going to be checking into a new boutique hotel in Sydney he wasn’t all that interested until I said the O word. “Ovolo?!” He suddenly perked up. “You’re going to love it! I stayed in the one in Melbourne and they’re gorgeous. They have a free mini barRead More

View over Santiago from San Cristobal Hill

Is Bellavista the Best Place to Stay in Santiago?

When you’re planning a trip to a city for the first time the Where To Stay question is an important one. While different people will have different perfect places, for me I like to be somewhere with great energy that is fun to potter around in. It doesn’t have to be the most beautiful partRead More

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

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

Titanic Belfast, image Chris Hill for Tourism Ireland

A Brilliant City Break in Belfast

“Have you been to Belfast? You have to go!” It’s always a good sign when you start insisting that your friends visit the place you’ve just come back from, and as I caught myself saying these words to pretty much every friend I caught up with in London I knew Belfast had got me good.Read More

Q Station Manly

Ghost Tours and a Sleepless Night in one of Australia’s Most Haunted Locations

Some things seem like a good idea in the light of day. Such as spending a night in an award winning hotel in one of Australia’s most haunted locations after doing a ghost tour. ‘What fun!’ I thought to myself as I arranged my stay. ‘I’ve always wanted to do the ghost tours at QRead More

Kakadu Sunset image courtesy Gagudju Dreaming

Kakadu Dreaming: Tours and Accommodation with the Traditional Owners of the land

 … This post is brought to you by Gagudju Dreaming … As an Australian and a travel lover I have been lucky enough to see a lot of our beautiful country, and yet I am also guilty of grabbing my passport and heading overseas when I still have so many incredible places to visit hereRead More

Tiger at Jamala Wildlife Lodge luxury bungalow in Canberra

Sleeping With Lions and Tigers and Bears (oh my!) at Canberra’s Jamala Wildlife Lodge

If you want to go from sleepy to extremely alert in a heartbeat I can recommend having a lion roar directly into your face. And I can highly recommend having a piece of strong glass between you when it happens. Allow me to set the scene. When my alarm goes off at 6am in myRead More