View of Cannes from the five star luxury hotel La Grand Hotel, Cannes,

Le Grand Hotel Cannes, the Small Luxury Hotel on La Croisette

On the catwalk of Cannes that is La Croisette there are designer stores, luxury hotels, beach bars and restaurants where people watching is definitely on the menu. There is also a very long, very green lawn. Which seems so decadent when space is at such a premium on the hottest strip in this glamorous seasideRead More

Peabody Ducks on red carpet with duck master Anthony Petrina, image courtesy Peabody Hotel

The Peabody Hotel Ducks Red Carpet Lifestyle

When I first read about them in a guidebook I did a double take. Even as I told my friends we had to go to the Peabody Hotel to watch some ducks walking a red carpet when we were in Memphis I wasn’t sure if I was dragging them to a travel writer’s practical joke.Read More

Exterior Ovolo Woolloomooloo, image courtesy Ovolo

Ovolo Woolloomooloo Transforms Sydney Finger Wharf Hotel

When Woolloomooloo’s historic finger wharf celebrated its 100th birthday last year it was hard to believe that there was a time when the state government wanted to tear it down. But it’s true. Back in the ‘90s when it was all run down the NSW government decided it was too expensive to restore and thatRead 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

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

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

British Airways Club World Yin Yang Seats, image courtesy British Airways

The Best Seat in British Airways Club World Business Class

When you have the option to stretch out on a flat bed on a long haul flight after sipping champagne, eating yummy food and watching new release movies it may seem a little precious to care about which flat bed you’re in. Upon discovering I would be flying British Airways’ Club World from Sydney toRead More

City views from Langham Melbourne, Image courtesy of Langham Melbourne

Ring Them Bells at The Langham Melbourne

Every evening at 7.05pm a special tram bell rings in Melbourne. It is no longer attached to a mode of transport, nor does have any relation to the Victorian capital’s peak hour traffic. Instead this bell is taking part in a worldwide tradition, marking the Change of Day in Langham Hotels. While five past sevenRead 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

Golden Summit Mount Emei China

Anantara Emei, Gateway to the Golden Summit, Sea of Clouds and Panda fun

I have a friend who decided she had to stay in every single Anantara resort and hotel after she fell in love with her first one in Thailand. After her rave reviews I decided the time had come for my own first Anantara experience, and soon found myself facing a very difficult decision.  Which luxuryRead More