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Rent your own private island in Queensland: Opening dates for the Islands

Adventure, Deals, Dive, EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Regions, SEA, STAY, Swim, Travel
Lizard Island Photo credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

An exclusive rental or rent exclusively

Break out the Cristal, Tattinger or Verve because the Queensland borders are opening on July 10.

For those that want to take social distancing to the next level there are a number of islands which can be exclusively rented or perhaps you would just like extra exclusive accommodation.

Spirit of the Incas

Adventure, Inspiration, STAY, Travel

From lush jungles to vast deserts, Peru is a country full of mystery and adventure. Discover the unyielding natural beauty and ancient civilisations of Peru with Abercrombie & Kent’s wellness-inspired cultural journey. Learn about the sacred rituals of the Incas, walk the through the ancient city of Machu Picchu and kayak Huaypo lagoon.

Image Shutterstock/David Ionut

The NT opens for business

Adventure, EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle

The NT government has started to lift restrictions on outdoor activities, including hiking and camping just prior to the start of the dry season in the Top End. Although in Central Australia, many of the Territory’s most beautiful landmarks remain shut.

Having gone four weeks without a new recorded case of coronavirus the NT government is opening a handful of parks. Whilst we interstate visitors are not yet able to access them, if all things go well we may be able to hop on a plane in July – the perfect time to visit the NT and enjoy some of Australia’s best scenery.

Aerial shot of Katherine Gorge Sunset Cruise

Great Australian Walks

Adventure, Inspiration, Lifestyle, SAFARI

We are all doing a lot of walking these days, much to the chagrin of our animals. When things get back to normal, we will be in great physical condition to continue our exercise amongst less familiar surroundings. Below are some of our favourite walks.

Maria Island wombat, Tasmania

The Hoshinoya Kyoto brings the Edo period of nobility alive in exquisite luxury

Adventure, CITY, STAY

“Domo arigato,” I say to the taxi driver who smiles, bows twice and says “Hai. Hai.” I wheel my bag along a pathway by the Ooi river just over the Togetsukyo bridge heaving with crowds of tourists who clot in Kyoto’s Arashiyama district. Some are in rent-a-kimino taking selfies, others are in school uniform giggling and smiling and then there’s the occasional western tourist biting into a Miffy shaped donut.

This side of the bridge is much quieter. My quest is to find the private boat ramp for the Hoshinoya Kyoto. I see the sign just ahead written in English and Japanese and stop and breathe a sigh of relief. ‘No. No. This way,’ says a Japanese man with a camera hung around his neck gesturing downstream. I smile. Perhaps I should have donned a pair of Blahniks and a flowy Camilla for this journey. “You have to be a very special Japanese person to stay at the Hoshinoya,” my taxi driver confided before he dropped me off.

Image courtesy of Hoshinoya Kyoto

Top Five Luxury Cycling Holidays

Adventure, Lifestyle, TravelManagers

On a cycling holiday you’re immersed in the landscape. Life doesn’t whiz by as you watch from the coach, car or train window: you become part of the landscape through which you are passing. Conversations with locals happen. Amazing photos happen because you can stop when and where you want. No deadlines, except getting to your bed for the night. Opting for the luxury version of a cycling holiday means you fully supported every kilometre of the journey, so all you have to do is ride, enjoy those leisurely breakfasts, long lunches and delicious dinners along the way, knowing that your luggage will be transported to your next destination daily.  You can choose from guided or self-guided options, and your trusty mount will be a well-maintained bike (or e-bike), with back up support if you get a flat tyre or the weather turns bad.

TravelManagers’ Helen Rolton shares some of her favourite luxury cycling holidays, which are designed to make your time on two wheels as enjoyable as possible.

Image courtesy of Wheelie Fantastic

Ultimate Guide to Luxury Winter Cruising

Adventure, CRUISE, Inspiration, SNOW

Whoever said luxury cruises are best in summer has obviously not read this list of exceptional luxury winter cruises. Time to swap your swimmers for a scarf, and set a course for the world’s most remote regions. Discover the Northern Lights, one of the world’s largest king penguin rookeries and walls of looming glaciers. Dare to be different, cruise in winter.

Image courtesy of Silversea
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