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Which Pacific Island is Your Perfect Match?

EARTH, Inspiration, SEA

With so many Pacific Island destinations to choose from, picking the right one can feel a little daunting. Whether you want to dive, hike, surf or relax on the beach, there is a Pacific Island for you. Each island is unique. They have their own culture, traditions, wildlife and stunning landscapes. If you have images of sparkling waters, underwater coral forests, and coconut-fringed beaches on your mind, check out our list of Pacific Islands to discover your perfect island getaway.

Swiss Bliss at The Omnia

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY

I’ve been to Zermatt before and it stole my heart.  The bewitching village swallows you up. It draws you to every snow-covered window ledge. It stops you in your tracks to mentally photograph the enchanting streets that filter off to welcoming chalets and hotels filled with log fires, rugged up guests and that alluring scent of mulled wine.

Image courtesy of The Omnia

18 of the Most Charming Towns in Europe to Visit in Summer

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Travel

When it comes to charming small towns, Europe has more to offer than most. Explore the colours of Europe, from vibrant pastels to the traditional blue and white of Greece, learn the history behind the towns, and try the local delicacies. Leave the main cities and tourist destinations behind and discover a different side to Europe with our top 18 most charming small towns.

The World’s Most Festive Cities to Spend Christmas

EARTH, Inspiration, SHOP, Travel

Christmas is a magical time of year. Cities across the world celebrate in their own way. But no matter how Christmas is celebrated, you’re sure to find fairylights and a festive spirit wherever you go. Whether you’re a fan of the traditional snowy Christmas or prefer to relax in the sun, it’s impossible no to get caught up in the fun. Enjoy Christmas markets, open-air ice skating, and a glass of Glühwein or two in the most festive cities in the world.

Discover our top festive cities to spend Christmas below.

…And loving it in The Ryokan Collection’s Sowaka

EARTH, Inspiration, STAY

Growing up in the seventies for me meant switching on the TV after homework was finished to see Maxwell Smart, Agent 86, pull up in his red Karmann Ghia. That was during the week. On Saturday nights, I’d swap the Chief for M and be thrilled at the escapades of Roger Moore or Sean Connery. Thus, I’m rather partial to the trappings of the spy – the representation of one at least not the drab life of an ASIO employee. So, when I arrived at a tiny entrance in Gion, with a split green cloth fluttering in the breeze I felt a shiver of anticipation about what might actually lurk behind this understated façade.

The Ryokan Collection’s Sowaka

Luxury Guide: London, UK

CITY, Lifestyle, Vegan

London is one of the world’s most visited cities. History, culture, art… London has it all. From luxury hotel stays, vegan dining, and VIP experiences, we’ve explored London’s most luxurious offerings and created a list of our favourites. Discover London in style below.

Flower baths and Balinese bells in a ‘glamboo’ retreat

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY

On the banks of the Ayung river, bounded on one side by an ancient nutmeg forest and on the other by the village of Mambal, lies Fivelements Retreat Bali, a luxurious eco-sanctuary that puts the glam into bamboo. This is the perfect place to get healthy and go back to nature in comfort and style. 

Sakti Dining Room at Fivelements Healing Center. The soaring roofline, sculpted from bamboo and thatch, resembles a banana leaf, symbol of nourishment.
Image courtesy of Djuna Ivereigh, Fivelements

Luxury Guide: Berlin, Germany

CITY, Lifestyle, Vegan

Forget New York, Berlin is the true embodiment of the ‘city that never sleeps’. It has a vibrant culture, tumultuous history and exciting nightlife. There is something for everyone in Berlin. From midnight spa treatments to underground bars, discover the perfect combination of glamour and grit with our Luxury Guide to Berlin.

Image courtesy of Blue Jay Photo

How I Overcame my Snake Phobia at Aro-ha NZ

EARTH, STAY, Vegan

I hate snakes. I hate them so much that when I was 38, I learnt to surf, jumped out of a plane (Point Break style) and crossed the Gobi desert with just one can of coke. Ok I might be exaggerating about the can of coke. Despite my feats that year, I couldn’t eat one of those jelly snake lollies. (Although I did eat a squirm – no big jelly head.) So when I land in Queenstown, New Zealand where the scariest thing is a hungry bird called a kea, snakes are nowhere in my thoughts. That is until I meet Adam at Aro-ha.

Image courtesy of Aro-ha

Meditation with Monkeys at Bagus Jati, Bali

Adventure, EARTH, Inspiration, STAY

High up in the misty forests of central Bali, far from the crowded cities with their bright lights and traffic snarls, is the tiny village of Jati — just a handful of houses amid rice terraces and market gardens on a small road that leads, eventually, to Mount Batur. 

Image courtesy of Bagus Jati Health and Wellbeing Retreat
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