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Memorable Mother’s Day

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Travel

With Mother’s Day around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how to celebrate. From female empowered island retreats to race car driving, treat your mum like the queen she is. Check out our top five Mother’s Day inspired destinations and activities.

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Eco-Luxe for Earth Day

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY

Earth Day was designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the incredible planet we live on. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22nd, 1970. Over the last 49 years, Earth Day has expanded from the original 20 million Americans to over 1 billion people participating in Earth Day activities. In celebration of our wonderful planet and all who call it home, here are our top five eco-friendly hotels across the world.

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A Florentine Adventure

CITY, Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY

Florence is one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. From the iconic Ponte Vecchio to Brunelleschi’s Cupola, Florence is a city full of history, culture and outstanding Italian cuisine.

Velona's Jungle garden in Florence
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Green Cuisine

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, SHOP, Vegan

Anyone who has walked along King Street in Newtown (Sydney’s coolest suburb), may have wondered why there are queues out the door, down the street, and sometimes, around the corner. Those queues can only mean one thing – good food. And not just any food, the restaurants with the biggest queue are vegan. Here are the top four vegan restaurants in Sydney, Australia (with a cheeky bonus two from around the world).

Yellow Sydney vegan dish
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GaGa for Gaga

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY, Travel

When it comes to stays, stars and The Strip, Las Vegas resort Park MGM has it all. From five-star accommodation to A-list entertainment, this resort knows how to deliver. And with the recent residency launch of six-time Grammy award-winner, Golden Globes and Academy Award winning superstar, Lady Gaga in full swing, there really is nowhere else to be when in Las Vegas.

Lady Gaga show at Park MGM in Las Vegas
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Penthouse in Paradise

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY, Travel

Ring-shaped atolls made up of more than 1,000 coral islands, white sand beaches, crystal clear lagoons and a diverse marine life awaits in the Maldives. Known as one of the most beautiful locations in the world, the Maldives is about to step it up a notch in the world of luxury accommodations. Say goodbye to the traditional thatched roofs and hello to a paradise, the new double story residences of Lux* North Male Atoll.

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Heaven can wait – go to Sukhavati Spa instead

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY, Travel

Fat bumblebees hum as they dip in and out of violet trumpet flowers languidly swaying over the verandah.  Tiny yellow-bellied warblers dart in between sucking nectar as they sing.  Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa is only 50 minutes from Bali’s international airport but stepping through its ornately carved wooden door is like entering the land of the lotus eaters, Homer’s mythical isle of honey-sweet fruit, which once tasted banishes any desire to leave.

Image courtesy of Sukhavati Spa Bali

Transformation at the Golden Door

Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY, Travel

When you first become a vampire, you’re fixated on the small things. You look for hours at a pattern on a carpet, a stained glass window or even life itself, according to Ann Rice in The Vampire Lestat. This is the book I take with me for my week at Golden Door in NSW’s Hunter Valley. And whilst perhaps the Golden Door is not the perfect place for vampires: lack of night life, in bed by nine and up at sunrise, being there does transform you into a mindful mortal. You take time to watch nature such as the flight of the butterfly who mesmerised me with its golden wings that flitted and danced upwards to the clear sky and back to the magnolia tree with its white flowers and large brown leaves.

Image courtesy of Golden Door

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