With the new year, brings new travel destinations. And 2020 could be the best year in travel to date. Discover UNESCO listed sites like Petra, meet gorillas in Rwanda, learn the fine art of the tea ceremony in Japan, indulge your vegan needs in Mexico, and get to know the traditional people of Namibia. A world of opportunity awaits travellers, adventurers and luxury-seekers in 2020.
Japan is the hottest destination for travellers from Australia. Research shows that there’s been a 170 percent growth over the past five years with travel agents saying Japan has overtaken Bali as our favourite holiday destination and it’s only going to get hotter with the 2020 Olympic Games.
Australians love a bargain but we also like our comfort being the second highest yield traveller in the world after the Saudi Arabians. Jetstar’s business class is ideal for those who want comfort but like the idea of being luxury value shoppers.
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.
Nestled in a quiet cul de sac at the west end of Arashiyama and basking on the banks of the Katsuma river is an oasis for one weary of the matcha ice-cream vendors and sushi shops. It’s called the Suiran.
Kuiadore or eat to ruin in Osaka whose visitor stats are soaring. The city has cool coffee shops, restaurants bars and boutiques along with traditional cultural and zany treasures and the address to flaunt is the St. Regis.
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.
One very confused Uber driver later, I arrive at the Lanesborough Hotel London. With a sigh of relief, I walk toward the entrance clutching my scarf tightly around my neck. The doorman sees me coming. And opens the door for me with a smile. There’s a fire burning just inside. I linger for a moment, letting the heat warm me.
I’d walked passed The Lanesborough when I lived in London in my early 20’s but until now, I’d never been inside. From my position next to the fire, I cast my eyes around the lobby. Regal. It’s truly the only word to describe this hotel. I feel as though I’ve stepped through time. I half expect to see characters from a Jane Austen Novel and historical figures of the Regency period to walk around the corner. Realising I’ve lingered by the fire long enough, I approach the check-in desk.
As I walk up the steps of Green Park Station, the iconic The Ritz London hotel comes into view. There are few hotels in the world that have the capability of stopping you in your tracks. The Ritz London is one. People walk around me quickly, some even huff as they go past the woman who has decided that stopping in the middle of a busy London street is a good idea. I arch my head, looking up toward the pavilion roof and the large green copper lions that adorn it.
Finally, my feet start working. I walk between the archways and the exterior of the Ritz Club and Bar, before turning the corner to the hotel entrance. In a momentary lapse of complete cliché, I start humming ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’. The doorman smiles warmly at me as I step through the revolving doors, forgetting the song and the world outside The Ritz London.
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
Rolton shares some of her favourite luxury cycling holidays, which are designed
to make your time on two wheels as enjoyable as possible.