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Sri Lanka – land of husbands, saris and sapphires

Adventure, CITY, EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Regions, STAY, Travel

(a pre-covid memory)

Colombo Skyline in Sri Lanka Image by Shutterstock and saiko3p

I am one of those females who loves organising other people’s lives – call me manipulative if you must – but I just know when two people would be perfect for each other – even if they don’t know it. So if a friend breaks up with their partner, they know where to come. Unfortunately there have been, well, quite a few disasters in my match making career – one of the most recent involving a stump grinder and a tree surgeon but that’s another story.

A hidden guest house in Byron Bay

Adventure, EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Regions, STAY, Travel
Byron Bay Surf Image by Daniel Resnik

Daniel Resnik finds a luxurious guest house in Byron Bay

Byron Bay is located on the far north eastern corner of NSW. Surrounded by some of the cleanest surf waves in Australia, it’s bordered by lush farms and hinterland. It’s also home to Australia’s most Eastern point, made iconic by the ‘Cape Byron Lighthouse’.

The Romance of Italy’s Cinque Terre

EARTH, Regions, STAY, Swim, Travel
Views of Italy’s Cinque Terre Image by Shutterstock

If you need to breathe romance back into an ailing relationship, there is nowhere more romantic than Italy’s Cinque Terre, a cluster of five villages on the Ligurian coast. Think picture postcard terraces in muted pastels built into rock facing out onto the deep blues of the Italian Mediterranean.

Let them eat cake and scones and clotted cream

Regions, STAY, Travel
The Brimstone at night Image courtesy of The Brimstone Hotel

Let them eat cake and scones and clotted cream

Tweed clad hosts who do it all are the first physical contact one has with the Brimstone if arriving by train. These hosts are real live Dobbies (except with their own socks) lighting your fire, delivering you breakfast in bed, making dinner reservations and letting you in on all the best hidden gems of walking trails.

Australia’s Best Local Diving Escapes Where You Can Have a Scuba Diving Holiday in Your State

Dive, Regions, Travel
Green Turtle Image courtesy of Shutterstock/Tracey Jones

Australia’s Best Local Diving Escapes Where You Can Have a Scuba Diving Holiday in Your State

You don’t need to travel overseas to discover the best of the underwater world, with so many experiences to be had right here in Australia. So, for those unable to travel interstate, here’s a comprehensive list of the Best Dive Getaways for around Australia, compiled by the experts at Diveplanit Travel.

Spetses: where the millionaires play

Lifestyle, Regions, STAY, Travel
The Poseidonion seen from approach to Spetses Image courtesy of The Poseidonion

Spetses: where the millionaires play

‘The Poseidonion, a veritable French chateau, stands out from its commanding position if you arrive by sea. Set less than a kilometre from the harbour it is convenient to the Bouboulina Museum and the Hatzigianni Mexi Spetses Musem. There are also a handful of beaches just minutes away. Opened in 1914 and the brainchild of Sotirios Anargyros it represented the cosmopolitan face of the island tempting high society, royalty and wealthy Athenians to its doors.  In 2009 it welcomed a five-year restoration inviting guests back to the island which inspired John Fowle’s The Magus.

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