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Acropolis WOW!

CITY, STAY, Travel
Evening at the Grande Bretagne, Athens Image courtesy of Marriott Hotels

The King George is one of the only two places to stay when you are in Athens, the second is it’s brother property right next door, the Grand Bretagne. As the name suggests, the King George is a former royal residence. Standing in the heart of Athens, the views across to the Acropolis will be stamped in your memory forever. Its long luxurious history boasts guests such as Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Frank Sinatra and Maria Callas. With guests like that it’s no wonder its location is just five minutes from the bustling nightlife of Plaka and Agia Irinis’s Square. Then of course there are the high end shopping, the Monastiraki flea market, the national landmarks and the National Gardens.

Acropolis WOW!

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.

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.

London elegance discovered in Selfridges’ former carpark

Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY, Travel
The Beaumont Hotel London, Image credit: The Beaumont Hotel

London elegance discovered in Selfridges’ former carpark

The Beaumont is an institution in a disused carpark. This quirky abode can be found on a quiet garden square moments from Selfridges and a few minutes’ walk to Hyde Park, Grosvenor Square and Bond Street. The ambience of the gardens are one of peace. Perhaps this is because according to the British History website the law states it is forbidden to quarrel in these gardens. So if you’re feeling a bit irritable check to see there’s no bobby lurking with a ticket book.

First Class top four most luxurious suites in the world

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, SEA, STAY, Travel
Rangali Island, The Maldives Photo credit: Myroslava Bozhko

First Class top four most luxurious suites in the world

In the world of luxury social distancing is being taken to the next level. Thank goodness the hotels are offering such spacious luxury but it does come at a price. Below are five of the most luxurious suites and most expensive where you can savour your own breath while delighting in the hedonistic pleasures. Prices are in US dollars and are approximate but loose change for some. Kerry Packer was once at a casino on a high rollers table when a guy was close by making a fuss that he wasn’t allowed on to the table. “I’m worth a hundred million,” he announced loudly. “I’ll flip you for it,” said Kerry.

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

New Zealand Luxury Lodges allow guests to set their own price

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Auckland, New Zealand, Image credit: Shutterstock/Winston Tan

Oh to live in the land of the long white cloud and to holiday in the world’s most divine lodges at the price one names. It sounds like a fantasy but what would one expect in the land that brought to life the Lord of the Rings.

New Zealand is home to some of the world’s most exclusive lodges and according to a recent article in both Quail Lodge in Auckland’s Drury and Pen-y-bryn in Oamaru have this incredible offer.