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The Hotel Zoo Berlin

Lifestyle, SHOP, STAY, Travel

Blink and you might miss it. I look out the window of my taxi as we slow to a stop. The driver points toward a small entrance nestled between Hugo Boss and an Apple Store. He says, “es ist da”, which I manage to understand despite my limited (or rather non-existent) German. I walk toward the entrance of the Hotel Zoo Berlin, suitcase in tow.

Catwalk at the Hotel Zoo Berlin.
Image courtesy of Hotel Zoo Berlin.

Three Reasons to Visit Palm Beach in Sydney

EARTH, Lifestyle, SEA, STAY

Sydney’s Palm Beach is one of the most iconic beaches in Australia. Only an hour’s drive north of Sydney CBD, and you’ll be in paradise. The stunning crescent-shaped suburb of Palm Beach has two sides. The ocean side is perfect for surfing, beachfront stays and celebrity spotting. While the Pittwater side, offers calm waters and secluded luxury accommodations. No matter where you are in Palm Beach, you can enjoy the incredible sun, surf and sand.

Palm Beach in Sydney
Image courtesy of wavesoftheavoid

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 courtesy of Abercrombie & Kent

Top Five Luxuriously Unusual Places to Sleep

STAY, Travel, TravelManagers

How do you define luxury when it comes to accommodation? For some, it’s about the finest style and comfort, while for others it’s about an incredible setting, wondrous tranquillity and service that goes above and beyond at every step. TravelManagers’ Debbie Bean has compiled her top five unusual but luxurious places to sleep, each with a sense of luxury which is derived from their sense of uniqueness and exclusivity.

Galapagos Safari Camp, luxury camping
Image courtesy of Galapagos Safari Camp

The Grape Escape

Inspiration, Lifestyle, Regions, STAY

Even the checkout chicks greet you with a smile in South Australia. My husband, David and I are heading down to McLaren Vale’s vineyards to get away from the stresses of building a house in Sydney.  After picking up our hire car from the airport with apologies for us having to wait for three minutes and genuine conversation and interest from the person at the Rent-a-car place, the four-wheel-drive arrives and we’re off. Mclaren Vale is forty-five minutes by car from Adelaide airport. Set less than ten minutes’ drive inland from a coastline of jagged red cliffs topped with lush greenery sheltering turquoise waters and salt white sand. This scenery is mind-blowing. Why haven’t I heard more about the Fleurieu peninsula? Perhaps people are too busy drinking the array of wines to head to the beach.

 vineyards McLaren Vale
Image courtesy of The Vineyard Retreat

24 Mediterranean Islands You Wish You Knew About

Adventure, Dive, EARTH, SEA, STAY

From Greece to Malta, the Mediterranean is full of secret islands waiting to be explored. But with so much choice (and so much beauty) how do you choose which islands to visit? With this ultimate guide, First Class will take you off the beaten path to some of the lesser known islands scattered throughout the Mediterranean.

Mediterranean island, view, ancient church
Image courtesy of Go Ferry

Rolling into the Royce

Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY

I feel like I’ve just stepped out of a pumpkin as my Adidas shoe plants itself on the polished floor of the Royce Hotel on St Kilda Road. If only I had my boa or a flapper dress and some dashing T-strap heels. Even the air is delicately perfumed in this lobby which oozes 1920s style with its gold painted ceiling, red velvet wall panels and winding ballroom staircase.

The Royce Hotel, Melbourne
Image courtesy of the Royce Hotel

Ultimate Guide to Luxury Festivals

EARTH, Festivals, Lifestyle, STAY

Tackle the festival season in style with the ultimate luxury festival guide.

Festivals were once associated with warm beer, mud and poorly pitched tents. No more. From couture fashion to champagne sprays, the festival scene has gone luxe. With yachts, yurts and Michelin starred dining on offer, there really is no other way to festival.

luxury festival Coachella, palms, sunset, fun, music
Image courtesy of Coachella

Balloon Over the World’s Driest Desert

BALLOON, EARTH, SKY, STAY

Take to the skies of San Pedro de Atacama for a unique ballooning experience.

Atacama is the world’s driest non-polar desert. But you won’t find an arid wilderness here. From vast salt flats to flamingo flocked lakes, this extraordinary region is bursting with life. What better way to take it all in, than with a birds-eye view.

Atacama, the world's driest non-polar desert, views from a ballon
Image courtesy of Awasi Atacama

The Edge of the World

Adventure, EARTH, SAFARI, STAY

See a colony of Emperor Penguins in the White Desert of Antarctica and Africa’s Big 5 all in one adventurous holiday.

When it comes to epic destinations, Antarctica and South Africa are at the top of any list. Head to Antarctica and South Africa for the ultimate explorer’s adventure with Scott Dunn. From extreme weather to extreme wildlife, this once-in-a-lifetime exploration of Antarctica and South Africa will see you travel across glaciated landscapes and relax in some of Africa’s most exclusive safari lodges.

Image courtesy of Scott Dunn
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