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Fiji’s most luxurious resorts

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, MARINE SAFARI, SEA, STAY

Travel to Fiji may be on the cards for later this year. And as Gladys Berejicklian has commented those in NSW may be jetting off to Fiji before going over the Queensland border.

Who could say no to powdery white sand, the lapping turquoise waters and the ever friendly sounds of Bula Vinaka.

When the restrictions lift will be the perfect time to visit this land of swaying palms and fire dances because the crowds from the rest of the world will be yet to descend.

First Class has hand-picked some of Fiji’s most luxurious resorts for you to dream about and soon that dream may just turn into a reality.

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Underwater Fiji: Image istock/anton petrus

Luxury Bordeaux Barge

CRUISE, Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY

We are playing a game of “spot the chateau” that could be ours one day – when we win the lottery of course.

It’s hard not to get carried away with this French fantasy as we glide along the River Garonne, past one magnificent palace after the next, taking in the opulence and history of the country’s most popular wine region from the bow of the luxury Barge Tango.

Emerald City sparkles at The Albert in Mosman

Lifestyle, STAY, Travel

Slip on your red shoes and be transported into another world. The world of Mosman. A world where balsamic vinegar is swapped for Verjuice. A world of boater hats and blue blazers. A world of private planes and Ferraris. And into this world is born The Albert. A divine hotel that epitomises what our Emerald city is all about. Crossing the bridge. The Albert has its own mini bridge – one made from perfectly laid sisal that transports a guest from the majestic original side of the hotel, once a virtual twin to Boronia House to the complementary newly built side of the hotel.

Image courtesy of The Albert

World’s Most Exclusive Wellness Retreats

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY

There is nothing more important than your health and wellbeing. Which is why, wellness retreats are on the rise around the world. For those wanting to break away from the stresses of everyday life, here are our top picks for the world’s most exclusive wellness retreats. After all, you can’t put a price on wellness.

Image courtesy of SHA Wellness Clinic

Swiss Bliss at The Omnia

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY

I’ve been to Zermatt before and it stole my heart.  The bewitching village swallows you up. It draws you to every snow-covered window ledge. It stops you in your tracks to mentally photograph the enchanting streets that filter off to welcoming chalets and hotels filled with log fires, rugged up guests and that alluring scent of mulled wine.

Image courtesy of The Omnia

Casino Royale in the Tropics

Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY

Nothing says adventure like James Bond. And nothing says Bond like a casino. Thus if you’re looking for adventure the perfect place to stay in Cairns is the Pullman Reef Hotel Casino.

Melbourne’s North Star: Adina Northbank

CITY, STAY, Travel

Northbank is the place to be. There’s plenty happening in this funky end of the city once home to Melbourne Fish Markets. Whilst it it’s not the luxury end of town, it is developing an inner city chic and it’s the perfect place to stay if you would like some comfort without a hefty price tag.

…And loving it in The Ryokan Collection’s Sowaka

EARTH, Inspiration, STAY

Growing up in the seventies for me meant switching on the TV after homework was finished to see Maxwell Smart, Agent 86, pull up in his red Karmann Ghia. That was during the week. On Saturday nights, I’d swap the Chief for M and be thrilled at the escapades of Roger Moore or Sean Connery. Thus, I’m rather partial to the trappings of the spy – the representation of one at least not the drab life of an ASIO employee. So, when I arrived at a tiny entrance in Gion, with a split green cloth fluttering in the breeze I felt a shiver of anticipation about what might actually lurk behind this understated façade.

The Ryokan Collection’s Sowaka
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