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Mardi Gras Around the World

Adventure, Festivals, Lifestyle, Travel

Traditionally a celebration in the lead up to lent, Mardi Gras – a.k.a. Carnival, Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday – is now celebrated as a major holiday around the world. From New Orleans to Australia, Mardi Gras is celebrated in its own unique way. No matter where you are, Mardi Gra has one thing in common: it’s a party you don’t want to miss. Here are the best cities in the world to put on your dancing shoes, bust out the eco-glitter and have fun.

New Orleans during the Mardi Gras
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Penthouse in Paradise

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY, Travel

Ring-shaped atolls made up of more than 1,000 coral islands, white sand beaches, crystal clear lagoons and a diverse marine life awaits in the Maldives. Known as one of the most beautiful locations in the world, the Maldives is about to step it up a notch in the world of luxury accommodations. Say goodbye to the traditional thatched roofs and hello to a paradise, the new double story residences of Lux* North Male Atoll.

Image courtesy Maldives

Heaven can wait – go to Sukhavati Spa instead

EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY, Travel

Fat bumblebees hum as they dip in and out of violet trumpet flowers languidly swaying over the verandah.  Tiny yellow-bellied warblers dart in between sucking nectar as they sing.  Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat and Spa is only 50 minutes from Bali’s international airport but stepping through its ornately carved wooden door is like entering the land of the lotus eaters, Homer’s mythical isle of honey-sweet fruit, which once tasted banishes any desire to leave.

Image courtesy of Sukhavati Spa Bali

Transformation at the Golden Door

Inspiration, Lifestyle, STAY, Travel

When you first become a vampire, you’re fixated on the small things. You look for hours at a pattern on a carpet, a stained glass window or even life itself, according to Ann Rice in The Vampire Lestat. This is the book I take with me for my week at Golden Door in NSW’s Hunter Valley. And whilst perhaps the Golden Door is not the perfect place for vampires: lack of night life, in bed by nine and up at sunrise, being there does transform you into a mindful mortal. You take time to watch nature such as the flight of the butterfly who mesmerised me with its golden wings that flitted and danced upwards to the clear sky and back to the magnolia tree with its white flowers and large brown leaves.

Image courtesy of Golden Door

Time to fly!

Adventure, Fly, Lifestyle, SKY, Travel

We’ve all had that dream, you know the one, where you’re flying. Well, that dream, that weightless feeling and lightness of thought can be a reality. Paragliding is not often something a traveller, thinks about when embarking on a journey. There are other adventure sports that tend to take front and centre, like sky diving or bungee jumping, but paragliding offers something magical. And to fly above some of the most remarkable and beautiful locations in the world truly is a dream come true.

Image courtesy of Nepal Tourism

A Cruise on the River Nile

Adventure, CRUISE, SEA, Travel

It’s a country over flowing with history, with monuments and relics, and a certain allure that cannot be denied. Being one of the most impressive ancient civilisations in the world, Egypt has always been an exciting and enticing adventure for travellers. Books and movies bursting with intrigue have been set here, so it should come as no surprise that Egypt is one of the top travel destinations of 2019. And, what is a visit to Egypt without a cruise down the famous Nile River?

Image courtesy of Discover Egypt

Snow Chasers

Adventure, EARTH, SNOW, Travel

There are those who chase the sun, and those who chase the snow. If being surrounded by mountains, snow and apres ski chalets is your idea of a good time, then have we got a treat for you. Based on the time of year we’ve discovered the top luxury ski locations and lodges. Time to don your ski gear, put on that beanie and hit the slopes.

Image courtesy of Whistler.com

Your Ultimate Luxury Travel Kit

Inspiration, Lifestyle, Travel

Where most people think about the destination, we have thought about the journey. Now you can look and feel your best with our top six travel accessories must-haves that are sure to make any journey a luxurious one.

Image courtesy of The Daily Edited

New Year, New You and New Destinations

Adventure, EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Travel

New Year is a magical time. And it’s not just because of the fireworks. It’s a time where the whole world comes together to celebrate a new beginning, the chance to take on new challenges and to be inspired. A chance to meet new people and, of course, to travel to new destinations (my favourite part of the new year). With that in mind, here are our top 16 travel destinations for 2019.

Image courtesy of Saint Barth Tourisme

Forest Villas and Mountain Gorillas

Adventure, EARTH, Inspiration, SAFARI, STAY, Travel

Located in the natural amphitheatre of an eroded volcanic cone, Bisate Lodge offers guests breathtaking views of the Virunga volcanoes of the Afro-alpine forests. It’s here, at Bisate Lodge, guests can experience one of the most humbling moments in their lives – the chance to walk with gorillas.

Image courtesy of Wetu

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