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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.

Why go international when you can go to Tassie?

CITY, Lifestyle, Regions, Travel
The Southern Lights Image Credit Dietmar Kahles

Why go international when you can go to Tassie

We have a lot more chance of going to Tasmania soon than to Europe but looks like there’s no need to cross the international dateline because Tassie is offering everything from their own brand of bubbles through to the southern lights and even whisky distilleries.

Harry Potter found at Edinburgh’s finest address

CITY, Lifestyle, Travel
The Balmoral Hotel Edinburgh Image credit: The Balmoral Hotel

Harry Potter found at Edinburgh’s finest address

If you’re heading to Edinburgh’s Waverley Station and you stare up at the magnificent building on the south side of Princes Street and you’re fastidious about punctuality, take a deep breath. The looming clock tower is wrong. Ever since 1902, the clock on what was once known as the North British Station Hotel was set three minutes fast so passing travellers wouldn’t miss their trains. There is one exception. Every year on Hogmanay for the city’s New Year celebrations, the clock is set to the right time. This consideration for travellers continues inside the magnificent building now known as the Balmoral Hotel and run by Rocco Forte Hotels.

Start spreading the news

CITY, Lifestyle, Travel
Statue of Liberty Image Credit shutterstock

Start spreading the news

For those able to travel to New York, First Class has put together a guide for a range of distinct tastes. For those of us who have to hold back, New York will be there for us to so we can do our research and savour the wait.

Rare chance to live out your James Bond fantasy

Adventure, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Regions, SEA, Travel
Inveruglas Image credit Kenny Lam/Visit Scotland

Rare chance to live out your James Bond fantasy

The island of Inchconnachan situated on Loch Lomond whilst not the home of James Bond is very close to a Sky Fall lifestyle. The 42 hectare property which has been owned by the Colquhoun family for more than seven hundred years is for sale for overs over 500,000 pounds. The island is located around 40 km from Glasgow airport and a stone’s throw from the award winning Loch Lomond distillery.

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.

The most luxurious airports for private planes

EARTH, Fly, Inspiration, Lifestyle, Travel
Airport Luxury Image by Shutterstock

The most luxurious airports for private planes

Private jet travel has nearly returned to pre pandemic levels. Gogo Business Aviation reports that in mid April its business dropped to providing broadband services for just 378 flights per day but by the beginning of July that number has increased to 3200 flights per day. Pre pandemic it was servicing approximately 3500 flights per day.

First Class top four most luxurious suites in the world

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

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.

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