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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

The Pilgrimage to Uki

Inspiration, Lifestyle, SHOP, Travel

Everyone’s talking about Mavis’s Kitchen. It’s the place to go in the Tweed Shire. I’m staying at Mistere Urliup, a short drive away so I’m planning to check what the fuss is all about. Snaking through the hinterland, I feel like I could be on the North Shore of Hawaii with the Dole pineapple plantation to the west. It’s lush. It’s green and there’s a magical feeling. It’s hard to describe. Like the energy, you get when you’re surfing a wave.  

Mavis's Kitchen exterior sunset, the pilgrimage to Uki, Tweed Valley
Image courtesy of Mavis’s Kitchen

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

9 Reasons Namibia should be your next travel destination

Adventure, Inspiration, Regions, Travel

As far as countries that ‘fly under the travel radar’ go, Namibia is pretty much at the top of the list. And while most people have heard of this extraordinary destination, few have ever visited. Those who have experienced the rich culture of Namibia all agree – this is a jaw-dropping destination not to be missed.

Okonjima Nature Reserve, AfriCat Foundation, wildlife
Image courtesy of Okonjima Nature Reserve

7 Reasons to Visit Jordan (other than the Treasury in Petra)

Adventure, EARTH, Regions

There are cities, landmarks and experiences that make the cut on most bucket lists. And a visit to the ancient metropolis of Petra in Jordan is one of them. Petra is most famous for Al Khazneh (the Treasury). And while this is an absolute must-see for anyone travelling through Jordan, this remarkable country has so much more to offer.

the ancient metropolis of Petra in Jordan , camels
Image courtesy of Visit Jordan

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

Two Cities, One Superb Destination

CITY, Lifestyle, Travel

Albury and Wodonga can no longer be overlooked. Nestled along the seductive curves of the mighty Murray, the twin cities of Albury and Wodonga are beating the winter blues and reinventing the term ‘country cool’.

Albury Wodonga
Image courtesy of AlburyWodonga Tourism

Top Luxury Shopping Streets

Inspiration, Lifestyle, SHOP

There are streets all over the world lined with perfectly poised luxury shops waiting to be explored. Think Hermes scarves, Prada handbags and classic Louboutin heels. Here are the top five luxe shopping streets around the world for high-end retail therapy.

Bulgari, shopping, brand, luxe, retail
Image courtesy of Bulgari

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
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