Castles hold a certain sense of allure for many people. Whether you’re wanting to live out a fairytale fantasy, have a fascination with the history, art and culture found within their walls, or want to explore some of the most innovative architectural structures in the world, a castle visit is sure to be a highlight on any holiday. From Japanese fortresses to geometric castles shrouded in mystery, discover our favourite castles below.
Japanese people are known across the globe for their omotenashi. In its simplest form, omotenashi means Japanese hospitality. However, it goes much further than that. Omotenashi is an art form, something derived from the art of tea ceremony, known as sado. It is the way Japanese people strive look after their guests or customers and anticipate their every need. Each of the 32 ryokan members of the Ryokan Collection have mastered this art from, ensuring guests will experience a stay like no other.
The Ryokan Collection offer the perfect balance of luxury and deeply personal experiences. Most ryokans are found outside the cities, among nature, where guests can experience the rich culture and practices of Japan that have been nurtured for centuries. Even in these cultural experiences, the art of omotenashi can be felt.
Treating yourselves to a luxurious escape or adding a special romantic experience as a highlight to your holiday is a great way to create meaningful memories together. TravelManagers’ Elyse Palmer shares her favourite luxury holiday ideas that will leave you weak at the knees for all the right reasons.
Nothing should stand in the way of a holiday to Italy. Not even cool weather. Although February isn’t Italy’s peak travel season, it is one of the best months to visit. Why? The festivals. From epic singing festivals to the Battle of the Oranges and the Venice Carnival, Italy brings its A-game to the festival scene.
With so many Pacific Island destinations to choose from, picking the right one can feel a little daunting. Whether you want to dive, hike, surf or relax on the beach, there is a Pacific Island for you. Each island is unique. They have their own culture, traditions, wildlife and stunning landscapes. If you have images of sparkling waters, underwater coral forests, and coconut-fringed beaches on your mind, check out our list of Pacific Islands to discover your perfect island getaway.
From easy coastal rides to epic mountain adventures, New Zealand is THE destination to cycle. With more and more holiday goers opting to see this double island paradise on two wheels instead of four, there has never been a better time to join New Zealand’s cycle revolution. Holiday with a difference. Discover our favourite bike trails and luxury stays below.
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.
With the new year, brings new travel destinations. And 2020 could be the best year in travel to date. Discover UNESCO listed sites like Petra, meet gorillas in Rwanda, learn the fine art of the tea ceremony in Japan, indulge your vegan needs in Mexico, and get to know the traditional people of Namibia. A world of opportunity awaits travellers, adventurers and luxury-seekers in 2020.
Check out our top 20 destinations below.
Let’s face it. New Year is the world biggest party. And like any big celebration, it’s exciting. The kind of exciting that will have you lie awake at night waiting for the moment you can start celebrating. But deciding where to celebrate the New Year can be tough. With so many countries, cities and parties to chose from, where do you start? For many jetsetters, high profile locations like New York, Sydney, Paris and London are the go to New Year destinations. Why not bring in the New Year somewhere different with our top five New Year destinations you’ve never thought of.
Japan is the hottest destination for travellers from Australia. Research shows that there’s been a 170 percent growth over the past five years with travel agents saying Japan has overtaken Bali as our favourite holiday destination and it’s only going to get hotter with the 2020 Olympic Games.
Australians love a bargain but we also like our comfort being the second highest yield traveller in the world after the Saudi Arabians. Jetstar’s business class is ideal for those who want comfort but like the idea of being luxury value shoppers.