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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.

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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 the new double story residences of Lux* North Male Atoll.

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Game On

Adventure, EARTH, Lifestyle, SAFARI, STAY

In the wilds of Africa, surrounded by rolling grassland plateaus and watering holes where animals gather, you will find some of the world’s most luxurious (and most expensive) hotels and private game reserve lodges. Boasting intimacy and the finest service, here are our top five game lodges in Africa.

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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 Bali

Top Five Unforgettable Family Holidays for 2019

TravelManagers

If you’re planning a luxury family holiday for 2019, we have just the list for you – the top five unique and indulgent family holiday experiences, as compiled by TravelManagers’ Adela Backhouse.

You can’t go past Christmas time in Lapland – after all, it is the home of Santa. Finland’s Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort is the perfect place to experience the Northern Lights, husky and reindeer safaris and they even have an ‘ice tank’. It’s the ‘place to be’ on your family Lapland adventure. You can even stay in an ice or glass igloo, or even a chalet and of course visit Santa’s Home. Once the kids are tuckered out from playing in the snow, you can settle into your chic but cosy villa and reward your exertions with a glass of red wine.

Igloos view from Air Kakslauttanen – Indulge yourselves with a glass igloo experience, it’s priceless.

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.

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New York City’s “It” building

BILLIONAIRE, EARTH, Inspiration, Lifestyle

When it comes to “it” status in the world of fame and celebrity, it’s not something you would usually associate with a building. Head to 443 Greenwich Street in Tribeca, and you’ll find the “it girl” of the building world. And it’s packed with A-listers.

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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 paraglide above some of the most remarkable and beautiful locations in the world truly is a dream come true.

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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

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