Crackling wood fires, brisk morning walks, lush countryside settings and cosy, texture-filled interiors — what’s not to love about winter escapes? Very little, we think. In fact, some would argue that a memorable weekend away that includes a stay in a boutique hotel that brings the best of winter’s little luxuries makes it a season to embrace, not wish away. With only a couple of weeks of winter remaining, we recommend making the most of the last of the cooler days by booking a stay at one of Australia’s cosiest hotels.
When it comes to winter escapes, there aren’t many destinations in the world that rival Queenstown. The photogenic town in New Zealand sits on the shores of the South Island’s Lake Wakatipu against the dramatic Southern Alps and has been a go-to destination for discerned travellers for decades — and for very good reason. As a favourite amongst adventure lovers, keen skiers, foodies, and wine enthusiasts alike, Queenstown’s diverse offering means there a little something for everyone, no matter your travel style. Here the best places to stay, drink and dine in NZ’s southern hotspot.
While it’s impossible to deny the blinding beauty, rich history and vibrant energies of Europe’s most desirable hotspots such as Paris, Rome, Berlin and Amsterdam, to name but a few, the continent is also home to just as many lesser-known locations that rival the attraction of their touristy neighbours. While their unfamiliar names might not sound as shiny, we promise their offering is just as shiny — if not shiner. Here are the little-known gems that are just as bucket list-worthy as the better-known gems. It’s time to get off the beaten track.
Like most Italian cities, Venice is synonymous with immense beauty and historical significance, but it’s unique geographical makeup of tiny islands makes it a destination unlike any other in the country.
The romantic city of Venice — which Lonely Planet perfectly describes as “a floating masterpiece” — is the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region and is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the famous Grand Canal thoroughfare that is fringed with striking Renaissance and Gothic palaces.
A trip to Africa graces the top of many travel-lovers bucket lists — and for good reason. While its best known for being the world’s greatest safari destination, its all-around diversity is next to none. Africa boasts exceptionally diverse and scenic landscapes — think rugged coastlines and tropical rainforests to dramatic mountain ranges and crimson sand desert; its winelands are famed for both its fine wine and stellar culinary reputation; and its boutique accommodation offering is one of the best in the world.
While Australia is nothing short of scenic all year round, it can certainly put on quite a glorious display during the Autumn months. Locations that wow us with their ever-changing leaves offer spectacular fiery shades of red, yellow, orange and magenta from March through to May. While it’s almost near impossible to choose a destination in our beautiful country during these months of near-perfect temperatures and post card-like sunsets that won’t impress, we’ve found the locations that are guaranteed to make Autumn your new favourite season.
Michelle Glew Ross, the creator and founder of My General Store — the Australian fashion brand renowned for its simple, elegant designs ideal for travelling — reveals her favourite city in the world, how a trip to Puglia inspired one of her most popular designs, the destination she would love to jump on a plane to right now, her top travel essentials and so much more.
Not that we should need an excuse to whisk our significant other out of town for a romantic rendezvous, but with the annual day of love just around the corner, it’s undoubtedly the perfect excuse to do exactly that. There’s no better time than Valentine’s Day to discover some of Australia’s most romantic and idealistic destinations — the ones that may not necessarily be gracing your travel bucket lists, but the ones that are just as worthy. Think intimate interiors, postcard-like views and tranquil settings, these are the escapes that are guaranteed to make you fall in love over and over again.
Nothing says “new year, new you” like booking yourself into a health and wellness retreat — and there’s no better time to do exactly that than at the beginning of a new year. Whether you’re seeking inner balance, health treatment or a simple refresh, we’ve rounded up the top luxury health retreats around the world to help you become the best, calmest and most revitalised version of yourself. You’re welcome.
Travel photographer, founder of In Bed With and self-confessed boutique hotel lover, Rhiannon Taylor, reveals her all-time favourite hotels, how she deals with jet lag (having recently taken 17 long-haul flights in the last six weeks, she would know!), the travel app she can’t live without and her suitcase essentials.
As the summer holidays swiftly approach, we can’t help but begin dreaming of those long, halcyon days by the beach, devouring our favourite holiday foods from fresh prawns to strawberry-topped pavlovas and indulging in the simple things that our busy schedules have a habit of interrupting mid-year — from reading to quality family time and daytime naps.
Jason Minty, creator of cult-cool concept store Becker Minty in Potts Point, shares his travel tips from how to deal with jet lag, travel essentials, favourite hotel hangs and travel apps and how travel inspires his work. Bon voyage. x
‘Mr & Mrs Smith's passion for hotels runs deep – this book lays it beautifully bare.’
- Sienna Miller, Actress
In celebration of its 15th anniversary, Mr & Mrs Smith is returning to its publishing roots with the launch of The World’s Sexiest Bedrooms this November.
The 296-page hardcover book – published globally by Thames & Hudson – features 35 supremely seductive suites shot by in-demand art photographer, Polly Brown, chosen for her flirtatious and playful style.
Sarah-Jane Clarke—among the most recognisable figures in Australian fashion—has unveiled a very new project: a thoughtful, ethically-crafted luxury lifestyle line designed for those who wander. Developed following a three-year sabbatical, in which the designer criss-crossed continents, traversing remote villages and dizzying, skyscraper-packed cities, the debut SARAH-JANE CLARKE collection (Resort 2019) abounds in travel-easy fabrics: luxurious Italian linens and cottons of soft ivory, fresh white, faded mulberry and zookeeper khaki. It will be available in full online.
Travel tips and trends from Alison Veness, Editor of 10 Magazine and Creative Director at Large for Vogue Australia. Alison shares her secret address, travel essentials, favourite destinations, how travel inspires her work and much, much more. Happy Travels! x
Byron Bay is unquestionably one of Australia’s most desirable holiday destinations — and for good reason. There isn’t much not to love about the sunny beachside town on NSW’s north coast — from its string of pristine beaches, array of award-winning boutique hotels, first-class culinary offerings and its unrivalled laid-back vibe, Byron Bay is Australia’s quintessential vacation hotspot.
Travel tips and trends from Creative Director and stylist Emma Elizabeth, founder of Local Design. Emma Elizabeth shares her secret address, travel essentials, travel disasters and how to best embrace adventure holidays! Bon voyage. x
Despite it being one of the world’s most vibrant, progressive and culturally enticing city’s, it’s uncommon for Singapore to be described or labelled as “bucket list-worthy”. It seems to be much more common for travellers to frequent the metropolis merely as a result of an airport layover on route to their final destination, or at best, an impromptu jaunt into the city centre to pass time before their next flight.
“Food,” James Beard, the quintessential American cook once said, “is our common ground, a universal experience.” The best way to understand where a city’s been and where it’s going—to glean an insight into its heady, complicated, invigorating intersection of economy, environment and culture—is to break bread with locals, to sup outside the tourist heat-map, to transport one’s taste-buds somewhere entirely unexpected.
In celebration of life’s simplest and most rewarding pleasure, we’re presenting our picks of toothsome culinary experiences dotted through Europe. From afternoon cooking classes to gastronomic tours to burgeoning foodie hotspots, there’s a structure to suit every wanderer: be it novice chefs with an afternoon to share, or the culinarian in search of new ways to connect with other people, and reignite all of the senses. Bon appetit.