Romantic rendezvous: the best weekend escapes to take this Valentine’s Day

Romantic rendezvous: the best weekend escapes to take this Valentine’s Day

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.

Deluxe downtime: the best wellness retreats to experience in 2019

Deluxe downtime: the best wellness retreats to experience in 2019

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.

BED TIME STORIES

BED TIME STORIES

‘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, AUSTRALIAN FASHION LUMINARY, LAUNCHES TRAVEL-INSPIRED SLOW FASHION LINE

SARAH-JANE CLARKE, AUSTRALIAN FASHION LUMINARY, LAUNCHES TRAVEL-INSPIRED SLOW FASHION LINE

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.

Beautiful Byron Bay: How to best spend 24 hours in the coastal hotspot

Beautiful Byron Bay: How to best spend 24 hours in the coastal hotspot

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.

Sensational Singapore: Why you should stay instead of stopover in the island city-state

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.

Come dine with me: Europe’s must-taste gourmet experiences

Come dine with me: Europe’s must-taste gourmet experiences

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.

The weekend escapes that will make you fall in love with winter

The weekend escapes that will make you fall in love with winter

When the swarms of sun seekers jet off on overseas jaunts to escape the country’s brisker months, it means the locals who aren’t afraid of sub-zero temperatures, duck down puffer jackets and white frosty mornings reap the rewards. Because let’s be honest, what’s not to love about winter in Australia? The desirable destinations that are brimming with bright-eyed tourists in the warmer months return to their natural, locals-only state; the roads are free of overfilled rest areas and heavy time-delaying traffic; and most importantly, some of the most breath-taking landscapes and experiences Australia has to offer are best enjoyed in winter.

Royal treatment: the chicest way to see London in May

Royal treatment: the chicest way to see London in May

As the union of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle draws closer—May 19th, to be exact—London is deep in royal wedding fever. Tatler, the go-to glossy of England’s upper echelons, has infinite takes on the nuptials—how to organise a royal hen or stag do, a history of royal wedding dresses—while travel agents craft Windsor-themed tours and viewing parties (Firmdale Hotels are offering scone-abundant afternoon teas), and pubs extend their hours for gin-soaked celebrations.

After the Oscars

After the Oscars

Awards season, we’re presuming, is really rather stressful for Hollywood’s elite: the speech writing, the mingling, the hours spent in meetings and fittings and cars with tinted windows. And so, in tribute to WLU’s favourite Oscars nominees (and the ones that really should have been), we’ve mixed-and-matched them with the hotels custom-made for uninterrupted R&R, or well-deserved celebration.