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Where To Indulge In An Eco-Luxe Getaway This Winter

Eco-luxe travel is a growing trend across the globe and according to Booking.com, Australian’s are the most eco-conscious travellers in the world.

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More aware of our environmental impact than ever but not prepared to forgo on luxury, modern travellers are being lured by destinations that are offering a balance between high-end comfort and eco-sensitivity, and with winter the perfect time to plan a weekend away and cosy up in luxury accommodation, Booking.com has shared it’s top-rated eco-destinations in our very own backyard, which remain high on luxury but low on impact.

  1. Saffire-Freycinet, Coles Bay, Tasmania

Surrounded by untouched woodland overlooking East Tasmania’s Coles Bay, the Saffire was designed with the environment in mind. Taking its inspiration from the pink granite of the Hazards mountains, the white beaches, sapphire water and grey-green of the native bushland, the lodge is designed to connect with the surrounding environment to create a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.

With the views ever changing from its spacious luxury suites, Saffire’s ethos is to protect and restore the natural ecosystem around it.

Enjoy fresh regional food at the restaurant, a cooking class with the lodge’s award-winning chef, or a wine tasting by the open fireplace for the perfect winter escape.

  1. Tanonga Luxury Eco Lodges, Charlton Gully, South Australia

Nestled into bushland on the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia, the Tanonga Luxury Eco Lodges are solar-powered, self-contained villas perfect for an exclusive and intimate experience. The ideal destination for a winter weekend away, each secluded villa features a fireplace and private terrace with panoramic views.

Populated by kangaroos, emus and over 100 different bird species, you’ll enjoy magnificent views, walking trails, local wine, fresh, gourmet food and have an endless list of outdoor activities at your fingertips.

  1. Qdos Arts Tree Houses, Lorne, Victoria

Surrounded by the native bushland of the Great Otway National Park, Qdos offers unique Japanese-inspired, tree house accommodation just a 15-minute walk from the beautiful Lorne Beach. Perfect for couples looking to relax and recharge, the retreats offer peaceful bush views from their private balcony, and the sculptural garden is a haven for birds and wildlife.

The property boasts an art gallery with rotating works by local artists, and the restaurant features a constantly changing menu, with all seasonal produce grown organically on site.

  1. Thala Beach Nature Reserve, Oak Beach, Queensland

Set on over 140 acres of native forest and boasting a private beach, Thala Beach Nature Reserve is an eco-friendly wildlife retreat. A secluded sanctuary nestled on a coastal headland, the property offers magnificent views of the sparkling Coral Sea and is conveniently located within 10 minutes drive of Port Douglas or just 45 minutes from Cairns.

With the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest nearby, the boutique timber bungalows offer ocean, mountain or forest views, where you can relax on the private balcony and enjoy the native birds and wildlife, or take a dip in the natural swimming pools formed by granite boulders and waterfalls.

Nature tours at the reserve include tree planting, stargazing at an outdoor observatory, beach discovery, wildlife walks and bird-watching tours.

To book, visit Booking.com or download the Booking Now app

July 12, 2015

Experience Glamping in the Top End

The top end of Australia should be a travel destination on everyone’s bucket list. Home to some of the most stunning scenery Australia has to offer, the NT has a unique blend of flora and fauna, which must be seen to be appreciated. From exotic waterfalls, landscapes and wildlife to ancient Aboriginal rock art, there’s something for young and old to see and do.

What makes it even better, is that they also have superb glamping accommodation options. Some of which you don’t even have to get out of bed to witness the incredible sunrises! No, it’s not too good to be true, it’s a reality!

Here we are featuring four of the regions top rugged, yet ritzy venues. From romantic couples getaways, to family friendly safari tents, it seems the top end is the place to go and experience the best glamping options on offer. Rather than just finding a place to lay your head, opt for a once in a lifetime experience.

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Looking for a hint of romance? This luxury getaway provides the perfect privacy for couples looking for that romantic escape. With only nine bungalows available, guests are able to escape to a place of intimate isolation. Each bungalow overlooks the floodplains visited by a many unique flora and fauna, such as Magpie Gees and Plumed Whistling Ducks.

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This is the ultimate natural Aussie outback experience so don’t expect technology. Sorry the mobile won’t work either. There are binoculars and species guides for sitting back and thoroughly enjoying the experience. The food options are reflective of the region, so if you’re into Australiana, be sure to check it out.

 

Longitude 131
Fancy waking upLongitude_131_4A to breathtaking views of Uluru / Ayers Rock from the comfort of your bed? Flick the switch, the curtains rise and there it is! This intimate 15 luxury tent venue ensures interrupted views of the iconic landmark from each tent. King sized beds, air-conditioning and even complimentary use of an Ipad and MP3 makes this the type of glamping experience something even a princess could endure!

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After a long hot day of sightseeing, you can relax poolside then head into the outback for a gourmet four-course dinner under the spectacular glory of the milky way. If you have been searching for a way to propose or celebrate something special, this experience is certainly worthy of investigating.

 

 

Kings Canyon WilKC Wilderness Lodge (2)derness Lodge
This boutique lodge is glamping at its best, complete with token campfire. There are only ten spacious luxury tented cabins on offer, so intimate numbers are assured. With king size beds and air conditioning, the owners are catering for your comfort. It’s set in a secluded and picturesque corner of Kings Creek Station with easy access to Kings Canyon.

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In the evening you can experience a three-course gourmet dinner with Aussie flair! Sample the fresh homemade damper, served with platters of beef and barramundi or kangaroo and lamb, all served with the chef’s choice of vegetables and salad. Yum! Complete the day by sitting back and relaxing in front of an outdoor campfire.

Wildman Wilderness Lodge

For a family option, consider wild 2Wildman Wilderness Lodge. They have 10 family friendly safari tents, complete with two single beds, plus en-suite. The beauty of Wildman is that it is easily accessible to both Darwin and Kakadu, located on the stunning Mary River Wetlands. It too is home to exquisite local bird and wildlife.wild1

An added specialty of the lodge is a fisherman or woman’s dream! You can catch your own Barramundi and then have the chef cook it for your dinner. Now, I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the ideal fishing experience!

January 16, 2015

The World’s Best Honeymoon Locations

What’s the best thing about getting married? The excuse to plan a completely indulging, relaxing, once in a lifetime honeymoon of course. Louise Ryan from lastminute.com.au shares her picks of the world’s most unforgettable honeymoon locations. 

Bora Bora, Tahiti

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French Polynesia is what honeymoon dreams are made of and the island of Bora Bora is by far it’s most breathtaking beauty. For the ultimate honeymoon experience stay in a signature overwater bungalow with direct lagoon access. Spend your days basking in the sun, swimming in turquoise waters and watching the sunset on your private bungalow deck.

Choose the Le Meridien Bora Bora Resort and you’ll also be able to spot tropical fish and marine life through your overwater bungalow’s very own glass floor. If you can manage to drag yourself away from your luxe bungalow, test your newlywed nerves with a shark and stingray snorkel safari, or learn how to paddle board on the clear lagoon waters.

Maui, Hawaii

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This island paradise is perfect for honeymooners who crave a combination of relaxation and adventure. There are plenty of ways to heat up the romance on this laid back island, whether it’s bike riding down a volcano at sunrise, a day trip to nearby Moloka’i Island, snorkelling with the friendly turtles, or learning to surf aloha style off the shores of Lahaina.

The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas on Kaanapali Beach is an ideal place to retreat to at the end of the day, cocktail in hand, watching the sunset from your private ocean view lanai. Or Bliss!

One & Only Hayman Island, Queensland

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A little closer to home, the newly re-opened One & Only Hayman Island is absolute luxury and the perfect choice for newlyweds who want to stay close to home. After an $80 million facelift, this Whitsunday Island is a bucket list honeymoon destination. Stay in a pool access suite, which gives you direct access into the inviting Hayman Island lagoon style pool from your own balcony.

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Spend your early days of marriage relaxing with spa treatments, poolside cocktails, innovative dining, and world class cuisine. For the ultimate in honeymoon romance, take a scenic helicopter flight to the oh so lovely heart reef, the Whitsundays very own love inspired coral composition.

Maldives

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The Maldives is the ideal backdrop to start married life, think breathtaking coral reefs, luxurious bungalow’s and delicious local seafood, the Maldives is about as isolated as you can get. However it is not all about relaxation. If you are the type that likes to get active on holidays, you’re in luck, the Maldives is also renowned as one of the worlds best diving locations.

If you want true seclusion, stay at the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa  situated on its own island. Your hardest decision is whether you should choose the overwater bungalow option, or opt for your own ocean pool villa. Either way this destination is honeymoon heaven.

Uluwatu, Bali

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Escape to the spiritual oasis of Uluwatu, a world away from the hustle and bustle of busy Kuta. Lastminute.com.au recommends the ultra indulgent Alila Villas Uluwatu for loved up newlyweds. The Panoramic Indian Ocean views and ultra modern touches make you feel like you’re on the set of a James Bond movie, never a bad thing on an island getaway.

For true indulgence, book one of the contemporary pool villas, where you’ll get your own private plunge pool, luxurious day bed and personal butler. Plus if you aren’t relaxed enough, take part in the villas daily yoga classes. Pure heaven.

For more information or to start planning your dream honeymoon visit www.lastminute.com.au

August 26, 2014