Tag: reviews

Byron Bay’s best value family accommodation

A little while back we were invited to the official relaunch of Discovery Parks Byron Bay, a prominent holiday park located on the main road into town. As the former journalist for a caravan magazine I’ve visited my fair share of holiday parks over...

Inside the P&O Pacific Aria

When sitting down to review P&O’s new cruise ship, Pacific Aria, it’s hard to know where to start. Do you focus on the size first and then work your way through the features later, or mention the number of passengers the cruise...

Hotel Review: St Ermin’s London

With the 24th James Bond film ‘Spectre’ right around the corner, I thought it was a good time to revisit a trip I took to London a couple of years ago. I was on a mission to get my James Bond on, and came across one hotel I couldn’t resist.

Hotel Review: ibis Mackay Airport

I’ll admit it had been several years since I last stayed in an ibis Hotel, and I wasn't sure what to expect. Back before their rebrand in 2011, my sole experience with the chain was their rather dated Sydney Airport property. But the new ibis Mackay...

Turtle Island: Heaven is a place in the Yasawas

The engine of our 1950s De Havilland seaplane roars like a lion as we cross the last stretch of cerulean water. Just a hundred metres more and we’ll reach Turtle Island. We're so close I can almost taste the cocktails. Emerging from the haze like a...

Hotel Review: Mandarin Oriental Sanya

Hearing it described as the “Hawaii of China”, Hainan Island made me more than a little curious. Would it be a tropical island escape that has remained undiscovered by Australian travellers, or were the Hawaii comparisons simply an exaggeration...

Setting sail on the ms Oosterdam

Cruising is a curious beast. Hailed almost as often as it is derided, it’s long been seen as the holiday of choice for retirees spending their kids’ inheritance, or those who prefer to experience the world without really stepping outside of their...

Hotel Review: Hilton Surfers Paradise Residences

Surfers Paradise is a destination I've always had mixed feelings about. On one hand it's a soulless place where steel and glass dominate the landscape, and on the other a beachside haven that somehow fills my heart with a sense of childlike wonder...

Hotel Review: Hotel Indigo Hong Kong

Gazing over the glittering Hong Kong skyline, listening to the roar of the city traffic below, I pinch myself to check if this is real. Just yesterday I was at home drinking a $10 bottle of Sav Blanc in Australia, today I’m standing on the 29th...

Penang World Music Festival

World music finds a home in Penang

Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend the Penang World Music Festival, held in the UNESCO listed city of George Town, Malaysia. Would I have called myself a world music fan before I went? No. But that was then and this is now. Find...