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    Luxury and Indulgence

    Our newly-formed editorial partnership with First Class Magazine brings with it the opportunity to showcase what’s happening in the world of luxury travel. From exquisite wellness retreats in the Maldives to glamping beneath the stars aboard a yacht in the Galapagos, these are destinations and experiences that are guaranteed to get your inner travel bug twitching. Whether you’re looking for the holiday experience of a lifetime or simply to indulge in some serious armchair travel, we’ll have something new and exciting for you to enjoy, right here every week.

    The latest headline stories

    First Class has put together a guide for a range of distinct tastes. For those of us who have to hold back, New York will be there for us to so we can do our research and savour the wait.

    If you’re heading to Edinburgh’s Waverley Station and you stare up at the magnificent building on the south side of Princes Street and you’re fastidious about punctuality, take a deep breath.

    Museum of Underwater Art Opens | Thredbo’s back-country tours debut this season

    Gold Coast travel destination guide | TravelManagers

    Swim up to cocktails at the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas | JW Marriott to open Gold Coast Resort & Spa.

    The island of Inchconnachan situated on Loch Lomond whilst not the home of James Bond is very close to a Sky Fall lifestyle. The 42 hectare property which has been owned by the Colquhoun family for more than seven hundred years is for sale for overs over 500,000 pounds.

    Newly launched bespoke travel company offering journeys out of the ordinary at the top end of the luxury market | rue North has resumed operations to explore the Kimberley Coast with an amended sailing schedule for the second half of 2020.

    Private jet travel has nearly returned to pre pandemic levels. Gogo Business Aviation reports that in mid-April its business dropped to providing broadband services for just 378 flights per day but by the beginning of July that number has increased to 3200 flights per day.

    The Park Hyatt will open on 15 September providing a new level of luxury in Auckland. Designed by Ali Reda from ar+d in Singapore who partnered with local firm Bossley Architects, the seven-storey hotel has been designed to reflect a Māori wharenui (house) – to be a place of gathering that brings families and communities together.

    In the world of luxury social distancing is being taken to the next level. Thank goodness the hotels are offering such spacious luxury but it does come at a price.

    Sky view of Islands of the Great Barrier Reef

    Reserve that British Airways flight for whenever we are allowed to travel again because Harrods is discounting. Their first luxury outlet store opened on Friday at Westfield London with average discounts in the range of 40 – 60 percent.

    An exclusive rental or rent exclusively. Break out the Cristal, Taittinger or Verve because the Queensland borders are opening on July 10.

    Sometimes luxury is about the experience and not just about the bells and whistles. We have discovered a fabulous whale of an adventure with Go Whale Watching.

    Crooked Compass’s luxe brand Classe has launched with three exclusive itineraries for travellers visiting New Zealand in 2021.

    While we may not be heading long haul until 2021, there is one destination that is not off limits for overseas travel and that is Tassie.

    Cycling popularity is growing even further with the need to social distance. Australians are ready to get off our couches and start shifting the ISO kilos.

    Travel to Fiji may be on the cards for later this year. And as Gladys Berejicklian has commented those in NSW may be jetting off to Fiji before going over the Queensland border.

    The latest headline stories

    First Class Guide to New York

    First Class has put together a guide for a range of distinct tastes. For those of us who have to hold back, New York will be there for us to so we can do our research and savour the wait.

    Harry Potter found at Edinburgh’s finest address

    If you’re heading to Edinburgh’s Waverley Station and you stare up at the magnificent building on the south side of Princes Street and you’re fastidious about punctuality, take a deep breath.

    News bites – 5 August 2020

    Museum of Underwater Art Opens | Thredbo’s back-country tours debut this season

    Gold Coast travel destination guide | TravelManagers

    News bites – 29 July 2020

    Swim up to cocktails at the Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas | JW Marriott to open Gold Coast Resort & Spa.

    Rare chance to live out your James Bond fantasy

    The island of Inchconnachan situated on Loch Lomond whilst not the home of James Bond is very close to a Sky Fall lifestyle. The 42 hectare property which has been owned by the Colquhoun family for more than seven hundred years is for sale for overs over 500,000 pounds.

    News bites – 20 July 2020

    Newly launched bespoke travel company offering journeys out of the ordinary at the top end of the luxury market | rue North has resumed operations to explore the Kimberley Coast with an amended sailing schedule for the second half of 2020.

    The most luxurious jet airports for private planes

    Private jet travel has nearly returned to pre pandemic levels. Gogo Business Aviation reports that in mid-April its business dropped to providing broadband services for just 378 flights per day but by the beginning of July that number has increased to 3200 flights per day.

    News bites – 13 July 2020

    The Park Hyatt will open on 15 September providing a new level of luxury in Auckland. Designed by Ali Reda from ar+d in Singapore who partnered with local firm Bossley Architects, the seven-storey hotel has been designed to reflect a Māori wharenui (house) – to be a place of gathering that brings families and communities together.

    First Class top four most luxurious suites in the world

    In the world of luxury social distancing is being taken to the next level. Thank goodness the hotels are offering such spacious luxury but it does come at a price.

    News Bites – 07 July 2020

    Reserve that British Airways flight for whenever we are allowed to travel again because Harrods is discounting. Their first luxury outlet store opened on Friday at Westfield London with average discounts in the range of 40 – 60 percent.

    Sky view of Islands of the Great Barrier Reef

    Rent your own private island in Queensland

    An exclusive rental or rent exclusively. Break out the Cristal, Taittinger or Verve because the Queensland borders are opening on July 10.

    News Bites - 01 July 2020

    Sometimes luxury is about the experience and not just about the bells and whistles. We have discovered a fabulous whale of an adventure with Go Whale Watching.

    Crooked Compass launches luxury New Zealand holidays with Classe

    Crooked Compass’s luxe brand Classe has launched with three exclusive itineraries for travellers visiting New Zealand in 2021.

    An overseas holiday in Australia

    While we may not be heading long haul until 2021, there is one destination that is not off limits for overseas travel and that is Tassie.

    Pinot and pedal in Tasmania

    Cycling popularity is growing even further with the need to social distance. Australians are ready to get off our couches and start shifting the ISO kilos.

    Fiji’s most luxurious resorts

    Travel to Fiji may be on the cards for later this year. And as Gladys Berejicklian has commented those in NSW may be jetting off to Fiji before going over the Queensland border.