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    News bites – 18 May 2021

    Luxury distancing in the Maldives

    Maldives Live-aboards. Image courtesy of visitmaldives.com

    You may need to be handy with a bat or ball to be soaking up the Maldives at present but plan for 2022 when even couch potatoes may be able to luxuriate in the tepid azures of the Indian Ocean.

    Over half the population of Australia wish to travel in ‘pods’, staying close to family and friends in intimate settings where they feel safe. The Maldives are catering for this type of traveller with the Liveaboard holiday. These small group experiences offer adventure in opulence. Dive, surf, dine, wine or read your favourite novel on a liveaboard which offer easy access to lesser-known pockets of these paradise style islands.

    So what to choose?


    Dhinasha Dhuveli. Image courtesy of visitmaldives.com

    The cosy Dhinasha is ideal for small groups wanting a traditional ocean experience. Dives take place from a traditional Dhoni and keen divers get the chance to explore the North and South Male, North and South Ari, and Rasdhoo atolls. Guests can sunbath on the sun-drenched deck, enjoy fresh daily meals and enjoy the simple life one island at a time.

    Ocean Sapphire Yacht Charter
    Ocean Sapphire Yacht Charter is ideal for the contemporary luxury traveller. Relish the vast open ocean views whilst supping on fare prepared by your onboard chef or dive into an ocean adventure on one of the Ocean Sapphire’s jet skis.

    Emperor Virgo
    This spacious, open and luxurious liveaboard offers guests the opportunity to explore reefs, soft corals, and drift diving. All dives commence on a traditional Dhoni, allowing divers to easily reach some of the Maldives’ most remote locations. Guests can wine and dine with international cuisine prepared daily in one of two exceptional onboard restaurants.

    Honors Legacy

    Honors Legacy. Image courtesy of visitmaldives.com

    Those who lust after beauty, style and elegance need the Honors Legacy. Guests can enjoy the magnificence of a Maldivian sunset on the top deck Jacuzzi with a cocktail in hand. Foodies will delight in the local and international cuisine prepared daily from local produce. Diving is taken to new heights as guests embark on their adventure via a traditional Dhoni. From the North to South Atolls, this liveaboard is perfect for those with a sense of wanderlust and an adventurous spirit.


    Begin Victoria’s Silo Art Trail at the new luxurious Pop-Up Hotel

    Lake Tyrell. Image Courtesy Visit Victoria

    Luxury accommodation will soon be available on Victoria’s Silo Art Trail as Visit Victoria launches Silo Art Hotel – a street-art themed popup hotel located at Sea Lake in Northwest Victoria. The limited time activation will see three beautifully re-imagined shipping containers by Contained pop up on the edge of Victoria’s most photographed pink lake, Lake Tyrell, for one month from 11 June to 12 July.

    Two of the eco-pods will serve as boutique hotel rooms, each designer appointed with high end finishes, a luxury bathroom, taste of the region minibar, luxuriously soft bed linens, Australian-made toiletries and a private deck. The third converted container will house a heated open-air swimming pool, the perfect place to relax after a big day of exploration. To complement the creative flair of the region, Visit Victoria has partnered with Juddy Roller to commission never-before-seen paintings from renowned artists and install them across the units.

    Silo Art Hotel. Image courtesy of Visit Victoria

    Guests will be able to stay in either The Matt Adnate Suite or The Drapl & Zookeeper Suite – and will get a first glimpse at bespoke artworks from each artist adorning the walls. Matt Adnate is well respected for his multicultural portraiture, especially of Indigenous Australians, and is responsible for the artwork on the Sheep Hills silos – painted in 2016. His depiction of the night sky represents elements of local dreaming and the importance of the ongoing exchange of wisdom from Aboriginal elders to the next generation. Drapl & The Zookeeper joined forces to paint the local Sea Lake silos in 2019, in celebration of the still and silence found in outback Victoria and in honour of the Boorong people. The young girl, swinging from a Mallee Eucalyptus, looks over Lake Tyrrell and reflects on her Aboriginal heritage. The side wall of the swimming pool, by Shipping Container Pools will play host to a colourful mural from former lawyer, Kaff-eine, who’s photorealistic portraiture also adorns the Rosebery silos and portrays themes that she believes embody the region’s past, present and future.

    Silo Art Hotel Sea Lake. Image courtesy of Visit Victoria

    One of Victoria’s most underrated regional attractions, the Silo Art Trail, is Australia’s largest outdoor gallery, stretching more than 200 kilometres from Rupanyup to Patchewollock. Conceived in 2016, the Silo Art Trail includes artworks by celebrated artists including Rone, Adnate, Kaff-eine, Guido van Helten, Drapl & The Zookeeper.

    Lake Tyrell is Victoria’s largest salt-lake and a must-visit for any nature enthusiast or budding photographer. The 120,000-year-old lake is regarded as one of the best places in Australia for star navigation and has an important place in Aboriginal culture.

    The Boorong clan who once lived on this land were famous astronomers and their stories are rich in connection to the lake – visitors are encouraged to look out for their constellations in remembrance while enjoying the starry night skies they too once gazed upon.

    When in Sea Lake, suggested activities include taking a sunset Sea Lake Tyrell Tour with experienced guide, Julie Pringle, who will showcase the best places to capture spectacular Lake Tyrrell photographs, followed by a comforting pub meal at the Royal Hotel.

    The road trip to Sea Lake takes just under four hours from Melbourne and the recommended route includes a stop-off in Bendigo, a city with strong street art credentials of its own. Take a tour with local artist, Nacho Station which includes putting up your very own artwork, pay a visit to Bendigo Art Gallery or indulge the tastebuds with lunch at new restaurant, Alium Dining.

    For more personalised information tips and advice, or to book an incredible holiday, contact your local TravelManagers’ personal travel manager.

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