Travel news: Places to stay and play

If you love travelling (like we do), we’re sure you’re always on the hunt for a new hotel or destination to head to for your next holiday! Here are some great spots and hotel deals to check out.

Greece getaway!

Overlooking the Ionian Sea, Xyloporta offers a collection of seven quaint cottages that are the perfect retreat for families and groups. Recently renovated, the private estate has many activities for guests to enjoy, from paddle boarding and sailing to hiking and cycling. There’s also a large open-plan kitchen area where everyone can gather for meals. Trained by British-South African restaurateur Prue Leith, Chef Hapi is on hand to whip up delicious dishes made from fresh local produce – and she can also offer handy information about the area. Twice a year, Robert Ashman leads a yoga retreat at Xyloporta; the next one will be held from 7 to 14 September 2019. Half-board packages include transfers, and activities such as guided hikes and 90-minute Iyengar yoga classes with Robert twice a day.

Xyloporta Greece

Bali Break

Heading to Bali? Stay at the contemporary four-bedroom Villa Shima, a five-minute walk from Mertasari Beach in Sanur. The luxury villa is beautifully designed by top Bali interior decorator Gill Wilson and surrounded by tropical landscaped gardens. It has a 20m private pool, a cool audio-visual studio and is decked out with classy furnishings including an opium table and striped ottomans.

Available for short- and longterm rental; email

Bali break

Italian Indulgence

Located in the famous Chianti wine region of Italy, COMO Castello Del Nero Tuscany is a sprawling historic estate housing a twelfth-century castle. The property has 50 rooms and suites designed by Milan’s Paola Navone. Guests can look forward to locally sourced eats at the two in-house restaurants and therapeutic wellness experiences at the COMO Shambhala Retreat.

COMO Italy

Saving the Seas

Myanmar’s Awei Pila Resort recently hosted an expedition to clear lost fishing nets (known as ghost nets) from coral reefs in the country’s Mergui Archipelago. Over four days, the team of experienced international divers recovered 300kg of nets from surrounding reefs. Plans are in place to continue clearing more fishing gear later this year.

Awei Pila

Embrace the wild!

Wilderness Safaris has opened a new luxury camp, Magashi, overlooking Lake Rwanyakazinga in the northeast of Rwanda’s wildlife-rich Akagera National Park. Launched in partnership with conservation non-profit organisations African Parks and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), the new camp offers life-changing journeys to this remarkable location. Comprising a traditional East African safari, Magashi’s six tented suites and main guest areas have been designed to take full advantage of the beautiful surrounds and tranquil lake views.


Aussie escapes

Riverside Retreat

Overlooking Elizabeth Quay and the Swan River, the newly opened Quay Perth Hotel features homely guest rooms, a full-service 24/7 co-working space and great F&B options. Rooms come with a plush bed, Smart TV and a sleek bathroom with a rainshower.


City Break

Element Melbourne Richmond has debuted at Botanicca Corporate Park by the Yarra River, just 6km from Melbourne’s city centre, and close to Richmond’s Swan Street and Victoria Arts Centre. Each room houses the brand’s signature Heavenly Bed and a spa-inspired bathroom. Selected rooms include energy-efficient kitchenettes, ideal for longer-stay guests and larger groups.

Element Richmond Melbourne

Number One

Lonely Planet recently named Margaret River & Southern WA as its number one Asian-Pacific destination to visit in the next 12 months. The company names Meelup Beach, the region’s many wineries, breweries and restaurants, and the scenery of tall-tree forests and kangaroo-dotted farmland as highlights.


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