New hotels, airline reviews, luggage ideas and cruise options to inspire

New hotels, airline reviews, luggage ideas and cruise options to inspire

Foodie destinations

Golden Poppy restaurant in the boutique hotel La Fantaisie in Paris opened in August is a must-try.  Jérome Galland

Jill Dupleix’s top 10 new places to dine overseas in 2024 | Wondering what to book next year? Many of the hottest tables will be found in luxury hotels. Here’s what’s new for Paris, London, New York, Bali and beyond.

Neil Perry’s top five places to eat in Hong Kong | The celebrity chef knows his way around the harbour city.

Where to dine in France: Tips from the president of Relais & Chateaux | Laurent Gardinier is well qualified to nominate his favourite eateries – after all, his own family business is focused on high-end hospitality and gastronomy.

Europe

The Terrazza Bar of Villa Igiea, which the Rocco Forte group fully redesigned and restored. 

Could these be the most beautiful hotel interiors in the world? | ‘I don’t want people to wake up in Rome and say ‘where am I?’ says Olga Polizzi, who creates the magical looks for her Rocco Forte European hotel group.

Those summer nights: Who went where in Europe ’23 | Tips from Australian Europhiles who jetted off for the northern summer.

A fashion editor’s guide to shopping in Paris | In the retail therapy capital of the world, it can be hard to know where to start. Pas de problème: We have plenty of ideas!

Expert tips

The Amanoi beachside resort in Vietnam is one of the stops on Aman’s The Grandest Tour jet expedition departing in April. 

Lonely Planet co-founder reveals 10 top trips to take in 2024 | Tony Wheeler has been pretty much everywhere. Here’s his pick of what he’s enjoyed most in recent years – and what he’s got his eye on for next year.

Pack right

The best carry-on for business travel, according to flight attendants | Here’s how to make an impression next time you stroll into the business-class lounge.

Wellness

The VIP wellness retreat that breaks your body and routine | This jungle escape outside Bangkok is going all out to help stressed executives looking for a proper circuit breaker.

Go natural

Go on a game drive to see a lioness and cubs during a stay at andBeyond Grumeti Serengeti River Lodge in Tanzania. 

10 eco-friendly destinations to ease your conscience | It’s not easy being green, as Kermit once said. You need to do your research. Here are some pointers for environmentally aware getaways that tick all the boxes.

Expedition leaders name the top wildlife and adventure trips for 2024 | Turn the dial to adventure: spot NZ fur seals on Enderby Island, watch boobies dance in the Galápagos or snorkel with humphead parrotfish in the Seychelles.

Snow fun

At Club Med Kiroro Peak in Hokkaido, skiing, snow-trekking and entertainment are all on tap.  

An insider’s guide to the best places to ski in Japan | With its deep powder snow, weak yen and a host of hotel upgrades, there has never been a better time to book a ski trip to this part of the world.

Why France is the place to go when you’re looking for snow | A ski resort at 2300 metres in south-east France is not only Europe’s highest, it’s part of a region that offers more than 600km of runs.

How to get there

Qantas will say bonjour to Paris when it launches a direct flight from Perth. 

10 new airline routes and planes, plus cabin refreshes | Heated and cooled seats, 20-hour flights and loads more non-stop, long-haul services: strap yourself in for some innovative experiences in 2024.

All types of cruising

Le Ponant sailing the Kimberley. Charis Perkins

Want to see the Kimberley the glamorous way? Try this three-mast ship | It’s easy to slip into the ebb and flow of a voyage up the Kimberley coast on a legendary yacht, especially when the Aperol spritzes are made with Veuve Clicquot.

From baby races to hidden Mickeys: here’s what a Disney cruise is like | Finally, the brand’s cruise line has made its Australian debut. Our writer stepped aboard as a sceptic. Not so his two children.

Richard Branson goes big on cruise with three $1b ships and counting | This cruise around the Greek islands invites guests to go the whole A-lister hog – from having their own agents to throwing tantrums and demanding of staff: “Don’t you know who I am?”

Unwind on a Mekong River cruise: an ex-monk will show you how | Leave Western cares behind on this voyage into Asia’s lush Golden Triangle in Laos. Downing home-made whisky with a village elder is optional.

Foodie destinations Golden Poppy restaurant in the boutique hotel La Fantaisie in Paris opened in August is a must-try.  Jérome Galland Jill Dupleix’s top 10 new places to dine overseas in 2024 | Wondering what to book next year? Many of the hottest tables will be found in luxury hotels. Here’s what’s new for Paris,…

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