Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa, in the rugged Australian bush

Zac Editor

By Zac in Cool Travel on Sunday 11 August 2013

I recently stayed at the Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa. If you picture sheer luxury intertwined with rugged Australian bush, that is what’s on offer. Here’s the inside view on this quite remarkable resort.

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Ohtel Wellington

Zac Editor

By Zac in Cool Travel on Tuesday 8 May 2012

The city of Wellington is emerging as a genuine global city full of culture, design and lashings of cool. And a shining light in this city is the boutique hotel, Ohtel Wellington. Ohtel distills all that’s right with Wellington into a unique and compelling luxury experience.

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The Byron at Byron: 45 acres of pure Byron Bay luxury

Zac Editor

By Zac in Cool Travel on Thursday 12 April 2012

For the uninitiated, Byron Bay is one of Australia’s finest regions for food, beach and culture. The Byron at Byron distills the region’s unique mix into a compelling and utterly unique resort. We stayed in the Deluxe Spa suites, and once we arrived, we felt no urge to leave. Designed by Haysorn Architects, the rooms are a marvel in space maximisation and design aesthetic.

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Design Hotels

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By Courtney Beck in Cool Travel on Thursday 7 October 2010

Hotels these days are like works of art. Unlike the hotel experiences I had when I was a teenager — where everything in the hotel seemed beige — the hotel industry of today is a totally different world. Beige is dead, and the visionary company changing the landscape of this traditionally boring world is the Design Hotels group.

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Mr & Mrs Smith launch Down Under

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By Katrina Whitehead in New Events on Thursday 17 December 2009

I was lucky enough to attend the recent launch of the new Australia and New Zealand Guidebook by Mr & Mrs Smith. And let me tell you, if luxe travel is your thing, this is the book. Travel guide publishers have copped a bit of flack recently — especially after Thomas Kohnstamm wrote his hedonistic, “tell all” book Do Travel Writers Go to Hell?, in which he alleged that most of the content he wrote for Lonely Planet’s Brazilian guidebook was either fudged, or written in a drug-induced stupor. However, with Mr & Mrs Smith, Kohnstamm’s version of travel writing couldn’t be further from the truth.

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