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Tried & Tested: Shinta Mani Angkor, Cambodia

Tried & Tested: Shinta Mani Angkor, Cambodia

This story first appeared in Vacations & Travel magazine, autumn 2019, issue 110 A stylish stay in the heart of Siem Reap, gateway to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat.  My ...
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Tried & Tested: Riley Cairns, Australia

Tried & Tested: Riley Cairns, Australia

This story first appeared in Vacations & Travel magazine, autumn 2019, issue 110 As the first new five-star hotel built in Cairns for more than 20 years, this establishment focuses on ...
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Tried & Tested: Silversea's Silver Muse

Tried & Tested: Silversea’s Silver Muse

This story first appeared in Vacations & Travel magazine, autumn 2019, issue 110 Even though it has 596 passengers aboard, the luxury boat retains a small ship intimacy. Silversea’s newest flagship, ...
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Planar review: modern dining in Darling Harbour

Tried & Tested: Planar, Darling Harbour

As a Sydney-sider who grew up a fair way away from the CBD, a visit to the city always felt like a special occasion to me. Whether it was to ...
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Sister City NYC

Sister City review: modern minimalism in NYC

If you don’t see any hotel staff from check-in `til check-out, did you even stay there? Sister City is an “experiment in essentialism”, which means you get everything you need ...
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Tried & Tested: Treeline Urban Resort

Review: Treeline Urban Resort, Cambodia

It’s just after sunrise and slashes of pink still streak across the early morning sky. I’m the only guest awake and up at the Treeline Urban Resort’s rooftop infinity pool, ...
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Review: Doubletree by Hilton Wellington

Review: Doubletree by Hilton Wellington

Ideally positioned in downtown Wellington, the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel has the feel of a charming boutique hotel although it actually has 106 guest rooms on seven levels. Doubletree by ...
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The Gardens by Lotus: tranquillity and tradition

The Gardens by Lotus: tranquillity and tradition

As I walked into the outdoor dining area at The Gardens by Lotus restaurant in Darling Harbour, I immediately forgot that I was in the middle of Sydney. Where mere ...
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Novotel Phu Quoc: a five-star beachside resort

Novotel Phu Quoc: a five-star beachside resort

This story first appeared in Vacations & Travel magazine, autumn 2019, issue 110 This five-star Novotel has an enviable position on Truong Beach, part of Long Beach.  They rush up from ...
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Laura at Pt. Leo Estate Mornington Peninsula

Laura at Pt. Leo Estate Mornington Peninsula

This story first appeared in Vacations & Travel magazine, autumn 2019, issue 110 One of Australia’s most recent Relais & Châteaux restaurants offers a tantalising taste of Mornington Peninsula. There’s a ...
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