Need some travel goals? Check out these once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Chad Clark Travel Ventures specialises in high-end, bucket-list holidays and its inaugural Chad Clark Certified 25 list showcases the 25 most incredible experiences across the globe. Here are five we’re longing to try...
With a rich history that spans centuries, Macau is home to an intoxicating mix of Portuguese colonial heritage and Chinese culture. The food here echoes influences from India, Africa and Southeast Asia, incorporating spices that made their journey on the Portuguese trade routes across the world.
Since 1999, when the Portuguese handed Macao back to China, the country has grown into an exciting, world-class entertainment and dining hub, juxtaposed against centuries-old colonial architecture and local eateries that have been serving the same food for more than half a century. Take a tour of these don’t-miss dining spots.
If you've always wanted to visit China, now is the time to go. The country is celebrating the China - Australia Tourism Year 2017 and specialists in Chinese touring, Helen Wong, is inviting you to the party.
Whether you're seeking spiritual nirvana or just somewhere amazing to visit on your next romantic getaway, we've found seven Asian temples you need to see.
Hidden in tropical jungles and clinging to rocky cliffs, these sites will leave you seriously speechless.
All-inclusive luxury in one of the most jaw-droppingly scenic areas of China.
China is an incredibly fascinating destination, full of rich culture and history with some truly awe-inspiring sights.
It seems everyone is going on a ski holiday in Japan these days, but if you're looking to get the same thrills without the crowds Club Med has something for you. The pioneers of all-inclusive holiday resorts, Club Med has announced its brand new ski resort at picturesque Beidahu in north-east China.
Taiwan sits on the edge of the Pacific “Rim of Fire” off the south coast of China. The constant tectonic movement has helped forge the dramatic mountainous ranges, luscious rainforests and crystal blue coastlines that Taiwan has to offer. While this may not be the first place you think of to holiday in Asia, it is a great place to visit for any couple looking for a culinary experience and an adventure across a country less travelled.
To celebrate the Year of the Fire Monkey, Cathay Pacific has just released special fares from Australia to over 50 destinations in Asia, starting from just $692* return.
Macau's Journey of Lights festival is set to shine brighter than ever this year with UNESCO World Heritage listed sites being transformed into scenes of spectacular night shows.
Surrounded by lush mountains and hot springs, Taipei is a bustling, modern city. While many think of China when they think Taiwan, the country is a very different travel experience to mainland China. Taiwan is unique thanks to its mix of cultural influences from other countries including Japan, America and, of course, China.
One of the world’s greatest journeys has begun in China… The LUX* Hotel has just opened its second boutique hotel along the LUX* Tea Horse Road, creating a gateway for many couples to discover an ancient region of China.
Hong Kong is the New York of Asia: dynamic, exotic, and a barrage of noises, colours and unique experiences. Most of all, it’s fun. On a quest for somewhere exciting for our 13th wedding anniversary, this vibrant city ticked all our boxes.
To make sure the celebration was truly special, we took things to dizzying heights and checked into the “highest hotel in the world” – The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. Occupying the top floors of the International Commerce Centre, directly above Kowloon station, this 312-room luxury hotel reaches 490 metres above sea level, and is an iconic part of the Kowloon skyline. An elevator that’s apparently the fastest in Asia gets you to the top in less than a minute.
Whether it's a chef reinventing traditional Chinese cuisine in a restaurant that takes bookings three months in advance, a hot young designer creating a buzz in what has become Asia's fashion hotbed, or simply a new walking tour that takes its guests into a maze of traditional streets, markets and tea shops, a stop-over in Hong Kong is never, ever boring. Rhonda Bannister shares insights from her latest quick visit.
When The Ritz-Carlton opened in Macau this year, it heralded the start of a new era. As the group’s first all-suite property anywhere in the world, it is a huge vote of confidence for Macau. Situated at The Galaxy, an integrated leisure and entertainment precinct that’s a destination within a destination, guests have dozens of restaurants and bars, world-class shopping, movies, and an aquatic adventure park all at their doorstep. Less than two months from opening day, reviewers on TripAdvisor voted the hotel Macau’s best. Given that Macau offers a staggering number of luxury hotels, this is quite an achievement in such a short time.
Every day, Macau changes a little bit. It might be a new entertainment complex, a shopping mall or a five-star hotel opening, but the former Portuguese colony is moving ahead at a fast pace.
For the 27th year in a row, couples travelling in the gorgeous city of Macau can witness the Macau Tower bursting into a kaleidoscope of colours for the Macau International Fireworks Display Contest, sure to delight admirers who flock from around the globe for the exciting event.
We've said it before but I'll say it again. We love Macau – for so many reasons. Its historical charm, fusion of cultures (which translates deliciously in to the cuisine) and glitzy entertainment precincts are all reasons as to why it's high on our radar for romantic holiday destinations. But, did you know, the rest of the world loves Macau too? So much so that 10 years ago it was labelled a UNESCO World Heritage listed site.
Paying for the privilege of shovelling animal dung might seem like an odd holiday option, but when the dung in question belongs to a Giant Panda, it’s worth shelling out for.
It’s a crowded, boisterous city of 20 million who work hard and like to party even harder! Shanghai is one of the world’s most exciting cities and has such a trendy, action-packed nightlife, you’ll find it hard to find the energy to get out of bed in the morning and keep going! If you only have a few days here it helps to know where the locals like to dine, shop and boogie the night away, so with a little help from a knowledgeable expat, here’s our top picks.
Well known for its reputation as 'Vegas of the East', Macau has now been recognised for having the largest number of world class five-star properties of any destination in the world.
With an abundance of culture, food and astounding architecture, Hong Kong makes for a honeymoon to remember. It is the perfect destination for outgoing couples, laden with skyscraper-top bars and dozens of gentrified buildings filled with top notch eateries and quirky boutiques. But it's not just the city-loving couples that this amazing city can cater for, Hong Kong is overflowing with natural heritage that is just waiting to be discovered!
Couples thinking of a romantic getaway in China in 2015 can now take advantage of Helen Wong's fabulous new itinerary. The package is a golfer's dream: four days at Chinese golf resort.
Couples travelling to Macau in February will be delighted with plenty of festive fun and fanfare as the locals of the ever colourful Asian enclve herald the arrival of the Year of the Ram!
Macau, an administrative region of China, offers everything honeymooners could want and more. When it comes to luxury honeymoon accommodation in Asia, Macau has the top of the bunch, which of course is high on the list of priorities for newlyweds! To get to this idyllic destination, all you have to do is catch a high-speed ferry from Hong Kong and voila! You are in a veritable paradise.
Helen Wong of Helen Wong’s Tours is one of the pioneers of group travel to China. She has opened thousands of Australians’ eyes to the wonder and mystery of one of the world’s fastest emerging tourist destinations. Holidays for Couples caught up with Helen and asked her to share her vast knowledge of the country and its people, with a few handy hints for making the best of a visit to China thrown in!
Couples will experience a bustling, sophisticated metropolis where East and West collide beautifully in vibrant Hong Kong.
From world-class shopping, dining and entertainment to a richly layered history and UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites, Macao melds the East and West together like no other place in China.
I love to travel. For nearly two decades now, I've been fortunate enough to check into some of the world's most divine hotels and resorts, many of them on behalf of this magazine. But there was one gaping hole on my travel bucket list – a legendary hotel that, I'd been told, has defined luxury travel since it first opened its doors in 1928.
Crystal Cruises recently announced that from April 2014, they are addding a 'five-night Extended Land Program' to Tibet on their regular romantic Asia cruise. Honeymooners and holidayers after a unique getaway idea, this one's for you!
After a fabulous 'facelift', The Grand Dame of the east, The Peninsula Hong Kong, has reaffirmed its place as one of the world's best luxury hotels. While the 300 guest rooms have been updated – think chic and subtle cream, walnut and caramel tones – it is the cutting edge in-room technology which will really excite couples on a romantic getaway or honeymoon.
Consider celebrating 20 years with the love of your life by visiting one of the most ancient civilisations. With a recorded history of nearly 5,000 years, China's home to a rich cultural heritage and astounding geography.
Here are a couple of these destinations to feature on your anniversary itinerary:
Great Wall of China
Did you know that China now offers a visa-free period of 72 hours (3 days) if you're travelling to another country. This means that China is now on our HOT list of places to take a lengthy stopover.
With China's billionaire boom we have seen the country become more luxurious than ever. A luxury stopover? A new concept perhaps, but definitely worth your while. Whether your stopover is before your main holiday or after, there's no reason not to turn it into a mini romantic getaway.
A diverse collection of islands, jungles, cities and hinterlands, Asia boasts an almost endless list of incredible destinations, so picking exactly where to visit can be a bit of a challenge.
Whether you're dreaming of a honeymoon on the beach, in a glamorous city or somewhere remote and rugged, we've handpicked 10 destinations for the perfect post-wedding getaway.
We're big fans of holidaying decadently and differently, and we love the latest additions to The Peninsula Beijing's Academy tours. If you're on a romantic holiday or honeymoon in China, we definitely recommend checking these tours out.
Located just 60 km or an hour’s Turbo Jetfoil ride away from Hong Kong, Macau has long been the favourite recreational haunt of expats living in romantic Hong Kong as it offers a slower-paced respite from the frenetic streets of that vertical megacity. It’s also a popular destination for travellers visiting Hong Kong or China (it is located around 150 km from the popular tourist city of Guangzhou) because of its Portugese heritage which is still so much a part of the lifestyle here. Opened just a few months ago in a great position on the Napa waterfront and close to many of Macau’s unique attractions, the Mandarin Oriental Macau offers guests an exceptionally romantic and exclusive home away from home.
1. For Australian and New Zealand passport holders, Macau is VISA FREE for 30 days.
2. Visitors arriving at Hong Kong International Airport can transfer to Macau by the Sea Express Ferry Service. This trip will take 45 minutes and all customs and immigration formalities are completed in Macau.
3. Macau’s currency is the pataca (MOP$), which has almost the same value as the Hong Kong dollar (HKD). Hong Kong dollars are accepted in most places but spend your patacas in Macau as you won’t be able to use them in Hong Kong.
Couples are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to luxurious accommodation options at excellent prices, couples’ spa treatments that will leave you both on cloud nine and restaurants that equal the best in the world. We think couples will love the eight options we’ve chosen as they all offer a very different experience.
1. Mandarin Oriental
Stylish, beautifully appointed rooms and suites are just part of the many charms of this architecturally stunning building sited on the waterfront within walking distance of all the action of the city, its historical centre and three major casinos, MGM, Wynn and Grand Lisboa. Floor-to-ceiling glass reveals stunning vistas of the city, Macau Tower, Nam Van Lake and the South China Sea. The oversized bathroom offers a full-size bath where you can both enjoy a long, decadent soak drinking in the magical views along with a glass of bubbles.
Foodies will love it here as the dining possibilities are endless, with choices ranging from intimate and romantic to large and loud; from authentic Macanese and Portuguese flavours to traditional and contemporary Asian tastes; from hotel buffets to Michelin star restaurants … but be warned, you’ll leave here heavier than when you arrived and I don’t mean your suitcases!
1. Beijing Kitchen
This is the place to eat if you’ve booked to see the spectacular extravaganza, The House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams because the ‘show’ put on by the chefs in one of the four open kitchens of this chic restaurant will delight and amaze as they toss food filled woks over high bursts of flame. The cuisine is authentic Northern Chinese which we loved as it’s quite spicy and so different with specialities like wood-fired Beijing Duck, Shanxi hand-shredded noodles with pork and double-baked Superior Bird’s Nest just a small sample of the delectable dishes on offer. Open for lunch and dinner: macau.grand.hyatt.com
Macau is a compact city made for walking and with over 20 unique historical or religious sites clustered around the city’s heart, it’s easy to navigate your way around, savouring the wonderful sights in a short space of time. Here are eight don’t miss attractions.
1: Of special interest is Senado Square with its wave-patterned, stone mosaic streets and its gorgeous neo-classical, pastel coloured buildings. This is the city’s beating heart which has been a civic centre for centuries and where locals and visitors alike stroll along, stopping to window shop at the many boutiques and stores that are now housed in the lovely old buildings. The restored St Lazarus Quarter, just a few blocks from here, is also a charming place to stroll around and admire gaily coloured buildings, lovely laneways and atmospheric piazzas where you’ll find some really cool little boutiques and galleries showcasing local ceramics, jewellery, handmade soaps and cosmetics.
Trust us – you won’t be short of things to do on your holiday here, but to get you thinking about it, here are our top eight to try!
1. The House of Dancing Water
Billed as a show like no other on earth, The House of Dancing Water show, created for City of Dreams by Franco Dragone, is a ‘must-see’ experience – quite simply it’s amazing! The dazzling costumes and special effects are fabulous but it’s the cast (and the millions of litres
of water they use as their main prop!) that will have you agog with delight … don’t miss it!
Jemma Fletcher discovers the growing trend of Voluntourism.
‘The honeymoon that gives back’ – could there really be such a thing? A romantic escape which fuses romance, seclusion and luxury with the heart-warming gesture of giving back to the local community? Here at Holidays for Couples, we began to wonder if this fabled honeymoon could really exist … and after a bit of digging, we’re pleased to announce that it most certainly does – in droves!
Below are our top six destinations which provide dream honeymoons with an opportunity to make the world a better place.