With its rich architectural and artistic heritage, gilded temples and French Indochina-era villas and shopfronts, Luang Prabang is a hidden gem just waiting to be explored and discovered. And for couples wanting to combine a short break in this charming city with the best in style and romance, the exquisite Sofitel Luang Prabang offers an unparalleled level of luxury.
Famed as ‘The Grand Dame of Africa’, the Victoria Falls Hotel has featured on the bucket-list of travellers since 1917 when it was re-built from a simple timber lodging with 16 rooms, a dining room and bar into a modern, palatial hotel surrounded by impressive lawns and lush gardens.
The hotel has welcomed countless celebrities, dignitaries and royals over its lifetime, including King George VI and family in 1947, and is almost as famous as the Victoria Falls themselves. Looking to treat yourselves? Step inside the prestigious Victoria Falls Hotel...
From the minute you pull up to the Andara’s vast open lobby you get a sense of calm. The staff are softly spoken, nothing is rushed – even the gardeners seem to sweep the palm leaves and frangipani blossoms with hushed, velvet brooms. A light breeze floats through the space as you sip your welcome drink and you know instantly that you’ve made rather a good hotel choice.
It's less than three hours since switching off our mobile phones and saying goodbye to a busy week in Brisbane, and here we are strolling hand-in-hand down the main strip of picturesque Palm Cove. We can’t help but wonder why we haven't already been enjoying regular weekend escapes to this little piece of paradise — getting here was ridiculously easy and it took just moments for the stress of our hectic city lives to disappear.
The cathedral-like lobby of the Hilton Sydney is a thrilling place. Lamborghinis pull up at the porte-cochère, to the delight of snap-happy guests (and the valet crew!). Smartly dressed airline pilots rub shoulders with wedding guests at check-in. Romantic couples in town to celebrate anniversaries hold hands as they head to glass brasserie for a sumptuous lunch. And the smiling staff chat in numerous languages with guests from all over the world. You could be in London, Singapore or New York but for glimpses of the sandstone façade of the Queen Victoria Building (QVB) across George Street.
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