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Answer the call of the sea: a luxurious, gourmet-focused experience awaits with Oceania Cruises
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We’re so onboard with this. The romance of the sea, the allure of Europe, fine wining and dining… and up to 30% off! Renowned for their culinary excellence and destination-rich itineraries, Oceania Cruises are rewarding early bookers with a generous saving for selected 2020 European sailings. The OLife Ultimate offer includes free internet and pre-paid gratuities, up to eight free shore excursions per stateroom, up to US$800 free shipboard credit per stateroom, and a free house beverage package per person — available for a series of Mediterranean Baltic and Northern European voyages in mid 2020. Expect to be spoiled at sea with gourmet experiences, world-class speciality restaurants, and plush accommodation. Then of course, there’s the destinations!

Looking for your next Brisbane fireworks vantage point? See the freshly reimagined Adina Brisbane
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One of Brisbane’s heritage treasures is coming back. The sandstone-clad Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane, formerly a landmark bank, now brings together art deco glamour with thoroughly modern five-star rooms and stellar views. Welcoming guests from late November, we can’t wait to check in!

The tallest mural in the Southern Hemisphere creates instant impact at The Adnate, in Perth’s chic King St precinct
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A record-breaking ‘mega mural’ sets the scene at Australia’s newest Art Series Hotel, The Adnate. Named for street artist Matt Adnate, who has created a powerful talking point with his 25-storey mural, the hotel sits next to Perth’s buzzing, sophisticated King St precinct. The artist took a month to spray paint the exterior’s multicultural portraits, eventually revealing the tallest mural in the Southern Hemisphere. “I see this hotel as a beautiful canvas to tell a story about Perth's cultural and community connection through portraiture and traditional elements,” he says. Inside, the 250 rooms are decorated with colourful Adnate prints while the lobby and adjacent laneway are adorned with original works. It’s the first in the Art Series stable to celebrate a street artist. Look out for the mid-October opening of HYDE Perth Kitchen + Cocktails, bringing the international HYDE brand poolside to The Adnate with a swanky restaurant and bar. Just one more reason to go west!

Mirrored pods reflect the landscape while remaining almost invisible
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The pristine wilderness of New Zealand’s Ahuriri Valley, North Otago is the perfect foil for these rather glamorous new Lindis Pods. Part of eco-retreat The Lindis (already on our wish list!) the three pods are surrounded by conservation parks, mountains and beech forest on the 2428-hectare Ben Avon Station. Just a short walk from the main lodge, they’re specifically designed for two and use seamless double-glazed mirrored glass walls to spectacular effect. “The mirrored finish takes the pod and all but makes it disappear as it reflects the surrounding skies, mountains, and tussocked hills, yet from the inside the one-way glass provides a spectacular view that makes the most of the lodge’s unique location,” says Sally Lilley, Director at New Zealand In Depth. “This is the perfect destination for couples looking for the ultimate privacy and escape.”

A natural paradise for couples, the Great Barrier Reef’s northernmost island resort is simply sublime. Photo: Lizard Island
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Champagne at sunset, wine masterclasses, and barefoot beach dining — on the Great Barrier Reef? Sign us up! Lizard Island (home to some of Australia’s most incredible island accommodation) has just announced Penfolds winemaker Andrew Hales will host a gourmet escape from November 15-17, celebrating 175 years of Penfolds. Enjoy three indulgent days on the island with wines from The Penfolds Collection 2019, including the hotly anticipated 2015 Grange, paired with custom menus created by the island’s Executive Chef Ryan Squires. Considering the 24 pristine private beaches, over 1000 glorious hectares of national park and just 40 ultra-elegant rooms and villas, we need no incentive to lounge around on Lizard. But this getaway raises the bar on island romance. Cheers to that!

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