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Living it up, but not at The Ritz: Raffles London at The Old War Office has been restored to full baroque Edwardian elegance.

Crazy rich Asian hotels open in London – think £25,000 a night

You can even live permanently at the newly minted Peninsula or the lavish Raffles. But can they compete with city icons like The Ritz or The Dorchester?

  • Hans van Leeuwen

This Month

Church in Oia (Santorini, Greece).

What to expect on your first Greek Islands cruise

When cruising aboard Resilient Lady in a RockStar Suite, there’s only one way to spend your daytime shore excursions: like a rock star, in dark glasses and a cap.

  • Tony Davis

Lithuania’s secret UNESCO heritage-listed weapon

The most populous of the three Baltic states, Lithuania has some fascinating pockets that northern European holidaymakers have been enjoying for centuries.

  • Chris Wright
Young man contemplating the famous Taj Mahal at sunrise

Yes, you need a top guide in India - especially to jump queues

From navigating a 150-year-old fish market to skipping the crowds at the Taj Mahal and knowing the best restaurants, a local tour guide is worth it.

  • Paul Bailey
Royal Chamber

Unique stay: book this one-bedroom medieval castle for $1155 a night

Since it opened in March, the one-bedroom residence atop the 34-metre Norman keep in Hedingham Castle has won over guests seeking regal privacy.

  • Jane Knight
Oceania Cruises’ newest ship. the “ultra premium” Vista.

One chef for every 10 diners? Sign me up

Founded by a Miami-based Cuban American, Oceania Cruises is known for its food and wine offering. Its latest ship, Oceania Vista, is no exception.

  • Ben Potter
Crystal Serenity

A&K spend $270m to refit Crystal - still with Nobu, and bigger suites

Crystal Serenity has had its first outing as part of the Abercrombie & Kent stable. The ship’s major refit means fewer guests and enhanced appeal.

  • Jane Knight
The characters you meet hiking across Ireland’s wild and woolly Clare Island. All part of a Sylvia Earle Ireland-Scotland discovery voyage.

See the best of remote Ireland and Scotland in just 17 days

An extended voyage of these Celtic regions yields endless revelations – including Luke Skywalker’s favoured retreat in Star Wars.

  • Peter Wilson
One of the ship’s indoor pools has  a retractable glass roof.

This just-launched luxury cruise line leans into la dolce vita

In a sign of a strongly rebounding cruise market, Italian line MSC has launched Explora I, a new luxury ship that has the feel of a superyacht.

  • Josephine McKenna


There’s no messing with Amisfield Restaurant chef Vaughan Mabee. His food tells origin stories, such as: “This is how the wild duck fell into the gorse when I shot it.”

Are you ready for crunchy duck beaks with duck-liver ice cream?

Swallow your fear and take a deep dive into the culinary world of NZ chef Vaughan Mabee: you’ll remember the food at Amisfield for life.

  • Jill Dupleix
L: Rose-Anne _ Grahame Manns at the Monastery in Petra, 199
R: Rose-Anne _ Grahame Manns at the Monastery in Petra, 2023

Why this Middle Eastern country is welcoming travellers

Thirty years since her first trip to Jordan, this visitor find the landscape hasn’t changed but a lot else has. And for Western visitors, it’s mostly for the better.

  • Rose-Anne Manns
Collar of Princess Neferuptah. The Egyptians called this form of collar the wesekh, meaning broad. Six rows of beads terminate with the head of a golden falcon at each end; these were used as fasteners. Two smaller chains of beads are attached to the falcons, leading to a counterpoise, which also bears the image of a falcon, with further horizontal rows of beads hanging from it. At the bottom of the collar, teardrop shaped pendants can be seen, connected to a row of small golden beads.

Why Egypt is on an antiquities discovery spree

Egypt’s government is investing heavily in archeological digs, so plenty of treasures are being unearthed, and they’re coming to Australia.

  • Ute Junker
Co-Founders and creative directors of Sun Ranch Julia Ashwood and Jamie Blakey

New Byron Bay resort a lesson in how to do hippie luxe well

A collective of friends from the design, fashion and hospitality worlds have created a “kind of nature-shrouded adult playground, with all the luxury touches”.

  • Nina Karnikowski
Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons.

Here’s how modern art at historic hotels can elevate a stay

Chef Raymond Blanc wasn’t too sure about a contemporary sculptural installation taking over the grounds of his English hotel. But now he wants to keep it longer.

  • Sue Bennett
Kauri Cliffs golf course, New Zealand.

$780 for a round of golf? You’ll certainly never forget it

New Zealand has so many fabulous golf courses, it could be referred to as the land of the long white bunker. And in fact not all of them are pricey. Here are eight of the best.

  • Richard Allen
The Schlachthofviertel precinct in Munich is transforming from old meat works to modern eateries.

From slaughterhouse vibes to hipster havens: Munich gets a makeover

The gentrification of the city’s working-class neighbourhoods has produced mostly hits and a few misses.

  • Robert Bevan
Greek orchestral conductor Zoe Zeniodi.

An insider’s guide to travelling in Greece

Athens born and bred orchestral conductor Zoe Zeniodi goes home whenever her schedule allows. Here are her personal favourite places to dine and explore.

  • Steve Meacham


Those summer nights: Who went where in Europe ’23

Here are some tips from Australian Europhiles to celebrate the year that everyone who could spent summer up north. Call it the Class of 2023.

  • Fiona Carruthers and Samantha Hutchinson

The quick and the dead: a Botswana safari in the heart of the action

A wildlife adventure in Africa’s Okavango Delta combines all the action of an Attenborough documentary with a choice of bush-camp comforts.

  • Ute Junker
MIL Centro, a gastronomic project by chef Virgilio Martínez, located on the edge of the Moray Archaeological Complex in Peru. 

The world’s top chef? You’ll find him in the Andes

An obsession with indigenous Peruvian ingredients has taken Virgilio Martínez to No. 1 in the World’s Best Restaurants list.

  • Paul Richardson