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Experience: Stunning Vistas and Very Fresh Oysters at Saffire Freycinet

Put yourself in Paul Lacaze and Tess Simmons’ shoes. The two traveled to Saffire Freycinet in the wilds of Tasmania and recount its pleasures here, some of which include taking in astounding views and shooting back a freshly shucked oyster you just harvested yourself from local waters.

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12 Hotels of Christmas: Ten Lords-a-leaping at Queenstown Hilton

The gifts given in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” aren’t exactly high on anyone’s wish list (five gold rings being the exception). So we’re taking liberties and reinterpreting the lyrics with the coolest holiday happenings and festive extras at luxury hotels instead. Up next, Queenstown gives us our lords-a-leaping.

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12 Hotels of Christmas: Four Colly Birds at Arajilla Retreat

The gifts given in the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” aren’t exactly high on anyone’s wish list (five gold rings being the exception). So we’re taking liberties and reinterpreting the lyrics with the coolest holiday happenings and festive extras at luxury hotels instead. Next, we find four (or more) birds down under.

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Destination Dispatches: Solitary Refinement at New Zealand’s Solitaire Lodge

While winter is on its way up North, down on the North Island of New Zealand, summer is coming. Having visited Solitaire Lodge last season, I recount my sun-filled, adventure-laden visit to the beautiful lakeside property, a recent addition to the Kiwi Collection.

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Where to Do: Melbourne Cup

The Melbourne Cup, Australia’s premier thoroughbred horserace, is as much about betting on horses as it is hobnobbing. Touted as “the race that stops a nation,” the Cup is this upcoming Tuesday, November 5, and the whole country will halt for the highly anticipated event. Here’s what you need to know.

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Check-in: Azur, New Zealand

Guest blogger Nicole Humphries-Voorhoeve continues her New Zealand adventure with two nights at the awe-inspiring yet downright homey Azur property in the Queenstown area.

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Check-in: Matakauri Lodge, New Zealand

Guest blogger Nicole Humphries-Voorhoeve travels to New Zealand with her family and finds Matakauri Lodge magical, complete with a steamship ride and farm tour. Lest we forget those spectacular mountain views….

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10 Questions: A Conversation with Franz Donhauser, GM of the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

In our ongoing General Manager series, we catch up with heads of hotels for some unique insight and perspective. This week, we talk to Franz Donhauser of the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney.

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Check-in: Blue Sydney

Guest blogger Rick Molinsky lives like the stars he’s interviewed at the Blue Sydney with a overnight stay of his own, and, not surprisingly, spots a few more celebs.

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Destination Dispatches: Getting the Heart Racing Around Taupo, Part II

Whenever guests are ready to break with the ducks on their decks at Huka Lodge and kick it up a notch, there’s no shortage of other activities around Taupo (see: the resort’s 41 page activity book). Here’s the rundown on a few, in order of the affect they had on my heart rate.

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