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The List: 7 Spots for Storm Watching

Travelers typically beseech the weather gods for blue skies and sunshine, but some people live for a little drama every now and again—it often makes for a better story—and for those types there’s storm watching. Herein, seven spots across the globe where Mother Nature tends to put on a show.

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Insider’s Guide: Melbourne

Making the move to Melbourne two years ago, Anna Lotfipour promptly fell in love with the place. As a former Pacific Northwester she knows good coffee, and as current marketing guru for fashion label LIFEwithBIRD she’s dialed in on art and design, so we picked her brain on Australia’s unofficial cultural capital.

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The List: 13 Rejuvenating, Relaxing Couples Spas

The year is coming to a close, and it’s been a busy one. Time to escape with your significant other and recoup with some serious therapy—spa therapies, that is. Herein, 13 spectacular spas to jet away to.

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The List: Best Beaches for Romantic Dinners

The best dinners are enjoyed al fresco and under the stars, and there’s no shortage of Kiwi Collection resorts to cook you a dream meal. From Mexico to the Maldives, herein are the best beachside dinner spots for the foodie looking to dial up the romance this holiday season. 

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The List: 11 Luxurious Hotels in the Heart of Wine Country

The harvest season brings with it an abundance of delicious things. Most delicious of all, we’d argue, are grapes, and we mean the grapes that metamorphose into wine. So delicious in fact, you should just plan a whole trip around red, white and rosé. Herein, your hit list, from Sonoma to South Africa.

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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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