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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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Destination Dispatches: A Lazy Day In at Huka Lodge, Part I

New Zealand might as well be called Adventureland. They sell much of their country to visitors on the idea, and did so long before it was synonymous with Frodo and the Fellowship. The North Island town of Taupo is no exception. Not only is it home to the mountain moviegoers know as Mordor, it hosted […]

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City Travel Guide: A Breezy 24 Hours in Windy Wellington

I had one day in Wellington, Auckland, and I wondered what worthwhile things I could find within walking distance of my 24 hour home-away-from-home, the Museum Art Hotel; as it turns out, quite a lot. Herein, my whirlwind itinerary.

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Check-in: Huka Lodge

I arrive at Huka Lodge in Taupo, New Zealand, and I really have arrived. At this plush, riverside resort, check-in isn’t the perfunctory desk-side, stand-up experience most of the world is accustomed to, rather they whisk you to their deck overlooking the rolling Waikato River.

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Check-in: Museum Art Hotel

In between wild adventures in Blenheim on New Zealand’s South Island, and Taupo on the North Island, I spent 24 hours in Wellington. My home for the night was the aptly-named Museum Art Hotel.

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Spotlight: Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney

There’s something special about each and every luxury hotel. In our Spotlight series we showcase one property and highlight its most fantastic features—both the latest and longstanding. This week, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney is making us hungry.

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City Travel Guide: March Madness in Melbourne, Festivals Galore

March is festival season in Melbourne. With the Food and Wine Festival, L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival and Australian Grand Prix, it’s one of the best times of the year to visit Australia’s second largest city. Local Rick Molinsky suggests where to stay, eat, shop and find the perfect photo op.

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Trip Tips: Follow in the Footsteps of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s South Pacific Travels for Queen’s Jubilee

First, we stalked Harry, now we recount some of Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s stays in the South Pacific. Plus, some recommendations on where the couple could extend their trip for more sunbathing.

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