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  • Experience New Zealand at its Finest

    A visit to New Zealand’s South Island is like stepping onto a movie set.  It’s the reason why worldwide blockbusters like The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were filmed here.  While reaching New Zealand requires a long-haul flight, it is worth the journey to discover a sparkling clean and green land where beaches, mountains, outdoor adventure and vineyards converge. Continue Reading

    November 27, 2013 • Bloggers, New Zealand • Views: 7135

  • Heaven at Whitehaven

    So there I was, strapped into a seaplane gearing up my camera as the engines began puttering to a start. Only minutes before we were all in the dark about what “surprise” our parents had planned for us.

    Now, It was just my family and I filling the charter as we all buckled up for the adventure. I was seated on the starboard side, right behind the co-pilots seat. Continue Reading

    September 12, 2013 • Australia, Ian Swain II • Views: 6765

  • Sensory Sophistication at qualia

    The defining moment of awareness for me at qualia, is sitting in the Long Room, as the perfectly temperate languid breezes of the Whitsundays, caress and calm with their soft silkiness. Add to that, a glass of ‘house pour’ Champagne, Charles Heidsick, and the changing light over the water and islands across the way. Hmmm. Mesmeric. Hard to beat. And so say the reader’s of Conde Nast USA, who voted qualia ‘Best Resort in the World’ in recent months, giving them an incredible perfect 100/100 score. Continue Reading

    July 31, 2013 • Australia, Bloggers • Views: 7131

  • Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef with Life Changing Experiences

    A visit to Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef on Australia’s west coast last spring with my then seven year old daughter and husband left with me a potent reminder of the value of the guides hosting guests in remote places, and especially at luxe lodges or camps where many of the experiences and guiding is included in the rate (an important item to consider when researching experiential holidays). Continue Reading

    June 25, 2013 • Australia, Bloggers • Views: 9194