Category Archives: Oceania

A green boutique hotel befitting the Queen of the South ~ Queenstown Park Hotel, New Zealand

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It would be an utter crime to upset the natural beauty of NZ’s South Island with overbearing design, and this boutique hotel strikes a harmonious balance between the holistic and the hip. Positioned amid some of the world’s most dramatic topography, the Queenstown Park Hotel strives not to compete with its surroundings — how could you even begin to outshine a mountain range dubbed “The Remarkables” — but effortlessly blends into the landscape, both visually and ecologically.

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Kite-Surfing in the ultimate paradise ~ Kakula Island, Vanuatu, South Pacific

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Just a five-minute boat ride north of Éfaté Island in the Vanauatu Archipelago, lies the uninhabited Kakula Island has been called “The Jewel of the South Pacific” for good reason. Its lush 90 acres include white sand beaches, coral reefs and pristine tropical splendor. Protected by neighboring islands, the calm waters surrounding Kakula are excellent for swimming, fishing and snorkeling, and increasingly… Kite Surfing. Uninhabited and unspoiled, Kakula serves as a breeding ground for sea turtles.

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Green & Chic ~ Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island, Australia

By Dian Hasan | June 10, 2009

South Ocean Lodge_OZ_11b-osprey-pavilion-terraceSouthern Ocean Lodge offers luxury lodges along secluded cliffs of Australia’s Kangaroo Island. The lodge aims to provide a sanctuary to its occupants through its intimate style and comfort. Upon the cliff, one can view the pounding surf through a full frontal panorama as well as be in easy reach of the islands main attractions. Continue reading

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Unique Stay Experience ~ Tree House Hotels

By Dian Hasan | June 4, 2009

treehouse_thfoin_75605tTravelers are constantly seeking unique travel destinations, that offer uncommon experiences in exotic locations, and the opportunity to stay in unusual accommodation. Fancy a stay in a Tree House Hotel? They say any boy’s dream of a tree house never really leaves him. Here are 10 reasons that would send them packing across the world to reignite their childhood!

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Unforgettable Eco-Resorts in Unusual Travel Destinations

By Dian Hasan | May 28, 2009

banana leaf_coiled_2Al Gore may have made the term “planet in peril” permanently enter our psyche. From driving hybrid cars to recycling and going “green” and organic, it has morphed into our lifestyle. Influencing how we travel as well. These days, we can go on vacation while concurrently reducing our carbon footprint.

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