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South Asia

Hotels

Six of the best: James Bond's preferred hotels

Ute Junker Don't let the tux fool you - James Bond loves a bit of bling.

Worldwide

How to bring the glamour of travel back

Talabgaon Castle Heritage Resort

Too often, modern-day travel can feel sanitised and rushed, leaving you yearning for the era of gracious, slow-paced touring on a grand scale.

India

Water world

taj lake palace india

Nina Karnikowski Nina Karnikowski channels her inner Bond girl at Udaipur's historic Taj Lake Palace.

India

Six of the best: Rajasthan palace hotels

Raj Palace

Brian Johnston The best palace hotels evoke a bygone era; it's certainly the case here, right down to the Earl Grey tea and bagpipes.

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Photo galleries

Inside one of the world's best hotels

The opulent Oberoi Amarvilas in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is rated as one of the top 10 in the world.

The opulent Oberoi Amarvilas in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is rated as one of the top 10 in the world.

Asia's best spas: on our doorstep

Six Senses, Naka Yai Island, Phuket, Thailand. Each villa features a private pool, meditation sala and steam shower and comes with an ocean view from either cliff top or beachfront.

Some of the world's best spas are not far away.

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Travellers Tips

Travel tips

All the buzz on a budget

Phra Nang beach, Krabi. Thailand.

From Hobart to Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Groundwater picks the new year's best affordable breaks.

Tips

Case study: top tips on packing your bags

Backpacker illustration

From vacuum packing to cool-weather layering, the canny traveller's luggage mantra is all about economy.

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Travel News

Avalon Airport axes ad over criticism it made light of domestic violence

The advertisement as seen on Avalon Airport's Facebook page.

5:29pm | Victoria's Avalon Airport has been forced to ditch its new advertising campaign after being accused of making light of domestic violence.

UK tourist recounts 'hellish' time in Sri Lanka over Buddha tattoo

10:09am | A 37-year-old British nurse has recounted her "hellish" experience in Sri Lanka after she was arrested and sent to a deportation centre for sporting a Buddha tattoo deemed offensive by authorities.

Stowaway reportedly eyed Africa

9:05am | As relatives make themselves scarce after a 15-year-old Santa Clara boy survived a flight from San Jose to Maui in a jetliner's wheel well over the weekend, Hawaiian media have reported the boy may have been trying to get to his mother in Africa.

Hang onto your seat: it's gondola be an after-dark ride to thrill

JASON DOWLING | First we had the illuminated Melbourne Star wheel for a spin after dark - next may be a midnight ride to Arthurs Seat on new multimillion-dollar gondola.

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