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Luxury Holidays

Hotels

Six of the best: Bora Bora resorts

Le Meridien Bora Bora: Although not as luxurious as some resorts, Le Meridien stands out for its location. It feels remote, perched on a large island at the southern end of Bora Bora's lagoon. Overwater bungalows have glass floors that mesmerise with glimpses of passing tropical fish. The resort also has its own mini-lagoon. Just wade into the shallow water and swim among hawksbill turtles. An educational program teaches guests more about these increasingly endangered creatures. At sunset, sit at the Miki Miki Bar and find the perfect cocktail spot.

Brian Johnston Brian Johnston investigates the best resorts on Tahiti's wincingly expensive Bora Bora.

The Backpacker

I am the 1 per cent: The Backpacker tries business class

A flight attendant poses behind the bar in the rear of the business class section of Emirates' Airbus A380

The Backpacker I am the 1 per cent. I know this with certainty as I recline in my private business-class pod.

Queensland

Hamilton Island: choose your own adventure

'Qualia' at Hamilton Island.

Some five-star resorts now offer more than mere luxury, writes Andrea Black.

Luxe Nomad

Bogan tourists: ditch the thongs, show some class

Where has the glamour gone? Some tourists should make a bit more effort.

Lee Tulloch Does it make me a snob to wish tourists would make a little more effort to show some class?

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Special features

Luxury

Height of luxury: Australia's top five hotel suites

Sydney Suite, Park Hyatt.

Ute Junker Huge rooms, unsurpassed views, private butlers, even a $9000 toilet - Ute Junker takes a look what Australia's most exclusive hotel suites have to offer.

Photo galleries

Photos

The Brando luxury eco-resort, French Polynesia

Located on a breathtakingly beautiful private atoll, this eco-resort embraces the Polynesian culture and offers absolute luxury and comfort.

Photos

Phuket luxury resort: Point Yamu by Como

Guests can enjoy a dual-centre experience mixing city and island life at this new Phuket luxury resort.

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Travellers Tips

Luxury

Luxury hotels by the numbers: just what do you get for big money?

Hayman Island

Ute Junker Looking to splash some cash? Ute Junker takes a global view of what you can expect if you're willing to fork out for a luxury stay.

Thailand

Rain falls, prices drop

Trisara Resort

Thailand's monsoon season signals the arrival of affordable luxury-hotel packages, writes Leisa Tyler.

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Travel News

Fear of flying haunts air travellers after MH17 crash

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LAWRENCE MONEY 11:48pm | Recent events have made those people afraid of plane travel more afraid than ever.

Sydney's newest accommodation: Sleep at IKEA

ANNIE DANG 21 Aug | Need a place to stay? Why not spend a night at IKEA for free. You won't even need an Allen key.

Women, sex and holidays: Study looks at female tourists' sexual behaviour

20 Aug | Some women use holidays as an opportunity to 'feel like a man' and have sex with no strings attached.

Cheeky marmot photobombs, ruins Greenpeace timelapse video

KYLIE MCLAUGHLIN 19 Aug | Timelapse video of glacier ruined thanks to 'Marmot Love'.

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