The Cruise Director

Sally Macmillan Taking a cruise with the whole family - mum, dad, kids, grandparents - is becoming increasingly popular.

Mama Holiday

OK, so my son kissed a monkey on the lips


Tracey Spicer There's a moment in every traveller's life when you know you've gone too far.


Heaven scent

Ayana Resort Bali pool cliffs

Lucy Carroll takes home the fragrance of Bali in a bottle.

Mama Holiday

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TRACEY SPICER We're seated in the formal dining room, as "The Lady" holds court. Her diamonds dance in the light of the flickering fireplace, where three shih-tzus snuggle up.


Les enfants au paradis

Royal Monceau

Sally Webb Le Royal Monceau Raffles hotel in Paris employs an art curator and has its own gallery space.


Weekend Away: Burrawang

Natasha Wallace is stoked by the vista available at Burrawang.


Ten out of 10

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Katrina Lobley Renting a ski chalet for 10 people is daunting. When collectively spending so much on accommodation, travel, lift passes, equipment hire, food and the obligatory red wine, you want everything to be...

Mama Holiday

Welcome to Camping 2.0

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Tracey Spicer Ah, remember the good old days? You'd pack the station wagon with the flimsy tent, only five of the six pegs, and an empty gas bottle, and head off to your favourite campground.

Chilly out, party on

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Andrew Taylor A big day on the slopes can become thirsty work, but finding a spot to relax afterwards is not a problem in Queenstown, writes Andrew Taylor.


Weekend Away: Brisbane

Limes hotel

Anthony Dennis Anthony Dennis gets a taste of big-city boutique chic in Brisbane.


Weekend Away: Echuca

Echuca CocknBull

Andrew Stephens crosses the border to a tranquil pocket of colonial history and riparian R&R.

Quick getaways


Villa Vivante.

Getting away from it all? Not any more — we want holiday homes that have it all, writes Belinda Jackson.

Mama Holiday

'Perfect princesses' a nasty holiday trend

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Tracey Spicer Like a nasty fungal infection, the trend of kiddie spa treatments has spread around the world.

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Weekend away: Bondi Beach

Julietta Jameson Julietta Jameson settles in like a local at Bondi Beach.


Bedarra rebooted

Ute Junker Ute Junker finds that less is more at a revamped island that has just become even more intimate.

Great Aussie holiday homes

Campbell Point House, is an extraordinary private estate, set on 15 Ha (37 acres approx) on the banks of Lake Connewarre, Leopold.

Want to escape to a great Aussie holiday house? Check out these 20 properties from Stayz to fulfill your holiday dream.


Weekend away: Dinner Plain

Robert Upe Robert Upe warms his toes in front of the fire at Peppers Rundells Alpine Lodge, Dinner Plain.


Mama Holiday

Tracey Spicer We thought she was going to have a heart attack. But the 80-year-old stopped halfway up the mountain to say, "It's not as hard as Machu Picchu".


Six of the best: Paris design hotels

Le Royal Monceau Raffles

Louise Goldsbury Two Michelin-starred restaurants, croissants voted the best in Paris, and a 'Palace Distinction' rating.


Degilding the lily

Lee Tulloch Lee Tulloch stays at London's grand old Cafe Royal, whose radical redesign has been controversial.