Holidays

USA

Spend the night in Gianni Versace's Miami mansion

John O'Ceallaigh Almost 14 years after the designer was shot dead outside the property, Versace's mansion opens as a luxury hotel.

Weekend away: Mantra on Cavill, Surfers Paradise

Kim Stephens It’s all about the view and the design ensures you see it at every opportunity. Lie in bed to take it in or fill the deep spa in the large adjoining bathroom to do so.

Victoria

Weekend Away: Sofitel Melbourne

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.

Fiona Carruthers Fiona Carruthers finds elegance on a grand scale at Sofitel Melbourne.

Weekend away: Homewood Cottages, Highfields

Homewood cottages at Homewood, near Toowoomba.

Laura Allen With its homely feel, rustic charm and access to the exquisite Davidson Arboretum, it’s the cottage you always dreamt of having as a child.

Weekend away: Emporium Hotel, Brisbane

Amy Remeikis Being situated just outside the city is a boon – it provides a chance to explore some of the back streets the Valley and its surrounds have to offer.

Melbourne

Luxury cruise liner Queen Mary 2 forced to berth at industrial dock

The Queen Mary 2 at Webb Dock.

Robert Upe If you think parking problems are bad on Melbourne’s streets, wait until you get on to Port Phillip Bay.

Mama Holiday

Digital distractions for your kids

Tracey Spicer It's a common question: Is there an app to make kids less annoying on holidays?

Victoria

Weekend Away: Harvest Birregurra Bed & Breakfast

Harvest Birregurra

Anthony Dennis Anthony Dennis finds a B&B with boutique bite at Birregurra in rural Victoria.

Weekend away: Binna Burra Mountain Lodge, Beechmont

Hannah Tall Hannah Tall finds her head in the clouds at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge.

Weekend away: Seahaven Noosa Resort, Noosa

Seahaven Noosa Resort is in the heart of a new end of Noosa.

Simon Holt Seahaven Noosa Resort is part of a resurgence of the northern end of Hastings Street.

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Weekend away: Oaks Oasis Resort, Caloundra

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Oaks Oasis Caloundra.

Scott Beveridge A well stocked bar inside the complex allows parents a chance to relax with a drink on a sun lounge while the kids play in the newly-built waterpark.

Oaks Oasis Resort, Caloundra

Oaks Oasis Resort, Caloundra

Luxury

London's new luxury hotel: a stationary superyacht

Sunborn superyacht London

John O'Ceallaigh Travellers to London not yet ready to commit upwards of £150,000-a-week ($AU278,812) to charter a superyacht will soon be able to trial the experience for a significantly smaller sum – and it won’t...

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All aboard: Sunborn's superyacht luxury London hotel

Sunborn London is an 120m superyacht converted into a luxury hotel that will be moored permanently in London's Royal Victoria Dock.

Weekend away: Pullman Hotel, Brisbane

Natalie Bochenski The Pullman has pulled its socks up from its days as the Sebel Citygate, and before that the Carlton Crest.

Weekend away: Capriole Estate, Noosa Hinterland

With all the features of a luxury resort, Capriole Estate is far more than your average farm-stay property.

Simon Holt Technically, Capriole is a farm-stay property. It could also be one of Queensland’s most exclusive and luxurious resorts.

Travellers' Check

Business class is the battleground

Qantas business class seat can be adjusted with various lumbar options and reclines to a flat bed.

Travellers' Check The airfare war is far from over, and business class is where the bargains are.

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Mama Holiday

Mama Holiday: Travel insurance grey areas

Tracey Spicer Claiming lost gadgets is a grey area in travel insurance. And often, families are the hardest hit.

Victoria

Weekend Away: My Happy Horizons, Rye

Clare Barry finds her happy horizons in Rye.

NSW

Weekend Away: Solar Springs Health Retreat, Bundanoon

Kate Cox Kate Cox pursues inner peace in the Southern Highlands.