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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.

Weekend away: Sea World Resort and Water Park

Sea World has undergone an upgrade of its rooms, and remains a family favourite.

Simon Holt Avoid queues with resort-only access, and dodge crowds with resort-exclusive entry into the first dolphin training session.

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.

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Queensland

Hamilton Island: choose your own adventure

'Qualia' at Hamilton Island.

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

Weekend away: Gambaro Hotel, Brisbane

Gambaro has succeeded in adding a quality boutique hotel to the Brisbane skyline.

Simon Holt Brisbane's latest boutique hotel is quickly making an impression, set right in the heart of arguably the city's most vibrant entertainment precinct.

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Indonesia

Escape from Bali: The secret island paradise next door

Gili Trawangan, seen on island hopping boat trip. Near Bali and Lombok.

Just three kilometres wide and two kilometres long, this is the ideal place to decompress.

France

Postcard France: ice hole diving

Brian Johnston I roll with a plop into the ice hole. My chest feels tight, and shallow breathing fills my ears.

Fiji

Fiji luxury family holidays: Never too young

nanuku resort and spa fiji

Tracey Spicer Your little ones will not want to leave these luxury family retreats, writes Tracey Spicer.

Canberra

Weekend Away: QT Canberra

QT Canberra.

Veronique Mandray Veronique Mandray checks out the new, sleek, designer QT Canberra.

Thailand

Point Yamu by Como resort review: From here to infinity

Point Yamu by Como

Jane Reddy A new Phuket resort departs from tradition, Jane Reddy writes.

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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.

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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Australia

Country holidays: Old MacDonald had a farm stay

Tuppenny Farm, VIC

Sheriden Rhodes Australia offers a big range of country holidays where city families get get up close and grubby - or stylishly arms-length - with the nation's producer backbone, writes Sheriden Rhodes.

Victoria

Weekend away: Schaller Studio in Bendigo

Melissa Singer This is the funky hotel Bendigo lacked to help woo the art-loving crowds, and makes a great bolthole for a short stay.

Weekend away: EcoRidge Hideaway, Toowoomba

Simon Holt Let’s face it, there’s not a lot to do here, but therein lies the attraction – an immaculately-kept 3km walking track, stunning sunrise, the occasional wallaby, cold fridge and a stool for tired feet.

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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.

Weekend away: Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

Mantra Mooloolaba Beach is four-star comfort with a view of the beach from the shower.

Neil Herdegen You can't miss the walk-in spa and shower combo with a curved glass wall that lets you stand in the middle of the kitchen while you shower and enjoy the ocean view.

Brazil

Trim and tanned: Why Rio is really a daytime city

A woman plays soccer on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro

Despite its party reputation, Rio is a daytime city. Obsessed with health and good looks, locals work hard to keep tan and fit.

Weekend away: InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

Sanctuary Cove was designed as a playground for the wealthy, and still retains its old charm.

Simon Holt Sanctuary Cove has been a playground for the rich and sometimes famous for the past 25 years, and unlike some other ageing getaways, doesn’t seem to have lost much of its charm and grace.

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Luxe Nomad

The question I'm most often asked

Lee Tulloch

Lee Tulloch The question I'm most often asked about travel is this: Can you recommend a charming small hotel in Paris? I don't get asked for the name of a 'charming small' hotel in London, New York or Shanghai.