Hotel - 15 May 2010

23 is a Whole Other Level

Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach: 81 Surf Parade, Broadbeach QLD (07) 5592 2250 or Our collective consciousness has been branded with the number 23. It’s the number of champions for who the sky’s the limit. First there was Michael Jordan, then Shane Warne, more recently, superstar basketballer LeBron James… and now: Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach.

Hotel - 15 May 2010


Four Seasons Hotel Sydney: 199 George St, Sydney NSW (02) 9250 3100 or It’s spring at the Four Seasons Sydney. After shedding its coat and embarking on a $1.2m refurbishment of its public areas, hot on the heels of a $16m facelift to the hotels rooms and suites last year; the hotel has sprouted

Resort - 15 May 2010

Eco Beach

Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat: Broome WA (08) 9193 8015 or Eco Beach Wilderness Retreat, in the Kimberley region over an hour from Broome, is the result of Karl Plunkett and partner Natalie Kimpton’s steely resolve to rebuild the original 1998-launched version that fell victim to cyclone Rosita in 2000. With great tenacity, Plunkett carried

Backchat - 5 May 2010

It’s the little things that can bite you

I recently returned from a family holiday in Tasmania. Nothing glamourous, just a self-catering week in the interior — tall trees, waterfalls, leeches. We set off one afternoon from our cabin on an hour-long walk, ostensibly to spot wedge-tailed eagles. With two kids under the age of 10 I was bringing up the rear of

Hotel - 4 May 2010

Circa 2010

The Prince: 2 Acland St, St Kilda VIC (03) 9536 1111 or The Prince of Wales has a split personality: for Melbourne rock fans, it’s a rite of passage that leads straight out of the front bar, past security, and upstairs to the band room. If you let it out of the bag that