Ron’s yoga highlights The Palms Retreat

WELL known yoga instructor and health coach Ron Veldhuis has a new venture at The Palms Retreat in the northeast corner of the Thai island of Ko Samui. He’s now the general manager of the resort, and has created a range of wellness packages for guests. Ron is a certified wellness consultant, athletic and health coach,Continue reading “Ron’s yoga highlights The Palms Retreat”

Sweetest show on earth: Salon du Chocolat!

I hope your only rocky road is chocolate THE world’s largest and most stylish celebration of chocolate is set to mark two decades of innovative trends in Paris from late October. A vast space of 2,000 sq m will hold Salon du Chocolat which has has grown from one French couple’s love of our favourite sweet, to massive annual events worldwide attractingContinue reading “Sweetest show on earth: Salon du Chocolat!”

Sydney Harbour sculptures go green

Outdoor art at its best. Sydney Harbour’s foreshore areas around Woolwich Dock and Clarkes Point feature dramatic sculptures from prominent and emerging artists. The 112 entries in this year’s exhibition showcase intriguingly different styles, many making environmental statements, using recycled and sustainable materials. Clarkes Point Reserve – a backdrop of bushland with a harbour view –  has a history of environmental activism. WinterContinue reading “Sydney Harbour sculptures go green”

Greek tourism urges visitors to come on over

  The sun still shines, beaches are gorgeous, beer is cold and ancient ruins mostly standing. If you want to help Greece get out of the financial snake pit, go there. If you don’t give a toss, by going there you will inadvertently help anyway. Greek tourism operators are slashing prices up to 50 perContinue reading “Greek tourism urges visitors to come on over”

Travel tips as Greek debt crisis deepens

Bring €, don’t panic You’re probably not thinking about much while you anticipate your sexy sunny Greek holiday. But here’s what is really going on behind the caffe freddo on the island of your dreams. Or that cold beer in Glyfada on the “Athenian Riviera”. The protracted Greek debt crisis is coming to a head,Continue reading “Travel tips as Greek debt crisis deepens”

Provençal markets take the cake

I get excited about Provençal markets the way other people get excited about Louboutin and Chanel. While they gasp over the perfect jacket or shoes with a shiny red-lacquered sole, I swoon at the sight of pumpkins, sheep cheese and cabbage plants. I’m missing out on haute couture and they’re missing nature’s bounty while our fragile planetContinue reading “Provençal markets take the cake”

300 years of Wine O’Clock in the Rhône

It’s exactly 300 years since these 40 acres on the baking hot floor of the Rhône Valley were first settled for the purpose of producing wine. In 1715 the Granier family decided this was a good spot, and planted vines. I’m in the Château Les Quatre Filles vineyard in the south of the valley. FromContinue reading “300 years of Wine O’Clock in the Rhône”

I fly Scoot to Singapore on the super cheap

A toddler is giving away cheapie air fares. No joke.  My favourite no-frills airline Scoot is celebrating its third birthday with super cheap flights Australia-Singapore. If you come to the birthday party and fly Scoot out of Australia, the toddler airline will take you home economy class just for the cost of your unavoidable taxes only. ScootContinue reading “I fly Scoot to Singapore on the super cheap”

Northern Heat by Helene Young – giveaway

WHAT:  Steamy, heart-pounding romance set in tropical Queensland, where feisty heroine meets mysterious dude playing the stock market on a laptop from his boat. Apart from the stock market, he works at Cooktown’s youth centre which has given him the chance to make a difference and to flirt with Dr Kristy Dark. The local GPContinue reading “Northern Heat by Helene Young – giveaway”

Treated like a princess at Oberoi Rajvilas

Oberoi Hotels are serene, almost surreal retreats from the colourful chaos and cloying heat of India. They’re famed for their architecture, impeccable service, food, attention to cultural detail. Welcome, your royal highness This is Oberoi Rajvilas in Jaipur, which looks and feels like one of the magnificent palaces gracing Rajasthan. Travel-weary guests are greeted with wideContinue reading “Treated like a princess at Oberoi Rajvilas”