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Soho Sanctum Hotel, London

Soho Sanctum Hotel, London

[ 1 ] March 26, 2013

If you’re looking for a hotel in Soho, London, chances are you have some money to burn. Good. The Soho Sanctum Hotel is the perfect place to squander some serious cash.

It’s a luxurious venue made up of two Georgian townhouses on Warwick Street in the West End. The location couldn’t be better – right in the heard of Soho and only a 5-minute walk to Oxford Street.

Soho Sanctum Hotel review, London - Fabulous Travel Guide

The hotel itself boasts luxurious rooms, a 24-hour rooftop bar and alfresco spa. There’s even a private cinema down in the basement!

So if want to brush shoulders with celebrity guests and rock stars, this is the place to be seen.

Rooms start from $240 per night. Book online now!

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King Louie’s Cubby, Red Hill

King Louie’s Cubby, Red Hill

[ 0 ] June 14, 2012

Looking for accommodation in Red Hill? King Louie’s Cubby is the ideal base for exploring the nearby beaches, wineries, breweries and walking trails.

Surrounded by over 6 acres of land, this idyllic little cottage boasts beautiful views, two double bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a cosy woodstove fire.

King Louie's Cubby, Red Hill - PICTURES - Mornington Peninsula

Cook up a feast on the barbecue, help yourself to some fresh herbs from the garden or relax on the decking. There’s even a rustic dining table so you can enjoy family meals in front of the fire.

Fluffy white towels, soft bedlinen and fresh flowers on arrival make this self-contained cottage an absolute winner.

Nearby activities

There are countless wineries in Red Hill – the nearest being Paringa Estate, Montalto Vineyard and Tucks Ridge. The famous Red Hill brewery, a convenient lunch stop that prides itself on delicious pub grub, is also a must for beer lovers.

A little further afield lies T’Gallant, Port Phillip Estate (highly recommended) and Mantons Creek. Our advice? Spend a day cycling around the local wineries. Yes, it’s hard work. Yes, you’ll get soaked if it rains. But if the sun’s shining, it will be the highlight of your trip!

Prices

Prices vary from $200 – $277 per night. Make a booking or see more pictures of King Louie Cubby.

Looking for more things to do in Mornington Peninsula? Visit the Peninsula Hot Springs for a spa-like experience you’ll never forget.

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Relax at the Peninsula Hot Springs

Relax at the Peninsula Hot Springs

[ 1 ] June 7, 2012

Visiting the Mornington Peninsula? Don’t miss a trip to the Peninsula Hot Springs for a spa experience that will take your breath away.

Relax in the hydrotherapy pools, work up a sweat in the sauna or retreat to the darkness of the cave pool to enjoy the tranquility. There’s even a hilltop hideaway (pictured) with 360 degree views across the countryside – perfect on a cold winter morning.

Hill-Top Pool - Peninsula Hot Springs - Australia

How it works

The natural spring water flows from an aquifer 637m below the ground. It rises to within 10m of the surface before getting pumped into over 20 pools across the complex.

It is this process that ensures the water remains a balmy 37C – 43C. The heat helps induce blood flow and sweating, both of which release toxins and assist the healing process. The springs also contain natural minerals such as bicarbonate, magnesium, potassium and sodium.

Best time to visit

Avoid the crowds and visit the hot springs Tuesday – Thursday. Better still, get here at the crack of dawn (or when it opens at 7.30am) to enjoy the peace and quiet. Fancy a moonlit dip? As the night draws in, the lights cast eerie shadows over the bubbling pools. What better way to spend a romantic evening?

Hot Springs by night - Peninsula Hot Springs, Australia

Prices

Early Bird prices (before 10am) vary from $15 to $20; standard prices vary from $20 to $35; and and kids prices vary from $10 to 20. Fancy an upgrade? Bathe in the tranquil Spa Dreaming Centre pools. Price includes use of a locker, towel and a fluffy white bath robe – a nice touch in the cooler months. Entry $50-$60 ($30 when you book in for a spa treatment).

Buy tickets online and don’t forget to check out the spa packages for more exclusive deals.

Nearby Accommodation

Nearby accommodation includes plush golf resort Moonah Links and the luxurious Hummingbird Eco retreat based in Red Hill, a 20-minute drive away.

Find out more information by visiting the Peninsula Hot Springs website or browse more fun things to do in Australia.

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PICTURE Carlo Sandblow, Rainbow Beach, Australia

Visit the Carlo Sandblow at Rainbow Beach

[ 0 ] December 14, 2011

Planning to visit Rainbow Beach on the east coast of Australia? Head up to the Carlo Sandblow for spectacular views of the coast and a beautiful sunset.

This 120m-high sand dune is where the National Paragliding Championships are held every January and it’s easy to see why travellers flock here.

PICTURE Carlo Sandblow, Rainbow Beach, Australia - Fabulous Travel Guide

PICTURE Carlo Sandblow, Rainbow Beach, Australia

Pink clouds drift across the horizon, rainbow-coloured cliffs tower above the ocean and the windswept dunes are perfect for sandboarding.

How to get there

Frasers on Rainbow Beach Backpackers offers free guided walks up to the Carlo Sandblow with sandboarding and boomerang lessons followed by a short history of Rainbow Beach, told by the lovely Jet (pictured), who actually got married on the sandblow. Trips usually leave daily at 4pm.

Sandboarding in Australia - Carlo Sandblow, Rainbow Beach - Fabulous Travel Guide

Sandboarding in Australia - Carlo Sandblow, Rainbow Beach

Looking for more adventures in Australia? Don’t miss Gagaju Bush Camp – a canoe trip that you’ll be talking about for months. Let us know your travel stories on Twitter or Facebook.

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Travellers getting ready for a canoe adventure at Gagaju Bush Camp

Go canoeing at Gagaju Bush Camp in Noosa

[ 2 ] November 23, 2011

Travelling the east coast of Australia? Gagaju Bush Camp is an absolute MUST for nature lovers and backpackers.

Tucked away between Lakes Cooroibah and Cootharaba, this rustic camping ground is the perfect base for exploring the Australian bush – and it’s only 20 minutes from Noosa.

Pictures - Gagaju Bush Camp - Canoe trips in Noosa, Australia

Pictures - Gagaju Bush Camp - Canoe trips in Noosa, Australia

Hop in a canoe and paddle down river to enjoy fabulous views of Cooloola National Park and the Everglades – a section of river stained black from teatrees and famed for its beauty. Don’t forget to stop by the historic Apollonian Hotel for lunch.

Picture - Gagaju Bush Camp, Noosa - Travellers getting ready for a canoe adventure

Travellers getting ready for a canoe adventure at Gagaju Bush Camp

Back at camp, enjoy a barbecue with fellow backpackers, snuggle up round the camp fire or watch a movie in the TV room. Keep an eye out for kangaroos in the woods, Blade the dog (who is on heat) and any other creepy crawlies that might wonder into the camp.

PICTURE Camp fire at Gagaju Bush Camp in Noosa, Australia

Camp fire at Gagaju Bush Camp in Noosa, Australia

How to book

Contact Travel Bugs to book a 1, 2 or 3-day trip. Prices include return transfers from Noosa, accommodation (camping and basic dorms) kitchen facilities, canoe hire and TV room.

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You know you’ve become a hippy when…

[ 10 ] November 19, 2011

Going travelling? There’s a high possibility that you’ll turn into a fun-loving hippy. Read on to see what happens:

1) You deliberately grow a dreadlock

Sometimes it’s just easier NOT to brush your hair.

2) Suddenly, hippy pants and Alpaca clothes are cool

Been to Bolivia? You’ll know exactly what we mean. Anything with a llama on it is as good as sold.

3) Shoes are no longer necessary

It just feels so good…

4) Fire dancing becomes an art form (NOT dangerous)

The first time you see it you’re worried, the second time you’re amazed; the third time you’re doing it.

5) There’s no such thing as TOO many bracelets

If you don’t have at least 8 bits of string and a few beads tied round your wrists then you may as well stop reading.

6) You say ‘aura’ at least once a day

Travelling is all about ‘finding yourself’, right? Well auras are just taking it to the next level.

7) You become vegetarian and drink herbal tea but STILL smoke

Any of this happening to you? Enjoy it while it lasts! As soon as you’re back home (or maybe 6 months after) you’ll cut out the braid, ditch the bracelets and be back in the office. And as for meditating, you won’t even have time to sleep let alone ‘find the real you’.

So guys, ENJOY EVERY MINUTE OF BEING A HIPPY. Sadly, it may not last.

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Playa Blanca - Cartagena, Colombia - Fabulous Travel Guide

Colombia’s best-kept secrets (well, 7 of them)

[ 0 ] November 13, 2011

Colombia is one of the most beautiful countries in South America – but it still has a reputation for being dangerous.

Yes, you have to be careful but this rule applies everywhere. Click on the links below to see what you MUST do before you leave this incredible country.

1) Hike up to Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City)

2) Sleep in hammocks at Tayrona National Park

3) Sail from Colombia to Panama

4) Get your PADI diving certificate in Taganga

5) Visit Pablo Escobar’s grave

6) Sip cocktails from a coconut on Playa Blanca

7) Explore the walled city of Cartagena

Looking for more things to do in South America? Get travel advice for Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!

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Travellers enjoy a sundowner at Coffee Shack - Coffee Bay, South Africa

Coffee Shack, South Africa – hostel review 2011

[ 0 ] November 10, 2011

Looking for the best hostel in Coffee Bay, South Africa? Coffee Shack has a feel-good vibe that’s contagious.

Not only will you be given a guided tour and a welcome drink (which you MUST drink with your left hand), you’re introduced to staff members and invited out to dinner with other guests.

PICTURE Coffee Shack hostel, Coffee Bay - South Africa hostels

PICTURE Coffee Shack hostel, Coffee Bay - South Africa hostels

Whether it’s munching curry at the hostel or heading into town for more traditional African food, we promise it will be an experience to remember.

By day, enjoy the free activities on offer including treks to the Hole in the Wall, cheap surf lessons and sundowners (see picture). And if you like open fires, drum circles and plenty of drinking games then you’ll never want to leave.

Travellers enjoy a sundowner at Coffee Shack - Coffee Bay, South Africa

Travellers enjoy a sundowner at Coffee Shack - Coffee Bay, South Africa

Accommodation

Choose from simple dorms (120ZAR); private rooms (from 240ZAR) or camping. Bathrooms are spotless, and there are even hairdryers for the girls!

Get more travel advice about South Africa and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for more updates!

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Lions get a little too close at Schotia Private Game Reserve in South Africa

South Africa – 10 things you MUST do!

[ 0 ] November 7, 2011

South Africa is full of amazing things to do – from diving with Great White Sharks to spotting lions on safari.

Read on to see which things you absolutely MUST do before you leave this incredible places. And don’t forget to click for more details…

1. Go diving with Great White Sharks

2. Spot lions at Schotia Game Reserve

3. Learn to surf in Jeffreys Bay

4. Hike through the Magical Forest in Nature’s Valley

5.Brave the world’s highest bungee jump

6. Go diving in Sodwana Bay

7. Help local communities

8. Climb Table Mountain and abseil back down

9. Hire a car and explore the north coast

10. Wriggle through the claustrophobic Cango Caves

Need more advice? See which are the best places to visit in South Africa and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter more travel updates!

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