Journey Idea » Australia & Pacific http://www.journeyidea.org Travel across the world with Journey Idea Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:00:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Places to See in Australia http://www.journeyidea.org/places-to-see-in-australia http://www.journeyidea.org/places-to-see-in-australia#comments Sat, 15 Dec 2012 07:05:56 +0000 Ricky http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=8636 Visit Australia and enjoy the pleasures of being in a destination filled with the best of travel delights and tour pleasures. There are many places to visit and innumerable locales to explore in this part of the world.

Visit the Protesters Falls here and enjoy the lovely humid rainforest of the Nightcap National Park which is a great landmark for the locals here. Named after the people who guard the borders against bulldozers this is a place where you can have the most fascinating ambience of a natural surrounding. It has a lot of wildlife including the native frogs, rare butterflies and the carpet python. Camping is allowed only for a night and dogs are not permitted in this park. There are many water holes here for your pleasures and the cool mountain water gives you pleasures that you can never imagine of.

Places to See in Australia

Then you have the Sharks Bay in Vanuatu which is another lovely land filled with the best sights of cliffs that protect the bay and expose you to the beauty of the blue water and the magnificent sharks here. There are occasional sights of sea turtles and this is one land that should not be missed in travels to Australia. Also there is the black sand beach here at Sharks Bay which is a very difficult place to go. One goes to the not then tip and then climbs down a ladder. There is a deserted beach on the other side and you can take a lovely tranquil walk here and enjoy the pleasures of a beautiful destination here.

Tattooing is a popular activity here. The missionaries had tried to stop this trend some fifty years back but in vain. The fashion tattoos that are made today are very authentic and nice. The older method used was made by hand with the help of very old fashioned tattoo instruments. They used to tap a stick with many needles into the skin.

Sharks Bay in Vanuatu

Then there is Papua New Guinea which is a lovely highland here and is a great wild destination. There are many clans and tribes living together institute of the changes that have taken place here. Mt. Hagen and Goroka follow their tradition and also organize a great show where in all the tribes perform dance and sing. Here you can see the Asaro Mud men and the Huli Wigmen. They look fascinating with the head decorated with animal teeth, feathers and pig grease.

Go to Solomon Islands and enjoy the sights of this lovely land filled with the best kind of greenery and ambience. The betel nut is a very important part of tours here. When crushed and chewed there is a lovely stimulant that comes out and generates the red stains that are so typical of betel nut consumption. There re many offices and shops that are banning the chewing of betel nut in the premises. They also try to reduce the spits stains by encouraging the use of spit boxes.

Papua New Guinea

Visit Solomon Islands and experience the pleasures of the Malita Island. There were many tribes living here before and they apparently practised a lot of facial scarification. This is to separate themselves from enemies. There were many tribes then. Every tribe had a design on the face. Each tribe had the duty of having their own design. It was made of lines and circles which were cut into the cheeks of the infants. After they grew up the marks used to leave a lot of facial patterns on a discolored face. There are many in Malaita who still do this today.

Vanuatu in Australia

Then go to Vanuatu in Australia and enjoy the delights of the tribal dance here. The people here are very shy and a visit here would fill your travels with a great traditional attitude. The Namba dance on Tanna Island is a sight to experience. The chief calls the men by banging on the tam tam and then soon you would see some buck naked men with a bundle of leaves covering their private parts coming in groups. They sing, clap, jump and stamp in their dances beneath a huge banyan tree. This is a great performance and you should see it and not miss it on tours to Australia and South Pacific.

There are innumerable destinations to see in Australia and South Pacific and many more to experience. Come here and bask in the delights of this beautiful paradise.

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Visiting Brisbane Is Like Finding Yourself in an Adventure Wonderland http://www.journeyidea.org/visiting-brisbane-is-like-finding-yourself-in-an-adventure-wonderland http://www.journeyidea.org/visiting-brisbane-is-like-finding-yourself-in-an-adventure-wonderland#comments Thu, 15 Dec 2011 07:05:56 +0000 Ricky http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=7875 Brisbane is the most crowded city and capital in Queensland’s Australian state and 3rd most crowded city; it is also called as River City and has self-proclaimed title of New World City of Australia. The metropolitan area of Brisbane has more than 2 million inhabitants and South East Queensland urban conurbation located around Brisbane encompasses inhabitants of over three million. The Brisbane central business region stands on imaginative European settlement and is located inside bend of Brisbane River around 23kms front Moreton Bay’s mouth. The urban region extends in all directions along floodplain of Brisbane River Valley between Great Dividing Range and the bay. While it is administered by various municipalities, large proportion of central Brisbane is administered by Brisbane City Council, one of the biggest Local Government Area of Australia by population.

Brisbane

Brisbane is named after a river on which it is situated, in turn was forenamed after Scotsman Sir Thomas Brisbane, Governor of New South Wales from 1821 till 1825. It played a significant role in Allied campaign during Second World War as South West Pacific Headquarters for General Douglas MacArthur. Brisbane is the biggest economy between Singapore and Sydney and in the year 2008, it was categorized as Beta-World City in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory by Loughborough University. Gaining global exposure during 1982 Commonwealth Games, the 2011 Goodwill Games and 1988 World Expo, its year-round warm climate, pleasant locals and spectacular scenery has been draw-card for plenty of international and domestic visitors making it one of the quickest growing cities in Australia.

Brisbane river

The CBD is where Brisbane’s most important businesses are combined with various shopping malls, plethora of its historical tourist cities, cinemas and parks. South Bank has edgy cafes, ethnic restaurants, inner-city beach and riverside boardwalks. Situated at South Bank is Cultural Precinct of Queensland that includes Queensland Museum, Performing Arts Centre, Queensland Art Gallery, spectacular Gallery of Modern Art and State Library. German missionaries settled at Zions Hill in Nundah, five years before Brisbane was legitimately declared as free settlement. The band comprised of two ministers, Carl Wilhelm Schmidt and Christopher Eipper, and lay missionaries Johann Gottried Wagner, Haussmann, Hartenstein, Niquet, Franz, Zillman, Doege, Schneider and Rode.

Brisbane is in the southeast corner of Queensland in Australia and is centred along Brisbane River, while its eastern suburbs line Moreton Bay shores. The urban region of Brisbane sprawls along Moreton Bay floodplain from Caboolture in north to Beenleigh in south and across to Ipswich in southwest. The Brisbane city is mountainous, while the metropolitan region, including central business district is partially elevated by spurs of Herbert Taylor Range like summit of Mount Coot-tha, reaching up to 980 feet and smaller Enoggera Hill. Other prominent rises in Brisbane include nearby Toohey Mountain and Mount Gravatt. Mount Petrie at 560 feet and lower rises of Mount Ommaney, Highgate Hill, Whites Hill and Stephens Mountain are dotted across Brisbane.

Brisbane Queensland Australia

The Brisbane CBD lies in the curve of Brisbane river and swathes just 0.8 sq mi and is walkable. Central streets are named after members of royal family – Queen Street is the conventional main street of the city. Streets named after female members Alice, Adelaide, Charlotte, Ann, Margaret, Elizabeth and Mary run parallel to Queen Street Mall and Queen Street and perpendicular to streets named after male members Edward, Albert, William and George.

Some of the Brisbane attractions include Indooroopilly Golf Course, Walter Taylor Bridge, Inner City Bypass, Albert Bridge, Brisbane Riverwalk, unnamed bridge, Brisbane Exhibition Ground, Jack Pesch Bridge, Victoria Park Golf Course, Eleanor Schonell Bridge, New Farm Park and Powerhouse, Merivalex Bridge, Roma Street Parkland, William Jolly Bridge, Roma Street Rail Station, Victoria Bridge, Mater Private Hospital, Captain Cook Bridge, The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the Royal Children’s Hospital, Story Bridge, Goodwill Bridge, Pacific Motorway, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Gardens Point Campus, Suncorp Stadium, City Botanic Gardens, Norman Creek, University of Queensland (UQ) St Lucia Campus, Oxley Creek, Central business district, Brisbane River, South Bank arts and recreation precinct, Indooroopilly Shoppingtown and “The Gabba” – Brisbane Cricket Ground.

Indooroopilly Golf Course

Brisbane has the biggest economy of any city between Singapore and Sydney that consists of cities, including Jakarta, Cairns, Darwin and Townsville and has seen consistent growth in recent years. White collar industries such as financial services, higher and public sector administration and information technology in general determined in and around CBD and newly founded office areas in inner suburbs. Blue collar industries like stevedoring, petroleum refining, metalworking, QR railway workshops and paper milling, tend to be situated on lower reaches of Brisbane River and in new industrial areas on metropolitan fringe.

Brisbane is one of the most significant business centres in Australia and many of the major Australian firms with plenty of global companies have contact offices in Brisbane; while abundant electronics businesses have distribution hubs in and around the Brisbane. DHL Global’s Oceanic distribution warehouse is situated in this city, as is the headquarters of Asia Pacific Aerospace. Home grown firms include Flight Centre, Suncorp-Metway Limited, Orrcon, Sunsuper, Boeing Australia, Credit Union Australia, Wotif.com, Donut King, PIPE Networks, WebCentral, NetBox Blue, Krome Studios, TechnologyOne, Virgin Australia and Mincom Limited. It has 4th highest median household income of Australian capital cities at AUD 57,772.

Brisbane has array of retail boundaries both in CBD and in surrounding fringes. The Queen Street Mall has wide array of restaurants, cafes, gift shops, shopping centres and cinemas such as Broadway on the Mall, Wintergarden, Brisbane Arcade, QueensPlaza, Tattersalls Arcade, The Myer Centre and Queen Adelaide Building. Edward St in the city is a home to plenty of luxury international retailers, like Gucci, MaxMara, Chanel, Bally, Canali, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Mont Blanc, Oroton, Tiffany and Co., Bvlgari, Polo Ralph Lauren, Hermes, Hugo Boss and more. The mainstream of retail business is done within Brisbane suburbs in shopping centres and you will three most important Westfield shopping centres in Brisbane situated in suburbs of Mount Gravatt (Westfield Garden City), Carindale (Westfield Carindale) and Chermside (Westfield Chermside). Other large shopping malls exist at Toombul (Centro Toombul), Mitchelton (Brookside Shopping Centre) and Indooroopilly (Indooroopilly Shopping Centre). Other most significant shopping malls throughout urban region include Strathpine (Westfield Strathpine), Loganholme (Logan Hyperdome) and North Lakes (Westfield North Lakes). There is so much to see and do, and your every desire is catered from quiet strolls along river to adrenaline rush of skydiving.

Queen Street Mall

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The Hilton Adelaide http://www.journeyidea.org/the-hilton-adelaide http://www.journeyidea.org/the-hilton-adelaide#comments Thu, 03 Nov 2011 13:16:16 +0000 Ricky http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=7693 The Hilton Adelaide is a hotel constructed strategically overlooking the Victoria Square, one of the busiest parts of the city. The area surrounding this Adelaide hotel houses majority of the city’s premium dining, shopping and entertainment destinations. Places like Gouger Street, Chinatown and Central Market, which are home to the top eating destinations of Adelaide, are all located in the neighboring localities of the Hilton Adelaide. On the other hand, for visiting exciting sightseeing spots like seaside of Glenelg, River Precinct or entertainment zones like the casino and Adelaide Entertainment Center you will get trams right from outside the hotel.

Hilton Adelaide

The accommodation options available at the Hilton Adelaide range from Executive Suites and Rooms to stylish and luxurious Deluxe Rooms. You may choose to stay in any of these accommodation options; one thing that will be common in all room types of this hotel is the picturesque view you will get to enjoy. You will either get the opportunity of viewing the Adelaide hills of the east or the wavy Bay in the west.

Hilton Adelaide accommodation Hilton Adelaide accommodation

The Hilton Adelaide authority has made sure that the guests don’t need to skip their fitness routine during their stay in this hotel. The hotel has an in-house gym that stays open all through the day, for 24 hours. The gym other than housing advanced exercising equipments also has plunge pools and a sauna. Besides that, you can also have a few swim laps at the heated outdoor swimming pool. Instead of hitting the gym, you can also spend an hour at the hotel’s tennis court. Hilton Adelaide also has a spa, where expert therapists offer a wide variety of therapeutic and relaxing massages.

The hotel also scores impressively when it comes to its in-house dining options. The Brasserie i.e. the restaurant located inside the premises of Hilton Adelaide has won several awards for the quality of food it has served since inception. The Brasserie serves authentic South Australian cuisine. If you feel like having a drink with some snacks, get into either the Charlies Bar or Lobby Lounge of Hilton Adelaide.

Hilton Adelaide swimming pool Hilton Adelaide restaurant

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Craters of the Moon: Experience the geothermal walk http://www.journeyidea.org/craters-of-the-moon-experience-the-geothermal-walk http://www.journeyidea.org/craters-of-the-moon-experience-the-geothermal-walk#comments Thu, 19 May 2011 08:04:09 +0000 Ricky http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=6862 What about having a natural spa therapy? If you want to experience, then carry yourself to New Zealand’s Craters of the Moon – the most incredible geothermal highlight! Accessible from Taupo and located off SH1 at the end of the Karapiti Road, it is a thermal area that takes you into a complete different world. A million of tourists come here to experience a walk of a difference. The zone is so named because of its isolated moonscape along with the clouds of twirling steam. The Craters of the Moon is itself in the largest geothermal area in the country called the Wairakei Tourist Park.

Also known as ‘Karapiti’, the Craters of the Moon is interestingly an active thermal zone in the park that is completely packed with steam vents. Geographically, it is recorded to be continuously shifting, reforming, and collapsing, an unbelievable process that provides an unoccupied look. In such a hot as well as somewhat nasty surroundings, you will also come across the thermal mud pools that simmer as well as plants that are really not native to the zone.


The Craters of the Moon is actually a very young natural wonder that was born some 60 years ago due to the use of the Wairakei valley’s underground thermal energy. In 1950s, a big area that you see today began to emit steam resulting in the craters of boiling mud as well as other geothermal phenomena. This was due to the lowering of subterranean water pressure via a close by geothermal power station making the mud pools active for ejecting the superheated water through the surface. With the power station, less water became available for cooling down the magma as well as the ground cavity increasing the level of high pressure sulphurous steam. In short, this hot natural phenomenon is an impressive volcanic instance of the inner earth’s furious fire exploding out!

So, for all those who want to see the fiery Earth in form of a formidable formation, a visit to this tourist park is inevitable. For the visitors, there are boardwalks as well as pathways, which are well made acting as guides through the area and leading all safely ensuring that hot temperatures as well as the fumes flanking the steam outlets do not cause any danger. It will take you some 30 minutes to take a complete walk around Craters of the Moon. On this visit, you will be able to notice the bubbling craters, steam vents, mud pools, and fumaroles. In addition, you will also be able to spot a myriad of proving plants that thrive in such a steamy environment by making themselves adaptive. So, get ready to enjoy this great geothermal area via the broadways as well as the elevated viewing platforms. Regularly being shifted due to the emersion of new vents, the trails/pathways will give you a feel of marveling in clear air at the scary fog of steam for a minute, while the next minute brings up a move in the zephyr making you trapped in a cloud indicated by your fogged sunglasses.


At the entrance, you will find a kiosk offering souvenirs and maps after which a wide paved road is seen, which is a steep one meeting the footpath. Start your leisurely walk from here for having some great pictures, watching for the signs if staying on the path in the most active parts, meandering around the big cauldrons as well as hot gray mud, staring at the rising steam from fumaroles of all shapes, spotting the wonderful moss along the sides, and forest of pines as well as ferns.

Even I recommend to be on the path due to the presence of some smaller active vents are just very close to the path. This also reveals that the ground beneath can make your feet very hot as well. So wear your footwear accordingly. From the Craters of the Moon, hike up to the nearby Huka Falls, which is one more famous attraction here.

Best time

Anytime

Admission charges

$6 per adult

$2.5 per child under 12 and above 5

$14.5 per family (parents and 4 children under 12)

Suitability of trails

For all ages.

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Palau Diving http://www.journeyidea.org/palau-diving http://www.journeyidea.org/palau-diving#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 12:44:40 +0000 Ricky http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=6834 Palau or the Republic of Palau, or even Belau is widely known to be a nation without proper borders is situated in the Pacific Ocean and is five hundred kilometers to the east of Philippines. It occupies the western side of Caroline Islands of Micronesia in the Philippines Sea.  The islands over here with the highest population are Angaur, Babeldaob, Koror, and Peleliu. There are also many limestone rock islands over here, which are more than two hundred in number. Each of these islands are separated from each other by a number of barriers and coral reefs. The area of this relatively new and tiny nation is not more the 428 kilometers.


One of the most amazing facts, though, is what gives it also its geographical identity: the underwater riches of this place.  Most of Palau’s greatest natural beauties are those that one will find underwater. The underwater world of this region is nothing short of a theme park, with so much color and excitement to offer all those who come over here. If there was ever a place that could easily take the title of being the world’s richest nation in terms of biodiversity and geographical diversity at the same time, it would have to be Palau. The waters around the island here are known to be home to one and a half thousand species of fish, five species of turtles and seven hundred species of corals and anemones. Palau is also amongst those few last places on the planet, where one can see the last surviving groups of dugongs.

With so much animal life and geographical diversity all over the place, it is not surprising to think that Palau makes for some of the most interesting diving experiences that one can ever think and experience. From pristine blue waters to marine life never before, to diving locations that will take your breath away (not literally), this place is probably one of the most blessed place in terms of natural beauty and variety too. One of the best times to go sea diving in Palau is in the time of the high tide, when the surface of the water fills with plankton, and signals feeding time for the fish.  These are some of the best places to have the experience of a lifetime diving.

Amongst the most popular and famous diving sites in the entire nation of Palau is the Cave Candelabra or Chandelier Cave. Images of Chandelier Cave are what make most of the beautiful calendars; magazines and wallpapers on desktops look so good.  Located quite close to the Bay near Koror, Cave Candelabra is a tunnel that is a hundred and thirty meters long and goes all the way to the underground of the Ngerchaol Islands. This tunnel is the stuff you would find in those adventure movies: long deep dark tunnels, with pools of clear, sparkling water. As you go deeper and deeper the air keeps getting thinner, so if you plan to go here, make use of good equipment like a mask and a regulator. The journey here continues as you tread along the rocky shore of a beautiful underground lake, and see some of the most amazing limestone creations. These limestone structures have been made out of the dripping calcium deposits and have formed stalagmites and stalactites. The place is so silent that you can hear the sound of each drop of water drip here.

At a distance of about forty minutes away from the island of Koror is the Jellyfish Lake. Jellyfish Lake is one of the most interesting and mystifying features on the planet of marine life. Not only does it exude a feeling of wonder about the natural intrinsic behavior of the place, but one also wonders what geographical causes lead to this end. In order to go through to this lake, one needs to cross over quite a steep hill. While reaching here is fairly difficult, the end result is one that will leave you smiling- the lake is one that that is made of saline water, and is filled, almost overflowing with jelly fish, ranging in colors from brown to white to even orange. The feeling of a dip in the lake is one that is sure to be one like never before, unless you have swum with what seem like a million jellyfish.

The third place that you must be sure to try if you re interested in really exploring the diving options of Palau is the region of the Siaes Tunnel. While swimming near the reef along the west coast of the Ulong Island, you will realize that you are up against a vertical wall of sorts. Swimming along, you suddenly reach an enormous crevasse in the wall that is made out of the reef. What seems first to be the very depths of hell, dark, and unresponsive, as soon as your eyes get relaxed to the sudden dark, you realize that you are at the mouth of a clear entrance that leads to a cave that is fifty meters deep, almost parallel to this sudden wall. The arch of the entrance is one that is lined with black corals and sponges. The place is one that provides the best lighting and conditions for the best of photography.

Besides these places, there are a good number of places that one could go to enjoy the benefits of diving in this scenic land.

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Whitehaven Beach: Queensland’s cleanest one http://www.journeyidea.org/whitehaven-beach-queenslands-cleanest-one http://www.journeyidea.org/whitehaven-beach-queenslands-cleanest-one#comments Tue, 03 May 2011 07:40:40 +0000 Ricky http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=6735 Not only the pride of Whitsunday island where it resides, but also the crown of Queensland; the Whitehaven beach has grabbed two awards until now – Cleanest beach in Queensland by state awards in 2009 and world’s best eco-friendly beach by CNN in 2010. These are not the only awards won by this beach; there are some more to its honor. However, but these two very awards unveil the main reasons as to why each tourist must take a tour of this Whitehaven beach. The pure cool atmosphere and its clear dunes are among the top draws, which are well maintained by prohibiting cigarette smoking and dogs here.

It goes without saying that the Whitehaven beach is among the most visited sites in Queensland. Its crystal blue waters as well as clean stretch of silica sand over 7 km along the coast makes the beach not only the largest of its kind on Whitsundays, but also as one of the preservers of nature with greatest vibes of hangout as well as relaxation. The moment you come here, you will come to know as to why this beach is so famous as well as the most photographed beach of Australia. By this, I mean that the scenery is so spectacular and so apt that this beach was also entitled as the ‘Most Wonderful Beach in Queensland’ as well as the ‘Friendliest Beach in Queensland’ in 2009.


Among the captivating sceneries here, the best is at the Hill Inlet that is at the north end. It is an amazing bay featuring shifting of sands and water by tides for offering a spectacular blend of colors. One more recommended activity here is an amble up to the vantage point on the island from where you get a unique chance to enjoy the ideal vistas of the Hill Inlet as well as the Whitehaven Beach. When you just walk on these sand dunes that hold more than 95% pure silica giving out the color of white, you will feel this purity for sure.

For those who are like some thrill with joy, the Whitehaven beach offers sea kayaking, ocean rafting, or a jet boat ride on the Whitsunday island. More amazing then this is to have a majestic aerial vista of the iconic beach by traveling on a helicopter or a seaplane. This view combines both adventure (view from height) and joy (serene views) by making you spot the Hill Inlet as well as the whole of the Whitsunday Island. You can also choose to have your own private area on the beach for enjoying a picnic with champagne.


Whitehaven Beach is thronged by superbly fast cruising yachts, ferries, helicopters, and seaplanes. However, you can take a tour of this beach via many different options. A plethora of companies organize both day and overnight charters from the Airlie Beach as well as Shute Harbor. Further, opulent cruising yachts as well as ferries take you on a day trip from the Airlie Beach and also from a few resorts of the island. Alternatively, you can also go for one of the different multi-day charters offered by many sailing companies, which also involve an exciting trip to the outer Great Barrier Reef.


Calm waters of this beach directly points out to easy swimming. Do not think it to be a surfer’s paradise, but in reality, it is the site for those who want to just rejuvenate via sun bathing while soaking in the charm of nature flanking them. However, you can try out scuba diving, kite surfing, and wind surfing. If you come in November here, you can enjoy the open swimming competition called the Whitehaven Beach Ocean Swim that belongs to the Hamilton Island Triathlon Event.

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Four Seasons Maui http://www.journeyidea.org/four-seasons-maui http://www.journeyidea.org/four-seasons-maui#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2011 07:55:17 +0000 Ricky http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=6212 This is the 5-star luxury nestled on the most pristine Wailea Beach, more particularly on the sunny south shore in Maui that is the second largest island in the Hawaii. Four Seasons Maui fantastically faces the beach’s crescent curve, calm waters, and sugar sands; which will make you feel at paradise. So, if you want to have some heavenly experience on your great escape, this is the right place for you in Hawaii. By the way, this is the only Hawaiian resort to obtain the Mobil Five-Star Award and AAA Five Diamond Award.

Four Seasons Hawaii is the home of four restaurants of which the Spago run by the celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck is the Mobil awarded, 3 golf courses, spa, fitness facilities, and pools. Further, if you are a shopping buff, the location of this resort is such that it brings the best shops of Maui so closer that you can simply walk to them in no time.

Rooms

Organized in the shape of U, most of the 380 luxury rooms as well as suites (73) on 8 floors at the Four Seasons Hawaii ensure amazing vistas of the garden, courtyard, mountain, or the Pacific from the intimate furnished lanai that might be a roofed patio or a veranda. No matter which you choose, each room right from floor to ceiling redescribes the regional sophistication as well as luxury as they are planned with the art talent of special artisans.

Among the common amenities in these spacious rooms or suites, you will be availed of luxury linens, beds, big flat-paneled TVs, down pillows, iHome clock radio, DVD player, wireless as well as wired high-speed Internet, twice-daily housekeeping, evening ice delivery, marble bathrooms, separate glass-enclosed showers, deep soaking tubs, designer bath products, thick terry robes, premium television channel(s), pay movies, hypo-allergenic bedding, ceiling fan, AC, climate control, soundproofed rooms, multi-line phone, voice mail, complimentary newspaper, direct-dial phone, microwave (on request), complimentary bottled water, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, housekeeping, turndown service, hair dryer, handheld showerhead, bathroom phone, slippers, mirror, in-room massage, welcome amenities, iron/ironing board, safe, desk, electronic check-out, electronic/magnetic keys, cribs, rollaway beds, satellite television service, high-definition television, double sink, cordless phone, speakerphone, first-run movies, oncommand video, pillowtop mattress, plasma TV, and signature bedding.

The entire hotel is 100% non-smoking property.

Amenities

• Complimentary newspapers in lobby   • Airport transportation (surcharge)   • Limo or Town Car service available   • Room service (24 hours)   • 3 restaurants   • Lounge   • Valet parking   • Parking (secure)   • Parking garage   • Business services   • Ballroom(s)   • Wheelchair accessible   • Exhibit space   • Express check-in and check-out   • Concierge desk   • Wireless (high-speed) Internet access – surcharge   • Wired (high-speed) Internet access – surcharge   • Elevator/lift   • Valet parking (surcharge)   • 24-hour business center   • Technology support staff   • Multiple small meeting rooms   • Event catering   • ATM/banking   • Audio-visual equipment   • 16 conference/meeting rooms   • Porter/bellhop   • Security guard   • Banquet facilities   • Multilingual staff   • 24-hour front desk   • Front desk hours   • Tours/ticket assistance   • Safe-deposit box – front desk   • Dry cleaning/laundry service   • Express check-out   • Doorman/doorwoman   • Translation services   • Currency exchange   • Gift shops   • Babysitting or child care   • Supervised child care/activities   • Technology helpdesk

Recreation

• Steam room   • Children’s club   • Massage – spa treatment room(s)   • Garden   • Arcade/game room   • Beauty services   • Billiards  • Tennis   • Fitness facilities   • Full-service health spa   • Infinity swimming pool – outdoor   • Swimming pool – children’s in the lagoon-style Upper Waterfall with a small slide and shallow end

• Spa tub   • Hair salon   • Spa with three Oceanside thatched-roofed huts and 13 treatment rooms   • Complimentary services such as outrigger canoe program, full-day children’s program, fitness classes like beach yoga, non-luxurious cabanas, beach umbrellas, chilled towels, frozen fruit poolside, Evian spritzes, and ice water   • Rowing, kayaking, aerobics, surfing/boogie boarding basketball, running track, Yoga, and Pilates on site   • Golf – driving, Golf – miniature, golfing, sailing, water skiing, rafting, dock, boat launch, windsurfing, volleyball, whale-watching, racquetball/squash, bicycle rentals, hiking/biking trails, scooter/moped rentals, parasailing, mountain biking, helicopter/airplane sightseeing, horse riding/rental, playground, eco tours, personal watercraft, and golf lessons nearby

Restaurants

At the Four Seasons Maui, the best option to explore as a gourmet is the award winning Spago planned by the famous chef Wolfgang Puck. This is where you enjoy the mix of Californian as well as Hawaiian cuisine indoors or on the terrace from where you can seize some of the best panoramic vistas of the beach as well as of the ocean. Reservations are required and a children’s menu is also available.

Set spectacularly on the beach front is the Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante with the open-air design and offering the traditional Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner daily along with the late-afternoon appetizers. You also enjoy the daily Italian instrumental music except for Sunday in the evenings. For dinner, reservations are suggested.

At the open-air Lobby Lounge, you can enjoy the nightly shows and the vistas of the tropical gardens and the ocean.

Rates

From $465 per night.

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Four Seasons Sydney http://www.journeyidea.org/four-seasons-sydney http://www.journeyidea.org/four-seasons-sydney#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2011 07:06:32 +0000 Ricky http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=6184 Elegant and vibrant, stunning and marveling, and appealing and tempting – these are the main pulls of the Four Seasons Sydney. Known for its great location in the legendary district of the Rocks, it offers dramatically panoramic vistas of the Sydney Harbor along with a fine luxurious Spa featuring aromatherapy and skincare treatments – additional attractions of the hotel. And yes, just nearby are the famous attractions of the Harbor Bridge as well as Opera House reachable only in a 5-minute walk and ferry wharf, shops, business centres, as well as the Circular Quay train station.

Rooms

At the Four Seasons Sydney, there exist 531 guest rooms all perched nicely on its 34 floors. From any of them, you can easily enjoy the vistas of the Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanic Gardens, the stunning harbor, and the Bridge. Speaking about its décor, it gives a finished luxury touch in form of woods, marbles, mood lighting, and rich silks. In addition, the décor in the rooms’ bathrooms characterize Italian as well as gold marble limestone.

Among the amenities, each of them has Egyptian cotton bed linens, down duvets, comforters, non-allergic foam pillows or down pillows, cable/satellite television channels, premium television channel(s), pay movies, hypo-allergenic bedding, premium bedding, separate sitting area, complimentary newspaper, AC, multi-line phone, voice mail, dial-up Internet access, mini bar, coffee/tea maker, wake-up calls, DVD player, designer toiletries, bathrobes, hair dryer, extra towels/bedding, sewing kit, mirror, separate bathtub and shower, non-allergic soaps, CD player, electronic/magnetic keys, desk, TV, clock radio, iron/ironing board, pillowtop mattress, rollaway beds, climate control, cribs, housekeeping twice daily, turndown service, overnight shoeshine, laptop size safe, in-room childcare (surcharge), and wired/wireless high-speed Internet access (surcharge).

Amenities

• Technology helpdesk  • Shoe shine  • Elevator/lift  • Umbrella  • Valet parking  • Parking garage  • Valet parking (surcharge)  • Parking (surcharge)  • Airport transportation (surcharge)  • Air-conditioned public areas  • Limo or Town Car service  • Concierge desk  • Lounge  • Room service (24 hours) • Restaurant(s) in hotel  • Multiple small meeting rooms  • Event catering  • Business center  • Multiple conference/meeting rooms  • Ballroom(s)  • Porter/bellhop  • Doorman/doorwoman  • Banquet facilities  • Computer rental  • Cell phone/mobile rental  • Business services  • Audio-visual equipment  • Safe-deposit box – front desk  • Translation services  • Internet access in public areas – high speed  • Internet access in public areas – surcharge  • Dry cleaning/laundry service  • 24-hour front desk  • Express check-in and check-out  • Secretarial services  • Multilingual staff

Recreation

• Marina on site  • Spa tub  • Massage – spa treatment room(s)  • Swimming pool – outdoor  • Steam room  • Fitness facilities  • Hair salon  • Full-service health spa  • Beauty services

Spa at the Four Seasons Sydney is a full-service one offering six treatment rooms, spa tub, private shower, and two massage tables all emphasizing on overall wellness. Do try its signature therapies such as Australian bush-medicine practices, Japanese silk techniques, and salt exfoliation.

Restaurants

At the Four Seasons Sydney, Kable’s is the main restaurant that is famous among the locals as well as the travelers alike. This one is situated on the second level and is accessible through a majestic lobby staircase. Featuring carpets, parquet, and dark floors, this restaurant ensures that its guests enjoy the cosmopolitan-style national dishes. There is also an intimate dining room here, which has the capacity of 10-50 seats. The restaurant is open for all the three meals.

Rightly adorning the pool deck is the Cabana that is very famous for its snacks as well as fruit drinks that are offered by the pool. Some of the moss tasty items in its gourmet menu are salads, sushi, and sandwiches. However, the only limitation is that this one serves only during the summer time.

Rates

From $255 per night.

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Grand Hyatt Melbourne http://www.journeyidea.org/grand-hyatt-melbourne http://www.journeyidea.org/grand-hyatt-melbourne#comments Fri, 25 Mar 2011 07:01:55 +0000 Ricky http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=6155 Flanked by the multi-sighting area of the Central Business District, the Grand Hyatt Melbourne is the landmark of high pride adorning the top tip of the esteemed Collins Street. It is one of the best deals if you choose this luxury of Hyatt family as your stay because you can easily explore the nearby theaters, shops, restaurants, Southgate, Federation Square, Yarra River, Princess Theatre, Melbourne Town Hall, Eureka Tower, Treasury Gardens, Cricket Ground, and Wellington Park.

After a scenic refurbishment of the Grand Hyatt Melbourne sections such as the public areas, Club lounge, as well as premium suites, visitors come back here again and again to grab the million-valued charms of this new beauty. These are the scenic lower as well as upper lobbies, sumptuous retail precinct as the home of the flagship stores by Emporio, Paspaley Pearls, and Bulgari; and the Collins Kitchen restaurant. So, come and experience the new royalty in Melbourne!

Rooms

This Collins Street hotel boasts 548 guest rooms on 33 floors all providing windows from floor-to-ceiling for the 360 degree vistas of the city and river as well as the state-of-the-art comfort, technology, and large work stations. A special note must be taken of its seven top floors dedicated to the Grand Club accommodation from where the guests can easily explore the Grand Club Lounge featuring all day refreshments, wireless Internet, express check in/out, and meeting zones. No matter which you choose, all the rooms are 100% smoking prohibited ones.

The standard amenities or services in each of them include high-speed Internet access, 24-hour room service, separate tubs and showers, marble baths, complimentary daily newspaper, Egyptian cotton linen, custom beds, LCD flat screen TVs, pay movies, premium bedding, AC, curtains, climate control, voice mail, multi-line as well as direct-dial phone, refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, mini bar, wake-up calls, turndown service (on request), housekeeping, mirror, in-room massage available, bathroom scale, slippers, bathrobes, hair dryer, bathroom phone, in-room childcare (surcharge), desk, electronic/magnetic keys, clock radio, iron/ironing board, cable television service, cribs, rollaway beds, complimentary bottled water, HD TV, safe, wireless high-speed internet access (surcharge), television internet access (surcharge), speakerphone, and wheelchair accessible.

Amenities

• Fireplace in lobby  • Elevator/lift  • Parking (secure)  • Parking (surcharge)  • Valet parking  • Complimentary newspapers in lobby  • Wireless (high-speed) Internet access – surcharge  • Express check-in and check-out  • ATM/banking  • Safe-deposit box – front desk

• 24-hour front desk  • Air-conditioned public areas  • Babysitting or child care  • Ballroom(s)  • Concierge desk  • Banquet facilities  • Audio-visual equipment  • On-site car rental  • Computer rental  • Fax machine  • Cell phone/mobile rental  • Doorman/doorwoman

• Translation services  • Tour assistance  • Restaurant(s) in hotel  • Breakfast available (surcharge)  • Room   service (24 hours)  • Lounge  • Coffee shop or café  • Currency exchange  • Secretarial services  • Multilingual staff  • Dry cleaning/laundry service  • Multiple conference/meeting rooms  • Business services  • Event catering  • Exhibit space  • Limo or Town Car service  • Multiple small meeting rooms  • Medical aid  • Porter/bellhop  • Shopping on site  • Security guard  • Shoe shine

Recreation

• Full-service health spa  • Massage – spa treatment room(s)  • Massage and physiotherapy treatments  • Swimming pool – indoor  • Whirlpool spa tub  • Fitness facilities  • Sauna  • Steam room  • Patio  • Tennis court and half courts  • Health club  • Beauty services  • Gym  • Fitness assessment  • Aerobic studio  • Pilates classes  • Golfing, sailing, racquetball/squash, basketball, running track/path, playground, and Pilates classes/instruction nearby

Restaurants

The Grand Hyatt Melbourne is surprisingly famous for its sole restaurant called the Collins Kitchen wherein you enjoy the open kitchens along with the unique concepts of dining such as Sushi, Deli, Wok, Patisserie, and Grill. This eatery aims at serving the authentic international menu that features organic produce that it the best. It is actually a la carte restaurant offering all the meals as well as all day dining. Also featuring a plenty of dining zones as well as natural light with the banquette seating that offers the vistas of the Russell Street, this restaurant has 180 seats, relaxing lounge, and two dining rooms for 10 and 14 guests. And yes, you get a dynamic experience of culinary delights by interacting with the chefs.

Rates

From AUS$290 per night.

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Hayman Island Resort, Australia http://www.journeyidea.org/hayman-island-resort-australia http://www.journeyidea.org/hayman-island-resort-australia#comments Thu, 24 Mar 2011 07:10:03 +0000 Ricky http://www.journeyidea.org/?p=6120 How about living in a sloping structure at whose backdrop is the lopping tall green mountains, while the front is adorned with the crystal clear waters of the pools? Imagine this and you know what it means to stay in the Hayman Island Resort. Nestled on the famous Whitsunday passage, this is the ‘award-winning’ luxury resort close to the Great Barrier Reef. So, it is needless to stay that this 5-star island resort is flanked by isolated beaches as well as vibrant coral reefs offering a peaceful setting to make it the most discerning.

This luxury hotel is the most awarded one in the nation as the valuable adornments are not only in its surroundings, but are also within. Inside the Hayman Island Resort, there are several precious antiques as well as artworks giving it a visual appeal. Overall, its location is its best draw for being very intimate, natural, tranquil, beautiful, indulging, as well as adventurous. Yes, you can excitingly test your water sport adventure skills here via diving, swimming, waterskiing, parasailing, windsurfing, and snorkeling.

Rooms

At the Hayman Island Resort, there are 212 chic, non-smoking rooms as well as suites on 4 floors, which give you the most out of the astonishing surroundings via their private terraces or balconies with the vistas of the ocean, garden, courtyard, or the pool. Expect all luxury amenities that mix well with the peaceful tropical surroundings. And yes, you are always associated with the personal concierge if you choose a suite for your stay here.

Among the amenities, each room or suite offers pay movies, hypo-allergenic bedding, ceiling fan, climate control, AC, complimentary newspaper, Internet access (surcharge), mini bar, coffee/tea maker, wake-up calls, bathrobes, Egyptian cotton linen, housekeeping, hair dryer, mirror, bathroom phone, in-room massage, slippers, sewing kit, extra towels/bedding, CD player, in-room childcare (surcharge), electronic/magnetic keys, desk, iron/ironing board, safe, rollaway beds, clock radio, premium bedding, cribs, phone, turndown service (on request), private bathroom, designer toiletries, opening window, separate bathtub and shower, refrigerator, TV, curtains, cable television service, double sink, wireless high-speed Internet access as well as dial-up Internet access (complimentary), pillow top mattress, and wheelchair accessible.

Amenities

• Express check-in and check-out  • Complimentary newspapers in lobby  • Coffee shop or café  • Restaurants  • Lounge  • Room service (24 hours)  • Limo or Town Car service  • ATM/banking  • Concierge desk  • 24-hour front desk  • Safe-deposit box – front desk  • Air-conditioned public areas  • Babysitting or child care  • Supervised child care/activities  • Ballroom(s)  • Elevator/lift  • Internet access in public areas – complimentary  • Internet access in public areas – high speed  • Internet access – wireless  • 30 conference/meeting rooms  • Multiple small meeting rooms  • Multilingual staff  • Business services  • 24-hour business center  • Audio-visual equipment  • Banquet facilities  • Secretarial services  • Dry cleaning/laundry service  • Currency exchange  • Event catering  • Tour assistance  • Translation services  • Technology helpdesk  • Shopping on site  • Gift shops or newsstand  • Medical aid  • Porter/bellhop  • Security guard  • Wheelchair accessible

Recreation

• Beauty services  • Garden  • Billiards or pool table  • Tennis  • Children’s club  • Pool table  • Fitness facilities  • Beach/pool umbrellas  • Swimming pool – outdoor  • Sauna  • Steam room  • Patio  • Picnic area  • Full-service health spa  • Hair salon  • Marina  • Private beach

• Library  • Massage – spa treatment room(s)  • Umbrella  • Golf – driving range, boat launch, windsurfing, rowing, squash, running path, basketball, hiking, biking, bird watching, Yoga, Aerobics, Pilates, and playground on site  • Snorkeling, diving, sailing, water skiing, golfing, helicopter/airplane sightseeing, and golf lessons nearby

Hayman is very famous for its leading spa called the Spa Hayman offering 13 treatment rooms as well as a plethora of superb treatments to restore and rejuvenate. I would recommend taking up its Signature Experience called the Ocean Massage.

Restaurants

At the Hayman Island Resort, there are many eateries to satisfy your taste buds. Overlooking the beach of Hayman is the Azure Restaurant serving buffet breakfast as well as modern national dishes at dinner. Modern European cuisine is the highlight of the La Fontaine restaurant for elegant dining experience amidst the chic surroundings.

Facilitating indoor as well as outdoor seating with a rustic ambiance, the La Trattoria restaurant is your choice if you wish to savor Mediterranean or al fresco Italian dining. On the other hand, Indian, Japanese, Thai, and Chinese meals are bets offered by the Oriental restaurant that feature truly innovation.

Note: Due to the tropical cyclone in early February 2011, Hayman will be closed until 31 July 2011 for restoration.

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