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  • Unique Sleeps PARKROYAL on Pickering Singapore | Expedia.com.au
    by Patrick Bingham Hall PARKROYAL on Pickering An environmentally friendly design means the short sided buildings allow maximum amounts of light into the spaces inside while plants on the western side absorb natural heat Image by Patrick Bingham Hall PARKROYAL on Pickering Architects WOHA were inspired by the rice paddy fields of Bali and have created unique terraces Image by Patrick Bingham Hall PARKROYAL on Pickering Vertical gardens with lush greenery make this hotel more than just a high rise with 15 000 square metres of gardens Image by Patrick Bingham Hall PARKROYAL on Pickering Forget bland hotel lobbies this hotel makes a very good first impression Image by Patrick Bingham Hall PARKROYAL on Pickering Hotel rooms make the most of natural materials and designers have done their best to create cool calming colour palettes Image by Patrick Bingham Hall PARKROYAL on Pickering The Orchid Club Lounge is just one of the places where natural light and living gardens bring life to the interiors Image by Patrick Bingham Hall PARKROYAL on Pickering This is a hotel away from home where the vibe is casual and comfortable You can help yourself at the Orchid Club Lounge Image by Patrick Bingham Hall

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  • Venice with Kids | Expedia.com.au
    friendly hotels in Venice with great reviews from other Expedia travellers Try the Hotel Spagna Hotel Dei Dragomanni and Residenza Ca Foscolo The San Marco area is the most popular you re right in the heart of the action but it can be expensive Expedia s Aussie travellers usually spend 2 3 days in Venice and that s enough to get a taste of the city Here s why I think Venice will be a great kid friendly destination to add to our itinerary Pedestrian Only No cars buses or taxis in Venice Always wonderful when travelling with children Note if you have a young child consider taking a backpack instead of a stroller Venice is full of bridges with stairs on either side They re not stroller friendly Magical Maze Venice feels like a magical maze of canals cobbled paths and bridges all wrapped around each other It s a place where you can follow your nose and see where it leads you If you d like some help getting orientated book a Venice Walking Tour Cruise the Canals Gondolas are an iconic part of Venice but better suited for couples than kids Instead you can pre purchase a 24 hour or 72 hour Venice Public Transport card for unlimited travel on a Vaporetto ferry You can also use the Vaporetto to get to Lido Venice s beach or head across to the island of Murano to watch the famous Venetian glass blowers in action The ticket also includes a free Venetian Islands Tour Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket

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  • Justin Bieber Makes his Mark on the Gold Coast | Expedia.com.au
    flowers from the Marina Mirage Farmers Market showcase the best of the local produce QT Gold Coast Pick up homemade jams and pickles at the Marina Mirage Farmers Market s Jamilicious stall 1 of 12 Justin Bieber Makes his Mark on the Gold Coast By Lisa Perkovic 2nd December 2013 Share 1 1 You don t go to the Gold Coast to sit in your hotel room white sand good waves theme parks farmers markets shops cafes restaurants bars and clubs there s plenty to do whether you re young old with the family or travelling solo When Justin Bieber was in town during November he stayed at the QT Gold Coast and aside from a concert performance he found discovered what I did that there s plenty to do at this cool hotel Free homemade lemonade in the lobby an edible chocolate welcome note a killer view out over Surfers Paradise For me by the time I try out the bed I m ready to never move Bieber seemed to need a little more stimulation choosing to graffiti one of the hotel walls While some locals were a little upset the hotel embraced its new decoration stating it was a coup for the hotel to have Justin want to paint a piece of art in appreciation of his stay This piece of art is now available to be viewed by fans of the artist and we believe that it is a wonderful addition to the colourful Gold Coast arts scene The QT Gold Coast is a new breed of hotel where the décor is as important as the destination And that décor just got a whole lot more street cred making the news around the world when the newest wall art was created Before Bieber left his mark there were still plenty of little touches designed to set this hotel apart From the vintage Holden in the driveway to the retro outfits worn by the staff QT Gold Coast is bringing Palm Springs 50s glamour back to life Each time I walked into an elevator I was greeted by pin up girls stuck on the mirrors In the rooms cockatoo night lights funky neon orange lamps and colourful wall hooks take the standard king to a new level And it s all for sale from the robes and bed to the pick up sticks game in the minibar you can buy it all Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Australia Gold Coast Luxury QT Gold Coast definitely sticks to the more is better mentality the signature Bazaar Restaurant is an all you can eat affair This goes beyond the traditional buffet Start with the heaped bowls of salads move on to

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  • Popular Activities in Tasmania | Expedia.com.au
    2 hectares in South Hobart these heritage gardens date back to 1824 and are still full of life Finish your tour of the gardens with Devonshire tea Tasman Peninsula 3 Hour Wilderness Cruise Tasmania is known for its dramatic scenery and there s no better way to see the rugged coast than on a 3 hour cruise Keep an eye out for deep sea caves dolphins and seals Port Arthur Historic Convict Site Tour One of Australia s most significant convict sites and home to the worst criminals during the 1800s Port Arthur is a surprisingly peaceful place Explore the ruins and restored buildings before taking a Harbour Cruise Salamanca Market with Grand Port Arthur Tour Every Saturday 300 stalls set up along historic Salamanca Place where the local artisans and producers put their wares on show Pick up some jam or a piece of art before heading off to Port Arthur Hobart City Tour A full day tour of this historic city gives you a glimpse of the past and a chance to meet the locals Swing by Salamanca Place the women s prison known as the Female Factory Battery point the Anglessa Barracks and the Tasman Bridge 1

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  • Expedia Expert: Skiing in Japan | Expedia.com.au
    last there we had almost a foot of fresh snow every couple of days and sometimes more It s one of the more authentic Japanese ski resorts so there s plenty of great restaurants and a few bars but no crazy night life Hakuba is located on the main island of Japan about 270km northwest of Tokyo The ski resort is popular with locals and tourists who hop on regular Bullet trains connecting Tokyo to Nagano The trains reach speeds of 300km hr and will put bus transfers to shame They re fun to experience if you ve never been on one before From Nagano there s a bus through to Hakuba If you re arriving at Narita Airport the whole journey will take around 4 hours Hakuba itself is a valley containing several ski resorts all offering something different Hakuba Happo one over 1000 m of steep vertical Hakuba47 and Goryu Toomi are interconnected and can be accessed on the one ticket Iwatake is a smaller resort but has amazing tree skiing while Tsugaike Kogen Norikura and Cortina are favourites with the powder hounds Don t be put off by some of the smaller resorts like Iwatake where there s just one chair to the top When there s a dump this is where you can score some of the best powder while everyone goes off to the bigger resorts There s endless valleys and ridges quite often untouched which funnel off the top of the mountain generally with a few cat tracks at the bottom Most Read 1 All Aboard the Sea Cabin fever is a term you definitely won t hear aboard the Allure 2 Listopedia Serious Are you serious about where you soak Hotel bath tubs are big 3 Listopedia Bucket Lists Want to suggest a Listopedia Bucket List topic Just let us know on Trending Topics Expedia Expert Japan Ski Tips Still not convinced Here are my tips on why everyone should try skiing in Japan 1 Snow Quality The consistency of the snow in Japan is like nowhere else in the world I ve been skiing in Japan twice now and most days it snowed between half a foot and half a metre As a result you don t get many blue sky days but the champagne powder makes up for it Tip Make sure you invest in a good pair of goggles because it s often snowing or overcast 2 Tracks The Japanese mainly stick to skiing and boarding on the piste rather than going off into the trees or off the main piste This means more powder for those who are willing to get off the main piste We had days where we were still getting fresh tracks at 3 30pm unheard of in other ski areas around the world Tip If you are going into the trees watch where you re going and make sure someone knows where you have gone 3 Onsens Onsens natural hot springs are one of the

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  • See Sydney for under $20 a day | Expedia.com.au
    plenty of nature for everyone The Blue Mountains National Park located 80km west of Sydney is a famous destination for locals and travellers The activities are endless canyoning hiking and abseiling to name a few My all time favourites include bush walking to Wentworth Falls visiting The Three Sisters and taking on the Canyon Trail Another option is to stroll around the town of Leura where you can window shop in the antique stores Breathe deep and take in the natural beauty If you re up early start the day having breakfast with the kangaroos at Glenbrook National Park where a small National Park fee is all you ll pay There s a great little bakery in Glenbrook that s perfect for coffee and pastries pick up your supplies and head down to the park You want to be at the park before 8 00am to guarantee a kangaroo sighting A Day on the Harbour A holiday in Australia is never complete without seeing the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge It s a destination in its own right You can climb the bridge for an extraordinary view of the Habour but that s definitely not within the 20 budget Instead walk or cycle across the bridge for free Check out Pylon Lookout where for just 11 you get a fantastic view and can check out the interesting exhibits on the bridge s construction history Catching ferries is also one of the most cost effective and scenic ways to explore Sydney Hop aboard the ferry from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay where there s plenty of restaurants and cafes A must visit is the famous Doyle s Seafood a beachside restaurant that s been around since 1885 Get a seafood takeaway pack and eat it on the grassy park as you marvel

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  • A wee drive around Ireland | Expedia.com.au
    a four day whirlwind tour Dublin to Cork via Waterford Heading south out of Dublin our first stop was a mere 20 minutes away at the beautiful Powerscourt Estate Our first mistake was not allowing enough time to tour the gardens which includes the pet cemetery Italian Gardens the Japanese Gardens Triton Lake and the Tower Valley full of soaring trees planted up to 200 years ago Instead we sat on the veranda of the 800 year old manor and had cream tea Waterford A stop at Waterford was always on my to do list because I was keen to buy a piece of the famous Waterford crystal The factory is open for tours where we met crystal cutters who have spent eight years in training before earning their title Alas the crystal turned out to be a bit beyond my budget but I learned a lot about the art and now know why it s so spendy It was here our trusty GPS got us lost while trying to visit the mother of a friend from home Eventually after wanting to kick it in the plug hole we arrived for afternoon tea at 6pm Cork The fog was rolling in as we finally made our way to Cork for the night to our B B Gabriel House A B B is the perfect spot to experience a full Irish breakfast Expect white and black pudding not for me thanks eggs bacon and more Very full we headed off for Blarney Castle via a quick drive through the city Two nights here would be a great amount of time to browse the shops visit museums ring the bells at St Anne s Church shop at the English Market the oldest of its kind in Europe and have dinner at a traditional Irish pub Blarney is only 10km away so we kissed the stone on our way to Limerick via the Dingle Peninsula Limerick Sadly for the cute fishing village of Dingle about two hours drive away the weather made it impossible to see much more than the inside of a pub for lunch But I did meet a group from the US who were based here for their entire two week holiday such is its charm June through to September are the most popular times for a visit to Ireland by Expedia s Aussie travellers those rolling green hills get the least rain during summer Limerick is only an hour and a half from Cork or two hours from Dingle an easy day trip if you were to stop for a couple of nights in Dingle or Cork We stayed in the very central and stylish George Hotel Fans of author Frank McCourt can take an Angela s Ashes walking tour or there s shopping to be done and a good nightlife and pub scene Wander across to the Locke Bar for dinner with traditional Irish music in a cute pub on the edge of St George s Quay Galway

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  • Listopedia The Bali Bucket List | Expedia.com.au
    are one of the best parts about Bali friendly and always ready to give point lost tourists in the right direction but there are some not so fortunate Bring some donations and visit one of the orphanages Image by Rafal Cichawa 1 of 6 Listopedia The Bali Bucket List By Lisa Perkovic 24th November 2013 Share 4 1 Going to Bali is almost a rite of passage for Aussies here s the Listopedia Bucket List for Bali first timers Beyond the Beach Up in the hills away from the bustle of the beach and the busy streets Ubud is known for its peace and serenity Check into a hotel book into a yoga workshop or visit just for the day and check out the artist galleries rice paddy fields and stunning scenery Thirst Quenchers At the end of a long day sightseeing shopping or sitting out in the sun many would agree there s nothing better than an icy cold Bintang beer down at one of the beach bars You ll see plenty of people doing just that possibly wearing a Bintang singlet Once you ve quenched your thirst grab a seat at one of the beachside restaurants for fresh grilled fish If you re after something a little more luxe The Rock Bar at Ayana Resort and Spa is perched dramatically on the edge of a cliff at Jimbaran Bay It s an extra special spot for a proposal or just a romantic drink Tip you ll have to wait in line to ride the inclinator down to the bar but the stairs through the resort which are usually a faster option Shopping Bali is a treasure trove for shopping The markets at Kuta Ubud and Sukawati are buzzing with people and stalls selling all sorts of knick knacks

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