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  • A Hunter Valley Girls Weekend | Expedia.com.au
    hotels in the Hunter are popular with Expedia s Aussie travellers and it s obvious why My last visit to Manzanilla Ridge was in winter and my cabin was a cosy home away from home The fire was crackling soothing music crooned from the Bluetooth stereo the wine rack was stocked and a decanter of port and a welcome letter sat on the kitchen bench An espresso machine and a fridge full of local produce for breakfast was the icing on the cake Add a hot tub on the balcony and I was in heaven And there s the fact the cabin is located just up the road from my favourite Italian restaurant outside of Italy Lillino s Bar and Trattoria is a must the simplicity of the handmade pasta and fresh local produce is a gourmet delight If you re after something closer to the main wineries The Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley Crowne Plaza and The Mercure Resort Hunter Valley Gardens are popular with Expedia s Aussie travellers Cycle the artisan trail The perfect way to soak up all the Hunter Valley has to offer is definitely by bike The freedom of the open air the beauty of the Australia bushland and the thought of the next winery to quench your thirst makes this a fun way to spend the day Depending on what you want to see and do plan your ride around visiting cellar doors tasting local produce visiting local art galleries stopping off at alfresco cafes squeezing in some shopping visiting a day spa or taking a picnic break Check when the local markets are on too Grapemobile Bicycle Hire offers a huge selection of bikes for rent and they can also give you ideas on a suggested trail to follow Or if you have a sense of adventure why not download the Hunter Valley Map draft up your route and see where the day takes you 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 Foodie Hunter Valley Tips Wine Picnics wine and local produce Woven into the wine map of the Hunter Valley is an array of gourmet foods that will tempt any palate I always head to Lovedale Smokehouse Gourmet Pantry and stock my picnic hamper full of gourmet goodies My staples are olives olive oil fresh bread smoked salmon aged cheese and a bottle of homemade chutney I find a spot at one of the picnic facilities at wineries around town picking up a full bodied bottle of red en route This is a fabulous way to sample the best of the Hunter Valley while spending quality time with your girlfriends Hot air balloon and champagne breakfast I ve left the best to last A

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  • Top five Hanoi eateries | Expedia.com.au
    the fun especially if you choose to do it at 47 Pho Mai Hac De in the Hai Ba Trung district As soon as you fancy a break from the honking horns and oppressive heat of this popular strip make a beeline upstairs for the calm rooftop oasis of Bo Tung Xeo Here you can grill ginger and garlic marinated slices of beef at your own table side barbecue Just think of the pho as a starter and get stuck in 2 That s noodles and BBQ covered what about rice In Vietnam rice otherwise known as the pearls of the gods forms the basis of every meal Look out for restaurants with the word com in the name cheap family run placesall about rice and whatever meat and vegetables might be available on the day However ensuring you get your daily dose of this basic grain doesn t mean skimping on luxury and comfort By far Hanoi s most attractive restaurant Emperor 18b Le Thanh Tong is housed in a stunning colonial building Don t let the unassuming entrance fool you inside you ll find a leafy courtyard lit by torches and flickering candles with staff wearing traditional áo dài dress Seafood specials include soft shell crab steamed fish wrapped in banana leaves and grilled squid Reminiscent of the imperial palaces of Hue roughly 500km to the south this is as close to eating like royalty as you re likely to get And the best bit By Western standards the prices are a steal 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 Foodie Hanoi Vietnam 3 Pain au chocolat profiteroles mille feuille If it involves chocolate and decadence you ll find it at Baguette Chocolat Enjoy your fill of French pastries safe in the knowledge that all those calories are not in vain This gorgeous cafe is managed by an NGO providing training opportunities to disadvantaged youth who want to get ahead in the hospitality industry And it s the perfect place to mix culture and cuisine situated in the grounds of the city s Museum of Entomology Nguyen Van Huyen Road The gardens are lovely and after exploring the numerous exhibits you can sit with a cafe au lait and take in views of the traditional style houses that dot the grounds 4 Beer Introduced by US soldiers in the 1950s and quickly adopted by the locals you ll find stands dotted all over the city selling fresh beer They are rough and ready and a great excuse to sit by the side of the road and people watch But if it s a special occasion or you re simply hankering after a proper chair as opposed to an upturned crate then

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  • Capital Fun Canberra for Kids | Expedia.co.nz
    children over the age of eight Play robot hockey experience a simulated earthquake or watch the spectacular caged lightning display fun for big kids too Take babies toddlers preschoolers and kids up to six to MiniQ a gallery designed just for little ones Don t miss the live performances by the in house science theatre troupe for the older kids and the Puppet Shows for younger kids 2 5 years old These shows are included in your entrance ticket Open daily except Christmas Day 9am 5pm Kids under four free The Australian War Memorial All Australians should visit The Australian War Memorial at least once in their lifetime and why not when it s open every day except Christmas Day 10am 5pm free to enter and very family friendly Many exhibits are largely visual and free guided tours 90 minutes throughout the day take in the most notable sections of each gallery Storytime on Friday mornings is at 10 30am aimed at preschool children but older siblings are welcome too Exhibits cover all the conflicts and missions Australian troops have been a part of If you visit in the afternoon make a point of staying for the Last Post ceremony at 4 55pm The ceremony starts with the National Anthem followed by a piper Each day a name from the Roll of Honour is chosen and the story behind that name is told Lest we forget National Dinosaur Museum I don t know any kid who doesn t love seeing dinosaur skeletons and the National Dinosaur Museum houses the largest permanent display of dinosaur and other prehistoric fossil material in Australia Open every day 10am 5pm and children under four are free 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 Canberra Family Tips Cockington Green This is the land of miniatures an award winning attraction which opened back in 1979 Cockington Green s beautiful gardens are dotted with life like scale models of English villages Castles Train Lines Stonehenge and even Petra in Jordan a site made famous in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade The attention to detail in each model is incredible You ll find a lovely picnic area with free BBQ s right next to a children s playground Miniature Steam Train Rides offer young and old a ride to remember Open daily except for Christmas Day and Boxing Day 9 30am 5pm children under four are free Lake Burley Griffin Canberra s man made lake has always felt like the heart of Canberra to me Walk cycle or picnic along the shoreline take a boat cruise or even hire a canoe It sits at the centre of so many key attractions the National Museum of Australia Blundells

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  • Going Off Grid | Expedia.com.au
    online it is a problem When you re online all day every day whether it s at work checking your emails posting in Facebook updating Twitter snapping on Instagram or even reading the weekend newspaper on your iPad it can be hard to switch off And why would you want to Well aside from being rude according to Melbourne based psychoanalyst Adam Szmerling an obsession with being online ultimately puts us offline with regards intimate relationships and this could impact our brains and how affects are metabolised Adam s practice has been treating more and more clients with internet addiction the side effects Depression social isolation anxiety and poor self esteem So what s the solution One option is to switch off Go cold turkey with an off the grid digital detox Yes it s not easy to resist the temptation to check your phone but at these off the grid hotels you might as well leave your electronics at home Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa Tucked below a dramatic escarpment on the edge of Wollemi National Park there s no phone reception at Wolgan Valley You re left to distract yourself with the beauty of the Blue Mountains an award winning spa and Heritage Suites almost too cosy to consider leaving Almost as soon as you turn off the main road and start the half hour drive into the valley you can say goodbye to reception but the resort does has free wifi if you re desperate to stay in touch Petit St Vincent When you ve got 115 acres of tropical woodlands 360 degrees of private island and two miles of sandy beach do you really need to digitally connect We hope not because at Petit St Vincent in the Caribbean there s no TV phones or Internet connections Forget about calling reception you ll be left alone in your beach cottage to enjoy the tranquility of paradise unless you raise the flag The resort uses flag signals raise the red flag to be left alone hoist the yellow flag and a butler in a buggy will zip over and sort out almost any request food massage drinks Hoist the red flag and you won t be disturbed 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 Caribbean Florida Keys St Lucia Anse Chastanet Resort This St Lucia resort discourages the use of technology you definitely won t find a TV in your bedroom and cable is a dirty word but they don t sacrifice on anything else at Anse Chastanet Taking eco luxury to the next level the resort s beautiful villas are tucked into the hillsides hidden from the world by lush rainforest There s 600 acres of rainforest to

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  • Expedia Expert A Kuching Proposal | Expedia.com.au
    unassuming local café bar named Jimmys somewhere we might never have ventured in otherwise We joined locals for a bucket of beer spicy noodles and a very tasty local speciality midin a jungle fern stir fried with garlic and shrimp paste The morning greeted us with a perfect view of Mount Santubong commanding the city s dramatic backdrop with its summit a worthy whole day trek for the adventurous We opted for a relaxed buffet breakfast before jumping on a bus to the Semengoh Wildlife Centre Rehabilitated Orang utans live in the wild but will often return to the Centre for feeding daily 9am and 3pm There are no guarantees but we were lucky enough to see six female and baby orang utans up close one lazily swinging less than a metre from us An incredible experience that s hard to top There are a few other reasons to visit Sawarak One of them is Top Spot A Kuching institution this atmospheric food court specialises in every variety of fish and seafood all cooked to order and delivered to your table Perfectly grilled snapper infused with garlic and chili succulent tiger prawns lots of lobster and plenty of vegetable sides were washed down with iced tea all for less than 15 per head An absolute Bargain 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 Borneo Expedia Expert Kuching Luxury Malaysia The next morning we headed to Baku and spent the night in lodgings owned by the National Park There are marked trekking options from

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  • Unique Sleeps Soneva Kiri Koh Kood Thailand | Expedia.com.au
    Manta Ray shaped bamboo hideout has art music and games rooms Don t forget to visit the Soneva So Chocoholic on the way out Soneva Kiri Check the kids into The Den a kids club they ll never want to leave Once they walk through the drawbridge entry you ll never get them out again Soneva Kiri Beach Villa Suites take outdoor bathrooms to a new level Soak in the view of the ocean from your outdoor bath tub Soneva Kiri High above the shores of Koh Kood just a short flight from Bangkok these Cliff Villa Suites are a world away from well the world Soneva Kiri Got a large group Book into the larger Villas the Private Cliff Pool Reserve has six bedrooms a tree house for kids and a water slide so you can pool hop between villa pools Soneva Kiri Breakfast in a Tree Top Pod with food delivered by staff on the zip line is definitely a very special way to start the day Don t worry you don t need to take the zip line The basket rises up from the ground Soneva Kiri High above the ground breakfast in your own tree pod

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  • Bangkok Rooftop Bars | Expedia.com.au
    slides over the horizon and the city lights begin to twinkle You can expect to feel it in your wallet but hey who can put a price on memories Here are my four picks of Bangkok rooftop bars 1 Vertigo and Moon at the Banyan Tree On the 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Bangkok this long narrow bar is one of the city s favourites Vertigo restaurant is at one end and Moon Bar is at the other with nothing between you and the night sky Try the signature Vertigo Sunset cocktail a delicious concoction of Malibu pineapple cranberry and lime juice 2 Three Sixty Lounge at Millennium Hotel Probably one of the least talked about yet most highly rated this bar in the Millennium Hilton makes up for a lack of height only 32 floors up with location It s not outdoors but the floor to ceiling glass windows have 360 degree views of the Chao Phraya River The view is spectacular and the bar isn t as crowded as the other bars Just one floor below is a small open air bar if you re up for an al fresco cocktail 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 Bangkok Cocktails Rooftop Bars Tips 3 Sky Bar at lebua State Tower You may know it from the movie Hangover II This bar is not for the faint hearted jutting out over the street from the 63rd floor of The Dome in lebua at State Tower Come here for killer sunset views

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  • All Aboard the Sea Monster Allure of the Seas | Expedia.com.au
    Room You won t stay lost for long LCD screens stationed along the decks provide interactive maps and directions The screens also show up to date restaurant capacity so you can pick and choose where to eat without having to trek from bow to stern to find a table Wondering what to eat Every passenger has a seat in the main dining room for dinner but there s other options too Book into a specialty restaurant like Giovanni s Table for Italian grab casual burgers at Jonny Rockets where the staff literally perform a song and dance go for Mexican at Rita s Cantina squeeze in a degustation at the Chef s Table or stop by the Windjammer Cafe for a quick buffet dinner During the day there s the bagel bar at Park Café decorate your own cupcake classes at the Cupcake Cupboard free hot dogs and donuts on the Boardwalk and that s just the tip of the iceberg 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 Allure Of The Seas Caribbean Cruise By the end of our Caribbean cruise we still wanted to squeeze into our swimmers so we tried out the running track hit the basketball court gave the rock climbing walls a go spent some time playing mini golf rode the waves on the Florider Wave Simulator and braved the Zip Line True sailing 24 9m across open deck didn t require much physical exertion but the adrenalin rush surely burnt off my mid morning donut Plenty of those

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