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  • Christmas Cruising | Expedia.com.au
    Dec our bags stuffed with presents and swimming costumes A Christmas Cruise is one great way to getaway for the holidays Most of the large ships down under will do a loop out to the South Pacific and back This year the Pacific Jewel Pacific Pearl Ocean Princess Carnival Spirit Celebrity Solstice Rhapsody of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas Radiance of the Seas Pacific Dawn and the Holland America Oosterdam will leave Australian ports a few days before Christmas returning around Boxing Day before heading out again on New Year s Eve cruises For more details on itineraries and ships check out Expedia s South Pacific December Cruises On our South Pacific Christmas Cruise we travelled with three generations from a seven year old waiting for Santa teenagers hanging out for the teen club singles who secretly wanted to sing carols parents desperate for peace and quiet and grandparents looking to leave the stress behind The good news is aboard a major cruise ship there s something for everyone And over Christmas the crew goes all out to make sure everyone is happy After all it s their Christmas too As a family we filled the multi storey atrium and sang Carols on Christmas Eve frolicked under fake snow as it fell from the ceiling big and little kids the little ones decorated gingerbread houses while the teens tried to find the mistletoe There was Christmas craft trivia movies and shows 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 Cruises Family South Pacific Tips According to Cruise Director Luke Aerosmith who will spend Christmas aboard the Voyager of the Seas the crew prepare weeks in advance They ll wrap around 1200 presents for the kids on board rehearse a matinee show install a 40ft Christmas tree and hold a midnight mass As it s the school holidays you will find high numbers of kids on board Santa will be there too he comes down via the smoke stack before climbing out of a life raft It s all a bit of fun Even without the Christmas festivities there s ice skating rock climbing basketball shuffleboard movies and more for entertainment On Christmas morning we wake up early and tackle the pile of presents in the corner It s cosy when we re all crammed into one cabin and the gifts might be a little smaller this year parents had to have some room for clothes in their bags but once we ve opened our goodies we head upstairs to the buffet Ham eggs bacon pancakes waffles fresh fruit everything you might have on Christmas morning without one of us being in the kitchen By 10am we re back in our swimmers and

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  • Unique Sleeps Likuliku Lagoon Resort | Expedia.com.au
    your over water Bure into the ocean where there s plenty of coral and fish to keep you occupied Likuliku Lagoon Resort Fiji You don t even need to leave your over water Bure to see the sea creatures below look down through glass panels in the floor Likuliku Lagoon Resort Fiji The resort is famous for its over water Bures but the lush tropical jungle is the perfect hiding place for a private beach bure Likuliku Lagoon Resort Fiji Straight from pool to ocean it doesn t get much better than this Likuliku Lagoon Resort Fiji If you re brave enough try the local spirit kava but if not there s always more traditional spirits in the Dua Tale bar Likuliku Lagoon Resort Fiji Fresh local ingredients are bursting with flavour helped along by tentative chefs Likuliku Lagoon Resort Fiji Make the most of the restaurant s private dining deck with dinner under the stars just for two Likuliku Lagoon Resort Fiji Timber boardwalks connect over water Bures to the mainland so you can escape completely from reality 1 of 9 Unique Sleeps Likuliku Lagoon Resort By Lisa Perkovic 13th November 2013 Share 1 1 Likuliku Lagoon Resort on

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  • The Canterbury and Marlborough Roadie | Expedia.com.au
    when you talk to the locals They don t see the chaos any more They ve picked up the pieces and are getting on with life And there s still plenty to do in and around the city with bars and restaurants popping up around town Set up a base at the Ibis Christchurch and spend a few days exploring before heading north Hanmer Springs These natural springs bubble up in several pools all at different temperatures so you can visit at any time of the year Bring your jandals for Aussies that s thongs or flip flops to hop around in the winter There s also a day spa on site with a menu of cocktail body scrubs yes mojitos and cosmopolitans that you ll want to lick off your skin Once you re scrubbed squeaky clean check out Hanmer s local wineries Marble Point has a brand new restaurant on the edge of the Waiau River with sweeping views to the mountains Potential brides should book asap Pegasus Bay Winery also makes for a great lunch spot After a long lunch and a few wine tastings under your belt there s no point getting back on the road The Heritage Hanmer Springs hotel has plenty of country charm and is quite close to the Thermal Reserve 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 Christchurch Marlborough Sounds New Zealand Road Trip Kaikoura If eating crayfish on the beach and whale watching are high on your to do list then spend a night in Kaikoura and tick off both The coast is windswept and rugged bring a jacket but it s the scenery that will take your breath away Nin s Bin is a local institution the iconic crayfish truck has been parked permanently on the beach about 15km north of Kaikoura since the 1970s Crayfish is caught daily and you pay by weight with an average price of 60 Team that with a bottle of local world renowned sauvignon blanc It s a bit different to your average fish and chips but takes a casual beachside lunch to a whole new level Crayfish might be delicious but the whale watching from Kaikoura is arguably the best reason to stay here Giant sperm whales live just off the coast and most days they oblige visitors by lazing on top of the water before gracefully diving about a kilometre below to find lunch These huge whales are known to eat great white sharks and are a sight to behold You ll be up early for whale watching so spend the night before nearby Manakau Lodge sits in the shadow of Mount Fyffe Queen Charlotte Sound Drive three hours north from Kaikoura park your rental

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  • French Paradise The Noumea Food Trail | Expedia.com.au
    to Noumea s oldest bakery La Vieille France 77 Rue de Sébastopol The team start baking at 2 30am making 20kg of croissants every day Like kids in a candy shop we grabbed doughnuts strawberry tarts and chocolate eclairs before trying to sample all 32 flavours of macaron the Coca Cola variety was interesting Their speciality is the Coeurs de Voh a heart shaped chocolate made in honour of the stunning heart shaped magrove glade north of the main island of New Caledonia If your sweet tooth still isn t satisfied or you need a few souvenirs make a beeline for Chocolat Morand 9 Rue Porcheron in the old Latin Quarter this is artisan chocolate making at its best Classically French trained owner Patrick sources chocolate from all over the world to feature in his inventive creations He s keen to show off the latest recipes the guy has more than 200 up his sleeve so samples are forthcoming we suggest you request the delicious 55 dark French chocolate filled with a mint and green tea white chocolate ganache Other flavours include mango Szechuan pepper basil and mandarin Need we say more 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 Luxury New Caledonia Noumea Lunch on local ingredients When it comes to lunch it s all about locals flavours prepared and served in two very different locations To connect with the island s ancient Melanesian culture head to one of the island s many indigenous Kanak communities Most of Expedia s Aussie travellers spend around five nights in New Caledonia that s plenty of time to head out to the rural areas for a taste of local life Try a bougna yams taro sweet potatoes Chinese greens and chicken infused in a coconut broth wrapped in a banana leaf and slow cooked for hours The result A creamy sweet and insanely filling meal courtesy of Chez Marie Georgette who prepares the dish daily with the help of her daughter and granddaughter in Tribu de Oua Tom La Foa For a more modern take on native ingredients head back into the city and the charming Au P tit Cafe 8 Avenue Carcopino Choose from four mains and four desserts changing weekly depending on what s fresh at the market on the blackboard and be rewarded with some of the island s most accomplished cooking it s fresh vibrant and very locally sourced The owner even bought a patch of land in La Foa to help the restaurant be more self sufficient The one dish that never leaves the menu is the passionfruit cheesecake and having tried it we understand why Pure heaven Related Articles Top Trending Hotels from some of Expedia s top trending

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  • The Foodie Playground in Byron Bay | Expedia.com.au
    seaside town being one of the most popular summer holiday spots along the NSW coast There s one spot where people will go out of their way to be in the crowds The Byron Farmers Markets take place on Thursday mornings in Butler St Reserve behind the train station and just a block from the main drag Jonson St Early on a sunny Thursday morning locals and a smattering of tourists are rushing to their favourite stalls before they sell out By the time I reach the Stone Fruit stall the last pink blushed peaches are tucked into wicker shopper baskets right in front of my eyes These are the first stone fruits of the season picked from the orchard yesterday and they re hot property Peering into a box of seconds the slightly bruised fruits give off a sweet aroma that smells like summer and is impossible to resist Juice dribbles down my chin as I tuck in At the next stall the Byron Bay Muffin Men have sold out of Banana muffins but I m content with a fluffy dairy free carrot cake With a basket to fill we dash around the stalls to check out what s on offer and breathe a sigh of relief There s plenty of fresh Byron Bay Pork chops bags of The Witches Broom Stick s mushrooms are still for sale and Rainforest Foods have brought enough homemade macadamia spread like peanut butter but with much better health benefits to feed an army Regulars know to get here early arriving in droves to support the all local stall holders who ve come from the Byron Bay Hinterlands to sell their wares It s the worst kept secret of the town and the team at The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa are doing their bit to make sure the word gets out Every Thursday head chef Gavin Hughes leads a free market tour taking guests down to the stalls early and showing them what the region has to offer He stocks the restaurant s kitchens while he s at it sourcing as much as he can from the local area 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 Byron Bay Foodie Spa Summer Holiday While you re at The Byron at Byron it s easy to see those local touches from crunchy Brookfarm muesli at breakfast to the decadent local macadamia oil used at the Spa The hotel is keen to show off the area and a rainforest regeneration program sees the self serviced villas tucked into pockets of leafy bush land Boardwalks connect the rooms to the rest of the resort and a lucky few see koalas wandering through the rainforest Everyone sees and

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  • Expedia Expert Six Fiji Hotel Pools | Expedia.com.au
    huge in size and lots to offer With three swimming pools guests can choose between adults only infinity and the main family friendly pool 1 of 6 Expedia Expert Six of Fiji s Best Hotel Pools By Lisa Perkovic 20th October 2013 Share 0 1 E xpedia s South Pacific Market Manager Patricia shares her tips to finding the right pool for you in Fiji There s plenty of different options when it comes to choosing the right hotel for a holiday and the type of pool can make a big difference Whether you re serene or splashy Fiji has a pool for everyone Here s my guide to six resorts and their swimming pools Fiji Beach Resort and Spa Managed by Hilton Denarau Island Families will love the activities in the Sunrise group of pools where there are four large pools to choose from For a more relaxed dip try the Sunset group of pools three beautiful adults only and serenity pools Surrounded by over sized day beds luxurious recliners and beautiful frangipani trees you won t want to leave Sofitel Fiji Resort And Spa Denarau Island One big pool that has it all This incredibly large lagoon style pool offers fun and relaxation for all types of guests The little island in the middle of pool makes it feel like you re not sharing the pool with a lot of other guests There s also a kids pool and waterslide on the side The Westin Denarau Island Resort Spa Denarau Island The reason why I like this pool so much is because of the design you can hide away in your own cabana so even though the pool area might be super busy it doesn t really feel that way The day beds and a Jacuzzi right in

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  • Spa County Healing in Hepburn Springs | Expedia.com.au
    left the rat race behind Sydney and Melbourne are hugely popular with Expedia s Aussie Travellers for short city breaks But sometimes it s good to see more than a city Hepburn Springs is a pocket of paradise for city slickers craving a dose of the country life It s a medicine we all need every once and a while and in Hepburn Springs you might actually find just what the doctor ordered As the name suggests Hepburn Springs is home to several thermal springs and like Bath in England was once a popular spot for taking the waters On a gentle walk into the Hepburn Mineral Springs Reserve just beyond the Hepburn Bath House Spa water bubbles up from the earth in a series natural springs enriched by high levels of natural minerals Stop by the taps stationed along the springs and hand pump out a stream of spring water each tap s source is different and the water s slightly carbonated metallic tang changes a little each time our favourite is at Soda Spring where the water tastes just like tonic water The streams flow back past the Bathhouse where you ve got a chance to really try out the local water Drawing on the natural springs since 1895 the Bathhouse has long been a stop on the tourist trail 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 Hepburn Springs Melbourne Spa A big communal pool sits in the gully with glass walls looking straight out at the bush land so you can look down at the stream while you re soaking The Bathhouse offers plenty of spa treatments using local products but you ll still get the benefits of the water with just a soak heated to 32 degrees Celsius the water s high mineral content is said to increase circulation relieve joint pain and just feels really really good Once you ve soaked out the stress of city life walk just up the road to the Hepburn at Hepburn The twelve black villas look like demountables lined up on the hillside but inside they re definitely a long way from the school classroom An electric fireplace big velvet lounge and a giant king bed take country chic to a new level but the piece de resistance is a glass walled bathroom Not a room for sharing with strangers each villa has a huge square spa bath right in the corner where the glass walls met virtually in the centre of the open plan room and even though you re freshly scrubbed it begs for another soak Hepburn Springs and Daylesford just down the road are known for their gourmet goodies but there s nothing wrong with a night in

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  • Unique Sleeps The Henry Jones Art Hotel | Expedia.com.au
    in Hobart and is named after factory owner Henry Jones Stroll along the wharf and take in history dating back to 1825 The Henry Jones Art Hotel Tasmania Settle in for the night in rooms that make the most of their surroundings Sandstone walls and original wooden beams add a bit of atmosphere but there s nothing old about the state of the art bells and whistles The Henry Jones Art Hotel Tasmania A gym with a difference get a workout surrounded by cool sandstone The Henry Jones Art Hotel Tasmania Although the hotel itself is a work of art you ll find contemporary works by local Tasmanian artists in the Restaurant IXL Long Bar rooms and lobby The Henry Jones Art Hotel Tasmania Popular for breakfast and dinner Henry s Restaurant has chef Andre Kropp at the helm and makes the most of some of the world s best seafood right at the front door The Henry Jones Art Hotel Tasmania Sleek and chic design is mixed in with a bit of history the designers haven t been afraid of tying together old and new The Henry Jones Art Hotel Tasmania The IXL Long Bar is named after the

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