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Love Cabins: Enchanted Cave in The Blue Mountains

This experience is out of this world – it’s the perfect Blue Mountains retreat – and only a 1 1/2 hour drive from Sydney’s CBD. Set amongst 600 acres of private bush surroundings, the Love Cabins are a group of individually crafted cabins located near Bilpin in the Blue Mountains, designed by award winning local builder Lionel Buckett. When you stay in the Enchanted Cave or the Treehouse cabin, it does come at a high price tag (in comparison to most hotel stays), but what you’re about to experience is one-of-a-kind in Sydney. It feels like such a magical place. A secluded hideaway with no other interruptions; a relaxing haven for two, surrounded by endless wilderness and breathtaking views all-round. Expect to completely switch off in the Enchanted Cave in Berambing. There’s minimal human interaction during your stay, limited/no mobile reception or internet/data capabilities, coupled with the stillness and silence of nothing but nature – and just yourselves. Staying here is as though you’re living in a completely different era. The front door entrance reminds …

Asian Dumplings Cooking Class Online with Elaine from Dash of Soy, Seattle

Over the last few months, everyone’s lives have changed in one way or another… and I’ve found a new love for Airbnb Online Experiences, striking the balance of living in isolation yet also feeling somewhat socially connected with other people. Whilst searching Airbnb, I stumbled across an experience listed as: ‘dumpling making from my family recipe’. It had a solid 5-star rating, already garnering 50+ positive reviews – which I thought was pretty good. You can’t go greater than 5-stars, so surely this cooking class must be an experience to try?! A few days later, my online cooking class is scheduled to start, so I sign in to a Zoom meeting and get connected with a bunch of newly acquainted cooking buddies. I’m met by Elaine, our host and chef for the day, the founder and creator of Dash of Soy Culinary School, based in Seattle, USA; a group of college friends who have joined from different locations around the US; a couple celebrating their wedding anniversary; families preparing this meal together; and myself, the …

Family Fun And A Dog Friendly Getaway At Eden Farm Escape, Bilpin

Looking for your next relaxing weekender out of Sydney? Located just 1.5-hours drive from Sydney’s CBD in the small town of Bilpin, Eden Farm Escape is a beautiful, luxury farm stay, owned and managed by Eden Equine. Set on a 90-acre equine farm, this is one of the most unique, pet friendly accommodation stays that I’ve experienced.. and thoroughly enjoyed too mind you. The change in scenery hits you as soon as you arrive, that ‘ahh moment’ knowing you’re about to unwind from what was only a short road trip out of the big city. With your choice of five self-contained cabins, this is the perfect getaway for a couple, a family, or a group of friends to stay on a relatively quiet and peaceful acreage. The cabins are clustered near enough to each other and only walking distance apart, yet still offering privacy in between. And what I love even more about this stay, is that your dog is welcome too. Our accommodation was in the Charlie Cabin, a modern 2-bedroom property equipped with …

The Oberoi Beach Resort Mauritius: Luxury Pavilion Accommodation

(Edit: Stay was pre- COVID-19 lockdown) The Luxury Pavilion at The Oberoi Beach Resort Mauritius is a relaxing and spacious hotel stay, featuring a large open plan room with a separate living area and an adjoining outdoor private terrace. At 70sqm in size, it is much bigger than many other international hotel rooms we’ve stayed at and I would love to stay here more frequently.. if only I didn’t live so far away in Australia that is. Upon entering, you’re in awe of the epic water views straight out the glass doors and windows facing the garden. This fills the room with plenty of natural lighting and can be filtered throughout the day using sheer or blockout blinds available on all windows and doors. Expect that relaxing feeling – “ahh.. I’m on holiday” moment whilst staying here. Fitted with modern coastal and natural bamboo furnishings, this pavilion exudes luxury at all corners of the room; soft and cosy bedding, marble bathroom fixtures, spacious living and a private terrace with sun loungers and an outdoor seating area. …

The Oberoi Beach Resort Mauritius Providing Service Excellence

(Edit: Stay was pre- COVID-19 lockdown) Thinking of your next holiday, we couldn’t wait to consider another relaxing island destination.. so why not head to Mauritius? Whilst researching where to stay, we discovered the The Oberoi Beach Resort Mauritius (part of The Oberoi Group) was getting a huge wrap, voted as one of the top 5 Mauritius Trip Advisor ‘Traveller Ranked’ hotels of 2020. The countless positive reviews could not fault what we were about to experience – and I must admit, after our stay, they truly lived up to our expectations.. plus more.  Their impeccable service was superb (not just great) and we genuinely would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a seaside stay in Mauritius. Located in the Indian Ocean and off the coast of Africa, The Oberoi Beach Resort Mauritius is less than a one hour drive from the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.  Situated on the north-west coast of Turtle Bay in Balaclava, tucked away behind quiet stretches of local roads, The Oberoi Beach Resort Mauritius offers privacy as soon as …