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Dog friendly weekend stay: Kims Beachside Retreat

I’m always hanging for another road trip – and better yet, when dog friendly stays are on the cards too. Just over an hour’s drive from Sydney’s CBD, you’ll find the beautiful Kims Beachside Retreat on the Central Coast, in the beachside town of Toowoon Bay. This accommodation caters for guests aged 12-years and over only, and is pet friendly. Yes, you read right a boutique beach resort, with suite or villa rooms, that only cater for adults… and allows pets. Can you believe it?! I certainly couldn’t at first. We don’t have children of our own and whilst I have no issues with them (quite a few of my friends have kids), it’s rare to find waterfront getaways that cater for just adults – and dogs can join too. On arrival, there are two main parking bays; the Terrace level car park is generally better parking (it was empty most times we left and returned), however you’re required to walk several steps down to reception and then on to your room. For anyone driving …

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. …