All Posts By Catriona Rowntree

Luxe digs amongst grapevines & horse studs in country Victoria

by Tuesday, June 26, 2018

This week's Concierge in the spotlight is Anthony Kenworthy, from Mitchelton Hotel and Day Spa, on the banks of the Goulburn River in Victoria's Nagambie, just 90 minutes' drive from Melbourne. Andrew grew up in the region, in a small town called Avenel, 15 minutes from Mitchelton. He spent 20 years living and working in Melbourne "before making ...

Shrugging off winter chills in a Japanese onsen

by Saturday, June 23, 2018

We love Japan. It’s a country that we visit often and we always feel like there is more to learn, more to see and more to experience. You can have a tranquil holiday filled with shrines, temples, onsen and gardens, a busy shopping, bar hopping holiday, a super cute toys and characters holiday or choose to have an artfully ...

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Off-the-dial holiday style in off-shore Dubai

by Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort's Chief Concierge is Oussama Itani. The resort features the United Arab Emirates’ only over-water villas and "offers all the elements for a luxurious escape on Palm Jumeirah, a man-made marvel that lies close to the city centre while feeling far away". Oussama was born in Beirut, Lebanon and started his hospitality career there in 2000, as a bellman ...

If Mexico were closer, she’d never holiday in Bali again

by Monday, June 18, 2018

Guest Traveller Cellina Meydam marked a milestone birthday with an overseas holiday, travelling with friends and ticking off lots of items on her bucket list. Cellina found something to love in every place she visited, particularly Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. Cabo, as Americans call it, is a city of about 70,000 people at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula. ...