Hotels in national capitals are invariably configured for expediency – after all most beds are slept in by politicians, lobbyists and convention delegates. So what a treat to discover Australia’s new sleek Canberra East Hotel packed with soul and clever contemporary comforts.   Wake to a golden calm dawn punctuated by a bevy of hot air balloons visible from your bespoke slumber king-bed in … [Read more...]

GIBBS FARM: Sculpture by the Sea, New Zealand

Jane Adams discovers rolling verdant green farmland is the setting for an extraordinary private contemporary sculpture collection overlooking Kaipara Harbour, just north of Auckland. New Zealand business magnate Alan Gibbs has been very low key about his passion – contemporary sculpture, a fascination dating back to the early 1990s when he bought his 400-hectare farm overlooking the … [Read more...]

SHANGHAI: On the Waterfront

Jane Adams explores the historic riverside hub of the world’s largest city discovering arts, eats and other oriental treats. Who would imagine that the highlight of a long weekend in the world’s largest city was a bath – a deep curvaceous contemporary white porcelain tub on the 16th floor of the Hotel Indigo affording panoramic world-beater views of the famous bend in Shanghai’s mighty Huangpu … [Read more...]

A Taste of ORANGE: Regional Food & Wine Trails in Australia

Jane Adams shares the inside track on some of her favorite regional food and wine trails in NSW. It’s a curious food fact but the regional New South Wales city of Orange is actually famous for its apples – and a vibrant food and wine culture that culminates every year in F.O.O.D Week (aka Food of Orange District). So bounteous is the Orange regional harvest that F.O.O.D the annual … [Read more...]

CAMBODIA and Its Culinary Secrets

Award-winning food and travel writer, Jane Adams, shares a fleeting slice of Cambodian life on a plate and place tour through her favorite local hotspots. Typically led by my nose, I recently dived into markets, down alleys, perched on plastic pavement stools to peer into fish tanks and simmering pots, all to share a fleeting slice of Cambodian life. Rest assured 30 years after the fall of the … [Read more...]