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...]

AUSTRALIA: An Outback Christmas On The Rails

Marie Barbieri discovers that desolate townships, gourmet cuisine, and ever-changing landscapes make The Indian Pacific Australia’s most iconic journey. Sitting patiently in the Outback Explorer Lounge, I munch on welcome canapés of lemon myrtle curry puffs. I’m itching to hear the hoot and feel the train glide out to begin my 4,352km journey across the continent. A childlike wave of … [Read more...]

Introducing wandermelon Journeys: Trips Designed by Travel Writers

Experience the amazing insider itineraries and off-the-charts access enjoyed by pro travel writers (without the annoying deadlines of course). "You have the best job in the world." Oh if we only had a frequent flyer mile for every time the wandermelon team has heard that sentiment expressed to us. As professional travel writers and photographers, it's true we enjoy a pretty enviable … [Read more...]

NEW ZEALAND’S Road To Happiness

Kate Ayrton connects the dots between the North and South Island on the ultimate Kiwi road trip with pit stops at some of New Zealand’s finest hotels. If you want to experience the best that New Zealand has to offer, then the concept of Relais & Chateaux’ “Routes de Bonheur” is hard to bypass. This exclusive French hotel collection has been drawing in discerning travelers since 1954 … [Read more...]

QT SYDNEY Debuts As The City’s New Destination Hotel Diva

wandermelon's Kate Ayrton, a Sydney local, checks out two of the city's most iconic buildings recently transformed into a modern luxury hotel and entertainment space, and brimming with creative energy. The bar has been raised in Australian urban hospitality with the recent opening of the hip designer QT Sydney Hotel thanks to the AHL Group, one of Australia’s premier entertainment, hospitality, … [Read more...]

MITIARO:Homestays in the Cook Islands

For adventurous travelers looking for traditional island culture, Mitiaro offers a unique local experience, as Pip Orr discovers. Mitiaro is one of the Cook Islands most ruggedly beautiful, yet relatively unknown and remote islands of the South Pacific, previously only accessible to those who ventured off the beaten track. But for travelers keen to experience traditional island culture in … [Read more...]

The Top Five SWIMMING POOLS In The World

World-class competitive swimmer Alex Kostich goes in search of the world's splashiest swimming pools and comes up with five gold medalists. It’s the middle of the summer and the dog days are upon us; beach parking is virtually non-existent, and your hotel pool is full of cannonball-ing kids and ominous patches of cloudy … [Read more...]

RELAIS & CHATEAUX: A Legacy of Extraordinary Hospitality

Stéphane Junca, R&C's Director of Member Services, Asia Pacific, tells us what makes this association of hotels and restaurants so unique and why the next time you plan a trip, you should look them up. Long before Zagat’s, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, Frommer’s or Luxe, there was the much coveted Relais & Chateaux Guide, which any sophisticated world traveler worth their salt wouldn’t … [Read more...]

SAMOA: MicroAid International Makes A Difference

MicroAid International founder and project manager Jon Ross talks to wandermelon about helping out communities, launching canoe fleets, and being made a chief in Samoa. You've just returned from eight weeks in Samoa with MicroAid International—what were you doing there? I was doing disaster recovery projects related to the 2009 tsunami. MicroAid stays focused on victims of disasters after … [Read more...]

NEW ZEALAND: The Wonders of Wanaka

Kate Ayrton explores the rugged beauty of New Zealand’s spectacular Southern Alps and discovers an intimate luxury lodge that beckons intrepid travelers with its unique charms and adventurous spirit. Only an hour’s scenic drive north of Queenstown, or 20 minutes by helicopter (the favored mode of transport for locals), the low-key town of Wanaka is surrounded by the snow-capped peaks of the … [Read more...]