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+ Just opened: three dream hotels
+ Sea safari: cruises for animal-lovers
+ The world’s best amusement parks
Tom & Serg,
“proper café“ in
Al Quoz, Dubai
Living the Dubai life
A concierge’s advice for Arabian nights
(and days) you’ll never forget.
From the CEO
Not many products get
better as they get cheaper.
Years ago, I bought a top-of-theline laptop that cost me about
$5000. By today’s standards,
it would be an absolute brick.
My current laptop runs rings
around it and cost about $2000.
Airfares in Australia have
been on a similar trajectory.
Fifteen years ago, a flight from
Sydney to Melbourne cost around
$400. Back then, you stood in a
queue to check in, brought a good
book for entertainment and knew
you’d be out of contact for the
These days, the average entry
cost for the same flight is about
$160. You can check in via an app
before you even get to the airport
and stream TV and movies
on your phone or tablet while on
board. From next year, you’ll
have free, fast wi-fi inflight.
That’s an amazing change.
The main reason it’s happened
is that airlines have found more
efficient ways of doing things.
And we’ve continued investing –
particularly in technology, which
is a huge driver of efficiency and
also gives customers a better
Those investments can be as
small as the chip in your Frequent
Flyer card or as big as the Boeing
787 Dreamliner. Or behind-the22
scenes investments such as
a new scheduling system that
helps us bounce back faster
from weather-related delays.
There’s no doubt that more
affordable air travel is helping
drive a surge in Aussie tourism.
So is the lower Australian dollar,
which is making a trip here much
cheaper for overseas visitors.
Tasmania is featured in this
issue and it’s a good example
of a region that’s making the
most of this opportunity and
marketing itself to the world.
You often hear about the
Australian economy transitioning
out of a mining boom. Tourism is
a really important bright spot in
that process, keeping in mind that
it’s one of our biggest exports.
A final point on affordable
travel. In August, the aviation
community was saddened to
hear that Joe Sutter had died at
the age of 95. Widely recognised
as the “father of the 747”, he led
the engineering team at Boeing
that created the aircraft that
changed the economics of
the industry with its size and
efficiency. The jumbo made
flying possible for millions of
people through lower fares,
including here in Australia; at
one stage, when Qantas was
purely an international airline,
we had an all-747 fleet.
By finding new ways of using
technology to lower prices and
improve the experience for
travellers, airlines are carrying
on the legacy of pioneers like
Joe – and the next innovation
is never far away.
Flying in comfort
They say everything is more profound in the air. Some
people feel deeper emotions, others report heightened
senses. We can’t help you hold back the tears while
watching Me Before You but Qantas First customers can
get as comfy as possible while bawling their eyes out.
Paris-based designer and Qantas creative director
of fashion Martin Grant has created the cosiest pair of
100 per cent cotton navy pyjamas along with travel socks
and slippers. There’s also an amenity kit in a sophisticated
navy canvas bag, which includes an eye mask to block out
the light, plus face, hand and lip moisturisers from ASPAR
by Aurora. Just ask the cabin crew for tissues if the movie
becomes too much...
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(Clockwise from left)
L’ Agence Lobby Bar at
Rodos Park Suites & Spa;
suite at &Beyond Matetsi
River Lodge; Four Seasons
Resort Oahu’s outlook
FOUR SEASONS RESORT OAHU
AT K O O L I N A , H A W A I I , U S
Akash Arora recommends three new
hotels in spectacular surroundings,
from the savanna to the sea.
& B E YO N D M AT E T S I R I V E R
Imagine a luxury suite right in the middle
of the African savanna – its comfortable bed
swathed in white fabric, an ensuite decked
out with a freestanding bath large enough
for two and a verandah complete with a
private plunge pool. That’s the promise of
this recently rebuilt &Beyond lodge on the
border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. The real
drawcard, though, is right next to the lodge:
the Zambezi River. Because where there’s
water, there’s wildlife. Watch large herds of
meandering elephants, grazing cape buffaloes
and balletic gazelles. You might also see
giraffes, zebras, a wide range of birdlife
and even a passing pride of lions. And when
it’s time for an excursion, the thunderous
Victoria Falls – one of the world’s largest
waterfalls – is just a 40-minute drive away.
Want to escape the madness of Waikiki
without having to leave Oahu? Check in
to this newly opened Four Seasons resort
located on the island’s western coast,
about a 30-minute drive from the centre of
Honolulu. It is surrounded by views of soaring
mountains on one side and has absolute
water frontage on the other. Guests of the
hotel, which has 371 rooms and suites, enjoy
access to four restaurants, three pools, an
18-hole golf course, a health club and a tennis
centre with sweeping ocean views. But our
favourite spot is the Naupaka Spa & Wellness
Centre, where staff employ age-old Hawaiian
healing techniques to melt your stress away.
R O D O S PA R K S U I T E S & S PA ,
This is a Greek island hideaway but not
as you know it. There are no whitewashed
walls or blue shutters on the windows
but you’ll experience an unmistakably
Mediterranean sense of relaxation as soon
as you arrive at this hotel. Soak up the
atmosphere in the sprawling poolside area,
which is most romantic when lit with
lanterns at night, or make your way to the
Galaxy Roof Lounge Bar for panoramic views
of the sun-kissed Aegean Sea. Enjoy a drink
at L’ Agence Lobby Bar followed by dinner
under the stars at Il Parco restaurant. When
it’s time to retire, your room, complete with
a private balcony and marble bathroom, is
just a short walk away.
Wish you were here...
and warm chocolate
Keep colleagues in the loop with a photo-diary of your travels.
you’re flying to and from, your travel
dates and a message; then connect with
your email account and your sunny snaps
will be sent out automatically. It’s just
like your usual out-of-office – only much,
And never fear: your boss won’t get an
email missive featuring a blurry shot of you,
your new friend Juan and a half-empty
bottle of Champagne, even if you did post
that memory on Instagram. Qantas Out
of Office Travelogue only uploads images
that you’ve tagged #qantasoutofoffice.
Wa t c h t h i s s p a c e
You won’t mistake Breitling’s new “Avenger Hurricane”
model for your run-of-the-mill timepiece – and not just
because it spans a mighty 50 millimetres. Its even
bigger point of difference is the military-style 24-hour
dial that will have you reading off the hours like a
strike-force pro. The blackened case is a special material
3.3 times lighter than titanium, while yellow markings and
a military rubber and textile band complete the picture.
The workings are chronometer-certified, the waterresistance rating is 100 metres and the outlay $11,250.
fresh spring menu
Qantas creative director of food,
beverage and service Neil Perry
has been busy in the kitchen
preparing a new-season menu
that includes prawns, spring lamb
and raspberries in dishes served
on Qantas flights and in lounges.
Taking inspiration from a dish
at Perry’s Rockpool Bar & Grill, on
the International First menu is a
Western Australian rock lobster
cocktail with a mayo sauce
spiked with Tabasco and tomato.
Desserts include warm chocolate
fondant with raspberry sauce
and crème fraîche.
On the International Premium
Economy menu, lamb shank is
made succulent and tender by
slow braising, while International
Economy travellers can enjoy
a delicious snack of spinachstuffed Turkish gozleme served
with lemon wedges.
IF YOU’VE traded the office for the ocean
and you have an Instagram account, you
can now keep colleagues and business
acquaintances updated with your travel
progress via a photo-diary of the trip.
Qantas Out of Office Travelogue links
your email account with your Instagram
page to provide an up-to-date travelogue
as well as more general information, such
as when you’ll be back and “call Sharon in
Accounts if the matter is urgent”.
To activate Qantas Out of Office Travelogue,
go to qantasoutofoffice.com and enter where
(From left) South
at Epocha; inside
St Paul’s Cathedral
Don’t let an unexpected shower
spoil your trip to Melbourne.
There’s plenty to do in Australia’s
cultural capital even when the
heavens open, writes Akash Arora.
Check out historic architecture
Melbourne is dotted with many period
buildings and a wet spell is a great time
to go indoors and explore them. Spend
a few hours at State Library Victoria;
established in 1854, it’s the oldest public
library in Australia and one of the world’s
first free ones. Or explore the Manchester
Unity Building, a 1930s neo-Gothic Art
Deco-style high-rise in the CBD. St Paul’s
Cathedral and the Nicholas Building are
other city-based attractions, while further
afield (about 30 minutes’ drive from the
CBD) there’s Werribee Mansion, a 19thcentury estate featuring Italianate
architecture and Victorian-style interiors.
Relax in a spa
There’s a plethora of luxury day spas in
Melbourne and spending a few indulgent
hours at one of them when it’s raining is,
in our book, the best thing to do. Imagine
sinking into a hot bath or relaxing in a steam
room when it’s cold and wet outside. If you’re
after a city-based spa, your best options are
Miss Fox, Chuan Spa at The Langham, and
Isika Day Spa and Crown Spa at the Crown.
Enjoy a long lunch
Melbourne’s restaurant and café scene is
outstanding – perfect for long, leisurely
lunches or brunches. Café Di Stasio in St
Kilda, Epocha in Carlton and MoVida in the
city are the obvious choices. But also consider
Supernormal, on Flinders Lane, where the food
ranges from dumplings and Asian-inspired
salads to delicious meat and fish dishes.
Explore Queen Victoria Market in the city or
make your way to Prahran Market or South
For the full story, “10 things to do in Melbourne
on a rainy day”, visit travelinsider.qantas.com.au.
In a world first,
will stage a silent
opera on the steps
of Sydney Opera
House that tells
the story of its
will be transmitted
to the audience
For five nights
16 singers and 12
playing the Queen,
House: The Opera,
a revival of Alan
John and Dennis
uneasy birth of
icon – delays,
Jørn Utzon’s vow
never to return
to Australia –
is a story built
spectacle will go
of the weather
high winds or
so don’t miss opera
under the stars
with a glass of
wine and prawns
from the barbie, in
true Aussie style.
OPER A OUTDOORS
Yakitori & Bar
The Bar H duo – chef
Hamish Ingham and
his wife, sommelier
Rebecca Lines –
are behind Banksii,
and bistro. Enjoy
with honeycomb and
brioche for breakfast
and roast spatchcock
for lunch or dinner.
grill is at the centre
of this unpretentious
eatery with a firm
focus on handheld
food and share
plates, such as local
fish served straight
from the flames.
served straight or
in cocktails, plus
a selection of
100 wines from
Australia and the
A tight wine list
with an extensive
selection of beers
(there are 18 on tap),
plus a range of
cocktails such as
Vitamen Sea and
Frosé (frozen rosé).
with indoor and
With shared tables
and a capacity
of 350, the venue
has a laid-back,
Close to where
Noma had its
Ground floor of the
building in St Kilda.
New in town
Akash Arora serves up Australia’s
hottest new restaurants.
Bolstered by the
success of their
yakitori eatery in
Brisbane’s West End,
Marie Yokoyama and
Emi Kamada have
opened an outpost
in Fortitude Valley.
It’s a storm of Asian
flavours with dishes
such as miso-glazed
(try the free-range
pork rolls), lunch
chicken, anyone?) or
a post-work platter
of charcuterie, chef
Scott Pickett’s new
deli and rotisserie
hits the spot. They
do takeaway, too.
A good selection
of beers, sakés
and Japanese spirits
Short, sharp list of
20 whites and 20
reds from Australia
and beyond, plus
beers and ciders.
area with dim
lighting, bar seating
and small tables.
A cosy set-up
36 people on
Right in the heart
of the valley.
702 Ann Street,
Open seven days
Corner of Elizabeth
and Therry streets,
Open seven days
for breakfast, lunch
11, 33 Barangaroo
Open seven days
for breakfast, lunch
30 Jacka Boulevard,
(03) 9525 5445
Open seven days
for lunch and dinner
of the wild
You don’t have to join a safari to spot
a lion or go all Jacques Cousteau to
meet a whale shark. Alex Greig scopes
out the best wildlife cruises for 2017.
Lemaire Channel in a Zodiac, accompanied by
a low-gliding albatross, or watch humpback
whales breach in the Gerlache Strait.
TROPICS TO JUNGLE
Modern-day explorers can make like
Charles Darwin on a 10-day Galápagos
Islands cruise aboard Lindblad Expeditions’
National Geographic Islander. Each morning
brings a new view for the 48 guests. Savour
it from a hammock on the deck; or hike,
kayak, dive or snorkel to meet the islands’
inhabitants – from blue-footed boobies
to Galápagos penguins – face to face.
S U B C O N T I N E N TA L S P L E N D O U R
Set off from Sri Lanka aboard Silversea’s
Silver Discoverer, bound for the Bay of Bengal.
Each of the 16 days of the Colombo-toKolkata cruise is a feast for the eyes; each
meal simply a feast. Go snorkelling among
reef fish off India’s Andaman Islands and
glimpse rare Bengal tigers in the Sundarbans,
Bangladesh. With memory cards and hearts
full, the ship’s 120 guests return each night
to gorgeously appointed suites.
A L L T H E W AY D O W N
Reaching the furthest ends of the Earth via
a luxury cruise is surreal. Seabourn Quest
departs from Buenos Aires, where the steak
is rare and the tango hot, only to be gliding
past Antarctic glaciers days later. Explore the
It takes 25 nights to cruise from Miami
through the Caribbean, along the coast of
Brazil, down the Amazon River and back to
Miami. On the way, spot three-toed sloths,
marmosets and caimans. Stopping at St Barts,
Barbados and Antigua, Regent Seven Seas
Cruises’ luxurious 490-guest Seven Seas
Navigator has all the comforts you’d expect.
R I V E R R O Y A LT Y
Spot lions, leopards and buffaloes on an
“offshore safari” on Zambezi Queen, which
is not so much a cruise ship as a luxury
houseboat. Each suite has a private balcony
for watching elephants, zebras, antelopes,
birds... and dazzling night skies. Adventure
World (adventureworld.com.au) and APT
(aptouring.com) offer three-day cruises from
Namibia to Botswana’s Chobe National Park.
The first sighting of a polar bear is a highlight
for the 199 travellers aboard Arctic-bound
Le Boréal. The 15-day Abercrombie & Kent
cruise starts in Oslo and takes in remote
Norwegian islands where reindeer and
walruses roam; Greenland, with its musk
oxen and Arctic foxes; and Iceland, spotting
seabirds and whales en route.
THE DAILY GRIND
Put a skip
in your step
coffee with the Skip
app, now available
in selected Qantas
Club and Qantas
around the country.
Filippo Vinardi, Christine Bastoni
IT’S EVOLUTION, BABY
Abercrombie & Kent
offers cruises to the
Arctic on Le Boréal
(left); the library
your next holiday
while idling at
is now one step
closer with every
now get Qantas
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Ask the concierge
One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai
(From top) Couples treatment
room at Guerlain Spa at
One&Only The Palm; La Petite
Maison’s warm prawns in olive
oil; the bridge connecting Souk
Al Bahar (left) and The Dubai Mall
Garderobe, which is housed in a villa on
Jumeirah Road, for a great selection of
preloved clothes and accessories.
For a romantic experience, couples should
book… a treatment at Guerlain Spa at
One&Only The Palm. It’s quite popular
with locals who want to escape city life,
particularly on the weekends.
The best daytrip is… Abu Dhabi, an hourand-a-half’s drive away. Explore the beautiful
Sheikh Zayed Mosque then ride the world’s
fastest roller-coaster at the Ferrari World
theme park. Make sure you visit the Emirates
Palace hotel – I love their Arabic high tea.
If you want a desert experience… there are
lots of options. You could go for a camel ride
or have dinner in the middle of the desert.
But my favourite is riding a quad bike up and
down the dunes. At some point you’ll probably
fall off but it’s a lot of fun.
When my friends are in town, I take them
for a drink at… Pier 7. It’s in the heart of the
Dubai Marina, with wonderful water views.
There are seven floors and each has a different
restaurant and lounge; I like O Cacti – it’s
Mexican, and enjoying a sangria in its outdoor
area is one of my favourite experiences.
I also like Asia Asia for its beautiful ambience
The restaurant that best shows off Dubai
is… At.mosphere, on the 122nd floor of the
Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building. It
has astonishing views of the Dubai Fountain
and pretty much everything else.
For a business meeting, I book a table at…
La Petite Maison, in the heart of the Dubai
International Financial Centre. It’s ideal for
lunch or dinner and is quite popular with the
corporate crowd due to its central location.
The service is attentive.
And a place that’s really popular with locals
is… Al Fanar Restaurant & Cafe, in Dubai
Festival City, with its authentic Emirati
dishes and Bedouin interiors. You can dine in
a private tent with floor seating, which is very
traditional. The naghar nashef, a cuttlefish
dish, is a must-try.
If you want a nightclub experience, go to…
Cavalli Club, which is set over three levels
and is one of the hottest nightclubs in Dubai.
The interiors are as glamorous as its designer,
Roberto Cavalli, and entertainment is
provided by the best DJs in the business.
And for the best coffee, I go to… Tom & Serg,
with its industrial interior, casual atmosphere
and specialty brews. One of the owners,
Tom Arnel, is a chef from Melbourne so
Australians would love the flat whites.
For designer fashion, visit… The Dubai Mall.
It’s home to just about every major fashion
brand in the world.
And for vintage shopping, the place to go
is… The Odd Piece, a two-level gallery
with a striking collection of decorative interior
pieces, on Al Serkal Avenue. Also visit
The entrance to
Tivoli Gardens (left);
at Magic Kingdom,
Walt Disney World
Get your thrills on some of the world’s
fastest rides or be immersed in themed
lands at these must-visit amusement
parks. By Karla Courtney.
W A LT D I S N E Y W O R L D R E S O R T ,
You know you’ve found the epitome of fun
when you’re at an amusement park that’s more
than twice the size of Manhattan. Walt Disney
World Resort in Orlando, Florida, has Magic
Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios
and the newest addition, Disney’s Animal
Kingdom, which features rides, wildlife and
incredible light shows.
Chopard’s “Happy Diamonds”
pendant necklace is inspired by
flowers, though we challenge you to
find any bouquet quite this elaborate
– and at $123,660, this piece of
joaillerie is likely to be better received
than a rose. The pendant blossoms
into a white-gold rosette encrusted
with 492 diamonds, plus there’s
the signature moving sparkler at the
centre and a double-strand diamondstudded chain. Chopard’s floral
confection will give its wearer that
happy springtime glow.
TO K YO D I S N E YS E A
Tokyo Disney Resort is widely regarded as
the best Disney park outside the United
States and Tokyo DisneySea is our favourite
park in the complex. Its magical sets take
you everywhere, from Venice to the
underwater home of The Little Mermaid.
Must-ride: Journey to the Center of the
Earth is pretty intense.
Coming soon: A Finding Nemo/Finding Dory
ride is scheduled to open in spring 2017.
H O L LY W O O D , L O S A N G E L E S
This park is part of a working movie studio
where you can go on a tour to see real,
behind-the-scenes Hollywood action. There’s
also a good offering of rides, including those
in the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
We also love its counterpart in Orlando,
Florida – especially the E.T. Adventure
ride – but it isn’t a film lot.
Must-ride: The Studio Tour is a must, as are
Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey,
Transformers: The Ride-3D and The Simpsons
– all well-executed motion-simulation rides.
TIVOLI GARDENS, COPENHAGEN
This isn’t the largest or most thrilling park
in the world but we love it for its charm
(it’s the second-oldest amusement park in the
world, having opened in 1843). It’s located in
the centre of Copenhagen, just a two-minute
walk from the main train station.
Must-ride: Vertigo flips you around in tiny
planes, allowing you to feel 5G (acceleration
at five times the weight of gravity). For less
stomach-churning excitement, try the classic
timber Roller Coaster.
For the complete story on the world’s top theme
parks, visit travelinsider.qantas.com.au.
Yo u w i s h . . .
Must-ride: For a thrill, ride the Expedition
Everest coaster at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
or take the drop on the Twilight Zone Tower
of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Coming soon: Pandora: The World of Avatar
is scheduled to open at Disney’s Animal
Kingdom in summer 2017.
mining opals since 1966
A spate of eateries has opened
in the new Gateway Sydney
development at Circular Quay,
writes Alex Greig.
THE harbour may be the jewel in the
sparkling crown that is Sydney but it’s
been relying on its good looks for too
long. A dearth of casual dining options
at the city’s most-photographed location
has consigned visitors to hot chips or
high-end fine dining, with very little in
between – until now.
Encompassed by Alfred Street, Loftus
Street and Reiby Place, Gateway Sydney
(gatewaysydney.com.au) is a multi-level
glass and sandstone space that is now
home to 25 eateries. The first stage of
the $60 million development opened in
September. To whet your appetite, here’s
a sample of what’s on offer.
T: 02 9247 9885
55a George St, The Rocks
Din Tai Fung
Taiwan’s Din Tai
Fung began in
one restaurant at
Square in 2008.
But after its
none other than
Ken Hom) as the
it made sense
to spread the
The new outlet
at Gateway Sydney
is the city’s ninth.
taken to Din Tai
Fung in a major way
– one taste of a
We don’t know how
Neil Perry manages
to produce such
for less than $10
but we’re content
to let the staff
at his Burger Project
(above); Neil Perry’s
at Burger Project
do their thing.
burgers” are made
Cape Grim beef;
the secret sauce
and pickles are
So is the ice-cream
that goes into
sundaes such as
the Bounty Hunter:
toasted coconut and
Zumbo first came to
when he made a
that the contestants
had to emulate.
Since then, Zumbo’s
cakes, tarts and, of
found a place in
all our hearts –
Chat Thai has been
serving the flavours
of Bangkok to
more than 25 years
but the proliferation
of Thai restaurants
that followed its
opening has done
nothing to diminish
its charm. The
dishes still pull in
queues at the
You’ll find the latest
eatery, with its
menu, on level one
of Gateway Sydney.
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