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W Hotel Bangkok = W for Woefull Service

It’s not often I have something negative to say on this site, but today is the day. I am currently staying at the W Hotel in Bangkok. It… Read More »

The Fish House – Burleigh Heads

I was told about this restaurant during the past week and it was given a great wrap. So off We went to do a sneak inspection and taste… Read More »

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Albert St Food and Wine

Upon entering Albert St Food and Wine you could almost forget you’re in hipster Brunswick! Set in an old bank Albert Street Food and Wine is a mix… Read More »

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Ananas Bar & Brasserie

Ananas Bar & Brasserie offers a chic feel with a never ending wine list! I had the pleasure of meeting a client here for drinks and bar snacks… Read More »

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Ace Pizza

Ace Pizza in Perth is a cute little Italian Gem. To start with I tucked into some Fried Mac n Cheese. Naughty, Fattening and Simply delicious! To follow,… Read More »

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Hagi Japanese Restaurant

THERE can’t be many hotel-based Japanese restaurants in town as carefully considered as Hagi at the Centara Grand at Central Plaza Ladprao Bangkok. From its elegant traditional design… Read More »

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2012 Shobbrook Didi Giallo

2012 Shobbrook Didi Giallo Adelaide Hills, South Australia Moscato giallo or yellow muscat has Greek origins, but now resides in the cool northern climes of Italy. Tom Shobbrook… Read More »

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2008 Knee Deep Shiraz

2008 Knee Deep Shiraz A good showing at the Sheraton Awards (with a gold medal for the 2008 shiraz) has focused attention on consultant Bob Cartwright’s wines. This… Read More »

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Le Blanc

One of the city’s first contemporary private kitchens, Le Blanc epitomises the eclectic nature of such culinary hideaways. With lavish, quirky, homely interiors designed by artist and owner… Read More »

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Ivy Shanghai

Housed in a former 1950s cinema, the Ivy Shanghai is a scene stealer. A growing camouflage of live ivy will conceal the hotel’s exterior, while inside gives way… Read More »

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Crown Towers, Melbourne

The Crown Towers Hotel in Melbourne is a pure delight to stay at. Attached to the dazzling Crown Casino is an opulent array of rooms that cater to… Read More »

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Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour

The Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour is the perfect base to explore the beautiful city that is Sydney. Situated near the iconic Harbour Bridge, the Pullman is close by… Read More »

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The Admiral Bar & Grill

HUA HIN’s dining scene has been given a sizzling boost with the arrival of The Admiral on Damnernkaseam Road. Specializing in premium cuts of New Zealand and Australian… Read More »

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Lemongrass Restaurant & Bar

BANYAN The Resort occupies one of the most beautiful areas of Hua Hin. Nestled between verdant rolling hills in a private valley far removed from any ugsome form… Read More »

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White Lotus Restaurant

SZECHUAN and Cantonese dishes served in true gourmet style have put White Lotus Restaurant on the map as being the place to go for top quality Chinese food… Read More »

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Veranda Lodge

NO matter how hard they try, big international hotel chains can never fully replicate the kind of homely atmosphere you find at a family-run operation such as Veranda… Read More »

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Café@2

BANGKOK may be famous for its sumptuous Sunday brunches, but the weekend’s not the only time diners can indulge in mountains of top quality international cuisines at great… Read More »

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diVino

ITALIAN wine bars in Bangkok don’t get much more authentic than diVino on Soi Thonglor. Split between three small rooms in the corner of Penny’s Balcony community mall,… Read More »

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Canvas

This is not a beer hall. There is beer to be had, with the most prosaic tipple being a Peroni lager, after which things become more obscure, but… Read More »

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Chow

For pan-Asian dishes with a focus on Vietnam and drinks to match, this new venue from Jason Hanna (owner of Arch Rival and The Deck) is the place… Read More »

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Saint Crispin, Collingwood Victoria

Smith Street’s standing as one of Melbourne’s most interesting food precincts was given another boost with the opening of this good-looking, pared-back diner owned by talented chefs Scott… Read More »

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Tapanappa Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2011

Piccadilly Valley Chardonnay 2011 $39
 Brian Croser’s Tiers is the original vineyard of South Australia’s Piccadilly Valley, and remains one of the finest. The 2011 season was the… Read More »

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William Downie

Yarra Valley 2012 $70
 Downie crafts pinot noir from three regions of increasingly distinctive character each season. The granite soils of this vineyard are unique in the Yarra… Read More »

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Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2012 $35
 The single-site wines of Cullen’s original vineyard articulate the character of this special place with greater confidence each season. Texture and… Read More »

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Jansz

Tasmania Late Disgorged Vintage Cuvée 2004 $47 Tasmania is home to Australia’s most-refined fizz and Jansz is among the most elegantly crafted. The flagship of the house spends… Read More »

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The Survey Co, Brisbane

The Survey and Co, Brisbane is Tucked away in the up and coming trendy Burnett Lane, just a mere block from the hustle and bustle of Brisbane’s  Queen… Read More »

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Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit

The Sheraton Grand Sukhumvit, is an elegant luxury five-star hotel in Bangkok’s business district Located just a few steps away from Asok Skytrain and Sukhumvit Subway stations providing… Read More »

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Jia Boutique Hotel, Hong Kong

Design maestro Philippe Starck’s first boutique hotel in Asia has a discreet entrance on a bustling street, with no clue to the understated opulence within. The hotel aims… Read More »

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Four Seasons, Singapore

It’s everything you need from a Four Seasons: the service is, as you’d expect, superlative, the bar lit just so and the rooftop swimming pool picture perfect. The… Read More »

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Gerard’s Bistro, Fortitude Valley

Hidden away behind a phalanx of high-end frock, shoe and homewares shops, Ben Williamson’s fusion experiment doesn’t clamour for attention like so many in the James Street precinct…. Read More »

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Grossi Florentino

The upstairs restaurant at this Melbourne-Italian icon has been one of the grandest dining rooms in the country for decades with its impressive murals, wood panelling and ornate… Read More »

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Bucci

The sunken dining room of Bucci enjoys a commanding view of the start of the retail strip of James Street, a chi-chi quarter increasingly home to some of… Read More »

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Reuben Hills

Say hello to the Dogg’s breakfast: a Monaco bar for 2012, an ice-cream sandwich perfect for breakfast dessert. It’s just one highlight on a menu of fun, sometimes… Read More »

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Paris Bangkok

French food lovers should definitely take the time to seek out this hidden gem on Sala Daeng 1/1. Located in a wonderfully renovated town-house with a modern Asian design,… Read More »

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Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant

NAMED after the Greek god of wine, Bacchus was the city’s first genuine wine bar when it opened in 2006. Since then it has survived several changes of… Read More »

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AgAlico Gardens & Tea Room

HIDDEN away on Sukhumvit 51, this delightful coffee shop has all the charm of an English countryside manor and a beautiful garden to match. When you first wander… Read More »

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Yellow Tail Sushi Bar

WHILE most Japanese restaurants get their inspiration purely from the Land of the Rising Sun, VIE Hotel Bangkok’s new venue, Yellow Tail Sushi Bar (YTSB), takes its cue… Read More »

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The Pintsman

WHILE many expat pubs in Bangkok take their inspiration from the traditional watering holes found in villages in England, and aim to recreate the same rustic aesthetic by… Read More »

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M Pub

SATHORN Road’s entertainment offerings have been given a great boost with the arrival of this new gastro-pub on the ground floor of the Ascott Hotel. Owned and operated… Read More »

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Axis & Spin

AT 6.45pm, 38 floors above Asok junction, the inner-workings of Bangkok are laid bare for all to see. The roads, no longer just thoroughfares for cars, become vibrant… Read More »

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Coyote Bangkok²

Tequila, Margaritas and Mexican food are what this place is all about. The tequila collection is the largest in Thailand and over 75 different margaritas are served. The… Read More »

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Roadhouse Barbecue

Barbecued food from the American south is a great antidote for the negative impression created by the pap served by American fast food chains. For excellent BBQ ribs, pulled… Read More »

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Leapfrog Restaurant and Bar

WHEN most people think of rooftop bars in Bangkok they usually think of the tried-and-tested venues such as Vertigo at the Banyan Tree, or Sirocco at Lebua. But… Read More »

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Party House One

AFTER undergoing a recent revamp Siam@Siam Design Hotel & Spa’s Party House One is now back on the scene with an artsy New York-loft inspired design and a… Read More »

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Spanish on 4

This sister branch of the ever popular Tapas Cafe (Sukhumvit Soi 11) is a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner with friends or a loved one. The… Read More »

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Prime

Magnificent views of the Chao Phraya, prime US and Australian beef, over 2,000 wines, a fabulous selection of desserts, and a modern, but seductively warm interior, Prime has… Read More »

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Basil

This restaurant has a modern interior, but the décor is still unmistakably Thai. There are several private rooms, making it good for a business lunch or small private… Read More »

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Wine Republic

  LOCATED right in the heart of Bangkok’s hippest street, Wine Republic has been keeping Bangkok bar flies buzzing with its extensive selection of international wines, boozy and… Read More »

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Vivo

After a brisk stroll along the beach I decided to stop at Vivo for an early morning bite to eat and to get  the necessary coffee kick start… Read More »

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Portobello Restaurant

Portobello is a quaint Italian Restaurant situated on the Esplanade at Palm Cove. The locals line up in droves to dine in and to get their take away… Read More »

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The Rising Sun

I had the pleasure of visiting Palm Cove recently and of course got to check out a few restaurants along the way. The Rising Sun is located on… Read More »

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Breakfast Creek Hotel

The Breakfast Creek Hotel is an historic pub located just outside of the Brisbane CBD. It was built in 1889 and has since been serving Brisbane premium quality… Read More »

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Treasury Hotel Brisbane

The Treasury Hotel is located in the centre of the Brisbane CBD, just an easy walk to the Queen Street Mall for  a spot of shopping or head… Read More »

First Drop Minchia Montepulciano
 Adelaide Hills, SA 2009


Montepulciano is indigenous to Abruzzo. One of a handful on the Australian market, this is a valid interpretation of its varietal heritage. Deep and meaty with boysenberry and… Read More »

Mitolo Jester Vermentino
McLaren Vale, SA 2012

Frank Mitolo hedges his bets with this vermentino, a spicy sangiovese rosé and a swath of traditional full-bodied reds. Winemaking wunderkind Ben Glaetzer has crafted a juicy dry… Read More »

Chrismont La Zona Arneis
King Valley, Victoria 2012

Arnie Pizzini went from growing tobacco to grapevines – and we’re thankful he did. La Zona is his Italianate range in celebration of his Trentino origins. His 2012… Read More »

Calabria Aglianico
 Riverina, NSW 2010


Bill Calabria runs the successful Westend Estate with sharp wines and modern packaging. Here the label is retro, as is this ancient grape with its origins in the… Read More »

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Aqua Spirit

  Aqua Spirit is an Award winning Italian Restaurant. Housed on the top floor of the iconic One Peking Tower. The views from the 30th floor are simply… Read More »

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Vie at Versace

Vie is a beautiful alfesco restaurant situated dockside at the popular Versace hotel on the Gold Coast. The views affoard while dining are simply stunning and breathtaking. While… Read More »

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Hilton Surfers Paradise

The Hilton hotel Surfers Paradise is a relatively new addition to the ever expanding Gold Coast Skyline. This hotel is an oasis in the hustle and bustle of… Read More »

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Hotel Indigo Hong Kong

Rising high above the frenetic Wan Chai district is the stylish, newly opened Hotel Indigo. Don’t let the business look of this hotel deceive you as it delivers… Read More »

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Bavarian Bier Cafe Brisbane

PROST! The Bavarian Bier House Brisbane is situated on the iconic Brisbane River and the views do not disappoint! I meet up with some friends here on Friday… Read More »

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Moo Bar Brisbane

Moo Bar Brisbane is the perfect little spot to catch up with some friends on a Friday afternoon. I recently stopped by this little gem after work and… Read More »

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Survey and Co.

Hidden behind  large mysterious doors is the entrance to one of  Brisbane’s best hidden secrets – Survey and Co.! I dropped in at Survey and Co. on Friday… Read More »

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Vapiano

Vapiano is a modern Italian Restaurant Located in the Brisbane CBD. Dinning here is a bit unique as you are given a plastic swipe card on entry and… Read More »

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Beccofino

Beccofino is a quaint little pizza spot tucked away in Newstead. From the moment I walked I felt like I was family. I was welcomed with a warm… Read More »

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Public Bar and Restaurant

Public Bar and Restaurant is a trendy establishment located in Brisbane’s CBD. Dishes here are designed to be shared and do not disappoint! My personal go to favourites… Read More »

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Sky Bar at Sirocco, Bangkok

Sirocco Restaurants’s Sky Bar is minimal in terms of fittings. The bar’s greatest expense is probably to replace the bulbs that light the counter. There is no ceiling,… Read More »

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Breslin Bar and Grill

The Breslin Bar and Grill is located along the Yarra River in Melbourne. This is a cute spot to stop for an afternoon tipple and a bite to… Read More »

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Left Bank Melbourne

What better way to spend a beautiful sunny Melbourne Day then by sipping wine on the Yarra River with good friends! On this uncharacteristically warm and beautiful Melbourne… Read More »

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Ezard

I had the delight of dining at Ezard in Melbourne’s CBD this weekend. From start to finish this was truly an amazing experience. Upon arrival my guests and… Read More »

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RITZ-CARLTON, COCONUT GROVE

One of the three Five Diamond hotels in Miami, the Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove is a much more intimate, elegant affair than many of the city’s hotels. Exuding a… Read More »

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THE TIDES SOUTH BEACH

Redesigned by top designer Kelly Wearstler in 1997, the Tides has managed to blend the glamour of Miami’s South Beach with sophistication and class. With an instantly recognisable… Read More »

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Shore Club

This stunning hotel has become one of South Beach’s most sought-after properties. Stretching out over an impressive expanse of prime oceanfront real estate with exclusive access to some… Read More »

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THE FOUR SEASONS

Located within reach of beautiful Biscayne Bay, Miami’s tallest building offers elegant, sweeping views of the lagoon and surrounding area. The Four Seasons provides resort-style amenities in a… Read More »

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ACQUALINA RESORT & SPA

Situated in the northern fringes of Miami, the Acqualina sits on four and- a-half beachfront acres with 400 feet of stunning Florida coastline. Featuring a design reminiscent of… Read More »

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Fisher Island Hotel & Resort

Fisher Island Hotel & Resort offers a level of exclusivity that few Miami establishments can rival. A 1928 Vanderbilt Mansion on a private island that is accessible only… Read More »

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MANDARIN ORIENTAL

The Mandarin Oriental combines a quiet serenity with exceptional service and amenities. The hotel is located on Brickell Key, a 44-acre island in Biscayne Bay, and is conveniently… Read More »

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The Biltmore Hotel

The Biltmore Hotel has been a symbol of elegance and class since it first opened in 1926. A favorite of celebrities and sports stars, the Biltmore is a… Read More »

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Port Palace

Monaco is all about grandeur and glamour, so for something a little more understated yet refined and luxurious consider this boutique right on the quay of Monaco Harbor…. Read More »

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HÔTEL HERMITAGE

For over a hundred years Hôtel Hermitage has remained a welcoming and discreet cousin of the grand Hôtel de Paris, yet it compromises neither style nor service. Its… Read More »

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HÔTEL METROPOLE

Named ‘Best Hotel in the World’ in 2010 by the prestigious hotel group, The Leading Hotels of the World, Metropole is another of Monaco’s celebrated old-world hotels, having… Read More »

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HÔTEL DE PARIS

For over one hundred years the legendary Hôtel de Paris has been the symbolic heart of Monaco’s grandiose principality. The gilding and marble of this historic landmark has… Read More »

HATSUNE

A frequent champion of local dining awards, Hatsune’s ultra-modern interiors, extensive specialist sake list and excellent service ensure it is always busy. Not to worry though, as there… Read More »

Daccapo

Daccapo is a vibrant, contemporary Italian restaurant offering genuine and refined Italian cuisine that is impeccably presented. The dishes are personalized and perfected by the creativity and flair… Read More »

My Humble House

Don’t let the name fool you, there is nothing humble about this place. When it comes to restaurants, My Humble House is playing in the Major Leagues. Since… Read More »

The China Club

Set in a 400-year-old palace built for the 24th son of the Emperor Kangxi, this one-time favorite haunt of Communist Party Leader Deng Xiaoping is a place for… Read More »

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Four Seasons Beijing

Long a center of learning, achievement and power—and today the cultural heart of China with its dynamic visual arts movement, performing arts community, architecture and culinary scene—China’s capital… Read More »

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Q BAR

Q Bar boasts the largest collection of spirits and cocktails in Bangkok and has a dedicated vodka freezer that keeps 75 types of vodka at a cool -19°C…. Read More »

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MANDARIN ORIENTAL, Bangkok

Built in 1876 and located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok exudes stately elegance. Explore the complex flavors of Thai cuisine at… Read More »

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THE SUKHOTHAI BANGKOK

Set amid six acres of tropical gardens and lotus ponds, The Sukhothai Bangkok is a tranquil oasis in the heart of the city. The interior design is a… Read More »

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THE PENINSULA BANGKOK

The distinctive w-shaped design of The Peninsula Bangkok provides guests with outstanding views across the glistening Chao Phraya River. Watch elegant long-tail boats glide by while you enjoy… Read More »

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HANSAR BANGKOK

Located on the prestigious Rajdamri Road, Hansar Bangkok is a member of the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The interior design is modern and features a… Read More »

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BANYAN TREE BANGKOK

The Banyan Tree Bangkok’s décor is modern and elegant with floor-toceiling windows throughout that enhance the breathtaking vistas of the city. Spend the morning being pampered in the… Read More »

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SIAM KEMPINSKI HOTEL

The minimalist white buildings of the Siam Kempinski Hotel encircle exotic landscaped gardens and three salt water pools to create a tranquil hideaway within the bustling city. Admire… Read More »

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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BANGKOK

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok successfully merges traditional Thai materials, including silk and teakwood, with contemporary design. In the hotel’s modish lobby, charcoal grey upholsteries collide with vivid frescoes… Read More »

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THE SIAM HOTEL

The Siam hotel is the brainchild of a collaborative effort between Thai celebrity owner Krissada Sukosol Clapp and award-winning designer Bill Bensley. Located on the city-side bank of… Read More »

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THE OYSTER BAR, BANGKOK

With up to 20 varieties of oyster available – some of which are very rare – and no meat to be found anywhere on the menu, The Oyster… Read More »

EAT ME RESTAURANT

Sit outside under lush palm trees or opt for Eat Me Restaurant’s stylish dining room where modest decor is enlivened with vibrant artworks provided by H Gallery –… Read More »

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BO.LAN

Learn to cook authentic Thai cuisine with chefs Dylan Jones and Thai-born Bo Songvisava at a private lesson for up to ten people in the Bo.lan restaurant’s kitchens…. Read More »

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LE BEAULIEU

A hidden gem located in a serviced apartment block, Le Beaulieu offers outstanding haute cuisine. Chef Hervé produces classic French gastronomy such as traditional bouillabaisse served with garlic… Read More »

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NAHM

Australian head chef David Thompson has lived in Bangkok for twenty years studying the complexities of Thai cuisine – from vibrant street food to intricate royal dishes –… Read More »

LA CABANA, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

With history dating back 75 years, La Cabaña continues to hold a stellar reputation for traditional steak in Argentina. The country’s beef has long been considered to among… Read More »

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PETER LUGER STEAKHOUSE, NEW YORK, USA

With history dating back to the late 1880s and one of the few restaurants on this list with a Michelin star, it’s no surprise that Peter Luger Steakhouse… Read More »

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DONS DE LA NATURE, TOKYO, JAPAN

Earlier this year, restaurant critic Andy Hayler described the Matsusaka beef he ate at Dons de la Nature as the best beef he had ever eaten, so it’s… Read More »

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MAXELÂ RISTORANTE MACELLERIA, ITALY

When Maxelâ started out in Genoa’s meat district, it wanted to be different to your typical restaurant, offering a place where people could pick meats off the counter to… Read More »

GOODMAN RESTAURANT, LONDON, UK

Goodman Restaurant brought the New York steakhouse to London in 2008 when the Russian-owned venue opened up in Mayfair, promising to serve the most tender, full-flavoured steak in… Read More »

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THE RITZ-CARLTON ABU DHABI, GRAND CANAL

New in 2013, this Venice-inspired retreat dedicates the entire eighth floor, complete with a security room and restricted elevator access, to its most noble abode. Residential luxury reaches… Read More »

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BURJ AL ARAB

No detail has been overlooked in this exuberant Arabian palace, where the four-poster canopy bed rotates, the marble spa tub sports Swarovski faucets and the iPads are made of… Read More »

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THE ST. REGIS SAADIYAT ISLAND RESORT

A Mediterranean flair tames striking modern aesthetics in this over-the-top suite featuring five bedrooms, two living rooms, a screening room, games area with pool table and a dedicated… Read More »

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LADERA RESORT

Take to the trees in Ladera’s newest open-to-the-elements villa, built amidst a tangle of jungle on formerly private, undeveloped land. Tarzan-chic décor, featuring locally woven fabrics, Dedon furniture… Read More »

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CONRAD SEOUL

This uncluttered, dapper suite is definitely one for the lads, attracting Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger since the hotel opened last fall. A connecting room can be your… Read More »

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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL RIYADH AT KINGDOM CENTRE

On the heels of a $40 million, hotel-wide renovation, this decadent duplex underwent a six-month revamp before debuting in April, awash in subtle gold and silver tones and… Read More »

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ROYAL MANSOUR MARRAKECH

This show-stopping fourbedroom expanse truly has it all: There’s an office, library, Moroccan lounge and bar on the lower level alone, while the rooftop terrace takes up two… Read More »

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PALAIS NAMASKAR

Perched on over 20,000 square feet of private gardens, this stand- alone Moroccan mansion—opened along with Palais Namaskar in April—envelops guests with a modern-meets-medina vibe. A lustrous golden… Read More »

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SOFITEL FEZ PALAIS JAMAÏ

Overlooking the exciting Medina, Sofitel Fez Palais Jamaï is an oasis of comfort and refinement. This gleaming 19th-century palace—the former residence of the Grand Vizier— will give you… Read More »

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LAS VENTANAS AL PARAÍSO, A ROSEWOOD RESORT

Laid-back, artisanal charm and top tequila greet guests to this south-of-the-border Eden, where covered terraces and a Jacuzzi-equipped rooftop look far out to sea and stars. Pair languid… Read More »

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VILLAS DEL MAR / DEL MAR ESCAPES

Generational vacationing is a breeze in this vast, mission-style manse, where your butler has an assistant, and a private chef throws together everything from low-key lunches to al… Read More »

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GARZA BLANCA PRESERVE, RESORT & SPA

Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors allow inside and out to merge in this recently introduced penthouse, a breezy, three-bedroom abode whose wraparound terrace touts an oversized hammock and Jacuzzi…. Read More »

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JUMEIRAH MESSILAH BEACH HOTEL & SPA

This brand new hotel’s top offering — completed in May — takes your privacy seriously with its own hallway and elevator, as well as discreet personal butler service…. Read More »

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AMAN CANAL GRANDE VENICE

An average of 100 workers spent 18 months restoring this 1500s palazzo, and the results—just revealed—are astounding. In this one-bedroom, Grand Canal-facing suite, ornate friezes and ceiling paintings… Read More »

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THE ST. REGIS ROME

  HBA put the finishing touches on this tasteful tribute to Italian style last summer. Details like a flat-screen TV propped on an easel and a library loaded… Read More »

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HOTEL HASSLER ROMA

As eternal as the city itself, the Hassler began operation in 1893, but today its modern take on Roman grandeur (and indulgence) captivates celebs like Jamie Foxx and… Read More »

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TAJ LAKE PALACE

The sight of this lake-locked confection never fails to elicit awe. Travel from the airport by vintage car, then by boat to your palatial pad, where European and… Read More »

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ITC GRAND CHOLA

Do like India’s richest family (net worth $21.5 billion) and check into this lavish Chola dynasty-inspired abode, inaugurated with the hotel in September. Bulletproof windows and private everything,… Read More »

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CONSERVATORIUM HOTEL

A heritage hotel with a glass-encased courtyard and the hottest lobby in town? Talk about arresting counterpoint. In its design-driven Piero Lissoni penthouse, which debuted last summer, austere… Read More »

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THE DORCHESTER

Alexandra Champalimaud worked her magic on these refined corner suites—14 in all—late last year. Gallant marble lobbies lead to luminescent living rooms, where floral details echo the greenery… Read More »

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INTERCONTINENTAL LONDON PARK LANE

This reenvisioned suite with up to five bedrooms draws on styles and motifs from Queen Elizabeth II’s long life—and the result is resoundingly glamorous, even rocker chic in… Read More »

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ME LONDON

Crowning this March opening is a luxe duplex that elevates monochromatic minimalism to new heights, as the strict color palette gives way to plush rounded sofas, a luxuriant… Read More »

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The Mayfair

How about a little Shinjuku with your Mayfair? Japan’s latest TOTO technology, including an invigorating Gyrostream shower, soothing chromotherapy tub and futuristic Washlet toilet, sets this suite apart…. Read More »

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THE WELLESLEY

Top billing goes to this posh penthouse located on floors six and seven of Knightsbridge’s latest luxury hot spot. Art Deco and golden Hollywood glam unite across four… Read More »

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WALDORF ASTORIA BERLIN

New York-only for too long, Waldorf has been cropping up all over, including Berlin’s bustling City West. Thirty-one stories up, its plush presidential takes over the top floor,… Read More »

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STEIGENBERGER FRANKFURTER HOF

Two conference tables with tech accoutrements aplenty might lead you to believe this suite is all business, but you’d be mistaken. A 323-square-foot “temple to spa” touts a… Read More »

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HOTEL VIER JAHRESZEITEN KEMPINSKI MUNICH

Though this historic hotel dates to 1858, there’s nothing antiquated about its guest rooms ($53 million later). The reconfigured penthouse—home to the former GM—boldly pairs Louis XVI furniture… Read More »

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LE MEURICE

Travel to a finer era in this trio that was once home to Salvador Dali (plus loads of royals and leading ladies). Twelve-foot ceilings accommodate sumptuous 18th-century interiors,… Read More »

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AUBERGE DU JEU DE PAUME

Once the domain of families illustrious enough to entertain kings, this country estate is now home to a Relais & Châteaux. The Aumale Suite indulges in aristocratic French… Read More »

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HÔTEL PLAZA ATHÉNÉE

The unabashedly classical décor dressing Paris’s largest suite got a fresh color transfusion last spring. Pops of apricot, raspberry and violet give two vast living rooms and two… Read More »

KEMPINKSI HOTEL HAITANG BAY SANYA

New to China’s favorite resort town, this Kempinski boasts a vast ocean-view villa perfect for extended families. Arrive from the airport by luxury limo, check in in-villa and… Read More »

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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL GUANGZHOU

Pull yourself away from the 96-story-high views of the Pearl River, and you’ll discover a truly handsome take on lush living, introduced with the hotel last July. The… Read More »

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THE ROYAL BEGONIA

This immense, Mediterranean-style beachfront villa, which opened its breezy doors in September along with the rest of the resort, comes with a private swimming pool and plenty of… Read More »

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SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, TORONTO

Teeming with luxury hotel openings, Toronto welcomed Shangri-La last summer, along with top digs worthy of the illustrious Chinese group. Floor-to-ceiling windows take in city views, while heated… Read More »

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RITZ-CARLTON MONTREAL

A whopping $200 million respectfully revitalized this historic hotel in honor of its 2012 centennial. Its most polished pad—inaugurated by Monaco’s monarchs, Albert and Charlene—retained some original elements… Read More »

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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL TORONTO

While Four Seasons conquered the world, its flagship languished — but no more! Unfurled in full glory on October 5, the hotel now delivers residential bliss, especially in… Read More »

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BOTANIQUE HOTEL & SPA

In the Hamptons of São Paulo, newcomer Botanique offers a unique shift from the chalet saturated market. Authentically Brazilian, this voluminous villa invites nature in with giant glass… Read More »

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FOUR SEASONS HOTEL BAKU

Classical yet clean-lined, these twin presidentials debuted with the hotel in September. Awash in natural light, serene interiors look out towards the Caspian Sea or picturesque Old City…. Read More »

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CONRAD NEW YORK

Conrad took up residence in lower Manhattan last spring, bringing with it an impressive contemporary art collection that continues into this top-floor corner apartment (yes, the views are… Read More »

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BELLAGIO RESORT & CASINO

Celebs flock to this 33rd floor desert oasis, spruced up during last year’s $40 million Spa Tower reno. Enter via a walkway suspended over a reflecting pool, and… Read More »

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The Plaza

Relive the glamour of The Great Gatsby in this debonair Deco den, which premiered along with Baz Luhrmann’s big screen adaptation. Costume designer Catherine Martin curated the space… Read More »

MOO MOO THE WINE BAR + GRILL AT THE PORT OFFICE

Moo Moo The Wine Bar + Grill At The Port Office opened on the 4th June 2010 + is located in the historic Port Office Building, Stamford Plaza,… Read More »

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LE MÉRIDIEN ISTANBUL ETILER

A refreshing departure from the usual sultanate revival, this loft space—new with the hotel last year—embodies modern Istanbul. Subtle Turkish motifs and local artwork soften the Zen design,… Read More »

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MARTI ISTANBUL HOTEL

The first woman ever to design a mosque turned her talents to Marti’s main sanctuary this year, bestowing a simple classical look with contemporary touches and mystical flair…. Read More »

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DESROCHES ISLAND

Hidden behind a tangle of jungle, this secluded beach home—completed last July—believes good things come in threes: Bedrooms, living rooms, plunge pools, even staff. A chef helms the… Read More »

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DORADO BEACH, A RITZ-CARLTON RESERVE

Graced by Ava Gardner and Elizabeth Taylor, Joe DiMaggio and JFK, this private plantation home—painstakingly restored to preserve its colonial design and artisanal interiors—now anchors the world’s second… Read More »

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PONTA DOS GANCHOS

You might start to feel like the girl from Ipanema at this eco-chic beach retreat — tall and tan and young and lovely (just like past guest Gisele… Read More »

THE RITZ-CARLTON, VIENNA

Hollywood royalty Adrien Brody and Arnold Schwarzenegger have indulged in the old-world grandeur and modern comforts of this restored palais’s presidential. Intricate ceiling paintings, rich wood paneling and… Read More »

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CAP JULUCA

Refurbished to the tune of $12 million last year, this Caribbean queen introduced the Jonquil Suite in November. Airy, whitewashed interiors with aqua accents face the sea, and… Read More »

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HOTEL SAINT-BARTH ISLE DE FRANCE

Pristine, pared-down comfort relaxes even the most high-strung urbanites in these two recently introduced seaside sanctuaries. A large living area with soaring, vaulted ceilings leads onto a sunkissed terrace… Read More »

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RAFFLES MAKATI

Subtle pops of color and original local artwork commissioned specifically for the hotel, which opened in December, add depth to this chic, natural hued space. From the hand-tufted… Read More »

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SALA SILVERMINE, SWEDEN

Sleeping 155 metres underground in a cave might not be your idea of a good time, but at Sweden’s Sala Silvermine you can make like the Flintstones and do… Read More »

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ECOCAMP, PATAGONIA

For the adventurous and environmentally conscious traveler, Patagonia’s EcoCamp offers a very different accommodation experience in one of the most impressive areas of natural beauty on earth. Set… Read More »

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ATTRAP’RÊVES, FRANCE

If you’ve always liked the ‘idea’ of camping but don’t find the reality of hard ground, bugs and humidity particularly attractive, then France’s BubbleTree start-up may just have… Read More »

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TREE HOUSE HOTEL, SWEDEN

Fancy trying out a stay in a UFO, a giant mirrorcube or perhaps even a birdnest? Then look no further than Sweden’s offbeat-yet-swanky Treehouse Hotel, located deep in… Read More »

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HOTEL MARQUES DE RISCAL, SPAIN

As much a work of art as it is a place to stay, the Marques De Riscal Hotel in Northern Spain was designed by renowned Toronto-born architect Frank… Read More »

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COSTA VERDE, COSTA RICA

Nestled within tropical rainforest, Hotel Costa Verde’s rather unusual Fuselage Suite consists of a refurbished vintage 1965 Boeing 727 airframe, once part of South Africa Air in a… Read More »

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LOISABA WILDERNESS, KENYA

For fans of the great outdoors, there is nothing better than getting back to nature. And it’s unlikely that you could ever get much closer than sleeping under… Read More »

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ATLANTIS THE PALM, DUBAI

Said to have sunk beneath the ocean without a trace, the legend of the lost city of Atlantis is the inspiration behind this extravagant Dubai hotel, which cost… Read More »

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CHEWTON GLEN, HAMPSHIRE, UK

Based on the edge of New Forest National Park in the Hampshire countryside, Chewton Glen Country House Hotel & Spa offers its guests the chance to stay in… Read More »

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HOTEL DE GLACE, QUEBEC

Often wondered how it feels to be an Eskimo? (Slightly chilly, we’d expect.) Well wonder no more, because at Canada’s Hotel de Glace you can spend the night… Read More »

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HARD ROCK HOTEL VALLARTA

Last summer, a cool $40 million transformed this property into a Hard Rock that’s already a hit with megastar Latin Grammy winner Juanes. Kick back (or bust out… Read More »

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THE ST. REGIS PUNTA MITA RESORT

Why We Love It: Provence comes to the Pacific coast in this Mexican maison with the beach at its doorstep, a pool and Jacuzzi on its terrace and butlers… Read More »

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KEMPINSKI HOTEL GRAND ARENA BANSKO

A grown-up gift from Santa, this earthy lodge appeared under the Pirin Mountains on Christmas Day. Wake up to invigorating alpine views, and get great shuteye thanks to… Read More »

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W NEW YORK – TIMES SQUARE

This Theater District W just raised the curtains on a showstopper — the perfect place to play and stay following a complete reimagination fueled by the city’s high-octane… Read More »

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SLS HOTEL SOUTH BEACH

The likes of Ernest Hemingway may have inspired this eclectic, worldly suite, but modern artists like JLo are the ones loving its quirky splendor. A deft mix of… Read More »

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COCO PRIVÉ KUDA HITHI ISLAND

Perched on a private isle with only five other villas (intended for your guests), this bi-level sanctuary upped the ante in the Maldives last year. Wine and dine… Read More »

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HUVAFEN FUSHI

One ten-week tune-up last summer, and this overwater villa with sundeck Jacuzzi is due for a test drive. A private walkway, Dom and caviar pave the way to… Read More »

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FOUR SEASONS SAFARI LODGE, SERENGETI

Four Seasons’ first foray into the bush wrapped a full-property renovation just in time for Christmas. Creature comforts, including deep soaking tubs, king-size beds, Wi-Fi and an infinity… Read More »

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PARROT CAY BY COMO

A firm favorite among East Coast jetsetters, Parrot Cay just gave loyal fans a new spot to rest their heads. Indonesian antiques punctuate wood-and-white interiors, four-poster king beds… Read More »

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RAFFLES DUBAI

 Until recently the home of hotel owner H.E. Sheikh Mana Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, this mega-suite — fully refurbished — is now available for buyouts. In addition to six distinct… Read More »

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TWELVE AT HENGSHAN

Opening—surely fortuitously – on 12/12/12, Twelve at Hengshan touts a standout presidential that leaves no box unchecked. East-meets-West Yabu Pushelberg interiors unfold across a sprawling space complete with… Read More »

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REGINA HOTEL BAGLIONI

A happy marriage of modern lines, classical flourishes and great proportions unfolds across this oeuvre, unveiled in June. Service is unrivaled: In addition to your butler, call on… Read More »

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THE ST. REGIS DOHA

It’s no wonder the largest suite in Qatar (so huge an internal elevator was in order) has drawn not only regional celebs but also global stars like Robert… Read More »

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SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, SINGAPORE

A $55 million, eight-month makeover of the hotel’s Garden Wing gave new life to this nature-inspired accommodation. Unwind on its ample terrace, with barbecue, Jacuzzi and chaises longues… Read More »

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TRUMP OCEAN CLUB INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & TOWER PANAMA

A year after this Panamanian Burj docked on Punta Pacifica, its 35th-floor presidential set sail, showcasing wide water vistas from a wraparound balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows. Ivanka Trump… Read More »

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THE PALACE OF THE LOST CITY

Prints and artwork out of an African safari adorn one of Sun City’s most luxurious accommodations, in which walls of stunning hand-carved Canadian maple frame arched windows overlooking… Read More »

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THE OKURA PRESTIGE TAIPEI

Classic meets contemporary in this beige-toned suite with understated Chhada Siembieda interiors and 180-degree city vistas. An eight-person dining setup and butler service on request have made it… Read More »

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PALACIO NAZARENAS

Square Footage: 1,399 Why We Love It: Built atop Incan ruins, this 16th-century palace-turned-convent found its true calling as a boutique hotel last spring. An airy, colonial charm prevails in… Read More »

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THE DATAI LANGKAWI

Newly built in March as part of a full resort remodel, this enclosed two-bedroom oasis sits amidst a blooming garden featuring a 33-foot pool, sundeck and rain shower…. Read More »

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TAJ PALACE MARRAKECH

Just like Carrie & co. on the set of Sex and the City 2, you’ll swoon for this exotic Moroccan-Indian accommodation that soft-opened in November. A massive terrace running… Read More »

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PRINCE DE GALLES

A Starwood initiative to revivify its most legendary properties recrowned this Parisian prince in May. Fall under the city’s timeless spell from the topfloor, two-bedroom duplex, which glimpses… Read More »

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SOFITEL LEGEND CARTAGENA SANTA CLARA

Colombian legend Botero and his daughter Lina helped prepare this suite for its relaunch on 12/12/12, part of a multimillion hotel remodel. Natural materials and tones leave the… Read More »

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TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & TOWER TORONTO

Next TIFF, throw a black-tie bash for 60 in Toronto’s largest, highest suite (new in September). Peel your eyes from the arresting Ivanka Trump-guided design to spy the… Read More »

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RAFFLES HOTEL LE ROYAL

Perched atop a heritage hotel built in 1929, this two-bedroom suite was the grand, November finale to a property-wide renovation that stayed true to Le Royal’s roots. President… Read More »

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MONASTERO SANTA ROSA

Respectfully converted from a 17th-century convent to heaven on earth with 20 keys, this cliff-side property has the sort of sea views that renew faith. In its divine… Read More »

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JUMBY BAY, A ROSEWOOD RESORT

Nestled on 4.7 lush acres, this breezy, $20 million estate home debuted in December, offering sweet seclusion and six bedrooms with en-suite baths and terraces. Beach access is… Read More »

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JADE MOUNTAIN

Rising majestically above the 600-acre beachfront estate of Anse Chastanet, Jade Mountain is a cornucopia of organic architecture celebrating St. Lucia’s stunning scenic beauty. Architect owner Nick Troubetzkoy… Read More »

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LOEWS PORTOFINO BAY HOTEL AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO

Celebrate la dolce vita—the sweet life—at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. Located on-site at Universal Orlando® Resort, this luxurious hotel recreates the charm and romance of the famed seaside… Read More »

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FIESTA AMERICANA GRAND CORAL BEACH CANCUN RESORT & SPA

Nestled on Cancun’s most coveted beach, yet just steps away from vibrant culture and entertainment, this award-winning oceanfront resort offers the best of both worlds. All accommodations at… Read More »

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GRAND VELAS RIVIERA MAYA

Located on over 1,600 feet of pristine white-sand beach and turquoise waters on Mexico’s Caribbean coast, the all-inclusive Grand Velas Riviera Maya seduces guests with spacious, elegant accommodations, impeccable service… Read More »

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Spice Island Beach Resort

This classic, elegant 64-suite resort, owned and run by Sir Royston Hopkin, K.C.M.G. and family, is a stunning jewel on Grenada’s renowned Grand Anse Beach, a treasured secret… Read More »

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Coda

Coda’s food menu has always been a little genre-defying (pan-Euro meets pan-Asian non-fusion?) but full of good things to eat such as a Thai-inspired calamari salad or a… Read More »

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Fratelli Paradiso

“Frat Paz”, as the kids call it, is the ultimate local. It’s casual enough to drop in for a plate of pappardelle al ragu when you’ve just rolled… Read More »

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Attica

Any restaurant with a regular spot on the S Pellegrino Top 100 list would presumably sport a wine list hefty in length and/or gravitas. Less predictable is whether… Read More »

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The Source


Many vineyard restaurants only pour their own wines, but while Moorilla wines and sibling Moo Brew’s beers get plenty of exposure at The Source, sommelier Joseph Burton has… Read More »

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With 23 pages of Domaine de La Romanée-Conti, Château Cheval Blanc, vintage Krug, Penfolds Yattarna and Bass Phillip Pinot Noir, one gets the impression that the crew at… Read More »

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Press Food & Wine

The ongoing popularity of Press is due to the fact that it’s run by some of the most experienced operators in town – restaurateur Simon Kardachi (The Pot,… Read More »

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Monopole

At Monopole the glass takes precedence over the plate. Chef Brent Savage is hardly taking a holiday, mind. Beyond oysters and charcuterie, his grilled mussels with chorizo, sea… Read More »

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Circa

Despite a change in owner and a shift in focus at Circa (where Paul Wilson’s Pacific Rim food combines robust street-food flavours with reasonable prices and artful, considered… Read More »

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Aqua Linea, Teneriffe

For a town that thinks of itself as the River City, there are few places in Brisbane to indulge at table while gazing over the meandering waterway bisecting… Read More »

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Sydney Harbour Marriott

Recent renovations have rooms sporting Australiana motifs and stylised local maps for a refreshing update on true-blue design. Snug in the CBD and overlooking the historic Rocks, it… Read More »

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The Sebel Pier One, Sydney

Newly refurbished by Melbourne design team Hecker Guthrie, The Sebel Pier One’s 160 guestrooms now come with a distinctly Hamptons vibe. Whitewashed neutrals, frayed rope and exposed ceiling… Read More »

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Harbour Rocks Hotel, Sydney

This 59-room boutique hotel, once a colonial bond store, has had a hip interior refit. Exposed sandstone walls, industrial winches, Parisian staircase – the look is stripped-back with… Read More »

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Sea Temple, Surfers Paradise

Towering over the redeveloped Surfers foreshore in the 245m, 77-level Soul complex, Sea Temple offers head-in-the-clouds luxury and spectacular, you-can-almost-see-New-Zealand views. Apartments feature home theatre, balconies for easy… Read More »

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East Beijing, Beijing

Frequent-flyer favourite East has added a new location to its portfolio. In Beijing’s Chaoyang district, designed for the discerning business traveller, the latest hotel is within reach of… Read More »

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Parkroyal On Pickering, Singapore

Greenery abounds in this hanging garden-bedecked hotel, with its planter walls, waterfalls and flowerbeds. At the gateway to the CBD, it won BCA Green Mark Platinum status for… Read More »

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Terrace Hotel, Perth

Perth’s newest hotel may be housed in a heritage building, but it’s a very 21st-century lodging: connected, convenient and très chic. The decor mashes up king-sized four-poster beds… Read More »

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Silky Oaks Lodge, Tropical North Queensland

The best thing about Tropical North Queensland is that every stop raises the bar, which leads us to Silky Oaks Lodge. Nestled in the Daintree, if there’s a… Read More »

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Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania East Coast

Off the beaten track and newly inducted into the Relais & Châteaux portfolio, and with a best hotel design award under its belt, Saffire is a seductive sanctuary… Read More »

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QT Sydney

With a little 1920s art deco and a touch of Rocky Horror the new QT Sydney recalls a time when some hotels were a little more rock’n’roll than… Read More »

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Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef

Like Hayman, Lizard Island had a makeover after Cyclone Yasi – although the island didn’t sustain any damage. The suites were dolled up, menu modernised and the resort’s… Read More »

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Hayman Island

Behind a discreetly burbling reflection pool at Hayman is a gallery-style line-up of posters depicting quintessential images of the resort from each decade since the 1950s. They are… Read More »

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Bloomfield Lodge

Far North Queensland, Bloomfield, Degarra, Cape Tribulation, Queensland. A 30-minute chartered flight over the Coral Sea from Cairns then a 15-minute 4WD journey and boat ride from Ayton… Read More »

Fox Gordon Princess Fiano 2010

Fiano is an ancient variety from the south of Italy where it makes excellent wines that age well. This interpretation from the Adelaide Hills is highly aromatic, with… Read More »

Yalumba Running with Bulls Vermentino 2010

This delicious vermentino is a tribute to Yalumba’s investment in the Riverland. Aromas of lemon sherbet, nashi pears and lemon thyme lead onto a balanced palate that is… Read More »

Heartland Dolcetto & Lagrein 2009

An inspired 50/50 blend by Ben Glaetzer from Langhorne Creek and Limestone Coast. It has aromas of dark chocolate and sour cherries, earth and polished leather. It’s fresh… Read More »

Salena Estates Ink Series Bianco d’Alessano 2010

This white variety from Puglia is traditionally blended with verdeca to make the wines from Locorotondo. It has delicate aromas of fresh flowers and white peaches. In the… Read More »

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Rosa’s Kitchen

This is the third incarnation of Rosa Mitchell’s home-style, Sicilian-influenced restaurant, and the new CBD laneway location is the best fit yet. Taking over a space occupied for… Read More »

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Supermaxi

Rita Macali is one of those chefs whom other chefs rave about – and not just for the carefully cooked Italian food that so succinctly expresses her integrity… Read More »

2012 Shobbrook Didi Giallo Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Moscato giallo or yellow muscat has Greek origins, but now resides in the cool northern climes of Italy. Tom Shobbrook ferments his giallo on skins in both wood… Read More »

2005 Gravner Ribolla Anfora Venezia Giulia IGT, Italy

Josko Gravner is the king of amphorae and ribolla is a native Friulian white variety. A year in these ancient clay vessels is followed by six years in… Read More »

2012 Domaine Lucci Gris Noir Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Pinot gris is a mutation of pinot noir. Anton van Klopper emphasises the relationship by fermenting his pinot gris in an “egg” on its skins to extract colour,… Read More »

2011 Ducks in a Row Pandora’s Amphora Heathcote, Victoria

Glenn James spent 20 years making wine for leading large producers. In 2011, the winemaker filled an amphora with vermentino, fiano and moscato giallo grapes and waited. The… Read More »

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The Crosstown Eating House

In the pre-tapas era, The Crosstown was known as a pioneer of share plating. The legacy lives on in a generous list of snack and entree-sized options. The… Read More »

2010 Marchand & Burch Mount Barrow Pinot Noir Mt Barker, Western Australia

Pascal Marchand espouses a strong biodynamic philosophy with his intense yet delicate wines – a sure indication he is on the right track. Subtle red fruits, dried herbs,… Read More »

2010 Graillot Syrah Heathcote, Victoria

In a little more than 25 years, producer Alain Graillot has made a huge impact in Crozes-Hermitage, and his maiden Australian syrah indicates he may have equal influence… Read More »

2010 Primo & Co The Tuscan Shiraz Sangiovese Tuscany, Italy

Joe Grilli is one of Australia’s most lateral-thinking makers, capable of turning the humble colombard into his sought-after La Biondina. His local Il Briccone Shiraz Sangiovese is echoed… Read More »

2008 The Islander Estate Wally White Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Jacques Lurton takes a Bordelaise approach blending unlikely bedfellows semillon and viognier. The semillon makes sense – it’s a major grape in his Bordeaux home ground – but… Read More »

Printhie Mountain Range Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Winemaker Drew Tuckwell has lifted Printhie to new heights. Fruit sourced from the highest slopes of Mount Canobolas gives this vibrant sauvignon lemon pith, passionfruit, gooseberry and fresh… Read More »

Philip Shaw No.89 Shiraz

Philip Shaw has crafted an intense, deeply flavoured shiraz with a splash of viognier to lift the perfumes and soften the palate. There are perfumes of fresh pepper… Read More »

Ross Hill Pinnacle Series Chardonnay 2011

A minimal-intervention chardonnay with handpicked whole bunches pressed and run straight to barrel and left to allow indigenous yeasts to work. The result is fine and savoury with… Read More »

De Salis Pinot Noir 2010

This spectacular vineyard sits at 1050m with spectacular views over Orange. Equally spectacular is Charlie Svenson’s 2010 pinot noir, which displays aromas of wild strawberries and dark sour… Read More »

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RedDot Brewhouse at Dempsey

The lush, Balinese-style beer garden comes alive at night and it’s all too easy to while away a few hours enjoying the easy-drinking house beers, which you can… Read More »

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ARAGAWA, KOBE, JAPAN

As well as being one of the most expensive restaurants in the world, Aragawa is arguably the most famous Kobe beef restaurant in Japan. Founded in 1956, the… Read More »

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CUT BY WOLFGANG PUCK, SINGAPORE

After CUT made a name for itself as one of the finest steakhouses in the USA, Wolfgang Puck – the celebrated chef behind the fine-dining restaurant – opened… Read More »

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KAWAMURA, TOKYO, JAPAN

Considered to be one of best places to get steak in Tokyo, eating at Kawamura is one of the things to do while in the Japanese city. Famed for its… Read More »

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Wagaya

I recently dined at Wagaya for a friends birthday and I was quite impressed! The atmosphere and the decor of the restaurant gives of a really good vibe…. Read More »

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Popolo

Popolo is a quaint little Italian style restaurant situated over looking the iconic Brisbane River. All dishes here are designed to be shared. After a brisk walk through… Read More »

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THE RITZ-CARLTON, DUBAI

Why We Love It: Rolled out this February along with the hotel’s brand new, 148-room wing, this top-floor suite infuses contemporary elegance with Middle Eastern accents and a regal… Read More »

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The Alpina Gstaad, Panorama Suite, Switzerland

The top floor of this three-bedroom duplex also includes fitness and massage areas, featuring the same beautiful timber latticework visible throughout the rest of the impressive 400 square… Read More »

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Rock Star Suite, Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

Loud, brash and full of fun, the audacious ‘Rock Star Suite’ of the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta, Mexico is not for the faint hearted. The suite includes celebrity… Read More »

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Peacock Suite, ITC Gardenia, Karnataka, India

Fancy having your own helipad? The ITC Gardenia’s lavish Peacock Suite in Bangalore offers just that and also includes bulletproof windows for extra high security. A favorite of… Read More »

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Presidential Villa, The Royal Begonia, A Luxury Collection Resort, Sanya, China

With a magnificent 16,286 square foot of outdoor space on top of an already impressive 7,180 square foot indoor area, this Mediterranean-style villa on Sanya Haitang Bay offers… Read More »

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Ocean Pavilion, Huvafen Fushi, Maldives

Set 100 metres out on the Indian Ocean, these exclusive private over-water residences in the Maldives are part of a solace-seeking holidaymaker’s paradise. With your own private fibre-optic… Read More »

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Extreme Wow Suite, W Singapore, Sentosa Cove, Singapore

Providing not just exclamations of ‘wow’ but the ‘Extreme Wow’ Factor, this snazzy Singaporean space includes your very own DJ spinning booth and a fully stocked mini bar… Read More »

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Redentore Terrazza Suite, The Gritti Palace Venice, Venice

If the thought of small talk with other vacationers fills you with dread, then the Redentore Terrazza Suite at the thirteenth century Gritti Palace palazzo could be just… Read More »

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Nobu Penthouse, Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Enjoy a game of billiards but also require an oversized whirlpool tub, a spectacular outdoor terrace and top notch Japanese cuisine delivered straight to your suite? Look no… Read More »

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The Bentley Suite, The St.Regis Hotel, New York, USA

A favourite of tennis player extraordinaire Serena Williams, she’s previously said: “The suites at The St. Regis New York are beyond compare in both design and luxury. The… Read More »

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Penthouse, Garza Blanca Preserve, Resort & Spa, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Desperate Housewife actress and film star Eva Longoria says of this palatial Mexican pad: “If you want to spend your beach vacation in the lap of luxury, being… Read More »

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GRAND HYATT

A modern, five-star hotel, the Grand Hyatt Beijing offers the best of both worlds — a subtle blend of Western and Oriental traditions, encompassing contemporary hotel design. Located… Read More »

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RAFFLES BEIJING HOTEL

Established in the 1900s, Raffles Beijing Hotel witnessed many of the city’s significant social and political events, and its commanding French-Orient colonnade façade has long stood as an… Read More »

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THE OPPOSITE HOUSE

For design aficionados, this is the one and only place to stay in Beijing. The Opposite House is hands down the most exquisite piece of modernist architecture that… Read More »

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SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, BEIJING

Just 22 miles from the airport, the prestigious Shangri-La Hotel, Beijing is near the city’s favorite sightseeing spots such as the Summer Palace and business areas like Financial… Read More »

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HAZARA

Style / Ambiance: Deep, dark and seductive, Hazara is all candlelight and dark wood, full of Indian and Balinese antiques. Beijingers call it one of the most romantic restaurants… Read More »

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MEI FU

Style / Ambiance: To visit Mei Fu is to step backwards into the world of 1930s Peking Opera and experience the retro elegance of this exquisitely restored courtyard. An… Read More »

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LAN NA THAI

Style / Ambiance: Lan Na Thai is one of the restaurants on the ever trendy Face Bar Estate, one of Beijing’s most popular hangouts for the well-heeled and welldressed…. Read More »

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MAISON BOULUD

Style / Ambiance: It’s hard to miss Maison Boulud, the majestic Versailles-inspired manor house located in a walled compound adjacent to stately Tiananmen Square. Bringing the Daniel Boulud dining… Read More »

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S.T.A.Y.

Created by three-Michelin-starred French Chef Yannick Alléno, S.T.A.Y. represents a brand new concept of restaurant. With kitchen and service teams hand-picked by Chef Yannick, S.T.A.Y. has breathed new… Read More »

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JAAN AT SWISSOTEL THE STAMFORD, SINGAPORE

JAAN is worth going to for the views alone – from the 70th floor of Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore’s skyline and waterways are mesmerising. Add to that the… Read More »

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GUNTHER’S, SINGAPORE

Gunther’s brings sophisticated French fare to the fine dining experience, with a reinterpretation of classic dishes and flavors. Formerly sous chef at Les Amis, Belgian-born Gunther Hubrechson opened… Read More »

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IGGY’S AT THE HILTON HOTEL, SINGAPORE

With its unique flavors and textures, created using seasonal ingredients from Europe, Japan and Australia, Iggy’s provides a unique dining experience that has earned it a place in… Read More »

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PIACERE AT THE SHANGRI-LA

Style / Ambiance: This west-facing restaurant offers the diner stunning views of the Imperial Garden and Tokyo Station and also a great sense of space due to the double… Read More »

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EKKI BAR AND GRILL AT FOUR SEASONS MARUNOUCHI

Here you can delight in fresh seafood from the Tsukiji Fish Market, such as hokkaido scallops, and succulent Japanese beef, including kobe and sendai. If you’re in the… Read More »

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ARGENTO ASO

Situated in the heart of Ginza, the two-star Michelin restaurant serves delicious Italian food from executive chef Tatsuji Aso. Made only with the finest ingredients, the eye-catching, colorful… Read More »

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Swissotel The Stamford Hotel

Swissotel The Stamford Hotel is a sleek hotel in an excellent location. The Stamford has completed a much-needed face-lift, and rooms now feel urban and vibrant with sleek… Read More »

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Hotel ICON

The Hotel ICON is an oasis in the middle of the hectic city known as Hong Kong! The service of the staff and the knowledge of the concierge… Read More »

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Pierre Hermé

The French macaron legend opens its first Asian store outside Tokyo in Hong Kong, at the IFC mall. With its pastel macarons – flavors include rose, caramel and… Read More »

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Top Floor Bar & Grill

Top floor Bar & Grill is more than one national dish of the restaurant, located in Building, 4th Floor, platform, ad hoc the continental air garden area and… Read More »

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Berliner – German Barbecue

There is no better way to spend a night than to indulge in an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet, full of meaty goodness to welcome the upcoming summer season. Starting… Read More »

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Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

The Mandarin Oriental is a very peaceful and stunning hotel on the top floors of a commercial building, with spectacular views of Tokyo and Mount Fuji. The Reception… Read More »

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Barbacoa Grill

Barbacoa Grill is a must for Meat Lovers! Carnivores flock here for the great-value all-you-can-eat Brazilian grilled chicken and barbecued beef, which the efficient waiters will keep bringing… Read More »

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The Peak Bar Tokyo

The Peak Bar, Tokyo is an amazing place to check out  Tokyo, be it day or nite, the view of Tokyo City from the Peak Bar is amazing…. Read More »

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Westin Hotel, Tokyo

A black marble floor, neoclassical columns and statuary, huge floral bouquets, and palm trees set this smart-looking hotel apart from other Tokyo hotels — it would be a… Read More »

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ANA InterContinental Tokyo

The location of the ANA InterContinental Tokyo is just perfect. Situated right next to the train station (one-minute walk from the subway Exit 13 at Tameike-sanno Station). The hotel is… Read More »

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NEW YORK GRILL AT THE PARK HYATT

Located on the 52nd floor of the Park Hyatt Tokyo, with enormous floor-to-ceiling windows, diners at the New York Grill can enjoy spectacular views of the city –… Read More »

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Caprice

Style / Ambiance: On the checklist of connoisseurs from around the world, three-Michelin-starred Caprice trades the conventional formality of French cuisine for a fresh, innovative take on traditional classics…. Read More »

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RESTAURANT PETRUS

Style / Ambiance: Perched high above the city, Petrus epitomizes excellence in French cuisine. Renowned for its 12,000 bottle wine cellar, the wine list is one of the most… Read More »

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Aman at Summer Palace

Inhabiting a series of historic dwellings just steps from one of China’s most iconic sites is Aman at Summer Palace. A sanctuary of peace, pervaded by a sense… Read More »

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CHINA WORLD SUMMIT WING

With unrivalled views over the historic city center, China World Summit Wing, Beijing, managed by Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts is one of the finest hotels in the city,… Read More »

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MARINA BAY SANDS

The Hotel at Marina Bay Sands is perfectly suited to those longing for a Las Vegas inspired setting. Opening in 2010, it was billed as the most expensive… Read More »

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THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL

Mandarin Oriental is located at the heart of Marina Bay, one of Singapore’s most exciting dining and entertainment areas, minutes from the central business district and close to… Read More »

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The Upper House

Designed by Hong Kong architect Andre Fu to provide a sense of understated luxury, the contemporary and monochromatic design combines elements to present highly individualized and abundantly spacious… Read More »

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INTERCONTINENTAL HONG KONG

Internationally acclaimed as one of the world’s top hotels, the InterContinental Hong Kong is renowned for its impeccable service and spectacular waterfront location. Furthermore, it is something of… Read More »

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1. THE FAT DUCK

Signature dishes: Sound of the sea; Mock turtle soup; Pocket watch; Toast sandwich Tucked away inside a 450-year-old pub in the village of Bray, The Fat Duck, shines out… Read More »

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2. ALINEA

Spearheaded by chef/owner Grant Achatz, whose hypermodern, emotional approach to dining is respected the world over, Alinea is simply a cut above the rest. Its team of creative… Read More »

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3. PIERRE GAGNAIRE

Tired of heavy French classics? Yearning for premium ingredients arranged in an exciting, innovative way? Then Pierre Gagnaire, the center point of the superstar chef’s worldwide restaurant group,… Read More »

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4. Daniel

Daniel has become a standard-bearer for quality and excellence in food, atmosphere and service. Chef Daniel Boulud leads more than 30 cooks to prepare beautiful seasonal cuisine. You… Read More »

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5. AQUA

Simple and sophisticated are the overruling themes at Aqua which, having been awarded three Michelin stars, has proven itself among the elite ranks of the gourmet dining world…. Read More »

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6. LA PERGOLA

Signature dishes: Fagottelli ‘La Pergola’; Fillet of John Dory with curry on a light pesto sauce, scampi and vegetables; Iced pomegranate ball on gianduja cream and salty pine-seed cannelloni… Read More »

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7. ROBUCHON AU DÔME

Signature dishes: Caviar jelly with cauliflower cream, surprise of caviar with cream of peas, crunchy cone stuffed with avocado and lime zest; Roasted guinea fowl and foie gras… Read More »

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8. EL CELLER DE CAN ROCA

Signature dishes: Charcoal-grilled king prawn, king-prawn sand, ink rocks, fried legs, head juice and king prawn essence; European lobster parmentier with black trumpets; Lemmon cloud Enclosed within walls… Read More »

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9. THE LEDBURY

Headed by Australian chef Brett Graham, The Ledbury offers superb cuisine in a relaxed west London setting. Diners can order à la carte from a spectacular array of… Read More »

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10. NOMA

Nordic cuisine was once virtually unknown among food critics and gastronomes, so Noma caused something of a stir when it began topping best restaurant lists two years ago…. Read More »

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11. LE BERNARDIN

Ever since Michelin started sending inspectors to New York, Le Bernardin has retained its three stars. Executive Chef Eric Ripert is a master of innovative seafood cuisine, creating… Read More »

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12. PER SE

Per Se is one of New York’s finest dining venues. Sister to The French Laundry— also in our guide—the cuisine, presentation, mood and surroundings all reflect chef Thomas… Read More »

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13. ELEVEN MADISON PARK

Eleven Madison Park embodies urbane sophistication, serving modern French cuisine from Chef Daniel Humm’s obsession with simplicity and seasonal flavors that has earned him three Michelin stars. The… Read More »

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14. MUGARITZ

Since its opening in 1998, Mugaritz has become an institution of modern gastronomy. Andoni Luis Aduriz has taken the culinary world by storm with his high-tech cuisine, producing… Read More »

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15. PUJOL

One of the best restaurants in Mexico, Pujol has been topping restaurant lists and gracing food magazines the world over. Catapulting Mexican haute-cuisine into the spotlight, chef and… Read More »

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16. LE LOUIS XV – ALAIN DUCASSE

The awards speak for themselves: a member of Les Grandes Tables du Monde and the first hotel restaurant to be awarded three Michelin stars, which it retains to… Read More »

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17. L2O

This modern seafood restaurant offers some of the most exquisite fish and shellfish from around the world. The worthy recipient of many international awards, L2O (pronounced el-two-oh) incorporates… Read More »

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18. OUD SLUIS

Bringing perfection to the table time and time again, Oud Sluis has been harvesting the cornucopian Zeeland coastline of its seafood for three generations. Since inheriting the restaurant… Read More »

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19. CAPRICE

French On the checklist of connoisseurs from around the world, Caprice trades the conventional formality of French cuisine for a fresh, innovative take on the classics. With an… Read More »

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20. RESTAURANT GUY SAVOY

A stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe, Restaurant Guy Savoy is a shrine to the skills of its namesake. Renowned not only for its food but also… Read More »

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21. THE FRENCH LAUNDRY

Thomas Keller is renowned for his commitment to culinary excellence which is exactly what diners can expect from The French Laundry. In the heart of the Napa Valley,… Read More »

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22. MIZAI

Nestled on the leafy hillside of Maruyama Park in Kyoto’s former geisha district, this three Michelin star restaurant embodies discreet Japanese kaiseki kappo dining at its finest. Only… Read More »

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23. MAISON TROISGROS

This hotel restaurant, which offers some of the best views of the Roanne region, has long been regarded as one of the top restaurants in France. Chef Michel… Read More »

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24. LE MANOIR AUX QUAT’SAISONS

Signature dishes: Cornish sea bass, Scottish langoustine, smokey mash, star anise jus; Corn-fed squab baked in a salted crust, garden cabbage, creamed mushrooms and Madeira jus Set within… Read More »

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25. ALAIN DUCASSE AU PLAZA ATHÉNÉE

Ducasse’s most ambitious project to date, this three-Michelin-star restaurant takes an architectural approach to dining, turning its back on flamboyance in favor of harmony through simplicity. Ducasse’s chefs… Read More »

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26. GOURMET RESTAURANT VENDÔME

Signature dishes: Goose liver One of Germany’s top gourmet restaurants, the multi-award-wining Vendôme is a benchmark of luxury cuisine. Situated within the baroque splendor of the Schloss Bensberg… Read More »

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27. WALDHOTEL SONNORA

Less than an hour’s drive through the stunning German countryside will bring you to this gourmet gem where chef Helmut Thieltges wields his classical culinary skills. Expect magnificent… Read More »

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28. JEAN GEORGES RESTAURANT

This quiet, romantic restaurant is loaded with awards: three Michelin stars, four New York Times stars. It is a Grandes Tables du Monde member and a Zagat Best… Read More »

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29. MADE IN CHINA

Signature dishes: Peking duck; Beggar’s chicken Showcasing the best of Northern Chinese cuisine, Made in China offers a gourmet twist on traditional Chinese fare. Housed within the luxurious five-star… Read More »

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30. AL SORRISO

Signature dishes: White tartufi d’Alba; Funghi porcini Full of warmth and charm, Al Sorriso offers an enchanting dining experience within the cobbled streets of this undisturbed medieval town…. Read More »

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31. Osteria BOCCADORO

Style / Ambiance: A typical Venetian restaurant, located away from the tourist trail in a quiet Venetian square, the Osteria offers traditional Venetian dishes using only fresh fish, homemade… Read More »

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32. PALME D’OR

Style / Ambiance: Located in the architecturally impressive Biltmore Hotel, the Palme d’Or restaurant more than lives up to its surroundings. Chef Philippe Ruiz has created an excellent… Read More »

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33. LA PERGOLA (AT ROME CAVALIERI)

Style / Ambiance: This acclaimed restaurant is the culinary star of the city, the only Rome restaurant to have earned three Michelin stars and a favorite of the… Read More »

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34. LE CALANDRE

Signature dishes: Cuttlefish cappuccino; Crispy cannelloni with buffalo’s milk ricotta and mozzarella and tomato sauce; Saffron and licorice risotto; Hand-chopped raw Piemontese beef with black truffles; Roast suckling pig… Read More »

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35. THE RESTAURANT AT MEADOWOOD

One of the most romantic restaurants in the Bay Area, The Restaurant at Meadowood offers gourmet cuisine in the heart of California’s wine country. Everything about this luxury… Read More »

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36. RESTAURANT GORDON RAMSAY

Combining contemporary elegance with intimate, unparalleled service, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is a must for the culinary connoisseur. With only 14 tables, it has continually wowed diners with its… Read More »

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37. L’ASTRANCE

Signature dish: Galette of thinly sliced raw mushrooms and verjus marinated foie gras with hazelnut oil and lemon confit Boasting a serious reputation for excellence, L’Astrance is high… Read More »

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38. 7 CHOME KYOBOSHI

Signature dish: Tempura This unassuming tempura restaurant has been serving their homemade style of tempura since 1952. Little has changed in their cooking style, and the succulent recipes passed… Read More »

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39. HOF VAN CLEVE

Signature dishes: Open ravioli with braised cheeks of beef, served with Parisian mushrooms and langoustine; King crab with Belgian sevruga caviar; Crispy veal sweetbreads with penne au gratin, melted… Read More »

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40.TANTRIS

A true piece of art in terms of restaurant architecture and design, Tantris boasts a striking Asian theme of contrasting reds and blacks along with oriental sculptures by… Read More »

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41. VUE DE MONDE

Signature dishes: Salt-cured wallaby; Kangaroo with nettle, onion, and smoked bone marrow; Smoked eggplant with onion and thyme; Truffle ice cream with spiced bread Acclaimed Australian chef Shannon Bennett’s… Read More »

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42. MARTIN BERASATEGUI

Signature dishes: Roast red mullet with crystals of edible scales, tail and marine salad with sesame and nuts; Squid soup, creamy squid ink ravioli served with squid crouton… Read More »

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43. MAISON PIC

Celebrating 120 years of fine French cuisine, Maison Pic has long belonged to gastronomic legend. Heading this cooking dynasty is Anne-Sophie Pic, the only woman in France to… Read More »

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44. ALAIN DUCASSE AT THE DORCHESTER

Awarded three Michelin stars, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester is the second restaurant in London to receive this prestigious accolade. The restaurant offers contemporary French cuisine in modern… Read More »

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45. L’ARPÈGE

Situated on the chic Left Bank, Alain Passard’s L’Arpège is dedicated to creating cuisine that embodies harmony. Every ingredient of each dish is carefully considered to ensure it… Read More »

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46. DAL PESCATORE

Signature dishes: Tortelli with pumpkin and parmigiano reggiano; Risotto with pistils of saffron and artichoke; Ravioli with sea bass and aceto balsamico tradizionale This family-run restaurant has excelled… Read More »

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47. D.O.M.

Signature dishes: Palm heart fettuccine; Pirarucu with tucupi; Banana ravioli with passion fruit sauce and tangerine sorbet Alex Atala has attracted wild acclaim for bringing local Brazilian cuisine… Read More »

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48. OSTERIA FRANCESCANA

Signature dishes: Foie gras crunch with almonds from Noto, hazelnuts from Piemonte and traditional Modena balsamic vinegar; Five ages of parmigiano reggiano in different textures and temperatures; Bollito… Read More »

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49. BIKO

Signature dishes:  Foie gras and tepache; Crab in furs; stone soup; Deer pinion; Tan truffles; Corn and guava Located in the upscale Polanco district, Biko is the ultimate… Read More »

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50. DINNER BY HESTON BLUMENTHAL

Signature dishes: Meat Fruit; Rice and Flesh (risotto with saffron, calf tail and red wine); liquid nitrogen ice cream trolley The first London venture of British chef Heston Blumenthal,… Read More »

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51. SCHLOSS BERG

Signature dishes: Beef tartare with quail egg and Osetra caviar A string of accolades has given Schloss Berg a glowing reputation as one of Germany’s most coveted restaurants. The… Read More »

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52. QUI QUE DACOSTA

Nestled between mountains and sea, this avant-garde restaurant seems anomalous in the small traditional town of Dénia. Chef Quique Dacosta has been making waves on the fine dining… Read More »

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53. L’ATELIER DE JOËL ROBUCHON ETOILE

Signature dishes: Caviar gelée and cream of cauliflower; Milk-fed lamb chops with thyme and potato purée; Creamy Araguani chocolate ganache, ice cream with cocoa nibs and Oreo cookies… Read More »

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54. MARQUE RESTAURANT

Signature dish: ‘Chaud-froid’ egg Minimalist in its décor, Marque Restaurant is all about the food. Electrician turned gourmet chef Mark Best approaches his cooking with original flair, providing a… Read More »

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55. DA VITTORIO

Signature dishes: Marinated cod with lime pil-pil, potatoes and caviar; Turbot with honeyed anchovy pesto and salt cod meringue; Saddle of hare marinated with cocoa, pumpkin purée with chestnuts… Read More »

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56. TETSUYA’S

Signature dishes: Confit of Ocean Trout With his insatiable curiosity and deep love of cooking, Tetsuya Wakuda is acknowledged by both his peers and his guests as one… Read More »

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57. RESTAURANT DE L’HÔTEL DE VILLE

Set in the pretty village of Crissier, L’Hôtel de Ville represents for many the pinnacle of gourmet dining, with stunningly presented dishes and increasingly creative flavor combinations. Long-serving… Read More »

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58. L’AUBERGE DU VIEUX PUITS

Signature dishes: Roast guinea fowl; Brill with black trumpet mushrooms, almonds and razor clams; Chocolate with Tahiti vanilla cream and raspberries This gastronomic treasure lies huddled in the remote,… Read More »

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59. LEDOYEN

Signature dishes: Herb risotto with lobster, langoustines, scallops and grilled ham; Turbot with truffled mash One of the oldest restaurants in Paris, Ledoyen first opened its doors 1798 and… Read More »

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60. Bras

Signature dishes: Gargouillou Nestled among the hilly meadows of the L’Aubrac region of Southern France, this family-run restaurant is a gourmet citadel of granite and glass, which has… Read More »

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61. DE LIBRIJE

Signature dishes: Goose liver, fermented juice of red cabbage leaves, hazelnut, black olive, North Sea crab; Raw scallop, veal marrow, fermented garlic in a charcoal roasted celeriac juice;… Read More »

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62. DE KARMELIET

Light and sophisticated, De Karmeliet blends high-quality French cuisine with local tradition to perfection. Set within a stately 18th century house complete with high ceilings and an impeccably… Read More »

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63. LES PRÉS D’EUGÉNIE

Deep within the southern French countryside, this grand family home has become a gastronomic landmark. Gourmands travel across the globe to dine on the famed cuisine minceur as they look… Read More »

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64. LA VAGUE D’OR

Arnaud Donckele is a chef in constant pursuit of the highest standards in cooking. Only the best ingredients make it through to his kitchen at La Vague d’Or…. Read More »

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65. WAKU GHIN

Opened in 2010 to rave reviews, Waku Ghin combines the fabled cuisine of Tetsuya Wakada’s eponymous Sydney restaurant with the luxury of the Marina Bay Sands casino building…. Read More »

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66. LE GAVROCHE

Led by two generations of the gifted Roux family, this traditional French restaurant sets the standards of cooking and service by which others are judged. It was the… Read More »

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67. NARISAWA

Signature dishes: Soup of the soil; Bread of the forest; Essence of the forest; Ash-Sean of the seashore Merging sustainable development and gastronomic excellence, Yoshihiro Narisawa’s pioneering cuisine… Read More »

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68. AMAYA

Signature dishes: Flash grilled scallops; Grilled oyster; Chicken parcels in lettuce; Pepper chicken tikka; Venison kebab; Grilled lamb chops with ginger and lime; Tandoori duck; Whole lobster makhani;… Read More »

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69. MARCUS WAREING AT THE BERKELEY

Helmed by star chef Marcus Wareing, this two-Michelin-starred restaurant displays technical brilliance in its execution of French cuisine. The menu offers modern, light cuisine evolved from Wareing’s classical… Read More »

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70. EDEN-ROC RESTAURANT

Chef Arnaud Poëtte reinvents French classics to create rich and elaborate cuisine that pays homage to the shoreline from which the ingredients are sourced. A mecca for the… Read More »

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71. Nobu Los Angeles

Signature dishes: New style sashimi; Sashimi salada; Black cod with miso; Yellowtail jalapeno; King crab tempura with sweet sour ponzu sauce; Tiradito Surprise and discovery are the hallmarks… Read More »

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72. RESTAURANT ANDREW FAIRLIE

Signature dish: Home-smoked Scottish lobster with warm lime and herb butter. Already an iconic luxury resort in the golfing realm, the world famous Gleneagles Hotel has now also… Read More »

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73. RESTAURANT SANT PAU

The inspired cuisine at Restaurant Sant Pau is well worth the scenic journey from Barcelona to the small fishing town of Sant Pol de Mar. Relais & Châteaux… Read More »

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74. JOËL ROBUCHON, TOKYO

Celebrated French chef Joël Robuchon has been honored by the gastronomic elite with an astonishing array of awards, including the world record for the most Michelin stars—the Château… Read More »

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75. KITCHO

Award-winning head chef Kunio Tokuoka is a master of the tea ceremony and kaiseki cuisine, and has made Kitcho one of the most famous kaiseki restaurants in Kyoto…. Read More »

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76. RUST EN VREDE

Making your grand entrance via the sloping vineyards of this world-class restaurant and winery would be any oenophile’s dream. This historic and award-winning estate, which has stood for… Read More »

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77. DIE SCHWARZWALDSTUBE

Deep within the hills of Germany’s fairytale Black Forest, surrounded by tall fir trees, Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef Harald Wohlfarht serves up magical gourmet dishes. Although predominantly… Read More »

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78. RISTORANTE PUNY

It is easy to see why Richard Burton chose this spot to propose to Elizabeth Taylor, as the restaurant’s superb position on the harbor front provides a striking… Read More »

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79. SCHLOSS SCHAUENSTEIN

Nestled in a 12th century castle in an alpine valley, Schloss Schauenstein’s geographical setting is as spectacular as its culinary prowess, and has become a mecca for high-end… Read More »

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80. RESTAURANT PATRICK GUILBAUD

The legendary Patrick Guilbaud’s opened in 1981 and since then has won every major food award going. Currently in the hands of chef Guillaume Lebrun, the restaurant has… Read More »

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81. Zuma

One of the top hang-outs in London’s glossy Knightsbridge area, Zuma often attracts a celebrity clientele and is a firm favorite of elite chefs such as Gordon Ramsay… Read More »

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82. Amador

With sleek, high ceilings, white walls and futuristic décor, the dining room of three- Michelin-star Amador acts as a gallery showcasing the innovative flair of its owner. Paying… Read More »

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83. LE QUARTIER FRANÇAIS

In a world dominated by male chefs, Margot Janse’s refined yet exhilarating cuisine brings a distinctly feminine touch to the gourmet scene. An exclusive boutique hotel in the… Read More »

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84. The River Cafe

Refurbished in October 2008, this classic London gem is back with a vengeance, serving robust, seasonal dishes inspired by the owners’ passion for Italy and his experience living… Read More »

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85. LA COLOMBE

With uncomplicated, clean flavors, the legendary La Colombe is an unmissable dining experience on any visit to Cape Town. The sensational dishes on offer are heightened by a… Read More »

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86. L’AUBERGE DU PONT DE COLLONGES

Located in a grand house on the banks of the Saône, L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges has become a shrine for gastronomes worldwide. Paul Bocuse has spent a… Read More »

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87. RESTAURANT STEIRERECK

Vienna’s only double-Michelin-starred restaurant, an intimate and charming spot within the Stadtpark, serves classic Viennese dishes alongside contemporary Austrian and international cuisine, complemented by wines from an exceptional… Read More »

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88. The Cliff

The stunning setting of The Cliff is as dramatic and exotic as the cuisine on offer. With astonishing sea views from every table, the restaurant is widely considered… Read More »

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89. GÄSTEHAUS KLAUS ERFORT

 Erfort’s dedication to flavor and creativity result in marvelous interpretations of French dishes which receive praise again and again. Some of Gästehaus signature dishes include: Foie gras in salt… Read More »

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90. THE INN AT LITTLE WASHINGTON

Having twice graced the Forbes List of most expensive restaurants in the United States, the Inn at Little Washington is luxurious dining at its best. With its sumptuous… Read More »

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91. PASSION BY MARTIN BERASATEGUI

Basque chef Martín Berasategui made his name with his eponymous three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Lasarte-Oria, Spain. Passion is his first venture on Mexican shores and needless to say, this… Read More »

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92. AKELARE, Spain

A staple member of the gastronomic elite that litters the small city of San Sebastián, Akelare has championed Basque cuisine for over 35 years. Striking a delicate balance… Read More »

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93. Cal Pep, Spain

Tucked away off a small square amid the vibrant streets of Barcelona, Cal Pep provides the ultimate in authentic Spanish dining. A hive of activity, the constant trailing… Read More »

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94. SANTÉ RESTAURANT, California

Located at the Luxurious Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa is the Michelin star and AAA FourDiamond Award Winning Sante Restaurant. Sante is the only restaurant in the Sonoma… Read More »

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95. NOBU London

Nobu London dishes up new style japanese in the trendy London district of Mayfair. Opening in 1997, Nobu London was awarded its Michelin star just one year later, Nobu… Read More »

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96. MÉLISSE Restaurant

One of California’s premier dining destinations, Mélisse offers award-winning contemporary American cuisine with French influences using only the finest seasonal ingredients. Named best American and French restaurant in… Read More »

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97. THE WATERSIDE INN

The Waterside Inn is a quinte essential French Restaurant set on the banks of the River Thames. Under the leadership of Alain Roux, of the legendary Roux family,… Read More »

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98.CINC SENTITS

  One of Barcelona’s premier restaurants, Cinc Sentits has achieved fame within the city for its selection of only the freshest ingredients from throughout Spain. Cinc Sentits’s seafood… Read More »

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99. RESTAURANT QUINTESSENCE

Signature dishes: Goat milk bavarois with Chef’s favorite olive oil; Meringue ice cream Walls of deep bronze and chairs of sumptuous Italian leather mirror the attention to detail… Read More »

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100. ARZAK

Deservedly recognized as one of the best restaurants in the world, Arzak is run by the father / daughter team of Juan and Elena Mari Arzak. Awarded three… Read More »

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Leconfield Noble Riesling 2011 (Coonawarra)

Full straw colour in the glass, it has restrained nose with custard apple characters. The palate is vibrant with toffee, marmalade and a good line of acidity. A… Read More »

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Scotchman’s Hill Late Harvest Riesling 2012 (Bellarine Peninsula)

Beautiful clean lime fruit on the nose precedes a palate that’s a little forward with sugar upon entry, but balanced by a great acid backbone. Not overly sweet,… Read More »

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d’Arenberg The Stump Jump Sticky 2010 (Adelaide Hills/McLaren Vale)

With light honey and citrus characters on the nose, this wine has a rich, concentrated palate with dense and vibrant botrytis flavours and an attractive creme brulee-like texture…. Read More »

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Constable Estate Botrytis Semillon 2007 (Hunter Valley)

Full golden in colour, this Hunter beauty is still showing amazing freshness even though it is six years old. Bright marmalade flavours on the palate with layers of… Read More »

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Bimbadgen Regions Botrytis Semillon 2010 (Riverina)

With butterscotch aromas, this wine is rich and luscious and has good balance of acidity and delicate botrytis complexity. Long and honeyed with a luscious persistanmce. For anyone… Read More »

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The Landmark Mandarin Oriental

Located atop the Landmark shopping complex and popular with designers who have shops there, this small hotel has a contemporary yet laid-back, refined atmosphere, with lobby seating grouped… Read More »

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Amber Restaurant at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental

Amber restaurant’s stunning modern French cuisine has been recognised with numerous accolades, the most notable of which was the award of two coveted Michelin stars. Head chef Richard… Read More »

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Reschke Botrytis Sauvigon Blanc 2010 (Mt Gambier)

Medium bodied in colour with rich, ripe fruit texture and a long, fine balanced finish. It shows distinct botrytis characters rather than varietal with an appealing luscious creme… Read More »

Foxeys Hangout Lake Harvest Pinot Gris 2011 (Mornington Peninsula)

Full straw with green tints in the glass, it has bright pear and apple fruit lift on the nose. There’s distinct varietal fruit on the plate with lots… Read More »

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Bunnamagoo Autumn Semillon 2010 (Mudgee)

The panel was won over by this fresh and elegant wine with its alluring subtle texture. Lifted creme brulee and peel aromas lead to a palate of layered… Read More »

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West End Three Bridges Botrytis Semillon 2010 (Riverina)

This wine has a pleasant texture. Full straw in colour, it has delicate marmalade and peel aromas, terrific mouthfeel and alluring texture. Long and fresh without that apricot… Read More »

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Yalumba FSW8B Botrytis Vioginer 2012 (Barossa)

The wine offered a pleasant contrast in this tasting as it was much more subtle and would appeal to those without a sweet tooth. It’s bright lime and… Read More »

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Brown Brothers Patricia Noble Riesling 2008 (King Valley)

Full gold in colour with lifted butterscotch, marmalade and oranges on the nose. The palate is vibrant and layered with fresh, bright acid finish over marmalade leafy tang… Read More »

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Willandra Estate Autumn Leaf Botrytis Semillon 2008 (Riverina)

Apricot and custard apple on the nose are followed by a palate praised by the panel for its vibrancy and freshness. It has citrus marmalade zing, but with… Read More »

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d’Arenberg The Noble Mud Pie Botrytis Viognier Rousanne 2010 (McLaren Vale)

This wine both delighted and divied the panel. Some thought it too sweet, while others were seduced by the plush texture and rich palate. It has canned pears… Read More »

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Tempus Two Botrytis Semillon 2009 (Hunter Valley)

Floral apricot, ginger and lemon curd on the nose introduces a rich, unctuous palate with a lovely complexity of fruit, honey, caramel and nougat. Concentrated and luscious with… Read More »

Elderton Botrytis Semillon 2011 (Barossa)

Complexe characters of apricot and marmalade on the nose are followed by a fresh, juicy citrussy entry. There’s lovely toffee and marmalade fresh citrus in the mouth, a… Read More »

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McWilliams Morning Light 2009 Botrytis Semillon (Riverina)

This wine really showed off its delightful botrytis character. Fresh and balanced with coffee and caramel characters, it has a fabulous complexity and is rich, luscious and long…. Read More »

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De Bortoli Nobel One 2009 Botrytis Semillon (Riverina)

As close to purity and perfection as you’ll find in any dessert wine. It has green hues with bright apricot, marmalade and a leafy freshness on the nose…. Read More »

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De Bortoli Deen De Bortoliu Vat 5 2008 Botrytis Semillon (Riverina)

The Panel was seduced by the delicious texture and near perfect line and length of this wine. Bright gold in the grass, it has a rich aromas of… Read More »

Mount Harrocks Cordon Cut Riesling 2012 (Clare Valley)

Pristine clarity in the glass with divine Riesling notes of lifted florals and lemon/lime minerality and a wet pebbles character. This wine perfectly steps the tightrope between sweetness… Read More »

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Nugan Estate Cookoothama Botrytis Semillon (Riverina)

A very complete and complex dessert wine with a touch of dried herb on the nose along with aromas of guava syrup and sweet marmalade followed by a… Read More »

Eldredge Riesling 2012

Eldredge has been described as one of the Clare Valley’s best kept secrets, but with wines as impressive as this 2012 Riesling, they’re certainly making waves. Secure it… Read More »

Brokenwood The Bentley’s Boot Chardonnay 2011

This Chardonnay is named after the original car that Brokenwood used to transport their grapes. It’s a classic modern Hunter expression of the variety. This medium straw coloured… Read More »

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Dello Mano

If you want to taste a little slice of heaven you must go to Dello Mano. They make the best brownies I have ever tasted, but unfortunately you… Read More »

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Pepperoni’s – Upper Mt Gravatt

This little hidden gem produces great pizza, infact “Amazing” would better describe it. There are 2 downsides to this place, the first is the eating area. When we… Read More »

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Four Seasons, Singapore

It’s everything you need from a Four Seasons: the service is, as you’d expect, superlative, the bar lit just so and the rooftop swimming pool picture perfect. The… Read More »

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Sky on 57

The kitchen of Justin Quek is the only celebrity chef restaurant in the Marina Bay Sands complex with a Singaporean at the helm. Quek dubs his menu “Franco-Asian”,… Read More »

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Gerald’s Bar

Gerald’s is the kind of neighbourhood bar that can inspire envy from those who don’t live in the neighbourhood. It’s a small, comfortable affair with a wine list… Read More »

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The Bridge Room

The Bridge Room has so rapidly and smoothly become a fixture of the more soignée end of the business dining market that it seems much more established than… Read More »

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Ortiga

The dark, buried treasure that is Ortiga is well worth searching out when in the Queensland capital with a long evening to spare. Chef Pablo Tordesillas can lay… Read More »

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The Pump Room

The microbrewery is tucked away at the rear of a bar, which morphs into a live music venue at night. The house beers are some of Singapore’s best…. Read More »

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Brewerkz

Singapore’s longest-running brew-pub was established in 1997 by a couple of American expats, using the model of a bar surrounding the centrepiece microbrewery. Tasting paddles are the best… Read More »

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QT Port Douglas

The QT Port Douglas is Mad Men in the Hamptons: boutique, quirky and retro. This oasis has an alfresco cocktail bar, lagoon-style pool with swim-up bar and, between… Read More »

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The Darling, Sydney

We can rebuild it – bigger, stronger, slicker. Post-transformation, The Star casino has introduced The Darling as the final step in its ultra-luxe new image. Tailored to its… Read More »

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Langham Hotel Melbourne

Not content with its views of the CBD across the river, spa, hot-ticket restaurant (Melba), Presidential Suite with its own marble lobby and personalised butler service – the card… Read More »

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Daintree Ecolodge, Queensland

At the award-winning Daintree Lodge, 45 minutes north of Port Douglas, guests are accommodated in 15 villas suspended in the treetops. An acclaimed day spa and restaurant perched… Read More »

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Mount Paul, Tasmania

With commanding views over The Hazards and Great Oyster Bay in Freycinet National Park, Mount Paul sits on 485ha of “Land for Wildlife” property, including the 282m summit… Read More »

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The Carlton Wine Room

Australian Gourmet Traveller’s Wine List of the Year award winner, The Carlton’s list gets bonus points for being such a fun read. It’s pretty hard to resist tasting… Read More »

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Wine Library

“Library” is a bit of a misnomer, truth be told. The bottles of wine at this rollicking Woollahra favourite by no means sit in their stacks gathering dust…. Read More »

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Apothecary 1878

As a wine bar and restaurant, the Apothecary stands alone in Adelaide. The kitchen, for many years under head chef Natalie Homan, continues to produce exemplary dishes such… Read More »

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Divido

What a difference an outstanding sommelier can make to the dining experience. Jason and Elena Jujnovich’s smallish suburban restaurant has been one of Perth’s best for the past… Read More »

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Mezzalira

The Mezzalira wine list reads like War And Peace in comparison with the increasingly pared-back selections of the local competition. Take a tour of Italy’s finest vino regions… Read More »

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Sails

Throw away any prejudice you might have about restaurants with a view. Noosa’s dress-circle favourite has one of the best anywhere on the east coast. Or really, just… Read More »

Felton Road Block 1 Riesling 2012

Felton Road has crafted a riesling of finesse, persistence and sheer purity at the snow-capped pinnacle of New Zealand riesling. Deeply chalky and textural, and simultaneously taut and… Read More »

Kumeu River Hunting Hill Chardonnay 2009

Kumeu River’s 2009s represent New Zealand’s most impressive set of chardonnays yet. Hunting Hill, its first-picked, is an ethereal style of white florals with gunpowder notes. Its texture… Read More »

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ISLINGTON HOTEL, Tasmania

You’d mistake this chic, 11-room, Regency-style boutique hotel for a gallery if the beds and comfortable furnishings didn’t give it away. The exhaustive collection of art and antiques… Read More »

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Raffles Hotel Singapore

Raffles opened its doors in 1887 as a modest 10-bedroom bungalow. Some of its first visitors included Joseph Conrad and Rudyard Kipling. These days they would find Singapore’s… Read More »

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The Peninsula Hotel Hong Kong

Billed as “the finest hotel of the Far East” upon opening in 1928, the “Pen” has arguably deserved that accolade ever since. As Hong Kong’s only remaining historic… Read More »

D’arenberg The Cadenzia Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre McLaren Vale, SA 2009

Not a soft and cuddly GSM but a serious challenger to a smart Châteauneuf-du-Pape. With 50 per cent grenache and 45 per cent shiraz topped with mourvèdre, it… Read More »

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Tim Adams Reserve Cabernet Malbec, Clare Valley

Tim Adams served his apprenticeship with Mick Knappstein and his Reserve blend is inspired by Knappstein’s Leasingham Bin 56. It carries the Clare’s hallmark dusky and savoury cloak,… Read More »

Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz Barossa Valley

An uber-traditional South Australian blend, the Signature series dates back to 1962. 2008 delivered bold wines with the cabernet component forming a solid frame, fleshed out by rich,… Read More »

Campbells, The Barkly Durif Rutherglen, Victoria 2010

Durif is an oddball syrah cross dating back to France in the late 1800s and named after its creator. Durif has long enjoyed the warm climes of Rutherglen, where… Read More »

Pear Tree Sauvignon Blanc

COLOUR: Bright, with silky golden hues. NOSE: Passion fruit, pineapple, lemon-lime citrus and hints of green passionfruit skin. PALATE: Tropical Notes, showing pineapple and melon and just not quite ripe… Read More »

Clover Hill NV

Made from the traditional Champagne varietals, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Munier; Clover Hill has again been awarded for its excellence in sparkling winemaking. Acclaimed as Tasmania’s vineyard… Read More »

Andre Clouet 1911

A blend of three vintages of grand cru Pinot Noir from Bouzy, this wine presents a full-bodied package that is able to deliver power with finesse thanks to… Read More »

Waipara Hills Riesling

COLOUR: Pale yellow. NOSE: Fresh cut apple, green melon with a touch of honey and fresh ginger. PALATE: The wine is rich and mouth filling on first sip but then the… Read More »

Wonderwall Shiraz

COLOUR: Deep purple. NOSE: This wine shows a very attractive spicy shiraz lift with a lovely oak background. PALATE: The palate is typical of the Margaret River style,… Read More »

The Old Faithful Top of the Hill Shiraz

Deep garnet-purple color and aromas of warm blueberries and blackberries with plenty of vanilla and baking spices: cinnamon, mace, allspice, plus a whiff of dark chocolate. Full and… Read More »

Wonderwall Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

COLOUR: Pale straw. NOSE: Tropical fruits including Feijoa, guava and passionfruit. Freshly cut grass and gooseberries with a minerally complexity. PALATE: The flavoursome palate of this wine is… Read More »

Fantinel ‘Borgo Tesis’ Friulano,

Colour: straw yellow. Nose: lightly fruity, delicate, it reminds wild flowers and withered hay. Palate: gentle and velvety, dry, round, with a scent of almond.

Kiki Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

This Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc starts off a little sweet, delivers all those wonderful Marlborough gooseberry and stonefruit characteristics, and then finishes off beautifully clean and dry. Magic stuff…. Read More »

Casa Vinicola Zonin Rosato Brut NV

V I N I F I C A T I O N The must is obtained from softly pressing the grapes during the    first stage of the fermentation… Read More »

Hentley Farm Stray Mongrel

This three-way blend is an amalgam of separately fermented and matured components that are all put together to deliver a complex and complete, spicy wine that has dark,… Read More »

Pommery Rose Apanage Magnum NV

More robust and structured than the happy-go-lucky Forget-Brimont, this wine comes with the traditional Apanage control and nerviness. Seriously masochistic on the palate and with bracing minerality and… Read More »

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Brokenwood Cricket Pitch

Bright pale yellow with green tints. Aromas of citrus and Hunter Semillon lemongrass. Great aromas of lifted herbaceous SB and lime/hay notes. Some barrel ferment character adding subtle complexity and… Read More »

Blackbilly Sauvignon Blanc

A simple aromatic style with light tropical fruits like guava & pineapple with a green nettle edge. Not overtly green or grassy. Light palate weight with minerallity verging… Read More »

Hentley Farm Von Kasper

An extremely lifted nose of intense currant and sweet cherry aromas combined with an underlying herbaceousness makes way for a palate showing lashings of sweet cherry and red… Read More »

All That Jazz Pinot Noir

An attractive rich cherry red color. Aromas that awaken the sensors with red summer berries, plums and spice mix together for perfect harmony. The palate opens with the… Read More »

Sumarroca Cava Brut Reserva

Fluffy and bouncy like a cloud in the sky, this Brut Reserva is aged for an average of two years. This is a wine that is constantly fizzing… Read More »

Bodegas LAN Santiago Ruiz Albarino

A beautiful example of what Albarino should taste like; medium bodied, powerful and showing hints of bitterness on the aftertaste. The nose evolves exotically from what gives off… Read More »

Quinta do Monte d’Oiro Madrigal

Viognier is never easy to make in the winery as it often carries a lot of unpleasant bitter and over extracted flavours. The varietal out of Lisboa is… Read More »

Torello Petjades Rosé

I love Rosé made from Merlot as it gives off such an interesting array of flavours and aromas. The wild berries characteristics marred with traces of green herbs makes… Read More »

La Rioja Alta Vina Ardanza Rsv DOC

I love nothing more than the old skool way of making Tempranillo. Aged in American oak for an extended period of 3 years helps bring out the rustic… Read More »

Boas Vinhas Vinho Tinto Dao

From the central Portuguese wine region of Dao this butt kicking blend is made up of Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Tinta Roriz(Tempranillo). Approachable and definitely a more feminine style… Read More »

Torello Brut Nature Gran Reserva Cava

Torello’s cava is made up of the traditional varieties of Parellada, Xarel lo, Macabeu. The nose sends you off on a journey through the sunny fishing villages of… Read More »

Muros Antigos Eshola

Vinho verde can be a hit and miss and many of the mass productions in Portugal are made of cheap, nasty and not very tasty vinho. The concept… Read More »

Jorge Ordonez No.1 Selection Especial

Made from Muscat Alexandria this superbly intense wine is charmingly layered with notes of orange peel, exotic spices, florals and my grandmother’s pot-puri mix. Elegantly balanced with fresh… Read More »

Finca San Martin Crianza DOC

Youthful Crianza is designed with a new world approach which unquestionably display a clearer expression of primary fruit and new oak. The tannins are more pronounced due to… Read More »

Valdelosfrailes Prestigio D.O.Cigales

Dark, dense and very earthy. This ten year old is still a puppy in the Tempranillo world. The pronounced compostition of spices, cigar box and leathery flavours are… Read More »

Niepoort Vertente Tinto

Undoubtdely my favorite producer from Portugal, Dirk Nierpoort has an innovative style and personality. The blend is an unknown mash up of Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, and a… Read More »

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Smolt

This informal restaurant in the heart of Hobart’s lively Salamanca precinct always has something interesting to offer. While most desserts fall into the classics category, there are some… Read More »

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Naked In The Sky

With its commanding rooftop position and wrap-around terrace that delivers views from all points, Naked In The Sky could easily rest on its spectacular-vista laurels and still draw… Read More »

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Bentley Restaurant & Bar

Bentley is so well-known for its out-there menus and 600-label-strong wine list that sometimes the out-there qualities of its non-savoury eats get overshadowed. But rest assured, the sweeter… Read More »

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Bistro One Eleven

The weight of expectation – the crushing pressure to succeed – sees most premium restaurants restrict themselves to the lunch and dinner trade, or even just dinner. But… Read More »

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Must Wine Bar

The quintessential Perth wine bar against which all others are measured. Its list touches every significant wine region of the world. The bar food (Baharat-spiced lamb cutlet, Ortiz… Read More »

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Greenhouse

Imaginative dishes, bold flavours: chorizo, red peppers and spiced bean calzone (breakfast); grilled haloumi, beetroot, poached wheat salad (lunch); half-spatchcock, rosewater, jewelled quinoa (dinner). The kitchen is open… Read More »

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Smoque, Canberra

It’s definitely smokin’ in Canberra’s temple of Southern American barbecue cuisine. Texas ribs are lip-smacking and spicy, but you can really dial up the heat with some chilli… Read More »

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Malamay

Malamay, the most recent project of the crew behind local stalwart The Chairman & yip, has had tongues talking and mouths watering. The Sichuan-based, degustation or banquet-only menu… Read More »

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Dhaba at the Spice Kitchen

With a touch and taste display of about 40 spices used by spice queen Ragini Dey greeting guests on arrival, the scene is set for a menu that… Read More »

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Written on Tea

Chinese cuisine in Hobart isn’t notable for being spicy, perhaps because it’s mostly Cantonese. But this local favourite boasts “sauteed chicken with chilli peppers”, a Sichuan-inspired plate of… Read More »

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The Apple Daily

Sprawled over the first floor of what was Newspaper House, The Apple Daily serves dishes that echo the street food of South-East Asia. Presentation is slick and the… Read More »

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Amma’s Cafe

What was once a very popular Sri lankan food stall at Rapid Creek Markets has morphed into a new CBD hangout. Mother-daughter team Angela johns and Sonali Misra… Read More »

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Libertine

Perched high on the ridgeline where the city gives way to Paddington, the refurbished Police Barracks are blessed with some fine options for easing thirst and hunger. libertine… Read More »

Mitchelton, Heathcote Shiraz Heathcote, Victoria 2010

Mitchelton is 40km from Heathcote, the source of this inspiring shiraz. Aromas of deep black plum and wild blackberry with a whiff of iodine are a common Heathcote… Read More »

Lowe, Zinfandel Mudgee NSW 2010

Inspired by the great zinfandels of Sonoma, California, David Lowe planted a dry-grown vineyard to create this flagship. The 2010 is a tad finer than its predecessor, with… Read More »

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lilianfels resort & Spa

Overlooking the primeval splendour of the Blue mountains’ Jamison Valley and near the spectacular Three Sisters rock formation, lilianfels is somewhat spoiled in the scenic attraction stakes. Which… Read More »

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W Singapore, Sentosa Cove

Singapore is unbuttoning its stiff-collared business rep and adopting a more playful persona with newly completed Sentosa Island. W Sentosa is one of the sprawling resorts on the… Read More »

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Ferment Asian

Tuoi Do’s grilled wagyu beef in betel leaves, local Berkshire pork belly with ginger and orange sauce, and massaman curry of Barossa chicken are just a few reasons… Read More »

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Spirit House

Driving north of Brisbane, the landscape changes gradually. Scrubby bushland gives way to cane fields, rainforest and the raw, sheer-sided granite spikes of eroded volcanic cores. Sprawled around… Read More »

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Spice I am

The English phrase to master here for those who don’t speak Thai is “Thai spicy”. It’s the difference between food that’s simply some of the best in its… Read More »

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Dainty Sichuan

American chef David Chang’s rave after eating here a couple of years ago may have put it on the world radar, but Dainty Sichuan was already well-known to Melbourne… Read More »

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Spice Temple

It’s not all about the heat at Neil Perry’s sexy, moody Melbourne Chinese diner, but chilli fans will have little to complain about with a range of dishes… Read More »

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Bangpop

A lot of the Thai food in Melbourne is, puzzlingly, chilli-averse, which could be why the buzz about Bangpop became so loud so quickly. Housed in a cleverly… Read More »

Tonka

Indian food in Melbourne has finally been given the modern treatment – complete with laneway location, stylish warehouse setting, great cocktails and a cracking spice-friendly wine list –… Read More »

Gralyn Estate Reserve Shiraz – 2008

Description: This premium Margaret River shiraz is only available at cellar door or by mail order. It has aromatics of dark plum, mulberry and mocha-chocolate. Rich flavours of… Read More »

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Lamont’s Wine Store Restaurant

With the sensational super star Kate Lamont in the Kitchen, Lamont’s Wine Store is the perfect mid -week or weekend treat. Kate and her team serve up some… Read More »

Pendolino Restaurant Sydney

Pendolino Restaurant Sydney

Located in the heritage surrounds of The Strand Arcade, cosy Pendolino’s regionally inspired modern Italian menu is the brainchild of head chef and owner Nino Zoccali. Using the… Read More »

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Tetsuya’s

Tetsuya Wakuda is ranked among the ‘best of the best’ chefs in the world. His restaurant has retained multiple chef’s hats over the past 20 years, and has… Read More »

Cafe Sopra Sydney

Café Sopra Sydney

Café Sopra is owned by Sydney’s leading providore, Fratelli Fresh, and the leading emphasis is very much on fresh, seasonal produce, which is assembled and plated up by… Read More »

Bronte Road Bistro

Bronte Road Bistro Sydney

There’s steak frites and then there’s the Bronte Road Bistro steak and frites. The difference? The secret lies in the Beurre Café de Paris – a classic compound… Read More »

Opera Bar Sydney

Opera Bar

Located on the lower level of the Sydney Opera House, Opera Bar offers spectacular views of the harbour and city skyline. Dink or dine, inside or out, day… Read More »

Sake Restaurant Sydney

Sake Restaurant Sydney

Set within an impressive space at The Rocks, Sake serves up contemporary Japanese fare by master Shaun Presland. Presland draws on his authentic training to present new style… Read More »

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Spicer Street Café

Stylish Spicer Street Café caters to the well-healed tastes of the posh locals but, surprisingly, sans a hefty price tag. The menu is imaginative and classy with a… Read More »

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Ottoman Cuisine

Step into the exotic world of Middle East at Ottoman Cuisine, where the decadent setting is just the beginning of the adventure. While the a la cart menu… Read More »

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Fekerte’s Ethiopian Cuisine

Fekerete’s offers an authentic Ethiopian experience with a spicy menu that centres around Enjera, a flat, pancake-like bread on which you eat all manner of dishes. Choose from… Read More »

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Silo Bakery

If you want a slice of the action get to Silo Bakery early – their fine breads and pastries are all baked on the premises and sell out… Read More »

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Morries Anytime

Set in the heart of the Margaret River township, the effortlessly chic Morries Anytime serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a casual and welcoming dining atmosphere. For… Read More »

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The Bowery Bar

Awarded the Best Cocktail List of the Year by Australian Gourmet Traveller Magazine. The Bowery is renowned for its spot on service, welcoming ambience – and of course,… Read More »

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Urbane Restaurant Brisbane

Multi award winning Urbane delivers a sophistaticated menu and dining experience you wont forget in a hurry. Since renovations in 2009, Urbane boast two spin off venues offering… Read More »

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Alchemy Restaurant and Bar

Offering the discerning diner a unique European twist on Australian cuisine, Alchemy;s award winning chef Brad Jolly and his Partner Angelique have got it right. The pair serve… Read More »

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Mad Mex

Mad Mex is a unique Fast Food style restaurant serving Mexican Style street food. This little gem recently popped up at my local Westfield shopping centre and it… Read More »

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Carindale Hotel

The all new Carindale Hotel is just what the area needed. I visited the Carindale Hotel on a friday night and the place was a buzz! It was… Read More »

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Greedy Monkey at Holland Park

The Greedy Monkey is a refreshing stop along the busy Logan Road that links the suburbs with the city. I had the pleasure of stopping for Breakfast here… Read More »

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Gusto da Gianni Italian Restaurant – Portside

Fabulous little Italian Gem at Portside. Gusto da Gianni offers superb Italian cuisine with a waterfront view. Located at the popular Portside precinct this Italian delight does not… Read More »

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My Sweetopia

My Sweetopia is a cute and quaint spot to stop and catch up with friends over a good coffee and a decadent cupcake or Macaroon. The cupcakes are… Read More »

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Rosa Mexicano

A nice little Mexican Fiesta in the heart of Rosalie. Stopped here on the weekend for a catch up with some friends and I was pleasantly surprised. To… Read More »

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The Yard Bird Ale House

Having recently got back from a trip to the USA I have been on the search for some Jalapeno poppers in Brisbane. I came across this little unique… Read More »

Blue Smoke

Blue Smoke BBQ

A touch of the USA in New Farm! Blue Smoke has a friendly relaxed atmosphere about it. A place you can bring a friend and kick back over… Read More »

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Aria Brisbane

Situated along the Brisbane River at the Eagle street pier precinct this restaurant exudes a slick ambiance. Greeted by the charming staff and seated at our window side… Read More »

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Rydges Southbank Hotel

A moderate hotel with a terrific view overlooking Brisbane skyline and river. The room is spacious but is a bit tired, I believe renovations are underway so hopefully… Read More »

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Spoon Deli Cafe – James Street

I stopped into Spoon Deli Cafe on James street when I was in the vicinity recently. It was a weekday so the place was not as packed as… Read More »

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Cove Bar and Dining

Beautiful view, so so food. Last week I had the pleasure of taking my staff out to lunch at the Cove Bar and Dining which is located within… Read More »

Mecca Bah

Mecca Bah

A favourite spot to stop in after work for a glass of wine and some yummy middle eastern treats. I have been going to Mecca Bah for years,… Read More »

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Thai Nook

A Diamond in the Rough. Not much to look at but produces incredible authentic Thai food. For that reason the Thai Nook is a perfect local to grab… Read More »

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Mud Dessert Bar

Nearly walked past this dark and sexy looking place, very glad I did not! Mud is much more then just a dessert bar offering inexpensive tapas which is… Read More »

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Lab Bar + Restaurant

Situated on ‘windy’ George street and set in a heritage listed building is the 5 star Lab Bar + Restaurant. Lab Bar + Restaurant is the perfect place… Read More »

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South Bank Surf Club

A refreshing little gem over looking Streets beach at Brisbane’s South Bank Parklands. The South Bank Surf Club offers sensational platter’s of fresh seafood best served with an… Read More »

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Milan on Main

Located on the trendy Tedder Ave at Main Beach is Milan on Main, An eclectic alfresco dining experience. Located Stopped at Milan on Main for a spot of Brunch… Read More »

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Story Bridge Hotel

Located ‘under the bridge’ is Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge hotel. The infamous Story Bridge has been around for years, attracting crowds at any time of the day, from… Read More »

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Lindt Chocolate Cafe

On a recent business trip to Melbourne I was invited to the Lindt Chocolate Cafe on Chapel Road. So I must admit, I have more of a savoury… Read More »

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MoVida Bar de Tapas

A spanish gem in the heart of the CBD. Tucked away in a colourful graffiti little lane way is the enticing MoVida. Famed for its unique tapas it… Read More »

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Modern Thai Restaurant

Modern Thai has a homely welcoming atmosphere and serves up outstanding Thai cuisine. By far some of the most enjoyable Thai I have experienced in a long time…. Read More »

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Liquorish bistro+bar

Nestled in the trendy suburb of Bulimba is the ambient Liquorish bistro+bar, which boasts a menu infused with French and Modern Australian cuisine. Stopping mid week, I took… Read More »

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Glass Dining and Lounge Bar

Truly captures the essence of what the Gold Coast lifestyle is all about! Perched on the edge of the water over looking the marina at Main Beach is… Read More »

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Ginga Sushi Bar and Dinning

Ginga Sushi has several locations across brisbane, my personal favourite is located at the Emporium Complex in the Valley. nestled away from the sushi train, there are quaint… Read More »

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Kabuki

Brisbane’s famed Teppanyaki Restaurant. Situated within the Stamford Plaza Hotel, Kabuki has being drawing crowds for years. The art of Teppanyaki is an intricate skill that the chefs… Read More »

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Shangri-La Hotel Sydney

Standing in the historic Rocks district of cobbled laneways and designer boutiques, the Shangri-La Hotel has sweeping views of the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House and… Read More »

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Emporium Hotel Brisbane

The emporium hotel is located at the epicentre of fashion and food and is fabulous! Located in the heart of Brisbane’s stylish Emporium precinct in the Fortitude Valley,… Read More »

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Cheeky Monkey Cafe

By far one of the most delicious breakfasts I have had in a long time! On a recent trip to Melbourne I was invited to brunch at the… Read More »

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Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder

Located on the infamous Bridge Road in inner Melbourne, The Richmond Hill Cafe and Larder has patrons lining up from near and far to enjoy the exquisite cuisine…. Read More »

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Capri Cafe

Capri is a hidden Mediterranean gem nestled amongst the hustle and bustle of Brisbane city. A popular favourite with locals offers an Italian menu with a modern Australian… Read More »

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Archive Beer Boutique

A must for beer lovers! Situated in the trendy West End of Brisbane is this fabulous little gem, the Archive Beer Boutique. Archive is home to over 400… Read More »

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Sheraton Mirage Resort

A Sunlovers Paradise! Located at the famous Main Beach, Gold Coast Australia sits the prestigious Sheraton Mirage Resort. Sheraton Mirage Gold Coast is the only direct beachfront resort… Read More »

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Hilton Hotel Brisbane

Located on the famous Queen Street Mall in Brisbane, the Hilton is the perfect spot for serious shoppers to stay! The Hilton Brisbane has recently undergone a major… Read More »

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Cru Bar and Cellar

Cru Bar and Cellar is the place to be scene when you want to be seen on the weekend. Cru has the sort of breezy, good-looking space where… Read More »

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Ribs and Rumps

A Carnivores Delight! Looking for a delicious lazy-aged steak or some finger licking good ribs? Then Ribs and Rumps is your place! With several locations across Australia Ribs… Read More »

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Wildfire Sydney

Dine like a star at Wildfire! This is where the Sydney elite meet to dine and wine, with spectacular views of the Opera House and the harbour this… Read More »

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Sofitel Hotel Brisbane

By far the most chic and indulgent hotel in Brisbane. The Sofitel Brisbane sits just above the city’s skyline, offering award winning views, hospitality and service. Boasting one… Read More »

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Westin Melbourne Hotel

<img Located on the famed Collins Street in Melbourne, just minutes from the Yarra River and a stones throw from the MCG, the Westin Melbourne is the perfect… Read More »

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Versace

Palazzo Versace is unquestionably opulent by Australian standards and its rooms are indeed luxurious. Rooms are kitted out with beautiful Versace furnishings down to the linen, towels and… Read More »

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Sheraton on the Park Sydney

Fabulous executive class hotel! I booked a suite at the Sheraton on the Park recently and was not disappointed! The suite had sweeping views of Hyde Park which… Read More »

Lindeman’s Bin 0954 Nyrang Cabernet Merlot – 2009

Description: Today, Nyrang Cabernet Merlot sources its fruit from Limestone Coast that delivers vibrant blackberry fruit with a subtle touch of leafiness due to the region’s cool climate… Read More »

Racers and Rascals pinot noir – 2010

Description: This Pinot shows the lovely soft fruit and mellow tastes of a wine that has been made without the influence of extended Oak maturation. A wine to… Read More »

Oyster Bay Merlot – 2011

Description: The philosophy of Oyster Bay is to produce fine, distinctly regional wines that are elegant and assertive with glorious fruit flavours. The Hawke’s Bay wine region is… Read More »

Earthworks Cabernet Sauvignon – 2009

Description: The 2006 Cabernet was aged for 6 months, 70% in tank and 30% in seasoned French oak. Dark ruby/purple-colored, it has an expressive nose of spice box… Read More »

Henschke Mount Edelstone – 2007

Description: Wine Description Deep crimson/black in colour. A delightfully fragrant bouquet of anise, plum, sage and pepper with blackberry and vanilla hints adding complexity. The palate is lush… Read More »

ingoldby cabernet sauvignon – 2009

Description: McLaren Vale’s maritime climate is well suited to growing Mediterranean varieties. This Cabernet Sauvignon has a small portion of Sangiovese blended with it to enhance savoury characters…. Read More »

penfolds thomas hyland cabernet sauvignon – 2010

Description: The Thomas Hyland range honours the vision and hard work by Thomas who established Penfolds as a South Australian powerhouse back in the early 1900’s. This Cabernet… Read More »

Red Knot Shiraz – 2010

Description: Red Knot: a rich wine from the McLaren Vale region of South Australia. KNown for its beautiful scenery, Mediterranean climate and award winning wines, McLaren Vale vineyards… Read More »

Jacobs Creek Reserve Shiraz – 2009

Description: Jacobs Creek Reserve Shiraz exhibits typical regional characteristics with fruitcake and plum aromas with a hint of spice and oak. Tha palate has complex flavours of mulberry,… Read More »

Folio Shiraz – 2009

Description: A distinctive Barossa Valley Shiraz, this full-flavoured wine features an enticing, intense palate with rich plum and blackberry jam flavours. A perfect blend of complexity, fruit and… Read More »

Jamiesons Run Cabernet Shiraz Merlot – 2011

Description: This Cabernet Shiraz Merlot shows aromas of raspberry, cherry and cinnamon spice supported by dark berry fruit flavours. A soft elegant medium bodied blend with a good… Read More »

Craftsman Cabernet Sauvignon – 2010

Description: This truly unique res with its light purple hues captivates you even before your first sip with its spice, minty fruit, dark chocolate and toasty oak aromas…. Read More »

Eighty Acres Shiraz Viognier – 2008

Description: A distinctive medium bodied wine that displays rich plum fruit flavours, with a touch of spice, and a fine persistent finish. Ideal drinking now or with sort… Read More »

Bollinger Rosé

Description: The House of Bollinger has been producing fine wines of Champagne since 1829. In the last 180 or so years they have built a reputation of the… Read More »

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut

Brief description: Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label is one of the most popular and recognisable Champagnes throughout the world. With its distinctive “orange” label, Veuve Clicquot is the enduring… Read More »

Veuve Clicquot Rose Non-Vintage

Description: Veuve Clicquot Rose Non-Vintage is the same blend as the yellow label but with the addition of 12% still wine from Bouzy. Partridge eye colour, the Pinot… Read More »

Château Branaire Ducru, 4ème Grand Cru Classé, – 2004

Description: Château Branaire-Ducru is an elegant Grand Cru wine from Saint Julien of Haut Medoc, Bordeaux. It produced a classic, dense and complex 2004 vintage. This wine offers… Read More »

Spy Valley Pinot Noir – 2010

Description: Concentrated dark plum and berry fruit flavours with a touch of smoky oak. A silken-textured wine with good weight and richness. Now it’s up to you to… Read More »

Nanny Goat Vineyard Pinot Noir – 2009

Description: Bright, high-energy pinot noir with dark cherry, plum, spice and nutty oak flavours. Beautifully proportioned and impressively concentrated with a lengthy finish. Now it’s up to you… Read More »

Mud House Pinot Noir – 2010

Description: A supple, succulent pinot noir with sweet cherry and plum flavours and a hint of spice. It’s seductive, with a silken texture that is very appealing. Now… Read More »

Mount Riley Seventeen Valley Pinot Noir – 2009

Description: A mix of cherry and strawberry flavours, and a savoury suggestion of wild herbs and Oriental spices. Fine tannins give a drying finish. Now it’s up to… Read More »

Jackson Estate Vintage Widow Pinot Noir – 2007

Description: Plump, ripe dark-cherry and plum flavours flattered by a hint of spicy oak. Achieves a luscious intensity. Dangerously easy to drink. Now it’s up to you to… Read More »

Gibbston Valley Gold River Pinot Noir – 2008

Description: Silken-textured pinot with a mix of ripe plum, dark cherry, spice, wild herbs and subtle, nutty oak flavours. Elegant and contained, with hints of voluptuousness. Now it’s… Read More »

John Forrest Collection Sauvignon Blanc – 2009

Description: Concentrated Sauvignon Blanc with purity and drive. Mineral salts, gooseberry and lemon-grass flavours. A powerful and linear wine. Now it’s up to you to taste and review.

Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc – 2010

Description: Elegant wine with intense passion fruit, stone-fruit and lemon-grass flavours, plus nutty yeast-derived characters. Now it’s up to you to try and review.

Craggy Range Te Muna Road Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc – 2011

Description: Concentrated wine with mineral, citrus and lemon-grass flavours and a touch of Granny Smith apple. Bone dry with assertive acidity. Now it’s up to you to try… Read More »

Charlotte Sound Sauvignon Blanc – 2011

Description: Mellow and creamy, with lemon- grass, nectarine and ripe apple flavours, plus a hint of brioche from extended yeast-lees contact. Now it’s up to you to taste… Read More »

Astrolabe Province Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc – 2011

Description: A medley of passion fruit and red- capsicum flavors with underlying gooseberry and grapefruit. A perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. Now it’s up to you to… Read More »

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé – Reims 2002

Description: This is as impressive as the Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs. It is 70-per-cent pinot noir, the balance chardonnay – all from grand-cru sites. Red fruits… Read More »

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blancs de Blancs – Reims 1999 & 2000

Description: Pure chardonnay sourced from grand-cru sites in the Côtes de Blancs. It’s both elegant and exotic with an ethereal charm. The 1999 has rich flavours of white… Read More »

NV Croser Sparkling Wine – Adelaide Hills, SA

Description: First produced by Brian Croser as a single-vintage wine in 1985, it has been in the hands of Andrew Hardy at Petaluma for the past 13 years…. Read More »

NV Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve – Reims

Description: How a Champagne can consistently offer such intensity and complexity, poise and elegance is a conundrum. The bouquet is of nectarine, grapefruit, marzipan and glazed fruit. The… Read More »

NV Billecart-Salmon Brut – Mareuil-sur-Ay

Description: This is a benchmark Champagne of style, grace and finesse. The bouquet is a complex amalgam of stone fruits, warm brioche and white blossom, its flavours are… Read More »

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Seppeltsfield Para Grand Tawny

Description: A rich butterscotch bouquet with lots of raisined fruit and dusty spices. Smooth and complex, the finish is cut by clean, spicy spirit. Now it’s up to… Read More »

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Penfolds Grandfather Tawny – multi-regional

Description: A rich, complex bouquet of malt, walnuts, raisined fruit, toffee and dusty rancio characters. It has a mouth filling viscosity and a smooth, dry finish. Now it’s… Read More »

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Morris of Rutherglen Old Premium Liqueur Tokay

Description: This tokay (now known as topaque) has molasses, cold tea and crème caramel flavors lifted by a touch of aniseed and five-spice. Now it’s up to you… Read More »

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Morris of Rutherglen Old Premium Liqueur Muscat

Description: Brandied prune, spiced plum, crème caramel and spice cupboard greets the nose. The texture has a treacle-like consistency. Now it’s up to you to taste and review…. Read More »

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Grant Burge 20 year-old Tawny

Description: A rich bouquet of dried fruits, walnuts and dusty barrel-aged complexity; the finish is smooth, dry and harmonious. This exceptional mature tawny is made from the Barossa’s… Read More »

Louis Roederer `Cristal Brut` 2002

Description: A savory explosion of ripe fruit revealing red fruits, white chocolate, caramel and Danish pastry, typical of Cristal Brut. Silky, concentrated texture, supported by an intense, powerful… Read More »

The Lane Vineyard Block 5 Shiraz – 2010

Description: The Block 5 Shiraz has aromas of raspberry, dark cherry, licorice and black-pepper, with a touch of spice. The gentle palate shows more red fruits and savoury… Read More »

Ten Minutes by Tractor 10X Pinot Noir – 2010

Description: The quirky name was created when three neighbours, just “ten minutes by tractor” apart, agreed to share their vineyard equipment. Owner Martin Spedding’s 10X Pinot shows strawberry… Read More »

Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir – 2009

Description: Brian Croser, formerly behind the iconic winery Petaluma, has created Tapanappa. This delicious pinot expresses floral aromas of red- currant jelly and crushed strawberry with a touch… Read More »

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The PuLi Hotel Shanghai

Our Unexpected Treasure From the moment we entered the hotel’s lobby, throughout the entirety of our whole stay, we hope that your experience at The PuLi Hotel and… Read More »

The Lane Vineyard Single Vineyard Shiraz Viognier – 2009 & 2010

Description: This beautiful, cool-climate site spawns shiraz with white pepper, sweet spice, raspberry fruit flavours and fine-grained tannins. A dash of viognier adds fragrance, a silken texture and… Read More »

Teusner Avatar – 2010

Description: A Southern Rhône-style red with a twist, instead of GSM, it’s GMS – grenache, mourvèdre and shiraz. Ripe plum and cranberry aromas with hints of Asian spice. Sweet, spicy… Read More »

Rosabrook Cabernet Merlot – 2010

Description: Margaret River stalwart Mike Calneggia has joined Brian Fletcher to lift Rosabrook to new heights. This is a juicy blend with aromas of dark-berry fruits and mocha-sweet… Read More »

Castagna Genesis Syrah 2005 & 2008

Description: Julian Castagna is a fervent believer in biodynamic principles. The 2005 is crammed with intense, dark berry fruit, earth and black truffles. A dash of viognier adds… Read More »

Picardy Chardonnay – 2009

Description: This is a pure and precise wine with a razor-sharp balance of fruit and acidity. Intense white peach and pink grapefruit flavours act as a platform to… Read More »

Peter Lehmann Margaret Semillon – 2005

Description: The Hunter Valley claims fame as Australia’s top semillon region yet this Barossan has reaped plenty of top wine-show awards. Lemon pith and wild honey greet the… Read More »

Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Lusatia Park Vineyard Chardonnay – 2011

Description: From the coolest part of the Yarra at Woori Yallock, this lean, mineral chardonnay echoes Chablis. Aromas of white blossom, pink grapefruit and lemon pith with a… Read More »

Caillard Mataro – 2010

Description: Andrew Caillard is a Master of Wine, Langton’s auctioneer and an artist to boot – he painted the label. This is a mataro with considerable poise and… Read More »

Howard Park Miamup Sauvignon Blanc Semillon – 2011

Description: Winemaker Jancis McDonald has taken the Howard Park wines to a higher plane. This wine is aromatic with wild herb, gooseberry and passionfruit flavours plus a hint… Read More »

Brokenwood Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot – 2010

Description: This benchmark red shows blackcurrant and ripe plum on the nose, with cedary oak in the background. On the palate rich, succulent black fruits abound with some exotic… Read More »

Clonakilla Hilltops Shiraz 2010 & 2011

Description: A classy, medium-weight shiraz from the Hilltops region. These are two cooler, post-drought vintages, which show pure, red-berry fruit aromas with hints of Oriental spice. The palate… Read More »

Balnaves The Tally Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – 2008

Description: Winemaker Pete Bissell was the 2005 Gourmet Traveller WINE Winemaker of the Year. The Tally has rich cassis and mocha flavours, a fine, velvety tannin structure and… Read More »

Cullen Diana Madeline – 2009 & 2010

Description: Named in honour of pioneering Margaret River wine producer, Di Cullen, this is the epitome of great Australian cabernet. An almost ethereal Bordeaux-style red. It’s a wine… Read More »

SC Pannell Shiraz 2008 & 2010

Description: This duo of shiraz vintages shows great character and complexity, with dense dark-berry fruit, entwined by an intricate framework of firm, finely textured tannins. This wine is created… Read More »

Clonakilla O’Riada Shiraz – 2011

Description: When the 2007 crop was decimated, Tim Kirk looked over his fence for some extra grapes. The purchased parcel spawned a new label, O’Riada. This spicy little… Read More »

Geoff Merrill Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – 2005

Description: Geoff Merrill is one of Australia’s top winemakers. This wine blends the elegance of Coonawarra cabernet with the power of McLaren Vale. It’s an amalgam of mulberry… Read More »

Henschke Keyneton Estate Euphonium – 2005

Description: The early settlers brought a love of brass bands to the Barossa, especially for the powerful notes of the B-flat Euphonium. This blend of shiraz, cab sav,… Read More »

Glaetzer Amon-Ra Shiraz – 2010

Description: Amon-Ra was considered to be the king of all Egyptian gods. This is an equally exalted expression of Barossa shiraz. Rich black-fruit flavours are backed by coffee,… Read More »

Scotchmans Hill Sauvignon Blanc – 2011

Description: This is pure sauvignon – with no fancy yeasts, no oak, no malolactic fermentation and just a short time on yeast lees to add complexity. The result… Read More »

Cullen Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot – 2010

Description: Sitting below the highly revered Diana Madeline, this is an irresistible Bordeaux-style blend. Raspberry leaf and dried-herb aromas lead to a soft, medium-weight palate with a fine framework… Read More »

Printhie Mountain Range Pinot Gris – 2011

Description: Fruit sourced from the highest slopes of Mount Canobolas provides this pinot gris with pear, lemon pith, honeysuckle and exotic spice flavours, with Drew Tuckwell’s winemaking bringing depth,… Read More »

Hoddles Creek Estate Pinot Noir – 2010

Description: Hoddles Creek Estate is one of the Yarra’s hidden gems. It’s a high, cool, south-facing site. The 2010 vintage spawned a pinot that walks a fine line… Read More »

Grove Estate The Cellar Block Shiraz Viognier – 2009

Description: Winemaker Richard Parker and viticulturalist Brian Mullany teamed up with Tim Kirk to make this wine at Clonakilla. Spicy aromatics interplay with raspberry and dark-plum flavors; a… Read More »

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Cafe Sydney

The view from Cafe Sydney is nothing less than spectacular with a backdrop taking in the life and majesty of Circular Quay to its wonderful ambience, quality of… Read More »

Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier – 2009 & 2010

Description: This Côte Rôtie-inspired red sets the benchmark for Australian shiraz viognier blends. The viognier lifts the sweet red-fruited bouquet. Its flavours of ripe raspberry and dark cherry… Read More »

Cape Mentelle Cabernet Sauvignon – 2009

Description: Cape Mentelle came to prominence when the 1982 and 1983 Cabernet Sauvignon won successive Jimmy Watson Memorial trophies. Ripe blackcurrant and mocha aromas nestle with exotic spices… Read More »

St Hallet Old Block Shiraz – 2008

Description: Universally regarded as one of the legendary Barossa reds, Old Block Shiraz is sourced from mature, low-yielding vineyards. It’s typic- ally big, bold and potent, with spicy… Read More »

SC Pannell Sauvignon Blanc – 2011

Description: Steve Pannell is one of Australia’s most creative winemakers. From the cool 2011 vintage, this textbook sauvignon blanc is vibrant, mouth-watering and juicy, with oodles of passionfruit… Read More »

Louis Roederer Cristal Rosé 2002

Description: In our opinion this is the ultimate French Champagne.  For connoisseurs the world over, there is nothing finer.  Aromatic, with mid-palate richness as well as density to… Read More »

Moss Wood Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir – 2009

Description: Winemaker Keith Mugford loves pinot noir, but Margaret River isn’t the best spot to grow it. So, he’s turned to Mornington. Sweet strawberry and red-cherry flavours, backed… Read More »

Balnaves Cabernet Sauvignon – 2008

Description: This is an elegant and refined Coonawarra red. Concentrated flavours of blackcurrant and ripe mulberry set the scene, framed by a web of sinewy tannins which provide… Read More »

John Duval Wines Entity Shiraz – 2010

Description: When John Duval left Penfolds, the wine-world held its collective breath in anticipation of his eponymous wines. Entity is a wonderful interpretation of great Barossa shiraz. Black… Read More »

Glaetzer Bishop Shiraz – 2009 & 2010

Description: Winemaker Ben Glaetzer’s roots are anchored in the Barossa. Indeed, his Bishop Shiraz oozes the region’s vinous persona with chocolate cake and ripe blackberry fruit flavours and… Read More »

Howard Park Abercrombie Cabernet Sauvignon – 2008

Description: This is Howard Park’s icon cabernet. 2008 shows blackcurrant, mulberry and Damson plum with hints of sweet mint and savory herbs. Deeply concentrated with fleshy dark-berry fruit… Read More »

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Felix Bistro and Bar

We can’t wait to go back. Felix has beaten a lot of competition in Sydney’s French bistro category, but easily gets our votes as the best in Sydney…. Read More »

Primo Estate Joseph Pinot Grigio d’Elena – 2011

Description: This ultra-smart pinot grigio is Joe Grilli’s tribute to his daughter, the vines planted in the same week as Elena was born in 1998. It has fresh… Read More »

Brokenwood Stanleigh Park Vineyard Semillon 2007

Description: Winemaker Iain Riggs kept a parcel from the Stanleigh Park Vineyard aside for bottle maturation. Released after five years, it’s gained richness and complexity, with dry toast… Read More »

Grosset Rockwood Riesling – 2011

Description: Rockwood Riesling is made exclusively for Qantas by Jeffrey Grosset. It carries all the hallmarks of a classic Clare Valley riesling with intense aromas of pink grapefruit,… Read More »

Clonakilla Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Description: This interpretation of a classic blend is compelling. It shows aromatics of citrus, spices, honeydew melon and herbs. The savoury and complex palate is almost creamy yet… Read More »

Bay of Fires Sauvignon Blanc – 2011

Description: There is a purity to this Tasmanian wine that sets it apart from its mainland counterparts. Fresh, bright aromas of gooseberry, wild nettles and cut grass flow… Read More »

Clonakilla Viognier 2009

Description: Winemaker Tim Kirk is one of the few to tame this high-spirited Rhône variety. It is a complex, savoury dry white with aromatics of honeysuckle, musk and… Read More »

John Duval Wines Plexus – 2010

Description: Plexus is John Duval’s Southern Rhône-inspired blend of shiraz, grenache and mourvèdre. A classic “iron fist in a velvet glove”, it’s lean and muscular yet has a… Read More »

Grosset Polish Hill Riesling – 2010 & 2011

Description: Jeffrey Grosset proudly carries the mantle as king of Australian riesling. This iconic wine shows a remarkable vintage consistency – always trim and taut with lemony fruit… Read More »

Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc Semillon – 2011

Description: This benchmark Margaret River blend echoes Bordeaux’s traditional savoury dry whites. Aromas of wild herbs, nettles and passionfruit flow on to a crunchy palate – a subtle… Read More »

Josef Chromy Pepik Pinot Noir – 2010

Description: Josef Chromy is an amazing character. Pepik is his Hungarian nickname, used here on this clean and pure pinot noir. Carefully crafted by winemaker Jeremy Dineen, it… Read More »

Dexter Chardonnay – 2010

Description: Tod Dexter spent many years as winemaker for Stonier. All the while he worked his own vines at Merricks North. This 2010 chardonnay is one of the… Read More »

Ashton Hills Vineyard Chardonnay – 2009

Description: Winemaker Stephen George crafts wines of incredible subtlety and finesse. His 2009 Chardonnay is delicate and refined. A wine of great poise with white nectarine and pink… Read More »

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Stamford Plaza Brisbane

Our love affair with the Stamford began 8 years ago when we spent our first night together at the Stamford Plaza Hotel. We were thrilled to find that… Read More »

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Ritz Carlton Kowloon HongKong

If this isn’t Hong Kong’s best hotel then I don’t know a Great hotel when I stay in one! Sky-high luxurious rooms with free Wi-Fi are located on… Read More »

Grosset Springvale Riesling – 2011

Description: Jeffrey Grosset has two highly individual vineyards, the Polish Hill on lean, slaty soils near Mintaro, and Springvale at Watervale in the heart of the Clare Valley…. Read More »

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Shuck Restaurant – Main Beach Queensland