First Senator Lounge in a New Design Opens at Vienna Airport

The first Senator Lounge at Vienna Airport shines in a new design. Two Business Class Lounges have also already been upgraded. The themes of Austria and individuality are manifested in the overall concept underlying all lounges. Accordingly, “real” trees are a highlight in the Senator Lounges. These are Austrian beech trees in the closed area which are preserved using a special preservation technique. In addition to customized furniture from Austria as well as a new textile concept highlighting individually designed carpets and curtains, the lounges will also feature selected cutouts from pictures created by Austrian artists such as Gustav Klimt.

Austrian Airlines lounges at Vienna Airport

A total of 630,000 passengers took advantage of the Austrian Airlines lounge offering at Vienna Airport in the year 2017. In particular, the various relaxation zones and the culinary offering provided by Do&Co were very popular. Moreover, the digital offering was increasingly used. 87,300 e-Journals were downloaded in the lounges in 2017. On balance, Austrian Airlines operates seven lounges at Vienna Airport, including three Business Class lounges, two Senator and two HON lounges.


Silversea presents exclusive savings offers for selected luxury Asia voyages

Silversea Cruises is delighted to offer last minute savings on a fascinating selection of Asia voyages*, on departures from now until 25 April 2018 aboard Silver Shadow. When booking on participating voyages* by 15 March 2018, guests will receive a one-category upgrade and USD$1,000 (around HKD$7,692) on-board credit per suite. For guests who are booking and paying in full by 31 January 2018, they can also look forward to an exclusive savings offer of AUD$2,000 (around HKD$11,765) per person**

Featured Voyages*:

V3804: Guests will depart Singapore on 11 February 2018 on an 11-day roundtrip. Highlights of this voyage include discovering: the largest temple complex in Southeast Asia in Penang; the lure of Phuket’s pristine beaches; Yangon’s glimmering Shwedagon Pagoda by candlelight; and the cultural mélange of Kuala Lumpur. Cruise package fares start from AUD$7,300 (around HKD$42,941) per person, based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite.

V3805: Departing Singapore on 22 February 2018, guests will enjoy a 9-day voyage to Hong Kong. Highlights include: immersing in Ho Chi Minh City, a dizzying fusion of busy, bustling, thriving commerce and culture; watching a sunset over the startling Notre-Dame Basilica, made entirely of materials imported from France during the 19th century; before enjoying an overnight in mystical Ha Long Bay. Cruise package fares start from AUD$6,200 (around HKD$36,470) per person, based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite.

V3806: Setting sail from Hong Kong on 3 March 2018, guests will depart on a 10-day voyage to Singapore. From lush rainforests to urban jungles, guests will see the spectrum of the South Pacific, whilst discovering the beauty and culture of Malaysia and the Philippines. Highlights include: exploring the Sultanate of Brunei; enjoying a mangrove river safari to see the fun-loving orangutan; visiting a water village in Sandakan; and wandering the cobblestone streets of Old Manila. Cruise package fares start from AUD$7,000 (around HKD$41,176 per person, based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite.

V3807: Departing Singapore on 13 March 2018 on a 12-day round trip, guests will discover cosmopolitan cityscapes and unspoiled seascapes on this captivating journey to Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar. Highlights include: colonial architecture and the world’s largest fountain; Buddhist relics and a village of traditional Melakan houses; and the philosophy behind Thai cuisine. Cruise package fares start from AUD$6,200 (around HKD$36,470) per person, based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite.

V3808: Departing Singapore on 25 March 2018, guests will enjoy a 9-day voyage to Hong Kong during which they will discover the epic splendour of Vietnam. Guests will discover: the natural beauty of Ha Long Bay; the manmade artistry of sacred temples and pagodas; the stunning beat of rice terraces and secluded beaches; and the wonderfully chaotic Ho Chi Minh City. Cruise package fares start from AUD$6,400 (around HKD$37,647) per person, based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite.

V3809: Seating sail from Hong Kong on 3 April 2018, Silver Shadow will depart on an 11-day voyage to Singapore. From Manila and Coron in the Philippines to Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, the wildlife, heritage, water villages and beaches of the South China Sea will delight all guests travelling on-board. Cruise package fares start from AUD$7,700 (around HKD$45,294) per person, based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite.

V3810: Departing Singapore on 14 April 2018 guests will enjoy an 11-day sailing to Hong Kong. This voyage, which encompasses visits to Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City,and Chan May truly embodies the mind, spirit and soul of the region. Top chefs from the Peninsula Hotel groups show off their culinary expertise of the region on this voyage, making this journey a trip to Asia that is profound, absolute and delicious. Cruise package fares start from AUD$7,100 (around HKD$41,764) per person, based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite.

V3811: Departing Hong Kong on 25 April 2018, guests will enjoy a 15-day voyage to Tokyo. Highlights include the epic cities of Shanghai, Beijing and Osaka. Cruise package fares start from AUD$10,600 (around HKD$62,352 per person, based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite.

For those looking for a shorter Asian voyage, a number of segments are also available, ranging from six to eight days. Fares for a six day sailing from Ho Chi Minh City to Hong Kong departing on 28 March 2018, start from just AUD$3,700 (around HKD$32,764) per person.

*Voyages and special offers are subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit

**Exclusive Savings offer of AUD$2,000 per person on select Asia voyages is available until 31 January 2018.

From the South to the North Pole

5 Fabulous Expedition Cruises to Fully Immerse you in Nature

Luxury tour operator Lightfoot Travel ventures deeper into Antarctica, the Falklands, South Georgia, and to the further North Pole with five expedition cruises in 2018.  From taking the ‘Antarctic Plunge’, to sitting among penguin colonies, to learning photography skills with an expert, kayaking, hiking and hot air balloon rides, an expedition cruise with Lightfoot Travel ensures a respectful and truly immersive encounter with nature most spectacular and untamed.

Cruise Classic Antarctica

This 10-night cruise provides a fabulous introduction to Antarctica. Guests sail from Ushuaia at the southern tip of Argentina, across the Drake Passage to the South Shetlands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Sail past tabular icebergs, sit amongst penguin colonies, and hike up amazing views across ice-strewn bays. With insightful lectures along the way on the wildlife and history, there’s also the chance to take the ‘Antarctic Plunge’ into the freezing waters of the volcanic Deception Island.

From USD 6,990 per person

Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica Cruise

A fascinating history, diverse wildlife and incredible landscapes make the Falklands, South Georgia & Antarctica cruise one of the ultimate life experiences. Spend 18-20 nights on board a small expeditionary ship for close encounters with breeding colonies of King Penguins and feisty male Elephant Seals. For landscapes, the towering peaks of South Georgia are stunning whilst the endless vista of snow and ice on the white continent itself is a humbling sight. The expedition ends with an exploration of the Antarctic Peninsula.

From USD 9,200 per person

Journey to Arctic Svalbard with Lindblad Expeditions

This 10-day expedition starts in Oslo with time to discover Norway’s capital. Guests are then transferred by private jet to Longyearbyen to embark on their voyage aboard National  Geographic Explorer. Six days are spent in Svalbard, the most accessible part of the polar north, with its astounding landscapes and abundant wildlife such as polar bears, walrus and reindeer.  Highlights include kayaking up to icebergs and perfecting photography skills with a certified instructor.

From USD 10,430 per person

Arctic Icebreaker Cruise

This adventure-packed 14-day Arctic Icebreaker Cruise to 90°N includes helicopter shore excursions, wildlife viewing, a hot air balloon ride and setting foot at the North Pole. Setting off from Helsinki, there is a chance to explore the Finnish capital before taking a private plane to the ship at Murmansk. Once in the high Russian Arctic, guests land at the remote archipelago of Franz Josef Land to admire towering rock formations, vast glaciers and fauna, and walrus, polar bears and Arctic seabirds. There is also the opportunity to stand quite literally on top of the world!

From USD 28,695 per person

Alaska with Lindblad Expeditions

Sail through fjords and bays, and past glaciers and snow-capped mountains on this 8-day Southeast Alaskan adventure. An experience aboard one of Lindblad Expeditions’ ships is like no other, as guests are taken on a voyage where big ships cannot venture. Set sail from Juneau and travel through the riveting blue waters of south-east Alaska, looking out for black and brown bears, wolves, harbour seals and mountain goats. Try kayaking and hiking in the wonders of nature, or just stay on the ship and enjoy the relaxing spa treatments.

From USD 5,320 per person

Lightfoot Travel is guaranteed to be inspired, inventive, and perfectly tailored to suit your needs.


Monaco Set to Wow Australians With “Green Glam” Experiences in 2018

Visit Monaco is ready to bring sustainable luxury travel to new heights in 2018 with the Principality revealing a variety of new and old “green glam experiences” available to the discerning traveller who likes to indulge whilst leaving a positive impact.

Bridging the gap between luxury and sustainability is a mission that has been at the heart of the Principality’s strategy for decades but, according to Visit Monaco, 2018 will make the Principality’s green assets shine even brighter than ever before.

“There is a lot happening in that space in Monaco at the moment and there is no doubt that 2018 will mark the beginning of a new era for the Principality” said Alison Roberts-Brown, Regional Director of Visit Monaco in Australia and New Zealand.

“Monaco is a feel-good destination all around and we are thrilled to be able to introduce visitors to a side to the Principality they may not have known about before and make them discover the dynamic, sustainable, fresh and unexpected destination that it is.”

Some of Monaco’s best sustainable feel-good experiences for travellers to discover include:

Roam the F1 circuit by electric Mobee
F1 – but not like you know it! Take advantage of the innovative electric carsharing service ‘Mobee’ available to travellers for all mobility needs. If you want to join the electric mobility movement but prefer a more exertive way, electric bikes are also available for rent all over the principality.

Join the ‘Eat Local’ movement
There are plenty of experiences available to the health- and environmental-conscious foodie. For those who like the finer things, head to Elsa, the world’s first 100% organic Michelin-starred restaurant or, for a more local experience, head to the Condamine market to savour some of the best local produce and mingle with the Monegasque community.

Smell the Roses
The preservation of biodiversity is one of the Principality’s priorities. Home to more than 23,000 carefully tended plants belonging to thousands of species, the Principality harbours huge amounts of treasures in this domain. Favourites include the Princess Grace Rose Gardens created by Prince Rainier III in memory of his wife Princess Grace. For one of the largest variety of species, head to the Exoctic Gardens.

Go behind the organic foodie scenes
Meet Terre Monaco, a project whose mission it is to institute urban agriculture, especially eco-friendly vegetable and fruit gardens, on the roofs, balconies and buildings of Monaco and neighbouring municipalities. Terre Monaco offer regular workshops for locals and travellers educating them about their organic offering.

Hit the Spa
…and where better to do so than in The House of Givenchy’s first spa in Monaco that opened its doors in the prestigious Hotel Metropole earlier this year. An all-round wellbeing destination, Monaco is also home to a number of other award-winning spas such as les Thermes Marins by Monte-Carlo SBM.

Sustainability and stewardship have been amongst the most important priorities of the Principality for decades with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation continuing to support sustainable and ethical projects which focus on climate change and developing renewable energies; combating the loss of biodiversity; and improving universal access to clean water and fighting desertification.

Where to spend your New Year’s Celebrations in Asia-Pacific

Is your perfect New Year’s Eve spent partying with your besties on a beach in Thailand? Perhaps you have young kids and so Tokyo’s Disney resort seems more appropriate? Whatever your preference, Flight Centre has you covered this New Year’s Eve with some great destination ideas to bring in 2018 with a BANG.

A Detox Retreat, in a French Castle, in Malaysia. Yes, you heard correctly, Malaysia!

The Chateau Spa and Organic Resort is our top pick for a relaxing and above all luxurious start to 2018. Modelled on a 12th Century French castle and nestled amidst 16,000 acres of lush tropical Malaysian rainforest (even better, only a 45-minute drive from Kuala Lumpur), this is the world’s first organic spa and wellness resort!
Ski away that Soju-induced hangover Korean-style!

Be sure to book a room at the GLAD LIVE Hotel located in the super cool hipster neighbourhood of Gangnam. It truly is the ultimate playground for trendsetters with its stylish and design-conscious rooms. And on New Year’s Day, head to Yongpyong, one of the many nearby ski slopes, for good dose of fresh mountain air and powder?

Disney World Tokyo is not just for kids

Head to Tokyo Disney Resort this New Year’s Eve – it’s one of the best times of the year to visit the park and the only time you will see your favourite Disney characters dressed in traditional attire! Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea provide guests with all night entertainment and shows, traditional Japanese food (only available on NYE), limited merchandise and the chance to play all night long in the parks!

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World’s Most Instagrammable Hotels

Kieran Smith, Head of Asia at luxury tour operator, Lightfoot Travel inspires clients with travel tips from the World’s Most Instagrammable Hotels and shares a wealth of stunning backdrops illustrating the many travel options and experiences available created by an expert team of dedicated travel advisors across their Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai offices.

Marrakech, Morocco – Amanjena

Located at the gateway to the Sahara Desert, Amanjena is a luxury resort set within an oasis of palms and olive trees. The luxury resort is exceptionally stylish and offers a serene paradise away from the city. Moorish heritage is reflected throughout the pisé-walled resort, which echoes the style of a sultan’s palace. The graceful arches are definitely one to take note of! The colours and the architecture are simple and serene. Position yourself at the outdoor dining areas which can fully capture the beautiful arches for a nice picture.

Namibia – Little Kulala

Little Kulala is a stylish and intimate setting closest to the formidable beauty of the dunes. Each unit blends seamlessly into the timeless desert landscape with a private plunge pool and sleeping outdoors with the sky as your roof. Every guest can enjoy romantic stargazing with their partner and capture intimate moments on Instagram.

Finnish Lapland, FinlandKakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Not to say the Igloos itself are something rare to see and having a chance to stay at one will undoubtedly be worth capturing several photos. A luxury boutique hotel located at the north of the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, is famous for its glass igloo with the world’s largest smoke sauna and igloo bar. The hotel is perfect for adventurous couples, honeymooners and families seeking an unforgettable Arctic wilderness experience in an enchanting setting to share on Instagram.

St. Lucia, Caribbean Jade Mountain

Overlooking the dramatic Pitons and the sparkling Caribbean Sea of St. Lucia, this stunning 600-acre hillside resort is the ultimate romantic retreat. Take a dip in the pool with the backdrop of the serene views of St. Lucia which are just breath taking and Instagram worthy. Jade Mountain is perfect for couples and honeymooners looking for a romantic and private escape in a captivating setting.

Paris, France – Hotel Plaza Athenee

Newly refurbished, Hotel Plaza Athenee is a luxury hotel in the heart of Paris known for its striking façade covered in bright red window awnings and matching flowers. Travelers are commended to head over to La Cour Jardin and don’t forget to take a picture of the beautiful ivy surrounding the garden. Capturing the exquisite Eiffel Tower-view at any angle makes your Instagram posts look even more perfect.

Paro, Bhutan – COMO Uma Paro

COMO Uma Paro is a luxury resort perfectly situated for an adventure in Bhutan. The 29-room resort is perched proudly on the mountainside, flanked by thick pine forests, offering transcendently beautiful views. The hotel offers nine private villas and 20 luxury rooms combining the colourful accents of traditional Bhutanese craftsmanship with clean-lined contemporary design and natural lighting coming into rooms perfect for showcasing on Instagram.


Five Surprising Reasons to Love ‘Winterpeg’

More and more Aussie travellers seeking authentic North American winter experiences are adding a side-trip to Winnipeg to their Canadian winter holiday, immersing themselves in snowy outdoor adventures, quirky festivals and friendly locals.

The unpretentious city of Winnipeg, Manitoba, allows travellers to live and play alongside the locals, embracing the winter months with gusto as only the ‘Peggers can. Read on for five delicious and exhilarating adventures in ‘Winterpeg’:

  1. Why go out for dinner to a fabulous restaurant when you can go out to five? With ‘A Moveable Feast‘ guided tours you’ll jump on a fat bike and cycle your way through downtown Winnipeg with its eclectic alley ways and snow-covered buildings. Cruise from coal fired pizza to global street food, taking in the city sights along the way.
  2. Strap on some skates and experience a true Winnipeg tradition as you glide your way along the Red River Mutual Trail, the longest naturally frozen skating trail in the world. Start in the heart of the city at The Forks where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers converge, a gathering place for recreation, shopping and dining. Pause along the way at the unique warming huts that feature during January, as well as renowned pop-up restaurant RAW:almond.
  3. Performing the downward dog on a frozen lake is something you’ll never do in Australia – it’s the ultimate Instagram moment! Held at FortWhyte Alive during the Fire & Ice Festival in February, the hour-long yoga class is followed by roasted marshmallows and wildcrafted tea.
  4. Head to The Forks and try your hand at a quintessentially-Winnipeg past time, Croki-Curl. The game was invented right here in January 2017 as a life-sized version of the board game Crokinole, where players flick small discs across a circular board, aiming to land the discs in the high-scoring zones. Croki-Curl, a cross between Crokinole and curling, is the perfect way to warm up and make friends with the locals. Warning: ‘Peggers are a competitive bunch! Check out Croki-Curl in action HERE.
  5. Aching muscles from all that Croki-Curl? Make a beeline for  Thermëa by Nordik Spa-Nature.  Lose yourself in the twinkling fairy lights adorning the snowy trees as you float blissfully in the outdoor hot pools. Roast in the sauna, step into the cold, and then indulge in a treatment for the ultimate rejuvenation for mind, body and spirit.

Cathay Pacific increases services to Barcelona, Tel Aviv and Fukuoka

Airline to operate the most non-stop flights to Spain from Asia with launch of year-round service to Barcelona,
while popular Japanese and Israeli hotspots set to receive additional frequencies

Boosting Barcelona

Cathay Pacific today announced that its seasonal operation to Barcelona during the summer peak will become a year-round service from 15 April 2018. Starting with three weekly services from Hong Kong, it will become a four-times-weekly service from 1 July 2018.

The new flights, which will be operated by the technologically-advanced Airbus A350-900, will complement Cathay Pacific’s existing four-times weekly service to Madrid (which increases to five times a week from 29 October 2017), meaning the airline will provide more non-stop flights to Spain from Asia than any other carrier.

Cathay Pacific Director Commercial and Cargo Ronald Lam explained that the popularity of the seasonal route, which commenced on 2 July and is scheduled until 28 October 2017, was pivotal in the decision to make Barcelona a year-round destination.

“Our customers will benefit from more options and greater flexibility through our network expansion and increased frequencies,” said Mr Lam. “We’re delighted to soon be serving the great city of Barcelona throughout the year.

“Demand on the route has exceeded expectations and customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Growing our reach to destinations not otherwise served from Hong Kong enables us to capture new sources of revenue and solidifies the city’s status as Asia’s largest international hub.”

Tel Aviv to go daily

Customer demand and satisfaction for Cathay Pacific’s services between Hong Kong and Tel Aviv are also reasons behind the airline’s decision to announce additional frequencies between the two cities from next summer.

Launched in March 2017 as a four-times-weekly operation, the Airbus A350-900-operated route will be served six times a week from 25 March 2018, increasing to daily throughout October and November.

Mr Lam said: “We are delighted by how well the Tel Aviv service has been received, with high load factors being sustained since its launch.

“This customer support has encouraged us to increase frequency on the route, which will provide even greater convenience and gives our customers another reason for choosing Cathay Pacific.”

Customers travelling to and from Hong Kong and Barcelona and Tel Aviv can be assured of a premium experience on-board the Airbus A350. The fuel-efficient aircraft is equipped with the airline’s latest cabin products, an enhanced inflight entertainment system and Wi-Fi connectivity in Business, Premium Economy and Economy classes.


Fukuoka up to two flights a day

Meanwhile, Cathay Pacific’s regional carrier Cathay Dragon will be increasing the frequency of its services between Hong Kong and Fukuoka from 18 December 2017.

The airline will initially operate an additional weekly flight to Japan’s fifth largest city, bringing the total number of flights per week to eight, increasing to 11 flights per week between 14 January and 24 March 2018.

Such is the popularity of the route that Cathay Dragon will consider increasing frequency yet further from summer 2018.

Where is AWESOME to visit for AUTUMN?

It’s not just the weather that gets cooler in autumn – here are our top picks of cities that become crazy with colour, culture and festivals during the fall!

Kyoto, JAPAN

When we think of Kyoto we often think of their world-famous cherry blossom trees in the spring, however those in the know will tell you that Kyoto’s autumn foliage is even more spectacular! The Japanese maples turn brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow and the autumn weather is cool and dry so you can easily walk around to appreciate them in all their glory.

The peak of autumn colour takes place in November however the annual Jidai Matsuri (Festival of the Ages) on October 22 is one of Kyoto’s largest and most famous Japanese festivals, which needs to be experienced!  Japanese locals dressed as Samurai riding on horseback are amongst thousands of others dressed in colourful costumes partaking in a five-hour long procession.

What’s even more impressive is that come dusk the festival where the rule “do not play with fire” is completely ignored begins, which is known as the Kurama no Hi-Matsuri festival – it certainly puts the Olympic Torch Relay to shame!

To experience five blocks of restaurants, food stalls and retail shops a visit to Nishiki Market is a must. If you are into super cool cafes then Prinz is well worth the trip to get there – it is arguably Kyoto’s best and hippest cafe. An art gallery, bookshop, garden, library and cafe all in one, it is a destination in its own right!

Beijing, CHINA

Beijing it or not, this city shouldn’t always be associated with too much pollution and too many people. Beijing is simply beautiful in autumn! As the trees begin to change colour the views of the fall foliage surrounding the Great Wall become incredibly impressive this time of year. There is no better month to visit Beijing than October as the sweltering heat and urban humidity has begun to subside and Golden Week takes place from 1st to the 7th October. Golden Week holds China’s largest public holiday (Chinese National Day) and the Mid-Autumn festival. Beijing comes alive as people flock to the capital for flag-raising ceremonies, dance and song shows, fireworks and best of all major shopping discounts!

If the budget allows, a must stay is the gorgeous glassy boutique hotel, The Opposite House. The design and styling of the hotel is unlike anything you would have seen and it hosts some of Beijing’s best eateries.

Everest Base Camp, NEPAL

I bet when you think of autumn a trek to Everest Base Camp doesn’t spring straight to mind? September to November is the best season for trekking in and around Mount Everest and the Himalayas. Autumn comes after Nepal’s monsoon season and therefore you will witness stunning green mountains, blue skies and mild temperatures, and crystal clear views of the surrounding Himalayas.

Whether you are religious or not, trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp is really special during Nepal’s religious month of October. Dashain is the longest and most notable Nepalese festival on their calendar, and falls in either late September or early October (depending on the moon). Kites are flown, homes are decorated, new clothes are purchased (any excuse!), and massive swings made of bamboo are constructed for children to play on.

Tihar or the Festival of Lights is the other main festival in autumn. During this five-day festival many lanterns are lit and animals are worshipped, including their puppy dogs (Cuuuute!) Before you take the small plane to Lukla from Kathmandu to begin your trek, get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at The Dwarika’s Hotel. Once you are close to reaching Mount Everest Base Camp be sure to climb to the top of Kala Patthar for Insta-bragging close up views of Mount Everest – it remains the top viewpoint of the mountain in Nepal.

Budapest, HUNGARY
Are you hungry for Hungary? Autumn is harvest time in Hungary and so the Budapest Wine Festival (in September) and the Chimney Cake Festival (in October) are two of the best ways to experience Budapest’s delicious local food and the best wines of Hungary. Who wouldn’t want to drink too much wine while enjoying breathtaking views from the most prestigious sight in Budapest, Buda Castle?

With the summer heat fading and temperatures hovering in the early 20s through to the end of October, autumn is a great time of year to immerse yourself in this trendy city! These temperatures make it ideal for wandering through the winding streets and exploring cool and cosy cafes and bars in the Jewish quarter. The famous Szimpla Kert is a must, as is the Israeli restaurant Mazel Tov. Tip: Book ahead!

To see the city’s trees and their stunning autumn leaves you must head to Margaret Island and the City Park. You’ll also get an Instagram-worthy view of the city
from Gellert Hill.


Berlin is a city that has so much to offer but travelling here during autumn to experience the spectacular light festivals and the famous beer festival Oktoberfest is a must!

Berlin has two major light festivals during autumn – the Berlin Lichterfest (in September) and the Festival of Lights (in October). Various artists illuminate the city’s iconic historic buildings and set the city aglow. What’s better is you don’t need to be deep underground inside Berlin’s famous nightclubs until the early hours of the morning to experience incredible light shows! Oktoberfest in Berlin may not be as large as the one in Munich, but it is still great fun to attend if you are there in early October or late September!

Berlin is a city with nearly half a million trees (fact! Not sure who’s counting?) So, you are also going to see a lot of colourful changes in the parks such as the Grunewald or the Botanical Gardens whilst visiting. You can walk here along one of its two lakes or head into the forest and climb the Teufelsberg Mountain for amazing views.

Where to stay?  Berlin is very much a neighbourhood-oriented city. Kreuzberg (affectionately known to the locals as Xberg) is a centrally located Berlin neighbourhood full of hipsters, Berlin’s best bars and great restaurants.

New York, USA

Leaf peeping enthusiasts from around the world flock to New York’s Central Park every autumn to explore its vibrant-coloured trees. It is simply stunning during this time of year and you can either admire its carpet of bright colours from up high atop the city’s many viewing platforms, or you can wander through the park to get up close and personal with the city’s gorgeous leaves.

If you have time you can also take a trip out of town to see the colours across New England. It’s world famous for a reason: the neighbouring states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are equally beautiful at this time of year.

If you’re looking to p-a-r-t-y, there are plenty of Halloween events and parties happening on and around October 31st! Pack your costume and prepare for some serious trick or treating.

Be sure to book a room at New York’s Ace Hotel – it houses one of New York’s most accomplished meat restaurants The Breslin. The vibe is cool, the music is great, the menu is fab and the lighting is complimentary! What more do you want?!



Thailand’s pioneering, sustainable, cross-cultural, live celebration of the arts, music and ideas — returns for its fourth year, leading its preview of the first-phase line-up with a ground-breaking announcement about its ongoing sustainability initiatives. Where barefoot luxury meets awe-inspiring architecture and natural adventures, Wonderfruit is far from your average music festival and Wonderers from all over the world are invited to return to the beautiful Thai countryside for the ultimate destination retreat from 14-17 December 2017. Phase one tickets are on sale now.

Scratch First, the organizers behind Wonderfruit announce the first names from the music line-up, led by veteran techno DJ RICHIE HAWTIN and British hip hop artist ROOTS MANUVA, who will perform with a full bandHailing from Texas, psychedelic trio KHRUANGBIN will delight crowds with their Thai Molam-inspired sound, while Brazilian house legend GUI BORATTO will light up legendary after-hours destination, The Quarry. Lending a local Thai flavor to the soundscape in The Fields will be KHUN NARIN and Wonderers will also be treated to the soulful stylings of English songstress IZZY BIZU. In addition, NICOLA CRUZ from Ecuador and Danish techno maverick BE SVENDSEN join Hawtin and Boratto on the DJ roster. With a line-up that spans the musical spectrum, Wonderfruit will confirm more acts in the coming months. Meanwhile, demo submissions will soon be open for bands and artists hoping to be selected for Intermission – Wonderfruit’s initiative to mentor and provide a platform for unsigned talent to perform on the main stage.

Wonderfruit is built on six pillars: Arts, Music, Family, Farm to Feasts, Talks & Workshops and Wellness & Adventures, all of which are informed by its ethos to use the event as a platform to catalyze meaningful and positive impact. Wonderers can look forward to the full complement of interactive, visual and culinary marvels, not to mention unique activities for all ages — more to be announced shortly.

Phase one ticket pricing begins at US$147 (THB5,000 or £115) for an adult 4-day pass, which includes general camping.