As the second-most populous city in Australia, Melbourne comprises 31 local municipalities and bursts with attractions for all ages. The metropolis, set in the southeast of Australia, abounds with cultural history and New Age trends as well as a vibrant art scene. Situated on the north of Port Phillip, this beating heart of Australian culture proves a hot spot for tourists who want to envelop themselves in the local scene.
Start your immersion into Melbourne’s neighborhoods with a fully guided day experience with eco-adventure operator Wild Adventures Melbourne (WAM!) and its Positive Impact Adventure tour. Or travel virtually all around the seven continents with the BBC Earth Experience as you view breathtaking audiovisual footage at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. MCEC, next to the Yarra River, lies in the South Wharf neighborhood.
Rydges Melbourne, in the city’s vibrant East End Theatre District, underwent an extensive transformation to offer guestrooms, suites and apartments. Entertainment abounds for visitors here, from big-name, blockbuster productions to local comedy gigs, literary talks and more. Many of the neighborhood’s theaters date back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Grab a bite and a drink at numerous new restaurants and bars in the city. Melbourne’s heritage-listed Neo-Gothic old Stock Exchange building transformed into an elegant European-inspired restaurant called Reine & La Rue, centrally positioned in Melbourne’s Central Business District. Visitors find plenty else to captivate their attention in the CBD, from National Gallery of Victoria and Old Melbourne Gaol to Melbourne Skydeck.
If travelers itch to explore neighborhoods outside of Melbourne, other destinations in the Australian state of Victoria boast plenty to see and do. An hour from Melbourne, Geelong Arts Centre reopened to host the best music and theater performances. While there, plan the perfect vineyard escape with a stay in the new luxury pods at Mt Duneed Estate, an iconic Geelong winery. Geelong highlights local produce from Golden Plains, Otways and Moorabool Valley.
Hop on and hop off at one of the 10-plus stops with Hop It Bellarine and enjoy multiple wine tastings and stunning views. Or head to Victoria’s High Country for a unique stay at Alpine Nature Experience Hypedomes, sustainably built with simplicity and luxury in mind.
Embracing a life well lived often means embracing a life well-traveled. Every journey becomes a canvas for experiences that shape our lives and at the heart of every adventure lies the indispensable companion: quality luggage.
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You know what you’re going to get at an Aman hotel, and also you don’t. Expect peerless service, obsessive attention to detail, architectural elegance worthy of a fashion magazine, a holistic approach to wellness and astounding levels of comfort. But each property is also intimately connected to its setting, and that’s where the surprises lie. For instance, finding yourself on your knees on a sidewalk in Luang Prabang handing out sticky rice to Buddhist monks at 5:30 a.m. isn’t something we expected.
In time for peak travel season to Italy’s picturesque Amalfi Coast, the region will welcome its own airport as early as this July. Salerno Costa d’Amalfi Airport is not only undergoing renovations but it also plans to open as a commercial airport.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
After almost four years in the planning, design and reconstruction stages, Baillie Lodges’ flagship property, Southern Ocean Lodge on Australia’s Kangaroo Island, reopened late last year after the original hotel was razed during the summer of the 2019/2020 Kangaroo Island bushfires.