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A bowl of egg custard pudding with mushrooms and leaves at Yoshitey in Gotanda Hills in Tokyo
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Is this Japan’s new food hub? | Go, Go Gotanda | A taste of Tokyo

Groucho
Brainy and cheeky. Witty and inventive. Always smoking hot.

Gotanda’s tiny dancers are foodie central for visitors to Tokyo I am sitting at the counter of Yoshitey, one the tiniest in Tokyo I’ve eaten in. At five diners, it’s two more than usual. Chef Yoshitey Enya is delivering dish after dish: butter fish sashimi, charcoal grilled sticks of unctuous salmon, custard pudding with tiny…

Oceania Cruises' luxury ship Regatta docks at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Sydney on December 12, 2022
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Seafaring for foodies | Dock of the day | All decked out

Monroe
Sexy and glamorous. Red carpet ready. Did someone say 'rescue fantasy'?

Small but perfectly formed, Regatta is back in Sydney and dressed to kill. Imagine you’ve arrived a little early at Jay Gatsby’s drawing room in West Egg, Long Island, ahead of a lively soiree. The marble floors are being mopped and polished to a shine; there’s the sound of carpets being vacuumed; the Christmas tree,…

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A word, if you please | writers in paradise | Jaipur in the Maldives

Brando
Charisma and character - and just a little bit game-changing. Action!

At the Jaipur Literary Festival Soneva Fushi this week, words are just the beginning… Australians love a writers’ festival. In 2022, some 140 of them are scheduled or in planning, canvassing genres, themes and dedicated authors, including this month’s Sydney Writers Festival (May 16-22). One of the world’s biggest assemblages of writers occurs each year…

Cliffhanger, a property on the Greek island of Antiparos
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Rental as anything | private bubbles

Brando
Charisma and character - and just a little bit game-changing. Action!

Keen travellers making up for lost time are seeking holiday homes that promise seclusion, mindfood and a wellbeing upskill… A dazzling Greek villa with lines sharp enough to slice haloumi … a Pacific island retreat with Tjapaltjarri on the walls … a bold new Bondi abode frocked up in perforated aluminium … The luxury holiday…

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Luxury in the time of coronavirus | Rehab in the Maldives | Make mine rare

Garbo
Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

What’s the new centrepiece of luxury travel? Ahead of the re-opening of the Maldives to tourists this week, premium hotelier Sonu Shivdasani has been recalibrating… The new luxury, post Covid-19, mused Sonu Shivdasani towards the end of a lockdown on one of his island paradises in the Maldives, will build on rarity. “The majority of…

Capital Bar & Grill at Colombo's Shangri-La Hotel
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Colombo’s boost juice | An arts-led recovery | Creatives call the shots

Groucho
Brainy and cheeky. Witty and inventive. Always smoking hot.

After the terrorist attacks that rocked Colombo, Sri Lankan creatives shaped an arts-driven recovery that could become a template for a post-Covid-19 world… Over glossy Beijing duck and tiger prawn kung pao at the Shangri-La Hotel’s Shang Palace, Ajai Vir Singh is explaining how the arts community led Sri Lanka’s recovery after the Easter 2019…

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Luxury train travel | the romance of rail | trainspotter shares his tips

Brando
Charisma and character - and just a little bit game-changing. Action!

From Japan to Canada, Switzerland to the Scottish Highlands, top-end train travel can be addictive. Just ask trainspotter Rylie Heathfield… As a boy, Rylie Heathfield could go one better than a bedroom full of Thomas The Tank Engine books and toys. Across the valley from his aunt and uncle’s property east of Melbourne was the…

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Where to stay in George Town | The pick of Penang | Heritage beds

Brando
Charisma and character - and just a little bit game-changing. Action!

There are many great places to stay in the Penang’s heritage city of George Town, most with a colourful story to tell… George Town’s architecture is like the special family occasion where everyone brings a plate and you cross your fingers for a fine feast. Scotland arrives with the lacy cast iron, England turns up…

seven seas regent splendor regent suite luxury travel trends cruising
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Luxury cruise trends | the sea suite | animal magic

Garbo
Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

From penthouses at sea to safaris by private jet, Australians’ passion for top-end travel knows no bounds In 2019, at least 30 million people embarked on a cruise, up 6% from 2018. According to the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), 1.34 millon of them were Australians. The 10 most popular cruise destinations last year were…

The Baskets of Britain installation in the bar of NYC's Whitby Hotel, a tribute to UK craftsmanship
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Basket case | Setting the bar high | weaving magic

Garbo
Cool, understated elegance that belies inner sparkle and sizzle.

A New York hotel celebrates the skill and romance of Britain’s old-time basketweavers One thing the Firmdale Hotels have in common is the intoxicating collision of contemporary art, patterns and textiles. But you can always count on hotelier Kit Kemp to imbue each member of her 10-strong portfolio with a cheeky point of difference. In…

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