Safari, Scotch and Cigars in a Tent

At get lost we don’t spend a lot of time in tents. But if it meant trying a variety of expertly curated scotches and accompanying cigars, we probably would.

Meet Safari Tent: a two hour, private scotch and cigar tasting experience where you chill out in finely-decorated luxury tents, each with comfy old-man armchairs, rich wood floors, oriental rugs, wood plank ceilings and other rustic touches.

The tent is a pop-up in Rhode Island from Preserve, who do lots of cool shit like this, and the tastings themselves come from legendary brands Laphroaig and Cobina.

As well as this, there’s some charcuterie, chocolate and roasted nuts to go with. You’ll truly feel like royalty….in a tent.

Now this is camping we can get into.

Wes Anderson designed a train carriage

Filmmaker Wes Anderson is the man. When the man designs a luxury train carriage, there’s only one thing to do: buy a ticket on that train, wherever it’s headed.

The train appears to have come straight from the set of The Grand Budapest Hotel. Pastel pink and emerald green dominate the colour scheme, with intricate marquetry, art nouveau-style wooden panels and trippy geometric furnishings giving the carriage an elaborate crossover style that sits somewhere between Art Deco and stoner.

It’s the famous Belmond British Pullman train, the luxury chugga-chugga-chugga-chugga which operates out of London’s Victoria Station. Day trip tickets start at around £400 per person.

Texan Anderson doesn’t fly, preferring to catch the train where he can. Combined with his other skills, it means there probably isn’t anyone on earth more perfect man to design the interior of a train.

The train, for what it’s worth, travels from London to the Kent countryside, and back again. Not that that’s important.

Go Downtown in Mexico City

Mujers and hombres: this is Mexico City in 2021.

Mexico City is emerging as a destination for architecturally stunning hotels, and Downtown Hotel is no different. It’s a boutique hotel of thoughtful design that looks like it could be both the perfect place to unwind, or wind-up – whatever you’re feeling

The seemingly strange bedfellows of 17th century colonialist opulence and historically simplistic Mexican minimalism work together beautifully, like a champion Mexican wrestling tag-team.

The rooftop bar and pool is to die for, an oasis of calm in a bustling city that is anything but. The hotel is located in trendy La Condesa, an upmarket jungle of bistros and art galleries.

Salud!

The Best Drone on the Market

The human race is obsessed with drones at the moment, and for good reason: they’re fricking awesome.

The DJI Mavic 3 has just been released, and drone experts (doctors of the drone, droneis considered the best that exists. Seriously, this thing is super cool.

Previous versions of the Mavic have been the gold standard for drones for a few years, and there’s a hype around this one that appears to be justified, judging from the footage below.

You can fly these for up to 46 minutes, which is 15 longer than any previous Mavic. There’s a couple of cameras in there, for different uses, but it’s the 5k video quality that you come for – we’re talking crystal clear here.

It’s got a price tag to match the hype but with Black Friday coming up, you might be able to find a deal somewhere…and even if you don’t it’s worth it.

Just don’t follow the lead of these guys:

What’s up Doc? Old-school Californian Wellness

This is the only Doctor you’ll want to keep visiting again and again.

Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort and Mineral Springs is an extremely cool wellness resort shrouded in nostalgia in Calistoga, in America’s south-west.

Calistoga has natural hot springs, and in 1952 Dr Wilkinson himself introduced the first mud baths in this part of the world, for the point of wellness. The Doc’s original blue 1952 Buick is still parked out front of the resort in 2021, surely racking biblical amounts of parking fines.

The resort is unassuming to look at from the outside: an uninspiring grey brick façade down a palm-tree lined street could lead you to think this is just another shoddy downtown motel with a pool you daren’t dream of swimming in.

But behind this are gorgeous rooms of bright 1980s colours, a grassy backyard with mountain views, a swimming pool, picnic blankets, swings and outdoor baths.

There’s also a wellness area to be pampered, so the Doc’s spirit of looking after people lives on.

It’s just what the Doctor ordered.

A 360-degree cinema experience

Wonderdome is, as you can probably guess, a big dome.

Inside the dome is where the magic is: the largest 360-degree immersive cinema experience ever to be seen in Australia.

Think ‘virtual reality’ without the goggles.

It’s been to Burning Man, Coachella, and now it’s at the Entertainment Quarter in Sydney. It’s probably the hottest cinema experience in the world at the moment.

Reclining on a beanbag fit for a king, you’ll immerse yourself into watch made-for-this-experience films; Liam Neeson narrates a documentary about the state of the global climate, or you can listen to David Attenborough talk to us about dinosaurs. There’s Carriberrie, celebrating Indigenous dance and song, and an immersive exploration of some of Australia’s beautiful but under-threat coral reefs.

The films take up every corner of the dome, which is 21 metres in circumference. And you’ll probably take up every second of your catch up with friends telling them about it.

Live life on the Edge

The City Climb at Edge opened this week in New York City, an experience that is totally dependent on your opinion of heights.

The Edge is a 30 metre platform suspended 100 stories in the air, giving 360 degree views out over the Big Apple. It’s the highest outdoor deck in the Western Hemisphere.

For absolute thrill seekers, you can now do the City Climb:  Scale the outside of the adjacent skyscraper and lean out over the edge, with nothing but 1200 feet of air beneath you.

This is either epic or a “get absolutely f****ed” experience….or a little bit of both.

Return of the Rock

Prior to 2017, Saba Rock had developed a reputation as a famous island getaway for celebrities and the like.

And while the Hurricane Irma caused major destruction across the British Virgin Islands, Saba Rock included, it is now back and open for business.

The redesigned Rock has a contemporary aesthetic, with a fresh take on the destination’s nautical lifestyle and features. There are just seven guestrooms, and two suites designed as a chic retreat that plays up the island’s reputation as a kiteboarding and sailing destination.

The island also has an expansive, open-air restaurant, lounge, two very epic-looking bars (including a rooftop sunset bar), spa room, and retail space, that also serves as a museum with artefacts from nearby shipwrecks.

Made famous by diving pioneer Bert Kilbride in the 1960s, we reckon the new Saba Rock might even be just as good as the old one.

Dreamy Coastal Hideaway

The western side of the Eyre Peninsula is one of Austalia’s most desolate, remote and special places. Which is really saying something, in a country of remote, special places.

Camel Beach House is a rustic space nestled amongst golden sand dunes, red rocks and peeling waves. It is in the dreamy setting of Venus Bay, a town not far from the edge of the Nullabor that wouldn’t be out of place in a Tim Winton novel.

Spend your days reading a book, surfing (watch out for grey suits) or sipping a coffee looking over the Indian Ocean.

There’s 250 acres of land to explore on the property, which should be enough, while at night, there’s complete silence, with the only company coming from stars so brightly you’ll think you’re back in the city under streetlight…except you’re about 660km away from that.

Check out the fly-through video below for more of an idea of the house (and while we’re at it, can we just appreciate this person’s drone skills?):

The Maldives are back: Six new stays

The Maldives are back…in a big way.

The tiny Indian Ocean archipelago has always been top of mind for luxury travellers, and with flights opening up to Australia this week, it’s time to get packing (note: not much packing required…boardies/bikini and flip flops should do the trick).

Since Aussies were last able to travel there, another six gorgeous stays have opened up in this little slice of paradise.

We take a look at each of these epic new resorts:

Kagi Maldives Island: A resort best suited to couples, the five-star Kagi Maldives Spa Island is THE place for a honeymoon. It’s almost worth getting married, just so you can stay here. It is an intimate all-pool-villa resort, bringing understated luxury and elegant simplicity, and maximum romance.

Patina Maldives – Fari IslandsThere were about 300,000 plants dug up in the making of Patina Maldives, all of which were brought to the hotel for replanting upon its completion. This tells you everything you need to know about the eco-conscious mindset of this new luxury resort, which is fair enough, given the archipelago is expected to be vulnerable to rising sea levels in the future. It is powered mostly by the sun, which isn’t much of an issue in the Maldives. And it’s beautiful.

Patina Maldives.

The Ritz Carlton Maldives – Fari Islands: The Ritz Carlton in the Maldives has 100 overwater or beachfront villas of luxury, in predictably epic proportions. Truly absurd levels of beauty here will leave you feeling like you’re in some permanently photoshopped Instagram page.

Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa:  Le Meridien Maldives Resort & Spa is the most Maldivian of the new stays. It has six restaurants and bars, all inspired by the culture and cuisine of the Maldives. Located on Lhaviyani Atoll, guests can savour the sights and sounds of the natural beauty with indigenous flora and fauna, a shimmering lagoon and coral reefs teaming with wildlife including manta rays and turtles.

Le Méridien Maldives Resort & Spa’s Japanese restaurant.

Kuda Villingili:  Kuda Villingili Resort Maldives is home to the biggest pool in the Maldives, and offers a wide range of activities, including access to a world class surf break. It’s also got an incredible variety of dive spots, and a heap of nice dining spots.

Kuda Vilingili Resort – access to epic surf.

Jumeirah Maldives: the newest hotel from the company behind several of Dubai’s most luxurious properties, including the famous sail-shaped Burj Al Arab in Dubai., Jumeirah Maldives has announced it will open its doors in November. The property is accessible only by seaplane and motorboat  – the perfect escape for a little while.

Jumeirah Maldives