Barefoot chic in Mozambique

Off the east coast of the East-African country Mozambique is the Archipelago de Bazaruto. And in this archipelago there are six islands of unfathomable beauty, including Benguerra Island. And it is on this island that the Kisawa Sanctuary is based, a brand new luxury opening that was built with a 3D printer.

O.K, we’re sure it wasn’t the only tool on the work site when this stunning retreat was being built, but it was used to construct things like flooring, tiling, benchtops, stools, tabletops, vases and more. That’s pretty cool in our book.

There are only 12 residences in Kisawa, each with its own private beach (!), an open-air deck, an infinity pool and more. There’s epic food, with some gun chefs cooking up a storm with local produce, and plenty of watersports – think spas, sailing and snorkelling.

As well as being a sanctuary for humans, the area is one for marine life too – the area surrounding the 55square kilometre island is a designated WWF national marine park. This means it’s an untouched, pristine environment, making it not unlikely for you to see a whale or a dugong in the distance as you sip a sunset champagne. Life could be worse.

Sail the water, and the sky, in an Air Yacht

Super-yachts that stay purely on water? That’s so pre-2022.

‘Air Yacht’ is the name of the half yacht, half blimp concept thought up by Italian company Lazzarini Design Studio, designed to sail both the sea and the sky.

The idea is absurd, ridiculous and outrageous…and we absolutely love it.

It moves slowly in the water at about 5 knots (around 10kph) but a bit quicker up in the air, at about 60 knots (or around 110kph). Constructed from carbon fibre, there will be 10 passenger suites on this extraordinary vehicle, and somehow even swimming pools, which defies belief.

It follows the announcement of a gigantic air flying butt earlier this year – another large, slow moving hybrid vehicle of ostentatious design.

Become a spy for a day

Ever thought you would make a great undercover agent?

If you’ve got an everyday job like an accountant or a nurse but have watched a lot of spy movies and have secretly always fancied yourself as a 007 type of operator, then this might be for you.

get lost sent our man on the ground Roberto Serrini (undercover, of course) to the International Spy Museum in Washington DC recently, to see if he’d make the grade.

See how he fared below:

History by helicopter in New Zealand

Arcadia Expeditions’ new ‘Story of Aotearoa’ is no normal lesson in history.

Certainly, the history lessons I had at school did not feature full-day private cruises, helicopters up to helicopter-only accessible areas of pristine wilderness or seafood dinners cooked in a geothermal pool.

That’s what you’ll get on this expedition though, a 13-day journey led by Dr James Robinson, one of New Zealand’s leading archaeologists, and the award-winning Māori guide Ceillhe Sperath.

There’s incredible food and wine to gorge on, and the absolutely majestic Bay of Islands to take in (seriously, that place is something else).

But as much as anything, it’s a chance to understand that country across the ditch: how did they get here, what is Maori culture and why on Earth do they say fush and chups like that?*

*No guarantee to find this out.

Make: Colombian Street Food

If you’ve ever been to Colombia, you’ve had aborrajados. And if you didn’t, you weren’t doing it right.

It’s maybe the most delicious thing to come out of Colombia (although Pablo Escobar would say otherwise) and is relatively easy to make.

Colombian-American chef Anita Shepherd aught up with VICE’s food show Munchies to teach Westerners how to make this delicious street food recently.

If you can’t get to Colombia right now, this is the next best thing.

A 700-year old Italian masterpiece

In the 700 years between the 14th century and now, a fair bit has taken place in Italy: the birth of Leonardo Da Vinci, the invention of the piano, the unification of the country and four soccer world cups, to name a few.

But stepping into Rastrello Boutique Hotel is like stepping 700 years back in time before all that took place, just with modern comforts of 2021.

The hotel is based in Umbria, central Italy – not far from Tuscany. Olive trees fill the fields and line the roads, making for a very Italian scene on the approach and as you look out from your balcony.

Rastrello is a palazzo restored with a lot of care, so much so that the old stone walls will make you feel like a King or Queen that you are…

Bella!

Greek Island luxury

Long known as ‘The Party Island’, Greece’s Ios has recently been putting the ios in luxurIOuS.

Calilo is another example of this, a five star retreat literally carved out of native rock.

There’s epic pools to take a dip in, wellness programs like spas and massages, modern and ancient art and contemporarily designed rooms that will make you feel like you really are on holiday.

But what really sets Calilo apart from other luxury retreats is it’s otherworldly setting; it is set on 1,000 acres of wild land. The owners recently planted 70,000 trees on the land, which certainly sounds like a lot, but it’s mostly rocky outposts with swim-up bars and villas carved into them. Epic.

Dive in a Yellow Submarine, a Yellow Submarine

The Beatles lived in one and now it’s possible for you to dive in one, off the Sunshine Coast.

Down Under Submarines is the brand new submarine experience that allows you to go 30 metres below the ocean’s surface. The SUBCAT-30 (which is yellow, naturally) is the first of it’s kind in Australia: a hybrid vessel, that can both dive underwater and travel on top of the water’s surface like a catamaran

Coming down and going back up are arguably the highlights; a special hull above the water allows passengers the unusual, weighted experience of both submersion and refloating.

Cruising along at 30 metres below will make you feel like you’re in a James Bond movie, and you’ll even get to check out the control room.

A heap of super cool, submarine-esque circular windows allows you to see coral,  fishies, and anything swimming with the fishies, such as mermaids and deposed Mafia chiefs.

There’s two options: the ‘Submarine Dive Experience’ which has a dive time of around 30 minutes plus 20 minutes surface travel, and the ‘Yellow Submarine Cruise’ will go for an hour at sunset just outside Mooloolaba’s main beach or along sheltered canals, depending on the weather conditions.

Is this Australia’s Best AirBNB?

The Coombs Hill Barn is a spectacular five bedroom “barn” with views to die for across the Delatite Valley.

The structure itself is a 160-year-old barn from Illinois, USA (YeeHaw!). It was painstakingly pulled apart and shipped across to Australia, before being rebuilt, albeit with a few added bells and whistles.

In essence, this place is epic. Picture a celebrity’s mountain pad on the ski slopes of Montana or Wyoming and Coombs Hill is it. A massive fireplace is the focal point of the 10 metre high main living room, with original barn beams crossing throughout.

A fully decked out kitchen, table tennis table, a couple of chill zones with floor to ceiling windows, dining table for 18 and a deck to lose yourself in the views; you’ll fund yourself strutting around like George Clooney.

This is the perfect pad to explore the Victorian High Country; from mountain biking the trail of Mt Buller to lounging in the Jamieson river with a craft brewski, it was damn hard to leave.

Wander, or chill, at the Scenic Rim

The Gold Coast is all beaches, theme parks and nightclubs right?

Wrong! The secret is slowly getting out about the appropriately named Scenic Rim, one hour inland from the coast, a haven of nature, wine and wildlife. Wander have recently built five eco-cabins on the banks of Lake Wyaralong, in the heart of the Rim.

The Gold Coast draws 5 million + visitors a year, and the cabins represent the perfect way to get away from maddening crowds, and get a bit of your own time in. It’s set on a winery, and there’s only five cabins, so you’ll hardly be jostling with 18-year-olds on their schoolies trips.

There’s wildlife, there’s waterfalls, there’s the lake and Eucalyptus bushland. Whatever the definition for idyllic is in the dictionary, replace it with a picture of this joint.

There’s also private hot air balloon rides, onsite yoga sessions, meditation and massage. Plus, the Gold Coast’s famed beaches are only an hour away (and Brisbane 90 minutes).

Get there now, before everyone else does.