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The Ultimate In Accommodation – An Experience You Won’t Forget – Wolgan Valley Resort And Spa

October 1st, 2010

Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa is owned by Emirates, which means you already know you are in for something special, something luxurious and something expensive!

Driving up the long winding driveway, you eventually reach the hidden valley at the foothills of the Blue Mountains, named Wolgan Valley. Dotted along one side of the valley is Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa, one of the most mesmerisingly relaxing and luxurious experiences of my life.

When we arrived at the grand foyer to check-in, the service is second to none. The staff are just so helpful, kind and welcoming. After sorting out the usual bits when checking into a resort, we were led to the room.

WOW. Wow wow wow. The resort is impressive enough as it is just to look at from the outside, but when we arrived to our Heritage Suite (one of 3 levels), we were blown away the second the front door swung open. The huge 201 square metre freestanding suite, constructed from wood and stone materials and designed in Federation-style. Each of the suites have a private aspect, with stunning views of the valley beyond.

The standout feature for me is the private pool, which has it’s own deck surrounded by a garden of native plants and shrubs, and a spacious verandah just off it. The pool can be completely made indoors, or outdoors by folding back the glass bi-fold doors that surround the pool. You can even control the temperature of the 4 x 7m pool. There is a huge courtyard garden to soak up the peace and serenity of the surrounding environment.

My suite is just stunning. Simply stunning. A double-sided fireplace, in the lounge room/main bedroom which romantically warms up the whole place. Both bedrooms with king-sized beds, both with en-suites and a his and hers vanity area. For the ladies, the walk-in dressing room is super impressive. The decor is perfection – it’s warm, calming and exudes class and sophistication.

Parked outside the front door are our very own mountain bikes, to ride around the resort or down any of the stunning tracks surrounding the property. To feel part of the nature that surrounds, there’s also binoculars available in the suite.

All of these wonderful luxuries are with the usual ones like LCD TV, DVD player and sound system, air-conditioning, 24-hour room service, and laundry/dry-cleaning service.

Meals are included, The Country Kitchen is where I ducked off between meals for light meals and snacks. Located downstairs, it’s more casual and informal which I enjoyed. I also went here a couple of times for lunch instead of the main dining room. Wolgan Dining Room is the place to eat for breakfast and dinner. The dinner menu changes per season, I was there for the Winter menu and make particular mention about the Cowra lamb rump with roasted vegetables. Absolutely beautiful. Breakfast is the perfect spread of fresh fruits, pastries and other favourites. The wine list? The best I’ve seen in a long long time.

There was so much to do, you can enjoy the huge communal pool, but it was abit too cold for that, it’s still beautiful to look at. You can hang out at the bar, use the spa and fitness facilities, take there horses on your own private tour through the countryside, nature walks, mountain biking or simply nothing.

Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa focus on attention to detail. Everything is taken care of, nothing is left for you to think about. Everything is of the best quality. Nothing is missed, even down to paying the bill when you check out – presented with a Mont Blanc gold plated pen in a pouch to sign your credit card bill.

This environmentally friendly, architecturally designed resort is honestly one of the finest experiences I’ve had in a very long time.

For around $1300 per person, per night, it’s well worth every cent.

Where Would I Rather Be?

August 10th, 2010

Photos by Adrian Erdedi

Where would I rather be? I’d rather be on the amazing island of Mykonos, Greece.

One of the most spectacular places I’ve ever visited throughout my World travels, this was the one place that made my heart skip a beat each morning I got out of bed and opened my french doors looking over the water.

An island of around 9,500 people, spanning over 106km2 of mixed terrain, this island sits between other well known islands like Eos, Santorini and Paros.

Known as one of the major party islands of the World, Mykonos sure does live up to it’s name as the island of partying, drinking, eating, random sex and DJ’s.

Bars and clubs scattered along the beaches, DJ’s pumping tunes, men and women wearing very little and some of the sexiest bodies your eyes will ever feast on, the island is one constant party in the water, sun and foam parties. The atmos is electric, a life you wish you could live for eternity, but know your body couldn’t cope with forever. Known as a ‘gay’ friendly island, there are many gay bars, beaches and gays holidaying and living la vida loca from countries around the world. As soon as you get to the island, you can tell it’s very gay as there are more gentleman there wearing white flowing linen then you can fathom!

Paradise Beach and Super Paradise Beach are the two beaches you MUST visit while on your stay in Mykonos. They are a complete eye opener. One of the locals you are bound to meet is Elephant Man. Known globally for his little g-string… the rest you can go figure. Super Paradise is now more-so a mixed gender nudist beach, with bar/cafe and crystal blue water. The umbrellas, flowing white fabric day beds, giant cushions and cocktails are just some of the things that welcome you to Paradise Beach. Both beaches are one continuous day and night party… Fueled by DJ’s, foam parties, topless girls, alcohol, nudity, stunning water and then sun coming down over the ocean, it’s the perfect way to celebrate life.

There are lots of little things that are scenic and famous about the island, not just the parties and night life, things in the main town of Choras like Petros the Pelican (photo below) that has been there for over 50 years! The stunning 16th century windmills, the tiny white lane ways and hundreds of steps leading you to different blue doors and other lane ways. The museums, carved in stone stores, jewellery boutiques, clothing stores, cafes, restaurants, lazy locals and stray cats give the island another dimension.

Whether you are after non-stop partying, or a relaxing holiday, you have the chance to do both here. But be warned, you’ll be paying for it – interpret that how you wish.

I could really write on and on about Mykonos, what I saw, how it made me feel, so on and so on, but I think my photos attached speak many more words.

Everybody speaks english, or at least broken English. The local drivers are completely nuts and look of for the drunks on mopeds, they are deadly!

At least once in your life, visit this place. If more then once, you’re a lucky b*****d!

Photos by Adrian Erdedi

Where Would I Rather Be?

June 11th, 2010

Photos by Adrian Erdedi

Where would I rather be? I’d rather be in Engelberg, Switzerland.

Probably the most breathtaking place I’ve ever been to in my life, the pictures I have taken myself speak for themselves.

I was once here, at the foot of Mt. Titlis and only a short drive from Lucerne, enjoying the pristine town know as Engelberg. It is one of the main ski resorts in Switzerland, so in Winter, it draws skiers from all over Europe, and the world. In Summer, it does much the same – visitors come here for the clean fresh air and the relaxing lifestyle.

Even in the middle of Summer, it still is buzzing with life. Jeans and a light sweater with do you just fine as it is still chilly during the days. Come to night, and you’ll need to rug up and put on a few layers. There’s no snow at the foot of the mountain, but it is equally just as beautiful.

Take the gondola from Engelberg to the top of the snow-capped Mt. Titlis, which plummets 3,239m out of the ground into the sky! About a 15-20 minute gondola ride to the top, you are able to go tobogganing, check out the Titlis Glacier Cave or have a quaint lunch at the Swiss restaurant after getting costumed photos taken. The air, the scenery – it’s all just breathtaking.

As you go back down the gondola, you hear the sound of clunky bells. All you can see are beautiful cows (Yes cows!), like the ones you’d see on a dairy milk chocolate commercial. Cute brown cows with big cow bells. It’s an astonishing site. You expect to see Julie Andrews come out and swirl around the fields.

This place is simply spectacular, if you are in Switzerland, make sure you go to the amazing city of Lucerne, but if you’re in Lucerne, it is mandatory that you come to Engelberg. I promise you would have never seen anything so picturesque in your whole life.

My pictures prove it.

Photos by Adrian Erdedi

Where Would I Rather Be?

May 27th, 2010

Where would I rather be? I’d rather be in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

I could easily swap the constant rain, cold and depressiveness of Sydney for a week on the Adriatic Sea coast. A popular tourist destination, it still preserves it’s old world charm and culture.

There is the Old town and the New town, Old town being a town built within enormous walls that wrap around the entire town. You can walk around the top of these walls, which sit over the town and over the Adriatic Sea and take in some of the most breath taking views your eyes will EVER see.

The beauty is beyond anything your eyes can comprehend. Turquoise water which you can see fish and the sea floor, small boats, markets, authentic Croatian food and wonderful wines enrich the charm of this town.

Being so rich in history does not mean they are behind the times. They have the best in unique fashion designers, as well as the big brands. Jewellery designers line the hidden alley ways, which can take days for you to discover all the hidden stores in all the nooks and crannies. The bars and restaurants line the cobblestone streets, piazzas and alleys, people are happy and life is good.

The amazing thing is pretty much every single person that lives there is beautiful. Of every country I have ever been to in my life, I have never seen so many beautiful people.

Despite the bad publicity Dubrovnik has had over the years with a tourist murdered from Australia, it is still a beautiful city. As you would in any European city, have your wits about you, be security conscious and don’t wander off with people you don’t know or in dark alley ways.

I’d suggest staying at the Villa Celeste. A luxurious and beautifully appointed Resort right at the entrance of Old town. From around $1500 per night, you know you’re staying in the best place! Cheaper accommodation is available and the good thing is the standard of hotels in Croatia are quite good. Images attached.

So where would I rather be right now? Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Photos of Dubrovnik by Adrian Erdedi

Where Would I Rather Be?

May 11th, 2010

Where would I rather be? I’d rather be at the Huka Lodge, New Zealand.

It’s one thing to escape Sydney for a weekend and head to the Southern Highlands for unwind and relax. But where do you go when you want to unwind and relax, for a longer period of time and in one of the world’s most beautiful countries only a short plane flight away? That would be Huka Lodge in Taupo, in the central North Island of New Zealand.

Never before have I seen such uninterrupted splendour and grace. A calm climate and relaxed environment sourrounded by snow-capped mountains, wild forrest and the crystal clear streams and lakes make this seem like you are in a fairy tale. It’s like looking at pictures of something in Canada, but it’s not Canada. It’s New Zealand.

The levels of accommodation available are second to none. They by far surpass anything my eyes have ever landed on. For instance, the highest level of accommodation Huka Lodge has to offer is “The Owner’s Cottage” which is classified to be one of the best in the World! It’s a four bedroom cottage, over looking the river, with it’s own infinity pool and furnishings that rest your mind, body and soul. I’ve attached the images below because it needs to be seen to be believed. The main image is of “The Owners Cottage”. Ahhhh-mazing!

Fishing, hunting, hiking, mountain biking, golf, jet-boating, para-sailing, sky diving, V8 Supercars – you name it, Huka Lodge and it’s surrounding towns have it to offer to you. Whether you want a jam packed trip or a relaxing one, you have the choice.

The options to dine are endless. You can privately dine in areas all over the Lodge, under chandeliers, in courtyards, by the pool or in hidden gardens, away from prying eyes. How about your own private chef? Now that sounds like my cup of tea!

Speaking of prying eyes, if you are a celebrity, you will definately be coming here to hide from the cameras – the same way hundreds of the worlds most famous and influential people have stayed. Just about every Queen, King, Prince, Princess and Dame has been here, including Queen Elizabeth II. Then the likes of Bill Gates, Joan Collins, Kate Winslet, Barbara Streisand, Bette Midler, Robin Williams… The list goes on…

So where would I rather be right now? Huka Lodge, New Zealand.

Where Would I Rather Be?

April 15th, 2010

Where would I rather be? I’d rather be at the ICEHOTEL in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden.

As it’s getting cool here in Sydney, why not just go the whole way and go to -5° to -8° temperatures. But be quick, the hotel starts to wrap things up at the end of April as the sun comes up at midnight and begins to melt the ice away. A very unique part of the world, where you remain in darkness for a part of the year, then remain in full sun, day and night, for 100 days straight. There’s no inbetween.

ICEHOTEL offers a very unique experience, incorporating art, nature, gastronomy and accommodation. As the name suggests, there is ice involved. But not just bits of ice here and there, the entire constuction is made of ice and snow, including beds, sculptures and chairs.

There are different types of accommodation you can choose from too. There is cold and warm accommodation. ou can stay in a warm cabin, or you can go for the cold accommodation, which are the suites constructed of ice.

Cold accommodation has a Snow Room, Ice Room, Art Suite or Deluxe Suite, all providing the same experience, just different levels of luxury and privacy. Natuarally I will take the Deluxe Suite!

Ice sculptures and artworks throughout the suite, it’s spacious and you are constantly in awe. What do you sleep on? Well ice of course! There are blocks of ice to construct a base, then a thick mattress, then reindeer skins, then a thermal sleeping bag.

In the morning you will be woken by a cup of hot lingonberry juice at your bedside. When you wake up, go for a morning sauna then a scrumptous buffet breakfast.

The Deluxe Suite is around AUD$1100 for the night, which for such an amazing experience is very little to pay.

I just can’t get enough of the photos, it just looks so amazing, words cannot even describe!

ICEHOTEL is definately where I’d rather be…

Where Would I Rather Be?

April 8th, 2010

I’d rather be at Canyon Ranch Health Spa in Lenox, Massachusetts – USA.

This place is part of the amazing Canyon Ranch group – this is by far one of their best day spas and classified as one of the best in America as well. If the photo above didn’t give away what kind of health spa this is, then the list of what you can do here will…

Canyon Ranch looks after your nutrition – tayloring meals to suit your needs and desired outcomes.

Canyon Ranch and The Spa – Canyon Stone Massage, candlelit Euphoria body treatments, body treatments and facials. There is a special Men’s menu for the Day Spa, classic massages, restorative touch therapies, Yamuna treatment and ayurvedic body treatments.

Canyon Ranch and Fitness - Fitness walks, indoor cycling, tennis, squash, racquetball, wallyball, basketball, pilates, yoga, swimming, aquatic therapy, Dance – from ballet to funk, exercise for weight loss, exercise for healthy aging and conditioning for golf, tennis, skiing or running.

The Bellefontaine Mansion is surrounded by beauty and by nature. You can involve yourself in individual and group seasonal sports including hiking, kayaking, tennis, snowshoeing or cross-country and downhill skiing.

The place is stunning… Oh how I’d love to be there right now… It is so beautiful it doesn’t even look real.

Where Would I Rather Be?

March 24th, 2010

I’d rather be at The Marbella Club Hotel in Marbella, Spain.

Listed in the Forbes Best Hotels in the World, The Marbella Club Hotel is a holiday home to wealthy European families, which come here year after year to relax, play golf, horse ride and use the Thalasso Spa.

I’ve holidayed in Marbella before, and I loved every second of it. It’s a beautiful city at the foot of the Benahavis mountains, right on the sea. The beaches are beautiful and clean, although during the peak months it can get really crowded and full of tourists, there is still a great happy vibe about the place.

The wealth is this city is ridiculous. The worlds wealthiest families all have a house here, it’s like the French Riviera, in Spain. The Beckhams have a mansion here – so that shows the calibre of families who live and holiday here.

The slender streets, busy bars and ritzy restaurants are full of men and women, both with obvious cosmetic surgery, excessive amounts of gold and diamonds, and more luxury performance vehicles then you have ever seen. I LOVE IT.

Back to The Marbella Club Hotel, it has one of the world’s best golf courses – Marbella is known for it’s immaculate golf courses. The beach front Hotel has 84 rooms and 37 elegant suites set amongst lush gardens designed by owner, Prince Alfonso von Hohenlohe.

There are 14 Andalucían-style villas, with their own divine gardens and pools; giving the feeling and character of an authentic classic whitewashed village of Andalucía. It’s tranquil, spacious and intimate: absolute luxury.

I can’t wait to go back there in 2011. Till then, it’s where I’d rather be.

Where Would I Rather Be?

March 15th, 2010

I’d rather be at the W Retreat and Spa in the Maldives.

The white sand beaches, crystal clear water are the epitome of the perfect retreat. This is where I would rather be.

There are four levels of accomodation available, Beach Oasis, Ocean Oasis, Seascape Escape and Ocean Haven.

In true Adrian style, I have selected the Ocean Haven accommodation – the most exquisite of all. The huge master suite with cathedral ceilings, enormous Infinity plunge pool, Bose sound system, two LCD’s, day beds, lounges and my favourite thing of all – the Lounge room with a glass floor!