Monthly Archives: November 2014

Rarotonga—Just a little touch of Paradise


I’ve been visiting Rarotonga every year for the past 15 years or so and apart from the beautiful beaches and lagoon, the never-ending sunshine and tropical beauty, and the friendly people, there are also great places to stay. You can choose from luxury resorts, bungalows on the beach, family resorts, holiday rental homes, backpacker dorms, and beach houses and apartments. Earlier this year I explored the luxury end of accommodation and was fortunate enough to visit four top-end resorts on the island. Check them out for your little touch of Pacific paradise!

Rumours luxury spa

Rumours waterfall plunge pool

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Heard it through the Grapevine – with Vines & Wines

Canberra district wine has had an upsurge in recent years and local boutique wineries have been winning awards and medals right, left and centre. Reviews, such as the one recently posted on The Wine Wankers website, extols the virtues of our locally produced vino from a range of wineries from Murrumbateman to Bungendore, and cites Clonakilla’s Shiraz Voignier as a benchmark for the blend; Helm’s Wines to be added to your bucket list, and Lark Hill as a ‘standout’. And, let’s be honest, there’s not much that can beat the simple pleasure of sitting among the vines and enjoying an award winning drop while listening to some local live jazz.

Australian wines photo by Greg Snell

Australian wines – photo by Greg Snell

But, therein lies the catch—isn’t there always? While everyone else enjoys the afternoon, the designated driver generally has to make do with lunch and music, and then drive a bunch of ‘happy’ people home. Not any more. Now you can check out three or four wineries, enjoy a sumptuous lunch, and partake of the wine. How? You book a Vines & Wines tour.

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All Tied Up with Christian James

There’s something about a man in a good suit that always appeals, and Christiaan Rankin, owner of the brand new Canberra fashion label Christian James, is here to help all you guys to take wearing a suit up that extra notch. Christiaan didn’t win this year’s Canberra Melbourne Cup Male Classic Fashion on the Field without some idea of how to pull the whole suit wearing thing together. So, if you want a touch of class—read on.

Melbourne Cup Fashion on the Field (Canberra) 4 November 2014. Photo Canberra Times

Melbourne Cup Fashion on the Field (Canberra) 4 November 2014. Photo Canberra Times

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