Eight destinations around the world you need to get to
Ready to jet, set, go to a fabulous destination for a well-deserved vacay? If you’re in need of a little inspo of where exactly to go, here is Expedia’s top eight destinations Aussies are travelling to, where to stay and what to do.
It’s impossible not to fall in love with Bali. With dazzling beaches on the southern shores of the island, lush rainforests in the centre and countless luxury resorts all over, it’s no surprise this is a top destination for Aussies.
Where to stay: The Samabe Bali Suites & Villas. Think 24-hour butler service, fine meals, spa treatments and entertainment all at your fingertips. All the suites and villas have ocean views from their cliff-top location – just imagine the #nofilter Insty pics.
Singapore is a city with multiple personalities – and we mean that in a good way! From pockets of colourful colonial buildings, the eclectic chaos of the Mustafa Center in Little India, the street food stands and buzz of Chinatown’s Night Market, there’s plenty to see and do here – whether you want to eat chilli crab with your bare hands or glam it up on the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands.
Where to stay: The PARKROYAL on Pickering. It takes eco-friendly stays to a whole new level, with 15,000 square metres of garden (including its vertical wall) and a cutting edge design. The Wellness Floor’s pool area is a stunning terrace looking out over the city – designed to sit within the gardens of the hotel.
Given that London is one of the most vibrant cities in the world, it’s clear that Aussie travellers have a love affair with the place. Whether you’re seeing a show at West End, going shopping on Oxford Street or picnicking in Hyde Park, there’s always something to see and do.
Where to stay: Ham Yard Hotel. You can find it in trendy Soho surrounded by leafy trees and a string of restaurants and boutiques. The hotel reception, restaurant/bar and sitting room is almost a visual overload but it works – basically, staying at this place will up your cool-factor ten-fold.
Beautiful calm beaches, sunshine and an abundance of activities – what’s not to love? Spend your time snorkelling in the clear water, get active at a surf school or rent a paddle board for around $5 an hour.
Where to stay: Hyatt Regency Resort. Overlooking Kamala Cove in Phuket, this sprawling resort is a great spot to set up a base for a few days by the pool. The luxe rooms look out over the ocean but it’s the Sunset Grill where you’ll want to be stationed for sunset.
Cue Alicia Keys vocals and memories of every NY scene from your fave movies and TV shows. New York’s loud streets are full of bustling crowds and overwhelming energy – it really is the city that never sleeps. Even as a traveller, you become totally immersed in the flow of the place and it’s all part of the city’s charm. Whether you’ve come for the shopping, the food or nightlife, this place will not disappoint.
Where to stay: 1 Hotel Central Park. It’s as close you can get to glamping in New York’s green heart. This luxe eco-friendly address is almost too smart for its own good. It boasts everything from a living green wall on the façade, to intelligent motion sensors activating guest-room lights.
One of the most eclectic places on earth, Los Angeles is a mix of people/celeb-watching on Rodeo Drive, nonstop nightlife on the Sunset Strip, golden beaches and bumper-to-bumper traffic. With great eateries for the health conscious or fine diners, LA has it all. Known to never rain (or very rarely), it’s the perfect destination to travel to all year-round!
Where to stay: Hotel Shangri La Santa Monica. It’s hidden away on the mountain-top of Santa Monica bluff, overlooking the ocean and the famous Santa Monica Pier. The timeless boutique hotel features art deco pieces and boutique décor with glittering ocean views.
If you’re after a tropical paradise not too far from home, Fiji is the answer. The island will keep you busy with swimming, snorkelling, yoga, beach soccer or a dinner caught fresh from the sea. Keen for a cocktail pool-side? Fiji boasts some of the best resorts around with majority featuring a swim-up bar.
Where to stay: Qamea Resort and Spa. It’s a short flight and boat ride from Nadi, but a world away from the built-up resorts of the mainland. It only holds 34 guests at a time, with 100 acres of gardens, rainforest and mountains, and of course, pristine beaches. The villas have their own hammocks and four-poster beds, plus, the whole resort is adults only. HEAVEN.
The busy streets of Bangkok never stop. The beeping of horns and the tooting of tuk tuks – it’s all part of this frenetic city’s charm. It’s a place for adventure, sightseeing, shopping and endless eating possibilities!
Where to stay: The Banyan Tree Hotel. This place is all about the view! The rooftop restaurant has 360 degree views over the city, where you’ll sit perched on the edge tucking into fine dining fare or watch the sun go down with a cocktail (or two).