NEW PLACE TO PARTY IN BALI

Sunday Herald Sun - Escape - - TRAVEL NEWS - SU­SAN BUGG

Bali has a new place to play, straight from the in­ter­na­tional party scene. And by the looks of the photo above, glam­orous Om­nia Bali day­club, perched on the 80m cliffs of Uluwatu in the is­land’s south, will be a hit on In­sta­gram.

The new­comer which opened on Fri­day is the first day­club un­der the ban­ner of Ve­gas night­club Om­nia. Along with In­dian Ocean views, a DJ booth, swim-up bar and large pool beds, Om­nia boasts bun­ga­lows with pri­vate plunge pools and VIP ca­banas. Over­look­ing the day­club is Sake No Hana, an off­shoot of the Lon­don mod­ern Ja­panese restau­rant.

A grand open­ing party will be held in April as high sea­son be­gins. OMNIACLUBS.COM/BALI/

FOOD AND WINE HO­TEL

Mel­bourne’s Ho­tel Lin­drum will have a tem­po­rary name change from March 16-25 to re­flect its role in the Mel­bourne Food and Wine Fes­ti­val. The ho­tel is be­ing trans­formed into the “House of Food and Wine Ho­tel”, with its kitchen, din­ing room and bar to be taken over by chefs, grow­ers, wine­mak­ers and pro­duc­ers who all have an eye on sus­tain­abil­ity. One of the big events be­ing planned is a ZeroFoodPrint din­ner se­ries, a five­course show­case of sus­tain­able eat­ing. If you are stay­ing there, rooms will of­fer spe­cial fes­ti­val ad­di­tions to the min­bar and a room ser­vice menu cu­rated by the fes­ti­val.

More than 250 events are planned for this year’s fes­ti­val. MELBOURNEFOODANDWINE.COM.AU

EX­PRESS OUT­LET TAKES OFF

Syd­ney chef Mike McEn­ear­ney has opened a sec­ond quicker-ser­vice out­let at Syd­ney Air­port. Kitchen by Mike Ex­press is open at the air­port’s T1 In­ter­na­tional ca­sual din­ing precinct, with a menu that in­cludes slow-cooked meats, sal­ads, wraps and Bircher muesli. Ar­riv­ing pas­sen­gers can also take ad­van­tage of take­away packs. The orig­i­nal Kitchen by Mike con­tin­ues to op­er­ate be­yond se­cu­rity.

SPARKLE AT BY­RON

By­ron at By­ron Re­sort and Spa’s restau­rant, bar and com­mu­nal hub have a new, “more res­i­den­tial” look af­ter a six-week ren­o­va­tion.

A fo­cal point of the re­design is a state­ment cop­per is­land bar in the restau­rant while fit­tings now in­clude Ital­ian fur­ni­ture and Euro­pean light­ing from SPACE, and an eclec­tic col­lec­tion of an­tiques, art and cu­riosi­ties. Con­tem­po­rary still-life paint­ings of Aus­tralian na­tive plants by the 2015 Archibald Prize fi­nal­ist, Ju­lian Meagher, have also been com­mis­sioned to en­hance the ren­o­va­tion. THEBYRONATBYRON.COM.AU

NO TO PLAS­TIC STRAWS

Hol­i­day-mak­ers at Anan­tara and Avani re­sorts through­out Asia could now be sip­ping their fresh co­conut wa­ter through en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly bam­boo af­ter the ho­tel group an­nounced a ban on plas­tic drink­ing straws. The ban, a re­sponse to in­creas­ing global con­cerns about the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of plas­tic on our oceans and its crea­tures, is planned to ex­tend to the group’s other prop­er­ties across Aus­trala­sia, Europe and the Mid­dle East by the end of the year.

The com­pany says biodegrad­able and re­cy­clable al­ter­na­tives will be used in­stead of the 2.5 mil­lion plas­tic straws es­ti­mated to be used an­nu­ally.

WIN FOR SOLO PAR­ENTS

A new ad­ven­ture tour pro­gram is cater­ing to solo par­ents and their off­spring.

In what it says is a first of its kind pro­gram, In­trepid Travel has launched six new tours in re­sponse to in­creased in­quiries and re­quests from solo par­ents.

In­trepid’s fam­ily ad­ven­tures brand man­ager, Dyan McKie, a sin­gle mum, says the travel in­dus­try has ig­nored the de­mo­graphic for too long.

“You only need to look at fam­ily hol­i­day pack­ages widely ad­ver­tised to see they cater for two par­ents and two chil­dren. In many ways this as­sump­tion is ar­chaic and doesn’t re­flect to­day’s fam­i­lies.”

The new trips are in Costa Rica, Thai­land, North­ern In­dia, Egypt, Viet­nam and Morocco.

In ad­di­tion to solo par­ent fam­ily itin­er­ar­ies, In­trepid has launched its new 2018 fam­ily itin­er­ar­ies in­clud­ing an eight-day Bali Fam­ily Hol­i­day de­signed specif­i­cally for teenagers INTREPIDTRAVEL.COM/AU/THEME/FAM­ILY

TOP END IN­CLUDES GHAN

Rail en­thu­si­asts en­tranced by the re­cent long-form SBS screen­ing of The Ghan’s jour­ney through Cen­tral Aus­tralia can save on hol­i­day pack­ages that in­clude a trip on the leg­endary out­back train.

Book be­fore March 31 for deals such as Taste of the Top End (from $1919 a per­son, sav­ing $1260), which in­cludes two nights on The Ghan and four nights in Dar­win with a tour to Litch­field Na­tional Park and a half day Jump­ing Crocs ad­ven­ture. GREATSOUTHERNRAIL.COM.AU

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