NEW PLACE TO PARTY IN BALI
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