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RU­PERT Hal­lam worked in tourism in Bri­tain, Aus­tralia, New Zealand and the US be­fore mov­ing to Fiji in 2006, where he is di­rec­tor of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment at the Fiji Beach Re­sort and Spa, man­aged by Hil­ton on De­na­rau Is­land near Nadi. Hal­lam trav­els reg­u­larly to Europe, the US, Aus­tralia and New Zealand. ‘‘ I live in par­adise but still get my city fixes,’’ he says.­sort­ This would have to be my other favourite. It’s at the Hil­ton, and I know I work for Hil­ton but it has to be the best restau­rant in Auck­land by far, with fresh lo­cal pro­duce, in­clud­ing great seafood. www.whiter­estau­ SCUBA DIV­ING Other than hang­ing out with my wife, Niki, and 18-month-old daugh­ter, Gra­cie, my favourite ac­tiv­ity is scuba div­ing. Fiji is the pre­fect spot for this, al­though I am­still try­ing to pluck up the courage to dive with sharks just off Beqa Is­land. www.di­vethe­world­ SAN FRAN­CISCO I lived in San Fran­cisco for a few years and al­ways love go­ing back. It’s an Amer­i­can city but has a dis­tinct Euro­pean flavour. A favourite spot here is Mt Ta­mal­pais, which you can drive to and then walk up, for panoramic views to­wards the Golden Gate Bridge and the city, of­ten shrouded in fog. www.on­lyin­san­fran­ I AL­WAYS PACK . . . My sense of hu­mour. When some peo­ple go on hol­i­day I am­sure they leave it at home on pur­pose: life is far too short to be mis­er­able. Sharon Fowler ARKTIKUM MU­SEUM, FIN­LAND The Arktikum Mu­seum is close to Ro­vaniemi, which is where Fa­ther Christ­mas is sup­posed to come from. There is stun­ning ar­chi­tec­ture, great his­tory and it’s close to the Arc­tic Cir­cle so if you are there in Septem­ber or Oc­to­ber you also see the North­ern Lights, which is a sim­ply amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. THE BLOOMS­BURY STORE, BATH, ENG­LAND The Blooms­bury Store mixes con­tem­po­rary de­sign with old-world style. Bath is also one of the pret­ti­est cities in Eng­land, with all that fas­ci­nat­ing Ro­man his­tory. www.blooms­bury­s­ MACY’S, SAN FRAN­CISCO, US I know it’s a de­part­ment store but I can’t go past Macy’s on Union Square. It’s a great lo­ca­tion, the store has ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing and, in true Amer­i­can style, the ser­vice is ex­cel­lent.­ WHAREKAUHAU LODGE, NEW ZEALAND Wharekauhau (pro­nounced ‘‘ forry-ko-ho’’) Lodge out­side Welling­ton fea­tures beau­ti­fully ap­pointed cot­tages dot­ted around the main build­ing; they are self­con­tained with fire­places and in­dul­gent bed­ding. The food is out­stand­ing, in­clud­ing fresh field mush­rooms cooked in the open kitchen for break­fast. AU­BERGE DU SOLEIL, NAPA VAL­LEY, US The other place I love to stay is the Au­berge du Soleil in the Napa Val­ley, the wine­grow­ing re­gion out­side San Fran­cisco. www.auberge­du­ LON­GRAIN, SYD­NEY This has to be my favourite restau­rant, with its very trendy but not over-the-top bar and su­perb Thai fu­sion food served on long wooden ta­bles: al­ways fresh, tasty and spicy. www.lon­ WHITE RESTAU­RANT, AUCK­LAND, NZ

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