LITTLE BLACK BOOK
BORN in Sydney, Anthony Lark is general manager and partowner of Trisara, a resort at Phuket in southern Thailand. He began working in hospitality in the 1970s and had a 10-year stint with Amanresorts. More: trisara.com. Desperate to get back to: Italy’s Lake Como for its magical scenery and villages, and a stay at Villa d’Este, one of the world’s great hotels. Top shopping secret: Sydney’s Studio MVintage Posters in Danks Street, Waterloo. They sell the most incredible range from around the world, including rare and restored posters. Ultimate eco-adventure: A sunrise climb to the top DEALS OF THE WEEK West-coast wonder: Stay three nights for the price of two at 4.5-star Seashells Mandurah apartments, 45 minutes south of Perth; from $210 a person twinshare for the three-night package. Deal includes continental breakfast on the first morning. Valid until November 30. More: 1300 666 787; travelmate.com.au/deals. of Borobudur in central Java, one of the world’s largest Buddhist monuments. Stand-out afternoon tea: At The Dorchester in London; it’s so popular that there are five afternoon sessions. Inviting culinary destination: La Bastide de Capelongue in the French connection: Book a seven-night ski holiday at Courchevel’s Edelweiss Hotel with Value Tours from $1266 a person twin-share. Deal includes European flights from London Gatwick, resort transfers, a sixday lift pass and breakfast and dinner daily. Valid March 17-24, 2012. More: 1300 394 716; adventureworldski.com.au. Luberon, Provence, France, where Edouard Loubet is the youngest chef to ever be awarded a Michelin star. Inspirational book: Thai Street Food, Bangkok-based Australian chef David Thompson’s quintessential guide. Best experience afloat: A sunset Bastille Day cruise on a private Yachts de Paris charter, with a guide to explain the history of the buildings beside the Seine. The chefs on board prepared a gourmet meal that was outdone only by the amazing fireworks at midnight. Distinctive hotel: The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok for its legendary service, spa and fine attention to detail. Mexico magic: Book before August 30 for a 10-night Latin American Cruiseabout holiday departing LA on November 27. Deal includes return economy airfares to LA from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne, three nights hotel accommodation and seven nights cruising on Carnival Splendor. More: 1300 450 133; cruiseabout.com.au.