The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

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: tris­ 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; trav­el­ 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; ad­ven­ture­world­ 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;

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