LIT­TLE BLACK BOOK

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence -

COREY Mcker­nan, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Cmul­ti­mate Events, has swapped a ca­reer as two-time AFL Pre­mier­ship win­ner with North Melbourne for a ca­reer or­gan­is­ing tours to sport­ing events such as the Su­per Bowl, US Mas­ters and FA Cup final. More: cmul­ti­ma­teevents.com. Top shop­ping se­cret: Be­ing tall, it’s a strug­gle to find clothes that fit. Las Ve­gas has two great op­tions: the lux­ury bou­tiques at The Forum in Cae­sars Palace or the Fash­ion Show Mall on Las Ve­gas Boule­vard. Invit­ing culi­nary des­ti­na­tion: I love the seafood, es­pe­cially oc­to­pus, at Es­tia­to­rio Mi­los, the Greek res­tau­rant at The Cos­mopoli­tan in Las Ve­gas. DEALS OF THE WEEK Queen­stown quest: Visit New Zealand’s ad­ven­ture cap­i­tal this au­tumn to ex­pe­ri­ence ex­treme sports or savour fine wine at charm­ing cel­lar doors. Stay at Her­itage Queen­stown from $NZ140 ($108) a room a night, in­clud­ing a wel­come bev­er­age and late check­out, on book­ings un­til June 21. More: wo­tif.co.nz/hotelw992. Per­fect place for in­dul­gence: The Tha­lasso Spa at the Grand Mi­rage Re­sort at Nusa Dua, Bali. You can walk into the spa di­rectly from the beach and en­joy sea­wa­ter and sea­weed hy­drother­apy. Must visit: I travel over­seas fre­quently but the most amaz­ing Busi­ness bo­nanza: Garuda In­done­sia has an­nounced low busi­ness-class fares from Syd­ney or Melbourne to a range of its net­work’s desti­na­tions. A Syd­ney-den­pasar re­turn fare, for ex­am­ple, starts at $1358; on sale to Fe­bru­ary 29. Garuda also of­fers on­board In­done­sia visa pro­cess­ing. More: garuda-in­done­sia.com. places are in Australia, such as the club­house at Barn­bougle Lost Farm links course in Tas­ma­nia. Stand-out bar ex­pe­ri­ence: Try a daybed at Ku De Ta res­tau­rant and bar on the beach­front at Seminyak, Bali. I can’t imag­ine ever get­ting sick of the decor, the at­mos­phere and the friendly vibe. Most mem­o­rable splurge: I bought a suit and trench coat from the Ver­sace store in Rome (via Bocca di Leone 23 and 26-27). Eleven years later they still look brand new. Dis­tinc­tive accommodation: The Lodge at Peb­ble Beach in Cal­i­for­nia over­looks one of the world’s best golf cour­ses. Girls on the lam: Trav­el­ling Di­vas has a Chop­sticks & Chi­nois­erie es­corted tour to Hong Kong on Novem­ber 1-6; from $2269 a per­son twin-share (flights ex­tra), with loads of princessy ex­tras, shop­ping treats, cock­tails, spe­cial culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences and cal­lig­ra­phy lessons. More: trav­el­ling­di­vas.com.au.

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