DOME’S WHERE THE HEART IS
Modern travellers want more from a hotel these days than a comfortable bed and room service. It has to look pretty glam on Instagram, too. NSW has plenty of options for the #hotel set: For a start, search #bubbletentaustralia, #hotelravesis or #kimoestate on Insta.
Now the state’s northwest has another place to stay that ticks the social media box. Faraway Domes is set on a working sheep and beef property in Warialda, inland from Coffs Harbour.
Facing east, the self-contained private geodesic dome, built for two, is apparently the first of its kind in NSW and features a king-size fourposter, open-plan living and kitchen area, private bathroom and elevated deck with outdoor bath. FARAWAYDOMES.COM, OR @FARAWAYDOMES ON INSTAGRAM (OF COURSE)
WHALE SWIM HOLIDAYS
On top of new tours to Norway and closer to home in Queensland next year, Australian company Majestic Whale Encounters has announced Tahiti’s first whale swim holidays.
Two seven-night getaways in October will include five days searching for and swimming with humpback whales around the island of Moorea. Resort accommodation, meals and local cultural experiences are also part of the program, $6999 a person, twin-share (flights extra).
Tours include accommodation at a luxury beachside resort, all meals, Polynesian cultural experiences and five days spent in the crystal-clear waters, searching for and swimming with humpbacks.
The company is also planning whale swims in Canada for 2020.
CHOICE LUGGAGE GUIDE
Looking for new luggage for your summer holiday? For best value, the message from Choice is to avoid the most expensive and the cheapest.
The consumer group’s latest round of tests – dropping suitcases onto concrete from a height, putting them under the shower to simulate rain as well as checking their stability while carrying 15kg of clothes – revealed that the most costly cases don’t always deliver on quality.
Nicky Breen, from Choice, says two high-end models, one a $649 Lojel Cubo, finished in the bottom half of results. “The Lojel was one of three cases which failed the lift and drop test as the base of the suitcase cracked and all four wheels were damaged,” Nicky says.
The $299 Antler Juno 2 finished equal first with the Samsonite 72 Hours DLX spinner, followed by the $899 Samsonite Cosmolite 3.0.
The cheapest models in the test – the Jetstream from Big W and the Kmart Active & Co – finished last.