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Etihad Pearl Business class

Begin your route to relaxation long before you reach your destination with Etihad’s Pearl Business Class. Begin and end your journey with a chauffeur-driven limousine service, enjoy a glass of champagne as you recline into 6’ 1” flat beds (with luxe linen and in-built massage), and indulge yourself in the á la carte dining for a supremely serene experience.

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‘my top beach hangout when I’m in Sydney is palm beach, where home & away location shots were filmed. And in Queensland, my favourite retreats are Hayman Island and Port Douglas - I love Snorkelling and being so close to the Great Barrier Reef’

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Relaxing Retreats


Forget having a slice of the good life – have it all in Queensland, where year-round sunshine, friendly locals and diverse scenery combine for an awe-inspiring experience. Home to some of the world’s best beaches and islands, as well as coral reefs, Outback, rainforest and a buzzing city scene, it offers an enviable lifestyle. Here’s a selection of its must-visit highlights.

The Whitsundays
These 74 islands on the Great Barrier Reef offer seclusion amid sparkling waters. For VIP treatment, stay at qualia on Hamilton Island, where modern pavilions take in jaw-dropping views; while Peppers Palm Bay, with its intimate hideaway rooms and private beaches, is perfect for honeymooners. Paradise Bay offers a carbon-friendly alternative, combining eco-practicality with full-on luxury.

The Sunshine Coast
Just 90 minutes north of Brisbane, stylish Noosa is the Aussies’ holiday destination of choice – and it’s fast becoming a must for in-the-know tourists, too. Golden sands and gentle waves make it a magnet for first-time surfers, while a chic crowd enjoys the shopping and dining scene and relaxed beach vibe.

Desert-island experience
Tiny Wilson Island is the place to indulge your inner Robinson Crusoe. Taking up to 12 guests, its luxury tents and hammocks overlook the ocean, with communal meals that give evenings the feel of an exclusive house party. It’’s a nature-lovers’ paradise – loggerhead turtles come to lay eggs on the beach, and the water provides a show of Technicolor marine life.

Tropical-island retreats
North Queensland offers an abundance of island boltholes, from diving favourite Lizard Island to private tropical paradise Bedarra Island and its modern rainforest pavilions. Seek out wildlife on Orpheus Island, which has its own national park, or Magnetic Island, home to one of the largest koala colonies, where the Nahmahlu house offers the ultimate decadent house party for up to 14 guests.

New South Wales

From the city-chic of Sydney to the unique natural paradise that is Lord Howe Island, New South Wales offers countless opportunities for kicking back in style. With hundreds of miles of national parks and world-beating beaches - including some of the country’s hottest surf spots – you’ll be spoilt for spectacular backdrops, wherever you choose to stop.

Sydney Harbour and beaches
No visit to Australia would be complete without soaking up the cuisine and culture of Sydney’s buzzing harbour life. As well as the must-see Opera House and Harbour Bridge climb, there are plenty of chic spots in which to unwind – from picnics in the Royal Botanic Gardens to island-hopping in the harbour or surfing at Bondi and Manly beaches.

Byron Bay
Those in need of rest and relaxation should head north to Byron Bay – the capital of laidback cool. With its glorious beaches, lush rainforest and vibrant arts and restaurant scene, this is where riviera glamour meets bohemian simplicity. True escapists should head to Rae’s Spa on Wategos Beach, a boutique retreat designed for total relaxation in opulent seclusion.

Jervis Bay
South of Sydney, the pristine beaches, charming towns and ruggedly beautiful interior of Jervis Bay will lure anyone with even a hint of wanderlust. Surrounded by 30 National Parks, the coastline boasts some of the world’s whitest sandy beaches, strung out like pearls around the bay – unspoilt, secluded and utterly captivating. And, thedolphin and whale watching, (May to December) in the bay are not to be missed.

Lord Howe Island
Less than two hours by air from Sydney, this tiny island in the Pacific – a Unesco World Heritage Site – evokes images of explorers with its craggy mountains and turquoise lagoon, and rewards visitors with wildlife found nowhere else in the world. For the ultimate in barefoot chic, stay at Arajilla Retreat, or Capella Lodge, commanding the most breathtaking views of the island.

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