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Old Town Jakarta

17 Aug A Week in Jakarta With Ascott Indonesia (VIDEO)

You may remember earlier in the year I shared a video tour of Somerset Hobart. The project was part of my goal to deliver more video content to Escape Button readers, not to mention utilise my husband's camera gear that I insist on lugging around the world! Well just a fortnight ago we were lucky enough to stay in another two Ascott Residences, this time in Jakarta. I had never been to Indonesia before so I was excited to experience the hustle and bustle I'd heard about. Yes, you read that Aussie who's never been to Bali! What I discovered in Jakarta was that the hotels, in this case serviced apartments, take on a different role to traditional accommodation. Not simply places to rest wandering feet, these spaces are offices abroad and communities for likeminded professionals. Come and take a look at what we uncovered with our video tours...
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Luxury Winter Getaways Edit

22 Jun The Best Luxury Winter Getaways from Sydney

When winter sets in, the city can often be the last place you want to be. Thankfully, out in country New South Wales a host of warm treats await. From mulled wine to open log fires, these destinations both embrace and harbour you from the cold weather. Outside the peak travel season, winter getaways are usually limited to just a long weekend. This means you need a destination that is guaranteed to deliver without too much time in transit. Enter, the road trip. After exploring country towns up and down the state, I've found a few favourites that I keep returning to. They're the kind of towns that make for immersive winter getaways, with sights, sounds and smells to melt away the cold. And as you'll see below, they don't skimp on modern comforts. Here are the places offering up the most luxurious winter stays outside of Sydney...
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The Boat Shed on Dove Lake from the walking trail.

05 Jun How to Plan the Perfect Trip to Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain carves out a dramatic entrance to the northern end of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Its jagged ridges, dropping away into glacial lakes, form a unique backdrop for photographing and hiking Tasmania. Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Cradle Mountain's remote position requires a little more planning to make for a safe and comfortable trip. After visiting the site from Launceston and spending a couple of days there I've come away with plenty of tips to make your stay an easy one...
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All white streets of Frigiliana in Spain.

22 May What to See and Do in Picturesque Frigiliana

Andalusia is best known for its mix of beautiful beaches and historic cities dotted along the south of Spain. However, its pueblos blancos (white villages) tucked away in the hills between Sierra de Grazalema and Sierra Nevada, offer a lesser-known travel experience. We were lucky enough to squeeze Frigiliana into our road trip through southern Spain, the town often labelled as Andalusia's prettiest. Quiet, quaint and colourful in its presentation, Frigiliana is not to be missed for travellers seeking out beautiful facades. Appearances aside, this village community has relaxed living down pat, making it the perfect place for stress-free travel. Here's how to experience all aspects of the town, making the most of sun-drenched Spain...
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Launceston travel guide

10 Apr Your Quick Guide to Exploring Picturesque Launceston

Launceston often plays little sister to capital city Hobart but is not to be overlooked during a trip to Tasmania. This smaller riverside city offers a quintessential country experience with its mix of Georgian facades and sprawling farmlands. Located on the north coast it is the perfect spot to commence or concluded a trip around the island state. Launceston's attractions range from boutique shopping and wine tasting to rock climbing and river cruising. With so many experiences on offer if can be hard to know what to prioritise. And when your holiday is limited you want to know that any time you set aside here will be worth it. After spending two weeks in Tasmania I found Launceston to be the perfect summary of everything the state has to offer. Here are my favourite finds in the quaint city that make for a balanced trip...
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