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Splendor in the Treetops: Queensland’s Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa

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April 22, 2011 at 12:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen lets us tag along as he explores the wild, far reaches of Australia, visiting some of the most untouched landscapes down under, and bringing you inside looks at some of the continent’s most distinctive hotel experiences.

For the final stop on what I’d decided to call my “Wild Australia Adventure,” I flew off to Queensland, not to spend a day diving the Reef (though I did that, too), but to explore a little-known corner of the state that is home to the world’s oldest living rainforest, and a truly unique hotel that sits among the treetops: the Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa.

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Wet 'n Wild at Australia's Wildman Wilderness Lodge

April 21, 2011 at 1:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen lets us tag along as he explores the wild, far reaches of Australia, visiting some of the most untouched landscapes down under, and bringing you inside looks at some of the continent’s most distinctive hotel experiences.

So far, I’d been to a lush tropical island, a real-life sheep station, and the wildlife wonderland of Kangaroo Island. Next stop on my Australian perambulation was the lush billabong country of the Mary River Wetlands, about 90 minutes southwest of Darwin to live out my Crocodile Dundee fantasy at the all-new eco-luxe Wildman Wilderness Lodge.

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Hopping to Kangaroo Island: Southern Ocean Lodge

April 20, 2011 at 3:47 PM | by | Comments (2)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen lets us tag along as he explores the wild, far reaches of Australia, visiting some of the most untouched landscapes down under, and bringing you inside looks at some of the continent’s most distinctive hotel experiences.

Since I first read about the Southern Ocean Lodge opening in March 2008 and took a look at the gorgeous settings and fabulous rooms, it’s been at the top of my all-time list of fantasy, must-visit hotels.

Just a couple weeks ago, my wish came true when I was asked to visit on assignment for several travel publications. I flew from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island (about a 20-minute hop) and drove across the island via Seal Bay to the southern coast where the Hanson Bay reserve meets Flinders Chase National Park. There I found the 21-suite lodge perched dramatically along the cliffs among native bushland, and facing the Southern Ocean stretching across to Antarctica.

I’d arrived.

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Glamping in The Outback: Arkaba Station

April 19, 2011 at 3:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen lets us tag along as he explores the wild, far reaches of Australia, visiting some of the most untouched landscapes down under, and bringing you inside looks at some of the continent’s most distinctive hotel experiences.

Though we’ve told you about Arkaba Station before in a previous installment of our Glamping Series, I actually got the chance to travel to the dramatic red hills and ancient rock landscape of South Australia’s Flinders Range and stay at the historical homestead myself…and the experience did not disappoint one bit.

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Wild Australia: Lord Howe Island’s Arajilla Retreat and Spa

April 18, 2011 at 1:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

All this week, HotelChatter contributor Eric Rosen lets us tag along as he explores the wild, far reaches of Australia, visiting some of the most untouched landscapes down under, and bringing you inside looks at some of the continent’s most distinctive hotel experiences.

Before last month, I’d never even heard of Lord Howe Island, then there I was on a two-hour flight east of Sydney to the tiny, World Heritage-listed island (one of only four island groups in the world to achieve such a listing) watching the dramatic peak of Mount Gower come into view through the plane window.

As soon as the tiny plane arrived, friendly representatives from my hotel, the Arajilla Retreat and Spa, stepped forward to take the luggage in hand and drive me and my fellow guests to the hotel, a short way away (well, everything is a short distance on the flyspeck of an island) though it took a few minutes since the speed limit is just 25 kilometers per hour.

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