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Luxperience 2014

This week we attended Luxperience: an industry event for bespoke luxury and high-end experiential travel. If you follow our Instagram feed, you’d think it was all Champagne, canapés and fun in the harbour city, however there was a serious side to the conference. We commenced with a Thought Leaders Forum held at the iconic Luna Park. Luxperience CEO, Lindy Andrews discussed the ‘New Luxury’ in her opening address, which is more personal and immersive travel rather than generic 5 star hotels.  We couldn’t agree more and alluxia strives to bring unique experience so you can live like a local and explore the destination, rather than feeling like a tourist. We did note a lack of discussion around technology in tourism, certainly one of our passions…

Here’s our highlights, tips and news in luxury travel and what’s hot in Australia and New Zealand right now!


Gaia Retreat & Spa, Byron Bay

Award wining Gaia Retreat & Spa is nestled in the Byron Bay Hinterland. Established by Olivia Newton-John and Gregg Cave, the unpretentious retreat focuses on health packages including fitness, detox, weight loss, meditation, art & Yoga. Gaia have recently added new rooms to the retreat. Komala Villas are one bedroom split-level villas perfectly poised on one of the highest points on Gaia. Komala Villas offer seclusion, privacy and tranquil indoor/outdoor living with a large private deck, daybed kabana, saltwater infinity plunge pool and private treatment area, providing a new standard of luxury. Gaia has also just launched a new range of certified organic skin care products available exclusively at the retreat. If you’re interested in health & wellbeing getaways, register your interested with


The Residences Centennial Parklands, Sydney

Opening just a few short weeks, The Residences Centennial Parklands is an exciting & unique accommodation option for special occasions in Sydney. Stay in Centennial Park in one of two heritage-listed boutique properties built in the 1890’s. The Superintendents Residence and The Rangers Residence have been restored into boutique luxury hotel accommodation, amidst the gardens, magnificent fig trees and birdlife. Ideal for special occasions and small functions. The Residences Centennial Parklands is coming to soon…


The Langham Sydney

Following a $30 million refurbishment, this iconic hotel is set to re-open on 1 December 2014. With just 98 rooms it’s all luxury and elegance at the hottest new harbourside address. Boasting the largest guest rooms in Sydney at over 49 sqm and featuring opening windows and balconies the new hotel will be in high demand. We’re loving the new décor, light filled rooms and divine dining options.  


True North, Kimberley

Luxury Adventure cruising or Expedition cruising continues to grow in popularity and we were super impressed with North Star Cruises True North. This isn’t your ordinary cruise holiday, you’ll explore the Kimberley onboard your luxury vessel complete with helicopter in case you want to continue exploring from the air! With a crew of 20 and just 36 guests you’ll receive the full VIP treatment.


Annandale, Christchurch NZ

This New Zealand newcomer has recently launched a luxury coastal farm escape with four distinct villas. Set on a working cattle farm only 1 hours drive from Christchurch this is an attainable weekend getaway from Australia’s East Coast. The Shepherds Cottage looks idyllic for a writer’s retreat and we loved the sleek lines of the new Seascape villa. These secluded villas each have their own character and can be booked separately or together for larger celebrations. Contact for more information.

 Thanks to the Luxperience team for arranging a spectacular event. We’d also like to thank our accommodation hosts Pier One Sydney and transfers from Encore Corporate Cars.

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