A jet lag cure near? Qantas and researchers from the Charles Perkins Centre hope so!

Qantas passengers are set to benefit from a world first collaboration between the airline and one of Australia’s leading academic institutions to reshape the travel experience. I ventured to Sydney University to hear about the work that is about to be undertaken in order for feel better, pre, during and post any long haul fllying.

The University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre will work with Qantas to help develop the airline’s new approach to long haul travel ahead of the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner flights later this year. The centre brings together researchers across a variety of fields from nutrition to physical activity, sleep and complex systems modelling.

Qantas and the Charles Perkins Centre are looking at opportunities to involve some Qantas frequent flyers in trials that involve wearable technology in the measurement of existing biorhythms during travel, enabling future products to be developed and designed with the insight of robust data.

Professor Steve Simpson, Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre, said the partnership is hugely exciting as it’s the first time there has been an integrated multidisciplinary collaboration between an airline and a university around in-flight health and well-being beyond medical emergency.

Source: Qantas


Skytrax Hat-trick For Etihad Airways First Class

Etihad Airways has once again been presented with three coveted awards for the World’s Best First Class, Best First Class Onboard Catering, and Best First Class Airline Seat at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards. The event was held at the Musee de l’Air et de l’Espace, as part of the bi-annual Paris Airshow

The prestigious World Airline Awards are widely considered to be a global benchmark of airline excellence. Winners are chosen based on the votes and findings of a ten month survey of over 19 million air travellers from 105 countries. The survey covers over 325 airlines, from the largest international airlines to smaller domestic carriers, measuring quality standards for 41 KPIs across front-line product and service factors in the airport and onboard environments.

In recent years, Etihad Airways has won numerous accolades for its First Class service and cabin designs. This also marks the third time the airline has won all three First Class award categories at the World Airline Awards.

Etihad Airways’ three-class configured longhaul fleet of Boeing 777s and Airbus A330/A340 family aircraft also feature private First Class suites, with Poltrona Frau leather seating and cutting-edge features and amenities.

Edward Plaisted, Chief Executive Officer of Skytrax, said: “Etihad Airways continues to be a market leader in first class air travel, illustrated by their excellent performance in this First Class section of the awards. It is a remarkable display of consistency to yet again secure this very prestigious set of awards and we congratulate them on this achievement.”

Source: Etihad


Seabourn Offering New Cruise Itineraries for the 2018 & 2019 Season

Having experienced the sheer delight of one of these Seabourn cruises, I can tell you how five-star and simply brilliant the whole experiences is!

From the food to the sensational suites, the service, and brilliant destinations, it is certainly the perfect way to get into ‘cruise mode’ – especially if you have been toying with the idea of getting your sea legs for the first time.
Sure, Seabourn is at the high end of the cruise scale but the attention it to detail is seriously spectacular.
So here are some of the highlights of the cruising schedule ahead.

Seabourn, the world’s finest ultra-luxury cruise line, will feature new worldwide itineraries for the fall 2018 and winter 2019 seasons. The new program includes 37 unique sailings to hidden harbors, marquee ports and must see cities accessible only by smaller ships. As always, Seabourn guests can look forward to exceptional personalized service, lavish amenities and unique experiences from the newest and most modern fleet in the luxury segment.

The fall 2018 and winter 2019 seasons will allow guests to see our Extraordinary World with 103 departures of seven to 66 days in length, visiting exotic destinations in South America & Antarctica, India, Arabia, Australia & New Zealand, and Southeast Asia, along with classic favorites including the Panama Canal, Canada/New England, and the Caribbean.

“Each year we meticulously craft itineraries with carefully selected experiences to show guests the world as only Seabourn can,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “These itineraries will be truly exciting for our guests as they visit fascinating destinations around the world from the comforts of the finest ultra-luxury experience at sea.”

Source: Seabourn


'Wild & Free' Escape to The Edge of Wildness On a New Sumbanese Wellness Retreat at Nihiwatu - October 2017

Located on an untouched Indonesian enclave, Nihiwatu is establishing a new benchmark for wellbeing escapes.

Completely off-grid, the property reaches far beyond the treatment table with a mind-body cocktail of holistic experiences – such as wild fitness, specialist yoga and year-round Barefoot Luxury Retreats in unrivalled surrounds.

The retreat adds to Nihiwatu’s already extensive wellness offering, with an unrivalled combination of yoga, wild fitness and year-round Barefoot Luxury Retreats at the forefront of these new experiences is the brand new ‘Wild & Free’ yoga retreat taking place between 7th to 12th October 2017.

During this retreat, guests will learn expert-led yoga and specialist movement techniques from Australian wellness gurus Sjana Earp and Rod Cooper.

Sjana is at the forefront of the wellness movement, a young yogi, traveler and photojournalist who is passionate about body confidence and empowerment for young women.

Rod is the owner of The Movement Collective in Australia, which focuses on the unique combination of animal flow, acrobatics, gymnastics and calisthenics.

Classes will be led by Sjana and Rod, taking place in truly incredible locations – on the breathtaking yoga pavilion (offering panoramic views on an open-aired platform overlooking 2.5km of privately owned beach), under a 100-foot waterfall and on a private island surrounded by rice paddy fields.

An intimate retreat, guests will be treated to personalised instruction and daily group classes, combining hatha, vinyasa, restorative yoga, breathing techniques and meditation.

Highlights of the retreat include daily yoga classes on the yoga pavilion, meditation, daily movement practice, inversions and hand balancing, as well as inspiring positive change talks.

The wellness experience continues with the opportunity for guests to trek tropical jungles, learn from an ancient tribal culture and visit incredibly remote, pristine beaches.

Key highlights include guided visits to the Blue Waterfall, offering a trek through the pristine Indonesia National Park forest to the blue lagoon at the base of the waterfall followed by a picnic.

They will also have a chance to trek Nihioka Valley, a hidden paradise which will take them through cascading rice paddy fields and offer panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

The ‘Wild and Free Retreat’ will take place at Nihiwatu between 7th to 12th October 2017.

Rates start from USD$3,495 for double occupancy and includes airport transfers, accommodation on full board basis, blue waterfall adventure and picnic, Nihi Oka Trek, organic chocolate making class and snorkeling.

For more information visit www.nihi.com

Source: Sumbanese Wellness Retreat


Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort in Fiji Debuts 2017 School Under The Sea

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji, one of the most renowned vacation destinations in the South Pacific, is pleased to announce the School Under The Sea Program, an innovative, educational, and experiential travel offering focused on learning, exploration, and deep immersion into Fijian culture. With this one-of-a-kind package, young guests at the hotel will enjoy an adventure-packed vacation filled with snorkeling, beachside walks, island excursions, a rainforest hike and more. The new program will be offered daily from now onwards, and invites children to embark on a unique and culturally educational travel experience.

School Under The Sea is an innovative, educational program that introduces children ages six to 12 to the natural environment and Fijian cultural heritage through the eyes of the resort’s marine biologists.  Kids explore the realms of an alternative sustainable future.  The goal of School Under The Sea is to expand the children’s horizons and help them better understand and appreciate the world around them while learning how they can conserve and protect it.

“A fantastic family vacation is the cornerstone for a lifetime of amazing memories.  With the new School Under the Sea program, we hope to make holiday decision-making easy for families by providing them with new and exciting programs while at the same time offering them luxury accommodations, world-class dining, and an unforgettable personal experience that is derived from the natural beauty of the island, and the warmth of the staff.” said Bart Simpson, general manager of Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji.

School Under The Sea operates daily, with morning, afternoon, and evening sessions.  Parents can enjoy activities on their own, confident that their children are enjoying everything that School Under The Sea has to offer and are well taken care of.

For more information on the School Under The Sea visit fijiresort.com

Source: Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort