Bagan Lodge is featured in Travel & Indulgence round-up of The Australian Magazine, June 2014


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Bagan Lodge is featured in Travel & Indulgence round-up of The Australian Magazine, June 2014

  1. 1. 14 TRAVEL & INDULGENCE THE WEEKEND AUSTRALIAN, JUNE 7-8, 2014 AUSE01Z01TR - V1 ONTHEBENCH SMOKE, kiwi and petrol blue (pictured) are the enticing new shades in Villeroy & Boch’s Colour Concept glassware collection, including a tumbler ($32.95); highball tumbler ($39.95); bowl ($39.95); and buffet plate ($49.95). The pieces are perfect used on their own or to add a splash of colour to white tableware or to accent patterned pieces. More: MICHELLE ROWE VILLEROY & BOCH COLOUR CONCEPT COLLECTION, FROM $32.95 ONTHEROAD NICELY portable and very nourishing, this little pump pack from long-established British company Neal’s Yard Remedies is full of antioxidants. Recommended for mature skins, the gel helps soften wrinkles and boosts texture and tone around the sensitive eye area. Sodium hyaluronate is a key factor, said to “moisturise from the inside out” to plump up skin, which sounds just the thing for weary travellers. Neal’s Yard Remedies is a T&I favourite — it was Britain’s first certified organic health and beauty brand. Many of the ingredients it uses are “homegrown” at its eco- factory in Dorset. More: SUSAN KUROSAWA NEAL’S YARD REMEDIES WHITE TEA TONING EYE GEL, 10ML, $47.95 T&ILOVES WELL known for its premium skincare products and lavish treatments, French company Guinot is a quiet pioneer when it comes to related technology. Its signature Hydradermie facial incorporates Galvanic (direct) current to help absorb products into the deeper layers of the skin; this non-invasive procedure was devised in 1963 by founder Rene Guinot. Today, his creme de la creme of facials is the Hydradermie Double Ionisation, a one-hour treatment that includes a thorough cleanse and exfoliation followed by application of mild-scented serums tailored to each client. Ionised currents pass through the skin via electrode rollers and while there’s barely a hint of prickling, the delicate rolling sensation is intensely soothing. It’s followed by a facial massage and hydrating mask to leave skin sparkling and rejuvenated. The Hydradermie is available at Guinot salons across Australia. From $110. More: 1300 300 954; SHARON FOWLER ICEBREAKER MERINOLOFT HALO HOOD, $349.95 BAGAN in central Myanmar is one of the most popular and important ports on cruises along the Ayeyarwady River but for those who wish to tarry longer in this sacred archeological zone of more than 2000 ancient stupas, pagodas and temples, there’s a new bolthole that makes for the most comfortable of explorer base camps. Opened in August last year, the 85-room Bagan Lodge offers three accommodation categories, including the right-royal Queen Victoria Suite, but even the most pernickety of guests would surely be content in a Deluxe chamber with ceiling fan, gleaming wooden floors and cane furniture. The look is colonial- chic (Rudyard Kipling and W. Somerset Maugham are given a nod in the names of suites), featuring tent-like canopy roofs, shady verandas and the lovely Tiffin Box restaurant. There’s a resort-style pool (reclining on a lounger and reading George Orwell’s Burmese Days with a chilled drink to hand seems almost obligatory) and a selection of tours on offer, including jaunts by horse-drawn carriage or chauffeured car journeys around the attractions of Bagan, which is considered to be Myanmar’s equivalent to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat. More: SUSAN KUROSAWA HOMEANDAWAY BOOK the window stateroom category on selected APT 2015 14-day Russian river cruises by October 31 and receive free return flights, including taxes; savings of up to $5300 a couple; THE newly established Le Parc Naturel de la Mer de Corail in New Caledonia covers about 450,000ha of coral reefs with 25 species of marine mammals and myriad types of sharks, birds and sea turtles; COMPANION Cruising’s new app enables users to view a noticeboard of solo travellers looking for a cruise buddy, check specials and request quotes. Free for iPad 2, 3, Air and Android devices. RAVEN Travel Guides produces PDF downloads of up-to- date information on budget-wise accommodation, dining, transport, entertainment and cultural experiences in Germany. Free samples are available; STAY: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo This luxuriously rustic hotel with an environmental focus is located in the village of Machu Picchu Pueblo, 112km from Cusco (you catch the bus from the village to Machu Picchu). Its beautifully appointed, spacious guestrooms feature open fireplaces and there’s a great spa — mandatory after hiking around the World Heritage site; ESCAPE: Belmond Hotel Rio Sagrado At a lower altitude than nearby Cusco, on the banks of the rushing Urubamba River, the hotel provides the perfect environment in which to relax after exploring the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. Make sure you take the time to enjoy a Sacred Valley massage and a few soothing minutes feeding the hotel’s alpacas; SHOP: Sol Alpaca A must-visit for beautiful alpaca products, including throws, wraps, jumpers and other clothing. There are stand-alone Sol stores in Lima and Cusco, but the group’s products can also be found in other outlets, including airport shops; DRINK: Museo del Pisco The pisco sour is Peru’s national cocktail and this Cusco bar has every conceivable variation on the theme. It attracts locals and tourists alike and is great fun (but be warned of the potency of a pisco sour when consumed at altitude); EAT: MAP Cafe at Museo de Arte Precolombino This delightful cafe within the Cusco-based art museum offers exceptional Peruvian cuisine, a top wine list and fabulous service; SNACK: Museo Mario Testino At photographer Mario Testino’s fascinating gallery in Lima, there is a lovely little cafe where you can enjoy a snack in the pretty courtyard after you’ve checked out the photos and art collection; TREAT: Central Restaurant Quite rightly voted one of the top 50 restaurants in the world, Virgilio Martinez’s food — Peruvian with a twist — at this Lima dining spot is exquisite, with a wine list to match. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff. It’s an experience not to be missed; Travelling Divas is an agency specialising in boutique, small-group tours for women, including Peruvian itineraries. More: THEINSIDERSPERU ANDREA POWIS FOUNDER, TRAVELLING DIVAS KEEP cosy from city to slopes with Halo Hood, a warm, waterproof slimline jacket that rolls into a neat bundle for packing. Available for men and women, it features MerinoLOFT, a lightweight insulation of premium ethically sourced wool fibres, and stays warm even when wet. More: 1800 909 151; SHARON FOWLER ACCESSORY THE INCIDENTAL TOURIST I KNOW James Bond is partial to strutting around not-quite-enveloped in a dressing gown, but whether your robe is monogrammed silk or cotton towelling, I’m guessing that unlike the famous spy, it’s not something you’d want to be spotted in. Me neither. With one exception. When I’m at a spa. To be happy enough to be seen by strangers wandering around in a bathrobe, I have to be very comfortable in my surroundings. So I have to confess that during my recent stay at Lime Wood, it was a struggle to change into something a little more refined come dinner. When I first visited this spa hotel in New Forest in the south of England, the Herb House Spa was a hard- hat zone. Since then, this former hunting lodge has well and truly brushed away the dust, and found itself in favour with the celebrity elite while maintaining its laid-back air. Lime Wood is 90 minutes’ drive from west London and set in handsome landscaped grounds, with the forest and its ponies a short walk beyond. I’m sure Lime Wood is already awash with awards but if I were to add one extra to its armoury, it would be for the fact it offers a retreat in which you could easily spend all day. A morning at Lime Wood can include anything from a dip in the indoor pool, a high-adrenalin spin session (with a post-session detoxing juice in the spa’s Raw and Cured food bar), a workout in the timber-panelled gym, or a yoga class in the roof garden. And, for afters, a lunch of home-smoked salmon. Make sure you have time to fit in a chef’s tour of the smokehouse during your stay, as well. Still with me? OK, good, because here’s where Lime Wood really excels. It’s time to hit the treatment rooms. There’s a vast menu of massages, body scrubs, wraps and the like to choose from. I decided on the Bamford rose relaxing upper body and facial massage. How brilliant to combine a massage and a facial — surely what every girl desires? It involved buttering me in a garden’s worth of floral ointments and left me dribbling into the pillow. Always a good sign. Parts of the spa look out into the forest, so you can easily while away the rest of the afternoon drifting between the sauna, the steam room, the caldarium, the indoor pool and the huge hydropool, which has enough jet pummelling options to keep you water bound for hours. And even if the weather’s not on your side, with the volume of steam rising from the outdoor hot pool you can be sure of a warming visit. By this point, I guarantee you will be so comfortable in your Egyptian cotton robe that you will feel perfectly suitably dressed to savour a glass of white wine from the local, award-winning Wickham Estate in the spa bar. Well, isn’t that what 007 would do? ● THE SPECTATOR Dressed for excess in Egyptian cotton CHARLOTTE SWIFT