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Signature Luxury Travel & Style

Signature Luxury Travel & Style Volume 26

Each issue of Signature is a taste of the finer things in life, bringing you beautiful escapes, gourmet adventures, wellness retreats and the latest in five-star hotels, as well as advice from our style and living sections for everyday luxury. From cruising the high seas to African safaris, Signature is packed with inspiration and insider tips to bring you the essence of the world's best destinations and experiences.

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a word from the editor

This has been an exciting issue to put together and a very timely one as the Australian cruise industry reaches record highs. In 2016, one in 19 Australians (almost 1.3 million of us) went on a cruise, the highest per-capita rate in the world. The travel industry rarely sees a boom as pervasive as this and in this issue we pay homage to the cruise lines, and the excellent ships and itineraries that have fuelled this growth. Recognition is given to each of these in our Best-of-the-Best Luxury Cruise Awards. Leading Australian and New Zealand travel advisors with specialist cruise knowledge have voted across a range of categories to bring you the best in class at sea, on the river and in expeditions. “THE OCEAN STIRS THE HEART, INSPIRES THE IMAGINATION AND…

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DALE R MORRIS Dale is a multi-award-winning conservation-oriented writer and photographer and a photographic expedition leader. His features on nature and travel have appeared in more than 50 outlets including National Geographic, CNN, Time and BBC Wildlife. To see more of Dale’s work visit www.geckoeye.com. DAN AVILA Dan is a travel writer and award-winning photographer based near Fremantle, WA. Dan specialises in unique and dramatic locations, shooting images for travel books and magazines and writing for publications around the world while travelling with artist and photographer wife, Zora and talented filmmaker son, Andre, always pursuing the next adventure. TIFFANY DOWD Tiffany is a recognised luxury travel social media influencer at Luxe Tiffany, travel journalist, contributor to USA Today, and founder of Luxe Social Media. As a global luxury hotel expert, she spends more than half…

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Expert-led adventures from Ghana to the Mekong Abercrombie & Kent’s exclusive portfolio of expert-led small group journeys takes guests to some of the most culturally and naturally intriguing destinations in the world. Each in-depth itinerary is creatively designed with educational elements and local encounters that broaden the mind. A&K’s latest cultural odyssey takes adventurers to remote regions of Ghana, Togo and Benin to discover tribal worlds guided by ancient spirits. You’ll visit voodoo practitioners, watch trance-dances and learn about the influence voodoo spirits still have on people. Keeping with the supernatural, Mexico is at its vibrant best for the Day of the Dead. There’s nothing morbid about this festival; it’s all about celebrating the departed with pageants, shrines, street parties, home altars and markets full of decorated sugar skulls. Further south, Chile, Bolivia and…

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melbourne’s qt quirk

Hotel QT Melbourne Best for Foodies and fans of fun. Traveller Cathy Wagstaff It’s not every day that a hotel lift critiques your posture. “Hold yourself better, dear. This isn’t a puppet show,” a feminine voice chimes on the way up to my fifth-floor room at QT Melbourne. Even as I laugh at the sassy remark, I can’t help but straighten up, hoping for the disembodied voice’s approbation. QT has been enlivening cities with its take on eclectic glamour since opening on the Gold Coast in 2012, and the brand made its debut in Australia’s culture capital last September. From the moment I arrive at the bronze doors manned by impeccably costumed ‘Directors of Chaos’, I’m enveloped in a world of avant-garde art (curated by Amanda Love), industrial minimalism with mid-century flair (courtesy of…

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living at sea

The concept of making the high seas your home really kicked off with The World, the first (and only) viable residential yacht for owner-residents. The ship set sail in 2002 with 165 residences spread over 12 decks. It’s an attractive model that others have sought to emulate but, as yet, has no equal. Utopia, a 190-residence vessel, is expected to set sail in 2017 or 2018, with prices for an apartment starting at US$4 million. The Marquette from River Cities is intending to make the rivers of America its residents’ home, while Crystal Cruises has announced that three of its Exclusive Class vessels will feature 48 Crystal Residence apartments on the upper decks, starting in 2022. The World’s facilities rival those of a high-end community enclave, including four major restaurants, a 650-squaremetre…

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women of influence

For Lisa Pile, it’s the simple things in life that matter: coffee enjoyed with friends; a strong work ethic; honesty; integrity; and passion for what you do. “I really do have the best job in the world,” she says of her role at Regent Seven Seas Cruises (RSSC), which involves ensuring that Australians and New Zealanders know about “the best luxury cruise brand in the market”. For back-up to her claim, you need only look at Seven Seas Explorer, the latest ship from RSSC and christened by HSH Princess Charlene of Monaco as “the most luxurious ship ever built”. Ms Pile might be relatively new to the cruise industry, but she has begun her oceangoing career at the top. After years of working overseas in the hotel industry for the likes of…