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Signature Luxury Travel & Style Volume 36

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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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor’s letter

As we go to print with this issue, all of us in Australia are devastated by the fires and the loss of lives, including some of our firefighters. Homes have been burnt to the ground and many other structures severely damaged. An extraordinary number of animals, including a third of our population of koalas, have been lost. Ecologist Chris Dickman from the University of Sydney estimates more than a billion animals have perished in the fires. Australia is in an environmental catastrophe, with extensive damage to our ecosystem. According to Deakin University wildlife ecologist, Euan Ritchie, some areas will recover in a few years, some will take decades and others more than a century. Our tourism industry is suffering and jobs are threatened. We have sustained damage to many tourist destinations and…

1 min

ANDREW CONWAY Signature Luxury Travel & Style’s editor-at-large, Andrew Conway, is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning almost 40 years in England, the US and Australia. He was honoured last year with the prestigious Cruise Lines International Association – Australasia Media Award. What’s next on your travel wish list? I’m itching to return to India, it’s a place like nowhere else on Earth, ideally with an expert like Abercrombie & Kent. NATARSHA BROWN Natarsha Brown has worked across Signature Media’s stable of titles for more than five years, and currently juggles dual roles: editor of Caravan & Camping with Kids magazine and digital content manager. Her career has taken her across the globe, from Sydney to London. What’s next on your travel wish list? I desperately want to make it to the kingdom of Bhutan while…

1 min
find us online

SIGNATURE CHECKS IN TO … Cempedak Private Island, Riau Islands, Indonesia Just a short trip from Singapore, this adults-only private island is a true travel gem for people looking to escape the dizzying demands of a jam-packed vacation. Expect barefoot luxe meets architecturally arresting accommodation. Search ‘Cempedak’ HOLIDAY GOALS 5 celebrity hideaways to inspire your next trip From a tropical island paradise to lush rainforest resorts, there’s no shortage of bling at these celebrity-loved hideaways. Search ‘celebrity hideaways’ GOURMET A culinary road trip through San Diego and surrounds It can be tempting to pigeonhole San Diego as a surfers’ city, but there’s so much more to this beachy part of California than sand and big waves. Search ‘foodie road trip’ FLIGHT REVIEW Trialling British Airways Business Class The lowdown on British Airways’ Business Class offering between Singapore and Sydney, from the best seats to…

6 min
signature concierge

SAND DUNES AND STARGAZING After a 10-month renovation, andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge has finally reopened in Namibia. And while the fresh design by South Africa-based Fox Browne Creative is magnificent, it’s the new activities that will really impress travellers. Highlights include exploring the desert surrounding the lodge by quad bike, boarding a hot-air balloon or helicopter for a bird’s-eye view of landscapes that have remained unchanged for millions of years, stargazing at the on-site observatory with the resident astronomer, and learning about the NamibRand Nature Reserve’s ecology and history through rock art. andbeyond.com BAREFOOT LUXURY IN SUMBA A beachside village fringed by the jungle of Sumba, Indonesia, has been earmarked as the location for a new five-star retreat, Alamayah. The escape shares the island with one of the last flourishing prehistoric tribes on…

2 min
australia needs you

It’s tough to overstate the magnitude of this summer’s bushfires. The charred remains of much of our bushland continue to smoulder, and in places like Kosciuszko National Park, which is still recovering from the fires of 2003, vegetation will take decades to fully regrow. But the immediate victims in this bushfire season are our native animals. As this issue goes to print, leading wildlife experts estimate that more than a billion animals have been killed by fires this season. Just let that sink in. One billion animals. To put that in perspective, Australia’s kangaroo population sits at an estimated 50 million. Our koalas? A 2016 study put their numbers at just 329,000. But this is not a crisis without hope. Wildlife hospitals like Port Macquarie Koala Hospital and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary are…

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opera outdoors

Since it launched in 2012 with its first season of Verdi’s La Traviata, Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour has attracted more than 400,000 attendees from across Australia and around the globe, marking the beginning of an annual event that has become one of the country’s most popular. Famed for its teary effect on Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman, La Traviata is the world’s most loved opera, having been performed more than 800 times in the 2018/19 season. But the show itself, running from 27 March to 26 April, is only one part of your evening: from an unconventional arrival to stellar dining, this will a be a night to remember. The backdrop to all this, of course, is the city’s ravishing harbour, CBD lights twinkling on the horizon. This is…