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Signature Luxury Travel & Style Volume 37

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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Signature Publishing PTY LTD
4 Issues

in this issue

2 min
editor's letter

Our incredible planet – with all of its extraordinary experiences – is out there waiting for you, and our ethos at Signature Luxury Travel & Style is to inspire our readers to witness its many wonders. So this issue, we have filled the pages with just that: inspiration from around the globe for when it is safe to travel again. While we’re temporarily grounded, we are fortunate to call one of the world’s most coveted countries home. We’re delighted to see a renaissance in intrastate and interstate travel, demonstrating the passion and resilience of Australians eager to explore and support the tourism industry that has been so heavily impacted this year by drought, bushfires and, of course, COVID-19. The moment we were able to plan a holiday within our own state…

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BROOK TURNER Brook Turner is the former cultural editor of The Australian Financial Review, managing editor of AFR Magazine and editor of Sophisticated Traveller magazine. He subsequently spent five years as director of engagement and development at the Sydney Opera House. What’s next on your travel wish list? I’ve always wanted to visit Russia. My brief stop in misty, blasted Petropavlovsk, a six-hour flight from the capital, on my Ponant cruise made me determined to one day see the country properly. JOCELYN PRIDE Signature Media published one of Jocelyn’s first stories when she launched her career as a freelance writer and photographer in 2013. Since then, she’s received several awards recognising her work in the industry, including ASTW Travel Photographer of the Year, NTIA Best Travel Writer and Best US Destination story at IPW…

9 min
a lot to love about travel

Building the anticipation That tingle of excitement you get when you book a holiday, the countdown to departure day, the planning – Where to stay? What to do? Where to eat? Clothes to pack? – or lack thereof… The anticipation of future travel makes you feel good. Really good, in fact, with research showing that the mere prospect of an upcoming journey is actually the happiest part of travel for many. We’re not discounting the joy of jetting off somewhere in first class, meeting new people, discovering foreign foods and having wild adventures. There’s a lot to love about all these things as well. But the build-up to your trip can bring just as much excitement, according to social scientists, who say we get an extra boost of happiness if we consciously…

1 min
our world

Heaven on Earth The latest addition to Phuket’s ‘Millionaire’s Row’ and perched above Kamala Beach’s white sands, the much-anticipated InterContinental Phuket Resort opened its doors to visitors in January 2020. Grand pavilions, mosaic tiling and calming lotus ponds are incorporated into the modern design, and the 221 rooms and villas are decked out with high ceilings and panoramic views of the lapping Andaman Sea or surrounding forest. Displayed around the property are paintings and sculptures by local artists inspired by the Traibhumikatha, a historic Thai text about the Buddhist version of heaven. phuket.intercontinental.com…

2 min
back from the brink

Africa is home to some of the highest-profile vulnerable and endangered species in the world. The black rhino. The cheetah. The African elephant. But organisations across the continent are fighting back, working with locals to preserve these magnificent creatures. For those wanting to see the work that is being done, Sanctuary Retreats has partnered with a number of these organisations, allowing guests to get involved with the protection of some of Earth’s most at-risk animals. It’s estimated that fewer than 29,000 rhinos from five species survive worldwide, and while poaching is slowly declining, 892 rhinos were killed in Africa in 2018 for their horns. For several years now, Sanctuary Retreats has worked with Rhino Conservation Botswana and the Botswana Defence Force to relocate, house, monitor and protect 20 rhinos that were…

4 min

BUBBLE SAFARI What’s the perfect way to escape the crowds? Stay in your own group bubble, of course. Matetsi Victoria Falls, a luxury lodge in Zimbabwe, is offering the ultimate in privacy, with part- and full-exclusive use options. Either book out the lodge’s West Camp (one of two camps), or the entire lodge (and the surrounding 55,000 hectares of wilderness), eliminating contact with other travellers and busy crowds. What's more, access is via a private heli-pad and airstrip. matetsivictoriafalls.com RETURN OF AN ICON In a move that may signal the Italian icon’s return to the racetrack, Maserati has unveiled its latest supercar. The new MC20 is based on the design of Maserati’s famed MC12, of which only 62 were ever produced, including 12 made for Europe’s FIA GT Championship. And while performance is…