Tallest Hotels in Asia

Thanks in no small part to the rise of China, India and the economic diversification of the Arabian Peninsula, Asia is on the move. More often than not, that movement is up, up, up, beyond any place heretofore thought possible.

From Dubai to Shanghai, Bangkok to Mumbai, more skyscrapers are in progress on the continent than ever before. The number of projects just completed and in future development is staggering and dwarfs anything being considered in the Americas, Europe and Oceania.

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Tallest Hotels in the U.S.A.

Height matters. It helps a footballer get on top of a phalanx of defenders to head the ball over a keeper’s flailing, outstretched arms. It helps an attacker spike a volleyball with effective velocity. And it can determine whether a basketball is crammed into the hoop or desperately chucked from 20 feet out.

We’ll refrain from pursuing more sports analogies to underscore the fundamental argument that height is a decided advantage. A rare frill even, especially where hotels are concerned.

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Top iPhone travel apps for Australia

While some travellers head to Australia to get away from it all, increasing numbers are finding their adventures enhanced by handy iPhone apps.  Some make getting around easier, others help to document your experiences or provide recommendations; most will require an internet connection.  These top picks are all free, available on iOS and especially handy for your Aussie odyssey.

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Family holidays on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast, stretching along 60 kilometres of East Australia’s pristine coastline, with theme parks, great beaches, rainforest and activities galore, makes for a perfect family holiday location.  There are plenty of family orientated hotels and resorts available, ranging from luxury options to those designed for the more budget conscious. Below are some of the best:

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Floriade, Australia

As a celebration for the coming of spring, Australia’s Floriade festival is the largest flora and fauna show in Australia, with over one million blooming flowers being showcased.  The festival runs for 4 weeks from mid-September each year in Canberra’s Commonwealth Park and entry is free.  The event attracts approximately 400,000 people each year from across Australia, as well as international visitors.

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Hippest hotel bars in Australia

A stay at a great hotel is undoubtedly enhanced by the typical Aussie hospitality provided by a cool hotel bar.  Some are so great that it’s not only the hotel guests that are attracted for a drink or two. Below are the top 5 hippest hotel bars in Australia, worth checking out even if you’re not checking in.

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Izakaya, Australian style

An Izakaya is a type of Japanese bar, traditionally with a relaxed and casual atmosphere, serving good drinks and an accompanying food selection.  From its origins of allowing customers to sit in the shop selling sake to its popularity throughout Japan, the appeal of good drink, sake and Japanese tapas style food has crossed the Pacific Ocean to Australia which is now proud to host several of its own Izakayas.  Check out the top 5 below:

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