Monday, 30 June 2014

Sneak Peek of the New Langham Hotel Sydney

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The Wanderlust Chronicles would like to provide our readers with an exclusive insider release and a sneak peek at the new Langham Sydney which will open in December 2014.

The Langham Sydney is closing its doors. But not for good! From the 24th of July 2014, the Langham Sydney will be closed for 4 months for a $30 million dollar transformation. The leading London-based interior and architectural design firm GA Design will be heading the project to transform this classic hotel into Sydney’s most exclusive harbourside address. Already boasting the largest guestrooms in Sydney, at 49 square metres, and sweeping Western harbourside views, this 96-room residence is aiming to increase its influence as a leading Sydney hotel amongst the strong competition. And we are sure, that this is what it will achieve. We have featured a run-down on the transformations below.

Lobby
The new lobby will welcome guests with a light filled space combining luxurious and rich materials to transport the guest to the regal past history of the hotel.

Palm Court
Famed as the birthplace of traditional Afternoon Tea in London nearly 150 years ago, the sister lounge Palm Court in Sydney will offer an exclusive Afternoon Tea partnered with Wedgwood. As high tea lovers, this iconic collaboration makes this event high on our growing bucket list. For those who prefer a late night tipple, the Palm Court will also offer signature Langham cocktails in the evening.

Kent Street Kitchen
Kent Street Kitchen will now be headed by the renowned former chef of est., Daniel Rudolph, to create a showcase of innovative cuisine using premium local produce.

Chuan Spa
The existing day spa will be transformed into the Langham ‘s signature retreat, the Chuan Spa. Exclusive treatments based on the foundations of Traditional Chinese Medicine to harmonise the body and soul and to enrich the capacity for personal happiness and fulfilment will be offered.

The Chuan spa will also offer a fully-equipped Health Club, Jacuzzi, and steam rooms. The famous 20m indoor pool will remain, complete with its star-dappled sky ceiling.

Guestroom
The transformed guest rooms will combine high-end luxe appeal with colonial charm to evoke timeless elegance. Each guestroom will feature the Langham’s signature Blissful beds ensuring a great night’s sleep. Painted shutters will open onto postcard-worth views of the iconic Western Harbour or Sydney skyline.

The Ballroom
Redesigned as an even grander space with an increased capacity of 200 persons for cocktails or 150 persons for a banquet dinner, the new Ballroom will be suitable for your next event.


The new Langham, Sydney will reopen in December 2014, so stay tuned.



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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

AP Tours Italy Review

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A trip to Naples is not complete until you have experienced the Amalfi coastline and the ruins of Pompeii. Finding a reputable and affordable tour company in Naples can prove to be a challenge at times. That is why we were so fortunate to discover the team at AP Tours. AP Tours are not only affordable but they also arrange private tours with tailored itineraries so you get to see only the bits you want to see!

Booking//
Bookings can be made via email, phone or skype. Firstly, provide them with your chosen day and itinerary and they will promptly reply with a quote for the tour. Payment will be made in cash on the day or by bank deposit prior to the tour.

On the day//
The driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you on the tour. Our driver was extremely friendly and knowledgeable. He provided us with a running commentary around Naples and the Amalfi coast and took us to the best vantage spots for photos! He also gave us recommendation for delicious restaurants during the day. We highly recommend paying a bit extra for the guide around the ruins of Pompeii, as she was fun and knowledgeable and showed us the best parts of the ruins which we would have missed or not fully understood had she not been there.

Overall//
AP Tour is definitely your best choice for private tours around Naples, Amalfi, and Pompeii. The company is reputable and their team is friendly and professional. We had a great day and can’t wait to return to try another tour in the future.

Reviews// Tripadvisor



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Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Is the I amsterdam card worth it?

DSC03277 Want to know if the I amsterdam City Card is good value? The Wanderlust Chronicles is here to give you the low down.

Purchasing it: Buying an I amsterdam card is super easy. You can buy them online or at local information centres.

Using it: It is super easy to use. The card is used on the “touch-on, touch-off” system used on all public transport systems. So basically you hop on the transport, touch your card to the reader, and touch it once more before alighting. It’s that easy! Using it at attractions is easy too. Simply present your card to the attraction/shop/restaurant and they will scan your card and voila, free entry or a discount.

Highlights:
·      Free public transport
·      Free canal cruise
·      Free entrance to landmarks and museums
·      Discounts of shopping, restaurants, theatre and more!

Verdict: Out of all the city cards we have tried, the I amsterdam City Card is definitely our favourite. It not only includes free or discounted admission to some of Amsterdam’s best attractions, but it also provides you with free public transport and a cute canal cruise which takes you through the famous canals that make Amsterdam so unique. We loved its ease of use and it saved us heaps!





The Wanderlust Chronicles Team was hosted by I amsterdam Tourism but our opinion is our own.
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Sunday, 15 June 2014

Where is the Wanderlust Chronicles Team? // Kuala Lumpur

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Thanks for following us on our crazy journey! We just arrived in Kuala Lumpur and couldn’t be more excited. Check out the view from our hotel room at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur (above). Pretty amazing, right? We will be writing reviews at a later date, so stay tuned.

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Thursday, 12 June 2014

Vatican Museums Review // Rome, Italy

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Touted as the smallest yet richest city in the world, the Vatican city is a mere dot on the map of Rome, yet it is home to some of the world’s most expensive relics. Vatican city is a marvel of a place to explore but with its estimated 20,000 visitors per day to the Sistine Chapel alone, it is no wonder that this pilgrimage site for Catholics and tourists alike is  worth its title of bustling metropolis.

WC visited during the less busy season of Winter but were still faced with crowds of tourists. We definitely recommend joining a tour by prebooking on the website to avoid the large queues to get into the Vatican museums and St Peters Basilica. We also recommend waiting until the end of the tour to buy your souvenirs in the shop before entering the basilica as it is run by the cutest nuns in Rome!

Safe travels and happy exploring!

Where// Viale Vaticano, 00165 Roma, Italy
Contact// +39 06 6988 3332



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