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Singapore stopover – transit in an oasis

Be at their reception in less than 15 mins from the baggage carousel

Be at Hotel reception in less than 15 mins (walk) from the baggage carousel

One night in Singapore’s Crowne Plaza Changi Airport Hotel is NOT enough – but long enough for me to write a review on it. Please take a look.

what better place to relax in Singapore while in transit

what better place to relax in Singapore while in transit

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Melbourne is the Bombe

Donovans - bubbles at St Kilda Beach on a beautiful day = perfect

Donovans – bubbles at St Kilda Beach on a beautiful day = perfect

Travel with me on my week-end escape to Melbourne – birthday to celebrate, food to eat, hotel to relax in, bubbles to consume – but the Bombe – you’ll have to read this to discover more …….

Donovans Bombe Alaska - wow!

Donovans Bombe Alaska – wow!

It looks even more enticing on the inside

It looks even more enticing on the inside

Melbourne is the bombe

Melbourne in Autumn - beautiful!

Melbourne in Autumn – beautiful!

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Maui we’ll be back

Please find the link to my story about our stay on the Hawaiian island of Maui – published on my Travel Blog Maui we’ll be back

The hotel - Aston Ka'anapali Shores where we comfortably stayed for 5 nights

The hotel – Aston Ka’anapali Shores where we comfortably stayed for 5 nights

A little internal smirk – its only been 11 months since our visit – been a little pre-occupied with another project – watch this space ……

Love a Maui sunset - over Ka'anapali Beach

Love a Maui sunset – over Ka’anapali Beach


QT Gold Coast

QT Gold Coast

The global Rydges Hotels’ PR brief, describe their Australian brand of Hotels as possessing “a true Australian personality.”

If QUIRKY is an accurate adjective fitting an atypical Australian personality, then the QT Gold Coast, located in the heart of Surfer’s Paradise, has more than met its PR brief.

Attending the recent ProBloggers Conference 2013, at the QT Hotel (#PBEVENT on Twitter), I can vouch this QT Hotel, presented not only a fantastic venue for conference attendees, but also provided a near five star accommodation experience.

QT’s web site reveals this Hotel offers something “unique and un-traditional.” A retro vibe leaps out as you enter the lift from the basement car-park. Cleverly positioning various holograms on the walls of the in-house lifts, turns each usually boring lift ride into a unique experience.


QT Gold Coast lift holograms


At a conference with 450 participants, using two of the conference rooms and an informal lounge, we never felt on top of each other. The food offered between conference sessions was out of this world. Each break we anticipated superior food treats and the QT delivered. Yes we were in a room full of social media addicts, but I saw instagram and twitter go into over-drive as photos and tweets of the QT snacks were posted eagerly on social-media.

PB Event

An example of our tempting nibblies – photo courtesy Gillian Saxon of My Square Frying Pan (blog)


QT Gold Coast King Ocean View

Of the 297 guest rooms, mine was a “QT King Ocean View.” The view from my room was not mere ocean glimpses – it was a spectacular 180 degree outlook of the Pacific Ocean.


QT Gold Coast – lemonade making equipment


QT Gold Coast gowns

Quirkiness in the room came in full play – including the silk boxing style gowns and the hand made lemonade making equipment.

But this was not quirky-overstated – it was quirky-fun!

Close the door of my room, you could NOT hear any hallway or neighbour noises. I admit I was on the 19th floor – so maybe a little above the street noise? But quiet is a HUGE factor in rating my Hotel stay.

But maybe more important than the noise factor is the bed, the bed ……..

My true test of a Hotel room’s star quality lies in the bed. This generous sized king was one of the most comfortable hotel mattresses I have ever laid my weary body on.


Jenn Jay RATES the QT Gold Coast beds 5*

I wished I booked two nights at the QT. A conference schedule barely permits much time in your room or the chance to indulge in the Hotel’s facilities. I will be back for another quirky QT experience – maybe this time in a mountain river view room.


Rydges Hotels Ltd, trading as QT Gold Coast

7 Staghorn Avenue

Surfer’s Paradise, QLD 4217, Australia

Tel: +61 7 5584 1200

Fax: +61 7 5584 1280


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Navini Island

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