7 Epic Escapes You Need To Book, As Determined By You

By Renée Ardon-Coppinger
14th Jul 2022

Vacations are finally back on and we couldn’t be more pumped. Our bucket list has never been longer, and wanderlust is on full blast.

We recently teamed up with Qantas Hotels to ask our readers to share their most on-point travel experience, and you certainly did not disappoint. From Boracay to Britain, here are seven epic escapes, as voted by you. 

The only difficult decision left will be which dreamy destination you visit first. 

Padma Ubud


Located in the beating heart of Balinese arts, spirituality and culture, the luxurious Padma Resort Ubud is nestled within the rice fields and unspoiled river valleys of Payangan, away from the hustle and bustle of busy Bali. From their sweeping luscious views of the mountainous terrain to their first-class spa and almost ninety-meter infinity swimming pool overlooking the enchanted forests. You’ll slip into complete relaxation, rejuvenation, and tranquillity the second you step into the grand marble lobby while being pampered by the five-star service that the Padma Hospitality Group has become globally renowned for. 

Sheraton Waikiki


After a stacked day of surfing, snorkelling and sightseeing, there’s nowhere more glorious to soak your tired feet than the gorgeous grounds of Sheraton Waikiki, right at the ocean’s edge. Boasting newly refurbished suites and their fabulous central location, you’ll be walking distance from all the best restaurants, bars and attractions. Or, sit back and relax with a mai tai on one of their massive pool decks overlooking the diamond seas of the Pacific. Heaven. 

Pullman Maldives Maamutaa


Located in the South of Maldives, palm-tree-lined Maamutaa Island in Gaafu Alifu Atoll is straight off a screensaver and needs to top your bucket list if it’s not already. With over eighteen hectares of untouched lush forest surrounded by crystal blue waters and unparalleled snorkelling and marine life, Pullman Maldives Maamutaa is the personification of true luxury and island living. With unlimited meals from their three delicious restaurants, complimentary water activities like jet skiing and kayaking, and their sunset cruises, each day in this paradise will result in a slew of unforgettable memories. Leaving your worries at home and arrive knowing that everything is organised for you—bliss. 

Shangri-La Boracay


You know that when a spot is awarded one of the best Condé Nast Traveler Resorts in Asia, your say will be something magical, and Shangri-La Boracay exudes everything decadent and whimsical. Tucked into a private sheltered bay on the pristine northern coastline, you’ll fall asleep to the dulcet sounds of waves gently crashing and rise to the lush green forests and bright sunny conditions that Boracay is adored for. With several rooms and villa types to suit every traveller, you’ll be spoilt by the stellar service and carefully curated experiences that the expert team is ready to help you create a truly unforgettable escape. 

Saffire Freycinet 


From the sweeping architecture to the unrivalled views of the azure seas, prepare to be left speechless by the five-star Saffire Freycinet retreat nestled into the Southmost corner of Australia’s shores. Showcasing some of Tasmania’s most breathtaking views, you’ll find yourself mesmerised by the rolling vistas outside when you step into your private suite. Or, why not splurge with your Qantas Points and upgrade with one of their private pavilions, which comes complete with a plunge pool and extended courtyard. To top it off, you’ll be able to taste the culinary mastery of the team at Palace Restaurant, where Tassie’s freshest and finest seasonal produce dazzles on the plate. 

Potato Head, Seminyak


A cult favourite in Bali adored by tourists and ex-pats alike, Desa Potato Head is the perfect blend of trendy, sophisticated and sustainable with a range of beachfront villas designed to soothe your soul and let you reconnect with your inner self. The clean, chic modern design alongside an endless abundance of great food and cocktails on Seminyak’s doorstep will be the perfect antidote to two long years away from this tropical paradise. And that’s not to mention their dreamy Beach Club and enlightening cultural activities program, both of which are not to be missed. 

Browns Hotel London

United Kingdom

Set amongst some of London’s most inspiring architecture in the leafy borough of Mayfair sits the iconic Brown’s Hotel—the chosen retreat of royalty, presidents, literary greats and now, you. Each suite is appointed with incredible warmth and traditional English heritage features oozing sophistication and refinement that you’ll fall in love with. From a quintessentially British Afternoon Tea in The Drawing Room, to an afternoon of bliss thanks to The Spa at Brown’s, or a classic dirty martini or two in the chic Donovan Bar, you’ll never need to leave the grounds and will be spoilt by the talented team ready to cater to your every desire and wish. 

This is officially your sign to lock in that dream holiday, stat. 

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Image credit: Padma Ubud via Instagram, Sheraton Waikiki via Instagram, Pulman Madlives Maamutaa via Instagram, Shangri-La Boracay via Instagram, Saffire Freycinet via Instagram, Potato Head via Instagram,  Brown's Hotel via Instagram

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