Cosy Country Getaways: Australia’s Ten Best Hidden Gems

The stunning Berenbell Vineyard Retreat

The stunning Berenbell Vineyard Retreat

Australia is about so much more than its major city centres – from beaches to deserts, we lay claim to some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes on the planet. With over 12,000 diverse Aussie accommodation options on our site, we here at HotelsCombined offer a vast quantity of truly incredible country retreats and that’s why, with the Australia Day long weekend once more upon us, we decided to list our 10 favourites.

Based on features such as location, amenities and guest reviews, these stand-out properties promise a truly unforgettable – and distinctly Australian – experience:

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Hotels with Height: The World’s Ten Best Treetop Stays

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You can get up close with nature at one of these incredible treetop getaways

A treehouse sojourn is a memorable holiday that every avid traveller should add to their bucket list. From the steamy jungles of the Amazon to the snow-capped mountains of New Zealand, we’ve unearthed the planet’s most incredible treetop escapes:

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English Fail: The 10 Most Misspelled Destinations of 2014

"Londyn" or "Londin"? Guess which city tops the list of the most misspelled destinations in 2014?

“Londyn” or “Londin”? Guess which city tops the list of the most misspelled destinations in 2014?

Understandably, some destinations can be tricky to spell. Others… well, you would think we’d have nailed them by now! We’ve taken a look at the some of the the most common spelling mistakes travelers from English speaking countries have made when searching for destinations, and let me tell you – there are a few surprises.

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The Top Cities In The World To Spend NYE

Would you spend NYE 2014 in London?

Would you spend NYE 2014 in London?

The countdown is nearly here; soon the champagne corks will be popping and the bells will be ringing. So where will you be? Where is your destination of choice to celebrate the transition of 2014 to 2015?

We’ve taken a look at our database of hotels (there are over 800,000 in there!) to see just where our users (over 30 million every month) are headed. So if you are wondering where all the cool kids will be staying on the 31st December 2014, without further ado these are the top destinations:

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Doggone Spoiled: The World’s Craziest Hotel Pet Perks

Don't leave Fido at home while you holiday; now he can come too.

Don’t leave Fido at home while you holiday; now he can come too.

People obviously really, really love their pets, with accessories and services for pawed pals raking in billions of dollars across the globe. Sometimes, the sheer indulgence that these furry friends receive boggles the mind – most humans don’t even have it so good!

We combed through the extensive HotelsCombined database of pet-friendly hotels to find the wackiest amenities on offer and the level of luxury we uncovered has left us seriously envying man’s best friend:

 

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The 10 Best New Hotels of 2014

The Castle Hotel, Dailan, China is one of the best new hotels in 2014

The Castle Hotel, Dailan, China is one of the best new hotels in 2014

As 2015 steadily approaches, we here at HotelsCombined have once more looked back at the world’s most incredible hotel openings over the last 12 months (see our picks for 2013’s best here). With hundreds of exciting new properties added to our database this year, it was certainly a tough job limiting our favourites to a list of ten. To help with our decision, we based our selection on factors such as location, uniqueness of amenities and quality of service. The end result is a phenomenal group of castles, beach retreats and architectural wonders that we hope you’ll agree are truly one-of-a-kind:

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Small Screen Escapes: Ideal Getaways for our Favourite TV Characters

Is it just us, or does Scandal’s Olivia Pope really need a vacation? When the poor gal’s not burning the candle at both ends sorting out other people’s professional and personal disasters, she’s struggling with her own messy love life and high-stake intrigues. We here at HotelsCombined felt so bad for the overworked fixer – fictional though she may be – that we began combing through our database of over 800,000 accommodation options to find the perfect retreat where Olivia could temporarily rest and revitalize.

Olivia Pope from Scandal, image via ABC.go.com

Olivia Pope from Scandal, image via ABC.go.com

But then that got us thinking about other television characters who could use a bit of a break (let’s face it, Downton Abbey’s pallid Lady Mary needs to get out of the British fog and into some sunshine ASAP). As leading experts in the travel industry, we couldn’t help but accept the challenge of assigning our favourite small screen protagonists the holidays we imagine they’d dream of. The result is a list of amazing spots around that globe that anyone, real or make-believe, would be sure to enjoy:

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Paradise at Gaya Island Resort Kota Kinabalu

The view from the hotel overlooking Fisherman's Cove

The view from the hotel overlooking Fisherman’s Cove

Just 15 short miles off the mainland of Kota Kinabalu sits the Gaya Island Resort. It’s an elegant, modern and eco-friendly resort surrounded by all that nature has to offer. The resort sits on the coast of Malohom Bay, its hillside villas perched within the protected rainforests with many overlooking the pristine waters of the South China Sea.

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10 Travel Hacks You Need These Holidays

Travel Hacks you need to read

Travel Hacks you need to read

Christmas is around the corner and travellers quickly jumping online to book their end of year accommodation. Last year the number of hotel bookings on HotelsCombined for the 2013 Christmas period increased 364 per cent (!)  over November and December. It’s expected that there will be a similar jump in bookings expected this year.

So, what can we do to help out the travellers in the lead up to this busy travel period? We’ve put our heads together and come up with a clever list of the Top Ten Travel Hacks that make travel easy:

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Five Star Luxury: Australia’s Most-Booked Hotels

The Crown Metropol in Melbourne is the most popular five star hotel in Australia

The Crown Metropol in Melbourne is the most popular five star hotel in Australia in the last six months

Five star hotels are synonymous with exceptional service, elegant and comfortable rooms and a top notch mini-bar. It appears that Australians and travellers within Australia are becoming quite accustomed to this level of service, with the number of five star hotel bookings in Australia increasing by 194 percent since 2013.

So which hotels are we choosing to stay in?  We’ve taken a look through our database of Australian hotels – there are over 12,000 – and have named the most popular five star hotels in Australia for the last six months.

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