Thursday, January 28, 2010

South Australia: Perfect Escape from East Coast Frenzy

South Australia isn’t an automatic “must see” on everyone’s list – rather, the state has a “secret” status the locals are only too happy about.

Same thing about “gay life.” There’s not much. I had a look.

You can’t depend on the local paper that comes out only once a fortnight, or the state’s tourism website, which hasn’t updated its gay travel section in years. You have to ask a local if not lucky enough to tour with gay and lesbian friends in Adelaide.

At best, I think the capital city of Adelaide is a great place to holiday for two moms/two dads and their kids. Or for beach bums/foodies. You don’t have to drive to the wine country for tastings; you can purchase picnic ingredients at the local market or sample any of the hundreds of fabulously good restaurants and cafes.

Of the 4 beaches I sampled from Brighton to Henley, from family-friendly Glenelg to lesbian-ville Semaphore, the latter was this Island Nomad’s favorite. A quiet spot on the map, the only thing to do besides eat fresh oysters and prawns is to take a guided heritage walk for a gold coin donation. Oh yeah, did I mention the funky shopping and al fresco beer sipping while people watching?

Not a bad way to spend Australia Day.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bon Voyage: New Caledonia Air Sale On Now

New Caledonia's international airline, Aircalin, is your ticket to Euro Pacific Experiences in this delightful French Territory in the South Pacific.  At 50% off, what are you waiting for?

Air Caledonie Internationale wants you to enjoy South Pacific hospitality, French wine, exceptional cuisine, colourful sunsets, and lively nightlife with its New Year Sale...

$465 RT including taxes
for travel between   24 Feb – 28 Mar

Flight Reservations:  On Sale until 13 Feb 

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Friday, January 08, 2010

The Perfect Romantic Destination - New Caledonia

Where is the most romantic hideaway to be on Valentine’s Day for gay and lesbian couples?
New Caledonia - Right on our Doorstep.

Rainbow Tourism's Concierge recommends the romantic resort of L'Escapade - a 40 minute ferry escape from Noumea Harbor to the marine reserve Ilot de Maitre.  You can be in New Caledonia by lunch if you book the first flight out from Sydney (2.5 hours) or Brisbane (2 hours) and arrange transport from the airport directly to the harbor!

Breakaway Package
13 to16 February 2010 (Valentine's Day weekend)
3 nights at the L'Escapade
Island Bungalow AUD 1099 per couple
Over Water Bungalow Suite AUD 1999 per couple
Includes ferry transport to and from the resort, use of water sports equipment, snorkeling and fishing in the lagoon, buffet breakfasts.  Does not include airfare and airport transfers which can be arranged.
If you want to book the chapel for a ceremony or the restaurant for a reception, no worries.  They are all set up for honeymooners and celebrants.  Ask for a quote.

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After lunch on the waterfront, you catch the private ferry directly to the resort.  Otherwise, you can eat at the snack bar on the island which is operational until the restaurant opens its doors at 6pm.
The gay staff and welcoming management told me they are becoming known as a venue for gay and lesbian romantics - for those who want a cerremony and a certificate in a quaint seaside chapel and those who just want a Pacific Style hideaway for a special ocassion.
For sure, L'Escapade Resort is a place to experience and relcaim one's joie de vivre!  The wine cellar is superb, the cuisine magical, and slow-paced romantic dinners are above average when the sun sets on your paradise hut.
Very French. Very gay.

For travel assistance please contact the Rainbow Tourism Concierge.

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