July 03, 2012 , What's hot in travel, Sydney, Bangkok, New York
Our monthly round-up of the latest in travel, from the hottest new clubs and mouthwatering gastro haunts to up-and-coming destinations. This July, we’ve uncovered the coolest place to quaff a G&T outside the UK, a luxurious retreat amidst the bustle of Bangkok and the best Mediterranean party destination to bust a move at this summer.
Croatia – kinukko on flickr
WHERE TO FLY: Tisno, Croatia
Due for a party weekend? Look no further than the glistening turquoise shores of Croatia. Tisno, on the Adriatic island of Murter, plays host to a whopping four gigs in July alone: Garden Festival (4-11 July), Electric Elephant (12-16 July), Soundwave (19-23 July) and SuncéBeat (27-29 July). Closest airports: Zadar (40min drive), Split (60min drive), Zagreb (3hrs).
WHERE TO SLEEP: The Siam, Bangkok
Featuring a private swimming pool and open-air roof terrace in every Villa, luxe new Bangkok hotel The Siam offers a relaxing retreat from the city chaos. With rates slashed by 50 per cent until 31 August to celebrate the hotel’s grand opening, it’s the perfect time to plan your escape.
The Siam – photo courtesy of The Siam
WHERE TO EAT: 4Fourteen, Sydney
As Australia bunkers down for the (albeit short) winter, the hearty Irish breakfast (featuring black pudding, chorizo, prosciutto and braised barley topped with a fried duck egg) served up at new inner-east noshery 4Fourteen is fast becoming a winner. Just don’t show up for brunch – this dish features on the dinner menu.
WHERE TO PLAY: Gin Palace, New York
Don’t pull up a stool at Gin Palace if you’re partial to rum – the cocktail menu at this new steampunk Victorian establishment in New York’s East Village is exclusively gin. Recline in the tufted leather banquette with a classic Pimm’s Cup, or mix it up with a Shangri-la Swizzle. 95 Avenue A.
Burma – Marc Veraart / All Rights Reserved.
GOING UP: Pop-up hotels
The pop-up revolution will receive a celeb seal of approval in London this month, with Nicole Kidman set to reside at the temporary Omega House in SoHo’s historic House of St. Barnabas during the Olympics. Unfortunately, Nic’s abode is invitation-only. A Room For London, currently “anchored” to the Southbank Centre, is a more accessible pop-up option.
GOING DOWN: Overcrowding in Burma
Capitalising on the massive influx of foreign visitors to the South-East Asian nation du jour, Burmese hotel owners have increased their tariffs by up to 300 per cent. Sources say Burma’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism has stepped in to mediate the situation but until then, prepare for a pricey visit.