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LOST PARADISE | A Sensory Experience Like No Other

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New Years Eve.

That magical night once a year when anything can happen…but you’ll probably just end up at the local pub at midnight next to a father of two after failing to secure an UBER to the house party where all the pretty people are getting turnt up.

UNLESS you make seriously awesome alternate plans ahead of time, that is.

Luckily we’ve sourced a New Years solution that will see you create memories that last far beyond the resolutions you definitely won’t keep; a sensory overload of creativity, spirituality, self expression and classic party elements we all crave on this night of nights.

Introducing Lost Paradise.

A bespoke 3 day festival experience of of live music, art installations, yoga, wining, dining and so much more…

Situated an hour and a half from Sydney in pristine Glenworth Valley, Lost Paradise features some of the world’s hottest bands and DJ’s. Yet, this isn’t just a music festival.

Lost Paradise is an interactive experience offering a plethora of diverse and entertaining activities, ranging from open-sourced art installations, a 3 course long-table feast, a pamper spa, champagne gardens, the most luxurious glamping to date, speakeasies tucked away in the woods, a cabinet of curiosities, and other such eclectic wonders to surprise throughout the Lost Paradise journey.

Lost Paradise is the festival experience that will see you bid farewell to 2015 with the dues it deserves and welcome 2016 with the fanfare of all the best things yet to come.

As for the line up? Angus & Julia Stone. Jon Hopkins. The Jungle Giants. Hayden James. Hot Dub Time Machine.  And that’s just to name a few.

Lost Paradise runs from 29 – 31st December 2015 and final release tickets are flying out the door so secure yours now at


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Love spontaneous getaways and nights away living it up in the lap of luxury? Perhaps you just want to jump on a bed and run  an overflowing bubble bath without the annoyance of having to clean it up afterwards.

We’ll it’s time for you to meet 2015’s hottest travel tip – new hotel booking app HotelTonight.

It’s simple. Download the app, search carefully curated hotels in your vicinity, compare the best deals and book your stay all from your mobile. Hotels load their unsold rooms for up to 7 nights in advance into the app, giving you a chance to taste the finer things in life for a fraction of the price.

We recently checked into Blue Sydney to try out the process and it was seriously smooth as silk, right down to the ‘DIY Bloody Mary’ kit we received on arrival.

HotelTonight. Plan less, live more.

SIMON SAYS download the app today the use promo code SHANCOCK29 to earn free credits towards your next hotel stay. Thank me later.

Images shot by Jude Cohen.

Sherwood Queenstown | NEW ZEALAND

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Are you seeking a holiday that’s more soul-soothing than sun-boozing? Perhaps your spirit is craving a reconnect to Mother Earth while your skin still demands the soft touch of luxury one can only find with 5 stars.

Well luckily for you we’ve found the perfect combination of both worlds.

Introducing Sherwood Queenstown, a unique hybrid of boutique hotel and rock 'n' roll wilderness escape that's recently opened in New Zealand's idyllic Queenstown

Inspiring a new generation of accommodation, Sherwood fuses eco-friendly lodgings with an ethos that centres around wellbeing, nourishing culinary offerings and cool, raw state-of-the-art design, providing a unique take on modern-day travel. 

Rooms are made from recycled materials and exude warmth and comfort through their cosy, moody interiors. Guests can sink into blankets made from New Zealand merino wool, relax on colourful cushions made from upcylced kilim rugs and admire the picture-perfect scenery through Italian-made wool army blanket curtains. 

The restaurant serves organic, seasonal and locally foraged produce, providing guests with pure nourishment and sustenance. The biodynamic vegetable garden houses lovingly tended to crops offering abundant produce that’s used in the Sherwood kitchen. 

The same philosophy extends to the bar, with a wine list featuring a handpicked selection of minimally processed natural New Zealand wines and spirits sourced from independent New Zealand producers sitting alongside rare artisan liquors from around the world.

SIMON SAYS we’re calling it ‘namaste noir’ and we’re booking a getaway as soon as we dust off our yoga mats.

Avista Hideaway | Phuket, Thailand

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Tucked away in the hills of Phuket above bustling Patong town centre is a tranquil sanctuary fringed with native jungle, breathtaking vistas and views of the Andaman Sea.

Introducing Avista Hideaway.

The architecture of this luscious 5 star property is spellbinding with Indian influences found throughout the design, finished in dramatic stone, slate and metallic mosaic. Relax by the numerous pools on offer, enjoy daily sunset cocktails in the adults-only rooftop bar or explore nearby pockets of beach paradise by vespa.
The island is your oyster.

SIMON SAYS for the ultimate indulgence book the Tropical Hideaway Pool Suite. Thank me later.