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About Melinda
Melinda Healy is a journalist based in Sydney, Australia. She has 20 years of industry experience and has worked within the Australian and Middle Eastern media.  
Mel is a contributor for Conde Nast Traveler, Culture Trip and a destination expert for Telegraph Travel. She has written for publications including Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Etihad's Atlas online, Mandarin Oriental's MO Magazine, Beau Monde Traveler UK, The Times, The Independent, Ultratravel Middle East and Family Traveller (UK). Available for content and copy work no matter the topic.
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80s-themed cruise: A blast to the past with P&O’s high-sea adventure

01 Oct 2023  |  NZ Herald
P&O Cruises offers an 80s-themed high-sea adventure, providing a nostalgic experience for passengers. The cruise features themed parties, performances, and activities, with passengers dressed in 80s attire. The Pacific Explorer, formerly the Dawn Princess, serves as the vessel for this journey, equipped with multiple pools, a casino, and various entertainment options. Simone Baker, celebrating her 50th birthday, highlights the fun and carefree atmosphere of the cruise. Themed cruises, including tributes to Elvis and comedy cruises, are gaining popularity for their unique entertainment value.

World Cup final 2023: ‘Gutted’ England fans in Australia make long journey home after devastating defeat

20 Aug 2023  |  inews.co.uk
England football fans in Australia are dealing with their team's loss to Spain in the World Cup final. Despite the disappointment, many fans, including Vicky Mullen and Ruth Galloway, praised Spain's performance and expressed pride in the England team's efforts. The match was attended by 82,500 fans, with Spanish supporters actively cheering their team on. Queen Letizia of Spain was also present. Fans like Joe Meadows and the Gaskin sisters shared their thoughts on the match, while British traveler Karen Steadman lamented over the defeat.

The best hotels in Dubai for 2024

12 Jul 2023  |  www.cntravellerme.com
Dubai's luxury hotel scene continues to evolve with striking new additions and renovations. One&Only One Za’abeel offers expansive rooms and a variety of high-end amenities, including a Michelin-starred restaurant and a three-storey Longevity Hub. The Lana, the first Dorchester Collection hotel in the Middle East, brings understated luxury with its elegant design and Michelin-starred dining options. Address Beach Resort boasts the world's highest infinity pool and a range of dining experiences. Bab Al Shams, a desert resort, has undergone a significant renovation, maintaining its traditional Emirati charm while updating its interiors. The Opus by Zaha Hadid stands out with its unique design and artistic elements, offering a modern and luxurious stay. Each hotel provides a unique experience, catering to different tastes and preferences, making Dubai a premier destination for luxury travelers.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi: A Cultural Beacon in the Desert

05 Apr 2023  |  Culture Trip
The article discusses the development of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened in 2017 as part of Abu Dhabi's plan to become a cultural epicenter in the Middle East. The museum was created through a partnership with the French government, with France receiving $525 million for the Louvre name rights for 30 years and additional funds for art loans and exhibitions. French architect Jean Nouvel designed the museum, which features a dome with a 'Rain of Light' effect. The museum's collection includes 600 works, with 300 on loan from France, and aims to present a universal perspective on culture. The Louvre Abu Dhabi has boosted the local art market and is expected to continue to attract visitors, especially with the future display of Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi. The article also briefly mentions travel recommendations by a travel expert named Stefano and a local guide named Hanna.

This is what it's really like to stay in the I'm A Celebrity jungle

31 Oct 2022  |  Metro
The article provides an immersive account of staying in the jungle, similar to the experience of participants in the 'I'm A Celebrity' show. It details the challenges faced, such as dealing with the cold, insects, and the difficulty of starting a fire. The narrative transitions to the luxurious accommodations and relaxation spots available post-jungle, highlighting places like Gwinganna eco-retreat, the Dorsett Hotel, and Palazzo Versace. The piece also mentions the return of the show to its original location in New South Wales after being held in Wales due to the pandemic, and provides travel information for those interested in visiting the area.

How Sydney's first hummus bar is spreading a message of peace

23 Jun 2021  |  thenational.ae
Yoash Dvir, originally from near Tel Aviv, has opened Sydney's first hummus bar, Simply Hummus, in the Darlinghurst district. Dvir, a former lawyer and businessman, recognized a gap in the local food market and created a recipe after 40 iterations. His hummus is chunkier, catering to Australian preferences for lighter dips. With the success of Simply Hummus, Dvir plans to expand to Melbourne, Brisbane, and Cairns, and is open to the idea of others opening similar establishments.

Spring events across Australia to draw tourists in 2020

10 Aug 2020  |  Bay Post-Moruya Examiner
As spring approaches and COVID-19 restrictions ease, Australia gears up for a variety of outdoor events and activities. Highlights include Canberra's Floriade flower festival, Grafton's Jacaranda Festival, and the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Unique experiences such as camping at Cockatoo Island, hiking the Larapinta Trail, and staying at Rottnest Island's new resort are also featured. The article emphasizes the importance of checking with operators for any COVID-19 related restrictions.

Spring events across Australia to draw tourists in 2020

07 Aug 2020  |  centralwesterndaily.com.au
As Australia approaches spring and COVID-19 restrictions ease, a variety of events are set to attract tourists. Highlights include Canberra's Floriade flower festival, Tidbinbilla's Wild Night Out, and the Murrumbateman Moving Feast. New South Wales offers the Grafton Jacaranda Festival, camping at Bubbletent Australia, and the Kangaroo Valley Folk Music Festival. Queensland's Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and Victoria's Melbourne Fringe Festival are also featured. Luxury accommodations like Longitude 131 at Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Samphire Rottnest provide unique experiences. The article encourages readers to check with operators for operating times and capacity due to COVID-19.

Spring events across Australia to draw tourists in 2020

05 Aug 2020  |  www.araratadvertiser.com.au
As spring approaches and COVID-19 restrictions ease, Australia gears up for a variety of outdoor events and activities. Highlights include Canberra's Floriade flower festival, Grafton's Jacaranda Festival, and the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Unique experiences such as Bubbletent Australia in the Capertree Valley and luxury stays at Longitude 131° at Uluru are also featured. The article emphasizes the importance of planning and enjoying the warmer weather while adhering to any remaining travel restrictions.

Spring events across Australia to draw tourists in 2020

05 Aug 2020  |  www.lithgowmercury.com.au
As spring approaches and COVID-19 restrictions ease, Australia is gearing up for a variety of outdoor events and activities. Highlights include Canberra's Floriade flower festival, Grafton's Jacaranda Festival, and the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Unique experiences such as camping at Cockatoo Island, hiking the Larapinta Trail, and exploring the Kalbarri Skywalk are also featured. The article emphasizes the importance of planning and checking for any travel restrictions or changes due to the pandemic.

Spring events across Australia to draw tourists in 2020

05 Aug 2020  |  www.macleayargus.com.au
As spring approaches and COVID-19 restrictions ease, Australia gears up for a variety of outdoor events and activities. Highlights include Canberra's Floriade flower festival, Grafton's Jacaranda Festival, and the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Unique experiences such as Bubbletent Australia in the Capertree Valley and luxury stays at Longitude 131° at Uluru are also featured. The article emphasizes the importance of planning and enjoying the warmer weather while adhering to any remaining travel restrictions.

Spring events across Australia to draw tourists in 2020

05 Aug 2020  |  www.northerndailyleader.com.au
As spring approaches and COVID-19 restrictions ease, Australia gears up for a variety of outdoor events and activities. Highlights include Canberra's Floriade flower festival, Grafton's Jacaranda Festival, and the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Unique experiences such as camping at Bubbletent Australia, hiking the Larapinta Trail, and staying at Rottnest Island's new luxury resort are also featured. The article emphasizes the importance of checking with operators for any COVID-19 related restrictions.

Spring events across Australia to draw tourists in 2020

05 Aug 2020  |  Bega District News
As spring approaches and COVID-19 restrictions ease, Australia is gearing up for a variety of outdoor events to attract tourists. Highlights include Canberra's Floriade flower festival, Grafton's Jacaranda Festival, and the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Unique experiences such as camping at Bubbletent Australia, hiking the Larapinta Trail, and staying at Rottnest Island's new resort are also featured. The article emphasizes the importance of checking with operators for any COVID-19 related restrictions.

Spring events across Australia to draw tourists in 2020

31 Jul 2020  |  www.muswellbrookchronicle.com.au
As Australia approaches spring and COVID-19 restrictions ease, a variety of events and attractions are highlighted to entice tourists. These include the Floriade flower festival in Canberra, unique camping experiences like Bubbletent Australia, the Grafton Jacaranda Festival, and the Kangaroo Valley Folk Music Festival in New South Wales. Other notable mentions are the Longitude 131 luxury pavilions at Uluru, the Parrtjima light festival in Alice Springs, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in Queensland, and the Melbourne Fringe Festival. The article also suggests indulging in local wines and produce at places like Gemtree Wines in South Australia and the King Valley in Victoria. The text encourages readers to explore and enjoy the natural beauty and cultural events across Australia.

Spring events across Australia to draw tourists in 2020

31 Jul 2020  |  illawarramercury.com.au
Spring events across Australia are set to attract tourists in 2020, with a variety of activities and festivals planned. Highlights include the Floriade flower festival in Canberra, the Grafton Jacaranda Festival in NSW, luxury stays at Longitude 131° in the Northern Territory, and the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in Queensland. Other notable mentions are the Melbourne Fringe Festival in Victoria and the Esperance Wildflower Festival in Western Australia. The article provides details on unique accommodations, local festivals, and natural attractions, encouraging readers to explore different regions of Australia as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Spring events across Australia to draw tourists in 2020

31 Jul 2020  |  youngwitness.com.au
Spring events across Australia are set to attract tourists in 2020, with a variety of festivals and activities planned. From the Floriade flower festival in Canberra to the Jacaranda Festival in Grafton, NSW, and the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in Queensland, there are numerous opportunities to enjoy the warmer weather and vibrant blooms. Luxury accommodations like Longitude 131 at Uluru-Kata Tjuta and Bubbletent Australia in Capertree Valley offer unique experiences, while events like the Melbourne Fringe Festival and the Esperance Wildflower Festival celebrate local arts and flora. Visitors can also indulge in wine tastings at Gemtree Wines in South Australia or enjoy the scenic beauty of the MacDonnell Ranges during Parrtjima - A Festival in Light. With COVID-19 restrictions easing, these events provide a chance to explore and enjoy the outdoors.

Spring events across Australia to draw tourists in 2020

31 Jul 2020  |  www.dailyadvertiser.com.au
Spring events across Australia are set to attract tourists in 2020, with a variety of activities and festivals planned. From the Floriade flower festival in Canberra to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in Queensland, the country offers numerous outdoor events to enjoy the warmer weather. Luxury accommodations like Longitude 131 at Uluru-Kata Tjuta and unique experiences such as Bubbletent Australia in Capertree Valley provide distinctive stays. Music, art, and cultural festivals like the Melbourne Fringe Festival and Parrtjima - A Festival in Light in Alice Springs highlight local talent and heritage. Visitors can also indulge in food and wine events, admire seasonal blooms, and participate in outdoor adventures across different states.

Spring events across Australia to draw tourists in 2020

31 Jul 2020  |  www.cootamundraherald.com.au
The article lists various events and attractions across Australia that are expected to draw tourists during the spring of 2020. It highlights festivals, nature reserves, wine tastings, markets, and unique accommodations, emphasizing the experiences available as COVID-19 restrictions ease. The events span across different states and territories, offering a mix of cultural, natural, and culinary experiences. The article serves as a guide for potential travelers looking to explore Australia's spring offerings.

Spring events across Australia to draw tourists in 2020

31 Jul 2020  |  bordermail.com.au
As Australia approaches spring and COVID-19 restrictions ease, a variety of events and activities are available to welcome the new season. From the Floriade flower festival in Canberra to the Jacaranda Festival in Grafton, NSW, and the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in Queensland, there are numerous opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and local culture. Luxury accommodations like Longitude 131 at Uluru-Kata Tjuta and unique experiences such as Bubbletent Australia in Capertree Valley offer distinctive stays. Festivals like Parrtjima in Alice Springs and the Melbourne Fringe Festival highlight local art and heritage. Wine enthusiasts can visit Hunter Valley's First Release Wine Week, while music lovers can attend the Kangaroo Valley Folk Music Festival. With the warmer weather, it's an ideal time for tourists to explore Australia's scenic beauty and vibrant community events.

Spring events across Australia to draw tourists in 2020

31 Jul 2020  |  portnews.com.au
Spring events across Australia are set to attract tourists in 2020, with a variety of activities and festivals planned. Highlights include Canberra's Floriade flower festival, the Grafton Jacaranda Festival in NSW, luxury stays at Longitude 131 in the Northern Territory, and the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in Queensland. Victoria will host the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and Western Australia will open the new Samphire Rottnest resort. Tasmania offers hang gliding and the Tahune Airwalk for adventure seekers. COVID-19 restrictions and border policies may affect travel plans and event operations.

Spring events across Australia to draw tourists in 2020

31 Jul 2020  |  newcastleherald.com.au
As Australia approaches spring and COVID-19 restrictions ease, a variety of events are set to attract tourists. These include the Floriade flower festival in Canberra, unique camping experiences like Bubbletent Australia, music festivals such as the Kangaroo Valley Folk Music Festival, and cultural events like the Shinju Matsuri Festival in Broome. Luxury accommodations like Longitude 131 at Uluru-Kata Tjuta offer spectacular sightseeing and stargazing opportunities. The article also highlights scenic natural attractions and encourages checking with operators for COVID-19 related updates.

Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen Turns Up the Heat in Dubai

10 Jun 2020  |  The National
Hell's Kitchen Dubai, a new restaurant by Gordon Ramsay, has opened at Caesars Palace in Dubai, offering an experience reminiscent of the famous TV show. The restaurant, which can seat 260 guests, features a red and blue show kitchen and serves British dishes, including Ramsay's beef Wellington. The general manager, Daniel Thomas, and head chef, Craig Best, aim to provide the Hell's Kitchen experience without the expletives typical of the show. The article includes a personal dining experience, highlighting the quality of the food and the ambiance of the restaurant. The author, Melinda Healy, expresses enthusiasm for the new dining venue and plans to return.

Australian businesses to rise from the ashes of a season charred by bushfires

10 Jun 2020  |  The National
The article discusses the severe impact of the Australian bushfires on various sectors, particularly tourism and agriculture. Towns like Mallacoota in East Gippsland, heavily reliant on summer tourism, have seen businesses suffer significant losses. The fires have destroyed land, homes, and killed both people and wildlife. The federal government and tourism boards like Destination Gippsland, Tourism Australia, and others have launched campaigns to promote local travel. The economic impact is being debated, with some economists and the Reserve Bank of Australia governor suggesting a minimal long-term effect, but acknowledging short-term hits. The article also touches on the additional challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak, particularly the travel ban on China, which is a major source of tourism revenue for Australia.

The adhan in the 'lost city' of Petra

05 Jun 2020  |  The National
The article reflects on the author's experiences with the Islamic call to prayer, the adhan, in various locations in the Middle East. The author shares a particularly memorable encounter with a young muezzin, referred to as Mr M, in Petra, Jordan. Mr M, a guide at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, impressed the author and tourists with his beautiful recitation of the adhan inside the Urn Temple. The article delves into Mr M's background, his development of his talent for recitation, and his role as a muezzin. It also touches on his aspirations to share his culture and religion with tourists, his family's pride in his work, and his dreams for the future. The piece concludes with information on guided tours in Petra and Mr M's commitment to enhancing the experience for visitors.

Your journey begins here

05 Jun 2020  |  Corporate Site
The article highlights the luxurious features of the Emirates Palace Mandarin Oriental in Abu Dhabi. It describes the resort's private beach, high comfort rooms and suites with stunning views, 24-hour butler service, and a variety of dining options with cuisines from world-renowned chefs. The resort also offers lush gardens, a spa, temperature-controlled swimming pools, a kids' club, and a private marina. It is conveniently located near Abu Dhabi's main attractions, including shopping destinations and cultural sites, making it an ideal location for exploring the UAE's capital.

Why Abu Dhabi Should Be on Your Bucket List, According to Radio Producer Mona Al-Marzooqi

02 Dec 2019  |  theculturetrip.com
Abu Dhabi, known for its impressive architecture and cultural sites, is recommended as a must-visit destination by local radio producer Mona Al-Marzooqi. She highlights the city's transformation from a Bedouin settlement to a cosmopolitan city with a burgeoning art scene, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the upcoming Zayed National Museum. Al-Marzooqi suggests experiencing both the city's rich history and modern attractions, such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Qasr al Watan, and theme parks like Ferrari World. She also shares her favorite local spots and emphasizes the unique experiences offered by Abu Dhabi's islands. Culture Trip, the publication, aims to inspire meaningful travel and offers curated trips that are environmentally conscious.

How to Experience the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in Style

11 Nov 2019  |  The Telegraph
The article discusses the upcoming Formula 1 Etihad Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi, which is the biggest event of the year in the UAE, occurring in November. It highlights the excitement surrounding the event, which includes motoring action and celebrity-filled parties. The article provides information on how to attend the event, mentioning that many premier tickets are already sold out but suggesting the F1 Experiences' Champions Club Diamond Ticket Package as a luxurious option. This package includes access to a superyacht and the chance to meet former F1 drivers Mark Webber and Jacques Villeneuve.

9 Best Things to Do With Kids in Abu Dhabi

08 Nov 2019  |  cntraveler.com
Abu Dhabi offers a variety of family-friendly attractions including the dreamlike Qasr Al Sarab in the Empty Quarter, the world-famous Ferrari World with its iconic Ferrari logo, the meticulously designed Umm Al Emarat Park with its contemporary fountain and Wisdom Garden, and The Corniche, a seaside strip ideal for beach activities. These destinations provide a mix of adventure, cultural immersion, and relaxation for visitors of all ages.

15 Best Hotels in Abu Dhabi

07 Nov 2019  |  Condé Nast Traveler
Abu Dhabi has transformed from a fishing village to a city with over 170 hotels, including lavish lodgings from local brands like Jumeirah and Rotana, and international names. Emirates Palace offers opulent stays, while the Abu Dhabi EDITION provides boutique luxury. Saadiyat Island features beachfront resorts with Arabian Gulf views and private beach access, catering to a variety of preferences.

One young pilot's journey from the dunes of Dubai to the Australian Outback

25 Aug 2019  |  The National
Michael Alcock, a 24-year-old pilot, transitioned from life in Dubai to the remote Kimberley region of Australia, where he now flies for Aviair. Despite the stark differences between the bustling city of Dubai and the serene landscapes of Kununurra, Alcock finds similarities in the cultural influences of both places. His passion for flying, ignited during childhood trips between the UAE and the UK, has led him to a fulfilling career piloting flights over Australia's iconic natural landmarks. While he enjoys his current life in Australia, he remains open to future possibilities, including a return to the UAE.

An African Safari Down Under in Australia’s Jamala Wildlife Lodge

11 Jul 2019  |  Beau Monde Traveler Luxury Travel Magazine - The Vanguard of Luxury Travel
Jamala Wildlife Lodge in Australia offers an immersive experience where guests can stay in Giraffe Treehouses and other bungalow and lodge rooms, each providing unique wildlife encounters. Guests can hand-feed giraffes, meet cheetahs, and wake up close to Bengal tigers, lions, and Malayan sun bears, separated only by smash-proof glass. The lodge allows visitors to enjoy the zoo before and after public hours, offering a special treat for wildlife enthusiasts.

How to make the most of a family stopover in Dubai

04 Jul 2019  |  kidspot
Dubai, known for its skyscrapers and shopping malls, is an ideal stopover destination for families. The article provides a guide to making the most of a short stay, including tips on managing jet lag, visiting attractions like Burj Khalifa, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Dubai Mall, and Dubai Creek. It also recommends dining at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort and highlights practical details such as flight options and weather considerations.

Qasr Al Sarab

01 Apr 2019  |  The Telegraph
Located about 74 miles from Abu Dhabi airport, Qasr Al Sarab offers an immersive desert experience with stunning sunsets and enchanting vistas. The hotel’s design reflects traditional Bedouin forts, featuring lantern-lined bridges, arched entryways, and Bedouin artefacts. The service is generally high, with a few minor hiccups. The resort boasts a palm-lined swimming pool, Anantara Spa, and various immersive experiences. The 19,000-acre resort includes 140 guest rooms, 14 suites, and 42 pool villas, with rooms blending Arab style and contemporary design. Dining options range from the authentic Al Falaj to the upmarket Suhail, with breakfast served at Al Waha. Other dining options include Ghadeer and Al Liwan.

Voted the second-most liveable city in the world, Melbourne has it all – cultural diversity, a passion for fashion, a vibrant coffee scene, hidden laneways and a love for sports.

25 Jul 2017  |  Culture Trip
The article serves as a seven-day guide to Melbourne, highlighting the city's cultural diversity, fashion, coffee scene, and sports enthusiasm. It details various attractions and activities, such as visiting Flinders Street Station, Federation Square, and Eureka Tower. The guide suggests dining at Crown Melbourne's restaurants and exploring the Mornington Peninsula's beaches, towns, and wineries. It also recommends cultural experiences like the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, shopping in Chapel Street, visiting zoos and the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, and touring the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The article concludes with a weekend walking adventure from Brighton to St Kilda and exploring Melbourne's laneways. Additionally, it features a brief interview with a local guide named Hanna, who shares her passion for guiding and her desire to visit Africa.
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