Sydney’s Palace Cinema Central has reimagined the movie theatre experience — and the results are pretty spectacular.
Enlisting the help of Melbourne’s DesignOffice, the space is modern and inviting with touches of brass and recurring hints of pink to inject an necessary romanticism. Reminding us that the experience of going to watch a film should be as sensual and memorable as going out for dinner, the complex offers 10 screening rooms and three platinum cinemas with large, cushy recliners for true relaxation.
One room even features floor to ceiling windows to either be blacked out or left transparent at night — lending itself to a rooftop, open-air-style viewing experience.
Just a five-minute walk from Sydney’s Central station, and with a comprehensive menu of drinks (that you can take into the cinema) and both classic and gourmet snacks, next time you’re Sydney-side, make sure a movie is on the cards.
Palace Central Sydney
Level 3, Central Park Mall
New South Wales
It pays to consult the following roll-call of five-star retreats before diving into your next holiday adventure.
Sublime Comporta Country Retreat & Spa Alento Want to retreat into nature without pitching a tent?
Detached enough from urban life to make you feel as though you’ve escaped the world, this languid resort is the perfect place to unwind and reconnect with nature. Best suited to a peaceful escape with your significant other — any month that isn’t June, July or September is best — this is the type of place where quiet reflection and relaxation is encouraged. Seven to 10 days should do it, with some extra time saved for soaking up the Lisbon scene in between.
Spread over a pristine 17-acre estate, within easy reach of one of Portugal’s best beaches, guests can enjoy horseback riding, wine tastings, rice field excursions and achieve a zen state of mind at the all-organic spa. Two bars and a restaurant offer fresh, local produce with ingredients sourced from the property’s own organic garden. Situated at the base of Tróia Peninsula and a stone’s throw from the famous Troia Beach, Comporta’s beautiful landscape, peppered with rice fields, is widely regarded as Portugal’s best-kept secret. There are even some world-class wineries to discover. Don’t forget to pack: A notebook, all that reflecting you’re going to do will need to be documented.
Chablé Resort & Spa, Yucatan Immerse yourself in history at Latin America’s new haven for reflection One part lovingly restored 19th Century Mexican hacienda, and one part world-class spa destination, here wellness-seekers can relax and unwind amid 750 acres of steamy Yucatán jungle. New Zealand summer is a great time to visit as the temperatures are more moderate. Make it your mission to visit with someone who is on a similar path to salvation as you. This hotel may boast the world’s largest tequila collection, but it’s more the sipping and less the shotting kind.
Dotted throughout the Mayan jungle, each of the 40 private casitas has their own pool and the hotel is one of the only in the world with its own cenote — a natural, limestone swimming hole celebrated by Mayans as the entrance to the sacred underworld. Luxurious spa services include hypnotic three-hour rituals that blend ancient Mayan therapies with Eastern healing methods. For those wanting to embark on a more vigorous, transformative detox programme, specialised therapists are on hand to guide you through chakra therapy, reiki, Mayan rebirth massages, sound cleansing, three different types of temazcal (a pre-Hispanic sweat-lodge) and sessions with local spiritual healers.
Six Senses, Malolo Island, Fiji Round up the kids for dose of vitamin sea
Set to open any old day now, the latest offering from the sublime Six Senses group brings the brand’s award-winning luxury conveniently close to home. Expect all the usual offerings from the masters of indulgent tropical escapes. Thanks to the manageable three-hour flight and no adjustment in time zone, it’s an obvious place to take the kids. The resort offers excellent facilities for families including a complimentary nanny service for larger villa bookings.
With 24 villas — each with their own private pool — and 60 spacious residences (between two and five bedrooms), bigger groups can be accommodated for longer periods of time. There will be sumptuous spa facilities, and given that Malolo island is surrounded by crystal clear waters and white sand beaches, all the usual water-based pursuits too. Malolo Island forms part of the Mamanuca Archipelago and is surrounded by incredible natural reefs and azure waters. Just a 15-minute boat ride from the resort is the world famous Cloudbreak — a surf spot featured on the World Surf League Tour and touted to be Kelly Slater’s favourite.
Como Uma Canggu, Bali Looking for the new surfer’s paradise? Nestled on the southern coast of Bali, COMO Uma Canggu is a new resort that combines a holistic approach to life with a love of surfing. It’s the ideal destination for those wanting to reacquaint themselves with the healing powers of the ocean. May to October are renowned for being the months that see some of the world’s best waves roll in. Perfect for a group of friends, the resort offers a team of event coordinators who can arrange all manner of celebrations from the boisterous to the serene.
52 rooms and suites and 67 private residences — some with pools — offer a home away from home. And because not everyone travels for the thrill of surf and adventure, those seeking a more relaxing getaway can take advantage of the COMO Shambhala Retreat that provides hands-on healing, yoga and Pilates classes. Nestled in between rice paddies on one side and a gorgeous beach on the other, the area boasts some of the island’s best surf. The resort has partnered with Tropicsurf to provide surf lessons and guidance for novices through to pros, with a 10-kilometre stretch of beach as its training grounds.
Fine jewellery takes bold shape in luxuriously linked bracelets, earrings and necklaces. Making a statement while remaining eminently refined, these eye-catching adornments are becoming our new, favourite day-to-day pieces.
With an indulgent, four-day weekend ahead of us, you’ll need to counter the sweetness of Easter chocolate with something seriously savoury. Why not start, with these bacon, egg and kimchi tacos from the talented team at Tasting Table?
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
4 large organic eggs
1 avocado, thinly sliced
4 corn or flour tortillas, heated or at room temperature
½ cup kimchi
4 slices bacon, cooked
1 scallion, thinly sliced
½ cup chopped fresh coriander
¼ cup salsa, for topping
¼ cup crumbled queso fresco
In a large nonstick skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter over medium-low heat. In a bowl, lightly beat the eggs until just combined. Pour the eggs into the skillet and cook, stirring and tossing. Right before they firm up, stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and toss until it’s incorporated into the scrambled eggs. (Alternative method: Fry the eggs to preference) To assemble the tacos, divide the avocado among the tortillas. Top with the eggs, kimchi, bacon, scallion, coriander, salsa and queso fresco, then serve.
Lord knows that production funds have been flooding into streaming services as of late. In light of the influx, we’ve done our research to unearth the most promising new show likely to reach cult status in 2018. Time to move over Stranger Things.
1. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
The Western genre might not have fired up the big screen lately, but leave it to the Academy Award-winning Coen Brothers to pick it up and dust it o for this cult-status anthology series. Stars like James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Zoe Kazan and Tim Nelson Blake will star in the six-part show featuring cowboys, bank robberies, mysterious train rides and adventures on the Oregon trail.
If you’ve been waiting forever to see Jonah Hill in pigtails, the time has come. Here, he stars alongside the inimitable Emma Stone in an original comedy-drama based on a French series of the same name. Dark humour prevails as we follow Hill’s institutionalised character living in his own dream world. Sally Field and Justin Theroux also feature in the award-winning cast, helmed by True Detective Season One director, Cary Fukunaga.
3. Lost in Space This deft comedy-drama will no doubt appeal to long-standing Lost in Space fans as well as a captive new audience. A modernised reboot of the 1960s cult-classic series, it follows the exploits of the Robinson family as they deal with being stranded on an alien planet. The team behind the remake has made a conscious effort to retain the ‘humour and humanity’ that belies the original, making it pertinent for the TV-watchers of today.
The idea of relaxing in a hotel room surrounded by marine life can seem far-fetched — the product of someone’s wild imagination. Nevertheless, there are plenty of spectacular hotels around the world that are up and ready, waiting for you to dive in. Here, we’ve rounded up the most luxurious ways to sleep with some fishy company.
1. Poseidon Undersea Resort, Fiji
Promising guests the utmost luxury, this yet-to-open subaquatic resort boasts two fine dining establishments, an inbuilt spa, library, theatre, conference room, wedding chapel and lavish fitness facilities that include a nine-hole executive golf course and tennis course — as if the surrounding wonders of the ocean weren’t enough. Register here to be notified when the resort starts taking reservations.
2. Atlantis, The Palm: Dubai The twin Poseidon and Neptune underwater suites in this luxury Dubai hotel offer some of the most coveted hotel views in the world. The floor-to-ceiling windows, in both the bedrooms and the bathrooms, serve up incredible panoramic views of Dubai’s Ambassador Lagoon, home to more than 65,000 exquisite marine inhabitants who will watch on as you do your ablutions.
3. Subsix at Per Aquum Niyama: Maldives
The beautiful resorts of the Maldives are awash with underwater features, from dining rooms to deluxe ensuites, but it’s Niyama Private Island’s sub-aquatic club that has us captivated. Subsix is an extravagant bar and restaurant, home to champagne breakfasts, gourmet dinners and thumping fêtes. The ‘Underwater Glow Parties’ incorporate a mashup of neon lighting and delectable cocktails, all with 360-degree views of the coral reef for a surreal underwater experience.
4. The Manta Resort: Pemba Island, Tanzania This incredible three-level hotel suite, partly submerged 13 feet under the sea, is perfect for star gazing and sea-creature spotting alike. The underwater chamber is a glass-walled, marine lovers paradise, serving up around-the-room views of the stunning big blue, while the top deck offers the perfect spot for a blissful night under the stars. Click here for more information on this idyllic haven.
5. Resort World Sentosa: Singapore The 11 two-storey Ocean Suites are without a doubt the most magnificent of rooms the World Sentosa resort has to offer. Looking directly into the worlds biggest aquarium exhibit, these high-end rooms are a front row seat to the Open Ocean Habitat, an underwater spectacle that houses over 800 species of marine life, including tropical fish, sharks and manta rays. The five-star comfort and personalized butler service is the cherry on an already marvelous cake. Bookings can be made here.
6. Lovers Deep: St Lucia Situated across an array of stunning Caribbean islands (including St Lucia) as a series of separate submarine hotels, ‘Lovers Deep‘ is an utterly romantic experience, compelling lovebirds to join the ‘mile low club’. The underwater hotel room comes with your very own crew, comprising a personal chef, a butler, and the captain, who stay in their own soundproof headquarters at the other end of the sub. The intimate setting serves plenty of aphrodisiacs — think oysters and champagne — making it a no-brainer for honeymooners.
7. Utter Inn Hotel: Vasteras, Sweden The Utter Inn Hotel, designed by local artist Mikael Genberg, is a quirky underwater cabin situated near Stockholm on the freshwater Lake of Mälaren. A unique twist on underwater chambers, this unassuming lodge is an unusual insight into Swedish living. While the dainty wooden deck showcases panoramic views of the glorious natural surroundings, we recommend exploring the lake via boat.
Autumn is here, meaning our attention has turned from outdoor concerts and music festivals, to the theatre, exhibitions, talks, and a certain comedy extravaganza. Looking to April’s vast offering, here are the goings-on worthy of your precious time.
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The Auckland Theatre Company’s annual youth festival will see emerging writers, directors and performers shine on the ASB Waterfront Theatre’s stage, with four days of shows, pop-up performances, music and events. Young and old will find inspiration in the funny, bold and pertinent shows, talks, and open mic sessions set to take place.
Starring Amy Schumer,this promising comedycentres on Renee, who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis. In an inverse take on Shallow Hal, one day, she wakes from a fall believing she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. Empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, the bizarre situation paves the way for plenty of laughs. Watch the trailer here.
In cinemas 19th April.
Bringing his hugely popular Live Innit show to antipodean shores for the very first time, Brit stand-up act Paul Chowdhry channels possible gag about ethnicity (no one is safe) into his belly-ache schedule. Sans cliché and with plenty of smarts, he’s the comic for the switched-on crowd.
The acclaimed, Christchurch-born artist will present his Lines of Desire show this month. Thegripping, geometric sculptural works, rendered in metallic and surely with a twist, are likely to be a talking point amongst art enthusiasts. Get along to Trish Clark Gallery anytime after 9th April to revel in Bambury’s exceptional oeuvre.
Last Flag Flying
Last Flag Flying
Richard Linklater, the mastermind behind Boyhood, directs this film sequel to Darryl Ponicsan’s 1970s novel The Last Detail. Starring Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston and Laurence Fishburne, it shadows three Vietnam War veterans as they reunite following the death of one of their sons in Iraq.
In cinemas 26th April.
Flying the flag for a new generation of gutsy female singers, stunning American artist Halsey will be taking to the stage at Spark Arena with her alternative pop hits in tow.
A fitting lead-in to the month that celebrates matriarchs, this recent Elam graduate’s showcase Mother and Daughter on Hiatus is a collection honing in on the sometimes fractious relationship we have with our mums. The unapologetically domestic scenes are personal and a great deal of fun.
Known for bringing the funnies, local comedian, Guy Montgomery, will be bringing his show Guy Montgomery Doesn’t Check His Phone for An Hour to Q Theatre off the back of an Australian tour. The excruciating hour of endurance and resistance is part of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival.
We’re ‘swimming through sick lullabies’ and ‘choking on your alibis’ to get to The Killers’ cracker concert at Spark Arena on Friday, 20th April.
John Cooper Clarke
John Cooper Clarke
If you tried to put Dr. John Cooper Clarke in a box, you would fail miserably. Over his five-decade-long career, the legendary ‘punk rock poet’ has spanned cultures, audiences, art forms and continents with an imprint that can be felt in realms wide apart — reason enough to attend the cult performer’s gig at Auckland’s Crystal Palace, we think.
Having been shoulder-tapped to belt out the Oscar-nominated theme song to The Greatest Showman, ‘This is me’, the country-pop singer is making a comeback and has a tour to go with it. Described as ‘positively uplifting’ by Rolling Stone, her Rainbow Tour will no doubt deliver swagger and ample entertainment.
He had us ‘dancing on the ceiling’ (through the radio waves) back in 1986, and now the iconic, multi-platinum-selling singer is gracing us with his presence to do it all over again. Reliving the magic and feel-good vibes of his golden era with hits like “Hello, ‘Say You, Say Me’ and ‘All Night Long (All Night)’, we can barely contain our excitement.
The ‘Human‘ singer is touching down in Auckland for one night only. Set to bring down the house with his incredibly powerful vocal, the UK native, aka Rory Graham, is said to be a ‘born performer’, with slower songs that are equally as moving as his more recognised singes.
In Singapore, they take gin seriously. So when promising young mixologist Imelda Ng (bartender at Hong Kong’s inimitable Four Seasons hotel) won the East Imperial Gin Jubilee Singapore — a competition between over 200 contenders — and decided to come to Auckland’s iteration as part of her prize, our attention was turned to the local event. Having won the grand prix by virtue of her exceptional Monkey 47 G&T, we asked Ng about her gin tendencies.
Why is gin trending so much right now? Gin is a very versatile spirit and relatively simple in production making it a popular for those looking to create their own brand. Craft gin distilleries are popping up all across the Hong Kong as well as globally. This gives consumers opportunities to explore new brands and ways of enjoying the spirit, with garnishes, tonics or in cocktails.
Why do you prefer using Monkey 47 Dry Gin? There are hundreds of botanicals used to make gin, and every gin has its own specific recipe. Monkey 47 Dry Gin is created in Black Forest, Germany, incorporating 47 different plants and aromatics, and was developed by Alexander Stein inspired from an old recipe in 1960s. It’s hugely versatile and works just as well in a martini as it does a gin and tonic.
What was the inspiration behind your G&T and why do you think it stood out from the crowd? I live in Hong Kong, and as everyone knows, the city is a multinational hub that never sleeps. But at Four Seasons we want to give people a sense that they can relax any day of the week. The inspiration behind my recipe was to use ingredients such as caramel and fresh lime to create a laid-back mood so guests can relax any day of the week. There is no need to wait until the weekend to unwind; it can be your holiday every day.
What bars are you looking forward to visiting at the Auckland Gin Jubilee? I’m most looking forward to trying the gin and tonics that use Monkey 47, which will be available at Giraffe, Lilius and Mea Culpa. It’s always interesting what different bartenders create with the same gin.
What is your favourite gin recipe? A martini. I use 60ml of Monkey 47 Dry Gin and 10ml of Mancino Secco & 10ml Mancino Bianco stir it in a chilled mixing glass with any citrus peels.
Auckland’s second ever East Imperial Gin Jubilee will be returning by way of a 10-day festival from 4th-14th April. Taking place at 30 bars across the city, with Bartenders being paired with one of 12 gins (including Monkey 47 and Beefeater 24 among others), the extravaganza will celebrate the spirit by seeing it mixed into unique G&Ts by some of Auckland’s best bartenders. For more information about the East Imperial Gin Jubilee festival click here.
As of yesterday, luxury Italian fashion house Prada has a new e-store, giving Australian and New Zealand customers easier access to the brand’s latest collections.
Boasting a wide product selection covering ready-to-wear, bags, accessories, shoes, fragrances and eyewear, shoppers can either buy online and collect from the nearest store (see: Prada Queen Street) or have them delivered directly to their doorsteps. Stores will also offer the option of booking in for a personal shopping session through the site, where you can try on those shoes you’ve been eyeing up for months, saying you don’t really need them, but buying them anyway because really, you did.
With e-commerce revolutionising the face of retail, it’s no surprise that highly acclaimed, heritage brands like Prada are ensuring everyone has the option to buy online. So hold onto your wallets — it would seem it’s time for a sartorial upgrade.
Wellington-based experimental brewery Garage Project has opened its first Auckland outpost and is now delivering its award-winning brews from a laid-back cellar door in Kingsland. Renowned for pushing boundaries and its prolific work rate (they created 60 brews in 2017 alone) it feels fortuitous that Garage Project expands into Auckland now, after winning Champion Brewer at the 2017 Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards last year.
Reimagining the conventional bottle shop, the new space is selling merchandise and beers by the bottle, pack or with a ‘crowler’ — a 1L can the staff will fill and seal on the spot. The long wooden beer counter with 12 taps of ever-changing brews stands as a stoic centre piece, while wooden accents and darker colours create a warm, inviting atmosphere. And like any cellar door for wine, tasting flights for Garage Project’s varied selection are available for those looking to find a preferred variety or step outside their comfort zone.
So whether you’re a bona fide beer aficionado, or simply wanting to learn more about the appeal of a crafty brew, Garage Project has made it easier than ever for Aucklanders to access the full beer experience.
Opening hours: Sunday until Thursday, 12pm – 8pm Friday and Saturday, 10am – 9pm