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Finalists for Regional Restaurant of the Year 2018
27.07.2017

These three restaurants - Fleet, Brae and Igni - might not be in capital cities, but their food is all the more satisfying for the time it takes to travel there.

Living off the land in winter
27.07.2017

The life of a farmer revolves around the seasons. Come winter, a certain thriftiness is needed in the kitchen to make the most of meagre produce, writes Paulette Whitney.

Why breakfast isn't the most important meal of the day in Italy
27.07.2017

Italy's claim to being the greatest of the world's cuisines has one key weakness: breakfast. But, argues John Irving, there's more to the story than first meets the eye.

Reasons to visit Los Angeles in 2017
27.07.2017

The hottest spots to eat, drink, play and stay on your next trip to LA, rounded up into one perfect day.

Reasons to visit Canberra in 2017
27.07.2017

Your guide to a perfect stay in Canberra, from where to sleep to the exhibitions you need to check out.

Restaurants with rooms
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Some of Australia's best dining destinations take the hassle out of a weekend stay by offering their own on-site digs where you can hit the hay in style after your meal.

Finalists for Maitre D' of the Year 2018
26.07.2017

The maitre d' is your first introduction to a restaurant - they do as much to create a sense of ambience as lighting, tableware and music. And these three professionals are top of the class.

Finalists for Sommelier of the Year 2018
25.07.2017

Three sommeliers, three different personalities, all first-rate guides to the lists at their establishments. We present our 2018 finalists: Caitlyn Rees, Gaving Cremming and Patrick White.

The Spa at Monteverdi, Italy

In Tuscany, a luxe boutique hotel and an apothecary have come together to open a new spa...

In the 13th century the Dominican friars of the Santa Maria Novella monastery in Florence foraged for herbs, plants and flowers to create remedies to use in their infirmaries. Their potions developed a cult following, fanned by the patronage of Catherine de Medici among others, and were made available to the public from the mid-17th century. The Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella remains a Florentine institution, and still sells Queen Catherine's favourite scented water alongside an expansive range developed over centuries.

Now the apothecary has opened its first spa, a partnership with Monteverdi, a luxe boutique hotel in the Tuscan hilltop town of Castiglioncello del Trinoro. Roman designer Ilaria Miani's bare-boned, light-filled spa interiors reflect the company's simple, all-natural appeal. And, this being Italy, almost everything on the treatment menu sounds tasty; the Full Monteverdi, for example, includes a sea-salt scrub of rosemary, lemon balm and sweet orange.

The Spa at Monteverdi, Via di Mezzo, Castiglioncello del Trinoro, Sarteano, Italy


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