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Cruise control: Captain Kent of the Emerald Princess

We caught up with Princess Cruises’ Captain William Kent to talk life on deck, sailing the Red Sea and how to spend 24 hours in Venice.

Midnight in Melbourne style

After-dark glamour calls for monochrome elegance with accents of red and the glimmer of bling. Martinis await.

Recipes by David Thompson

Thai food maestro David Thompson returns to the Sydney restaurant scene with the opening of Long Chim, a standard-bearer for Thailand’s robust street food. Fiery som dtum is just the beginning.

Reader dinner: Quay, Sydney

Join us at Quay for a specially designed dinner by Peter Gilmore to celebrate the launch of the new Gourmet Traveller cookbook.

GT's party hamper

We’ve partnered again with our friends at Snowgoose to bring you the ultimate party hamper. With each item selected by the Gourmet Traveller team, it’s all killer and no filler.

Aerin Lauder’s Morocco

Meet Aerin Lauder; creative director, lifestyle mogul, mother and global traveller. Here she shares her musings on Morocco, the exotic catalyst for her latest collection.

A hotel dedicated to gin is opening in London

A modern-day gin palace, The Distillery, is set to open in the middle of London’s Portobello Market this year.

Dan Hong's salt and pepper calamari with lime aioli

The executive chef shares his salt and pepper squid recipe, including his secret for a crisp, light batter.

South America's top lodges and hotels

Ikaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Peru

Ikaterra Hacienda Urubamba, Peru

Flash new lodges and luxe adventures beckon in South America.

Direct flights from Sydney to Santiago - and, more recently, Auckland to Buenos Aires - have put South America in easy reach of Australians. But once you've ticked off the continent's star attractions (Rio, the Amazon, Patagonia), where to next?

Look north, for starters. Colombia has shrugged off its drug-addled past and emerged as a model for the 21st century. World Heritage-listed Cartagena is surging in popularity as a long-weekend getaway for North Americans; more intrepid travellers are venturing to the interior to discover the urban wonders of reinvented Medellín, the ethereal beauty - and coffee - of the Cocora Valley, and cool neighbourhoods in the capital, Bogotá.

Keep an eye also on Chile's Elqui Valley. It's a place of grapevines (this is Chile's pisco-producing heartland), picturesque villages, "healing energies" - hence all the yoga and meditation retreats - and astrological observatories. Stargaze from bed at the glass-roofed Elqui Domos (

Peru's Sacred Valley and Lares regions are drawing keen interest, according to Alex Burridge, managing director of the South America Travel Centre. A new road and lodge at Huacahuasi have opened up Lares to non-trekkers while, in the Sacred Valley, there's flash new accommodation at the Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba ( and luxury adventure group Explora has this month opened a 50-room lodge with spa (

Glamping and hot-air ballooning are set to become the hottest tickets in the Atacama Desert thanks to Abercrombie & Kent, which launched both experiences this year.

Praful Albuquerque of Natural Focus Safaris says the Pantanal wetlands in Brazil are becoming popular for their "excellent jaguar sightings". "Another great wildlife destination that is slowly picking up is Guyana - English, not French," he says. "The accommodation here is very basic but the wildlife viewing is five-star."

Burridge nominates Mashpi Lodge and Hacienda Zuleta in Ecuador for authentic, immersive experiences where the food is homegrown (Zuleta has its own cheese factory) and the culture is palpable. Places that take time and effort to reach - such as Chiloé Island off Chile's coast, and Cristalino Lodge in the Brazilian Amazon - are increasingly appealing, he says. "With South America's growing popularity you have to make a little more effort to discover something new."

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