With summer hotting up down under, it’s outdoor movie season – so we’ve focused on the top 10 best outdoor cinemas in Australia, with hip rooftop screenings, beachside film festivals and open-air park soirees up for grabs. Pack a picnic, take a plus one or even a pooch, and enjoy a romantic evening under the stars. And, after the credits roll, you can stroll off into the sunset for a happy ending at one of our recommended boutique hotels…
For Manhattan-style views of Melbourne, you can’t beat the uber-cool Rooftop Cinema, perched loftily atop club- and bar-packed Curtin House on Swanston Street in the CBD. Recover from the heart-pumping climb upstairs with a cocktail at the open-air bar, before settling into a deckchair for the movie. This urban eyrie always attracts an up-for-it crowd, and serves tasty snacks to fuel the faithful. Highlights this season include cult Brit flicks Submarine and Trainspotting as well as US scarefest Jaws.
Get a room! Roll into bed at Apartment 401 in Melbourne, a short walk away.
For movies under the stars, make a date with Moonlight Cinema, which screens cult and classic flicks in alfresco locations across Australia, including Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Port Douglas until 25 March. You can even bring canine companions along to the 15 January Aussie feel-good flick Red Dog in Melbourne. New York-style street food, bars, gourmet picnics and bean bags can be yours, depending on the venue.
Get a room! For crashing out after, try the Lyall Hotel and Spa in Melbourne; Establishment Hotel in Sydney; NB City holiday house in Adelaide; Spicers Balfour Hotel in Brisbane or a stylish holiday house in Port Douglas.
We all know it’s traditional to begin the new year with a detox regime – but there’s no need to cringe in fear: it doesn’t have to be a painful week of cabbage-broth concoctions, brutally early running sessions and caffeine-withdrawal headaches.
As part of our bumper spa guide series, we’ve grilled the world’s health and beauty experts for their quick-fix detox tips, including advice on the products that really work. Alternatively, just check into one of their luxury hotel spas and cheat – they’ve highlighted the best treatments to book, too…
Instant makeover – what’s your favourite way to look better fast?
I never go a day without wearing my Bare Minerals Foundation. It looks so natural everyone thinks you are naturally flawless, and a hint of blusher makes such a difference.
Quick-fix detox tips?
– Start the day by body brushing (always towards the heart) to stimulate your circulation.
– Drink 1.5–2 litres of water per day: fill a 2-litre bottle of water in the morning and sip this throughout the day to ensure you are getting enough. It’s probably a shock how little water you actually drink!
– Swap your regular tea or coffee for green tea.
– Eat your five portions of fresh fruit and vegetables a day.
Best detox treatment to book at Calcot Spa?
The Thalgo Algae Wrap. Using 100% Marine Algae, it feeds skin with a high concentration of vitamins, minerals, trace elements and proteins. It aids detoxification whilst relieving muscular tension and boosts sluggish circulation. A relaxing yet effective treatment.