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July's travel hotlist

By
James Wilkinson
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Flying: United Airlines
The Friendly Skies has come a long way, with United now featuring the newest B787 Dreamliner aircraft on Sydney and Melbourne to the US on a daily basis. It gets better onboard in BusinessFirst, with a four-course meal service (including a bespoke sundae), top American wines, amenity kits, flatbed seats, large touchscreen TVs and oversized pillow as standard.

Staying at: Mayfair Hotel, Adelaide
The city’s newest boutique, five-star hotel features 170 rooms and suites, Mayflower restaurant and the Hennessy rooftop lounge in the heart of the CBD. Book a Deluxe King room, which features custom-made beds, oversized bathrooms, bespoke armchairs and a minibar stocked with South Australian produce including local wines, beers and snacks.

Eating at: Kiyomi, Gold Coast
You could order dish by dish at Kiyomi, the new venue for Sokyo’s chef Chase Kojima, or you could go for the seven-course omakase menu with matching wines, which starts with a Hiramasa kingfish ceviche served with a Henschke Julius Riesling and ends with a dessert platter offered up with some Yoshinogawa gensen umeshu sake over ice. 

Touring: New York by helicopter
On the 15-minute New Yorker tour by HeliNY, you’ll see Manhattan at its finest. After taking off near the Brooklyn Bridge, you’ll chopper past the Statue of Liberty, up the Hudson River past the new World Trade Center, the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings and Central Park, before swinging down the New Jersey Coast.

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