If you have dreams about cuddling koalas or frolicking with kangaroos, you and your family will love this new Australian eco-retreat. Okay, you can’t technically play with the animals, but you can get pretty darn close.
Wildlife Retreat at Taronga, an Australian sanctuary 15 minutes from Sydney, is an elegantly designed overnight eco-retreat and the first of its kind. Overnight guests have the chance to wake up to the sounds of Bandicoots and lyrebirds, step out to where koalas and echidnas roam and platypus swim, join guided tours and connect with the wildlife on their own time.
The retreat, designed by Australian architectural firm Cox Architecture, features five environmentally sensitive, sustainably designed lodges built into the native bushland setting of Taronga Zoo, with 62 stylishly appointed rooms and suites that overlook the habitat and often Sydney Harbour. On-site restaurant Me-Gal offers spectacular views of Sydney and Australian-focused dining with an emphasis on local produce and native ingredients.
“Through the Wildlife Retreat, we will foster genuine connections between people and Australia’s fascinating wildlife, and inspire them to care as passionately as we do about our most precious residents,” says Cameron Kerr, CEO, Taronga Zoo. “Guests will leave not only rejuvenated, but also with the knowledge that their stay has made a meaningful difference to wildlife and its conservation.”
Experiences include the Daybreak Walk, during which guests stroll through the zoo before it opens to the public, and The Morning Tour, where breakfast overlooking the harbor is followed by a visit with red kangaroos and Tasmanian devils. The Wildlife Retreat puts funding toward the care of Taronga’s animals as well as conservation and educational programs in Australia and around the globe.
The Wildlife Retreat at Taronga opens to guests Oct. 10. Rates start at $535 per night for two adults and includes two-course dinner, buffet breakfast, immersive and exclusive Australian animal experiences and complimentary general admission to Taronga Zoo.
Fall is in the air! Leaves are changing color and the weather is starting to get cooler. Growing up in Pennsylvania, I get to experience all four seasons and fall is easily my favorite. There is just something about all the colors and activities that come along with the season, especially in Pennsylvania.
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
Most museums tend to be boring for children — they have to be quiet, they may not be interested in the exhibits and they can’t touch anything. At the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, kids are encouraged to run around, play and have fun while learning. The beloved museum will safely reopen in 2021 for kids and families to run, play and touch exhibits as they used to, and now is a great time to plan a visit next year.
In times of stress, boredom and even enjoyment, some of us find ourselves reaching for a treat or two — or a dozen. When you need the crunch or sweetness of a snack, but not all the guilt and remorse to follow, registered dietician Lisa Moskovitz, founder and CEO, New York Nutrition Group, recommends these not-so-bad snacks — they’re also great in kids’ lunches or as after-school snacks!