Madeleine Keck's Articles

Journalist and travel writing aficionado: Madeleine has visited six continents and worked throughout four. At home in Melbourne, you'll find her reminiscing on past solo backpacking journeys, dreaming of the next adventure and wishing she lived in a continuously warmer city.
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Panorama of Townsville, Queensland, Australia, with Magnetic Island in the background, seen from Castle Hill viewpoint - Luxury Escapes

How to Spend a Luxurious Weekend in Townsville 

April 16, 2024

The recent introduction of the first five-star hotel has turned heads toward this picturesque town in Queensland, Australia. Welcome to Townsville, where luxury meets sun-drenched paradise.  Townsville, towns-ville, – a place so nice they named it twice – officially holds its own among its better-known neighbours, with Port Douglas and Cairns to the north; the Great […]

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Ardo has become the first five-star accommodation to grace the sun-drenched coast of Townsville - Luxury Escapes

Ardo Brings Luxury Accommodation to Townsville  

March 17, 2024

Everything, and we mean everything, about Ardo is new and luxurious. Writer Madeleine Keck checks in to uncover this Townsville newcomer's gems. Ardo has become the first five-star accommodation to grace the sun-drenched coast of Townsville, helping elevate the laidback town to a tourism destination capable of rivalling Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Opening in […]

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An image of Niseko, Japan, to illustrate an article on the crème de la crème of global winter destinations - Luxury Escapes

The World’s Best Ski Resorts From Japan to New Zealand  

February 29, 2024

From the legendary Canadian Rockies to the prime powder of Japan, we take the guesswork out of choosing your next winter escape.   Whether your ideal ski escape revolves around the diversity of post-slope activities (après ski) or solely on abundant snowfall, there’s a resort to match.   This curated guide on the crème de […]

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An image of Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, to illustrate an article on Turkish Airlines new Melbourne to Istanbul route - Luxury Escapes

Turkish Airlines Launches Inaugural Istanbul to Melbourne Flight on 2 March 2024

February 23, 2024

Istanbul’s rich history, culture and architectural marvels are now easier to reach than ever, with Turkish Airlines announcing direct services from Melbourne.   Melbourne has become the first Australian city to secure direct flights to Istanbul, with Turkish Airlines confirming the long-awaited service will commence on 2 March 2024. The move will see the widely connected […]

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The famous crossing in front of Shibuya Station in Tokyo, awarded first place in Tripadvisor's Trending Destination category for 2024.

Tripadvisor Names Trending Travel Destinations for 2024

February 8, 2024

Tripadvisor's Best of the Best Trending Destinations are in for 2024: Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and the Philippines are the places to be. The illustrious Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards Best of the Best list for 2024 has been released, with Dubai named the Top Destination in the World for the third year in a row, […]

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The Caribbean island state is renowned for testing even the most experienced travellers.

What I Learned Travelling in Cuba for a Week Solo

January 12, 2024

North America’s enigmatic island country is a kaleidoscope of colours, cultures and bygone charm – and is notoriously misunderstood. Writer Madeleine Keck unravels some of its secrets. “Who let me do that?” I think as I stand in line to board my flight out of Havana after a week of exhilarating experiences (and a few […]

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Projections on landmark buildings, including the Sydney Opera House, form part of VIVID Sydney.

Top Australian Events Worth Travelling for in 2024

January 8, 2024

Imagine vibrant festivals, world-class culinary celebrations and art exhibitions like no other. Pack your bags – Australia's top events await. The new year brings a wealth of new opportunities, with people across the world making resolutions to travel more, embrace fresh experiences and expand the mind. The 2024 Australian events calendar offers ample opportunity for […]

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Trees tied with ribbons, a fun fact about Thailand. - Luxury Escapes

6 Fun Facts About Thailand You May Not Know

December 8, 2023

Soup carried in plastic bags, beer with ice, and ribbons tied in trees are just a few of the things you might notice in Thailand. The allure of Thailand's beaches and cities is undisputed, but it's the country's people that enrich the travel hotspot beyond all else. Experiencing a way of life that is different […]

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Ariel view of an island resort, one of Luxury Escapes' Best All Inclusive Resorts of All Time - Luxury Escapes

Luxury Escapes' Guide to the Best All Inclusive Resorts of All Time 

August 15, 2023

Sometimes there's nothing more tempting than a fly-and-flop with everything you could want at your fingertips. These are the luxury resorts that do it best. Gone are the days when all inclusive and full board resorts peaked at run-of-the-mill, all-you-can-eat buffets. While the same basic principle still applies – a one-off room cost incorporates meals […]

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