The historic Hydro Majestic Hotel in the Blue Mountains started life as a hydrotherapy spa offering treatments like needle baths and bowel kneading. Today, it's a resort that celebrates decadence - but ghosts reportedly still haunt its interior.
I stand at one of the most famous passenger ports in the world, looking out to sea. I'm feeling inspired by the freezing gulf before me, yet a little demoralised by this place. It's the end of the world. Who wouldn't be?
I swing gently in my hammock, my big toe rippling up powdery white sand. But after a few weeks' wait for my tropical break, this isn't quite how I pictured my slice of Fijian paradise.
Deception Island in the South Shetland Islands offers grim reminders of a time when whales were hunted and killed in their thousands. It is a place full of deception – morbid and unpredictable, but also heavenly.
There’s nothing like a swim in zero-degree-temperature water to wake up a body – especially when followed by a jacuzzi with glacier views. Caroline Berdon explores the icy beauty of Antarctica from both land and sea.