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Great book if you're minted up to the gills!
on 24 March 2010
This book serves as a fantastic advert for visiting Australia and New Zealand, but it appears to be aimed only at wealthy travelers who don't mind dropping some serious coin on undoubtedly stunning hotels. For most of us, the suggested hotels are prohibitively expensive, it would have been really nice to see a few cheaper suggestions mixed in there amongst the pricey ones, but perhaps they couldn't bear to use any photography of hotel interiors which weren't breathtaking.
This book looks very well researched, they go into just the right amount of detail and give lots of hints on what there is to do and see nearby the various locations. I suppose that's where the book offers some value, as even if you weren't visiting that particular hotel, you might see the beautiful pics and find somewhere cheaper in the area, and use the rest of the review to make sure you have a great time while you're there.
This book looks and feels great quality, the photography is stunning, the design and layout is very pleasant and this would make a nice coffee table piece in the lobby of one of the hotels it advertises. However, unless you've got lots of money to spend, I don't think there's much point buying this book to help choose where to go on your travels. Just go to a travel agent instead.