The Australian - July 2007

LOUNGE loves: Australian couple Leon and Jill Kammer have set up a terrific accommodation business in Italy. They have myriad properties on offer, including four apartments within cooee of Rome’s Spanish Steps. Prices look very reasonable; the well-equipped one-bedroom Apartment Verdi costs from E186 ($293) for two, which is a miraculous bargain in central Rome.

Visiting the Kims website this week, Lounge was reminded of this NSW central coast hideaway’s long family history and loyal staff. “We currently have seven team members who have been with us for over 20 years, and a further nine who have been with us for over 10 years,” say owners Andrew and Maryjane Strachan on the website posting. There’s a winter special (to August 31) from $184 a person (Sunday to Thursday nights), meals included. There’s also a deal offering a third night on the house for two nights booked.

LOUNGE loathes: Travel advertising that doesn’t spell out exactly what’s included; many offers look like great deals until you get out the magnifying glass to inspect that devilish fine print and discover the air fare is one-way or content is ground-only.

Plastic shampoo and conditioner bottles in hotel bathrooms with tiny lettering; most of us who wear glasses leave them behind when we enter the shower and that’s where the confusion occurs. One of the worst offenders is Aveda, a company that makes divine products, but its various labels are indistinguishable. Lounge has even tried to wash her hair with body lotion, a bugaboo indeed.