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By @ 05/06/19 in Cape Town, Correspondent, Gay travel, John Walker, South Africa, Travel

Top 5 south africa experiences in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineThese are the top 5 Cape Town experiences from our Australia correspondents John Walker and Gavin Patterson who visited last year.

Table Mountain Cablecar 

Carried to the top of this spectacular mountain by a state of the art revolving cable car, this iconic vantage point allows visitors to drink in the unsurpassed vistas of Cape Town’s breathtaking coastline. Free guided tours present an informative overview of the fascinating flora and fauna. Weather permitting, you might choose an abseiling adventure or a hike for your return journey


Offering a traditional theatre restaurant experience in the heart of the De Waterkant district, Gold is a memorable evening of melodic tribal voices, colourful costumes, striking masks, and rhythmic folk dance. A visit here includes a selection of African foods, interactive performances and face painting by the friendly and attentive staff, offering exceptional photo opportunities.

Bo Kaap Street Tour

The pastel, candy coloured houses are the main feature of this photogenic quarter of the city. Our local guide Shiralene revealed a personal history of the descendants of the Cape Malay, muslim slaves, who settled here after emancipation in the early 19th century. We were treated to a traditional dinner in a family home as part of our tour. A unique experience not to be missed.

District 6 Museum and Company Gardens

If the fascinating and sometimes sordid history of Cape Town is your interest, don’t miss the tour of District 6 Museum recounted by locals who grew up during the time when thousands of people from this area were forcibly relocated under apartheid laws. 1n 1994 this museum became a place for reflection and contemplation of discrimination and injustice.

Cape Town Gay Bars

There is something for all tastes in this vibrant gay scene. Your night will be off to a great start with a meal at the Manhattan Club or a burger at Beefcakes before a more serious selection from some of the cheekiest nightclubs on offer. Crew Bar provides a shot of shirtless staff fraternisation while Versatile Bar offers a semi-naked tryst with patrons stripping to their bare essentials.

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By @ 11/07/17 in Australia, Gay cruise, Gay travel, John Walker, Sydney, Travel

ManAboutWorld correspondents John Walker and Gavin Patterson are constantly crisscrossing the globe to update our readers on gay-friendly travel opportunities all over the world … on land and on sea, including a recent experience crossing the equator. They recently sailed on the Radiance of the Seas. Here are a few of their highlights from their experience. You can read more of their adventures on their blog,

Crossing the equator in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

King Neptune summons the crew who need to be punished when crossing the Equator.

Evening Sail Out, Sydney Harbour
There are few better sights in the world than an evening sail out from Sydney Harbour on a luxury cruise liner with the brilliantly lit sails of the Opera House as a cruise curtain raiser. The shimmering waters of the harbour reflected a million dazzling lights of Australia’s biggest city adding to the spectacle of this fairytale farewell.

Sydney Harbor in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Spectacular views of Sydney Opera House on sailout

Marlborough Wineries, New Zealand
Close to Picton, the Marlborough region is a rich, fertile landscape dotted with over 100 wineries producing premium Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay varietals. World famous Cloudy Bay is the best known winery but we enjoyed the clear, crisp selections from Spy Valley and a smoky, dry Riesling from Framingham Wines. Delicious!

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The crisp, classic tastes of the Marlborough wine region, New Zealand

A Mystery Dinner At Sea
During days at sea there’s sometimes a murder mystery to be solved at dinnertime. The scene is set with multiple villains, screaming slapstick and a gunshot. Guests piece together the clues while enjoying gourmet food and wine pairing. Of course it is the wife, but the whole experience is a tantalising specialty theatre restaurant on the high seas.

Radiance of the Seas performers in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Hilarious and delicious Mystery Dinner Theatre at sea

The jewel of all the destinations included stops in Papeete, Moorea and Bora Bora. We were greeted at every port with crystal, fluorescent waters, succulent seafood lunches, wide, beaming smiles and exotic, island culture with a French twist. This charming Polynesian cocktail is worth sipping slowly but unfortunately our ship had to sail.

Crossing The Equator
Crossing the Equator by ship means rituals are performed. King Neptune and his entourage held court on the pool deck pardoning lowly ship hands for dastardly deeds to ensure a safe passage into the northern hemisphere. Punishment was a spectacular shower of raw eggs, flour and spaghetti sauce followed by kissing the dead fish.

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By @ 09/07/17 in Dining/food/wine, Gay travel, John Walker, Phuket, Thailand, Travel
Restaurant Royale Nam Tok in gay Phuket, Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineGay Phuket update: Restaurant Royale Nam Tok in Phuket, Thailand is a class act from start to finish. The sumptuous dining space, superb service by host Corry and the culinary distinction of Chef Marc are usually hallmarks of the finest European Michelin Star restaurants. Their exquisite home by day and restaurant by night, with only six tables, lavishly set with fine French napery, antique silver cutlery and elaborate glassware, could only be described as distinguished opulence.

On arrival we enjoyed the sultry sounds of famous French divas while sipping pre-dinner champagne cocktails in the tropical pool garden before being served an amuse bouche of mushroom cappuccino.

The menu varies throughout the year. An appetiser of large plump scallops fried in ginger and served in a rich pumpkin soup was delectable. The house speciality, Champignons á la Madeleine, features mushrooms stuffed with a secret recipe belonging to Marc’s aunt and they are seriously delicious.

Grandmother’s Pot-au-Feu (rabbit stew) in a white wine sauce with two mustards and tarragon was a wild French treat and the sauce was so good you could have bathed in it. Canadian Lobster and fried turbot filet in lobster bouillon sauce, with coconut milk from Marc’s own garden, was also sensational.

Restaurant Royale Nam Tok in gay Phuket, Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineSipping French Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley we studied the á la carte dessert menu. What a dilemma, everything sounded so enticing. Marc suggested the surprise dessert medley to share. How could we go wrong with a master chef in the kitchen? Luscious petit fours served on top of an ornate glass bowl containing Siamese Fighting Fish was a touch of finesse to complete a perfect dinner.

Story and photos by John Walker & Gavin Patterson, ManAboutWorld correspondents who blog here and on They visited this restaurant in Phuket and found it wonderful and quite unique. It is owned by two lovely Belgian men who packed up their European restaurant and transported it to their new home in Thailand.

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By @ 05/16/16 in Gay travel, John Walker, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Uruguay


Guest relaxing in pool at the gay-only Undarious Hotel in Uruguay

Guest relaxing in pool

ManAboutWorld Global Correspondents John Walker and Gavin Patterson visited Uruguay, discovered the gay Undarius Hotel and brought back this CheckOut update.

Gay-only Undarius hotel TOP/BOTTOM LINE

If an all over tan is what you want, somewhere you can relax under tall pine trees in a private tranquil garden by a sparkling saltwater pool, then you will love Undarius Hotel. Just over twelve months old, gay owned and managed, set in a semi-rural, beachside landscape, this is a perfect place for a complete chill out.

“We are not a place for parties. We are a place for relaxation and tranquility.” (Francisco)

Undarius is owned by Francisco and Mario who built this beautiful private gay male hideaway from the ground up. Together with their friendly pooch (Tina Turner), they will make your stay one you will be sure to rave about to all your friends.


Undarius is located 20 kilometres out of Punta del Este in Uruguay and an easy three hundred metre walk from famous Chihuahua Beach. The hotel is wonderfully quiet with acres of surrounding natural bushland. The brilliant sunsets and myriad of stars in the clear black night sky are the wow factors. There are a few local restaurants a short drive away but for international standard shopping, partying and night clubbing take the highway which follows the long stretch of beaches into Punta del Este.

The grounds at the gay-only Undarious Hotel in Uruguay and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The hotel & grounds


At Undarius there are twelve rooms in total which offer three levels of accommodation.

Bunk level, is cheap and cheerful and is very popular with those travelling alone. Each person has a locker, a single bed and a shared bathroom and lots of instant buddies.

The standard rooms are modest, clean and light, with air conditioning, a queen size bed, TV, safe and a basic private bathroom.

There is one deluxe room in the complex with a king bed, TV, air conditioning, safe, cooking facilities, dining table, chairs and space for an extra bed if required.

All rooms have a balcony with views overlooking the pool and garden and are exceptionally quiet.


The main feature of Undarius is its calm, relaxing and peaceful feel. The pool and garden are the centre of activity whether for nude sunbaking or just a dip and a chat with other guests. There is a small restaurant where Mario serves a complimentary breakfast and a good morning kiss each day. They also have a limited menu for dinner which is available at an additional charge each night.

Chihuahua Beach, which is officially nude, is certainly a huge drawcard with its endless sand, safe swimming and dunes at the back where you might find some extra fun. It also has a great little restaurant called Explorer right on the beach which is ideal for a light, healthy meal. Loti the owner treats all her boys like family members and don’t bother to dress for lunch. Undarius has beach chairs, umbrellas and bikes for hire which you can organise before your excursion.

 As the hotel is relatively new there is a multi-channel satellite TV in each room with some programs offering multiple language options. There are also international electrical outlets and free wifi all around the complex. Solar panels keep the pool at a perfect temperature all day long, always ready for when you decide to take the plunge. 


This place rocks sexiness. The extra warm welcome by hunky owners Mario and Fran is a great start to your vacation at

Sunset on the beach at the gay-only Undarious Hotel in Uruguay and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Sunset on the beach

Undarius. These gorgeous guys make your stay as pleasant as possible with personal pick-up from the airport, advice about local activities and sightseeing and when you book one of Mario’s massages you can be sure you will receive highly personal treatment.

The mostly South American clientele hangout loosely clad or completely nude in and around the pool. This is the place to discover new social networks and exchange travel tips and tales or just keep reading the novel you can’t put down.

The rooms have one way glass so you can see out but others cannot see in. In the bunk room there is a twin shower, excellent for showering with a friend. The deluxe room shower is certainly ‘peek-a-boo’ as it is situated in the ‘centre stage’ position of the main room.

Because Undarius is located out of town there is no local gay night life. However, you won’t have to try too hard to find some fun with new friends in the resort.

The owners of the beach at the gay-only Undarious Hotel in Uruguay and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The owners


Check different dates on the Undarius Hotel website for the various rates and note the hotel closes for all of June, July and August. Regular guests are offered discounts. If you make a booking directly with the hotel and out of the high season (December, January or February) rates will be cheaper.

Check out is normally at 11:00am however, if rooms are not needed, Mario and Fran are very happy to try to accommodate later check out requirements.

Undarius was a thoroughly pleasant surprise. Having stayed in many gay resorts around the world this ‘new kid on the block’ gets a tick as a favourite for warm hospitality and a carefree sojourn. And the Chihuahua sunsets will blow your mind.


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By @ 03/07/16 in Buenos Aires, Gay travel, John Walker, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Croque Madame in Buenos Aires and ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Croque Madame

First time in Buenos Aires?ManAboutWorld correspondents John Walker and Gavin Patterson recently visited and offer first-time travellers to Buenos Aires a starting point for a really successful vacation. Here are a few of their suggestions to kickstart your ‘BA gay stay.’ManAboutWorld last covered Buenos Aires in December 2013. If it’s your first time in Buenos Aires, begin your exploration here.

Aspen Square, Palermo Soho
To find a hotel like Aspen Square is definitely a tip to be shared. The rooms are large, tastefully furnished and very comfortable. The staff couldn’t be more accommodating and helping visitors become acquainted with their beautiful city is what they do best. Breakfast is hearty and all inclusive and if you need to unwind there’s a small gym and pool on the top floor. The best part is the location in the heart of hip Palermo Soho, just a few minutes walk from the best restaurant precinct in Buenos Aires. It’s a safe and restful sojourn for the savvy traveler.

Croque Madame and the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo
Lunch at Croque Madame in Buenos Aires is a total treat. Set in the old coach house of the Museo Nacional de

Dancer in Buenos Aires and ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Dancer in Buenos Aires

Arte Decorativo, this divine little restaurant has class and sophistication at a reasonable price. Arrive early and you will secure one of the sought after tables surrounding the fountain in the garden. The elegant decor inside hints at the splendour associated with times past. The museum opens for free tours at 2pm and, although sometimes overlooked by visitors, it is an absolute must. Filled with exquisite European antiques, paintings and sculptures, this grand mansion houses some of the most priceless works in this part of the world.

Peuteo Bar, Palermo Soho
Sampling gay bars in a foreign city can sometimes make you feel like Cinderella; it can be hard to find the right fit. Peuteo Bar in Palermo Soho has the magic mix of evening chic, fun and frivolity. Perfect for quieter cocktails during the week, on Friday and Saturday night the party anthems are pumping and the place is packed. Combine a dinner in trendy Armenia Square with drinks around the corner at this cosy, hospitable little bar. Most will find it a perfect fit and you might just meet a few of the local handsome princes.

Pepo Pepona Gay Restaurant
A welcome kiss by the owner hints at a night full of friendly festivities at Pepo Pepona. Although the waiters will deliver a serving of ground pepper you will never forget, dining in Buenos Aires’ only gay restaurant is definitely not the ‘main course’. That would be the entertainment which begins about 12am with four extremely handsome and very well-endowed strippers gyrating and pulsating around the tables for optimum crowd pleasure. Each representing an erotic fantasy, the doctor, once out of his scrubs, was able to work his stethoscope with specialist precision. Hot and bothered, you’ll be begging for an encore. Don’t miss this evening of lustful, latino treats.

Esquina Carlos Gardel Tango Show
Esquina Carlos Gardel Tango Show is about flare and passion, agile leg flicks and close sultry embraces. The orchestra above the stage ensures the rhythm of Tango is incisive, exciting, powerful and provocative as the tango dancers, in their brilliant colourful costumes, charm and mesmerise the audience. The show highlights both traditional and contemporary tangos with open gestures, intricate footwork, elegant lifts, kicks, and drops. The show is held in a beautiful traditional theatre which oozes the luxury and splendour of the tango era with its refined furnishings, nostalgic artworks and photographs. An all-inclusive, á la carte dinner is served before the show.

BA Gay Travel
Armando at BA Gay Travel (IGLTA affiliated) will design a tour or package a holiday to suit your needs. His 7 night Gay Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls extravaganza with flights, transfers, private English speaking guides and accommodation is a sensational way to experience some of the best the country has to offer on a short stay. The company also specializes in gay wedding ceremonies and will arrange all the legal and celebratory details while you enjoy a relaxing, leisurely time in the city. Prices are affordable and the service is outstanding. Local knowledge and understanding will make your vacation truly memorable and hassle-free.



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By @ 02/24/16 in Buenos Aires, Correspondent, Gay travel, John Walker, ManAboutWorld, Travel
Floralis Genérica in Buenos Aires and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Floralis Genérica

Six enormous 23-metre high stainless steel petals made from brilliant, mirror-finish, stainless steel form a massive flower sculpture created in 2002 by Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano. The flower sculpture (Floralis Genérica) sits above a reflection pool and amazingly opens and closes its petals according to the time of day.

This update was brought to us by ManAboutWorld correspondents John Walker and Gavin Patterson. Here’s more info about Floralis Genérica.

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By @ 02/16/16 in Australia, Australia, Gay travel, John Walker, New Zealand, Travel
Downunder: Australia and New Zealand by John Walker correspondent for ManAboutWorld gay trabvel magazine


Travel Downunder with ManAboutWorld’s Global Correspondents John Walker and Gavin Patterson who recently traveled to Australia and New Zealand, the great southern lands ‘downunder.’ Walker and Patterson founded their travel website, providing reliable tips and tales about getting ‘the most bang for your pink buck.’

According to this peripatetic duo, “You’re sure to find something you’ve always wanted to see; an opera house on a harbour perhaps. Maybe you’ll also find something completely unexpected.” This is a great time to travel downunder: the U.S. dollar is strong against the New Zealand and Australian currencies and it’s their summer. Here are the top 10 experiences in Australia and New Zealand in their words:

Touring in this part of the world is easy. The exchange rate for US visitors leaves a little for those extras and you’re bound to make a few new ‘mates’ along the way. You’ll be wanting to do some selfies with cuddly koalas, kangaroos and kiwis but don’t forget the fun of the beaches and bars. The restaurants will have you drooling and the succulent steaks, lamb and the plentiful, fresh seafood create culinary nirvana.

However, it’s the rich, rugged landscapes, the endless green rolling pastures, the flourishing rainforests and the azure seas which dominate this

Selfie with Kangaroo-Downunder: Australia and New Zealand by John Walker correspondent for ManAboutWorld gay trabvel magazine

Selfie with Kangaroo

part of the world. Ancient lands with fascinating indigenous heritage offer travellers safe, hospitable destinations for a discovery holiday like no other. Dive in, soak it up and roll around like there’s no end to this dream.

These top 10 little gems might just whet your appetite.

1/Dining Under The Big Hanger

Ripples is perfect for chic, relaxed, dining, with seasonal Italian food and stunning views of Sydney Harbour and its iconic bridge, affectionately referred to as ‘the big hanger’. After dinner take a stroll through Luna Park to Lavender Bay. Along the boardwalk you will be treated to a setting sun which creates a romantic mauve shimmer on the water.

Take the ferry to the restaurant from Circular Quay and on your return the lights of the imposing city skyscrapers and the soaring sails of the Opera House will welcome you back. Finish off with a post dinner drink at Pullman Grand Quay, ECQ bar. This ultra-modern bar has uninterrupted views back over the harbour and ‘the big hanger’. (See photo above)

2/Sydney’s Best Gay Beach

Little Congwong at La Perouse in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney is the choice for the local gay crowd. Walk straight across Congwong Beach past the happy families and take the path to the right and walk about 300 metres to a set of stairs and the beach is at the bottom.

On a hot weekend the beach is packed with nude, sun worshippers but during the week it is much less crowded. This beach is small, sheltered and the dazzling, crystal clear water of Botany Bay makes it perfect for swimming. The chilled vibe makes relaxing easy. Feel like a stroll? The rocks to the left hand side of the beach lead right around the headland to even more fun.

3/Melbourne and Lord Coconut

Head straight for Degraves Street, just near Flinders Street Station for a famous Melbourne coffee. The narrow lanes are a unique part of the Melbourne cafe scene, with their Parisian style small tables, tiny crowded shops and treasure trove of food and coffee aromas filling the air.

While in the area, you might find the wedding or engagement ring for you and your husband-to-be while shopping at Lord Coconut in Melbourne. It feels like a mens’ den, showcasing unique jewellery fashioned by forty specialist jewellers who craft exclusive designs for discerning men. 

Caluzzi Bar-Downunder: Australia and New Zealand by John Walker correspondent for ManAboutWorld gay trabvel magazine

Caluzzi Bar

4/Hobart and MONA (Museum of Old and New Art)

Take a ‘Posh Pit’ ride on the ferry to MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Hobart where champagne, canapés and cute cabin crew create an ‘absolutely fabulous’ introduction to this unique place. Finish with an all-inclusive tasting tour of the vineyards.

Back at the port, check out Salamanca Place ( for a plate of the freshest seafood around. If it happens to be a Saturday, the 300 stall market is famous for locally produced food, beers and wines as well as unique arts and crafts.

5/Wellington and the Ortega Fish Shack 

Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum, is located right on the harbour front. Entry is free and the displays of Maori culture from weapons, carvings and art works to a magnificently restored Maori Meeting House, provide a true sense of how the indigenous people of New Zealand lived before white settlement.

Ortega Fish Shack ( is a hidden gem and serves outstanding seafood. An award winning chef, top shelf local produce, striking decor and friendly staff are a real recipe for success.

6/Rotorua and the Polynesian Spa

The hot mineral baths of the Polynesian Spa in Rotorua, New Zealand ( have renowned therapeutic properties and are listed in the top 10 spas by Conde Nast Travel. Treat yourself and your loved one to an indulgent experience, including a private spa room overlooking the thermal lake on sunset.

Te Puia is a cultural centre built on the edge of a geothermal valley and here you will see the amazing Pohutu Geyser and the legendary mud pools. Check out the Kiwi House for a glimpse of the nocturnal national symbol.

6/Napier and the Art Deco Festival

Delirious about art deco and dying for a dress up? Napier, New Zealand has the largest Art Deco Festival ( in the southern hemisphere. Prohibition parties were never as much fun as this. The summer festival in February each year is a huge dress up event attracting 40 000 people and with new festival manager Jonathan Smith there is bound to be more gay happenings on the agenda like an Art Deco pool party.

For a slice of Art Deco on any day try the Emporium Eatery and Bar, part of the award winning Masonic Hotel. This stunning place has joined a few select establishments in New Zealand voted one of the world’s best bars.

7/The Bay of Islands and Waitangi

A kilometre or two out of Paihia is the Waitangi Treaty Grounds where the famous Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British and the chiefs of the Maori tribes. The grounds have stunning views over the bay and a huge flagstaff marks the point where this historic event took place.

At the Carved Meeting House a Maori cultural group perform a spectacular, traditional welcome (Haka), explain their rituals and present tribal songs and dances. Within the treaty grounds there are three war canoes, one of which is the world’s largest ceremonial canoe at a staggering 35 metres long and needing up to seventy hunky Maoris to row.

8/Lake Taupo and Huka Falls

Amazingly beautiful and formed 2000 years ago by a fiery volcanic eruption, Lake Taupo is the size of an inland sea. A perfect playground for swimming, fishing, sailing and adventure sports like para-gliding and jet skiing. Majestic snow covered Mt Ruapehu, the largest active volcano in New Zealand, sits in the background while swimmers enjoy the warm geothermal currents in the lake.

Huka Falls just outside Lake Taupo blasts out more than 220,000 litres of water every second. Stand on the foot bridge to witness the roar and energy as the water crashes into pools below. For further excitement take a jet boat ride below the falls.

9/Auckland and Caluzzi Bar

From the moment you walk through the door the laughs begin. Drag queens Miss Ling Ling, ‘who loves bling’, Miss Victoria, Miss Kola and the elegant Miss Taro Patch, ridiculously tall in their high stilettos, welcome visitors to Caluzzi Bar and Cabaret in the heart of Auckland. These ‘sluts with nuts’, as they call themselves, turn on a Kiwi welcome with lively, exuberant and raunchy charm, ensuring the mood from start to finish is totally upbeat and completely outrageous. Celebrating 20 years in 2016, let Captain Campbell (the very hot owner) and his bevy of high camp babes take you on a journey downunder you’ll never forget. (See photo above.)

Photos: Courtesy John Walker and Gavin Patterson.

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