There’s nothing else like Braemar on Parliament Street, an Auckland gay friendly B&B. Step back, to a time before the world went mad, in central city’s only scheduled heritage home you can sleep in.
Originally constructed in 1901 of solid brick and ancient Kauri woodwork, Braemar on Parliament Street has been lovingly restored with the latest technology throughout. Its turn-of-the-century style, clear grain joinery, furnishings with yesterday’s looks and old style bathrooms with classic clawfoot bath tubs retain the charm of yesteryear.
We have four guest rooms to choose from, two of which have their own bathrooms.
Coral Sands Beachfront Resort is a Trinity Beach gay friendly resort directly located opposite the beach in Queensland, Australia.
Our 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Apartments capture the true beauty of our Tropical North Queensland coastline. The resort is spread out on two acres of tropical gardens around the property’s beautiful lagoon style swimming pool.
All our apartments have a lovely view of either the ocean, pool or garden from the apartment’s private balcony. These self contained apartments feature a lovely air-conditioned lounge/dining room, fully equipped kitchen with quality cooking facilities and utensils including a Nespresso coffee pod machine, cable TV and IPod docking station.
The well-designed bedrooms at our Trinity Beach gay friendly resort can have several bed configurations to suit singles, couples or families. The laundry facilities available in each apartment consist of washing machine and dryer.
Wi-Fi is available for free and is unlimited.
Our amazing lagoon-style pool caters to both young and old with many sun loungers, chairs and tables. The resort’s outdoor BBQ facilities are easy to use and are well maintained.
There is also a licensed restaurant adjacent to our property – book your reservations by phone from your room.
Coral Sands Resort truly is a tropical dream. Located along Vasey Esplanade in Trinity Beach, we offer magnificent views of pristine white sand and the sparkle of the cobalt Coral Sea.
The Philippines have occasionally been called the treasure islands of the Pacific, but if you were to ask us, we’d say that the largest gem of all can be found within gay Palawan!
As adventurers, we’re always on the lookout for the most exciting destinations to share with the LGBTQ world. So, what if we told you that Palawan is a top-of-the-line oasis where you can find the softest and whitest sand? The deepest and most mysterious caves? Mountains, covered by vast and verdant jungles? Well… It’s true! Palawan has everything that explorers could ever want from a thrilling vacation.
And while there is no primary hotspot for gay activity amongst the various islands and municipalities throughout Palawan, there are still several LGBTQ-owned businesses to be found. Also, just based on our own personal experiences from traveling across the seas to the Philippines, we have met a lot of queer folk flooding into these gorgeous islands. Filipinos are incredibly welcoming and gay friendly, many of our friends have even weighed in on why the Philippines is so gay friendly.
From our perspective, Palawan is not only a safe place for both local and foreign travelers, but it is also a must-stop, bucket list-worthy location. We want to help you plan the best possible island holiday, which is why we’ve created this all-inclusive, gay travel guide!
The Treghan Luxury Lodge is a quiet gay friendly New Zealand B&B which sits on a little more than two acres of beautiful private landscaped gardens. Located in northern New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, it’s a special place to get away from it all and relax. Awaken in your own personal guesthouse, knowing your space is yours and yours alone.
We’ve carefully considered every last detail, from the oh-so-comfortable bed linens and feather pillows to our famous, fresh-baked organic cookies. Each guesthouse includes a/c and free Wifi internet access for your comfort.
The Owner’s Cottage – a fantastic cottage with its own ensuite bathroom, separate lounge and kitchenette.
Birdsong Retreat or Tranquility Retreat – our luxurious, totally new 2 bedroom cottages, each with two baths and fully-equipped kitchens (with both dishwasher and washing machine).
All three guest accommodations are beautifully decorated and fully equipped, well kept-up, and have everything you will need for your stay. We even supply breakfast provisions (organic wherever possible) when you first arrive.
Peace and quiet is paramount at the Treghan Luxury Lodge. Our award-winning guesthouses will give you the freedom to enjoy your stay in total serenity without constant interruption. Consider your cottage your home away from home – with secluded living, wide terraces and amazing rural views.
Looking for the perfect friendly place to camp along Queensland’s Sunshine Coast? Bluff Creek is a simple campground in the beautiful Mary Valley on a hundred acres. Explore the natural beauty of the Mary River, and hike through bushland that is home to koalas, kangaroos and many other native animals.
We offer a number of great camping amenities:
* Hot showers * Flushing toilets * Swimming holes * Bush walking trails * A small farm shop offering local fare and camping basics.
We keep guest numbers low to allow you extra privacy and space to roam.
Our region of the Sunshine Coast offers lovely day trips – visit some gorgeous waterfalls, try the local ale at one of our breweries, and enjoy our fresh local produce. There are farmers’ markets in the nearby towns of Imbil and Eumundi on certain days – we can fill you in on the details.
Welcome to New Zealand Awaits – New Zealand’s LGBT travel specialist, proudly providing a variety of tours, planned and custom, for LGBTQ travelers to New Zealand. We’re the only New Zealand company who offers men’s, women’s, and LGBT small group tours.
We can also provide private guides for your own group (of 1+), and are happy to create itineraries for travelers who want advice from a local expert for their own self-guided tour.
As enthusiastic global travelers ourselves, we believe travel can be transformative if it lets you explore, get excited, and experience a sence of awe and shared connection with nature and the locals.
We can connect you with trusted local folks committed to providing authentic “Kiwi” experiences, excited to welcome our LGBTQ+ clients. Most of our partners are small owner/operators with deep local roots who share our values of sustainability, social responsibility, and fantastic service.
ARCADIA LODGE – HISTORY, GOOD FOOD AND GLORIOUS VIEWS
There is nowhere quite like Arcadia Lodge Russell located in the Bay of Islands landmark sitting in a magnificent position looking out over Russell’s tranquil Matauwhi Bay. This historic house built in circa 1902 has been operating as Arcadia Lodge since mid 1920’s and is a boutique B&B style accommodation.
For many of our guests one of their greatest pleasures is to sit on the deck and drink in the 180 degree views of water, bush & yachts. We are just a stroll around the corner to NZ’s first historic capital town Russell. Accommodation comprises of three downstairs suites with private decks and amazing views. Matariki suite with two bedrooms bedrooms catering for up to four guests. Upstairs is a charming queen room with water views, or a super king bed with loft style ensuite.
For guests wanting more independence Arcadia Cottage sits beside the lodge with a relaxed feel providing a more self contained accommodation forup to four guests who want a longer vacation with optional breakfast by request.
The lodge is a large house furnished in a relaxed blend of traditional and contemporary furniture and features 100 year old, honey coloured kauri floorboards. A mixture of western, Pasifika and Maori artworks including a range of historical photos and wonderful snapshots from around New Zealand adorn the lodge creating a relaxing space in which to unwind and relax, and being a very large house has ample room for everyone. We offer a prejudice free accomodation and cater for all regardless.
“Stefan, let’s go to Boracay and become beautiful mermaids!”
The thing is, Seby wasn’t joking when he said this to me as we were planning our Philippines trip. He showed me the Boracay Mermaids Instagram profile and exclaimed proudly – “this is going to be us!”
And sure enough it was!
Along with our mermaid adventures along Boracay’s gorgeous White Beach (more about this below!), this tropical Filipino island offers so much for LGBTQ travellers. It has an exciting (albeit small) gay scene to check out with many excellent gay friendly hotels, secluded beaches and highly rated restaurants.
Boracay used to be infamous for being a crazy party island where anything goes! However, things got so raucous and out-of-hand that the government decided to close it for a big 6 month clean up in 2018. Post-clean up, Boracay is as buzzing as it was before, but a lot cleaner, with stricter rules in place to adhere to in order to keep it clean.
Following our visit to Boracay, we’ve put together this detailed gay guide summarising the best gay hotels to stay, places to go out, things to do and other practical tips for LGBTQ travellers. We’ve also included a section about the rules in place in Boracay after the big 2018 cleanup.
Is Gay Boracay safe for travellers?
The Philippines is generally a gay friendly country, particularly by Asian standards: we’d certainly rank it as one of the most gay friendly countries in Asia. This is largely down to the fact that despite being a very Catholic country, the Filipinos are extremely hospitable and welcoming. They are eager to please and show off their country, especially to foreigners.
We absolutely fell in love with the gay friendly Philippines. It was the big surprise from our big trip around Asia. Most travellers backpacking around Asia also told us the same thing – they came to the Philippines with low expectations but ended up leaving completely besotted with the place!
The Philippines has 7,641 islands of which only 2,000 are inhabited. That’s a shed load of tropical beaches to discover. The country also straddles the Coral Triangle, which makes it a paradise for underwater adventurers – we had some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving experiences here, particularly in the waters around Palawan.
And, it’s super gay friendly! We rate the Philippines as one of the most gay friendly countries in Asia. Whilst it has a long way to go with its LGBTQ laws (as does almost every country in Asia), this was one of the rare countries in Asia where we felt super welcome as a gay couple.
We put this down to the Filipinos. They are extremely friendly, warm and fun-loving people – the “Filipino hospitality” is a thing which they highly value.
We were fortunate to make many LGBTQ Filipino friends during our travels, both in the gay friendly Philippines and elsewhere. We reached out to them to give us their opinion on why they think the Philippines is so gay friendly and awesome! We specifically asked each of them to answer these 2 questions and have printed their answers below.
Bluff Creek is a simple campground in the beautiful Mary Valley on the Sunshine Coast. The 100 acres of camping offer guests the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Mary River, walk through bushland that is home to koalas, kangaroos and many other native animals.
Features and amenities include, hot showers and flushing toilets, bush walking trails, swimming holes and a small farm shop offering local fare and camping basics. We keep numbers low to allow our guests extra privacy and space.