Penny Watson

Penny Watson, a trained journalist and freelance writer, has travelled the world writing feature articles for magazines and newspapers. She has researched guidebooks and last year published her first solo book Hong Kong Precincts, a curated guide to shopping, eating and drinking in the city. Penny shares her time between Hong Kong and her hometown of Melbourne, Australia, where she has recently been asked to join the review squad for The Age Good Food Guide as a Chinese cuisine expert. She is happiest when eating fish ball and wonton soup.
Penny Watson
Penny Watson, a trained journalist and freelance writer, has travelled the world writing feature articles for magazines and newspapers. She has researched guidebooks and last year published her first solo book Hong Kong Precincts, a curated guide to shopping, eating and drinking in the city. Penny shares her time between Hong Kong and her hometown of Melbourne, Australia, where she has recently been asked to join the review squad for The Age Good Food Guide as a Chinese cuisine expert. She is happiest when eating fish ball and wonton soup.

Latest from Penny Watson

Tali Wiru, an open-air dinner overlooking Uluru, Australia, is a feast for the senses

Tali Wiru, by Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, is fine dining at its finest. Enjoy champagne canapés on a desert dune overlooking the sacred landmark.

18 Sep 2019 - 3:31PM

Tali Wiru, by Voyages Ayers Rock Resort, is fine dining at its finest. Enjoy champagne canapés on a desert dune overlooking the sacred landmark.

Tali Wiru, an open-air dinner overlooking Uluru, Australia, is a feast for the senses
Elements of Byron resort, in Australia’s New South Wales, offers white sand and surf in a serene setting

Elements of Byron, in Australia’s New South Wales, offers white sand and surf in a serene setting

20 Oct 2018 - 10:36AM

Elements of Byron, in Australia’s New South Wales, offers white sand and surf in a serene setting

Elements of Byron resort, in Australia’s New South Wales, offers white sand and surf in a serene setting
Melbourne hotel inspired by Chinese-Australian artist is a gallery-like getaway

Zhong Chen’s expressive, abstract artworks decorate rooms, suites and public spaces at The Chen

24 Mar 2018 - 11:18AM

Zhong Chen’s expressive, abstract artworks decorate rooms, suites and public spaces at The Chen

Melbourne hotel inspired by Chinese-Australian artist is a gallery-like getaway
Iconic Sydney brewery and bar is now a hip boutique hotel

The Old Clare Hotel, which wears its heritage credentials on its super-hip sleeve, is home to chef Jason Atherton’s Kensington Street Social restaurant

19 Jan 2018 - 1:33PM

The Old Clare Hotel, which wears its heritage credentials on its super-hip sleeve, is home to chef Jason Atherton’s Kensington Street Social restaurant

Iconic Sydney brewery and bar is now a hip boutique hotel
Hotel des Arts Saigon - luxurious, spectacularly swanky art deco haven in Ho Chi Minh City

Exquisitely decorated in French-Indochine style and featuring extraordinary art from the owner’s private collection, this property has plenty to keep guests entertained, and is close to several of the city’s top attractions

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Exquisitely decorated in French-Indochine style and featuring extraordinary art from the owner’s private collection, this property has plenty to keep guests entertained, and is close to several of the city’s top attractions

Hotel des Arts Saigon - luxurious, spectacularly swanky art deco haven in Ho Chi Minh City
Jackalope, Australia's most talked about luxury property to open in 2017

Having just won an AHEAD award for visual identity, this hotel is putting its quiet spot in Mornington Peninsula on the map with stunning design and a curated collection of art from Melbourne’s best and brightest

20 Mar 2018 - 7:01PM

Having just won an AHEAD award for visual identity, this hotel is putting its quiet spot in Mornington Peninsula on the map with stunning design and a curated collection of art from Melbourne’s best and brightest

Jackalope, Australia's most talked about luxury property to open in 2017
Six of the best Chinese restaurants in Melbourne

The Australian city has undergone a food revolution and Chinese cuisine is leading the charge

24 Nov 2016 - 9:23AM

The Australian city has undergone a food revolution and Chinese cuisine is leading the charge

Six of the best Chinese restaurants in Melbourne
Travel: Richard Branson’s South African winery and boutique hotel Mont Rochelle

Beyond wine, the Franschhoek property is set in a foodie heartland with plenty of fun family attractions

12 Nov 2016 - 1:00PM

Beyond wine, the Franschhoek property is set in a foodie heartland with plenty of fun family attractions

Travel: Richard Branson’s South African winery and boutique hotel Mont Rochelle
Three reasons to stay at Ovolo Woolloomooloo: Sydney harbour views, funky art, free minibar

Hong Kong’s Ovolo hotel brand opens a quirkily glam property in Sydney’s heritage Woolloomooloo Wharf

25 Sep 2016 - 8:01AM

Hong Kong’s Ovolo hotel brand opens a quirkily glam property in Sydney’s heritage Woolloomooloo Wharf

Three reasons to stay at Ovolo Woolloomooloo: Sydney harbour views, funky art, free minibar
Boutique hotel The Lake House in Victoria, Australia, stays ahead of the curve
Lay of the land
28 Feb 2010 - 12:00AM
Lay of the land
Roamin' holiday
21 Jan 2009 - 12:00AM
Roamin' holiday
Current affair
17 Sep 2008 - 12:00AM
Current affair
Hot spots: The Phoenix Hotel, Yogyakarta
Hot spots: Mariage Frères, Paris
Better than new
25 Jul 2010 - 12:00AM
Better than new
Grape escape
14 Nov 2010 - 12:00AM
Grape escape
Anantara luxury resort and spa offers a Chinese retreat with Thai touch

Luxury Chinese resort features region's rich ethnic heritage with a Thai touch

25 Jul 2013 - 12:47AM

Luxury Chinese resort features region's rich ethnic heritage with a Thai touch

Anantara luxury resort and spa offers a Chinese retreat with Thai touch