Thursday, 23 October 2014

Cool Party With Bie Sukrit’s Mini Concert At Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

Make your weekend special with a stay at the luxurious Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort and enjoy our “Cool Party Package” from November 28 – 30, 2014 with outstanding rates starting from THB 9,175* per person.

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*(rates are applicable to a minimum of 2 persons)
Cool Party Package” benefits include:
  • 2 nights stay for 2 persons sharing in a Superior room inclusive of daily breakfast
  • Thai Airways round-trip air ticket (Bangkok – Krabi)
Economy class RBD W (Availability limited)
  • Free access to Saturday Night Party with Bie Sukrit Wisetkaew’s mini concert and popular DJs
On 29 November, it’s Saturday Night Party with Bie Sukrit and DJs spinning top tracks to get you dancing.
8:30 p.m.                             Party warm-up
9:00 p.m.                             Mini concert by Bie The Star
10:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.      Disco party with popular DJs
Dress Code: Chic Gold
Walk-in party goers can enjoy the Saturday Night Party for just THB 350 per person including one free standard drink.
For more information, please contact +66 (0) 2356 2888 or visit .

QT Sydney Designer Baby Package Welcomes Bugaboo & Milk Baby to the Family

For families that are a little more Beckham or Brangelina than the Griswolds, QT Sydney has always offered, and continue to offer the ultimate package for design conscious parents, BabyQ - one that keeps both mum and dad entertained well after the bub has gone to bed!

In their most recent partnership, QT has welcomed Bugaboo, offering the exclusive use of two Bugaboo Bee3 stylish urban strollers; perfect for both adventure-seeking and design-loving couples with babies and toddlers.

Eliminating the need to pack up and travel, QT Sydney helps ease the stress of lugging the little ones around with the ultimate set of wheels. Guests can now take the city's delights in their stride when cruising round town in the new 3rd generation urban stroller, along with a collection of ready-to-use baby gear.

The new design, providing comfort, a smooth ride, and smart design, features a unique seat which can extend, reverse and recline, along with an easy to carry lightweight bassinet, complete with canopy that offers UPF50+ protection from the sun – proving it's easy to stay safe and stylish.

“The collaboration between Bugaboo and QT hotels is a perfect fit; both companies offer the ultimate choice for design and lifestyle conscious families wanting to explore the city and seek an adventure. At Bugaboo, we believe it's not about where you are, but where you can go. 

Having our Bugaboo Bee3 as a part of the QT experience will allow parents to do just that!” said Justine Furman, Country Manager Bugaboo Australia & New Zealand
BabyQ also welcomes Milk Baby goodies into their nest, making it easy for both mum and bub to relax and recharge at the end of the day in the most natural way. The 'Take Me Away' travel pack, offers the essentials from the Milk Baby range; Bath Time Wash, Shampoozle & Conditioner, Moisturising Qweam and five handy anti-bacterial wipes, along with the indulgent Body Oil, from the Milk by Lindy Klim range.

'Travelling with the kids can be quite testing… my lot certainly keep Michael & I on our toes! Taking the kids along can be a real treat though - if you do it right,' said Lindy Klim, Co-Founder & Creative Director of Milk & Co. 'We're thrilled we can now find our Milk Baby products as part of the BabyQ Experience at QT Sydney - no more lugging around the kids bath time essentials when it's all there for us - and the knowledge that QT are looking after us in every way, too, is truly relaxing. The BabyQ experience is the ultimate package we can all enjoy together - and there's nothing better than that!'

Combined with the luxury of a QT King Deluxe room, breakfast daily (including freshly-made baby food), spaQ treatments for him and her, and a bottle of bubbles; this two-night stay also includes specially sourced, designer furniture and innovative baby essentials.

The perfect solution for parents on the go, a complimentary iiamo Go designer baby bottle (valued at $129) is included as part of the package. Recently, iiamo Go was chosen as the No. 1 in Top 10 Parenting Gadgets in Australia - unique combination of simple, well-proven technologies, the bottle self-heats to the perfect temperature, allowing parents to feed their baby on the go. The iiamo Go is also completely free of BPA, parabens, phthalates, perfume and other harmful additives.

Michael Bourne, Area General Manager QT Hotels said, "QT Sydney is a highly curated fusion of cutting-edge art, bold interior design and historical architecture. With the new addition of Bugaboo and Milk Baby to the designer baby package BabyQwe can ensure families with a passion and commitment to style and design can enjoy QT Sydney's unique atmosphere and baby friendly service.”

The BabyQ Package
  • 2 night stay in a King Deluxe room
  • Use of 'Bugaboo Bee3' stroller
  • Milk & Co 'Take Me Away Travel Pack
  • Milk by Lindy Klim's Body Oil
  • Baby designer linen and baby cot in room upon arrival
  • Iiamo self-heating baby bottle
  • Stay includes breakfast, massage and bottle of wine
  • Limited availability.

Make The Most Of The Festive Season With A Cruise On Board The True North

unnamed (2)For those trying to make a departure from the Christmas norm, the four day Sydney Rocks on board the mighty True North might be just the ticket.

Following on from its exploration of the magical waters of Papua New Guinea, the True North makes its way down Australia’s east coast arriving in Sydney just in time for the festive season.

And the Sydney Rocks itinerary is an ultimate Christmas indulgence. Guests are able to share special times with family and friends whilst being spoilt in typical True North style.

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Departing on December the 25th, guests embark in time for a sumptuous Christmas dinner on spectacular Sydney Harbour. The next day, all aboard are guaranteed ‘front row seats’ for the start of one of Australia’s greatest sporting events, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. A pre-race visit to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia is also included.

Then, over the next three days and nights the True North will explore the beauty of the Hawkesbury River. There will be plenty of time for swimming, bushwalking and relaxing. There is also an opportunity to explore the Hunter Valley via the ship’s helicopter which will whisk guests away for a day of wine tasting.

“In typical True North style, you can do as much or as little as you like!” says Peter Trembath, GM at North Star Cruises.

“Thanks to our knowledgeable Australian crew of 20, a maximum of just 36 guests can rest assured that they will be pampered in signature style. It always makes for a welcome change when compared to a usually more frantic festive season!”

Australia’s premier luxury adventure-cruise ship, the True North is purpose-built to sail deep into the heart of the wilderness, visiting areas that larger ships cannot access. Guests are privy to only the highest quality experiencescourtesy of True North’s on-board biologist and a team of naturalists, a ship’s helicopter and six dedicated expedition boats.

Exceptional food and wine are also at the heart of a True North experience. The ship’s modern Australian cuisine is supplemented with locally sourced ingredients and complemented by an outstanding selection of Western Australian wines. Cabins are spacious and modern; there is a panoramic lower deck dining room, an alfresco bar and an observation lounge.

Daily activities on board True North include scenic walks, fishing, snorkelling, diving, picnics, cultural events and spectacular flights in the ship’s helicopter.
  • The four day Sydney Rocks sails roundtrip ex Sydney on 25 December. Prices start at $3,995pp.
Bookings: Contact North Star Cruises on 08 9192 1829 or email

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

NEW: 2015/16 Worldwide Car & Motorhome Rentals Brochure

Take your road to freedom with DriveAway Holidays’ new 2015/16 brochure “Worldwide Car & 
CoverMotorhome Rentals”.

With over 25 years’ experience, this edition is packed full of car hire & motorhome fleet guides along with planning tools such as distance tables and maps.

NEW in this edition, check out DriveAway Holidays’ Top 5 Drives for Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, USA & Canada.

DriveAway Holidays 2015-16 product range includes:
  • Worldwide Car Rental in 130 countries at over 8,000 locations
  • Motorhome Hire in UK, Europe, USA,Canada, Australia & NZ
  • European Peugeot Leasing
  • USA Motorcycle Rentals
  • Prestige Car Hire Services
Specialist products include Hire Car Excess Insurance, FREE Self-drive Guides and our competitive Beat Rate Policy. Travel Agents are welcome to order copies of this brochure via Tifs at

Don’t miss out on a discounted deal for next year - check out DriveAway Holidays’ Earlybird Sale at or call our Reservations Team on 1300 363 500.

Toujours France and European Waterways' Luxury Hotel Barge Cruising Brochure Now Available - and 2015 Specials!

unnamed (8)Toujours France is Australia's leading agent for European Waterways, the largest luxury hotel barge cruising company in Europe, and our 2015 brochure is now available! Printed on quality paper and featuring a wide array of colourful images, the brochure highlights all of the countries the company’s 18 vessels cruise throughout France, Italy, Holland and the British Isles.

Expanded to 62 pages, the brochure includes maps of the cruising routes and daily itineraries, as well as a new feature that explains how hotel barging is so different from other forms of cruising, with its more intimate atmosphere that is perfect for discerning independent travelers and small groups.

The publication includes information on the company’s unique, themed cruises, such as our new and exclusive 2015 World War One Commemorative cruises aboard La Belle Epoque, along waterways which pass through the battlefields of Flanders and the Somme. Off-the-beaten-track cruises are also detailed, with itineraries that feature excursions to such attractions as the Aalsmeer flower auction in Holland, Peter Freebody’s traditional boatyard on the River Thames, and the Troglodyte cave dwellings in the Loire Valley.

European Waterways’ Managing Director, Derek Banks, notes that the new brochure effectively conveys the serenity and beauty of the charming canals, villages and regional cultural attractions found along the company’s many routes.

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“We’re very proud of the 2015 brochure. It provides our guests with a detailed look into the unique and intimate qualities of hotel barging that differentiate it from larger vessel river cruising on Europe’s main arteries,” said Banks. “For nearly 40 years, we have offered the kind of unique, experiential travel experience that has now become immensely popular. In this brochure, we have gone into more detail about the whole ‘hotel barging experience’ that offers our passengers – whether they are enthusiasts for wine, history or art – the chance to immerse themselves in the culture and cuisine, and discover the hidden gems of each cruise region. We also emphasize that our cruises are ideal for people of all ages, with multi-generational family groups who like to have a hotel barge to themselves becoming one of our fastest-growing customer bases.”

There are a number of Earlybird Specials available for the 2015 season, including 10% off selected cruises. For a copy of the new brochure and for more details on all of our prices, specials, and itineraries please visit Toujours France French Travel Specialists or call us toll-free on 1800 606 838.

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort & Spa is now open for business…and leisure

Accor, the largest international hotel operator in Asia Pacific and Thailand, announces the opening 
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The resort is celebrating its opening with a special “Stay 3, Pay 2” promotion pluscomplimentary breakfast for two persons.

Mr Patrick Basset, Chief Operating Officer for Accor Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and the Philippines, said, “We are proud to showcase Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa as the latest resort hotel in our network in Phuket. Upholding Novotel’s brand essence of relaxation, imagination and heartfelt service, the brand today has evolved to meet the needs of modern travelers. We have an extensive line of distinguished Novotel properties in Thailand; this is our 14th Novotel hotel in the kingdom and the fourth Novotel resort in Phuket.”

“Phuket continues to be the destination of choice for many regional and international tourists,” said Mr Fraser Ross, General Manager of Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa. “Phuket’s allure is magnetic and it is growing from strength to strength. In line with our hotel opening, we have launched the Stay 3, Pay 2 promotion to entice travelers to experience this exciting new resort.”

unnamed (15)The new rooms at Novotel are spacious, contemporary in design, and are equipped with high-end technology. The 224 well-appointed guest rooms includes 16 Plunge Pool Suites, 20 Suites, 56 Deluxe rooms, 30 Family Deluxe rooms, 9 Superior Plunge Pool rooms, 45 Superior rooms and 48 Standard rooms. Each guest room is equipped with a full range of amenities, such as high-speed Internet access, 42-inch Flat Screen TV, in room safe and coffee and tea making facilities.

There are several dining options to choose from at the resort. The Horizon all-day-dining restaurant features a show kitchen offering a selection of Thai and international buffet cuisine, while the TAi Restaurant serves an exotic variety of dishes with a selection of Thai and Pan-Asian cuisines. Joe Kool’s Pool Bar and Grill offers casual dining by the poolside with popular menu items such as pizza, pasta, smoked ribs, burgers and local snack dishes. The Champion’s Sports Bar is the perfect place to catch the latest scores and action on the big screens while enjoying a selection of house wine and gourmet snacks. The resort also has a 24-hour in-room dining service.

unnamed (16)Indulge in a full relaxation by the Lagoon Pool, designed to complement the resort’s landscape, or the Oasis Pool with its chill-out feel and butler service, and the Kids Club Pool where children can enjoy swimming. The resort also has Kids World andTeen Hangout, great places for kids and teens to enjoy timeout with a variety of games and activities which are closely supervised by trained staff. No vacation would be complete without some pampering and the resort’s In|Balance Spa which offers an extensive range of Thai spa therapies with treatment rooms and experienced masseuses. The In|Balance Fitness provides a convenient workout space with qualified trainers and modern equipment.

Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa is located within a short walk from Phuket’s second largest beach Karon, a destination popular for its tranquil, relaxed atmosphere with an eclectic mix of pubs, clubs and restaurants. For the more adventurous, Karon is just a short drive away from the hustle and bustle of Patong.

Experience the newest Novotel in Phuket with its introductory promotion:
To celebrate its opening, Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa is offering a “Stay 3, Pay 2” promotion, with complimentary breakfast for two persons during the period. This promotion is available from today until December 19, 2014, so book now to be the first to enjoy the new Novotel Phuket Karon Beach Resort and Spa! For more information or room reservations, please visit, or email

Small Luxury Hotel Nautilus Resort opens on Muri Beach, Rarotonga Cook Islands

Cool, Elegant Luxury opens on Muri Beach, Rarotonga Cook Islands

New! Nautilus Resort - Latest Small Luxury Hotel for South Pacific

Muri Beach, Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS. Welcome to the unimagined cool luxury of Cook Island's pure beachfront. Located on the South Pacific's crystalline sands of Muri Beach, is Rarotonga's newest small luxury hotel – Nautilus Resort. Just opened, are the first 17 of 38 Polynesian inspired luxuriously appointed private junior suites and 2 and 3 bedroom Ares (villas) each with their own salt water plunge pool, traditionally constructed buildings and contemporary, but island inspired luscious-tropical interiors.

Just 20 minutes by road from Rarotonga's international airport, Nautilus offers a fresh new experience to the Cook Islands luxury full service resort offerings. Redefining laid back luxury, and created for resort or exclusive use, Nautilus is ideal for families, couples, celebratory parties and wedding gatherings.

Jane Pearson, visionary and owner of Nautilus says of the resort development 'Nautilus is dedicated to those who want a modern yet authentic South Pacific experience'.

All dining options offer views over the infinity pool to white sand beaches and sapphire ocean waters. Choose from the resorts exclusive beachfront restaurant or the beachside patios casual dining area (receiving excellent reviews), celebratory marquees, private celebratory or meeting dining quarters or personal room or beach service. Showcasing Polynesian signature tastes, the cuisine is Polynesian - European fusion, using local seasonal ingredients and produce, with of course an emphasis on organic fresh produce and harvest from the sea.

All Ares (villas) are fully air-conditioned, have sculptured private stone baths and use aromatic natural toiletries. The resort has been architecturally designed and built with ecological authenticity. Solar power, UV treated and filtered drinking water, full recycling systems and edible organic gardens make this the most forward thinking luxury eco build in the Cook Islands to date.

And of course there is a full concierge service and some very surprising cultural experiences uniquely designed for Nautilus guests within resort and local activities. Guests also enjoy a dedicated Polynesian spa and 'Kids Concierge' - all on site.

Ben Plummer has joined Nautilus as Hotel Manager with extensive boutique luxury hotel experience, having held similar roles in Australia, Fiji and Bali. Most recently Ben was the General Manager of the prestigious Longitude 131°, Ayers Rock - a member of the family of Australian Baillie Wilderness Lodges, and Luxury Lodges of Australia member. Ben will oversee all facets of management at Nautilus alongside owners and visionaries of the resort, Paul and Jane Pearson. He will also oversee management of boutique sister hotel, Muri Beach Resort, located alongside Nautilus Resort on Muri Beach.

Rates at Nautilus start from $650.00 per couple per night (incl GST) with attractive promotional offers available. All rates include breakfast, fresh fruit and a bottle of New Zealand Nautilus wine upon arrival.

Travel The World Deal: Windstar in Europe


Save up to $1,086 onboard Windstar Cruises in Europe in 2015



Cruise onboard Star Pride on this 9 night Pride of the Aegean itinerary departing 12 May '15 and save up to $1,086 on board Windstar Cruises in Europe in 2015.

Ports of call include Athens, Monemvasia, Chania, Santorini, Rhodes, Kusadasi and Istanbul.

Cruise includes a Complimentary Windstar Private Event and a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the magnificent Celsus Library of Ephesus including a 5-course dinner.

Fares start from $4,230 per person twin share.  Book by 30 November 2015.

For further enquiries or bookings please contact Travel the World on 1300 857 437 or visit

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Back-Roads Travel Deals

London to Paris via the Channel Islands
SAVE $241 and receive European breakfast daily when you discover the charms of the very best of British and French culture focusing on history, nature and tradition.

Be fascinated as you explore the Channel Islands, a truly unique corner of the British Isles where British and French influences meet.  Learn about the German Occupation, which forms an important part of the history of WWII on Guernsey and step into a world where there are no cars or buses on Sark and discover Jersey’s richly textured history. Explore unspoilt beaches in the countryside of Sark, a walking tour of St Malo to explore its maze of narrow streets and the historical UNESCO World Heritage site Cathedral of Chartes. Tour includes ferries, accommodation, tour leader and driver, mini-coach transportation, European breakfast daily, some additional meals, wine tasting and attraction entrance fees.

Early bird tour priced from $4579 per person, twin share, a saving of $241.

Valid for sale and to be paid in full by 14 December 2014. Tours depart April – September 2015.

Book or ph 1300 100 410


*Terms and conditions apply. 5% Earlybird discount can be combined with either past passenger or multi-tour discount to a maximum discount value of 10%. All components of the booking must be paid in full by the required date to qualify for the Earlybird discount. Discount must be requested at time of and will apply to the basic tour price.

Italian Indulgence
Italian Indulgence – Tuscany, Piedmont, the Lakes, Verona & Venice
SAVE over $230 and enjoy European breakfasts daily when you book an exclusive twelve-day Italian indulgence tour. Carefully crafted to include all the major must-see attractions, this trip of a lifetime takes you to some of the lesser-known hidden gems of this fascinating country. Enjoy private guided tours in Florence and Venice, visit remote Tuscan villages, try local Italian produce, taste local wines in Chianti, explore the stunning Cinque Terre and discover Lake Maggiore’s Borromean Islands.  Imagine traveling through landscapes of rolling green hills, vineyards and age-old olive groves in the Chianti. Or picture sightseeing exotic artwork at the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s David, and cheese tasting in Italy’s Piedmont region at a country farmhouse. Tour features accommodation, driver and mini-coach transportation, Back-Roads tour leader, breakfast daily, some additional meals, Italian pasta cooking class and wine and olive oil tasting.

Early bird tour priced from $4417.50 per person, twin share, a saving of $232.50.

Valid for sale and to be paid in full by 14 December 2014. Tours depart April – October 2015.

Book or ph 1300 100 410

*Terms and conditions apply. 5% Earlybird discount can be combined with either past passenger or multi-tour discount to a maximum discount value of 10%. All components of the booking must be paid in full by the required date to qualify for the Earlybird discount. Discount must be requested at time of and will apply to the basic tour price.

Germany to Vienna

Germany’s Romantic Back-Road to Vienna
SAVE over $245 and immerse yourself in the beauty of Germany’s Romantic Road. Picture spectacular views of the Bavarian landscape, with its beautiful half-timbered chalets and magnificent castles which may have come straight out of a fairy tale, all set amongst sparkling lakes of turquoise. This eleven-day tour takes you through the idyllic, terraced vineyards of the Wachau valley, tours through some of Europe’s most beautiful castles, and through the architectural dream of Rothenberg, with its twisting cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses. Discover sweeping views of the Wipptal Valley in Munich and be enchanted by Mondsee, one of the prettiest towns in Austria. Tour includes accommodation, tour leader and driver, mini-coach transportation, European breakfast daily, six evening meals, apple strudel show, beer and wine tasting, Salzburg 24-hour card plus entrance into attractions.

Tour priced from $4745.25 per person, twin share, a saving of $249.75. Valid for sale and to be paid in full by 14 December 2014. Tour departs April – October 2015.

Book or ph 1300 100 410

*Terms and conditions apply. 5% Earlybird discount can be combined with either past passenger or multi-tour discount to a maximum discount value of 10%. All components of the booking must be paid in full by the required date to qualify for the Earlybird discount. Discount must be requested at time of and will apply to the basic tour price.

Celebrate the Magical Loy Krathong Festival @ 137 Pillars House 5 - 8 November 2014

The magical Thai Loy Kratong Festival takes place on the evening of the full moon on 6 November 2014.

Celebrations include floating decorated “krathongs” (little boats) made out of leaves and flowers, together with incense and candles, in rivers, canals, ponds and pools. The festival is believed to originate from an ancient practice of paying respect to the spirit of the waters, and to bring good luck in the year ahead. During the festival the unique rice paper lanterns (Khom Loys) are lit and gently drift high up into the night sky making a spectacular sight.

137 Pillars House have created a special package to celebrate this charming festival which includes Lanna (northern) entertainment and a sumptuous traditional local “Kad Mua ‘buffet dinner. Guests will also learn how to make their own krathong.

The Loy Krathong Package is valid from 5-8 November 2014. Priced at Baht 37,800 (USD1,180) it includes the following:
  • Three-night accommodation in the luxurious Rajah Brooke Suite
  • Private limousine airport transfers
  • Complimentary welcome drink and fruit basket on arrival
  • A delicious daily breakfast
  • Complimentary soft drinks and beer from minibar
  • A traditional local style Kad Mua buffet dinner inclusive of 137 Pillars House signature herbal beverages and soda as well as live entertainment and dancing on 6 November
  • A Kom Loy (rice paper lantern) and Krathong (flower arrangement with candles)
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Additional nights are available at best available rate for applicable dates, and are inclusive of accommodation and breakfast. All rates are subject to applicable service charge and Government taxes.

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