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Friday, 31 October 2014

Only one month to go on 2015 Canada, Alaska and USA Earlybirds

unnamed (23)There is only one month left to make the most of Scenic Tours’ 2015 Earlybird season on all luxury Canada, Alaska and USA tours, which ends on 30 November 2014.

Guests could enjoy savings of up to $5,700 per couple on with free return flights to Canada, including taxes.

Michelle Black, GM Sales and Marketing, commented: “Our 2015 Canada, Alaska and USA program has sold extremely well with the six new itineraries and two new extensions proving popular with our guests. 

As the number one operator to Canada and Alaska we have perfected the ultimate luxury journey through this spectacular region so we encourage all agents to book their clients onto their chosen tour as now really is the best time to book with deals that will never be repeated."

Call Scenic Tours on 1300 723 642 or visit canada.scenictours.com.au

New Textile Tour in Peru

unnamed (20)Australian soft adventure agency, Active Travel, is offering a new textile-themed tour in Peru in 2015, guided by an Australian expert in tapestry weaving.

The new 13-day ‘Textiles of the Andes’ tour from Lima to Cusco starts on June 24, 2015, and will be led by Valerie Kirk, senior lecturer and head of textiles at the National Institute of the Arts at the Australian National University in Canberra. Ms Kirk has led textile focused tours for over 20 years.

The itinerary explores traditional Peruvian textile production and includes the opportunity for travellers to engage with local weavers during special, hands-on textile workshops.

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Also included are visits to Machu Picchu and a scenic train trip through the Andes to Lake Titicaca to meet the reed island dwellers. Including 12 nights’ hotel accommodation, 17 meals and touring, the package is available from A$5169 per person, twin-share, with a A$798 solo supplement. Flights from Australia and a flight from Cusco back to Lima are additional.

Flights can be booked through Active Travel, with LAN Airlines currently offering return flights from Australia to Lima from $1499 if booked before November 19, 2014. Conditions apply and fares are subject to availability.

Visit www.activetravel.com.au or call 1300 783 188.

Two Free Nights in A Luxury Indian Beach Resort on Offer for 5-Star South India Tour

unnamed (2)A free two-night stay at a tropical Indian beach resort is being offered by Extreme Bike Tours for all new bookings made before December 1, 2014, on a luxury motorcycle tour through South India in February, 2015.

Travellers can take in the spices, tea plantations and idyllic beaches of southern India on the back of a classic Royal Enfield motorbike as part of the five-star adventure holiday from Cochin to Goa, departing February 7, 2015.

The Classic Desert Storm bikes will take experienced riders and also pillion passengers with no riding experience on a 2300km journey, with guests staying in some of southern India’s most luxurious, five-star hotels along the way.

Self-confessed ‘mad’ Englishman and adrenalin junkie, Zander Combe, who runs Extreme Bike Tours, says the beautiful landscapes and the gentle and welcoming people who live in southern India are “guaranteed to change the way you look at life”.

The ‘Five-Star South India’ tour takes riders and passengers along the quiet (by Indian standards) and meandering roads of southern India, through vast tea plantations and hill stations, past the spectacular palaces and temples of Mysore and to the jungles of Mudumalai National Park where riders will stay in a deluxe safari lodge and search for tigers. The tour costs US$5250 per rider or US$4350 for pillion passengers.

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* All new bookings made before December 1, 2014, will also receive a free, two-night stay with breakfast after the tour at the five-star Radisson Blu Resort Goa at Cavelossim Beach.

Fares for the motorbike tour include accommodation along the route, all meals on the tour, fuel and motorbike hire and a domestic flight at the end of the tour from Goa back to Cochin. The guided trip is open to licensed motorcyclists as well as pillion passengers riding on a bike or in the support vehicle.

One of the world’s leading motorcycle tour companies, Extreme Bike Tours, which is based in India, was featured on the ‘Top Gear’ TV show in 2011. Up to 80 per cent of riders are from Australia.

For details, visit www.extremebiketours.com or call + 91 9665 377 344.

* Tours and fares are subject to availability and conditions apply. Prices do not include flights from Australia.

Dusit Thani Bangkok Shopping Special

“Holiday Shopping Special” Package at Dusit Thani Bangkok

Dusit Thani Bangkok has recently revealed its new Holiday Shopping Special package, valid now through 15 December 2014! Prices start from THB 4,730++ per room, per night in a Superior Room.

Dusit Thani Bangkok has recently revealed its new Holiday Shopping Special package.

Guests are invited to stay, shop and save with the following privileges:

  • Daily breakfast for two
  • Welcome Pack of discount vouchers from Siam Paragon and Emporium shopping malls, valid through 28 February 2015
  • King Power discount coupons for King Power Downtown, King Power Pattaya and King Power Srivaree, valid through 31 December 2014
  • Emporium Tourist Card, entitling holders to discounts at its department store and shopping complex, valid through 28 February 2015
  • 20% discount on food only at Dusit Thani Bangkok's Benjarong, Hamilton's Steak House, Thien Duong, The Mayflower and The Pavilion Restaurants
  • 20% discount on all a la carte treatments at the hotel's Devarana Spa

Moreover, for bookings made within 15 November 2014, guests will receive a complimentary upgrade to the next room category!

For further information or reservations, please call +66 2200 9000 or visit our website at www.dusit.com/dtbk or email: dtbkrsvn@dusit.com

Hotels.com deal of the week: The Pearl South Pacific Resort, Fiji


The Pearl South Pacific Resort, Fiji

Save 42% on your stay


Visit www.hotels.com for more details or call ‎1800 687 236‎

The Pearl South Pacific Resort, Fiji 4*

Save 42% on your stay

Book by: 31st December 2014

Stay by: 31st December 2014

Prices from: AU $165 per night

Nestled on a secluded beach overlooking the Beqa Lagoon, the Pearl South Pacific Resort is the perfect place to relax and soak up the scenery of charming Fiji. Guests can work on their golf swing on an 18-hole championship golf course, enjoy pure relaxation with a day in the hotel's luxury spa or soak up the sun on either a private beach or by the pool.  With four restaurants, six bars, and a fitness area, the Pearl South Pacific Resort offers a relaxing escape for great value.

Follow Hotels.com on Twitter @hotels_com_ANZ for more travel inspiration

^Hotel Deals: Price quoted is per room per night based on two people sharing and is inclusive of all fees and taxes. Rates are subject to availability. Minimum stay requirements and black-out dates may apply. Prices are available as of 31 October, 2014. Prices may fluctuate due to changes in taxes, fees and currency. Visit www.hotels.com for full terms and conditions.
 

European cruises with Silversea

 

 

Explore the ancient realms of Europe on this nine day voyage on board Silversea's Silver Cloud.

Departing Barcelona on 11 April 2015, Silver Cloud will voyage to Monte Carlo for an overnight stay, where guests can explore this glamorous destination, including the world-famous Place du Casino, Monaco Cathedral and Opéra de Monte-Carlo.  Crossing into Italy, Silver Cloud will stop in Rome (Civitavecchia), before beginning her journey down the Amalfi Coast.  Silver Cloud will spend a night in Sorrento, a town spread along cliffs, before sailing to Amalfi, a celebrated area, covered with bougainvillea and colourful villas.  The final port of call in Italy is Taormina, located on the east coast of the island of Sicily, on the side of a mountain dotted with medieval churches, a stunning Greek theatre and sweeping views over the Gulf of Naxos.

Sailing into Greece, Silver Cloud will visit the city of Olympia (Katakolon), a sacred archaeological site where the inaugural Olympic Games were hosted in 776 B.C.  Silver Cloud will then continue to Itea, the gateway to Delphi, one of the world's most intriguing and best-preserved ancient sites, before navigating the Corinth Canal.  With cliffs bordering either side of the canal, and due to the narrow width of just 21.5 metres, the canal is impassable for many cruise ships, providing a unique experience for Silver Cloud guests.  Silver Cloud will spend her final night in Athens (Piraeus), where guests can explore the surrounding architectural treasures, including the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, before disembarking on 20 April 2015.

Prices are per person starting from AU$4,350 in a Vista Suite double occupancy.  Silversea fares include: all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet meals with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary wines, Champagne and spirits served throughout the ships; and all gratuities.

This voyage is subject to availability.  Terms and conditions apply.  For more information, contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit www.silversea.com

 

Thursday, 30 October 2014

South Africa Luxury Camps - savings

Bench International is offering discounts of $480 per couple on a three day stay at Honeyguide's  luxurious  tented safari camps in South Africa's Manyeleti Game Reserve if you travel by December 14.

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The deal is now available at $710 per person twin share at Mantobeni Tented Camp and sister camp, Khoka Moya, and can be combined with a choice of other short stay packages available to any of Bench International’s other destinations in southern Africa like Cape Town, Victoria Falls or Chobe National Park.

The price for the two-night package includes accommodation, all meals, Big Five game driving experiences, guided walks and  airport transfers from Hoedspruit. Road transfers are available from Johannesburg and can include the scenic Blyde River Canyon and picturesque towns like Pilgrims Rest.

More details from www.benchinternational.com or phone 1300AFRICA.

Father’s Day promotion at Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit

This year’s Father’s day, Zeta Café invites all families for a great family brunch feast.

Zeta Sweets

Surprise your father and the whole family with Brunch in the heart of Sukhumvit at Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit. Zeta Café offers a feast of your favorite buffet menus such as imported cold cuts, imported seafood on ice, fresh salads and condiments, selection of cheeses, freshly rolled sushi and fresh sashimi, noodles, soups, pasta made to order, Thai and international appetizers and hot dishes, BBQ station and not to be missed desserts station with homemade cakes, sweets, pastries, fresh fruits and Thai desserts.

SPECIAL Lucky draw prize and free meal for the eldest father of the table. (Minimum 4 paying adults)
Friday 5th December from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at THB 699++ per person
Children from 6 – 12 years old at THB 349++
All children under 6 years old eat FREE.
To make a reservation please call 02 683 4888.

For more information please visit www.holidayinn.com/hisukhumvit or Facebook.com/holidayinnbangkoksykhumvit

Enjoy The Suite Life - The World & You With Raffles

The autumn and winter seasons are to be celebrated with a special offer from Raffles Hotels & Resorts. Guests booking The World and You promotion at Raffles will receive a minimum of a $100 credit to spend during their stay.

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The Suite with Credit is the latest exclusive travel offering from Raffles Hotels & Resorts’ ‘The World & You’ promotion, available at all Raffles Hotels & Resorts around the world. It is available for a limited time only, bookable until 4 January 2015.

The portfolio credit, which varies between hotels, is redeemable against any food, beverage or spa purchases made at outlets owned and operated by Raffles Hotels & Resorts during the guest’s stay.

Exceptional food and drink is always a part of staying with Raffles. From the Royal Khmer dishes, with secret recipes gifted from the Royal Family to the chefs of Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to the freshest of fish and Indian Ocean delicacies served at the stunning Curieuse Restaurant at Raffles Praslin Seychelles, guests will struggle to decide where to redeem their credit with so many indulgent culinary experiences to choose from.

The portfolio’s spas, inspired by the rejuvenating and regenerative power of the lotus flower, are just as enticing. With thoughtful and knowledgeable therapists and treatments that combine traditional and local methods, Raffles Spas provide a harmonious balance between exertion and relaxation, so guests leave feeling revived and transformed. At the recently opened Raffles Istanbul, the spa is a revitalizing oasis right in the heart of this cultured city. Travelers can experience traditional treatments in 3 Turkish Hammams, male and female relaxation areas featuring saunas, steam rooms, and jacuzzis, or one of the spa’s 7 luxuriously appointed treatment rooms.

Each Raffles hotel is a haven for the well-travelled - with an individual personality and its own story to tell in its own sense of place. Each hotel is proud to draw on the long Raffles tradition of legendary service; thoughtful, personal and discreet – and perfectly tailored to each destination.

The Suite with Credit Offers at Raffles:
 Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris is offering a 100 EUR credit per stay with rates starting from 1,850 EUR per night
 Raffles Istanbul is offering a 100 EUR credit per stay with rates starting from 750 EUR per night
 Raffles Beijing is offering a $100 USD credit per stay with rates starting from $570USD per night
 Raffles Hainan is offering a $100 USD credit (612 CNY) per stay with rates starting from CNY 2,800per night
 Raffles Singapore is offering a 150 SGD credit per stay with rates starting from 740 SGD per night
 Raffles Makati, Manila is offering a $100 USD credit (4,487 PHP) per stay with rates starting from PHP 15, 300 per night.
 Raffles Dubai is offering a $100 USD credit (367 AED) per stay with rates starting from 2,595 AED per night.
 Raffles Makkah Palace is offering a $100 USD credit (375 SAR) per stay with rates starting from 1,100 SAR per night.
 Raffles Praslin Seychelles is offering a $100 USD credit (78 EUR) for 1 Bedroom Suites or $200 USD (156 EUR) for 2 Bedroom Suites per stay with rates starting from 1,300 EUR per night.
 Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia is offering a $100 USD credit per stay with rates starting from $540 USD per night.
 Raffles Hotel Le Royal Phnom Penh, Cambodia is offering a $100 USD credit per stay with rates starting from $400 USD per night.

*** Triple airline miles are also earned on The Suite with Credit offer with Japan Airlines.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Join the Christmas celebrations at The Okura Prestige Bangkok

The festive fever returns to The Okura Prestige Bangkok in December with an impressive selection of seasonal lunch and dinner menus at Yamazato, Elements and Up & Above featuring popular Western and Asian traditional dishes.

Yamazato presents new set lunch and dinner menus available on 24 and 25 December 2014 that feature seasonal dishes selected by the restaurant’s Master Chef Shigeru Hagiwara. The Teppanyaki dinner, priced at Baht 4,000++, includes king crab and scallops from Hokkaido and Japanese beef sirloin. Lunch available from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm and dinner from 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm.

Elements begins the traditional Christmas celebrations on 20 December 2014 with a festive five-course dinner created by Chef de cuisine Henry Jordan that includes main course choices of Maine lobster and Challans duck. Priced at Baht 4,800++ per person this special festive dinner, available nightly until 30 December 2014 from 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm, includes a welcome glass of Champagne.

Up & Above is the perfect venue for family Christmas celebrations on 24 and 25 December 2014 with festive buffet lunches and dinners featuring seasonal dishes with trimmings and visits from Santa Claus with gifts for all the children. The entertainment during dinner on Christmas Eve and lunch on Christmas Day is provided by a clown who will keep the children entertained with lots of fun and games; by our popular carol singers with their extensive repertoire of Christmas carols, and by our jazz band playing a selection of easy listening melodies. The jazz band will also be playing during dinner on 24 December 2014 and at the lunch on 25 December 2014.

Yamazato - NY Soba noodle set 2014The price list for Up & Above is as follows:
24 December 2014
Christmas Eve Festive Buffet Lunch (12:00 noon – 2:30 pm)
Baht 1,400++ per person including soft drinks
Baht 2,400++ per person including free-flow selected wines, local beers and cocktails
Christmas Eve Festive Buffet Dinner (6:00 pm – 10:30 pm)
Baht 2,300++ per person including soft drinks
Baht 3,300++ per person including free-flow selected wines, local beers and cocktails
25 December 2014
Elements - Xmas 2014 Foie Gras TerrineOkura Christmas Day Festive Brunch (12:00 pm -4:00 pm)
Baht 1,900++ per person including soft drinks
Baht 2,900++ per person including free-flow selected wines, local beers and cocktails
Okura Christmas Day Festive Dinner (6:00 pm – 10:30 pm)
Baht 1,600++ per person including soft drinks
Baht 2,600++ per person including free-flow selected wines, local beers and cocktails
Children aged four to 12 years pay Baht 600++ per person

All prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% government tax.

“There’s simply no better place to capture the traditional Christmas spirit than The Okura Prestige Bangkok,” explains General Manager Samir Wildemann. “Our family-friendly atmosphere embraces richly these annual festive celebrations and we look forward to welcoming local and international guests. Our three restaurants offer an eclectic mix of dining options.”

The Okura Prestige Bangkok offers a range of festive hampers, priced from Baht 3,400 net, that make ideal gifts for friends, family and business associates.

“You may also create your own festive hamper by selecting items from the extensive list of festive foods,” adds Samir Wildemann. Orders for hampers are being taken at the hotel’s La Pâtisserie outlet; at the hotel’s F&B office (02 687 9000) or via e-mail: fb@okurabangkok.com. The hampers are available for collection until 30 January 2015.

There is a free delivery service in Bangkok city centre (Sukhumvit, Silom and Sathorn roads) for orders of 20 hampers or more.

For more information about any festive event at The Okura Prestige Bangkok, please call 02 687 9000 or email fb@okurabangkok.com

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