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Friday, 21 November 2014

Sail Away in WA with Travelmarvel

Kimberley coast cruising aboard the 25-suite Coral Princess is the hot new addition to Travelmarvel’s popular Western Australia premium touring program in 2015.

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Two departure dates are available across two itineraries, the 23-day Top End and Kimberley Coast Cruise and the 31-day West Coast Discovery and Kimberley Coast Cruise. The ten night cruise aboard the purpose-built catamaran includes highlights such as King Cascades and King George Falls; seeing ancient aboriginal art, exploring secluded coves, a gourmet beach barbecue and a thrilling ride through Horizontal Falls aboard an inflatable Zodiac.

As well cruising the Kimberley coast, Travelmarvel’s land tours for 2015 feature a range of exciting new accommodation and sightseeing.

For example on Travelmarvel’s most popular itineraries, the 16- and 18-day West Coast Adventure and the 16- or 18-day Last Frontier, guests will now enjoy two nights at the Oaks Cable Beach in Broome and the chance to stay at the Kununurra Country Club.

On the 13-or 15-day Western Wildflower Wonderland, as well as the chance to spend two nights at the Abbey Beach Resort, nestled on the shore of Geographe Bay in Bussleton, Travelmarvel has introduced new sightseeing including a tour of the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, wine tasting at Palmers Wines, an exclusive tour and tasting at Gabriel Chocolates and the chance to explore Ngligi Caves.

Travelmarvel is offering a range of EarlyBird Specials. For all West Coast AdventureLast Frontier and Western Wildflower Wonderland tours departing April to October 2016, and in March 2016, a ‘Companion Fly Free’ offer is available on all departures from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. Also available is a ‘Solo Traveller’ saving of up to $1,150 per person on select departure dates.

Travelmarvel’s Western Australia 2015/16 brochure is available now. For further information call 1300 196 420, visittravelmarvel.com.au or see your local business development manager.

Crown Hotels' Summer Packages Offer a Sun-Drenched Escape in Both Melbourne and Perth

Guests are invited to celebrate the warmer weather with Crown Hotels' new and luxurious summer packages available across the Melbourne and Perth properties.

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The all-inclusive offerings, starting from $228 per night, are tailored to suit families, friends and couples, with world-class accommodation and all the summer essentials for the ultimate escape.

For those looking to unwind in the sun, Crown Metropol Perth's Ultimate Cabana Package offers a luxurious poolside sunbed experience complete with a bottle of Moet Ice Imperial, fruit platter on arrival, and refreshing Evian face mist to enjoy summer in style.

Families visiting Crown Melbourne can enjoy a school holiday getaway with Crown Metropol's Family Fun package, including entertainment options at Galactic Circus and Village Cinemas, providing hours of fun for kids and parents alike.

Couples looking for a romantic retreat will fall in love with Crown Towers' Crystal Escape package, offering luxurious accommodation with sprawling views of Melbourne's city skyline and access to the exclusive Crystal Club lounge.

Crown Hotels' summer escape packages include:

Melbourne:
Crown Towers – Family Getaway
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Crown Towers offers families the ultimate luxurious inner city escape with overnight accommodation in a Deluxe King room with interconnecting access to a Deluxe Twin room. With access to award-winning restaurants, shopping and family-friendly entertainment, this package makes the ideal break for the whole family, including complimentary Crown Towers teddy bears for the kids, access to the indoor pool children's club, valet parking and complimentary Wi-Fi.

Price: From $648 per night. Terms and conditions apply. Available Sunday to Thursday from 16 November 2014 – 11 January 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014) Telephone bookings only via 1800 055 133.
Crown Towers – Family Retreat
Ideal for an intimate family escape, guests can enjoy overnight accommodation in a Deluxe Twin room with valet parking, complimentary access to the indoor pool's children's club at Crown Spa and free Wi-Fi.  Families will also receive complimentary Crown Towers teddy bears to take home as a holiday memento.

Price: From $348 per night. Terms and conditions apply. Available from Sunday to Thursday, 16 November 2014 – 11 January 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014)
Crown Towers – Crystal Escape
Experience the exclusive Crown Towers' Crystal Club lounge with an overnight stay in a Deluxe King room complete with valet parking. Guests will be welcomed via the lounge's private check-in service and invited to indulge in pre-dinner drinks and canapés and a full buffet breakfast the following morning. With valet parking and access to the Crown Spa indoor pool, this package is ideal for rejuvenating and relaxing in private.

Price: From $468 per night. Terms and conditions apply. Available from 16 November 2014 – 11 January 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014)
Crown Metropol – Family Fun
Families can relax and refresh this summer with two nights' accommodation in a Luxe Twin room including valet parking at the luxurious Crown Metropol Melbourne, before an afternoon of entertainment with a family pass to both Village Cinemas and Galactic Circus.

Price: From $548 for two nights. Terms and conditions apply. Available from 16 November 2014 – 11 January 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014)
Crown Metropol – 28 Escape
Crown Metropol gives guests the chance to experience the privileges of 28 Skybar Lounge with overnight accommodation in a Luxe room and valet parking. The lounge offers breathtaking views of the Melbourne skyline and a relaxing atmosphere to unwind and relax. The 28 Escape package includes breakfast, pre-dinner drinks and canapés with complimentary Wi-Fi and access to the waterfall-edge swimming pool. Guests can also enjoy a leisurely 12 noon checkout.

Price: From $318 per night. Terms and conditions apply. Available from 16 November 2014 – 11 January 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014)
Crown Promenade – Summer Saver
For an extended inner city holiday, Crown Promenade Melbourne is offering two nights accommodation with a third night free in a Standard King or Twin room. Located within close proximity to high-end shopping, endless entertainment and restaurants, this package includes complimentary Wi-Fi and valet parking. Children receive complimentary breakfast when dining with an adult throughout the stay.

Price: From $540 for two nights, receive third night free. Terms and conditions apply. Available from 16 November 2014 – 11 January 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014)

Perth:
Crown Metropol – Family Escape
Perth's Crown Metropol offers families the ultimate summer holiday with two nights' accommodation in a Luxe Twin room, featuring complimentary sparkling wine and chocolates, and access to the children's hub.  The whole family can relax in luxury with views overlooking the serene Swan River and access to resort's pool, complete with day beds and waterslides to celebrate summer.

Price: From $578 for two nights. Terms and conditions apply. Available from 1 October 2014 – 30 January 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014)
Crown Metropol – 9 Lounge Hideaway
Guests can indulge with Crown Metropol Perth's exclusive 9 Lounge Hideaway package, offering an overnight stay in a Luxe room with tranquil views of the Swan River, complete with. Guests can enjoy with 9 Lounge access including pre-dinner drinks and canapés and deluxe continental breakfast for the ultimate respite.

Price: From $398 per night. Terms and conditions apply. Available from 1 October 2014 – 30 January 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014)
Crown Metropol – Cabana Package
Guests can enjoy an overnight stay in a Luxe room at Crown Metropol Perth with a luxurious Cabana package. Complete with an exclusive private cabana featuring oversized sofa, sun loungers and television, this package is ideal for summer rejuvenation. Fresh summer fruit and water is provided on arrival with complimentary Wi-Fi.

Price: From $499 per night. Terms and conditions apply. Available from 13 October 2014 – 1 March 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014)
Crown Metropol – Ultimate Cabana Package
For the ultimate relaxation summer retreat, Crown Metropol Perth welcomes guests to enjoy an overnight stay in a Luxe room with access to a private cabana featuring oversized sofa, sun loungers and television. Guests can unwind with a bottle of Moet Ice Imperial, fruit platter on arrival, sunscreen and refreshing Evian face mist. For added comfort, guests will be provided with Crown Metropol Luxury robes and slippers.

Price: From $595 per night. Terms and conditions apply. Available from 13 October 2014 – 1 March 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014)
Crown Promenade– Summer Essentials
Experience a luxurious summer escape at Crown Promenade Perth with overnight accommodation in a Standard room and complimentary sparkling wine. This package includes a buffet breakfast for two at Market & Co with children eating for free when dining with an adult. Guests can also explore the decadent dining options throughout the hotel, with complimentary Wi-Fi is included.
Price: From $228 per night. Terms and conditions apply. Available from 1 October 2014 – 30 January 2015 (Excluding 31 December 2014)
Crown Promenade – Stay for 2 and save 20% off best available rate of the day
Embrace the summer break and retreat to Crown Promenade Perth with two nights' accommodation in a Standard room, saving 20% on the best available rate for the day. Guests can experience the many dining options and enjoy a night out at the bars and nightclubs available at Crown Perth. Complimentary Wi-Fi is provided.

Price: From $316 for two nights. Terms and conditions apply. Available Sunday to Friday from 15 December 2014 – 18 January 2015. (Excluding 31 December 2014)
To book one of the summer packages or for more information please visit www.crownhotels.com.au.

Falls Creek Alpine Resort's Green Season Great Value holidays

Victoria's largest alpine resort, and arguably the most picturesque, isn't just a playground for skiers and snowboarders, it becomes a mecca for mountain bikers, road cyclists, bushwalkers, runners, fly-fishing enthusiasts and anyone who appreciates our great outdoors.

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Snowlands, a well located apartment complex just metres from Mountain Bike trails, the local supermarket and cafes and bars, contains a number of studio apartments and a popular restaurant called Last Hoot.

Snowlands Apartments are offering the following affordable 'green season' packages during the Christmas Holiday break including a complimentary dinner at Last Hoot located in the same complex. Value about $60 for two guests.

Self-contained studio apartments that sleep two people are available from $805 ($115 a night) for seven nights. Guests who stay seven nights will be offered an additional  night Free of charge.

Snowland's guests are invited to a Free gig on New Year's Eve starring X Factor contestants - The Royce Twins (who have just released their new album on iTunes) who'll entertain from 9:30pm at  the resort's home of live entertainment The Man, that's a short walk from Snowlands Apartments.

For further information and to enquire for a booking, visit www.snowlands.com.au or email info@snowlands.com.au.

Silversea cruises in southern Europe

 

 

Sail through Southern Europe, from Portugal to Spain, on board this seven day voyage on Silversea's Silver Spirit.

Departing Lisbon, Portugal on 25 April 2015, Silver Spirit sails to Huelva, a city in southwestern Spain, which is filled with traditional Spanish plazas and historical monuments.  Silver Spirit continues her voyage to Gibraltar, a tiny British colony, whose impressive silhouette dominates the strait between Spain and Morocco.  Guests have the opportunity to sight the famous Barbary Apes at Apes' Den and enjoy a cable car ride to the top of Gibraltar, providing incredible views across Spain and Africa.  The next port of call is Málaga, where guests can meander the historic city centre, discovering such attractions as the Alcazaba, Museo Picasso and Málaga's Cathedral.

Silver Spirit then travels to Cartagena, a beautiful city located in the region of Murcia, before sailing to Valencia, Spain's third largest city.  While in Valencia, guests can visit the city's 13th to 15th-century cathedral, explore the city's futuristic complex, Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciéncies, and enjoy the world-renowned Valencia oranges. Silver Spirit then spends her final night in Barcelona, where guests can explore the cobbled streets of the Gothic Quarter and witness iconic Gaudi architecture, including La Sagrada Família and Casa Batlló.  After an evening of discovering what makes Barcelona one of Spain's most attractive cities, guests disembark on 2 May 2015.

Prices are per person starting from AU$3,650 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


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Malolo Island Resort Fiji - New Deal - Stay 5 & Receive Another 2 Nights Free

unnamed (7)1st November right through to 26th June 2015, stay 5 nights and we'll give you another 2 for FREE!

Further details and bookings here: http://maloloisland.com/packages.cfm 

Conditions Apply:
New bookings only, not combinable with other offers, available on all room categories.

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From AUD$2400* for 7 nights for up to 4 people

The newly renovated Malolo resort is located in Fiji’s Mamanuca archipelago just 25km/16m west of Nadi International Airport.  This 100% Fijian family-owned resort has been a long-time favourite for families and couples alike, and over the years has welcomed back thousands of return visitors.

Malolo is accessible by seaplane, private speedboat or three times daily by fast catamaran.  An intimate, rustic resort, it comprises just nine acres of the 2000 acre island and consists of only 46 Bures - all with ocean views, three dining venues, spa, entertainment lounges for adults and teenagers, two pools – including one for families and one for adults only with a swim-up pool bar, cabana daybed and al fresco lounge area, plus a myriad of activities including, snorkelling, diving, island hopping and dolphin spotting.

*approx rates only – check daily FOREX rates. Conditions apply.

For reservations and enquiries:     Email: malolores1@ahuraresorts.com http://www.maloloisland.com

Peregrine Adventures pioneers New Trip in Turkmenistan

Peregrine Adventures continues to break ground into new destinations, as the small group adventure tour operator launches a brand-new trip in Central Asia’s most mysterious country – Turkmenistan.
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Peregrine’s first foray into the country will reveal unique sites from medieval ruins and prehistoric towns to underwater caves and a gas crater filled with flaming fire. As one of the only small group tour operator offering trips in Turkmenistan, and with travel not permitted without a local guide, the nine day tour affords a rare opportunity to experience a fascinating country off the tourist map.

Turkmenistan has just opened itself up to tourism after being relatively closed off from the outside world following the death of the Turkmenbashi (‘Leader of the Turkmen’) dictator in 2006. Comprised mainly of the Karakum Desert and with some bizarre public architecture on display, the country remains largely unfamiliar to anyone but the locals, ensuring a tourist-free Central Asia experience.

“If travel is the search for something new, then Turkmenistan might be the ultimate travel destination,” says James Thornton, Managing Director. “Most people would not even know where Turkmenistan is located let alone know what treasures lie within it. Tour operators are just scratching the surface in Central Asia and within 5 to 10 years we’ll start to see many more comprehensive tours such as this in the area.”

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Using the capital of Ashgabat as a base, the Turkmenistan Discover trip includes:
  • The Door to Hell, otherwise known as Darvaza, a 70 metre wide flaming crater fuelled by gas located in the heart of the Karakum Desert. In the early 1970s, oil drillers unearthed a large pocket of methane and, fearing it would pollute the surrounding air, decided to burn it off. Those flames still burn today.
  • The ancient ruins of Merv, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was once the largest city in the world and an oasis of civilisation on the Silk Road that connected East and West.
  • Kow-Ata Cave, a lake 60 metres underground with water temperatures around 35C all year.
  • The fortress of Old Nisa, one of the earliest Parthian Capitals and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The village of Yerbent in the Karakum Desert, offering an insight into local life.
  • A cable car ride up the Kopet Dag Mountains for views of white-marbled Ashgabat.
Turkmenistan Discoverer is a nine day trip and costs from $2,995 per person. Four departures are available in 2015 with the first trip departing on 27 April. Peregrine Adventures offer assistance with visas, which should be applied for at least three months prior to departure, and with airfares. Fly to Dubai and then directly onto Ashgabat.

Peregrine’s new trips in 2015 are currently 10% off if booked by 20 December 2014.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Tasmania’s West Coast Wilderness Railway Rolls Out New Itineraries

Tasmania’s stunning West Coast Wilderness Railway is moving full steam ahead, launching two new 
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From December 15, 2014, visitors will be able to experience the Railway’s rich history on the full day ‘Queenstown Explorer’. Departing Mondays and Tuesdays from Strahan’s original harbourside Regatta Point Station, the tour takes in the King River Gorge, the “rack” section of the railway track, magnificent rainforest and all stations along the way. The journey will return to Strahan around 6pm.

During the trip, guests will have the chance to explore the historic mining town of Queenstown, try their luck panning for gold and discover the remarkable development of the region with either a guided or self-guided tour. The Queenstown Explorer is available for $149 per adult and $65 per child or $335 for a family of up to two adults and two children in the Heritage Carriage.

Or experience this majestic journey on Wilderness Carriage for $195 per adult and $110 per child which includes seats in a balcony carriage, sparkling wine on arrival, morning tea, buffet lunch and afternoon tea.

For visitors looking for a shorter journey, the new half day ‘River and Rainforest’ experience begins operation from December 17, 2014.

WCWR_river medThis afternoon journey available Wednesday to Friday, offers a relaxing ride from Strahan, taking in the fabulous harbour views as the train follows the foreshore and the river as it journeys deep into the rainforest. Guests can marvel at the engineering feats as the train crosses the many bridges, including the formidable Iron Bridge, one of the two major river crossings on the line.

Heritage Carriage tickets are available for $95 per adult and $40 per child or $220 for a family of up to two adults and two children. Or guests can enjoy the spoils of Wilderness Carriage for $135 per adult and $70 per child which includes seats in a balcony carriage, sparkling wine or juice on arrival and a delicious high tea served during the journey.

West Coast Wilderness Railway General Manager, Michael Saville, said the new experiences follow an extensive upgrade of the track.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer passengers the chance to experience the complete Railway experience which makes up an important historical part of Tasmania’s West Coast.

“The longevity of the attraction has been made possible after an injection of around $12 million from both the former Federal Government and the Tasmanian State Government, where more than 12,000 sleepers, many kilometres of track and one of the 40 bridges have been replaced as well as major land slip remediation. We are very much looking forward to welcoming visitors aboard this moving journey,” said Mr Saville.

Superboats Add to the Excitement of a Fraser Coast Holiday

On the weekend of 28-30 November, the beautiful waters of Hervey Bay will host the series finale of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships.

The weekend program includes an Esplanade boat parade, markets and entertainment and of course fast and furious racing action out on the water.

Fraser Coast Opportunities Tourism acting Manager Tas Webber said the weekend offered a chance to witness the water-going equivalent to Formula 1 racing.

"The sound, speed and power of these machines are unmatched in ocean racing and the fact that the series winner will be crowned in Hervey Bay only adds to the fun and excitement," Mr Webber said.

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A dedicated event zone will be set up at Hervey Bay's Torquay beach, with roving buskers, licensed wet area and market stalls for the main race day on Sunday 30 November.

Spectators can line up anywhere along Hervey Bay's beachfront to watch these million dollar, 40ft boats as they race at speeds of up to 200km/h around a triangular course running from Torquay to Point Vernon, within 600 metres from the shore.

“If anyone wishes to get closer to the action, they can buy front row tickets for 360 degree views and catering on board special catamarans and sailing vessels moored in an exclusive area inside the race circuit.”
Mr Webber said visitors could sample a range of Fraser Coast attractions over the weekend, including the vibrant cafés and bars along the Hervey Bay Esplanade and World Heritage- listed Fraser Island.

“There is almost unlimited fun and action to be found out on the water with dolphin cruises, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and aqua trikes, wake boarding and kite surfing.

“For high powered thrills, visitors can take a 12,000ft skydive with breath-taking views of Hervey Bay and Fraser Island or experience guided jet-ski or jet boat tours from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island,” he said.
Hervey Bay offers a range of accommodation options – from five star luxury to beachfront caravan and camping sites.

Deals: Take advantage of special “Guaranteed Summer” deals on attractions, dining and accommodation including discounts of up to 30% and a free night with stays of two to more days.

Go to www.visitfrasercoast.com/summer.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts Offers Special Deal for Winter Travel

Travelers looking for a warm escape this winter season can take advantage of Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts’ newest promotional event, Extra Credit Getaway, offering a limited-time resort credit of up to $400 at a choice of 14 tropical resorts across the Caribbean and Latin America.



To take advantage of this special offer, visitors must book a premium room by Nov. 30, 2014, for winter travel bookings with a minimum four night stay required*. Travelers must use the promotional code ‘7CL’ when making a reservation.

Participating hotel properties offering up to $400 in resort credit on premium room category bookings include:
  • JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa – 30 percent off, plus $400 resort credit
  • Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino – $200 resort credit
  • CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort – 30 percent off, plus $200 resort credit
  • Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino – $250 resort credit
  • Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort – $100 resort credit
  • CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa – $200 resort credit
  • St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino – $400 resort credit
  • Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort  – $200 resort credit
  • Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort – $100 resort credit
  • Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa – $400 resort credit
  • JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa – $250 resort credit (five-night minimum)
  • JW Marriott Hotel Santo Domingo – $150 resort credit (two-night minimum, Fri/Sat only)
  • JW Marriott Panama Golf & Beach Resort – $100 resort credit
  • JW Marriott El Convento Cusco – $100 resort credit
To book a stay, visit www.paradisebymarriott.com/extra-credit-getaway.  For more information about Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts, please visit www.ParadiseByMarriott.com or www.facebook.com/MarriottCaribbeanMexico.

*The Extra Credit Getaway Promotion is valid for reservations booked between Nov. 1 – 30, 2014. Stay window and minimum night requirement varies based on participating resort. Must quote promotional code 7CL to receive the promotional rate. A limited number of rooms are available and blackout dates or other restrictions may apply. Available at participating locations only. A stay is defined as consecutive nights spent at the same hotel, regardless of check-in/check-out activity. Promotion cannot be combined with any other offer, sale promotion, or prior purchase/reservation.

Christmas Eve Dazzlers! At Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort

Celebrating Christmas at Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort this year will definitely set you in the festive spirit.

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Krabi’s most stylish resort combines French excellence with wonderful Thai hospitality, a real cultural blend. The traditional Christmas dishes will be served with Thai specialties signature dishes and fabulous Christmas cocktails, featuring with the live entertainment to make your perfect Christmas on the dream destination.

Christmas by the pool
Adult: THB 1,900++
Children (5 – 11 years old): THB 950++
Christmas Eve is starting from 19.00 p.m. onwards

For more information and reservation, please call +66 (0) 75 627 800 or write us an email to fbadm@sofitelphokeethrakrabi.com .

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