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Friday, August 1, 2014

Outrigger Mauritius Launches 'Endless Sunshine' Promotion

The Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa has launched an "Endless Sunshine" promotion that gives up to 45% off best rates. The promotion is valid for stays until 30 September 2014 and requires a minimum two-night stay. The promotion includes daily breakfast for two.

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The special limited-period rates are EUR149 for a Deluxe Seaview King, EUR199 for a Deluxe Family Seaview Room, EUR179 for a Beach Front Club Room, EUR229 for a Beachfront Junior Suite, and EUR349 for a Beachfront Senior Suite. Rates include 15% tax.

Club and Suite bookings also enjoy the complimentary access to resort's Club and Club benefits.

The Outrigger Mauritius Resort and Spa opened in April this year and offers 181 beautifully appointed rooms, suites and villas in an immaculate 10-hectare absolute beachfront setting in the peaceful Bel Ombre nature reserve at the south of the island.

The property is already known for its high quality Creole Mauritian dishes, seafood and a selection of specialist choices such as Japanese, Indian, European and home-made desserts and pastries.

A large choice of water sport instruction is available for beginners to advanced levels.

To book the Endless Sunshine promotion, or for more information, email resa.mauritius@outrigger-mu.
com or call+230 623 5000. Or visit www.outriggermauritius.com.

So Cultural - Meet The Archibald Artists At Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

Sydney’s ‘hotel for the arts’, the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, has once again signed on as hotel sponsor of the often controversial and always exciting Archibald Exhibition for 2014, on now at the Art Gallery of New South Wales until the 28th of September.


As hotel partner, Sofitel is offering three exclusive Archibald experiences over the exhibition period for art lovers to enjoy, including a ‘So Cultural’ accommodation and ticket package, a dedicated Archibald High Tea offer, and a special Archibald Lunch reception in Sofitel’s grand ballroom for a rare opportunity to hear selected artists showcased as part of Archibald 2014 speak about their art and inspirations.

"So Cultural" Package
Sofitel has created an Archibald Experience accommodation package available from A$310 per couple/room, per night in Sydney. The offer includes a luxurious overnight stay, a buffet breakfast for two at the hotel’s Garden Court restaurant, and two tickets to see the Archibald exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The offer is available from now until the 28th of September 2014 (subject to availability). To book call 02 9228 9188e mail H3665@sofitel.com or for more information visithttp://www.sofitel.com/gb/booking/room-dates.shtml

Archibald High Tea Offer
Priced at $59 per person, the Archibald High Tea is available for a limited time from now until the 24th of August 2014 at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth’s Soiree Bar, located on the hotel’s lobby level. The offer includes High Tea, a glass of Taittinger champagne, and one ticket to the Archibald exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. To book contact the hotel on 02 9228 9188.

Archibald 2014 Luncheon
Sofitel will celebrate Australia’s most popular and prestigious art prize with a chance to meet the artists at the 2014 Archibald Prize Luncheon, on Wednesday the 20th of August from 12.30 to 2.00pm. Art Gallery of New South Wales director Michael Brand along with writer and presenter, Nell Schofield will host a conversation with some of this year’s key artists and their subjects, discussing the passion and controversy behind the nation’s favourite portrait exhibition over lunch in the Wentworth’s grand ballroom. The lineup includes artist Fiona Lowry (2014 Archibald winner); Anh Do; Mitch Cairns and Reg Richardson AM.

Limited tickets are available for the two-course lunch, which includes wine and coffee. Tickets are priced at $105 per person or $95 per person for Art Gallery Society members. To book call 02 9225 1878.

The Archibald Prize for portraiture is one of Australia's oldest and most talked about art awards. Since its inception in 1921, the prize has been awarded to some of Australia's most important artists, including George Lambert, William Dobell, Brett Whiteley and John Olsen.

Sofitel Wentworth Sydney has been the official hotel partner of the Archibald Prize since 2005, and is an ongoing and proud supporter of the Art Gallery of New South Wales as – a partnership that reflects Sofitel’s spirit of l’art de vivre.  The hotel offers some of Sydney’s finest five-star facilities including Garden Court restaurant and the elite Club Sofitel concept, a “hotel within a hotel” providing guests with luxury extras, specialist services and exclusive access to a contemporary fifth-floor club.


Windstar Cruises Launches New Cruisetours, Including a Four-Day Myanmar Experience

Windstar is launching its first-ever series of Cruisetours, premiering in Asia and Arabia. For those wanting to extend their cruise vacation with a land experience, the Cruisetour collection allows guests to experience the wonders of the Far East without the stress of planning the travel.

Starting at $5,299 Cruisetours include: the cost of the cruise, flights to the Cruisetour city, accommodations in a luxury hotel, excursions with an expert guide in each new city, select meals, and transfers.
Guests who book by August 29, 2014 will receive up to a $1,000 airfare credit per person, free hotel and transfers on arrival, a complimentary exclusive Private Event on the voyage crafted solely for Windstar guests, and savings of up to 50% of the cruise fare.

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“We’ve applied our philosophy of exploring hidden harbors and secluded coves to our land experiences, handpicking the best excursions to taste the local culture,” said Hans Birkholz, Windstar Cruises’ chief executive officer. “Our Cruisetours take care of all the logistics, so our guests can truly relax and enjoy the destination at hand in exclusive Windstar style, both on land and at sea.”
Singapore, the Malay Peninsula, & Myanmar Cruisetour
  • Cruisetour Experience: Travel to a world long closed to western eyes to enjoy the mystical beauty of Myanmar on this 4-day journey. Guests will visit Yangon and Bangan to explore one of the world’s most revered UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Bagan Archaeological Zone. Highlights include a trip to Phwar Saw Village where locals welcome participants into their homes and share cooking secrets, using the market’s fresh ingredients.
  • Cruise: Singapore & the Malay Peninsula, 10-day round trip voyage from Singapore
  • Hotels: 5-Star Sule Shangri-La and 5-star Bagan Lodge
  • Special Tip: For a limited time receive a free hot air balloon ride in Bagan.
Southeast Asia Unveiled & Angkor Wat Cruisetour
  • Cruisetour Experience: Journey to the ancient temples in Cambodia on this 3-day excursion. Guests will start in Siem Ream, with visits to Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Tonle Sap Lake, and Les Artisans d’Angkor. Highlights include a traditional Cambodian feast with a cultural dance performance and a guided tour on board a small shaded vessel moving between floating homes and small fish farms.
  • Cruise: Southeast Asia Unveiled, a 10-day voyage from Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh City.
  • Hotels: Le Meridien Angkor in Siem Reap and Caravelle Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Special tip: The Angkor Wat Cruistour can be booked either pre- or post- cruise.
Wonders of Civilization Cruisetour
  • Cruisetour Experience: Explore the ancient city of Cairo on this 5-day excursion. Guests will leave the ship in Luxor before traveling to Cairo to tour the ancient Pyramids of Giza and the mysterious Sphinx. Local highlights include a tour of the Solar Boat, the ritual vessel believed to provide transport for the Pharoah’s soul to the afterlife, as well as a camel ride through the desert.
  • Cruise: Wonders of Arabia, a 6-day voyage from Athens to Safaga
  • Hotels: Hilton Luxor, and 5-Star Mena House Hotel in Giza
  • Special tip: Join Windstar CEO Hans Birkholz as he hosts this Wonders of Arabia voyage.

Europe flights from $1133 return


SKIDDOO YOUR WAY TO EUROPE WITH FLIGHTS FROM $1,150!

If it’s been a big year and you are looking to escape before the silly season starts, travel booking site Skiddoo.com.au makes it easy for you to skedaddle to Europe with some special deals flying with Etihad Airways.

• Return flights to Amsterdam from Brisbane from $1,151
• Fly Perth to London from $1,340 return
• Fares for return flights to Paris from Melbourne start from $1,155
• Have a Roman adventure with return fares from Sydney $1,133

The special deals are for new bookings made before 15 August 2014, for flights departing between 1O October to 10 December. Other terms and conditions apply. See www.skiddoo.com.au for more details.



Thursday, July 31, 2014

WIN a trip to Rio with LAN Airlines


Are you the energetic type? Running the City2Surf this year perhaps? In that case, do you fancy a trip to Rio?

Sydney's favourite sporting event is back, and this year to celebrate City2Surf, LAN Airlines is giving YOU the opportunity to WIN return flights to Rio de Janeiro with its new City2Surf inspired Facebook campaign, Footsteps to Rio.

LAN Airlines is asking Aussies joggers, sprinters, walkers and travellers to guess the number of footsteps it would take to walk from Sydney to Rio. The person who guesses closest to the correct number will be spared the journey by foot and instead flown from Sydney to Rio with LAN Airlines.

The Footsteps to Rio competition runs alongside City2Surf until 24 August, 2014 so get those sweatbands ready, get those suitcases packed, and get guessing. Entry is via LAN Airlines Australia's Facebook page, with the lucky winner receiving two return economy flights to Rio de Janeiro.


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LAN Airlines now operates seven one-stop flights each week from Sydney to Santiago, Chile, the gateway to South America. Onward connections to over 115 destinations in South America are operated by both LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines. LAN also offers non-stop flights between Sydney and Santiago every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday in a codeshare partnership with oneworld partner airline Qantas. Flights with codeshare partner are 14 hours from Sydney to Santiago. For more information or to make a booking contact travel agents, call LAN reservations on 1800 558 129, or visit www.lan.com.
  

Bed, Bath & Bike - Pier One Sydney Harbour offers guests a unique way to see the iconic sights of Sydney with the suite-est package available

Pier One Sydney Harbour Balcony and Harbour View Suites are tucked up against one of the most scenically beautiful waterways in the world and are the ideal space for guests seeking to experience a balance of calm within the luxurious surrounds of their room coupled with the excitement of getting out and about and exploring Sydney’s vibrant streets.

And what better way to experience the city than jumping on a bike and peddling your way through the cobblestone pathways of the famous Rocks precinct, then riding down to the iconic Opera House and breathing in the fresh sea air as you embrace the majesty of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Botanic Gardens.

The recently renovated suites offer a fresh and contemporary palette with luxurious fixtures and fittings unmatched in any other Sydney CBD hotel. Maximising the already generous space, the designers created bathrooms that seamlessly transition into the bedrooms and four of the suites on level two boast large balcony spaces, allowing guests to lounge outside, taking in the fresh harbour air. 

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All of the suites feature king size beds, a marble topped wet bar with Nespresso coffee machine, marble topped working desk, two LED flat screen TVs – one of which rises from the bed base, Foxtel, iPod/iPad docking stations and fast WiFi internet access.

Pier One Sydney Harbour is offering a ‘suite’ package that includes overnight accommodation for two guests, $200 credit per stay to be used at any of the food and beverage outlets in the hotel, evening chef canapés and an inclusive mini-bar and Aesop amenities to ensure a truly memorable stay.

Harbour View Suite Packages start from $799.00 per night*. For guests wanting to cruise the city on a bike, the hotel can arrange for two complimentary bicycles for a day.

Each suite is as individual and unique as the guests staying with level 2 of the hotel offering wrap-around balconies around three of the suites providing generous space with divisions to ensure privacy while the fourth offers an impressive 40 metre squared balcony jutting over the Pier. This outdoor space makes for an ideal setting for private alfresco dining, sunset drinks or simply taking in the beauty of Sydney Harbour and watching the mega yachts sail past.

Two of the balcony suites have designer day beds and arm chairs which are positioned to maximise the panoramic views. Each of the bathrooms have decadent, deep standalone bath tubs, rain water heads with side jets, double brass bowl vanities and deluxe amenity kits from Aesop.

From the hotel’s premier Harbour View Balcony Suite at the northern end of the Pier, guests will feel like they’re floating on water, particularly from the deep-set bathtub, which is the feature piece of a bathroom that overlooks the water and the imposing Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Those looking to get a little higher will benefit from the suites located on level three with raw woodwork of overhead beams in the three top-floor suites, where part of the century-old architecture was re-exposed, providing the spaces with the feel of a New York loft or Hamptons Beach House.  These suites are harbour side with panoramic views but no outdoor spaces.

After an energized day of city exploration you can then return to your perfectly picked suite and luxuriate in a bubble-bath with a glass of wine or dine waterside at the hotel’s restaurant and bar. 

Additionally with the hotel’s prime harbour frontage, guests can arrive by yacht or water taxi via the hotel’s private pontoon, which provides direct water access to nearby attractions including the Opera House, Luna Park and Taronga Zoo.

Pier One Sydney Harbour is not only a unique Sydney Harbour property, but a well placed, innovative hotel offering guests a truly one of a kind Australian experience.

*Suite Packages start from $799.00 per night, subject to availability at time of booking. For full booking conditions and further details please visit: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-deals/sydak-pier-one-sydney-harbour-autograph-collection/
Bicycle hire is subject to availability.

Deserts And Glaciers In Luxury

FROM one of the driest places on earth to the world's most southern tip is the route for a new luxury 
Exterior, Hotel Explora Atacamacruise tour introduced by cruise holiday specialists ecruising.travel for 2016, with a special promotion of room upgrades at both the luxurious Chilean properties of explora when you book before August 31, 2014.

This exclusive and fully escorted 17-night journey begins in Santiago on March 31 with welcome dinner at the famous Aqui esta coco restaurant, followed by a day trip to the Casablanca Valley with wine tasting and lunch at the famous Casas del Bosque winery.

You will fly to Calama and spend five nights at the fully inclusive explora Atacama, situated near the village of San Pedro de Atacama, where you can discover the terrain, ancestral culture and unique wildlife through a range of explorations that vary in durations from a couple of hours to a full day. Activities include trekking, horseback riding, cycling explorations, high-mountain climbs and stargazing sessions.

ex.ac-2The tour then moves to the southern end of Chile where you’ll will board the luxurious M/V Via Australis for a three night Chilean Fjords cruise. Here you will have the chance to get up close and personal on board Zodiacs to explore some of the most remote and breathtaking wilderness and wildlife in the southern Patagonia including the Tierra Del Fuego archipelago.  Experience these fascinating locations including Almirantazgo Bay and its elephant seals, sub-Antarctic forests, waterfall glaciers and Ainsworth Bay to see the Alberto de Agostini National Park and the sub-polar Magellan Forest, with your final destination Magdalena Island.

Via-AustralisWe’ve saved the best for last with five nights at explora Patagonia located in the heart of Torres del Paine and on the shores of Lake Pehoé offering a breath-taking view of the Paine Massif.  You’ll have plenty of time to explore the stunning landscape by foot or horseback and view the peaks, glaciers, lakes and rich flora and fauna.

Priced from $11,869 per person twin share, this fully inclusive and escorted tour includes return economy airfares from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, three nights at the W Hotel in Santiago with daily breakfast, welcome dinner at Aqui esta Coco in Santiago, a full day wine tasting tour with lunch at Casablanca Valley, three nights cruise on board M/V Via Australis with all meals, shore excursions and on-board gratuities, five nights at both explora Atacama and Patagonia- with all meals, beverages, guided explorations and transfers.


G Adventures announces Antarctic Early Booking Bonus

unnamed (16)G Adventures, the leading small-group adventure tour operator, has announced an early booking bonus for travellers looking to secure their place on an Antarctic Expedition in late 2015.

G Adventures’ Antarctica Classic, Antarctica Classic in Depth and Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctic Islands trips, which all explore the regions at the bottom of the world aboard the MS Expedition, are reduced by 10% when booking before 31 August, 2014 and travelling before December 8, 2015. 

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Perfect for first time or seasoned travellers, these early season departures will present budding photographers with a unique opportunity to take in breathtaking glaciers, saw-toothed mountains, colossal icebergs, fields of ice that stretch on forever and, for those travelling to South Georgia,King Penguins in an intimate setting during their mating season in October.

The Antarctic programme has proven extremely popular amongst Australian and New Zealand travellers who now make up over one third of the company’s global sales to the region, explains Belinda Ward, Duchess of Delegation for G Adventures Australia and New Zealand, “All of our travellers come back having had an amazing experience aboard the MS Expedition – our NPS scores on this programme are consistently outstanding, so we’d love to get even more Aussies down to this stunning part of the world.”

G Adventures’ expeditions on board the MS Expedition include an expert team of specialists including ornithologists, marine biologists, and a photographer to make sure travellers get the perfect shot.

To receive the saving on category 3, 4 and 5 cabins only, travellers must quote the promo code ‘G14ANTARCTIC10EBB’ at time of booking*.

Get Up & Go magazine – winter 2014


Cruising heads to Africa, Myanmar, the Antarctic, India, New Zealand, France Fiji, Russia and Australia – the oceans are alive with the sound of ship music! Also in this issue: Alaska, Abu Dhabi, Korea, Samoa, Indi, South Africa, England, Germany, Switzerland, France.

And at home we visit Launceston, Sydney and Queensland – and have a $10,000 Downton Abbey era tour of Britain up for competition grabs! Visit: www.getupandgo.com.au

Patagonia fjords cruise and Atacama desert tour



FROM one of the driest places on earth to the world's most southern tip is the route for a new luxury cruise tour introduced by cruise holiday specialists ecruising.travel for 2016, with a special promotion of room upgrades at both the luxurious Chilean properties of explora when you book before August 31, 2014.

This exclusive and fully escorted 17-night journey begins in Santiago on March 31 with welcome dinner at the famous Aqui esta coco restaurant, followed by a day trip to the Casablanca Valley with wine tasting and lunch at the famous Casas del Bosque winery. 

You will fly to Calama and spend five nights at the fully inclusive explora Atacama, situated near the village of San Pedro de Atacama, where you can discover the terrain, ancestral culture and unique wildlife through a range of explorations that vary in durations from a couple of hours to a full day. Activities include trekking, horseback riding, cycling explorations, high-mountain climbs and stargazing sessions.


The tour then moves to the southern end of Chile where you'll will board the luxurious M/V Via Australis for a three night Chilean Fjords cruise. Here you will have the chance to get up close and personal on board Zodiacs to explore some of the most remote and breathtaking wilderness and wildlife in the southern Patagonia including the Tierra Del Fuego archipelago.  Experience these fascinating locations including Almirantazgo Bay and its elephant seals, sub-Antarctic forests, waterfall glaciers and Ainsworth Bay to see the Alberto de Agostini National Park and the sub-polar Magellan Forest, with your final destination Magdalena Island.

We've saved the best for last with five nights at explora Patagonia located in the heart of Torres del Paine and on the shores of Lake Pehoé offering a breath-taking view of the Paine Massif.  You'll have plenty of time to explore the stunning landscape by foot or horseback and view the peaks, glaciers, lakes and rich flora and fauna.

Priced from $11,869 per person twin share, this fully inclusive and escorted tour includes return economy airfares from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, three nights at the W Hotel in Santiago with daily breakfast, welcome dinner at Aqui esta Coco in Santiago, a full day wine tasting tour with lunch at Casablanca Valley, three nights cruise on board M/V Via Australis with all meals, shore excursions and on-board gratuities, five nights at both explora Atacama and Patagonia- with all meals, beverages, guided explorations and transfers.

This tour is limited to 40 guests, for more details contact ecruising.travel on 1300-369-848 or visit www.ecruising.travel

 

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