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Friday, 20 October 2017

Secret Pool Villas at The Library, Koh Samui


The Library is set to unveil the new Secret Pool Villas meticulously crafted under the concepts of space, privacy and mystery in November 2017.

Each of these new accommodation offerings will present an amazing new resort experience at this beautiful property set against the backdrop of Koh Samui’s Chaweng Beach in Thailand.

In celebration, The Library has announced an introductory rate of THB27,064 per night for two people, including breakfast, for bookings made from now up until 30 November for stays in a one-bedroom Secret Villa from 1 November to 20 December 2017 and from 6 January to 30 April 2018. (Trade partners welcome)

Collectively known as Secret Chapters, these exclusive one- and two-bedroom Secret Pool Villas will exude a sense of unmitigated luxury and freedom. Perfectly suited for discerning couples and honeymooners, these are sprawling private spaces with mysteries to uncover and secrets to make.

The commission will be based on bookings of the one-bedroom Secret Villas at the introductory rate of THB27,064 per night for two people including breakfast.

Guests staying a minimum three nights in a Secret Pool Villa over the same period at this popular Thailand resort, set against the backdrop of Chaweng Beach, will also receive a complimentary 3-course dinner for 2 people and roundtrip Samui airport transfers.

The Library will introduce the one-bedroom and 2 two-bedroom Secret Pool Villas in November with the special villas, including The Editor and The Writer, due to be open by early 2018.

The floor area of the one-bedroom Secret Villas will be 220 square metres with a custom-made 3-metre-wide bed. Key features include a dedicated entertainment space, full dining area with pantry, spacious Jacuzzi bathtub, 8-metre long saltwater swimming pool, oversized tandem rain shower and his and hers walk-in closets.

The Editor will be a luxurious villa geared towards the working creative and The Writer, a singular, expansive unit featuring an absolute beach frontage and access, dedicated living and dining spaces, a private library, outdoor cinema and backyard gym, an upper floor terrace with spectacular views and an 8.5 x 7.5-metre saltwater swimming pool.

For booking enquiries please contact your travel agent or rsvn@thelibrarysamui.com.

www.thelibrarysamui.com

Monday, 9 October 2017

Discover a World of Thrilling Outdoor Activities in Lonely Planet’s Atlas of AdventureIn



Don’t just walk on the wild side, but climb, ski, mountain bike, canoe, surf and even skydive with Lonely Planet’s Atlas of Adventure, published this October.

In bookshops now
Lonely Planet’s Atlas of Adventure is an action-packed showcase of the best outdoor experiences in more than 150 countries across the globe. Featuring inspiring photography, maps, interviews and expert authors, it’s the ultimate introduction to a thrilling new world of adventure.

“We tracked down our most adventure-loving experts, wherever they happened to be, and asked them to share their tips for the best places to experience thrilling outdoor activities,” Lonely Planet explains.

“This book is the result: an alphabetically ordered romp around the globe, highlighting the best outdoor pursuits you can enjoy in each country,” Lonely Planet says. “We’ll take you climbing in Thailand, mountain biking in America and sailing along the south coast of Britain.”

“We’ve included everywhere it’s currently feasible to set your intrepid foot,” Lonely Planet adds, “exploring the less trafficked corners of popular spots and venturing to far-flung places you may never have previously considered visiting.”


Lonely Planet devotes 18 pages of its Atlas of Adventure to Australia’s outdoor activities. “From plunging into the azure ocean surrounding the world’s biggest coral reef to hiking through primordial landscapes dating back to Gondwana, adventure is everywhere in Australia,” the book says. “Whatever your adventure poison – be it climbing or kayaking, skiing or surfing, road cycling or mountain biking, trail running or camel trekking – you will find it here, usually in world-class form, and often without too many others around to break your solitude.”
LONELY PLANET’S ATLAS OF ADVENTURE
320pp, full colour; H270 x W230mm, hardback; AUD $44.99

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

MSC Cruises 50% off second passenger, during October


PLAN A CRUISE MONTH

MSC Cruises will be offering 50% off second passenger, during October for Plan a Cruise Month. With 90 itineraries to choose from in the Mediterranean, Arabian Peninsula, Northern Europe & Fjords, Caribbean, West Indies, Cuba and repositioning cruises, it will be hard to say no to this great offer.

Nobody knows the Mediterranean like MSC and during Plan a Cruise Month they are offering a 7-night West Mediterranean cruise from AU$799 first passenger and from AU$487 for the second passenger (From NZ$1,089 first passenger and from NZ$650 second passenger).  Mix with celebrities in Portofino, re-trace the steps of history in Rome and Malta and discover the vibrancy of Barcelona and Marseille in France on board state-of-the-art MSC Meraviglia.  

In Northern Europe, MSC will take you to spectacular fjords, ancient cities and picturesque hamlets aboard MSC Magnifica from AU$1,999 first passenger and AU$1,110 second passenger over ten nights.  (From NZ$2,349 first passenger and from NZ$1,325 second passenger).

Fancy a longer cruise? Journey from the beautiful city of Venice to the colourful town of Cuba over 21 nights. From AU$1,685 first passenger and AU$993 second passenger.  (From NZ$1,889 first passenger and from NZ$1,130 second passenger).

A sample of the 90 itineraries available with MSC Cruises' 50% off second passenger promotion, valid during Plan a Cruise Month from October 1 to 31.  To BOOK NOW call 1300 028 502, www.msccruises.com.au or call your local travel agent.

*Conditions apply

www.msccruises.com.au

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Royal Caribbean Celebrates 10th Birthday in Australia with 40% off




To celebrate its 10th year cruising down under and the launch of the summer cruising season, Royal Caribbean has launched a spectacular birthday sale offering savings of up to 40% on a range of international and local itineraries, priced from just AUD$449. Plus kids travel from just AUD$69 per day.

"It's our birthday, and you get the gifts! Our 10th Birthday Sale is just one way of thanking our guests – past, present and future – for all their support in helping us reach this milestone," said Royal Caribbean managing director, Adam Armstrong.

This summer, Aussies have a choice of four of the youngest, most modern and adventure packed ships from Royal Caribbean sailing from Sydney to the South Pacific, New Zealand and around Australia, including the all new Ovation of the Seas, twin sister ships Voyager of the Seas and Explorer of the Seas and culinary favourite Radiance of the Seas.

For the new to cruise, they can sample the delights of the most modern megaliners sailing down under with a three-night 'cruise to nowhere' from Sydney on Voyager of the Seas, departing on 2 February 2018. Was AUD$709, now priced from just AUD$449 per person, twin share in an Interior stateroom.

For the ultimate family fun holiday in the sun, travellers can cruise the South Pacific with a 9-night roundtrip on Explorer of the Seas, departing Sydney on 12 February 2018 and calling to Mare, Port Vila, Mystery Island and Noumea. Was AUD$1,299, now priced from just AUD$889 per person, twin share in an Interior stateroom.

Or choose to cruise in New Zealand with a 12-night roundtrip cruise from Sydney on Ovation of the Seas, departing on 17 October 2017 and calling at Sydney to Bay of Islands, Auckland, Tauranga, Dunedin and Milford Sound Region. Was AUD$2809, now priced from just
AUD $1819 per person, twin share in an Interior stateroom.

Hurry, offer ends 31 October 2017.

For further information or to book a Royal Caribbean cruise, visit www.royalcaribbean.com.au, phone 1800 754 500 or see your local travel agent.

 

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

SHE launches new Sri Lanka retreats – and this time men are invited


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Expanding on its women-only surfing retreats to Bali, SHE surfs has teamed up with Westside Yoga for ‘Earth to Ocean’ – a marriage of fitness, adventure and spiritualism in Sri Lanka.

The first Earth to Ocean experience will launch late November and promises to take participants “to their edge”, teaching skills for life that they can take home and utilise daily. And for the first time, men will also be able to enjoy a SHE surfs experience.

The timing is especially convenient for travellers from Melbourne as SriLankan Airlines is launching direct flights to Colombo from 29 October, while those from other locations are recommended to fly to Singapore and connect to Colombo.

SHE has selected the seaside area of Kabalana for its pristine beaches, intriguing history, and its untapped attractions that should impress even seasoned travellers.

Founder of Westside Yoga Mark Pheely said, “I grew up in Queensland and am a long-time surfer. The essence of yoga and surfing is seamless – it’s the same principles. At the end of this trip, our participants will be able to stay more grounded, connected and more mindful in their everyday world.”

Suzanne Hart of SHE surfs said the seven-day experience would incorporate al fresco daily yoga overlooking the ocean, surf lessons catered to any skill level including beginner, and massages to soothe newly-used muscles.

“As always, we will cater for the solo traveller who wants to try something new in the comfort of a group, but Earth to Ocean is also perfect for couples who may have tried either surfing or yoga and want to share their loves.

“With Mark on board and a group size capped at 14, it’s a genuine, boutique adventure with a special connection to nature,” Ms Hart said.

Two modern villas will house Earth to Ocean guests with direct access to a white sand beach, air-conditioning, an ensuite for each bedroom and a resident chef sourcing produce from the local markets. Two pools overlooking the ocean and gardens sprinkled with coconut trees will add to the feeling of escapism.

According to Mark, who has practiced yoga for 15 years and taught for 5 of those, “When I surf, I get the sense that the water remembers me and sometimes I will just sit in the ocean on a surfboard. It’s a real quietness of mind in this busy world.

“Sri Lanka is an untapped, underdeveloped wonderland. Its spiritualism is more subtle than in other countries, the food is extraordinary, it’s accessible and the coastline is stunning. All of that combined makes for a delicious melting pot of experiences.”

www.shetravels.net.au


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Chiva-Som special Travel The World offer


TRAVEL THE WORLD OFFER FOR CHIVA-SOM STAYS UNTIL END OF SEPTEMBER

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Guests booking a Speciality Retreat for a minimum 7-night stay at Chiva-Som in Thailand for travel until 30 September 2017 will receive an additional complimentary night and an exclusive VIP Fast Track Service at Bangkok International SuvarnabhumiAirport with guests to be met on arrival by a personal porter and hostess and escorted through immigration for collection of luggage and transfer to the resort.

Chiva-Som is situated within seven acres of tropical gardens in the Royal city of Hua Hin on the Gulf of Thailand, 185 km south of Bangkok.

This pioneering Thai health and wellness resort is a popular destination for Australians offering guests a total lifestyle transformation to achieve wellness and longevity with a full range of health and wellness Speciality Retreats, integrating naturopathic and conventional medicines, including A Taste of Chiva-Som, Optimal Performance, Spa Wellbeing, Yoga for Life, Fitness, Natural Renewal, Weight Management, Cell Vitality, Cranial Relief, Emotional Wellbeing, Tension Release and Sustainable Slimming.

All components are set and overseen by expert health professionals including consulting doctors, naturopaths, fitness instructors, spa therapists, nutritionists and alternative health practitioners.

This Travel the World Chiva-Som Speciality Retreat Offer is priced from AUD6179 per person twin share including:

· 8 nights in an Ocean Room (including 1 complimentary night)
· VIP Fast Track Service at Bangkok International Suvarnabhumi Airport
· THB2500 cash credit per person redeemable for resort treatments
· Individual health and wellness consultation
· 3 wellness cuisine meals per night
· Optional skin consultation
· Optional physical analysis
· Daily fitness and leisure activities (8 classes daily)
· Unlimited use of Water Therapy Suites (Steam, Sauna, Jacuzzi)
· One daily treatment per night of stay selecting from Thai Massage, Invigorating Massage, Relaxing Foot Massage, Oriental Scalp Massage, Chiva-Som Skin Haven Body Polish

For bookings of the Travel the World Chiva-Som Specialty Retreat Offer contact your travel agent or a Chiva-Som Specialist on 1300 857 437 and quote Promotion Code AUS2017

Friday, 18 August 2017

Intrepid's Deal of the Week: Las Vegas to Los Angeles


Intrepid Travel is offering great deals on a range of United States itineraries this week, including 25 per cent savings on a Las Vegas to Los Angeles tour taking in Yosemite National Park.

This nine-day trip leads travellers to some of the United States best attractions, passing through one of the hottest places on earth, Death Valley, before exploring the forests of Sierra Nevada and reaching the famous Pacific Coast. Travellers enjoy the sights and fun of Las Vegas before heading to California's mountain region to explore Yosemite National Park and marvel at the giant granite Half Dome. The tour concludes at the Los Angeles coast, having covered America's most diverse scenery and landscapes.

 The tour departs September 13, 2017 with fares from AU$1638* per person, a saving of AU$547.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Milne Bay Kenu and Kundu Festival



FOURTEEN years in, Milne Bay's Kenu and Kundu Festival is hitting its feisty teen years with a growing confidence - and for good reason.

At home in the provincial capital of Alotau, this annual festival (which translates to Canoe and Drum Festival) celebrates the colour and energies of its region's passionate island cultures.

From the physical celebrations on the Trobriands' 'Islands of Love' at Yam Harvest time, to the palpable inter-island rivalry vibrating from the war canoe races, locals bring their culture from each of the region's 600 islands to add to this amazing experience.

There are performances, races, competitions and mouth-watering fresh local dishes.

But it is Alotau's progressive attitude that really cements this as a stand out cultural festival.

Alongside culture steeped in deep tradition, Alotau also presents the 'next generation' of south-east Papua New Guinea.

Alotau's creatives merge tradition with today in their own creations for the festival. The result is a cultural experience all of its own.

Modern musicians perform hiphop/ reggae hybrids on stage with their five-piece, for example. Alotau's exciting, young screen-printers splash colour and design on bags and shirts throughout the vibrating crowds. And the region's master carvers have spent months in preparation, their creations a mix of what they know and what they want.

Thanks to their own diversity and the region's history with tourism, Milne Bay has an impressive self-awareness.

The annual Kenu + Kundu Festival is one of the few cultural festivals, worldwide, where the past and the future dance so energetically together.

LIMITED SPACE STILL AVAILABLE ON Oceania Expeditions' 2017 OCT 27 - NOV 06 TOUR, FEAT. THE KENU + KUNDU FESTIVAL. Full itinerary here.

For more information or imagery, email Oceania Expeditions: travel@oceaniaexpeditions.com.au / 0437648412

Friday, 28 July 2017

New KI Odysseys luxury Food & Wine Tours


Spend three days indulging every sense and sampling the best of Kangaroo Island fresh produce and wines with Kangaroo Island Odysseys (KIO) new luxury three-day 'Kangaroo Island Food & Wine Tours' starting on selected dates from September 2017.

All seasonal KIO Food & Wine tours are fully inclusive, including return flights from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island and all Adelaide airport transfers.

Explore the island with a private tour guide in luxury, air-conditioned 4x4 vehicles in small groups of up to 8 guests, with accommodation at the opulent Lifetime Private Retreats or Sea Dragon Lodge.

Specialising in hand crafted luxury accommodation, Life Time Private Retreats, on the North Coast, offers four spectacular holiday houses nestled into a stunning coastal location and surrounded by Kangaroo Islands' natural beauty. Luxury houses include The Sky House, The Cliff House, The Settlers Homestead and Sheoaks.

Sea Dragon Lodge is set on a 250 seafront estate at the eastern end of the island, on the Dudley Peninsula, with a private beach to explore and wildlife at the doorstep. Sea Dragon Lodge features eco-friendly villas and a spacious three-bedroom lodge.

KIO Food & Wine tours have been developed to highlight the best food, wine and nature-based experiences available during each of the four seasons.  All seasonal tours are different with a choice of tours for Summer/Spring, Autumn and Winter.

Tours visit the islands most beautiful beaches like Emu Bay, Stokes Bay and Vivonne Bay and an array of attractions.

Experience a personalised vineyard and winery tour at 'The Islander Estate Vineyard', Bay of Shoals Wines or Dudley Wines, taste locally distilled Gin and spirits at KI Spirits, sample a variety of delicious cheese and yoghurts at the Island Pure Sheep Dairy, stop in at Island Beehive for a tour and honey tastings, sample KI's freshest oysters at the Kangaroo Island Shellfish Oyster Farm Shed and enjoy a half day fishing charter.

Dining experiences are ones that will be remembered for a lifetime with Lifetime Private Retreats catering partners, 'Hannaford and Sachs', showcasing Kangaroo Island's best seasonal food in a range of outdoor settings and stunning coastal locations around Snelling Beach Middle River.

Some 'Hannaford and Sachs' experiences include, 'The Beach House Taverna BBQ Banquet', a seafood BBQ dinner cooked over hot coals and featuring some of KI's freshest, most mouth-watering produce.

The 'Shearers Feast', is a night to remember, dining in elegance under the candlelit ambiance and eclectically decorated Hannaford family's 80-year-old shearing shed, built from sugar gum trees and old corrugated iron. The night starts with drinks and a spot of Croquet on the lawn before sitting down to a three-course feast that showcases produce from both the sea and land.

At the Enchanted Fig Tree dine underneath the boughs and leaves of a massive, ancient fig tree planted by the early settlers more than 100 years ago, which now form enchanting rooms with ceilings of swaying leaves and dappled light!  Tables are set up to feature a fig inspired brunch menu, created straight from the pages of a fairy tale book.

Other dining experiences on the tour include Kangaroo Island's unique 'Table Surfing' dinners.  Join local island producers, farmers or home cooks in their own homes or farms for a home-cooked meal just as they would prepare for their friends and family.

For wholesome, fresh and uncomplicated food and farm stories, join local chef and farmer, Tony Nolan, at his 'Latitude 36 Farm Kitchen and indulge in a three-course gourmet dinner at Sunset Food & Wine.

3 Day Sensations of Kangaroo Island Summer Tour – North Coast visits Emu and Stokes Bay; 'The Islander Estate Vineyard' for a personalised vineyard and winery tour, Island Pure Sheep Dairy for Cheese and yoghurt tastings; KI Spirits for a taste of locally distilled Gin and Island Beehive for a Tour and honey tastings. Enjoy lunch at The Rockpool Café and at Tony Nolan's 'Latitude 36 Farm Kitchen' and brunch at The Enchanted Fig Tree. Dinners by Hannaford & Sachs include 'The Shearer's Feast' and 'The Beach Taverna BBQ Banquet' and a three-course dinner at Sunset Food & Wine.

3 Day Sensations of Kangaroo Island Summer Tour – North Coast is $2708 per person and includes all activities and meals, return flights from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide airport transfers and two-night's accommodation at Lifetime Private Retreats.

Spring 2017 departure dates for the Sensational Summer/Spring tours include Saturday 9th and 23rd September, Friday 13th and 27th October and Saturday 11th and 25th November. 2017 and 2018 Summer tour dates include Friday 8th December 2017, Saturday 20th January and Friday 9th and 23rd February 2018.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Autumn Tour – North Coast visits the picturesque beaches at Emu and Vivonne Bays', 'The Islander Estate Vineyard'; KI Spirits; tastings at Island Beehive; morning tea and gallery experience at Rustic Blue Gallery and Café; tastings and a savoury platter at Bay of Shoal Wines and venture out on a half day fishing charter. Meals include 'Where the Wild Things are Breakfast'; lunch at Tony Nolan's 'Latitude 36 Farm Kitchen' and dinners include the 'Shearers Feast' and 'Table Surfing Dinner' at a local farm.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Autumn Tour – North Coast is $2708 per person departing from Adelaide and including return flights to Kangaroo Island, all activities and meals and accommodation for two nights at Lifetime Private Retreats.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Autumn Tour – Dudley Peninsula visits the idyllic beach at Island Beach; KI Spirits; Island Pure Sheep Dairy for cheese and yoghurt sampling; Bay of Shoal Wines for tastings and a savoury platter; try honey at Island Beehive; enjoy a half day fishing charter; indulge in a gourmet lunch and cellar door tastings at Dudley Wines Clifftop Cellar, dinner at Sunset Food and Wine and mouth-watering private breakfasts and dinners at the Sea Dragon Lodge with local Kangaroo Island wine.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Autumn Tour – Dudley Peninsula is $2314 per person departing from Adelaide and includes return flights to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide  airport transfers, all activities and meals and two nights' accommodation at Sea Dragon Lodge.

2018 departure dates for the Awesome Autumn tours include Saturday 3rd and 17th March, Friday 13th and 27th April and 12th and 26th May.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Winter Tour - North Coast includes a half day fishing charter; morning and afternoon tea at Emu Bay; a visit to 'The Islander Estate Vineyard'; tasting at Kangaroo Island Spirits; cheese and yogurt tastings at Island Pure Sheep Dairy; tastings and a savoury platter at Bay of Shoal Wines and a tour and tastings at Kangaroo Island Shellfish Oyster farm.  Join Tony Nolan for lunch at his 'Latitude 36 Farm Kitchen' and enjoy 'The Fire Feast' dinner by local Chef, Rachel Hannaford and "Table Surfing Dinner" with locals.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Winter Tour - North Coast is $3102 per person departing from Adelaide and includes return flights to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide airport transfers, all activities and meals and accommodation for two nights at Lifetime Private Retreats.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Winter Tour - Dudley Peninsula Tours includes a half day fishing charter; visits KI Spirits to taste locally distilled Gin; Island Pure Sheep Dairy for cheese and yogurt tastings; and a tour and tastings at Kangaroo Island Shellfish Oyster farm. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and tastings at Dudley Wines Clifftop Cellar, and mouth-watering private breakfasts and dinners at the Sea Dragon Lodge with local Kangaroo Island wine.

3 Day Kangaroo Island in Winter Tour - Dudley Peninsula is $2,504pp per person departing from Adelaide return flights to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide airport transfers , all activities and meals and accommodation for two nights at Sea Dragon Lodge.

Departure dates for the 2018 Wonderful Winter tours include Friday 8th and 22nd June, Saturday 14th and 28th July and Friday 10th and 24th August.

For further information and bookings visit wwwl.kangarooislandodysseys.com.au


 

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Free Vancouver Tour with Rocky Mountaineer Booking


Rail Plus reports that while the average age of travellers hopping on the Rocky Mountaineer is decreasing from 65+ to 55+, the number of repeat travellers is increasing.

With more than 65% of first-time travellers surveyed on board wishing they had booked a longer trip, this great train journey, which was once considered a bucket list item, has evolved into a must-see item, with repeat travellers on longer itineraries fast becoming a norm.

In recognising this, Rail Plus is offering travellers a further value-add to the remainder of this year's Rocky Mountaineer itineraries. Bookings made by 30 September 2017 in the GoldLeaf Deluxe, GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service of five or more days will receive a free Vancouver Tour valued at AU$330 per couple.

Depending on the package booked, the city tour options include the Granville Island Market Tour, Vancouver City & Lookout Tour, the Attractions Trolley Tour, the Sea Safari, Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge and the Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Food Tour.

Prices for five-day itineraries start at AU$2,741. Departures dates are from now until 15 October 2017. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, visit www.railplus.com.au <http://www.railplus.com.au>  or call 1300 555 003.


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