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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Feel Revived by Anantara Spa's Eastern and Western Autumn Breeze Package at The PuLi Hotel and Spa

Each changing season sheds the old and ushers in new beginnings, and Anantara Spa's special Autumn Breeze package at The PuLi Hotel and Spa offers a unique combination of revered eastern and western therapies, available throughout September, October and November 2014.

Designed with Chinese and Thai influences, revealing views of Jing'An Park, Anantara Spa is a haven of contemporary luxury and tranquillity that feels a world away from bustling Shanghai.  Escorted to one of the five charming treatment suites, individuals and couples can look forward to far reaching health and beauty benefits when they book the Rejuvenating Winter Wellness package.

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The ritual begins with a 90 minute Swedish Massage with Herbal Oil. Since it was developed nearly 200 years ago, Swedish Massage has become the foundation of most western massage techniques. Incorporating percussive, tapping movements and five variations of
strokes, each part of the body is manipulated to stimulate the nervous system, improve circulation and flexibility, and enhance physical and mental wellbeing.

Drawing on ancient Chinese wellness wisdom, a 30 minute Moxibustion Treatments tailored to each client's needs, with a choice of selecting this specialist treatment for the shoulder and neck, lower back, or belly button.

Moxibustion is an ancient technique practiced in both traditional Chinese and Tibetan medicine to aid the body's ability to heal itself.  This ancient Asian holistic therapy involves burning the herb mugwort to stimulate acupoints.  The radiant heat produced by the burning herbs penetrates deeply into the body, expelling cold and warming the meridians to stimulate the flow of blood circulation and vital energy, leading to improved general health and a wealth of specific benefits.  Moxibustion is used to treat cancer and chronic conditions such as arthritis, digestive disorders and ulcers, and since it increases circulation to the pelvis it is also used to encourage healthy menstruation and reduce menstrual cramps.  By invigorating healthy qi the immune system is strengthened, helping to prevent disease and increase longevity.

Traditionally there are two types of moxibustion.  In direct moxibustion, a small, cone-shaped amount of moxa is placed on top of an acupuncture point and burned.  For indirect moxibustion, a practitioner lights one end of a moxa stick and holds it close to the area being treated for several minutes until the area turns red. Acupuncture can also be incorporated, with a needle inserted into an acupoint and the tip wrapped in moxa and ignited, generating heat to the point and surrounding area.

The Autumn Breeze ritual marries tradition and innovation by using a highly effective and safe machine lamp for the moxibustion treatment.  In this modern method the cover is placed on specific areas of the body that each client wishes to focus on.   The machine makes it easy for the therapist to adjust the temperature control and locate acupuncture points easily, while clients benefit from a comfortable experience without the fire and smoke that occurs with traditional methods.

Experience the relaxing and holistic benefits of the Autumn Breeze package for the special price of RMB 1, 480* per individual and RMB 2, 600* per couple, including a complimentary Anantara body care product worth RMB 380 to take home.

For reservations or more information about the Autumn Breeze package at The PuLi Hotel and Spa, please contact 3203 9999 ext. 6899 or email anantaraspa@thepuli.com.

Autumn Breeze  120mins
-- 90 minutes Swedish Massage with Herbal Oil
-- 30 minutes Moxibustion Treatment
You can choose any part of below Moxibustion Treatments during the massage
  • shoulder and neck moxibustion
  • low back moxibustion
  • belly button moxibustion
Give Away: A complimentary Anantara body care product valued RMB380
Special Price for Single / Couple: RMB1, 480* / 2, 600*

Available exclusively at Anantara Spa @ The PuLi Hotel and Spa from 1st September 2014 to 30th November 2014.* Price is subject to 15% Service Charge *Terms and Conditions apply

(*Not valid with other promotions or discounts. *Advance booking recommended.* Anantara Spa reserves the final decision.)

New Ships For 2015 Croatian Islands Cruises

Romance beckons from the beautiful ocean front surroundings of the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. The resort, nestled amongst 23 tropical acres at the footprint of legendary Black Rock, has been the destination of choice for celebrating romance and reconnecting couples since 1963.

With over 83 percent of the resort’s 508 rooms and suites facing the ocean, this Ka‘anapali Beach resort provides the perfect setting to let all cares fade away. Hopeless romantics, discerning honeymooners, and playful pairs celebrate special occasions and create lasting memories at Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.

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Relax and unwind at The Spa at Black Rock with a couples’ bath in side by side tubs followed by an intimate couples massage. Spend the day in a private cabana on award-winning Ka’anapali Beach or alongside Sheraton Maui’s 142-yard lagoon style pool. 

Discover the magic of Maui by watching the awe-inspiring Ka‘anapali sunset from the Cliff Dive Grill or aboard a catamaran. Take it up a notch by indulging in the ultimate dining experience, a private Dinner under the Stars or Dinner on the Lanai. Vow renewals and wedding ceremonies may be arranged through the resort’s wedding and event team.

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa has a launched a unique room package just in time for fall travel with the wanderlust couple in mind. The Wander-Lust package inspires adventure and romance for couples. This personalized package includes a romantic arrival amenity, daily breakfast for two, 20% discount on services at The Spa at Black Rock, along with a special photo gift.

“The Wander-Lust package answers couples’ desire to explore Ka‘anapali and Maui at their own pace,” explains Susan Havens, director of sales and marketing for Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa. “From discovering the ultimate relaxation of a couples massage at our award-winning spa, to the awe-inspiring Ka‘anapali sunset; couples will create lasting memories as they fall in love together at the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa.”

For reservations please call (866) 716-8109 or visit http://www.Sheraton-Maui.com.

Le Boat's 5 day sale - with 30% off almost everything

Save 30% in France (all regions), Germany, Belgium, Holland, England (Thames), Ireland and Scotland for departures this October 2014. It's the perfect excuse to book yourself a last minute holiday to Europe.

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Offer is valid on all durations and all our boats with a comfort rating of 1 - 4 stars. Plus you can get 30% off our 5 comfort-rated boats if you book a delivery (all other types of bookings on these boats will receive a 10% discount).

But hurry, you must book by 5th September 2014.
So enquire now: visit  www.leboat.com.au or call on 1800 118 940.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

AirAsia's Megasale takes aim in global airfare war

Leading low-cost carrier AirAsia is leading the charge in the global airfare war with sale fares to Asia from as low as $99* one-way.  

AirAsia, which is now Australia’s fourth largest foreign airline in terms of international seat capacity ranking, has brought back its Megasale on all destinations for a limited time.

Travellers can fly to Kuala Lumpur from Adelaide and Perth for $159* per person one-way; Gold Coast from $169*; and Melbourne and Sydney from $179*.

Some onwards one-way fares from Kuala Lumpur are as little as $13* one-way.
Fares are available to Bali one-way from Darwin from $99* and from Perth from $119*. 

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The Megasale fares are available for booking from 25 August 2014 (2am AEST) to 31 August 2014 with the fares valid for travel from 1 March 2015 to 24 October 2015. Bookings to www.airasia.com

AirAsia Commercial Head of Australia & New Zealand Stuart Myerscough said with increased capacity between Asia and Australia and strong airline competition, there had never been a better time to fly internationally.

“With increasing number of seats available for sale to Aussie travellers, airlines are becoming increasingly competitive. We are now seeing some of the most affordable overseas fares on the market for some time,” he said.

“AirAsia is proud to offer some unbelievably competitive rates for travellers, with one way sale fares to Asia starting from just $99* one way. In all 2.5 million seats will be on sale.

“Our ability to offer discounted fares is underpinned by AirAsia X’s strength in the market - recently adding extra capacity into Australia to take a market leadership position, and recording year on year revenue growth for the second quarter 2014 of 36.7 per cent.”

Mr Myerscough said the Megasale was an excellent opportunity for travellers who were planning their forward travel next year and wanted to snap up some low-cost airfares early.

“AirAsia has significantly increased its fly-through connectivity, ensuring that passengers have a smoother travelling experience right through to their final destination,” he said.

“Australians are taking advantage of this and we’re seeing a tripling in terms of passenger traffic between Australia and our North Asian destinations of South Korea and Japan.”

AirAsia passengers are now able to fly into the brand new klia2 terminal in Kuala Lumpur, the carrier’s main hub, which provides an even better experience for travellers, particularly those transiting through to other destinations.

Some of the more than 100 destinations on sale include:

From the Gold Coast, fly one-way to Ho Chi Minh CityBangkokPhuket, Phnom Penh and Singapore from $209*; Kota Kinabalu and Hanoi from $229* and Tokyo from $299*.

From Melbourne, jet off one-way to Bangkok, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Phuket from $219*; Balifrom $239*, Tokyo and Seoul from $289*.

From Sydney, one-way economy flights to Langkawi and Penang are from $219*, Kota Kinabalu from $239*,Colombo and Nagoya from $319*, and Shanghai from $359*. 

From Perth, grab some great one-way fares to Bali from $119* Jakarta from $199*; Kathmandu from $269*,Nagoya and Colombo from $309*, Phuket and Phnom Penh from $199*; and Tokyo and Seoul from $339*.

Great fares are available from Adelaide including Bangkok, Phuket and Singapore from $199*; Kota Kinabalu and Bali from $219*; and Tokyo from $289*. 

From Darwin, you can also fly to Bali from $99*.

AirAsia X, together with AirAsia, provides Australians with low cost fares and access to over 100 destinations across 23 countries.

AirAsia X was named the World’s Best Low Cost Airline Premium Seat for their business class flatbed and the World's Best Low Cost Airline Premium Cabin titles at the 2014 Skytrax World Airline Awards. The AirAsia Group also received its sixth consecutive year title as the World’s Best and Asia’s Best Low Cost Airline at the awards.

For bookings or further information visit www.airasia.com Flights and fares are subject to availability.
Travellers can also log onto AirAsia’s one-stop travel portal at AirAsiaGo.com which offers a range of more than 80,000 three-star, five-star and boutique hotels to choose from.

*Flights and fares are subject to availability. Availability of connecting flights are subject to timings of the individual flights. Seats are limited and not available on all flights/days or at peak periods. Fares include airport taxes & surcharges. Processing fee is applicable for online bookings made by credit, debit or charge card. Processing fee does not apply to Australian customers paying with PayPal. Fees apply for checked baggage except on Business Class Flat Bed fares. Other terms and conditions apply. Booking period 25 August 2014 – 31 August 2014 or until sold out. Travel period 1 March 2015 –  24 October 2015. Lowest possible sale fares are one-way online at airasia.com. Next best possible fare available via phone with additional $25 service fee. All amounts are in Australian dollars unless stated otherwise.

Embracing authentic experiences in Vietnam, Luxury Travel launches “Tailored Lux Experiences 18-day Tour”

Voted as the leading specialist in the art of travel for luxurious and private services, Luxury Travel Ltd has added a“Tailored Lux Experiences 18-day tour” to its portfolio of toursincluding all the major destinations in Vietnam.

Commencing with the new season 2014/15,this 18-day tour gives savvy cultural travelers the opportunity to discover the timeless charm of Vietnam.

According to Mr Pham Ha, Luxury Travel CEO and Founder, the unique selling point of this tour package is its5 showcase categories: 

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Inside Lux allows guests to get beneath the surface of our destinations, taking them to special locations and giving them access ‘behind the scenes’.

Expert Luxprovides guests with the opportunity to meet experts in their field. All departures are accompanied by an English-speaking tour guide to ensure the best interpretive experience

Gourmet Lux offers gastronomic experiences where guests savour the best local cuisine,are shown how to cook various Vietnamese dishes, introduced to local food experts, and taken to restaurants that many tourists overlook.

Building Luxgives travelers the unique opportunity to help local underprivileged communities.This is especially designed for guests who wish to make meaningful contributions to support the local communities they visit.

Access Lux offers once in a lifetime experiences. Travelers discoverthe many attractions and traditional culture, engage with the easy going and welcoming locals, and enjoy the improving tourist infrastructure.

Mr Nguyen Cuu Hung, Director of Sales and Marketing, said: “This tour provides the opportunity to experience the genuine and timeless charm of Vietnam. From Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City you will take in the highlights of each city as well as the stunning beach resorts and small towns of the central coast.”
The package costs from £2126 per person in a twin share and includes all transportation, boat trips, meals, entrance fees and the services of an English-speaking guide.

Vietnam’s first luxury tour operator/DMC (www.luxurytravelvietnam.com) is based in Hanoi, with offices throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. Luxury Travel is exceptional at designing tailor-made tours and providing unique travel experiences.

Dash Into Your Choice Of Savings

Norwegian Cruise Line is launching two great offers for cruisers, providing exceptional savings fleetwide. From now through Friday, August 29, 2014, guests can enjoy reduced deposits and up to $250 onboard credit* with Norwegian’s popular Freestyle Dash Sale.

Guests booking a 2015 cruise can also take advantage of Norwegian’s seven-day All-Inclusive package**, valued at more than $2,400, for just $899 per person for a seven-day cruise.

The All-Inclusive package is available for 2015 sailings from three to 14 days in length, is priced by the number of days, and is available for all stateroom categories, including the Haven by Norwegian.  When adding the All-Inclusive package to a selected cruise, guests receive 10 percent off image006the cruise fare. The All-Inclusive package includes the Ultimate Dining package; the Ultimate Beverage package; shore excursion credit of up to $200 per person, pre-paid daily service charges; a 250-minute Internet package per person; 20 photos of any size; chocolate-covered strawberries; a bottle of wine; one bingo session and up to 12 bottles of water.

Guests can cruise into fall aboard Miami’s newest ship, Norwegian Getaway, as she sails seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean from her year-round homeport of Miami, Florida. Voted Best New Ship by Bon Voyage magazine, Norwegian Getaway visits tropical ports of call including Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. On-board guests will be dazzled by the ship’s Miami flair, exceptional dining and entertainment as well as the excitement of 678 Ocean Place and The Waterfront, a variety of interconnected indoor and outdoor venues on three dynamic decks that create a multiplex of dining, activities and more that enhance guests’ connection with the ocean. Fares this fall start at $419***.

Guests can set sail from Houston this fall and winter, as the newly-refurbished Norwegian Jewel cruises to sunny Western Caribbean destinations on seven-day sailings between October 11, 2014 and April 11, 2015. Cruisers will explore ports of call including Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City,  Belize; and Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras; with fares starting at $349***.

Cruisers can also set sail from New York to the Bahamas & Florida on seven-day cruises on board Norwegian Breakaway, awarded Best New Ship from Cruise Critic, from October 5, 2014 to April 19, 2015. Fares start at $549**.

To book a cruise during Norwegian’s Freestyle Dash sale now through August 29, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

*Onboard credit amount based on cruise length and category:
**All-Inclusive Package excludes Pride of America sailings.
***All cruise fares are per person, based on double occupancy.

Explore Glasgow, Edinburgh and much more of Scotland through CIE Tours.



“Braveheart” or “Brigadoon”?
Depending on your age, either the Mel Gibson drama or the Gene Kelly movie musical, respectively, probably piqued your interest in Scotland. And why not? A country that battled England for its independence (it may finally get it this year through the ballot box), and one so gorgeous it makes grown men sing of “the heather on the hill” (at least on screen) will have that effect. Today's Scotland, though, is what one writer calls “an eclectic blend of old world charm and new world glitz.” And with the latest, all-inclusive Scottish Isles and Glens package from CIE Tours, which just received the prestigious Scotland's Heritage “International Tour Operator of the Year” award, your stay isn't limited to just the two major cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Not when there are all those grand castles, picturesque lochs, and friendly villages waiting to be explored.

Among the tour's highlights:
  • The Isle of Iona. One word: otherworldly. That's the sensation you're left with from this holy place famous for its Celtic crosses and fully restored cathedral where 50 Scottish kings were buried during the Middle Ages.
  • The 5,000-Year-Old Village of Skara Brae. The BBC calls it “one of the most remarkable discoveries in modern archaeology.” What no one seems to have the answer to is this: What were the farmers who once lived in the intricate maze of dwellings hiding in the secret spaces found under stone dressers?
  • The Scottish Highlands. Here's where Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Highlanders were defeated by King George II's forces at the bloody Battle of Culloden in 1746. It's also where dogs still herd sheep. You'll see that and more after driving along the stunningly scenic shores of Loch Ness. (Monster alert!)
  • The Ghost Tour. Tax collectors and bootleggers once clashed beneath the now-famed Royal Mile thoroughfare in the capital city of Edinburgh, which might explain why so many spots are said to be haunted. Your tour guide provides what we'll call “energetic accounts” of the alternately horrific and hilarious details.
  • The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Don't let the title throw you. With the world-famous Edinburgh Castle as a backdrop, this is really a huge international festival featuring bagpipes, highland dancing, and military bands.

IF YOU GO:

The respected CIE Tours has escorted thousands of Australians on coach tours of Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales for more than 83 years. For more info on this and other packages, contact your travel agent, or call CIE Tours at (02)8005 6802 or visit www.cietours.com.

If you are interested in visiting Scotland's Scottish Isles and Glens, consider using CIE Tours to show you these special highlights.

Scottish Isles and Glens:
http://www.cietours.com/australia/escorted_tour/2014/scottish_isles_and_glens_13d/

13 days from A$2869

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Whistler Resort lures winter guests with Insider Tips & Experience Seekers videos

Experience seekers, moment hunters, freedom finders, and magnetic mountains are just some of the collective moments Tourism Whistler is using to captivate Australian skiers and boarders to Whistler Resort this winter.

Combining these moments into a series of videos available for view at the official Whistler Moment Hunters website http://www.whistler.com/winter/ skiers and boarders are lured into a one stop shop of planning guides, top ski spots and powder stashes, mountain activities and social connections.  The series of videos also progresses into a step by step Insider’s Guide on discovering Whistler and all there is to do and see at www.whistler.com/insider.

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Topping off the site is a combination of Australian ski tour operator packages at http://www.whistler.com/au/#tour-operators including a Ski Max special to Whistler from $979AUD per person for 7 nights twin share accommodation at Town Plaza Suites and a six day Whistler-Blackcomb lift pass. 

53 Night Hawaiian Delight

A combination of 42 nights cruising on three different ships and 12 nights hotel accommodation from ecruising.travelprovides the total Hawaiian and Pacific experience – 53 days all up for the amazing price of from just $8179 per person twin share.

A truly unique opportunity to see the very best of the beautiful Hawaiian Islands, this package also has the bonus of visits to New Zealand and several islands of French Polynesia, including Tahiti during the roundtrip voyages from Sydney.

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The adventure starts with a 17-night cruise aboard Radiance of the Seas from Sydney to Honolulu on April 19, 2015, followed by five nights at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel. Continue with flights to the Big Island Hawaii for five nights at the Sheraton Kona resort at Keauhou Bay before joining the Pride of America for a seven night cruise. Visit other Hawaiian islands, including Maui and Kauai before returning to Honolulu.

After a night at the Hawaiian Village and a day trip to the Pearl Harbour Memorial you join Legend of the Seas for an 18-night voyage back to Sydney, via Tahiti, Fiji and New Caledonia.

In total this is the ultimate Pacific region experience with all the comforts of first class hotels and three luxurious cruise ships.

The price includes all meals on board the three ships, hotel accommodation, return flights from Honolulu to Kona, airport transfers and air taxes.

For more information contact ecruising.travel on 1300 369 848 or check-out www.ecruising.travel

Hot Hotel Nights In Thailand

THAILAND’S Siam@Siam Hotels and Resorts have just announced some competitive new room rates for its four-star properties in Bangkok and the reach resort area of Pattaya.

The offers were made to specialist Thai tour operators during a visit to Sydney, Adelaide and Perth last week by the group’s director of sales and marketing, Somkiat Kantawat.

Mode Sathorn Roof @38th BarHe said today that the new rates coincided with a greatly improved political situation In Bangkok and the growing recognition of Pattaya as a major centre of entertainment in Thailand.

At the group’s Bangkok property there’s a stay two nights get one free deal which will be available from now until March 31.

The rate includes full breakfast and the offer can be extended to stay six nights and only pay for four.
One of Bangkok’s newest hotels Mode Sathorn has  a rate for Australian travelers of  $42 per person twin share from now until December 31.

Pattaya,Siam@Siam, Roof Sky Bar & RestaurantThe rate includes breakfast at the hotel, which is fast-becoming recognized by Australians as one of the most conveniently located properties in Bangkok.

Just across the road from the Surasek railway station, Mode Sathorn is close to activities on the Chao Phrya river and  adjacent to major shopping centres and entertainment zones.

The new Siam@Siam property at Pattaya is offering lead-in rates of A116 per person twin share between November and March with some blackout periods..

Mr Kantawat said that in recent times Pattaya had developed from a popular beach resort to a major entertainment area just an hour or so by road from Bangkok international airport.

Mr Kantawat added,”Activities like horse riding, para-sailing, golf, sailing and general entertainment had turned Pattaya into a major competitor for other Thai beach resort destinations such as Ko Samui, Hua Hin and southern beach areas.

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