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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Nanuku 'prolongs' Valentines Day with new five-day offer



Fiji's Nanuku Auberge Resort is offering couples the opportunity to celebrate Valentine's Day until the end of June with the release of a new five-night special offer.

The luxury, all-villa resort is offering a 20 per cent discount plus free private return land transfers on all five-night bookings made before 10 February for travel up to 30 June 2017*.

This very special offer comes complete with all gourmet meals, select non alcoholic beverages, WIFI and IPTV and in-villa movies, use of non -motorised sporting activities, access to the resort's state of the art gym and scheduled yoga sessions

Valid across all room types, the offer also includes a free upgrade to the next category subject to availability at check-in.

Located in one of Fiji's most romantic locations, Nanuku Auberge Resort is set in lush tropical gardens fronting pristine Beqa Lagoon on one of the destination's best white sand beaches.

All residences have been designed with huge air-conditioned living and entertaining areas, luxurious en suites complete with spa baths, private yoga bures, plunge pools, media rooms, expansive decks, outdoor living rooms, private landscaped gardens and daybeds.

*Conditions apply. Please note bookings not available from 08 – 23 April 2017.

To make a booking, email Nanuku Auberge resort reservations at nan.reservations@aubergeresorts.com.

For further information on the resort visit https://nanuku.aubergeresorts.com.


Thursday, 19 January 2017

Classic Rail / Sail Journey: The Brisbane Limited.

This is your chance to experience the golden age of travel aboard the privately chartered heritage 621/721 Rail Motor on a delightful journey all the way to Brisbane!



With stops along the way to take in the sights you’ll enjoy an overnight stay on the banks of the Clarence River in Grafton, with dinner included at the heritage Crown Hotel.

A stay in Brisbane allows you to explore the river city including the South Bank precinct.

You’ll then sail back to Sydney in style aboard the beautiful Sun Princess. This will be a thrilling trip of more than 2,000 kilometres, a unique and authentic heritage rail and sail journey, never before offered.




Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Casa Angelina on Italy’s Amalfi Coast




Casa Angelina on Italy's Amalfi Coast has announced exclusive offers for Australian guests wishing to stay at this stunning boutique hotel during the European Spring and Autumn in 2017.

Casa Angelina overlooks expanses of the Mediterranean Sea from a cliff-edge perch in the quiet and picturesque Campania village of Praiano, which is only a 10-minute drive from Positano and 15 minutes from Amalfi.

The property, which welcomes many Australians to enjoy all the magnificence and splendour of the Amalfi Coast and its surrounds during the beautiful European Spring and Summer months, operates seasonally and will be available in 2017 for bookings from 5 April to 27 October. Children from 12 years of age are welcome to visit.

The special offer for Australian guests applies to Spring bookings confirmed by 15 May 2017 for minimum 2-night stays from 5 April to 31 May 2017 and Autumn bookings confirmed by 15 October 2017 for minimum 2-night stays from 1 October to 27 October 2017.

Exclusive inclusions are:

·         10% discount on best available rates
·         Early check-in or late check-out (subject to availability)
·         20% discount on dinner at Un Piano Nel Cielo Restaurant
·         Complimentary bottle of Casa Angelina Champagne and in-season fruit platter in room upon arrival

Casa Angelina room rates are from EUR305 (approx. AUD439) per night excluding 10% VAT and City Tax for 2 people in a Classic Room inclusive of buffet breakfast, parking, return scheduled shuttle bus service to Positano, Wi-Fi internet connection in guest rooms and public areas, use of gym and sauna and access to La Gavitella Beach via hotel elevator and 200 steps.

For bookings, contact The Unique Tourism Collection on info@uniquetourism.com or your local travel agent.



A member of Design Hotels, Casa Angelina provides a welcoming embrace, with guests able to leave a little of the world behind, safe in the knowledge that they will find the time and space to rediscover those forgotten rhythms of long days and easy nights.

The timeless elegance of style and service at Casa Angelina combines with cosseting accommodation, gourmet cuisine, restorative wellness therapies and an unsurpassed location, delicately perched above the azure tranquility of the Mediterranean.

Casa Angelina features 39 exquisite and luxurious rooms and suites, plus 4 ultra-exclusive Eaudesea rooms, almost at sea level.

During 2017, Eaudesea Rooms will again be available from 15 May to 15 September and will offer guests 2 one-way complimentary water taxi transfers to or from Positano during the stay.

The gourmet restaurant, Un Piano nel Cielo, showcases seasonal, locally sourced Mediterranean cuisine, while the poolside dining offers easy, healthy salads, pastas, and other lighter dishes.

One can dip into the heated indoor or outdoor pools at will, and bask in the summer sun on the poolside deck, relaxing while life goes on elsewhere.

The spa pampers and soothes the soul with a comprehensive range of beauty and wellness treatments sure to refresh and unwind to and guests can also wander down to the local beach for a drink from the seaside bar or head out on a trip on one of Casa Angelina's private boats.

www.casangelina.com


New 2018 cruise package including all three #Cunard liners

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Sail all Three Cunard liners in one holiday spanning two continents

A unique Cruise Express exclusive

Bonus onboard credit of up to US$1270 per cabin




A new, luxury fly/cruise package from Cruise Express allows cruise-loving Australians to sail aboard all three Cunard liners in one seamless holiday across two continents in 2018.

The 37-night 'Three Queens' package features a trio of back-to-back cruises aboard Queen Elizabeth, Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 in Europe, including a voyage across the Atlantic to New York, recreating an iconic route forged by Cunard's pre-jet age ships in the early 1900s.

The liner-hopping adventure in the northern spring begins on May 7, 2018, with a flight from Australia to London for a two-night stay. After free time to explore the city, guests will be transferred by private car to Southampton to board Queen Elizabeth for a 14-night, round-trip cruise to seven ports in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia and also Russia where the ocean liner will dock overnight to allow passengers to explore the famous, treasure-filled palaces and castles of St Petersburg.

After a one-night stay ashore in Southampton, Cruise Express guests will return to the docks to board Queen Victoria for a seven-night, round-trip cruise to four ports in Norway, including sailings through Norway's most spectacular fjords such as World Heritage-listed Geirangerfjord, which is lined by sheer, snow-topped peaks and thundering waterfalls.

Guests will stay two nights back in Southampton before boarding the third Cunard liner and the flagship of the fleet, Queen Mary 2, for a seven-night crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to New York - the world's most famous sea route. Aboard, passengers can indulge in the signature experiences common to all three ships – grand ballrooms, dazzling chandeliers, sweeping staircases, fine cuisine, high teas, spacious teak decks and white-gloved service.

A three-night stay in New York follows before a flight back to Australia on June 13, 2018.

The 'Three Queens' package is available from $10,999 per person, twin-share. Fares include return economy class flights, the three voyages and eight nights' accommodation in London, Southampton and New York. Each booking also attracts an onboard spending credit of up to US$1270 per cabin.

Call Cruise Express on 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au

Monday, 16 January 2017

Final Interlude Tour To South America



Experienced Interlude tour company owner Jeanette Savage has been lured back to her desk to create a final journey - "an Interlude in South America".

Savage has been creating and escorting international small group tours for more than 30 years and announced her retirement 12 months ago but an enthusiastic group of past guests convinced her to do one last trip.

Interlude in South America is an outstanding 26-day relaxed and fully hosted tour departing from Australia on 23rd September 2017 with a maximum of 16 guests at a twin share price of $15990 it includes:
 

·         Return Economy Class International airfare with LAN and Qantas Airlines
·         Eight economy class domestic airfares on LAN as per itinerary.
·         Fully escorted from Sydney International Airport
·         Private Airport to Hotel air-conditioned coach transfers throughout
·         Quality accommodation with daily breakfast
·         Eight Lunches & 12 dinners as specified
·         Exclusive Belmont Rail 2 Day / 1 night rail journey
·         Tours as per itinerary
·         Admission & Entrance Fees as per itinerary
·         English speaking local tour guides throughout

 
An optional add on cruise from Valparaiso to Rio starts from $3699.

Discover the amazing premium highlights of treasures, ruins, ancient cultures and spectacular scenery of South America. The tour includes Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, a rail trip over the Andes on the luxury Belmond Andean Explorer sleeper train to Lake Titicaca. Fly from Peru to Iguassu to visit the Brazilian and the Argentinean side of the falls. Rio de Janeiro is next with the famous Copacabana beach. On to Argentina's capital city, Buenos Aires, to experience all this city's magic. Fly to Santiago, Chile. Take the Gondola to view this cosmopolitan city. Finally onto cultural Valparaiso, a UNESCO declared World Heritage site with its charming picturesque and historic port.

The original small group touring company, Interlude Tours offers high value for the seasoned traveller and first timers in a family atmosphere with no rushed starts and ample free time to explore on your own or with new friends.

 

Tel: Interlude Tours (612) 94052218 www.interlude-tours.com  (for full itinerary)
E interlude@optusnet.com.au   

 

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Win a trip to America’s no.1 destination for 2017

COMPETITION
Visit Asheville, North Carolina
– our Best in the US champion

This year, we’ve named Asheville as the best place to visit in America – and you could be there!
We’ve partnered with Explore Asheville and Biltmore to give you the chance to experience one of the USA’s most artistic, eclectic and innovative small cities. And you can bring a guest too.
The prize also includes:


  • A $2,500 travel voucher from Lonely Planet



  • A three-night Discover Biltmore Package stay at Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate



  • VIP seats for a show at The Orange Peel, Asheville’s renowned concert venue


  • Tickets for Asheville Art Studio Experience ToursTumblestone Waterfall Tours and Asheville Farm to Table Tours
  • ENTER NOW
    NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER TO WIN. This promotion is open only to those aged 18 years or older at the commencement date of the promotion. The laws in some places don’t allow Lonely Planet to run this promotion, in which case the promotion and these conditions of entry are void in those places. Promotion runs through 23:59 PDT on 6th February 2017. Please read the offical rules which govern this giveaway.

    Saturday, 14 January 2017

    A birthday present to you from MSC Cruises



    Cruising is a great way to celebrate any occasion. Just like the milestone that is celebrated, cruising is as much about the journey as the destination.

    Thanks to MSC Cruises, passengers who are lucky enough to have a birthday during selected cruises will enjoy cruising for free.

    The complimentary cruise will be an unforgettable experience in your choice of amazing destinations.

    MSC Cruises offers itineraries in destinations such as the Mediterranean, Northern Europe, West Indies, Arabian Peninsula, Caribbean and Cuba. Longer cruises are available through Grand Voyages. Individuals can extend their birthday celebrations, combining itineraries from 14 nights to 22 nights.

    Bookings must have at least one paying passenger and a maximum of one free birthday passenger. The birthday of the one passenger must fall on one of the cruising days (excluding arrival and departure days).

    Bookings are for a minimum of 2 adults, with one adult maximum celebrating a birthday.
    This offer is subject to selected availability. Bookings must be made between 17th January 2017 and 10th March 2017.

    Hurry and book now to avoid missing out on this great offer.

    Friday, 13 January 2017

    New Australia Day Lunch Cruise from only $99

    The harbour will again host the big events in Sydney this Australia Day and Captain Cook Cruises has released a new Australia Day lunch cruise from only $99 per adult, adding to their exciting range of cruises available on 26th January, 2017.



    Cruise aboard MV John Cadman 2 and see the spectacular Australia Day events from the Tug & Yacht Ballet to the Australia Day Parade and Tall Ships Race while enjoying a fabulous Aussie buffet.

    The John Cadman 2 Australia Day lunch cruise starts from only $99 per person, normally $139 per adult and departs at 10.45am from Darling Harbour, King St Wharf No.1, disembarking at 2.30pm.

    Other Captain Cook Australia Day Cruises include premium lunch and dinner cruises aboard MV Sydney 2000, BYO picnic cruises, Shark Island picnic ferry and Fort Denison mini-tours.

    Bring your own picnic and take advantage of the licensed bar on-board the Australia Day Picnic cruise. See the full day’s exciting entertainment program and enjoy a relaxed day on Sydney Harbour from only $69 per adult and $35 per child. The Australia Day Picnic cruise departs Circular Quay Wharf 6 at 10.30am and returns at 2.15pm.

    Lunch cruises on-board the MV Sydney 2000 depart Darling Harbour, King Street Wharf No.1 at 10am for the start of the Ferrython and return at 2.15pm. Choose from an Aussie Buffet on Club Deck or the premium four course menu on Sky Deck. Prices start from $189 per person including a premium bar package.

    Shark Island is one of the best vantage points on the Harbour for watching Australia Day events. Captain Cook Cruises and NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service is operating a special Australia Day ferry from Circular Quay to Shark Island at 9am and returning at 3.15pm for $49 per adult and $25 per child. Bring your own picnic and celebrate Australia Day in the middle of Sydney Harbour.

    Special ferry services are also running to Fort Denison and include a 10-minute mini-tour of the Martello Tower and its 360 degree views of Sydney, access to the Fort Denison museum and fully operational tide gauge room where Sydney's tidal benchmark is recorded, return ferry to Fort Denison from Circular Quay and National Park entry fee to Fort Denison. The Australia Day Fort Denison Ferry and Tour is priced at only $35 per adult and $27 per child.


    For further information and bookings, please contact Captain Cook Cruises on
    T: +61-2-9206 1111
    Website: www.captaincook.com.au

    Wednesday, 11 January 2017

    Seabreeze Resort wins ultimate prize at STA Awards

    The luxurious, adults only, Seabreeze Resort, Samoa proved the ultimate winner at the Inaugural Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards, held recently at Taumeasina Resort, Samoa, taking home the top and most sought after award, the ‘National Tourism Excellence Award’ and ‘Best Accommodation’.



    Nominated in five categories, Seabreeze Resort was truly the star of the evening, which celebrated the outstanding performances of those who have made exceptional contributions to Samoa’s Tourism Industry within the past 12 months.

    The Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards were judged by visitors who were surveyed throughout the year and the Tourism Standards Committee which conducted inspections during 2016.

    According to Wendy Booth, owner of Seabreeze Resort, “to win the most prestigious award at the first ever Samoa Tourism Excellence Awards is a privilege and we are honoured to be recognised as the best in Samoa, especially considering the tough competition we were up against in both categories.”

    “This award means so much to us and our staff are overjoyed. With a philosophy of ‘the harder you work the luckier you get’, my husband Chris and I dedicate these awards to our committed and skilled staff who make this all possible.” Says Wendy.

    “The last eleven years have been so rewarding, seeing a dream to create a utopia for couples in an untouched Island paradise come true. With our high expectations and our likeminded staff determined to exceed our guest’s expectations, seeing guests wave goodbye with tears in their eyes is our greatest reward, but being acknowledged at this level, especially in our home country is just an amazing achievement.” Continues Wendy.

    These two awards have capped off an amazing four years for Seabreeze Resort who have taken out an avalanche of awards on worldwide levels including winning ‘Leading Hotel in Samoa’ at the World Travel Awards for the past four years (2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013) and being recognised as the number one hotel in Upolo on tripadvisor.com and ranked 11 out of 25 for the Top 25 small hotels in the South Pacific in the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice™ awards. Also in 2016 and 2014 Seabreeze was voted 9th in the Top 25 resorts in the South Pacific for Romance in the Travellers' Choice Awards and in 2014 and 2013 Seabreeze was named as Tripadvisors "Travellers’ Choice® winner and voted on Trip Advisor as one of the TOP 10 resorts in the South Pacific for "Romance & Value”.

    Seabreeze also has an outstanding reputation for its amazing food and service. A constant entrant in the prestigious New Zealand Restaurant Challenge, Seabreeze won the challenge in 2014 and 2012, in 2015 won the “Best Atmosphere and Service and in 2016 won ‘Best Service’.

    Seabreeze Resort is the ultimate in boutique luxury, gently nestled into a private secluded bay on Samoa's famous south east coast of Upolu.

    The first "Genuine Adults Only" resort in Samoa for guests 18 years and over, Seabreeze provides the ideal romantic getaway for honeymooners and couples or those seeking luxury and intimacy.
    Seabreeze has 11 air-conditioned villas including the ultimate Honeymoon Point House with its private plunge pool. All villas have ocean, lagoon or reef views, designed to provide guests with a sense of relaxation and tranquillity. All villas receive a nightly turndown service and feature a complimentary mini bar that is re-stocked daily and features a selection of white or red wines, beer, soft drink and nibbles.

    With quality, innovative cuisine and outstanding customer service paramount, Seabreeze Resort offers three dining options including the a la carte Waterfront Bar & Restaurant situated right on the water with unsurpassed lagoon and reef views, Cbreeza Pizzeria and Paulini’s Pool Bar.

    From the time guests wake there is always something to experience at Seabreeze Resort. Relax by the infinity pool while enjoying cocktails, laze on the beach or take a dip within the protection of the pristine lagoon. Enjoy the use of complimentary glass bottom Kayaks and snorkelling equipment to view the beautiful coral and marine life or venture outside the resort for surfing, charter fishing, trekking, golf, visit a nearby beach, or walk to the famous To Sua Trench with blow holes and a cave pool.

    Seabreeze Resort has a recipe for relaxation, “when hungry you eat, when thirsty you drink, when tired you sleep and be pampered at every opportunity”. With this motto in mind, guests can be treated to a range of totally indulgent and nurturing massages and facials. With the focus on natural, age old techniques handed down through generations, guests will experience treatments unique to Seabreeze.

    Romance is intrinsic to the spirit of the resort, so there is no better place to celebrate a wedding, honeymoon or special anniversary than at Seabreeze. Offering wedding programs from the simplest to the most elaborate of occasions, an experienced wedding coordinator will tailor a ceremony that not only meets individual needs but surpasses their expectations.

    Tuesday, 10 January 2017

    Textile theme tour of Peru


    “The skill of Peruvian weavers has confronted experts for centuries.”



    Join Valerie Kirk on this fully escorted program and experience the textiles of the people of the Andes.

    Recognised as a unique and spectacular region for ancient ruins, beautiful mountains, former civilisations and hospitable people, Peru is also justifiably known for its textiles. Ancient examples are so complicated modern experts can’t replicate them. Today, weavers follow traditional skills and impress anyone with an interest in textiles and other crafts.



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