Friday, 22 November 2019

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Hilton Sydney

The famous Hilton Sydney Pastry Team have knocked the competition out of the park again with the release of their handmade Christmas treats at Caffe Cino:
  • From Giant Gingerbread Houses to Marbled Christmas Baubles served with a mini hammer to crack open, Caffe Cino's treats are available now until Christmas Day
  • Available to eat-in at the grand Café on the ground floor of Hilton Sydney or to take away as gifts for friends and family, prices range from $5 to $75

Why not sit back and let somebody else worry about Christmas Lunch this year? Luke Mangan and his team at glass brasserie have you covered for both Christmas Lunch and Dinner for families and couples alike:  
  • Christmas Day Lunch:
    • $195pp for a 4 course tasting menu including delights of caviar, oysters, and a stunning cheese course
    • $55pp for a kids 3 courses choice menu
    • Receive a Christmas pudding to take home and a visit from Santa for little ones
    • 4 course vegan menu is also available at $140pp.
  • Christmas Day Dinner
    • x3 course set menu $120pp or x2 course set menu $105pp
    • Kids x3 course menu at $55 and x2 courses for $45
    • Vegan menu also available; x3 courses for $105, x2 courses for $95
  • Menus and images here: 

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Up to 30% off last minute Intrepid Travel trips

For travellers wanting a last-minute adventure, Intrepid Travel have up to 30%* off selected trips to Southern Africa, Nepal, Sri Lanka or Japan departing in November and December. Trips need to be booked by 25 November 2019.

Examples of some of the trips on offer include:

Save $416 on Intrepid Travel’s nine day Kruger & Coast departing 14 December 2019

Now $970 per person twin-share - was $1,385 per person.

Follow Harry and Meghan’s footprints on this African adventure. Search for the Big Five, spending time with friendly locals and relaxing on the unspoilt beaches on this trip through southern Africa.

On this trip, travellers will experience the beauty of Kruger National Park, discover the rugged landscapes on the Elephant Coast, enjoy fresh Mozambican seafood and hike through Hlane Royal National Park. Highlights include spending the night at a traditional Zulu homestay, exploring Cape Town and spotting wildlife while on safari including lions, elephants and more.

Inclusions: An expert local leader, accommodation, transport, some meals and most activities.

For more information please visit:

or call 1300 458 437.


Save $679 on Intrepid Travel’s 15 day Everest Base Camp Trek departing 21 December 2019

Now $1,586 per person twin-share - was $2,265 per person.

Test your limits on this challenging yet rewarding hike through the Himalayan Mountains to reach Everest Base Camp. On this once in a lifetime trekking trip, travellers will stay at local teahouses, hike alongside alpine lakes and stunning glacial plains and pass storied stupas and pagodas. Highlights include reaching Everest Base Camp, trekking through the Himalayas, meeting locals and learning about Sherpa culture in Nepal.

Inclusions: An expert local leader, accommodation, transport and activities.

For more information please visit

or call 1300 458 437.


Save $672 on Intrepid Travel’s 15 day Delhi to Kathmandu departing 18 November 2019

Now $1,568 per person twin-share - was $2,240 per person.

Travel to India and Nepal to experience impressive landscapes, taste authentic cuisine and marvel at ancient sites like the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort. Travel in a rickshaw through Old Delhi, observing pilgrims praying along the sacred Ganges River and searching for rhino, deer and monkeys in Chitwan National Park. Highlights include ‘glamping’ in Orchha, learning how to cook like a local and exploring the bustling markets in Kathmandu.

Inclusions: An expert local leader, accommodation, transport, some meals and most activities.

For more information please visit

or call 1300 458 437.


Save $774 on Intrepid Travel’s 9 day Japan Express departing 21 December 2019

Now $1,806 per person twin-share - was $2,580 per person.

Experience the unforgettable on a journey through Japan; the home of sumo wrestling, karaoke and onsens. On this trip, travellers will ride the famous bullet train, roam through the buzzing Shibuya area, hike through Nikko’s verdant trails and enjoy the chance to taste mouth-watering ramen or sake. Highlights include spending the night in a traditional ryokan and wandering through one of the most photogenic spots in Kyoto, the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine.

Inclusions: An expert local leader, accommodation, transport, and activities.

For more information please visit:

or call 1300 458 437.

Save $924 on Intrepid Travel’s 15 day Circle Sri Lanka departing 24 November 2019

Now $2,156 per person twin-share - was $3,080 per person.

Embark on a journey to Sri Lanka to hike alongside tea plantations, roam around ancient ruins and fall in love with the picture-perfect beaches. On this trip, travellers will cycle around the ancient ruins of Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, enjoy a lunch with a Tamil tea worker in their home and climb the narrow steps to the top of Sigiriya. Highlights include a meeting pilgrims at the Temple of the Tooth, learning how to cook authentic cuisine and exploring the impressive Dambulla Cave Temples.

Inclusions: An expert local leader, accommodation, transport, some meals and most activities.

For more information please visit:

or call 1300 458 437.

*Terms and conditions apply. For full details visit:

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

The Rembrandt Hotel & Suites Bangkok, 5-nights at 45 per cent off

The multi-award-winning 405-room and 197-suites Rembrandt Hotel & Suites Bangkok is a hospitality work of art. It has defined the travel experience through gracious Thai hospitality, internationally recognised fine and casual dining, and stylish innovations like the new 1826 Mixology & Rooftop Bar.

To celebrate its leadership role in Bangkok hospitality, guests are being offered a special 5-night stay at the Rembrandt with a 46% discount on room rates. An additional 18% extra discount is available for all our members. The offer is valid from now until further notice. The offer is only available for those booking online:

Rest assured, the Rembrandt provides business and leisure guests with a comfortable stay and affordable luxury in a city that often refuses to sleep. Its friendly, personal service is perhaps only matched by its outstanding location near Bangkok’s central business district, major shopping hubs, city landmarks and vibrant nightlife.

Nestled mid-way on Soi 18, a quiet finger road off Sukhumvit, the Rembrandt is easily accessible by skytrain (BTS Asoke Station) and metro (MRT Sukhumvit Station), a short 7-minute walk from the hotel or via a complimentary 24-hour ‘tuk tuk’ shuttle service to the main road.

From the Rembrandt you can walk to some of the best shopping in Asia – from upscale malls like EmQuartier and Emporium to brand-themed Terminal 2 and bargain shopping at Sukhumvit Arcade and Nana Square and pavement stalls offering souvenirs and knock-off designer wear.

In the streets that crisscross Sukhumvit's path you will find fashionable bars and pubs, trendy and budget-level eateries, mouth-watering hawker food, night clubs, coffee shops and more. Walk further and you will come to ‘Little Arabia’ for authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, fashion and style.

The Rembrandt offers a resort-like feel. The rooms are bright, airy and quiet. Your bed and choice of pillow styles are purposely designed for a great night’s sleep. Bathrooms are marble-tiled, roomy and feature tubs with rain shower. Featured are fluffy towels, robes and luxury accessories. Wifi, comms, in-room entertainment and service is at your fingertips.

Two large open-air swimming pools and Pool Bars provide quiet places to relax after a day of sightseeing and shopping. Or for the ultimate relaxation, the Ayurvedic Wellness Center, provides a complete getaway with therapies and packages to make you feel alive. It also works with a Bangkok visitor’s typical schedule, staying open from 9am till 7pm.

To make your evening perfect, the 1826 Mixology & Rooftop Bar provides an interaction with creative mixology of high-end spirits and fusion bites inspired by award-winning Mexican, Indian & Italian restaurants. The feel is completed with truly stunning panoramic views of Bangkok’s skyline enjoyed from an outdoor rooftop and art-driven seating. Acclaimed restaurants at the Rembrandt include the internationally recognised Rang Mahal, one of Thailand’s best for Indian cuisine.

With more than 50 awards, the 26th floor Rang Mahal rooftop and fine dining restaurant includes royalty among its patrons. A variety of set menus are available such as the Premium Set Menu, which starts at A$62 without drinks. For the ultimate experience, book one of the window tables and include Chef Rajan's famous butter chicken - Makhanwalla - or Murgh Tikka Masala. They feature a ghee-rich, tomato-based gravy as well authentic spices, fresh-sweet onion and—perhaps—cream.

The multi award-winning Mexicano Restaurante offers outstanding dining for guests seeking authentic Mexican cuisine with spicy aromatic flavors complemented by garden-fresh local produce, meats and seafood. Try the grill station serving roast rib eye, pork ribs and tacos. A small personal-dishes-from-the-kitchen-menu is also available. All dishes are complemented with the tang of mole and habanero sauces, salmon and smoked chipotle salad, prawn cocktails, seafood, plus wicked desserts, fresh fruits, and much more. Paired with local and international beers, wines, hand-shaken margaritas and 60-premium tequilas, the Mexicano is a fiesta experience for the family.

Da Vinci, the friendly Italian restaurant at the Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok provides a delicious taste of Italy – perfect poolside lunching for couples, the family and large groups looking for indoor and outdoor dining in a relaxed setting. It is a classic Italian trattoria providing value-for-money dishes including succulent hot plate pastas, stone-baked pizzas – reportedly the best in town - Italian vegetables and side dishes of homemade raviolis, flatbreads and wet-fresh salads.

The Rembrandt is family focussed. It also features a variety of female-friendly facilities including a private executive floor, the Ayurvedic Wellness Center, a fully equipped fitness centre and large swimming pool. Women are made to feel welcome and comfortable at all of its acclaimed eateries and its Lobby Bar.

The Rembrandt features around the clock security and car parking to ensure guests sleep well and relaxed in luxurious bedrooms and suites with private bathrooms, luxury appointments and complimentary wifi. It’s a living masterpiece.


Thursday, 17 October 2019

Win a 15-day Viking Cruise

Enter now for a chance to win a 15-day Into the Midnight Sun ocean cruise for two people. Travelling from London to Bergen witness the spectacular natural beauty of Norway's fjords on board the stunning Viking Sun. Cruise departs 12 July 2020.

Our lucky winners will spend 15 days experiencing the very best of Norway, Scotland and England. Cruising deep-cut fjords along the fabled Norwegian coast. Sailing across the Arctic Circle where the midnight sun shines 24 hours a day. Finally, following the path of the Vikings, from the remote beauty of North Cape, to the windswept Shetland and Orkney Islands of Scotland.

Register now, for your chance to WIN!

Thursday, 3 October 2019

UTracks Releases its Boldest Brochure ever

UTracks, Australia's leading active European holiday specialist today released its boldest brochure ever. The 84 page catalogue is jammed with active tours covering 40 destinations and it's just the starting point. has over 460 active tours in Europe. The 2020 selection includes 35 new tours from England's Thames Path East Walk to Turkey's Lycian Coast Cycle.

UTracks General Manager, Kate Baker says, "the team have been 'burning the midnight oil' finalising the new itineraries for the 2020 brochure".

"Each year, we comb Europe's most remarkable landscapes and cultural hotspots to create a unique collection of guided and self guided walking and cycling holidays that take travellers off the tourist beat," Ms Baker said.

With Poland now the latest 'must visit' destination, an expected favourite in 2020 is UTracks' new 8 day self guided Pieniny and Tatra Mountains walk.

"I'm excited about experiencing this walk next year. The region is visually stunning and filled with many cultural highlights like the picturesque village of Jaworki with its renowned jazz concerts," Ms Baker continued.

"The benefits of staying active while travelling are well documented. Slowing down the travel pace to the spin of a bike wheel or footsteps on a pilgrim trail, allow for an immersive experience and is on trend for 2020," according to Ms Baker.

Whether it's walking the Via Francigena camino trail, scaling high passes in the European Alps, cruising the islands of Croatia, cycling through the vineyards of France or taking the family on a bike & barge trip from Holland to Belgium, there's a UTracks active holiday to suit every traveller.

For more information please visit or call 1300 303 368.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Biking Plus on French luxury canal cruises

Earn the gourmet food and wine – with the new Biking Plus option

Biking Plus is now available at no extra cost on select barges in Burgundy and Alsace, with bicycles available for you to explore the countryside and local villages with the help of tailored maps and a carefully researched itinerary.

These NEW specially commissioned maps are offered to those passengers seeking a more active canal or small river cruise. They include a suggested cycling routes plus information on nearby places of interest.

The maps are also accessible via a smartphone app.

A bike and a backpack is provided along with everything you may need to explore the surrounding countryside at your own pace. A crew member with a mini-bus can be called for support should the need arise.

The Biking Plus cycling program is arranged each day so that you won't miss any of the organised guided excursions and visits or much of the cruising

Biking Plus is available for Art de Vivre, Anjodi, L'Impressionniste, La Belle Epoque in Burgundy, Renaissance in the Upper Loire region and Panache in Alsace.

Bike helmets are provided.

E-Bikes are available on some barges at an additional cost.

Dates and prices for all cruises in Europe for 2020:

Download the e-brochure for itineraries:


The Active Holiday Company
PO Box 286, Bright, Victoria 3741, Australia
Tel: (03) 57 501 441 Toll free 1800 331 582 Fax (03) 57 501020


Tuesday, 24 September 2019

UTracks Early Bird Deals to Europe

It’s that wonderful time of the year – UTracks’ Early Bird Sale has arrived. Save on a huge range of walking, cycling and boat based trips in Europe when booking a 2020 holiday with UTracks, Australia’s leading active travel specialist.

Travellers can save up to 10% on a wide range of UTracks trips for new bookings made between 25 September and 25 October 2019.

From walking in the High Tatra and Pieniny mountains in Poland, to exploring the less trodden Camino trails of Magna Via Francigena in Italy or Spain’s Sanabrés, cruising and biking the Low Countries from Amsterdam to Bruges, taking the kids on a Sweden summer holiday or following the ancient Thames Path in the UK, the Early Bird offer* is available on a plethora of old favourites and new experiences for 2020.

Currently 2020 European holidays are great value for money, with many airlines offering some amazing Early Bird airfares. When these are combined with UTracks’ Active Europe itineraries, travellers are receiving excellent value with inclusions such as accommodation, many meals, luggage transfers on self-guided trips, experienced local guides for guided trips, bikes for cycling trips, and complete back up and support.

Here are just some of the exciting Early Bird Trips on offer:

Via Dinarica: Bosnia to Montengro Walk – NEW for 2020

Walk a section of the Via Dinarica, the long distance walking trail through 8 Balkan countries. Our 7 day Via Dinarica: Bosnia to Montenegro guided walk includes the most breathtaking section of the Via Dinarica, a route filled with hidden natural gems and culture that crosses national parks and countries. Save 10 per cent and pay from $2025 per person if you book between 25 September and 25 October 2019. The trip includes accommodation in a range of hotels and guesthouses, most meals, an English speaking mountain guide, luggage transfers and entrance fees for national parks and sights visited. Read more here:

The Way of St James – Conques to Cahors Walk, France

Experience the most beautiful landscapes of the camino trail to Santiago on The Way of St James – Conques to Cahors. This is an 8 day self guided walk across the Parc Régional des Causses du Quercy in France, sampling delicacies such as Quercy lamb, truffles and local wines en route. Book during the Early Bird period and save 10 per cent, paying just $1134 per person which includes comfortable accommodation (with option to upgrade to charm category), breakfast daily and 6 dinners, route notes, maps, emergency hotline and luggage transfers. Read more:

Treasures of the Baltic by Bike

Our popular Treasures of the Baltic by Bike travels through Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Discover the contrasting cultures and natural landscapes by cycling along the Baltic coastline. The 11 day guided cycle trip includes accommodation in 3-4 star hotels, cycle guide, all transfers and some entrance fees plus much more. If booked during the Early Bird period, 25 September to 25 October 2019, pay from $2331 per person twin share. Read more:

The bigger than ever UTracks 2020 brochure will be available at the end of September.

For more information please visit or call 1300 303 368.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 drops prices on Malaysia hotel stays


Malaysia is closer and more affordable than you think, with offering up to 20% off hotels and flights from just $399, now is the time to make some memories in Malaysia.

Fly from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur direct with Air Asia priced from $399 per person including all taxes and charges. Malaysia is on sale with from 16 September 2019 to 14 October 2019, for travel between 16 September and 31 March 2020.

Take advantage of these incredible flight and hotel deals to Malaysia so you can tick this beautiful Southeast Asian country off your list.

From the orangutans in Borneo and the dreamy islands of Langkawi to the beautiful beaches of Penang and the exciting theme parks in Johor, Malaysia has something for everyone. Here are some of the hottest spots you won't want to miss out on in Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia. A very modern city, the skyline boasts the famous 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers, a pair of glass-and-steel-clad skyscrapers with Islamic motifs. The towers also offer a public skybridge and observation deck. The city is also home to British colonial-era landmarks such as the Kuala Lumpur Railway Station and the Sultan Abdul Samad Building. A mecca for foodies, you can stroll the streets and taste the local cuisine from many street food markets.

Stay at the PARKROYAL Kuala Lumpur for 20% off, starting from $85 per room, twin share, per night. Travel dates between 10 September 2019 and 31 March 2020. Explore Batu Caves on a tour from Kuala Lumpur from just $17.52 per person.


Langkawi, also known as the Jewel of Kedah, is an archipelago of 99 islands in the Andaman Sea some 30 km off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia. It is here you will find resorts scattered across pristine white sand beaches and warm enticing waters of the Andaman Sea. It is a popular spot for couples and honeymooners.

Stay at the Tanjung Rhu Resort Langkawi for 20% off, starting from $240 per room, twin share, per night. Travel dates between 10 September 2019 and 31 March 2020. Take a Langkawi Island Hopping Boat Tour with Fishing & BBQ Lunch from $40.46 per person.


Penang is a cocktail of Eastern cultures and has long served as the link between Asia's great kingdoms and an important outlet to the markets of Europe and the Middle East. The cosmopolitan George Town, Penang Island's main city and an urban centre, delivers old-world Asia mixed with aspects of modern culture. It is also a popular beach destination.

Stay at the Holiday Inn Resort Penang for 20% off, starting from $78 per room, twin share, per night. Travel dates between 10 September 2019 and 31 March 2020. Take the ferry between Langkawi and Penang from $26.97 per person.

Kota Kinabalu

Kota Kinabalu is the capital of Malaysia's Sabah state in the northern part of the island of Borneo. Often referred to as KK, it's a coastal city partly surrounded by rainforest. It's known for its bustling markets, modern boardwalk, beaches, waterfront Kota Kinabalu and flora and fauna, including the orangutan.

Stay at the Sabah Beach Villa Kota Kinabalu for 20%, starting from $88 per room, twin share, per night. Travel dates between 10 September 2019 and 31 March 2020. Discover more by visiting the Half-Day Mari Mari Cultural Village from Kota Kinabalu from $48.33 per person.

Between January and May 2019, tourist arrivals into Malaysia recorded a growth of 4.8%, with 10.95 million tourist arrivals, compared to 10.45 million tourist arrivals in the same period last year.

In 2018, with 25.8 million tourists visiting our shores, Malaysia secured 15th place among countries with the highest number of tourist arrivals. Meanwhile, Malaysia ranked No.21 among countries with highest tourism revenue, bringing in RM84.1 billion in tourism revenue in 2018.

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*Statistics recorded by United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in its Barometer Report published in May 2019.

Monday, 12 August 2019

A&K Ultimate globe-spanning adventure

Even modern-day adventurers may need to Google some of the destinations featured on the latest newest Private Jet journey from the luxury travel experts at Abercrombie & Kent – Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet.

Friday, 2 August 2019

AirAsia new red carpet service in Australia

AirAsia, the World’s Best Low Cost Airline has announced the introduction of a new ‘Red Carpet Service’ at Brisbane International Airport, redefining the low cost travel experience for its Australian guests.

The new service, which includes a dedicated check-in area, priority baggage delivery, complimentary lounge access and express boarding is now available for guests departing Brisbane International Airport.

AirAsia Regional Commercial Head Matana Thienthong said, “AirAsia is already known for its fantastic fares and award-winning service. Today, we are taking that up a notch with the introduction of our ‘Red Carpet Service’, a typical premium perk which includes priority check-in and baggage, exclusive lounge access and boarding privileges.

“As the world’s best low cost airline for the 11th consecutive year, we’re always looking for opportunities to make our guests feel like VIPs. We think that by rolling out the red carpet on our newest Australian route, Brisbane to Bangkok direct, we will be able to do just that.”

AirAsia’s ‘Red Carpet Service’ is now available for pre-booking at for just AUD$75. Children under the age of two are able to access the lounge free of charge when travelling with a full paying adult (limit of two children per adult). Guests may also purchase ‘Red Carpet Service’ at check-in for just AUD$85.

The lounge service is offered in partnership with Plaza Premium Lounge and includes up to three hours of lounge access, complimentary food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and shower facilities. The lounge is open from 5am until midnight and is located in the Departures (Level 4) area of Brisbane International Airport, between Gate 81 and 82.

AirAsia also offers ‘Red Carpet Service’ at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok

For more information, please visit:

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