Monday, 18 February 2019

Discover Moroccan Culinary Experiences at Banyan Tree Bintan

Maintaining and improving fine dining excellence is all in a day's work for the team at Banyan Tree.

As guests unwind and relax on the resort's private beach in Bintan Island, just an hour's ferry ride from Singapore; or tee off on an undulating championship golf course and are pampered at the acclaimed luxury Spa, the Culinary Team are working their magic in the kitchen.

This year, Banyan Tree Bintan will be curating a number of events which will embrace a truly global approach to food and wine.  From Saturday 16 March to Friday 22 March, talented Chef Ettajani El Youssfi and Amine Harir from Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay, Morocco will be showcasing a Moroccan Food Festival at Laguna Bintan.

Indulge in the resorts' special Moroccan Feast week at Laguna Bintan featuring traditional dishes with exotic subtle spices.  Some of the traditional dishes on offer include Shoulder of Lamb Confit, with dates, small sautéed vegetables and parsley potato; Seafood Tagine with chili pepper, coriander and lime followed by a Pastilla dessert to finish with Almond Milk, orange blossom and hazelnuts.

Saturday, 16 March 2019 | 6.30pm – 10.00pm

Moroccan Feast Buffet Dinner
Venue : XANA Beach Club at Angsana Bintan
Price : SGD 54 ++ / person
Sunday, 17 March 2019 | 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Moroccan Brunch Pool
Venue :Vista at Cassia Bintan
Price : SGD 54 ++ / person
Monday–Friday, 18–22 March 2019

Sharpen Your Moroccan Senses
Venue: The Cove Restaurant at Banyan Tree Bintan
Lunch: Dinner:
12.00pm – 3.00pm
6.00pm – 10.30pm (last order)
3 courses set menu at SGD 48 ++
5 courses set menu at SGD 73 ++ / person
Friday, 22 March 2019 | 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Cooking Class and Auction for Seedlings Students
Venue: Saffron Restaurant at Banyan Tree Bintan

For those who are keen to get closer to the action, there will also be a cooking class for Seedling students on 22 March 2019. Watch the Chefs in action as they share their culinary experiences with disadvantaged students from local communities.  The Seedlings Programme is a vocational training programme launched under Banyan Tree group to provide training and job opportunities for disadvantaged local youth (13-24 years) and to give them the necessary skills to forge a successful career in the hospitality industry. During this cosy and intimate session, participants will get to recreate classic Moroccan dishes, including some of those featured over the course of the week.

In April, Banyan Tree Bintan will be focussing on all things 'Italiano' and are jointly hosting an Italian Wine Festival with Marco Fantinel, Italian vineyard owner.  A special wine dinner at The Cove is planned.

For information and reservations contact +62 770 693 100 or e-mail

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The Moorings celebrates 50 years with up to 20% off

To celebrate their 50th anniversary The Moorings is offering up to 20% off charter holidays in Tahiti, Croatia, Greece, Spain and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in February.

Relax and set sail for the BVIs in the Caribbean - a collection of sixty unspoilt islands including four larger islands - Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke. With 300,000 acres of coral reefs the BVI is a snorkellers' heaven where you may spot the leatherback turtle, an occasional visitor which weighs around 600kg or the commonly found Hawksbill and Green Turtles. Other underwater sights include caves, tunnels, shipwrecks, giant boulders and grottoes. Explore Virgin Gorda’s natural granite pillars or try the national dish, ‘fish and fungi’. Visit the iconic ‘Willy T’s’ near Norman Island, a floating Pirate Bar which serves cocktails such as Dark and Stormies, Rum Punches and Bush Whackers. For hiking enthusiasts, the island’s highest point is at Sage National Park in Tortola, which looks out across the archipelago. On the nature trail at Bones Bight in Anegada, catch a glimpse of the rare rock iguanas or pink flamingos. Take a dip at Jost Van Dyke’s White Bay Beach – listed as one of Forbes’ “Best Caribbean Beaches For 2019”.

For a taste of paradise on the other side of the world, The Moorings’ base is in Palma on the island of Mallorca. Mallorca has played host to many celebrities including Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. Mallorca has more than 540km of coastline, 300 days of sunshine per year and a wide variety of beaches, from sandy coves to pebbled waterfronts. Sample local produce at Santa Catalina which has Palma’s oldest food market and see yellow and red painted facades of traditional houses, rustic green wooden shutters, and small front balconies adorned with plants and flowers. Visit La Madeleine de Proust for a buttery croissant, fruit tartlets and freshly baked olive bread. Explore the Island’s caves, the Coves del Drach on the east coast; a surreal underground collection of giant stalactites, stalagmites and underground lakes. Palma’s Old Town has gothic architecture built in the 14th century, including the ‘La Seu’ Cathedral. Continue your adventure with a journey to nearby islands Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera.

A Moorings 4000 catamaran for up to 6 people is priced from A$7,295 (or $1,215 pp with 6 people) for a 7-night charter in the BVI and from A$5,595 (or $930 pp with 6 people) for a 7-night charter in Spain.

The Moorings offers self-skippered monohulls; sail catamarans with a skipper; a high-performance power catamaran or a crewed yacht with a captain and chef.

The Moorings was founded by Charlie and Ginny Carey as a slim fleet of six yachts in the British Virgin Islands. Since then it has grown to be the world’s most renowned and largest fleet in charter history and has expanded to 20 destinations across the world including St Martin, Seychelles, Tahiti, Thailand, Italy, Greece and the Bahamas.

Keep up to date with The Moorings latest offers at

Offer T&Cs:

Book during the 1st February – 28th February and receive up to 20% off charters booked in Tahiti, Croatia, Greece, Spain and the British Virgin Islands.

The 20% discount offer is made up of a 15% ‘Discover the World’ discount + 5% repeat charter discount, for customers who have chartered with Sunsail or The Moorings before.

Offer is subject to dates and availability.

For further information visit

Phone Australia | 1800 553 720
Phone New Zealand | 0800 44 98 91
Email |

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Final weeks of Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition - must close March 3

Final weeks of Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition - must close March 3

In less than 4 weeks' time on March 3, Melbourne Museum must close the doors on Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition, marking the final chance for Australians to experience a rare and touching glimpse into the life of one of the world's most iconic leaders.

Since its opening in September last year, thousands of visitors have been guided through ten expertly curated galleries, observing and interacting with over 200 artefacts from The Nelson Mandela Foundation and Nelson Mandela's private collection. Emotive, insightful and multi-sensory, the exhibition has left visitors with a rich sense of Mandela's extraordinary living legacy.

Produced by iEC Exhibitions, TEG Live, and Museums Victoria, in full collaboration with The Nelson Mandela Foundation of South Africa, the exhibition features the most comprehensive collection of original artefacts, documents, personal items and artworks ever to be shown outside of South Africa, showcasing personal moments in Mandela's life alongside the events and influences that led to his leadership.

The journey through Mandela's story begins with his childhood in the Transkei, followed by his early life in Johannesburg where he began to establish himself as a political activist, underscored by audio-visual pieces and personal photographs.

Visitors have discovered the covert anti-apartheid activities that shaped Mandela's daily existence, aspects of his life in prison on Robben Island, and how he felt on his first day of freedom when he was released from Victor Verster prison in 1990. The final chapter journeys through Mandela's landmark years as South Africa's first democratically elected president, and the indelible mark he made on people around the world as a global leader.

Tickets are $32 for adults, $22 for concession and students, $17.90 for 13-16s and children 12 and under free. Adult and museum general entry bundle $30. Book online at to save 10% on tickets for the final chance to see Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition before it closes on March 3.

Mandela My Life: The Official Exhibition

Until 3 March 2019

Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Victoria, 3053

School / group bookings available: and 1300 364 001

For more information, please visit:

#MandelaMyLife #MandelaExhibition

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Inland cruise offers in France - save 25%


Unique Falconry excursion & 25% discount on inland hotel barge cruising for 2019*

Explore the Burgundy Canals on a luxury hotel barge cruise and save up to 25%.
Cruises offer accommodation for up to 12 passengers in elegant, spacious air-conditioned twin cabins; all meals prepared by an onboard master chef with wines; fully stocked open bar; and unique daily escorted mini-bus excursions.

NEW FOR 2019:

A demonstration of the art of falconry has been added to the daily excursions for both Le Belle Epoque and L'Impressionniste, passengers can marvel at the striking aerial acrobatics of these birds of prey during a private demonstration at the moat-encircled Chateau de Commarin.

Guests will be treated to a meeting with Count Bertrand de Vogue the current resident followed by a private tour of the Chateau.

Prices start from $5,805 per person and for NEW bookings - confirmed before the 8th February 2019 – inland cruise specialists Outdoor Travel offer a discount of 25% off the cabin cost for 2 people sharing - saving of up to $1,935 per person - on selected dates*.

Private charter discounts of 25% are offered for a family or friends aboard La Belle Epoque on selected dates during April and May*.

Conditions apply - for information contact Outdoor Travel toll free on 1800 331 582

* Selected dates: La Belle Epoque (Charter) – 31st March; 28th April; 12th or 19th May

La Belle Epoque (Cabin) – 14th, 21st April or 5th May

L'Impressionniste (Cabin) – 14th or 21st April; 5th, 12th or 19th May

Dates & prices for 2019:

Full brochure:


Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Summer staycation at QT Melbourne

The holidays aren't over yet with QT Melbourne giving you the best of the city for a night.

Melbourne never rests, with its endless cultural events and festivals, thriving dining and bar scene, and industrious shopping hubs – tracking the ebb and flow of each is a full-time affair.

For the next month, whether you're an inquisitive regular to the inner-city or just looking for inspiration to have a local staycation, QT Melbourne is encouraging the re-exploration of the city with a summer staycation.

Be in the centre of it all, and treat yourself with one night's accommodation in a QT King with dinner for two at QT Melbourne's signature restaurant, Pascale Bar and Grill.

Get a well-deserved sleep on a gel bed, with free in-room movies, high-speed internet, and Kevin Murphy amenities.

Better yet—don't leave the hotel and dine in-house at Pascale Bar and Grill. Having recently received One Hat by the Good Food Guide, executive chef Andy Harmer and his team continue to deliver the freshest and finest ingredients with a commitment to celebrating locally sourced produce.

Post dinner, soak in the spectacular Melbourne city skyline whilst quenching your thirst on The Rooftop at QT - the destination for decadent soirée's this summer with the most Instagram-friendly views.

It doesn't stop there - January see's QT Melbourne starting the New Year with a bang, offering wellness add-ons and workouts for guests, green cocktail options at the bar and a Club Aperol pop up on the Rooftop featuring a real-life tennis court to celebrate the Australian Open.

QT Is more than just a place to rest your head. Each hotel's Identity is inspired by the surrounding environment, which ensures locals love it and visitors immerse themselves in local culture, experiencing a sense of community. QT challenges the status quo with landmark dining destinations that are a focal point of the cities in which they reside. At the heart of QT Hotels & Resorts Is a mix of art, design, and luxury combined with memorable, high-energy service.

Pack your bag and extend that holiday feeling for as long as possible.

Exodus Travels discovers the world's winter wonderland

Experience untouched, beautiful winter oases with Exodus Travels

Some of the world's most awe-inspiring, beautiful landscapes are draped in crisp white snow. As Australians, we typically chase the sun; hopping from one tropical island to the next. That is until now. Adventure travel company, Exodus Travels has seen an uplift in European winter holidays being booked by Australians who are chasing a truly unique, once in a lifetime experience.

From dog-sledding and cross-country skiing through to enjoying mulled wine in a chateau hidden away in the wilderness and spotting rarely seen wildlife, Exodus' range of winter trips are perfect for those chasing an experience unlike any other.

Finnish Wilderness Week

8 days from $2,765

In the heart of the Oulanka National Park is a series of wooden cabins, juxtaposed on crisp, white snow covered grounds. As the only accommodation for miles around, this forms the perfect home for your eight day tour discovering the most beautiful wildlife that Finland has to offer, while feeling completely removed from the hustle and bustle from the world.

Premium: Snowshoeing in the Dolomites

8 days from $2,255

Discover Italy's most impressive mountain range by foot. With routes leading into the Fanes-Sennes Natural Park, along the shoreline of Lago di Braies and beneath the jagged peaks of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, this is truly an awe-inspiring adventure. Travellers will trek along forest trails and old military tracks to magnificent viewpoints of Durrakopf (2275m) and Strudelkopf (2307m), learning more about the impact of World War 1 in the area along the way. This premium tour is perfect for travellers who are looking for an adventure holiday that is rich with history, and has a little extra comfort.

Black Forest Cross Country Ski Tour

7 days from $2,765

Point to point cross country skiing in Germany's Black Forest. Throughout this week long tour, travellers will be able to explore beautiful snow-capped landscapes, deep pine forests, open valleys and meadows. Skiing from one village to another, this tour really highlights life in this beautiful, far removed part of the world.

Exodus Travels has extensive winter trips perfect for solo travellers, couples, small groups and even families; all at a pace and price that suits everyone.

For more information head to:

Friday, 18 January 2019

Sri Lanka travel deal from STA

12 days in Sri Lanka + return flights from $2,099

Travel from Negombo to Hikkaduwa on this culture-loving backpacker’s dream!

The stunning Sri Lanka has so much to offer – and it’s easy to see why more and more people are choosing to travel to this beautiful country. Diverse, stunning landscapes, immersive, cultural experiences and activities, and inviting, kind people are just some of the main attractions, but there’s so much to do across this 12-day tour. Beautiful ruins, hikes through tea plantations, tours of a spice garden and downtime at the beach are all on the menu!

There is honestly something in Sri Lanka (and the G Adventures Sri Lanka on a Shoestring tour) for everyone!

For the history buff; you’ll stop off at UNESCO World Heritage City Sigiriya, featuring the Dambulla Cave Temple and ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa Temple, Minneriya National Park or Anurhadhapura historical site.

For the cultural activity seeker; you’ll visit a spice garden en route to a G Adventures-supported homestay in Digana, as well as visiting a Tamarind Gardens Farm for lunch before heading on a guided village walk. You’ll also stop off at the home of a jewellery maker who hand grafts delicate Kandyan jewellery, and visit a cottage where local women make incense.

For the active traveller; trek Little Adam’s Peak or one of the many trails at Horton Plains National Park, catch a cricket match or hike to Ella Rock!

For the foodie; Learn how to make Sri Lankan bread or sweets by participating in traditional cooking classes throughout the tour…YUM!

With return flights included, STA Travel really has packaged this amazing escape up into the perfect little bundle – with not much else to worry about! So jump online now and check it out here:

Sri Lanka on a Shoestring

· 12 Days + return flights
· $2,099
· Book Before: 31 Jan19
· Travel From: Now - 31 May 19

Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

To book your next adventure, visit an STA Travel store or call 134 782.

Monday, 7 January 2019

Truffle hunting in France

Plutarch believed they were mud cooked by lightning, Juvenal that they were the product of thunder and rain and Pliny that they were nature's greatest miracle.  Elizabeth David said they were the most delicious of foods anywhere and Brillat-Savarin that 'without truffles there can be no truly gastronomic meal.' The mystique around the truffle continues, in its nebulous way, to intrigue.

Active holiday specialists Outdoor Travel, based in Bright, Victoria offer a five day tour ideal for you to become acquainted with the mysterious and gastronomically fantastic fungus as perhaps you never have before.

Based in quality accommodation in the Quercy region near the Lot & Dordogne Valleys, the itinerary concentrates on three subjects: the hunting of truffles, the cooking and eating of truffles, and the buying of truffles.

This is an opportunity to make your own truffled foie gras and share a precious gastronomic moment with friends.

Pay a visit the world famous truffle market at Lalbenque after a seven course truffled brunch cooked by a top chef.

The weather in February can be glorious.  Cold and crisp with perfect blue skies just the perfect skies to go hunting truffles 'à la mouche'.  We do plan to do some easy walking but should we get inclement weather we are well-prepared with ample alternatives – castles, chateaux and wineries to visit!

Departs:                     Toulouse from 9th – 13th February, 16th – 20th February, 2019
Cost from:                 $2915 per person twin share              Single room supplement from $520
Tour includes:           4 nights' twin-share accommodation in comfortable, quality hotels or inns (all rooms with own bathroom), all meals, knowledgeable English-speaking guides, all local transport
Not included:             Drinks, personal expenses

For more information see:

Call toll-free: 1800 331 582


Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Lisbon to Cape Town with Latitude 33

adVenture bound on Latitude 33's Coast to the Cape & Big Cats journey.

For the discerning traveller seeking a journey full of unique experiences and adventures guaranteed to deliver lifelong memories, Latitude 33 has heeded your call!

The luxury travel specialist's sensational 34-night Coast to the Cape & Big Cats itinerary is a chance to tap into your inner explorer. Immerse yourself in the glorious architecture and culture of Lisbon, followed by a 24-night cruise to Cape Town on board the luxurious Seven Seas Voyager, concluding with an exceptional safari experience at South Africa's renowned Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge.

Your adventure begins in Lisbon on 11 November 2020 where you will spend 3 nights exploring one of Europe's most enchanting cities – and its second-oldest capital. Indulge your taste buds with a visit to the Belém quarter for some traditional pastries and dinner at a traditional Portuguese Fado restaurant; admire the city's many impressive palaces and historic sites including the Monument of Discoveries, the imposing Saint George Castle and the neoclassical Seteais Palace; and stand in awe of the jagged caves of Boca Do Inferno en route to the nearby coastal city of Cascais.

On 14 November begin the next phase of your journey as you embark on a 24-night cruise on board the supremely elegant Seven Seas Explorer, the world's first all-suite, all-balcony luxury liner, recently relaunched after a total refurbishment. Following the trade routes of Henry the Navigator from Lisbon down the West Coast of Africa to Cape Town, cruise highlights include: the Portuguese city of Portimão with its famed Castle of Alvor, framed by golden sands and impressive cliffs; the colourful buildings and 18th Century mansions of Spain's gorgeous Santa Cruz de La Palma; the stunning beaches of Tenerife, the largest of Spain's Canary Islands; and the isolated Cape Verde Islands located in the mid-Atlantic Ocean some 300 miles off the west coast of Africa.

Along the West African coastline with its unique blend of beauty, nature, culture and history, visit the bustling open-air markets and historical colonial architecture of Senegal's Dakar; the tiny Gambian capital of Banjul; Abidjan, the Ivory Coast's largest city; the tropical rainforests of Kakum National Park on Ghana's Gold Coast; and Lomé in Togo where you can witness a traditional voodoo ceremony. Further south, explore the tiny island nation of São Tomé with its lush rainforests, secluded waterfalls and pristine beaches; and unspoiled Walvis Bay, a natural lagoon and the only deep-sea harbor on the Namibian coast.

On 8 December disembark in Cape Town where you will stay 3 nights at the luxurious One&Only Cape Town – the perfect base from which to explore the city's bountiful charms including a cable car ride to the top of iconic Table Mountain with its panoramic views of the city or sampling some of South Africa's finest wines in the majestic Cape Winelands region.

Spend your last 4 nights at the award-winning Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge in the Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve. Offering some of the best 'big five' game viewing in South Africa, it's the perfect place to enjoy up-close unobstructed views of Africa's most iconic animals in their natural bush environment.

Departing 11 November 2020, Latitude 33's Coast to the Cape & Big Cats journey is limited to just 26 guests, with prices starting start from $33,599 per person twin share, including all accommodation, return international economy class airfares from Australia, return airport transfers in Australia, all meals and selected beverages on board Seven Seas Explorer and at Sabi Sabi Earth Lodge, and all transfers and baggage handling throughout the tour.

Even better, take advantage of the Early Booking Bonus. Book by 31 March 2019 and receive a complimentary upgrade from a Deluxe Veranda Suite to Concierge Suite on board Seven Seas Explorer plus a US$500 shipboard credit per Suite. For a limited time only.

Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

View the tour video at:

For further information and bookings, visit: or telephone 1300 636 848.

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Family Travel Bumper Summer Issue Out Now

The Summer Issue of Family Travel magazine has arrived. Featuring the best of the best as voted by families around the country, this issue showcases the top destinations, attractions and service providers for travelling families.

Sections and features within this third issue of Family Travel include:

* Plan - focused on bite-size pieces of news and recommendations for getting families out exploring more, Plan covers budgeting advice, reviews of the best accessible playgrounds, plus teen travel tips

* Holidays - bringing the best international destinations into the limelight, Holidays delivers the 'Hot List' featuring the top 19 family experiences for 2019 plus an in-depth look at the increasingly popular Sri Lankan adventure

* Navigate - delivering top tips and recommendations for maximising family getaways, Navigate offers family-friendly hotel recommendations for top destinations such as luxurious Mauritius to idyllic Aussie favourite Depot Beach, plus expert advice on how to capture the best of your holiday memories

* Out & About With Kids - dedicated to the best of Australian travel, including events, holidays, camping trips, and city adventures, Out & About With Kids also covers off the best Aussie island escapes and top hiking tips for families this issue

* Anaheim - the #1 voted international destination for families to visit (per 2018 Family Travel People's Choice Awards) is featured in a sensational 28 page dedicated section. Covering top places to stay, eat and visit, this feature is a goldmine of information for families planning their visit to this favoured Orange County city

Readers are encouraged to share their thoughts on this bumper summer issue by submitting a letter to to go in the running to win a Sony AX33 4K Handycam (valued at $1099)

To read the summer issue of Family Travel magazine visit:

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