Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Experience three Kimberley icons in one extraordinary holiday.


Broome & the Kimberley Holidays have selected the 'must do' experiences traversing the region from Kununurra and El Questro in the East Kimberley to Broome in the West Kimberley, promising a week of breathtaking highlights.

The 7 night package includes flights, a night in Kununurra, 3 nights in Emma Gorge at El Questro Wilderness Park, 3 nights at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungles and tours of El Questro and the Willie Creek Pearl Farm in Broome.

With optional add-ons including an extended tour of the Bungle Bungles, including Cathedral Gorge and ancient rock art or an Aboriginal Bush Culture and History tour in El Questro, travelers will get a chance to immerse themselves in the culture and beauty of the Kimberley region.

Packages from $3,190pp ex Perth and $3,690pp ex Melbourne or Sydney.

Departures between 1 April and 24 September 2015.

Phone Broome & the Kimberley Holidays on 1300 357 057 or visit for enquiries.


Special Emirates Autumn Fares to Asia

- Economy class airfares from $299 one way-

To celebrate the start of autumn, Emirates is offering special Economy Class airfares starting from $299 one way.

One way Economy flights from Melbourne to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Sydney to Bangkok and Brisbane to Singapore begin at $299.

While, return Economy flights from Melbourne to Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Sydney to Bangkok and Brisbane to Singapore start from $599.

Emirates operates one service daily from Sydney via Bangkok. One service daily operates from Brisbane via Singapore. One Melbourne service daily operates via Singapore, with another daily service operating via Kuala Lumpur.

Valid for ticketing and sales from now until 5 March 2015. Valid for travel from 15 April until 12 June 2015, some blackout periods apply for dates of travel. For flight information and bookings contact Emirates on 1300 303 777, visit your local travel agent or go to

Terms and conditions for the offer:

• Valid for sales and ticketing from now until 5th March 2015
• Travel 15 April to 12 June 2015, exception Sydney to Bangkok 22 April to 12 June 2015.
• Fees for changes and cancellations apply
• Seats and Class are subject to availability at time of booking
• Return fares quoted are for low season travel

*The inclusive taxes and surcharges quoted are correct at 26 February 2015. These may vary slightly over the travel period.

What's on at The Star this month

Following the Chinese New Year festivities, there are still plenty of reasons to celebrate at The Star. Sydney’s premier entertainment destination will play host to an open air cinema on Sky Terrace rooftop bar, exciting performances from both international and local acts, special The Spa at The Darling offers to help you relax and unwind, and food and drink specials at 24/7 Sports Bar to celebrate St Patrick’s Day.

Jonathan Lee Concert | 8 March

Renowned Chinese pop superstar Jonathan Lee and his full band will perform at The Star Event Centre on 8 March for one show only.

Lee is hailed as one of the godfathers of Taiwanese Mandopop. He was one of the most successful producers of the 1990s and 2000s and has been credited with building Rock Records into the foremost independent label in Asia.

To purchase tickets, visit or call 13 28 49.

Rekorderlig Open Air Cinema on Sky Terrace | 8 March & 15 March

Enjoy films by starlight at The Star’s rooftop bar, Sky Terrace including:

Gravity – From 8pm, 8 March
Man of Steel – From 8pm, 15 March

Best of all, it’s free!

Thriller Live | until 16 March

London’s Smash Hit Thriller Live is now open at the Sydney Lyric!

Featuring Prinnie Stevens and MiG Ayesa plus an outstanding international cast and live band, Thriller Live includes all your favourite Michael Jackson and Jackson 5 Hits including I Want You Back, Can You Feel It, Billie Jean, Smooth Criminal, Bad and of course Thriller

To purchase tickets, visit

Le Noir | 19 March

Enjoy World class acrobats, musicians, specialty acts and comedians with Le Noir at The Star’s Sydney Lyric Theatre. Be prepared to be enthralled by this spell-binding theatrical journey.

To purchase tickets, visit

The Spa at The Darling Special March Offers

Introducing the new La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream

La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream is a lightweight eye treatment that helps erase dark circles, puffiness, dryness and lines instantly.

With the purchase of the new Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream, receive a complimentary 45-minute Swiss Ice Crystal Facial.* This luxurious treatment is designed to strengthen and nourish your skin, helping to banish any sign of life’s daily stresses.

*One 20ml eye cream and facial per person.

Stay Spa Fresh

This March, purchase any two ESPA products and receive a complimentary ESPA Hydrating Floral Spafresh Spritzer (100ml).^

^ One gift per person. Offer excludes the purchase of ESPA Travel Sizes, Lip Balm and Accessories.

To make a reservation at The Spa at The Darling, please call 02 9657 8088.

St Patrick’s Day 24/7 Sports Bar

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with the following specials:

Throughout March: Guinness Schooners - $7.50
St Patrick’s Day special - 17 March: Beef & Guinness Pie with Colcannon Mash + Guinness Schooner - $18

SAA launches great value fares from Perth

Africa’s leading airline SAA has launched a new sale of great value return flights to South Africa from Perth.

According to SAA’s Country Manager for Australasia Tim Clyde-Smith, return economy class fares from Perth to Johannesburg start at $1099 including taxes. Other popular destinations include Cape Town and Durban ($1,152), Nairobi ($1,565), Victoria Falls ($1,547) and Mauritius ($1,609).

“These are great deals and are available for sale for sale until March 10 only for flights between 1 April and 31 May 2015,” Tim said.

“Customers from other Australian cities can fly with our partner airlines and also take advantage of these special offers.”

“There are no credit card fees to book online, customers can select their seats on booking and we have a generous checked baggage allowance of 2 pieces of 23 kg in economy and 2 pieces of 32kg in business class.”

“These are great deals and offer Aussie travellers some excellent value for money. But customers should act quickly as our sale finishes on 10 March,” Tim concluded

For more information on SAA flights and reservations please call 1300 435 972 or see

For all SAA media releases see:

Twitter: www.twitter/SAA_Australia


Sunday, 1 March 2015

Win A Holiday in Krabi, Thailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is offering you the chance to win a 5 night Krabi holiday, flying with THAI, staying at the Pakasai Resort.

Entries close 12 Feb '15. Why would you choose Thailand for your ultimate wedding or honeymoon destination?

Saturday, 28 February 2015 deal of the week: Hotel Duquesa de Cardona, Barcelona

Hotel Duquesa de Cardona, Barcelona

Save 50% on your stay

Visit for more details or call ‎1800 687 236‎

Hotel Duquesa de Cardona, Barcelona 4*

Save 50% on your stay

Book by: 14 May 2015

Stay by: 14 May 2015

Prices from: AU $158 per night

Located in the heart of Barcelona amidst the bustling gothic quarter, Hotel Duquesa de Cardona provides the perfect base to explore this vibrant city. Start your Spanish fiesta with a welcome glass of wine, followed by a dip on the rooftop pool terrace or dinner at the hotel's stunning La Duquesa restaurant. Once settled, explore the maze of narrow streets filled with bustling bars, café's and artisan stores or stroll down to the station to catch a train to further explore what Barcelona has to offer.

Follow on Twitter @hotels_com_ANZ for more travel inspiration

^Hotel Deals: Price quoted is per room per night based on two people sharing and is inclusive of all fees and taxes. Rates are subject to availability. Minimum stay requirements and black-out dates may apply. Prices are available as of 27 February, 2015. Prices may fluctuate due to changes in taxes, fees and currency. Visit for full terms and conditions.

Thursday, 26 February 2015

2015 Australian Luxury Travel Survey

Insights from the inaugural 2015 Australian Luxury Travel Survey revealed

High net worth travellers unveil the true definition of Australian Luxury

Australia’s luxury travel market is evolving. According to the 2015 Australian Luxury Travel Survey, as commissioned by qualia and Virtuoso, 74 per cent of high net worth (HNW) travellers believe Australia has become more of a luxury travel destination over the past five years.

No longer is luxury travel defined purely by the level of opulence or an expensive price tag. According to the research, 85 per cent of HNW travellers believe luxury travel is defined by a property’s personalised attention to detail, followed by understated elegance, exclusivity and privacy (75%) and an extraordinary natural location and sense of place (59%) respectively.

Hamilton Island Chairman, Sandy Oatley said it is gratifying to know more than seven years on, the family’s vision for qualia continues to align with what luxury travellers are looking for today.

“When opening qualia in 2007, our aim was to create an understated luxury oasis which maximises the sheer beauty of its Great Barrier Reef location along with a uniquely Australian standard of service that would meet and exceed the expectations of the most discerning travellers from around the world. The 34 accolades the resort has received over the past three years are testament to our qualia team who continue to perfect this vision daily,” Sandy continued.

An ardent vision of this nature is essential for Australian luxury property owners as competition strengthens within the domestic luxury market. When it comes to researching the abundance of luxury travel options, close to 1 in 2 (47%) HNW travellers rely predominantly on the power of word of mouth, secondly to inspiration found in traditional media outlets such as newspapers and magazines (44%) and thirdly to online travel reviews (41%) such as Tripadvisor and Mr + Mrs Smith.

Interestingly, whether the rich and famous have graced a particular resort is neither here nor there to HNW travellers with 58 per cent of respondents revealing they aren’t influenced at all by celebrity endorsements when researching a luxury holiday.

Furthermore, the research revealed luxury lodges (less than 60 rooms) as Australian HNW travellers’ accommodation type of choice (42%), followed by boutique hotels (less than 20 rooms) (25%) and luxury hotels (100+ rooms) (16%) respectively, with Australian owned properties preferred over those backed by a global brand. Only three per cent of travellers nominated this latter style of property as their preference when travelling in luxury domestically.

Sandy Oatley said: “Our family is exceedingly proud to be Australian and as such, we want every qualia guest to savour an authentic and extraordinary Australian experience. From the use of Australian materials and native plants, to encouraging our guests to explore our renowned Great Barrier Reef backyard, from the wallabies frequently spotted around the resort to the Australian food and wine gracing our menus, every detail contributes to qualia’s Australian heart and soul – a point of difference which we feel sets the resort apart.”

This attention to detail is becoming increasingly imperative with Australian luxury properties no longer able to solely rely on their lavishly appointed and generously sized rooms to woe potential guests.

As revealed in the 2015 Luxury Travel Survey, 22 per cent of HNW travellers identify a luxury property’s authentic, unique experiences as the factor holding the greatest influence on their final booking decision, followed secondly by a property’s established reputation and/or award winning history (20%) and thirdly by an impeccable standard of service (19%). Only four per cent of travellers believe the size and design of the property’s rooms hold the same weight.

The research revealed HNW travellers are craving these unique travel experiences often with 1 in 4 exploring their own backyard in luxury on average 4 – 5 times per year. Hamilton Island’s CEO, Glenn Bourke says over the years, this number has been on the rise.

“At qualia, we’re noticing the quick 2 – 4 day luxury getaway becoming increasingly popular. The 2015 Luxury Travel Survey revealed over the past five years, 2 in 3 people have found themselves taking shorter domestic luxury holidays more often. We’re noticing for many, the cost of these short breaks simply isn’t an issue with the majority willing to spend big to ensure each getaway is memorable,” said Mr Bourke.

According to the 2015 Luxury Travel Survey, 46 per cent of travellers allocate an average annual luxury travel budget of $10,000 – $30,000. One in 10 (10%) travellers allocate $30,000 – $50,000 per year, topped only by the expenditure of the fortunate 8 per cent who revealed they’re prepared to spend $50,000 or more on travelling the world in style.

Explore Eastern Europe

EXPLORE the historic European cities of Krakow, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna and Prague on this 14 day tour from $2,311* per person twin share. Departing from Krakow, on the Highlights of Eastern Europe tour you will discover the medieval town of Banska Stiavnica, admire ancient architecture in Krakow and wander through cobbled streets in Budapest. Enjoy walks through the spectacular scenery of Slovakia’s Tatras Mountains and raft through the vast gorge on the Dunajec River. Walk the streets of Budapest with a local guide discovering Castle Hill, Old Town, Fisherman’s Bastion and the Royal Palace and in Prague uncover the mysteries of its Castle, Charles

Bridge and visit the Jewish Quarter and famed Astronomical Clock with detailed guided tours.

Book now to EXPLORE these fantastic destinations.
Contact Explore on 1300 439 756, email

Explore Sri Lanka

EXPLORE stunning Sri Lanka staying in stylish and comfortable hotels on this 14 day Secrets of Sri Lanka tour departing Negombo from $3,428* per person twin share. As you travel to Sri Lanka's greatest sights from ancient Buddhist monuments to tea plantations and historic cities you will be absorbed by the history and culture of these people. Search for elephants and leopard in Willpaththu National Park on safari. In Dambulla, see the painted caves of this temple complex. In Polonnaruwa see the Royal Palace and be amazed at the dramatic sculptures of this ancient city. Climb to the top of Lion Rock in Sigiriyia and enjoy the stunning views from this ancient palace complex. In Kandy visit the famed Temple of the Tooth and enjoy a cultural show. Visit Galle and soak up the history of this famous port and in Beruwala enjoy time to relax on the beautiful coastline.

Book now to EXPLORE these fantastic destinations.
Contact Explore on 1300 439 756, email

Monday, 23 February 2015

Eurail enhancements for International Rail

RAIL specialists International Rail have welcomed the new enhancements introduced by Eurail for its 2015 program, with many options offering even better value for money across the network.

One that will benefit the Australian market is the new Eurail Global Flexi Pass for five days rail travel in 10 days, allowing greater flexibility for passengers who ate travelling for shorter period.

The introduction of Flexi and Consecutive German Passes by DB Bahn for 2015 has come with a promotion of 20 percent discount on all Flexi passes for five, 10-day and one month and Consecutive pass for five and 10-days.

The offer is available for adult, youth and twin passes in both First and Standard class and must be purchased by March 30 and start from $398.

It is important for Australian travellers to know that seat reservations are not included in the cost of the Eurail Passes and are compulsory on most high speed trains in Europe. Seats can often be limited in numbers, so be sure to reserve as many trains as possible in advance to avoid disappointment. International Rail is able to pre-book as many trains as required before departing Australia.

All Passes must be validated within six months of date of issue.

For a full list of new Eurail Pass options visit or call International Rail on 1300-387-245.

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