Friday, 27 March 2015

Family snow holiday at Falls Creek

An affordable family holiday at Victoria's most picturesque alpine resort Falls Creek.

Stay in the snow for less than $380 per night during the school holidays. Falls Creek Country Club, a well-located apartment complex that has a heated swimming pool, in-house restaurant and bar, is offering families a well-priced option.

Always want to stay in the snow at an alpine resort during the school holidays but found it too expensive?  Then think again.  Mum, Dad and up to two school age children can stay from $377 per night in a self contained studio apartment at Falls Creek ,Victoria .  

This package is valid for stays between Friday 26 June and Sunday 17 July – minimum 2 night's stays applies.  Arrive any day during these dates. Your apartment has a full kitchen with stove, cook top, microwave and bar size fridge as well as a TV. With sliding glass doors which lead directly to the snow, your family will have a holiday of a lifetime.  

These apartments come with free access to a heated pool, spa and sauna and free wi-fi.  Just what the family needs for a perfect holiday. Direct bookings only. Terms and conditions apply.

Call 03 5758 3391 or email

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Free Guided Tour or a Romantic Moonlight Tour at Seoul's Royal Palaces

Visitors to Seoul can enjoy many free special events at Seoul's royal palaces and shrines in 2015 as well as experience true royal cuisine at some of the newly certified restaurants in Seoul. The royal palaces are spectacular in Springtime. In the coming months of April and May the cherry, apricot, royal azalea and peony blossoms are at their best and the palaces are picture perfect.

The 2015 Palace Culture Calendar details the many events taking place at the royal palaces and shrines in Seoul in the coming year. Visitors can not only enjoy free guided tours and changing of the guards ceremonies but enjoy special cultural event experiences like traditional tea ceremonies, enjoy traditional Korean music at the palaces, palace literary tours, special open nights and a romantic moonlight tour at Changdeok Palace including traditional music performances and snacks.

As the main palace of the Joseon dynasty, Gyeongbok Palace is the largest of the five royal palaces of the dynasty and Changdeok Palace is widely admired for having preserved the original beauty and scenic natural surroundings including its serenely beautiful Secret Garden.

Visitors can also experience royal ancestral ritual ceremonies at Jongmyo Royal Shrine and night performances of royal ancestral ritual music. As the royal shrine of Joseon dynasty, Jongmyo enshrines the memorial tablets of Joseon's kings and queens.

The general admission cost to Seoul's four royal palaces and Jongymyo Royal Shrine only costs between 1,000-3,000 Korean won (A$1.20-$3.50)

After visiting a royal palace why not enjoy a meal fit for a King and experience the royal cuisine of the Joseon dynasty. With a six hundred year history royal cuisine is the essence of Korean food culture. Korea Tourism Organization has recently selected seven traditional restaurants that serve royal cuisine menus that have been inherited over generations.

Enjoy a royal banquet in traditional Korean surroundings like Seokparang, the villa of Heungseon Daewongun, who was a politician and father of King Gojong, the last king of the Joseon dynasty. Samcheonggak which features beautiful natural surroundings and traditional architectural style called hanok (Korean house) is a very popular place for a royal feast and film location for TV dramas.

If you are planning on travelling to Seoul this year and wish to experience life as a King or Queen of Korea's past then request your free 2015 Palace Culture Calendar and Royal Cuisine certified restaurant guides by email: or go to and request brochures online.

Easter Deals from the Novotel Vines Resort - Pay for 3 and Stay for 4 Nights

The Novotel Vines Resort is offering guests the chance to extend one night more over the Easter break, without paying any extra, with a “Pay 3 Stay 4” Easter deal.

Newly refurbished rooms offer light airy and spacious accommodation

During your stay there are gourmet treats to satisfy too, with Good Friday kicking it off wth a Seafood Platter for two people, lunch or dinner at the Vines Café. On Easter Sunday after all the eggs have been found, there's breakfast in Muscats to meet the Easter Bunny, or a lunch in the Café for more chocolate treat handouts.

If you are feeling game, the Vines' newest Sunday special is now available throughout autumn in the Vines Cafe – it is called “Out for a Duck!”

Comprising a delicious roast duck platter with maple glaze, roast autumn root veggies, fresh pomegranate & rocket plus two glasses of SA Merlot for just $60 - perfect for two people.

On Easter Sunday Muscats' famous carvery buffet is served. After a day that could be spent touring the Swan Valley, walking the magnificent natural grounds, tennis, or lazing by the pool.

For Golfers the Easter treats on offer continue, with a deal to play 18 holes with shared use of a buggy on the Ellenbrook course, Vines cap and 3 pack of Vines golf balls, plus you will go into the draw to win a golf bag – all for just $75 per person.

And if you are organized, or one who plans ahead, book in for Mother's Day with a special High Tea to celebrate.

Full details of all these offers can be found at

To book the accommodation or above deals please call (08) 9297 3000 or email

(Some conditions apply and this offer is subject to availability)

Monday, 23 March 2015

Retreat to The Langham, Melbourne this Easter

The Langham, Melbourne is including a special Burch & Purchese Easter Surprise made exclusively for the hotel by renowned chef, Darren Purchese.

Luxurious accommodation, valet parking, buffet breakfast for two and an adorable pink chocolate chick as well as access to the hotel's health and wellness centre, pool, steam room, sauna and spa are all included in this appealing offer.

The Langham, Melbourne's Park, Stay and Dine package is available from Tuesday 31 March until Sunday 19 April from $315.00 per room, per night.

Guests may choose to visit Chuan Spa, indulge in a donut-themed High Tea at Aria or enjoy any of the hotel's enchanting Easter experiences on offer at both the hotel's Ballroom and Melba Restaurant.
Bookings may be made by visiting or by calling +61 8696 8888.

Royal Caribbean International Global WOW Sale

Royal Caribbean International has unveiled a Global WOW Sale, offering savings of up to $1,000 per person, up to US$400 onboard credit and 50% reduced deposits for a range of local and global itineraries when booked by 2 April 2015.

Save up to $500 per person and receive US$300 onboard credit on a seven-night Pacific Island Getaway onboard Voyager of the Seas, with prices starting at just $799 per person, twin share. The roundtrip sailing departs Sydney on 27 February 2016, and calls at Isle of Pines and Noumea.

Staterooms start from just $1,099 per person for a 10-night Perth and South East Asia sailing onboard Explorer of the Seas, a saving of up to $700 per person and receive USD$400 onboard credit. Departing Singapore on 3 November 2015 the cruise calls at Kuala Lumpur, Langkawi and Phuket before arriving in Perth.

Australia's Top End is on offer from just $2,399 per person on a 16 night sailing onboard Radiance of the Seas departing Perth on 17 November 2015. Save up to $1,000 per person and receive USD$400 onboard credit while taking in the sights of Bali, Darwin, Cairns and Brisbane before arriving in Sydney.

The offer is available from now until 2 April 2015 and valid on new bookings made on all Royal Caribbean global voyages departing from 15 May 2015 onwards. Offer excludes Quantum of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas.

For more information about Royal Caribbean International or to book a cruise, visit, call 1800 754 500 or contact your travel agent.

Terms and conditions for the offer:

The Global WOW Sale is valid for new individual bookings, for single or double occupancy only. Sale is combinable with Next Summer Sale where applicable however terms and conditions for the offer apply. Offer will expire on 2 April 2015 unless sold out prior. Some further terms and conditions apply, see for full details.


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Saturday, 21 March 2015

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Vacations & Travel magazine, in conjunction with British Airways - the only European airline to continue servicing the Australian market - and The Fullerton Hotel, is giving subscribers the chance to win a sensational trip to Singapore including two return World Traveller tickets to Singapore, and four nights’ accommodation at The Fullerton Hotel.

British Airways has been flying to Australia for nearly 80 years and currently operates one of its most luxurious aircrafts, the Boeing 777-300ER from Sydney. The airline has a daily service between Sydney and London Heathrow via Singapore and its award-winning Changi Airport, voted the best airport in the world. Their route network currently serves more than 170 cities in 75 countries.

British Airways World Traveller is a full-service economy class packed with all the comfort and benefits you expect at an affordable price. It includes great value all-inclusive fares with no hidden charges, generous free baggage allowance, delicious meals and full bar service, personal entertainment system with complimentary headphones and family-friendly features and kids’ activity packs., Facebook @British Airways, #BritishAirways

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Transformed from The Fullerton Building – a magnificent neoclassical landmark built in 1928; this 400-room iconic heritage hotel represents a luxury and grandeur that is timeless. It was once home to the nation’s General Post Office, The Exchange and the prestigious Singapore Club – all of which played a pivotal role in the history of Singapore.

Strategically located in the heart of the financial and arts districts along the charming Singapore River and Marina Bay, the hotel successfully blends its illustrious heritage with contemporary style, personalised service, and excellent dining to offer a true destination experience. It enjoys close proximity to the finest arts and entertainment belts in the city, and the Singapore Changi International Airport is less than half an hour’s drive away. Rooms and suites either overlook the sunlit atrium courtyard, or have balconies that open out to sweeping panoramas of the city skyline, Singapore River promenade or Marina Bay. 

You can even choose to dine against the city skyline at The Lighthouse Restaurant & Rooftop Bar which serves authentic Italian cuisine or discover more about the storied hotel by taking the complimentary Guided Heritage Tour.

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Take the family on an unforgettable adventure to exciting India, a place full of colourful characters, delicious cuisine and breath-taking views. Taste some sizzling curries in Delhi, stroll through the "pink city" of Jaipur and follow the tracks of a Bengal tiger in the Ranthambore National Park.

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Friday, 20 March 2015

Voyage of the Week: Embrace the Charm of Northern Europe with Silversea

Embrace the undeniable charm of Northern Europe as you sail through some of the regions’ most regal and historic ports on a 12 day voyage aboard Silversea’s ultra-luxury vessel, Silver Whisper.

Departing from Stockholm, Sweden, on 27 August 2015, Silver Whisper sails to Tallinn, Estonia, a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site and one of Europe’s best examples of medieval towns. Silver Whisper then ports in Russia for a two night stay in St Petersburg, where guests can experience the stunning surrounds that emanate a unique blend of Russian and European character. Cruising through the city of Helsinki, Finland, Silver Whisper then spends a day at sea, providing guests with the opportunity to relax and enjoy Silversea’s truly luxurious onboard facilities.

Sailing to Warnemunde, Germany, guests can explore this beautiful seaside port or join an optional excursion through the remarkable sights of Berlin, followed by a three-course lunch at the spectacular Reichstag’s rooftop restaurant.

From here, Silver Whisper continues her voyage through the Kiel Canal, before travelling on to the Netherlands, stopping at the charming capital of Amsterdam, where guests can expect to be captivated by the city’s old-world allure and downtown character, from its outdoor street markets and spectacular network of canals, to the eminent Van Gogh Museum.

Continuing her journey to Belgium, Silver Whisper visits Antwerp, renowned as the centre of the diamond trade, and the ancient town of Zeebrugee before concluding her voyage in Southampton, United Kingdom with guests disembarking 8 September 2015.

Prices are per person starting from AU$7,250 in a Vista Suite double occupancy. Silversea fares include: all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet meals with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary wines, Champagne and spirits served throughout the ships; and all gratuities.

This voyage is subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. For more information, contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit deal of the week: Rydges Fremantle


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According to the Hotels Price Index, Perth hotel prices are more affordable than ever with a 3% drop of the average nightly rate in 2014. Esplanade Hotel Fremantle is the perfect pick to enjoy the gems of Australia’s west coast with Bathers beach, Rottnest Island and Fremantle Markets only moments away. Alternatively use this picturesque paradise as a launching pad to discover the art and culture of Perth. Or stay right where you are and be spoilt for choice at the Esplanade Hotel with two outdoor tropical pools, a sauna, spa and four bar and dining options to suit any occasion. And if after all that you still can’t decide, there is always room service!

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Thursday, 19 March 2015

WIN a $40,000 South Pacific Expedition for Two Aboard the National Geographic Orion

With nothing more than ancient wisdom of local tribes and the brains he was born with, Aussie science teacher Phil Breslin must survive Australia and New Zealand's most hostile environments.

Watch Wild Survivor Mondays at 9.30pm on National Geographic Channel on Foxtel, and you could win a far more luxurious, but no less adventurous, expedition aboard the National Geographic Orion.

Valued at over $40,000, this 18-day voyage from Tahiti to the mysterious Easter Island, will see you relaxing on secluded beaches, snorkelling pristine reefs and visting the virtually inaccessible, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Henderson Island. To make the experience even more memorable, the voyage will be accompanied by a National Geographic photographer. Prize is courtesy of National Geographic Channel and Lindblad Expeditions.

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