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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Get Up & Go magazine – winter 2014


Cruising heads to Africa, Myanmar, the Antarctic, India, New Zealand, France Fiji, Russia and Australia – the oceans are alive with the sound of ship music! Also in this issue: Alaska, Abu Dhabi, Korea, Samoa, Indi, South Africa, England, Germany, Switzerland, France.

And at home we visit Launceston, Sydney and Queensland – and have a $10,000 Downton Abbey era tour of Britain up for competition grabs! Visit: www.getupandgo.com.au

Patagonia fjords cruise and Atacama desert tour



FROM one of the driest places on earth to the world's most southern tip is the route for a new luxury cruise tour introduced by cruise holiday specialists ecruising.travel for 2016, with a special promotion of room upgrades at both the luxurious Chilean properties of explora when you book before August 31, 2014.

This exclusive and fully escorted 17-night journey begins in Santiago on March 31 with welcome dinner at the famous Aqui esta coco restaurant, followed by a day trip to the Casablanca Valley with wine tasting and lunch at the famous Casas del Bosque winery. 

You will fly to Calama and spend five nights at the fully inclusive explora Atacama, situated near the village of San Pedro de Atacama, where you can discover the terrain, ancestral culture and unique wildlife through a range of explorations that vary in durations from a couple of hours to a full day. Activities include trekking, horseback riding, cycling explorations, high-mountain climbs and stargazing sessions.


The tour then moves to the southern end of Chile where you'll will board the luxurious M/V Via Australis for a three night Chilean Fjords cruise. Here you will have the chance to get up close and personal on board Zodiacs to explore some of the most remote and breathtaking wilderness and wildlife in the southern Patagonia including the Tierra Del Fuego archipelago.  Experience these fascinating locations including Almirantazgo Bay and its elephant seals, sub-Antarctic forests, waterfall glaciers and Ainsworth Bay to see the Alberto de Agostini National Park and the sub-polar Magellan Forest, with your final destination Magdalena Island.

We've saved the best for last with five nights at explora Patagonia located in the heart of Torres del Paine and on the shores of Lake Pehoé offering a breath-taking view of the Paine Massif.  You'll have plenty of time to explore the stunning landscape by foot or horseback and view the peaks, glaciers, lakes and rich flora and fauna.

Priced from $11,869 per person twin share, this fully inclusive and escorted tour includes return economy airfares from Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, three nights at the W Hotel in Santiago with daily breakfast, welcome dinner at Aqui esta Coco in Santiago, a full day wine tasting tour with lunch at Casablanca Valley, three nights cruise on board M/V Via Australis with all meals, shore excursions and on-board gratuities, five nights at both explora Atacama and Patagonia- with all meals, beverages, guided explorations and transfers.

This tour is limited to 40 guests, for more details contact ecruising.travel on 1300-369-848 or visit www.ecruising.travel

 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Best Value Lunch Break at Novotel Ploenchit

Working hard? Then treat yourself harder with our best value international lunch buffet in town!
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Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit is luring the Bangkok lunch crowd with our new lunch offer at The SQUARE Restaurant, for only 599 Baht net per person, so pause work, power down your cell phone, and jump off the BTS sky train at Ploenchit station to enjoy lunch break at The SQUARE Restaurant.

Our international lunch buffet offers an array of international dishes including DIY salad bar, soups, Western & Asian hot dishes, delicious hand-rolled pizza, authentic Indian curries with Naan bread and Maki rolls. In addition, there’s a selection of mouth-watering desserts and ice cream to conclude the perfect lunch break, amid the bright and relaxed ambiance of The SQUARE.

The lunch buffet at Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit is priced at only THB 599 net per person, with a “come-2-pay-1” offer making it the best value lunch buffet in town.  Accor Advantage Plus members receive an extra 10% off this public promotion.

Lunch Buffet at The SQUARE Restaurant
Date:                Now until 31st August 2014, every Monday to Saturday
Time:               12.00pm – 2.30pm
Price:              THB 599 net per person with a “come-2-pay-1” offer
Accor Advantage Plus members receive an extra 10% off
Reservation:     T. 02 305 6000 ext. 1632 or www.novotelbangkokploenchit.com

Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul Offers 20% Off Rates Through "Tune In To Summer" Promotion

Istanbul’s award-winning Çırağan Palace Kempinski Hotel recently launched its Tune in to Summer” Promotion, affording travelers up to 20% off the best flexible rates.

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This promotion allows jetsetters the opportunity to design a summer vacation they dream of! The “Tune in to Summer” offer is valid through September 15, 2014 with rates starting at $1233.53 USD.

A hotel so iconic, so distinctive that its name has become synonymous with the city of Istanbul, the Çırağan Palace Kempinski is a 313-room former Ottoman palace defined by spacious gardens, regal architectural grandeur, and a timeless style. Located on the shores of the Bosphorous, the property offers a cosmopolitan resort ambience that is in close proximity to the city’s centers. Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul offers superb dining in several venues as well as complete business and meeting facilities and services.

Istanbul, Turkey—a city soaked in history and brimming with culture, long appreciated for its archaeological significance and architectural marvels—is also the world’s ultimate tourist destination, according to TripAdvisor’s annual Traveler’s Choice awards.

The Sukhothai Bangkok’s Mother’s Day Specials 8 – 12 August 2014

Motherhood is no easy job, although the rewards can be far beyond expectations.

With this in mind, The Sukhothai Bangkok would like extend an invitation to you and your mother to celebrate this special occasion and to reward her with a very special treat. This year three exclusive Mother’s Day promotions are available - All About Mom Package, Mother’s Day Chocolate Buffet, Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch, Mother’s Day Buffet Lunch and All You Can Eat… À la Carte Thai Menu at Celadon.

All You Can Eat À la Carte Thai Menu at CeladonAll About Mom Package
8 – 12 August 2014
THB 5,200 net per room/night
Plus! Only THB 520 net per room/night to upgrade to an Executive Suite 
Treat yourmother with the most luxurious stay in a Superior Room inclusive of two Buffet Breakfasts and enjoy special benefits exclusively for your Mom.

*Terms & Conditions applied

Mother’s Day Chocolate Buffet at Lobby Salon
Friday 8 – Sunday 10 August 2014
14:00 -17:00 hrs. at THB 990++ per person
Unwind at Lobby Salon with your beloved mother and enjoy the sheer indulgence of premium-imported variety hot chocolate drinks, savoury cakes and pastries, sandwiches and appetizers.

Chocolate BuffetMother’s Day Sunday Brunch at Colonnade
Sunday 10 August 2014
12:00 – 15:00 hrs. at THB 3,000++ per person
Give thanks to your mother with a famous Sukhothai Bangkok Sunday Brunch, featuring a unique Mother Day’s special menu. This exclusive brunch offers renowned international culinary delights such as imported chilled seafood including lobsters, oysters and Giant Alaska King Crab Leg and selections of sushi and sashimi, complemented by wide choice of cheeses and desserts.

Mother’s Day Lunch Buffet at Colonnade
Tuesday 12 August 2014
12:00 – 14:30 hrs. at THB 1,900++ per person
On Mother’s Day, take mother for a Colonnade buffet lunch and enjoy our wide selection of international dishes, an unmissable opportunity for her to experience Sukhothai hospitality and food of the highest quality.

Sunday BrunchAll You Can Eat…
À la Carte Thai Menu at Celadon
Tuesday 12 August 2014
12.00 – 15.00 hrs. THB 1,200++ per person including herbal drink
Chef Chamlong (Jimmy) Pewthaisong has prepared a special “All You Can Eat” à la carte lunch menu exclusively for Mother’s day only. Treat mother by taking her to enjoy authentic Thai cuisine that features a variety of appetizers, salads, soups, main courses and desserts.

Selections include Crispy Duck Spring Rolls, Pomelo Salad with Grilled Chicken, Spicy Garoupa Soup, Stir-fried Spicy Beef Fillet with Fresh Aromatic Herbs and Crispy Soft Shell Crab in Garlic Sauce. For dessert she may choose to complete this memorable meal with Warm Sticky Rice Flour Dumpling in Thickened Coconut Milk & Palm Sugar.

A&K First in the Air with Lie-Flat Seats on Private Jet Journeys.


 Luxury travel operator, Abercrombie & Kent,will be the first to operate luxury private jet journeys featuring fully lie-flat seats for all passengers from September 2014. The private jet journeys will be on board a privately chartered Boeing 757-200ER, with 50 custom-designed Italian leather seats equipped with personal massage system, 4-way adjustable headrests and lumbar support and more almost 2 metres of legroom.  Additional seating will also enable each guest to socialise in comfort with their travel companions, while a full privacy screen and extra-high seat back provide undisturbed rest.

"I truly believe – in fact I built Abercrombie & Kent on the belief – that we can provide our guests with an unexpected level of comfort," says A&K founder, chairman and CEO Geoffrey Kent. "So I'm thrilled that our guests will be the first to experience completely lie-flat, first class seats on our private jet journey around the world this spring. This level of comfort was unimaginable when we introduced the first Royal Air Tour circling the globe in 1989."  

While on board, guests will enjoy a fully stocked, open bar featuring top-shelf wine and spirits, in addition to an on-board chef who will provide personalised, first class meal service. Completing this best-in-class in-flight experience is a flight crew who will travel with the group throughout, attending to every guest's personal needs and preferences, and helping to make the private aircraft a familiar and inviting home away from home.

A&K is one of the most experienced in the private jet business, having designed and operated dozens of private jet programmes on a variety of luxury aircraft to destinations around the world, as well as custom-designed jet itineraries for families and private groups.

The following exclusive private jet journeys are now available:

Africa: Across a Continent

Highlights: Lalibela (Ethiopia), mountain gorillas Uganda, Serengeti, Victoria Falls, Chobe (Botswana), Namibia, Cape Town.

Dates: 20 February – 10 March 2015. Maximum 40 guests. Prices from US$82,995 per person.

Wonders of the World by Private Jet

Highlights: Machu Picchu, Easter Island, Samoa, Sydney, Angkor, Taj Mahal, Istanbul and Morocco with A&K Founder Geoffrey Kent.

Dates: 17 September – 10 October 2015. Maximum 50 guests. Prices from US$108,000 per person.

Islands, Savannahs & the Amazon

Highlights: Amazon (Peru), Easter Island, Samoa, PNG, Komodo (Indonesia), Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Masai Mara and Monaco.

12 October – 6 November 2015. Maximum 50 guests. Prices from US$108,000 per person.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Upgrades on the Yangzi with A&K this September!


Book your passage aboard Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer with luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent and enjoy a complimentary cabin upgrade. The 3 and 4-night cruises journey through the breathtaking Three Gorges on one of the selected September 2014 sailings.

This is the river’s most celebrated stretch and there are uniquely tailored shore excursions to all the key locations along the way, plus shipboard activities including Tai Chi, cooking, silk embroidery and therapeutic spa treatments.

Special offer:
Book a deluxe cabin on the Xiling deck and get a complimentary upgrade to a suite on the Wu deck (valued at $1,750 per cabin). Alternatively, book a deluxe cabin on the Wu deck and get a complimentary upgrade to a suite on the Qutang deck (valued at $1,820 per cabin).

Offer applies to sailings on 4, 7 and 11 September 2014 and is subject to availability.
Terms & Conditions apply.

Benihana 50th Anniversary Special Celebration Offer At Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa

unnamed (16)To celebrate Benihana’s 50th anniversary worldwide and 22 years in Thailand, the Japanese steakhouse at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa is dishing up a mouthwatering Beni Burger special and artistic Teppan Shushi Set Menu. 

Available from now until 30th December 2014 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm for lunch and from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm for dinner.

The Beni Burger special offers three succulent choices; the Beni Beef Burger priced at THB 650++, the Beni Fish Burger for THB 550++ and the Beni Mushroom Burger for just THB 380++, each served in a grilled burger bun filled with tomato, onion and iceberg lettuce, accompanied by a side of French fries.  Burger lovers also enjoy the option of dining in Benihana’s strikingly designed Japanese dining room, or ordering the set meal to unnamed (17)takeaway.

The Teppanyaki Sushi special priced at THB 1,100++ per person, begins with a Benihana onion soup and a Benihana salad as a tantalising appetiser.  Guests then enjoy the prime meat, foie gras, unagi, scallop and salmon, to be sliced and seared by a master Japanese chef at the sizzling teppanyaki table, which guests are seated around.  Each table’s personal chef then artfully crafts five pieces of sushi, to be drizzled with the perfect sauce and topping – teriyaki sauce and spring onion for beef, iwanori sauce and gold leaf for foie gras, teriyaki sauce and avocado for unagi, a spicy mayo sauce and ebiko with herbs for scallop, and miso sauce and ikura for salmon, served with wasabi, pickled ginger and soy sauce.  A sweet treat at the end invites diners to indulge in a scoop of ice cream from a choice of vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and green tea, for a refreshing finale to this delectable Japanese set menu.

To book a table, please call 02 476 0022 Ext. 1416 or e-mail riversidedining@anantara.com or visit www.bangkokriverdining.com.

Two Free Nights in Goa on Offer for Spicy South India Tours

Two free nights’ accommodation in the tropical Indian state of Goa are being offered by Extreme Bike Tours for all new bookings made before September 30, 2014, on two motorcycle tours through South India early next year.

Travellers can take in the spices, tea plantations and tropical beaches of southern India on the back of a classic Royal Enfield motorbike as part of a three star or five-star adventure holiday with Extreme Bike Tours in January or February, 2015.

The Classic Desert Storm bikes will take riders and pillion passengers sitting behind crew on a 2300km journey between Cochin and Goa, with guests deciding if they would like to bed down each night in comfortable, three-star accommodation or some of southern India’s most luxurious, five-star unnamed (13)hotels.

But no matter what style of accommodation is selected, self-confessed ‘mad’ Englishman and adrenalin junkie, Zander Combe, who runs Extreme Bike Tours, says the beautiful landscapes and the gentle and welcoming people who live in southern India are “guaranteed to change the way you look at life”.

The three-star, 12-day South India tour starts along the hippy-frequented, tropical beaches of Goa onJanuary 24, 2015, and takes riders and passengers along the quiet (by Indian standards) and meandering roads of southern India, through vast tea plantations and hill stations, past the spectacular palaces and temples of Mysore and to the jungles of Mudumalai National Park where riders will stay in a safari lodge and search for tigers. The tour costs US$4150 per rider or US$3350 for pillion passengers.

Meanwhile, the five-star, 11-day South India tour traces a similar route from Cochin on February 7, 2015, back to Goa, with riders and passengers staying in luxury hotels each night. The tour costs US$5250 per rider or US$4350 for pillion passengers.

* All new bookings made before September 30, 2014, will also receive a free, two-night stay with breakfast in a three-star hotel in Goa for the three-star South India tour or a five-star hotel in Goa for the five-star tour. The free accommodation, which includes breakfast, can be taken before or after the tour.

Fares for both group tours include accommodation along the route, all meals on the tour, fuel and motorbike hire and a domestic flight at the end of the tour from Cochin back to Goa for the three-star tour or from Goa back to Cochin for the five-star trip. The guided trips are open to licensed motorcyclists as well as pillion passengers riding on a bike or in the support vehicle.

One of the world’s leading motorcycle tour companies, Extreme Bike Tours, which is based in India, was featured on the ‘Top Gear’ TV show in 2011. Up to 80 per cent of riders are from Australia.

For details, visit www.extremebiketours.com or call + 91 9665 377 344.

* Tours and fares are subject to availability and conditions apply. Prices do not include flights from Australia.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Tune Hotels Now Ready To Serve Travellers To Cyberjaya Rm88 All-In Promotional Rate To Celebrate Opening

Business and corporate travellers to Malaysia’s ICT capital of Cyberjaya now have an attractive accommodation option with the latest offering from international hotel group Tune Hotels.

Located right at the centre of the central business district (CBD), the 162-room Tune Hotel DPulze Cyberjaya is part of the DPulze Cyberjaya integrated development that comprises hotels, apartments and a shopping centre.

Mark Lankester, Group CEO Tune Hotels (3a)
Mark Lankester, Group CEO Tune Hotels (3a)
To celebrate its opening, rooms at Tune Hotel DPulze Cyberjaya are now offered at all-inclusive promotional rates from as low as RM88 for a limited period only. Bookings can be made from now until 3 August 2014 for immediate stays up to 31 October 2014. The special rates are available online at www.tunehotels.com or via telephone at 1300 8888 63 (within Malaysia) or +603 7962 5888.

Tune Hotels also welcomes companies and businesses wishing to maintain corporate account relationships for staff and group bookings.

Group CEO of Tune Hotels, Mark Lankester said: “With its high concentration of multinational establishments, Cyberjaya is undoubtedly one of Malaysia’s most international satellite towns to Kuala Lumpur, apart from being one of the most technologically advanced and best planned. With Tune Hotel DPulze Cyberjaya, we look forward to providing international-class value for money accommodation to not only business but also leisure travellers to Cyberjaya. Corporate and business enquiries have been very healthy indeed!”

Tune Hotel DPulze Cyberjaya - double room 3a
Tune Hotel DPulze Cyberjaya - double room 3a
The DPulze Cyberjaya Shopping Centre, when opened next month, will feature most of the major retailers and brands, restaurants, a supermarket, a cineplex and a bowling alley.
In recognition of the needs of multinational companies and their executives, he said, the Tune Hotel DPulze Cyberjaya benefits from having two floors of the Regus Business Centres, providing serviced offices, conference and meeting rooms within the property.

“Sitting directly above the DPulze Shopping Centre, the hotel is perfectly placed with easy access to all the shopping and entertainment facilities within. The hotel would also be an ideal accommodation option for visitors to the federal administrative centre of Putrajaya nearby and the surrounding areas,” added Lankester.

Tune Hotel DPulze Cyberjaya - lobby a
Tune Hotel DPulze Cyberjaya - lobby a
Dubbed as Malaysia’s Silicon Valley, Cyberjaya that was launched in 1997 was designed as a town with a science park. Spanning an area of about 7,000 acres, Cyberjaya is the nucleus of the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC), now known as MSC Malaysia. A number of international companies have established their operations to Cyberjaya including Dell, HP, DHL, Satyam, HSBC, Ericsson, Motorola, OCBC, BMW, IBM, Shell IT and Vivanova Systems, among others. Currently, over 500 MSC Status companies have located their operations in Cyberjaya, making the township a rapidly growing area.

Tune Hotel DPulze Cyberjaya a
Tune Hotel DPulze Cyberjaya a
Tune Hotels is part of Tune Group, a lifestyle business conglomerate co-founded by Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, who are the Group CEO and Executive Chairman respectively of Asia’s largest low cost carrier AirAsia.

Almost seven million people have stayed at Tune Hotels’ properties worldwide. There are 45 Tune Hotels available for booking across Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, England, Scotland, Australia, India and Japan.
For real-time updates and promotion alerts, guests can stay connected with Tune Hotels via Facebook atwww.facebook.com/tunehotels and on Twitter via www.twitter.com/tunehotels.

For booking and further information, visit www.tunehotels.com. Guests can also choose to book via telephone at 1300 8888 63 (within Malaysia) or +603 7962 5888.

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