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Friday, 19 December 2014

Hotels.com deal of the week: DoubleTree by Hilton, Queenstown

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DoubleTree by Hilton, Queenstown
Save 30% on your stay

Visit www.hotels.com for more details or call ‎1800 687 236‎                                          

DoubleTree by Hilton Queenstown 4.5*

Save 30% on your stay

Book by: 11 February 2015

Stay by: 11 February 2015

Prices from: AU $159 per night

Nestled on the shores of Queenstown's magnificent Lake Wakatipu, the DoubleTree by Hilton boasts breathtaking views of one of New Zealand's most beautiful destinations. With just a short 15 minute drive to the centre of town, you're in the perfect spot to explore Queenstown's natural beauty. Take a peaceful stroll around the lake, soak up the outstanding views from the hotel or test your bravery with a bungy jump. Equipped with a cinema, grill and a wine bar with a view to kill, never has there been a better place to explore this unique corner of the world.


^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 19 December, 2014. Prices may fluctuate due to changes in taxes, fees and currency. Visit www.hotels.com for full terms and conditions.

Silversea cruise to St Petersburg and Europe

 

 

Catch glimpses of history on Silversea's 12 day voyage aboard Silver Cloud.  Sailing from Copenhagen to London, guests will uncover the hidden secrets of charming European cities and Russia's St. Petersburg.

 

Departing Copenhagen on 7 July 2015, Silver Cloud sails to Estonia, stopping in Tallinn, a charming Old Town filled with romantic bell towers, cobblestone streets and incredible galleries.  Silver Cloud then visits St. Petersburg in Russia, docking right outside the famous Hermitage museum. Guests will spend two nights exploring the beautiful city's golden spires, gilded domes, pastel palaces and candlelit cathedrals. 

Cruising to Finland, Silver Cloud docks in Helsinki, a sea-town built along a series of peninsulas and islands, where winter brings perpetual darkness and summer brings everlasting light.  Silver Cloud's next port of call is Warnemünde in Germany, a resort located on the Baltic Sea, at the estuary of the river Warnow, before she sails the Kiel Canal, one of the world's busiest artificial waterways. 

Silver Cloud then journeys to Amsterdam, where guests can visit Anne Frank's house, meander Brewers' Canal and explore the famed Rembrandt House Museum.  Silver Cloud concludes her journey with an overnight stay in London.  Travelling under Tower Bridge, Silver Cloud will cruise the River Thames, while guests witness London's famous landmarks including Big Ben, the Tower of London and the London Eye.  After exploring London, guests disembark on 19 July 2015.

Prices are per person starting from AU$7,650 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 www.silversea.com

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Discover Australia With Oaks Hotels & Resorts' Last-Minute Summer Escapes

Our scorching Aussie summer is in full swing, signalling the beginning of the highly anticipated school holidays and for some, a Christmas and New Year's break, but for those yet to plan their summer escape, leading accommodation provider Oaks Hotels & Resorts is encouraging holidaymakers to take advantage of last-minute holiday deals around Australia, staying in a spacious apartment or contemporary hotel room in a new or favourite destination.

Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotels & Resorts, Hunter Valley NSW

QUEENSLAND

Oaks Oasis, Caloundra

Just steps from the award-winning Golden Beach and sitting amongst 10 acres of lush tropical gardens, the newly refurbished Oaks Oasis is the must-visit family fun destination this summer, boasting all the holiday essentials including an onsite water play park, tropical pool with spa, children's playground, Reflections Restaurant & Bar, and tennis and volleyball court. Retreat to an Executive Family room, sleeping up to four guests, from $164* per night from Sunday-Thursday or $179* per night on Fridays/Saturdays and enjoy a bonus 11.00am late check-out.

To book, call 1300 031 963

Minimum two-night stay. Book before 31 January 2015 and travel between 16 December 2014 and 31 May 2015. Unserviced rate. Block out dates may apply.

NEW SOUTH WALES

Oaks Lure, Port Stephens

Round up the family and escape to the blue water paradise of Port Stephens this summer and enjoy all that Oaks Lure has to offer. Splash about in the outdoor swimming pool and adjoining children's wading pool, enjoy a lunchtime or sunset BBQ with family and friends, or set out to explore the coastal township – from surfing at popular beach breaks, fishing in the bay or four-wheel driving down the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes. Rates for a hotel room start from $114* per night from Sunday-Thursday and $139* per night on Friday/Saturday, while fully self-contained two bedroom apartments are available from $219* per night Sunday-Thursday, or $269* per night on Friday/Saturday. Guests are also entitled to a bonus late check out of 11.00am.

To book, call 1300 669 480

Minimum two-night stay. Book before 31 January 2015 and travel between 16 December 2014 and 31 May 2015. Unserviced rate. Block out dates may apply.

Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotels & Resorts, Hunter Valley

There's so much to experience in the Hunter Valley this summer at Cypress Lakes Resort by Oaks Hotels & Resorts. Tee off on the 18-hole championship golf course, enjoy a meal and evening drinks at the onsite restaurant and bar, take a dip in one of the three swimming pools, work out in the gymnasium or take a day trip to the nearby Hunter Valley Zoo or famous wineries. Spread out in a fully self-contained one bedroom villa from only $199* per night and receive a bonus 11.00am late checkout.

To book, call 1300 886 091

Minimum two-night stay. Book before 31 January 2015 and travel between 16 December 2014 and 31 May 2015. Unserviced rate. Block out dates may apply.

VICTORIA

Oaks on Collins, Melbourne

Experience a summer of food, wine, shopping, culture and first class entertainment in Melbourne, with Oaks on Collins as your central city base. Enjoy contemporary studio accommodation from $119* per night midweek or $139* per night on weekends, plus receive complimentary Wi-Fi and access to hotel leisure facilities, including a plunge pool, gymnasium, sauna and onsite restaurant and bar.

To book, call 1300 786 603

Minimum two-night stay. Travel between 6 December 2014 and 15 January 2015. Unserviced rate. Block out dates may apply.

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Oaks Liberty Towers, Glenelg

Summer in Glenelg can mean only one thing: sun, sand and sea. Oaks Liberty Towers has your accommodation needs covered, with spacious and self-contained one bedroom apartments starting from $119* per night midweek or $139* per night on weekends, including free Wi-Fi for the duration of your stay. Relish the spectacular views over Glenelg Beach and Holdfast Marina, enjoy premier onsite leisure facilities and get involved in the many water-based adventures Glenelg has to offer, from sailing to scuba diving and dolphin cruises.

To book, call 1300 721 801

Minimum two night stay. Travel between 6 December 2014 and 15 January 2015. Unserviced rate. Block out periods may apply.

For more information, visit www.oakshotelsresorts.com

Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Blackout dates and minimum stays apply. Prices based on per room per night. Surcharges may apply on certain dates.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Cruise from Venice to Istanbul on Celebrity Constellation

DISCOUNTS of between $6500 and $11,000 are available for a cruise on Celebrity Constellation, the newest of the company's Millennium-class ships, for those that book early on the “Great Ancient Adventure” package from ecruising.travel.



The cruise is part of a 38-night fly/cruise/hotel package which departs on August 28, 2016, and includes two nights stopover at the Raffles in Dubai with a Dubai city sightseeing pass, three nights in Venice, with a walking tour, gondola ride and private water taxi transfers staying at the Hilton Molino Stucky before joining the ship. After the cruise there are two nights at the new Raffles in Istanbul.

Cruising from Venice to Istanbul over 31 nights, the itinerary has a combination of well-known port destinations and many interesting and more unusual port visits to nine countries.

Visit the popular ports of Rome, Amalfi Coast, Sicily, Athens, Dubrovnik, Naples, Santorini and more. And explore the lesser visited places such as Koper in Slovenia, Kotor in Montenegro, Valletta in Malta, Burgas in Bulgaria and Odessa, Sevastopol and Yalta in Ukraine before arriving at your final destination, Istanbul.

The package includes international return economy airfares from Australia, seven nights hotel accommodation, 31 nights cruise accommodation with all meals and entertainment aboard the ship, port charges and government taxes and is now priced from $10,619 per person twin share for an inside stateroom; previously it was $17,409.

More details from ecruising.travel on 1300 369 848 or visit www.ecruising.travel.

Guaranteed Adventure on the Fraser Coast This Summer

Take the plunge from an aeroplane, hang out in a boom net on a scenic cruise or tour the world's largest sand island in a luxury Hummer – the adventure capital of the Fraser Coast has plenty of experiences to ramp up the excitement this summer.



From the cool ancient rainforests and stunning coloured sands of Fraser Island, to the aquatic paradise of the Great Sandy Strait, the Fraser Coast provides the perfect backdrop to get adventurous.

Here's just a small sample of some of the great packages on offer this summer, guaranteed to bring out your adventurous side.

Take the plunge with a thrilling sky diving experience. Sky Dive Hervey Bay's Beach Bum package includes 12,000ft tandem sky dive with up to 45 seconds of freefall and a five minute canopy ride, breathtaking views of Fraser Island and Hervey Bay and local beach landing from $325* per person.

Splash out on a Saturday adventure cruise with The Boat Club Adventure Cruises Hervey Bay. Travelling aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned vessel equipped with a purpose built, secure and safe boom net, this is a unique way to stay cool, have fun with friends and see the sights on a warm summer's day. The three hour cruises start from $40* for adults and $30* for children with family and other concessions available.

See the world's largest sand island in style on an award-winning full-day Fraser Island Hummer Tour taking in Central Station Rainforest, Lake McKenzie, 75 mile beach, Eli Creek, the Coloured Sands and the Maheno Shipwreck. Priced from $252* for adults and $212* for children the luxury package includes pick up and drop off from accommodation, park fees and transfers, guaranteed small group size, all meals and beverages including gourmet hampers, champagne, strawberries and chocolate truffles.

For bookings or further information about these packages or the exciting range of other Guaranteed Summer offers focussing on the region's adventure, charm, flavour, nature, memory-making and bucket-list opportunities visit http://www.visitfrasercoast.com/summer/deals.

*conditions apply, prices subject to change and availability

Tigerair Pre Christmas $24* Fares on Sale for 24 Hours

Tigerair is today putting over two thousand seats on sale from just $24* each way on four popular domestic routes across Australia for travel period extending from 21 July to 16 September 2015.



The $24* fares are on sale on four popular domestic routes providing fantastic travel bargains to fly either way between Adelaide and Melbourne or Sydney; Melbourne and Hobart and either way between Sydney and Gold Coast.

The 24 hour sale is on from midday (AEDT) today until midday Wednesday 17 December 2014, or when the limited number of fares are sold out.

Tigerair is all about rewarding those who plan ahead and book early and that's the key to securing the best value deals with Tigerair, said Vanessa Regan, Head of Communications.

“The $24* fares on sale for 24 hours are expected to be snapped up quick so jump online at midday today to avoid disappointment,” she says.

TIGERAIR'S 24 HOUR $24* AIRFARE SALE - On from midday AEDT today!

Route (either way) Travel Period 2015 Price Point
Adelaide – Melbourne 28 July – 16 September $24.00*
Adelaide – Sydney 21 July – 16 September $24.00*
Melbourne – Hobart 28 July – 16 September $24.00*
Sydney – Gold Coast 21 July – 16 September $24.00*

Fares are quoted per adult in AUD and include GST and all fees except the booking and service fee of $8.50 which is charged per person per flight for payment by credit card and debit card. This fee does not apply to an Australian issued MasterCard debit card. Additional charges apply for optional extras such as checked in baggage, travel insurance and reserved seat allocation. Other conditions apply. See website for details.

Travel periods vary by route. Sale on from midday 16 December until midday 17 December (AEDT) or until seats sell out.

Friday, 28 November 2014

TFE Hotels' Deal of the Week: Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane

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Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane
Deal: Romance Package includes overnight accommodation with complimentary upgrade to the next available room type, bottle of sparkling wine and chocolates dipped strawberries on arrival, full buffet breakfast for two and late check-out to 11am.

Stay by: 27th November 2014 – 31 December 2014
Book by: 30th December 2014
Price: From $194 per night
Conditions: Package is subject to availability and based on two adults. Wine and strawberries is one per stay/on arrival and buffet breakfast is daily.

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As the end of another busy year draws near, why not take time out to spoil that special someone and indulge with a romantic weekend away at Adina Apartment Hotel Brisbane. Enjoy overnight accommodation, sparkling wine and chocolate dipped strawberries on arrival, buffet breakfast and late check-out.  The hotel offers spectacular vistas of the city skyline, Brisbane River and its famous Story Bridge - especially beautiful at night. The CBD is a 10minute stroll along the riverside boardwalk and close to art galleries, live theatre and an array of restaurants and cafes. Then return to your hotel for a swim or spa overlooking the Brisbane River.

Norwegian Offers Special Black Friday Savings

Norwegian Cruise Line is launching a limited time offer in celebration of the biggest shopping days of the year.

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When booking a new cruise vacation from Wednesday, November 26 through Tuesday, December 2, 2014, holiday shoppers dreaming of their next cruise vacation will receive up to $250* to spend on board and enjoy reduced deposits. In the spirit of giving, onboard credits can be used to indulge in nearly anything the heart desires on board from decadent spa treatments and delicious specialty restaurants to delightful shore excursions and more.

Gift-givers looking for the shiniest and newest Norwegian cruise gift this season may consider Norwegian Getaway. The line’s newest ship, Norwegian Getaway is outfitted as Miami’s Ultimate ship, featuring ship-wide influences from the Magic City including stunning hull-artwork designed by Miami’s own David “LEBO” Le Batard. The contemporary mega-ship features 28 dining options, two Broadway Shows, the largest Aqua Park at sea with five thrilling slides, Nickelodeon and Splash Academy for families and much more. She sails seven-day Eastern Caribbean itineraries to tropical ports of call including Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas. Fares start at $509**.

Cruisers can heat up their holidays by taking advantage of incredible savings on cruise vacations to the Caribbean. This winter guests have the opportunity to experience Norwegian Epic sailing from Miami for her final season in the Caribbean, before she sets sail in April to Europe, where she will now cruise year-round. This final season from Miami offers guests an opportunity to experience the Caribbean aboard this one-of-a-kind ship that changed the face of cruising entertainment with the introduction of innovative firsts at sea like Cirque Dreams & Dinner and the SVEDKA/Inniskillin Ice Bar. Cruisers will explore ports of call including Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico; with fares starting at $379**.

The newly-refurbished Norwegian Jewel is sure to delight with fresh enhancements and additions such as Norwegian’s popular signature Sugarcane Mojito Bar, treats by TLC’s Cake Boss and Next Great Baker at Carlo’s Bake Shop and O’Sheehan’s, Norwegian’s Irish pub casual eatery. Guests can enjoy all of Norwegian Jewel’s new features sailing from Houston, between now and April 18, 2015, to tropical Western Caribbean destinations including Cozumel, Mexico; Belize City, Belize; and Banana Coast, Honduras with fares beginning at $399**.

Gulf coast cruise guests can also experience the Western Caribbean for seven-day sailings aboard Norwegian Dawn and Norwegian Sun, sailing from now through April 12, 2015, from their homeports of New Orleans and Tampa respectively. Fares for Norwegian Dawn start at $509**, while fares for Norwegian Sun start at $429**.

To book a cruise with Norwegian during the biggest shopping event of the year, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Crystal Cruises Features Spectacular Holiday Sailings for 2014 & 2015

We're inviting our nicest guests — and even the naughty ones — to fulfill both their bucket lists and their holiday wish lists with unforgettable luxury cruise experiences for the Christmas and New Year's holidays this year and next.

While experiencing the magic of the season through the eyes of locals in AsiaSouth America and the Caribbean, you can create your own memories in the luxury we have perfected over the last 25 years.

Sailing round-trip from Singapore starting December 21, the itinerary rings in the New Year with Crystal Symphony berthed at Ocean Terminal in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. The prime positioning allows for a comfortably luxurious "front row" view of the fireworks countdown celebration, specially-illuminated skyscrapers, musical pyrotechnics, and the Symphony of Lights.
Crystal Symphony takes travelers to the heart of two of the world's most dramatic New Year's celebrations with two very different 15-day voyages:

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Sailing round-trip from Singapore on December 21, the "China Sea Holiday Spectacular" offers ample opportunity to immerse yourself in these storied destinations, with two nights in Ho Chi Minh City (including Christmas day/night), two nights in Hong Kong (includingNew Year's Eve), and calls in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, from whence travelers can explore Angkor Wat; and Nha Trang, Vietnam, a prime spot for scuba diving and seaside leisure. The itinerary rings in the New Year with Crystal Symphony situated in the proverbial front row of Victoria Harbour, as fireworks flash across Hong Kong's skyline, allowing guests to enjoy the elaborate show from the ship.

2015, BrazilPuerto Rico and surrounding islands
Travelers seeking hot sunshine and even hotter cultural highlights will find both aboard the December 19 "Brazilian Holiday" itinerary, marking our first embarkation in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sailing to Rio de Janeiro, the cruise focuses on Brazil's colorful cities, pristine beaches, coral reefs and famous nightlife. An overnight New Year's Eve stay in Rio allows guests to revel in the fireworks and indulge in flowing champagne at Copacabana Beach for the annual New Year celebration. Afterward, they can spend a day of leisure in Buzios before returning to Rio for the after party on a second overnight call. The voyage also calls in Scarborough (maiden visit), Trinidad and Tobago; Devil's Island, Iles du Salut, French Guiana; and FortalezaRecife and Salvador da BahiaBrazil.

Crystal Serenity's holiday options focus on the warmth of the season, with two round-trip itineraries from Miami:
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Think sand castles, not snow angels. Those who are averse to snow and ice will appreciate the warm festivities of the Caribbean saints — St. Lucia, St. Barts and St. Maarten — plus BarbadosCuracao, Turks & Caicos and Tortola, on the December 21 "Caribbean Holiday Escape." Each port boasts historical sites and remnants of its distinct multicultural past, yet all offer guests a taste of the islands' idyllic, relaxed pace of life. Spend New Year's Eve meandering the waterfront promenades of Curacao before returning to the ship for a Six-Star celebration.

2015, CaribbeanSouth America and Mexican Coast
The laid-back island life of Turks & Caicos and Curacao, blended with the spice and heritage of HondurasColombia and Mexico, create an ideal holiday for those whose New Year's resolutions include things like exploring Mayan ruins, mingling with wildlife in a coastal Colombian national park, and snorkeling and scuba diving along the world's largest network of coral reefs. It's all about balance. The December 22 "Haute Caribbean Holidays" allows for exploration of the past in centuries-old cities like Santa Marta andCartagenaColombia, and Roatan Island, Honduras, then welcomes the unknown of the coming year while decking Crystal Serenity's luxurious halls.

Visit Crystal Cruises' blog to learn more about the holiday voyages and festive celebrations scheduled on board:http://blog.crystalcruises.com/gift-spectacular-holiday-sailings-2014-2015/
Crystal Cruises is the world's leading luxury cruise provider, having earned more "World's Best" awards than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history. Aboard the all-inclusive, ultra-luxurious Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, refined elegance meets casual simplicity. With an emphasis on innovative product differentiation, the renowned Crystal experience is distinguished by classic service, abundant space, superior quality and extensive choices. Crystal sails to all seven continents, providing worldwide vacations of five to 100+ days that bridge the best of land and sea.

Until January 2, all-inclusive, value-priced "Book Now" fares start at just $1,730/person.

For more information on Crystal Cruises, call 800-446-6620, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.

Likuliku is offering a very special package – Stay 5 Nights & Receive The 6th Night Free

Between 31 March 2015 stay 5 nights and receive the 6th night on us - FREE! 

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This great deal is available over the Christmas and New Year festive season too.

For the festive program and menus please review via the link below.
http://www.likulikulagoon.com/likuliku-dining.cfm

Conditions Apply: Available on all room categories - not available on split categories.  Available over Christmas and New Year.  Available on Stay 7 Pay 6, Stay 8 Pay 7, etc up to Stay 12 Pay 10. BOOKING CODE: S6P5
From AUD$2700pp* for 6 nights including all meals, exclusive amenities, free WiFi and non-motorised watersports. 

Likuliku Lagoon Resort is a multi award-winning, unique haven of relaxed refinement and is Fiji’s only resort with over-water accommodation.  It has won the “Best Overseas Resort” award five years running in Luxury Travel Magazine’s Gold List and the AON Fiji Excellence in Tourism Award for Best Luxury or Unique Accommodation three times.  It was also the only Fiji resort named one of the world’s Top 20 Greatest Escapes by the USA’s prestigious “Islands” magazine in 2012.

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Since opening in 2007, Likuliku has welcomed tens of thousands of guests from all over the world and has also welcomed back over 3500 return guests with some couples on their 14th stay.

Situated in the Mamanuca group of islands in Fiji west, Likuliku Lagoon Resort is located 25km/16miles from Nadi International Airport. Guests can arrive at Likuliku by helicopter, seaplane, private speedboat, or fast catamaran transfer.

There are 45 bures, all air conditioned and offering mesmerising views of the coral lagoon and ocean, with the over-water bures suspended over the magnificent Lagoon’s reef edge. The beating heart of the resort is the Central Facility housing the magnificent Fijian canoe house designed reception, signature restaurant, guest lounge, boutique and main bar. Guests can relax in the horizon-edge pool, rejuvenate in the gym or spa or watch the sun set at Masima Island Bar in the middle of the Lagoon in a very special piece of paradise.

*approx rates only – check daily FOREX rates. Conditions apply.

Whatever the season, Honeymooners staying a minimum of five nights will receive a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne upon arrival and a one hour Couples Massage.

Other current specials include free return helicopter, seaplane or private speedboat transfers on 7 night stays+ or for a short break, stay just 3 nights and receive a free 1hr couples massage+.

Conditions apply.

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