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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mandarin Oriental, Geneva Opens Its New Beauty Studio

Mandarin Oriental, Genevais delighted to announce the opening of its new Beauty Studio in partnership with renowned Swiss luxury spa brand L.RAPHAEL.

This bespoke Studio offers a range of carefully chosen body and beauty treatments available exclusively for guests of the hotel.
Exterior of Mandarin Oriental, Geneva

With L.RAPHAEL's haute-couture skin products and the most innovative treatments, the Beauty Studio offers an intimate and relaxing environment with stunning views over the tranquil River Rhône. Guests can enjoy a variety of select relaxing or invigorating treatments including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Anti-Jetlag or Signature massages, firming or anti-aging facials as well as a selection of manicures and pedicures. The full range of treatments can also be enjoyed in the privacy of guests’ own room or suite.

To celebrate the opening, Mandarin Oriental, Geneva offers an exclusive ‘Secrets of Lake Geneva’ offer. 

Named after L.RAPHAEL’s signature Beauty Studio massage, this accommodation package is available for guests until 31 December 2014. It is priced from CHF 990 for two and includes:
  • One night accommodation in a Premier River View room
  • Daily buffet breakfast for two at Café Calla
  • Two 60 min Secrets of Lake Geneva customized full-body massages
  • A special L.RAPHAEL gift
Premier River View room

This offer is subject to availability and is non-refundable. Additional nights may also be booked at prevailing rates. Reservations can be made online at www.mandarinoriental.com/geneva.

The St. Regis Culinary Showcase

The St. Regis Bangkok presents a rare gourmet experience as 8 outstanding St. Regis chefs from around the world come together to present the very best of their craft.

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Executive Chefs from St. Regis hotels in Bal Harbour (Miami, USA), Saadiyat Island (UAE), Abu Dhabi, Singapore, Osaka and Bali will team up with our very own Bastian Mantey and Carlo Valenziano from The St. Regis Bangkok to specially prepare an unmatched culinary experience for dinner from 14th – 19th October 2014

Embracing the global St. Regis Aficionado program that provides private access to the world’s specialists in food, wine, fashion, art, sport, philanthropy, spa and relaxation, this exclusive  dinner will showcase signature flavours from these experienced chefs, each a master in his own specialty cuisine.

Gourmet Showcase at VIU, Level 12
Available from 14th – 17th October 2014
3-course set dinner at baht 2,900++
6-course set dinner at baht 3,900++
3-course set dinner pairing wine at baht 4,500++
6-course set dinner pairing wine at baht 5,900++
Special prepared by 3 St. Regis Chefs:
Executive Chef Bastian Mantey, The St. Regis Bangkok
Executive Chef Daniel Nuss, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi Saadiyat Island
Executive Chef Gunnar Mueller, The St. Regis Osaka

Italian Extravaganza at Jojo, Level 1
Available from 14th – 17th October 2014
3-course set dinner at baht 2,900++
6-course set dinner at baht 3,900++
3-course set dinner pairing wine at baht 4,500++
6-course set dinner pairing wine at baht 5,900++
Special prepared by 3 St. Regis Chefs:
Chef De Cuisine Stefano Viola, The St. Regis Abu Dhabi
Executive Sous Chef Fabio Granata, The St. Regis Singapore
Executive Sous Chef Carlo Valenziano, The St. Regis Bangkok

Champagne Dinner at Decanter, Level 12
Available from 15th – 16th October 2014
4-course set dinner without champagne at baht 3,500++
4-course Champagne Dinner with champagne at baht 7,900++
Special prepared by Executive Chef Agung Ardiawan, The St. Regis Bali

Sweet Delights at The St. Regis Bar at Level 12 and The Lounge at Level 1
Available on 14th – 19th October 2014 from 2.00pm – 6.00pm
Afternoon Tea set for two at baht 1300 ++
Special prepared by Executive Pastry Chef Antonio Bachour, The St. Regis Bal Harbour – named by Dessert Professional Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America” in 2011 

Gourmet Sunday Brunch at VIU
Available on 19 October from 12.30pm – 3.30pm
Baht 3,500 ++ per person includes free flow of soft drinks, coffee and tea.
Baht 4,700 ++ per person includes an unlimited wines, martinis and Bloody Mary
Special highlighted recipes prepared by all 8 St. Regis Chefs

Delectable Dessert Demonstrations from InterContinental Sydney at Smooth FM Festival of Chocolate

Something sophisticated, decadent and indulgent is coming to Sydney on October 4 and 5, with the arrival of Smooth FM’s first ever Festival of Chocolate.
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Some of Australia’s best chefs will demonstrate their dessert prowess, including InterContinental Sydney’s Executive Chef Tamas Palmer showcasing his delectable Chocolate Peanut butter, coconut Espuma, Nutella and yuzu dessert at the Callebaut Test Kitchen.

An integral part of InterContinental Sydney’s culinary team since January 2009, Tamas focuses on using hand-picked produce and market-to-table style cooking. He has developed an exquisite menu at InterContinental Sydney’s leading restaurant Café Opera, and is excited to join the host of chefs displaying their dessert skills at this year’s festival.

Catch Tamas live in action at 4pm on Sunday.

InterContinental Sydney will be selling Tamas’ wonderful dessert in a takeaway bar for only $8 at the show, as well as an array of other treats including gourmet hot dogs, delicious pork belly with apple slaw and fairy floss, so be sure to not miss out.

An event that will cater to all chocoholics and lovers of all things deliciously-decadent, this is one you definitely don’t want to miss!

Event Details: 
DATE:                                        Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th October
LOCATION:                              The Rocks NSW 200
TIME:                                       10am to 5:00pm daily
LIVE DEMONSTRATION:     4pmSunday 5th October
For more information go to http://www.smoothfestivalofchocolate.com.au

Anthology Releases Sizzling Summer Sojourns in the Top End and South Australia

Anthology, The Travellers’ Collection, has released some great value summer getaway offers at their stunning properties;

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Wildman Wilderness Lodge in the Northern Territory and Wilpena Pound Resort and Ikara Safari Camp in South Australia.

Indulge and retreat into the natural beauty of the Mary River National Park and save up to 40% with Wildman Wilderness Lodge’s ‘Before The Wet’ special offer. Receive overnight accommodation, breakfast and a three course dinner for two from $157* per person per night in a Safari Tent or from $242* in a Habitat Room.

*The ‘Before The Wet’ offer is on sale between October 1 and November 11, 2014 for stays through until May 31, 2015. Block out dates apply. Subject to availability, conditions apply.

Visit the heart of South Australia and explore the vast colourful landscapes surrounding Wilpena Pound Resort in the majestic Flinders Ranges, with a series of special ‘Summer Bonus Offers’ delivering savings of up to 59%.

From $190* per night, receive overnight accommodation and breakfast or stay three nights or more and enjoy a choice of a bonus complimentary two course dinner for two in the restaurant or a complimentary upgrade. Or from $243* per night enjoy a bonus Spectacular Sunset tour for two when booking three nights or more.

Get even closer to nature and the local wildlife at Wilpena Pound’s Ikara Safari Camp and enjoy accommodation in a Safari Tent from $194* per night including breakfast. Stay three nights or more and receive a complimentary Sunset Spectacular Tour for two guests.

In addition, receive 10% off a 20 minute flight with Air Wilpena’s scenic flights when you book a stay at Wilpena Pound Resort or Ikara Safari Camp. Book three passengers or more and receive an upgrade to a 30 minute flight.

*The ‘Summer Bonus Offers’ are on sale between October 6 and November 30, 2014 for stays through until March 31, 2015. Block out dates apply. Subject to availability, conditions apply. 

Wildman Wilderness Lodge, located in the spectacular Mary River wetlands of the Northern Territory, offers some exciting new touring experiences.

Just two hours’ drive from Darwin, the Lodge has become one of Australia’s most popular and stylish places to stay in the Top End providing opportunities for guests to explore this outstanding wetlands ecosystem and experience the amazing wildlife.

Offering 15 en-suited safari tents, the Ikara Safari Camp is set in a secluded, tranquil area located at the furthest point away from the existing facilities and infrastructure at Wilpena Pound Resort. Just 400 kilometres drive from Adelaide, the Camp is set amongst spectacular river red gums and native pines.

Each tent is generous in size (4.2m x 6.0m) and made from insulated canvas with reverse air conditioning to cope with both the outback summers and the cooler months.  Guests can stay close to nature but with a few of life’s luxuries including king beds, quality linens and bedding, side tables and lamps, luggage storage,  a mini bar, in-room safe and tea and coffee making facilities.

For further information, bookings or enquiries visit www.anthology.travel

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A Creepy Halloween Dinner Buffet at Cuisine Unplugged Pullman Bangkok King Power

On Friday 31st October 2014, come and treat yourself, your family and friends to a wickedly delicious Asian BBQ dinner buffet with a variety of freshly-grilled meat and seafood cooked to perfection on our open charcoal-fired grills as well as scarily sweet delights and demonic drinks amid the alarming ambiance of creepy Halloween and Jack-o-Lantern pumpkin decorations   from 18.30 – 22.30 hrs.

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All guests are invited to dress for the occasion in spookily-themed costumesfor the chance to win fabulous prizes and kids can get into the spirit of Halloween with trick or treat activities.

THB 1,430 nett per Adult
50% discount for children between 6 – 11 years old



“Last Chance” Savings On MSC Cruises European Sailings

MSC Cruises’ early bird specials are nearing an end with savings of up to $450 per person still available on selected European cruises until 30 November 2014.

Furthermore, these cruise savings will go well with the sensational airlines’ early bird fares on flights to Europe in 2015 recently being released.

This round of last chance Early bird offers commences on October 1, 2014, with such offerings as a seven-night Mediterranean cruise priced from $729pp ($NZ789), twin share, a 14-night Grand Mediterranean cruise from $1588pp ($NZ1658), twin share. 

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In addition, seven-night North Europe cruises are priced from $1189pp ($NZ1429), twin share, 14-night North Europe cruises from $2278pp ($NZ2498), twin share.

“With Grand MediterraneanGrand Northern Europe and Grand European itineraries, it's the perfect time to take advantage of these incredible early bird savingshowever they won’t be on sale for much longer” said MSC Cruises (Australia and New Zealand) managing director Lynne Clarke. 

“So book now to be quick to avoid disappointment.”

MSC Cruises is also offering early bird savings on its winter 2015-2016 Mediterranean, Arabian Peninsula and Canary Islands sailings.

Details: 1300 028502 (Australia), 0508 4278 473 (New Zealand), www.msccruises.com.au

Fly to the heart of Britain for less with the world’s best airline Cathay Pacific Earlybird fares to Manchester now on sale from just $1,762*

If your travel plans for next year take you farther north than London - if you’re heading for the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, the Peak District, Liverpool, North Wales or even Scotland – you really should check out 2014 Skytrax Airline of the Year, Cathay Pacific’s Earlybird Sale with cheap flights to Manchester now on sale from $1,762* ex Perth.

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Manchester is the perfect gateway to many places in Britain and its modern, efficient airport is a breeze for arriving and departing passengers, but if you feel like stopping over, this northern city has much to offer.  You could check out the Royal Exchange Theatre which not only offers some of the best productions outside the West End but also has some great one-off events and concerts. Then there is the amazing shopping.  Manchester plays host to two of the UK’s top 10 largest shopping centres – the Manchester Arndale and the Trafford Centre and boasts many of Britain’s leading brands including Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Paul Smith and many more.   And for sporting fans there is Old Trafford, home to Manchester United and where both New Zealand and Australia will take on England in the cricket over the northern summer 2015.

With the new Earlybird fares, you can also choose to fly into London and out of Manchester, or vice versa, or even any of the other European destinations currently on sale including Paris, Rome, Milan, Amsterdam, Frankfurt or Zurich.*

ExEconomy to Manchester*Premium Economy to Manchester*
Sydney$1,780$3,490
Brisbane$1,824$3,584
Adelaide$1,769$3,478
Perth$1,762$3,472
Cairns$1,780$3,489
Melbourne$1,765$3,474

*RRP for return travel. Fares are per person, differ according to the origin city, departure date and destination and subject to availability. Taxes and surcharges correct as at 26 September but subject to currency fluctuation. Surcharges are subject to change. For full offer details, terms and conditions visit www.cathaypacific.com.au.

Big Savings on Transatlantic Princess Cruise through ecruising.travel

Savings of more than $4000 per person are now available through ecruising.travel on a 33-night voyage on Caribbean Princess' trans-Atlantic crossing from England to Canada if you book by November 15, 2014.



The complete air, land and sea package of 42 nights is now available from $10,599 per person twin share and includes return economy air fares from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane as well as three nights' stopover at Fairmont The Palm in Dubai with daily breakfast and dinner, three nights pre-cruise at the exclusive Savoy in London with daily breakfast and a London City Sightseeing Pass and three nights in Quebec City at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac before flying home.

The cruise departs Southampton on August 29, 2015 and heads to Norway, with day visits to Stavanger, Olden, Geiranger, Hellesylt and Bergen before calling at the Shetland Islands in Scotland.

Experience the unique landscape of Iceland with visits to Akureyri, Isafjordur and Reykjavik. Spend a full day at both St John's in Newfoundland and Halifax in Nova Scotia before crossing the Atlantic to enjoy an overnight stay in New York City. The ship then calls into Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and onwards to your final destination, Quebec City.

The package also includes all meals with four varieties of dining aboard the modern Caribbean Princess, plus use of the swimming pools, spas and sauna. Other facilities include fitness centre, extensive library, casino, theatres, nine-hole putting course and much more.

Air taxes, port charges and on-board gratuities are included in the price.

Prices from Adelaide start from $10,999 and from Perth $11,159.

More information from ecruising.travel on 1300 369 848 or check-out www.ecruising.travel

$83* Fares on Spirit of Tasmania

Ever dreamed of taking your car on a holiday? Now you can. Take yourself from $83* each way and take your car with you from an extra $83* each way on Spirit of Tasmania.

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Travel in an Ocean Recliner between 1 November and 18 December 2014 and then explore Tasmania in your own car.

Ocean Recliners are great value, offering low cost yet comfortable reclining chairs located in a private lounge. For added comfort, you can upgrade to a cabin from $66* extra per person each way.

As far as holiday destinations go, Tasmania really does have it all. From the mouth-watering cuisine, to its globally acclaimed wineries, the vibrant cultural landscape to its fascinating heritage, there is so much to discover on this breathtakingly beautiful, easy-to-explore island.

Of course, the best way to see it all is in the comfort of your own car. Taking your own car means you can tour the island at your own relaxed pace, giving you the flexibility to stop as often or as little as you like.

Travelling in your own car also means you can enjoy the freedom of packing as much luggage as can fit, including golf clubs, fishing rods, camping equipment and everything else needed for a touring adventure.

Travellers can take the time to explore all the local towns and hidden gems around the state. Plus, you can load the boot of your car with all the gourmet delicious food and wine you taste along the way.

The best part is, you can hit the open road from the moment you arrive, ready to discover some of the country's finest restaurants, bountiful markets, cool-climate wineries, boutique beer and spirit producers, unique historic sites, rugged mountains, pristine forests and walking tracks and even the country's friendliest beach.

Go on… you deserve a holiday. Your car does too.

Hurry, this offer is available until 18 October 2014 unless sold out prior.

Visit spiritoftasmania.com.au to book.

Terms and Conditions
$83 Ocean Recliner fares are available from 28 September until 11.59pm 18 October 2014 unless sold out prior. Limited availability on selected sailings for travel between 1 November 2014 and 18 December 2014. Applies to new bookings only. Fares are per person each way. $83 passenger fare is for an adult/pensioner Ocean Recliner. $83 vehicle fare is based on a standard sized vehicle accompanied with passengers. Cabin upgrade price is per person each way (twin share minimum) and applies to a Twin Inside Cabin. A $5 booking fee per person each way applies when booking via the Customer Contact Centre and Terminal Service Desk. Red Hot Deal fare conditions apply. Visit spiritoftasmania.com.au

Monday, September 29, 2014

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Announces Six New Voyages Aboard National Geographic Orion

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has announced six new itineraries that cater to guests looking for shorter stints of expedition travel aboard the 102-guest National Geographic Orion.

Guests can choose from a range of voyages that offer undersea exploration, islands with a wealth of history and cultures that maintain close ties to their ancestral traditions. Each expedition also sails with a National Geographic photographer and a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor to assist guests with their photography skills – whether using an iPhone or SLR camera.

The following are the new global voyages for 2015. Rates are per person, in Australian dollars and based on a double occupancy in a category one cabin:
Bali to Palau: Exotic IndonesiaNGOrion_Kimberley
13-day itinerary
This is the chance to visit the real Indonesia up close. This itinerary is an expedition to find Komodo dragons and rare birdlife, explore a village’s water buffalo races and snorkel and dive Raja Ampat in the Coral Triangle – a region with more than 500 species of coral and 2,000 species of fish. Departs Sep. 19, 2015___ From $15,700 per person.

Palau to Solomon Islands: Along the Pacific Equator
16-day itinerary
Guests can venture to the heart of Micronesia to discover wild, remote islands and cultures. Here they will snorkel or dive amongst manta rays, reefs and famous shipwrecks on an expedition that offers both relaxation and island exploration, as well as iconic WWII fortifications. Departs Oct. 1, 2015___ From $19,320 per person. 

Solomon Islands to Fiji: Hidden South Pacific
11-day itinerary
This is an itinerary that focuses on the culture and history of Melanesia, and the western edge of Polynesia. Guests can observe ancient petroglyphs, warrior dances and WWII wrecks as well as Fiji’s finest reefs, rare birds and the lush “Garden Island.” Departs Oct. 16, 2015___ From $12,080 per person. 

Fiji to the Cook Islands: Polynesian Discovery
10-day itinerary
An exploration of four Polynesian nations – Fiji, Tonga, Niue and the Cook Islands. Guests can explore the beautiful geographies, with Niue boasting the largest uplifted coral island in the world, as well as kayak, Zodiac cruise, snorkel and dive reefs in the turquoise seas, and discover Palmerston Atoll, charted by Captain Cook on his second voyage. Departs Oct. 26, 2015___From $12,080 per person. 

Cook Islands to Tahiti: Pristine Reefs of the South Pacific
11-day itinerary
Guests will venture to three distinct island groups for the ultimate undersea experience. Here they will snorkel turquoise lakes, swim over beds of giant clams, dive the pristine Southern Line Islands, identified as one of the most unspoiled reef systems in the world by the National Geographic Pristine Seas Project, and explore the culture of French Polynesia. Departs Nov. 4, 2015___From $12,080 per person. 

Tahiti to Easter Island: Tales of the Pacific
17-day itinerary
This is a trip where guests will journey off the beaten track to explore a string of remote islands that are rarely visited by outsiders. Here they will uncover wild, pristine UNESCO sites, untouched tropical beaches, hear stories of early visitors and see the iconic Easter Island. Departs Nov. 14, 2015___From $19,320 per person.

To order the Explorations catalogue, obtain additional information on Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic or to book, visit www.expeditions.com, call 1300 361 012 or see your travel agent.

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