Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Breaking Bad Habits Getaway Package

With only a few days before 2013 comes to an end, it’s time to contemplate resolutions for the New Year. Where to start? Breaking bad habits such as smoking, excessive calorie consumption and countless hours in front of the TV, top most lists. 

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler has the perfect way to kick start 2014 with our “Breaking Bad Habits Getaway” Whistler vacation package.

Replacing your negative tendencies with a healthy dose of nature and nurture is the first step in retraining your brain. The “Breaking Bad Habits Getaway” is a detoxification package that features: two nights’ Whistler luxury accommodation, a healthy obsession treat upon check in, Fairmont Fit Gear for use throughout your stay, morning energizer breakfast, a two course lifestyle menu, a detoxification body wrap at Vida Spa and a choice of one activity: aqua fit, yoga, resistance stretching or a one hour personal running session.

“Whistler has some of the most incredible athletes and breathtaking scenery,” said Managing Director Norman Mastalir, “What better place to get inspired and crack those bad habits.”

The “Breaking Bad Habits Getaway” starts from just CDN $569.00 per person. This package is based on double occupancy and is available year-round. Call 1-800-606-8244 for reservations.

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Far East Hospitality Offers Expanded Club Benefits to Guests at Just A Click Away

As the first hotel group to offer club benefits at no extra cost, Far East Hospitality recently expanded its Club benefits programme which now includes complimentary airport lounge access and guaranteed early check-in or late check-out.

In addition to the current Club benefits, guests of Far East Hospitality can delight in more bonus perks, valued at up to S$140, such as checking in as early as 10am or checking out as late as 4pm, and leisurely savouring complimentary meals** over two hours at Rainforest by SATS (Changi Airport Terminal 1) or Ambassador Transit Lounge (Changi Airport Terminals 2 and 3).

Club Pool
The new and expanded Club benefits are valid from 16 December 2013. Guests will enjoy these additional  benefits when they book Club rooms and Suites priced at S$225++ and above at these participating hotels* via

*Participating hotels include The Quincy Hotel (All room categories), Oasia Hotel Singapore, Village Hotel Albert Court, Village Hotel Bugis, Village Hotel Changi, Village Hotel Katong, Orchard Parade Hotel and The Elizabeth Hotel (Premier rooms and above).

** Airport lounge access includes complimentary light refreshments, non-alcoholic beverages, Internet access, free local calls, shower facilities. Guests will also enjoy 10% discount for selected pay-per-use facilities at the airport lounges. Access to airport lounge is for one person per room booking. An additional two-hour guest pass can be purchased at S$25++ per person.

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Strawberry and Tamarind Macaroons at Glen Bar

Throughout Janaury 2014 between 8.00 – 22.00 hrs, French Pastry Chef Cyrille Vero invites you to try out 2 new flavors of homemade French macaroons ‘Strawberry with Rosemary and Tamarind’ at Glen Bar. At THB 45 nett / Piece.

  • Strawberry with Rosemary, filled with strawberry jam and sprinkled with rosemary
  •  Tamarind, filled with fresh tamarind cream
King Power and Accor Advantage Plus members get 10% discount


For more information and please call at 02 680 9999

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Monday, 30 December 2013

18% off with the Dorsett new year deal group wide

With the countdown to welcome 2014 and the onset of the Year of The Horse, Dorsett Hospitality International is pleased to present a special gift to all…18% off Best Available Rate for all its hotels in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore with the Dorsett New Year Deal.

Booking period opens on 2 January 2014 and will close on 9 February 2014; with stay period anytime throughout 2014 up till 1 January 2015.

Dorsett Kwun Tong Deluxe Room
It’s never too early or too late to plan for that business trip or holiday.  Apart from the 18% off Best Available Rate, do log on to on 2 January 2014 and find out the many additional add-ons available at the various hotels such as complimentary room upgrade, late checkout till 3 pm and F & B discount at Dorsett Kwun Tong, Hong Kong; complimentary welcome drink and F & B discount at Silka Maytower Hotel & Serviced Residences, Kuala Lumpur; F & B discount for Dorsett Delight Food & Beverage Programme, late check-out till 3 pm at Dorsett Singapore; and many more extras with no additional cost.

Have a head start to a new year and enjoy fabulous savings with the Dorsett New Year Deal.  Please use promo quote:  CNY2014 at point of online reservation.

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Fatty Crab celebrates Valentine’s Day

Fatty Crab spices up Valentine’s Day, saying “We can’t promise to give you love, but what we can promise is to give you crabs.” Chef Kris has crafted a sensual 5-course crab menu, complete with Fatty Crab’s South East Asian flavours, to keep things hot and steamy. Couples can start their night at Fatty Crab to ‘wet’ their appetite for the night’s later surprises.

The 5-course crab menu (HK$800 per person) includes a glass of house red or white wine and begins with a mouth-watering Smoked Crab Laksa made of Fatty Crab’s signature Chili Crab will spice up Valentine’s Daylai fun noodles, daikon and Thai basil to slurp. Couples can share a plate of Crab Claws prepared with snow crab, black pepper and ginger butter to build up the flavours before diving into Crab Cakes, a mix of jumbo lump crab meat, roasted chili aioli and mixed greens that will pleasure the senses. 

The signature Chili Crab made with pacific Dungeness crab, chili sauce and Pullman toast will peak the experience before allowing guests to ease into a Warm Chocolate Cake served with ginger crème anglaise and mixed berries, an aphrodisiac that will lead to a night of sweet surrender.

Guests may order from the a la carte menu if they are craving for other signatures that are less ‘crabby’ such as the Crispy Pork and Watermelon Salad (HK$150) or the Bacon and Clams (HK$160). Late night revellers and singletons that rather have a stimulating cocktail such as Prison Sex (HK$120) or Fidelity (HK$125) can spend their evening at the Fatty Bar.

Fatty Crab guarantees to spice up your night with a delicious helping of crabs this Valentine’s Day.

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Make ‘Hello 2014’ with Emirates your New Year’s Resolution

Emirates Airline customers who have made a New Year’s resolution to see more of the world can now say Hello to 2014 with some very attractive fares in both Business and Economy Class.

Return economy fares from Australia begin at $1,499 to Europe, $1,678 to Dubai, $1,676 to Africa and $1,073 to India. All inclusive Business Class fares from Australia start at $7,271 to Europe, $6,957 to Dubai, $5,326 to Africa and $5,008 to India.

Together with Qantas, Emirates offers 98 flights a week to its home and hub of Dubai, including six daily A380 services. With a network of more than 75 countries available via just one stop in Dubai, the vibrant city is the ultimate stopover point and a compelling holiday destination in its own right.

“What better way to begin 2014 by travelling to a destination that you have never been to, or making that much promised visit to a friend or family member,” said Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer.

“We’ve combined our excellent flight connections offered by our global network with great special fares and by doing so we hope to help our customers fulfil their travel aspirations in 2014.”

Bookings to all destinations across Emirates’ network on six continents should be made before 14 January 2014, for travel between 1 February and 31 May 2014.

A total of eight new destinations have been added to the Emirates network since the beginning of 2013, including Stockholm, Tokyo Haneda and Clark in the Philippines; with Taipei, Kiev and Boston to join the network in early 2014.

It is not only the destinations that are increasing, Emirates also continues to add the latest aircraft to its fleet which now stands at 210 in including 41 Airbus A380s flying to 24 destinations.

For more information on Emirates, including how to book flights and a complete list of terms and conditions, contact your travel agent or visit

*Terms and conditions apply

*Terms and Conditions for the offer:
•             Valid for sales and ticketing from now until 14 January 2014
•             Airfares shown above for travel 1st February until 31st March, 2014. Higher fares apply for other travel dates.
•             Blackout travel dates apply for Economy and Business Class departures
•             Fees for changes and cancellations apply
•             Seats and Class are subject to availability at time of booking

*The inclusive taxes and surcharges quoted are correct at 5 December 2013. These may vary slightly over the travel period.

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Wednesday, 25 December 2013

A ‘SAIL’ to Sizzle This Summer

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has released a sizzling summer sale, where passengers can cruise for seven nights but pay for only four.  With prices starting from as low as $1560 per person for seven night Yasawa Island or Northern Discovery cruise everyone can now experience the beauty of the ‘real’ Fiji.

On any seven night cruise passengers will discover the pristine beaches, turquoise waters and remote villages, churches and schools of the real and untouched Fiji, aboard the 120-passenger, fully accommodated MV Reef Endeavour cruise ship.

The seven-night Yasawa Islands Cruise is the ultimate Yasawa Island experience and passengers will discover the beauty of the Southern and Northern Snorkelling off the Reef Endeavour FijiYasawa Island group.

 Passengers can swim at the picturesque Blue Lagoon and explore the amazing Caves of Sawa-I-Lau. They will also visit the islands of Tivua, Waya, Naviti, Viwa, and Yageta, where schools and churches will be visited and guests can take part in a traditional village sevusevu ceremony, Meke and Lovo feast.

Captain Cook Cruises seven nights Four Cultures Discovery cruise , is the first ever Fiji cruise to circumnavigate Vana Levu, Fiji’s second largest island and visits four distinctive Fijian cultures, Ellice Islanders (Polynesians), Banabans (Micronesia), Fijian and Indians.  The cruise visits the islands of Kioa, Rabi, Druadrua, Labasa Town, Manava Cay and the world’s third longest barrier reef, Kia Island.

The Four Cultures Discovery Cruise has six scheduled departures in 2014 including; 07 January, 04 March, 06 May, 01 July, and 02 September.

Captain Cook Cruises seven nights Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise reveals the unique history, art and culture of the Northern Fiji Islands and allows passengers the ultimate experience of ‘standing’ on the International Dateline. The cruise also visits the islands of Ovalau, Taveuni, Savusavu and Waiyevo.
The Colonial Fiji Discovery Cruise has six scheduled 2014 departures including 01 April, 03 June, 05 August, 07 October and 02 December.

The cruise 7 pay 4 deal is for sale until 31 March 2014 and valid for travel from 01 April 2014 until 31 March 2015.

All seven night cruise depart from Denarau Marina and prices start from only AUD$1560 per person twin share, normally $2900. For families a separate Stateroom is available from just AUD$824 per room for up to two children 5-17yrs, when parents or guardians travel in Stateroom accommodation.

Prices include meals, guided village, school and island tours, daily island stopovers, water activities, glass bottom boat excursions, snorkeling and snorkeling equipment, on board entertainment, Tropical island lovo feast & kava ceremony, child minding during meal times (under 5-10yrs), transfers at the end of your cruise and use of the ship's facilities including swimming pool, spa, pool bar, sun deck, mini-gym, sauna, cocktail bar, day spa and library.

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New Segway Eco Tours on the Beaches of the Illawarra

The pristine beaches and hinterland of the Illawarra on the NSW South Coast can now be explored during high-tech adventures aboard Segway personal transporters.

New business, Segway Tours South Coast, has begun offering eco adventure tours for individuals, families and groups in Killalea State Park near Shellharbour, with all riders receiving a 10 per cent discount on accommodation at the 4.5-star Sebel Harbourside Kiama.

Santa on a Segway on South CoastSegway Tours South Coast has been established by husband and wife team and parents of two children, David and Jennifer Munn, who gave up professional careers after falling in love with the $10,000 electric vehicles and deciding to marry the scenery of the South Coast with the growing appeal of the futuristic Segways.

Segway tours from 30 to 90 minutes are available at beautiful Killalea State Park, 90 minutes south of Sydney between Shellharbour and Kiama. The sprawling 265-hectare coastal reserve protects extensive, swan-filled wetlands and seabird breeding areas, pockets of rainforests, Aboriginal heritage and two of the South Coast’s prettiest beaches, Killalea Beach which is home to the famous surf break, ‘The Farm’, and Minnamurra Beach or ‘Mystics’ as surfers call this long stretch of sand.

The signature 90-minute trip to “The Farm’ offers a guided environmental tour of the tranquil lagoons and along old jeep tracks leading through the forest and dunes down to Killalea Beach where riders, standing on the head-turning machines, can enjoy the unique thrill of gliding effortlessly and quietly along the golden sands just metres from the surf.

All tours include 30 minutes of instruction and practice on the self-balancing, two-wheeled Segways, which are easy to use, extremely manoeuvrable, ‘intuitive’ to operate and fun to ride. Just lean in the direction you want to travel and the low-impact Segway will move without any hand or foot operation. The Segways, which can reach speeds of 20 km/h, are suitable for anyone aged 10 and over weighing up to 117kg. Tours accommodate a maximum of eight riders.

“Our Segways offer an innovative, sustainable and very exciting way to experience the beauty of Killalea,” said David Munn, adding that team-building group experiences at any location had also been introduced, with obstacle courses, time trials and ball sports available. Special occasions such as birthdays and even weddings were also catered for. “Most people can’t stop smiling as soon as they start riding the Segways.”
Tours run on weekends and during school holidays and are available from $39 (30 mins) to $89 (90-minute tour to ‘The Farm’), including tuition, bottled water and sunscreen. All riders also receive a 10 per cent discount on accommodation off the day’s best rate at the Sebel Harbourside Kiama, with tariffs at the seaside hotel, including the discount, available from $170 per room per night. Accommodation is subject to availability and rates can change according to seasons.  Guests can show their Segway booking confirmation at The Sebel to receive the discount. Gift vouchers are also available.

Bookings and details are available on 0402 000 222 or visit

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Hotel in Yorkville Offers Fantastic Deals on Winter Weekends

Whether life needs a little romance or just a refreshing break, the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel is offering a number of hotel deals in Toronto to give guests just what the doctor ordered.

Those looking to get in last-minute holiday shopping can save with the Experience Yorkville Shopping package. The special offer, available through November 25, 2014, includes deluxe accommodations, breakfast for two, valet parking and a $40 gift card to either The Gap, Pottery Barn or The Bay. Rates start at just $189 CAD a night.

If approaching the New Year has one thinking about travelling more, this downtown Toronto boutique hotel has an offer to get enthusiastic visitors off to the right start. The "New Year, New You" package is the perfect way to extend a New Year's Eve visit and includes deluxe accommodations, late 2pm checkout, Internet and either breakfast for two or valet parking. Available through January 5, 2014, this offer starts at $174 CAD a night.

Planning ahead for Valentine's Day or just want to escape the holiday madness with someone special? The Romantic Getaway in Toronto package includes an upgrade to a French Door Suite, sparkling wine and chocolate-dipped strawberries upon arrival, breakfast for two, valet parking and Internet access. Available through December 10, 2014, and starting at just $229 CAD a night, this package makes a great birthday or anniversary gift, or just an excuse to get away with a loved one.

To browse all of the packages available at this Toronto hotel, please visit the website. Bookings can also be made online or by calling 1-800-228-9290. For phone reservations, be sure to mention the coordinating promotional code for the desired offer. Codes for offers mentioned above are: Experience Yorkville Shopping (SHO), New Year, New You (EVE) and Romantic Getaway in Toronto (LVU).

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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Free Rocket Ferry with Merlin Attraction Ticket

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Captain Cook Cruises have partnered with Merlin Entertainments to offer a free return Rocket Ferry between Circular Quay and Darling Harbour with the purchase of a full price entry ticket to Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney Zoo or Madame Tussauds Sydney. The offer is valid until 31 March 2014.

"Captain Cook Cruises continues its growing partnership with Merlin Entertainments Group. They are a fantastic brand to be associated with and both our companies deliver the best possible product to our passengers and visitors". Explains Richard Doyle, Head of Sales and Marketing Captain Cook Cruises.

"This offer is a great way for tourists and locals to discover Sydney Harbour and visit its attractions by land and sea". Continues Mr Doyle.

Sydney Harbour rocket ferries are the most fun way to travel to work, school or play. Each day Captain Cook Cruises red and white ferry fleet zooms along the `harbour highway' between Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Taronga Zoo, Watsons Bay, Fort Denison, Shark Island and Luna Park.

A Rocket Ferry between Circular Quay and Darling Harbour takes approximately 15 minutes and travels under the harbour bridge and past the Opera House. Ferries depart daily every 45 minutes from Circular Quay and Darling Harbour.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium features unique freshwater and marine aquatic environments where visitors can discover 13,000 animals from 700 different species, explore 14 new themed zones including a Bay of Rays, Discovery Rockpool and the world's largest Great Barrier Reef display. Face your fears on Shark Walk and journey into the depths of Shark Valley, home to the largest variety of sharks and rays.

Visitors will find themselves on an amazing animal adventure as they journey into Australia's most famous locations at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. Walk through iconic Aussie habitats and encounter some of the most loved and feared animals that call Australia home.

At Madame Tussauds Sydney, experience the glittering world of fame and be wowed as visitors mingle and interact with their favourite celebrities. The journey starts on the red carpet and enters into the world of television. Come face to face with the biggest stars from all genres of Television, help your favourite sports stars prepare for the next big match and hop on stage with your idols from Rock & Pop!

The entry price to Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Wild Life Sydney Zoo and Madame Tussauds Sydney is adults $38, concession $31.50, child $24 and family $120 (2ad+2ch). Combo deals for entry into all three attractions are also available.

To get a free return Rocket Ferry between Circular Quay and Darling Harbour, passengers must book their Merlin attraction entry tickets through Captain Cook Cruises on Ph. +61-2-9206 1111 or email: online at

Captain Cook Cruises
No 6 Jetty Circular Quay Sydney NSW 2000



Summer a bonanza for Brisbane tourism

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Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said summer represented a bonanza for Brisbane's tourism industry thanks to a packed calendar of major events and attractions.


"Whether its sport, art, theatre, music, comedy, shopping, fine dining, markets or festivals, Brisbane has it covered this summer," said Cr Quirk.


"Visitors are drawn here in summer because of our city's energetic atmosphere and refreshing sub-tropical climate.


"Streets Beach at South Bank is Australia's only inner city beach and we also offer vibrant urban precincts, along with rainforests, vineyards and the natural beauty of Moreton Bay and other regions on our doorstep. 


"Brisbane Marketing's $680,000 summer tourism campaign was launched in October to attract holiday-makers to a number of high-profile events.


"One the highlights of the summer is the Brisbane International tennis tournament which starts on 29 December and this year features world class players like Roger Federer, Lleyton Hewitt and Serena Williams.


"Over the past two years it has attracted more than 180,000 spectators from Queensland, interstate and overseas and this year's tournament is expected to be the largest yet.

"Christmas in the City is wowing crowds, especially in King George Square where visitors can enjoy both the largest solar-powered Christmas tree in the Southern Hemisphere and the Gold Lotto City Hall Light Spectacular. The Christmas spirit has continued across the River with the Bright Star program at South Bank.

"Other major attractions include the Australian exclusive exhibition Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth at the Gallery of Modern Art.


"An internationally-renowned contemporary artist, Cai Guo-Qiang's spectacular Queensland-inspired installations have been amazing crowds of all ages and GOMA expects a bumper summer for the exhibition and its accompanying free Children's Art Centre activities.

"There is also a stunning line up at QPAC including the Australian premiere of The Rocky Horror Show, tickets to which are flying out the door, and Agatha Christie's A Murder is Announced.

"Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures has been a huge success for Queensland Museum and in January, the Barmy Army will be back in town for the Carlton MID One Day International between Australia and England.


"Events such as these have a flow-on effect and I know many Brisbane Marketing members including hotels, restaurants and tour operators have reported a summer surge in bookings."   


Cr Quirk said the Brisbane Marketing's summer campaign included 52 industry partners ranging from events and festivals to tour operators and accommodation houses and incorporated billboards, a high profile newspaper lift-out and bus advertising in addition to a strong on-going digital campaign.


"Brisbane experienced a 17 percent increase in holiday visitation in the year ending September 2013 (Tourism Research Australia)," Cr Quirk said.


"We will continue to promote Brisbane, particularly through activity around the 2014 G20 Leaders Summit which is on here next November."


Brisbane summer highlights include:

    • The Australian premiere of The Rocky Horror Show
    • Woodford Folk Festival
    • Cai Guo-Qiang: Falling Back to Earth, Gallery of Modern Art
    • California Design 1930-65: Living in a Modern Way, Queensland Art Gallery
    • The Brisbane International Tennis Tournament
    • Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures at Queensland Museum
    • Carlton Mid One Day International, Australia vs England
    • Agatha Christie's A Murder is Announced at QPAC
    • Bright Star, Christmas at South Bank
    • Queensland's largest ever New Year's Eve fireworks, South Bank
    • The City Sounds Christmas Up Late, Queen Street Mall
    • Rock Around the Block: Rock 'N' Roll George Brisbane Legend, Queensland Museum
    • BoxWorld, Ipswich Art Gallery
    • Day out with Thomas, The Workshops Rail Museum, Ipswich
    • Angelina Ballerina The Mousical, at QPAC
    • The Illusionists 2.0, at QPAC
    • Music by the Sea Festival, Sandgate
    • Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
    • Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Brisbane Entertainment Centre
    • Brisbane Roar vs Newcastle Jets, Suncorp Stadium


For more information on Brisbane's summer of events and accommodation deals go to: | |



Monday, 23 December 2013

The Touch Of Romance Package At Hua Chang Heritage Hotel Bangkok

Come celebrate your love and make this valentine sweetest ever with “The Touch of Romance” package at
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHua Chang Heritage Bangkok.  Book this package includes one night stay in luxurious premier deluxe for Bht 4,900 net for a couple.

Treat your sweetheart to a surprise romantic getaway in the city of angles included;
  • Sumptuous in-room breakfast for two persons (upon request)
  • A romantic dinner set for two persons with complimentary valentine gift set at Miss Siam restaurant
  • Complimentary valentine drinks for two persons at our chic & chill pool bar
  • Complimentary welcome drinks, tropical fruits, flowers and daily local newspaper in room
  • Complimentary personal assistant service by butlers
  • Complimentary unlimited in-room Wi-Fi access &  public area throughout your stay
  • Special 15% discount on food & beverages at Miss Siam restaurant
  • Complimentary late-check out until 3 p.m.
The Touch of Romance package is available from 1st until 28th February 2014. For more information and make reservations, please call +66 2217 0777 or email  or visit

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Hawaiian Airlines Celebrates The Holidays With Festive Fares From Just $1,094

Hawaiian Airlines today announced it is sharing the Aloha spirit this holiday season and throughout the new year with the release of a range of exceptional Festive Fares for 2014 travel to Hawai‘i and Mainland USA.

“Australian travellers continue to choose the hospitality of Hawaiian Airlines when flying from Sydney and Brisbane to Honolulu and onwards to the Mainland USA, and their support has enabled us to expand our service in 2014 by adding a fourth flight to our weekly service from Brisbane,” said Peter Ingram, Hawaiian Airlines executive vice president and chief commercial officer. “As a way of saying thank you and giving back this holiday season, we are excited to offer a great value with these Festive Fares and spread the aloha spirit with our customers in Australia.”

The Festive Fares apply to flights from Sydney and Brisbane to Honolulu from just $1,094 per person return, including taxes. These special fares last until 17 January 2014 and are valid for departures in the 2014 travel windows detailed below:

Low Season
  • 17 January – 25 March
  • 26 April – 20 June
  • 9 July – 20 September
  • 16 October – 12 December
High Season
  • 26 March – 25 April
  • 21 June – 8 July
  • 21 September – 15 October
  • 13 December – 16 January
Hawaiian Airlines now flies to Honolulu daily from Sydney and three times weekly from Brisbane. In response to booming demand from both U.S. and Australia, the airline will be adding a fourth flight to its weekly non-stop service schedule between Honolulu and Brisbane, beginning 31March 2014. The expansion will add more than 20,000 seats to the Australia-Honolulu travel markets next year.

All Hawaiian Airlines fares from Australia include a generous 64 kilo baggage allowance per person (two free bags weighing up to 32 kg each), complimentary meals, wine and beer, and onboard service delivered with genuine Hawaiian hospitality.

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Now Open: Ham & Sherry sets anchor on Ship Street

Ham & Sherry, a sherry and jamón bar collaboration by entrepreneur Yenn Wong and British Chef Jason Atherton, the wining team behind 22 Ships, is now open on Ship Street.

The pair is working closely with the world’s leading sherry producers to offer over 50 varieties and styles – creating Asia’s largest sherry list. Guests can swirl and sip upon world-class favourites including Equipo Navazos, Osbourne and Co. and the Gonzalez Byass “Palmas Range”. The bar boasts sherries from the most famous of all, the elBulli cellar.

“Ham & Sherry brings the essence of Spanish culture to the table. With over 50 varieties and styles, we offer Asia’s largest sherry list, as well as the highest quality hams that Spain has to offer. In creating a traditional bodega - a meeting point and social establishment – our focus is on the friendly and relaxed vibe, where friends can hang out and chat over sherry and a tasty bite to eat,” says Atherton.

“Ham & Sherry is our statement that sherry is back in vogue,” says Wong. With a crisp and refreshing bang, Josef Murray, General Manager of both Ham & Sherry and 22 Ships, and the catalyst to Hong Kong’s growing sherry culture, is excited to explain the wide variety of tastes that sherry has to offer. Standing beside him is Neil Rivington from London’s celebrated La Bodega Negra and Soho House, who brings his cultured attitude and cocktails to the bar. Together they guide customers through their sherry experiences.

The menu, crafted by Jason Atherton and brought to the bar by Executive Chef Lee Westcott, is comprised of an On Board section featuring Spanish jamón, Para Picar of small sharing sized dishes, SaladsPan Con “On Toast” and Sweets. Guests can savour a range of specially aged Spanish ham including Jamón Iberico de Bellota aged 40-48 months (small $240, large $330), Iberico paleta aged 36 months (small $140, large $190) and Jamón De Teruel PDO aged 24 months (small $90, large $125). For those who fancy a bit of everything, the Chef Selection mixed board is the perfect option ($200). Like any traditional tapas bar, a selection of Para Picar allows guests to nibble on and share between them whilst enjoying their tipples. Dishes include the classic Padron peppers ($68), Paella arancini, chorizo and pepper puree ($68), Goats curd and jamón croquettes ($75) and Garlic fries with brava sauce ($68). Pan Con “On Toast” options include Seared beef, manchego and rocket ($98), Gambas, fennel and aioli ($118) and Sobrasada and fried quail egg($98). Dessert options include Crème Catalan, berries and crumbled hazelnuts ($48) and Warm chocolate mousse with candied orange($48).
The design pays homage to Spain’s flamboyant culture. Featuring vibrant Spanish-style tiling on its interior and exterior, Ham & Sherry has a spatial experience both inside and out. Designed by award-winning Shanghai-based architectural design practice Neri&Hu, the team has turned the 1,300 square foot space into a traditional Spanish bodega with a modern twist.

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Weekly Deals and News from Royal Caribbean

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To get over the festive season, Royal Caribbean International has some great deals on Australian, New Zealand and South Pacific sailings in early 2014. Please see below and attached for full details. If you need any further information or images, please let me know.

Royal Caribbean International Deal: Single Supplement Rates

A cruise is the perfect holiday for single travellers – revel in the peace and quiet of sailing the high seas or make a host of new friends onboard. Royal Caribbean International is offering special single supplement rates of just 125% of the twin cruise fare for selected sailings to the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand onboard Rhapsody of the Seas, Radiance of the Seas and Voyager of the Seas. For example, cruise onboard Rhapsody of the Seas on the 22nd February 2014 departing Sydney and sailing to the South Pacific for 12 nights from just AU$1,559*

* Subject to availability and conditions apply. Price applies to lowest available interior stateroom. Offer applies to limited sailing dates only. For full terms and conditions see:

Royal Caribbean International Deal: Fly to Sydney from $49 to Cruise    

Cruising out of Sydney, one of the world's most beautiful harbours is not just for locals! Royal Caribbean International is offering flights from just AU$49 per person from Brisbane, Melbourne, Coolangatta and Adelaide* so that Aussies from further afield can be part of the action. This offer applies to a range of South Pacific cruises in 2014 onboard Rhapsody of the Seas departing Sydney 1st February, 11th February, 18th March and 8th April and a cruise onboard Voyager of the Seas departing Sydney 27th February 2014.

*Reduced Air Supplement based on first two passengers only and available on selected stateroom upgrades. Subject to availability and conditions apply. Offer applies to limited sailing dates only. For full terms and conditions see:

Royal Caribbean International Deal: Family Offer – Pay Only Taxes & Gratuities for 3rd & 4th Passengers

Cruise onboard Radiance of the Seas, departing Sydney 3rd February 2014, on an 11 night "Island Adventure" in the South Pacific including visits to islands in Vanuatu, the Loyalty Islands and New Caledonia and pay only taxes and gratuities for the 3rd and 4th passengers! Prices start from AU$3,709* based on four passengers travelling together in the one stateroom

Plus, enjoy a free upgrade from an interior stateroom to an Oceanview stateroom, sailing from AU$1,499* per person twin share.

* From price applies to lowest available Oceanview stateroom. Other Conditions apply. Subject to availability. For full terms and conditions see:

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

Royal Caribbean Newsflash: #InstaFilmFest

Everyone has until 12th January to capture their "WOW moments" in 15 seconds of video footage to take part in the world's first Instagram film festival hosted by Royal Caribbean. To enter, simply upload your video to Instagram via the hashtag #InstaFilmFest. Finalists will have their film screened at a special VIP event where the winner will be announced. The winners are to be judged by a panel of social media and film experts: Lauren Bath, Pauly Vella, Tim Charody and David Farrier. The winner will take home a money can't buy spot on Royal Caribbean's innovative new ship Quantum of the Seas – complete with a host of first at sea experiences.

*For full competition terms and conditions, visit:

For more details, visit the InstaFilmFest microsite:

Boxing Day Savings with Scoot Discount flights



Scoot knows everyone loves a BIG Boxing Day sale, but this year you don't even have to leave your living room to save big bucks on flights to Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and China.

On sale on from Thursday December 26th, 2013 - from 12 noon (Sydney), 9am (Perth) and 11am Queensland time, the fares start from $149 for Sydney to Singapore (Economy Fly) and $349 (ScootBiz) including all taxes and charges.

Tickets are available in both classes from Sydney, Gold Coast and Perth to Singapore and beyond.

Fares from Sydney to Bangkok and Hong Kong are on sale from $199 one way (economy Fly) and $499 ScootBiz one way.

Taiwan is a gift from $299 economy & $649 ScootBiz.

The sale ends on Jan 1 2014 at 2359 (Perth), 0159 Jan 2 (Queensland) and 0259 Jan 2 (Sydney) – so there's plenty of time to get clicking and save.

All for travel from 15th January 2014 until 25 Oct 2014. Blackout periods may apply over school holidays and event periods.

About Scoot

Scoot™ operates medium and long-haul no-frills flights between Singapore and Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, Tianjin, Shenyang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Seoul, Hong Kong and Perth. Operating a fleet of Boeing 777-200 aircraft, Scoot provides – in addition to fantastic value airfares – a safe, reliable and contemporary travel experience with a unique attitude – Scootitude™. Scoot is passionate about changing the way people travel long distance. Book your tickets at or contact our call centre.

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Saturday, 21 December 2013

Enjoy Two Destinations in One on The Garden Isle - Sheraton Kauai Resort - The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas

Enjoy Two Destinations in One on The Garden Isle

Sheraton Kauai Resort and The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas Announce Discover Kauai Package

KAUA'I, HAWAI'I – Experience the genuine aloha spirit at two distinct resorts on Kaua'i, Hawai'i's "Garden Isle." The oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain is draped in emerald valleys, sharp mountain spires and tropical rainforests, complimenting miles of white-sand beaches and endless ocean vistas. Enjoy a diverse island experience as you discover the exciting south shore and serene north shore of Kaua'i with the Discover Kauai package. This joint package includes accommodations in a Deluxe Ocean Front room at Sheraton Kauai Resort, a Deluxe Island View Studio Villa at The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas and a compact car from Dollar Rent A Car. The Discover Kauai package is offered at $339 per night.

Sheraton Kauai Resort is Po'ipū Beach's oceanfront playground; with an Ocean Pool just steps from America's best beach and delicious seaside dining experiences, the resort offers an unparalleled south shore stay. Guests enjoying the Discover Kauai package will love their Deluxe Ocean Front accommodations. At a spacious 510 square feet, guestrooms open out to a panorama of the Pacific Ocean and front-row seats to Kaua'i's fiery sunsets. Connect with island culture through song, dance and cuisine at the resort's weekly lū'au and daily cultural programming that includes hula, ukulele and more. The beach fronting Sheraton Kauai is great for experiencing Kauai by sea – surf, snorkel and swim just steps from your room. Nearby natural attractions include picturesque Spouting Horn blowhole, Kōke'e State Park and Waimea Canyon, hailed as The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.

Located 200 feet above the Pacific Ocean on a lush bluff, The Westin Princeville offers relaxing accommodations in thoughtfully well-appointed villas. Each spacious, 512 square-foot Deluxe Island View Studio Villa is equipped to leave you feeling your best. Delight in Westin's signature Heavenly Bed® and Heavenly Bath®, a fully equipped kitchenette, in-room washer and dryer, and many more comforts of home.  The resort also features refreshing plunge pools, a two story clubhouse, the award-winning Nanea Restaurant and Bar, 20 self-serve barbecue grills and casual light fare at Wailele Bar and Princeville Market general store. Daily cultural and resort activities, such as lauhala weaving, ti leaf lei making and Movie Night under the Hawaiian night sky are inspire you to connect with island culture and your beautiful surroundings. Guests can venture to quaint Hanalei Town and stunning Hanalei Bay, or take an invigorating hike along the famed Kalalau Trail at "the end of the road."

Beyond Kaua'i's dramatic beauty, the island is home to a variety of outdoor activities. Kayak Hawai'i's only navigable rivers, zipline above Kaua'i's lush valleys or enjoy the simplicity and rich culture in the small, charming towns throughout the island. A compact car from Dollar Rent A Car, included in the Discover Kauai package, allows guests to discover the undeniable allure of Kauai.

The daily room rate includes a daily resort fee at Sheraton Kauai Resort and parking at The Westin Princeville. Call 866-837-4254 for reservations and ask for the DISCOVER rate plan, or connect with your preferred travel professional. The Discover Kauai package requires a minimum 2-night stay at each property and is based on availability for stays through December 25, 2014.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Get an ape-sized 30% off all Topdeck Africa trips

Topdeck is taking 30% off all Africa trips when booked and deposited by Friday 20 December.

The short and sweet promo promises massive discounts, such as a huge $622 off the 24-day South East Adventureexploring six countries from Nairobi to Livingstone now from $1453* + US$1010 local payment per person.

The discount applies to departures between 1 January and 30 April 2014 and to the trip price only.

Other discounted trips include the 14-day Gorilla Encounter through Kenya and Uganda now from $942* + US$485 local payment, a saving of $403; and the 11-day Highlights of Tanzania which features a break on paradise island Zanzibar from $858* + US$915 local payment, a saving of $367.

All trips feature small group sizes of no more than 24 people (average of 16) and travel overland in state of the art, fully equipped safari trucks which include lockers, power points and a freezer.

Accommodation is a combination of hotels, hostels and campsites staying in spacious two-person dome tents with thick foam mattresses. Most meals are included in each trip.

For more information contact Topdeck on 1300 886 332 or visit

*Discount valid for bookings deposited from now until 20 December and only applies to Africa departures between 1 January 2014 and 30 April 2014. Discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. 

Discounts do not apply to Local Payments or gorilla permits. Bookings subject to availability.

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Celebrate The Year Of The Horse’s Arrival At The Excelsior, Hong Kong

Located on the waterfront of Causeway Bay, The Excelsior, Hong Kong offers some of the city’s best panoramic views of the spectacular Chinese New Year fireworks display to take place on 1 February 2014.

The hotel has prepared a celebratory accommodation package that allows loved ones and families to enjoy the most colourful festival in the comfort of the well-appointed guestrooms.

Harbour View of The Excelsior, Hong KongFor an indulgent Chinese New Year, guests can experience The Excelsior’s Chinese New Year Celebration package with prices starting at HKD2,888* and including:
  • One night accommodation in a Deluxe Harbour View Room
  • HKD238 in-room dining credit at any of the hotel’s restaurants and bars or HKD688 for those who stay for a consecutive two nights or above
  • Complimentary bottle of red wine
  • Welcome fruits and drinks upon arrival
  • Special rate of HKD200 supplement for an upgrade to Grandluxe Harbour View Room
* Rates are subject to 10% service charge, valid from 31 January to 4 February 2014 and subject to availability.  All bookings must be guaranteed by credit card.

Room reservations can be made by contacting the hotel’s reservations hotline at +852 2837 6840, e-mailing or through the hotel’s direct on-line reservations service at Restaurant reservations can be made by contacting +852 2894 8888.

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