Thursday, 28 February 2013

Royal Caribbean WOWs cruisers with 4-day Sale

The world's most innovative cruise line, Royal Caribbean, regularly wows people from around the world with its exciting shipboard facilities and its invitingly warm and friendly service. Now the cruise line's "WOW Sale" is offering guests onboard credits of up to US$200 per cabin and half price deposits for bookings made between Sunday 3 March and Wednesday 6 March 2013.

The offer applies to all worldwide sailings departing from 1 May 2013 onwards – with over 1,000 cruises to choose from around the world through to April 2014 – so there's never been a better time to discover the Royal Caribbean difference for yourself.

If you missed out on a cruise onboard Australia's largest megaliner Voyager of the Seas this season or are keen to sample any of Royal Caribbean's 22 ships around the world – including the biggest cruise ships in the world, Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas – then snap up this offer now.

A Royal Caribbean cruise fare conveniently covers your accommodation, meals including room service, entertainment and many of the pioneering facilities that set Royal Caribbean apart like rock climbing walls, ice skating, zip lining and surfing. Your bonus onboard credit can go towards special extra treats like spa pampering, shore excursions, a cocktail or two, duty free shopping or dining at speciality restaurants onboard.

Royal Caribbean's "WOW Sale" onboard credit amount varies according to the length of the cruise; those booked on cruises of three to five nights will receive an onboard credit of US$50 per cabin, cruises of six to nine nights will receive US$100 per cabin and those sailing for 10 or more nights will receive an onboard credit of US$200 per cabin. Some further terms and conditions apply.

Lead fares start from $995 for a seven-night Tasmania cruise onboard Rhapsody of the Seas with $100 onboard credit. Roundtrip from Sydney and departing on 12 December 2013, this sailing calls at Melbourne and Burnie, Tasmania and includes an overnight stay in Hobart.

For more information or to book a cruise, speak to your travel agent, visit or call 1800 754 500.

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Flight Centre: NZ Ski deals, Contiki’s Italian Espresso, New York Uncovered

Coronet Ski fields


SWAP your sunglasses for ski goggles to carve up New Zealand's ski fields this winter, where the snowfall is in abundance and the après-ski scene is fashionable.

From June to October, the ski resorts of Queenstown, Wanaka, Mt Hutt and Mt Ruapehu serve up the perfect combination of flat, medium and steep terrains for beginners and experts, as well as ideal weather conditions and fewer crowds.

To help snow bunnies jump start their ski holiday plans, Flight Centre has put together a blizzard of great value packages, with its partners Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand.

See examples below, available to book until March 11.

Wanaka - Stay 7, Pay 6

From $379* per person quad share, this package includes seven nights’ accommodation at the 5-star Base backpackers in an Ensuite Room, plus a two-day ONEPASSNZ liftpass.

Valid for travel from July 10 to September 30, 2013.


Mt Hutt - Stay 6, Pay 5

From $419* per person quad share, this package includes six nights’ accommodation at the Mt Hutt Motel in a Studio Room, plus a two-day NZSuperpass liftpass.

Valid for travel from July 1 to September 30, 2013.


Mt Ruapehu - Stay 6, Pay 5

From $435* per person quad share, this package includes six nights’ accommodation at the 3.5-star Plateau Lodge in an Ensuite Room, plus a two-day Mt Ruapehu Lift and Activity pass.

Valid for travel from July 10 to September 30, 2013.


Queenstown - Stay 7, Pay 6

From $535* per person quad share, this package includes seven nights’ accommodation at the 4.5-star Garden Court Suites in a Two Bedroom Courtyard Room, plus a two-day NZSUPERPASS liftpass.

Valid for travel from August 2 to September 30, 2013.


Airfares to New Zealand are not included, but can be arranged in conjunction with these packages.

Phone Flight Centre 1300 939 414 or see

*Prices are subject to change and availability. Conditions apply.


SIMILAR to a shot of black coffee, Contiki’s Italian Espresso tour packs a punch, giving travellers a short, yet strong taste of Italy.

Available at Flight Centre, this eight-day tour starts in Rome and takes travellers to some of Italy’s greatest cities including San Gimignano, Florence, Pisa and Venice for a taste of the rich Italian culture.

Highlights include a pizza making class with the locals, a shopping experience at Barberino fashion outlet, a visit to the famous Vatican City, a private boat ride through the canals of Venice and relaxed pace walking tours in most cities.

Priced from $1119* per person twin share, the journey includes seven nights’ accommodation at a 3-star hotel, breakfast daily, three 3-course dinners, services of a tour manger and driver, transport in an air-conditioned coach and sightseeing as per itinerary.

Airfares to Rome are not included, but can be booked by Flight Centre.

The first tour for the summer season starts in Rome on April 13, 2013.

Other departures are available until March 22, 2014.

Bookings can be made until December 30, 2013.

Phone Flight Centre on 1300 939 414 for more details.

*Price is subject to change and availability at the time of booking.


WANNABE NEW YORKERS can wander down Fifth Avenue, take in the Manhattan skyline and learn the tricks to hailing a yellow cab in the city that never sleeps.

Flight Centre is offering a four-day New York Uncovered adventure, led by Contiki, which uncovers the top spots of the big apple, from Times Square to Tiffany’s, as well as offering plenty of time for travellers to worm their way through the city.

Sightseeing highlights include The Empire State Building, the Rockefeller Centre, the World Trade Centre memorial site and the Statue of Liberty, as well as the hustle and bustle of the energetic city.

Priced from $915* per person twin share and include three nights’ hotel accommodation, two breakfasts, one dinner, a seven-day Metro pass, local taxes and all sightseeing as per itinerary.

Airfares to New York City are not included, but can be arranged by Flight Centre in conjunction with this trip.

Trips are scheduled between September 11, 2013 and February 25, 2014.

Booking must be made before December 30, 2013.

Phone Flight Centre on 1300 939 414 for more details.

*Price is subject to change and availability at the time of booking.

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Sunday, 24 February 2013

Farewell Sydney Monorail - catch a piece of history before its gone.

Courtesy Metro Transport Sydney

Sydneysiders and visitors to Sydney are invited to catch a piece of history and make their own special memories by travelling on the Monorail before it’s gone.

After 25 years of service as one of Sydney’s most iconic tourist attractions, the Sydney Monorail will be closing on 30 June this year.

Opened in July 1988 as a Bicentennial gift to Sydney, the Monorail has become a ‘must-see’ and ‘must-do’ experience for visitors to the city. One of only a few city monorails in the world, it offers unrivalled views of Sydney and connects the city's top shopping and hotels with Darling Harbour's dynamic attractions.

The 3.6 kilometre Monorail loop includes seven stations (Harbourside, Convention, Paddy’s Market, World Square, Galleries Victoria, City Centre and Darling Park) which are located inside buildings, over freeways, at hotels and near a broad selection of the city’s major tourist attractions. A ride on the Monorail offers the perfect combination of easy transport with an essential Sydney city experience.

To add to this unique Sydney experience and to commemorate the Monorail’s 25 year history, Sydneysiders and visitors can explore Sydney Monorail Memorabilia, 25 Reason to Ride, Current Highlights, What’s On and Competitions by visiting

Travel options include a single loop or Sydneysiders and visitors can choose to make a day out of their Monorail trip with a Monorail Day Pass. From only $9.80 for single or $24 for a family of four, a day pass includes unlimited travel plus discounted entry to ten of Sydney's best attractions: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, WILD LIFE Sydney, Sydney Tower Eye, Captain Cook Cruises, Powerhouse Museum and National Maritime Museum and many more.

Also included in every Monorail Family Day Pass is a free souvenir Eye Spy Up High activity fun sheet where families can test their knowledge of the city as they enjoy farewell Monorail trip. This activity sheet highlights 25 sights for families to spot while they fly above the city for one last time.

Don't miss the opportunity to farewell the Sydney Monorail and create your own special memory of this most unique Sydney experience.

Sydney Monorail operates daily every 5 minutes

Open 7am – 10pm Mon – Friday, 8am – 10pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays

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Friday, 22 February 2013

ZUJI's Top Ten Life Changing Travel Experiences

Sick of the humdrum tourist destinations? Online travel agency has searched the globe to come up with the Top 10 Life Changing Travel Experiences, guaranteed to give you a new appreciation for planet earth (and bragging rights).

Admire the Mayan ruins of Tikal, Guatemala

Once the glittering jewel at the centre of the Mayan empire, Tikal was consumed by the jungle and lost for nearly three centuries. Today, the sites' secrets have been once again revealed, and travellers from around the world can now witness first-hand some of the largest and most impressive ancient structures in South America. Tikal's Great Plaza includes temples more than 70 metres high, sprawling royal palaces and a host of other buildings and monuments. advises travellers to visit during the dry season, which runs from January to May.

Meet mountain gorillas in Rwanda

Rwanda's animal kingdom promises to leave even the most seasoned traveller in awe. says Rwanda's mountain gorilla is an essential to see. With just 880 left in the wild, these magnificent beasts can be found in either the Virunga volcanic mountains or the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park at an altitude range of 2,200-4,300 metres. Rwanda's strict conservation laws mean only fifty travellers can get in the midst of the gorillas at a time making it more likely to spot one of these gentle giants than another tourist. The gorillas can be visited year round, regardless of season.

Visit the temples of Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)

Get in now before the hordes arrive. Myanmar is quickly becoming a tourist hotspot now that the US has re-established diplomatic relations with the newly civilian government and the National League for Democracy has dropped its long-standing travel boycott. Nestled away in upper Myanmar, Bagan is the former centre of the Kingdom of Pagan. While it is estimated that in excess of 10,000 temples and pagodas were constructed at the site, a remarkable 2,200 still stand in what is the densest and largest concentration of Buddhist ruins in the world. recommends you take to the sky in a hot air balloon to soak in the sheer scale of this impressive site. Bagan can be experienced year round, thanks to its dry climate.

Witness the northern lights in Svalbard, Norway

It's a long way from Australia, but the incredible phenomena of the northern lights is well worth the trip. recommends you witness nature's very own light show from Svalbard, a stunning Arctic archipelago where mountains meet massive glaciers. After you've caught a glimpse of the aurora, there's an abundance of things to do in this winter wonderland, but spending a few days spotting Svalbard's incredible wildlife is highly recommended. If you're lucky you might even be able to see a few polar bears in their natural habitat. The lights are most easily spotted between September and March.

Find yourself on the Ganges, India

Take a journey to Varanasi, the holiest city in India, and witness tens of thousands of people descending the ghats to take a cleansing dip in the sacred river each day. Make sure you take some time to sail down river and find yourself at one of the many meditation camps along the banks. The best time to experience Varanasi is from November to March.

Swim with humpback whales in Tonga

Once hunted to the brink of extinction, a firsthand encounter with a 36,000 kg humpback whale is guaranteed to power up the endorphins. Tonga is one of the only places in the world where you can swim with these majestic mammals. These Southern Hemisphere humpbacks are said to migrate up to 25,000 kilometres from their feeding grounds in the Antarctic to the tropical waters of Tonga to mate and give birth. The best time to travel is between August and October.

Climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

Stretch your legs with a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro. The world's highest walkable peak offers tough travellers an opportunity to traverse 80 kilometres of mountain, five different climatic zones and some truly amazing scenery all in the course of a few days. These treks are best experienced in January to mid-March or from June to October however, the most popular time for climbing is in December.

Witness the Great Migration in Kenya

Known as The Great Migration, this annual event sees millions of wildebeest, zebra and gnu journey from the plains of the Serengeti to the hills of Masai Mara. Gaze in awe as the herds brave rivers, ravines and other wildlife on their life-or-death trek towards greener pastures. The best time to catch the action is between July and October.

Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway through Mother Russia

Once hailed as 'the fairest jewel in the crown of the Tsars,' a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway is one of life's great travel experiences. Sit back and watch the landscape slip by as you make the 9,288km trek through 8 time zones from Moscow to Vladivostok on the Trans-Siberian Railway. Travel at your own pace through some of the most rugged and awe-inspiring terrain the planet has to offer. If you're after even more you can opt to then transfer to the Trans-Mongolian, which visits Beijing and Ulaanbataar, or select from a raft of other options and destinations.

White water rafting in Nepal

Home to the highest peaks in the world, Nepal has always been a mecca for mountain climbers. But what goes up must come down. Adventure junkies will be treated to an outstanding selection of snow-fed rivers, which range from PG fun to raging torrents. For ultimate bragging rights take a ride along the monster Sun Kosi rapids that start near the Tibetan border. The best months to take a plunge are October and November. Avoid the monsoon season from June to August.


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Saturday, 16 February 2013

Cathay Pacific's fifth daily flight between Hong Kong and London

Cathay Pacific has just launched a fifth daily flight between Hong Kong and London, and to kick off the new service the airline is offering too-good-to-be-true Economy Class FastFares for travel on the new CX239/CX238 flight.

But be quick!  On sale from 15-19 February only, these FastFares are available from all Australian ports to London for departures from 16 August to 26 October 2013.  Fares start from as little as $1,385* from Sydney return, and $1,368 from Melbourne return.  Travel is restricted to the new flight only.

As well as these incredible fares to London, guests can look forward to Cathay Pacific's new Economy Class seats that are now available on all flights from Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns to Hong Kong.

Cathay Pacific's new Economy cabins offer more leg-room and a host of onboard extras. As well as an extra two inches recline, the new seats offer the latest in high-resolution touch-screen personal televisions, a USB outlet and an iPod/iPhone outlet that allows passengers to connect their own mobile devices to view content through their personal 9 inch television and a 110V AC power supply for laptop computers and other electronic devices.

To book your ticket or for more information visit or see your travel agent.

*RRP for return Economy Class travel from specified cities to London on CX239/CX238, including taxes and surcharges.  Taxes are correct as at 13Feb13 but subject to currency fluctuation. Surcharges are subject to change. Please see your travel agent or visit for full terms and conditions

Friday, 15 February 2013

Longest Smooch on Scoot Wins

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February 15, 2013: Scoot, Singapore's newest award winning low-cost carrier, celebrated its first Valentine's Day with a "Longest Smooch on Scoot" competition on board two of its flights yesterday. Mr Mark Eric Mercado Castor and Ms Don Roxanne Vidar Dela Cena beat three other couples and locked lips for 35 minutes on Scoot's flight from Singapore to Bangkok. The winning couple walked away with a pair of ScootBiz tickets to any of Scoot's destinations plus 1-night accommodation, on the house.

While there was a clear winner on board the Singapore to Bangkok flight, the return proved just too hot (with passion) to handle – the five enthusiastic couples who participated in the competition were inseparable and were unable to part lips for the entire journey! They kissed while standing, sitting, squatting and persisting till the flight was about to descend.

Scoot's CEO Campbell Wilson who was on board (sans kissing partner) ultimately declared all five couples the winners, each couple receiving a pair of Economy Fly tickets to a Scoot destination they desire. Said Campbell, "What a fun experience! It was great to celebrate the spirit of Valentine's Day, and in a much more enjoyable way than just keeping ones hand on a car! We only hope that our fantastic couples haven't prematurely exhausted their passion!"

Thursday, 14 February 2013

MSC Cruises’ 7-night Caribbean cruises from $699


HOT for 2013-2014 is a series of Western Caribbean cruises aboard the new MSC Divina, prices starting from $699 per person, twin share.

Book a seven-night cruise of the Eastern Mediterranean, also on the MSC Divina, and prices begin at $719pp, twin share.

And for cruise fans who want to merge the two for a 14-night Grand Caribbean experience, prices begin at $1318pp, twin share.

All itineraries begin and end in Miami between November this year and March, 2014, the Western Caribbean cruises calling on such fascinating destinations as the Mexican island of Cozumel, Georgetown in the Hayman Islands, Falmouth in Jamaica and the Bahamas.

The Eastern Caribbean cruises feature visits on St Maarten, San Juan as well as the Bahamas.

Cruises of 10 and 17 nights are also available, the latter priced from $1617pp, twin share.

"These packages allow you to take advantage of our fabulous new ship cruising – to amazing destinations," said Lynne Clarke, managing director of MSC Cruises Australia and New Zealand.

Details: Phone MSC Cruises on 1300 028 502, or visit

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Designing 007 - Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition

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Only to Melbourne Museum

Museum Victoria is pleased to announce Designing 007 - Fifty Years of Bond Style will be coming exclusively to Melbourne Museum from 1 November 2013.

Designing 007 – Fifty Years of Bond Style presents the craft behind the icon, focusing on the distinctly British luxuriance of the world's most iconic movie brand.

As the world's longest running film franchise, this exhibition looks at Bond's influence on art, music, lifestyle, automotive design, travel, technology and fashion over the course of five decades.

Designing 007 - Fifty Years of Bond Style is organised by Barbican Centre, London in partnership with EON Productions.

Tickets go on sale in mid 2013.

It's an exhibition not to be missed!

P&O Valentine's Day Sale

Long after the flowers have wilted and the chocolates have been eaten, you can celebrate Valentine's Day all over again with these 3-4 night P&O SeaBreak itineraries. Get involved and make the love last!

Sale features:

Sale commences 13 February 2013 and closes 15 February 2013
Special Package Inclusions* -
  • Bottle of Rothbury Estate Cabernet Merlot wine
  • Ernest Hillier boxed chocolates
  • Teddy bear
  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • 8" x 10" photo print
Valid for new bookings only

BOOK NOW! Or Free Call 1300 369 848

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Virgin Australia Uniforms "uncomfortable, ill-fitting and unsafe" say crew.

Despite being listed among the Top 10 Most Stylish Uniforms in the Asia Pacific region, Virgin Australia crew have complained about the practicality and safety of the new look uniforms, according to a report at

Virgin has just been voted the most stylish of all the Australian airlines, according to a study by travel search website Skyscanner ranking the glamour of cabin crew in the Asia Pacific region.

The top 10 stylish cabin crew in the Asia Pacific:

1. China Eastern Airlines
2. Asiana Airlines, Korea
3. Virgin Australia
4. Air China
5. China Southern Airlines
6. Air Asia, Malaysia
7. Singapore Airlines
8. Korean Air
9. Philippine Airlines
10. Jeju Air, Korea

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Love in the Air!

Air Pacific celebrates Valentine's Day!

Wednesday 13th February 2013:  Air Pacific, Fiji's National Airline is calling on all love-struck Aussies to forget the traditional flowers, chocolates and jewellery this Valentine's Day and give the gift of paradise, with a passionate trip to Fiji.

Whether it's to spice up your love live, to escape for some alone time, an anniversary, proposal or just a bit of R&R –a romantic escape to tropical Fiji is a unique gift that will really spoil your loved one this Valentine's Day.

Air Pacific will be spreading the love with a glass of champagne and complimentary chocolates for all passengers on flight FJ910 from Sydney to Nadi.

To book a romantic Fijian getaway for your Valentine head to:


Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Solo deals from APT inc. Kimberley and Europe

No supplements, half-price supplements and discounts of up to $750 are being offered by APT to solo travellers across select small group Kimberley adventures, European river cruises and Canada-Alaska tour-cruises.

Pay no solo supplement on the eight-day El Questro, Gorges and Purnululu 4WD tour in the Kimberley starting May 25, for example, means a saving of up to $1,100 a person (price was $5,595; deal price from $4,495 per solo traveller).

The 50 per cent discount on solo supplement  for the 15-day Magnificent Europe river cruise departing October  25 means a saving of up to $1,688 (price was $10,820; deal price from $9,132 per solo traveller in Category E cabin).

The discount of up to $750 discount on the 19-day Rockies Explorer & Alaska Cruise departing May 4 or 7 means the solo traveller price is now from $13,145.

Deal booking deadline is February 28.

APT prices are fully inclusive, covering touring or cruising, accommodation, meals, excursions, sightseeing and park fees, Tour Directors as well as transfers and tipping.

Prices do not include air fares.

Call 1300 278 278, visit or see your travel agent


Ditch the lovey-dovey cliches this Valentine's Day

Ditch the clichés this Valentines Day and take your lover somewhere they’ll never forget. has found some of the world’s most unromantic destinations.

"Our advice is to skip the hearts, flowers and chocolates, forget convention, and take romance to a new level for a moment you will never forget," says Oonagh Shiel, Travel Expert at

With Valentine’s Day being one of the most clichéd days of the years to pop the question, scoured the globe for their top five weird and wonderful places to propose:

A sticky proposal in Seattle
One of the most offbeat attractions, the Seattle Gum Wall is also probably one of the most germ-infested tourist spots in the world. The Gum Wall in Post Alley, under Park Place market, started in the early 1990s when people, irritated that they had to wait in line to get tickets to the theatre, stuck chewing gum on the wall. At first, they would use the gum to stick small coins to the wall, but in time, the tradition of the coins disappeared, and the gum remained. As the wall grows, the chewing gum art becomes more sophisticated. You'll find names written with pieces of gum, and symbols like hearts or the peace sign. It's the perfect place to chew over that proposal - and decide whether you'll be sticking together. Return flights to Seattle start from just $1286 per person (including taxes) with

Worming your way into Melbourne
If you want to worm your way into your lover’s heart, head to Wildlife Wonderland Giant Earthworm Museum at Bass, just 1.5 hours from Melbourne. The Wildlife Wonderland Giant Earthworm Museum is a world first attraction honouring live giant earthworms, up to three metres long. Just remember, if you're turning down a proposal, it may not just be the worms eating dirt. Compare all flights to Melbourne with Cheapflights

Is Romance dead? Egypt.
Fancy spending eternity together? For suitors looking for that unique spot to pop the question, Cairo in Egypt could be just the place. The City of the Dead - or Cairo Necropolis - is an Arabic necropolis and cemetery below the Mokattam Hills in south eastern Cairo. It is a four mile long dense grid of tomb and mausoleum structures, where some people live and work amongst the dead. Some also live here to be near ancestors, of recent to ancient lineage. Return flights to Cairo start from $1660 per person with

Romance in the pipes, Austria.
Underground romance? If your romance gives you more of the trots than the hots, then a romantic night a in a sewerage drain at the Das Park Hotel in Austria might clean up your love life. Three huge concrete drain pipes located in a public park in the Austrian city of Ottensheim is all that make up the Das Park Hotel. The rooms are about two metres across and furnished with a double bed, storage, light, power outlet and blankets. Other than a circular skylight near the top and a couple of air holes, there are no windows. Like cave hotels, Das Park Hotel is fairly cool in the summer, and sometimes warm in winter. Flights to Austria, including taxes, start from around $1500 per person with

Stinky Love in New Zealand
In Rotorua, love stinks. This is the place of skyrocketing geysers, hot springs and stinky boiling mud pools. Rotorua is one place where the turbulent forces that formed New Zealand are most evident - accompanied by the whiff of suphur. This city, on the Volcanic Plateau, has one of the world's most lively fields of geothermal activity and sits squarely on the Pacific Rim of Fire. With its international airport, Rotorua is also the gateway to the North Island's ski fields for excellent skiing and snowboarding at Mt Ruapehu in the winter. Return flights, including taxes, to Rotorua in New Zealand start from $570 per person with

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Valentine's Day Romance for Modern Day Lizzie & Mr Darcys at Toga Hotels

After 200 years, the lessons in romance from Jane Austen have endured. This Valentine's Day, Toga Hotels is doing the gentlemanly thing and sharing the love. All you and your one true love have to do is present proof of your names upon check-in to be eligible for a free night accommodation at any Adina Apartment Hotel, Medina Serviced Apartment, Vibe Hotel or Travelodge Hotel across Australia.*

Rachel Argaman, CEO of Toga Hotels, said: "There are few lessons in love that can't be garnered from a Jane Austen novel! This Valentine's Day Toga Hotels is embracing the spirit of the day by offering free accommodation for any modern day Lizzie & Mr Darcys out there. This is a way for Toga Hotels to show our love for our guests - they are at the heart of everything we do!"

This is just one of the romantic overtures Toga Hotels is offering guests throughout February...

Romance Packages are available at selected Toga Hotels:

More Romance at Adina package from $179**

Includes overnight accommodation, a twin pack of wine, a box of chocolates and late check-out at midday

Romance Package at Travelodge Newcastle from $188**

Includes overnight accommodation, a bottle of sparkling wine, a box of chocolates, parking, newspaper and late check-out at midday

Romantic Vibe from $150**

Includes overnight accommodation, a twin pack of wine, a box of chocolates and late check-out at midday

Plus, dreamy Love is Chocolate dining offers*** to make your better half swoon:
  • $10 chocolate cocktails
  • $15 dessert platters
  • $30 bottle of sparkling wine & a bowl of strawberries
For more information or to book, visit:

Adina Apartment Hotels:

Travelodge Hotels:

Vibe Hotels:

*Offer available for overnight accommodation for two adults in a guest room on 14/2/2013 only. One guest's name must be Elizabeth Bennet and the other guest's surname must be Darcy (Mr). Legal proof of names must be provided to Reception upon check-in. Subject to availability and conditions apply.

**Overnight accommodation for two adults in a one bedroom apartment or standard guest room. Package additions are 1 per stay as stated above per brand. Starting rate on stays from 8/2/2013 - 17/2/2013 for bookings before 13/2/2013. Available at selected hotels only.

***Available at selected hotels only.

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Sunday, 10 February 2013

Sunshine Coast Hinterland Open for Business

With the worst of the wet weather leaving the region, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland wants the world to know the sun is shining, waterfalls are flowing and they are open for business.

Over the Australia Day weekend, the region experienced wet and windy conditions and some localised flooding as a direct result of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald.

Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd (SCDL) Tourism Development Manager, Michael Donnelly said, "Bookings were affected over the weekend with cancellations due to the weather and power outages affecting some business trade, but overall there was limited infrastructure damage. The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is accessible, open for business and ready to welcome visitors.

"Unfortunately, the perception that businesses are still affected is hurting our Hinterland tourism operators and impacting forward bookings. We encourage visitors to show their support for the region and book a Sunshine Coast Hinterland holiday, perhaps even for Valentine's Day or Australia Day ll to be celebrated on Saturday 23 February," added Michael.

From secluded hinterland accommodation, to five star resorts, and coastal retreats, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland offers every type of romantic getaway. The Sunshine Coast has breathtaking surrounds for a romantic getaway, an intimate proposal and some hot deals to leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed and in love including:
  • Whispering Valley Cottage Retreat - Breathe fresh air, watch the stars and wake to the sounds of nature with someone special. Save 50% with $150 per night.
  • Braeside B&B --Chill out with Glasshouse Mountain views $175 per room per night.
  • Glasshouse Moutains Ecolodge -- Summer special stay 3 nights and pay for 2 $185 per night.
  • Artisan Spa Views --Enjoy a mid-week escape $195 per night includes breakfast.
  • Maleny Tropical Retreat - Brand new luxury villas $200 per night, mid-week, minimum 2 nights.
  • Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat --Book 2 nights from $225 per night includes breakfast, local port, chocolates and a complimentary bottle of wine.
  • Bendles Cottage --Spend a weekend discovering romance and each other $245 per night.
  • Roseville House B&B --Tranquil cottage setting $360 for nights includes breakfast.
  • Spicers Clovelly Estate - Relax with your loved one $499 per room per night Sunday --Thursday.
  • Eyrie Escape Maleny --Enjoy views across the Coast stay 3 and pay for 2 $550.-
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Saturday, 9 February 2013

Love Is Truly In The Air At Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport

Love knows no boundaries, days of the week, time of day or location - when it strikes, it strikes!

This year, to make it even easier for those who may be in transit or looking for something a little different, Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport has a special Romance and Seduction package starting from $385 per night.

Upon arrival, couples will be enchanted in their candle-lit room with rose petals scattered across the bed, a bottle of chilled French Champagne, with chocolate dipped strawberries and canapés.

The following morning, feel free to enjoy room service breakfast, a late check-out and to make it totally hassle free, complimentary parking!

If it is a romantic dinner you're after on Valentine's Day, then indulge at The Grove Restaurant, where we will keep the bubbles flowing with a bottle of Moet & Chandon followed by a decadent seafood buffet and YES, Oysters are included! Dinner is priced at just $185 per couple.

For reservations or to find out more call 02 9317 2200 or go to

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Friday, 8 February 2013

Cathay Pacific’s Chinese New Year sale

Cathay Pacific

With Chinese New Year just around the corner starting February 10, Cathay Pacific is celebrating Asia’s biggest event on the calendar with very low Economy sale fares to Hong Kong, China and Asia.

On sale from 8-15 February, with departures from 13 February – 25 June 2013, fares start from as little as $886 to Hong Kong, departing from Melbourne, and $864, to Beijing, departing from Adelaide. Sale fares are also available for popular destinations such as Shanghai and Manila.

And with over 70 flights a week to Hong Kong from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Cairns and Perth, Cathay Pacific offers a wide range of flights to choose from with convenient connections to over 70 destinations in China and Asia.

Now available on all flights from Sydney, Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns, Cathay Pacific’s new Economy cabins offer more leg-room and a host of onboard extras. As well as an extra two inches recline, the new seats offer the latest in high-resolution touch-screen personal televisions, a USB outlet and an iPod/iPhone outlet that allows passengers to connect their own mobile devices to view content through their personal 9 inch television and a 110V AC power supply for laptop computers and other electronic devices.

See below for some examples of these fantastic fares*:
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To book your ticket or for more information visit or see your travel agent.

*The quoted fares are all RRP including all taxes and surcharges. Blackout dates apply for 27- 31March and 12-28 April. Taxes and surcharges correct at 30 January 2013 and are subject to currency fluctuation. Surcharges are subject to change. Other terms and conditions apply. 

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Thursday, 7 February 2013

Sydney Mardi Gras: See the Emerald City at its Most Fabulous

Over the last 35 years Sydney's iconic Mardi Gras parade has evolved from a march down Oxford Street, to one of Australia's largest festivals - a three-week long celebration across the city featuring epic parties, community events and of course, the world famous street parade which now features some 10,000 marchers. 

2013 is the 35th anniversary of the original march and marks an important milestone for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (GLBTQI) people of Australia. As well as a thrilling lineup of music and performing arts, Sydney Mardi Gras 2013 sees the launch of a Sydney Mardi Gras Museum on the corner of Oxford and Palmer Streets, detailing characters and controversies of the Parade through rare archival material.

For the people who march, or cheer from the sidelines, or simply believe in the power of this community event – the party is only just getting started. Here are just a few highlights of Mardi Gras 2013.


· Sydney Mardi Gras is a stand out event on the NSW Events Calendar, attracting hundreds and thousands of people and more than 20,000 overseas and interstate visitors who come specifically for the event, injecting around $30 million in new money to NSW.

· Sydney Mardi Gras reaches huge media audiences of more than 70 million people from interstate and key international tourism markets via press coverage and social media feeds about the event.

The essentials

Make sure you don’t miss the best that Sydney Mardi Gras has to offer with these headline events:

· For some, the main beginning of the Sydney Mardi Gras is marked by Harbour Party ’13, 23 February in the Royal Botanic Gardens. The sun sets over the Bridge and Sydney Opera House, as thousands of gleeful partygoers dance the evening away to the likes of David Morales and Ricki-Lee Coulter.

· Mardi Gras Drag Races, Bondi Beach, Friday 1 March, 5pm. Everybody knows Bondi, but not like this. Conceived by beloved drag icon Vanessa Wagner, with Victoria Harbutt and Megan Donnelly, the Drag Races turn Bondi Beach into a raucous spectacle. Think clutchbag discus, three-heeled races, ‘beached’ volleyball, and, of course, competitive feminine posing. While we’re on the topic of Bondi, consider taking in a round of world-class surfing with Let’s Go Surfing at a special Mardi Gras class just before the races kick off (3pm).

· Mardi Gras Parade, Oxford Street, Saturday 2 March, 7.45pm. The Mardi Gras Parade remains one of the most spectacular events on the city’s calendar, with nearly 10,000 costumed revellers marching along Oxford and Flinders Street to the ecstatic encouragement of onlookers.

· Mardigrasland (Mardi Gras Party), Entertainment Quarter, Saturday 2 March, 10pm-8am. Last year saw Kylie Minogue bring the house down before nearly 17,000 partygoers, and this anniversary promises to be just as big. With seven uniquely themed spaces and a lineup including Delta Goodrem, The Presets, DJ Crystal Pepsi (aka Jake Shears from the Scissor Sisters), Bimbo Jones and Dan Murphy, Mardigrasland is the hottest ticket in town.

· The Laneway (Recovery Party), Hill Street Laneway, Sunday 3 March, 12-10pm. Every Australian knows that the best recovery to a big night out is a relaxing afternoon with friends, and the official Sydney Mardi Gras closing event takes the same philosophy. Sandwiched between The Beresford Hotel and The Flinders, the Laneway party features pop-up performances, DJ appearances, and an atmosphere perfect for seeing out another festival and making plans for the next one.

· Sydney Mardi Gras Museum, Cnr Oxford & Palmer Streets, 30 January–3 March, 11am-7pm. This brand new attraction draws on a rich history of controversy, costumes and colour to offer an unparalleled glimpse into the timeline of this remarkable Sydney institution. A series of special talks, ‘Nights at the Museum,’ see the likes of Julie McCrossin and William Yang offer their take on the evolving Mardi Gras.

The best of the rest

The celebrations don't stop for a second during the Mardi Gras season. Here’s a few extra highlights from across the calendar:

· Girls take centre stage as Sydney’s Horden Pavilion becomes a roller derby rink for Battle on the Bent Track, 16 February. Performers and DJs ratchet up the adrenaline as teams from Queensland, Victoria, and NSW/ACT battle it out to become reigning champions. An official after party at The Standard promises to carry the excitement deep into the night.

· The Mardi Gras Film Festival, 14-28 February sees Sydney’s silver screens play host to some of the world’s best gay and lesbian cinema. This year the festival celebrates it’s 20th anniversary, with a lineup that includes GAYBY, Keep The Lights On, and the Australian classic Head On. Multiple venues and times.

· Tony Award-nominated New York cabaret iconMx Justin Vivian Bondreturns to Sydney for one night only with the Carriageworks premiere of a new show, Justin Vivian Bond is Mx America, 16 February. Including highlights from an acclaimed debut album Dendrophile, Bond’s legendary wit is sure to entertain.

· For those who like to mix exercise with socialising, three Sydney Spokes Sunday Bike Rides, 10, 17, 24 February, led by Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Cycling Club, offer an opportunity to explore the beautiful city with new friends.

A city built for a party

Mardi Gras may turn the spotlight to Sydney, but there’s a whole lot more to keep you occupied once you arrive. With quirky cafes, world-class restaurants, and a flourishing small bar scene, this global capital has a few tricks up its sequined sleeve.

The Oxford Street entertainment strip hosts many major Mardi Gras events and is also home to the city's best-known gay venues. Two Oxford Street crossings with Pride rainbow colours will be painted in time for Mardi Gras. To give your dance shoes a workout, head to clubs like ARQ, Midnight Shift and Phoenix. For something a little more lighthearted, there’s the camp classics Stonewall and Palms, or entertainment hubs such as Slide, with its mix of cocktail bar, club and burlesque shows.

For a touch of class, head into the city to ivy, which features a popular open-air Pool Club Bar for the beautiful people and their admirers. ivy celebrates Sydney Mardi Gras with a Pool Party, 25 February, meant to evoke the decadent atmosphere of Palm Springs and St Tropez. Buy your swimwear from Sydney designers, We Are Handsome, if you’re keen to stand out from the crowd.

Over in Erksineville, The Imperial Hotel might seem far from the strip, but it throbs with its own boundless energy and has been an institution for decades (it even appears in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.) With events like Lesbian Speed Dating, Bingay on Tuesdays, and a full lineup of cabaret, there’s never a slow night here. Woof Club Recovery Party, 3 March, is one to watch.

Just down the road, Newtown offers several popular spaces, including the Bank Hotel with its big, balmy beer garden; and the freshened up Newtown Hotel, which features Turbo Trivia every Monday night with Felicity Frockachinno.

The Sly Fox in Enmore is the city's unofficial girl party central - especially on Wednesday nights. Relaxed, friendly, and with a traditional pub vibe, this is one of many welcoming, unpretentious pubs in a funky, gay-friendly suburb.

For more pub atmosphere try The Flinders Hotelin Surry Hills, or The Beresford, a major gay scene destination every week when Beresford Sundays draw a chilled crowd to the attractive courtyard. Sunday afternoon is also a great day for dropping in at the Green Park Hotel, Darlinghurst, a classic destination for suits, students, tradesmen, doctors and drag queens.

For a non-scene alternative, be sure to check out Bulletin Place, one ofSydney's newest small bars, hidden up a narrow staircase in Circular Quay and boasting one of the best cocktail menus in the city. Or delve into the Redfern renaissance, with small bars like The Dock (stuffed ferret included), Dry Land, and the fairy-light fantasia of Arcadia Liquors. For a delicious bite you can’t go past The Eathouse Diner.

Born to perform

Sydney Mardi Gras is more than just big parties; it’s a pageant of performance, art, and heady discussions. Here are just a few pointers:

· This year sees the return to Sydney of two theatre classics. Director Stephen Colyer brings a bold new production of the Tony Award-winning Torch Song Trilogy, 1 February – 3 March, a searingly personal work by Broadway icon Harvey Fierstein at Darlinghurst Theatre. At the Seymour Centre, a 20th anniversary production of Beautiful Thing, 14 February – 2 March is directed by Brandon Martignago.

· Bondi Pavilion plays host to Summer Camp, 19 February – 4 March a vibrant exhibition of original paintings and art prints from the Florence Broadhurst Collection, photographer William Yang, and painter Scott Elk.

· Over in Paddington, Women Say Something, 15 February celebrates generations of women, with laughter, entertainment, and engaging discussion of what needs to happen to carry on the work they started by simply speaking up. With special guests Heather Peace and the beloved Australian actress Claudia Karvan.

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Air-cruising US West Coast - Special Offer from APT

West Coast destination hopping by private plane through private airports is a new luxury holiday experience offered by APT this year.

APT has extended to March 31 its half price deal on the fully-escorted nine-day West Coast Air Cruising itinerary which starts and finishes in Los Angeles and includes Monterey, San Francisco, Yosemite National Park, Cedar City, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Las Vegas.

Embraer EMB Brasilia 120
The deal price is $1497.50 per person, twin share (normally $2995) for daily departures between May and October. It is linked to booking an APT Canada-Alaska land and cruise tour of 17 days or more.

With the deadline extension, APT is also has an alternative offer of $1,000 Air Credit per couple on tours of 17 days or more and $500 Air Credit per couple on six select tours. March 31 is the deadline for these offers too.

The price includes travelling by private plane (Embraer EMB Brasilia 120) in the US with a maximum 30 passengers, 14 meals, hotels, guided tours, tipping (for tour director, pilot, driver, restaurants and activities) and luggage delivered to hotels.

Contact:  1300 229 804, see or visit a travel agent

SAA releases great value fares for travel to Africa

SAA A330-200

South African Airways (SAA) has launched some great value fares to South Africa and the rest of the African continent to kick off 2013.

With fares from as low as $1520 return from Perth, the new fares are among the lowest ever offered by the airline in the local market. Destinations like Victoria Falls, Dar Es Salaam, Kruger Park and Mauritius are all part of the deal.

According to Tim Clyde-Smith, SAA’s Country Manager, Australasia, travellers can enjoy SAA’s award-winning service on-board and direct connections to 26 destinations in Africa at bargain-basement prices.

“These new fares are on sale from this week until 25 February with travel from now until the end of November, 2013,”Tim said.

“Passengers should go to our website to book. With the Australian dollar now buying over 9 South African rand, there’s never been a better time to visit for a spectacular and affordable holiday or business trip,” he said.

Return specials from Perth start at:

Johannesburg $1,520
Cape Town $1,590
Durban $1,690
Nairobi $1,770
Dar Es Salaam $1,770
Harare $1,880
Victoria Falls $1,880
Accra $2,030

From Sydney specials include:

Johannesburg $1,635
Cape Town $1,710
East London $1,810
Richards Bay $1,775
Nairobi $1,890
Victoria Falls $2,000
Nelspruit / Kruger Park $1,905
Mauritius $2,140

All fares are subject to availability and include taxes as at today’s date.

SAA has daily non-stop flights between Sydney and Perth to Johannesburg, with direct connections to the largest network in Africa. SAA is consistently voted the 'Best Airline & Cabin Crew in Africa' winning it for the 16th consecutive year in the Travel Weekly Globe Awards in London. SAA took out top honours at the recent WTA awards in London, with three awards in the Africa category. SAA is a member of STAR, the world’s largest alliance which offers more than 21,500 daily flights to 1,356 airports in 193 countries.

For more information on SAA flights and reservations please call 1300 435 972 or see

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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Uniworld offers you great Summer Savings on 2013 Asia and Europe river cruises

Book and pay a deposit by 28 February, 2013 and save up to $1500 per couple

It's not too late to get a great deal on a world-class river cruise experience when choosing from Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection's ( Summer Savings program. With fantastic savings of up to $1500 per couple available on select departures across Asia and Europe, you simply need to book and pay their deposit by 28 February, 2013 to take advantage of this great offer.

Ideally designed to suit both experienced travellers as well as those who are new to river cruising, Uniworld's expertly-planned itineraries feature an assortment of five-star inclusions and an array of authentic experiences, with its luxurious fleet taking guests to many popular destinations as well as several hidden gems.

With demand for river cruising at an all-time high, Uniworld boasts a comprehensive program throughout Vietnam, Cambodia and China, as well as Europe. Whether you are looking to see the world by way of its intrinsic waterways, or are seeking an itinerary to complement your time while away, Uniworld offers itineraries to suit all ranging from eight to 27 days.

Savings on some of Uniworld's 2013 itineraries includes:

Ø 13-day NEW Splendours of Italy – Venice to Rome. Priced from $6365 per person-twin share (cruise only), save $600 per couple when booking and paying your deposit by 28 February, 2013.

Ø 15-days European Jewels - Budapest to Amsterdam. Priced from $5755 per person-twin share (cruise only), save $800 per couple when booking and paying your by 28 February, 2013.

Ø 10-day Impressions of China & the Yangtze – Shanghai to Beijing. Priced from $3530 per person-twin share (cruise only), save $450 per couple when booking and paying your deposit by 28 February, 2013.

Ø 15-day Timeless Wonders of Vietnam and Cambodia - Ho Chi Ming to Hanoi. Priced from $5061 per person-twin share (cruise only), save $450 per couple when booking and paying your deposit by 28 February, 2013.

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Valentine's Day Packages From Rendezvous Hotels

Rendezvous hotels is calling all romantics this Valentine's Day, offering a range of tantalising romance packages perfect for a getaway with that special someone. Available in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, don't miss the opportunity to spoil your loved one with a special rendezvous.

Rendezvous Grand Hotel Adelaide
Wine lovers and foodies planning an intimate get-away to South Australia will be tempted by a tailor-made romance package at Rendezvous Grand Hotel Adelaide.
The Intimate Rendezvous Package: From $269 per room per night* including:
·                     Overnight accommodation in a room type of guest's choice.

Plus Bonus Offer Inclusions:
·                     Gourmet buffet breakfast for two in the Glasshouse Restaurant.
·                     Bottle of Yarra Burn Premium Cuvee NV.
·                     Lush bath products and rose petals.
Conveniently located in the very heart of the CBD, the Hotel is the perfect base to tap into the buzzing cafe and restaurant culture or to explore all that Adelaide and its wine country has to offer. Setting the scene with an elegant, contemporary style and grand European charm, Rendezvous Grand Hotel Adelaide features 201 stylishly-appointed guest rooms and suites.
*Terms & Conditions apply. Valid 13 February – 17 February 2013. Subject to availability. Must be booked at least 2 days in advance. Rates are based on two adults twin share. Package inclusions not utilised are non-refundable. The hotel requires valid credit card guarantee for every booking.

Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne

For a romantic getaway in the cultural hub of Australia, Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne is the perfect place to romance, relax and indulge in a little luxury.
Valentine's Day Romance by Rendezvous: From $299 per room per night* including:
·       Accommodation in a Deluxe Room.
·       Chef's selection of three canapés and strawberries dipped in chocolate.
·       Bottle of Sparkling Wine.
Plus Bonus Offer Inclusions:
·       Three-course dinner for two at the hotel restaurant.
·       Full buffet breakfast for two.
·       Complimentary internet.
This landmark Heritage hotel is located on Flinder's Street overlooking the scenic Yarra River. The hotel boasts a prime location in the heart of the central business district, well suited for both business and leisure.
*Terms & Conditions apply. Subject to availability.
Rendezvous Reef Resort Port Douglas
Head north for some extended sunshine and romance at Rendezvous Reef Resort Port Douglas where you can take a romantic sunset cruise with that perfect someone – all included in your accommodation package:

The Couple's Retreat - From $780 for four nights accommodation*

·         Four nights accommodation in a spacious One-Bedroom Deluxe Self-Contained Villa

Plus Bonus Offer Inclusions:

·         Full buffet breakfast daily for two adults.
·         Welcome bottle of sparkling wine on arrival.
·         Sailaway Sunset Cruise for two adults.
·         Straits Cafe Dinner Voucher to the value of $60.

Rendezvous Reef Resort Port Douglas is located just two minutes from Port Douglas Village and stunning Four Mile Beach. There is a range of accommodation available ranging from One, Two or Three-Bedroom self-contained Standard or Deluxe Villas, each offering an enormous 110 square metres of living space if you don't want to leave the family behind!
*Terms & Conditions apply. Subject to availability. Based on minimum 4 night stay.
Rendezvous Hotel Brisbane Anzac Square
With a bottle of bubbles and Valentine's goodies, Rendezvous Hotel Brisbane Anzac Square is offering the perfect retreat right on the doorstep of the Brisbane CBD.
Secret Rendezvous: From $189 per room per night* including:
·       Overnight accommodation for two with a complimentary upgrade to a One Bedroom Apartment.
·       Room service breakfast for two.
Plus Bonus Offer Inclusions:
·       Valet parking for one Vehicle.
·       Bottle of Australian sparkling wine on arrival.
·       Valentine's goodies for guests staying between 14 - 16 February 2013.
·       Late checkout to 12:00pm.
·       Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi access.
A classical hotel offering superb accommodation, leading technology and service excellence. Beautifully decorated, this heritage building combines contemporary comfort with elegant décor. Situated in a highly sought-after location, opposite Central Railway Station in the heart of the CBD, it's the perfect place to access the best of Brisbane.
*Terms & Conditions apply. Subject to availability.
Rendezvous Studio Hotel Brisbane On George
Celebrate life's special occasions at Rendezvous Studio Hotel Brisbane On George. Indulge in a touch of romance and we'll look after the details.
A Touch Of Romance: From $279 per room per night* including:
·       Overnight accommodation for two in a Spa Room.
·       Room service breakfast for two.
Plus Bonus Offer Inclusions:
·       Secure parking for one vehicle.
·       Bottle of Australian sparkling wine and chocolates on arrival.
·       Valentine's goodies for guests staying between 14 - 16 February 2013.
·       Complimentary Wi-Fi access.
This boutique-style hotel offers a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere and is the ideal location for business and leisure travellers. Guests will experience an enjoyable stay with the hotel's convenient location and friendly staff complemented by its city location, just two minutes walk from the Treasury Casino and Queen Street Mall.
*Terms & Conditions apply. Subject to availability.
Rendezvous Hotel Sydney The Rocks
With a prime location in The Rocks precinct, celebrate Valentine's Day with a romantic harbour cruise in one of the most beautiful cities on earth.
Harbour Cruise Package: From $310 per room per night* including:
·       Full breakfast daily for two guests.
·       Accommodation in a Standard Studio Room.
Plus Bonus Offer Inclusions:
·       Choose from a lunch or dinner cruise on beautiful Sydney Harbour for two adults on board Magestic Cruises.
·       Departing and concluding at King Street Wharf Darling Harbour*
·       Complimentary use of gym, sauna, spa and outdoor heated pool.
Rendezvous Hotel Sydney The Rocks is a charming hotel in the heart of The Rocks, a vibrant historical neighbourhood in downtown Sydney. Whether you are here for business or leisure, you will appreciate our central location just moments from Circular Quay and Sydney's famous Opera House.
*Terms & Conditions apply. Rates are based on twin share, minimum 2 night stay. *Cruise excludes beverages and transfers and dinner cruise is not available on Saturday evenings. Based on twin-share accommodation. Additional guests - cost apply for cruise and accommodation.
Rendezvous Studio Hotel Sydney Central
With Rendezvous Studio Hotel Sydney Central, spoil your special someone to a three-course dinner and handmade chocolates right in the heart of the bustling city.
Romantic Celebrations: From $295 per room per night* including:
·       Overnight accommodation for two in a Premier Room.
Plus Bonus Offer Inclusions:
·       Bottle of sparkling Australian wine and a box of handmade chocolates on arrival.
·       Delicious three-course dinner for two in Straits Cafe.
·       Full buffet breakfast for two.
·       Late check-out to 12:00pm.
In the heart of central Sydney, The Rendezvous Studio Hotel Sydney Central is located minutes from Darling Harbour, Chinatown and the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. Convenient to the transport hub of central Sydney and with secure on-site parking facilities, guests can easily explore Sydney's iconic destinations and venues.
*Terms & Conditions apply. Subject to room availability at the time of booking. Charges apply for extra guests. Package inclusions are non-refundable and non-redeemable for cash.
Rendezvous Hotel Perth

Romantic walks along the beach, a cocktail at sunset – it's all so easy at Rendezvous Hotel Perth.

Valentine's Day Package - From $325 per room per night*
·         Luxury overnight accommodation for two.
Plus Bonus Offer Inclusions:

·         Dinner served in your room including a main, dessert tower and bottle of sparkling wine.
·         Buffet breakfast for two.

Located on the foreshore of Scarborough Beach, with unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean and soft white sands, the Hotel is conveniently located minutes away from Perth city, the airport and major attractions yet distant enough to allow guests to escape. The Hotel features 333 guest rooms and suites, restaurants, bars, the exclusive Plaza Club Lounge, expansive meeting space and an outdoor pool.
*Terms & Conditions apply. Valid 14th February 2013. Subject to availability.
Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland
If you are looking to show your loved one just how much you care with a serene candlelit dinner for two, Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland is the perfect choice.
Choose from either a Japanese-inspired Valentine's Day dinner at Katsura Restaurant from $60 per person or experience a candlelit dinner at Straits Cafe from $65 per person.

Plus Bonus Offer Inclusions:
·       Candlelit dinner for two at Straits Cafe.
·       Themed venue.
·       Valentine's Day cocktails available.
*Terms & Conditions apply. Not valid in conjunction with any other discounted voucher, coupon or offer. Valid 14th February 2013.
Rendezvous Grand Hotel Singapore
Celebrate Valentine's Day this year in style with a Singapore Sling at Rendezvous Grand Hotel Singapore.
Valentine's Celebrations Package: From $240 SGD ++* including:
·       Complimentary upgrade to Deluxe Room.
·       25% discount for food and beverage.
·       Valid only at Straits Cafe, The Courtyard at Rendezvous Grand and Seribu Sari Indonesian Dining.
Rendezvous Grand Hotel Singapore is located just minutes from the bustling CBD, shopping precincts including Orchard Road and cultural districts with convenient transport at the doorstep. Consistently providing quality, comfort and exceptional value, all 298 guest rooms and suites are stylish yet comfortable, ensuring a pleasant stay whether for business or leisure.
Terms & Conditions apply. Subject to availability. Promotion is not valid with other ongoing discounts, vouchers, offers and privileges. Minimum 2 nights stay. Rooms will be subject to availability upon confirmation. Rate is subject to 10% service charge and the prevailing goods and services tax.

About Rendezvous Hospitality Group
The Rendezvous Hospitality Group (RHG) operates 13 hotels across the Asia Pacific region under the brands Rendezvous Grand Hotels, Rendezvous Hotels and Rendezvous Studio Hotels. RHG employs more than 1,400 people and manages some 2,750 hotel rooms. RHG is the hospitality division of The Straits Trading Company Limited, one of Singapore's oldest publicly-listed companies, with business interests and investments spanning the Asia Pacific region.
·  Rendezvous Grand Hotel Adelaide
·  Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland
·  Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne
·  Rendezvous Grand Hotel Singapore
·  Rendezvous Hotel Perth (Becoming Rendezvous Grand Hotel Perth Scarborough)
·  Rendezvous Hotel Brisbane Anzac Square
·  Rendezvous Hotel Christchurch
·  Rendezvous Merry Hotel Shanghai (Becoming Rendezvous Hotel Shanghai Merry)
·  Rendezvous Stafford Hotel Sydney (Becoming Rendezvous Hotel Sydney The Rocks)
·  Rendezvous Reef Resort Port Douglas
·  Rendezvous Studio Hotel Brisbane On George
·  Rendezvous Studio Hotel Perth Central
·  Rendezvous Studio Hotel Sydney Central                           

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