Friday, 29 November 2013

Bacardi’s Art of Mixology at Dee Lounge and Beer Garden

Novotel Ploenchit_Dee Lounge_ Month of BarcadiNovotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit and Bacardi have joined together to offer special Bacardi cocktails blended by a Mixologist throughout December at Dee Lounge and the Beer Garden.

All Bacardi cocktails are offered at a special price of 200 Baht net per drink for the amazing Bacardi Art of Mixology month; cocktail themes are based on four exciting Bacardi renditions, including the Bacardi Original Mojito, Bacardi Limon Mojito, Bacardi Razz Mojito and Bacardi Apple Mojito. Dee Lounge’s Beer Garden provides a suitably relaxed venue for this awesome month of cocktail sampling, available from 6pm to 10pm each night in December.

In addition to December’s Bacardi Art of Mixology month, Novotel Ploenchit will host an exclusive “Party Night with Johnny Spitz” on    6th December, featuring session performances by award-winning Australian solo guitar and vocalist entertainer, Johnny Spitz. Bacardi will be on hand to mix up an exotic collection of revered cocktails, whilst guests enjoy a great live music experience in the company of Sydney’s renowned acoustic session musician, Johnny Spitz.

Novotel Bangkok Ploenchit Sukhumvit’s convenient location next to BTS Ploenchit makes it easy to access for guests seeking great live music, a cool place to relax after work and a venue to enjoy the world’s favourite Bacardi cocktails all through December, right in the heart of the town.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call 02 305 6000 ext 1631.

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Historic Gourmet Escape At Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London

Exterior of Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, LondonMandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London is offering a new Historic Gourmet Escape. Guests can enjoy luxurious accommodation at London’s premier address overlooking Hyde Park, dining at two Michelin starred DINNER by Heston Blumenthal, and a copy of Heston Blumenthal’s new Historic Heston book signed by the Chef.

Historic Heston, reveals for the first time the Chef’s years of research into Britain’s historic gastronomic past that has resulted in such iconic dishes as Meat Fruit, found on the menu at DINNER by Heston Blumenthal. The book charts a quest for identity through the best of British cooking that stretches from medieval to late-Victorian recipes.

DINNER by Heston Blumenthal, located at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, opened to outstanding acclaim in January 2011 and is ranked 7th in the World in the The S. Pellegrino ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2013’. The restaurant received its second Michelin star in September of this year. Heston Blumenthal and Fat Duck Group Executive Chef Ashley Palmer-Watts worked with food historians and from research at the British library to rediscover recipes from celebrated British culinary history. The result is a contemporary menu offering simple modern dishes, inspired by recipes dating as far back as the 14th century. The Tudor inspired Meat Fruit dish is a particular favourite with diners worldwide. The restaurant interiors, designed by Adam D. Tihany, combine a magical array of bespoke historic detail while the origins of the word ‘Dinner’  in the English language, typify Heston Blumenthal’s precise, playful and innovative approach to dining.

Knightsbridge Turret Suite at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
The new Historic Gourmet Escape is based on two adults sharing and includes:
  • One night accommodation in a Knightsbridge Room with indulgent amenities
  • Full English breakfast
  • A reservation for lunch or dinner for two at DINNER by Heston Blumenthal with a GBP 200 credit per room (timings for lunch or dinner will be confirmed by the reservations team on receipt of the reservation and are subject to availability)
  • A signed copy of Heston Blumenthal’s new Historic Heston cookbook
The Historic Gourmet Escape at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park starts from GBP 899, inclusive of VAT and exclusive of a 5% discretionary service charge, and is subject to availability, blackout dates may apply. 

Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly on +44 (0) 207 201 3773, via email, or through the direct online reservations service,

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A sunny festive season at Centara Sandy Beach Resort Da Nang

For a festive season on the beach, including dinner on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve, Centara Sandy Beach Resort Da Nang in Vietnam has packages that include accommodation with breakfast.

The Christmas package is for two nights’ accommodation, valid from 23 to 26 December, and priced at USD 315 net per couple.

There are two New Year packages. One is for two nights’ accommodation valid from 30 December to 2 January and priced at USD 335 net per couple, and the other is for three nights, valid from 29 December to 3 January, and priced at USD 410 net. 

Sandy Beach Resort Non Nuoc Resort Danang Vietnam Managed by Centara - Superior Ocean View
Included in all three packages is accommodation in a Superior Ocean View room, with daily breakfast at Alamanda Restaurant, Christmas Eve dinner on 24 December or New Year’s Eve party dinner on 31 December, a complimentary drink at the Garden Pub, and airport roundtrip transfers.

Also included is a 45-minute complimentary spa treatment per person, and 50 percent discount at the spa for couples.

Extensions to the stay are available at USD86 per night, and late checkout and room upgrades are subject to room availability.

Sandy Beach Resort Non Nuoc Resort Danang Vietnam Managed by Centara - PoolThe resort has free daily shuttle bus transfers to Da Nang city and the ancient port town of Hoi An.

Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, with 43 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom. A further 18 resorts in the Maldives, Vietnam, Shanghai, Bali Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Mauritius Indian Ocean, Ethiopia brings the present total to 61 properties. Brands and properties within Centara ensure that specific categories such as couples, families, individuals, and meetings and incentives groups will all find a hotel or resort that is appropriate to their needs. Centara operates 27 branches of Spa Cenvaree, one of Thailand’s most luxurious and innovative spa brands, together with its newly launched value brand Cense by Spa Cenvaree, which provides core spa services for busy travellers. The company’s Kids’ Club is Sandy Beach Resort Non Nuoc Resort Danang Vietnam Managed by Centara - Restaurantavailable at all the family-friendly resorts to ensure that the youngsters and teens are taken care of. Centara Hotels & Resorts also operates three state-of-the-art convention centres in Bangkok, and two in northeastern Thailand, one being located in Udon Thani and the other in Khon Kaen. The latest Centara brand is named COSI Hotels, an economy brand designed for travellers who predominantly make their bookings via the internet and who want comfort and convenience at the most friendly prices available, which is under development with the first property due to open in 2015.

For more information and reservations, please contact tel. +84 511 3961 777 or e-mail to

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Thursday, 28 November 2013

THAI Offers “Travel With Dad Promotion 2013”

Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI) celebrates His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Birthday Anniversary on 5 December 2013 by offering “Travel with Dad Promotion 2013” on domestic ticket fares from now until 25 December 2013.

Mr. Chokchai Panyayong, THAI Senior Executive Vice President, Commercial Department, said that on the auspicious occasion of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Birthday Anniversary and Father’s Day on 5 December 2013, THAI is offering “Travel with Dad Promotion 2013” for fathers and families members to take advantage of the special promotional domestic airfares in Economy Class.  Starting today until 25 December 2013, customers can make reservations and get ticket issuance, with travel beginning 1-25 December 2013:
  1.  One-way Weekday Promotional Fares (Travel on Monday-Thursday)
From Bangkok toChiang MaiStarting Price 2,450 Baht
Chiang RaiStarting Price 2,800 Baht
Khon KaenStarting Price 1,800 Baht
Udon ThaniStarting Price 1,700 Baht
Ubon RatchathaniStarting Price 1,800 Baht
KrabiStarting Price 2,350 Baht
PhuketStarting Price 2,850 Baht
Surat ThaniStarting Price 2,050 Baht
Hat YaiStarting Price 2,750 Baht
From Phuket toChiang MaiStarting Price 3,950 Baht
  1.  One-way Weekend Promotional Fares (Travel on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
From Bangkok toChiang MaiStarting Price 2,700 Baht
Chiang RaiStarting Price 3,050 Baht
Khon KaenStarting Price 2,050 Baht
Udon ThaniStarting Price 1,950 Baht
Ubon RatchathaniStarting Price 2,050 Baht
KrabiStarting Price 2,600 Baht
PhuketStarting Price 3,100 Baht
Surat ThaniStarting Price 2,300 Baht
Hat YaiStarting Price 3,000 Baht
From Phuket toChiang MaiStarting Price 4,450 Baht

Flights from Bangkok-Udon Thani, Bangkok-Krabi, Bangkok-Surat Thani, and Chiang Mai-Phuket are operated by THAI Smile.

Passengers may make reservations and issue tickets beginning now until 25 December 2013, and travel may begin during 1-25 December 2013.  Promotional weekday fares and promotional weekend fares are one-way Economy Class airfares for one passenger, and includes airport tax and all surcharges.  “Travel with Dad Promotion 2013” fares are available in limited amount per route and conditions may apply.  Passengers may accrue mileage according to Royal Orchid Plus conditions.

For reservations and ticketing information, visit THAI’s website and THAI Smile’s website or call the THAI Contact Center at Tel. 02-356-1111 (24 hours a day).

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Norwegian Kicks Off The Holidays With Black Friday and Cyber Monday Offer

Norwegian Cruise Line is launching a limited time offer to celebrate the biggest shopping days of the year, especially for those who want to give the unparalleled gift of cruising. 

Power shoppers who book a new cruise reservation to any of Norwegian’s exciting destinations including the Caribbean, Bahamas & Florida; or Hawai’i from Wednesday, November 27 through Tuesday, December 3, 2013, will receive up to $250 per stateroom to spend on board (based on cruise length and stateroom category). Air credits up to $1,000, Military, Latitudes Rewards and AARP discounts are also available on select sailings.

Cruisers can heat up their holidays by taking advantage of incredible savings on cruise vacations to the Caribbean. Norwegian Getaway, Miami’s ultimate ship, will make her debut in February, setting sail on seven-day cruises to the Eastern Caribbean from Miami. Guests who book a cruise on board this image002spectacular new vessel will enjoy visiting tropical ports of call including Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Nassau, Bahamas.

Norwegian Getaway, sister-ship to New York city-based Norwegian Breakaway, will be alive with excitement especially in and around 678 Ocean Place and The Waterfront, a variety of interconnected indoor and outdoor venues on three dynamic decks that creates a multiplex of dining, activities and more that enhance guests’ connection with the ocean, fares start at $649*.
Norwegian Epic, named the “Best Ship for Sea Days” by Cruise Critic and “Best Overall Cruise Ship” by the readers of Travel Weekly two years in a row, cruises to sunny Western Caribbean destinations on seven-day cruises from Miami. Guests on board will visit tropical destinations including; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico, with fares starting at $549*.

Those looking to set sail from winter to sunny skies can cruise from New York City on Norwegian Gem or Norwegian Breakaway, the ship that brings the best of NYC to Sea.

Norwegian Gem offers spectacular nine-day Eastern Caribbean cruises from New York City, visiting tropical destinations including; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; and Samana, Dominican Republic; with fares from $529*.

Norwegian Breakaway offers a series of seven-day cruises from New York City to the Bahamas & Florida visiting Orlando and Beaches (Port Canaveral), Florida; Nassau, Bahamas; and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, Norwegian’s very own private Island. Fares start at $429*.

A cruise on board the recently-enhanced Pride of America is an incredible gift that allows cruisers to explore the Hawaiian Islands on a seven-day inter-island cruise, year-round from Honolulu. This jaw-dropping itinerary offers nearly 100 hours of port time and visits Hawai’i’s four main islands, including an overnight in Kahului, Maui; an overnight in Nãwiliwili, Kaua`i; stops in Hilo, Hawai`i and Kona, Hawai`i; as well as an afternoon cruise by the spectacular Nãpali Coast, fares start at $999*

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

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Seabourn Delivers Savings as well as Style with Asia Fly-Cruise Offer

Ultra-luxury cruise line Seabourn is offering a fabulous $499 deal on one-way flights between Hong Kong and Australia, for travellers who join the elegant Seabourn Sojourn on a cruise to Asia this February.

The offer applies to guests who book Seabourn Sojourn’s 34-day cruise from Sydney to Hong Kong, departing February 8, 2014, with cruise fares from $13,999* per person. 

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The journey includes a raft of calls to small ports including South Australia’s Kangaroo Island, Bunbury and Exmouth in Western Australia, the exotic Komodo Island, Flores and Ambon in Indonesia and Sandakan in Malaysia.

On days at sea, guests can relax and enjoy Seabourn Sojourn’s many luxury features including its spa, restaurants, lounges and pools. Complimentary open bars throughout the voyage and open-seating dining add to a relaxed, club-like ambience.

Guests who book the cruise from Sydney can take advantage of Seabourn’s special air offer to return to Australia from Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific, with economy one-way flights to Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth priced at $499* per person.

For more information see a licensed travel agent, call 13 24 02 or visit
*All fares are in Australian dollars, for new bookings only, per guest, double occupancy, and subject to availability.

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Oceania Cruises’ Marina Returns To Australia In 2014

Oceania Cruises’ Marina is graciously returning to Australian shores in February 2014.  The first port of call is Brisbane – a new stop for Marina – followed by Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart before crossing the Tasman to New Zealand. 

For those wanting to tempt their palate, limited space is available on the 16-day sailing from Sydney to Auckland on 23 February 2014.  On the ‘Adventure Down Under’ sailing, guests will cruise down the coast to Hobart and explore the magnificent Fjords of the Milford Sound before sailing up New Zealand’s east coast to Auckland.  Prices start at $6,020 per person, twin share for an Inside Stateroom and $7,490 per person, twin share for a Veranda Stateroom. 

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Exclusively to Oceania Cruises are the multi-million-dollar Bon Appétit Culinary Centers The centres feature 24 fully equipped work stations with induction cook tops and convection ovens.  In 2014, more than 20 new innovative classes developed by acclaimed chef Kathryn Kelly and Bon Appétit magazine are being offered ranging from regional cuisines to secrets of homemade pasta, with each session expanding guests’ knowledge and appreciation of local flavours.

“While many ships offer cooking demonstrations for guests to observe, what has set our culinary centres apart is the opportunity for guests to actually cook themselves, delivering a hands-on experience in a true state of the art classroom”, says Kunal S. Kamlani, President of Prestige Cruise Holdings, Inc.

Contemporary in design with the touch of elegance in style and service, Marina is a mid-size ship carrying 1250 guests. Onboard features and facilities include 10 dining venues (six of which are open-seating gourmet restaurants, one of which is the first namesake restaurant at sea of Master Chef Jacques Pépin), an array of bars and lounges, the first Lalique grand stairway, Ralph Lauren Home furnished Owner’s Suites, a full-service Canyon Ranch SpaClub® and fitness centre, swimming pool and hot tubs.

For more information visit Guests can book through their preferred travel agent.

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Fraser Place Melbourne offers Australian Open Package

Fraser Place Melbourne is offering one of the best rates in town during the Australian Open tennis season (10 – 27 January 2014) with overnight packages at the stylish laneway property starting from $250 per night. 

The package, for two people, includes overnight accommodation at Fraser Place Melbourne including buffet breakfast with a glass of Moet & Chandon, free Wi-Fi plus your choice of cocktail at Seamstress Restaurant Bar.

Seamstress is a restaurant and cocktail bar housed in a 120-year old textiles factory in Melbourne’s China Town district, just a short walk from Fraser Place.

Tennis fans visiting the bustling city will be able to watch their favourite tennis stars battle it out at Rod Laver Arena and then head back for a cocktail at Seamstress Restaurant & Bar following a relaxing overnight stay at Fraser Place Melbourne.

Centrally located on Exploration Lane just a short distance from some of Melbourne’s great sporting grounds and stadiums, Fraser Place is the ultimate place to stay during the Australian Open.

To book, please call (03) 9699 6888 or email and enter in the code AOP

For further information on Fraser Place, please visit

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Heavenly Honeymoon Package at Phuket’s Ultimate Five-Star Hideaway

Paresa – Heaven of All HeavensA heavenly honeymoon package is now on offer at the exclusive five-star Phuket hideaway, Paresa Resort, throughout Thailand’s pleasant winter season, atTHB50,440 (US$1,600) for three nights.

Newly-weds will be greeted with flowers and scented bathroom amenities on arrival at the prestigious Talay Suite. The guests can then enjoy a romantic dinner for two at the cliff-top infinity pool, which overlooks the Andaman Sea, offering its breath-taking views.

The new package additionally features a 60-minute massage for two at The Spa by Paresa, along with daily en suite villa breakfast, tasty bedtime treats and round trip airport transfers by a luxury SUV.

Paresa Talay Suite
On offer until April 30, 2014, the honeymoon package promises unrivalled indulgence and luxurywith Michelin-style fine dining at Phuket’s most sought-after address – “Millionaire’s Mile” above Kamala Bay.

As an additional service at Paresa, guests staying at the exclusive resort can now be sure they will never get lost with the launch of the new Paresa App.

The innovative application, useable across all Apple and Android mobiles and tablets, includes a Google locator map, as well as all of Paresa’s latest information, experiences and offers.

Powerful features for guests extend to in-villa dining menus and ordering, call back requests, buggy or taxi booking, and housekeeping. The concierge and excursion teams are available at the touch of a button, as are local weather forecasts, and Phuket airport flight arrival and departures information.

The app is available for free download at under the “Facilities” section, or from iTunes and Google Plus stores.

With breathtaking views over the Andaman Sea, Paresa Resort is named after “Heaven of All Heavens” in Thai.

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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Asia Premium Travel Releases its New Signature Experiential Travel.

song_saa_islandLuxury Travel in Cambodia is on the rise, Asia Premium Travel has introduced a luxurious, experiential tour of Cambodia for the most sophisticated travelers. 

Luxe Cambodia is on the rise, with new luxury hotels resorts opening regularly. Song Saa Private Island in Sihanoukville, and Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra in Phnom Penh have just been opened recently, so high-end travelers have choices for their comfort and accommodation. Teeming with history, marvelous architecture and awash in natural beauty, the largest religious monument ever built, Angkor Wat ranks at the top of globetrotting luxury travelers must see list of the wonders in the word.” Says Chea Win, CEO and founder of Asia Premium Travel.

The Cambodia Luxury Experiential Tour provides the chance to explore the capital Phnom Penh, the legendary temples of Angkor and Tonle Sap Lake at a leisurely pace, combined with time to relax at the Song Saa Island Resort, which is set on two pristine islands in the Gulf of Thailand.

To ensure high quality accommodations, we have checked all of our recommended hotels and resorts in Cambodia. We taste the experience, know it, feel it and provide our expertise to the most sophisticated travelers like you. This luxury Cambodia tour is our signature and has been carefully designed by myself to provide a unique experience in this destination.” Adds Chea Win. bayon temple ride
“ It also promotes cultural understanding and exchange, flows smoothly from place to place, and allows time for relaxation and exploration on your own. It gives you a lot of flexibility, privacy, worry free travel, maximum value, and a once-in-a- lifetime experience. The itinerary can be modified to suit your tastes, timeframe, budget, and special interests. Our team will be your personal experience managers and deliver you one of the world’s most authentic luxury experiences.”

The holiday starts with a two night stay at the Raffles Hotel in Phnom Penh, with a welcome dinner at one of the capital's finest restaurants. At the confluence of four rivers, travelers will find Cambodia's capital, a city with both a glorious and tragic past.

Nevertheless, it is emerging as a great luxury destination, thanks to its wide array of colonial buildings, temples, eclectic markets and up and coming food scene. And one cannot miss the National Museum, which delves into the past of Angkor Wat and the Royal Palace, which highlights Khmer architecture.

Next, fly to Siem Reap, with four nights spent at the Amansara with two private half-day tours including the top four temples of Cambodia: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom, Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei, as well as the temples and floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake. Adding some local flair to the experience, there is also a welcome dinner at the highly acclaimed Wat Damanak restaurant which serves authentic Khmer dishes, and an exclusive sunrise breakfast next to the 190 meter wide moat surrounding Angkor Wat.

The third part of the holiday starts with a flight to Cambodia's south coast to board a speedboat to transfer to Song Saa, located in the Koh Rong Archipelago which forms part of the Ream National Marine Park. Three nights will be spent at the exclusive retreat, relaxing and enjoying the exquisite food, with an array of activities including swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing and diving, plus a wide choice of spa treatments for those in need of some pampering.

After a wonderful cultural trip, it’s is the perfect place to stay in Cambodia to have a high quality tropical beach experience. The four-day ‘Song Saa on the Cambodian Rivera’ trip includes a speedboat ride from Sihanoukville to delightful Song Saa Private Island. While there, you can enjoy snorkeling, sea kayaking, bird watching, yoga and inclusive breakfast, lunch, dinner, wines, beers and spirits.” Says Phan An, Director of Sales and Marketing of Asia Premium Travel Ltd.

The experience of a lifetime starts from $ 8523  pp (2 sharing), and is valid until 30 Sep 2014. Travel agents get 10% commission or 852 USD per customer. This includes domestic flights, 9-nights’ B&B, house drinks & fully stocked mini-bar at Song Saa (and almost all beach activities and unlimited food), road transfers, tours on a private basis and English speaking guides and drivers.

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Crown Hotels are Filled with Family Fun this Summer

Families seeking a fun, summer escape can keep the holiday boredom at bay with Crown Hotels' range of family packages. With great value offerings from Crown's world-class hotels in both Melbourne and Perth and exciting entertainment options, there is sure to be a package to please the whole family. 

Whether for a poolside retreat in Perth or an urban escape to Melbourne, Crown's newly-released summer packages represent exceptional value, starting from $195 per night.

Crown Hotels' summer escapes include:

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Crown Towers' world-class offerings and facilities make it an ideal choice for a family vacation. Guests will enjoy two luxurious nights accommodation with valet parking, access to Crown Spa's indoor pool with daily kids' club activities and an endless selection of dining, shopping and entertainment offerings to ensure all family members enjoy their stay.

Price: From $570 for two nights. Terms and conditions apply.

Crown Metropol Melbourne - Family Retreat
Tucked away high above the city, Crown Metropol offers an exciting location for a family escape overlooking elbourne. The Family Retreat package includes two night's luxurious accommodation, valet parking, a family pass to Village Cinemas and the Galactic Circus to keep the kids busy these summer school holidays.

Price: From $548 for two nights. Valid until 13 January 2014. Terms and conditions apply.

Crown Promenade Melbourne - Family Getaway
Families can take a break and enjoy an urban getaway at Crown Promenade Melbourne these school holidays. Complete with three nights' accommodation and valet parking, the Family Getaway package is the ideal way to unwind and escape in the heart of Melbourne.
Price: From $470 for three nights until 13 January 2014. Terms and conditions apply.

Crown Metropol Perth - Family Escape
Families can escape to Crown Metropol and enjoy the West Australian summer sun, world class dining options and exciting entertainment. Complete with two nights' accommodation and sparkling wine and chocolates on arrival, the Family Escape package also offers complimentary use of Perth's favourite resort pool and waterslides.

Price: From $549 for two nights. Terms and conditions apply.

Crown Promenade Perth - Luxury
Families looking for a little luxury can retreat to Crown Promenade Perth for an overnight escape including stylish accommodation, a bottle of sparkling wine, chocolates and a surprise gift for children under 10 years of age. The package also includes complimentary internet access and a parking pass.
Price: From $195 for one night. Terms and conditions apply

To make a booking for family fun at Crown this summer please visit

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Discovery Awaits At Le Méridien Khao Lak Beach Resort & Spa With Exceptional Offers

Le Méridien Khao Lak Beach & Spa Resort invites travelers to explore the pristine Andaman Sea with its Great Holiday Sale campaign, offering accommodation rates starting from THB 5,600+++ inclusive of complimentary daily breakfast for two. The exclusive offer is valid for booking from now until December 31, 2013 for stays to March 31, 2014.

Located 83 kilometres north of Phuket International Airport, Khao Lak is set against the coastline of Phang Nga bay. Famous for its pristine beaches and waters, Khao Lak is packed with national parks where natural jungles meet dramatic hills divided by streams and waterfalls. In Khao Sok and Phang Nga national parks, travelers can experience jungle trekking, white water rafting, jeep safaris, bamboo canoeing, and elephant trekking. Beyond into the Andaman Sea is the stunning scenery of unique limestone rock formations and an amazing underwater world. Just an hour boat ride from the resort, the Similan Islands, consisting of nine small secluded islands, is one of the world’s top ten diving destinations. 

Le Meridien Khao Lak Oceanfront 2 BR Pool Villa
Complementing its idyllic location, Le Méridien Khao Lak Beach & Spa Resort offers 256 well-appointed guestrooms, suites and private villas. Each guestroom is thoughtfully designed, with modern architecture that gently blends with traditional Thai culture and crafts to provide comfort, luxury, and an exotic ambience. Ground-floor Deluxe Rooms lead out to the swimming pool, a terrace, and a lush garden, whereas the one-bedroom Deluxe Suite and the 160 square metre two-bedroom Royal Suite offer panaromic views of the gardens, pools, and the Andaman Sea from spacious private balconies. For the ultimate vacation, the resort offers private villas, providing seclusion, tranquility, and luxurious amenities complete with a personal Villa Host Service.

For culinary enthusiasts, tantalizing flavours and artful dishes await at seven distinct restaurants spanning a diverse array of international food traditions. Set on the white sandy beach, Bamboo Bar & Seafood Grill offers an open concept dining experience, serving up a light fare at day and seafood grill at night. Café Lilawadeefeatures international flavors for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  For authentic specialty cuisines, guests can choose from Baan Thai, and authentic Thai cuisine with fresh local ingredients; Italian gourmet specialties at Favola; mouth-watering Korean BBQ and Japanese delicacies at Twin Lake Pavillion; authentic Indian dishes prepared in a real Tandoor oven at Kuk Kak. For light meals and beverages, opt for Latitude 8, quick snacks, ice-cream and freshly baked cakes at the Plunge Bar.  All venues are located in unique settings in a relaxed ambience, and guests can choose from dining by the pool, overlooking the Andaman Sea, in the midst of a lush garden and lagoon, or even on the beach.

The Great Holiday Sale offers guests a stay at an exceptional rate of up to 50% off the standard rate, starting from THB5,600++, inclusive of complimentary breakfast for two persons. The offer is available for bookings from now until December 31, 2013. The stay is to be completed by March 31, 2014. 

For reservation and more information, please visit

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Monday, 25 November 2013

New “Zensational” Air Allowance with Crystal’s Asia Cruises

Ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises announces an airfare allowance of up to US$800 on select Asia cruises that enables worldwide guests to fly for less, whether air is purchased through Crystal or independently. 

Available in conjunction with “Book Now” savings, the special offer expires January 3, 2014.  The air credit is available with eight 12- to 15-day Spring and Fall cruises that depart from Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Tokyo, Sydney, Bali and Bangkok, several of which are completely new Crystal itineraries.

Additional value promotions are set for many of the diverse Asia cruises. Depending on the sailing, these special offers include: Crystal Cruises – Children on deck during a formal night
  • Reduced Single Supplements – Guests can enjoy sole occupancy accommodations for only a 10% surcharge, the lowest in the industry. 
  • Kids Sail Free – Enabling junior cruisers (age 17 and under) to sail for free when sharing a third berth accommodation with two adults. 
  • “Book Now” Fares – Offering savings up to US$2,500 off the cruise fare for voyages booked byJanuary 3, 2014. 
  • Complimentary Hotel Programs – 3-day inclusive land programs in Beijing and Angkor Wat/Thailand. 
  • Crystal Family Memories – Enabling families/friends to enjoy perks and even free berths for groups. 
Crystal Serenity – Penthouse with VerandahFourteen 12-22-day cruises aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity are available in China, Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei in early and late 2014.    Cruise fares begin at just US$3,165.

“Crystal’s itineraries were meticulously crafted to combine a diverse selection of Asian regions that are steeped in history, beauty and culture,” says Edie Bornstein, Crystal’s president.  “For history buffs to foodies to photographers to spa enthusiasts to even shopaholics, Asia provides a veritable feast for the senses.  And, whether traveling solo or with loved ones, with this range of promotions, everyone can find a way to save on a most exotic and luxurious Crystal journey.”

The renowned Crystal Experience has been rated “World’s Best” more than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history, including in this month’s Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, for the 20th annual time.

For more information on the various Asia promotions and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit

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'All the World's a Stage' at Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains this Summer

The Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains is the proud accommodation sponsor of the Leura Shakespeare Festival which runs from 11-26 January 2014 and as a result, the MGallery resort will be home to a lively Festival Bar and a number of Shakespeare masterclasses where hotel guests can channel their inner Romeo or Juliette. 

Now in its 4th year, the Leura Shakespeare Festival will feature two plays - an adaptation of the French masterpiece, Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, and Shakespeare's much adored, Much Ado About Nothing. Both will be playing at Leura's exquisite Everglades Garden Theatre every Friday to Sunday from 11-26 January. 

As the accommodation sponsor of the festival, the Fairmont Resort will be going above and beyond to create a Shakespeare wonderland for locals, Shakespeare enthusiasts and guests of the hotel. Operating during the entire festival, the Fairmont Loves Shakespeare Festival Bar at the resort will be a hive of artistic activity as the cast and crew of the productions mingle for post-show drinks and answer any burning questions audience members may have.

The resort will also be hosting "All the World's a Stage" Shakespeare masterclasses for adults and children. Guests will tread the boards and discover their voice, conquer Shakespeare's poetry and take on some of his greatest characters under the guidance of Sport for Love's top theatre educators and performers. 

The Shakespeare masterclass will be held at Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains on Saturday 18 January at 10:30am. Price: $13 per adult, $8 per child (up to 18yrs).

Celebrating its 25th birthday this year, the Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains boasts spectacular views over the Jamison Valley and Leura Golf Club and features renovated guestrooms, two restaurants, a lounge and bar, two swimming pools, a fully equipped gymnasium, day spa treatment room and the new Fairmont Express - a life-size replica toy train which takes kids and train enthusiasts around the grounds of the resort. 

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Where to try Winter Olympic sports in the Austrian Tirol

The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics will take place from 7th – 23rd February 2014, and we get ready to watch the elite demonstrate the very best in skiing, skating, bobsled, luge, biathlon and more.

Ever thought in a moment of madness that you wouldn’t mind having a go at one of these awe-inspiring sports?

Celebrating 50 years since Innsbruck first hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 1964, the Austrian Tirol is the perfect place to have a go! The capital of Tirol went on to host the Games once more in 1976 and then the Olympic flame returned in 2012 for the inaugural Youth Winter Olympic Games (YOG).

With images of Eddie the Eagle flashing through your mind, this is perhaps the most terrifying discipline of all. Ski jumping requires nerves of steel and a certain mind over matter approach. Located in the beautiful Kitzbühler Alps, you can try this in the Hohe Salve region. Receive expert training and full guidance before you launch yourself off the 15m jump into the air and attempt to fly as far as possible. The ski jumping centre in Wörgl offers 5 ski-jumps, which meet the international FIS standard with 3 smaller ski-jumps (15, 30 and 40 metres) and 1 larger ones (60 metres) . ‘Ski Jumping for everyone’ is available at a cost of €50 per person for 3 hours, to book email or call +43 664 34 20 663. Base yourself in one of the village of the Hohe Salve region, such as Hopfgarten or Kelchsau and explore Austria’s largest interconnected ski area, the SkiWelt. To find out more visit

How much?
During the Super Ski Weeks, stay 7 nights on half board at the 3* Hotel Traube in Hopfgarten, with prices starting from €542 per person, including a 6 day ski pass. For this offer and more click here . Daily flights are available with easyJet from Gatwick to Innsbruck, up to 5 times a week with British Airways from Gatwick or fly with Monarch from Manchester up to 3 times a week.

There is no better place in Austria to cross-country ski than in the Olympiaregion Seefeld, with access to over 250km of trails. Made up of two disciplines, Biathlon combines cross-country skiing and shooting, as skiers race with rifles strapped to their backs stopping at a target range every few kilometres to shoot their targets. The sporting event was first included in the Olympic Games in 1960 but it wasn’t until 1992 that women were able to compete in this discipline. You can try biathlon on Thursdays and Fridays in Seefeld, where two hour lessons (noon to 2pm) costs €56 per person. Visit .

How much?
Neilson ( ; 0844 879 8155) has 7 nights on full board at the 4* Superior Hotel Alpenpark & Spa in Seefeld, with prices starting from £704 per person, based on 2 sharing and including flights and resort transfers. For 2013-14 Neilson have introduced learn to ‘langlauf’ packages starting from £115 per person for 3 days tuition and ski and boot hire.

From late December through to March you can have a go at this thrilling winter sport on ice at the Igls Bobsleigh track, which was used during the Winter Olympics in 1964, 1976 and at the Youth Olympics in 2012. From the women's start, this is your chance to ride on an Olympic style bobsleigh, where prices start from only €30 per person in the guest bobsleigh, which holds 5 people, behind a professional pilot. The adrenaline rush couldn’t be greater as you experience this thrilling winter sport on ice, sliding 800m and taking in 10 curves. If you want to ride the full track from start to finish and achieve speeds of up to 115 km/hr, making 14 curves and a difference in altitude of 125 m then opt for the taxi bobsleigh. The bobsleigh seats two passengers in addition to two professional pilots and costs €95 per person. For more info and dates or email .

How much?
Crystal Ski ( ; 0871 236 9501) has 7 nights on half board at the 4* Eagles Astoria Hotel in Igls, with prices starting from £525 per person, including flights and resort transfers.

There couldn’t be a better resort to participate in a ski racing camp than in Sölden. The resort stages the first FIS Ski World Cup race of the winter at the end of October and is also the official training ground for the US ski team. If this inspires you to improve your racing techniques, then check out the Andre Arnold Ski Racing Camps in Sölden. The f ormer World Cup ski racer Andre Arnold runs camps throughout the winter season on selected dates, including 5 days ski training on slalom and giant slalom, with full video analysis and the final ski race with award ceremony.

How much?
The Andre Arnold Ski Racing Camp offers 5 night’s accommodation at the 3* Haus Martina, with prices starting from €660 per person on B&B or from €750 on half board. Daily flights are available with easyJet from Gatwick to Innsbruck, up to 5 times a week with British Airways from Gatwick or fly with Monarch from Manchester up to 3 times a week. For more information visit .

Since the beginning of October, more than 200 training groups have come to the Stubai Glacier in the Austrian Tirol to train on the 1000m long ski cross course, including British number 1 Ski Cross athlete Emily Sarsfield. The Ski Cross course at Eisjochferner features ten waves, jumps and eight banked corners. From late December the ski cross course will be transformed into the Big Family Funslope for everyone to use for free with a valid ski pass.

How much?
Zenith Holidays (020 3137 7678, ) has seven nights on half board at the 4* Hotel Bergjuwel in Neustift, with prices starting from £485 per person, including half board and resort transfers. Flights available with easyjet from Gatwick to Innsbruck from £115pp return (+£29 for a 20kg bag)

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