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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Thailand’s Annual Songkran Festival - Soak up the fun!



Travellers Can Soak up the Fun at Thailand’s Annual Songkran Festival, Tourism Authority of Thailand to organise celebrations in Bangkok and twelve provinces

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is organising a variety of events from 6 to 21 April 2013 to celebrate the Thai New Year under the name “Songkran Splendours.” The holiday, which falls during the hottest month of the year in Thailand, celebrates the conventional calendar’s “astrological passage” and is marked by throwing water on anyone within splashing range.

TAT considers Songkran a unique festival which has captured the attention of many Thai and foreign travellers alike, and as a result it is holding simultaneous events in different areas of the country. The festival has been actively promoted at overseas marketing showswith the ultimate goal to introduce it as a world event.

“Songkran is definitely the festival that Thais most look forward to because it brings together family and friends to celebrate the Thai New Year by honouring their elders, while engaging in day-long fun by splashing water on friends and passersby. It is a unique combination of honouring ancient traditions and having fun, which makes Songkran popular with visitors looking for an unforgettable Thai experience.” said Mr. Suraphon Svetasreni, Governor of the Tourism Authority.

This year features a wealth of Songkran-related activities throughout the country. Peoplecan participate in an assortment of activities ranging from beauty pageants and oyster shelling competitions, to sprinkling water on sacred Buddha statues and making food offerings at temples.

The grand opening of the festival takes place in Bangkok and will feature events at four popular temples in the city, plus the area around Siam Paragon, and also a designated stretch along the Chao Phraya River.

“In 2013, we’ve ensured that visitors to Thailand can partake in an array of events happening throughout the country so they can explore and experience how people from various regions of the country celebrate the Songkran Festival," added Mr. Suraphon.

This year’s “Songkran Splendours” include:

Bangkok- (12-16 April)

Old City Songkran Festival, Ayutthaya - (13-16 April )

Suphan Buri Songkran Festival - (11-14 April )

Chon Buri Songkran Festival - (13-21 April, depending on location )

Phra Padaeng Songkran Festival, Samut Prakan Province - (19-21 April )

Chiang Mai Songkran Festival - (7 -16 April , depending on location)

Sukhothai Songkran Festival - (6-14 April , depending on location)

Thai - Lao New Year’s Merit Ceremony & Nakhon Phanom Songkran Festival - (8-15 April)

Top Isan Songkran, Dok Khun Festival - (8-15 April)

Isan Nong Khai Songkran Festival - (6-17 April)

Hat Yai Midnight Songkran - (11-14 April)

Songkran on Phuket Beach - (10-15 April)

Nakhon Sri Thammarat’s Nang Dan Procession in Songkran - (11-15 April)

While the official holiday runs from 12-16 April, events will be ongoing for various periods from 11 to 21 April. TAT is expecting to make a big splash with this year’s festival, hoping it will lead to tourists returning for future Songkran holidays. In addition to increased revenue, TAT hopes successful marketing of Songkran will lead to conservation and restoration of the traditions, activities, festivals, cultures, and resources that Thailand has to offer tourists, helping to maintain Thailand’s uniqueness and its heritage.

For more information, visit http://www.tourismthailand.org/


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Most popular travel destination searches for Australians

Aussies are looking for Khao Lak holidays according to Hotels.com

Hotels.com website search statistics reveal the domestic and international destinations experiencing the biggest search increases.

Top Destination Searches
Destination
% increase
Lord Howe Island, Australia
263%
Khao Lak, Thailand
224%
Auckland, New Zealand
163%
Bellagio, Italy
152%
Santorini, Greece
145%
Nadi, Fiji
134%
Manhattan, USA
124%
Melbourne, Australia
101%
Port Douglas, Australia
97%
Austin, US
90%

(Searches by Australian travellers on Hotels.com from February 2013 versus February 2012)


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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Pentecost Island Land Diving: Tribal Daredevils in Vanuatu


If you thought bungy jumping was extreme, then perhaps you haven't heard of Nagol, which means 'land diving'. It involves local men and boys on Pentecost Island in Vanuatu who jump from a manmade tower with a vine secured around their legs, aiming to touch the ground with their shoulders. An annual ritual, you need to see to believe, Aussies can witness this jaw dropping event between April and June each year on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Nagol goes back nearly 15 centuries, long before the world's first commercial bungy operation opened in 1988. Each April, when the first yam crop is ready for harvest, the people on Pentecost Island begin building towers from branches, vines and tree trunks. It takes five weeks to construct a suitable 20-30 metre tower.

Local men carefully select a vine, knowing that a few centimetres can make all the difference, tie the vine to their legs and dive headfirst from the tower platform at 72km per hour. The aim is to land close enough with their head curled under so that just their shoulders touch the ground. It is believed that this feat will make the ground fertile for the following year.

Land diving is reserved for the locals but travelling to Pentecost Island to witness this awe-inspiring ceremony is an incredible experience. Prepare to be swept up in the excitement as the entire village gathers together in song and dance to watch these tribal daredevils tempt fate.

Pentecost Island, which also boasts pristine beaches, reefs, untouched forests, mountains and jungles as well as exotic wildlife, is within easy reach for Aussie travellers.

Experience traditional land diving in Vanuatu and save - five nights for the price of three!

Coral Seas is offering tours to experience the land diving in Vanuatu from April to June 2013 from $1615*. Packages include return economy flights with Air Vanuatu, taxes, five nights for the price of three at Moorings Hotel in Port Vila, a Pentecost Land Diving Day trip with return domestic airfares, tour, hotel transfers and packed lunch, tropical breakfast daily at Moorings, return airport hotel transfers and $50 food and beverage credit per booking. Package is subject to availability.

*package price is based on departures from Brisbane and price is correct as of 19/03/2013.

To book please call Coral Seas on 1300 370 792 and visit www.coralseas.com.au

For more information about Vanuatu and Pentecost please visit www.vanuatu.travel


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Tradition Meets Indulgence at Hard Rock Hotel Penang




In conjunction with the opening of its two new luxurious private outdoor spa villas, Hard Rock Hotel Penang has launched its brand new spa menu featuring a range of traditional techniques that guarantee to deliver deeper relaxation to modern day spa seekers.

General Manager John Primmer says the expansion of the spa and the extension of the spa menu were designed to meet the high demands for more space and variety of treatments from the hotel guests and day visitors.

"Apart from keeping our menus fresh and interesting for our guests, especially the regular ones, the new outdoor villas cater specifically to couples and those who enjoy post-treatment indulgences such as outdoor showers and flower baths," says Primmer. "The villas have been an absolute hit with parents and young couples."

Four notable new treatments for adults include:
  • - Rhythm Sticks – a 90 minute treatment which involves the use of bamboo sticks of various sizes and heated oil;
  • - Retune Yourself – a 90 minute treatment which involves an unlikely combination of the traditional Hawaiian massage technique of long rhythmic strokes and the Tibetan Singing Bowl (Suzu Gong);
  • - Buff Bar, the first of its kind 120 minute treatment on Penang island which involves a personalised body scrub and a traditional Malaysian or Hard Rock massage; and
  • - Pevonia Green Coffee Slimming, a 60 minute hi-tech cellulite treatment by Pevonia.
The Sweet Shop

Kids (6-12 years old) on the other hand, can relax with The Sweet Shop, a new pampering package which includes a facial, manicure and pedicure.

"Just like guitars that need retuning every now and then, the human mind, body and spirit also require retuning from time to time as well," says Primmer.

"Since the launch, we have received much positive feedback from our guests, including men and children, on the new menu and villas. We hope to continue meeting and exceeding their expectations."

To help guests retune and refresh for 2013, Hard Rock Hotel Penang is offering two special packages - the Twin Therapy Package which combines the Rhythm Sticks Massage and Buff Bar body treatment for approximately AUD100 plus taxes; and the Spa Duet Package which combines Retune Yourself and Muscle Ease Bath Soak) for approximately AUD88 plus taxes. The offer is only valid until the end of February 2013. For more information, visit http://penang.hardrockhotels.net.

About Hard Rock Hotel Penang

Located on the pearl sandy beaches of Batu Ferringhi in Penang, Malaysia, the Hard Rock Hotel Penang opened in September 2009. The property features 250 guestrooms, the largest free-form pool in Malaysia, state of the art spa and kids' facilities and more than 500 memorabilia items from the world of rock. Widely popular as a destination for couples, families, corporate groups and day visitors, this is where guests come to immerse themselves in classic rock anthems.

TripAdvisor's 2012 Traveler's Choice Awards named Hard Rock Hotel Penang the No.1 trendiest hotel in Malaysia two years in a row.



Mercure Resort Gerringong launches Yoga Spa Retreats by the Sea


With its picture-perfect location between the mountains and the beach, Mercure Resort Gerringong by the Sea (formerly Bellachara Boutique Hotel) has launched a series of Yoga Spa Retreats that will help relax the mind, pamper the body and soothe the soul. The program includes a day of yoga, meditation, luxury spa treatments, a guided beach walk and delicious, healthy food, all from just $346 per person.

The yoga sessions are led by Merryn Lee Perez of Boutique Yoga, who has more than 20 years of experience in yoga and is the NSW representative for peak industry body, Yoga Australia.

Mercure Resort Gerringong
Gerringong is the ideal place to relax and calm the mind and body, surrounded by lush rolling hills and with one of the most beautiful beaches in the state on its doorstep. With just 52 rooms, the boutique Mercure provides an indulgent rooftop day spa, two pools, the renowned Bella Char Restaurant and Wine Bar and stylish accommodation, all just a short walk from Werri Beach and the gorgeous township of Gerringong.

The Yoga Spa Day program is being held on the 24th April, 25th May and 22nd June 2013 with dates still to be announced for later in the year. Participants can also book the Yoga Retreat in conjunction with one night's accommodation and a two-course dinner from $464 per person twin share per night.

Those looking for something a little less relaxing might prefer the resort's Murder Mystery Dinner, scheduled for 24th May which will include a two-course dinner at Bella Char, a glass of wine on arrival and a Whodunnit-style Murder Mystery that will keep you guessing all night. The Murder Mystery dinner is just $85 per person.

General Manager Kellie Stapleton said the resort constantly looks for new and interesting ways to keep guests amused.

"From Easter Egg hunts to Mother's Day lunches to yoga retreats and murder mystery nights, the Mercure Gerringong by the Sea promises to keep guests entertained during their stay," she said. "Not only do we want to create events that guests want to travel for, but we also want to encourage the local community to enjoy this beautiful resort throughout the year."

For bookings email hello@mercuregerringong.com.au or phone (02) 4234 1359.

For business or leisure, Mercure offers a real alternative to hotel chains and independent hotels. Mercure is the only midscale hotel brand that combines the strength of an international network of 730 hotels with guaranteed quality standards and the genuine experience of hotels, all different, rooted in their local community and managed by passionate hoteliers. Located in city centers, by the sea or in the mountains, the Mercure network welcomes you in nearly 50 countries across the World. More information on Mercure hotels is available on www.mercure.com



Tuesday, 26 March 2013

See Much More of Italy for Much Less with Rail Europe



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Rail Europe has announced that effective immediately, consumers will have with access to the complete range of fares across Trenitalia's lines, including Trenitalia's lead in fares, which offer discounts of up to 70% off the normal fares.

Manager Australasia of Rail Europe, Richard Leonard, says this is an important and long-awaited move especially for this market because Trenitalia services are some of the more popular lines used by Aussie travellers.

"It's no secret that Aussies love visiting and revisiting Italy each year," says Leonard.  "In 2012, more than 45,000 Australians travelled around Italy by train, a 12% increase from 2010, making it the third most popular European country for Aussie rail travellers.

"With Trenitalia gradually increasing its frequency of services over the years and even re-routing some routes to allow for high-speed services between selected cities, travellers have responded positively to the greater flexibility in travel times this has given rise to.

"On average, Italian rail ticket sales in Australia increase by about 10% each year and with increased air capacity to Europe this year, we are confident sales will only strengthen. Also in a few weeks, consumers will also have access to the Premium or Second class seats from raileurope.com.au."

More than 180 trains per day with 574 seats per train link all major Italian cities. While the Frecciabianca runs the classic routes, the state of the art Frecciarossa and Frecciargento connect passengers between Milan and Salerno, and between Rome, the North East and South of Italy. The high frequency of services allows travellers the flexibility to travel at a time that best suits them.

Along with the comforts across all classes including the luxury of space, meals and wide seats (including leather in Business Class), wi-fi is also available to all travellers for only one cent. The Executive Class, popular among business travellers and luxury seekers, also features an open bar, meal services, a meeting room and a club lounge.

Point to point fares start from $66 between Milan and Rome (previously $106), $41 for travel between Rome and Florence (previously $64), $68 between Rome and Venice (previously $99) and from $27 for travel between cities in the North of Italy (previously $46). The Italian Rail Pass starts at $200 per person. See www.raileurope.com.au for more fares.

Bookings for Trenitalia services can be made up to three months in advance and seat reservations are required before departure.


 

Monday, 25 March 2013

Be in the UK for the July Ashes Series



CRICKET fans still have a chance to catch all the action of the 2013 Investec Ashes Series in the UK this July, with last-minute packages available at Flight Centre.

The company has secured the last few winning packages for fans to stay in town and attend the final test matches, held at Durham in Newcastle or The Oval in London.

For example, packages for the 5th Investec Ashes Test at The Oval include six nights’ accommodation at the Hilton Tower Bridge, breakfast daily, five days of tickets for all test matches at The Oval and return transfers.

Fans will also be invited to attend a pre-match function, hosted by Cricket Australia Travel Office, and receive a seven-day London travel card and a travel kit, including a polo shirt, hat and luggage strap.

This package is priced from $2890* per person twin share and is valid for travel on test dates from August 20 to 26, 2013.

Other packages are available, but be quick to enquire as they are selling out fast.

On sale until June 26, 2013, unless sold out.

*Prices are subject to change and availability at the time of purchase.

For bookings and details, phone Flight Centre on 1300 939 414 to speak to a consultant in-store, or visit flightcentre.com.au.


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Mother’s Day celebration at Hotel Fort Canning

 


Royalty Treatment for moms

  Mother's Day celebration at Hotel Fort Canning is a regal affair. This year, pamper the "Queen of The House" with the ultimate indulgence from an array of delightful offerings at Hotel Fort Canning.

Imperial Chinese Banquet at Pop-Up Restaurant - Jasmine Room

The pop-up restaurant has been styled to provide guests with an opulent oriental setting, befitting to enjoy auspicious and scrumptious Cantonese dishes.  Imperial Chinese Banquet Set Menus range from $168++ for a six-course set menu for two persons to $728++ for an eight-course set menu for eight or more.  The menus are available on 11 May 2013 for lunch and dinner, and 12 May 2013 for lunch only. Reservation is highly recommended.

For enquiries on set menus or reservations, please call 6559 6760 or email fnb@hfcsingapore.com


Sunday Buffet Lunch

The Glass House offers a special buffet lunch that feature an extensive array of International and Asian favourites; fresh seafood on ice, "live" cooking stations serving regional highlights such as Singapore Popiah and Singapore Laksa as well as a carving station with prime meat cuts, promises a gastronomically satisfying afternoon .

The Sunday Buffet Lunch is available at The Glass House on Sunday, 12 May 2013, 12pm – 3pm; priced at $68++ for adults and $34++ for children 4 – 12 years old.  For reservations, please call 6559 6760 or email fnb@hfcsingapore.com

"Mom's The Queen" Room Promotion

Plan a date with mom and surprise her with the "Mom's The Queen" room promotion that includes a two-day, one-night luxurious staycation in a Deluxe Room, breakfast for two at The Glass House and a well-deserved pampering at the newly opened Chinois Spa with the choice of a 60-min Chinois Fusion Touch Body Massage or a 60-min Clear Rejuvenation Facial for the "Queen".

"Mom's The Queen' Room promotion is available from 1 April to 11 May 2013 at $368++ per package. For reservations, please call 6559 6770 or email reservations@hfcsingapore.com

 
About Hotel Fort Canning

Nestled between Orchard Road, the Clarke Quay entertainment hub and Central Business District, Hotel Fort Canning is a one-of-a-kind urban sanctuary amidst the 'hustle and bustle' of the city at Fort Canning Park.

Hotel Fort Canning is just a 5-minute walk from Orchard Road and a 10-minute stroll from Clarke Quay / Boat Quay entertainment hub, as well as the Museums & Civic District, and a 30-minute drive from the airport.

Hotel Fort Canning is located at:
11 Canning Walk Singapore 178881
Tel:     +65 6559 6770
Email:  contact@hfcsingapore.com
Website:  www.hfcsingapore.com

 
 

ecruising.travel - Last Minute Super Hot Deal!




Hi Cruisers,

We have two last minute cancellations which means, you have the opportunity to join this incredible 33 night last minute special. If you've got some time to spare, why not join Norwegian Pearl on this package from Miami through the Panama Canal, up the West Coast and around Alaska?

Departing Australia on the 17th of April, you'll begin your extravaganza with a 3 night stopover at the Las Vegas Hotel just to get you in the mood before your flight to Miami where you'll spend a night at the Hilton Downtown prior to joining your ship for a huge 28 night cruise. You'll then head across the Caribbean to Cartagena in Colombia followed by a daylight transit of the Panama Canal (this is sure to be one of many highlights!).

Emerging in to the Pacific Ocean, you'll visit Puntarenas in Costa Rica, Puerto Chiapas, Huatulco, Puerto Vallarta & Cabo San Lucas in Mexico and then on to California, stopping at Los Angeles & San Francisco. Picturesque Astoria in Oregon is next followed by Victoria, Nanaimo & Vancouver in British Columbia.

Heading in to Alaska, you'll visit Juneau & Skagway before spending some time cruising the spectacular Glacier Bay. You'll then visit Ketchikan and Victoria before finally disembarking in Seattle after a month or so of cruising! This truly is a great opportunity to experience some unforgettable destinations and a great ship all with Norwegian Cruise Line's unique 'Freestyle' experience! Better get in quick because, we've got just one IF inside cabin for $5,269.00 and one OK Oceanview (Obstructed) for only $5,689.00! Click here for details.

You can extend at the end of the trip if you like. Lynden, our product manager is joining in Vancouver so you'll get to meet him and his mum also! Of course it will be full payment upon booking.

BOOK NOW! Free Call 1300 369 848

Keep Cruising,
Brett & the ecruising team


Saturday, 23 March 2013

Walking tour in Scotland


Scotland is a country steeped in history and tradition. The West Highland Way was the first recognised long distance walk in Scotland which starts in the lowlands just north of Glasgow and gradually ascends into the Highlands culminating in Fort William. If the weather behaves itself you will have your best holiday ever! Join me, Colin Hood, for that special holiday you've spent a lifetime waiting for. The Highlands of Scotland await you! There are two itineraries, the frist one is from 30 August to 7 September with a price of $1299 per person and the second one is from 9-21 September at $1799 per person. Contact colin@hikebike.com.au.

 www.makingtraveleasy.com.au
 www.hikebiketours.com.au



Family Holiday in Thailand


Waterfall in Erawan National Park

PUT a smile on the face of your little ones during a family adventure in Thailand, where kids can ride elephants in the jungle, play with the friendly locals and relax on the tropical beaches.

Escape Travel is offering the 12-day family adventure that starts in the ‘city of smiles’ Bangkok and travels to the village of Ban Hua Tung, the temples of Ayutthaya and the floating markets in Chiang Mai, before ending with seaside relaxation on the beaches of Hua Hin.

Families will spend one night in a local family’s home to share an authentic meal, cross the Bridge on the River Kwai, swim beneath a seven tiered waterfall in Erawan National Park, visit an elephant conservation centre and explore the community forest to learn about herbal plants and wild foods.

Prices start from $1375* per adult and from $1305* per child, including eight nights’ accommodation, one night basic homestay, two nights overnight train, one domestic flight, transport by bus, longtail boat and rickshaw, 10 breakfasts, one dinner and sightseeing as per the itinerary.

The minimum age for children is 5 years old.

Price is based on twin share accommodation throughout, except for during the village homestay, where facilities are shared.

Private departures are available for an extra $291* per person.

Group departures are scheduled between April 1 and 14, 2013. Price is valid for sale until March 30, unless sold out.

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

For more details, phone Escape Travel on 1300 799 783 or visit escapetravel.com.au.


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March into Spring with Windstar's Savings Sale


Join us to celebrate spring with a March Savings Sale featuring 2-for-1 cruise fares plus bonus savings of up to $2,400 per stateroom. You'll find excellent savings on our most popular voyages including Classic Italy & Dalmatian Coast and Greek Isles & Turkish Delights. Book your cruise by Saturday, March 30th, and enjoy the lowest fares of the year on Windstar's European itineraries departing April through August. In addition, our Facebook page features an exclusive offer for its fans.

Some of the Mediterranean's most exquisite coastlines await guests on our Splendors of Southern Spain voyage. For those looking to enjoy the glamorous ports of the French Riviera, Glitter & Glam of the Rivieras is the perfect fit. No matter which voyage you choose, sailing on board Windstar Cruises will pamper you without pretense. Discover extraordinary destinations and casual elegance on a voyage that feels like your own private yacht.

To learn more about the featured voyages and take advantage of Windstar's March Savings Sale, contact your travel professional, visit the website, or call Windstar Cruises at 800-258-7245.




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Friday, 22 March 2013

Fly to New York, Surf in Hawaii

Waikiki
COMBINE the best of the big city and the beach on holiday that visits New York and Hawaii.

Escape Travel is offering a fly and stay package that includes return economy class flights to New York with Hawaiian Airlines, four nights' accommodation at the 4-Star King & Grove New York and three nights' accommodation at the 3-Star Miramar at Waikiki.

The package is priced from $2539* per person twin share, departing from Brisbane.

The 4-star King & Grove New York is located in the heart of one Manhattan fashion and design district, just blocks from The Empire State Building and Bryant Park, making it the ideal destination for business and leisure travellers alike.

The 3-star Miramar at Waikiki is within walking distance to Waikiki Beach, the International Marketplace, the Aquarium and the Honolulu Zoo, and there is plenty of access to city bus lines that can transport you to Ala Moana Shopping Centre, Pearl Harbour, Diamond Head and Hanauma Bay.

The package is valid for travel from November 1 to 23, 2013 and valid for sale until March 31, 2013.

Price is based on accommodation in a Standard Room, but room upgrades can be arranged at extra cost.

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

For more details, phone an Escape Travel consultant on 1300 799 783 or see escapetravel.com.au.


Yoga at sunrise in Jordan

Escape Travel

PRACTISE daily yoga under the stars in Wadi Rum, on the banks of the Dead Sea and amongst the forest in a nature reserve on this unique yoga tour in Jordan.

Escape Travel is offering an eight-day yoga tour that combines sunrise and sunset yoga classes, amidst some of Jordan's most scenic landscapes, with classic sightseeing in the Rose City of Petra, Amman, Jerash and Madaba.

Morning and evening yoga classes are led by a qualified instructor each, following the Vinyasa Flow style of yoga, which is a dynamic discipline derived from Ashtanga.

Yogis will have plenty of extra time during the day to swim, detox or explore Jordan's legendary sites, including a 4WD safari through the sand dunes at Wadi Rum.

The yoga tour is priced from $3579* and includes four nights in a 3-star hotel, one night at a desert camp, two nights at fixed campsites in the nature reserve , twice daily yoga session with an instructor, breakfast daily, three dinners, sightseeing activities, a local guide, transport and airport transfers.

The price is valid for travel on June 9 to 16, 2013 and must be booked before May 30, 2013.

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

For more details, phone an Escape Travel consultant on 1300 799 783 or see escapetravel.com.au.


Super Savings on Tahiti Package Deals

Air Tahiti Nui A340

A dream Tahiti holiday can become a reality with savings of up to $2600 per couple at luxurious resorts on the picture perfect islands of Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora.

Air Tahiti Nui has partnered with Tahiti Travel Connection to offer a range of excellent value airfare inclusive holidays with breakfasts included, such as:
  • Seven nights at Le Meridien Tahiti with a free upgrade to a deluxe ocean view room including breakfast daily, two free nights, return economy airfares with Air Tahiti Nui including taxes and transfers throughout, priced from $2250* per person twin share
  • Seven nights, including five nights at the Hilton Moorea Resort and Spa in a Garden Bungalow with private plunge pool, including breakfast daily, return economy airfares with Air Tahiti Nui including taxes, inter-island flights, transfers throughout, plus one night pre and post accommodation in Tahiti, priced from $2595* per person twin share. Guests can upgrade to an overwater bungalow in Moorea for $700 per person
  • Seven nights, including five nights at Le Meridien Bora Bora with a free upgrade to an overwater bungalow and breakfast and dinner daily, return economy airfares with Air Tahiti Nui including taxes, inter-island flights, transfers throughout, plus one night pre and post accommodation in Tahiti, priced from $4890** per person twin share. Also includes a 4WD safari tour and a shark and ray snorkelling tour.
Air Tahiti Nui General Manager New Zealand Australia Mark Hutchison said these holidays demonstrated the terrific quality and value available to Australian travellers heading to Tahiti and her islands.

"Whether experiencing unique overwater-style in spectacular Bora Bora, or making use of a private bungalow with plunge pool at the beautiful Hilton Moorea, holidaymakers are sure to make memories that will last a lifetime," he said.

Air Tahiti Nui, the international airline of French Polynesia, offers regular one-stop flights from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to Papeete via Auckland, in less than 10 hours.

Sal Salis offers dream opportunity with special Whale Shark Packages

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Sal Salis offers dream opportunity to swim with the whale sharks in an underwater utopia

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef offers special Whale Shark Packages


21 March, 2013 – Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, Wild Bush Luxury's exclusive safari camp hidden in the white sand dunes of Western Australia's Cape Range National Park, is offering guests special Whale Shark Packages during the area's annual whale shark season between 1st April – 31st July, 2013. The Ningaloo Reef is one of the few places in the world where people can swim with these gentle giants, and from AU$2,570 per adult, for a three night stay, or from AU$3,295 per adult for a four night stay, twin share, a privileged few can experience a combination of exceptional hospitality in Sal Salis' luxury tented camp and unforgettable encounters swimming with world's largest filter feeding shark.

Wild Bush Luxury, owner-operator of some of Australia's most inspirational bush experiences, has partnered with Ocean Eco Adventures, to take guests on a day excursion where they have the opportunity to snorkel alongside the majestic whale sharks in waters harbouring an astonishing array of marine life. Whale sharks can grow up to an impressive sixteen metres long and migrate through the UNESCO World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef waters annually, which are also home to the world's greatest fringing coral reef. Ningaloo is world-renowned as one of the best snorkelling spots on the globe; and widely reputed to provide incomparable experiences swimming with the incredible whale sharks.

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Guests will be surrounded by a colourful kaleidoscope of fish and corals as they discover Western Australia's astounding underwater world, which hosts over 500 species of fish, 250 coral species and 600 species of mollusc, and is also a major breeding area for Hawksbill, Green and Loggerhead Turtles, which are seen regularly from the barefoot luxury camp.

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is an idyllic base for experiencing the area's awe-inspiring natural surrounds. The camp's nine spacious, free-standing, raised safari tents have been designed to blend seamlessly with their surrounding environment and are nestled amongst the white coastal dunes of the Cape Range National Park, metres from the water's edge and just two kilometres from the limestone range of the Cape Range National Park. In keeping with Wild Bush Luxury's sustainable tourism ethos, the Sal Salis tents have been built with minimal impact on the environment, and designed to expose guests to the striking sights and sounds of the wilderness around.

Each tent offers the key creature comforts necessary for a supremely satisfying stay: comfortable beds, an en suite bathroom, a solar hot water shower and spectacular views of either the Indian Ocean or the area's sweeping white sand dunes. Guests can also admire views of the reef and tides from the open bar, or relax with a book in the property's outdoor open lounge area. Visitors are treated to delicious chef-prepared meals, and dinner is hosted against a back-drop of rich orange sunsets over the expansive Indian Ocean; the perfect way to wind down after a day exploring the area and discovering the fascinating whale sharks.   

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Just one hour's drive to the South of Exmouth, the camp's passionate and knowledgeable guides provide guests with deep insights into one of the world's best kept natural secrets – Ningaloo Reef.

The three or four night Sal Salis Whale Shark Packages are inclusive of accommodation in a wilderness tent, all meals and beverages (from a select open bar), scheduled guided activities which may include guided kayak-snorkels, guided snorkels (all gear provided), guided gorge walks and national park entry & camp fees and one whale shark swim operating Tuesday or Friday.

To book please call Wild Bush Luxury's reservation team on 1300 790 561 or email info@salsalis.com.au.

For further information, visit: www.salsalis.com.au  or www.wildbushluxury.com.


Booking enquiries:

Wild Bush Luxury Reservations: info@wildbushluxury.com, 1300 790 561

About Wild Bush Luxury

Wild Bush Luxury's mission is to reconnect guests with the bush, through experiences that are thought-provoking and inspirational. Our concept of 'Wild Bush Luxury' brings a touch of style to any experience of Australia's extraordinarily diverse habitat: a 'down to earth' yet attentive level of service; an appreciation of the finer details and above all, a team of hosts and guides who are passionate about Australia's environment, wildlife and culture.

The Wild Bush Luxury portfolio also includes Bamurru Plains, Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, Arkaba Station and the Arkaba Walk.

For further information, visit:

www.wildbushluxury.com www.arkabastation.com www.arkabawalk.com www.salsalis.com.au www.bamurruplains.com



Thursday, 21 March 2013

Grand Pacific Tours unite solo travellers with tour

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Grand Pacific Tours, the New Zealand Coach Holiday Specialist, has released the dates for its popular 16 Day Single Travellers Highlights Tour.  Departure dates are 25 October 2013 and 11 March 2014.

This unique tour provides an opportunity for people who don't have a regular travelling companion, to see the land of the long white cloud in luxury and comfort with like-minded individuals.

An experienced Tour Guide will accompany the tour, helping break the ice between those on board from day one at a welcome dinner, ensuring every solo traveller feels comfortable.

A daily seat rotation system on board the coach gives everyone an equal touring experience and provides an opportunity to interact with different travellers on the tour.

On this holiday, you will experience all of the most popular New Zealand attractions, including the TranzAlpine Rail Journey, New Zealand's national museum, Te Papa, Larnach Castle, a cruise of Lake Wakatipu on the grand TSS Earnslaw and more.

Managing Director of Grand Pacific Tours, Peter Harding, said, "The 16 Day Single Travellers Highlights Tour not only showcases the best of New Zealand, but also has been the start of many enduring friendships."

The advertised price of the tour provides a guaranteed single room for each person, however, there is the option to twin share with another traveller of the same gender to save $1040 off the tour price.

Prices start from $5430 per person (ex SYD, MEL, BNE & OOL) including airfares, taxes, accommodation, most meals and attractions.

More information can be found at www.grandpacifictours.com or by calling 1800 622 768

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Tailor made rail holidays in Eastern Europe


EASTERN European holiday experts Beyond Travel have introduced a selection of independent rail packages to assist you to design your dream holiday within Eastern Europe.

Travelling by rail is the most efficient and economical way to see as many or as few cities as you wish in countries such as Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and even Russia.

Tailor-made rail holidays include first class rail tickets with the choice of staying in boutique, three, four or five star hotels - all customised to include selected day excursions and sightseeing options to suit individual travellers' needs and platform greetings on arrival at each rail station if required.

The suggested 10-day rail itinerary Three Imperial Capitals begins in Prague and travels through Vienna and onto Budapest. It includes all the highlights of these popular cities plus accommodation with daily breakfast, private transfers, first class rail tickets and services of a local representative and is available from $1210 per person twin share.

Another 10-day rail holiday option is the Berlin to Krakow with comprehensive sightseeing in Berlin, Warsaw and Krakow. It offers the same inclusions and is priced from $1425 per person twin share.

For more details on tailor made rail holidays contact Beyond Travel on 1300-363-554 or email info@beyondtravel.com.au

 

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Wings over Illawarra 2013

RAAF Caribou At Wings Over Illawarra Air Show 2012
Photo: Nick Foss
Sunday 5 May, Illawarra Regional Airport

Wings over Illawarra, now in its 7th year is one of the largest air shows held in Australia.

The theme of Wings over Illawarra 2013 is 'Celebrating Naval Aviation' in honour of the centenary anniversary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy Fleet into Sydney. The Navy will be showcasing some of its finest assets at Wings over Illawarra with aerial and static displays that include the Multi Role Helicopter (MRH-90), Navy Squirrel helicopters, Fleet Air Arm Museum static displays and the Royal Australian Navy rock band.

For the first time ever Wings over Illawarra will feature a civilian aerobatics display with not one, but two exciting performers set to take to the skies.

Australia's premier aviation performer, Matt Hall will open and close the show with a spectacular aerobatics display. Matt is sure to wow the crowds with his impressive flying display in his MXS-R. Plus local airport operator, Southern Biplane Adventures will be performing in their 1943 Boeing Stearman along with a formation flyby of their Aerobatic Beechcraft Bonanza and Pitts Special.

The RAAF Roulettes and 'fast jet' will take to the skies joined by modern and vintage aircraft during Wings over Illawarra 2013.

The event will showcase a major display of historic flying aircraft, headlined by the Historic Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) along with defence aircraft, a classic car and bike display as well as amusement rides for the kids and steam trains at the Illawarra Light Railway Museum.

Profits raised from the event are distributed to a number of not-for-profit and charity organisations within the region including, HARS, Illawarra Light Railway Museum, Rotary Clubs of the Illawarra and Greenacres Disability Services.

General Admission ticket prices are as follows:

$60.00 - Family Ticket (2 adults, 3 children)

$25.00 - Adult
$10.00 - Child (aged 5 - 16) Children under 5 free entry
$15.00 - Concession (must have a valid concession card)
$15.00 - Student (must have a valid student card)

For Gold Pass or further ticket information and regular updates go to website www.woi.org.au or contact Council on 4221 6111.

2012 Highlights from Flickr


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Monday, 18 March 2013

Excellent Easter Escapes with Rendezvous Hotels

Rendezvous hotels have a range of excellent Easter escape packages for breaks in Australia and New Zealand.

Whether it is a getaway with the entire family or just that someone special, Rendezvous hotels have packages to suit everyone this Easter.

ACCOMMODATION OFFERS:

Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland

RENDEZVOUS GRAND HOTEL AUCKLAND

Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland, located in the heart of the city, is the largest hotel in New Zealand. Having completed an extensive refurbishment, the hotel features 452 guest rooms and suites and a superb array of facilities suitable for all travellers. With warm and friendly New Zealand charm, Rendezvous Grand Hotel Auckland is the perfect choice with its Grand Easter Escape.

From $179 per night including:
  • Overnight stay in a Deluxe Room
  • Breakfast for two in Straits Cafe
  • Self-car parking
  • Late checkout at midday
Terms & Conditions: Available on weekends only, Children under 12 stay free when using existing bedding. Children under 12 receive free breakfast when accompanied by parent or guardian. Room types are subject to availability at the time of booking. Valid from 1st March - 5th May 2013. Available on Fri/Sat/Sun only except for the entire week before and after Easter long weekend. Blackout dates apply.


RENDEZVOUS GRAND HOTEL MELBOURNE

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 that's well suited for both business and leisure. It is offering two exciting ways to celebrate Easter:

Easter Escape Package

Escape this Easter with your delicious Easter Escape Package.

From only $214 per night including:
  • Overnight accommodation in a Deluxe Room
  • Decadent Chocolatier Easter Egg
  • 20% discount off food and beverage when dining in Straits Cafe or The Travellers Bar
  • Gourmet buffet breakfast for two
  • Valet car parking
Terms & Conditions: Subject to availability. Rate is based on two people sharing. Valid from 28th March - 28th April 2013

Indulgent Easter High Tea

Spoil yourself with an Easter-inspired High Tea. Enjoy freshly baked scones, hot cross buns, exquisite cakes, pastries, mini chocolate eggs and delicate finger sandwiches all served on a three-tiered stand, accompanied by a selection of teas, freshly brewed coffee and a glass of Yellowglen Vintage Perle sparkling wine.

$39.50 per adult

Terms & Conditions: Valid from 18th - 31st March 2013, 2:00pm - 5:00pm. Bookings are essential, call (+61) 3 9250 1818.

RENDEZVOUS HOTEL BRISBANE ANZAC SQUARE

A classical hotel offering superb accommodation, leading technology and excellent service. Beautifully decorated, this heritage building combines contemporary comfort with elegant d├ęcor. 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.

Easter Surprise Package

From $149 per night including:

Overnight accommodation for two people
A bottle of wine on arrival
Late check-out to 12:00pm

PLUS receive an Easter surprise for stays between 29th March - 1st April 2013

Terms & Conditions: Subject to availability. Package elements not utilised whilst in-house will be forfeited. Rates are subject to change and may not be available all days. Valid from 29th March - 30th April 2013.


RENDEZVOUS STUDIO HOTEL BRISBANE ON GEORGE

This boutique style hotel offers a relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere and is the ideal location for travellers. Guests will experience an enjoyable stay with the hotel's friendly staff and convenient location, just two minutes walk from the Treasury Casino and Queen Street Mall.

Easter Surprise Package

Spoil yourself this Easter with a stay at Rendezvous Studio Hotel Brisbane On George.

From $139 per room per night including:
  • Overnight accommodation for two people
  • A bottle of wine on arrival
  • Buffet breakfast for two people
  • Late check-out to 12pm
PLUS receive an Easter surprise for stays between 29th March - 1st April 2013

Terms & Conditions: Subject to availability. Package elements not utilised whilst in-house will be forfeited. Rates are subject to change and may not be available all days, Valid from 29th March - 30th April 2013

RENDEZVOUS HOTEL PERTH

Rendezvous Hotel Perth is located on the foreshore of Scarborough Beach with unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean and soft white sands of the inspiring coastline. The hotel is convenient to Perth city, the airport and major attractions, yet distant enough to allow guests to escape.

Easter Escape

Enjoy an Easter Escape at Rendezvous Hotel Perth.

From $598 for two nights including:
  • Two nights' accommodation in a Deluxe Room for two people
  • Easter treat on arrival
  • Sumptuous Easter Seafood Tower for two, served in your room on the night of your choice
  • Full buffet breakfast for two each morning
  • Complimentary car parking
Terms & Conditions: Subject to availability. Valid for two nights over the Easter weekend, 28th March - 2nd April 2013.

RENDEZVOUS HOTEL SYDNEY THE ROCKS

Rendezvous Hotel Sydney The Rocks is a charming hotel in the heart of The Rocks, a vibrant historical neighbourhood in downtown Sydney.

Easter Saver 'Stay 3, Save 30%'

Save 30% on accommodation over Easter at Rendezvous Hotel Sydney The Rocks.

From $189 per room per night including:

Stay 3 days or more and enjoy a 30% discount off accommodation for two people

Terms & Conditions: Subject to availability. Not available in conjunction with any other offers. Valid for bookings from 25th February - 4th May 2013. Stay dates from 24th March - 4th May 2013. 24 hour cancellation policy applies. Rate is based on twin share.

RENDEZVOUS STUDIO HOTEL SYDNEY CENTRAL

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. Close to the transport hub of central Sydney and with secure on-site parking facilities, guests can easily explore Sydney's iconic destinations and venues.

Easter Saver 'Stay 3, Save 30%'

Save 30% on accommodation over Easter at Rendezvous Studio Hotel Sydney Central.

From $115 per room per night including:

Stay 3 days or more and enjoy a 30% discount off accommodation for two people

Terms & Conditions: Subject to availability. Not available in conjunction with any other offers. Valid for bookings from 25th February - 4th May 2013. Stay dates from 24th March - 4th May 2013, 24 hour cancellation policy applies. Rate is based on twin share.

To make a reservation visit www.rendezvoushotels.com/easter or call toll free 1800 088 888 (Australia), 0800 666 777 (New Zealand) and toll +65 6336 0200 (Singapore) or +86 21 6171 5588 (China)

Terms & Conditions

The above special offers are all subject to availability. Some dates may not be available. Terms and conditions apply to each package, please check with the hotel at the time of booking. Prices are subject to change without notice. Prices are quoted in local currencies, some service charges and taxes may apply.



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Shop till you drop with bargain prices at new Mercure and Ibis Bangkok Siam

Mercure Bangkok Siam and Ibis Bangkok Siam – Two hotels, one great location!

 

 Accor's newest hotels in Thailand, the Mercure Bangkok Siam and Ibis Bangkok Siam, are located just metres from the city's MBK shopping mecca, providing the perfect affordable base from which to shop till you drop.

With special opening rates from just THB1212++ (or around $40 AUD plus taxes) for Ibis and THB 2012++ (around $65 AUD plus taxes) at Mercure, guests can enjoy a brand new hotel in an uptown location at downtown prices, leaving plenty of money spare for shopping.

The newly-built hotel complex features 189 rooms each in the Ibis and Mercure for a total of 378 international-standard rooms that will cater for both business and leisure travellers. With increasing demand for quality affordable accommodation in the Thai capital, these hotels will provide the ultimate convenience for shopaholics, with the city's best shopping, dining and entertainment venues just a few steps away.

"Although they share one building, Mercure Bangkok Siam and Ibis Bangkok Siam are two different hotels, each of which has been uniquely designed with modern facilities and attractive room rates," says Simone Hansen, General Manager of Mercure Bangkok Siam and Ibis Bangkok Siam.

Mercure Bangkok Siam


Mercure Bangkok Siam offers contemporary design, fully equipped facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, three meeting rooms for up to 126 delegates, a swimming pool, fitness centre, and Sky Bar. Privilege Rooms are available with additional amenities and exclusive access to the Executive Club, which offers all-day refreshments, business centre facilities and an outdoor terrace.

Mercure Bangkok Siam's signature restaurant "The Eight" appeals to all guests with easy access from both hotels. This all-day dining restaurant features an extensive menu of local and international cuisines with inside dining and an outdoor terrace.

Ibis Bangkok Siam

Ibis Bangkok Siam features modern rooms equipped with LCD TV, a fridge and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access. All rooms also offer newly upgraded beds that are supremely comfortable. The hotel's Quick Bite restaurant is open day and night, offering light meals around the clock. Guest can choose from a wide selection of readily prepared cold foods such as salads, sandwiches, fresh fruit, yoghurts, light snacks and drinks, as well as pasta, rice, noodles and light meals from the frozen section. Ibis Bangkok Siam's guests can also enjoy the swimming pool and fitness centre facilities for an extra charge.

To make a booking go to www.mercure.com and www.ibishotel.com/thailand or call +66 (0) 2659 2888.


Thursday, 14 March 2013

St Kilda deals for Easter


 Melbourne’s seaside playground of St Kilda is celebrating the theory that ‘Fresh is Best’ – with a range of great value Easter accommodation deals and fresh new products and updates from the bayside suburb renowned for its diverse culture and dining and entertainment precinct!

Find out what fresh improvements the St Kilda traders have been making lately – from a new Garden Bar at Veludo and refurbished rooms at the famous The Prince hotel and Quest Bayside, to Australian Tourism Hall of Fame inductee Habitat HQ – there is certainly plenty to discover over the Autumn months.

Enjoy a relaxing drink at one of the popular bayside St Kilda Venues – Captain Baxter, Encore St Kilda or Republica – shop for unique gifts at Moo Market, or for something more heart-pounding try the exciting new extreme sport of Fly Board Melbourne – which is literally “taking off” on the St Kilda foreshore.

Stay overnight by the bayside during the Easter school holidays with some great specials from Novotel and Luna Park, Easystay Apartments, Quest Bayside and the Cosmopolitan Hotel. Or sample the fresh cheeses at Milk the Cow, dine on a delicious Greek feast at KYMA or indulge in American fare at Joe’s Bar & Dining Hall.

Novotel Melbourne St Kilda

EASTER ACCOMMODATON DEALS IN ST KILDA


Easter at Novotel Melbourne St Kilda and Luna Park

The Easter bunny has been sighted in St Kilda...

And the word is that something special is in the air.

Enjoy an exclusive offer this Easter from Novotel Melbourne St Kilda and Luna Park.

Our Wicked Easter Bunny Offer includes:

• Overnight accommodation in a standard room
• Full buffet breakfast for two + kids eat free*
• Car parking
• Chocolate Easter gift upon check-in

ONLY $169.00 per day (value at $310)

PLUS 30% off all Luna Park Unlimited Rides tickets

To book, contact the reservations department on

03 9536 6191 or visit www.novotelstkilda.com.au and mention 'Wicked Easter Bunny Offer'.

www.novotelstkilda.com.au


Easter at Easystay Studio Apartments


Stay two nights with Easystay Studio Apartments and receive a FREE breakfast hamper with everything you need to make a hot and cold breakfast.

Valid from 25th March 2013 - 7th April 2013

To redeem this offer please book direct by phoning 1300 30 17 30 and mention “St Kilda Easter”.

www.easystay.com.au


Easter at Quest St Kilda Bayside


With Easter fast approaching, why not take a well deserved break and indulge in some quality time with your loved ones? Whether you live here in Victoria and need an inner city escape or are visiting from interstate - St Kilda has everything to make your trip a memorable one. At Quest St Kilda Bayside you will be welcomed with a chocolate Easter treat on arrival and the 5th night for just $99! We’ll also include free car parking, free late check-out (at 11am – later check-out is subject to availability) and two free DVDs during your stay. Stay from $165 per night, 5th night for just $99 per night.

www.queststkildabayside.com.au


Easter at the Cosmo

What are you doing this Easter break? Why not spend a couple of days snuggled up in a luscious King bed at the Cosmopolitan Hotel with some complimentary Ferraro Rocher Choccies, Boutique breakfast for two served in chalk cafe, relax with free in house movies, free Wi-Fi , a free midday check-out & park your car for free in our secure on site car-park!

Stay from $155 per night - bookable from 27th March to 2nd April

*2 Night minimum stay applies

www.cosmopolitanhotel.com.au


FRESH IS BEST IN ST KILDA

Veludo

Veludo in St Kilda is rocking a fresh new garden bar! Complete with bar, dance floor and rooftop Garden Bar; head upstairs at Veludo to sample the extensive drinks list while taking in the buzzing atmosphere and eclectic surrounds.

Kick back and enjoy cocktails in the sun, casual bites on the weekend or a Sunday Session with friends in the newly renovated Veludo rooftop Garden Bar. Perched above bustling Acland Street, the fun and playful space is complete with garden inspired decor, bright green grass and a private bar.

www.veludo.com.au

The Prince

A refurbishment of The Prince hotel rooms has recently been undertaken by interior design team meme (who were also responsible for the Circa redesign) – and The Prince is ready to welcome you for a relaxing autumn stay in St Kilda. All rooms have been freshly painted, new lighting features have been installed and new cushions, rugs and throws are now in all rooms throughout the hotel.

theprince.com.au

Quest St Kilda Bayside

With extensive refurbishments to all apartments and common areas completed only months ago, you can now experience the bright, new and fresh Quest St Kilda Bayside! As part of this experience, you will also receive complimentary internet access, free car parking and a bottle of wine on arrival. Rates start from $165 per night for a one bedroom apartment.

www.queststkildabayside.com.au

Habitat HQ

Fresh off the back of another Qantas Australian Tourism Awards ceremony held in Hobart on Friday 16th February, 2013 - Habitat HQ is celebrating a number of wins, with the most prestigious being a Silver Award in the Backpacking category – making Habitat HQ an inductee into the Tourism Victoria Hall of Fame.

Milk The Cow

Fresh to the streets of St Kilda, Milk the Cow is all about the cheese. Over 70 cheeses curated vigilantly so you can experience some of the greatest artisan cheeses from all around the world. Consult with our expert cheesemonger to discover your own personal favourite, perhaps even pairing it with a matched wine, beer or expertly made cocktail. Gourmet condiments, breads and lavosh are the perfect accompaniments to our cheeseboards.

www.milkthecow.com.au

Joe's Bar and Dining Hall

With our new chef, Katrina Higham, on board, Joe's Bar and Dining Hall is taking fresh to a whole new level. Our menu draws inspiration from American classics, redeveloping them using fresh Victorian produce, to create a modern Melbourne flavour. Joe's Bar and Dining Hall is the perfect place to have a drink, share a meal and watch St Kilda pass you by.

www.joesbar.com.au

KYMA Greek Restaurant

KYMA Greek Restaurant has a fresh new menu – with nothing over $15.00. Perfect for a delicious Greek feast, this affordable menu features an array of seafood, fresh meats and traditional Greek dishes. Dessert options including a fresh fruit plate are also available.

www.kyma.com.au

Fly Board Melbourne

Be the first to experience the flyboard in Melbourne. Just like the rest of the world that has been blown away by the crazy, exciting, and extremely futuristic device, called the Flyboard.

Having an extreme sport that takes only 20 minutes to grasp, means it works intuitively with your body, allowing you to move freely and glide through the water to maximize its potential in a short amount of time. Exclusively owned and operated by an Australian company, the Fly Board is as exciting as it is impressive. This will be an experience you'll never forget.

So come try it out for yourself, Come Fly with us!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=m4Bm3cs9TFo

Republica St Kilda Beach – Encore St Kilda Beach – Captain Baxter

St Kilda Venues - Encore, Republica and this summer’s hottest beachside cocktail and lounge bar, Captain Baxter located within the iconic St Kilda Baths precinct, St Kilda Beach have merged into one fresh new company to be known as St Kilda Venues of which launched off at the AIME 2013 tradeshow on the 26th and 27th February at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

“Now, with our three business all operating under the one umbrella, communication can be streamlined so too can our service, operating systems and marketing. We are very excited about the timing and the endless possibilities.”

www.stkildavenues.com.au

Moo’s Market

Moo’s Market offers rocking horses that are not available anywhere else in Australia. They are all locally handmade and painted in Melbourne. Moo’s Market can make to order or you can buy ready to go. They also stock unique clothing for babies, girls and boys.


For more information, activities and events in St Kilda visit: www.stkildamelbourne.com



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Driveaway Holidays 8000 self drive opportunities - beat that!


DRIVEAWAY Holidays has a car-yard of self-drive rental and lease vehicle opportunities from 8,000 locations in 135 countries around the world during 2013/14… and they say if you can find a better self-drive price elsewhere, they'll beat it.

No matter whether you are after a sensible sedan for just a day here or overseas, a budget economy-size or something more compact for a week or so, perhaps a 4WD to get off road and rough it, a people-mover for a larger family or group of friends, a classy convertible, or a 2- to 6-berth motorhome – even a classic Harley-Davidson motor-cycle in the USA or Canada – their new 2013/14 brochure has something for you world-wide.

And for really longer-term holidaying up to 175 days in Europe, tax-free brand-new Peugeot vehicles from forty depots and spanning a diversity of sizes and styles, and all with unlimited kilometres, insurance including third-party liability, theft, fire and no excess, and with drivers able to take the wheel from 18 years of age to no upper-limit.

DriveAway that's now Australia's leading self-drive specialists with 25 years in the market, has its new brochure available at http://www.driveaway.com.au/brochures, or by phoning 1300 723 972.

The site also includes links to a dozen of DriveAway Holidays' exclusive Self Drive Guides in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand  – even one to assist when driving in the snow. All are filled with driving tips, scenic routes and touring ideas, destination information, main driving laws and licence requirements, even child safety rules and local parking regulations. All can also be ordered by phone.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Eurail Pass Specials - Europe Rail deal



The northern summer is approaching and the most popular way to travel around Europe is via the fantastic rail network which is offering an extensive range of passes now on sale through rail specialists, International Rail with some passes priced from as little as $35 per day.

Discounted passes include the multi-country Eurail Pass, German Rail, Austrian Rail and Italy fares. An example is the "buy-one-get-one for half price" offer available on the Austrian Rail Pass, valid for three, four or five day passes in both first and second class, for travel until June 30. Children under the age of 16 travel free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For a more comprehensive rail pass, the Eurail Global Consecutive Pass is available with two, three and five free "travel days" when you purchase the pass for 15, 21 days or a month in duration. Passes bought before March 29 are valid for travel until September 30.

A 20 per cent discount applies to all German five- and six-day passes for use until May 31 and the earlybird Italian fares are available from only $29 per person from Venice to Florence.

All passes are available for a limited time, contact International Rail for further details on 1300-387-245 or visit www.internationalrail.com.au

Win a trip for two to Ireland


Help us turn the world green this St Patrick's day and you could win a trip for two to Ireland! That’s right, you and your significant other (or your best friend) could be winging your way to the Emerald Isle, thanks to our friends at Tourism Ireland. To win, simply send us your best, greenest photo of anywhere in the world to enter our Greening Photography Competition.


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