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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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

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

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

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



“Last Chance” Savings On MSC Cruises European Sailings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Big Savings on Transatlantic Princess Cruise through ecruising.travel

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

$83* Fares on Spirit of Tasmania

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit spiritoftasmania.com.au to book.

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

Monday, 29 September 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sailing in the Wake of Northwest Passage Explorer Sir John Franklin

An Arctic voyage visiting Canada’s fabled Northwest Passage where one of explorer Sir John Franklin’s ships was discovered this month after a 170-year search is available through Australian tour company, Active Travel.

The discovery of the missing wreck 11m below remote Victoria Strait near King William Island has been described as one of the greatest archaeological events of the past 100 years, with the find solving one of maritime history’s greatest mysteries. The British vessels, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, were last seen in ice-clad Baffin Bay in 1845, with Australians able to visit the area themselves aboard a polar expedition ship in 2015, 170 years since Sir Franklin’s expedition vanished.

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Active Travel is a partner with One Ocean Expeditions, the exploration cruise operator in the Canadian Arctic which helped uncover one of Sir Franklin’s ships this month. The ship used in the search, Akademik Sergey Vavilov, is a sister ship to the Russian ship that Active Travel customers can sail aboard to the same region in 2015.   

Active Travel’s 13-day Northwest Passage Voyage from Greenland on August 12, 2015, aboard the Russian icebreaker, Akademik Ioffe, will take passengers deep inside the Arctic Circle, beginning with the fjords and frontier settlements of Greenland before the journey charts Sir Franklin’s final path through the isolated islands of the Canadian Arctic, including King William Island.

Zodiac excursions ashore will allow passengers to meet the local Inuit people and look for wildlife including polar bears, seals and beluga whales The voyage of a lifetime ends at Cambridge Bay from where passengers will be flown back to Edmonton. 

The 13-day voyage is priced from US$9995 per person, twin-share, including onboard meals, land excursions, Arctic weather gear and onboard lectures.

Charter flights from Ottowa to Greenland at the start of the voyage and back to Edmonton at the end of the cruise are an extra US$1990 per person return.  Return flights from Australia to Canada are additional and can also be booked through Active Travel.

For bookings, visit www.activetravel.com.au or call 1300 783 188.

The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai To Stage Fantastic Loy Krathong & Yi Peng Celebrarions In The Capital Of The Ancient Lanna Kingdom

Thailand is set to celebrate one of its most enchanting annual festivals in November. Known around the kingdom as Loy Krathong and in Chiang Mai as Yi Peng, this picturesque festival is observed on the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar.
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While in 2014 this falls on Thursday 6 November, in some places the celebrations will take place over three days from Wednesday 5 November to Friday 7 November. This includes Chiang Mai, the capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom, where the festival is celebrated with particular passion.

Throughout Thailand, Loy Krathong sees people place decorated candle-lit floats called krathongs on rivers, canals and lakes for good luck and blessings and to honour the Goddess of Water Phra Mae Khongkha. Loy literally means ‘to float’ and the floating away of the krathong - which can contain food, betel nuts, flowers, joss sticks and coins along with the lit candle for venerating Buddha with light - is symbolic of letting go of one’s ill feelings and starting afresh for the year ahead.

Yi Peng is also a time for making merit and people launch illuminated Lanna-style ‘floating lanterns’ called khom loy into the air. It is a magical sight to behold in Chiang Mai, with the waterways and evening sky lit up with the many flickering lights of Loy Krathong floats and Yi Peng lanterns.

The Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai has some wonderful Loy Krathong and Yi Peng activities planned. The Loy Krathong Celebration at Le Grand Lanna Thai restaurant on Thursday, 6 November  promises  to  be  a  magical  evening.  Priced  at  THB  2,300  net  per person, the program includes a welcome drink, traditional dance show, a krathong to float and khom loy to release, and an authentic northern Thai dinner buffet.

Narupon Promsorn 002The evening also includes the holding of a Lanna-style market called Kad Mua at the hotel’s picturesque Bua Kham Pond or The Lotus Pond. Kad Mua means a market that sells many different things, yet it is so much more. Bustling with exotic sights, sounds and aromas, a Kad Mua provides a charming look into the local society, culture and lifestyles of Chiang Mai and its people.

Following the inaugural Kad Mua on Thursday 6 November, Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai will hold a weekly Kad Mua every Friday and Saturday from 5 pm to 7 pm on the lawn in front of the Prayer Hall. The market will feature a collection of stalls selling quality arts & crafts made by local artisans, local-style clothing and outfits, handmade accessories and more. Adding to the festive Kad Mua atmosphere will be live Lanna music and delicious northern Thai cuisine to try.

The weekly Kad Mua will add another fascinating element to the Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai’s iconic role as a living showcase of Lanna heritage and culture, while at the same time further the hotel’s ongoing support of the local community. 

Charming Loy Krathong Offer
Available for stays between 5 and 8 November 2014 is the Charming Loy Krathong offer. This includes accommodation in a choice of Suites or Villas, daily American buffet breakfast for two persons at Akaligo and the Loy Krathong Celebration dinner at Le Grand Lanna for two
persons. The price ranges from THB 24,500* per night for a Colonial Suite up to THB 37,500* per night for a Grand Deluxe Villa with Pool.

*Rate is per Suite/Villa per night and subject to 18.5% service charge, applicable government tax and provincial tax. A minimum stay of two consecutive nights is required. Offer is subject to availability, is not applicable to group bookings and cannot be combined with any other promotion.

Rail Europe Autumn Pass Deals




To celebrate the onset of the European autumn, Rail Europe will, on 1 Oct '14, release three super pass deals that will save travellers heading to Europe in the next few months up to 25% off their rail passes.

Travellers planning to visit four or more countries around the continent will enjoy a 20% saving on their first and second class passes when booking by 31 Dec '14. These discounted Eurail Select and Global Passes are valid for use by 31 Mar '15.

Travellers to the UK will also enjoy a 20% discount on selected BritRail passes when booking their first or standard class passes by 15 Feb '15 for travel between 1 Nov '14 and 28 Feb '15.

Finally, in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Rail Europe is offering a special German Rail Pass deal, where travellers will enjoy 25% off their seven or 10 day pass for travel within one month. Bookings must be made by 7 Dec '14 and travel completed between 1 Nov '14 and 31 Jan '15.

For more information on these autumn deals, visit www.raileurope.com.au. Terms and conditions apply.




 







Cathay Pacific Earlybird fares to Manchester now on sale from just $1,762*

  

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

For full offer details, terms and conditions visit www.cathaypacific.com.au

 

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Hotels.com deal of the week: Royal Angkor Resort & Spa, Siem Reap

Royal Angkor Resort & Spa, Siem Reap

Save 65% on your stay

Visit www.hotels.com for more details or call ‎1800 687 236‎

                                                                                                                       
Royal Angkor Resort & Spa, Siem Reap 4.5*

Save up to 65%

Book by: 3rd November 2014

Stay by: 18th December 2014

Prices from: AU$69 per night

Experience one of the world's most specular destinations, with a stay at the 4.5 star Royal Angkor Resort and Spa in Siem Reap. Located in north-western Cambodia, this luxurious resort is close to many attractions. Take a short ride on a tuk tuk and watch the sunrise over the surreal Angkor Wat, visit the surrounding temples and soak up the atmosphere at the local theme park, the Cambodian Cultural Village. At the resort, you can relax in sun, take a dip in the idyllic swimming pool and indulge with a visit to the spa, enjoying a treatment using traditional Angkorian-time-old healing techniques. With spacious rooms, a theatre and a golf course just five minutes away, the Royal Angkor Resort and Spa is an ideal place to relax and rejuvenate in affordable luxury.
Follow Hotels.com on Twitter @hotels_com_ANZ for more travel inspiration

^Hotel Deals: Price quoted is per room per night based on two people sharing and is inclusive of all fees and taxes. Rates are subject to availability. Minimum stay requirements and black-out dates may apply. Prices are available as of 26 September, 2014. Prices may fluctuate due to changes in taxes, fees and currency. Visit www.hotels.com for full terms and conditions.


Friday, 26 September 2014

Five-Element Acupuncture at Six Senses Spa Laamu

Amber West, a renowned practitioner of five-element acupuncture will visit Six Senses Spa at Six Senses Laamu from October 27 to November 30.

Five-element acupuncture is an ancient form of Chinese medicine which treats the imbalance of the Five Elements: wood, fire, earth, metal and water which  leads to disease of the body, mind and spirit.
There are many reasons why people may turn to acupuncture. Anxiety, depression, insomnia, headaches allergies, infertility and stress management are some of the common reasons to seek Chinese medicine. Five-element  acupuncture works at a deep level helping the healing and transformation of patients on all levels.
Six Senses Spa at Six Senses Laamu
Six Senses Spa at Six Senses Laamu
Amber spent six years studying meditation and movement therapies which helped her to understand how the body rejuvenates. This knowledge, integrated with her attention, skill and intuition, creates a powerful foundation and has helped heal the bodies of numerous patients, recover their sense of balance and open themselves to greater potentials.

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, she followed her inner desire to live in Seattle, where she began studying psychology and became passionate about five-element acupuncture. Amber earned her degree in acupuncture from the Wu Hsing Tao School in Seattle and upon graduation she founded her own healthcare practice specializing in the treatment of mind, body and spirit disorders. She has offered her services to homeless teens and she has also practiced in community clinics

During her visit at Six Senses Spa, Amber will be offer two acupuncture sessions:
Acupuncture Enhanced Bodywork - Tui Na is a unique form of therapeutic massage in Chinese medicine which is especially beneficial for people who hold stress in their muscles. This form of bodywork helps to physically release tension and reset the structure. When combined with five-element acupuncture, healing and restoration is experienced. Each session is designed to meet the needs of the individual patient with greater focus on acupuncture or bodywork.

60 minutes – USD 250++
90 minutes - USD 330++
120 minutes - USD 420++

Acupuncture with Meditation - Meditation as a powerful healing technique can be used to calm the mind, release stress, break unwanted habits, reduce pain and increase energy. The treatment starts with acupuncture, followed by meditation to further support the acupuncture.

90 minutes - USD 300++
120 minutes - USD 380++
Tui Na Bodywork- This treatment focuses on releasing stagnant energy held in the meridians and muscles through a combination of massage techniques. As tension is released, the mind, the body and the emotions are reminded how to be at ease and deeper levels of healing and integration take place. Essential oils are tailored to meet each patients needs and are incorporated in the bodywork to further support healing.

60 minutes - USD 250++
90 minutes – USD 300++

For more information and reservations, please contact Six Senses Spa at Six Senses Laamu at +960 6800 800 or via email at rec-laamu-spa@sixsenses.com. Prices are subject to 10 percent service charge and 12 percent GST.

Pandaw first river expedition operator to offer Laos itinerary on new luxury ship the RV Laos Pandaw

Luxury river expedition company Pandaw has announced its new 10-night Laos Mekong sailing on its newest ship the RV Laos Pandaw. The itinerary will commence in November 2015 offering Pandaw guests the chance to travel deep into the Laos mountains, traverse rapids and gorges and visit local tribal villages and Buddhist temples along the Mekong River. Pandaw is the first river expedition operator to cross all of Laos.

The Laos Pandaw will be the fourteenth ship to join the fleet, providing just ten staterooms (including one Owner’s Suite) for a truly bespoke five-star experience.  Guests will spend two nights at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Luang Prabang and explore its Buddhist temples, Royal Palace and atmospheric night market. Observe the morning alms attended by a thousand monks before travelling inland to discover tribal villages, swim in jungle pools and traverse rapids and gorges deep in remote Laos jungle.

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Pandaw guests will enjoy a ‘yacht-like’ feel onboard the 10-suite Laos Pandaw as well as five-star luxury service and a crew to passenger ratio of 2:1. All excursions are included in this unique itinerary. The Laos Pandaw, sister ship to the Kha Byoo built in 2014, benefits from a low draught and a powerful engine, both ideal for sailing in the remote Upper Mekong.

Guests booking before 5 January 2015 can benefit from a 10 per cent early booking saving.

10-night Laos Mekong upstream sailing:
Ship: Laos Pandaw
Departure information: 1 November 2015
Price: Cruise-only from USD 3’250.- per person based on two people sharing a main deck stateroom, fully inclusive of all excursions, crew gratuities, meals and non-premium drinks. Transfers between ports of embarkation and the international airport at the start and end of the voyage included.

Itinerary:
Day 1: Embark at Vientiane
Day 2: Sanakham
Day 3: Ban Paklay
Day 4: Pak Lai
Day 5: Tha Deua
Day 6: Luang Prabang
Day 7: Luang Prabang
Day 8: Pak Ou Caves and Nam Ou River
Day 9: Pak Beng
Day 10: Chiang Khong (Thailand)
Day 11: Disembarkation and transfer to airport
Departures operate from 1 November 2015 to 30 January 2016, recommencing later in 2016 for the following season. Upstream itineraries available also, please see website for details.

Retreat and Rejuvenate – Unlimited Golf & Spa Treatments with Banyan Tree Lăng Cô’s Ultimate Getaway to Central Vietnam

Indulge in unlimited soothing massages by masterful therapists daily with our Ultimate Banyan Tree Lăng Côpackage.

Relax and unwind with a pampering array of spa treatments including soothing body therapies using a combination of restorative strokes and essential oils, refreshing facial treatments and nourishing body scrubs. For those who prefer the great outdoors, tee off and enjoy unlimited golf rounds daily at the 18-hole Sir Nick Faldo Championship Golf Course with its magnificent views of the East Sea and vast mountainscape.

Banyan Tree Lăng Cô’s exclusive golf and spa offer awaits when you book a two-night stay from now until 17 December 2014 for just USD$490++ per night for a minimum booking of two nights.

The Ultimate Banyan Tree Lăng Cô package includes:
  •  Accommodation for two
  •  Daily breakfast for two at The Water Court
  •  Unlimited golf and spa treatments daily (advanced booking required)
  •  Complimentary airport transfer to and from hotel
  •  Complimentary shuttle service to Hoi An and Hue
  •  Complimentary late check-out until 1800 hours
Valid for stays from now till 19 December 2014.
An Absolute-ly Fabulous Escape to Central Vietnam

Golf anyone? Try the Absolute Angsana Lăng Cô package
Daily golf rounds at the 18-hole Sir Nick Faldo Championship Golf Course, unlimited spa treatments by skilful therapists, delicious Vietnamese cuisine, a stylish and relaxing room on a resort surrounded by amazing UNESCO Heritage Sites. What are you waiting for? Book this absolute-ly amazing offer at Angsana Lăng Cô, Central Vietnam from now until 17 December 2014 for just USD230 ++ per night for a minimum of two nights.

The Absolute Angsana Lăng Cô package includes:
  •  Daily breakfast for two at Market Place
  •  Unlimited golf and spa treatments daily (advanced booking required)
  •  Complimentary airport transfer to and from hotel
  •  Complimentary shuttle service to Hoi An and Hue
  •  Complimentary late check-out until 1800 hours
Valid for stays from now till 19 December 2014.

A&K¹s 2015 India, Orient & Europe Brochure.

Luxury travel company Abercrombie & Kent, has just released its 2015 India, Orient & Europe brochure The new compendium contains over 70 itineraries and extensions for the private independent traveller seeking to explore these regions in luxury, with their own private guides at each stop and signature A&K service throughout.

A&K Managing Director Sujata Raman comments, "A&K's business to India and the sub-continent continues from strength to strength, with a 20% increase in sales year on year. The big news is Sri Lanka, and since the opening of our office there sales are up by over 200%. In response to this reaction from the market we've expanded our product range there, offering new extensions to the beaches of the EastCoast and to the country's most widely known national park, Yala, which has some of the best leopard viewing in the world. In the Orient, Myanmar is our top selling destination, which will be boosted even further by the launch of our ship Sanctuary Ananda commencing operation in November and with strong bookings already in place.

"The trend for multi-country itineraries continues with a number released this year. In south east Asia we're combining Cambodia and Laos with a focus on the World Heritage sites in Siem Reap and Luang Prabang. Covered in just a week incredible attractions are paired with beautiful boutique accommodations. In Europe, a new 10-day private itinerary showcases the fairytale castles and picture postcard landscapes of southern Germany as well as Austria's two most cultural cities. Spain and Portugal are also a logical combination offering up the best the Iberian Peninsula has to offer in a delightful two week private journey."

Engaging with nature

New in wilderness experiences is a 4-day extension in Yala National Park, Sri Lanka's second largest, but home to the world's highest concentration of leopard. A luxury camping safari with regular game drives works perfectly for guests who've visited the Tea Country and are en route to the south coast.
A&K's 4-day 'Yala National Park' extension is priced from $1,695.

Beach stays

Also new is a short stay on Sri Lanka's east coast where the vibrant seaside city of Trincomalee boasts palm-fringed golden beaches, coral reefs and amazing marine life – blue whales, dolphins and turtles are all found in the waters offshore. Accommodation is at the spectacularly situated Jungle Beach Resort where the experience is that of a luxury tree house.

A&K's 4-day 'East Coast Beach' extension is priced from $1,300.

New Orient experiences

New to the Mekong is a striking vessel from the crew at Aqua Expeditions. Aqua Mekong embodies all the aesthetics of a sophisticated 5 Star hotel but afloat. Sustainable materials are used in the cutting edge design and artisanal touches add local flavour. She carries 40 guests on journeys between Vietnam and Cambodia taking in temples, forests, stilted villages and monasteries along the way.
A&K's 10-day 'Journey on the Mekong' itinerary is priced from $8,780.

Launching in November2014, the luxurious all suite Sanctuary Ananda will cruise along the majestic Ayeyarwady River between Bhamo and Yangon visiting temples, pagodas, palaces and monasteries along the way. Other journeys are scheduled on its tributary the Chindwin, which will reveal places rarely seen before – the jungles of the north, forgotten villages and ancient towns. The ship carries no more than 48 guests with cruises of 3, 4, 7, 10 and 11 nights.

A&K's 11-day 'Myanmar in Style' itinerary is priced from $6,695.

A new food-focused journey has been introduced in Vietnam. It is an introduction to local chefs, their methods, the colourful local markets with hands-on cooking experiences. Guests stay in some of Vietnam's finest hotels and explore the attractions of Hanoi, Hue and Hoi An as well.

A&K's 8-day 'Tastes of Vietnam' journey is priced from $3,350.

An exciting new addition to the Orient portfolio is a visit to Naoshima Island in southern Japan. The place is famous for its remarkable art installations and cutting edge architecture, showcasing the best up-and-coming Japanese artists as well asinternational talent. Guests stay in a unique boutique hotel, which is located within a contemporary art museum.

A&K's 4 day 'Naoshima Island' extension is priced from $4,215.

By road, by rail, by sea – what's new in Europe?

For fairy tale castles and picture postcard landscapes, A&K has introduced a delightful journey combining southern Germany and Austria. Travelling with a private car and driver through Bavaria, along the Romantic Road and into beautiful Salzburg and Vienna there are walking tours through medieval villages, vibrant city stays, incredible monuments and breath-taking scenery.

A&K's 10-day 'Highlights of Southern Germany & Austria' journey from $11,885.

An exciting development awaits cruise guests travelling to Russia. The Volga Dream II is scheduled to launch in March 2015. This state-of-the-art craft will be the first deluxe passenger ship built from scratch in Russia and introduced to the Russian waterways since 1990. With a capacity for 160 passengers, she will travel between Moscow and St Petersburg with touring to include the 10th century architectural treasures of Uglich, the churches of Yaroslavl, the White Lake, Goritsy and the 14th century Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, tiny Kizhy Island, Europe's largest freshwater lake and quaint wooden villages.

A&K's 12 day 'Waterways of the Czars' itinerary from $9,855.

Joining the Golden Eagle train in Russia and central Asia is the Golden Eagle Danube Express which offers a range of fascinating rail journeys through eastern Europe taking passengers into the heart of vibrant cities like Budapest, Venice, Istanbul, Krakow and Prague. Comfort and style are paramount with sleeping cars the finest on the European rail network.

A&K's 8-day 'The Transylvanian: Istanbul to Budapest' journey from US$4,995.

To book your A&K itinerary today or to enquire further please contact Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 590 317 or visit www.abercrombiekent.com.au

Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic has new itineraries for National Geographic Orion

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

National Geographic Orion
Copyright: Ralph Lee Hopkins

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

The following are the new global voyages for 2015. Rates are per person, in Australian dollars and based on a double occupancy in a category one cabin:

Bali to Palau: Exotic Indonesia

13-day itinerary

This is the chance to visit the real Indonesia up close. This itinerary is an expedition to find Komodo dragons and rare birdlife, explore a village's water buffalo races and snorkel and dive Raja Ampat in the Coral Triangle – a region with more than 500 species of coral and 2,000 species of fish.
Departs Sep. 19, 2015___ From $15,700 per person.

Palau to Solomon Islands: Along the Pacific Equator

16-day itinerary

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

Solomon Islands to Fiji: Hidden South Pacific

11-day itinerary

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

Fiji to the Cook Islands: Polynesian Discovery

10-day itinerary

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

Cook Islands to Tahiti: Pristine Reefs of the South Pacific

11-day itinerary

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

Tahiti to Easter Island: Tales of the Pacific

17-day itinerary

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


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

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Vegetarian Festival At Dusit Thani Bangkok

Two of Dusit Thani Bangkok’s outstanding restaurants will put on a showcase of delicious vegetarian cuisines during the annual Vegetarian Festival, 24 September to 2 October.

Spoil in our vegan-friendly buffet with delectable selection of Asian and Western vegetarian choices such as Spinach Ricotta Ravioli, Stir Fried Tofu with Sweet and Sour Sauce, Mixed Vegetables in Green Curry and more at The Pavilion. Prices are from THB 650++ per person.

Specially handpicked by our team of chefs, The Mayflower’s vegetarian varieties are available for both dim sum and a la carte menus, featuring many favourites such as Vegetarian Dumpling and Wonton, Tofu Sichuan Soup and Stir Fried Assorted Nuts with Dried Chili. Prices are from THB 95++.

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Head for the beach with Centara Hotels and Resorts latest offers

unnamed (14)Beach lovers know that the beaches in South Thailand are the world’s best, and Centara Hotels & Resorts, with properties at the key destinations of Samui, Phuket, Krabi and Khao Lak are offering the Life’s a Beach package so that visitors can enjoy these destinations to the full.

The package is valid at selected resorts from now until 31 March 2015, and includes roundtrip airport transfers, daily breakfast, free Wi-Fi, welcome cocktails for two adults and one 60-minute aromatherapy massage for two.
Full information and a booking form are at http://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/package/life-is-a-beach.asp

Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, CSBR

Three resorts on Samui are offering the package.

Centara Grand Beach Resort Samui, a five-star resort located directly on the sands in the centre of Chaweng, has a starting rate for a Deluxe Ocean Facing room of Baht 7,020 per night, this lowest rate being available from 1 to 30 November and 1 to 16 December. Minimum stay requirement is five nights, which would bring the lowest stay total to Baht 35,100.

Centara Villas Samui offers a secluded villa hideaway holiday on the beach at the southern side of the island, with a starting rate for a Garden Villa of Baht 3,762 per night, lowest rate being from 17 September to 31 October. Minimum requirement is five nights, at a total of Baht 18,810.

Centra Coconut Beach Resort Samui, on the southern tip of the island, is an intimately sized resort on a secluded beach and offers a Superior Pool View room at Baht 2,736 per night, lowest rate being from 17 September to 31 October. Minimum five nights' stay totals Baht 13,680.

On the Andaman coast, two five-star Centara resorts are offering the package.

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Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket, located directly on the sands at Karon Beach, designed around a water park and taking its theme from the island’s classic Sino-Portuguese heritage, has a starting rate for a Deluxe Ocean Facing room of Baht7,688 per night, the lowest rates being from 5 to 31 October. The minimum stay of five nights will total Baht 38,440.

Centara Grand West Sands Resort & Villas Phuket, located at the quiet northern end of the island, directly on Mai Khao Beach and with the famous Splash Jungle water park, has a starting rate for a Deluxe Ocean Facing room of Baht 4,290 per night, with the lowest rate from 17 to 30 September. Total for the minimum five-night stay is Baht 21,450.

Across the causeway at Krabi, the five-star Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi is set within its own bay directly on the beach, and backed by national parkland with towering limestone cliffs. The starting rate for a Deluxe Garden View room is Baht 7,150 per night, with the cheapest rate from 17 September to 31 October. Minimum stay required is four nights, at a total of Baht 28,600.

The beachfront Centara Seaview Resort Khao Lak, located at the prime leisure district of Nang Thong Beach and backed by green mountains, has a starting rate for a Deluxe Ocean Facing room of Baht 2,950 per night with the cheapest rate being from 17 September to 31 October. The minimum required is a stay of six nights, which totals at the lowest rate Baht 17,700.

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The Life’s a Beach package is applicable for two adults and up to two children sharing their parents’ room and bedding.

All rates are subject to service charge and government tax.

Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, with 47 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom.  A further 21 resorts in Maldives, Vietnam, Bali, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Qatar, Laos and Oman brings the present total to 68 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 30 branches of Spa Cenvaree, one of Thailand’s most luxurious and innovative spa brands, together with 7 branches of the value brand Cense by Spa Cenvaree, which provides core spa services for busy travellers. The company’s Kids’ Club is available at all the family-friendly resorts to ensure that the youngsters and teens have their own leisure zone. Centara 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 affordable lifestyle brand designed for travellers who predominantly make their bookings via the internet and who want comfort and convenience at affordable prices; the brand is under development with the first property due to open in 2016.

For more information and reservations, please contact tel. +662 101 1234 ext 1 or e-mail to reservations@chr.co.th or website http://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/package/life-is-a-beach.asp

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