Friday, 31 October 2014

Only one month to go on 2015 Canada, Alaska and USA Earlybirds

unnamed (23)There is only one month left to make the most of Scenic Tours’ 2015 Earlybird season on all luxury Canada, Alaska and USA tours, which ends on 30 November 2014.

Guests could enjoy savings of up to $5,700 per couple on with free return flights to Canada, including taxes.

Michelle Black, GM Sales and Marketing, commented: “Our 2015 Canada, Alaska and USA program has sold extremely well with the six new itineraries and two new extensions proving popular with our guests. 

As the number one operator to Canada and Alaska we have perfected the ultimate luxury journey through this spectacular region so we encourage all agents to book their clients onto their chosen tour as now really is the best time to book with deals that will never be repeated."

Call Scenic Tours on 1300 723 642 or visit

New Textile Tour in Peru

unnamed (20)Australian soft adventure agency, Active Travel, is offering a new textile-themed tour in Peru in 2015, guided by an Australian expert in tapestry weaving.

The new 13-day ‘Textiles of the Andes’ tour from Lima to Cusco starts on June 24, 2015, and will be led by Valerie Kirk, senior lecturer and head of textiles at the National Institute of the Arts at the Australian National University in Canberra. Ms Kirk has led textile focused tours for over 20 years.

The itinerary explores traditional Peruvian textile production and includes the opportunity for travellers to engage with local weavers during special, hands-on textile workshops.

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Also included are visits to Machu Picchu and a scenic train trip through the Andes to Lake Titicaca to meet the reed island dwellers. Including 12 nights’ hotel accommodation, 17 meals and touring, the package is available from A$5169 per person, twin-share, with a A$798 solo supplement. Flights from Australia and a flight from Cusco back to Lima are additional.

Flights can be booked through Active Travel, with LAN Airlines currently offering return flights from Australia to Lima from $1499 if booked before November 19, 2014. Conditions apply and fares are subject to availability.

Visit or call 1300 783 188.

Two Free Nights in A Luxury Indian Beach Resort on Offer for 5-Star South India Tour

unnamed (2)A free two-night stay at a tropical Indian beach resort is being offered by Extreme Bike Tours for all new bookings made before December 1, 2014, on a luxury motorcycle tour through South India in February, 2015.

Travellers can take in the spices, tea plantations and idyllic beaches of southern India on the back of a classic Royal Enfield motorbike as part of the five-star adventure holiday from Cochin to Goa, departing February 7, 2015.

The Classic Desert Storm bikes will take experienced riders and also pillion passengers with no riding experience on a 2300km journey, with guests staying in some of southern India’s most luxurious, five-star hotels along the way.

Self-confessed ‘mad’ Englishman and adrenalin junkie, Zander Combe, who runs Extreme Bike Tours, says the beautiful landscapes and the gentle and welcoming people who live in southern India are “guaranteed to change the way you look at life”.

The ‘Five-Star South India’ tour takes riders and passengers along the quiet (by Indian standards) and meandering roads of southern India, through vast tea plantations and hill stations, past the spectacular palaces and temples of Mysore and to the jungles of Mudumalai National Park where riders will stay in a deluxe safari lodge and search for tigers. The tour costs US$5250 per rider or US$4350 for pillion passengers.

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* All new bookings made before December 1, 2014, will also receive a free, two-night stay with breakfast after the tour at the five-star Radisson Blu Resort Goa at Cavelossim Beach.

Fares for the motorbike tour include accommodation along the route, all meals on the tour, fuel and motorbike hire and a domestic flight at the end of the tour from Goa back to Cochin. The guided trip is open to licensed motorcyclists as well as pillion passengers riding on a bike or in the support vehicle.

One of the world’s leading motorcycle tour companies, Extreme Bike Tours, which is based in India, was featured on the ‘Top Gear’ TV show in 2011. Up to 80 per cent of riders are from Australia.

For details, visit or call + 91 9665 377 344.

* Tours and fares are subject to availability and conditions apply. Prices do not include flights from Australia.

Dusit Thani Bangkok Shopping Special

“Holiday Shopping Special” Package at Dusit Thani Bangkok

Dusit Thani Bangkok has recently revealed its new Holiday Shopping Special package, valid now through 15 December 2014! Prices start from THB 4,730++ per room, per night in a Superior Room.

Dusit Thani Bangkok has recently revealed its new Holiday Shopping Special package.

Guests are invited to stay, shop and save with the following privileges:

  • Daily breakfast for two
  • Welcome Pack of discount vouchers from Siam Paragon and Emporium shopping malls, valid through 28 February 2015
  • King Power discount coupons for King Power Downtown, King Power Pattaya and King Power Srivaree, valid through 31 December 2014
  • Emporium Tourist Card, entitling holders to discounts at its department store and shopping complex, valid through 28 February 2015
  • 20% discount on food only at Dusit Thani Bangkok's Benjarong, Hamilton's Steak House, Thien Duong, The Mayflower and The Pavilion Restaurants
  • 20% discount on all a la carte treatments at the hotel's Devarana Spa

Moreover, for bookings made within 15 November 2014, guests will receive a complimentary upgrade to the next room category!

For further information or reservations, please call +66 2200 9000 or visit our website at or email: deal of the week: The Pearl South Pacific Resort, Fiji

The Pearl South Pacific Resort, Fiji

Save 42% on your stay

Visit for more details or call ‎1800 687 236‎

The Pearl South Pacific Resort, Fiji 4*

Save 42% on your stay

Book by: 31st December 2014

Stay by: 31st December 2014

Prices from: AU $165 per night

Nestled on a secluded beach overlooking the Beqa Lagoon, the Pearl South Pacific Resort is the perfect place to relax and soak up the scenery of charming Fiji. Guests can work on their golf swing on an 18-hole championship golf course, enjoy pure relaxation with a day in the hotel's luxury spa or soak up the sun on either a private beach or by the pool.  With four restaurants, six bars, and a fitness area, the Pearl South Pacific Resort offers a relaxing escape for great value.

Follow 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 31 October, 2014. Prices may fluctuate due to changes in taxes, fees and currency. Visit for full terms and conditions.

European cruises with Silversea



Explore the ancient realms of Europe on this nine day voyage on board Silversea's Silver Cloud.

Departing Barcelona on 11 April 2015, Silver Cloud will voyage to Monte Carlo for an overnight stay, where guests can explore this glamorous destination, including the world-famous Place du Casino, Monaco Cathedral and Opéra de Monte-Carlo.  Crossing into Italy, Silver Cloud will stop in Rome (Civitavecchia), before beginning her journey down the Amalfi Coast.  Silver Cloud will spend a night in Sorrento, a town spread along cliffs, before sailing to Amalfi, a celebrated area, covered with bougainvillea and colourful villas.  The final port of call in Italy is Taormina, located on the east coast of the island of Sicily, on the side of a mountain dotted with medieval churches, a stunning Greek theatre and sweeping views over the Gulf of Naxos.

Sailing into Greece, Silver Cloud will visit the city of Olympia (Katakolon), a sacred archaeological site where the inaugural Olympic Games were hosted in 776 B.C.  Silver Cloud will then continue to Itea, the gateway to Delphi, one of the world's most intriguing and best-preserved ancient sites, before navigating the Corinth Canal.  With cliffs bordering either side of the canal, and due to the narrow width of just 21.5 metres, the canal is impassable for many cruise ships, providing a unique experience for Silver Cloud guests.  Silver Cloud will spend her final night in Athens (Piraeus), where guests can explore the surrounding architectural treasures, including the Parthenon, the Temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, before disembarking on 20 April 2015.

Prices are per person starting from AU$4,350 in a Vista Suite double occupancy.  Silversea fares include: all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet meals with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary wines, Champagne and spirits served throughout the ships; and all gratuities.

This voyage is subject to availability.  Terms and conditions apply.  For more information, contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit


Thursday, 30 October 2014

South Africa Luxury Camps - savings

Bench International is offering discounts of $480 per couple on a three day stay at Honeyguide's  luxurious  tented safari camps in South Africa's Manyeleti Game Reserve if you travel by December 14.

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The deal is now available at $710 per person twin share at Mantobeni Tented Camp and sister camp, Khoka Moya, and can be combined with a choice of other short stay packages available to any of Bench International’s other destinations in southern Africa like Cape Town, Victoria Falls or Chobe National Park.

The price for the two-night package includes accommodation, all meals, Big Five game driving experiences, guided walks and  airport transfers from Hoedspruit. Road transfers are available from Johannesburg and can include the scenic Blyde River Canyon and picturesque towns like Pilgrims Rest.

More details from or phone 1300AFRICA.

Father’s Day promotion at Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit

This year’s Father’s day, Zeta Café invites all families for a great family brunch feast.

Zeta Sweets

Surprise your father and the whole family with Brunch in the heart of Sukhumvit at Holiday Inn Bangkok Sukhumvit. Zeta Café offers a feast of your favorite buffet menus such as imported cold cuts, imported seafood on ice, fresh salads and condiments, selection of cheeses, freshly rolled sushi and fresh sashimi, noodles, soups, pasta made to order, Thai and international appetizers and hot dishes, BBQ station and not to be missed desserts station with homemade cakes, sweets, pastries, fresh fruits and Thai desserts.

SPECIAL Lucky draw prize and free meal for the eldest father of the table. (Minimum 4 paying adults)
Friday 5th December from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at THB 699++ per person
Children from 6 – 12 years old at THB 349++
All children under 6 years old eat FREE.
To make a reservation please call 02 683 4888.

For more information please visit or

Enjoy The Suite Life - The World & You With Raffles

The autumn and winter seasons are to be celebrated with a special offer from Raffles Hotels & Resorts. Guests booking The World and You promotion at Raffles will receive a minimum of a $100 credit to spend during their stay.

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The Suite with Credit is the latest exclusive travel offering from Raffles Hotels & Resorts’ ‘The World & You’ promotion, available at all Raffles Hotels & Resorts around the world. It is available for a limited time only, bookable until 4 January 2015.

The portfolio credit, which varies between hotels, is redeemable against any food, beverage or spa purchases made at outlets owned and operated by Raffles Hotels & Resorts during the guest’s stay.

Exceptional food and drink is always a part of staying with Raffles. From the Royal Khmer dishes, with secret recipes gifted from the Royal Family to the chefs of Raffles Hotel Le Royal in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to the freshest of fish and Indian Ocean delicacies served at the stunning Curieuse Restaurant at Raffles Praslin Seychelles, guests will struggle to decide where to redeem their credit with so many indulgent culinary experiences to choose from.

The portfolio’s spas, inspired by the rejuvenating and regenerative power of the lotus flower, are just as enticing. With thoughtful and knowledgeable therapists and treatments that combine traditional and local methods, Raffles Spas provide a harmonious balance between exertion and relaxation, so guests leave feeling revived and transformed. At the recently opened Raffles Istanbul, the spa is a revitalizing oasis right in the heart of this cultured city. Travelers can experience traditional treatments in 3 Turkish Hammams, male and female relaxation areas featuring saunas, steam rooms, and jacuzzis, or one of the spa’s 7 luxuriously appointed treatment rooms.

Each Raffles hotel is a haven for the well-travelled - with an individual personality and its own story to tell in its own sense of place. Each hotel is proud to draw on the long Raffles tradition of legendary service; thoughtful, personal and discreet – and perfectly tailored to each destination.

The Suite with Credit Offers at Raffles:
 Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris is offering a 100 EUR credit per stay with rates starting from 1,850 EUR per night
 Raffles Istanbul is offering a 100 EUR credit per stay with rates starting from 750 EUR per night
 Raffles Beijing is offering a $100 USD credit per stay with rates starting from $570USD per night
 Raffles Hainan is offering a $100 USD credit (612 CNY) per stay with rates starting from CNY 2,800per night
 Raffles Singapore is offering a 150 SGD credit per stay with rates starting from 740 SGD per night
 Raffles Makati, Manila is offering a $100 USD credit (4,487 PHP) per stay with rates starting from PHP 15, 300 per night.
 Raffles Dubai is offering a $100 USD credit (367 AED) per stay with rates starting from 2,595 AED per night.
 Raffles Makkah Palace is offering a $100 USD credit (375 SAR) per stay with rates starting from 1,100 SAR per night.
 Raffles Praslin Seychelles is offering a $100 USD credit (78 EUR) for 1 Bedroom Suites or $200 USD (156 EUR) for 2 Bedroom Suites per stay with rates starting from 1,300 EUR per night.
 Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor, Siem Reap, Cambodia is offering a $100 USD credit per stay with rates starting from $540 USD per night.
 Raffles Hotel Le Royal Phnom Penh, Cambodia is offering a $100 USD credit per stay with rates starting from $400 USD per night.

*** Triple airline miles are also earned on The Suite with Credit offer with Japan Airlines.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Join the Christmas celebrations at The Okura Prestige Bangkok

The festive fever returns to The Okura Prestige Bangkok in December with an impressive selection of seasonal lunch and dinner menus at Yamazato, Elements and Up & Above featuring popular Western and Asian traditional dishes.

Yamazato presents new set lunch and dinner menus available on 24 and 25 December 2014 that feature seasonal dishes selected by the restaurant’s Master Chef Shigeru Hagiwara. The Teppanyaki dinner, priced at Baht 4,000++, includes king crab and scallops from Hokkaido and Japanese beef sirloin. Lunch available from 11:30 am – 2:30 pm and dinner from 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm.

Elements begins the traditional Christmas celebrations on 20 December 2014 with a festive five-course dinner created by Chef de cuisine Henry Jordan that includes main course choices of Maine lobster and Challans duck. Priced at Baht 4,800++ per person this special festive dinner, available nightly until 30 December 2014 from 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm, includes a welcome glass of Champagne.

Up & Above is the perfect venue for family Christmas celebrations on 24 and 25 December 2014 with festive buffet lunches and dinners featuring seasonal dishes with trimmings and visits from Santa Claus with gifts for all the children. The entertainment during dinner on Christmas Eve and lunch on Christmas Day is provided by a clown who will keep the children entertained with lots of fun and games; by our popular carol singers with their extensive repertoire of Christmas carols, and by our jazz band playing a selection of easy listening melodies. The jazz band will also be playing during dinner on 24 December 2014 and at the lunch on 25 December 2014.

Yamazato - NY Soba noodle set 2014The price list for Up & Above is as follows:
24 December 2014
Christmas Eve Festive Buffet Lunch (12:00 noon – 2:30 pm)
Baht 1,400++ per person including soft drinks
Baht 2,400++ per person including free-flow selected wines, local beers and cocktails
Christmas Eve Festive Buffet Dinner (6:00 pm – 10:30 pm)
Baht 2,300++ per person including soft drinks
Baht 3,300++ per person including free-flow selected wines, local beers and cocktails
25 December 2014
Elements - Xmas 2014 Foie Gras TerrineOkura Christmas Day Festive Brunch (12:00 pm -4:00 pm)
Baht 1,900++ per person including soft drinks
Baht 2,900++ per person including free-flow selected wines, local beers and cocktails
Okura Christmas Day Festive Dinner (6:00 pm – 10:30 pm)
Baht 1,600++ per person including soft drinks
Baht 2,600++ per person including free-flow selected wines, local beers and cocktails
Children aged four to 12 years pay Baht 600++ per person

All prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% government tax.

“There’s simply no better place to capture the traditional Christmas spirit than The Okura Prestige Bangkok,” explains General Manager Samir Wildemann. “Our family-friendly atmosphere embraces richly these annual festive celebrations and we look forward to welcoming local and international guests. Our three restaurants offer an eclectic mix of dining options.”

The Okura Prestige Bangkok offers a range of festive hampers, priced from Baht 3,400 net, that make ideal gifts for friends, family and business associates.

“You may also create your own festive hamper by selecting items from the extensive list of festive foods,” adds Samir Wildemann. Orders for hampers are being taken at the hotel’s La Pâtisserie outlet; at the hotel’s F&B office (02 687 9000) or via e-mail: The hampers are available for collection until 30 January 2015.

There is a free delivery service in Bangkok city centre (Sukhumvit, Silom and Sathorn roads) for orders of 20 hampers or more.

For more information about any festive event at The Okura Prestige Bangkok, please call 02 687 9000 or email

Preferred Hotel Group Announces a Bundle of Deals in 2014 Winter Sale

Preferred Hotel Group today announced the launch of its annual Winter Sale that allows travelers to experience luxury for less and turn their winter wanderlust into confirmed travel plans.

Available for stays now through February 15, 2015*, the Winter Sale offers up to 57% savings on best available rates or a free night at more than 110 hotels and resorts in 25 countries. From windsurfing and saltwater fishing to horse-drawn carriage rides and mulled wine tastings, travelers can choose from an assortment of “winter wonderland” experiences at popular destinations around the world. Bookable via offer highlights include:

Up to 57% savings in hundreds of cities from Buenos Aires to Hong Kong:

•    57% savings in Cancun, Mexico: No work, no kids, no problems at the vibrant all-inclusive Sandos Cancun Luxury Experience Resort where travelers can relax and revel in the sun while lounging on shaded Bali beds along white sand beaches, feasting on gourmet cuisine and craft cocktails, or windsurfing at the neighboring AquaWorld, Mexico’s largest water sports center. *Winter Sale rates range from US$316 - $512 per night in double unnamed (10)occupancy room.
•    30% savings in Buenos Aires, Argentina: In the cultural center of the city sits Hotel Club Francés Buenos Aires, a townhouse-turned-European-style boutique hotel packed with charm, style, and a rich past of hosting renowned politicians, writers, scientists, and athletes – perfect for travelers with an eye for architecture and an appreciation for history. *Regular rates from US$300 per night.
•    25% savings in Hong Kong: Situated in the entertainment district conveniently close to public transit, Regal Kowloon Hotel allows guests to hit the pavement immediately upon check in, maximizing the time they have to absorb Hong Kong’s mesmerizing fusion of East and West cultures. *Regular rates from US$206  per night.
•    20% savings in County Clare, Ireland: Offering mild Irish winters, traditional afternoon tea, and crackling fireplaces,Dromoland Castle Hotel is a luxurious winter retreat fit for royalty, where travelers can spend their days exploring the castle’s endless grounds and woodlands or heading to nearby cities such as Galway to grab a pint and mingle with the locals. *Regular rates from US$256 per night.
•    15% savings in Middleburg, Virginia: A stunning destination for all seasons, Salamander® Resort & Spa invites travelers to escape to the countryside to take in views of the snowy Blue Ridge Mountains, warm up by the fireplace in the billiards room, and experience an abundance of on-property activities from cooking classes to horse-drawn carriage rides. *Regular rates from US$300 per night.
•    Among the additional hotels offering up to 57% off the best available rate are notable destinations such as Miramar Hotel by Windsor (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Hotel Wellington (Madrid, Spain), El Mangroove (Papagayo Bay, Costa Rica), Wine & Roses Hotel (Lodi, California), Windsor Court Hotel (New Orleans, Louisiana), Grand Isle Resort & Spa (George Town Exuma, Bahamas), The Bentley London (London, England, United Kingdom), Boyue Beijing Hotel (Beijing, China), NIZUC Resort & Spa (Cancun, Mexico), and Altis Avenida Hotel (Lisbon, Portugal).
Free Night Offer for extended stays in destinations from Washington, D.C. to California wine country:
•    3rd night free in Washington, DC: Holiday markets throughout the city and ice skating at Washington Harbour Ice Rink are only two of the many reasons that make Washington, DC a classic winter destination. Travelers with a taste for sophistication will appreciate The Jefferson, Washington, DC, a boutique gem that is perfectly situated between the district’s sightseeing and social scenes and offers an atmosphere that combines classic, elegant design with modern touches and conveniences. *Regular rates from US$299 per night on weekends and from US$425 per night on weekdays.
•    3rd night free in Los Olivos, California: Featuring in-room fireplaces, complimentary on-site wine tastings,  and access to some of California’s most scenic riding trails, the 19-room Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa is an intimate sanctuary in the infamous Santa Barbara Wine Country for travelers who crave a cozy and private winter escape. *Regular rates from US$295 per night on weekdays and from $445 per night on weekends.
•    4th night free in Longboat Key, Florida: This barrier island off the coast of Florida lures travelers each winter with the promise of sunshine-filled holidays.  With miles of white-sand beaches, multiple bedroom suites that accommodate the entire family, eight on-site restaurants, and a marina-side golf course, The Resort at Longboat Key Club is an ideal escape from the winter freeze. *Regular rates from US$279 per night.
•    Other hotels offering a third or fourth free night include Cavallo Point (San Francisco, California), Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites (Toronto, Canada), ARC THE.HOTEL (Ottawa, Canada), Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa (Sandys, Bermuda), Casa De Campo (La Romana, Dominican Republic), Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort and Spa (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico), and Peppermill Resort Spa Casino (Reno, Nevada).

For more information on the Preferred Hotel Group Winter Sale or full details on participating hotels,

*Terms & Conditions: Blackout dates may apply. Select participating hotels have restrictions on valid stay dates. Offer subject to availability. All stays must be completed by February 15, 2015 with the exception of hotels in the Americas which are offering  stays until March 31, 2015.

Ditch the big cruise ship for a new sailing adventure with Intrepid Travel

Intrepid Travel is offering adventurous travellers an alternative to large cruise ships tours of Europe and the Caribbean with new small group sailing adventures around the Mediterranean’s Cote d’Azur and Cuba’s Canarreos Peninsula.

With Australia now officially the fastest growing cruise market in the world – a record 833,348 Australians took a cruise last year, reflecting a 20% growth year on year* – travellers wanting to experience life on the seas but who would rather not sit idle on a big, expensive cruise ship need not miss out.

“Intrepid’s new sailing itineraries in Cote d’Azur and Cuba are millionaire trips on a budget,” says James Thornton, Managing Director. “You don’t need a hefty bank balance to sit at our captain’s table! Intrepid sailing trips are all about adventure - navigate around small, pristine islands, learn the ropes of sailing and rub shoulders with the locals in quirky towns.”

The only tour operator offering the chance to sail along the French Riviera, Intrepid’s Cote d’Azur Sailing Adventuretravels from one celebrated port to the next, uncovering a side of France only the rich get to see. Swimming and snorkelling in the clear waters and idyllic beaches of the Iles d’Hyeres Archipelago is a highlight out at sea, while the charming cities of Marseille, St-Tropez, Cannes and Nice provide the evening’s wining and dining.

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The eight day trip begins in Marsaille and spends seven nights on board a yacht before ending in Nice. It is from $1,811 per person and the first departure is on 30 May 2015.

The Canarreos Archipelago, comprising of around 350 islets south of Cuba in the Caribbean Sea, is the focus of Intrepid’s new Cuba Sailing Adventure. Travellers will discover hidden beaches, uninhabited islands and underwater scenery, including the chance to swim with turtles and manta rays. Disembarking at Cienfuegos will see travellers drinking a rum or two with new friends.

The nine day trip begins in Havana and spends five nights on board a catamaran boat with all meals included before ending back in Havana. It is from $2,195 per person and the first departure is on 15 November 2015. Travellers can also add on the 8-day Classic Cuba trip beforehand to get a comprehensive land and sea experience in Cuba. 

Intrepid Travel’s Marine brochure is out now and includes information on Sailing Adventures and cruising in the Galapagos. 

* Cruise Industry Source Market Report Australia 2013

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Hot deal to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

unnamedThe coolest place to go this spring and summer is the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales and Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa has a hot deal from $199 per room per night for stays before December 18th.

A bevvy of free family activities, the best day spa in the Snowy Mountains, world-class mountain bike facilities and two celebrated and awarded restaurants are just some of the reasons guests love Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa.

Deals including free use of Resort activities start from $199 per night in a one-bedroom chalet and $299 per night in a spacious two-bedroom Lake View apartment.

To book, please call Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa on 1800 020 524 or

According to Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa General Manager, Anthony Cleary, guests should not expect a run-of-the-mill resort experience.

“Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa is truly unique from its diverse choice of accommodation through to its free activities and well-appointed facilities,” said Mr Cleary.

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The property, located on the border of the Kosciuszko National Park, features more than 100 rooms ranging from overwater lake view apartments to mountain- view chalets.

Facilities include an impressive day spa and wellness centre which offers natural nurturing therapies inspired by the Snowy Mountains, two restaurants and an array of free activities including golf, trampolines, canoeing, tennis, archery and 25 kms of mountain bike and walking trails.

Before you leave Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa you should try a Segway Eco Tour where you explore the local bush terrain on a no-emissions personal transporter, try your hand on the mountain-bike skills course and discover the beauty of the 150 acres of land around Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa on mountain bike.

“If it’s been a while since you were in the saddle of a mountain bike, one of our team will take you through the Skills course and can guide you around the property on one of our new Specialized bike.”
Another must-do activity in summer is river sledding and riding the snow-melt on the Thredbo River.  

Here you see the beauty of the mountains from a unique aspect: looking up from water level as you float down the river on an inflatable sled and experience just a little bit of an adrenaline rush as you negotiate the rapids.

Ready, Steady Go For F1 Fans - 2015 Singapore Grand Prix Packages Now On Sale

After a very successful 2014 Singapore GP, KPT have released early bird packages for next years’ event.

The Singapore Grand Prix is one of the highlights in the F1 Calendar, and is the world’s first Formula 1 night race, a spectacular track around the Marina Bay Sands circuit is set against a backdrop of heritage buildings, iconic architecture and a glowing city skyline.

This truly amazing event enthralls crowds with a unique combination of sights and sounds and an electric atmosphere.

The 2015 race starts on 18-20 September and our packages start at $975pp* based on twin share and include 3 nights accommodation with breakfast and a Bay Grandstand seat for the whole 3 days.

Our 4 night packages include a Pre-race function and for true F1 fans why not look at upgrading your ticket to experience different areas of the track each day, these 4 night packages start from $1,675pp* based on twin share.

To celebrate our Early bird release, the first 50 clients that book a 4 night package with KPT have the chance to win a Singapore Flyer trip, valued at $35. The Singapore Flyer is the worlds largest observation wheel and a great way to view the Marina Bay circuit.

Don’t miss a minute of the action at this spectacular event!

For bookings and further information contact Keith Prowse Travel at, visit or phone 1300 730 023.

Keith Prowse Travel is proud to be an Official Licensed Tour Operator of the 2015 Singapore Grand

*Terms and conditions apply – see

Loy Krathong Festival At Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok

Celebrate the full moon with a Loy Krathong Festival by the river on the 6th of November, 2014 at our River Barge Restaurant and Silver Waves Chinese Restaurant.

River Barge and Pier 28, Relish an exceptional Thai dinner of traditional dishes at our buffet and then partake in the a sumptuous experience of floating a krathong on the Chao Phraya River; while being entertained by traditional Thai shows. Price for Adult is Baht 3,499++ per person and Child (6-12 years) at Baht 1,749++ per child, with complimentary krathong and fireworks display.

Silver Waves, with a great view over the river’s candlelit krathongs, promises wonderful and romantic memories with a 7-course Chinese set dinner and complimentary krathong to float in Chao Phraya River at Baht 2,999++.

For more information or reservations, please call Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok at 0 2307 8888 ext. 1914, visit or E-mail:

Loy Krathong Festival at Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok

Hong Kong Wine Dine Festival 2014

Calling all wine connoisseurs – mark your calendars for a month-long gourmet celebration extraordinaire with the much anticipated CCB (Asia) Hong Kong Wine & Dine Festival! A four-day party will get things started with fine wines, gourmet food and lively entertainment next to the harbour. Then tuck into plentiful food and drink promotions at street carnivals, sample the latest wine trends at international wine events, enjoy exclusive dining offers and round an epicurean month off with wine appreciation seminars, master chef classes, themed tours and more!

Monday, 27 October 2014

Celebrate “Loy Krathong Festival” on the rooftop poolside at Flava Lite, Dream Hotel Bangkok

Dream Hotel Bangkok proudly to invite you to celebrate the beautiful full moon of “Loy Krathong Festival” at Flava Lite, the rooftop poolside on 11th floor of Dream2 on Thursday 6th November, 2014 from 6 p.m. until late.

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Discover the dining experience with exquisite Thai snacks buffet special prepared by our Thai Executive Chef including ‘Somtum’ Thai style papaya salad, “Tom Yam Goong” Spicy soup with shrimps, duck curry, BBQ station, salad bar, and much more! Last but not least to leave your impression with Thai traditional desserts, fruits and homemade ice-cream.

Join us a unique evening of the full moon festival with special treat of Thai snacks buffet at only THB 555.-net per person including a complimentary of Thai herb drink. Guest will also receive a “Krathong” individually to float at the hotel’s rooftop pool.

For more information or reservation please call +66 (0) 2254 8500 or email: 

Insight Vacations White Christmas

Insight Vacations is pleased to announce the return of its exclusive White Christmas itineraries, with the launch of the new Christmas in Canada & New Year’s Eve in New York and A White Christmas in Europe, both departing 19 December, 2015.

Joost Timmer, Managing Director Australia said, “For the past 5 years we’ve seen year-on-year growth in the number of Australians joining our festive itineraries. Having grown up in Europe, I can see the magic that a northern hemisphere Christmas holds for Australians – whether they are strolling through European town squares lit by fairy-lights or staying in castle-like hotels in Canada.”

A White Christmas in Europe
Enjoy a white Christmas set against Europe’s most spectacular winter backdrops. The itinerary covers Paris, Brussels, Venice and Rome and includes several Signature Events such as visits to a much loved European festive tradition, the Christmas Markets.

Highlights include:
  • Enjoy Christmas at the 5-star Victoria-Jungfrau Grand Hotel and Spa in Interlaken, before heading to the Alpine Village of Grindelwald to enjoy a carriage ride through snowy scenes and a celebratory Christmas dinner.
  • Explore the best Christmas Markets in Paris, sampling mulled wine, gingerbread and chocolates, before ascending the marvellous Eiffel Tower for a special Highlight Dinner.
  • Discover the secrets of the Vatican Museum then countdown the New Year in Rome as the city is lit up by thousands of fireworks.
The 15-day tour is priced at $6,995 per person, twin share (Single Supplement $2,289)

Christmas in Canada & New Year’s Eve in New York
Indulge in Christmas festivities amid stunning alpine beauty and celebrate the New Year in ultimate style.

Travelling from Toronto, discover the wintery magic and snow of Eastern Canada with its French influence before watching the famous ball drop in buzzing Time Square to herald in the New Year.

Highlights include:
  • Taking in the sights of Toronto, Quebec, Montreal and New York with a local guide. Guests can enjoy stunning views from the CN Tower and a day trip to Niagara Falls.
  • Staying in several luxurious Fairmont Hotel properties, guests will be in awe of the extravagant Christmas decorations.
  • Join your travel companions for a New Year’s Eve Celebration Dinner in Manhattan, and perhaps watch the ball drop in Times Square.
The 14-day itinerary is priced at $5,767 per person, twin-share (Single Supplement $2,653)
Each escorted journey has a host of Insight’s hallmark inclusions such as Signature and Premium centrally located hotels, an experienced Tour Director, Signature Experiences, priority access, Signature Dining, business class legroom, smaller groups, free Wi-Fi and airport transfers.

Can’t wait? Limited spaces are still available on select 2014 departures, for more information visit or call 1300 727 767.

Travelmarvel’s New Burma Rivership Available to Book Now

Travelmarvel’s new boutique rivership, the RV Princess Panhwar, is unveiled for the very first time in its new Burma 2016/17 brochure, which is available in travel agents now.

The custom built vessel offers premium four starriver cruising with guests enjoying a choice of 36 staterooms and suites ranging in size from 26 sqm to 42.5 sqm and either a French or an outside balcony.
Public areas aboard the sophisticated new vessel include an air-conditioned lounge area on the sun deck, a main restaurant, and a spa and massage facility.

The core itinerary for Travelmarvel’s new Burma river cruising is the 15-day Majestic Burma – Irrawaddy Cruise from Yangon to Mandalay. Priced from just $5,795 per person, twin share, the cruise takes in all of the fascinating highlights of this emerging destination, including: Shwedagon Pagoda; a journey by horse drawn cart to the ‘Leaning Tower of Inwa’, taking in Maha Aung Mye Bon Zan Monastery and the teak-wood Bagaya Monastery en route; the opportunity to add your own sheet of gold leaf to the Mahamuni Buddha; and an exploration of Bagan, one of the world’s most spectacular archaeological sites.

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The new brochure offers a choice of 24 sailings between January 2016 and April 2017. A three day extension of theMajestic Burma itinerary to Inle Lake is available, as is the chance to combine it with a Mekong river cruise aboard Travelmarvel’s La Marguerite on the 27-day Wonders of the Irrawaddy and Mekong.

Travelmarvel’s comprehensive inclusions cover complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner, most meals (including all meals aboard the cruise), the services of a Tour Director, airport transfers, all flights within Asia, port charges, entry fees, tipping, sightseeing and accommodation within the price of each of its Burma itineraries.

Commenting on the new brochure, Travelmarvel General Manager David Cox said, “Burma is an untouched destination that our guests are keen to explore. With our new vessel we will be the only operator offering this standard of premium cruising in this destination and so we are excited about helping our travel agents to sell this unique product.”

Two Earlybird Specials are being offered for this destination: ‘Fly Free, including Taxes’ on all Travelmarvel Burma holidays in any suite category departing January 2016 to April 2017; and ‘Fly Business Class from $2,995 per person, including taxes’ on any Princess Suite booking departing January 2016 to April 2017. Bookings for all offers must be made by 28 February 2015.

Spaces are limited so agents are advised to book early. Offers are subject to availability and terms and conditions apply.

Travelmarvel’s Burma River Cruising 2016/17 brochure is available now. For further information call 1300 196 420, or see your local business development manager.

Cruise Mediterranean and Europe Aboard Celebrity Equinox

Mediterranean on Sale With ecruising.

SAVINGS of more than $7,000 per person are now available through on a fly/cruise package on board Celebrity Equinox visiting many of the most popular ports in the Mediterranean and Europe including France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Malta and Spain.

Spend three nights at the Renaissance Barcelona Hotel with a city sightseeing pass to explore this modern and vibrant city before embarking on the 32-night round-trip cruise, departing Barcelona on June 2, 2015. Sail straight to Nice in the south of France before cruising along the coast of Italy to Florence/Pisa, Rome and the Amalfi Coast. Continue to Greece with port visits in Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes and Athens and onwards to Ephesus and Istanbul in Turkey for an overnight stay. Then Valletta in Malta before returning to Italy for an overnight stay in Rome and a visit to Sicily and Florence.

You will then continue to Spain to visit the beautiful Palma De Mallorca before returning to Barcelona to disembark and fly home via Dubai where you will spend three nights at the iconic Fairmont the Palm hotel, including breakfast and dinner daily, plenty of time to enjoy the metropolitan fast paced lifestyle!

The complete air, land and sea package of 38 nights is now available from $9,189 per person twin share and includes return air fares from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane as well as three nights' accommodation at the Renaissance Barcelona Hotel with a Barcelona City sightseeing pass, 32 nights cruise inside cabin accommodation with all main meals, a three night stopover in Dubai at Raffles Hotel with a Dubai City sightseeing pass, transfers and port charges and government taxes.

Travel from Perth is from $9129 and from Adelaide is from $9289.

The package is available for sale until November 20 but prices may vary due to airfares component, for more details call on 1300 369 848 or visit

Mantra Provides Six Accommodation Options Across Brisbane For Tennis Lovers

Mantra Best on Court for Brisbane International

Tennis legend Roger Federer will again make a 'return' to the Brisbane International tennis tournament from 4 to 11 January, along with Australia's Lleyton Hewitt and women's champions Maria Sharapova and Australia's Sam Stosur, plus a host of international players. With six hotels to choose from across Brisbane, Mantra is set for all the action in key locations across the city.

Refurbished apartment at Mantra South Bank Brisbane

The Ace

As the closest Mantra hotel to the Queensland Tennis Centre, just a short 10 minute drive away, the recently refurbished Mantra South Bank is a great option for tennis lovers. All rooms have been recently refurbished with new bedding and furniture in living areas and kitchens. A mezzanine level outdoor lap pool is also a welcome feature for guests. Situated in the heart of the city's events and dining precinct, Mantra is surrounded by a host of recreational options across South Bank Parklands. Rates start from $219 per night in a Hotel Room. Visit for bookings and further details.

The Forehand Winner

It takes room to move around the court for a big forehand winner so if space is what you need then Mantra on Edward is the ideal choice. Apartments are substantially larger than standard apartment hotel rooms due to this property once being a residential tower. Recently converted into a full serviced apartment complex, two bedroom apartments are up to 124 square metres and three bedroom up to 165 square metres, each offering all the comforts of home with 40” LCD TVs, iPod docking stations, Wifi internet access and large balconies to enjoy the city views. Rates start from $209 per night in a One Bedroom Apartment. Vist for bookings and further details.

The Backhand Slice

The finesse of the Federer backhand is something to behold, and Mantra's most recent addition to its Brisbane hotel network is sure to impress. Mantra Midtown Apartments boast a modern, contemporary design and décor reflecting New York's 'Midtown' precinct, and as the name suggests the hotel is located in a centralised location between all of Brisbane's main precincts. Just a short stroll from the hotel is Queen St Mall shopping precinct and within a two kilometre radius are South Bank attractions and dining venues; Suncorp Stadium and the RNA Showgrounds. Rates start from $179 per night in a One Bedroom Apartment. Visit for bookings and further details.

The Overhead Smash

Nothing quite makes an impression on the court like the overhead smash, so if you're looking for that 'wow factor' then the spectacular views across Brisbane River from Mantra on the Quay will seriously impress. Located on the river's edge just metres from Eagle Street Pier dining precinct these contemporary style apartments also have exceptional facilities with full gym, pool and terrace BBQ area. Rates start from $175 per night in a One Bedroom Apartment or from $279 per night in a Two Bedroom Apartment with guaranteed river views. Visit for bookings and further details.

The Cross Court Volley

The undisputed Queen of the Court at the Australian Open will be Number 1 seed Maria Sharapova – and for accommodation fit for a Queen, Mantra on Queen is a winner! Ideally situated between Brisbane's shopping precincts and Eagle Street Pier eateries, the apartment hotel provides stunning views across the city. Rates start from $149 in a Hotel Room. Visit for bookings and further details.

Between-the-legs trick shot

That once-in-a-game shot in a player's arsenal that has the power to make or break. Tucked away in Brisbane's Spring Hill, Mantra Terrace Hotel is also a hidden gem that surprises and delights with impeccably designed boutique style rooms and a funky streetside eatery - 'O Bar & Restaurant'. Tranquil surroundings on the city's edge but within ten minutes walk from Brisbane's shopping and entertainment precincts. Rates start from $129 per night in a Hotel Room. Visit for bookings and further details.

Mantra is the leading 4-star accommodation provider in Brisbane offering an array of options for both leisure and business travellers.

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