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Friday, 30 January 2015

Escape to Victoria's Spa Country, Daylesford and Hepburn Springs, for Valentine's Day

Daylesford and Hepburn Springs in Victoria's Spa Country are synonymous with romance and relaxation, so what better location to enjoy some time away with your loved one this Valentine's Day.



The Mineral Spa, Argus Dining Room and Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel, three of the region's top experiences, are offering special Valentine's packages. These include luxurious massages at the award-winning spa, a three-course dinner at the hatted paddock to plate restaurant and a two night accommodation package at the boutique hotel.

Here are three top gift ideas from Hepburn Springs for your Valentine:

The Mineral Spa
Give your valentine a gift from us. When you book a luxurious Mala Mayi ritual for women or a Marli Makarra for men, you'll bathe in the Retreat on us.
The 90 minute Mala Mayi and Marli Makarra costs $215 each and 60 minute pass to The Retreat – value $70, is yours complimentary.

To book, call The Mineral Spa on +61 3 5348 2100 and mention 'Valentines special'.

The Argus Dining Room
Enjoy an extra special Valentine's dinner at the Chef's Hatted Argus Dining Room including a 3 course meal with glass of champagne on arrival for $90 per person.Alternatively, you can splash out on a 5 course degustation with glass of champagne on arrival for $105 per person.

For bookings, call The Argus Dining Room on +61 3 5348 4199.

Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel
Spoil the one you love this Valentine's Day and treat them to a romantic escape at Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel. From $1,180 enjoy 2 romantic nights away in a Springs Spa Room including breakfast daily, 4 course dinner at The Argus Dining Room on Valentine's Day, 60 minute Retreat Pass at The Mineral Spa for each person, 1 dozen red roses and French sparkling on arrival. The package also includes complimentary late check-out of 12pm.

To book, call Peppers Mineral Springs Hotel on +61 3 5348 2202.

NYC & Company Highlights Romantic Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day in New York City

From Ice Festivals and Romantic Concerts to Luxurious Hotel Packages, New York City's Five Boroughs are the Ideal Place to Discover and Cherish Romance this Valentine's Day—

Share a special Valentine's Day experience in New York City next month. Whether visitors have already found or are hoping to meet their one true love, New York City's five boroughs offer a range of fun and romantic experiences this Valentine's Day.

Hudson Hotel's Sky Terrace, New York City
“The city that never sleeps is an ideal weekend getaway for loved ones and friends on Valentine's Day,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “With experiences ranging from extravagant hotel packages and decadent meals, to lighthearted movie tours and 5K races, New York City has something for everyone this Valentine's Day.”

Valentine's Day events and activities taking place throughout the five boroughs include:

Carnegie Hall: In a special program of classics from musical theater and the Great American Songbook, Jessye Norman and Mark Markham will mesmerise audiences on February 14 at 8pm with a recital of songs by master music makers including Harold Arlen, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers and Cole Porter. For more information and to buy tickets, go tocarnegiehall.org

Central Park Conservancy Ice Festival: This Valentine's Day, visitors can celebrate at Central Park Conservancy's Fourth Annual Ice Festival in Naumburg Bandshell. The event includes ice carving, a photo booth, a Central Park trivia contest, sweet treats and, as night falls, a 1980s-themed silent disco with live DJs. Purchase tickets at centralparknyc.org.

NYC Chocolatiers: Between French-style truffles in Manhattan, Austrian treats in Queens and a feast of raw chocolates in Brooklyn, the City is experiencing a chocolate boom. For a comprehensive list of local chocolatiers, visit nycgo.com.

Cupid's Chase 5K New York: Community Options, Inc. will hold its Annual Cupid's Chase 5K Run on Saturday, February 14, kicking off at 10am. The race will take place at Hudson River Park's Charles Street Pier (enter at Christopher Street). To register, go to comop.org.

New York Transit Museum: This February, the New York Transit Museum will welcome all the could-be lovers on our transit system to the Fifth Annual Missed Connections Party, inspired by Craigslist's Missed Connections classifieds. This sexy, fun and subterranean event will kick off at 6:30pm on Wednesday, February 11, at the New York Transit Museum in Brooklyn Heights. To purchase tickets go to blackbaudhosting.com.

On Location Tours' Romantic Movie Moments Tour: On the Romantic Movie Moments Tour, a local New York City actor will bring to life some of the most alluring movie locations featured on the big screen, including the bookstore where Harry meets Sally in When Harry Met Sally. For more information, go toonlocationtours.com.

Romeo + Juliet at Lincoln Center: Next month, the New York City Ballet performs Romeo + Juliet at Lincoln Center. Shakespeare's immortal tale of tragic love translates into a powerfully moving full-length ballet, with a famed climax that never fails to affect audiences. Performances will take place February 13–22, with tickets available at nycballet.com.

St. George Theatre: In Staten Island's St. George, visitors can celebrate with A Valentine's Day Cabaret: Love Songs, Showtunes and Standards, presented by Staten Island's Shakespeare Theatre. Tickets are available at stgeorgetheatre.com.

The Rejection Show Valentine's Day Heartbreak Haven: Located in Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood, the Littlefield venue hosts the cult-favorite comedy series, The Rejection Show, which will regale the audience with an evening of its best breakup, heartbreak and love-related performances. Purchase tickets at littlefieldnyc.com.

Valentine's Day at the New York Botanical Garden: In this Valentine's Day workshop at the Bronx's New York Botanical Garden, kids can sample Mayan-inspired hot chocolate and other chocolates from around the world, while learning about living cacao and vanilla plants. Each ticket also includes an All-Garden Pass for a participant and one adult to enjoy access to all of the Botanical Garden's offerings. Tickets can be purchased here: nybg.org.

Valentine's Day Lunch Cruise Aboard Spirit's New York Cruise: This Valentine's Day, couples and families can enjoy an all-new lunch buffet by Food Network's Chopped champion and celebrity chef Eric Levine, along with a backdrop of some of New York City's most famous sights. For more information, go to entertainmentcruises.com.

Wave Hill: This Valentine's Day, Wave Hill in the Bronx is offering a special cookie-decorating event. Use sanding sugars, cookie icing and a variety of sprinkles to design your own cookies. Fill a box with your creations to show that certain someone how much you love them. More information: wavehill.org.

In addition to these events, visitors can also take advantage of several Valentine's Day and romantic-themed hotel packages throughout the City:

Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island and Hampton Inn & Suites Staten Island: Visitors can have a romantic overnight getaway at the Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island and Hampton Inn & Suites Staten Island, which are offering an “Eat. Love. Stay” package this Valentine's Day. This deal includes a three-course dinner at Lorenzo's Restaurant, Bar & Cabaret, in-room Champagne, breakfast buffet and a couples massages at Luxe Salon and Spa. To make reservations, go to partyeatstay.com.

Loews Regency Hotel: At the Loews Regency Hotel, visitors can impress that special someone with chocolate-dipped strawberries and a bottle of prosecco, complimentary parking and late checkout. For more information, go toloewshotels.com.

Paper Factory Hotel: In Long Island City, Queens, visitors can experience the beautiful Paper Factory Hotel this Valentine's Day with an overnight stay and dinner and drinks for two at their Mundo restaurant. For discounted rates, use the promo code VDAY15. To learn more, go to paperfactoryhotel.com.

Park Hyatt New York: The recently-opened Park Hyatt New York offers visitors an “I Love You x 57” package in collaboration with Carnegie Hall, which will grant special access to two premier seats for its Valentine's Day performance. The overnight package also includes a couples massage, decadent dinner for two, Champagne tasting with the hotel's sommelier and a personalized pastry class. Additionally, guests can upgrade to stay in the hotel's stunning West Side Suite. For more information, visit newyork.park.hyatt.com.

The Peninsula New York: Next month, the Peninsula New York will offer its “Cupid Concierge” weekend package. This all-inclusive stay begins with a delivery of two dozen, long-stemmed red roses and luxury car service for Manhattan-based guests, with a Champagne toast upon check-in to a Grand Luxe Room. The romance continues throughout the weekend with an elegant dinner, a couples massage and breakfast. Go to newyork.peninsula.com to learn more.

Sofitel New York: Francophiles can head to the Sofitel New York this Valentine's Day for a “Zou Bisou Bisou” package. The offer includes Champagne and a box of La Maison du Chocolat upon arrival on February 13, breakfast in bed paired with a dozen red roses, an in-room couples massage, and a three-course dinner at Gaby Brasserie Francaise. For more information, visit sofitel.com.

Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York: This Valentine's Day, guests can indulge in the Waldorf Astoria New York Guerlain Spa's “Love the One You're With” experience, with two side-by-side massages, an exclusive suite and private steam room along with Champagne and truffles. The weekend comes complete with a Sunday Brunch, featuring gourmet options ranging from caviar to Baked Alaska. Visit waldorfnewyork.com.

Z NYC Hotel: The “Single Ladies” package at the Z NYC Hotel in Long Island City, Queens, is perfect for a girls' getaway this Valentine's Day, offering deluxe guest room accommodations overlooking the Manhattan skyline, treatments at the SNOB Nail Salon and pink Champagne. To make reservations and learn more, go to zhotelny.com.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Fly your Valentine off to Singapore with Scoot

Scoot sweetens up Valentine's Day gift ideas

Scoot fares are so sweet you could surprise your Valentine with a cheeky visit to Singapore (after March 1) with special return fares from $143 per person each way for economy, or from $333 per person for Scootbiz. Just buy a regular fare out and we will return the love with great value savings.

Regular economy fares to Singapore are from $219, (ex Sydney & Melbourne*) from $199 ex Gold Coast and from $149 ex Perth. Regular Scootbiz to Singapore one way are ex Sydney Melbourne* and Gold Coast from $499 and from Perth from $399. All above fares are one way and include taxes and surcharges.



Spread your Valentine’s love further, to Singapore, grab a bargain today and sweep them off their feet this Valentine’s Day. Give them a few weeks to pack, plan and prepare to take off from March 1st 2015, or for Valentine’s Day 2016.

Bookings can be made between 0000 13 February and 2359 15 February 2015(Singapore/Perth time) for travel between 1st March till 30th November 2015, and 1st Feb – 26th March 2016. Blackout periods may apply over school holidays and event periods

To access these and other promotional fares, visit www.flyscoot.com. To take part in Scoot’s future promotions and get advance notice of special fares, “Like” Scoot on Facebook at www.facebook.com/flyscoot or sign up to the mailing list at www.flyscoot.com

*Melbourne flights scheduled to commence from 1st Nov 2015

Terms and Conditions: Economy fares include 15kg checked baggage, but exclude meals and inflight entertainment. Fares are based on payment via POLIpay and payment processing fees per guest segment are not included if an alternate payment method is chosen. Full list of fees are available at http://www.flyscoot.com. Seats are limited. Bookings are not refundable except as provided in the Conditions of Carriage. All the terms and conditions are available at www.flyscoot.com.

About Scoot™

Scoot™, which started flying in June 2012, has carried more than 4 million guests and will welcome its first 787 Dreamliner - in the next few weeks. The airline operates medium and long haul no-frills flights between Singapore and Sydney, Gold Coast, Bangkok, Taipei, Tokyo, Tianjin, Shenyang, Nanjing, Qingdao, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Perth, and provides – in addition to fantastic value airfares – a safe, reliable and contemporary travel experience with a unique attitude – Scootitude™. By August 2015 Scoot will operate an all-787 fleet, offering more comfort and amenities including on-board Wifi Internet connectivity and in-seat power. Scoot is passionate about changing the way people travel long distance. Book your tickets at FlyScoot.com or contact our Call Centre. Find out more on FlyScoot.com, Facebook.com/FlyScoot or Weibo.com/Flyscoot!

Win the Ultimate Weekend Away with TFE Hotels

TFE Hotels Promoting Ultimate Weekends



Win the ULTIMATE WEEKEND away for you and 11 mates, including return flights, accommodation and $5,000 spending money. To enter, simply share your greatest weekend experience with us. Plus, you will also go into the draw to win a weekend away for two.

Click here to enter

Click here to watch TFE Hotes Great Weekends Video






Valentine’s Day with a luxury Uluru escape


Reconnect this Valentine's Day with a luxury Uluru escape

Fall in love all over again in the spiritual heart of Australia this Valentine's Day surrounded by one of the world's most beautiful living cultural landscapes – Uluru. The 5-star Sails in the Desert hotel at Ayers Rock Resort is offering a Luxury Uluru Special with the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure.

With packages starting from $879 per person, the Luxury Uluru Special includes:

  • 3 nights' accommodation at the 5-star Sails in the Desert hotel
  • Full buffet breakfast daily
  • Sounds of Silence under the stars dining experience
  • A stunning 15-minute helicopter flight with a bird's-eye view of Uluru
  • Dinner at Ilkari Restaurant one evening
  • Return Ayers Rock Airport transfers
  • Free daily Indigenous Guest Activities program.
With a chilled sparkling wine in hand, the award-winning Sounds of Silence dining experience begins with outback style canapés overlooking the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park atop a sand dune. As the sun sets and darkness falls to the sound of a didgeridoo, enjoy an unforgettable evening including a bush tucker inspired buffet and an introduction to Aboriginal culture with a traditional dance performance under the outback sky. After dinner, settle back and listen to the resident star talker decode the southern night sky. Locate the Southern Cross, the signs of the zodiac, the Milky Way, as well as planets and galaxies that are visible due to the exceptional clarity of the atmosphere.

With a multitude of things to see and do, Ayers Rock Resort boasts over 65 tours, local activities and attractions within the Resort and the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Whether you're pondering the ancient intricacies of Anangu culture or swaying astride a camel, you have entered a realm of endless wonder.

To book, visit ayersrockresort.com.au/luxury  or call the Voyages Travel Centre on 1300 134 044.

*Conditions apply. Subject to availability. Rate per person based on twin share. Bookings from now until 31 Mar 2015, prices start from $879 for travel now until 31 Mar 2015. Visit ayersrockresort.com.au/luxury for full package details, terms and conditions. A minimum 3 night stay per room applies, on early check out the regular Nightly Rate will be charged.

Enjoy a Delightful Weekend at The Continental Hong Kong


 


After its successful opening at Pacific Place in October, The Continental proudly announces the launch of Saturday Shoppers’ Lunch and Sunday Brunch – a perfect weekend your family and friends.

The Sunday Roast Rib of Beef
Occupying the free-standing building on Level 4 at Pacific Place, The Continental draws its inspiration from the grand cafés of Europe. Designed by Thomas Heatherwick and with interiors by David Collins Studio, it will feature a variety of European classic dishes from breakfast through lunch and dinner to late night drinks and snacks.

Starting 17 January 2015, Saturday Shoppers’ Lunch priced at HK$265 will include Pear and Roquefort Salad, Pickled Endive and Onion Tart, Breton Fish Stew, Chocolate Fondant with Vanilla Ice Cream, and many more.

Brunch Plates
Starting 18 January 2015, the Sunday Brunch is offering an extensive dish selection from seafood to our signature brunch plates. All-time brunch favourites such as Eggs Benedict, Omelette with Gruyère or Fines Herbes, and Pancakes with Streaky Bacon and Maple Syrup will not be missed. The seafood items include the freshest oysters from France, UK and Japan, as well as Snapper with Citrus Fruits and Olive Oil.

Guest can also enjoy a three-course set menu at HK$385, including our specialty - Roast Rib of Beef with Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Potatoes and Horseradish Cream. It also includes a choice of any dessert, ranging from Pain Perdu with Chilli Roast Pineapple and Vanilla Ice Cream, Crème Caramel, to Quince and Pear Crumble with Custard.

The Continental is located at Unit 406, L4 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong. For reservations, please contact +852 2704 5211 or email to dine@thecontinentalhongkong.com                                          

French Polynesia Fly/Cruise Escape Packages With Paul Gauguin Cruises

Paul Gauguin Cruises provides the ultimate luxury experience in French Polynesia. These escapes include return economy class airfare with Air Tahiti Nui/Qantas Airways, and, dependent upon your choice, a 7-night Tahiti and Society Islands or a 10-night Society & Tuamotus Island cruise aboard the luxurious 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin.



Tahiti & Society Islands | 14th February 2015

Duration: 7 nights

Fares from: $4,611 (category F)*

Ports: Papeete, Huahine, Taha'a, Bora Bora (overnight), Taha'a, Moorea (overnight), Papeete

Tahiti & Society Islands | 21 February 2015

Duration: 7 nights

Fares from: $4,611 (category F)*

Ports: Papeete, Huahine, Taha'a, Bora Bora (overnight), Taha'a, Moorea (overnight), Papeete

Tahiti & Society Islands | 28th February 2015

Duration: 7 nights

Fares from: $4,373 (category F)*

Ports: Papeete, Huahine, Taha'a, Bora Bora (overnight), Taha'a, Moorea (overnight), Papeete

Tahiti & Society Islands | 28th March 2015

Duration: 7 nights

Fares from: $4,300 (category F)*

Ports: Papeete, Huahine, Taha'a, Bora Bora (overnight), Moorea (overnight), Papeete (overnight)

Tahiti & Society Islands | 4th April 2015

Duration: 7 nights

Fares from: $4,611 (category F)*

Ports: Papeete, Huahine, Taha'a, Bora Bora (overnight), Moorea (overnight), Papeete (overnight)

Society Islands & Tuamotus | 29th April 2015

Duration: 10 nights

Fares from: $4,954 (category F)*

Ports: Papeete, Huahine, Bora Bora (overnight), Rangiroa, Fakarava, Taha'a, Moorea (overnight), Papeete (overnight)

The above fares are fully inclusive of;
  • Return economy class airfare with Air Tahiti Nui/Qantas Airways from Syndey, Melbourne or Brisbane,
  • 7 or 10-night cruise aboard the luxurious 332-guest m/s Paul Gauguin,
  • All shipboard amenities, activities and entertainment 
  • All onboard gratutities
  • Complimentary beverages including select fine wines and spirits
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service
  • Mini bar replenished daily 
  • Complimentary use of exclusive private white sand beach in Bora Bora, with bar service, volleyball and snorkelling
  • Complimentary day on private islet, Motu Mahana, off the coast of Taha'a, featuring snorkelling, watersports, barbecue with full bar service, and Polynesian hospitality
  • Retractable watersports marina featuring windsurfing and kayaking
*Valid until 31 January 2015. Fly/cruise fares quoted in Australian dollars, per person based on double occupancy (category F), ex-Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Business class and single occupancy fares are available upon request.

About Paul Gauguin Cruises

Owned by Pacific Beachcomber S.C., the leader in French Polynesia luxury destination resorts, Paul Gauguin Cruises operates the award-winning luxury cruise ship, the m/s Paul Gauguin, providing a luxury cruise experience tailored to the unparalleled wonders of Tahiti, the South Pacific, and Southeast Asia. A second small luxury ship, the m/vTere Moana, began sailing under the Paul Gauguin Cruises banner in December 2012.

For Further Information

For more information, please contact Wiltrans International or call 1800 251 174.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Cycle tours: Murray to Mountains Rail Trail with Tour de Vines





Pamper and pedal yourself around the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail with Tour de Vines

Spend two nights pampering your taste buds whilst pedalling from Beechwood to Bright stopping in at gourmet tastings along the way. The 'Tour de Murray to Mountains Pedal n Pamper' covers 72 km of leisurely cycling trails in this increasingly popular gourmet hub in northeast Victoria.
 
Tour de Vines gives you the full cycling experience with the sun on your face, the wind rushing past you, the fresh country air, the aroma of the surrounding gum trees and the sheer beauty of the ever-changing scenery. That is all before stopping at your destinations where you will find gourmet food and wines to sample and luxury accommodations to spend the night - this really is the only way to experience the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail, in true style.
 
Stop in the heart of the King and Alpine Valleys for a visit at Gapsted Wines, where you will be blown away by the food, setting, scenery and service – not to mention the exceptional wines. Voted as one of the favorite Australian cellar doors by Gourmet Wine Traveller Magazine, this experience will not disappoint with wines of distinction and quality that are uncompromising.
 
The 'Tour de Murray to Mountains Pedal n Pamper' itinerary is priced from $499 pp (couple/twin share basis) and includes two nights accommodation (four star), two course restaurant meals on both nights, two gourmet cellar door lunches, two full cafe breakfasts including unlimited coffee, up to five cellar door winery visits including an exclusive tasting tutorial, two local produce farm gate visits, on call support, luggage transfers and transport back to Beechworth at the end of the tour for you, your luggage, your bikes and all that food and wine you've purchased along the way to take home.

For more information see: www.tourdevines.com.au
 

Travel Expo coming to your city - or one near you





TRAVEL EXPO 2015
Save on your next holiday with exclusive travel deals

If you're looking to mark 2015 in the calendar for a much needed holiday then Travel Expo 2015 is for you.
 
The annual Travel Expo brings together Australia's leading travel suppliers, airlines, tourism bodies and tour operators to offer travellers the chance to pick up special one-off bargains on airfares, tours, family trips, cruises and accommodation, offered exclusively for the event.

All housed under one roof, the Travel Expos have been designed so that Aussies can research their favourite destinations, compare deals and speak to travel professionals.


"This kind of event is becoming rarer for people who have a desire to travel, to see the world and explore. Sure, you can do some research online, but when can you ever go and talk to the experts all under the one roof at the one time?" says national events director Robyn Blacklock
.

The Travel Expos offer would-be travellers unprecedented access to travel experts but attendees can also snag one of the many expo deals on offer that can't be found elsewhere, potentially saving customers hundreds off the cost of a holiday.

"The thing that has brought people to the show over the last two decades is the fact that there are deals on offer you can't find anywhere else," says national product manager Rod Menzler.

Travel consultants from Flight Centre, Escape Travel, Cruiseabout, My Adventure Store and Student Flights will be available on the day to help with bookings.

Coach touring specialists Insight and Cosmos, adventure experts Intrepid, Geckos and Peregine, and major hotel chains such as Club Med will also showcase their best value deals. Even representatives from the happiest place on earth, Disneyland, will be there.

Admission is free and leading airlines, tour providers, cruise lines and hotel groups will also be on hand to showcase travel destinations, the latest trends and hotspots in free theatrette presentations.

KEY DATES AND VENUES:

MACKAY Sun 18 Jan at the Mackay Entertainment Centre
SYDNEY Sat 31 Jan - Sun 1 Feb at the Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney Olympic Park
GOLD COAST Sun 1 Feb at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre
HOBART Sun 1 Feb at Princes Wharf No. 1
MELBOURNE Sat 7 - Sun 8 Feb at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
NEWCASTLE Sun 8 Feb at Newcastle Panthers
CAIRNS Sun 8 Feb at the Cairns Convention Centre
PERTH Sat 14 - Sun 15 Feb at the Perth Convention & Exhibition Centre
CANBERRA Sun 15 Feb at the National Convention Centre
TOWNSVILLE Sun 15 Feb at Jupiters Townsville Hotel & Casino
BRISBANE Sat 21 - Sun 22 Feb at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
ADELAIDE Sat 21 - Sun 22 Feb at the Adelaide Convention Centre
DARWIN Sun 8 March at the Darwin Convention Centre

For more information visit www.travelexpo.net.au



Sail the Chindwin River in Myanmar for 20% less with Sanctuary Retreats.




Sail the Chindwin River in Myanmar for 20% less with Sanctuary Retreats.  

Sanctuary Ananda, the luxurious new boutique river cruiser from Sanctuary Retreats, set sail on its maiden passenger cruise in Myanmar in November 2014.

Bringing new levels of luxury to cruising in this beautiful destination, Sanctuary Retreats' latest offering showcases original Burmese design and contemporary chic in an atmosphere of five-star comfort.

Custom-built using traditional Myanmar materials and featuring just 21 beautifully appointed suites, spread over four decks, this floating palace boasts all the comforts that go hand in hand with 5-star luxury.

The Sanctuary Ananda offers one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios on the river, allowing guests to enjoy the mysteries of Myanmar with a choice of six itineraries led by expert guides.

The vessel is the only all-balcony (fully furnished), all-suite ship on the Ayeryarwady River, with facilities including an on-board gym and spa, a well-stocked library, gallery, lounge, cocktail bar, and plunge pool. A selection of cultural lectures and master classes are also offered on each cruise.

SPECIAL OFFER

Right now Travellers booking a berth on the Sanctuary Ananda for a 10-night adventure on the Chindwin River before 8 March 2015 can save up to 20% per couple.

This journey ventures to the northern reaches of Myanmar along the Ayeyarwady's great tributary, the Chindwin, in an area that is completely untouched by tourism. The region is wild and remote and only accessible for a few weeks of the year when the water levels swell from the monsoon rain. Explore orchid-rich jungles, distant monasteries, forgotten villages and ancient towns almost as far as the Indian border, such as Mawleik, Kalewa and the caves of Po Win Taung in Monywa, where life has changed little in centuries.

10-night cruises depart: 26 July 2015, 5 August 2015 and 25 August 2015.

Deluxe Suite (Bagan Deck)

Per person twin share from US$4,680,
Single supplement: from US$1,639

Deluxe Suite (Mandalay Deck)

Per person twin share from US$5,040
Single supplement: from US$2,016

Luxury Suite

Per person twin share from US$6,160
Single supplement: from US$3,080

Owner's Suite

Per person twin share from US$7,112
Single supplement: from US$7,112

Rates are inclusive of accommodation, meals, soft drinks and local beer throughout the day, wine with dinner and the full programme of excursions and experiences.

Valid for bookings made before 8 March 2015.

To book your Sanctuary Retreat itinerary today please email:

reservations.australia@sanctuaryretreats.com.

To enquire further about Sanctuary Retreats

www.sanctuaryretreats.com


Luxury European cruise aboard Azamara Quest




LAST CHANCE TO BOOK EUROPEAN ENCHANTMENT

Cruiseco is offering guests the last chance to book cabins on the incredible European Enchantment.  The cruise spends 37 days sailing through Europe, visiting 13 countries, with nine overnight port stays onboard the luxurious Azamara Quest.

Departing Nice, France on 28 May 2015, guests will experience the charming sights of Europe's prominent capitals, breathtaking golden coastlines and historical surrounds, before disembarking in Southampton, England on 4 July 2015.

Cruiseco's International Marketing Manager, Amber Wilson, says, "At Cruiseco, we pride ourselves on our ability to show our guests something new and uncover hidden gems that provide travellers with stories and experiences that they will remember for years to come."

"Onboard European Enchantment, guests will have a truly unforgettable experience.  This is a great opportunity to see the best of Europe, all from the convenience, luxury and comfort of their cabin onboard this well-appointed cruise."

Highlights of this voyage include visiting Portugal's capital, Lisbon, where guests can enjoy the lively festive culture. Bordeaux, filled with remnants of its neoclassical past, preserved in the towering architecture and St Petersburg, with its lavish greenery and majestic fountains.  Ports of call also include areas of France, Spain, the Channel Islands, England, Ireland, Scotland and six Baltic countries.

With Club Interior Staterooms already sold out, book now before you miss out.  Prices per person, based on twin share start from $12,900 for a Club Oceanview Stateroom.

Your European Enchantment cruise includes: a 37 night cruise aboard the luxurious Azamara       Quest; all meals, plus gratuities; house wine and beer served with lunch and dinner; bottled mineral water throughout your cruise; full on board programme of entertainment, enhancement and port lectures; plus transfers to and from the airport on days of embarkation and disembarkation.

To book whilst cabins are available, or for more information, visit www.cruising.com.au, call (02) 9492 8520 or visit your local Cruiseco agent.


Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Discover Chile, Peru, Machu Picchu, Ecuador and Galapagos with 'Incan Intrigue and Darwin's Discoveries' 2016 Cruise Tour

Chile, Peru and a private charter on the brand new Ecoventura MV Origin, the most luxurious motor yacht to sail Galapagos, are all included in the exclusive cruise tour called “Incan Intrigue & Darwin's Discoveries” released by ecruising.travel.



Discover the fascinating mystique of South American history through this fully escorted small group (20 guests) 19-night package expertly designed to show case the highlights of the region with intimate experiences, local encounters and luxury accommodation.

Departing Australia on August 17, 2016, the tour begins in Santiago with extensive sightseeing over 12-days travelling through Chile, Peru, Machu Picchu and Quito in Ecuador. Highlights include exclusive tours of Matetic Vineyard in San Antonio Valley, Sacred Valley, Macchu Pichu, Lost City of Incas, Hiram Bingham deluxe train and of course Galapagos but to name a few.

Fly to San Cristobel to join your privately chartered Super Yacht for a seven night cruise through the amazing Galapagos Islands. This wonderland of marine, reptilian and ornithological life is truly one of the world's most complete introductions to wildlife. There are daily guided excursions, the chance to kayak or snorkel, numerous wildlife observation areas, fantastic locally prepared cuisine and much more on board.

Priced from $18,229 per person twin share, this fully escorted tour is limited to just 20 guests and is available with return airfares from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane (prices are slightly higher for passengers from Adelaide and Perth).

For a full list of inclusions and reservations, contact ecruising.travel on 1300-369-848 or visit http://www.ecruising.travel/Details.aspx?id=21903.

Hotels.com Deal of the Week: Punthill Brisbane, Spring Hill


Save 25% on your stay

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

Punthill Brisbane, Spring Hill, Brisbane 4.5*

Save 25% on your stay

Book by: 28 March 2015

Stay by: 28 March 2015

Prices from: AU $139 per night

What better way to spend this Valentine’s Day than with your loved one on a romantic city escape? Just a short stroll away from the CBD, Queen Street Market and Brisbane finest bars and restaurants, the Punthill Brisbane is perfect for a romantic vacation. You can soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant city with a cruise along the river, a romantic glass of wine on a rooftop bar or explore the city’s renowned galleries and museums. Boasting a swimming pool, fitness centre, restaurant and bar, a relaxing and romantic weekend is a promise at the Punhill Brisbane.

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Love, Lust & Liaisons: Mr & Mrs Smith's Top Valentine's Day Hotels From Around the World

Fresh for Valentine's Day 2015, boutique hotel expert Mr & Mrs Smith has hand-picked a hotlist of hotels from around the world with a story to tell.

Standard High Line, NYC

Each hotel has witnessed fan-fluttering adorations, sheet-rumpling dalliances and more fairytale weddings than Dame Barbara Cartland's back catalogue. Go to mrandmrssmith.com/love-lust-and-liaisons for the full list.

HISTORIC ROMANCE: Hotels that have inflamed passions for generations…

Villa Cora, Florence

Built at the end of the1860s by Baron Gustave Oppenheim in honour of his young bride, Villa Cora hotel is opulent but not over-blinged. Flawless service, ornate frescoes and abundant rose motifs show that the Baron's love of embellishment almost equalled that for his spouse. Unfortunately, he later attempted to set fire to the Villa when he suspected his wife was unfaithful, but hey, let's not dwell…

Rooms from $442 a night

Les Dames du Panthéon, Paris

Free thinkers and strident dames such as writers Marguerite Duras and George Sand are the ladies that light up the colourful interiors of this boutique bolt-hole in the Latin quarter. Each floor of Les Dames du Panthéon pays tribute to its muse with hints of heroines' colourful dalliances: vintage boxing gloves hang in one of the Edith Piaf rooms, a bittersweet tribute to boxer Marcel Cerdan, the great love of her life.

Rooms from $244 a night

SCANDALOUS STAYS: Hotels that have set tongues wagging…

Cliveden, Berkshire

For some historic sauce head to Cliveden, Berkshire, where political scandal theProfumo affair played out in the 1960s. The fateful meeting of politico John Profumo and 19-year-old model Christine Keeler changed the course of British politics, and that secret-garden-set outdoor pool still tempts us to go skinny-dipping.

Rooms from $925 a night

The Standard, High Line, New York City

While the hottest hotels tout discretion as a given, it's not always easy to keep the paparazzi at bay. The humble elevator in supercool André Balazs hotel The Standard High Line, gathered column inches galore when it hosted a ruckus between Solange Knowles, Jay Z and Beyoncé. We don't recommend a full-on, in-between-floor fight, but there's always the chance that a playful spat will spice up a stay, particularly in a hotel room that boasts floor-to-ceiling glass walls suited to extreme exhibitionists...

Rooms from $370 a night

A-LIST TRYSTS: Hotels that have set the paparazzi snapping

Establishment

Robbie Williams, Outkast and the Scissor Sisters have danced, drunk and slept at this achingly hip destination in the heart of Sydney, one of the world's sexiest cities.

You can drink, dine, dance and sleep under one roof, so once you're in there's really no need to leave the venue. Of course, you can also do all these things in the privacy of your suite…

Establishment Hotel's back alley entrance on Bridge Lane allows celebs and other pseudo-Smith couples conducting secret affairs the perfect cover from prying eyes.

Rooms from $309 a night

The Portobello Hotel, London

The genteel façade of The Portobello Hotel – which sits in a quiet Notting Hill street – gives it a 'butter wouldn't melt' look, but behind the rooms' locked doors there's been many a rock and roll antic. It was here that Johnny Depp and Kate Moss filled Room 16's bath tub with champagne, only for the cleaning lady to pull the plug, and even after its refined revamp, there's still the chance for a little debauchery.

Rooms from $309 a night

For more Smith-inspired love stories or to search local hotels with Valentine's Day availability head to mrandmrssmith.com/love-lust-and-liaisons.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Deal: Serenade of the Seas - Stockholm to Copenhagen fr. $5399




Depart Australia: 23 July 2015 - 17 night package

The historic cultural charms of northern Europe will enchant you as you sail on this destination-rich journey though the Baltic on the beautiful Serande of the Seas. With your flights, transfer, hotel stay and cruise included, all you have to do is look forward to one thrilling destination after the other!

Ports of Call: Stockholm (overnight), Helsinki, St. Petersburg (2 nights), Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Warnemunde (Berlin), Fredericia, Copenhagen (overnight).
from: $5,399 pp twin share or $7,599 solo fare.

Get more details from Cruise Express

Deal: Pacific Jewel - Singapore to Brisbane - fr. $2499


#traveldeals

Begin your journey by exploring the historic Buddhist monument of Borobudur before getting up close to the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo Dragon. Move on to the small city with a big heart, Dili in Timor L’este, and further to the natural and historic offerings of Papua New Guinea. This is your chance to join in on a journey of absolute discovery.

Departs Australia: 3 June 2015

Your package includes flights, 2 nights in Singapore and cruise. Fares from Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne!

From: $2,499 pp twin share or $5,099 solo fare

Full details from Cruise Express

Friday, 23 January 2015

Coast Australia DVD giveaway



After almost a decade of exploring the coastline of Britain and Europe, COAST has hit our hallowed shores for its biggest expedition ever.



Historian and archaeologist, Neil Oliver, leads a team of local presenters in discovering Australia’s phenomenal coastlines, from the Kimberley, Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef, to Victoria, Tasmania and the coral coast of Western Australia. It’s an epic journey across the harsh and beautiful landscape that is Australia.

For your chance to win one of five copies of COAST Australia on DVD, simply email us at competitions@yourlifechoices.com.au with your full name, postal address and the answer to the question below.

Q. What is the name of the lead presenter of COAST Australia?

Competition closes 30 January.

Originally posted in http://www.yourlifechoices.com.au/

Get Up & Go great summer getaway on offer!

Silversea cruises in Melanesia. 14-day Voyage



Escape to Melanesia with Silversea, exploring exquisite beaches, stunning waterfalls and underwater paradises. This 14 day voyage travels from Australia to Fiji, stopping at beautiful ports and bays along the way.

Setting sail from Melbourne on 23 February 2015, guests travel south on Silversea's 540-guest, Silver Spirit, towards Australia's island state of Tasmania for the beautiful city of Burnie, overlooking the spectacular Emu Bay. While in Tasmania, Silver Spirit also visits Hobart, a picturesque haven of heritage and contemporary art, preserved architecture and incredible landscapes.

Silver Spirit continues to Sydney for an overnight stay. Here, guest can explore the historic surrounds, wander through the Botanical Gardens or scale new heights with an exhilarating experience climbing the iconic Harbour Bridge.

From Brisbane, guests will cross the Coral Sea to Noumea and Lifou in New Caledonia, a sanctuary of exotic marine life, crystal blue water and vibrantlagoons. Silver Spirit's port call in Port Vila, Vanuatu, allows  guests the opportunity to visit the glorious Mele Cascade Waterfalls, swim in the natural pools and take in the spectacular surrounds of this tropical paradise. Continuing her journey to Lautoka, Fiji, guests disembark on 9 March 2015.

Prices are per person starting from AU$8,850 in a Veranda 1 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 www.silversea.com

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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Celebrating 4 Million Guests! Scoot celebrates with $0 fare home

 

 

Scoot's 4 millionth guest, Ms Esther Hoon (fourth from left) with other prize winners

 

  Celebrating 4 Million Guests!

Many happy returns to Australia!

Scoot's 4 millionth guest, Ms Esther Hoon (fourth from left) with other prize winners

Scoot, Asia/Pacific's Best Low Cost Airline[1], today celebrated Ms Esther Hoon as our 4,000,000th guest.

Coming just 6 months after Scoot carried its 3 millionth guest, the 4 million milestone occurred on flight TZ302 from Singapore to Don Mueang, Bangkok's 'downtown airport'.

To celebrate this milestone, Scoot presented Esther with a pair of ScootBiz tickets to fly anywhere on our network. Other guests on TZ302 were also rewarded with a pair of Economy airfare and travel vouchers worth S$50 and S$100.

"We love hitting milestones as it's a great excuse to celebrate and give away stuff!" said Campbell Wilson, Scoot's CEO.  "Carrying our 4 millionth guest, so soon after the last milestone, is testament to the support from our loyal guests and for which we're very thankful.

The milestones will keep coming through 2015 as Scoot's growth accelerates.  The airline's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner will arrive in Singapore in just over two weeks time, sporting in flight internet, streaming movies and all of the choices Scoot already offers.  In addition to allowing Scoot to operate an all-787 fleet by August, the new aircraft mean that more exciting new destinations will be announced soon on top of the recent announcement of flights to Melbourne – giving you more reason, and more opportunity, to get outta here!

To access these and other promotional fares, visit www.flyscoot.com. To take part in Scoot's future promotions and get advance notice of special fares, "Like" Scoot on Facebook at www.facebook.com/flyscoot or sign up to the mailing list at www.flyscoot.com.



[1] Scoot was voted 2015 Best Low Cost Airline (Asia/Pacific) by AirlineRatings.com.


Promotional Fare

Just purchase a regular fare out of Australia, and to celebrate, Scoot is offering the return leg of a economy fare for $0 to fly back to Australian ports of Sydney, Gold Coast or Perth from Singapore, or enjoy Scootbiz for $100 (from Singapore) and $150 (from HKG) - but you still have to pay the fuel surcharges and taxes of approximately AU$82-$120.

The sale starts at 3pm on 15th Jan and ends Monday 18th Jan at 0259 hrs (AEST).  Fares are valid for travel by 24th October 2015, are one-way and exclude taxes and surcharges. Some blackout periods apply.

These fares are on sale for the following period only:

 SIN/PER

GMT+8

1200hrs 15 Jan 2015 (Thu) – 2359hrs 17 Jan 2015 (Sat)

OOL

GMT+10

1400hrs 15 Jan 2015 (Thu) – 0159hrs 18 Jan 2015 (Mon)

SYD/MEL

GMT+11

1500hrs 15 Jan 2015 (Thu) – 0259hrs 18 Jan 2015 (Mon)

 

 

 


Tigerair's Australia Day Sale

Go Somewhere You've Never Been Before With All Domestic Routes On Sale - Fares from $35* Four day sale commences midday AEDT Friday 23 January 2015.

 
From lamb chops to lamingtons and pool parties to family picnics on the beach, Tigerair Australia is celebrating all things Australian with a special Australia Day Sale designed to encourage more Australians to go and check-out their own back yard in 2015.

Commencing at 12:00 pm AEDT tomorrow (Friday 23 January), Tigerair's Australia Day sale offers discounted airfares for winter travel across the entirety of Tigerair's Australian network. One way fares from just $35* are on offer for flights either way between Adelaide and Melbourne, Hobart and Melbourne and Gold Coast and Sydney.

You can also fly either way between Coffs Harbour and Sydney from just $39* or Melbourne and Sydney from $45*and there are plenty more great value fares available for all other domestic routes across Australia.

Tigerair Australia's Head of Communications, Vanessa Regan, says that Australians love to celebrate Australia Day and many of us do it in our own unique way. Whilst for Melburnians it's the tennis, in Brisbane you can enjoy some cockroach racing and in Sydney it's all about the giant thong on Bondi Beach.

"Australia is a big place and whether you are getting out this Australia Day or using the time off work to plan your next trip, this variety that Australia offers is well worth exploring.

"As Australia's low fare champion we'd like to encourage all Australians to pick somewhere in this Great Southern Land that they've always wanted to visit but never got round to – simply because with such affordable airfares, they now can."

Tigerair's Australia Day Sale commences Friday 23 January at 12:00 pm AEDT and continues over the next four days until midday on Tuesday 27 January (or until seats are sold out).


* Fares are quoted per adult in AUD and include GST and all fees except for the booking and service fee of $8.50 which is charged per flight per person for payment by credit card and debit cards. This fee does not apply to an Australian issued MasterCard debit card. Additional charges apply for optional extras such as checked-in baggage, travel insurance and reserved seat selection. Other conditions apply.

Travel periods vary by route. Buy between 23/01/2015 and midday aedt 27/01/2015, or until seats sell out.

 

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Facebook Photography Competition: Win a Trip to the Arctic

Aurora Expeditions, the experts in expedition cruising, has launched a new Facebook photography competition to find their next 'Official Arctic Photographer' to capture the majestic scenery, amazing wildlife and candid experiences of the High Arctic.

Win a trip to the Arctic as Aurora Expeditions' Official Arctic Photographer
Copyright: Aurora Expeditions

The competition is open to anyone who loves capturing unforgettable travel moments, from professional photographers, awesome amateurs or those who simply love taking a great holiday snapshot.

The lucky winner will be named the 'Official Arctic Photographer' and will travel on board Aurora Expeditions' 'Across the Arctic Circle' expedition in June this year. From Scotland to Spitsbergen the winner will enjoy amazing sights like giant icebergs, magnificent fjords, ancient relics and wildlife such as whales, walrus and polar bears, with unlimited opportunities to snap until their heart's content on this unforgettable 14-day adventure.

Entrants are asked to 'like' the Aurora Expeditions' Facebook page (www.facebook.com/auroraex) and submit their best travel photo via the Facebook competition tab to go into the running to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Arctic, including the expedition cruise, return economy airfares and accommodation, worth over $10,000!

Entrants are also asked to submit in 50 words or less why they should be chosen as Aurora Expeditions' Official Arctic Photographer.

Entries will require 20 votes to make it through to the final judging stage, where Aurora Expeditions' panel of expert travel and photography judges will choose the final winner.

To enter simply:

1. Visit www.facebook.com/auroraex to access the competition page

2. Upload your best travel photo

3. In 50 words or less, share why you should be Aurora Expeditions' Official Arctic Photographer

4. Share your entry with your friends and encourage them to vote for you!

The competition runs from 20/01/15-15/03/15 inclusive, with the winner to be advised before 28/03/15.

For full competition details visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au/officialarcticphotographer or Aurora Expeditions' Facebook page www.facebook.com/auroraex.

For more information on Aurora Expeditions' range of Arctic adventures visit www.auroraexpeditions.com.au/expeditions/category/arctic-cruises

Prize Details

The prize includes one berth on Aurora Expeditions' Across the Arctic Circleexpedition departing 30 June 2015, return airfares from the winner's nearest capital city and one night accommodation at each end of the expedition.

*The prize does not include travel insurance, photography equipment, expedition clothing, passports, visas, vaccinations, meals not included in the expedition itinerary, optional activities, spending money, gratuities and all items of a personal nature including but not limited to: alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, laundry services, personal clothing, medical expenses, and email or phone charges.

ecruising.travel Celebrates It's 15th Anniversary

LEADING Internet cruising operator ecruising.travel marks 15 years of successful operation this week (January 20) with a major celebration for staff, clients and industry colleagues at the Sheraton on the Park in Sydney.

Founder and Chairman Brett Dudley puts his organisation's popularity with the Australian consumer down to his philosophy that it is always better to specialise in something rather than try to be all things to all people.



Thus his unique range of cruising product with its inclusive combinations of air travel, hotel accommodation, special meals and sightseeing has proven to be among the cruise industry's most popular type of holiday among a still growing band of enthusiastic repeat travellers.

Asked about the aspect of ecruising's success that most pleases him he says, ”That would be my decision to start a web-based business in the very year Internet companies around the world were crashing out of the stock market whilst ecruising was created and thrived out of the rubble."

“Despite all the negative advice about linking cruising to the web we survived the 'tech-wreck' and have now reached this 15-year milestone recognised as a unique part of the Australian travel industry surrounded by the recognition confirmed by a string of business awards won in Australia and overseas.”

Among its achievements ecruising can list an award making it the first travel company to win City of Sydney business awards and being chosen by the Hong Kong Economic Trade Office for its contribution to the industry between Australia and Hong Kong.

The company's combination of cruising, flights, hotels and sightseeing being a winner led to ecruising being the first company to charter a Boeing 737 to fly tourists from the Kenyan capital Nairobi to Cape Town in South Africa as part of an exclusive cruise tour itinerary.

It is that type of unique experience that has made ecruising so popular among consumers generally and in particular the members of its extremely popular POSH Club for repeat travellers.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Ultimate Valentine's Day package at the Sarojin


Luxury Thailand boutique resort, The Sarojin, provides the perfect backdrop to a Valentine escape - for a marriage proposal, wedding, honeymoon, anniversary, renewal of vows, or simply special time away together.

This stunning resort is set amongst peaceful gardens and gentle water streams, on the shores of the sparkling Andaman Sea in Khao Lak, providing direct access onto a secluded 11 kilometre white sand beach, which is sheltered by Pakarang Cape, a coral headland, and presents year-round swimming and water sports.

To celebrate Valentine's Day on 14 February and throughout the year, The Sarojin offers multi-layered and memorable experiences for couples, which can be tailored for a surprise proposal or any occasion.

One such experience is Just An Ultimate Day commencing with a waiter popping the cork on a fine Champagne and serving up a lavish breakfast in the couple's sala or garden terrace. Later in the morning, a private guide will escort the couple in a chauffeur driven car to embark on an amazing elephant ride through spectacular jungle and rainforest to a secluded waterfall in Khauy Lak Lam Ru National Park. The car will be waiting to transport the couple to Takuapa River bank where a personal Chef will host a private Thai cooking class and the couple will be seated to enjoy their meal creations and fine wines – or more Champagne.

Then it is onto a pleat boat to jet the couple on a short ride to board the sleek luxury Lady Sarojin cruiser for more outdoor exploration of the breathtaking surrounds. Or the couple may prefer to return for an afternoon of pampering massages and other relaxing or rejuvenating therapies at The Sarojin's award-winning Pathways Spa. A rose milk bath can be prepared for the couple in their room complemented by amazing cocktails or even more Champagne prior to the evening finale to this day.

As the sun sets on The Sarojin beach, stars brighten and flames dance, pristine sands beckon for four bare feet whilst a Chef prepares a fabulous barbecue of the couple's personally selected menu. For the final act, the couple will be invited to celebrate their 'next dream come true' with the lighting and flying of a Thai spirit balloon which, according to Thai tradition, carries your wishes to the Gods. A perfect time for a surprise proposal and a true 'cerise sur le gateau' – cherry on top – to Just An Ultimate Day at The Sarojin.

Rates at The Sarojin commence from THB17,940 (approximately AUD670) per couple per night in a Garden Residence including all-day a la carte breakfast and sparkling wine plus taxes.

For bookings contact www.sarojin.com or reservations@sarojin.com

The Sarojin is beautifully set on an 11 kilometre stretch of secluded white sand beach in Khao Lak, a 55-minute drive north of Phuket International Airport, and surrounded by five national parks and world-famous dive sites of the Similan and Surin Islands. The five-star resort's 56 deluxe residences are nestled within 10 acres of tropical grounds leading directly onto the beachfront. To maintain a peaceful and relaxing guest experience, children under the age of 10 are unable to stay in the resort. The Sarojin receives continual recognition in prestigious awards, including, in 2014 Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence for the seventh consecutive year and Trip Advisor Traveller's Choice Awards for Top Hotel for Romance and was named Favourite Thai Resort in Let's Travel and featured in LifeBuzz 31 Most Exotic Pools on Earth.

Cruise the Greek Islands This July on SeaDream II

IMMERSE yourself for an-almost week and a half in the fabled Greek Islands this July 25 when the world's highest-rated boutique passenger vessel, SeaDream II sails a 10-day roundtrip voyage from Athens, with the price including any-time premium bar drinks, wines with meals, a 30-international course golf simulator, fitness centre, mountain bikes for shore excursions, power and sail water-sports where locally permitted – even onboard crew gratuities.

SeaDream Marina

SeaDream's 5-star dining either alfresco or in the elegant dining room, and smart-casual ambience rounds out this captivating itinerary that takes in the islands of Sifnos, Skopelos and Skiathos where Mama Mia! was filmed, Patmos, Paros, Santorini and Hydra, and mainland ports of Kusadasi in Turkey and Nafplion in Greece.

The mega motor-cruiser SeaDream II carries a maximum 112 guests served by 95 crew, with prices for this sailing starting from US$7109pp twin-share including port charges and taxes; full details Julie Denovan, Director Business Development Australia and New Zealand (02) 9958 4444, jdenovan@seadreamyachtclub.com.au or www.seadream.com.

ADDITIONAL PORT DETAILS:

SIFNOS often called The Gem of the Cyclades and renowned for its local cuisine and dining venues.

SKOPELOS and SKIATHOS both featured in the movie Mama Mia!

KUSADASI famed for its Grand Bazaar and nearby Ephesus with the House of the Virgin Mary.

PATMOS the claimed home of John the Baptist.

PAROS one of the “most unspoiled islands” in the Cyclades.

SANTORINI is famous for not allowing motor vehicles that would spoil the ambience of its waterfront restaurants, boutiques and bars.

NAFPLION offers the chance to climb 1000 steps to an ancient fortress.

HYDRA is one of the Greek Islands' most-renowned venues for markets, galleries, restaurants, boutiques and other stores around its colourful waterfront.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Early Booking Bonus on Offer for “Monks, Temples and Pagodas” 2016 Cruise Tour of Myanmar

SOME of the world's best kept secrets are revealed as part of the inaugural exclusive “Monks, Temples and Pagodas” 2016 cruise tour of Myanmar just released by ecruising.travel, who is offering early booking bonuses.



Book by 28 February 2015 and receive a complimentary two night stopover at the Shangri La in Singapore including breakfast and a complimentary sunrise hot air balloon experience over Bagan.

This popular itinerary, which is already 50 percent sold, begins with flights from Australia to Singapore for two nights at the Shangri La hotel before flying to Yangon for two nights at the iconic Governor's Residence in Yangon.

From here you'll board the brand new RV Samatha chartered exclusively by ecruising.travel for a 14-night cruise from Yangon to Mandalay. Highlights of the journey include sailing into Bagan with its 2000 stupas poking through the tops of the jungle, chatting with local university students and watching men fish as you wander over the longest teak wood bridge in the world, listening to the peaceful chanting of monks, admiring the glistening Shwedagon Pagoda and watching locals go about their daily life at local markets.

There are a variety of excursions included with local and on-board guides, plus meals are designed on-board by celebrity chef Luke Nguyen along with two degustation dinners in the private dining room. Beverages are also complimentary throughout the cruise.

Other highlights of the voyage include a visit to Yangon's 99 metre-high Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset, a trishaw tour of Zalon, a horse-drawn cart ride of Inwa, a full day tour of Bagan Archaeological Zone and a full day tour of Mandalay.

Priced at $8099 the package also includes return economy air fares from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane (surcharges may apply from Adelaide and Perth) and covers the 14-nights cruising with excursions at various port calls, including the chance to ring the world's biggest uncracked bell at the Unfinished Pagoda.

The journey departs Australia on October 23, 2016, and is for sale until sold.

Numbers are strictly limited, for more information contact ecruising.travel on 1300 369 848 or visit http://www.ecruising.travel/Details.aspx?id=21901.

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