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Monday, 12 August 2019

A&K Ultimate globe-spanning adventure



Even modern-day adventurers may need to Google some of the destinations featured on the latest newest Private Jet journey from the luxury travel experts at Abercrombie & Kent – Around the World with Geoffrey Kent: An Inspiring Expedition by Private Jet.

Friday, 2 August 2019

AirAsia new red carpet service in Australia




AirAsia, the World’s Best Low Cost Airline has announced the introduction of a new ‘Red Carpet Service’ at Brisbane International Airport, redefining the low cost travel experience for its Australian guests.

The new service, which includes a dedicated check-in area, priority baggage delivery, complimentary lounge access and express boarding is now available for guests departing Brisbane International Airport.

AirAsia Regional Commercial Head Matana Thienthong said, “AirAsia is already known for its fantastic fares and award-winning service. Today, we are taking that up a notch with the introduction of our ‘Red Carpet Service’, a typical premium perk which includes priority check-in and baggage, exclusive lounge access and boarding privileges.

“As the world’s best low cost airline for the 11th consecutive year, we’re always looking for opportunities to make our guests feel like VIPs. We think that by rolling out the red carpet on our newest Australian route, Brisbane to Bangkok direct, we will be able to do just that.”

AirAsia’s ‘Red Carpet Service’ is now available for pre-booking at airasia.com for just AUD$75. Children under the age of two are able to access the lounge free of charge when travelling with a full paying adult (limit of two children per adult). Guests may also purchase ‘Red Carpet Service’ at check-in for just AUD$85.

The lounge service is offered in partnership with Plaza Premium Lounge and includes up to three hours of lounge access, complimentary food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and shower facilities. The lounge is open from 5am until midnight and is located in the Departures (Level 4) area of Brisbane International Airport, between Gate 81 and 82.

AirAsia also offers ‘Red Carpet Service’ at Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok

For more information, please visit: airasia.com/my/en/at-the-airport/red-carpet.page.


Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Tourism Authority of Thailand Dares You #WeDareYouThailand

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is launching a unique online video sharing campaign that ‘dares’ foreign tourists and expats in Thailand to accept four challenges by creating videos to post on social media and share with friends using the #WeDareYouThailand hashtag.



Each of the four activities will allow participants to discover more about the identity of Thailand through four different types of challenges including Muay Thai (Thai boxing), Thai language, Khon (Thai masked dance drama), and Ruesi Dat Ton (Thai yoga). Those who successfully complete the challenge get the chance to win a trip to Thailand or other exciting prizes.

TAT Governor Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn said, “We Dare You’ encourages participants from around the world to accept the challenge set by TAT and explore their inner ‘Thainess‘ in every video that they post.

“The activity promotes a range of ‘Thainess’ elements and experiences through the four unique challenges. We hope that it will help encourage repeat visits among international tourists who appreciate these timeless traditions and cultures of Thailand,” Mr. Yuthasak said.

He added that anyone can join on the ‘We Dare You’ campaign website that includes special privileges, articles and travel information. In addition, there will be other online activities which participants can join on a monthly basis.

The TAT’s ‘We Dare You’ challenge runs from now until 31 July, 2019.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Europe 2020 Flash Sale



Europe is your oyster!

For those of you currently suffering from severe summer FOMO, scrolling through a social feed full of friends living their best lives in sunny Europe right now, good news friends, that could very well be you next year!

STA Travel has just announced a Europe 2020 Flash Sale and hoo boy your 2020 travel plans just escalated!

Have you found yourself pining for the European summer sun but the cost of flights as held you back? Well pine no more, as STA are offering return flights to Europe from just $969! Or, if you’re curious to check out the motherland before country-hopping through the rest of Europe, take advantage of flights to the UK for a cheeky $999 return!

Can’t decide whether you’d prefer a relaxing and rejuvenating beach vacay or a fast-paced, interactive city escape? You can easily experience it all in the one trip, with 2020 Contiki and Busabout trips at 2019 prices, PLUS up to 20% off!

Tempted by tapas in Spain or intrigued by the Eiffel Tower in France? Tossing up between bathing in the crystalline waters of the Greek Islands or traipsing through the crisp mountain ranges of Italy? Nab a Eurail Global Pass from just $12 per day and treat yourself to it all!

Not big into solo travel but want to start the adventure? Small group adventures with G Adventures are up to 20% off!

Save on accommodation during your journey as well, with up to 25% off hotels, meaning you could score 3 nights from just $95! Madness!

Peep the full list of sales available, only until 15th July 2019!

-       Flights to the UK return from $999 with Malaysia Airlines (layby from $99)
-       Flights to Europe return from $969 with Thai Airways (layby from $99)
-       Contiki & Busabout 2020 trips at 2019 prices, plus up to 20% off
-       G Adventures up to 20% off small group adventures
-       Eurail Global Passes from $12 per day
-       Up to 25% off hotels – 3 nights from $95
-       Book a store appointment online and get $50 off

Keen to start the adventure? Head here for more information: https://www.statravel.com.au/flash-sale.htm

Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

To book your next adventure, visit an STA Travel store or call 134 782.


Tuesday, 2 July 2019

SPECIAL OFFER: Up to 25% OFF Bali Health Retreats with Yovada


Health and wellness travel company, Yovada.com, is offering a 'buddy' deal wherein if you book for yourself and a friend to travel before December 10th, you will both receive 25% off the advertised price.

Furthermore, yovada.com is offering single guests 15% off their Bali health retreats in 2019, with savings of up to USD$1500 per person.

Yovada.com can make your wellness dream in Bali come true. Offering spa, detox, massage, yoga, Ayurveda, meditation, fitness and more, and with Chefs preparing deliciously healthy food and juices, you will reconnect with your inner vitality.

Yovada spokesperson Richard Saul says, "Bali is a mecca for many health and wellness centres that offer programs to recharge and rejuvenate yourself in the most serene and beautiful locations.

"We are pleased to partner with the popular centres in Bali to offer this 2019 special booking offer," says Saul.

Representing centres in Seminyak, Canggu, Ubud and beach locations around Bali, Yovada offers programs of all types and durations, and with incredible accommodation and facilities.

Whether you are interested in a private yoga retreat to spend some well earned 'me time' or travelling together to Bali for a detox spa experience, Yovada has got you covered.

To book your health retreat visit www.yovada.com

Saturday, 15 June 2019

AirAsia’s BIG Sale is here with 5 million promo seats on sale



AirAsia’s latest sale fares are set to take off as the airline launches its BIG Sale of 5 million promotional seats next week.

Fly AirAsia to a range of destinations including newly launched routes from Perth to Lombok for as low as $99 and Brisbane to Bangkok starting at just $169.

A full list of the discounted fares for Australia below:

  • Perth to Denpasar from $109
  • Perth to Lombok from $99
  • Perth to Kuala Lumpur from $119
  • Brisbane to Bangkok from $169
  • Sydney to Kuala Lumpur from $149
  • Avalon to Kual Lumpur from $139
  • Gold Coast to Kuala Lumpur from $139
Low fares are available across AirAsia’s international network and guests can book at airasia.com or via the AirAsia mobile app from 17 June 2019 (0201h AEST) to 20 June 2019 (0200 AEST) for travel between 1 November 2019 and 8 September 2020.

AirAsia Group Chief Commercial Officer Karen Chan said, “There’s never been a better time to book your next holiday with AirAsia. In addition to the five million promo fares we’ve got on sale, AirAsia will waive all processing fees for guests who pay using BigClick*, a fast and hassle-free way to pay.”

AirAsia BIG members, BigPay users and AirAsia Credit Card holders will be able to take advantage of a 24-hour priority access period starting 16 June 2019 (0201h AEST). Simply log in as an AirAsia BIG Member to access seats at the lowest fares. AirAsia BIG members will also be able to redeem promo seats for as little as 500 BIG Points on airasiabig.com and the AirAsia BIG mobile app.

Guests who wish to make changes to their booking or purchase additional add-ons such as pre-booked Santan meals and Pick A Seat may do so at our improved My Bookings page with just 3 simple steps - Enter, Select & Pay!

For the latest AirAsia news, activities and promotions, follow AirAsia on Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsia), Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsia) and Instagram (instagram.com/AirAsia).

*All-in fares including taxes and fees. BigClick zero processing fees applies to bookings made between 10-30 June 2019. Refer to Terms and Conditions here.




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Friday, 14 June 2019

Great Train Journeys' New Addition - The Presidential

Great Train Journeys, Rail Europe’s portfolio of luxurious train journeys around the world, has announced its latest addition, Portugal’s The Presidential.

A journey that focuses on the country’s fine food and wine, The Presidential is a mouth-watering journey that spoils guests with meals prepared by some of the country’s (and the world’s) most renowned and upcoming chefs. The culinary talents in 2019’s departures between 20 Sept and 26 October include Chefs Henrique Sá Pessoa (two Michelin stars), Oscar Goncalves (one Michelin star), Leandro Carreira, Alexandre Silva (2012 winner of Top Chef), Óscar Gonçalves, as well as Nuno Mendes and Bruno Rocha. Rising stars include André Lança Cordeiro and Pedro Pana Bastos.



There are three packages on offer aboard The Presidential. The first is a 9-hour The Presidential Experience, a return Sao Bento – Vesuvio day trip, which includes a gourmet lunch with pairing wines and a port-tasting excursion to Quinto do Vesuvio. Prices start at AU$1,390.

The second offer is a 2-day Escapade Pack from Sao Bento to Duoro. It includes a return Presidential Experience from Porto – Vesuvio, grape treading in one of the world’s last stone pits and an overnight at Casa do Rio. Prices start at AU$4,274.

The third offer is the 3-day Premium Pack. It includes private tours to Serralves (Portugal’s premier modern art museum) and Casa de Musica (the country’s grandest concert hall); an overnight stay at the Intercontinental Hotel and Six Senses Duoro Valley; a boat cruise; as well as Michelin class meals on board the train and at Palacio das Cardosas and O Gaveto. Prices start at AU$8548.

For more information, visit www.greattrainjourneys.com.au.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Buon Appetito on Italian Food and Wine Gold Lunch Cruise





As the Italians say, Buon Appetito, and eat you can on Captain Cook Cruises Gold Lunch cruise, VINO BOATO, set to the spectacular background of Sydney Harbour. A six-course celebration of rustic Italian food accompanied by a selection of authentic Italian wines, VINO BOATO departs Sunday 23 June 2019 and is a must for all lovers of fine Italian food and wine.

VINO BOATO is the next cruise in the magnificent series of Gold Lunch seasonal cruises. Each month is a different, tantalizing themed menu featuring a mouth-watering six courses that re-envision classic favourites while introducing new taste sensations paired with sophisticated wines.

The Gold Lunch experience begins with a welcome Bellini cocktail before an indulgent six course Italian feast is served.

Canapés include a Chef’s selection of mini tasteful bites of zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta and truffle mushroom and parmesan arancini. Delight in an Antipasto plate of shaved prosciutto, coppa and cacciatore salami with provolone, pecorino pepato cheese and Sicilian olives served with crusty bread. Enjoy an entrée of Crab ravioli with white bisque, and clear the palette with a Limoncello sorbet before a scrumptious main course of Arrosto Misto – pork, game and Italian sausage, mixed roast with white bean and parmigiano mash. This amazing lunch ends with the classic delectable Tiramisu dessert.

The six courses are teamed with a premium selection of Italian wines including Santa Cristina Rosato, Freycinet Pinot Grigio, Fattoria LA Braccesca Sabazio Rosso Di Montepulciano Sangiovese and Cantina Viticoltori Senesi Arentini Chianti Riserva.

VINO BOATO will be hosted by Captain Cook Cruises in partnership with Samuel Smith & Son, a family owned fine wine merchant established in 1923. Owned by Yalumba, the Oldest Family owned Winery in Australia, its portfolio is made up of some of the most renowned wine Brands in both Australia and New Zealand.

Gold Lunch cruises are held onboard flagship vessel, MV Sydney 2000 and remaining departures and menus include:

  • Sunday June 23rd: VINO BOATO, Rustic Italian Food & Wine
  • Sunday July 14th: CHRISTMASTIDE, Christmas in Winter
  • Sunday August 11th: PADDOCK & CLAW, Beef & Shellfish
  • Sunday September 1st: RIB-N-ALE, Mouth-watering BBQ basted ribs & ale (Father’s Day)
  • Sunday October 27th: AQUA TONIC, Seafood & Wine

Gold Lunch Series cruises are $219 per person including a six-course menu and superior beverage selection. Book online at www.captaincook.com.au and save up to 40% on cruise prices. Gold Lunch cruises depart 12 noon from King St Wharf No.1, returning at 3.30pm.

For further information, bookings and menus visit: https://www.captaincook.com.au/sydney-harbour-cruises/lunch-cruises/gold-lunch-series/

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Family Fun At Angsana Laguna Phuket



Experience the best in sun, sand and sea

Boasting pristine beaches, white sand and luxe villas, Banyan Tree's Angsana Laguna Phuket is the perfect retreat for luxury-loving families. Set on the shores of Phuket's Bang Tao Bay in the island's northwest, the resort offers unrivalled luxury suites complimented by a multitude of activities to keep the whole family happy.

Rediscover ultimate family fun with endless land and water activities, including mountain bike expeditions, island tours, diving excursions, snorkeling and windsailing. For families after something more relaxed, explore the beauty of the island with horseback riding on the shore of Bang Tao Bay, or catch the remarkable sunset at Promthep Cape. To recharge after a big day of activities, spend an afternoon bonding with the family by floating in Angsana Laguna's free-form pool, winding its way through the resort.

Kids won't want to leave the Tree House Kid's Club, a multi-level play area with jungle gyms, educational games and entertainment welcoming children of all ages. Mum and dad can sit back and relax with the complimentary childcare, keeping little ones completely entertained with many activities to enjoy, from treasure hunts and face painting to  cooking classes. Angsana Spa even offers gentle massages for kids, making for the perfect quality family time.

Make this year unforgettable by booking a stay at Angsana Laguna Phuket! Book the Live for Family Fun package by the 29th March 2019 and enjoy attractive inclusions such as:

  • Kids below 12 dine for free
  • Free access to the Tree House Kids Club
  • 1 Set Dinner for 2
  • Round trip transfer from Phuket International Airport in a family van
  • 1 Kayak lagoon exploration tour for the whole family
  • 2 hours baby-sitting service for up to 2 children per stay
  • Complimentary unlimited non-motorized water sports
  • 20% savings on all restaurants (except alcohol)
  • 20% savings on all body massages at the Angsana Spa Laguna

For more information please call: +6676358500 or visit

Angsana Laguna Phuket.


Monday, 4 March 2019

Gate 1 Travel's European River Cruising Sale



Gate 1 Travel has launched a massive European River Cruise sale on all itineraries except for Tulip Time and Russian River Cruises.

All bookings made between 26 February - 12 March 2019 are eligible for savings of $1000pp.

Gate 1 Travel Australia General Manager Kim Erskine says, “Our European River Cruising sale is a great opportunity for savvy travellers to lock in an amazing deal. Our prices are already very
competitive and this offer is just another way we help Australians see more of the world for less.”

In addition to Gate 1 Travel's own deluxe MS Monarch Empress, Gate 1 Travel has four additional first-class cruise vessels chartered for the 2019 and 2020 cruising season, including the MS Monarch Princess, Monarch Duchess, Monarch Governess and Monarch Countess. With river cruise packages available on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers ranging from 9 days through to 20 days there is a cruise to suit everyone.

Please see below for examples of the discounted itineraries:

9 Day Danube River Cruise - from $1569pp
Lead price departure: 21 and 24 March 2020
Valid for travel: March 2019 - November 2020

14 Day Danube River Cruise with Budapest & Prague - from $2899pp
Lead price departure: 18 and 22 March 2020, 21 November 2020
Valid for travel: March 2019 - November 2020

16 Day Classic European River Cruise - from $4439pp
Lead price departure: 18 July 2020, 1 August 2020, 24 October 2020.
Valid for travel: March 2019 - October 2020

All packages booked are commissionable to agents.

For more information, visit www.gate1travel.com.au

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