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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

12 Day Classic Egypt tour




Tour operator, Gate 1 Travel is returning to Egypt with the launch of a new 12 Day Classic Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise tour.

Gate 1 Travel Australia General Manager, Kim Erskine says, “We are so excited to relaunch Egypt. It’s one of our favourite destinations and has so much to offer travellers. Our new tour is a great way to see the highlights of the country as we take care of all the details allowing you to relax and immerse yourself in the rich history and culture. We can’t wait to take Australians over there."

The new tour includes first-class star accommodation, return airport transfers when you book a flight-inclusive package, as well as seven days cruising along the Nile on the MS Queen of Hansa, an elegant and comfortable ship.

The Classic Egypt tour includes a visit to the 3000-year-old Temples of Karnak, the Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the falcon-headed god, Horus, the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Temple of Philae located on an island in Aswan Dam, and Kom Ombo, a rare Greco-Roman temple.

“This tour is perfect for first-timers, as well as return visitors as it includes all the ‘hits’, as well as a few of the more unusual sites. The upside of travelling with us is that our local guides possess true insight into the culture and can share insider tips on where to go during free time for an authentic experience that goes well beyond the tourist trail. Similarly, there's the added peace of mind that comes with travelling with a local expert and within a tour group of like-minded people.” Mrs Erskine continued.

For more information about the new tour, visit: https://www.gate1travel.com.au/africa/egypt/2019

Monday, 18 February 2019

Discover Moroccan Culinary Experiences at Banyan Tree Bintan


Maintaining and improving fine dining excellence is all in a day's work for the team at Banyan Tree.

As guests unwind and relax on the resort's private beach in Bintan Island, just an hour's ferry ride from Singapore; or tee off on an undulating championship golf course and are pampered at the acclaimed luxury Spa, the Culinary Team are working their magic in the kitchen.

This year, Banyan Tree Bintan will be curating a number of events which will embrace a truly global approach to food and wine.  From Saturday 16 March to Friday 22 March, talented Chef Ettajani El Youssfi and Amine Harir from Banyan Tree Tamouda Bay, Morocco will be showcasing a Moroccan Food Festival at Laguna Bintan.

Indulge in the resorts' special Moroccan Feast week at Laguna Bintan featuring traditional dishes with exotic subtle spices.  Some of the traditional dishes on offer include Shoulder of Lamb Confit, with dates, small sautéed vegetables and parsley potato; Seafood Tagine with chili pepper, coriander and lime followed by a Pastilla dessert to finish with Almond Milk, orange blossom and hazelnuts.

Saturday, 16 March 2019 | 6.30pm – 10.00pm

Moroccan Feast Buffet Dinner
Venue : XANA Beach Club at Angsana Bintan
Price : SGD 54 ++ / person
Sunday, 17 March 2019 | 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Moroccan Brunch Pool
Venue :Vista at Cassia Bintan
Price : SGD 54 ++ / person
Monday–Friday, 18–22 March 2019

Sharpen Your Moroccan Senses
Venue: The Cove Restaurant at Banyan Tree Bintan
Lunch: Dinner:
12.00pm – 3.00pm
6.00pm – 10.30pm (last order)
3 courses set menu at SGD 48 ++
5 courses set menu at SGD 73 ++ / person
Friday, 22 March 2019 | 3.00pm – 5.00pm
Cooking Class and Auction for Seedlings Students
Venue: Saffron Restaurant at Banyan Tree Bintan

For those who are keen to get closer to the action, there will also be a cooking class for Seedling students on 22 March 2019. Watch the Chefs in action as they share their culinary experiences with disadvantaged students from local communities.  The Seedlings Programme is a vocational training programme launched under Banyan Tree group to provide training and job opportunities for disadvantaged local youth (13-24 years) and to give them the necessary skills to forge a successful career in the hospitality industry. During this cosy and intimate session, participants will get to recreate classic Moroccan dishes, including some of those featured over the course of the week.

In April, Banyan Tree Bintan will be focussing on all things 'Italiano' and are jointly hosting an Italian Wine Festival with Marco Fantinel, Italian vineyard owner.  A special wine dinner at The Cove is planned.

For information and reservations contact +62 770 693 100 or e-mail reservations-bintan@banyantree.com


Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The Moorings celebrates 50 years with up to 20% off





To celebrate their 50th anniversary The Moorings is offering up to 20% off charter holidays in Tahiti, Croatia, Greece, Spain and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in February.

Relax and set sail for the BVIs in the Caribbean - a collection of sixty unspoilt islands including four larger islands - Tortola, Anegada, Virgin Gorda and Jost Van Dyke. With 300,000 acres of coral reefs the BVI is a snorkellers' heaven where you may spot the leatherback turtle, an occasional visitor which weighs around 600kg or the commonly found Hawksbill and Green Turtles. Other underwater sights include caves, tunnels, shipwrecks, giant boulders and grottoes. Explore Virgin Gorda’s natural granite pillars or try the national dish, ‘fish and fungi’. Visit the iconic ‘Willy T’s’ near Norman Island, a floating Pirate Bar which serves cocktails such as Dark and Stormies, Rum Punches and Bush Whackers. For hiking enthusiasts, the island’s highest point is at Sage National Park in Tortola, which looks out across the archipelago. On the nature trail at Bones Bight in Anegada, catch a glimpse of the rare rock iguanas or pink flamingos. Take a dip at Jost Van Dyke’s White Bay Beach – listed as one of Forbes’ “Best Caribbean Beaches For 2019”.

For a taste of paradise on the other side of the world, The Moorings’ base is in Palma on the island of Mallorca. Mallorca has played host to many celebrities including Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. Mallorca has more than 540km of coastline, 300 days of sunshine per year and a wide variety of beaches, from sandy coves to pebbled waterfronts. Sample local produce at Santa Catalina which has Palma’s oldest food market and see yellow and red painted facades of traditional houses, rustic green wooden shutters, and small front balconies adorned with plants and flowers. Visit La Madeleine de Proust for a buttery croissant, fruit tartlets and freshly baked olive bread. Explore the Island’s caves, the Coves del Drach on the east coast; a surreal underground collection of giant stalactites, stalagmites and underground lakes. Palma’s Old Town has gothic architecture built in the 14th century, including the ‘La Seu’ Cathedral. Continue your adventure with a journey to nearby islands Ibiza, Menorca and Formentera.

A Moorings 4000 catamaran for up to 6 people is priced from A$7,295 (or $1,215 pp with 6 people) for a 7-night charter in the BVI and from A$5,595 (or $930 pp with 6 people) for a 7-night charter in Spain.

The Moorings offers self-skippered monohulls; sail catamarans with a skipper; a high-performance power catamaran or a crewed yacht with a captain and chef.

The Moorings was founded by Charlie and Ginny Carey as a slim fleet of six yachts in the British Virgin Islands. Since then it has grown to be the world’s most renowned and largest fleet in charter history and has expanded to 20 destinations across the world including St Martin, Seychelles, Tahiti, Thailand, Italy, Greece and the Bahamas.

Keep up to date with The Moorings latest offers at www.moorings.com.au/special-offers

Offer T&Cs:

Book during the 1st February – 28th February and receive up to 20% off charters booked in Tahiti, Croatia, Greece, Spain and the British Virgin Islands.

The 20% discount offer is made up of a 15% ‘Discover the World’ discount + 5% repeat charter discount, for customers who have chartered with Sunsail or The Moorings before.

Offer is subject to dates and availability.

For further information visit www.moorings.com.au

Phone Australia | 1800 553 720
Phone New Zealand | 0800 44 98 91
Email | sales@moorings.com.au

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