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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Peppers and Mantra Christmas Party Packages


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Start feeling festive with Christmas party packages

If you think your chances of finding a holiday inside your cracker at this year's work Christmas party are pretty slim, you're probably right.

So Peppers and Mantra have devised the perfect way to combine that much-needed getaway with the annual Christmas shindig, offering a range of spectacular Christmas party packages throughout Queensland and Northern New South Wales.

Whether it's the appeal of Tropical North Queensland's relaxed ambience and stunning natural attractions, or the Gold Coast's promise of excitement and fun that wins you over, Peppers and Mantra can give the gift of a very merry Christmas party for you and your hard-working colleagues to celebrate another year over with.

Celebrate in style with Peppers packages that deliver a commitment to divine cuisine and wine, stylish accommodation options and idyllic location choices, or be the life of the party with Mantra's packages that let you dance the night away with everything organised for you, including fine food and wine.

Start feeling festive with the following Christmas party packages...

TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND
PEPPERS BEACH CLUB & SPA, PALM COVE: Enjoy a gourmet seafood buffet or an alternate drop three-course set menu with four-hour standard beverage package and complimentary sole use venue hire with festive season table decorations, from $130* per person. Stay in a Lagoon Spa Room from $189* per night including buffet breakfast for two plus for every 10 rooms booked receive one Lagoon Spa Room complimentary. If booked for any day other than Saturday, receive 10% discount on the above food and beverage package price plus a complimentary festive cocktail on arrival for all guests. Call 07 4059 9275 or email vanessa.pope@peppers.com.au.
*Book by 01/12/11 for functions held prior to 31/01/12. Valid for 30 or more guests.

PEPPERS BEACH CLUB, PORT DOUGLAS: Share generous platters for entree and dessert, served with an alternate drop main course. Celebrate in either a private function room or at Sublime Bar & Grill overlooking the beautiful lagoon pool. From $85* per person including a complimentary glass of Sparkling Wine on arrival. Stay in a Spa Suite from $266* per night, including continental breakfast daily for bookings of eight or more rooms. For every 10 rooms booked, receive one complimentary Spa Suite. Call 07 4087 1000 or email portdouglas.events@peppers.com.
*Book by 30/11/11 for functions held prior to 31/01/12. Min of 8 pax and max of 40 pax applies to Christmas dinner.

MAGNETIC ISLAND, QUEENSLAND
PEPPERS BLUE ON BLUE RESORT, MAGNETIC ISLAND: Choose from the stylish function room, The Indigo Room, or signature restaurant, Boardwalk Restaurant & Bar, offering sensational water views. Talk to our Event Coordinator about our festive buffet from $59* per person or $105* per person including three-hour beverage package, or three-course alternate drop from $69* per person or $115* per person including three-hour beverage package. Book before 15/10/11 and receive an extra complimentary half-hour pre-dinner drinks package with a platter of cocktail snacks for groups of 40 pax or more. Single share Hotel Rooms are from $167* per night including return ferry transfer and cooked tropical buffet breakfast for one adult. Call 07 4758 2407 or email events.blueonblue@peppers.com.au.
*Book by 01/12/11 for functions held prior to 24/12/11. Minimum 40 pax applies for bookings in Boardwalk Restaurant & Bar and minimum 20 pax applies for bookings in The Indigo Room.

WHITSUNDAYS, QUEENSLAND
PEPPERS CORAL COAST RESORT, AIRLIE BEACH: Savour the superb flavours, personal service and stunning majestic views over the Coral Sea and the Whitsunday islands at Peppers Coral Coast Resort where our Events Team will create an indulgent selection of irresistible dishes matched with the unsurpassable nautical location. For a limited time, for every 10 guests or more booked, the organiser receives a meal free. For every 30 guests or more booked, the organiser receives one free night's accommodation plus dinner. Receive a bonus lucky door prize for your function valued from $100 to $500. Stay in a One Bedroom Apartment from $245* per night including hot plated breakfast for one adult. Party packages can be tailored, starting from $55* per guest, including personal party planner. Call 07 4962 5100 or email sandi.holman@peppers.com.au.
*Book by 30/09/11 for functions held prior to 31/01/12.

GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND
MANTRA LEGENDS HOTEL and Q1 RESORT & SPA, SURFERS PARADISE: Dance and dine at your end of year function from intimate to grand amidst the buzz of spectacular Surfers Paradise at either of these two stylish Mantra properties. Choose cocktail at $69* per person, buffet dinner at $79* per person or a three-course dinner at $79* per person with a Santa sack full of extras in your Christmas party package including venue hire, stage, dance floor, lectern and microphone, decorations, a DJ for four hours and lucky door prize. Beverage packages from $22* per person, or minimum spend of $1000*. Plus double the fun with a theme of Australiana/beach, traditional white Christmas or roaring 20s, complete with decorations. Top it all off with a discounted accommodation package for the ultimate night to remember. Call 07 5588 7878 or email events@legendshotel.com.au or events@q1.com.au

TWEED COAST, NEW SOUTH WALES
MANTRA ON SALT BEACH, KINGSCLIFF: Celebrate by the seaside at the trendy Salt Village with Mantra party packages. Get festive on Mantra's pool deck for $120* per adult and $60* per child aged 4 to 12 years, including a Christmas buffet dinner, three and a half hour beverage package, venue hire, and a 'Very Beachy Christmas' theme complete with bon bons, for a minimum of 30 adults. Or Mantra's Plantation Room comes for $130* per adult and $65* per child aged 4 to 12 years, with three alternate drop courses, four hour beverage package, room hire, red and gold theme, bon bons and a dance floor with DJ provided, for a minimum of 60 adults. Stay the night for convenience in a stylish Hotel Room with breakfast included, from $167*. Call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au.
*Bookings valid between 01/11/11 and 24/12/11.

PEPPERS SALT RESORT & SPA, KINGSCLIFF: The holiday haven of Salt awaits with a spectacular christmas party package on offer poolside at this popular resort's lovely lagoon pool. For $130* per adult and $65* for children, dine on a buffet dinner with a three and a half hour premium beverage package, venue hire, winter wonderland theme and bon bons for a minimum of 30 adults. Or move to the groove in the Peppers ballroom for $140* per adult and $70* per child aged 4 to 12 years, with a four hour premium beverage package, room hire, red and gold theme, bon bons, DJ and dance floor for a minimum of 60 adults. Then rest and relax in your Resort Room from $176* with breakfast, or from $265* in a 1 Bedroom at the adjacent Peppers Balé Salt resort with breakfast. Call 1300 987 600 or visit peppers.com.au.
*Bookings valid between 01/11/11 and 24/12/11.

*Conditions apply. For new bookings only. Subject to availability.


www.mantragroup.com.au


FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF TILLY DEVINE AND DISCOVER SYDNEY'S GOLDEN MILE

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Chelsie Preston Crayford plays Tilly Devine in the new TV series of Underbelly

'Razor sharp' tours of mobsters, murders and mysteries uncover city's secrets

The Underbelly TV series has put the spotlight firmly on one of Sydney's most vibrant and colourful areas and to celebrate the fourth installment of the franchise, the Mercure Potts Point is offering a special 'Crimes and Passions' package that includes overnight accommodation in a harbour view room, buffet breakfast for two, late check-out and a guided exploration with Bounce Walking Tours through the 'Underbelly' of Kings Cross – all for just $259 per night.

This fascinating tour takes you through the colourful history of Kings Cross with its mobsters, murders and mysteries as you follow in the footsteps of notorious criminals, prostitutes and crooked cops. With the Underbelly series currently screening, the tour is a great opportunity to hear the real stories behind characters such as Tilly Devine and Kate Leigh, stand on the site of unsolved mysteries, uncover the secrets of the sly grog and razor gangs and visit the original bar that started the Ibrahim empire.

The Kings Cross 'Golden Mile' literally stretches below the Mercure, but you will need to scratch the surface to uncover the street's notorious past as today the area has been gentrified with trendy restaurants, boutique wine bars and upmarket clubs creating a sophisticated setting for the modern traveller.

Having recently undergone a $30 million refurbishment, the Mercure Sydney Potts Point boasts funky, colourful décor and spacious rooms, many with spectacular views over the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, all within one train stop of Martin Place in the city.

This package is valid until 30th December 2011, subject to availability.

For bookings – call 02 9397 1777 or email reservations@mercuresydneypottspoint.com.au

Monday, 29 August 2011

3-Michelin Star Arpège with Chef Owner Alain Passard from Paris at The Sukhothai Bangkok


Alain Passard
3-Michelin Star Arpège from Paris
15-20 November 2011
Lunch and Dinner
At La Scala and Colonnade, The Sukhothai Bangkok


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Alain Passard is the proud owner of 3 Michelin Stars and his restaurant Arpège located in Paris, France, continues to conduct new innovations in French cuisine that never fail to impress diners who are fortunate to experience any of his creations.

Born in France into a family of musicians, Alain's interest in cooking started at an early age while assisting his grandmother in the kitchen. He began his professional culinary career at the age of 14 working at Hôtellerie du Lion d'Or in Liffré under Michel Kéréver and his career has escalated ever since, eventually earning him the distinction of being the youngest chef to obtain 2 Michelin Stars, at the age of 26.

In 1986, Alain purchased the 3 Michelin Stars restaurant Archestrate from his former mentor, Alain Senderens, and renamed it Arpège. It took only a single year to earn its first star, then one year more to earn its second. In 1996, Arpège earned its third star from the Michelin Guide, which it has retained ever since.

Alain's cuisine resonates something so distinctive in itself, as his inspiration focuses on expressing the idea of mere land and sea by removing red meat from his menu completely and utilizing produce as one of the cores of his art. The Arpège is "home cooking" by Alain, a workshop where raw materials are vegetables, fish, poultry, herbs and spices. He captures the essence of each ingredient through eliminating unnecessary steps, to highlight the character of the products and harmonize their individual qualities into one dish. His dedication and success in opening new doors, as expressed in each of his creations, provides a memorable experience for everyone.

Alain and his chef team will be stationed at La Scala and Colonnade, The Sukhothai Bangkok, in the hotel's anniversary month during 15-20 November 2011 to celebrate our 20 Years of Excellence.

15 NovemberWine - Dinner at La Scala
16-19 November - Lunch and Dinner at La Scala
20 November - Sunday Brunch at Colonnade


Reservations essential!
For reservations, please call 66 (0) 2344 8888 or email: promotions@sukhothai.com.


Saturday, 27 August 2011

Where in the World is Jeep Island?




This month saw Moreton Island undergo a top secret name change for the day to ‘Jeep Island’, in preparation for a feature media event for world famous off road vehicle manufacturer Jeep Chrysler.


The well-known car makers searched Australia for the ideal location to launch their top of the line Jeep Grand Cherokee and found it on South East Queensland’s local island getaway – Moreton Island.

At such close proximity to Brisbane, within 10 minutes by helicopter from a major international airport, but with every inch of adventure you could ask for in a 4WD destination, Moreton Island was the perfect spot to host a group of automotive and lifestyle media from across Australia to experience Jeep’s newly launched, state of the art vehicle.

According to the team at Jeep Australia, they could not have been happier with the choice of location for the event either:

“One of Australia’s hidden secrets, Moreton Island with its sandy tracks, beautiful open white beaches and incredible wildlife, provided the perfect back drop for the Jeep Grand Cherokee media event. We were honoured to have the island named after us, if only for a day.”

Media guests were flown by helicopter directly from Brisbane airport to the western beaches of Moreton Island into another world, with a luxury Bedouin tent awaiting their arrival for quick introductions to Jeep’s chief designer, Klaus Busse, flown in from Jeep headquarters in Detroit especially for the occasion.

It was a day of adventure for those lucky media guests able to take part, with each one invited to test out the new vehicles on a specially prepared circuit of some of Moreton Island’s most challenging sand tracks, with their local guide Roz Shaw, head of Moreton Island Adventures.

“We were so thrilled to be able to host this Jeep event, it was such a great way to showcase our island, and with many of the guests here for the very first time, they were just blown away by how wild and beautiful it is and all so close to Brisbane.”

And to captalise on their great location, Jeep Australia are also offering Jeep owners and enthusiasts across the country the chance to get themselves and their Jeep to Moreton Island too, with a competition running on www.jeepescape.com.au until the 18th September.

For more information on Moreton Island, timetables for the MiCat ferry and bookings, please visit www.moretonislandadventures.com.au or join the Moreton Island Adventures facebook.



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Race in for Winning Gold Coast 600 Accommodation Deals




If you're still racing to find fantastic accommodation for the Gold Coast's adrenaline-charged Armour All Gold Coast 600, Mantra and BreakFree can deliver some winning deals.

From October 21 to 23, the famous holiday strip will overheat with the annual V8 Supercar Championship Series where visitors will experience life in the fast lane with international motor racing and a bevy of off-track entertainment.

Not only is this year's race bound to entertain during the day with a high speed street circuit, but race enthusiasts can celebrate each night with the 600 Sounds music festival held over two nights at the Broadwater Parklands entertainment precinct, featuring such headline acts as Bliss N Esso and Simple Minds.

Mantra and BreakFree have a selection of comfortable and well-located hotels and resorts around town bound to make your stay during the race all the more memorable.

For example, Mantra Circle on Cavill, located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, has spacious One Bedroom Apartments from $176* per room per night.

The star of the Gold Coast skyline, Q1 Resort & Spa in Surfers Paradise, is offering rates for One Bedroom Apartment with breakfast for two from 285* per night.

Or stay right in the Gold Coast 600 precinct at Mantra Sun City in a One Bedroom Apartment from $332* per night, Two Bedroom Apartment from $623* or Three Bedroom Apartment from $827* per night.

BreakFree properties close to the action are also offering great deals, including BreakFree Moroccan, just metres from Surfers Paradise Beach and the vibrant atmosphere of Cavill Avenue, which has One Bedroom Apartments from $150* per night through to Two Bedroom Deluxe Apartments from $210* per night.

BreakFree Peninsula, in Surfers Paradise directly opposite the beach, has One Bedroom Apartments available from $210* per night and Two Bedroom Apartments from $225* per night.

With such great value accommodation on offer, and three-day Gold Coast 600 passes available from $130 online at goldcoast600.com.au, there's no excuse to miss the waving of the chequered flag.

For Mantra accommodation bookings, including Mantra Circle on Cavill, Q1 Resort & Spa and Mantra Sun City, call 13 15 17 or visit mantra.com.au.

For BreakFree bookings, including BreakFree Moroccan and BreakFree Peninsula, call 132 007 or visit breakfree.com.au
*Subject to availability. Valid for travel 21/10/11-25/10/11. Minimum night stays apply.



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Friday, 26 August 2011

SEADREAM AND CHAMPAGNE TO WELCOME 2012 IN THE CARIBBEAN

SEADREAM Yacht Club has a unique way to ring-in 2012, with both its mega motor-cruisers, SeaDream I and SeaDream II anchored amid the yachts of billionaires, super-models and Hollywood's who's-who in one of the Caribbean's liveliest fun-spots, Gustavia Harbour in St Barts.

Also known as St Barths, this French island offers a unique vibe of laid-back-Caribbean meets chic French Riviera, with spectacular beaches, great shopping, fine dining and a colourful nightlife.

And it's expected some 100-plus luxury yachts will be at anchor there, many hosting star-studded private New Year's Eve concerts and parties, while ashore there'll be a massive fireworks display on the stroke of midnight.

SeaDream I will be celebrating with Champagne in St Barts on December 31 and January 1 as part of a 7-night sailing from San Juan on December 30 for St Barts, Anguilla, Virgin Gorda, Jost van Dyke, St John and back to St Juan; SeaDream II sails 7-nights on December 30 from St Thomas for St Barts, Saba, Virgin Gorda, Tortola, Norman Island, Jost van Dyke and San Juan.

Prices start from US$5891pp twin-share (SeaDream I) and from US$5091pp twin-share (SeaDream II) inclusive of all 5-star gourmet dining with wines at lunch and dinner, drinks from the open bars throughout, nightly Cocktail Parties, use of the 30-course golf simulator, power and sail water-sports,  onboard gratuities, and port charges and taxes. Air fares are additional.

SeaDream urges quick bookings as these Caribbean New Year's Eve sailing are highly popular. For details see travel agents or visit www.seadream.com


Thursday, 25 August 2011

FLY, LUXURY CRUISE AND STAY, ATHENS TO DUBAI OR SINGAPORE


CRUISECO has two fly, cruise and stay packages in November of this year for those for whom pampering is a pre-requisite, and time of no importance.

Cruising is aboard the 5-star Seabourn Pride that carries just 208-guests and which will sail 18-nights from Piraeus (port for Athens) on November 10 for Dubai, and visiting eight ports in Crete, Jordan, Egypt and Oman.

This is priced from $7525pp twin-share including airfare from Melbourne or Brisbane (add $20 ex Sydney; add $120 ex Adelaide; deduct $60 ex Perth)  to Athens, 2-nights at the Hilton Hotel Athens pre-cruise with breakfast daily and two nights post-cruise at the Raffles Hotel Dubai, again with breakfast daily and airfare back to Australia.

Seabourn Pride then sails 16-nights from Dubai to Singapore via Muscat, Mumbai, Mangalore, Cochin and Penang, priced from $6450pp twin-share includes 2-nights pre-cruise in Dubai at the Raffles hotel and 2-nights post-cruise at the Mandarin Oriental (breakfasts at both hotels,) and return airfare.

Both packages also include transfers between airport, hotel and port, onboard gratuities, port charges, government fees and air taxes.

And for those with even more time, the two packages are available together, priced from $10,779pp twin-share (but less the two nights in Dubai) giving a full 34-nights of luxury 5-star cruising.

For full itineraries and the names of Cruiseco's 200 cruise-specialist travel agencies visit www.cruising.com.au

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Sunsail the Only Choice



With over 35 years of global experience, Sunsail offers the ultimate sailing holidays, sail training courses, fully crewed charters and corporate incentives.

Sailing holidays are the ideal opportunity to feel the freedom of chartering your own yacht. The total exhilaration of exploring some of the most beautiful cruising areas Sunsail has to offer, has to be experienced to be believed. There is no better way to spend precious time with family and friends than to take them on a bareboat or skippered charter holiday, which will be full of fun and adventure.

Whitsundays
Rated as one of the world’s most beautiful sailing grounds, the Whitsundays in Queensland, offer a blend of breathtaking natural landscapes, spectacular marine life, luxurious island resorts and an infinite selection of secluded anchorages. Surrounded by sparkling waters and sheltered by the Great Barrier Reef, enjoy easy line-of-sight sailing and good winds as you breeze through this magnificent sailing area.

At Sunsail’s base on Hamilton Island, you will enjoy a world-class resort experience before setting sail on a charter adventure of a lifetime! You’ll find great shopping, a wealth of cosmopolitan restaurants and over forty different activities to try here. There’s also an extensive range of accommodation for those who want to enjoy the best of both worlds for the ultimate holiday.

Sunsail has over 30 yachts and catamarans in its Australian fleet, and experienced staff to maintain the superior standards for which the company is renowned. Sunsail caters for all levels of sailor so everyone can enjoy our sailing adventures and a holiday of a lifetime.In addition Sunsail offers RYA certified Sailing Schools for those that want to learn the skills of sailing as well as the International Certificate of Competency.

Sunsail have released a number of specials to coincide with the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week to promote the pleasures of a sailing holiday.

• Charter a Sunsail 44i before the 15th September for travel from 01 Oct-20 Dec 11 and receive a 25% DISCOUNT.

The NEW Sunsail 44i is a high-performance cruising yacht built for comfort and designed for those looking for a fun week of sailing, true to our strategy of offering comfortable blue-water yachts that combine excellent equipment and great performance.

Built by renowned boat builder, Jeanneau, their insistence on high-quality fittings and the delivery of interior volume without sacrificing performance perfectly matches Sunsail’s brief. A strong commitment to environmental protection is also key, with Jeanneau’s Prisma Process injection molding resulting in a 90% reduction in harmful emissions.

The 44i’s large cockpit features a spacious dining area with large folding table and storage. Twin helm steering keeps the cockpit open, with easy access to the aft transom while moored. The winches are located near the helms, for easy sail handling by a reduced crew. A large sail area offers great performance, while a powerful bow thruster offers the ultimate in maneuverability!

Inside, the contemporary interior features a spacious saloon with table, convertible to double berth, and a fully equipped galley. Opening hatches, ports and long saloon windows allow for plenty of light and ventilation. This version of the stunning new Sunsail 44i has 4 cabins and 2 heads, with additional convertible forward bunks, ideal for crew or kids.

• To make your holiday dollar go even further we’re giving away FREE NIGHTS for you to enjoy when you book a charter with Sunsail:

01 October-31 Dec 2011*
Sail for 7 nights and pay for 6
Sail for 10 nights and pay for 8

12 January-31 March 2012*
Sail for 5 nights and pay for 4
Sail for 7 nights and pay for 6
Sail for 10 nights and pay for 7

Sunsail are also offering a 6 month advance booking discount of up to 10% for all reservations for January 2012 onwards.

For more information contact Sunsail on 1800 803 988 or visit www.sunsail.com.au.

* New bookings only. Offers cannot be used retrospectively. All Bookings must be made before 15 September 2011 and quote HRW11.

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Tee Off Behind the Greats At Hyatt Regency Coolum



Hyatt Regency Coolum is giving golfers a chance to tee off behind the likes of Bubba Watson and Greg Norman after this year's Australian PGA Championship.

Golfers have the chance to play the 6,137-metre course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr immediately following the 2011 Australian PGA Championship on Monday, 28 November - with the tees and pin positions still in place from the previous day's final round.

This offer is priced at AU$170 per player and includes a shared motorised cart, competition entry and a BBQ after the round.

Golf fanatics can also relive any day of the championship tournament by playing a special course set-up from Tuesday, 29 November to Friday, 2 December. The course will feature the same tee and pin configurations played by the pros in the PGA Championship, with Tuesday emulating day 1, Wednesday day 2, Thursday day 3 and Friday the final day.

Green fees on these days are AU$110 per player for 18 holes when booked by hotel guests. Accommodation is priced from AU$240 per night for two people in a King or Twin Room, and includes continental breakfast, adult entry to the Spa, tennis court hire and a daily shuttle service to Noosa.

As home to the Australian PGA Championship since 2002, the par-72 Hyatt Regency Coolum course has challenged such champions as Fred Couples, Peter Lonard, Ian Baker-Finch, Peter Senior and Craig Parry.

For full details and bookings, call 1800 COOLUM (1800 266 586) or visit coolum.regency.hyatt.com.

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Experience the Pristine Wilderness of the Kimberley Coast & the Legendary Spirit of The Ghan in One Amazing Holiday



Broome and The Kimberley Holidays have combined The Ghan - the legendary journey through the heart of Australia - with a wilderness cruise of the magnificent Kimberley coastline. A journey on The Ghan is an incomparable way to travel to the two jewels of Australia's Northern Territory - the Red Centre and the tropical Top End. The Ghan's timetable makes the most of the daylight hours to offer unsurpassed views of the passing landscape; from the sweeping Adelaide Plains unfolding before your eyes to the majestic Flinders Ranges. Travel through the red earth and cobalt blue skies - the essence of Central Australia. Leave the train to enjoy tours in Alice Springs & Katherine, before arriving in Darwin, the relaxed capital city of the Northern Territory. Here, spend three nights at Mantra on the Esplanade, experience the city's fascinating history on a 'Bombing of Darwin WWII - The Forgotten War' Tour and see spectacular tropical rainforest & waterfalls on a tour through Litchfield National Park.

Step on-board the Oceanic Discoverer for a 10 day Kimberley Cruise of a lifetime. This is the perfect opportunity to cruise close to dramatic waterfalls, gorges, wildlife and marine life. Set out on expeditions to find the hidden gems of the Kimberley. Swim in the crystal clear gorges, walk to the top of waterfalls, marvel at the ancient Aboriginal rock art or enjoy a mud bath at Ruby Falls. Eat freshly caught Barramundi or mud-crabs superbly prepared by your onboard chef. Oceanic Discoverer is Coral Princesses' flagship vessel, with a choice of superior accommodation and on-board facilities including a cocktail bar, spa pool, large sundeck, reference library and lecture lounge. Your Kimberley Cruise arrives in the remote outback oasis town of Broome, where the desert meets the sea in stunning colour; here spend three nights at the renowned Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa to watch the famous sunsets over the Indian Ocean. Discover how the beautiful Australian South Sea Cultured Pearl is produced on a Willie Creek Pearl Farm Tour and enjoy a Lunch and Beer Tasting Experience at Matso's Broome Brewery.

Broome and The Kimberley Holidays 18 night package includes a Gold Class rail journey on "The Ghan" (from Adelaide to Darwin), all meals onboard the Ghan and Oceanic Discoverer, three nights accommodation at Mantra on the Esplanade in Darwin, a Litchfield National Park tour, a 'Bombing of Darwin WWII - The Forgotten War' tour, three nights' accommodation at the renowned Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa in Broome, a Willie Creek Pearl Farm Tour and a Matso's Broome Brewery Lunch & Beer Tasting Experience. This package is on sale for $10,899*.

Reservations contacts: 1300 245 565 or reservations@broomekimberley.com

For more information visit www.broomekimberley.com.au


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Monday, 22 August 2011

Discover Secluded Islands in Papua New Guinea With New Resort



One of the most secluded areas in Papua New Guinea will be readily accessible to Australian travellers at the start of 2012, with the opening of the first resort at the Conflict Islands. Consisting of 22 pristine, untouched islands, the Conflict Islands group is located in the Lower Milne Bay area, at the top of the Coral Sea, and boasts world-renowned diving and fishing experiences.

The private Conflict Islands resort is located on the Island of Panasesa and consists of six traditional double occupancy timber bungalows complete with beachfront balconies. These bungalows include modern comforts such as air-conditioning, a mini bar with tea and coffee facilities, iPod dock, and an ensuite bathroom complete with essential toiletries.

Each bungalow can be fitted with either a queen bed or two king singles, with a maximum of 12 people on the island at any one time.

The islands are part of the Milne Bay Province, which is famous for its array of diving locations and unique coral reefs which have twice the diversity of the Great Barrier Reef. Alotau, on the edge of Milne Bay and part of the mainland, is a popular base from which to explore the surrounding Islands.

On the Conflict Islands you will be spoilt for choice on how to spend your days. The activities include diving and snorkelling, fishing, island tours, sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking or simply relaxing in your own private paradise.

The resort has its own resident chef who uses the abundance of fresh local produce available on the islands to create a delightful cuisine. The surrounding waters also provide a variety of fresh seafood, including numerous varieties of fish, lobster, crayfish and many other marine delicacies.

Previously not open to the public, this island resort was developed as a private hideaway for the owner and is now being opened up to a limited number of guests who want a personalised holiday away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

The secluded island getaway is being offered at a rate of $3,750 (normally $4,500 - $5,000) per person for bookings between December 2011 and June 2012. This price covers all expenses, including transfers to and from Port Moresby, plus all activities, meals and basic alcohol.

To take advantage of this amazing offer, a seven night minimum stay must be booked and the resorts’ occupancy full (12 people). Travel must also be made between December 2011 and June 2012.

The resort is available for individual and group bookings of up to 12 people.

For more information visit www.conflictislands.com or call +61 (0) 406 831 638.

For more information about Papua New Guinea visit http://www.papuanewguinea.travel/Australia

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Base Jumping from the Mosel River in Winter



Base on the Mosel River for the European Winter and jump all over the Continent on cheap off-season flights to lively cities and Mediterranean 'warm-spots'.

Australian owned My Europe Base offers delightful self-contained apartments in the vibrant Rheinland wine-maker town of Zell-Mosel, close to Ryanair's Hahn Airport hub and within 2-3 hours reach of busy Frankfurt and Cologne Airports.

Half-way from the North Sea to the Alps and with an Inter City rail station nearby at Bullay, Zell-Mosel is a springboard to see the Continent.

My Europe Base apartments are of 3+ and 4 star standard, fully equipped and range in size from studio up to 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom.

Winter rates start at a very affordable $200 AUD a week for a 4 week stay or $180 AUD a week on a 13 week 'sabbatical' stay in a Studio apartment between January and March 2012. Central heating, utilities, weekly linen and final cleaning are all included. Web access is available to guests through mobile web sticks.

From nearby Hahn Airport, Ryanair's flights are bargains in the winter months and can whisk you away for a warm and sunny break to Morocco, the Canary Islands, Spain, Portugal, Majorca, South of France, Sicily, Italy and Greek Islands. Cities easily reached include Milan, Budapest, Riga, Oslo, Stockholm, Edinburgh and London. Adding to the choices are Frankfurt and Koln-Bonn Airports.

Hahn Airport is easily reached by local bus and is also the most convenient nearby point for car rental.

Zell is the number 2 vintner town in the Mosel Valley and stays very much open through winter with wine-cellars, cafes, restaurants and delicatessans. Local wines carry the 'Schwartz Katz' (Black Cat) label and sparkling Rieslings dominate.

The restorative warm spa waters of historic Bad Bertrich are just 15 km away.

Bus services cover the region and access the Mosel Rail Line at nearby Bullay. Trains run either to the cities of Trier or Koblenz and include Inter City services.

Castles, cathedrals and abbeys are numerous throughout Rheinland and neighbouring Luxembourg, Belgium and France's provinces of Lorraine and Alsace.

Winter is a good time for city visits without the crowds and museum queues. 20 cities lie within 150 kms of Zell.

Cross country ski fields can be reached on regional bus services and downhill resorts are within 200 km. The European Alps are about 400 km away.

Snow is possible in Zell but typically melts within a few days. The Mosel Valley claims to be the sunniest area of Germany and in the middle of winter, January day time temperatures average 5 C. Nights average 0 C. A nice day may reach 10 C with sunshine. The plateaus and high points in the region can be a lot more snowy. Late March 2011 saw temperatures top an unseasonal 20 C.

Carnivale fever takes hold over the Rheinland from late January into early February and is something to experience.

My Europe Base came about in 2009 when Ralph and Olga Jackson of Toowoomba found the perfect combination of pretty apartment house, superb location and infinite travel possibilities. They bought the house and created the concept – opening the door for Aussies and Kiwis to see the Continent in a new way.

The website www.myeuropebase.com has information and images on the apartments, Zell, the region, travel tips and links.

The apartments and any guest needs are looked after by former house owner Elsbeth, a cheerful, well-connected local lady who lives on site.

Ralph Jackson describes the advantages: “With My Europe Base, Australians can live the Continental life with the comforts of home and afford to stay a lot longer. Guests can take their notepad computer so they can research and book their further Europe trips online. People can travel as much or as little as they like without being stuck to a fixed schedule. By taking trips out from the base, guests can travel lighter – leaving their big bags in Zell and making the most of Europe's low-cost flight networks. Altogether it's a world of difference to travelling Europe the old way for Aussies. This is living in the heart of Europe - with great convenience, choice, affordability and freedom for travel by all means, in all directions!”

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You Deserve a Spring Fling



Spring is just around the corner and with it comes the joy of sunshine, warmth and outdoor activities on the Sunshine Coast.

It’s time to spring into some fun with outstanding new packages launched at Caloundra’s five-star Rumba Beach Resort at Bulcock Beach, offering a Pay 3 and Stay 4 deal.

There are few places better equipped to enjoy the warmth of a Sunshine Coast holiday, than a coastal getaway to Rumba Beach Resort on Bulcock Beach, Caloundra.

Whether you’re an intimate couple, a multi-generation clan or a group of mates, your holiday can be as warm & relaxed as it is exciting.

Make yourself at home in self-catering five-star luxury at Rumba Beach Resort. You’re just seconds across the esplanade to crystal clear Pumicestone Passage and Bulcock beach with all the eat-street vibe of the Waterfront to be found right at your doorstep.

From majestic Glasshouse mountain views, abundant wildlife, scenic boardwalk beach walks, bicycle tracks and expansive beach at your doorstep, other attractive features of the area include nature-based activities and award-winning food and wine.

Round up your family or your mates and have some fun in the sun with these new Spring savings packages at the luxurious Rumba Beach Resort.

The new package ranges from $585 inclusive for two people for a four night stay in a one-bedroom Resort King Spa Suite, or $735.00 for a 2 bedroom suite for 4 nights.

In addition to one free night, free Bicycle hire to enjoy the new Bulcock Beach boardwalk is also included as a bonus addition for two days during the package duration.

Rumba’s Spring Fling Deal is available from 1st September 2011 to 30th November 2011 and excludes Saturday nights or school holidays.

For more information please visit www.rumbaresort.com.au

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Discover Secluded Islands in Papua New Guinea With New Resort



One of the most secluded areas in Papua New Guinea will be readily accessible to Australian travellers at the start of 2012, with the opening of the first resort at the Conflict Islands. Consisting of 22 pristine, untouched islands, the Conflict Islands group is located in the Lower Milne Bay area, at the top of the Coral Sea, and boasts world-renowned diving and fishing experiences.

The private Conflict Islands resort is located on the Island of Panasesa and consists of six traditional double occupancy timber bungalows complete with beachfront balconies. These bungalows include modern comforts such as air-conditioning, a mini bar with tea and coffee facilities, iPod dock, and an ensuite bathroom complete with essential toiletries.

Each bungalow can be fitted with either a queen bed or two king singles, with a maximum of 12 people on the island at any one time.

The islands are part of the Milne Bay Province, which is famous for its array of diving locations and unique coral reefs which have twice the diversity of the Great Barrier Reef. Alotau, on the edge of Milne Bay and part of the mainland, is a popular base from which to explore the surrounding Islands.

On the Conflict Islands you will be spoilt for choice on how to spend your days. The activities include diving and snorkelling, fishing, island tours, sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking or simply relaxing in your own private paradise.

The resort has its own resident chef who uses the abundance of fresh local produce available on the islands to create a delightful cuisine. The surrounding waters also provide a variety of fresh seafood, including numerous varieties of fish, lobster, crayfish and many other marine delicacies.

Previously not open to the public, this island resort was developed as a private hideaway for the owner and is now being opened up to a limited number of guests who want a personalised holiday away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

The secluded island getaway is being offered at a rate of $3,750 (normally $4,500 - $5,000) per person for bookings between December 2011 and June 2012. This price covers all expenses, including transfers to and from Port Moresby, plus all activities, meals and basic alcohol.
To take advantage of this amazing offer, a seven night minimum stay must be booked and the resorts’ occupancy full (12 people). Travel must also be made between December 2011 and June 2012.
The resort is available for individual and group bookings of up to 12 people.

For more information visit www.conflictislands.com or call +61 (0) 406 831 638.

For more information about Papua New Guinea visit http://www.papuanewguinea.travel/Australia

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Toronto CityPASS Helps Fall Travelers Save on Toronto's Top Attractions



Toronto — As Canada’s largest city and the country’s entertainment, cultural and financial capital, Toronto attracts tourists from around the globe who come to visit some of the world’s tallest towers, to play in the city’s 1,500 parks, and to marvel in its many museums.

Toronto CityPASS makes visiting more affordable and convenient by packaging discounted admission to the city’s essential attractions: CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Centre, Casa Loma, and the Toronto Zoo. And that discount is substantial: Toronto CityPASS costs 45 percent less than the combined price of the same tickets purchased individually. Adult Toronto CityPASS booklets cost $58.40 CAD (a value of $120.30); child passes (ages 4-12) retail for $34.50 CAD. Note: Prices do not include applicable sales tax.

Toronto’s fall travelers won’t want to miss a new suite of recently opened permanent galleries at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Featuring both never-before-seen objects and many artifacts that had been in storage since 2004 for the duration of the Renaissance ROM expansion project, the new galleries showcase the ancient civilizations of Rome, Byzantium and Nubia. Among the not-to-be-missed treasures are an Early Byzantine ciborium (altar canopy) dating from about AD 500-600, the only such example from this period to have survived from the Middle East (Byzantium Gallery); opulent Imperial Roman jewelry (Rome and the Near East); and intricately inscribed shawabtis (magical figures) found in the pyramid tombs of the Napatan kings (Nubia).

At Casa Loma, visitors can explore this medieval-style castle’s secret passages, lofty towers and elegant rooms. Highlights include The Conservatory, with its stunning stained-glass dome and Italian marble floors; and the Great Hall, featuring an impressive 60-foot-high (18 meters), oak-beamed ceiling.

CN Tower continues to offer the best views of Toronto, while the Ontario Science Centre’s interactive exhibits and the Toronto Zoo’s acres of animal habitats are definite must-sees for families.

Toronto CityPASS can be purchased online at CityPASS.com or at any of the CityPASS attractions. It is valid for nine consecutive days, beginning with the first day of use. CityPASS ticket booklets are also available for New York City, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Hollywood, Houston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle and Southern California. For more information on CityPASS, visit CityPASS.com.

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Fly to NZ with $150 off


Book a trip to New Zealand and get $150 off your return economy flights. This discount applies no matter what seat option you choose - whether it's Seat, Seat+Bag, The Works or Works Deluxe. Just enter promocode NZ150 for travel during 05 September and 19 December 11 and promocode NZ150OFF for travel during 19 January and 30 June 12. Hurry, this sale is only on for 3 days, you've only got until midnight 24 August so get booking now!
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Friday, 19 August 2011

Tauck's New MS Treasures Riverboat

Tauck Christens New MS Treasures Riverboat In Germany 

Fourth New Riverboat In Five Years Launched As Tauck Celebrates "World's Best River Cruise Line" Award And Debut Of Rhone Cruises 

Travel the World's Managing Director Andrew Millmore joined three generations of Tauck family members, local dignitaries, travel agents and journalists from around the world in Cologne, Germany, for the official christening of Tauck's newest riverboat, the ms Treasures, on August 10.  The ship is the fourth new Tauck riverboat launched within the last five years.  

Robin Tauck, the ms Treasures' honorary godmother and the granddaughter of company founder Arthur Tauck, Sr., officially welcomed the ship into Tauck's fleet during a traditional christening ceremony.  With celebratory music provided by a local pipe and drum band, and with geysers of water sent skyward by a nearby fireboat, the assembled guests then boarded the Treasures for a cocktail reception, gala dinner, and three-night christening cruise along the Rhine.  

"This christening marks a very special occasion for Tauck", says Travel the World's Andrew Millmore. "We've not only shared in the launch of a beautiful new ship into the Tauck fleet, but also been able to celebrate Tauck's recognition as 'World's Best River Cruise Line' by Travel + Leisure magazine, and the first departures of two new Tauck cruises on the Rhone."   

As on its other riverboats, Tauck has created an intimate, club-like atmosphere aboard the Treasures by intentionally limiting its capacity to just 118 guests, compared to the typical capacity of 140 or more on other ships of similar size.  The Treasures boasts 14 spacious, 300-square-foot suites, each equipped with walk-in closets and marble baths with full-size tubs.  The ship also has seven junior suites and 38 cabins (17 and 14 square metres, respectively), and all suites, junior suites and cabins feature new décor and bedding that Tauck has added fleet-wide for 2011.  

All suites, junior suites and cabins also feature plasma TVs, mini-bars, terry cloth robes and slippers, radios, safes, adjustable air conditioning and L'OCCITANE toiletries, and most accommodations have full floor-to-ceiling windows and French balconies for enhanced appreciation of passing scenery.  Guests aboard the Treasures can also enjoy the ship's gym, outdoor jacuzzi, restaurant, lounge, boutique, massage studio and a second, more casual dining venue in the ship's Lido Bar.  

Nonetheless, according to Tauck CEO Dan Mahar, ship design and onboard amenities are just part of what make Tauck river cruises so special.  "We take tremendous pride in our riverboats, and we honestly believe that we have the finest fleet on Europe's rivers," said Mahar.  "But the onboard experience is just one-half of the total river cruise experience.  The exclusive access we provide to people, places and cultural traditions, our all-inclusive pricing, the service provided by our three Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director, and the 86 years of tour operator expertise we bring to our shore excursions all combine to make our river cruises the best."  

"It's worth remembering that the Travel + Leisure award is based on six different criteria that encompass far more than just onboard amenities," concluded Mahar.  "Besides being scored on cabins and food, we were rated on service, value, itineraries and activities.  That really speaks to the different elements that make up a Tauck river cruise experience, and we work incredibly hard to excel at them all." 

Adds Andrew Millmore: "Our Australian client is a sophisticated and demanding customer, and they have responded enthusiastically to the Tauck offer. It talks to their sense of inclusive value and their desire for new, luxurious and culturally enriching experiences. We are very excited to have this new ms Treasures ship and the opportunity to further showcase what Tauck and the best of river cruising is all about."     

Travel the World's website: www.traveltheworld.com.au 

Monday, 15 August 2011

Battlefield Pilgrims Embrace Vietnam: Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours reveals


As travel to significant battlefields continues to increase and pilgrims seek new frontiers to explore, Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours has extended its range of group and bespoke tours.

As Vietnam Veterans Day approaches (Thursday August 18) Australians nationwide reflect on the war that was undoubtedly one of the most controversial periods in our history – with many seeking to commemorate those who fought through travel to the battle sites of Vietnam.

Lasting for ten years from 1962 to 1972, the Vietnam War was the longest major conflict in which Australians have been involved, and was one of the most divisive events in Australia's history. Almost four decades on, and Australia has come to terms with our involvement, with many war veterans and everyday Australians now seeking the opportunity to visit the former battlefields and learn more about this important chapter in Australia's history.

In response to this growing interest, Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours has launched a new fifteen-night Vietnam Commemoration Tour, to be escorted by Australia's leading author on war - Gary McKay, a former platoon leader in Vietnam who was wounded and awarded the Military Cross for bravery.

"Travel to significant battlefields has skyrocketed in recent years, with pilgrims becoming increasingly adventurous. The development of this new Vietnam Tour is in direct response to the growing interest we have received from both Vietnam Veterans and battlefield pilgrims who wish to engage with wartime history, while at the same time exploring modern day Vietnam," said Mat McLachlan, Australian Historian and founder of Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours.

"Vietnam has moved on strongly since it was devastated during the war years, and is now one of Asia's most vibrant countries - and a very popular destination for Australian travellers. This new tour aims to both commemorate the Vietnam War and educate about Australia's involvement, while at the same time highlighting the beauty of Vietnam."

The tour is being conducted with the full co-operation of the people of Vietnam and takes in all the key Australian sites from the war, plus many of Vietnam's cultural treasures.

With travellers ranging from young backpackers who've studied the Anzac legend at school through to families tracing fallen ancestors, Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours guides over 1000 people each year, assisting travellers to connect with their heritage, and learn more about Australia's war-time history.

The inaugural Vietnam Commemoration Tour will take place from 19 March to 3 April 2012. For more information, or to book visit www.battlefields.com.au


About Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours

First launched in 2007, Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours is headed by leading Australian war historian, author, journalist and media commentator, Mat McLachlan. By combining his extensive war-time knowledge and story-telling abilities, Mat is able to bring the experiences of our diggers to life in the very places they occurred.

To ensure a memorable experience, Mat encourages his travellers to seek out their own ancestral roots as part of their journey, and he is more than willing to help locate sites of personal significance along the way.

Depending on the time of year, tour itineraries feature visits to significant sites in Gallipoli, the Western Front in France and Belgium, the D-Day beaches of Normandy, Armistice Day sites, Vietnam and more – as well as individually tailored tours to any location relevant to war buffs, school groups, cadets, and senior citizens.

And for those tours Mat can't join himself, he has hand-picked a team of qualified historians who live and breathe the battlefields and are some of the world's most respected authors and guides. Their expertise and publishing credentials far outweigh any offered by other war tour operators, and with Mat designing each battlefield tour, itineraries include sites unknown to many other groups.

Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours is a fully licensed travel company and a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents. It is accredited by the International Cruise Council of Australasia and the Council of Australian Tour Operators, and is the preferred battlefield tour supplier for Harvey World Travel, Travelscene American Express, Jetset, Travelworld, NRMA Travel, Breakaway Travel and Foxtel's The History Channel nationally.
 

For further information on Battlefield Tours, as well as how to customise your own, visit www.battlefields.com.au


Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Australian honeymoon hotspots and deals


 

AUSTRALASIA OFFERS NEWLYWEDS ALL THEIR HEARTS DESIRE

With the Australian spring wedding season fast approaching, now is the perfect time for lovebirds to start considering their honeymoon options. And, with Quickbeds.com you can don't need to venture far to find the perfect getaway to suit you, your betrothed and more importantly - your budget.

Despite a wealth of versatile honeymoon options available to newlyweds, Quickbeds.com has noticed consumers are still choosing romance as the key component to their ultimate escape. 

Quickbeds general manager, John Feenaghty has noticed several new up and coming romantic hotspots gaining popularity, offering couples fantastic value for money yet with all the luxury amenities you would expect from a honeymoon getaway and minus the costly price tag.

"Weddings are a stressful time for couples and so it's no surprise that they're looking for getaways that offer peace and relaxation complete with all the frills" said John.

Quickbeds.com recommends these top four romantic hotspots right on your doorstep – meaning less travel time and more time to relax and enjoy marital bliss!:


Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island, located off the coast of Queensland Australia, is renowned for its tropical beaches and world-class snorkelling. Check out Whitehaven Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, or, if you're feeling adventurous try snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, chartering a yacht for the day or taking a scenic flight over the islands.


Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains is the perfect place for couples to escape and unwind. With breathtaking scenery, quaint villages and picturesque nature walks, it's hard to believe it's just a stone's throw away from busy Sydney. In winter, it's the perfect place to hibernate inside beside a real log fire, while in summer it offers an abundance of nature trails and villages to explore.

 
Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise has long been a honeymoon haven and it's easy to see why. With the Gold Coast offering beautiful beaches and an abundance of water sports to keep even the most adventurist occupied – your honeymoon can be whatever you want it to be.


Tasmania

If you're looking for a honeymoon destination with less of the 'hype' and more of the 'experience', try Tasmania.  Cradle Mountain is the perfect area to choose, offering stunning lodges and log cabins surrounded by picturesque scenery and fantastic walking trails through the wilderness. 

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Stay 6 Nights for the Price of 4 at Muri Beach Club Hotel Cook Islands


Muri Beach Club Hotel in the Cook Islands is offering guests the chance to stay for six nights but only pay for four and receive a free tropical breakfast daily and a couple's massage per room. This great deal is valid for sale until 30 September, 2011 and valid for travel until 31 March, 2012.

Winner of the 2010 best " Luxury Boutique Hotel' in the World Luxury Travel Awards, Muri Beach Club Hotel, is a privately owned boutique adults only resort, perfect for couples wanting a romantic escape.

The Resort boasts an enviable location on the best stretch of beach facing the famous Muri Lagoon on the island of Rarotonga and is in walking distance to the islands Dive Centre, Cultural Centre, Buggy and Quad Tours, shops, cafes and restaurants.

With only 30 rooms, every room is personal and intimate and guests can chose from Premium Garden, Superior Pool View and Deluxe Beachfront accommodation.

Located right on the beach, The Point Restaurant & Bar provides full service dining for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Menu's offer gourmet pacific cuisine and theme nights and culinary specialties take advantage of fresh local produce and fish catches to provide the best in international and South Pacific fare.

An added feature of the Muri Beach Club Hotel is the Lagoon Lounge overlooking Muri Lagoon. The Lounge has an ambience of casual chic comfort and style. Whether it is chess, coffee or cocktails, the lagoon lounge is a popular leisure and meeting spot.

Muri Beach Club Hotel's unequalled resort location puts guests right at the heart of one of Rarotonga's most outstanding natural features – Muri Lagoon. The lagoon is the island's aquatic playground for superb and safe snorkelling and swimming.  With other water sports like kayaking, wind surfing, kite surfing, sailing and glass-bottomed boat rides, there's always an opportunity to get out on the water and away from it all.

Adventurous activities and tours away from the water are also available including horse riding, four wheel drive adventures, buggy and quad tours, Golf, a Cultural Village tour and guided walks and mountain treks.

Caressed by the fragrances that greet guests and the treatments that elevate stress and relax the body and mind, The Beauty & Spa at Muri Beach Club Hotel offers guests the ultimate in pampering.  Internationally trained staff can help guests relax with a soothing massage, cleanse the body or refresh the soul. The Beauty & Spa offers facials, pedicures, body treatments, manicures, waxing, cosmetics, massage, spa treatments and skin care.

A six night stay at Muri Beach Club Hotel starts from AUD$1335.40 per room for two adults, normally AUD$2004.00 and includes a tropical breakfast daily and a couple's massage per room.


For booking and enquiries please contact: Fiona Wozney on P: 07 5524 5222 Email: sales@wrd.com.au


Thursday, 4 August 2011

Helen Wong's Tours' China and Vietnam

An 18-day tour of China which encompasses the sights of Shanghai, Xian, Guilin and Beijing and includes a four-night leisurely cruise of the Yangtze is one of a host of exciting programs from Asian specialist Helen Wong's Tours until the end of the year.

Among the star-studded line-up with spaces available on October and November tours is a 20-day Breathtaking China itinerary which, from $4920 per person, twin share from Australia, focuses on Wuyi Mountain and seaport Xiamen as well as traditional cities of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai.

Another is a 17-day Jewels of China, priced from $4990pp, twin share, which includes Chengdu and a close encounter with the giant pandas in a breeding research centre, and spectacular Jiuzhaigou, a scenic alpine valley address in the very heart of China.

The 18-day tour – Mighty Yangtze – is filled with major attractions, including a walk along the Great Wall of China and a view of archaeological find, the Army of the Terracotta Warriors. It is priced from $5520pp, twin share from Australia

Other tours with seats remaining are:

20-day Tibet and Yangtze, priced from $5890pp, twin share from Australia;
The Premium-rated 14-day China Highlights, from $5420pp, twin share.

Meanwhile, spaces still remain on a number of Helen Wong's Tours Vietnam programs for October and November, including the 11-day Glimpse of Vietnam, priced from $2600pp, twin share from Australia, and the 16-day Best of Vietnam, priced from $3500pp twin share.

The 11-day Vietnam Discovery tour between Saigon (Ho Chi Min City) and Hanoi is priced from $3680pp, twin share while an exciting 16-day Cambodia and Vietnam Odyssey tour, highlighted by a visit to Siem Reap's archaeological wonder, Angkor Wat, priced from $5220pp, twin share.

Other tours of interest in October and November are:

18-day Vietnam Extravaganza, priced from $4720pp twin share from Australia;
14-day Angkor and Vietnam, from $4660pp, twin share.

For details of itineraries and inclusions, contact Helen Wong's Tours on 1300 788328 or visit www.helenwongstours.com

SPECIAL NOTE: Due to departure taxes, security charges and fuel surcharges, prices are subject to change.


Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Formula One Grand Prix Roars into Korea in October


With Australian Mark Webber on number two position in the 2011 Formula1 World Championships behind his Red Bull Racing teammate Sebastien Vettel the upcoming F1 Grand Prix in Singapore, Japan & then Korea on the 16th October will be important for both to gain points for the World Championship for 2011.

Korea hosts the F1 Grand Prix for only the second time this year from the 14-16th October at the Korea International Yeongam Circuit in the south-western corner of the country. The circuit was certainly tested last year with the race delayed several times due to unusual heavy rainfall, so organisers are hoping for a dry run this year.

The Korea International Circuit has added elements of Korean traditional design to the state-of-the-art motor sports facilities.  The grandstand has a roof structure resembling the eaves of hanoks (traditional Korean styled houses).  The circuit will accommodate 130,000 spectators at one time and is the largest of Korea's domestic sports facilities in scale.

For Australians interested in travelling to the Korea F1 Grand Prix Lotte Travel has six day land only packages to Korea for the event from 10-17 October, 2010.  The package includes a night in Seoul and a Seoul half day city tour before travelling to the hotel base in Gwangju for three nights for the practice and qualifying events and then the Korean F1 Grand Prix final on Sunday, 16 October.

Land packages are available from $1,490 per person twin share including accommodation, breakfasts and transfers between Seoul and Gwangju and Yeongam for the race.  The package price does not include tickets to the event or airfares to/from Australia which can be purchased separately.

Further information on the Lotte Travel packages to the F1 Formula One World Championships Korean Grand  Prix 2011 can be viewed at the following webpage:

http://www.lottetravel.com.au/tour/special/f1tour.asp

General information on the race can be found at the Formula One Korean Grand Prix website: www.koreangp.kr

Visit www.visitkorea.or.kr for general travel information on Korea.

Stay Longer for Free at Sonaisali Island Resort

Stay longer for no extra cost at Sonaisali Island Resort Fiji with an amazing deal where guests can stay for three nights but only pay for two or stay for six nights and only pay for four and receive a range of fantastic inclusions. This deal is valid for sale and travel until 31st March 2012.

No only will guests make great savings with this deal but will also receive a full American Buffet Breakfast daily, a welcome cocktail drink, a Jungle Cruise, a special invitation to the General Managers Cocktail Party, a Scuba Pool Splash and all non-motorised water sports. Children 18 years and under stay for free and children 12 years and under receive free meals and Kids Club.

A prestigious and private vacation destination, Sonaisali Island Resort Fiji is a true island escape, with an abundance of tropical beauty, an extensive range of activities and a relaxed and friendly ambiance.

Situated 300 metres off the main island of Viti Levu, Sonaisali Island Resort is only 25 minutes from Nadi International Airport and 15 minutes from Nadi town and is the gateway to the Coral Coast, Mamanuca and Yasawa Island groups. 

Comprising of 123 spacious rooms and Bures scattered along the beachfront, Sonaisali's accommodation is second to none, featuring modern interiors which harmonise with Fijian architecture.

Sonaisali places great emphasis on food and offers varied and memorable menus, influenced by the best of Asia/Pacific, Indian and European cuisines. The fine dining 'Plantation' Restaurant is noted as one of the best fine dining Restaurants in Fiji and guests can choose from the expansive and innovative a la carte menu or experience the ultimate in dining decadence with the 9-course 'Degustation Menu'.

Dedicated to total relaxation, enjoyment and service, Sonaisali offers a wide range of activities including swimming, tennis, shopping excursions, village trips, horse riding, sailing, fishing, jet ski's, paintball, surfing and daily snorkelling and dive trips.  Fijian cultural entertainment, including authentic Firewalking and traditional Meke are performed weekly and a Kids Club operates daily from 9am - 9pm.

Guests can also relax and be pampered at The Frangipani Health and Beauty Spa.  Designed as a sanctuary for the inner self to refresh and rejuvenate the spirit as well as ones physical being, the Spa is open daily and offers and extensive selection of treatments.

This deal starts from FJ$888.50 for two adults and two children for three nights in a standard hotel room, normally FJ$1332.75. For a six night stay prices start from FJ$1777 for two adults and two children in a standard hotel room, normally FJ$2665.50.

For further information visit www.sonaisali.com

For booking and enquiries please contact Fiona Wozney on P: 07 5524 5222 Email: sales@wrd.com.au


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