Wednesday 29 April 2015

Cape to Cape (Margaret River) Luxury Walks

Today marks the launch of the Cape to Cape (Margaret River) Walk by Walk into Luxury. The new small group walk offers guests a chance to enjoy world-class food and wine, luxurious accommodation at two oceanfront Small Luxury Hotels of the World, and spectacular walking on the best sections of the Cape to Cape track. Exclusive experiences such as feature dinners, a winery lunch, and clifftop sunset drinks and didgeridoo performance are also included on this luxury walk unlike any other.

Walk into Luxury
Walking is limited to between 3 and 5 hours each day, with plenty of time free for guests to relax and enjoy their luxurious accommodation, the beaches and pristine surroundings. Guests can look forward to relaxing in their oceanfront villa, taking a dip in their private plunge pool and enjoying Margaret River wine and cheese as the sunsets over the west coast in the evening. A post-walk massage at award-winning Injidup Spa post-walk will also help the relaxation process. When it is time to dine, guests will not be left wanting. The Cape Lodge tasting menu with matched wines is a stand-out, as is the lunch at 2014 Regional Restaurant of the Year, Wills Domain. Wine tastings, gourmet walking snack hampers/lunches and in-villa wine and boutique beers are also included. And guests can relax knowing that absolutely everything is included in the price.

The Cape to Cape (Margaret River) Walk is, as the name suggests, located on the Cape to Cape track in Western Australia. The track is one of Australia's best walks and is considered by many to be Australia's premier coastal walk. The track traverses some 135km from Cape Naturalist to Cape Leeuwin along Australia's South Western edge. Walk into Luxury has hand-selected the most scenic sections of the walk and sections that showcase the diverse mix of terrain, flora and fauna found in the area. And there are plenty to see, with the track forming part of a world biodiversity hotspot with many plant species found nowhere else in the world. The terrain is an enticing mix of turquoise beaches, granite and limestone clifftops, coastal bush and magnificent karri forest. The whale migration along the Cape to Cape coastline from June to November is visible from the track, and an array of wildlife including emus, kangaroos and an array of native birds, are spotted on and around the track year round.

It is the extraordinary experience offered both on and off the track that makes the Cape to Cape (Margaret River) Walk something truly special.

The walk is also unique in that it is structured to ensure there is plenty of time for guests to relax away from the group. This is a constant amongst all walks offered by Walk into Luxury, with the new small group walk complementing Walk into Luxury's existing private walk options (which currently include a 4 day and an 8 day walk that can be completed self-guided or with a private guide). Walk into Luxury considers this balance between group and private time to be crucial, and is one of the ways the Cape to Cape (Margaret River) Walk offers a new way to walk. Discover the Walk into Luxury difference for yourself.

Pricing and additional information

The Cape to Cape (Margaret River) Walk is priced at $2990 pp (twin share) ex Perth. Pricing is all-inclusive of luxury accommodation, all food and wine including in-villa beverages, post-walk massage, feature experiences, guided walking, luggage and track transfers and return transfers from Perth to Margaret River. For the detailed itinerary, please visit [insert detailed itinerary tab].

A 5 day package option is also available which (in addition to the above) includes one night luxury accommodation at the Richardson Hotel and Spa in Perth with breakfast (pre or post walk), and return Perth airport transfers. Priced at $3350 pp (twin share).

Walk dates and bookings
The Cape to Cape (Margaret River) Walk departs weekly on Sundays, with the first walk departing on 23 August 2015. For availability and to book, or contact The minimum guest number is two, with up to 10 guests able to be accommodated per week.

Monday 27 April 2015

Mother's Day Opera and Buffet High Tea

Spoil Mum in Operatic Style at Q Station Manly this Mother's Day

This Mother's Day, spoil Mum in decadent style with one of two delightful events, set in the wonderful atmosphere of Sydney's historic Q Station Manly.

The intimate Mother's Day Opera and Buffet High Tea will beguile Mum's musical ear as Sydney's highly popular Opera Bites perform The Best of Opera Highlights in the Governor Bourke Ballroom. With well-known arias and ensembles from well-loved operas such as La Boheme, Turandot, Don Giovanni, Pearl Fishers, La Traviata and more, let Mum indulge on her special day with a spectacular afternoon to remember.

Priced at $99.00 per person, inclusive of a decadent high tea, a glass of sparkling on arrival and a complimentary gift for Mum. Sunday, 10 May, from 1.30 pm to 3 pm, limited tickets are available. To book, call Q Station Reservations on 02 9466 1500, option 1 or email

The Mother's Day High Tea at Boilerhouse Harbourside Restaurant & Bar is perfect for those who prefer a more convivial setting for the family. With a range of delicious sweet and savoury treats such as macarons, selection of sweet cake slices, salmon & cucumber sandwiches, gourmet sausage rolls and scones, a splendid high tea that everyone, especially Mum, will love awaits.

Priced at $59.00 per person inclusive of a decadent high tea, a glass of sparkling wine on arrival and a complimentary gift for Mum. Sunday, 10 May, from 1.30 pm to 3 pm, bookings are essential. To book, call Boilerhouse Restaurant on 02 9466 1511 or email

So come along to one of Sydney's most unique historical setting for some quality time with mum and the whole family.

For more information, visit

Monday 20 April 2015

Win a Legendary MKR Experience on Legend of the Seas

Love My Kitchen Rules and want to go on a holiday and dine with the stars? As a proud sponsor of My Kitchen Rules (MKR), Royal Caribbean International is offering fans a chance to win a money-can't-buy dining experience with the Grand Finalists of the 2015 season onboard Legend of the Seas, sailing from Sydney to Bali on 11 June 2015.

Three winners and their guests will dine on an exclusive menu designed and presented by the MKR Grand Finalists at the Captain's Table during the cruise, as well as a VIP cocktail party on board where they can meet the MKR Grand Finalists.

Each winner will also receive US$200 onboard credit to wine and dine in even more style throughout the cruise, as well as return flights to and from their nearest capital city.

How to enter
To enter, simply go to and watch the three different Royal Caribbean restaurant clips, highlighting the cruise line's range of world class dining. Choose your favourite and tell us why in 25 words or less.

The competition launches at 12pm on Tuesday 21 April and closes 11.59pm Friday 8 May 2015.

For more information about Royal Caribbean International or to book a cruise, visit, phone 1800 754 500 or see your local travel agent.

Cheap flights to Europe with Emirates


Plan your next European Escape with Emirates

- Economy Class fares from $1,362 return –

Begin planning your next European Escape for late 2015 with Emirates special Economy Class fares to Europe and the UK starting from $1,362 return.

Return Economy Class airfares start from $1,362 to Dublin, $1,377 to Venice, $1,383 to Amsterdam, $1,383 to Madrid, $1,399 to Rome, $1,423 to Paris, $1,510 to Birmingham and $1,515 to London.*

Emirates connects people and places more than any other airline, with flights to over 140 destinations worldwide in more than 80 countries.

Emirates provides 30kg of checked luggage per passenger in Economy Class and all passengers enjoy industry-leading ice, the award-winning Digital Widescreen inflight entertainment system with up to 2,000 channels.

Valid for ticketing and sales from now until 29 April 2015. Valid for travel from 27 September to 25 November 2015 and 13 January to 29 February 2016, some blackout periods apply for dates of travel. For flight information and bookings contact Emirates on 1300 303 777, visit your local travel agent or go to

Friday 17 April 2015

Free snow equipment for kids at Falls Creek

Falls Creek's Central Snowsports is offering Falls Creek Country Club's younger guests Free skis/boots/poles or snowboard and boots with each hiring adult, during the first week of School Holidays. Save $45!!

Plus, plus each Adult who hires skis or snowboard board from Central Snowsports gets Free upgrade to Performance equipment. For these deals prebooked via

More good news! Stay in the snow for less than $380 per night Falls Creek Country Club, a well-located apartment complex with heated pool and in-house restaurant and bar, is offering affordable family holiday options.

Always want to stay in the snow in the school holidays but found it too expensive?  Then think again. Mum, Dad and up to two school age children can stay from $377 per night in a self contained studio apartment in the snow at Falls Creek ,Victoria .

Package valid between Friday 26 June - Sunday 17 th July – minimum 2 night's stays applies.Arrive any day during these dates.Your apartment has a full kitchen with stove, cook top, microwave and bar size fridge as well as a TV. With sliding glass doors which lead directly to the snow, your family will have a holiday of a lifetime.

These apartments come with free access to a heated pool, spa and sauna and free wi-fi.Just what the family needs for a perfect holiday. Direct bookings only. Terms and conditions apply.

Call 03 5758 3391 or email

Wednesday 15 April 2015

Stay 5 nights and pay for only 4 nights at One&Only Hayman Island

Escape to the pristine waters of the Great Barrier Reef and linger a little longer with your fifth night complimentary. One&Only Hayman Island presents ultra-luxury accommodation, gourmet dining experiences and exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Book a 4-night stay, and enjoy the gift of an extra night with our compliments.

Stay 5, Pay 4 Special includes:
  • Luxurious twin-share accommodation
  • Daily breakfast in Pacific overlooking the Coral Sea
  • Paddle skiing, windsurfing and catamaran sailing
  • Use of One&Only Fitness Centre
  • Complimentary KidsOnly club

From $320 per person per night twin-share based on a 5-night stay including one complimentary night, daily breakfast and a variety of resort activities.

Valid for travel 20 April – 15 September 2015. Book before 30 June 2015.

For reservations or for more information please contact your preferred travel specialist or One&Only Hayman Island Reservations on +61 7 4940 1838 or email


Flight Centre launches Flight Club

The first rule about Flight Club? We want you to talk about Flight Club.

Flight Centre will launch Flight Club this Friday 17 April, offering consumers access to exclusive travel deals which can be booked online, in-store or over the phone during a specified weekly time period.  

The deals will be a mix of Flight Centre's Widest of Choice Airfares, multi-stop journeys and short breaks.

Flight Club deals will be available every Friday from 10:00am -12:00pm AEST.

Short haul bookings, typically domestic, will be able to be booked instantly online or over the phone, while some special deals will require customers to call in-store depending on the complexity of the booking requirements.

Flight Centre's general manager of customer experience, Darren Wright, said Flight Club was established to showcase great value last minute deals and earlybird offers alike.

"Everyone loves a great deal so we created Flight Club to capture all those incredible deals we have access to so we can share them with our customers.

"We expect customers to be able to click, view and book online for deals such as domestic flights, while for a more complex booking, such as a 15-day European river cruise with flights, we'll offer a unique promo code for the customer to take in-store or arrange over the phone," Mr Wright said.

Deals will only be available to purchase in the two hour window with new deals on offer every week. Complex deals requiring in-store bookings will be available until close of business that day.

Visit every Friday at 10:00am AEST for exclusive access to travel deals.

Monday 13 April 2015

TFE Hotels announces the Ultimate Winner of Great Weekends

TFE Hotels' 'Ultimate Weekend' competition has come to an end and TFE Hotels has named the lucky winner, who will jet off to New Zealand from Sydney with 11 of their friends to enjoy an Ultimate Weekend away valued at more than $15,000.

The Ultimate Weekend Winner, Carly White, from Sydney's Northern Beaches, is a new mother and soon-to-be bride. She entered the competition during a weekend away with her fiancé, whilst catching up with friends at Scarborough in Perth.

The winning prize is an ultimate weekend away experience for 12 people in conjunction with Velocity Frequent Flyer, including two nights' accommodation at any TFE Hotel throughout Australia or New Zealand, return Virgin Australia flights and $5,000 spending money for the winner.

"My partner David and I are getting married in November and as we both work long hours, we find it hard to make time between work and sport to get away for a weekend together. This prize is the ultimate opportunity for us and we're really looking forward to exploring new places with some close friends and our new baby," said Carly White.

With the average Aussie taking nearly ten sick days per year[1], TFE Hotels understands that there is a need to rest, recuperate and make the most of weekends, by being involved in activities of one's own choosing and spending time with friends and family.

Since April 2014, TFE Hotels has been 'Celebrating 100 Years of Great Weekends,' to inspire Aussies and Kiwis to get more from their weekends with special deals and offers. As part of the 'Ultimate Weekend' competition, TFE Hotels asked Australians and Kiwis to share what their ultimate weekend would be and received over 200,000 entries into the promotion.

Carly and her husband entered the competition with a photo entry tagged 'exploring the beautiful Perth coastland with the love of my life. Happiest holiday.'

"Memories are all that we will have when we are old and we intend to make as many as possible," Carly added.

TFE Hotels partnered with another leading travel brand, Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer, for the year-long campaign. Velocity Frequent Flyer offers world-class benefits and rewards to travellers around the world.

Emma Fraser, Group Director of Marketing, TFE Hotels, said: "As our inaugural multi brand campaign under the TFE Hotels umbrella, this was an exciting partnership for TFE Hotels and we are thrilled to have accomplished such a rewarding campaign with Velocity, being such a recognised brand. Guests are at the heart of everything we do, as is creating memories for our guests that last a lifetime and TFE Hotels strives to ensure our guests' getaways are as enjoyable as possible."

TFE Hotels' current portfolio of 70 hotels includes Adina Apartment Hotels, Medina Serviced Apartments, Rendezvous Hotels, Vibe Hotels, Travelodge Hotels and Hotel Kurrajong Canberra.

Mother’s Day Champagne Breakfast aboard the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

Be part of something special this Mother’s Day when The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant hosts its inaugural Champagne Breakfast on 10 May 2015.

Mothers’ Day Champagne Breakfast
Sunday, 10 May 2015
9.30am – 11:00am
$85 per person

To purchase gift certificates:

This exclusive event on Melbourne’s most unique diner is the perfect gift for Mother’s Day and promises an unforgettable opportunity for indulgence.

While sipping bubbles mothers will enjoy a beautiful four course breakfast including seasonal fruit, freshly baked croissants and eggs.

From St Kilda to South Melbourne the one and a half hour journey allows diners to take in many of Melbourne’s best sites in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

For those whose Sundays start a little later, The Colonial Tramcar will offer a Mothers’ Day Luncheon and both Early and Late Dinner. At these times diners will enjoy a seasonal menu matched with quality Australian wines. At these times diners will enjoy a seasonal menu matched with quality Australian wines.

The Colonial Tramcar fleet of historical trams have been part of the Melbourne cityscape for over thirty years. They are the first travelling tramcar restaurants in the world and ensure a delightful innovative approach to dining.

Places are limited and bookings are essential.

For bookings please contact:

The Colonial Tramcar Restaurant
03 9695 4000

Wednesday 8 April 2015

School Holiday family snow specials

School Holiday deals at Falls Creek between Friday 26 June and Friday 3 July.

Discounted family packages from Trackers Mountain Lodge

This family-owned and operated alpine lodge is very popular with families throughout the winter season at Victoria's largest (and most picturesque) snow resort. Younger guests are well catered for with early meals, supervised activities within the lodge and visit from Father Christmas.

Three nights from $670 per adult and $400 per child aged 14 and under. Five nights from $1,060 per adult and $700 per child or Seven nights from $1400 per adult and $900 per child.

Lodge tariffs include breakfasts, dinners and afternoon tea daily. Book before May 15th to get 10% discount on the above three, five or seven night stays at a quintessential, ski in - ski out ski lodge.

For more information Call 03 5758 3346  Website

Silversea Cruises Culinary Voyages



FOR 2015 AND 2016



Ultra-luxury cruise line, Silversea, is spicing up its schedule with tasty enrichment offerings on board select voyages. Over the course of 2015 and 2016, 26 sailings will feature either a culinary or wine focus, with four voyages including both of these pairings. 


"Our culinary and wine voyages add an extra dimension that enriches our guests' experience, and can deepen their understanding of a region's culture," said Karen Christensen, Silversea's General Manager & Director Sales / Marketing, Australasia.




Silversea enjoys the privilege of featuring the only "L'École des Chefs by Relais & Châteaux" cooking school at sea. The innovative programme - which is offered completely free of charge - provides a special culinary curriculum, including hands-on instruction, and entertaining events. The experience is hosted by acclaimed culinary trainer David Bilsland, a former instructor at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in London.


Highlights include specialised workshops covering an array of topics from basic knife skills and kitchen terminology to sauces and baking; cooking demonstrations with wine pairings and interactive Q&A sessions; lively cooking competitions between Chef Bilsland and the ship's own culinary team; a "Lunch and Learn" event offering small groups of guests a chance to sample a delicious meal of specially prepared dishes; and inspired "Take It Home" recipes that will give guests an edge when entertaining at home. 


Also offered on certain voyages, when the itinerary permits, is a "Market to Plate" experience that provides an escorted tour of a local market to shop for fresh ingredients, followed by a cooking class on board or at an actual Relais & Châteaux property.




On each wine cruise, discerning travellers with a passion for fine wines will enjoy sampling great vintages and learning about the tradition and art of winemaking in special complimentary tastings and lectures conducted by Silversea wine ambassador Lawrence d'Almeida, a wine production expert and former winemaker. On select itineraries, guests may also have the opportunity to explore some of the world's most celebrated wine regions on optional guided shore excursions. As on all Silversea sailings, guests will also enjoy an extensive complimentary selection of fine red and white wine pairings with both lunch and dinner.




Guests can experience the perfect pairing of culinary and wine enrichment programmes on select voyages, including two on Silver Spirit: Voyage 5534, a 15-day transatlantic crossing from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale departing 9 November, 2015, and Voyage 5603, a 21-day Brazil-focused sailing from Barbados to Buenos Aires departing 25 January 2016. 


For more information, please visit

For more information contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 (Australia) or 0800 701 427 (New Zealand), or visit






Win a $13,000 VIP rock star experience for four

Apia is giving you and three friends the chance to live it up like VIPs at the Apia Good Times Tour. You’ll be flown to Melbourne, stay two nights at Crown Towers, get premium tickets to the show, backstage passes, enjoy a special lunch with the artists at Rockpool Bar & Grill, plus much more.

Friday 3 April 2015

Cruise Alaska with Silversea


Sail along the pristine Alaskan coastline on a seven day voyage aboard Silversea’s ultra-luxury vessel, Silver Shadow. From calving glaciers to incredible wildlife encounters, guests will be captivated by Alaska’s natural charm and rugged beauty.

Setting sail from Seward on 21 May 2015, one of Alaska’s oldest and most scenic communities, Silver Shadow cruises past the magnificent Hubbard Glacier before docking in Sitka. Whilst at this port, guests have the option to join an exclusive catamaran excursion through lavish natural wonders, awe-inspiring ice peaks and secluded regions with bounties of marine life.

Continuing her voyage, Silver Shadow stops in Alaska’s capital, Juneau, which rests on a dramatic hillside frontier that contrasts its cosmopolitan allure of fine museums and restaurants with its dense forest wilderness. Silver Shadow then travels to Skagway, before visiting the colourful town of Ketchikan, where guest can enjoy an authentic fishing experience, glide through the rainforest canopy on a zip line adventure or delve into the rich heritage of this bustling waterfront community on one of Silversea’s optional excursions.

Sailing through the Inside Passage, Silver Shadow guests can make the most of the Observation Lounge and get glimpses of wildlife-filled fjords and lush island scenery, before disembarking in Vancouver, Canada on 28 May 2015.

Guests aboard Silversea Alaska cruises that begin or end in Seward will receive complimentary transfers to/from the Anchorage Airport Train Station via chartered rail service. The 4.5-hour train ride between Seward and Anchorage along the Alaskan Kenai Peninsula is said to be the most scenic in all of Alaska, as it travels through valleys and areas rich with flora and fauna.

Prices are per person starting from AU$4,150 in a Vista Suite double occupancy. Silversea fares include: all-suite accommodation with butler service; gourmet meals with menus inspired by Relais & Châteaux; complimentary wines, Champagne and spirits served throughout the ships; and all gratuities.

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

Wednesday 1 April 2015

Win a trip for two to Hong Kong

YES! including flights and five nights accommodation.

Plus, style and travel blogger Geneva Vanderzeil from A Pair and a Spare will be your guide for an exclusive half-day hidden Hong Kong experience.

There’s so much more to explore in Hong Kong, whether you want to indulge in some retail therapy, dance the night away or dine on world class cuisine. Which part of hidden Hong Kong will you discover?


WIN a fabulous five-night vacation to Queenstown, New Zealand

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WIN a fabulous five-night vacation to Queenstown, New Zealand!

Vacations & Travel and The Rees Hotel & Luxury Apartments Queenstown, is giving subscribers the chance to win a sensational trip to Queenstown including two return economy flights and five nights’ accommodation.

The Rees Hotel Queenstown: Luxury For All the Senses
Many hotels promise a stellar location and spectacular surroundings and others the pampering of spacious suites with designer furnishings and fabrics. Still others hang their reputation on service – or perhaps an awarded dining room, top chef or fine wine cellar. Some boutique properties pride themselves on featuring a unique aspect such as their historic or artistic focus but very few fine hotels can boast all of these and still fewer manage to exceed guests’ expectations in each of these claims.

The Rees Hotel Queenstown is such a property and is winning awards and accolades around the world for its success.

Located on the edge of Lake Wakatipu, looking out to The Remarkable Mountains and just minutes from the scenic Queenstown centre, the mountain backdrop and lake views are ever-changing and always mesmerising. The Rees is central to the wide range of high quality, year-round attractions and activities offered by Queenstown and the broader Southern Lakes District. The Rees offers a free shuttle service from the hotel to the downtown area of Queenstown and water taxi services, fishing charters and jet boat companies all utilise The Rees Wharf to look after the needs of guests.

Accommodation options include 60 spacious hotel-style rooms and 90 luxury apartments, all with balconies overlooking the magnificent lake and mountains. Architecture and furniture designs were provided by local artisans of international reputation and the history of Queenstown’s early settler and developer, William Rees, is enshrined in the valuable library and art available for guests to peruse as they sip the best of Central Otago wines and Bordeaux vintages from the masterfully stocked wine cellar. The Rees also offers incredible Culinary Series events.

The Rees Hotel has had continuing success, again winning the internationally prestigious US Wine Spectator magazine award of excellence this year for the hotel’s True South Dining Room wine list of 100 or more quality wine selections that thematically match a restaurant’s cuisine.

The hotel now provides all local calls and over 150 on-demand in-room movies, as well as Sky (cable) channels complimentary, as well as the free Wi-Fi that has been offered by The Rees since day one.

Later this year The Rees will open five superlative Lake Front Residences on stunning Lake Wakatipu to provide an even more luxurious option for the discerning few.

The prize includes
  • Two return economy flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide 
  • or Perth to Queenstown
  • Five nights in a Lake View one-bedroom apartment for two people
  • Return airport transfers in Queenstown ( to and from The Rees) and breakfasts for two
  • One dinner for two (two tasting menus) at True South Dining Room
Entries must be received by 30 June 2015


Boutique Hotel on Paris Left Bank. Stay 4 Pay 3.


A award-winning 5-star boutique hotel of just 28 rooms and designed along the lines of a private residence in a refurbished 18th century building in the heart of Paris' Left Bank, is proving such a hit with Australian travellers that we are now its second-biggest market world-wide.

Yet while petite and intimate, the prestigeous Hotel Esprit Saint Germain comes big on services and with well-appointed rooms and suites offering tea and coffee making facilities, windows that open, high-speed internet, daily fresh fruit, flowers and restocking of the complimentary mini-bar, and newspaper of choice.

And a Library Lounge and Fireplace Lounge feature a complimentary bar where you can help yourself to Champagne, wines and spirits, while a Fitness Centre offering natural light overlooking the rooftops of Paris is uniquely available for guest's private use for an hour each day, including steam room, sauna and elliptical trainer, and with massage, private fitness coach and hairdresser available on request.

Owner Laurence Tafanel says Australians love the Left Bank ambiance of the hotel with its surrounding profusion of restaurants, antique stores, galleries and museums – and with Notre Dame Cathedral five minutes' walk away, Le Louvre Museum a little further, and a minute to the famed 1612 Luxembourg Palace and Gardens.

Refined and very Parisian, the Hotel Esprit Saint Germain is particularly popular with women travelling alone, business travellers, couples, honeymooners and for special occasion celebrations.

A current promotion for select dates in 2015 is stay-four-pay-3 nights including full American breakfast daily and priced from Euro 1,350 for two people.

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