Friday, February 26, 2010

Easter Indulgence Escape


Brisbane’s stunning Emporium Hotel, with a plethora of national and international awards under its belt, has announced the 2010 Easter Indulgence Escape package, and there’s no better time to visit Brisbane.

Emporium Hotel’s Easter Indulgence features a King Suite along with all the in-room accessories which have made the hotel famous including prestigious Molton Brown amenities, turndown service, VIP Pillow Menu and more; a bottle of French bubbly and an in-house movie of choice. The package is priced from $229.00 and is valid from Monday March 29 through to Friday April 9, 2010.

Emporium Hotel General Manager Peter Savoff said Easter was a beautiful time in Brisbane, with temperatures perfect and the city on show.

“As Australians increasingly look for domestic escapes, there is no excuse not to come and stay for Easter. Our city is thriving with a myriad of fabulous cultural and sporting events planned, as well as being just perfect in terms of temperature,” he said. “Emporium Hotel’s Easter Indulgence Escape is the perfect getaway, to take time for a quick refresh, enjoy some time out and relax.”   

The Kimberley Region

 
Luridgii Cultural Experience

Planning a holiday but don't want to head overseas? Well for a fabulous holiday right here in Australia, you should head to the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. 

Star in the adventure of a lifetime in one of the world’s most amazing wilderness areas. An ancient landscape of rugged ranges and stunning gorges, pristine beaches and untouched reefs. The Broome and Kimberley region of Western Australia is a land of extraordinary contrasts, where red earth country meets the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. On the coast lie some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, rugged islands and coral atolls with an amazing variety of marine life. Venture inland to spectacular rock formations, ancient gorges, rock pools and plunging waterfalls. Not to be missed are the iconic bee hive domes of the Bungle Bungle Range in World Heritage Listed Purnululu National Park.

Enjoy relaxing days on the 22 kilometre stretch of white sand known as Cable Beach in Broome, or cruise the amazing Kimberley coastline and inland waterways for a look at a part of the Kimberley only a privileged few have seen. Encounter amazing wildlife and 20,000 year old rock art or travel along one of the best four wheel driving routes in Australia, the Gibb River Road. Romance and adventure are around every corner in the magical Kimberley.

BROOME:
Known as the southern gateway to the Kimberley region, Broome is a town steeped in history as a pearling port and is now enriched by the multicultural atmosphere left behind. Broome has much to offer, whether it’s natural attractions or just a place to relax and enjoy warm sunny days and balmy nights.

Cable Beach is simply breathtaking, with 22 kilometres of pristine sand lapped by the warm blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Go for a swim, sail on a Pearl Lugger or go fishing, and at the end of the day, sit back and watch a magnificent Broome sunset. Explore Broome’s history with a walk through Chinatown. From the bustling hub of pearl sheds and billiard saloons in its hey day, Chinatown is now home to fine pearl showrooms, shops and sidewalk cafés.

From Broome you can explore the Buccaneer Archipelago, spectacular Kimberley gorges and Cape Leveque on the Dampier Peninsula – the perfect getaway for the adventurous traveller.

KUNUNURRA:
Located on the banks of Lake Kununurra and the Ord River, Kununurra is the eastern gateway to the Kimberley. Kununurra is also the perfect base to explore Purnululu National Park and the Bungle Bungles. Take a scenic flight over the bee-hive domes of the Bungle Bungle Range or Lake Argyle, the biggest man-made lake in Australia and large enough to be considered an inland sea. Tour the Argyle Diamond Mine, the largest open-cut diamond mine in the world or visit the diamond showrooms in Kununurra.

Also accessible from Kununurra are Mitchell Plateau and a number of stations and wilderness camps along the Gibb River Road, including El Questro Wilderness Park and Home Valley Station.

 
Campfire - El Questro Townsite

 
Luridgii Cultural Experience - campsite

 
Kapok Bush

 
Kayaking adventure near Gantheaume Point

 
Sunset Camel Trek

Visit Travel Point Holidays for more information


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Special Offer at Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa


Broome is the perfect place for a break, and with a new Escape Package from Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa you can stay a little longer.

Enjoy 5 nights of luxury for the price of 4 at the iconic Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, Broome this April and May. Stay in a Garden View Studio room for 5 nights from only $664* per person, twin share including Broome airport transfers and you’ll enjoy the 5th night FREE.  Plus, pay to upgrade to a premium room and enjoy full buffet breakfast daily. *(Conditions Apply).

A variety of accommodation options are available at the award winning resort including Studio Rooms overlooking Garden, Pool or Ocean Views, classic Broome style Bungalows, Villas complete with butler service, as well as the Resort’s flagship accommodation being the Colonial and Asian styled Suites...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Simply Stunning Hotels

Accommodation website hotels.com has put together a list of the top 10 hotels around the world with stunning architecture:

HOTEL MARQUES DE RISCAL, ELCIEGO, SPAIN

The Hotel Marques de Riscal is situated in the city of Elciego in Spain, also known as the "City of Wine". The hotel was designed by the famed architect Frank Gehry, who also designed the Guggenheim Museum in Spain.

The renovation of the 139 year-old winery estate was completed at an estimated cost of $100 million in 2006. The free-flowing architectural style creates a wondrous sight for any guest or visitor on approach to the hotel and truly has to be seen to be believed. 

CLARION HOTEL SIGN, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

The largest and perhaps most unusual hotel in Sweden, The Clarion Hotel Sign was designed by great Swedish architect Gert Wingardh and opened in February 2008.

Granite and glass dominate the unusually shaped exterior, whilst on the inside the classic Scandinavian furnishings are intended to inspire guests. Each floor is dedicated to a Scandinavian designer whose style is reflected in the guest rooms.
 

OMM, BARCELONA, SPAIN

Hotel Omm, with its contemporary design, is situated in the heart of bustling Barcelona, overlooking the Passeig de Gracia. Designed by Jill Capello, the unusual limestone facade of the hotel has had people talking since its opening in December 2003.

Not just a pretty picture, the jagged exterior of Hotel Omm has been purposefully designed to provide views of the city and Passeig de Gracia below, whilst providing privacy and protection from noise and the midday sun.
 

THE MARMARA ANTALYA, TURKEY

The Marmara Antalya in Turkey is the world's first revolving hotel with the 24 roomed loft offering ever-changing views for its guests. For those who suffer from motion sickness, don't worry, as there are also non-revolving hotel rooms. The loft is powered by six electric motors and a full rotation will take between two and 24 hours, meaning you can go to sleep looking at the city and wake up with a view of the water.

The building floats in a tank holding approximately 478 tons of water with the three lowest floors fully submerged. The hotel has even constructed its very own private beach and a 297 metre-long river, which has been especially created for water sports such as canoeing.

QUINTA REAL ZACATECAS, MEXICO

The Quinta Real Zacatecas in Mexico is built into the grandstand of a restored bullfighting ring which was originally built in the 19th century and held its last corrida (bull fighting event) in 1975. The hotel was awarded the International Architectural Award in 1989 when the restoration and renovation was complete.

The hotel restaurant overlooks the old bullfighting ring, which now acts as a patio paved with cobblestones and an abundance of flowers. The hotel bar can be found where the matadors and bulls used to enter the building. 

THE STANDARD, NEW YORK, US
 
The Standard Hotel, in the iconic meatpacking district of New York, is the brain child of legendary hotelier Andre Balazs and is raised on stilts above an old freight train line. The hotel is marketed to the hip and happening and is known for its modernist design, making it an absolute must for any lover of modern architecture.

The hotel features floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer spectacular views over the city and Hudson River but have also been known to inspire some guests and staff to bare all for onlookers.
 

THE PALACE OF THE LOST CITY, SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA

The Palace of the Lost City, located in the sprawling Sun City complex, has been described as one of the world's most extraordinary hotels. Set amongst lush gardens, streams and waterfalls lies a resurrected fairytale palace.

The Palace hotel, with its 25 metre-high foyer ceiling and beautiful mosaics, has paid meticulous attention to create a hotel which reflects South African wildlife and culture. The hotel even includes the Valley of Waves, which is the only sub-tropical water adventure park in Africa.
 

HOTEL DE GLACE, SAINTE CATHERINE, CANADA
 
An idea conceived by the hotel's founder, Jacques Desbois, The Hotel de Glace is located in Quebec and is unique in that it is rebuilt every year, taking five weeks to erect. The hotel is open from the first week of January until the last week in March and offers guests the unique experience of staying in a hotel made out of ice albeit with creature comforts like a heated toilet, hot tubs and bar to warm up guests.

This year the hotel is celebrating its Nordic roots with the Bar de Glace featuring designs representing the complexity and diversity of water. The hotel will also be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2010 with creative and unique designs throughout the hotel.
 

ROSE RAYHAAN BY ROTANA, DUBAI

The Rose Rayhaan by Rotana in Dubai is now officially the world's tallest hotel standing at 333 metres, surpassing the Burj Al Arab at 321 metres, previously the owner of the tallest hotel crown until late last year.

The facade of the hotel is made with a considerable amount of glass making it an imposing structure in the Dubai skyline, dominated by high rise buildings. In recent years the trend for Dubai has been to build extravagant hotels with exciting innovations and the Rose Rayhaan continues the trend. For how long it will keep its title as tallest hotel in the world is anyone's guess.

CAPPADOCIA CAVE RESORT, TURKEY

The Cappadocia Cave Resort is built upon three acres of historic and pre-historic settlements between the volcanic castle formations of Uchisar in the National Park of Goreme in Cappadocia, Turkey.

The hotel has been able to blend man-made work with the natural beauty of the surroundings and offers a variety of rooms with earthly elements including rock carved and yellow stoned rooms and cave dwellings that provide a unique experience for any traveller. The sheer fact that they have used the local surroundings to carve out a hotel is no mean feat and is a must for anyone looking for a hotel stay to talk about.
 

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Hôtel de Sers

Paris is a city that is renowned for its beautiful architecture and rich cultural history. Below is a round-up of a newly renovated hotel in Paris by Tuija Seipell, describing how the hotel has been lovingly restored to its former glory, whilst injected with modernist finishes, and luxurious extras.
 

Hôtel de Sers in Paris exemplifies a building that fits magnificently in its new role as a hotel because the current owners’ expensive and extensive renovation retained the initial feel and the structural bones of the original mansion, and managed to insert today’s touches in a way that does not feel like a pretentious afterthought.

 

Today, Hôtel de Sers has 45 rooms, four junior suites, two large suites with terraces that overlook all of the splendor of Paris, and one 80-square-metre apartment. The original building was a four-storey mansion designed by architect Jules Pellechet in 1880 for Henri-Leopold Charles, the Marquis de Sers.

 

In the early 1900s, the building served as a medical facility and gained four more floors and a six-storey attachment. It has been a hotel since 1935. In 1999, the Vidalenc family took over the building that was then known as Hôtel le Queen Elizabeth, and the family's younger son, Thibault Vidalenc, became the general manager. He engaged his cousin, recently graduated architect Thomas Vidalenc, and together the two began the 11 million Euro transformation of the old mansion into the chic and desirable Hôtel de Sers it is today.

 

Thomas Vidalenc designed most of the furniture as well, and added the latest comforts, technology and amenities to the rooms, but the new never overpowers the French classical elements.

 

The designer touches -- such as modern, sculptural occasional tables, and chairs and cushions covered in retro-floral fabrics -- add a Scandinavian, modernist feel, but it all seems to somehow belong in this environment that is resplendent with gold, and old paintings and red velvet. Not an easy balance to achieve. - Tuija Seipell

 
 

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Monday, February 22, 2010

The Merchants of Mumbai - Shopping in India


India is a great place to visit, particularly for the off-beat and unique shopping. Below is an article from Qantas The Australian Way (January 2010) that will help you plan the shopping trip of a lifetime…

"Mumbai offers some fabulously fun shopping; it’s just a matter of finding it. From tiny treasure-trove antique stores and bijou boutiques to galleries and street markets, with a few places to eat and drink along the way, here’s a sampler of some of Mumbai’s best. The majority of listings are in history-laden South Mumbai, with some included for the new Bandra/Andheri business districts. Shops generally open about 10am-11am and close 7-8pm. Absolutely essential for a successful sortie is a driver with an air-conditioned Cool Cab.

South Mumbai (Colaba/Apollo Bunder/Kala Ghoda/Fort)

Stay: The historic five-star The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower is as much an icon as the Gateway of India opposite, and the time-poor will find great retail ops in the hotel’s arcades. The excellent Nalanda Book & Music Shop is near the lifts. Natesan’s Antiqarts features museum-quality ancient Indian sculptures and objets (also in the basement of Jehangir Art Gallery), Joy Shoes offers jewelled sandals, Ravissant, ravishing silverware. Also Fendi, Burberry, Moschino and Louis Vuitton. Some of our destinations are also an easy walk from the Taj.

Shop: Heading south from the Gateway of India and the Taj, turn right for Bombay Electric (high-end men’s and women’s clothing from local and international designers, striking old and new jewellery, antique photos), and a branch of Good Earth (homewares featuring stylish Indian motifs such as funky cushions with retro Rajas). Four blocks south you’ll find the must-visit Bungalow 8 over three floors of the beautifully decaying 19th-century Grants Building (covetable vintage furniture, elegant homewares, interesting clothing and extraordinary jewellery). There are also two studios in this building, Kishmish and Mosaic (stylishly detailed women’s clothes and handwoven scarves), which you can visit by appointment (+91 22 2288 0362). In the same street is the hip, contemporary art space Chatterjee & Lal for edgy work in various media. Pick up a copy of the Japa Arts India art map here to see what’s on at The Guild (www.guildindia.com) and Project 88 (www.project88.in), both nearby, and Chemould Prescott Road (www.gallerychemould.com).

To check the pulse of Indian designer wear (racing), continue along the waterfront to Tarun Tahiliani, the eponymous boutique of India’s couture king (extraordinary bejewelled designs). Tahiliani also co-owns the Ensemble boutiques, which showcase many of India’s top designers. A short drive on is The Courtyard, an upmarket collection of fashion, furniture and homewares boutiques. The highlight here is stepping into the shoebox showroom of the famed Gem Palace (their main shop is in Jaipur) – it’s like a tiny museum. Exquisite stones and antique settings.

Back towards the Taj is Colaba Causeway and the tourist-filled Colaba Street Market. Along with the usual market offerings of T-shirts, bags and toys, AR & Sons has a fun selection of gift cards and notebooks.  Near the Wellington Fountain is Battery Street with D Popli & Sons Jewellers, a small shop with lots of drawers of antique and contemporary silver jewellery to explore; and Essajee & Sons, a fantastic repository of old wares – and the odd bit of contemporary bling – from ceilings densely hung with glass hanging lanterns and chandeliers, to floors stacked with old photos and prints. For souvenirs there’s always the nearby Central Cottage Industries Emporium, a huge government-run, fixed-price emporium next to cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s restaurant. On the corner opposite the Regal Cinema, don’t miss Phillips for a wide range of quality Asian and European antiques and home accessories, from the exquisite to the inexpensive, plus superb old photos, engravings and maps.

Just north of the Wellington Fountain you’ll find one of Mumbai’s numerous Fabindia outlets. The Kala Ghoda store is a good intro to the chain’s wares, with clothing, table and bed linens, quilts and dhurries. For a coffee and snack there’s smart Moshe’s cafe in-store upstairs, or head to the atmospheric Café Samovar in the nearby Jehangir Art Gallery.

If stationery is your thing, take the car up to Bombay Paperie for handmade paper goods, and if you’re a real aficionado, continue on to Chimanlals for the most fabulous selection.

While you’re up this way, a good lunch option is Mahesh Lunch Home. The small air-conditioned venue is famous for its seafood dishes. Nearby is the Strand Book Stall (good books, helpful staff, and they will deliver to your hotel). Further north again is Chor Bazaar (The Thieves Market) for antiques (and fake-tiques). The main strip, Mutton Street, is lined with treasure-filled little shops selling every sort of bric-a-brac, including old Bollywood posters, antique locks and lovely glass lightshades. Nearby Kemps Corner is Indian fashion central.

Wind Down: Relax with an aperitif and a young cosmopolitan crowd in the stylish Indigo Delicatessen, then Trishna for dinner.

North Mumbai

West Bandra and Andheri are fast becoming commercial hubs. Here are a few places to shop and eat when business is completed.

Stay: Le Royal Méridien Mumbai is more luxury European mansion than business hotel. Ten minutes’ drive from the international airport in Andheri, it has opulent decor, intimate bars, pool, gym and spa. The exclusive Royal Club floors have their own reception, bar, restaurant and business centre. The hotel is a half-hour cab ride from Bandra, and if you’re going for dinner, have the driver wait. The all-new Taj Land’s End is another five-star Taj property also featuring Arabian Sea views, right in Bandra, with a 24-hour gym and pool. Purveyor of striking silverware Ravissant has a shop in the lobby here as well.

Shop: Lots of luxury and other chain brands (both Indian and international) have stores in Bandra. For those with limited time, Dhoop in Khar is a one-stop gift shop with artisan goods ranging from Buddhist singing bowls and tribal jewellery to glass tealight covers featuring Bollywood stars from the ’60s. Nearby is Moss, with shelves of bejewelled bags and sandals.


In Bandra, Anokhi offers beautiful Indian woodblock-printed clothes and quilts. By contrast, fun and funky clothes and accessories can be found at Karma Kola. For a snack, head to Elco Vegetarian Restaurant, a McDonald’s-style air-conditioned establishment famous for its Mumbai snacks, pani puri (fried spicy Indian bread) and bhel puri (puffed rice dish). The Bagel Shop also has coffee or juice. Upstairs are two boutiques with divine frocks. Kashana stocks beautifully tailored, updated-Audrey-Hepburn-style ’50s and ’60s dresses in superb fabrics. Next door, Marca has summery frocks in fab prints, sparkly shoes and quirky bags.

Wind Down: For drinks with atmos, try The Hawaiian Shack, where it’s all lashed-bamboo ceilings, candlelight, a boat for a bar and whacky retro music downstairs. The floors above (hip-hop and DJ) heave later, but come early for a drink and snack before dinner at Soul Fry – a relaxing mix of mood lighting and music, local and international diners, and great Goan fish curries.

 Visit Qantas to read the full article.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Planning a Trip to New Zealand?

 
For a lovely holiday or a fabulous honeymoon that is close to home, why not visit New Zealand? With its rich cultural history, and beautiful landscapes, New Zealand could be the perfect destination for your next trip. 
 
For up-to-date travel information, and help organising the trip of a lifetime, head to the official site of Tourism New Zealand.

Discover new places and ways to holiday in New Zealand plus find New Zealand maps, accommodation, great New Zealand holiday deals and more. From fascinating places to visit, to culture, special events and more - Tourism New Zealand has collected a range of online feature articles about New Zealand for you to browse, learn from and be inspired by.

So what do you say? To start planning your New Zealand holiday now, visit Tourism New Zealand.

 

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

P&O Cruises


For the holiday of a lifetime, you can't go past a P&O Cruise! With magnificent ships that take you to exotic and exciting locations, as well as amazing onboard facilities, a P&O cruise is a truely special way to holiday. 

And with P&O Cruise's sale on now for the Pacific Jewel, there is no better time to book. You'll be spoilt for choice with an amazing range of itineraries from just 2 to 16 nights to a host of idyllic destinations. From South Pacific holidays, New Zealand holidays or along Queensland's tropical north coast, there's a cruise holiday just for you. And with savings up to 50% off selected cruises*, there has never been a better time to book early. But act fast, as cabins sell fast!

Head to P&O Cruises and you can watch a 3 minute video that will allow you to see and feel what it's like to be on board the fabulous ships. You can practically feel the ocean breezes.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine's Day Enchanted Evening - Brisbane


 Celebrate Valentine's Day this year with a unique and romatic getaway package for you and your loved one at the Emporium Hotel, Brisbane.

The Emporium Hotel’s Enchanted Evening Package is the ultimate indulgence this Valentine’s Day! The package includes accommodation in a King Spa Suite, romantic turndown with candles, rose petals and a bottle of French bubbly, a-la-carte breakfast for two, extended check out to 1pm and a box of Lindt Chocolates.

All this from just $395 per night per couple

For more information on Emporium Hotel's Valentine's Day Package contact the reservations team direct on (07) 3253 6999 or book online.  

Special offers This Valentine's from RedBalloon



Valentine's Day is just around the corner, so RedBalloon is encouraging you to start thinking about Valentine's Day gifts  to find the perfect present for your loved one. At RedBalloon you'll find gift ideas for everyone - including hot air ballooning, romantic dinners and massage gifts.

RedBalloon is Australia and New Zealand’s leading online supplier of experience gifts. From giving someone an experience they’ve always wanted to do, to gift certificates, and an amazing array of vibrant gift boxes, you’ll be sure to find a present for any occasion. 

With travel experiences, gift hampers, and so much more, visit RedBalloon now for last minute gift ideas and experiences.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

"Mr & Mrs" Bathrobes


After the excitement of your wedding is over and you head off with your new husband (or wife!) on your honeymoon, relax in style with these too-cute Mr and Mrs Bathrobes from Weddingstar.

Luxurious terry velour bathrobes made of 100% cotton in pure white with embroidered details. Wrap yourself in comfort… you deserve it!

Visit Weddingstar to place your order, and to browse through more fabulous products like these…

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Holiday in Paris with British Airways



The BD team recommends you head over to British Airways to discover all you need to know to plan your holiday in Paris…

Take a Paris holiday to float down Seine on a river boat, relax in bohemian Saint Germain bars and admire magnificent art collections. Rest in Jardin du Luxembourg's manicured gardens to escape the crowds on your holiday in Paris. Or add a daytrip to your Paris holiday with a visit to Monet's waterlilly-dotted gardens.

Sightseeing on holidays in Paris
If this is your first Paris holiday, head for the filigree Eiffel Tower, gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Louvre's inscrutable Mona Lisa. Or, if you know Paris well, visit Palais de Toyko's for contemporary art in the museum rich Chaillot quarter, and the medieval Conciergerie to see Marie Antoinette's prison cell. Mix sightseeing with shopping on a holiday in Pars at Boulevard Haussmann, home to the romantic Musée Jacquemart's private art collection and Galeries Lafayette department store.

Dining on holidays in Paris
Sample unhurried café culture on your Paris holiday from a Saint Germain terrace. Or dine on a riverboat drifting down the Seine. Affordable restaurants cluster around trendy Place du Marché Saint-Honoré and brasserie-dotted Bourse. Feast your eyes on seafood platters in Montparnasse's Belle Epoque bistros. Head for Châtelet for late-night dining on your holiday in Paris.

Nightlife on holidays in Paris
Wander Montmartre after dark along rue des Abbesses to people watch. Or dance your on holiday in Paris away in the trendy Oberkampf or Bastille districts and Champs-Elysées' clubbing temples. Uncover the underground scene along rue de Montmartre and around Ménilmontant for an unforgettable Paris holiday.

Daytrips on holidays in Paris
The Château of Versailles captures 17th-century grandeur with its Hall of Mirrors and fountain-strewn gardens. Travel northwest on your Paris holiday to Giverny to see Impressionist painter Claude Monet's garden. For a fun-filled family holiday in Paris, shake hands with Mickey at Disneyland Paris. 

Visit British Airways now!


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Cable Club Beach Resort - SALE!!

Cable Club Beach Resort is celebrating the launch of their new website with a sale! 

Until the 11th February you can book a Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa room for just $99! There are only 100 Garden View Studio rooms available at the special rate of $99 a night – so our advice is book now! (We’d hate you to be guest number 101!)

Visit http://cablebeachclub.com for more information and to book!

Club Med 60th Anniversary Sale


To celebrate its 60th anniversary, Club Med has released for a limited time only an exceptional offer: SECOND PERSON SAVES 60%*.   

With 80 resorts worldwide in some of the most stunning and unique locations, Club Med will suit everyone's holiday desires.
 

Choose from world renowned golf on Bintan Island, pristine beaches and exotic jungle in Cherating Beach, Malaysia, discover Mexico at Cancun Yucatan or Ixtapa Pacifc or getaway with your better half at Club Med Kani in the Maldives.

Visit Club Med to find out more on these great offers.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Hawaii


Beaches of white, gold, black and red, breathtaking sunsets, lush rainforests, plunging cliffs, active volcanoes and rugged valleys – this is Hawaii. Watch whales off the coast of Maui, feel the heat from the volcanic lava flow on the ‘Big Island’, absorb the history of Oahu’s Pearl Harbor, or hike through the Jurassic Park landscape of Kauai, the choice is yours. With its frangipani-scented sea breezes and tropical warmth, Hawaii has something special for everyone. There’s no place on earth like Hawaii. Whether you’re a new visitor or returning, Hawaii’s unique islands offer diverse experiences that will entice any traveller.

Oahu
The island of Oahu is the gateway to Hawaii, a tropical island getaway with beautiful beaches and pristine bays. Oahu’s capital, Honolulu, is home to one of the world’s most famous beaches, Waikiki Beach. Honolulu is a thriving city boasting fine dining, an exciting nightlife and great shopping such as Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki, which is filled with boutique stores boasting international brands. Honolulu’s large harbour still bears the scars from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Visitors can tour the site including the haunting Arizona Memorial. Beyond Honolulu there is much to see and do. Not far from the city you’ll find rural communities, a beautiful coastline dotted with over 50 beaches many at which you can swim, surf and snorkel. Lush rainforests abound and fantastic views can be seen from a host of lookouts. Visit Sunset Beach, Waimea Bay and the tropical marine park of
Hanauma Bay.
 
Maui
Maui is consistently voted one of the best island destinations in the world. Dominated by the extinct Haleakala Crater, Maui is a paradise which offers visitors as much adventure or relaxation as they desire. If you love the water, relaxing on beautiful beaches and driving through spectacular scenery, this island has your name on it. With over 15 golf courses it’s also a golfer’s mecca. At the end of the day, your biggest dilemma may be to decide which one of Maui’s worldclass spas you want to visit, chances are there’s one right where you’re staying. Maui’s main town Lahaina, was once the whaling capital of the Pacific. Today it is a lovely township brimming with shops and a large selection of restaurants and bars. A drive along the Hana Highway is a must, revealing waterfalls, blowholes, black sand beaches and dramatic volcanic soils.
 
Kauai
The oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai is also known as the ‘Garden Island’ a name well deserved. It’s a tropical paradise of unspoiled beauty, covered by dense rainforest. The dramatic Napali coastline, the site of many a Hollywood movie, is so wild and inaccessible, it can only be viewed by boat or helicopter. Waimea Canyon is equally spectacular and some parts can be explored on foot or by car. The coastline offers some excellent beaches that are great for swimming, and the snorkelling at Lydgate is sensational. A cruise along the Wailua River will lead you to the lovely Fern Grotto.

Hawaii – the ‘Big Island’
Aptly named the biggest island, Hawaii is also the most diverse. A land of contrasts, you can be driving through dense rainforest one minute, past vast rock-hard lava fields the next, and then find yourself discovering black, white or green sand beaches. Mt Kilauea, one of the five volcanoes that form the island, is still one of the world’s most active. Then there’s Mauna Kea volcano, where in winter you can even go skiing. The ‘Big Island’ contains stunning resorts and golf courses, which are features amongst eerie lunar-like landscapes formed by lava flows. A visit to Volcanoes National Park is a must.

Why not let Qantas Holidays put together your perfect holiday to Hawaii? With over 30 years’ experience, we are experts at creating holidays to suit a wide variety of tastes and budgets. Whatever your needs, you can trust our dedicated travel professionals to organise your dream holiday.



Thursday, February 4, 2010

Travel Expo 2010



Planning your honeymoon? Or looking for inspiration for planning the perfect holiday? Then The Bride's Diary recommends you visit the Flight Centre Travel Expo 2010 to help you with all your travel needs.

With leading travel specialists from throughout Australia all coming together under one roof, you are guaranteed to find the answers to all your travel-related questions. The expo will be held in 12 locations across Australia, and will be the perfect opportunity for you to discover the latest range of products and destination information available to help you plan your holiday and maximize your savings.

Visit the Flight Centre Travel Expo 2010 for full expo details.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Welcome to our Honeymoons & Holidays Blog


Welcome to The Bride's Diary® Honeymoon & Holidays Blog. 

Whether you are looking to escape to a tropical island or do a spot of sightseeing in the cities of the world, The Bride's Diary® is here to help you plan your perfect honeymoon or holiday! 

We look forward to bringing you much inspiration for your honeymoon and future holidays together - enjoy!


A Unique Island Paradise Right At Our Doorstep…

 

An island paradise, seclusion for you and your beau from the rest of the world, crystal clear waters and radiant skies… oh how we at The Bride's Diary love romantic getaways…

We found this article at The Daily Telegraph and absolutely had to share it with you…

"The sea shimmers over the reef in a rainbow of vibrant shades; cyan, sapphire and emerald. Tufts of cotton clouds drift accross blue skies; plunging cliffs and majestic Norfolk pines hug the rugged coastline.
Sixteen hundred kilometres of ocean seperate Australia from Norfolk Island. Although is is not really very far in distance, life on Norfolk Island in a universe away from life in most parts of Australia…"

To read the full article and discover more about beautiful Norfolk Island, visit The Daily Telegraph



Ubud Sari Health Resort


With all the naughty indulgences and guilty pleasures we allow ourselves over the Holiday season, we all need a little help sometimes to ensure we really are staying true to our New Year resolutions of eating well, and taking better care of our bodies.

Well, we have found the perfect place for you to to cleanse the mind, body and soul, and kick start the new you. Ubud Sari Health Resort in beautiful Bali offers a variety of programs that will enhance your physical, emotional and spiritual life.

Ubud Sari Health Resort offers a holistic health care approach towards cleansing and detoxing:

Visit Ubud Sari Health Resort for more information, and to view pricing and availability.

Valentine's Getaway with Radisson Hotels & Resorts


Valentine's Day is the time to take your loved one away for a romantic and luxurious escape. The Bride's Diary® loves special packages, and this offer from Radisson Hotels & Resorts is oh-so-tempting!

Valentine Seductions… At Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney for only $499 per night*. The intimate, boutique-style Radisson Plaza Hotel Sydney provides the perfect backdrop for love this Valentine's Day.

  • Stay overnight in a Studio Spa Suite
  • Celebrate your love with a chilled bottle of Veuve Clicquot and nibble on chocolate dipped strawberries delivered to your suite
  • Tease your senses over a five-course dinner served in your suite
  • Whisper sweet nothings the next morning over a deluxe hot buffet breakfast served in your suite
  • Let love linger with a late check-out at 1pm
We'll leave the rest of the romantic interlude to you… All for only $499 AUD per night. (*Terms and Conditions apply, visit Radisson Hotels & Resorts for full details.