Thursday, August 8, 2013

Emirates and Mr & Mrs Smith



Get onboard with Emirates and Mr & Mrs Smith
-Emirates Unveils Special Boutique Hotel Vouchers for Premium Class Travellers-


7th August 2013:Emirates has partnered with boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith to bring travellers an exclusive offer – complimentary Mr & Mrs Smith hotel vouchers* for every First Class or Business Class flight purchased online at www.emirates.com/au to Dubai or beyond.

Travellers can enjoy Emirates’ renowned award-winning service in the sky to over 75 countries worldwide, including 30 one-stop cities across Europe, via spectacular Dubai, while enjoying the best of hotels across the globe with a Mr & Mrs Smith voucher of $200 for Business Class travel and $300 for First Class travellers.

Premium Class travellers will begin the journey from their doorstep with Chauffeur-drive transfers to and from the airport, followed by access to the exclusive Emirates Lounge where they can unwind before their flight.

Onboard, guests can enjoy the ultimate in luxury air travel with the sanctuary of a fully enclosed First Class Private Suite or fully lie-flat massage seats in Business Class.

For those travelling on Emirates’ flagship A380, the Onboard Lounge offers a place to sip, snack and socialise in the air, while those travelling in First Class will be able to refresh in the world’s first onboard Shower Spas.

Valid for ticketing and sales from now until 31 August 2013 and valid for travel from 10th September 2013 until 31st March 2014. The promotion is available to new Business and First Class bookings made online with the promo-code AUSMI13 entered into the booking.

For further details visitwww.emirates.com/au/smith. For flight information and bookings contact Emirates on 1300 303 777, visit your local travel agent of go to www.emirates.com/au.

-ENDS-

Terms and conditions for the offer:
·        Sale period: 1st – 31st August
·        Travel period: 10th September – 31st March
·        Destinations: Dubai, Middle East, United Kingdom, Europe, India, Africa, Americas
·        Book Business Class and receive AUD$200 Smith hotel voucher
·        Book First Class and receive AUD$300 Smith hotel voucher








About Emirates:
Emirates is a full-service international airline that prides itself on inflight service delivered by a multi-lingual crew; menus designed by leading chefs and complemented by the finest wines; an award-winning inflight entertainment system with up to 1,500 channels; and generous luggage allowances in all Classes. Emirates Airline has received more than 500 international awards for excellence.

Its fleet of 201 wide-bodied aircraft includes ten freighters and is among the youngest in the skies. The airline continuously replaces old aircraft with newer ones and has frequently been the first to sign up for new developments in aviation design and technology. Emirates has orders for an additional 192 aircraft, worth nearly USD$73 billion.

In 2013 the world’s first purpose-built A380 facility, Concourse A, opened at Dubai International Airport for the exclusive use of Emirates and its global aviation partner Qantas, connecting to more than 20 Emirates A380 destinations around the world.

Emirates’ global network now features services to over 130 destinations in more than 75 countries across six continents. In 2013, Emirates will increase its European network to 34 destinations. Warsaw joined the network in February and Stockholm will commence from September. In January 2014, Kiev will become Emirates’ 35th European destination, marking its first route to the Ukraine.

Emirates operates 84 flights per week to Dubai from Australia – from Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney. One service daily from Sydney operates via Bangkok. One service daily from Brisbane operates via Singapore. One Melbourne service daily operates via Singapore, with another daily service operating via Kuala Lumpur.

Emirates operates 28 flights per week to New Zealand – daily to Christchurch from Sydney, and daily all-A380 travel to Auckland from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane from October 2013 when Brisbane receives its daily A380 service.

For flight information and bookings contact Emirates on 1300 303 777, visit your local travel agent or go to www.emirates.com/au.





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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Stay one night for free at the Luxurious Tadrai Island Resort, Fiji

The luxurious, all inclusive, five star Tadrai Island Resort is offering its first ever special since opening its doors in 2011. Guests can stay five nights but only pay for four. With only five beachfront villas in the whole resort, each with private pool and butler this amazing deal can only be booked before 12 July 2013.

Tadrai Island Resort is the ultimate luxury destination created exclusively for couples. Situated on the northern side of the picturesque Mana Island in the Mamanuca Island Group of Fiji, Tadrai is easy to get to with helicopter transfers departing from Nadi Airport or Denarau and arriving direct at Tadrai’s own helipad.

The resort consists of five elegantly designed ultra deluxe villas, located on a serene and secluded cove with exclusive access to Selena Beach.

All villas are 100sqm in size and feature their own outdoor plunge pool, private deck with day bed, personal butler service, king beds, indoor/outdoor showers, complimentary high speed wireless internet and iPad, iPod/iPhone docking stations, air conditioning and ceiling fans, flat screen LCD TV's, cable/satellite TV, DVD Library, in-house movies, personal wine coolers, large stone bathtubs, in room safe, IDD telephone, espresso/coffee machines and tea making facilities.

The resorts signature restaurant, Na Vatu is a stunning indoor/outdoor restaurant overlooking the magnificent pool area and directly out over the Pacific Ocean. Menu’s showcase the finest of fresh ingredients, with an emphasis on local seafood. Guests can also indulge in in-villa dining, or for true romantics a picnic for two can be organised at any of Tadrai's three secluded white sandy beaches.
Cocktails can be enjoyed daily at Na Vatu Bar and also found in the resort’s central facility is the resorts large fresh water pool and a guest lounge and library.

Resort activities and excursions are tailored to individual guest’s interests and include sea kayaking, hobie catamaran sailing, hand-line fishing, reef snorkeling, surfing, diving tours, game fishing and inter-islands excursions. 
For those looking for the ultimate pampering experience, they can indulge the senses at the Wai Siliva Alfresco Spa.

Prices for a five night stay at Tadrai Island Resort is FJ$12,000 per couple, normally FJ$15,000 per couple and includes French Champagne on arrival, all meals and beverages including alcoholic & non-alcoholic, daily sunset canapés, personal butler, private villa pool, fully stocked Mini Bar, laundry service, Pure Fiji amenities, all resort activities, twice daily maid service / romantic turndown, Wifi, movies and use of an iPad.

This amazing deal is valid for sale until 12th July 2013. Travel from now until 31st March 2014.

Visit Tadrai Island Resort.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Sonaisali Island Resort Goes All In!!!


Sonaisali Island Resort Fiji has taken value for money to the extreme with the resort becoming the only resort in Nadi and Denarau to offer guests an ‘All IN’ deal that see’s all meals, selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and WiFi included each day for a small fee.

The ‘All IN’ deal is only FJD$130.00 per person, per day, guests and includes all meals, unlimited local beer, house wine and soft drinks, unlimited Wi-Fi, Monday night “Bula Tale” live performance, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday night Live House Band, Friday night Meke live performance, Welcome Cocktail per person on arrival, invitation to GM Cocktail Party on Monday evenings, free Kids Club, complimentary Jungle Cruise per person, complimentary use of non-motorized water sports, complimentary use of tennis courts, complimentary beach volleyball and introductory scuba pool splash and free nightly entertainment. Children 12 years and under can still take advantage of this deal for FREE, under the resorts standard child policies.

“After listening to guest’s feedback we thought offering an all-inclusive package, that provides excellent value for money would be the way forward for our resort. At the moment we are trialling the package until August and if successful we will implement on-going at the resort”. Says Aaron McGrath, Managing Director, Sonaisali Island Resort, Fiji.

Sonaisali Island Resort Fiji is a true island escape, situated 300 metres off the main island of Viti Levu, yet only 25 minutes from Nadi International Airport and 15 minutes from Nadi town.

The resort comprises of 123 spacious rooms and Bures scattered along the beachfront, all featuring modern interiors which harmonise with Fijian architecture.

Sonaisali places great emphasis on food and offers varied menus, influenced by the best of Asia/Pacific, Indian and European cuisines. There are four dining outlets to choose from including the fine dining 'Plantation' Restaurant, The Sunset Restaurant, the Grill Restaurant and Pool Bar and The Tale Bar.

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 skis, 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 amazing ‘ALL IN’ deal can be used in conjunction with any current accommodation special and is on sale until 15 August 2013 and valid for travel until 31 March 2014.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Rejuvenate – Reborn – Reshape At Bali's West Coast



Tabanan, Bali – Alila Villas Soori presents its special Wellness Retreat programs this September, the ultimate preference for those seeking to unwind and indulge in a relaxing escape combining world-class facilities and the tranquility of Bali’s west coast.

The week-long wellness agenda runs from September 17 to 23, highlighting personalised wellness programs that are designed to restore the optimum ability of the body and mind. Based on personal targets and objectives, retreats are available as high-intensity 1-day programs, and 3-day and 5-day options that are designed for individuals, groups or corporate staff willing to escape daily routines and discover a healthier way of life though simple and effective changes.

Your inspiring retreat begins with a consultation with the resort’s in-house wellness specialist, Meli Shanti. Meli is a Reiki master and teacher in Tera–Mai and Seichem Reiki. She is also a licensed instructor and teacher of Sivananda Yoga, a licensed massage therapist, and a nutritionist with a license from the New York City Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Meli will provide guidance on the REJUVENATE – REBORN – RESHAPE wellness programs, creating personalised itineraries incorporating treatments and nutritional meals to support the transformative journey and meeting 
of goals.

With one of their one-bedroom Mountain Pool Villas as your private base over the 1, 3 or 5-day options, partake in a choice of three retreat programs: Rejuvenate, Reborn or Reshape. The programs comprise private healing sessions, therapeutic spa treatments, yoga, breathing and meditation, healthy meal plans, master cleansing rituals, fitness activities and journeys, daily supplements, workshops and cooking classes.

For further information on what the programs have to offer and how to participate in these inspiring wellness retreats, please contact Alila's Retreat Specialist at dhindom@alilahotels.com.


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Prepare for the Ultimate LA Travel Experience!



Calling all shopaholics! Australian-based boutique travel consultancy, ‘LA Experience’ has just launched, and is offering Australians the unique chance to experience ‘The City of Angels’ like never before – with a luxury “Insider’s Tour” of Los Angeles jammed-packed full of shopping and glamour.

Take advantage of the strong Aussie dollar and get access to the ultimate LA Experience with amazing bargains at prices not seen on our shores – you can literally save the 

cost of a US airfare on clothes purchases. Following a pre- tour one-on-one shopping consultation, each exclusive 6-day tour ensures that LA Experience guests are 
expertly escorted to the very best LA shopping destinations, and pick up personalised shopping essentials.

Karine Bulger, LA Experience Founder and Director, leads each tour as your personal 24/7 LA shopping ‘concierge’. A native Australian, Karine lived and worked in LA for many years, making it her mission to learn all there is to know about the LA retail scene and knowing exactly where to go for the best fashion at the best prices and how to access talented stylists, IS her business.

“I remember my first shopping exploration through LA’s diverse retail scene – I 

couldn’t believe the extraordinary choice and savings as I unearthed one great find after another. I knew other Australians would want to share my LA Experience, and 
hence the business was born,” said Karine. “I’m excited about the itineraries that 
I have created, which include experiences and special deals that the average traveller can’t access.”


Commencing at the vast Camarillo Outlets, guests choose from brands such as Coach, Kate Spade, Burberry and Barneys NY - each day includes a different shopping experience, tailored to suit any budget. Guests can book exclusive appointments with the iconic stores of Rodeo Drive, appointments with personal stylists from Stylehaus, BCBG Max Azria and Macy’s and the opportunity to snap up designer deals in secret outlet stores. 

Adding to this unforgettable shopping adventure, LA Experience guests stay in luxury 5 Star accommodation at the Montage Beverly Hills and the near-all-inclusive itineraries offer private stylist appointments at The Beverly Centre and The Grove, dedicated pampering time, lunch at celebrity hotspot The Ivy, and transfers each evening to 
some of the coolest restaurants and bars in LA, amongst many other surprises along 
the way. 

All travel dates are planned to coincide with US retail holiday sales so that everyone can take full advantage of the big bargains. The tours also offer a fantastic opportunity for mothers and daughters, friends or partners who are travelling in pairs or groups to relish in this exciting journey together and to create memories that will live on long after your return home.

Prices start from USD$3,500 with the introductory launch trip in May 2013.


UPCOMING 2013 TOUR DATES 
  • 29th Aug – 3rd Sep 
  • 10th Oct – 15th Oct 
  • 28th Nov – 3rd Dec 

Head to the LA Experience website for a full list of tour dates and further information on what will be the ultimate shopping experience for even the most seasoned retail aficionado! 

Visit LA Experience

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Semara Luxury Villa Resort – Bali’s VIP Wedding Venue



A sanctuary of unparalleled luxury with flawless service and exquisite cuisine, Semara Uluwatu is the epitome of tropical indulgence and a dream wedding destination.

Fast becoming Bali’s VIP wedding venue of choice, Semara features seven cliff top villas, each of them an exclusive haven of privacy with 30 meters of cliff frontage and private swimming pools overlooking the ocean.

Semara Uluwatu is delighted to announce that special rates for stays on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday nights are now on offer with savings of 50% for bookings of the 5 Bedroom Villas until 31st March 2015.

This reduces the nightly rate to US$1,403 per villa for up to 10 adults. The price includes return airport transfers, car and driver for eight hours daily, welcome amenities gift bag, 20 minute spa treatment, entrance to Finn’s Beach Club, gym, tennis, putting green and free Wi-Fi.

New wedding packages have also been released to take advantage of the weekday special rates.

These start from US$15,219 including two nights’ accommodation in a 5 Bedroom Luxury Villa with daily breakfast, catering for 50 persons, event hire fees in villa or Selatan Cliff Top Restaurant plus tax and service charge.

Semara Uluwatu is proving to be one of Bali’s most in demand venue for weddings according to event manager Sally Belfield.

“We have many VIP events at our beautiful resort and more than 100 events have been planned for 2013 alone,’’ Ms Belfield said.

“One of the reasons so many high profile people choose Semara Uluwatu is that we do not discuss any of the details of our clients.

“Villas are a more private and economical alternative to a hotel for families or groups of friends. The beauty of Semara Uluwatu is that it offers Villas and comprehensive public facilities such as the Selatan Cliff top restaurant, two tennis courts, gym putting green and the spectacular Finns Beach Club,’’ she said.

Semara’s suite rooms have been reduced by 60% also for stays on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights from now until 31st August.

Prices including daily breakfast start from US$ 475 ++ in the Garden Terrace Suites per room per night.

++ 21% tax and service charge applies. Villas on weekday rates require minimum 3 night stay.


For bookings or further information visit Semara Uluwatu or email: events.uluwatu@semararesorts.com

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Mozaic Beachclub Debuts Casual Bali Beachside Dining



Mozaic Beachclub officially debuts its new brand with the launch of the ‘Today, Mozaic Beachclub’ ad campaign, introducing its smart casual dining concept at beautiful Pantai Batubelig (Batubelig Beach) in the Seminyak neighborhood of holiday hotspot Bali.

The 3,200 sqm beachside restaurant – known as the ‘wild child’ of the venerable, award-winning Mozaic Beachclub brand – creates a different type of excitement for foodies with multiple dining spaces and “sipping cocktail” lounge areas. The legendary Mozaic Beachclub brand was recently named one of San Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants – Asia 2013 (the only restaurant in Indonesia to receive the distinction). It is also number five on Miele Guide’s top Asian restaurants for 2013, and is the second of only two restaurants in South East Asia to be recognized as a member of Les Grand Tables Du Monde.

And today, the newest member to the Mozaic Beachclub family of F&B brands welcomes a more spirited crowd, with a new menu in a modern but relaxed setting, to play all day on the pool deck and at night to savor an à la carte menu in the dining space – a menu that will constantly change with new dishes inspired by each day.

“While our commitment to the Mozaic Beachclub brand’s philosophy of using quality, local ingredients to create innovative flavors hasn’t changed, our new beachside brand is about to,” said James Ephraim, co-owner and chef of Mozaic Beachclub. “We welcome leisure travelers and local residents to breezier fare, full of distinctive flavors in a vibrant atmosphere.”


The UK-born Chef Ephraim started his career as a sous-chef with the highly-praised Grosvenor Hotel, catering exclusive events with regular appearances at the Estate of the Duke of Westminster. He ventured half way across the world to another island nation to open Bracu Restaurant in New Zealand as chef de cuisine, before transitioning to helm various restaurant establishments. He now continues the legacy created at the Ubud flagship by Co-owner and Chef Chris Salans.

“My original vision for Mozaic Beachclub Restaurant Gastronomique in Ubud will stay true and continue to serve its signature set tasting menus, but James and I wanted to create a different experience full of surprises for guests at the new restaurant,” says Chef Salans, the brainchild behind the Mozaic Beachclub brands. “After working with James for four years in Ubud, the time was right to branch out into a new beachside concept.” 

Chef Ephraim helms an all-star team of Indonesian and Singaporean chefs in what he calls his ‘dream kitchen’ – an open-design concept in the backdrop of the dining space that lends even more drama to a theatre-ready scene – preparing modern French cuisine infused with Balinese flavors, visually savored even before it reaches the table. Comprised of in- and outdoor spaces, Mozaic Beachclub’s dining areas can cater to more than 140 guests at any time in this multi-faceted venue.

Mozaic Beachclub’s design is committed to the destination, with Bali’s island-inspired motifs creating a seductive ambience night and day. Covered walks flank a dramatic entryway, while energy-inspired water surrounds ceramic urns, setting the stage for what is about to come.


On the beachside level, an airily-designed bar lounge in tones of white and seablue offsets the outdoor lounge pool and a sundeck where gazebo daybeds surround the 4.5 x 23 meter pool. From the beachside-level dining area up to a more intimate level, the space continues with expansive views of the sandy beach and sunset horizon beyond. Warm, softly flattering light romances evening’s dusk and night’s darkness, and highlights traditional textiles and Balinese heritage woodcarvings. Polished charcoal concrete establishes linear, geometric furnishings and high ceilings that are borne into the sky by tall pillars.

Food and design begin – but do not complete – the Mozaic Beachclub revolution. The new concept hosts music events, special-occasion gatherings and group functions. With a future expected seating capacity upwards of 200 people, the soon-to-be-opened third-floor rooftop will be a destination for listening to music, entertaining friends, or simple romantic stargazing. The entire restaurant space can be divided into separate areas as befitting an individual group’s requirements; including a private air-conditioned dining room that seats 20 guests.

Come for the cuisine, the space, the attentive staff and the beachside restaurant setting – inviting guests to gather, play, laugh – and eat.

 
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Monday, June 10, 2013

Honeymoon in Peru and the Inca Trail



Following the desert coastline from Lima on Peru treks, why not go on a walking adventure from Responsible Travel.

Visit the Ballestas Islands with their prolific seabirds and further south, wonder at the mysterious and unexplained Nazca Lines. An exploration of colonial Arequipa reveals the harshness of convent life, followed by a spectacular drive over the Andes to watch condors soar in the Colca Canyon. Journey to Lake Titicaca – the fabled birth place of the Incas.

The trip from Responsible Travel culminates with the epic Inca Trail trek, 4 days trekking through incredible mountain scenery past Inca ruins. You'll camp above the clouds and follow in the footsteps of the Incas as you approach Machu Picchu where you spend time exploring the citadel.


Visit Responsible Travel.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Honeymoon Destinations for December



Up north, the weather’s likely to be cold and wet (go high altitude or latitude to swap rain for more-fun snow) - plan the perfect honeymoon with this guide from Unique Honeymoons.

But there's Christmas magic to temper the chill, as festive markets dot Europe, and some North American cities. Sun-seekers rejoice: the Caribbean emerges from hurricane season. The southern hemisphere is hot, hot, hot - head to Oz and NZ for sun and surf - while Asia's a dry delight.

Dominica

Nicknamed the 'Nature Island', lush and rugged Dominica is ideal for couples wanting the Caribbean with an authentic edge. Free from mass development, the island has secluded - mainly black-sand - beaches and small, intimate hotels (try Silks, a 17th-century rum distillery-turned jungle hideaway; www.silkshotel.com). It's also home to the region's first long-distance trek: the 180km Waitukubuli Trail. The wet hurricane season's just finished, so forests and volcanic hillsides are in full bloom; rivers and waterfalls are gushing at full flow. Rent a car to drive between coastal villages and the wild interior. Don't miss the hike via sulphur springs to Boiling Lake (a huge steaming fumarole) or a romantic dip in Emerald Pool, an enchanted grotto deep in the rainforest.

Kerala, India

Clear skies and warm breezes dominate November-April in 'God's Own Country'. Mix coconut-strewn palm beaches (where you'll find luxury lodges) with tranquil backwaters, best seen from a traditional rice barge. Also, take an elephant safari in Periyar Tiger Reserve and watch the sun set on the Chinese fishing nets at Cochin.

Thailand

This honeymoon favourite - thanks to palm-swayed beaches, turquoise water, temples and tasty dishes - is mostly ideal November-February: the northern jungles of Chiang Mai are cool for elephant trekking; Bangkok's hot but not too humid; and the south-west coast - Phuket, Ko Phi Phi - is dry (though Samui might get rain).

 
Christmas markets, Europe

Think crisp nights, sparkly lights and warming mulled wine, sipped as you meander a fairytale of stalls plying baked goodies. Christmas markets spring up all over Europe from late Nov: try Prague and Tallinn for cheaper treats; Stockholm and Copenhagen for Scandi style; and Bath and Edinburgh for UK breaks.

Colombia

The dryverano (summer) - from December to March - is the best time to be in exciting Colombia, for weather and festival fun. The walled city of Cartagena is the jewel in the crown, and an excellent base for exploring the Caribbean coast.

Las Vegas, USA

Add more bling to proceedings in the capital of glitz. Winter temps can dip to 4°C - but the atmosphere is sizzling 24/7, especially with all those Christmas lights. Catch a show, win big in a casino or take in the nearby natural wonders with a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon.


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Thursday, June 6, 2013

China Southern Welcomes A380 with Introductory Savings



China Southern Airlines is celebrating the arrival in Australia of its A380 with attractive introductory savings across three classes on flights to China’s largest cities.

On sale now for a limited time for flights from October 28, 2013, travellers will be able to fly from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth to Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai from $2380* in Business Class and $3800* in First Class.

Return economy fares from all ports are priced from $720**, or just $380 before taxes.

“These A380 welcome fares are the best we have ever offered to China because we want to celebrate the introduction of the superjumbo when it starts into Sydney on October 28,” said China Southern Airlines Regional General Manager Australia/New Zealand Henry He.

“While at this time the A380 will only be on the Guangzhou-Sydney run we are welcoming its arrival by applying the same introductory fares to all our Australian ports - Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth as well as Sydney.”

Mr He said that when the A380 service starts on October 28, all of China Southern Airlines’ Australian ports will be serviced by the very latest Airbus aircraft – the A380 Superjumbo in Sydney and brand new A330-200/300 airliners all offering fully flat seats in Business and personal televisions throughout.

“Our fleet is ultra-modern and our fares are ultra-competitive, and I invite all Australians to check out our Canton Route fares to the rest of the world as well as to China.”

For more information see a local travel agent, call 1300 889 628 during AEDST/AEST business hours or visit facebook.com/ChinaSouthernAU or twitter.com/ChinaSouthernAU 

*Fares are subject to conditions and availability, on sale now until June 12, 2013, and valid for travel from October 28, 2013 to January 31, 2014. Prices include taxes correct at date of release.

 **Fares are subject to conditions and availability, on sale now until June 4, 2013, and valid for travel from October 28 to December 7, 2013. Taxes correct at date of release. 


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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wine Wisdom from Small Luxury Hotels of the World



It’s possible to trace the earliest production of wine back to 6000 BC in Georgia. Since then the fermented grape invention has gone through many journeys including complete banishment during several periods of prohibition that touched most continents including APAC, Europe and America. Fortunately its departure was never for long and wine is thoroughly enjoyed globally today. With over 520 hotels around the world, Small Luxury Hotels of the World™ (SLH) takes pride in the many epicurean experiences we offer across our portfolio. We have rounded up a list for wine aficionados including: the most extraordinary wine offerings from one-of-a-kind cellars, spa treatments incorporating grapes, the opportunity to meet hoteliers turned sommeliers and introducing some of the rarest and most expensive, bottles. Cheers!

Skeletons in the Closet


The storied history of properties and what their wine cellars were used for at one point…
  • Woodbridge on the Derwent – Tasmania, Australia
Built as a grand house for the magistrate on the banks of the Derwent River in 1825, Woodbridge was one of the earliest structures in Australia. The location was ideal for ships sailing up the river to drop anchor and unload their cargo of goods and people, including prisoners. The convict jail under the house has since been converted into a welcoming wine cellar where guests are invited to browse the cellar and to taste a variety of Australian wines.
  • Cour des Loges – Lyon, France
According to legend, during the second half of the 19th century, the wine cellar at Cour Des Loges was the laboratory of the famous thaumaturge, Philippe de Lyon. He used the room to store his medicines and salves. Years later small bottles and little boxes were found before the cellar was converted into a wine cellar in the early 90s. The cellar was used as a plenary hall for the Masonic lodge, where each member would store their bottles in individual lockers, which still exist.
  • Hotel Haven – Helsinki, Finland
Hotel Haven, G. W. Sundmans restaurant is housed in an early 19th-century Empire home adjacent to the hotel with a wine cellar that over the years has served many purposes. The vaulted wine cellar is situated in a room that was used as the old coal cellar for the residential home. In the late 80s and the beginning of the 90s it was a dance floor for a night club until it was rebuilt as a wine cellar that houses an impressive collection of over 2,000 bottles of wine.

Wines is Not Just for Drinking

Using wine to create intoxicating experiences for the senses…

  • Entre Cielos – Mendoza, Argentina
Entre Cielos is home to the first authentic hammam in Latin America. The signature wine treatments invite guests to experience the magic of grapes and harness the revitalizing qualities of the vine with grape based treatments in Argentina´s leading wine producing region. Treatments, such as Bacchus offers the hammam circuit with full body exfoliation using grape seed, a wine bath with grape extracts, vitamins and minerals and nourishing grape extract facials. The Beneath the Grapes experience combines the use of wine not only in the bath treatments and massages, but finishes with a glass of the beloved concoction and light snacks.
  • Thalatta Seaside Hotel – Evia, Greece
The Spa at the Thalatta Seaside features Vinotherapy (wine therapy), which originated from Ancient Greek and Roman cultures. Combining the science of fytocosmetic and tradition, Syrah Grape Therapy is a unique beauty treatment and highly effective as the syrah grape extracts help protect the skin. Suitable for all skin types, the results are immediate and visible from the first session and makes for an ideal anti-aging therapy.
  • The Marmara Bodrum – Bodrum, Turkey
The Marmara Bodrum Spa’s Wine Massage applies consumable white wine to the body for 70 minutes. At the end of the massage, a special glass of wine is offered to each guest. The full-body Wine Massage begins with a special wine peel followed by a full-body wine mud soak and cleanse. The Marmara Bodrum Spa’s exclusive Wine Massages use pure, concentrated wine formula with an aim to harness the antioxidant agents to their full potential to benefit the body.

Coveted Bottles for the Connoisseur

For the most discerning palate…

  • Lainston House Hotel – Winchester, United Kingdom
Wine cellars are also known to house other things, as is the case at this 17th century country manor house that proudly offers its guests a collection of rare Grand Champagne Cognac’s dating back to 1809 and priced at USD20, 271. However, if you are looking for something a little younger, an 1893 E. Normandin is also available for USD2,300.
  • Brandenburger Hof Berlin – Berlin, Germany
Resembling a townhouse on a quiet street in central Berlin, many do not realize that this building is home to a 72-room hotel. What else they probably do not realize is that the hotel’s restaurant, DIE QUADRIGA, has one of only three remaining bottles of an 1897 Steinberger Riesling Cabinet. Curious to see what more than a century tastes like? Priced at USD19,500.

Hoteliers who are Hooked on Grapes

These renaissance men and women do it all…

  • The Levin – London, England
David and Lynne Levin have not only shared their last name with The Levin Hotel in Knightsbridge, London but also their winery, Levin Wines located in the Loire Valley France. What was once a dream—the ability to produce wine to serve to their guests—has now become reality. The organically grown Sauvignon Blanc and Gamay varieties are suitably named Mister L and Madame L, respectively. The Levin’s have even more cause for celebration; they were awarded 2 Gold Medals in the World Sauvignon Blanc Competition held in Blois, France just this week!
  • Villa Spalletti Trivelli – Rome, Italy
The Spalletti Trivelli family has had a life-long passion for wine that was passed down from their ancestors over the years. Produced in Umbria at the farm and vineyard of the Count and Countess Spalletti Trivelli, are two wines referred to as, “Sariano” and “Arale”. The area is known for the quality of their grapes and the old Sangiovese plants are used for the production of Sariano, while white grapes Trebbiano and Malvasia give life to Arale. The hotel will arrange a visit to the family’s vineyards (an hour’s drive from the property) to experience the flavours of a typical trattoria and view the wine-making process.

Unique by Design
 
  • Baros Maldives - Male, Maldives 
Housing over 500 bottles, Baros Maldives’ glass-paneled, walk-in wine cellar hovers over a crystal-blue lagoon, also referred to as the Indian Ocean. The careful design features special panes to guarantee the quality of the wines even when exposed to direct sunshine so that the corking experience is never comprised.
  • Schwarzer Adler Estate Hotel- Vogtsburg - Oberbergen, Germany
This 14-room hotel is part of a 3rd generation family-owned wine estate that stores its bottles in mountain cellars. Guests can tour one or all three of the tunnels that have been carved up to 110 meters into the surrounding mountains in order to create these extraordinary wine cellars. The thick stone ensures that all bottles remain at a constant temperature of 12 degrees Celsius year-round.
  • Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort & Spa - Koh Phangan, Thailand
This above-ground wine cellar housed in a beautiful Thai Teakwood House rests under the shade of tropical trees and lush vegetation. It is not every day that you can find yourself in a jungle paradise with access to more than 80 labels of wine from around the world. Choose your favorite bottle and enjoy at one of the resort’s two restaurants overlooking the sea.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Get the Whole of France in Your Pocket



It's not always easy to juggle between guides, maps and brochures during a journey in France. You need to find the right document, look for the right page, sometimes add to the information by consulting another source, and repeat the process for each place you visit.

The France-Voyage.com guide offers a simple, complete solution to make life easier for holidaymakers on the road. You just need to log in to http://m.france-voyage.com/en using your mobile.

The guide automatically locates the user's geographic position, and presents a detailed, illustrated list of tourist attractions nearby, ideas for outings, leisure activities, and all useful services: interactive map, weather forecasts, restaurants and accommodation.

iPhone and Android Smartphone users can even view interesting places near them, using augmented reality, which overlays selected sites onto a picture taken by the device's camera. The France-Voyage.com mobile guide updates itself completely as the holidaymaker changes position, so you can travel all over France with a single, consistent interface that fits in your pocket!

Those who like to plan their holidays in advance can also put together a custom itinerary at France-Voyage.com before they leave, on their computer. They can then find each stage on their mobile on a day-to-day, personalised basis. In this case, the guide also acts as an indispensable dashboard that means you spend less time on logistics, and more time enjoying your holidays!

About France-Voyage.com

France-Voyage.com is a guide specialising in tourism in France, since 2003. Available in 6 languages, the France-Voyage.com website is visited by over 18 million holidaymakers every year, looking for practical and cultural information or help with planning their next trip.


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Monday, June 3, 2013

Absolute Luxury at The Absolute Suite! Cape Panwa Hotel Launches New Luxury Penthouse Suite



With a private spa room, an infinity pool and your own chef on-hand to whip up whatever you fancy, Cape Panwa Hotel’s new Absolute Suite offers the ultimate in luxury.

Located on the quiet south-eastern point of Phuket in Thailand, Cape Panwa Hotel, part of the prestigious Cape Hotel Collection, offers guests both luxury and privacy with the launch of its new Absolute Suite. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom sprawling glass-encased penthouse offers awe-inspiring 360 degree views across the beautiful Andaman Sea, allowing guests to feel a world away from home. 

Cape Panwa Hotel, which has hosted celebrities and VIPs including Leonardo di Caprio, is attractive to both couples and families with a range of accommodation, including large suites and pool villas and the three-bedroom Panwa Lodge. The new Absolute Suite has its own private elevator and a separate spa giving guests complete privacy from the rest of the hotel, yet is still able to take advantage of the eleven restaurants and bars and the hotel’s three hundred metre private beach. The Absolute Suite’s other privileges include use of a Mercedes-Benz during the stay, personal butlers and access to the hotel’s yacht, for that true VIP experience. 

Founded in 1987, Cape Panwa Hotel recently completed a full renovation, reducing the number of hotel rooms by converting them into suites, including The Absolute Suite, bringing the hotel to a much higher standard. 

Commenting on the hotel’s addition of The Absolute Suite, Director of Kasemkij Hotels Group, Tirawan Pangsrivongse said: “Phuket has always been one of the world’s most desirable places, many celebrities and VIPs have headed to the island over the years. 

Cape Panwa Hotel is tucked away on a hillside with an exclusive beach, so it already offers privacy to guests. But The Absolute Suite gives guests a new level of privacy. We’ve included an array of exclusive privileges for Absolute Suite guests, but we’ve still kept it at a reasonable rate so that you don’t have to be a movie star to afford it. It is a world-class addition to the rest of the hotel accommodation.” 

Prices for The Absolute Suite start at THB 35,000 (approx AU$1,150*) a night, with complimentary sparkling wine, afternoon canapés and private in-suite breakfast by a personal chef. Other accommodation starts from THB 3,500 (approx AU$115*). 


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Friday, May 31, 2013

A Tailor-Made Honeymoon in Vietnam



Honeymoon with a tailor made holiday in Vietnam from Responsible Travel.

This fantastic journey through Vietnam begins in the North, where you will land in the charming city of Hanoi - your first stop. Spend a couple of nights here exploring the Old Quarter, wandering around the Hoan Kiem Lake and visiting the many sights of the city. Next you will take the overnight train up to the Tonkinese Alps, arriving in the small town of Lao Cai early the following morning and spending a few days trekking and exploring the minority villages and colourful markets around Sapa. After returning to Hanoi you will head out to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, where spending a night on board a traditional junk is the ideal way to see this stunning area in style and comfort.

Moving onto Central Vietnam spend two nights in the old Imperial city of Hue, visiting the Emperors Tombs set on the Perfume River and explore the old Citadel with its stunning architecture and intriguing history. Hoi An is the next stop, a charming old town with streets bustling with tailors, fine restaurants and a pretty stretch of beach just ten minutes out of town for your relaxation. Finally your last couple of nights will be in Saigon, a buzzing thriving city teeming with people and mopeds, as well as many interesting sights such as the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels. A great place to end your trip and pick up any last minute shopping before flying back to the UK. Best time to travel There is no best time of year to do this itinerary due to the varied and somewhat unreliable weather patterns spanning the country. Notoriously difficult to predict with any accuracy due to the several micro climates and the conflicting monsoon patterns that affect the weather, Vietnam has become even more unreliable in recent years as a result of global warming. The winter months of 2007/08 were especially harsh, with some of the worst weather in the region for over 40 years. Historically speaking, the north, the south and the central regions all have different weather patterns. The north and south are generally wet and hot and humid in our summer months, with the central region being hot and dry then. In our winter months the central region is monsoonal, experiencing strong typhoons on occasions. At this time the north will be cold and possibly some slight rain, while the south will be warm and dry.

For this itinerary therefore, if you were to travel in January/February for example, you are likely to experience some fairly cool temperatures in Sapa, Hanoi and Central regions, mist and cloud on Halong Bay, yet Saigon will be hot and dry. Travelling in July/August you are likely to experience some rain in Sapa, Hanoi and Halong Bay, however temperatures will certainly be much warmer than in winter months, with beautiful hot and dry beach weather in the Central regions, and some humid and wet spells in the South. Due to the three separate microclimates in Vietnam, it is virtually impossible to travel the full length of the country in any month of the year without experiencing some bad weather somewhere along the way. Once you have chosen when you would prefer to travel, the answer is to expect the unexpected in Vietnam.



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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Honeymoon at Huka Lodge



There are few places in the world that offer such a perfect setting as Huka Lodge for a truly romantic honeymoon.

Offering absolute privacy and an elegant luxury, Huka Lodge has created a new Honeymoon offer which indulges those new bridal couples in search of the perfect post-wedding escape. This Huka Lodge Honeymoon offer includes:
  • Accommodation for two, for two nights, in a riverside Junior Lodge Suite at Huka Lodge.
  • A chilled bottle of fine French Champagne waiting in their suite on arrival.
  • Guaranteed private dining in a choice of over 20 romantic indoor and outdoor locations.
  • Pre-dinner drinks and canapés, superb five-course gourmet dinners and full country breakfasts (including breakfast in bed, if desired) during the entire stay.
  • Turn-down gifts of handmade nougat and a perfumed Jo Malone candle on the first evening and on the final evening an inscribed copy of Worlds Apart – The Huka Retreats, the new coffee table book, as a reminder of such a special time together.
  • Late check-out.
Priced from NZ$954.00 per person, per night on a double/twin occupancy basis. Includes use of all Lodge facilities and return Taupo Airport transfers. 
  • 01 May –30 September 2013 inclusive = NZ $954.00 per person, per night
  • 01 October – 14 December 2013 inclusive = NZ $1,178.00 per person,
    per night
  • 15 December 2013 – 31 March 2014 inclusive = NZ $1,649.00 per person,
    per night
This Honeymoon stay is also available with accommodation at the Owner’s Cottage and Alan Pye Cottage. Rates can be provided on request. Helicopter transfers are also available and prices can be advised accordingly. All prices quoted are in New Zealand dollars and include GST of 15%. This offer is subject to availability.

Huka Lodge is a sister property to Dolphin Island, Fiji and Grande Provence Estate, South Africa. All three properties comprise The Huka Retreats and are the vision of their founder, entrepreneur Alex van Heeren. 

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Sand, Soccer and Sun in Tahiti this September



Air Tahiti Nui is gearing up for Tahiti’s first FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup this September with some hot high season deals.

From September 18-28, Tahiti and her islands will be abuzz with football fanfare as the world’s best beach soccer teams pour into Papeete for the first Pacific-hosted tournament.

Air Tahiti Nui General Manager New Zealand Australia Mark Hutchinson said there were still seats available during the month and hotels on Tahiti and her surrounding islands had reported that there was plenty of availability. 

“September is always a great time to visit Tahiti – it’s typically Tahiti’s driest month and visitors are treated to ideal average temperatures of about 28C. This year, there is the added bonus of catching some beach soccer action,” Mr Hutchinson said.  

“We expect to see lots of Australians and New Zealanders flock to the region for their chance to combine their love of sport with some fun in the sun and encourage holidaymakers to book now for a great September escape.”

Visit Tahiti this September with these great value Tahiti Travel Connection packages:
  • Seven nights at the Intercontinental Tahiti in a lagoon view room, return economy airfares with Air Tahiti Nui including taxes, transfers throughout and a full day Papeete city and Tahiti island tour, priced from $3265* per person twin share.
  • Seven nights, including five nights at the at the Intercontinental Resort and Spa Moorea in a garden bungalow with private plunge pool, breakfast daily, return economy airfares with Air Tahiti Nui including taxes, inter-island ferry, transfers throughout, one night pre and post accommodation in Tahiti plus a half day circle island tour of Moorea and a sunset cruise, priced from $3370* per person twin share.
  • Seven nights, including five nights at the Maitai Polynesia Bora Bora in an overwater bungalow, breakfast daily, return economy airfares with Air Tahiti Nui including taxes, inter-island flights, transfers throughout, plus one night pre and post accommodation in Tahiti, priced from $4210* per person twin share. Also includes a glass bottom boat tour and 4WD adventure safari tour.
For more information visit Air Tahiti Nui. 
*Conditions apply. On sale now and available for travel during September including the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup from September 18-28, 2013.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Save USD$4000 per Night at Semara's Newest Luxury Villa



Travellers the world over have developed a love affair for the freedom and flexibility of the villa escape in Bali and Semara is at the forefront of this latest holiday trend.

Villa Gajah Putih, one of Bali's original villas and a landmark in the Canggu area is now managed by Semara Resorts Group.

Normally USD$8,000++ per night in high season, the nightly rate has been reduced to just USD$4,000++ per night for stays in July and August including access to three seven-seat vehicles and drivers daily plus return airport transfers.

Comfortably accommodate up to 22 persons, the expansive luxury villa is located on absolute beachfront at Pantai Berawa (Berawa Beach), just 2km from the now famous Potato Head Beach Club and 3km from Ku De Ta.

The beach is well known as a quality surf break and a perfect place for viewing the spectacular Bali sunsets.

Extensively renovated in 2012 with careful consideration given to retaining its distinctive Balinese features, the villa can now be described as Indonesian Plantation style.

The seven-bedroom estate is set on 1.63ha and offers a tennis court, large swimming pool, vast lawn and coconut grove, home cinema, professional kitchen and more than 20 staff including personal butler and chef.

Each bedroom has at least one wall made entirely of glass overlooking the ocean or gardens of the property. The floor and ceilings of the bedroom are made of unique polished ironwood, whilst the ensuite bathroom has marble walls and floors. Most bathrooms have double vanity, double shower, a large bathtub and bidets.

For the ultimate villa experience guests can enjoy dining privately with a menu prepared by the villas personal chef.

Guests can choose from a wide range of meals including sampling Indonesian specialities, International fare or even a seafood BBQ dinner.

All produce is sourced from local markets and delicatessens that have imported items from around the globe.

The villa is capable of hosting intimate weddings, special celebrations and large events. With its expansive grounds one can easily entertain 300 guests.

Villa Gajah Putih is truly one of Bali's most distinguished properties.


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++Subject to 10% service and 10% government tax charge.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Semara Website Specials - Book Now



Book to stay at Semara Seminyak by October 31st, 2013 to receive these website specials!
  • 65% OFF from USD 95++ per night - Standard, Poolside and Executive Suites for June and July.
  • 50% OFF from USD 135 ++ per night - Standard, Poolside and Executive Suites for August, September & October.
  • 20% OFF - Stay 7 Nights Pay 6 Nights - Superior Poolside and Presidential Suite.
Specials include a 20 min Spa Sampler per adult, 2 Hours Cubby House Kids Club per child daily, Free Yoga Class Daily (except Sunday), Free Gym, Free WiFi.

++ 10% Govt Tax & 5% Service Fee. Based on Poolside Room.

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