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December 24, 2015 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

ac65d366-3b25-4857-9f35-c4bdc1a0a248Over the summer heat? Pack your beanie and escape to Canada’s Whistler for snow, sleighs and skis.

Save 30 per cent on a stay at the 3.5-star Aava Whistler Hotel, just minutes walk from British Columbia’s Whistler Village and the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb, home to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Adrenaline junkies can race down the legendary slopes, explore the pristine countryside on snowmobiles or enjoy exhilarating zipline tours.

Pay from $161 per night. Book by January 21 for stays to April 30.

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Island Sky … European small-ship cruising for garden lovers.

Book by February 29 and save $250 per person on Botanica World Discoveries’ 15-day ‘Mediterranean Landscapes, History, Gardens and Architecture of the Gods’ small-ship cruise from Istanbul to Rome aboard Island Sky.

The cruise departs on May 8 and is priced from $14,745 per person twin-share.

As well as seeing the historical highlights of Gallipoli, Troy and Delos, guests will visit the Botanical Gardens of Crete, enjoy a private tour of the gardens of the Marquess of San Giulliano in Syracruse. And, in Ischia, see La Mortella, a wonderful garden designed by architect Russell Page for Lord and Lady William Walton.

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 Not for the balance-challenged … the Portaledge Picnic experience.

The adventurous at heart can now soak in the breathtaking views of Mount Buffalo, in Victoria’s High Country, suspended 300 metres above the valley floor.

Absolute Outdoors claims its Portaledge Picnic experience unique in Australia and is offering this 2.5-hour bucket-list experience for $390 per couple.

Following a 25- and 45-metre abseil to get warmed up, participants then work their way down from the top of Buffalo’s Gorge onto a private portaledge suspended on the cliff face, and enjoy a spread of local produce.

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Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa … guests can enjoy numerous leisure activities.

TravelOnline is offering a full Fijian experience for half the regular price at the Westin Denarau Island Resort & Spa.

Pay from $659 per person twin-share, including meet-and-greet with shell lei garland at Nadi Airport, return private vehicle transfers from airport to the resort, five nights accommodation, daily breakfast and free wifi.

The deal is valid for sale until February 29 and for travel from February 15 to March 24.

Guests can enjoy numerous leisure activities, dine in a choice of restaurants and bars, pamper themselves at the purpose-built Heavenly Spa, laze on the private beach or splash out in the three-tiered swimming pool and jacuzzis.

Phone 1300 883 887 or visit


Oaks Oasis Resort … heaps of family fun.

Oaks Hotels & Resorts has released a range of last-minute accommodation deals across its Australian properties.

Typical is the offer at Oaks Oasis Resort, on the Sunshine Coast at Caloundra. It’s just just steps from the patrolled waters of Golden Beach and set to launch a new Adventure Zone for kids in early 2016.

A refurbished family room, sleeping two adults and two children, is available for $129 per night midweek or $169 per night weekends (minimum two-night stay).

Book and stay before February 29 (some blackout periods apply).



 National Penny Farthing Championships … to be played out in northern Tasmania’s Evandale.

From food festivals and musical treats to sporting pursuits at rapid speeds, there’ll be plenty of entertain visitors to Tasmania over summer.

One of the more unusual upcoming events is the Evandale Village Fair and National Penny Farthing Championships which will be held in the historic northern village on February 20.

Step back to the 1800s and take in events such as the slow race, obstacle courses, biathlons and, of course, the championship race.

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 Polar adventures in a tundra buggy. Image: Robert R Taylor.

Wild polar bear adventures in a tundra buggy, a 10-night Caribbean Princess cruise, New York shopping and dining in downtown Manhattan, the beauty and atmosphere of French-speaking Québec, and a spectacular Canadian train journey on VIA Rail.

Worldwide Cruise Centres presents all of those North American attractions in a new 20-night holiday named ‘Fall Foliage and Polar Bear Adventure’.

The itinerary centres on the 10-night cruise from New York to Québec, taking in highlights of Canada and the historic US New England region.

Prices are from $9999 per person twin-share, including flights from Sydney or Brisbane to New York and return from Winnipeg.



 Seabreeze Resort … a genuinely adults-only approach.

Seabreeze Resort reckons that from April next year it will become the first “genuine adults-only” resort in Samoa.

In addition it will introduce a complimentary in-room mini-bar, a nightly turndown service and a new range of high-end bathroom amenities.

Guests staying at the resort between 1April and June 31 for a minimum of five nights will receive two 30-minute massages per person, champagne breakfast daily and one-way arrival transfers for two people. This deal is on sale until January 31.


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