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April 9, 2016 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

Hong Kong city skyline view from Kowloon

Cruise Express’s 26-day ‘Treasures of the Orient and China’ program next February includes a 14-night cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong on board Celebrity Millennium, via Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Hue and Hanoi, where an overnight stay allows a visit to nearby Ha Long Bay.

Prices ex Australia are from $8990 per person twin-share, including a four-day Yangtze River cruise through China’s spectacular Three Gorges, a day and night docked in Hong Kong, a night in Singapore, and a 10-night fully escorted overland tour in China, with highlights such as the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace in Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, and the Bund in Shanghai.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit c8be9154-d8d6-4cc4-9ac2-c983cfca3cb8

Heritage Christchurch … historic elegance on Cathedral Square.

Heritage Christchurch, as a sponsor of the Cavell Leitch NZ Jazz and Blues Festival, is offering suite accommodation from $250 per night during the festival, which runs May 25-29.

The hotel is set in the Old Government Building on Cathedral Square, just metres from the Isaac Theatre Royal and a stroll to other venues. The hotel has fully self-contained suites and an on-site heated lap pool, sauna and health club.

To tantalise jazz fans’ taste buds there is a pre-show dinner in the hotel’s newly re-opened Maddison’s restaurant prior to the Ramsay Lewis concert on May 26.

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 MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa.

Two of Vietnam’s leading hotels — the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi and MGallery La Residence Hue Hotel & Spa — have combined to produce ‘A Capital Idea’, a four-night exploration of cities that have each reigned as the country’s capital.

The two hotels serve as bases for a series of excursions exploring historical themes such as citadels, temples of literature and leaders’ tombs.

Prices are from $1125 per head, including Vietnamese dinners at the Metropole’s Spices Garden and Le Parfum in La Residence. Bookings are available until September 30.



 Koningsdam … latest addition to the Holland America Line fleet.

Holland America Line has just taken delivery, from Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy, of the Koningsdam, the first Pinnacle-Class ship in its fleet.

The ship will undertake a series of Mediterranean cruises, before moving its base to Amsterdam for a series of northern Europe and Baltic cruises before returning to the Mediterranean in September, then heading to Lauderdale for a season exploring the Caribbean.

The 99,500-tonne vessel accommodates 2650 guests and features Holland America Line’s first purpose-built staterooms for families and solo travelers among its 1331 guest accommodations.

Guests will be able to indulge in new fine-dining options at Sel de Mer, a French seafood brasserie, and an immersive farm-to-table experience in the Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine.



Metro Apartments Darling Harbour … special winter deal.

Sydney’s Metro Apartments Darling Harbour is offering a family winter deal with prices starting at $199 per night, valid until July 31.

This includes an apartment for a family of four (two adults and two children aged 12 years and under) plus two complimentary mugs with hot chocolate sachet and complimentary wifi.

Phone 1800 004 321 or visit


Namale Resort & Spa … an adults-only resort with breathtaking views of the Koro Sea.

Experience six nights in a private bure at Fiji’s exclusive Namale Resort & Spa for only $5999 per couple (valued up to $10,098).

Set in the north of the country a short flight from Nadi, Namala is an adults-only resort with breathtaking views of the Koro Sea.

Daily breakfasts and lunches, unlimited snacks, nightly five-course dinners, and unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are all part of the inclusive deal.

The deal is valid for purchase until April 10 and for travel until March next year.

Phone 1300 889 900 or visit


 Rendered image of the five-star Pullman Sydney Airport.

The five-star Pullman Sydney Airport, which is due to open on June 1, has started taking bookings at a special initial rate of $229 per night, including free wifi.

Its location in O’Riordan Street, Mascot, places it 600 metres from the domestic terminal and three kilometres from the international terminal.

The Hotel features an Executive Club Lounge — a hallmark of every Pullman hotel — which provides guests with an intimate space for check in, to plug in and work remotely, or enjoy some evening canapés and beverages.

The special rate is valid for travel until December 1.




 Solar Springs Retreat … five-night women’s health retreat.

Following last year’s successful inaugural event, Solar Springs Retreat, at Bundanoon in the NSW Southern Highlands, will run another women’s health retreat, this time from 4-9 September.

The aim is to provide women with all the essentials about optimal wellness, from muscle maintenance and must-do health checks to managing hormones and embracing empowerment.

The price starts at $1450 per person twin-share, including five nights accommodation, all meals, participation in the retreat’s health-and-fitness program, use of all facilities including heated pool, sauna, steam room, gym, tennis courts and mountain bikes, daily talks from health experts, solar lymph-fitness facial, choice of massage, and a recipe collection to take home.

Phone 1800 044 944 or visit

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