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cb60cd8c-3c24-46cb-a59f-2debdd3e6c48The ‘Pearl of the Pacific’ will soon be more polished than ever, with several hotel updates giving Tahiti’s famed island of Bora Bora a stylish new look and feel.

The Intercontinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa is set to undertake renovations and construction of four new two-bedroom overwater villas with private pools.

The work will also include the addition of swimming pools to 10 overwater villas in the south branch of the resort, as well as a general refresh of all villas.

Meanwhile, Le Meridien Bora Bora has just completed a refurbishment which has focused on refreshing its bungalows and food and beverage outlets, including a revamp of its picturesque Miki Miki and Pool bars.

The lagoon-side hotel has also launched a new bar, the Happaina Wine Bar, which offers a range of wines by the bottle or glass, as well as a new tapas menu.

Visit www.tahiti-tourisme.com.au13017e19-b2c5-4d03-a264-764a2d9456e1

 Caribbean Princess … seven-night Caribbean voyage.

A nine-day coach tour from Atlanta to New Orleans, taking in sites of the movie Gone with the Wind, is part of a 15-night cruise-tour package offered by ecruising.travel.

Prices start at $4699 per person twin-share ex Australia, including eight hotel nights, sightseeing and all meals and entertainment aboard Carnival Dream for a seven-night Caribbean voyage visiting Jamaica, Grand Cayman and Cozumel.

The tour features visits to Jonesboro, the official Gone with the Wind town, and visits to the Road to Tara Museum and Stately Oaks plantation.

Phone 1300 369 848 or visit http://www.ecruising.travel.


 Celebrate World Orangutan Day in Sarawak’s untamed jungles.

Crooked Compass has launched a new tour to Borneo in conjunction with the Matang Wildlife Centre and World Orangutan Day, which will be held next year on 19 August.

The 14-day itinerary will take travellers deep into the heart of Sarawak’s untamed jungles searching for wild orangutans before having the opportunity to be hands-on with husbandry, rehabilitation and releasing of orangutans back into the wild.

Travellers will also have the enriching experience of a rare interaction with the custodians of the orangutans, the descendants of the Iban head-hunters tribe.

Visit www.crooked-compass.com.


 A Just Go motorhome … 10 free days with Driveaway.

DriveAway Holidays is offering 10 free days in brand-new motorhomes to be relocated from Italy to England in March, April and May next year.

The fully equipped Just Go motorhome vehicles are suitable for two, four or six travellers.

To earn the 10 free days, bookings must be made by December 24, with the bonus based on renting for 10 days in March, 15 days in April or 20 days in May.

Hiring rates for a two-berth vehicle start from $43 per day for a 20-day rental in March.

DriveAway includes unlimited kilometres, a free additional driver, free European insurance, free one-way drop off and free ferry crossing from Calais to Dover in this deal.

All motorhomes come equipped with crockery, cutlery, cooking utensils and appliances, fridge, shower and toilet, hot and cold running water and central heating.

Phone 1300 363 500 or visit www.driveaway.com.au.


Stay in one of France’s fairytale castles.

Two new cruise-tours to Europe next April offer Australians the chance to stay in three fairytale French castles and honour war heroes on the historic Western Front battlefields on Anzac Day.

And for bookings made by 15 September this year, Cruise Express is offering discounts of up to $1000 per person on its two ‘Connoisseur France’ packages — a 19-night itinerary including a Seine River cruise to the English Channel, and a 25-night tour featuring a river cruise through the heart of Europe from Luxembourg to Hungary.

Both tours begin from Paris with an eight-night, guided land tour of France, showcasing the country’s wine, cuisine, culture, history and architecture.

Highlights include a dawn service on Anzac Day at Villers Bretonneux in the Somme region.

Prices are from $12,990 per person twin-share on the 19-night tour.

Phone 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au.

Movies Under The Stars

 Get into Australian cinema on board Dawn Princess.

Princess Cruises will shine the spotlight on Australian cinema during its second ‘Travelling Film Festival at Sea’ on Dawn Princess in November.

Cinema buffs will be able to enjoy a selection of special film screenings, curated by Sydney Film Festival Director Nashen Moodley, during the ship’s five-night round-trip cruise from Sydney to Tasmania.

The cruise will also feature a full schedule of activities highlighting the best of Sydney Film Festival, including thought-provoking Q&As with guest speakers, cocktail parties and opportunities to mingle with other movie addicts.

Fares for the cruise, which departs Sydney on November 1 and calls at Port Arthur and Hobart, start from $749 per person twin-share.

Phone 132 488 or visit http://www.princess.com.

Sossusvlei, Namibia, Africa

Plenty of wildlife to be seen on Scenic’s 2017 Africa program.

Scenic has launched its 2017 Africa program, which includes a new extension to Mozambique.

‘Mozambique Escape’ is a five-day tour from Johannesburg bringing guests to Bazaruto Island, a haven of tropical wildlife on the Indian Ocean.

Guests will stay in Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort & Spa, where activities range from relaxing in a beachfront villa to horse-riding along the beach.

Scenic is offering a number of early-bird offers for bookings made by 31 December, including partner-fly-free to Africa on the 31-day ‘Grand African Expedition’.

Phone 138 128 or visit https://www.scenic.com.au.

Tikal - Maya Ruins in the rainforest of Guatemala

 The ancient Mayan ruins at Tikal.

Lindblad will introduce a new Central American itinerary for 2018 — ‘Belize to Tikal: Reefs, Rivers and Ruins of the Maya World’.

This will include nine days aboard the 100-guest National Geographic Quest, with participants embarking on a unique land-and-sea expedition to discover Mayan ruins overgrown with tropical rainforest, and seldom-seen reefs.

Guests can snorkel among some of the 65 species of stony coral and 500 species of fish on the Belize Barrier Reef and venture to the ancient Maya ruins of Tikal in dense rain forest teeming with wildlife.

Rates begin at $6860 per person twin-share.

Visit http://au.expeditions.com.

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