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October 15, 2016 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

unnamed-23A seven-year restoration of an 1892 bank in the NSW Southern Highlands has finished with the opening of The Old Bank Boutique Hotel in Mittagong.

The Old Bank features individually themed suites, a studio and a free-standing cottage, and to mark its opening is three consecutive nights for the price of two. The opening special is available until December 1.

Boasting a wine cellar located in the original bank vault — and sealed by a one-tonne door cast in London in 1852 — and a much-loved giant teddy bear called Matilda ensconced in a favourite chair in The Library, The Old Bank offers complimentary afternoon tea with home-made cake, port and shortbread for supper, hearty country breakfasts with seasonal orange juice squeezed from the owners’ own orchard, and a farewell gift of home-made jam.

Rates are from $295 per room per night Sundays to Thursdays and from $345 on weekends.

Phone 02 4872 4496 or visit


Malaysia’s Berjaya Langkawi Resort … save 25 per cent.

Save 25 per cent at Malaysia’s Berjaya Langkawi Resort through an early-bird offer from TravelOnline.

Pay from from $369 per person twin-share, including four nights in a Rainforest Chalet, breakfast daily, free wifi and return airport transfers by private car.

The deal is valid for sale until December 31 and is for select travel periods from January 8 to March 31 next year. Bookings must be made more than 90 days prior to travel.

Berjaya Langkawi Resort offers a range of chalet accommodation boasting views of lush rolling mountains and the nearby Andaman Sea.

Phone 1300 883 887 or visit


Norwegian Star … a 38-night voyage from Singapore to Venice. is offering a 57-night two-ship experience sailing from Sydney to Asia, India, the Arabian Gulf, Suez and the Mediterranean to Venice.

The package is available for purchase until October 31, with departure from Sydney aboard Ovation of the Seas next February for a 14-night sailing to Singapore via Brisbane, Darwin and Malaysia.

After three nights in Singapore join Norwegian Star for a 38-night voyage to Venice via Sri Lanka, India, the Arabian Gulf, Jordan, Suez, Israel, Greece and Croatia.

Prices start at $10,279 per person twin-share including two nights in Venice and airfare back to Australia.

The package also includes a free beverage package and free specialty dining on Norwegian Star, plus a US$100 credit per stateroom and on-board service charges on Ovation of the Seas to the value of $246 per person.

Phone 1300 369 848 or visit


Angkor Wat … a Cambodian icon. Image: Paul Hole

Insider Journeys is offering a 15 per cent discount, valid for bookings made before October 31, on its latest portfolio of Asian small-group programs.

New itineraries include: the 14-day ‘Essence of Vietnam and Cambodia’, which includes three nights of boutique cruising on the Mekong Delta in Vietnam; the comprehensive 23-day ‘Japan Experience’; and the 16-day ‘Trails of Rajasthan’, which commences with an introduction to some of India’s iconic sights before exploring some of its fascinating rural and desert regions and forts.

The former is priced from $3780 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 138 755 or visit


 Crown Lanta Resort & Spa … set among beautifully landscaped gardens

Crown Lanta Resort & Spa, on the island of Koh Lanta in southern Thailand, is offering travellers a 5 per cent discount on best available room rates when booking via the hotel’s web site.

Crown Lanta’s hilltop rooms and suites sit among landscaped gardens with wonderful water views to the mainland.

Rooms feature furnished terraces or balconies, rainfall showers and flat-screen TVs. Upgraded rooms have direct pool access. The deal includes buffet breakfast.



 Mudgee’s Parklands … offering two-night food-and-wine escapes.

Save up to 50 per cent and spoil yourself with an indulgent food-and-wine escape to Mudgee.

Parklands Resort is offering two nights in a deluxe room, including an a la carte breakfast for two each day and a unique wine tasting experience at David Lowe Winery valued at over $140.

The winery experience is exclusive to Parklands Resort and includes a private behind-the-scenes tour, an opportunity to sample wines direct from the barrels, a grazing platter for two, and a tasting of all of David’s popular wines.

The escape is priced at $280 per double room for two nights Monday to Thursday (a saving of 50 per cent) and $480 per double room for two nights Friday to Sunday (a saving of 44 per cent).

The deal is available until 31 March.



Gaston Acurio … has been instrumental in taking Peru to the pinnacle of world dining.

World Expeditions is offering travellers to Peru the chance to dine, as a free inclusion, at a restaurant run by Gaston Acurio, the chef most responsible for making the country one of the world’s great culinary destinations.

The offer of an eight-course degustation meal at Acurio’s Chicha Restaurant in Cusco is available on a range of itineraries for bookings made before 15 November.

Among those itineraries is the 12-day ‘Mount Salcantay & the High Inca Trail’, which also includes a six-day trek through spectacular Andean wilderness to Machu Picchu, and is priced from $2980 per person twin-share.

Phone 1300 720 000 or visit

Europe; Czech Republic; Prague; Church Spires and Towers

Prague … Europe’s Golden City.

Save up to $2330 per couple on Abercrombie & Kent’s 10-day ‘Wonders of Eastern Europe’ journey and explore vibrant Berlin, restored post-war Dresden and the Golden City of Prague.

Enjoy autumnal colours, grand cities, fewer crowds, fine cuisine and beautiful hotels, with extensive sightseeing of all the major attractions in each city included.

Pay from $9810 per person twin-share.


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