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June 29, 2013 Travel Deals No Comments Email Email

seadreamRound out a cruise on SeaDream II with a game of golf on any of seven top courses in Malaysia and Thailand when one of the world’s classiest boutique vessels visits Asia from October this year to April next year.

Prices start at US$4254 per person twin-share for a seven-night sailing from Singapore to Phuket via six ports in Malaysia and Thailand, including five-star dining, drinks from open bars, wines with lunch and dinner, nightly cocktail gatherings, use of the 30-course golf simulator, power and sail water-sports where permitted, gratuities, and port charges and taxes.

Phone 1800 217 902 or visit www.seadream.com.

The Fairmont Resort at Leura in the Blue Mountains will host Yulefest dinners every Saturday night until July 27.fairmont

Guests can expect a smorgasbord of Yuletide favourites, including a seafood buffet, a Christmas meats selection (think glazed ham, stuffed turkey, rolled roast pork), dessert buffet, and a visit from Santa.

Cost is $85 per adult and $39 per child (aged 5-12). Bed-and-breakfast packages are priced from $339 per night for two adults and two children.

Phone 02 4785 0000 or visit www.fairmontresort.com.au.

macarthurSave up to $150 on an overnight Winter Warmer package in the historic Macarthur region, just 50 minutes south of Sydney.

Pay $350 per couple, including a night’s accommodation at Narellan Motor Inn, a wine-and-cheese tasting at Fussy Grape Winery, a three-course dinner with a complimentary bottle of wine at the Harrington Grove Country Club, a country-style breakfast delivered to your room and a free shuttle service to the dinner and winery.

Available on Friday or Saturday nights until August 31. A second night’s stay is available from an additional $145 per couple.

Bookings are available via the Fussy Grape Winery on 0405 827 571 or visit www.macarthur.com.au.shanghai

Shanghai’s 88 Xintiandi Boutique Hotel has partnered with Shanghai Insiders Tours to offer guests a unique way to explore the city’s quaint back alleys and laneways by combining a night’s accommodation with a one-hour tour on a vintage motorbike and a tour of the historic Shikumen Museum.

The Xintiandi Insiders deal is valid to December 31 and also includes Club Lounge access and breakfast.

sth_am_peruVisit shanghai.88xintiandi.com.

Trafalgar has four new itineraries among the 15 on offer in its 2014 South American program.

Pay, for instance, from $8425 per person twin-share for the new 22-day Icons of South America adventure, which includes a visit to Rio and Iguassu Falls, as well as learning about the wines of Chile before ending your adventure on a voyage of discovery through Peru.

Visit www.trafalgar.com.topdeck_causeway

Youth-oriented Topdeck is offering a 5 per cent discount for those booking six months in advance on its new Europe in Winter program.

Trips include a 14-day Britain and Ireland excursion which features a ‘ghost walk’ in York, an Edinburgh walking tour, the Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness, Glasgow, the Giants Causeway, a visit to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin and a traditional Phone 1300 886 332 or visit www.topdeck.travel.

Shoal Bay Resort and Spa in Port Stephens is offering a two-night whale-watching experience priced from whale$548 per couple mid-week.

The deal includes accommodation in a one-bedroom apartment, buffet breakfast daily, a 2.5-hour whale-watch cruise with Moonshadow Cruises, two-hour bike hire, a noon check-out and unlimited access to the resort’s Aqua Spa gym, heated indoor pool and mineral spa pools.

The offer is valid until September 19. Phone 1800 181 810 or visit www.portstephens.org.au.

RoamingEssentials has introduced a new portable wi-fi device that can be used with the pre-paid global RoamingSIM card to help control costs when travelling overseas.wifi

It allows you to connect up to five mobile devices, such as smart phones and tablets, off the same hotspot using only one SIM card, without the hassle of different numbers and SIM cards.

The company claims its RoamingSIM card can save travellers in the UK, Europe and Asia up to 90 per cent off phone calls and messages.

Phone 1300 702 748 or visit roamingessentials.com.au.

canadaFly free and save up to $5490 per couple on Travelmarvel’s 2014 28-day Highlights of Eastern & Western Canada with Alaska Cruise.

Pay from $9995 per person twin-share, including nine nights in eastern Canada, 11 nights in western Canada and a seven-night Holland America cruise to Alaska’s Glacier Bay.

Includes Insider Experiences such as a traditional First Nation dinner and dance performance in Ottawa, and breakfast and bear spotting at Whistler Golf Course.

Book before October 25. Phone 1300 300 036 or visit www.travelmarvel.com.au.

Stay at The Denman Hotel in Thredbo and celebrate Clicquot in the Snow.denman

Pay from $408 per person per night for an indulgent three-night package.

Features complimentary Clicquot on arrival, full hot breakfast daily, daily lift passes, Veuve Clicquot degustation dinner, entry to the Clicquot in the Snow celebration party, a ticket the Clicquot in the Snow picnic and a Clicquot in the Snow gift pack.

driveaway_mt_huttFestival happens August 1-4. Visit www.8hotels.com.

Save with Driveaway on car rentals for this winter’s New Zealand ski season.

Pay from $34 per day based on a seven-day rental.

Includes unlimited kilometres, 24-hours assistance, collision-damage cover (excess applies), third-party insurance and local taxes.

Until October 31. Phone 1300 363 500 or visit www.driveaway.com.au.

Pay for three nights and stay for four at Rumba Beach Resort on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.rumba

Pay from $690 per couple for four nights in a one-bedroom Resort Spa Suite.

Includes a Caloundra cruise experience along Pumicestone Passage, full-day bike hire, box of chocolates and a welcome bottle of red wine.

Valid for stays to August 31, excluding August 16-19.

Visit www.rumbaresort.com.au.

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